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Galway WFC chasing U-17 league and cup double

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West United defender Eoin Dooley tries to throw himself in front of a shot on goal from Athenry's Stephen Cunningham in Athenry last weekend. Photos: EIREFOTO.

By Mike Rafferty

Opportunities to reach national finals in any sport at any level are a rare treat, but this Sunday at 2pm in Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway WFC will be chasing honours when they face Peamount United in the Final of the Women’s FAI U-17 Cup.

The side have enjoyed an excellent campaign to date and last weekend defeated Shelbourne 4-0 to qualify for a home semi-final of the league, so Phil Trill’s charges are chasing honours on the double.

The club’s senior side is also in the last four of the cup, and face an away trip to Wexford in order to qualify for a cup final meeting with either Peamount or Shelbourne in the Aviva Stadium. That semi-final was originally scheduled for this weekend, but due to international games, a new date will have to be chosen.

The U-17 side is backboned by three players who have just returned from international duty with the Irish team and who qualified for the Elite stages of the UEFA tournament. Kate Slevin, Therese Kinnevey and Shauna Brennan were part of a back four who didn’t concede a goal in their three outings.

The side got a nice confidence boost when winning their final group game on Sunday as an Annie Gough goal opened their account, before Abbie Callanan scored two more before the break to put them three up at the interval.

Anna Fahey got her name on the score sheet with a neat left footed effort for the fourth, as they dismissed Shelbourne with ease in Eamonn Deacy Park

As a further boost to the club this week, four Galway WFC players were chosen for the Irish U-19 squad that will take on Ukraine, Montenegro and Holland at the beginning of October in the Netherlands.

Sisters Leah and Kayle Brady, Sinead Donovan and Kelsey Monroe will be hoping that Ireland can advance from this UEFA qualifying tournament.

FAI JUNIOR CUP

Hibernians 2

Maree-Oranmore 4

Having met the previous week in the Premier League, these sides faced one another again in Bohermore on Sunday with a place in the second round of the FAI Junior Cup the prize.

Just like on the previous occasion, it was Maree-Oranmore who came out on top, although on this occasion they did not have to come from two down, as they were generally in command of the contest throughout.

While the winners have made a positive start to their league campaign, the same cannot be said about Hibernians as they have struggled for results since the beginning of the season.

A feature of the game was the amount of young talented players on view, with the likes of Hibernians John Kennedy, Keelan Grainger, Niall Rooney, Conor Devlin, Lorcan Murray and Shane Hulgraine all having long careers ahead of them.

The same could be said of the visitors, as the likes of Alan Greene, Jack Morrisey, Danny Travis and Matthew Barrett all came through as part of the club’s schoolboy structures and made a big contribution to the game.

Maree-Oranmore also have a number of players like John Latchford, Dave Devlin, Brendan Tully and Malachy Black who bring a lot of experience and physicality to their game, something a much younger city side is lacking.

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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