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Half-time gloom replaced by final whistle joy as footballers turn it around

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Galway selector Brian Silke and team manager Kevin Walsh in relaxed mood before Sunday's Connacht football final at Hyde Park. They had plenty to smile about after the game as well. Photos: Joe O’Shaughnessy

WHILE there was a sense of relief etched on the face of Galway manager Kevin Walsh as he faced the microphones in the aftermath of his side’s Connacht final success, there was too a feeling of satisfaction that his side had faced into a crisis and come out on the right side of it.

He admitted that there was worry at half-time when Galway trotted in at the break three points down after playing with the wind – what mattered to him, and his team, was how they would respond to this adversity.

“We just had too many turnovers in that first half – about 12 in all between kicked passes and hand passes – and at this level you just can’t hand the ball back to the opposition. When you do that, you’re always going to be in trouble.

“With half of this match over, there were a lot of questions being asked of this team and of the management too at half-time. We knew what happened last year and we had that in mind too.

“It was a case of whether they were going to fold or whether they were they going to come out and play in the second half. The players gave that answer in the second half and got us through what was always going to be a tough match,” said Walsh.

There’s a bit of pride there too that after some very lean years in the Connacht championship, Galway have now won two out of the last three provincial titles, and the manager stressed that this was one ‘they didn’t want to leave behind’.

“There are a lot of young lads on the team, but without any shadow of doubt, the group are maturing nicely, and are facing up to the challenges put in front of them.

“We’ve had tough draws in the Connacht championship over the past three years – this is the first time in my four years that we’ve played Division 2 and Division 3 teams here in Connacht so two titles out of the three finals is not bad. We’d have preferred three but . . . . ,” said Walsh.

He readily concedes that Galway’s first half performance was ‘very poor’ but said that there was no sense of panic at half-time – just a realisation that everyone had to do better. The ‘wind factor’ though didn’t really bother them that much.

“We hadn’t played well in the first half but yet there was only three points in it. At the end of the day, that wasn’t a big deficit, and to be honest, there’s often too much made of the wind.

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.
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