Crowds and betting down substantially for Galway Plate Day
The attendance and betting were down substantially at Ballybrit yesterday for Galway Plate Day as punters battled bad weather.
Gallway Bay fm newsroom – Just over 14 thousand people went through the turnstiles, down just over four thousand on last year.
Betting was down 747 thousand euro across both the ring betting and tote.
Just over a million euro was wagered with the bookies, down just under half a million euro on last year.
The Tote betting also suffered with the total of just over 676 thousand euro down just over 254 thousand on last year.
Among those attending yesterday’s meeting were President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, former Ireland soccer manager, Brian Kerr, British and Irish Lions player, Seán O’ Brien and RTE presenter, Maura Derrane.
Today’s 8 race card gets underway at 1.50pm and there will be full live coverage on Galway Bay fm.
Motorists urged to avoid N84 as road remains closed following collision involving HGV
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Motorists are being urged to avoid the N84 this evening as the road remains closed, following a road traffic collision.
A HGV over-turned on the road between Regan’s Clonboo and McGaugh’s Garden Centre at around lunchtime.
Another vehicle was involved in the incident, and it’s understood while some injuries were reported, they’re not life threatening.
The road has been closed since lunchtime due to the need for a crane to remove the truck from the road.
Meanwhile, there was disruption on the N59 Galway to Clifden Road earlier this afternoon due to another road collision.
The incident saw the road reduced to a single lane for a time, but it’s since fully reopened, with minor injuries reported.
Public invited to Front Line Defenders lecture at University of Galway
Galway Bay fm – Members of the public are invited to attend the touring Front Line Defenders lecture at the University of Galway tomorrow (Fri Mar 31st)
The annual lecture is hitting Queens University in Belfast and Trinity College Dublin, before coming to Galway
Front Line Defenders is an international human rights organisation founded in Dublin in 2001, with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk
The free, public lecture at University of Galway, at 2 tomorrow afternoon, will be hosted by Iranian feminist activist and journalist, Parvin Ardalan.
Registration can be done on Eventbrite.ie
Plans for luxury “habitable treehouse” overlooking Killary Fjord rejected
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a luxury “habitable treehouse” overlooking Killary Fjord in North Connemara have been rejected.
The commercial treehouse would have been located on the grounds of the estate of the Killary Adventure Company.
It was billed as a luxury escape from normal life for guests – and would have accommodated up to four people.
But the plans have now been rejected by county planners, largely on environmental grounds.
They weren’t satisfied that the treehouse wouldn’t impact on nearby SAC’s – the Twelve Bens, Garraun Complex, Maumturk Mountains and Mweelrea/Sheeffry/Erriff Complex.