Increase in attendance and bookmaker figures on final day of Galway Races
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a surge in attendance figures and bookmaker takings at Ballybrit yesterday, to mark the final day of this year’s Galway Races.
However, there was a significant drop in tote figures.
Yesterday was ‘Mad Hatters Day’ – and it was a strong finish for the final day of this year’s Galway Races.
Almost 10, 500 people passed through the turnstiles at Ballybrit yesterday – an increase of almost 700 people on the figure for 2017.
For just the second time over the course of the week, the bookmakers were also up on last year’s figures.
They collected €474 thousand across the day, an increase of €50 thousand compared to last year.
However, the tote experienced a significant drop of €260 thousand – from €716 thousand collected in 2017, to just €456 thousand yesterday.
New Galway Bay fm programme to champion climate action
Galway Bay FM is this week launching a new programme segment on the environment, to inform us all on how to make a difference in protecting the planet
‘Ours to Protect’ is a nationwide radio initiative, funded by Coimisiún na Meán’s Sound & Vision scheme.
It aims to tackle climate change and champion climate action and will be featured every Thursday for the next year on the morning current affairs programme Galway Talks
It will involve local community, voluntary, NGO and state organisation representatives to discuss topics such as the climate impact of Energy, Travel, Food, Waste, the Circular Economy and Biodiversity
The introductory programme airs this Thursday at 11:30am and presenter John Morley explains how listeners can get involved
Recent published book again draws attention to an old debate about the precise boundaries of Connemara
An item in a recently published book again draws attention to an old debate about the precise boundaries of Connemara.
The book entitled “Connemara Chronicles – Tales from Iorras Aithneach” has a prologue written by the late author and environmentalist Tim Robinson which places the Twelve Bens mountain range at the apex of the region.
The lines from the song “The Connemara Rose” say that the region is “far west from Galway town”. The song is tuneful but what are the facts?
Maybe no one knows but the late author Tim Robinson cast a scholarly eye on the matter.
In one of his last literary projects -the translation of a book of folklore from Connemara by Judge Seán Forde recently published – Tim Robinson added a prologue entitled “Connemara – Time and Space”.
He went back to the Con Maicne Mara clan who held sway far west about a thousand years ago. Quoting the writings of Roderick O Flaherty in the 17th Century Robinson goes on to conclude as follows: “For me”, he says “Connemara is the land that looks upon the Twelve Bens, that close-knit, mandala-like mountain range, as its stubborn and reclusive heart”. End of quote.
In short, it could mean – if you can see the Twelve Bens, you are in Connemara.
And on this Bank Holiday weekend, thousands are heading in that direction in sunshine blazing from the Atlantic to the mountain tops.
Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten calls for action to improve treatment for rare diseases
Local TD Denis Naughten says action is urgently required to improve access to treatment for those suffering from rare diseases.
Speaking in the Dáil, he said despite the phrase, rare diseases are not actually that rare but Ireland does not have the expertise to treat many of these conditions.
Deputy Naughten outlined how Ireland is a member of a number of EU networks that offer improved access to treatment.
But he said patients’ medical records must be constantly updated to ensure they have access to the most up-to-date medical care.
Deputy Naughten argued the big problem is that at the moment, it is consultants who are carrying out this time-consuming process, pulling them away from patient care.