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Drops in attendance and betting at 2017 Galway Races

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a slight drop in overall attendance and betting figures at this year’s Galway Races.
Just under 138 thousand people passing through the gates at Ballybrit during the seven day festival – leaving behind them almost 14 million euro.
Almost 138 thousand people passed through the gates at Ballybrit over the past seven days – and they left almost 14 million euro on-course and with the bookmakers.
That’s a slight drop in attendance of around 1,200 people over the week long festival compared to last year – and a more considerable drop in betting of around one million euro.
The busiest day at the track this year was Ladies Day on Thursday, which drew over 30 thousand people and saw over 2.6 million euro in bets placed with the tote and bookmakers throughout the day.
Meanwhile, yesterday was the quietest day of the week by a significant margin – with race officials pointing the finger at the Galway-Tipperary All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park.
Just under 10 thousand people attended ‘Mad Hatters Day’ – a significant drop of around 30 percent compared to the figure of 14 thousand for 2016.
It was a good week for Fashionistas in Galway – with Spiddal native Aoife McCana taking the coveted title of ‘Best Dressed’ on Ladies day.
Meanwhile, Connemara Resident Kate O’Shea took the adult crown at Mad Hatters Day yesterday – while Kilconieron native Lilly Walsh took the top spot in the junior stakes.

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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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O’Flaherty’s promising start

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Outgoing Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) is on course to retain her City Council seat – and top the poll in City East. 

With 33% of the boxes tallied, Cllr O’Flaherty is polling strongly, particularly in Renmore. 

Michael John Crowe is ahead of his running mate Alan Cheevers for the Fianna Fáil vote, according to the early figures, although that could change when Doughiska and Roscam boxes are opened. 

The Green Party’s Claire Hillery is on about 7%, with Fine Gael on 10% and Sinn Fein on 5%.

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Tallies underway as votes are sorted

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The opening of boxes for the local elections began at 9am this morning in Leisureland when the tallymen (and women) kicked into gear.

As regards the Galway County Council elections, the smaller areas are being opened first which means that the four-seater Connemara North boxes will be first in the pecking order.

It will be followed by Gort-Kinvara (5 seats), Connemara South (5 seats), Athenry-Oranmore (7 seats), Ballinasloe (6 seats), Loughrea (5 seats) and finally Tuam (7 seats).

The boxes in these areas will be opened and tallied in that particular order before being transferred to the Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Threadneedle Road where the counting will commence around mid-morning.

That is when the fun will really begin – although the tallies should give a good indication as to where most of the seats are destined.

As regards the city, the Galway City East boxes were opened first, followed by Galway City Central and finally Galway City West. These votes will be transferred to the Westside Centre by around 11am for counting.

There are 39 seats on Galway County Council to be filled with 18 on Galway City Council. The City Council count is expected to conclude on Saturday night but the County Council count – with seven electoral areas to be filled – could well go into Monday.

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