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Do Galway have the hunger to drive on? – Tyrrell

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Former Kilkenny defender and media pundit Jackie Tyrrell who predicts Galway will face a big challenge against the Cats at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

NINE-time All-Ireland winning Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrrell believes Galway undoubtedly have the ability to blow anyone out of the water in the defence of their provincial and All-Ireland titles but says the fundamental question that needs to be answered is do they have the hunger?

Tyrrell – whose book ‘The Warrior’s Code’, co-written with Christy O’Connor, was a phenomenal success last year and is still doing the business in bookstores – concedes it is not the end of the world if Galway don’t defeat Kilkenny in their Leinster SHC round-robin fixture but notes it should give an insight into just where the Tribesmen are at mentally.

“The most important thing about the panel is the core group of guys from 23 to 27 or 28 (years of age). This is my experience from Kilkenny. They are the real guys who drive the thing on. They are the hungry guys.

“The young guys (in the squad) are relatively unknown and they are trying to find their feet while the guys heading into their 30s, or in their 30s, are just focusing on getting themselves right. So, it is the guys in the middle. The Joe Cannings, the Daithí Burkes, the Gearoid McInerneys, the David Burkes, they know they are going to be playing and their sole focus is to drive the whole thing forward.”

Consequently, he states Galway’s fortunes in the 2018 campaign will come down to how mature, how hungry and how ambitious those players are. “Do I think Galway have the ability and the potential? Absolutely,” he states. “But it is in their head now.

“Have they the mentality and the hunger to literally drive on because they do have the ability to blow anyone out of the water. They have the physicality, hurling, speed – five goals against Offaly! They tick all the boxes for me.

“However, it is still relatively unknown how hungry are that Galway team because looking at them in the league, they didn’t exactly strike me as a side that went after it. So, you would still have to question how cutthroat and ruthless this team is.”

On that basis, and the fact Kilkenny already have two wins under their belt, he argues it is more important Galway, as defending All-Ireland champions, lay down their marker in Sunday’s showdown.

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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