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.
348 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a further 348 Covid-19 cases reported by the Department of Health.
41 people are in hospital with the virus – up 2 in 24 hours.
13 are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.
It follows a warning that 90 percent of new Covid infections across the European Union by the end of August will be the Delta variant.
That’s according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
🎧 Galway TD claims “outdoor summer” too focused on take-over of public spaces for drinking
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says the Government’s “outdoor summer” has too much focus on the taking over of public spaces for the consumption of alcohol.
Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Catherine Connolly said there should have been a balanced reopening of all pubs and restaurants with capacity restrictions to ensure safety.
She was contributing to a debate on the need for clarity on the legality of drinking alcohol at tables outside pubs and restaurants.
It follows controversy over the fact Gardaí nationwide were told to use discretion when it comes to outdoor drinking and legal issues around licensing that have arisen.
In many cases, outlets now operating outdoor areas do not have a license to do so – in effect making the consumption of alcohol in these areas illegal.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin last evening accepted the situation is difficult for Gardaí and pledged that new laws will be brought forward shortly.
Deputy Connolly pointed out there are also bye-laws in Galway City that make public drinking illegal – which were not taken into consideration.
The issue was also debated by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv and Sinn Fein’s Louise O’ Reilly, who raised concerns over the lack of legal clarity over the situation.
Responding Minister Malcolm Noonan looked to be under pressure as both TD’s were thoroughly unimpressed with his responses.
However, addressing Deputy Catherine Connolly, Minister Noonan said the Goverment is increasing its promotion of what an outdoor summer means.
Headford pupil takes top award at national poster competition
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Headford pupil has taken a top national award at this year’s Green Schools Irish Water Poster Competition.
The annual event focuses every year on a theme around water sustainability – and this year’s theme was “valuing water”.
Éilla Joyce, of Scoil Naomh Fursa in Claran, was declared the national winner of the Senior Primary category.
The third class pupil also won the Senior Primary category for the North Western region, for her poster “Every Drop is Important – Save our Thirsty World”.
Meanwhile, Lilou Schmid, who attends senior infants at St. Josephs National School in Woodford, was also named a regional winner in the Junior Primary category for the North West.
While 2nd year student Sofija Stolareustea of Merlin College in Doughiska was a regional winner in the Secondary category for the North West.