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Silke recalls the days when his Corofin side came of age in ’98

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Ray Silke captain both Corofin and Galway to All-Ireland titles in 1998 pictured with his daughter Fáinse.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

You would often wonder what makes an All-Ireland winning team so special. One of the best people to answer this is Corofin’s Ray Silke, who has not only the distinction of captaining his club to their first All-Ireland senior club title in 1998 but, later that year, he replicated this feat when leading Galway to a famous Sam Maguire Cup triumph for the first time in over three decades.

Sometimes, you’d wonder if Silke gets the credit he deserves, for what he achieved that year was truly remarkable. Remember, this was a time when Gaelic football teams from the West of Ireland – more often than not – travelled with fear and trepidation when they crossed the Shannon and headed east for Croke Park.

Silke, though, was not just part of a movement, he was determined to change all that. His secret to success – a strong sense of destiny, unity of purpose and raw talent. In ’98, both Corofin and Galway had all those in abundance. However, on the eve of the All-Ireland club finals, it is of Corofin Talking Sport has come to chat Silke about.

“It is hard to believe it is 20 years ago,” says the 47-years-old, as he recalls those heady days of yonder year with his club. “The memories of ’98 were fantastic. We had come in on the back of a good few defeats [at provincial and national level] in the years leading up to it but I kind of felt it was our time. Within the camp, there was a sense of it was now or never.

“Tony Murphy and Paul McGettigan led a super management team. Ger Keane was also involved back then and he still is a selector 20 years later. He is an example of the unsung hero who does so much at club level and it doesn’t always get noticed.

“You also had Martin Goggins, who was an excellent coach, and he had a line ‘smash and grab’ – of go up and collect the spoils and go home again. The fact that we were the first team from Connacht to win it adds a little bit of a historical context to it as well,” he says proudly.

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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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