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Corinthians looking to end eight year wait for Cup glory

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Craig Hansberry has had a very impressive start to the season for Corinthians.

By John Mulligan

Galway Corinthians RFC will bid to win the Connacht Senior Cup for the first time since 2011 – and a record-equalling 34th time in total – when they face Sligo RFC at the Sportsground on Sunday in this year’s final (1.30pm) in a repeat of the 2017/18 decider.

This final has all the attributes of being a classic, with both teams having conflicting fortunes on the pitch in the league. However, it is said that the Cup is a great leveller and Corinthians need not to look too far to the 2018 final, which Sligo won 27-25 on their home patch in Strandhill.

The Senior Cup has the rather unique situation of seeing two finals in the one calendar year. Back in January, Corinthians were denied as Buccaneers won 16-14 following a contentious penalty call by the referee leading to Kieran Joyce kicking the winning points.

The irony not lost on some as the Connacht academy player had been playing with Corinthians the season previously. However, when the sides met in the semi-final of this season’s competition on October 24, Corinthians exacted revenge with an impressive 32-23 win thanks to tries from Seosamh McDonagh (2), Patrick Grehan and Simon Keller.

The sides have met already in both the Connacht and All-Ireland Leagues. When the teams met in the Connacht Senior League in September, Sligo had the upper hand winning 24-7 in Corinthian Park and topped the table giving them a straight semi-final against Galwegians.

That game took place in Crowley Park with the visitors winning 31-16 thanks to tries coming from Ryan Feehily, Philip Carter, Cal Goddard and Mark Butler, with Euan Brown kicking the extras.

Corinthians gained revenge for that defeat when they met in the Energia League in Hamilton Park on November 9, with the Galway side winning 28-17. Tries from Mark McDermott, Michael O’Reilly, Dan Trayers and Craig Hansberry gave Corinthians an important bonus point but it must be said that Sligo never gave up and scored three of their own through Matt Davey (2), from Cal Goddard.

Both teams like to play expansive rugby and it is expected that there will be scores in this one. With Corinthians looking to win their first Senior Cup since 2011 when they beat Galwegians, they will be looking to the likes of Conor Hayes at full-back with Mark McDermott and Cathal Evans in the centre; while on the wings, Michael O’Reilly and Oran McNulty will cause all sorts of problems to the Sligo back line.

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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