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Galway footballers and hurlers step up preparations for championship debuts

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Galway's Eamonn Brannigan who faces a race to be fit in time for the big Mayo championship clash on Sunday week.

THE countdown to Championship continues for Galway’s flagship GAA teams, who are intensifying preparations for their provincial campaigns which get underway next weekend.

The reigning All-Ireland and Leinster senior hurling champions are keeping a low-profile ahead of the defence of their titles which begins with an under-the-radar away clash with Offaly on Saturday week.

It is the first of four round-robin matches for Micheál Donoghue’s men in the newly formatted race for the Bob O’Keefe Cup, which will include two ‘home’ games for Galway, and two away. There’s nothing low-key about the footballers’ opener, however.

The newly revamped senior football championship, through the introduction of the ‘Super 8’, means the Connacht quarter-final between Galway and Mayo on Sunday week (May 13) takes on an even greater importance.

The winners take a giant leap closer to the provincial decider, and to qualifying automatically for the ‘Super 8’. The losers must go through the backdoor, which has become even more circuitous with the introduction of round-robin qualifier games (two groups of four teams to each play three matches) to replace the All-Ireland quarter finals.

What makes it an even greater high-stakes encounter for Galway, the league finalists, and Mayo, the 2017 All-Ireland runners-up, is that they could end up meeting Ulster heavyweights (the losers of Donegal v Cavan or Tyrone v Monaghan) in the first round of the qualifiers.

Galway have beaten Mayo in the past two championship campaigns, and earlier this year in the National and FBD Leagues, but team boss Kevin Walsh agreed this is the biggest match between the sides in quite some time.

“I’m sure it has been talked up and probably one of the reasons is that we’re both in Division 1 for the first time for a long time so that’s probably enough in itself to say that it’s a big game.

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.
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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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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