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Progressive Pakens proves a big hit with local punters

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The winning connections with the Galway-owned Pakens Rock after the six-year-old landed the Faber Audiovisuals Novice Hurdle at Ballybrit on Tuesday. Left to right: Peg O'Connor, Bernie Heavey, Vincent Healy, trainer Barry Murphy, jockey Kevin Brouder, Kevin Heffernan, Andrew Flaherty, owner Ray Healy, Maggie Wilson and Shane Heavey. Photos: Healy Racing.

THERE was only one horse on racegoers’ lips after the staging of an all-National Hunt card in testing conditions at Ballybrit on Tuesday.

It wasn’t just that the progressive Pakens Rock is locally owned and trained, but also the potential of the six-year-old which made short work  of a decent field from the front in the Faber Audiovisuals Novice Hurdle.

Trained by Barry Murphy in Clarinbridge and owned by former St Thomas’ hurler Ray Healy – his brother Vincent bred the horse – Pakens Rock was impressively following up last month’s course and distance win.

Well backed into 11/4 favourite, Kevin Brouder’s mount always travelled sweetly at the head of affairs, but the manner in which he stretched cleared from toiling rivals on meeting the rising grounds suggests that this is a ‘Galway horse’ going places.

With 11 lengths to spare at the line, Pakens Rock could now attempt a quick Ballybrit three-timer at the upcoming October Bank Holiday festival, while connections haven’t ruled out a trip to Cheltenham this side of Christmas either.

Owner Ray Healy was naturally in ebullient form after Pakens Rock’s third career win and jokingly asked the attending JP McManus would he buy the horse off him. “JP just said ‘wouldn’t you like to have a bit of fun with him’, but it was nice of him to offer his congratulations.

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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