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Rebels up first for Galway in defence of All-Ireland crown

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Galway's Ailish O’Reilly getting the better of Kilkenny's Collette Dormer during last year's All-Ireland senior camogie final at Croke Park The Tribeswomen open the defence of their title against Cork at a home venue.

REIGNING All-Ireland senior camogie champions Galway will face the litmus test of their 2020 championship ambitions after they were drawn in a group that includes title favourites Cork.

In a rematch of last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, which the Tribeswomen won on a 0-14 to 1-10 scoreline, Galway will be eager to make home advantage count when they meet the Leesiders in their championship opener and, more importantly, pick up the points ahead of their remaining group fixtures against Offaly and Wexford.

Despite the “tough draw”, Galway senior and intermediate manager Cathal Murray is just delighted to have clarity following months of uncertainty. “So, it is good in that way and it is a good match to be looking forward to against Cork because they are the top team in it and many people’s favourites for the All-Ireland title.

“When you play them, you will know straightaway where you stand and you then have to improve on that afterwards. So, it is a good thing to be playing them and we are looking forward to that.”

As one of four seeded teams in the three-group draw, Galway were perhaps unfortunate to end up facing another top seed in the early rounds. Murray, though, is unperturbed. “It is no harm. I think it is an advantage to be playing those sort of teams in the group.

“We had a very good group last year – playing Kilkenny – and it is good to have those matches because you know where you stand and you know which players are playing well and where you need to improve. So, it is a good thing to be tested before the bigger games later on in the year – if you do get to them.”

One suspects, Galway and Cork would have liked a game behind them entering such a high-profile clash but Murray acknowledges that there is little they can do about that now.

“It is what it is and the one thing about that game is that it will focus the mind when we are back training. It is going to be a home match. We want to put in a good performance at home and we want to get something out of the game, definitely.

“To be honest, though, the girls are just happy the camogie championship is going ahead. They are concentrating on the club at the moment – and they are looking forward to that – but I’m sure they will equally be looking forward to having another crack at Cork when they do come back in training.”

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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