Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

CITY TRIBUNE

Hectic fixtures schedule ahead of county hurlers and footballers in 2018

Published

on

The Galway hurlers who will have no shortage of matches in defence of their All-Ireland and National League titles in 2018.

ALL-Ireland senior hurling champions Galway will host Kilkenny in what will be their first home game ever in the Leinster championship next Summer while Galway’s footballers face yet another showdown with arch rivals Mayo in the 2018 Connacht senior championship.

The landscape of what lies in store for the county’s senior teams became a lot clearer last week after the draws were made for the respective provincial football competitions and details of the order of games in the Leinster and Munster hurling championships were announced.

Although no draw was required to be made for the hurling – following the establishment of a new 10-team Liam McCarthy Cup championship – the running order of fixtures in Leinster has generated some excitement locally with the news Galway will face Brian Cody’s Cats in their first home game.

The Tribesmen, who have a bye in the second round, will commence the defence of their Leinster and All-Ireland titles with a championship opener away to Offaly in early May before Micheal Donoghue’s charges tackle Kilkenny (home), Wexford (away) and Dublin (home) in the later rounds.

Meanwhile, for the fifth year running, Galway will face All-Ireland finalists Mayo in the Connacht senior football championship. While Mayo convincingly won their meetings in 2013 and ’14, the Tribesmen reversed that trend the last two years with narrow wins.

In many respects, the draw for the championship is lop-sided, not only in terms of Galway and Mayo clashing in the first round but in that the winners must then play Sligo or London whereas defending champions Roscommon have only to negotiate the winner of the Leitrim v New York semi-final to qualify for the provincial decider.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

CITY TRIBUNE

Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending