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Clarinbridge claim the local bragging rights in tame affair

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Clarinbridge's Patrick Foley shortens his grip to get the sliotar away as Ballinderreen's Roy Lane attempts to hook him.

Clarinbridge 1-17

Ballinderreen  1-8

Last Saturday’s clash between Clarinbridge and Ballinderreen won’t be remembered as an epic clash between local rivals, but that won’t matter much to the victors as they maintained their 100% record to keep pace with Turloughmore in Group 1 of the Senior B Championship.

With just a point separating the sides at half-time, Clarinbridge leading 1-8 to 1-7, things were set up for an interesting second-half. That’s not how it played out, however, as Ballinderreen registered just a single point after the restart and while Clarinbridge were the better side, they didn’t have to do much to prove that superiority.

To be fair, the Clarinbridge rearguard barely put a foot wrong all afternoon, particularly in that second half. Barry Keane was commanding at centre-back with Christy Bannon doing well on the wing. Evan Niland was on form from placed balls, hitting 0-13, but even he was probably outshone by corner-back Seán Kilduff, who was outstanding throughout, hoovering up everything that came near him.

It was Ballinderreen who made the better start to the game and they had the game’s first goal inside five minutes through Niall Coen. Shane Larkin intercepted a loose clearance in midfield, firing a pass into Coen who caught the ball well before squirming between a couple of defenders to finish into the net. Roy Lane then converted a free to put Ballinderreen 1-1 to 0-0 ahead but Clarinbridge were not long in reducing the deficit.

Evan Niland got them off the mark with a placed ball in the eighth minute before repeating the act a minute later and, while Kevin Lane converted a free of his own for Ballinderreen, points from play from Michael Daly and a well-worked move finished off by Niland ensured that Clarinbridge were back within one point by the 11th minute, 1-2 to 0-4.

Another long-range free from Kevin Lane extended Ballinderreen’s lead but Clarinbridge hit the front for the first time on the quarter hour mark when Mark Kennedy raised the green flag. Full-forward Cian Salmon was initially sent through on goal and though his shot was saved by Rory Foy, Mark Kennedy was on hand to sweep the ball into the net.

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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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