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Five-star Caldwell fires West United into next round of Cup

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The Mervue Utd U-17 team who defeated Tulla Utd 3-0 in FAI Cup quarter final at Fahy’s Field last Saturday. Back row, from left: Keane Griffin, Joshua O’Connor, Joey O’Hara, Jay Martyn, Benecio Sehe, and Ben Stanik. Front: Tom Kidd, Kieran O’Connor, Aaron Neary, Mark Cunningham, and Dylan Traynor.

After an enforced two week break due to Storms Ciara and Dennis, action returned at the weekend in the Connacht Junior Cup and for the majority of Galway League sides there was a successful outcome.

Salthill Devon probably faced the biggest task where they came out on top in a seven-goal thriller against Ballina; while Ronan Caldwell took the main scoring honours as he hit five for West United as they came from behind to see off Ballyheane in a very comfortable success.

Lee Keogh struck for a hat-trick as Hibernians were also successful against Mayo opposition as they saw off Claremorris.

CONNACHT JUNIOR CUP

West United 8

Ballyheane 1

For the second game in succession Fahy’s Field has proved to be a happy hunting ground for West United, for following their surprise victory over Mervue United in the league a few weeks ago, they moved to the All Weather on this occasion and while it took them some time to find their feet they still ran out convincing winners in this Connacht Junior Cup fourth round tie.

The contest was a competitive encounter in the early exchanges and it was the Mayo side who took the lead on 18 minutes when Dara Ludden set up Nathan Doyle for the opener.

The advantage was rather short lived as Ronan Caldwell got on the end of a Nathan Ward cross to head home the equaliser. By now West had found their feet. Dominating possession as Ruairi Casserly and Barry McEntee ushered them forward from midfield, they continued to threaten Killian Redmond’s goal.

Ward had an effort taken off the line by Jack Jarlath O’Malley, before Caldwell was badly wide with a close-range header.

However, the Killannin native made no mistake on 44 minutes when he was first to a rebound, after Redmond kept out a Ward free-kick from outside the box to give the home side a 2-1 interval advantage.

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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