Ladies Day attracts crowd of 34 thousand to Ballybrit
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.
Appeal for responsible parking as huge crowds expected at Connemara beaches
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Gardaí and a local councillor are appealing to visitors to Connemara beaches this weekend to park responsibly.
Gardaí have a particular focus on Dogs Bay and Gurteen Beach in Roundstone.
With thousands of visitors expected, they’re asked to be mindful of where and how they park their vehicles, to avoid causing obstructions to other road users and emergency services.
Local councillor Gerry King has been speaking to David Nevin.
Galway public asked to consider all options before attending ED over bank holiday weekend
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Galway public are being asked to consider all care options before presenting to emergency departments this bank holiday weekend.
The Saolta Hospital Group says combined with the good weather, this weekend will likely bring additional pressure.
Serious accidents, incidents and injuries can’t always be avoided – and that’s what Emergency Departments are for.
But Saolta is reminding people ahead of the bank holiday weekend, that a trip to the ED isn’t the best solution for all medical treatments.
It’s advising that patients who attend ED for routine and non-urgent treatment will experience very long waiting times.
The public are asked to consider all local care options – including pharmacies, GP out of hours services, or the minor injuries unit in Roscommon.
We’re also being urged to be ‘Sun Smart’ this weekend as the good weather is set to continue.
That means staying hydrated, keeping cool, and remembering the sunscreen before spending time outdoors – as well as keeping an eye on the vulnerable, including babies and the elderly.
Catherine Connolly slams Government over “two-tier” approach to refugees
Galway West TD Catherine Connolly has taken aim at the Government over it’s “two tier” approach to asylum seekers and refugees.
She says 23 years after the introduction of direct provision, we are distinguishing between those of colour and those who come from non-Ukrainian countries.
Deputy Connolly claimed the EU has deliberately created a distinction that leads to hatred.
Speaking in the Dáil, she said Ireland’s asylum system falls far short.