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Family’s party marks Sarah’s 101st birthday

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It was déjà vu all over again for the family of a hale and hearty Tuam woman who celebrated her centenary a year ago – because they returned again from around the world…this time to mark her 101st!

Sarah McHugh reared twelve children, and many of them – along with her grandchildren and great grandchildren – travelled from overseas to celebrate with her.

Sarah, who also received a special medal from President Michael D Higgins, was born in Clough, Cummer to a farming family and she married Hubert McHugh from Belclare.

Hubert was a member of the Corofin team that won their first county title back in 1932.

They lived in Bishop Street in Tuam and then at 40 Acres which is on the Dunmore Road out of Tuam. Hubert was a foreman in Tuam Sugar Factory and had previously worked on many sugar beet campaigns.

Between them they reared twelve children, but their son PJ who lived in Lanesboro in County Roscommon passed away, much to the regret of the whole family, most of whom live in the States.

Sarah is also the mother of Padraic McHugh, who lost his daughter Ann Marie in the Twin Towers disaster in 2001. There is a garden of remembrance for Ann Marie beside the river in Tuam.

Padraic and Margaret McHugh had been in America but returned to Tuam and opened the Town Hall Tavern on High Street during the 1970s. It was one of the most popular public houses in the town and closely associated with the local GAA.

Sarah always emphasised the importance of education to all of the members of her family and she ensured that they all sat and passed their Leaving Cert.

Apart from Padraic in Tuam, her children are Hugh (North Carolina), Marie (Florida), Harry (Pennsylvania ), Sean (Boston), Marguerite (Florida), Catherine (New Jersey), Dolores (London), Gerry (New York), Pauline (Boston) and Deirdre (London).

Sarah is the oldest of resident of Stella Maris Nursing Home in Corofin and gets up and walks to her meals on a daily basis. Last year more than 170 attended her 100th birthday and she was well chuffed at the attendance.

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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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