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Top billing goes to clash of Turloughmore and Mellows

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Portunmna's Ronan O'Meara on the attack against Shane Cooney of St Thomas' during last year's Galway senior hurling championship. The 2020 title race belatedly starts this weekend.

THE Galway senior and intermediate championships return this weekend but not as we know it. With just 200 people allowed inside the grounds, it is going to make for a very strange experience for all involved.

There has been a great deal of frustration over the restrictions on crowds given the size of the venues and this has put pressure on county officials and clubs alike when it has come to distributing their meagre allocations.

In any event, teams cannot afford to be distracted by this as they set out on their championship journey and credit to Galway GAA and TG4 for providing live coverage of a selection of games through their respective mediums.

Although all eyes will be on champions St. Thomas’ as they commence their three-in-a-row bid against Castlegar, the big showdown of the weekend is that of 2019 finalists Liam Mellows and title challengers Turloughmore.

Elsewhere, the senior ‘B’ clash between Craughwell and Gort has been postponed until the following weekend due to a tragic death in Gort.

In the intermediate championship, last year’s finalists Kilconieron face 2019 junior ‘A’ winners Athenry in Loughrea on Saturday (6pm) while Abbeyknockmoy, relegated from senior, play Kiltormer at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe, on Sunday (1pm). For IHC games, see fixtures.

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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