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Devon edge closer to top as Hibs fall to foot of table

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Josh Marvesley (left) scored the equaliser for Salthill Devon against Corrib Rangers.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

With the inclement weather allowing just a limited weekend programme, the games played were very significant as Salthill Devon moved to within a point of Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division leaders Mervue United with a home success over Corrib Rangers.

In the lower half of the table, Hibernians went down to defeat against St Bernard’s and in the process slipped to the foot of the table alongside Maree/Oranmore.

In the FAI Junior Cup, Athenry produced a fairytale recovery as they came from 3-0 down before eventually seeing off Manulla 5-4 after extra time and in the process moved into the last 16 of the competition where they were presented with a home draw against Dublin side, Crumlin United.

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Salthill Devon 3

Corrib Rangers 1

Salthill Devon recovered from an uncharacteristic sluggish first-half on the all-weather pitch in Drom last Friday night, to really up their performance on the resumption as three second-half goals eventually eased them to a merited victory and in the process maintained the only unbeaten record in the Premier League.

Rangers are not exactly enjoying the best of good fortune on their return to the top flight, but in difficult wind conditions impressed as a David Smith goal gave them a 1-0 interval advantage with an effort from the edge of the box.

The home side kick-started their recovery on the resumption when Josh Marvesley levelled matters with a header after getting on the end of a James Allen cross. They took the lead when Jason Murphy and Shane Concannon linked up to release exciting young prospect Matthew Murray and he dinked an elegant chip over the advancing Shane Richardson to make it 2-1.

Gearoid Ó Leidhinn set up Michael Lee for the third as he followed up on his midweek two goals tally against West United to seal the win and in the process set up an intriguing title battle with Mervue United and Athenry.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
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