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County champions get defence of title off to perfect start against Craughwell

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Adrian Morrissey of Liam Mellows comes under pressure from Craughwell's Adrian Cullinane and Matthew Freaney during Sunday's senior hurling championship tie at Kenny Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

REIGNING senior hurling champions Liam Mellows showed no signs of having a post county final or, indeed, All-Ireland series hangover when they dispatched of recent bogey team Craughwell with some aplomb at Kenny Park, Athenry last Sunday.

More often than not, county champions, particularly when coming off the back of a fairytale season, can find the outset of a new campaign an anti-climax but Liam Mellows showed none of these ill effects when outscoring Craughwell by eight points to two in the second half.

Another sub-plot to this SHC opener was that Craughwell have had the Indian sign over Liam Mellows in recent championships – no more so than last year when the only defeat Mellows suffered was to Craughwell in the group stages.

In any event, Liam Mellows played like a team anxious to rectify their recent poor record against Tom Helebert’s charges, with Adrian Morrissey very much to the fore in registering 13 points, 12 from frees, in the 0-17 to 0-11 victory. Michael Conneely and Sean Morrissey were equally as impressive at the back.

While this result puts Liam Mellows on the front foot in their title defence, 2017 semi-finalists Craughwell now have a big game against Kilnadeema/Leitrim in the second round the weekend after next.

Kilnadeema/Leitrim also lost their championship opener to St. Thomas’ on a 1-17 to 0-14 scoreline and a loss for them or Craughwell in the next game will leave the defeated side with much to ponder over the Summer months and ahead of their belated return to championship action in August or September.

In the other Group 1 Senior ‘A’ game, Castlegar and Tommy Larkins drew and this in itself is significant as both will feel they can cause an upset in the next round. Castlegar face age-old rivals Mellows in a derby game to be televised live on TG4 while Tommy Larkins will fancy their chances against a St. Thomas’ outfit they have a decent record against.

In the other Senior ‘A’ group, Loughrea, after a disappointing championship last year, secured a 0-15 to 0-12 win over Mullagh. Elsewhere, last year’s finalists Gort had a fine victory over 2017 semi-finalists Cappataggle with Richie Cummins and Aidan Helebert both shooting four points from play apiece in that tie.

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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