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First day crowd holds steady at Ballybrit but betting down slightly

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Galway bay fm newsroom – The first day crowd has held steady at Galway Races although betting was slightly down

The crowd of just under 18 thousand who enjoyed some sunshine in Ballybrit but also braved heavy showers and breezes was up slightly on last year by 280

The betting turnover in the ring of 1.23 million euro was down slightly by 179 thousand

However Tote betting of just under 609 thousand euro was up marginally by just under 10 thousand euro

Trainer Dermot Weld won the first horse race of the week courtesy of the Ruby Walsh-ridden Diplomat.

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OPW Minister to visit Meelick Weir this afternoon as part of River Shannon pinch point survey

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The OPW Minister Patrick O’Donovan will visit the Meelick Weir this afternoon.

Minister O’Donovan will be visiting the well-known east Galway amenity as part of an examination of pinch points along the River Shannon.

The visit comes following meetings between the Minister and the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group.

The OPW Minister will also be visiting Banaghar in County Offaly and Athlone as part of the examination of the Shannon Callows.

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Funding awarded to develop creative space at Nun’s Island

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding of €180 thousand has been awarded to assist in the development of a creative arts space at Nun’s Island in the city.

The allocation from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will support the renovation of the “Church House” to the rear of the Nun’s Island Theatre.

The Nun’s Island Theatre is a small 82 seat venue that is operated by the Galway Arts Centre on behalf of the city council.

It’s expected the renovation of the “Church House” will add an additional 1,800 square foot of cultural space to the site.

Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughten says it’s a “hidden gem” that will be a valuable addition to Galway’s cultural scene – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Increase in COVID patients at Galway hospitals amid serious overcrowding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of patients being treated for Covid-19 at Galway’s public hospitals has risen in recent days.

The figures have increased over the past week, as the hospitals struggle with serious overcrowding issues.

There are currently 10 patients being treated for Covid-19 at UHG, while there are a further 5 receiving care at Portiuncula.

Of the patients at UHG, 5 are currently in intensive care – there was just one this day last week.

There are currently no patients in critical care at Portiuncula.

While the numbers for both hospitals remain relatively low overall, it comes as both facilities are struggling with serious overcrowding issues over the past week.

Unusually high levels of attendance have seen hundreds of people presenting at UHG on a daily basis in recent days.

Management at the city hospital say the increase in Covid-19 patients is exacerbating an already serious situation with regards overcrowding and pressure on bed availability.

Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle the situation.

The public are being advised to attend UHG and Portiuncula only in the case of real emergency, and to contact their GP or out-of-hours service is their health problem is not urgent.

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