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Five-star Hibs on the rise as new faces make impression

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Jonathan Hannifin (left) scored Mervue United's second goal in their 5-1 win over Corrib Rangers.

Local Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

Last season it took Hibernians five games before they picked up their first point of the campaign in the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division with a 1-1 draw with Athenry.

As we are all aware the season ended prematurely due to Covid-19 and maybe it did the city side a favour as they struggled in the bottom two of the table. Alongside them in the basement were Maree/Oranmore and indeed both of them can be grateful for the early conclusion of the season.

Maree/Oranmore traditionally make a good start to the campaign and maybe struggle a bit thereafter, but this season, matters look somewhat different as they lost by 5-1 to Hibernians when the sides met at the weekend on the new all-weather 4g pitch in Maree.

Boosted by a number of new signings such as Nathan Ward (defender) and his cousin Nathan Ward (striker); the return from injury of Caimin Rooney; and the ‘homecoming’ of former Galway United defender Stephen Walsh, who arrived midway through last season; added with the likes of long-serving Shane Hulgraine, who is a regular contributor in the finishing stakes, and it is clear that matters might have improved for Martin Devlin’s side.

In an interesting family grouping, eight of the 11 players who started for Hibernians on Saturday are related. Three Rooney brothers – Caimin, Niall and Liam were joined by two Walshs – Stephen and Shane – while the two Nathan Wards and goalkeeper PJ Ward are also all related.

Matters do not look to be running as smoothly for new Maree/Oranmore manager, Brendan O’Connor, and if Saturday’s result is anything to go by, his young side could be in for a difficult campaign.

It took Hibs just three minutes to make the initial breakthrough when former West United striker Nathan Ward fired home the opener and from there on, they were generally in command.

Shane Hulgraine (two), Niall Rooney and Shane Walsh all went on to add further goals, while it was a Dean Cullinane own goal just before the break that gave the home side their only reward.

The victory gives Hibernians four points from their opening two games and is a big step up from where they were last season. However, they will have to up their game even more this Sunday (11am) when they travel to Drom to take on a Salthill Devon side who must be licking their wounds after going down to an opening round defeat against Mervue United.

Maree/Oranmore will be at home again on Sunday morning when they host Loughrea.

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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