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Back to the future with Cry Before Dawn show

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Cry Before Dawn play a gig in Monroe's on 19 August

There’s something compelling about music, both for people who listen to it and the ones who play it. There must be – why else would you reform a band you first started 34 years ago, one which went through good and bad times before breaking up 10 years later? The glib answer might be ‘money,’ but you couldn’t put that at Cry Before Dawn’s door.

The Wexford band, who play Monroe’s Live on Friday, August 19, are back on the road, thanks to a small but dedicated fanbase – and the fact that the band members are proud of the music they made.

Bass player Vinnie Doyle recalls what the band were up to when they formed in 1982.

“I was working with my dad in a garage,” he says. “I know Brendan, the singer, was a toolmaker. Pat (Hayes, drums) had his business making and delivering sandwiches and I think Tony (Hall, guitar) was working in Dunnes Stores. Fairly ordinary stuff going on!

“We were playing around County Wexford and Waterford, with the occasional trip to Dublin,” adds Vinnie. “In the early days, no one wanted to listen to hear us. We were playing originals, and maybe it’s a little bit like that now, people wanted to hear covers. I remember going to Kilkenny one night playing to five people, and different gigs with nobody turning out.”

But the plucky young band made their own luck. While in London for a gig, they finagled a slot on the prestigious Janis Long show on BBC radio. Before they got on the ferry home, they also called into HTV studios in Wales and played a session there.

“From that, we got our record deal with CBS,” Vinnie says. “But it wasn’t as simple as that either. There was a lot of work on the songs, and playing, but we were lucky to get that break.”

Life on a major label took over, and Vinnie and his bandmates embraced the opportunity.

“When we got signed, it changed everything in one way,” he says. “We had a living wage, we could go at it full time. We went into proper studios in London to record our first album [Gone Forever] we had really nice apartments there. From nobody wanting to hear us to the minute the first single was released in Ireland and the UK, that really changed everything.

For more about Cry Before Dawn and their upcoming gig see this week’s Tribune here

CITY TRIBUNE

Gardaí bid to identify body recovered near Mutton Island

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Gardai have launched an investigation following the discovery of a body in Galway Bay yesterday afternoon.

A member of the public raised the alarm after spotting the body in the water while walking on the causeway to Mutton Island.

Galway Fire Service, Gardai and the RNLI attended the scene and recovered the body at around 4pm, before it was taken to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem.

It is understood that the body may have been in the water for some time.

Gardaí are currently examining a list of missing people in the city.

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Gardaí investigate fatal Carraroe crash

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A man in his 30s has died following a road crash in Carraroe in the early hours of this morning.

At 3.50am, Gardaí and emergency services attended at a single car collision on a minor road.

The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. A passenger in the car, a male in his 30s, was taken by ambulance to Galway University Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The road is currently closed and local diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators will examine the crash site this morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Salthill Garda Station (091) 514 720 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Land Development Agency rules out Merlin ‘land grab’

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Campaigners have warned the Land Development Agency (LDA) to keep its hands off Merlin Woods.

Local community group Friends of Merlin Woods said that the amenity on the east side of the city is not suitable for residential development.

It has sought clarification on whether the LDA has earmarked part of the recreational and amenity lands for housing, after it appeared on its online database of publicly-owned lands.

In a statement to the Galway City Tribune, the LDA said its database compiles a list of all State lands, not just land for development.

In relation to Merlin Woods, the LDA said: “Those lands aren’t included in the LDA developments in Galway. The lands database is a map-based tool which compiles all State lands and has no reflection on development potential.”

It came after Caroline Stanley of Friends of Merlin Woods raised concern that land within Merlin Woods had been earmarked for development.

“I’d be concerned that it’s marked as residential when it’s in RA (Recreational and Amenity) land. Some is marked ‘open space’ but some is marked as ‘new proposed residential’ on its [LDA’s] database. It makes us wonder why. We’d like clarity and to clear it up.

“The message we’d like to get out there is we need clarification, whether it’s a mistake on the Land Development Agency’s part, or whether it is an area that they consider as a residential area, which the community would be opposed to. We need clarity. It could be something that is in line for development later on, we don’t know, and we need clarity.”

Councillor Owen Hanley explained that the fears around Merlin Woods stem from legislation currently making its way through the Oireachtas that would strip councillors of powers to veto the transfer of land to the LDA for housing projects.

The Bill would also allow Government to direct what public lands – including those owned by local authorities – can be transferred to the LDA for development of social and affordable housing.
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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