Galway Bay fm newsroom – A bumper crowd of 34 thousand people wagered just under 3 million euro at Ballybrit yesterday.(Wed)
The Ladies Day crowd was up 6,400 on last year while the betting of 2.8 million was up 730 thousand euro
While the weather wasn’t exactly tropical in Ballybrit yesterday, it was still a vast improvement on the thunderstorms of last year, so hopes were high of an increased attendance and they materialised.
Just over 34 thousand people went through the turnstiles on Ladies Day.
They spent just under a million euro on the tote, up 126 thousand on last year while the bookies took in 1.88 million, up half a million on last year.
The first race of the day was a strong Galway victory with Kilcolgan trainer Stephen McMahon sending out Aranhill Chief to win at 12 to 1 for owner Galway man Paddy Kelly.
In the fashion stakes it was the millliners who flew the Galway flag.
Edel Ramberg from College Road in the city designed the Best Hat for winner Paula Clancy from Inverin who works in Cisco Oranmore.
The ‘Wear Irish’ competition winner, Emer Nash from Limerick sported a hat by Suzie Mahony from Loughrea.
Clare-native, Helen Murphy, who lives and teaches in Cork was announced overall winner in the Anthony Ryan’s sponsored competition as the Best Dressed Lady
Today’s racing begin at 5.05.
1,380 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health this afternoon reported 1,380 new cases of Covid-19 – a drop of 800 on yesterday’s figure.
The five-day moving average now stands at 1,833.
There are 459 people in hospital with the virus, an increase of 53 since yesterday, with 74 in ICU – up three since yesterday.
16 pubs close in Galway since the start of the pandemic according to new Survey
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City and County has seen 16 pubs close their doors since the start of the pandemic with 456 pubs renewing their licences in September of this year.
That number is compared to 472 who renewed their licences in January 2020.
Nationally, 349 pubs have shut their doors since the pandemic began, according to trade representative bodies.
They’ve analysed figures from Revenue, and found 37 outlets shut in Cork since last March.
It’s the worst affected county followed by Donegal and Dublin with 33 each.
Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive of the VFI, says: “These new figures reveal Covid’s dramatic impact on the trade over the past 19 months. To lose 5% of pubs in such a short timeframe is unprecedented and underlines how the pub trade bore the brunt of pandemic restrictions.
“In light of recent speculation about delaying the ending of restrictions, the news that pubs are closing across the country will only heighten anxiety in the trade. Uncertainty is a key factor in why so many pubs have closed so Government must put an end to the crisis by announcing the easing of restrictions will proceed as planned.”
Donall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the LVA, says: “Losing 349 pubs across the country indicates the magnitude of what’s happened to the pub trade since March 2020. These pubs closed even with the Government supports in place.
“We think the reopening of late night hospitality, the return of the bar counter, the end of mandatory table service and a resumption of normal trading hours should proceed next Friday. If access is limited to those who have been vaccinated there is no justification for not proceeding the easing of the rest of the restrictions.
“With more than 90% of the adult population vaccinated and vaccine passes likely to remain in place, if we can’t allow hospitality to trade relatively normally now then when will we ever be able to?
“Anticipation is high ahead of the lifting of 22nd October for the simple reason that publicans are desperate to get back to normal trading. Many pubs and other hospitality businesses have been hanging on for this moment and any further delays will be a step too far for some. The Government needs to recognise delays will push more businesses over the edge where they will join the 349 pubs that have already been lost during the course of the pandemic,” Mr. O’Keeffe concluded.
Seven day pub licence renewals by county: Jan 2020 v September 2021
Road resurfacing works to begin tomorrow evening on N6 Bothar na dTreabh
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Road resurfacing overlay works will commence on the N6 Bothar na dTreabh from Kirwan Junction to Tuam Road Junction tomorrow evening.
The works, carried out John Madden & Sons Ltd., acting on behalf of Galway City Council, will take place during the hours of 7.00pm and 7.00am for a period of four weeks.
A Stop & Go system will be in operation during this time.
Road users are urged to use alternative routes to avoid delays and proceed with caution during this period as Traffic Management will be in operation at all times.