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Quarter-final race heats up with Craughwell win

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Craughwell's Brian Callanan tries to find a way past the Liam Mellows duo of Kevin Lee and Mark Hughes. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Craughwell 2-12

Liam Mellows 0-14

A peculiar game in which neither side showcased their true potential was deservedly won by Craughwell, the hungrier outfit with a nose for goals.

Maybe it was the Friday evening of a Bank Holiday throw-in, but there was a flatness to the proceedings and the atmosphere in Athenry, particularly early-on, as goals in either half from Fergal Healy and Shane Dolan earned Craughwell the spoils.

In fairness to Craughwell, they were business-like in meeting the Mellows’ challenge, and carving out a four-points victory, which ensures senior A group two will go down to the wire.

Pacesetters from the first two rounds, this defeat means Mellows have now been leapfrogged by Craughwell and Cappataggle; and those three, plus Mullagh and Tommy Larkins, remain in the hunt for the pair of automatic quarter-final qualifications.

Having lost one of their opening two games, Craughwell probably needed the points more, and it showed – once they hit the front with Dolan’s goal two minutes into the second-half, they always looked capable of protecting that advantage.

Liam Mellows netted seven goals in their first two games, but never really got a sniff of one here.

Conversely, Craughwell bagged two – effectively what swung it in their favour – and there was an ever-present danger they’d get another, such was the amount of space in the Mellows’ defence.

Though the city men didn’t click upfront – their six starting forwards managed just three points from play between them, and two prominent players were held scoreless – it was the backs that will cause more sleepless nights for manager, Louis Mulqueen.

For both goals, Mellows were badly exposed with their defence too open, and even during those periods when a seventh player dropped back from the forwards to sweep up, Craughwell still seemed to pose a threat.

The goals proved crucial.

In the 19th minute, it broke kindly to Fergal Healy who had only one thing on his mind – he skipped by his marker, and put the head down with nobody but the ‘keeper to beat.

Jack Forde had no chance of stopping that shot, but he can shoulder some of the blame for the second. The custodian hesitated when a ball was sent high, into the danger area, and like all good corner-forwards, Dolan followed it through and pulled on it. A typical poacher’s goal and in Forde’s defence, the glare from the setting sun may have momentarily impacted his vision.

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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