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No shortage of double golds at Galway athletics juvenile finals

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The Craughwell AC U11 boys relay team which won bronze medals in Dangan, from left: Sean Hoade, Dara Zimmerer, Ben Moran and Dean McNally.

DAY Two of the 2018 Galway Track and Field Juvenile Championships went ahead last Sunday last in perfect conditions in Dangan, with the U9 to U12 age groups competing in front of a large attendance at the NUI Galway venue.

At U12 level, there were some great individual performances, with double golds for Darragh Fahy, Shannon Quinn, Aine Maguire and Darragh Kelly. The opening event, the 60m sprint hurdles saw wins for Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC and Katie Flaherty of South Galway AC. Victorious in the long jump were Shannon Quinn of Craughwell AC, with a Galway record, and Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC with his second gold of the day.

The Turbo Javelin golds went to Tara Keane of Craughwell AC and Cian O’Brien of Tuam AC. The 60m sprints were won by Aine Maguire of Tuam AC and Richard McGrath of Galway City Harriers. Danielle Moynihan of Tuam AC and Darragh Kelly of Craughwell AC claimed gold in the U12 high jump. In the shot putt, Shannon Quinn of Craughwell and her clubmate Darragh Kelly both won their second gold medals of the day.

In the distance events, Aine Maguire was another double gold winner, claiming the 600m title after sprint gold, while joint gold medallists in the U12 boys 600m were Enda Keane of South Galway and Shane Meagher of GCH. Tuam AC U12 girls and GCH U12 boys teams won relay gold. The U9, 10 and 11 competitions were team based with the top three teams of two in each event making the Connacht championships

The relay events were dominmated by Tuam AC with four wins at these levels. In a superb club showing, they claimed gold at U9 boys, U9 girls, U10 girls and U11 boys level. Craughwell AC took two relay golds, winning the U10 boys and U11 girls titles.

At U9 level, Katelyn Kelly and Yvie Huban won the long jump for South Galway AC, while Thomas Riordan and Oisin Munnelly of Tuam AC won the boys event. In the Turbo Javelin, the Tuam pairing of Holly Hughes and Saoirse Maguire took gold in the girls competition, with Odhran Kelly and Darragh Brady, also a Tuam AC team, winning out in the boys section.

On the track, the 60m event was won by the Tuam pair of Eimear Fallon and Rachel Treacy in the girls, while in the boys’ event, the winning team was Callum McMahon and Alan Hallinan of Craughwell AC. The 300m distance event team winners were Remy Aylmer and Aisling Lavan of Craughwell AC, with a second team win for Callum McMahon and Alan Hallinan of Craughwell AC in the boys’ 600m section.

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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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