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Productive day out for local clubs at provincial track & field

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GCH gold medal winners at the Connacht Track and Field final, Ava McKeon and Leana Nic Dhonncha.

GALWAY clubs had great success on day two of the Connacht Track and Field Championships which were held on Saturday last in Claremorris, with wins for athletes from Galway City Harriers, South Galway, Athenry, Tuam and Craughwell.

At senior level, Katie O’Donoghue of Craughwell again excelled as she claimed a terrific four gold medal haul in the 100m, Shot, High Jump and Long Jump. Sinead Gaffney won an exciting 800m race from Maebh Brannigan of GCH, while Jack Miskella captured the men’s 800m.

Jean O’Connor of GCH won the 1500m title, while Castlegar’s Stephen Casserly produced a trademark fast finish to win Masters gold in the 1500m. In the field, Shane O’Rourke of Tuam took gold in the High Jump while Mary Barrett of Loughrea took Shot Putt and Discus Masters gold. Clubmate Brendan Lynch won both the Senior Triple and Long Jumps.

Ronnie Warde of Castlegar had a fantastic day, winning triple gold at Masters level in the 100m, 200m and 400m events. Majella Loftus of GCH won the 100m and 200m Masters Gold, clocking personal bests. Justin Lane of Tuam took the 100m hurdles title and the Hammer.

At U14 level, David Mannion of South Galway won a double in the 75m hurdles and the 200m while his brother Stephen claimed the 800m title and Long Jump gold. In the girls events, Ava McKeon of GCH won the 200m and the 75m hurdles, and her clubmate Leana Nic Dhonncha won well in the 800m. In the 1500m distance event, Isabella Burke of GCH and Andrew Horan of South Galway were victorious. In the Walks, Sean Kelleher of South Galway impressed in taking the gold medal. Cillian Griffin of GCH took the boys 80m title

In the Field events, Liam Shaw of Athenry AC was a double champion, winning both the Shot Putt and Discus titles. Jade Moorhead and Evan Hallinan won High Jump gold for Craughwell. Caitlin Griffin of Loughrea was crowned Connacht Discus champion at U14 level, while Aoibhe Fahy of Craughwell took the Javelin gold.

In the U15 Girls events, Emma Moore took double gold for GCH in the 200m and 800m. Aisling Finn of South Galway won the 100m. Athenry’s Aoibhe Deeley won the sprint hurdles, while Rosin Geaney of South Galway continued to shine, claiming gold in the 2k Walk event.

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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