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Corofin set out on quest for magnificent seven-in-a-row of senior titles

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Corofin players Tom Healy, Kieran Fitzgerald, Micheál Lundy, Kieran Molloy, Dylan McHugh Daithí Burke and Dean Hynes celebrate following their All-Ireland Club football triumph at Croke Park last March. The title holders remain the team to beat as this year's county championship kicks off this weekend.

WHO will stop a Corofin side chasing a remarkable seven-in-a-row of county senior football championships?

Mountbellew/Moylough came ever so close in 2018 when holding the lead in injury-time of an absorbing drawn county decider. However, Corofin pulled through, won the replay, and the rest became history as the kingpins marched on to back-to-back provincial and national honours.

This weekend, Kevin O’Brien’s charges begin the defence of their title with a clash against their arch rivals, Tuam Stars, who top the Galway SFC roll of honour with 24 titles — four more than Corofin — and, ironically, they were the last team to complete a seven-in-a-row in the 1950s. The only other club to do this was Ballinasloe in the 1910s.

The first round has also a number of attractive local derby games, namely Salthill/Knocknacarra v Barna, Annaghdown v Claregalway, and Moycullen v Killanin. It promises to be a lively weekend of local GAA action.

SATURDAY

Salthill/Knocknacarra

v Barna

(Moycullen, 2:30pm)

Salthill/Knocknacarra reached the county semi-finals last year under the Anthony Finnerty-Maurice Sheridan led management team and, with a developing side, there is no reason to suggest they will not do so again.

The Culhanes — Paddy and Michael — have transferred back from Clane but two players the City outfit will be without are Finian Hanley (long term knee injury) and Evan Murphy (cruciate). The side is captained by Evan Wynne. Galway duo Ruairí Lavelle and Robert Finnerty are key players.

After scrapping through a relegation play-off last year — defeating Cortoon Shamrocks in a replay —t he harsh reality for Barna is that if they don’t show improvement in 2019, they will be playing intermediate football next season.

Cossie Gilmore, assisted by an extensive management team, has taken over the reins from Bert Curran (now a selector with St. James’) and he will be hoping to extract the most of a young outfit, of which centre-forward Tom Curran is captain. They will also look to James Keane, Declan Walsh, Caolán Malone, the Conneely brothers — Ray and Brian — and Ryan Folan.

Last SFC Meeting: 2018 (Group Stages): Salthill/Knocknacarra 2-13, Barna 0-8.

Verdict: Salthill/Knocknacarra.

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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