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Walsh stays calm ahead of massive test against Mayo rivals

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Galway football manager Kevin Walsh who admits expectations have risen ahead of Sunday's big clash against Mayo in Castlebar.

GALWAY manager Kevin Walsh is in jovial form as he briefly chats about a 20-year reunion held in the Galmont Hotel recently to celebrate the county’s football breakthrough in 1998.

“It was great. I was expecting to see a few fat bellies and a few bald heads but I was disappointed on both fronts,” he joked, of the condition of his All-Ireland winning former team-mates two decades on.

An unbeaten run in the League that culminated in a spirited defeat at the hands of Dublin in the final, means there’s a buzz back in Galway football that probably hasn’t been seen since those glory days. It was May Day, 12 days’ out from Sunday’s season defining provincial quarter-final clash with perennial All-Ireland contenders, Mayo, and Walsh acknowledged maroon hopes are rising again.

“There’s expectation there where there wasn’t two or three years ago,” said Walsh, holding court at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan.

“Expectation brings the buzz and then you’ve got the banter between supporters and that’ll go on. Maybe when people really don’t believe they’re going to win they go missing so there is no banter.”

Two seasons ago Galway supporters went to Castlebar more in hope than expectation. But in 2016 when Galway overcame Mayo, holders of five-in-a-row of Connacht titles, the on-field celebrations in Castlebar that followed were perhaps OTT, understandably so, as fans released frustration that had pent-up over years of losing and underperforming.

This time round it’s different: Galway expects. So how do you manage the build-up?

“Same way,” he said. “We have to just isolate ourselves from what’s outside, reading papers and listening to too much, it is important they don’t. Obviously, expectation is rising. It’s a sign that we’re probably doing something right over the last while so that’s a good sign, but it does bring its own little pressures. Having said that if you’ve your work done and you’re clear in your role and your process and you bring your ‘A’ game to the table, you’ll give yourself a chance.”

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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