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Crowds and betting up on first day of Galway Races

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 19 and a half thousand people flocked to the first day of the Galway Racing
festival in Ballybrit yesterday with crowds up on last year.
Tote turnover and betting at the bookmakers were also up on 2016.
The opening day attracted a crowd of 19,663, up 812 on last year.
Tote turnover yesterday finished at just over 877 thousand euro, up 15
thousand euro on 2016.
Betting with the bookmakers was just over 1 million euro, up 17,000 on the Monday
last year.
The feature race of the day was the Connacht Hotel Qualified Riders Handicap which was won by Whiskey Sour from the Willie Mullins stable.
Among the crowd at Ballybrit was former Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh and former Arsenal and England International footballer, Martin Keown.
Today is another evening meeting with the first race going to post in
Ballybrit at 5.20.
We’ll be bringing you all the racing action live here on Galway Bay fm.

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Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU rewetting laws will devastate stock levels

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU laws on the rewetting of drained peatlands being used for agriculture will devastate stock levels.

The regulations have high reclaimation targets set – 30 percent by 2030, 50 percent by 2040 and 70 percent by 2050.

Farmers have expressed fierce opposition to the proposals but Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed his support in a Dáil exchange with Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Deputy Fitzmaurice says if it comes to pass, the impact on stock will be devastating.

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County council seeks funding for Athenry to Oranmore cycleway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has submitted a funding application for a new cycleway connecting Athenry to Oranmore.

It would be funded under Transport Minister Eamon Ryan’s Pathfinder grant programme for cycling and walking schemes.

The Athenry/Oranmore cycleway proposes to connect both areas and surrounds to Galway city.

Local TD Ciaran Cannon vows to make a strong case for the project at Government level:

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Immunology experts to host fireside chat in Galmont Hotel tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – World renowned immunologist Luke O’Neill will be discussing infectious diseases at the Galmont Hotel in the city tomorrow.

He will be joined by Poolbeg Pharma co-founder Cathal Friel for a fireside chat to forecast the future of Covid-19 and influenza in Ireland over the coming months.

The free event, which starts at 5:30pm, is open to all members of the public and places can be booked on poolbegpharma.com.

Cathal Friel gives his thoughts on how we should handle Covid-19 infections going forward.

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