Galway Bay fm newsroom – More than a hundred thousand people are expected to attend the Galway Racing Festival at Ballybrit, which gets underway today.
The seven-day festival starts with the first race at ten past five this evening and is Europe’s longest running racing festival.
Organisers of the races have developed special offers on ticket prices this year, for people who want to attend on more than one day.
The total prize fund this year will be 1.6 million euro with some of the highlights being Galway Plate Day on Wednesday and the popular Anthony Ryans Best Dressed Lady competition on Thursday.
This evening, Galway milliner Suzie Mahoney will be in search of the ‘Most Appropriately Dressed Lady’ at the racetrack.
Manager of Galway Races, John Maloney says the festival has given a welcome boost to the hospitality industry locally.
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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.
52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.
An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.
The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.
More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.
The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.
In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.
The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.