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Connemara complete league and cup double as Cois Farraige also celebrate

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Tom Trill, Acting Chairman, Galway FA, presenting the Joe Ryan Memorial Cup to Anthony Connolly, Captain of the MacDara team after they defeated Kinvara in the final. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

TWO Connemara clubs continue to keep their names in the headlines as MacDara completed a League and Cup double with a comfortable Joe Ryan Cup Final success over Kinvara United, while Cois Farraige won a crucial away contest against Dynamo Blues B to clinch the Third Division title.

Despite dropping points for the third game in succession, Athenry came from behind to secure a crucial draw with joint second placed Mervue United and thus maintained their advantage at the top of the table.

The weekend also saw the Galway League host the Connacht Schoolboys Cup and Shield Finals at Fahy’s Field where there was disappointment for Maree/Oranmore and Tuam Celtic as they lost out in the U12 and U16 Finals.

JOE RYAN CUP FINAL

MacDara 4 

Kinvara United  1

With the Second Division league title aleady in the bag, MacDara went chasing a first ever Joe Ryan Cup success at Eamonn Deacy Park in mid=-week and an outstanding start set the tone as four early goals eased them to a comfortable succcess in collecting a second trophy wihin seven days.

The Carraroe based side took the lead after just two minutes when Gary O’Donnell headed home from close range, after a Colm Devanes effort rebounded off the crossbar. Devane was again the provider as Anthony Ó Conghaile applied the finish for the second and with Mark Dowling outstanding on the wing, the former East United player set up the next two goals for O’Donnell as he went on to complete his hat trick and brought his season tally to 19 goals.

With their comfortable advantage, MacDara manager Diarmuid Ó Ceide was able to empty their bench in the second half, including giving a ceremonial run to injured striker Eamonn Ó Lionsigh after he contributed over 25 goals in their historic season.

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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