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Walsh content as Galway give the Dubs a scare in football league final

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Galway attacker Eamonn Brannigan takes on John Small of Dublin during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final at Croke Park on Sunday. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.

WHILE there was disappointment etched on the face of Galway manager, Kevin Walsh, in the aftermath of the league final defeat to Dublin, there was too a sense of satisfaction that they had for long periods ‘put it up’ to the Dubs.

For Walsh and his charges, a 2018 league final appearance against Dublin in Croke Park was real bonus territory, in terms of getting a big game under their belts before the critical Connacht championship first-round clash against Mayo.

“While I am of course disappointed with the result, this has been a big learning curve for our players. Overall, I would have been happy enough with the performance but it’s a final, the second biggest competition we play in, and disappointing to lose,” said Walsh.

However, he is happy that a number of new players have been ‘well blooded’ through the course of the league campaign and he spoke of five players who tasted action in Sunday’s final who had ‘never kicked a championship ball’.

One of the big lessons to be learned from the Dubs, he said, was their ability to retain possession when the pressure came on and when they were down to 14 men for the last 20 minutes.

“Dublin have been around the block for a long time and that experience stands to them on big days like this. We did have one or two chances near the end that we could have put away and we did concede a few late points, but overall the performance was very encouraging,” he said.

The Galway manager was reluctant to get involved in any criticism of Wicklow referee, Anthony Nolan, who was the target of some ‘attention’ from the maroon supporters over a number of decisions that went the way of Dublin.

“I wasn’t close enough to see exactly what happened in a number of those decisions. The referee was and I suppose that’s his job.

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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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