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McDermott putting his shoulder to the wheel for Galway

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Galway players Louise Ward (left) and Aine McDonagh celebrate with PRO John McDermott after they won the LGFA Connacht senior football title last year.

A man with a big personality, charismatic Galway Ladies Football PRO John McDermott’s popularity hit an all-time high when he was feted as the ‘PRO of the Year’ at the LGFA’s annual award ceremony in Croke Park last February.

The awards night, at which Galway LGFA Secretary Geraldine Heverin was also honoured as ‘County Officer of the Year’, was one of the highlights of McDermott’s life. “As I said at the time, I’ll never get an All-Star so that was my All-Star. I was thrilled with it,” he begins.

Adding to the night was the fact that he was surrounded by family, not only his own immediate family of wife Marion and children Cíara, Martha, Úna and Sean, but also his extended family from East Galway and Dublin and further afield. “I had extra people at it, but they (LGFA) treated us like royalty up there. It was just an unbelievable night.”

Having grown up in the east of the county and now living in the west, McDermott is a well-known figure through his interests in hurling, ladies football, music and fishing. He is also a trader who handles all measures of goods and items, describing himself as “a go-getter”.

“If you want something, I’ll go get it for you,” muses the Ballyconneely father-of-four. “I deal mostly in boats –  I buy and sell boats – and anything like that. The yard is full of stuff if you want anything,” he laughs. “I also do an awful lot of fishing; I bring people out fishing as well. So, I do a lot of boating. My love for the water is endless, especially for the River Shannon and the Western Sea Coast.”

What he doesn’t say is that he also has a very caring and generous disposition, underlined not only by the attention he has shown to the elderly and vulnerable around Ballyconneely during the current Covid-19 crisis but also in the good-natured manner in which he treats people on a day-to-day basis.

In many respects, this could be put down to his country upbringing close to the ancient monastic site of Clonfert, and to his devotion to Our Lady of Clonfert. “She has looked after me several times,” he says.

“I’m from a family of eight. My father (Brendan) passed away three years ago but my mother (Martha) is 80 and is in very good health. She was a Golden Oldies All-Ireland champion singer and is still a beautiful singer.

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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