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More matches and less focus on training is suiting Cooney

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Experienced Galway forward Conor Cooney who is expecting a big challenge from Dublin in Saturday's Leinster hurling semi-final at Croke Park.

By Patrick Earley

WITH a strong league campaign behind them, the wait for the Galway hurlers to swing into championship action is a very short one and that’s no bad thing for Shane O’Neill and his squad, who will look to carry the momentum garnered from the league forward to Saturday’s Leinster semi-final with Mattie Kenny’s Dublin.

Having gone so long without GAA, again, now that it’s back, there’s a feast of it on our television screens and around our county grounds every weekend.

For inter-county outfits. It’s a hectic time. None would have had the desired pre-season with only a few weeks to prepare for a league  campaign which was full on with five games in as many weeks.

That’s what you call a manager’s nightmare and a player’s dream. It’s clear as day to everyone that the matches to training ratio is way off the mark. If there is one thing which the Covid pandemic has perhaps proved beneficial in proving it’s that.

Galway and St Thomas’ forward Conor Cooney is the same as every other player across the country. He wants to pull on that maroon shirt and get out on the field of play. With the nature of the league this year, squad rotation was always going to come into effect with Galway also looking to uncover a few hidden gems ahead of championship.

Every player got their chance and it was up to them what they did with it when the opportunity was presented. Cooney was only too happy to play his part and embrace the hectic schedule:

“Very full on,” he says of the last few weeks. “The lads (management), the way they approached it there was lots of rotation in the team which was good so we really developed a good strength-in-depth in the panel. It gave lots of lads a chance to put their hands up for championship, so they’ll have a lot of selection headaches coming up. I think we’re in a good place.”

“I prefer that 100% (lots of matches), get the training out of the way and to not have a big window between matches. If you’re just training and training it’s hard to keep the motivation up, but if you have matches coming hot and heavy you’ll have yourself physically right well in advance. I think you’d be hard pushed to find a player that says less matches and more training,” he adds.

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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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