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Galway champions Corofin capture record-breaking eighth provincial title

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Corofin players Cathal Silke, Jason Leonard, Dylan McHugh, Conor Cunningham and Colin Brady, with young supporter Luke Treacy, celebrating with the Shane McGettigan Cup after their Connacht Senior Club Football Final triumph at Tuam Stadium on Sunday. Photo: Enda Noone.

FOR the second game running, Corofin put their loyal supporters through the excruciating agony of watching their team slowly but surely lose a commanding lead only to come good in extra time, as Kevin O’Brien’s men exorcised the ghosts of two previous losses to Castlebar Mitchels in Tuam Stadium.

The Mayo champions, whose captain Cian Costello listed the north Galway venue as his favourite ground in the match programme, literally bounced off the pitch when the full time whistle was blown, such was their dominance of the closing minutes, but Corofin somehow regrouped despite losing key players to injury, and once again made a match-winning scoring burst early in extra time, kicking three vital points into the teeth of a wintry wind.

Gary Sice led the way, kicking the first of these scores after Ronan Steede’s pass had fortuitously fallen into his path, and he admitted that, much like in their semi-final win over St. Brigid’s, Corofin were fortunate to even have had the chance to reset and make up for what had been a very sloppy final quarter.

“We were a little bit deflated at full time but we were here before two weeks ago,” Sice stated. “We’d been here before against Castlebar, because last year down there it went to extra time as well. We got out of jail this time in normal time definitely.

“They were really pushing us but I thought we were fantastic in extra time. Our lads that came on, Kevin Murphy was exemplary, Barry O’Donovan and Ciaran Brady were fantastic when they came in and that’s what you need at this level. It’s fantastic to see lads coming through and we have only got better since the year has gone on.

“We lost leaders today at various stages (Kieran Fitzgerald and Ciaran McGrath), then you see someone like Conor Cunningham leading from the back, a 23-year-old. Liam Silke was fantastic all day long and Cathal Silke came in and led there as well. That’s the goal – to leave something behind for these guys to take over and they are doing it.”

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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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