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Crowds up and Tote down on opening day of racing festival

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 20 thousand people attended day one of the Galway racing festival, an increase of just over 500 on last year’s turnout.
While Tote spend was significantly down, the bookmakers recorded an increase of over €33,000.

Just over 20 thousand people turned out in Ballybrit yesterday, compared to 19,600 on the same day in 2017.
The bookmakers took in €1.1m and recorded an increase in takings of over €33,000 when compared to last year.
Tote was significantly down on the opening day of the festival at €802,000.
This compares to €877,000 at the Monday meeting in 2017.
The feature Connacht Hotel Handicap provided a good result for Aubrey McMahon, a lightly-used amateur, who won on Uradel to give him his second straight victory in the race after Whiskey Sour last year.
Among the 20 thousand strong crowd was former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter and milliner Jennifer Wrynne.
Today, all the action in Ballybrit kicks off at 5.20pm with the Colm Quinn BMW novice hurdle.

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High level of cocaine now available in Galway city highlighted by Garda Chief Superintendent

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Over half a million euro worth of cocaine has been seized in Galway city since the start of the year.

The latest meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee has been told that €539,000 worth of the Class A drug has been confiscated by Gardai since January.

Cocaine remains the most common drug seized by Gardaí across the city so far this year but Chief Superintendent Tom Curley says Gardaí only seize about 10 percent of the available supply and admitted it’s “frightening” the quantity of drugs in circulation.

Galway City Central Councillor Eddie Hoare who is a member of the Galway JPC says the high level of cocaine now in circulation in Galway is having major knock on effects.

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1,578 new cases of Covid 19

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: 1,578 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in Ireland.

The Department of Health says the five-day moving average of cases has now fallen to 1,736.

Earlier today, there were 484 people with the virus in hospitals, including 73 in ICU.

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Glenamaddy Boil Water Notice is lifted

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Boil Water Notice issued for 800 households using the Glenamaddy Public Water Supply has been lifted with immediate effect.

Irish Water says following consultation with the HSE, water in the areas of Glenamaddy, Cloonminda, Bushtown and the Knockmascahill Group Water Scheme is now safe to drink.

The notice was issued on 30 September due to a deterioration in raw water quality at Glenamaddy Water Treatment Plant.

Following a number of satisfactory water samples and confirmation that the water treatment plant had returned to normal operation, the Boil Water Notice has now been lifted.

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