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Thousands descend on city for first day of Galway Races

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Thousands of visitors have descended on the city for the start of the Galway Racing Festival today.
More than 150 thousand people are expected to attend the racecourse in Ballybrit over the 7-day festival.
Hotels in Galway are sponsoring most of the races at today’s evening meeting.
The gates open to the racecourse at about 2.45 this afternoon with the first race going to post at 10 past 5.
The adult ticket price for this evening is 20 euro; it’ll be 25 euro tomorrow and Wednesday, 30 euro on Ladies Day, 25 euro for Friday evening’s meeting and 20 euro for both Saturday an Sunday.
Bus Éireann will operate a regular shuttle bus service from Eyre Square each day of the festival, while Iarnród Éireann is putting on extra trains for Galway Plate Day and Ladies Day on Wednesday and Thursday.
Manager of Galway Races John Maloney, says the going is good and there will be some sporting heroes at this evening’s meeting in Ballybrit.
And a reminder that Galway Bay fm will have live coverage of every race, every day for the seven day festival.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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