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Tribesmen’s season resumes with home ties against Cabinteely and Athlone Town

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Galway United's Maurice Nugent, seen here in action against Shelbourne last season, has been shortlisted for the Three FAI International Colleges & Universities Player of the Year award.

THERE is a touch of the Charles Dickens to the return to action of Galway United this weekend as the SSE Airtricity League finally resumes its 2020 season, with United facing two home games in the space of four days.

Having gone through some Hard Times with a lack of action over the past 21 weeks, United get back into competitive action with the visit of league leaders, Cabinteely, in Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday, followed by basement side, Athlone Town, on Monday. Not so much ‘the best of times . . . the worst of times’ but rather ‘the best of teams . . . the worst of teams’. Both games have a 7.45pm kick-off.

The League of Ireland is one of the last leagues globally to return to the playing fields, and it is returning in a truncated form – the planned 27-game season has been cut to 18 games, but with results of games played before the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions will stand.

As a result, United already find themselves seven points behind the early pace-setters from Dublin, and while they do have a game in hand – Monday’s visit of Athlone Town – they can’t really afford to slip any further off the pace, given that the shortened season would make eating into that gap a tough ask.

It is hard to know how United are shaping up after the long lay-off, something that applies to every other club. They have played a number of friendlies in the past few weeks, beating Cork City 2-1 in Limerick, but losing to Sligo Rovers both in Sligo, and Eamonn Deacy Park.

They were also beaten 5-3 by an Athenry FC side that was preparing for an FAI Junior Cup quarter-final (which they won at the weekend), and given the fact the opened their season back in March with draws against both Wexford and Shamrock Rovers B (admittedly, in horrific weather), it is fair to say there won’t be too many Great Expectations amongst United fans.

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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