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Tough draws for Galway sides in FAI Junior Cup

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The NUI Galway team which has gone top of Division 2. Back row, from left: Joe Kelly, Peter McAnena, Alan Hansbury, Darren Sinton, Ger Bane, Niall Walsh, Colm Tummon, Micheal Mayhew, and Ray Darcy. Front: Cathal Sweeney, Johnny Heaney, Patrick Casey, David Tierney, Killian Moore, Fergus Browne, and Fionn Murphy.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

Probably for the first time ever the Galway League will have its strongest representation ever in the Fifth Round of the FAI Junior Cup. The last local round was played at the weekend with the outcome that the top three teams in the Premier League have advanced to the National open draw at the last 64 stage.

Mervue United, Salthill Devon and Athenry all won with different degrees of comfort, but in Wednesday’s draw, the two city sides were handed tough away draws, while Athenry have the benefit of a home tie.

Salthill Devon are guaranteed a trip to Dublin is guaranteed as they will meet the winners of the outstanding game between Sheriff FC and Kilmore Celtic. Sheriff are past winners of the competition, were last year’s beaten finalists, and are one of the strongest teams in the AUL.

It will be a trip home for Mervue United manager, Gareth Gorman, as his side are heading to Donegal to face Inishowen side Greencastle. Again, they are a good quality side and one Mervue will do well to overcome.

Athenry have been drawn at home against Cork side Coachford FC; while one other Galway side, Ballinasloe Town of the Roscommon & District Senior League, also remain in the competition, and have been handed an away tie against Villa.

In Western Hygiene Supplies Premier League action, West United closed the gap on the top three with a home win over Maree/Oranmore; while a late equaliser denied Hibernians a win as they had to settle for a draw with mid table Loughrea.

In Division 1, leaders Cois Fharraige maintained their long unbeaten league record with an away draw in Tuam; while second-placed Mervue United B took full advantage with a home success over Dynamo Blues.

FAI JUNIOR CUP

Salthill Devon 7

Corrib Rangers 0

A four-goal second-quarter blast helped ease the home side past a limited visitors at Drom on Friday night and thereafter the game was over as a contest as three second-half goals just added to the punishment of Rangers.

The home side were just operating at a different level throughout the game, as their pace and movement had Rangers stretched all over the park, but it took Devon until the 24th minute to take the lead when Darren Creaven fired them ahead.

Aaron Conway very quickly added a second with the aid of a deflection, before Shane Concannon set up Timmy Molloy to make it three. Two minutes from the break, a Molloy pass allowed Creaven beat the off-side trap to lob the advancing Derek Griffin to leave it 4-0 at the interval.

Rangers were struggling to get any sort of forward momentum and in their only opportunities of note, two free-kicks from outside the box by Mark Wynne were comfortably gathered by Arek Mamala.

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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