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Corofin camp see the bright side of late postponement of club quarter-final

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COROFIN management and players were left disappointed after their All-Ireland senior club quarter-final against Fulham Gaels of London in Ruislip was called off at the 11th hour due to extreme weather conditions, but the general sentiment in the camp was that it could be all for luck.

With the Corofin contingent – which also included club officials and supporters – having made the trip overseas, it had been hoped the fixture could go ahead despite the bad weather, but following a pitch inspection at 11am by match day officials, the game was called off.

The Central Competitions Control Committee in Croke Park is due to make a decision this week on rescheduling the tie, but the most likely date is that of Sunday, January 21, as the National Football League is due to commence the following weekend.

Given the heavy snowfall since 8am on Sunday morning, the pitch inspection had been no more than a box ticking exercise, with the majority in the Corofin camp, which had been based in the Crowne Plaza hotel in Ealing, just five miles from the GAA venue, having already resigned themselves to such an outcome.

“I suppose, a lot of work goes into a trip like this – and the whole logistical side of it, getting over 50 people over here – but first and foremost you have to think of the welfare of the players and the people travelling to the game,” said Corofin boss Kevin O’Brien, having just returned from a team meeting convened shortly after the announcement.

“That was something that was very much on our minds this morning. When the word came that the match was off, I was quite happy in that regard. Even if it did clear, the pitch was still going to be slippy along with the area around it, so I think I am happy going home today not having to play in those conditions.”

Indeed, given Corofin barely escaped with their lives the last time they were over in London three years ago – on that occasion, they just about edged by Tir Chonaill Gaels in a low-scoring encounter – O’Brien had every reason to be nervous about his 1/20 favourites taking on the rank outsiders in a contest that, due to the conditions, would be a lottery.

“Yeah, the conditions would have made the game a bit more of a leveller. As I have said, they have a lot of good players and that became apparent as we looked into them more and more. That said, in terms of analysis, you are always conscious of how you perform yourself.

For more, read this week’s Connacht 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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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