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Artists and community to benefit from Arts Council residencies

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It’s been a tough few months for those working in the arts, especially freelancers who don’t have the safety net of belonging to well-funded organisations.

But four Galway artists have now got some good news as they’ve received Arts Council Residencies for 2020 – 2021.

They are Bernadette Divilly, James Riordan, Little John Nee and Róisín Stack and they will work on projects across venues in Galway City and County throughout 2020 and 2021, collaborating with a range of local artists.

These Arts Council residencies are worth a maximum of €20,000 to recipients – the figure is normally between €10,000 and €20,000.

Under the scheme, Bernadette Divilly will be Dance Artist in Residence at Galway Arts Centre where she will research Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) and create an online CDP exhibition involving sound installation, performance and photography.

She will also build participatory and audience access to dance through Galway Dance Project and radio/podcasts through Ballinasloe Library, with support from Galway Arts Centre and Galway County Council.

Brú Theatre’s James Riordan will be one of two Theatre Artists in Residence at Galway City’s Town Hall Theatre.

His work there will involve a physical theatre summer school and a second Remote Control artist development programme (online), as well as new writing and theatre-making with international collaborators on site-specific pieces.

Little John Nee will also be Theatre Artist in Residence at the Town Hall. He will create several events and one new main-stage show as part of an ambitious joint residency between An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, and the Town Hall, in partnership with Galway County Arts Office and Donegal Arts Service.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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