Huge drop in betting figures at Galway Races despite strong attendance
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a huge drop in betting figures at this years Galway Races despite similar attendance levels to last years festival.
The biggest drop was on Wednesday – when figures were down by well over half a million euro.
Yesterday was ‘Mad Hatters Day’ – and it was a strong finish for the final day of this year’s Galway Races with a slight increase in attendance.
Across the week, attendance figures were broadly in line with those recorded last year – with 133 thousand people passing through Ballybrit.
That’s a marginal decrease of just 5 thousand people compared to last year’s festival.
The busiest day was on Friday – with over 30 thousand people passing through the stiles at Ballybrit, and leaving some €2.1 million worth of bets behind them.
However, overall, it was a very challenging year for the bookmakers and the tote – both of which fell significantly short of the figures recorded for 2017.
While bookmakers recorded slight increases on Monday, Saturday and Sunday, they experienced major drops on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The biggest drop was on Thursday – which saw the bookmakers down by almost half a million euro.
Meanwhile, it was also a particularly challenging year for tote figures – with all seven days showing sharp decreases on last years takings.
The worst day for the tote at Ballybrit was yesterday Sunday – with final figures standing at €456 thousand, a dramatic fall of €260 thousand on figures for the same day last year.
Water outage in Barnaderg Tuam due to network leak
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway County Council, Water Services are advising residents and businesses on the Barnaderg Group Water Supply Scheme they will be without a supply this evening
The outage will be from approximately 7pm to 11pm
It’s due to a leak on the Uisce Eireann watermains network.
Permission granted for controversial communications mast in Monivea
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Permission has been granted for a controversial communications mast in Monivea.
The 27M mast, which would be based on the grounds of Monivea rugby club, sparked considerable debate in the local community last year.
From the start, there has been significant local opposition to the plans, including a public meeting held in Monivea last summer.
An enormous amount of submissions were also lodged by local residents on the application for planning permission.
The majority were negative – though some locals did voice their support for the project, which Monivea rugby club says will ensure the availability of high-speed broadband in the local area.
It hasn’t been a smooth process, with several delays for various reasons – including the need for the planned tower having to be re-designed to reduce its height.
But now, county planners have cleared the way for its construction with a grant of permission, with 11 conditions attached.
Safety works underway on dangerous corner in Caherlistrane
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Safety works are being carried out today on a dangerous corner in Caherlistrane.
Contractors are putting in anti-skid markings at Loftus Corner, with road signage to follow.
It’s after a number of incidents in which cars lost control at the corner and ended up in a nearby field.
Councillor Andrew Reddington says local residents have been looking for these works for years.