Galway Bay fm newsroom – The final day of the Galway Races summer fesival gets underway this afternoon.
The attendance figures took an upwards turn at Ballybrit again yesterday, after Friday’s blip.
Crowds had been up on last year for the first four days of the festival but the bad weather on Friday arrested the records.
The upwards trend was re-instated yesterday with the crowd of just over 13000 up slightly by 225.
The betting of 1.38 million euro was a substantial 114 thousand more than last year, given the marginal increase in punters.
The tote had the biggest gain with the turnover of 528 thousand up almost 138 thousand on last year.
The bookies total of 854 thousand euro was up, although the difference of 23 thousand was less signifiant.
In the weekend fashion stakes the winner of the Ladbrokes Lady In Red Competition, judged by former Irish international soccer star Kevin Kilbane, was Cathy Dillon from Westport in County Mayo.
She walked away with a €500 L.K Bennett voucher along with €500 in Ladbrokes vouchers.
Today is another afternoon meet in Ballybrit with an eight race card for the final day of the summer festival.
The first race is at 2.15 and there’s full coverage of all races on Galway Bay fm.
Over 1200 cases of Covid 19 recorded in Galway in last fortnight
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 1208 cases of Covid 19 were recorded in Galway over the last 14 days.
That’s according to the latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show Galway for the two week period up to last Friday.
The data reveals Galway has an incidence rate of 468.1 per 100 thousand in population.
This is below the national average which stands at 544.5.
Longford has the highest rate of infection in the period at 1105.9, while Mayo has the lowest at 361.7.
Seanad hears call for urgent clarity on projects like Galway City Ring Road
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Seanad has heard a call for urgent clarity on a range of road projects in light of the revised National Development Plan, including the Galway City Ring Road.
Local Senator Sean Kyne argued there is huge confusion among the public as a result of the revised plan aiming to “please everyone”.
Many have expressed concern that new environmental criteria included in the plan could have a serious impact on the ring road project or see it scrapped outright.
Senator Kyne said some immediate clarity is needed on these vital projects to reassure the public…
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1,845 new cases of COVID-19 reported today
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 1,845 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported today.
497 people are being treated in hospital for the virus.
99 people are now in intensive care units across the country’s hospitals, up two since yesterday.
Meanwhile, the number of people signing up for COVID-19 vaccinations has doubled since Thursday.
That’s according to HSE boss Paul Reid, who tweeted that 5,000 of those attending vaccination clinics in Dublin over the past four days were young walk-ins.
Since last Thursday, over 2,000 people have been registering daily for a vaccination, that’s up 100 per cent on last week.