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St Thomas’ and Mellows renew rivalry in first round of group ties

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St Thomas' Bernard Burke on the ball against Liam Mellows' Sean Morrissey and Patrick Prendergast in last year's group championship clash. The 2018 county finalists will meet again at Kenny Park on Sunday.

LESS than a month after losing the All-Ireland SHC club final, county champions and injury-hit St. Thomas’ must begin the defence of their county crown without key players against 2017 Tom Callanan Cup winners, Liam Mellows.

It is one of a plethora of mouth-watering fixtures kicking off the 2019 county senior hurling championship. Others include local derby games between last year’s semi-finalists Cappataggle and 2015 champions Sarsfields and fierce local rivals Padraig Pearses and Ahascragh/Fohenagh.

The clash of Turloughmore and Portumna, albeit the latter will be missing Joe Canning (groin), is also interesting given this will be their first SHC meeting since their 2017 clash which was deemed null and void in controversial circumstances.

All-Ireland intermediate club champions, Oranmore/Maree make a long-awaited return to senior, where they will face a Craughwell side still smarting from relegation from Senior ‘A’ last year. It is a novel meeting, with the last SHC fixture between the two taking place back in 1970. On that occasion, Oranmore/Maree were victorious.

SATURDAY

SENIOR A

Portumna v Turloughmore

(Kenny Park, 3pm)

The big news from the Portumna and Galway perspectives was the confirmation that Joe Canning (groin) will be out for months and is not expected to return until mid-July at the earliest. It represents a major blow to both set-ups as neither can afford to be shorn of his creativity and work-rate. Portumna will also be without Jack Canning (Australia) for 2019.

Other than that, John Madden — former Tipperary hurler and ex-Tipp selector under Michael Ryan — takes over from Johnny Keane as Portumna manager. Madden was a selector with Portumna in 2013/2014.

The charismatic Dinny Cahill has returned as coach while David Canning and Dermot O’Brien are selectors. The team is captained by Martin Dolphin while forward Neil Connelly will be buzzing after helping his school, Borrisokane, to All-Ireland senior ‘C’ honours recently.

Turloughmore remain under the stewardship of boss Joe Hession and selectors Barry Cullinane and Peter Fahy. Having enjoyed success at underage in recent years, Hession will hope more of these young players can break through although it will be the Burkes — Daithí and Ronan — Kevin Hussey, Jamie Holland, Sean Linnane and Sean Loftus who will lead their title charge.

Last SHC Meeting: 2017 (Group Stages) Turloughmore 2-17, Portumna 0-18 (null and void).

Verdict: Turloughmore.

For more, read this week’s Connacht 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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