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Murray’s side are left to rue poor start to the second half

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Galway players Aoife Donoghue, Roisin Black and Emma Helebert surround Kilkenny's Michaela Kenneally during Sunday's National Camogie League final at Croke Park. Photos: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kilkenny 1-18

Galway 1-15

STEPHEN GLENNON AT CROKE PARK

ONE that got away? Galway will believe so. Having levelled up this exciting National League senior camogie final in injury-time, the Tribeswomen subsequently conceded three points to All-Ireland champions Kilkenny to narrowly lose out on the prize at Croke Park on Sunday evening.

With a small crowd permitted to attend this sporting fixture in this era of Covid, there was great delight for the Kilkenny players as they lifted silverware in front of their die-hard supporters – something they had missed out when defeating Galway to win the O’Duffy Cup last December.

Indeed, for Galway, this was yet another disappointing visit to Gaelic Games headquarters and, no doubt, there will be some soul-searching done in the wake of a loss in which they did a great deal right and, yet, still fell short.

The decisive spell in this contest was just after half-time. A wind-assisted Galway had led 0-9 to 0-6 at the break – Carrie Dolan having landed seven points, including two from play – but, upon the restart, Kilkenny hit them for 1-5 without reply in a devastating eight-minute epoch.

The Kilkenny goal was one of real quality with the impressive Aoife Doyle rampaging through the Galway rearguard before unleashing an unstoppable effort beyond Sarah Healy on 32 minutes.

With Mary O’Connell (2), Doyle, Denise Gaule and Michaela Kenneally all adding points in this period, Kilkenny raced into a 1-11 to 0-9 lead and Galway appeared in all kinds of trouble, both in defence and attack.

Yet, what Doyle could do down one end, Niamh Kilkenny could do at the other and on 40 minutes the Pearses midfielder showed quick turn of foot coming in off the right wing and she, too, struck a fine shot to goal to breathe new life into the Galway challenge.

In the ensuing minutes, Gaule and Dolan exchanged frees and, by the second half water break, Cathal Murray’s charges were incredibly just two points behind, 1-12 to 1-10, despite being outplayed for most of the third quarter.

Galway continued to show resilience in the face of adversity in the final run-in as Siobhan McGrath, Dolan (two frees), Kilkenny and Donohoe all pointed to tie up the game at 1-15 apiece with time up and a victory was certainly there for them.

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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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