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More like it as Connacht earn bonus point victory over Italians

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Connacht scrum half Caolin Blade tries to escape the clutches of Zebre's Matu Tevi during Saturday's PRO14 encounter at the Sportsground. Photo: Joe Shaughnessy.

Connacht 32

Zebre 13

ON the face of it this was a bonus point win over a disjointed, error-strewn and undisciplined Zebre side that brought none of the nous and spark they had delivered in previous encounters. Underneath that, Saturday’s tussle in the rain at the Sportsground was an illuminating illustration of a potential shift in approach from Connacht, one that could prove to be very rewarding.

In the vast majority of their games last season, Connacht had more possession than the opposition yet by and large, it made no difference. Connacht lost 14 of their 21 PRO14 games for example. Time and again opponents were happy to let the westerners have the ball and held their patience in defence when playing the men in green – and more often than not it worked as Connacht huffed and puffed to no avail.

On Saturday, Connacht had just 48% of possession yet outscored their opponents five tries to one. They had a spell in the second half with two extra men after the visitors lost the run of themselves with two quick yellow cards, but only managed one try during the period yet they didn’t lose shape or confidence and kept a firm grip on the contest once Zebre were restored to the full complement.

Twice last season, Michael Bradley and his management team shrewdly outfoxed the men from Connacht with well carved out game plans and on the field his players showed nous and composure to deliver back-to-back wins in Parma and Galway.

There was no chance of that here and while Andy Friend insisted that his side played the conditions not the opponent in terms of tactics, this really did feel like a case of tailoring a game plan for an opponent. Even if that’s just coincidental. Zebre thrive in loose games, they are fast on the counter attack but tight structured encounters leave them exposed at set piece time and vulnerable in terms of their skillset to get out of trouble.

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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