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Galway out in force in final tribute to hurling legend

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One of the greatest hurlers Galway ever produced – and one of the greatest hurlers from any county never to win an All-Ireland medal – was laid to rest on Monday when former inter-county goalkeeper Seanie Duggan (90) was buried at Forthill Cemetery in the city.

Former team-mates and rival players from all over the country attended the Requiem Mass for the Liam Mellows clubman, who grew up at College Road in the city and played between the posts for the Tribesmen for a decade between 1943 and 1953.

Duggan, who died peacefully last Thursday, was not named on the GAA Team of the Century in 1984. But the man who was named in goals, Tony Reddin, moved from Mullagh to Tipperary because he could not dislodge the Mellows man from the Galway team.

Reddin went on to win three All-Irelands in a row for Tipp, while Duggan was named on the consolation Team of the Century, featuring players who had never won an All-Ireland medal.

There were emotional scenes outside St Patrick’s Church in the city after the Funeral Mass when Reddin, who became a life-long friend despite their sporting rivalry, stepped forward to embrace Seanie’s brother Jimmy – another Galway hurling great, who played with distinction for the men in maroon for 18 years and played in three All-Ireland finals.

Mourners recalled that Seanie won a Railway Cup medal with Connacht in 1947 and a National Hurling League title, in New York, four years later. Sean used to recall with fondness the rousing reception the Galway team received in Eyre Square when they returned with the League trophy in 1951.

They were barren years for Galway hurling, before the county entered the Munster championship, but he was a key member of the side who shocked Kilkenny in the 1953 All-Ireland semi-final – before losing to Cork in the final.

Sean was selected on the Galway Team of the Millennium by a panel of local sports journalists in 2000 and was inducted in the GAA Hall of Fame in 2002. He used to recall epic battles against such acclaimed hurlers as Christy Ring (Cork), Nicky Rackard (Wexford), Mick Mackey (Limerick), and Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary).

Sean turned 90 last year and was delighted to see the Galway team win last year’s Leinster final. He swam every day at Blackrock in Salthill for over 40 years until the end of last year, and many of Galway’s regular group of year-round swimmers attended the Requiem Mass on Monday.

See full story in this week’s Connacht 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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