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Kelly stays cool after Cheltenham exploits of Presenting Percy and Mall Dini

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HOME ARE THE HEROES: Galway trainer Pat Kelly with Mall Dini (left) and Presenting Percy after their great exploits at the Cheltenham festival last week. Also included are amateur rider William McMahon, centre, and David Prendergast, farrier.

HE’S the mystery man of the Cheltenham Festival. The racing media, in particular, don’t know what to make of him; can’t fathom him out at all – this small West of Ireland trainer who has taken the sport’s biggest meeting by storm for the past three years, but still continues to shun the limelight.

Pat Kelly has always been his own man; does things his own way; and has little or no interest in the trappings of big-race winners. Cool under pressure and guarded in the hour of victory, the Craughwell handler has already gone down in Cheltenham folklore thanks to his horses’ exploits in the shadow of Cleeve Hill.

Outside of the big two, Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, he and Henry de Bromhead, another trainer with a strong string, were the only other Irish stables to visit the winners’ enclosure in Cheltenham last week. Kelly was mixing with the gentry of the sport; but has no interest in extolling his training virtues or getting caught up in the moment.

He took just two horses to the 2018 Cheltenham festival and came within a half a length of pulling off the most astonishing double. Presenting Percy lived up to all the hype with a brilliant run when pulverising a decent field in the RSA Chase last Wednesday before Mall Dini was just denied by the stamina-ladened and front-running Missed Approach in the Kim Muir Chase 24 hours later.

The roar that went up from the grandstands when course commentator Mark Johnson fervently relayed that Mall Dini was still ‘tanking along’ coming into the home straight reflected the punters’ faith in what Kelly brings to Cheltenham. Only the shockingly poached ground up the hill prevented the horse from getting his head in front.

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.
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