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Murphy makes his mark with record-equalling goal for Utd

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Galway United's Alan Murphy is challenged by Mark Slater of Wexford FC during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United  4

Wexford FC 1

SEVEN years after his last goal for Galway United, Alan Murphy finally joined Paul ‘Ski’ McGee as Galway United’s all-time leading scorer in the league, his 68th minute penalty on Friday night moving him on to 74 league goals for United.

The Mayo native’s last goal in a United jersey was in a 3-1 play-off defeat to Monaghan United back in November 2011, after which United fell out of the league for two seasons. The club returned in 2014, but Murphy was plying his trade in the local Junior scene, before Shane Keegan spotted him playing for West United and felt Murphy still had something to offer United.

Once he rejoined, Murphy said he felt that not only matching, but breaking McGee’s record was a probability more than a possibility, and he is delighted to be half-way there after Friday night’s goal.

“To be honest I knew it was going to come, it’s just trying not to have it about me, it is to have the season about the team, get the job done and get promotion. There is one goal down, and one to come, but it needs to be about the team for the season, we need to get three points next week, three the following week, and just keep pushing.

“It was a very proud moment, it has been coming a while. The plan now is to get one more and forget about it, the end of the season is about promotion so time to get the head down for that, the quicker it comes the better,” Murphy told Tribune Sport after Friday’s game.

The celebratory mood after the game, both in connection to Murphy’s achievement and the broader picture of United getting the win, was in stark contrast to the atmosphere that prevailed at half-time, when a woeful performance from the home side saw them trail 1-0.

United were absolutely wretched in the first-half, Keegan’s decision to go with the 3-4-2-1 formation that had worked so well against Sligo Rovers in the EA Sports Cup, falling flat on its face this time.

In fairness to the manager, he changed things around when making a double substitution in the 58th minute, and the introduction of Stephen Kenny and Carlton Ubaezuonu, as well as a switch to 4-4-2, paid huge dividends.

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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