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Boxers pack a punch on the international stage

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Haringey Cup champion, Gabriel Dossen.

Two Galway boxers starred on the international stage in the past week, with Oughterard boxer Kieran Molloy (19) claiming bronze at prestigious Chemistry World Cup of Olympic Boxing in Germany; while Knocknacarra’s Gabriel Dossen took gold – and the Best Male Boxer award – at the Haringey Cup in England.

Molloy was part of the Irish Elite Team that competed in the tournament, with the team coming fifth on the medal table, winning one silver and four bronze.

Fighting at welter (69kg), Molloy met German champion, Richard Meineckie, in the last 16, and soon silenced the home crowd when landing some powerful head and body shots in the first eround, before ending the bout early in the second round, the German having no answer to a six-punch combination, resulting in the referee stepping in to stop the contest.

Molloy faced another national champion in his quarter-final, meeting Slovakia’s Thomas Zold, who had beaten Qatar’s Rio Olympian, Thulasi Tharumalingan in the previous round. This was a fight of two hard punchers with Molloy dominating the contest from start to finish, giving the Slovakian a standing count in the final round.

That set-up a daunting semi-final against Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias Sotolong, a fighter who won light welterweight bronze in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and gold in London eight years later.

The first round was a very close with both boxers testing each other with the Cuban just edging the round. Molloy put more pressure on the Cuban in the second round, landing the more scoring punches with his three-punch combinations to take the round.

The scores on all five judges’ cards were level going in to the third and final round. Molloy started the round aggressively, landing three-punch combinations with the right hook to the head being very effective. In the second minute of the round the Cuban came back, missing Molloy’s right hook and counter attacking. In the last minute of the round Molloy started putting Sotolongo on the back foot with aggressive attack after attack to the sound of the bell.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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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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Galway City Council needs 40 more workers to help deliver on projects

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Forty more workers are needed at City Hall ‘right away’, the Chief Executive of Galway City Council has said.

Brendan McGrath has warned city councillors that the local authority is understaffed and it needs to hire more staff immediately to deliver its plans and projects.

The total cost of the extra 40 workers, including salary, would be between €1.75 million and €1.95 million.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council had a workforce now that was below what it had in 2007, but the city’s population has grown and so too had the services the Council provides.

The population of Galway City grew by almost 11% in the 10 years to 2016, he said, and total staff numbers in the Council fell by 13.6% during that period.

Though more staff were hired in recent years, Mr McGrath said that the Council was at 2007 and 2008 staffing levels, even though the Census will record further increases in population since 2016.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council now provides 1,000 services across a range of departments, far more than during the 2000s.

He said that currently, 524 staff are employed at the City Council. This equated to 493 Whole Time Equivalents when part-time workers such as school wardens and Town Hall workers are included.

Mr McGrath said that 12% of all staff are in acting up positions, with many more in short-term or fixed-term contracts. There was a highly competitive jobs market and the Council was finding recruitment and retention of specialist staff difficult.
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