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Doors closed for Utd return

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A packed Eamonn Deacy Park - there will be a very different look to the ground when United return to action at the end of the month, as the first two home games will be behind closed doors.

Galway United will resume their 2020 First Division campaign at the end of this month with two home games in three days – but the games are likely to be held behind closed doors on safety grounds.
Alan Murphy’s side will return to action with a first home game of the season when they welcome early pace-setters, Cabinteely, to Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday July 31 (7.45pm); followed on Monday August 3 by the visit of Athlone Town (7.45pm), after the initial game on the opening day of the season on Friday February 21 was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Under current Government guidelines, crowds of up to 200 people are allowed to attend outdoor events. However, that figure includes those involved in the event, such as squads, club officials, medical personnel, Gardai and stewards.
That would greatly reduce availability to the general public, and as a result, it is believed that United will take the decision to play those first two home games behind closed doors.
“We are looking at the numbers to see how many fans we could allow, but as far as we are concerned, it is all about safety, safety, safety,” a spokesperson for United said.
“We were planning for allowing 200 fans into the ground, but now that the number permitted to attend outdoor events is staying at 200, which includes those associated with the game itself, it is likely we will play those games against Cabinteely and Athlone behind closed doors,” a spokesperson for United told City Sport yesterday, adding that that the club would be contacting season ticket holders and co-op members over the next seven days about the matter.
It was thought that the number of people permitted to attend an outdoor event would be extended to 500 on Monday under Phase 4 of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, but a rise in the number of cases in Ireland has seen the Government postpone that planned easing until August 10.
If restrictions are eased on that new date, then the first chance for fans to attend a United home game will be the following Friday, August 14, when they host Longford Town (7.45pm).
As well as the new-look fixture list being released this week, the FAI also held the draw for the First Round of the FAI Cup, but there has been widespread criticism of the Associaiton that it did not also hold the draw for the Second Round.

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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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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