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Holders Galway host first ever Leinster championship game against Kilkenny

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Galway's Cathal Mannion, pictured in action against Offaly's Brendan Murphy, will be hoping to cause problems for the Kilkenny defence at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

IT is the battle of the champions at Pearse Stadium on Sunday (4pm) as All-Ireland holders Galway host National League winners Kilkenny in a Leinster SHC fixture that is sure to attract a massive crowd to the Salthill venue.

Remarkably, this will be Galway’s first ‘home’ championship game since they defeated Clare by 4-25 to 0-20 at the same location seven years ago. Of those possibly to feature for the Tribesmen this Sunday, goalkeeper James Skehill, David Burke, Joe Canning and Aidan Harte are the only survivors from that fixture in 2011.

On that occasion, a crowd of 13,011 turned up for the All-Ireland qualifier and it would be a surprise if this weekend’s tally did not significantly surpass that given the historical nature of this contest – it being the first home match for Galway since they joined the Leinster competition back in 2009.

In other words, this will be a whole new experience for the majority of Micheal Donoghue’s squad and they couldn’t have asked for a stiffer test upon their championship return to home turf than Allianz League champions, Kilkenny.

Ask any past Galway hurler, even those from the successful teams in the 1980s, and they will admit the one side they continually seemed to have trouble with was Kilkenny. The statistics certainly bear testament to that.

This will be the 43rd championship meeting between the sides, with Kilkenny having taken the victory on 31 of the previous 42 occasions. Galway have nine wins and there have been two draws.

Indeed, in the last 10 previous encounters between the two, the Tribesmen have won just once – the 2012 Leinster final decider – and so the current Galway outfit will be under no illusions as to the mammoth task in hand.

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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