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Galway All-Star staying grounded ahead of championship clash with Offaly

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Galway's All Star attacker Conor Whelan who will be a key figure for the All-Ireland champions against Offaly in Tullamore on Saturday evening.

BY DECLAN ROONEY

HE took the championship by storm last year and was crowned the All-Stars Young Hurler of the Year, but Conor Whelan is not looking past the challenge of taking on Offaly in Saturday evening’s opening round of the Leinster championship at O’Connor Park

The All-Ireland winner insists that the Tribesmen’s first priority is plotting a way through the ultra competitive Leinster hurling championship as they set about defending their Liam McCarthy Cup crown.

Galway missed out on promotion to Division 1A of the National League once again this spring but last year’s league, Leinster and All-Ireland winners will look for a change in fortunes when they launch their championship campaign against an improving Offaly.

Whelan admits that there was plenty of disappointment in the Galway camp after they failed to earn promotion again, but all eyes are trained on their round-robin opener against Offaly, a side they defeated by 11 points in the league.

“Promotion was a big goal for us. Obviously everybody wants to be in Division 1A and that’s at the top table, but that’s just the way it worked out and we’re just looking forward now,” said Whelan, who won’t turn 22 until October.

“Then we went down to Wexford and were beaten by a better team on the day. That’s just the manner of how it goes. They’ve really upped their game. Just looking at the league, Wexford are a very impressive team and play a nice brand of hurling.

“We are not taking anything for granted and we know Offaly will be strong and physical on Saturday. It’s the first championship day of 2018 and something to look forward to and it’s where you want to be. The winter months are over now and we’re looking forward to championship.”

Both the Leinster and Munster provincial championships have been revamped ahead of the summer, and after their opener against Offaly, Galway have a bye week before they welcome Kilkenny to Pearse Stadium for their first Leinster championship game at the venue.

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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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