President Michael D Higgins will present the Galway Plate at Ballybrit this afternoon.
Galway Plate Day, one of the best known days in the Irish racing calendar, gets underway at 3pm.
The Galway Plate has been running at Ballybrit since 1869.
The longstanding race is run over a distance of 2 miles 6 furlongs with fourteen fences to jump.
The last two fences, three furlongs from the finish, are the closest fences together of any racecourse in the world.
President Michael D Higgins will present the winner of the tote.com Galway Plate in the winner’s enclosure this afternoon, and says he’s delighted to have a day at the festival.
So far this week, betting and attendance havebeen up – with almost four million euro wagered during the first days.
Almost 40,000 people have already paid a visit to Ballybrit.
President Higgins says the races are an opportunity for people who’ve emigrated to visit home.
The first race this afternoon gets underway at 3pm, and Gardaí are advising motorists to follow their traffic instructions.
Gardaí will be out in force over the week to ensure a steady and safe flow of traffic.
Garda Marcus Flynn says motorists travelling to and from the city should avoid the racecourse before and after race meetings:
This morning, trainer Dermot Weld and his sparring partner Jim Bolger were conferred with Honorary Doctorates by NUI Galway.
66 year old Dermot Weld was introduced Dr John Newell, senior lecturer in Biostatistics.
71 year old Jim Bolger was introduced by Professor Michael Kerin – professor of medicine at NUI Galway and Research Director of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.
Both were conferred with honorary doctor of arts degrees.
And a reminder live coverage and analysis of the Ballybrit Races on Galway Bay fm.
2,193 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Press Release: Tuesday 26 October
Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 2,193* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 513 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 97 are in ICU.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:
“I am increasingly worried about the rising incidence of the disease nationwide. Our primary focus now must be to protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19.
“We are seeing a continuing increase in hospitalisation and intensive care admissions – a substantial amount of whom are not fully vaccinated – placing our frontline healthcare services, including non-COVID care, under significant pressure.
“It is essential that we do everything we can to break the chains of transmission of the Delta variant, in the community, in the workplace and in our homes. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated, please stay at home, isolate from others and arrange a free test immediately.
“If you have not done so already, please choose to protect yourself by availing of your free COVID-19 vaccine which will significantly reduce your risk of severe illness if you contract the disease.
“The vaccine, our best defence against COVID-19, is not the only tool we have to drive down the spread of the disease. Please continue to regularly wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, open windows and ensure spaces are well ventilated, wear masks on public transport, shops, indoor workplaces and crowded outdoor areas, and by keeping a safe 2m distance from others as much as possible.”
Galway TD critical of “Cinderella license” to reopen nightclubs while respite services remain closed
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has voiced criticism of the so-called “Cinderella Dance License” that has allowed nightclubs to reopen while many essential respite services remain closed.
Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil discussion on the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and roadmap for the future.
She expressed frustration that it’s apparently safe to dance in a busy nightclub after midnight yet it’s not safe to open essential respite services in Galway.
Deputy Connolly indicated it’s neither fair nor logical – and the Government must do better.
Diocese of Galway prayer service to call for action on climate change and biodiversity crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Diocese of Galway is to host a prayer service and information event this week to call for action in the face of climate change and the biodiversity crisis.
It’s being held on Thursday at 7:30pm in Galway Cathedral to coincide with the start of COP26, the 2021 United Nations climate change conference.
The diocesan Laudato Si’ launch event is being led by Bishop Brendan Kelly with a special address by Jane Mellett of Trocaire.
Jane Mellett told Galway Bay fm news aims to provide space to reflect on what’s happening to our common home -she says we need to listen to the cry of the Earth and take action: