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Former Mayor of Galway says Galway Plate racing should start earlier

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Former Mayor of Galway John Mulholland says the start-time for Galway Plate Day, the Wednesday of the 7 day festival, should be earlier, as it was in the past.
The race meeting got underway at 3p.m yesterday with the big race at 5.30p.m.
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The crowd of 18,766 was almost 5000 more than last year while the betting of 2.3 million was up by 640 thousand euro.
However 2013 had a lower than usual attendance due to weather conditions.
The later start time for Plate Day has been in place for a few years now but bookmaker John Mulholland told Galway Talks he believes it’s not working for race-goers or businesses.
Today the focus will be on fashion as much as on the horses as it’s Ladies Day.
The Anthony Ryans Best Dressed Lady will walk away with a one carat diamond pendant and matching diamond earrings valued at €8,500, a shopping spree to the value of €1,500 and €1000 Cash.
The prize for the winner of the ‘Best Hat’ competition is a shopping spree worth €1,500 in Anthony Ryans while the winner of the new ‘Wear Irish’ competition will receive a shopping voucher worth €500.
The first race is at 1.50 this afternoon while the feature race the Galway Hurdle is at 4.55pm and a reminder that Galway Bay fm will bring you live coverage and analysis.

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Macnas to welcome special visitor over Halloween

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway is set to welcome a unique visitor over the Halloween weekend.

Macnas have announced that they are expecting the giant CON MÓR to emerge from the River Corrib.

Giant expert Marjorie Morrigan identified CON MÓR, a member of the Irish legends, Tuatha Dé Danann, as originating from an Island of Giants off the coast of Connaught.

CON MÓR was known to love all things nature, especially birds. Spectators are encouraged to bring feathers for CON MÓR when going to see him.

Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Macnas, tells us what we can expect from the giant,

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First block laid in expansion at Western Alzheimers Respite Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The first block has been laid today on a major multi-million euro expansion at the Western Alzheimers Centre in Ballindine.

The new complex will increase the number of beds from 12 to 20, and provide improve communal resident and visitor areas.

David Nevin has more.

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HSE considering new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The HSE has expressed interest in creating new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital.

The matter was raised at a meeting of the Health Forum West by Councillor Declan McDonnell, who queried if it was under active consideration.

The HSE executive confirmed it was something they are mindful of, noting a particular need for a lighted junction as the hospital gets busier.

Councillor McDonnell feels it’s something that’s needed sooner rather than later.

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