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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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NUIG research finds high rate of kidney disease among adults with diabetes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at NUIG have found that over 40% of patients attending a dedicated diabetes clinic had signs of established chronic kidney disease.

The study was carried out by academics at NUI Galway and clinicians at University Hospital Galway Diabetes Centre and involved more than 4,500 patients in the West.

The findings suggest that, despite careful medical management, a relatively high proportion of people with diabetes in Ireland will develop chronic kidney disease over time and are at risk of kidney failure and other complications.

Diabetes is now the number one cause of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure worldwide.

Professor Matthew Griffin, consultant at Galway University Hospitals and researcher in NUI Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences said the study was based on the results of commonly-performed blood and urine tests.

He said the frequency of chronic kidney disease was higher in those with type 2 diabetes.

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Garda investigation following road crash at Cloughanover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are investigating following a single vehicle road crash which occurred on the N84 outside Headford at the weekend.

The incident took place at approximately 4am yesterday (June 13) when a vehicle crashed near a car dealership based in Cloughanover.

A number of parked vehicles at the dealership were damaged as a result of the collision.

The driver, a man aged in his early 20s, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Garda investigations are ongoing.

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Pilot Covid-19 antigen testing scheme begins at NUIG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pilot scheme of rapid Covid-19 antigen testing is being introduced at NUI Galway and three other colleges.

The project, which will be called UniCov, will conduct a large-scale analysis of rapid testing technologies to support students returning to campus.

The scheme begins today at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and University College Cork.

Thousands of students and staff will participate in the study which will be optional.

It comes as Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris will bring a memo to Government tomorrow confirming a significant increase in on-site college activity from September.

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