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Coen determined to beat the odds after another cruciate injury blow

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Galway camogie player Siobhan Coen who is recovering from a second cruciate injury.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

THERE was a train of thought in some quarters when Ballinderreen’s Siobhan Coen burst on the inter-county scene a number of years ago that she could well be Galway’s answer to centre-half back when the legendary Therese Maher hung up her boots. Unfortunately, it hasn’t transpired that way – as of yet – for the talented defender.

For in recent years, Coen has fallen victim to not one but two cruciate injuries. It would be enough to break anyone’s spirit but Coen is made of stern stuff and she is determined to bounce back from this latest setback – even if it has deprived her of the opportunity to line out with the Tribeswomen against Clare in their attractive double header with the senior hurlers at Pearse Stadium on Saturday (5pm).

All had been going well for Coen at the outset of 2018. She had lined out at wing-back alongside Rebecca Hennelly and Heather Cooney in their National League opener against Cork in January and resumed her defensive duties for the second-round fixture against Tipperary the following month – only for disaster to strike on 35 minutes.

With that second cruciate injury, the easiest thing would have been to walk away from it all at this stage but it was not in Coen. Already, she had undergone the operation to repair the damage and she is determined, more than ever, to return to the Galway jersey. How determined? “100%,” she remarks.

“I suppose, it is just one of the things. On a personal level, it (playing for Galway) is just one of those things you want to excel at and give it your best. You wouldn’t do it unless you loved it, which we do, by all means. So, having been on the wrong side of injuries, it makes you more determined to get back.”

To put into context how much Coen wants to wear the maroon and white, she even thought of building up the cartilage around the knee and playing on for the rest of the year. Why not? Others have done it, most notably in this county Corofin’s Ciaran McGrath who returned to line out for his club in the All-Ireland senior final last March.

“So, I had seriously considered it because the stability in my leg was really good,” she says. “And like that, it was just the cruciate that I had done – before it was the whole knee – but then I kind of said you would only be doing it for this championship.

“You could arrive at the first game and it might fail on you and then you would have only delayed the inevitable. So, I got the operation done and I am now hoping to be back in February or March of next year.”

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
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