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Double headers down for decision in Tuam and Salthill

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Claregalway's Jason Reilly and Ronan Steede of Corofin in action during their side's meeting last month.

Reigning champions Corofin face their biggest challenge since they won a second consecutive All-Ireland club title on St Patrick’s Day when they renew rivalry against a Mountbellew/Moylough outfit that took them to a county final replay last year.

Usually, Corofin look to shift up through the gears around the semi-final or final stages of the county championship, but this quarter-final tie against Mountbellew/Moylough has upped the ante in their bid to secure seven county titles in a row sooner rather than later.

It is an intriguing tie at Tuam Stadium on Sunday and forms part of a double header in which Salthill/Knocknacarra – the only other unbeaten side in the championship along with Corofin – take on an ever-improving Claregalway team.

On Saturday, two other contenders, Tuam Stars and Moycullen face An Spidéal and St. Michael’s respectively in another attractive double-header at Pearse Stadium.

SATURDAY

Tuam Stars v An Spidéal

(Pearse Stadium, 3pm)

The An Spidéal management team is sweating over the fitness of their goalkeeper, Maghnus Breathnach, who sustained a hamstring injury lining out with the club’s hurlers in their IHC defeat to Killimor last Sunday. With Antaine Ó Laoi (shoulder) a long-term injury, the loss of Breathnach would severely damage their hopes of advancing, particularly given his accuracy from long range frees.

That said, mentor Micheál Ó Duinn admits the 2018 county and Connacht intermediate champions are now in bonus territory following their promotion to senior last season. “We are delighted to be in the quarter-finals, given this is our first year back up senior and it is always hard to adapt when you move up a level. This is a free shot for us and we are really looking forward to it,” he says.

Tuam Stars have a clean bill of health for this one, following the return of Cormac McWalter from a hamstring injury. Having already qualified for the County League Final, where they will face Mountbellew/Moylough, manager Tommy Carton acknowledges it has been a good year to date.

“We lost four players this year—okay, Daragh O’ Rourke came back to us this year—but it has been pretty much the same bunch of lads from the last few years and they have reacted very well to us. We are facing An Spidéal now and they are a good football side, well able to play. They are very similar to Claregalway, in that they are very comfortable on the ball,” notes the Tuam Stars boss.

Verdict: Tuam Stars.

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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