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Galway turn it around with terrific second-half display

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Galway captain Damien Comer celebrates their Connacht football final triumph over Roscommon at Hyde Park last Sunday with his mum Marie, sister Nicola and brother Jonathan.

A superb second half performance from Galway saw the Tribesmen overhaul a mercurial Roscommon outfit in a provincial decider that lacked nothing in atmosphere – but, more importantly, the win secured the victors their 46th Connacht senior title to draw level with Mayo on the roll of honour.

With the prolific Shane Walsh lighting up Dr. Hyde Park, kicking no less than half of Galway’s final tally – eight points, three from play – and others such as Sean Andy Ó Ceallaigh, with his inspirational 36th minute drive at the heart of Roscommon, Ian Burke, Tom Flynn and captain Damien Comer also producing when needed, the visitors were able to conjure up the answers to pass this stiff test.

For the most part, Galway had been outplayed in the first period as Roscommon picked holes in the Tribesmen’s mass defence to lead 1-5 to 0-5 at the interval – Ciaráin Murtagh netting the Rossies goal following a brilliant passage of play that ended up with Murtagh skirting the end line before cutting in to blast home on 21 minutes.

In many respects, the concession of that major seemed to jolt Galway to life and, for the remainder of a cagey first half, they outscored their hosts by three points to one. A quick free saw Ian Burke put through for a timely response to Murtagh’s goal before a super delivery from Walsh set up Burke for another classy point minutes later.

With Walsh kicking an outstanding free on the stroke of half-time – not long after Diarmuid Murtagh had struck for a point for Roscommon on the back of a fine piece of fielding from Enda Smith – Galway, amazingly, found themselves just a goal in arrears despite being out-played for long spells. The perception around the ground was that Galway were in trouble.

For one, Kevin Walsh’s men had continually coughed up possession cheaply while the final delivery to their inside forwards was wayward to say the least at times. It included a couple of efforts going needlessly out over the end line and, when added to the scatter of poor wides they had, it really was frustrating for the men in maroon and their fans.

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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