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Huge drop in betting figures at Galway Races despite strong attendance

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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.

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Vodafone secures permission to replace telecommunications infrastructure in Oranmore with larger structure

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Vodafone Ireland has secured planning permission to replace a telecommunications structure on Main Street in Oranmore with a taller piece of infrastructure.

An Bord Pleanála has given the project the green light subject to six conditions.

The project led by Vodafone Ireland Limited seeks to remove an existing 15 metres telecommunications support structure and replace it with a new 24 metre unit.

County Planners refused the application in February citing concerns including that the development would be visually obtrusive, would seriously injure the amenities if the area and the value of property in the vicinity.

An Bord Pleanála has overturned the county council decision in granting permission with revised conditions.

One states the mast and all associated antennas and equipment are removed from the site when no longer required.

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Protest in Galway City this afternoon in opposition to British Government legacy proposals

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A protest will take place in Galway city this afternoon in opposition to the British Government’s legacy proposals.

The families of the Time for Truth Campaign are behind the National Day of Action against the proposed amnesty preventing prosecutions for conflict related offences.

Sinn Féin Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell will be the guest speaker at the Galway protest which takes place in Eyre Square at 2pm.

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Man missing from Athenry found safe and well

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The man missing from Athenry has been found safe and well

39 year old Nicholas Crouch had been missing since Monday

Gardai have confirmed that he has been found, and is safe and well

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