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Kavanagh goals see derby honours go to Mellows

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Castlegar's Micheal Fahy has his progress halted by Brian Lee of Liam Mellows. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Liam Mellows 3-15

Castlegar 2-13

Liam Mellows continued their good run of form with a relatively convincing win in an entertaining city derby against Castlegar in Group 1 in testing conditions, as goals either side of half-time by Conor Kavanagh turned a tricky assignment in their favour on Sunday afternoon.

A lively Castlegar outfit looked to have created a decent position for themselves when centre-half forward Sean Connolly drove them eight points ahead with time almost up in the first-half. The vigorous wind in their favour had limited Liam Mellows’ point-scoring opportunities, and while Adrian Morrissey had netted a penalty for Louis Mulqueen’s men, he had also seen another one saved.

Kavanagh struck a vital blow, though, in the dying embers of stoppage time as he latched onto Jack Forde’s clever pass and a clean ground stroke sent the ball skidding past the advancing Johnny Murphy. The sun broke through the clouds for the first time as the sides departed to catch their breath, but Liam Mellows were now far more content with only a four point gap to overcome.

Within five minutes of the restart Kavanagh was reeling away again in celebration after striking a shot to the top of the net. A long ball was fetched by Aonghus Callanan after Donal Barry had tried to nip in front of him to steal it, and Kavanagh’s support run allowed ample opportunity to push his side in front, where they would remain for the rest of the contest.

Earlier, with a steady mist drifting across Pearse Stadium, Castlegar had begun their quest to reclaim local bragging rights in encouraging fashion. With Dean Higgins covering lots of ground at centre half back and Tomas Mannion working well alongside Aaron Tummon in midfield, Castlegar were full of energy and had an eager target man in Kevin Keane.

They were four points to the good after 10 minutes as Ger Farragher grabbed two (one free), Higgins landed a fine effort from midfield, and Keane also scored from play. Adrian Morrissey had also appeared to mishit his first placed ball for Mellows that stayed low and ended up in the side-netting much to Murphy’s relief.

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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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