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€385,000 in city arts grants for 2015

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At a meeting of the City Council held this week, arts grant funding was approved for a total of 73 organisations in the city, across the spectrum of professional, community and amateur groups producing, presenting and engaging in the arts.

The total amount to be distributed for 2015 is €385,000.

ApplicantAmount
Access Music Project€3000
Ala€2000
Artspace Studios€9000
Away With Words (Brothers of Charity)€1500
Baboro€15500
Blue Teapot Theatre Company (Brothers of Charity)€4000
Branar Téatar do Pháisti€3000
Chrysalis Dance€1000
Claddagh Community Music€500
Club Shine€300
Cois Cladaigh€3500
Colours Street Theatre Company€1000
Contemporary Clay€1200
COPE Galway (Sonas Day Centre)€500
Crannog Media€1000
Cuirt€15000
Decadent Theatre Company€1000
Druid€28000
Engage Art Studios€4050
Expanded Draught€1000
Forge Clay Studios€1000
Fregoli Theatre Company€1000
Galway African Film Festival (with Galway One World Centre)€500
Galway Art Club€600
Galway Arts Centre€19000
Galway Baroque Singers€4250
Galway Cathedral Recitals€2000
Galway Choral Association€2000
Galway Community Circus€4000
Galway Dance Project€4450
Galway Early Music€8000
Galway Film Centre (ID Films)€12000
Galway Film Fleadh€16000
Galway Film Society€7000
Galway Fringe Festival€4000
Galway International Arts Festival€46000
Galway Jazz Festival€3750
Galway Music Residency€23000
Galway Musical Society€3000
Galway Patrician Musical Society€5000
Galway Percy French Society€300
Galway Steinway Trust€500
Galway Theatre Festival€4000
Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust€9000
Galway Youth Arts Alliance€2000
Galway Youth Orchestra€5000
Galway Youth Theatre€8000
Irish Patchwork Society – Western Branch€500
John Rogers Theatre€200
Junior Galway Film Fleadh€1500
Keep the Beat Klub€400
Little Cinema€2000
Lorg Fine Art Printmakers€2000
Macnas€24000
Moonfish€5200
Music for Galway€13500
126 Artist Run Gallery€5000
Oscailte – Galway artists€300
Over the Edge€3000
Renmore ARA€400
Renmore Pantomime Society€3000
Saint Nicholas Schola Cantorum€3000
Salthill ARA€400
ShOUT! / LGBT€400
Soundscape (Brothers of Charity)€4000
The Collective Fringe (Formerly Colours Fringe)€1500
The Galway Review€500
The Galway Sessions€8000
Tulca€9500
Tunes in the Church€1750
Western Writers’ Centre€350
Westside Arts Festival€2000
Youth Ballet West€1200

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A Moycullen win would add badly needed spice to football’s big day

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Conor Reddington of Annaghdown and Tuam Stars' Adam Carton in action during the North Board Minor B football final at Tuam Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

BEFORE a ball was kicked in this year’s Galway senior championship, the smart money would have been on champions Corofin, Tuam Stars, Salthill/Knocknacarra and Mountbellew/Moylough making it to the semi-finals if they managed to keep out of each other’s way on the road to the penultimate stage off the title race.

Unfortunately, for a Salthill team which, in any event, didn’t scale their expected heights this year, they came up against the champions in the quarter-finals where the Seasiders’ challenge was dismissed in convincing fashion. It was business as usual for Corofin who remain odds on to claim a record-breaking eighth consecutive title.

With Tuam Stars edging out Bearna after extra-time, a Paul Kelly goal helping Moycullen get the better of St James’, and Mountbellew/Moylough powering home against 14-man Killannin, it means that three of last year’s semi-finalists are back seeking a place in the Galway decider this weekend. Mountbellew/Moylough are the odd ones out having fallen to Corofin in the 2019 quarter-finals.

Val Daly’s troops will need the performance of the lives to overturn club’s football’s dominant power, especially as they continue to field without county player John Daly – a son of their manager. Of course, they are not without a chance and if the likes of Michael Daly, Matthew Barrett, Eoin Finnerty, Eoin Ryan and Barry McHugh hit the ground running, they could give Corofin a searching time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Greens see red on gold rush

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Opposition is intensifying to the prospect of a licence being awarded to Canadian gold prospectors planning to explore the heart of Connemara.

Environmental campaigners have warned of the dangers of awarding a prospecting licence to Toronto-based MOAG to mine for gold and silver in land around Roundstone, Ballyconneely and Ballynahinch.

They claim the exploration could devastate water supplies, tourism, wildlife – and also led to tensions in the local community.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton has indicated he intends to grant a prospecting licence to the company to explore for the valuable minerals in townlands in Ballynahinch Barony.

The licence allows the holder to explore for mineral deposits, and does not authorise mining of any materials that are found – that requires further licensing.

And Minister Bruton’s Department insists that the activities permitted under this licence are “non-invasive” and “of minimal environmental impact”.

However, campaigners have warned of the dangers mining can have on Connemara, and have urged the public to object before July 6.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Controversial Ballinasloe landfill prepares for closure

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The Galway dump that forced householders to close their windows during the hottest of summers will take in waste for the last time during the middle of this year.

The pong the emanated from the landfill site in Kilconnell will be no more as it will cease accepting waste by the end of June next year.

Ballinasloe area councillors were told how Galway County Council took over the running of the landfill site following the liquidation of the former operators Greenstar.

The Council agreed to accept 300,000 tons of municipal waste over a three-year period and this will come to an end by the middle of next year, after which the dump will be capped and closed the following year.

Director of Services Jim Cullen informed a meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council that following the closure of the dump, there would be long term care of the site to ensure that there would be no adverse environmental issues.

When Galway County Council took over the running of the landfill site, an allocation of €300,000 was provided by the Department of the Environment for local projects.

Of this, €120,000 has been given to the area engineer to spend at his discretion and the remaining €180,000 has been dispersed equally among the six Ballinasloe councillors – resulting in each getting €30,000 to spend on projects in their area.

It is expected that a further €300,000 will be allocated to organisations within a certain radius of the landfill site and a committee made up of Cllr Aidan Donohue (FG), Cllr Dermot Connolly (SF) and Cllr Timmy Broderick (Ind) to decide how this fund will be dispersed.

For years, the dump in Kilconnell caused annoyance for local residents because of the smells emanating from the site and many householders say that it is still a major problem.

Cllr Michael Finnerty warned about the possibility of a run-off of leachate – a liquid that drains from landfill sites that can cause pollution – from the site into the future.

He said that he attended a meeting in Ballinasloe in which residents expressed concern about a leachate run-off from the old dump in Poolboy which has been closed down for years.

He was assured by Mr Cullen that the situation in Poolboy was being continually monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency but he would investigate these claims.

With regard to the closure of the dump in Kilconnell, Cllr Aidan Donohue said that he was not convinced about the ongoing maintenance of the site into the future.

He said when the landfill site in New Inn was closed many years ago, the Council just walked away and left the site in an unacceptable state.

The Fine Gael councillor was referring to suggestions that the Kilconnell site might have future potential and may be an asset but he cited what happened in New Inn when he said that it was just abandoned.

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