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Goalkeeper Ryan to the rescue with a string of saves against Cabinteely

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Galway United goalkeeper Tadhg Ryan who made a succession of fine saves against Cabinteely in Sunday's First Division tie. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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WINNING at your best is one thing but going out and eking out a win in a game where you rarely threaten is something Galway United have always struggled to accomplish, but on Sunday afternoon they did just that, in following up their best performance of the season with a display that never flattered but all the same resulted in the three points heading west.

Goals from Robbie Williams and Marc Ludden gave United a 2-0 lead and despite conceding in quite bizarre circumstances with two minutes remaining, they managed to hold off a determined Cabinteely outfit who looked like scoring on almost every jaunt forward.

United, to their credit, began the game well when Alan Murphy picked out Gary Shanahan in the corner before the Limerick man flashed a ball across goal, Eoin McCormack read it well but skied it over with the goals at his mercy on seven minutes.

However a minute later United would take the lead when Ryan Connolly looped in a menacing free that wasn’t properly cleared allowing defender Robbie Williams to bag his first goal in the maroon jersey when he blasted it into the bottom left corner in a crowded box.

Sadly, it was one way traffic from here as the home side created six clear cut chances in a half hour period of utter dominance, as Shane Keegan’s men struggled to get their passing game together that had worked so well against UCD.

The five-man midfield worked wonders in neutralising the threat posed by the students but wasn’t as effective against Eddie Gormley’s side, who were happy to hoof it right over the crowded midfield knowing well they had the pacey wingers to cause trouble.

The first of these attempts came to Joe Doyle who really should have done better when shooting just wide of the net on 16 minutes, while on 25 minutes, another ball over the top left Luke Glucas with a one-on-one chance only for Tadgh Ryan to show great bravery by coming off his line to make a crucial save.

Stephen Walsh has been United’s saviour on more than one occasion this season and again he was called into action five minutes later as Karl Byrne played a smart pass into the path of Doyle but before he could turn to shoot from close range, the Galway native was there to make a crucial tackle.

After soaking up wave after wave of pressure from their Dublin hosts, United would double their lead on 39 minutes with a rare venture forward as McCormack crossed from the left wing directly to the right wing for Gary Shanahan, who duly slotted it back goal wards where Marc Ludden was waiting to poach his second goal in three appearance and leave United 2-0 up at the break.

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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