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It’s not perfect but Connacht men still hitting their targets

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Connacht scrum half Caolin Blade is about to set an attack in motion against the Southern Kings during Saturday's PRO14 clash at the Sportsground. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Connacht 24

Southern Kings 12

Rob Murphy at the Sportsground

IN the cold light of a Monday morning, this performance won’t have looked so bad. The result was perfect, four tries and a win securing the maximum of five points from a home fixture against the weaker of South Africa’s two teams in this competition. The outcome was a jump in places within the conference from fourth to second where they sit one point behind the next PRO14 visitors to the Sportsground . . . Munster.

So it is steady as she goes for Connacht in two competitions. The ship remains relatively unscathed after three months of full-on action, the objectives still very much within range. A home play-off game requires a second place finish in the PRO14, a quarter final place in the Champions Cup required one win from the opening two rounds, and both of those targets remain very possible. The clouds are gathering, however, and no one is quite sure what these next seven weeks might bring.

This was an odd fixture, one weekend of PRO14 action squeezed into a run of four Champions Cup games. The mindset was always going to be difficult, injured and rested players were returning and only the most steely minded could have avoided thinking a bit about this weekend’s trip to Gloucester, once the fourth try was scored early in the second half. The job was all but done at that point, focus suffered a little.

Perhaps, that’s why there was a sense of frustration afterwards but it was more a case of the errors. Connacht lost four lineouts from 17 at key points, turned over the ball 14 times and were just unable to produce anything more than flashes of what they are capable of producing. One stat sums it up, this was a bonus point home win where they had to make more tackles over the course of the game than their opponents. That doesn’t happen often.

Yet back to the cold light of day, this was a well negotiated challenge. No injuries were picked up, the crowd arrived happy with the news that Bundee Aki had signed his new record-breaking, and era defining, contract to stay in the West of Ireland and they left the ground happy in the knowledge that their team are right on the coattails of Munster in this competition with plenty of points in the bank.

For more, read this week’s Connacht 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.
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