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Maree win thriller to secure their Super League status

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The Maree BC side which retained its Super League status with back-to-back wins at the weekend. Back row, from left: Mary Rockall (manager), John Finn (coach), Padraig Burke, Eoin Rockall, Corey Hammell, Kenneth Hansberry, Charlie Crowley, Enda Walsh, Jamelle Tolliver, Alin Costache, and Mike Lynch (assistant coach). Front: Jim Crowley, Stephen Commins, Colm O’Hagan, Cathal Finn, and John Burke.

Eanna 102

Maree 113

Maree secured their Super League status for next season when coming out on top in a double overtime thriller in Templeogue on Saturday night.

They looked to have the job done in regulation time on Saturday when they led 84-81 with just over three seconds left on the clock, but Eanna took the ball in from the baseline and Tamron Manning made it as far as half-way before launching a Hail Mary just before the buzzer, and the ball sailed clean into the basket to tie the game and send it into overtime.

The drama wasn’t finished there, however: both sides traded baskets in the first period of 5 additional minutes, but Eanna were in foul trouble. They started the game with just a roster of eight, and by the of the first period of overtime, they had lost four players to five fouls apiece, leaving them with just four eligible players for the second period of overtime, which they forced with a late free throw from Manning to leave the scores 98-apiece.

Maree made the most of the man advantage to open up a 6-point advantage early in the second period of overtime, and Eanna found further foul trouble when losing another player to five fouls to finish the game with just three men on the court. Maree outscored them 15-4 in that second period of overtime to stay in the top flight, and condemn their hosts to the relegation/promotion play-off against Neptune of Cork.

Eanna led 21-19 at the end of the first quarter in which the biggest gap between the sides was never more than four points, and Maree had reduced the arrears to three points (39-36) at half-time, with Burke scoring strongly in that second quarter.

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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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