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Gallagher fires Devon into Connacht Junior Cup final

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Salthill Devon goalkeeper Arek Mamala punches clear from a St Bernard’s corner.

LOCAL SOCCER WRAP WITH MIKE RAFFERTY

Salthill Devon and Westport United will contest the Connacht Junior Cup Final in Castlebar on Sunday week, September 6 after last Sunday’s semi-finals saw the duo emerge from two close contests.

Devon had just an early Mikey Gallagher goal to show for all their efforts in their win over St Bernard’s; while West United conceded a last-minute equaliser against Westport United, who went on to defeat the South Park outfit on penalties, after the sides had finished level after extra time.

There was no joy either for Athenry in the FAI Junior Cup semi-final as they, like West, also went down in a penalty shootout, losing to Fairview Rangers in Limerick.

CONNACHT CUP SEMI-FINAL

West United  1

Westport United  1

(AET – Westport won 4-2 on pens)

West United were two minutes away from a Connacht Junior Cup final place when it all started to unravel in Eamonn Deacy Park on Sunday afternoon. A goal up courtesy of a close-range Keith Lee finish, they were not under any serious pressure until Philip Keegan got his head to a James O’Donnell corner to level matters and send the game to extra-time.

Added time did little to add to the quality of the game and so it took penalties to sort the issue. The visitors went first and the opening two spot-kicks were identical as both Keegan and Ronan Caldwell blazed their efforts well over the crossbar, before the visitors went on to comfortably slot home their remaining four efforts, through Darren Browne, Mikey O’Brien, James O’Donnell and Jack Murphy.

Derek O’Brien and Barry McEntee did likewise for the home side, but Oisin Connolly’s effort was saved by Gary Cunningham to ensure that Westport prevailed 4-2 and set them on the trail of their first provincial title since 2012, when they beat Athenry in the final.

Having come from behind to see off Carbury 2-1 in the quarter-finals, West were well set up for this game, as they chased a place in the decider for the first time in four seasons.

In a contest that did not reach the standard expected, chances were at a premium for the duration. Defences dominated, as strikers dropped deep and goalmouth action was scarce.

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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