Date Published: 06-Apr-2011
The second Clifden Traditional Music Festival, a weekend of the very best of Irish music, song and dance, which will take place on the weekend of April 15-17.
Top class visiting musicians from all over the country including Sligo, Fermanagh, Clare, Galway, Leitrim, and Mayo have been invited by Clifden Comhaltas, with a host of All-Ireland champions among them.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, April 15, at 7pm in the Clifden Station House Hotel with the official opening. This will be followed by a concert of local and visiting musicians, singers and dancers with special guest Emma O Sullivan of RTÉ’s All-Ireland Talent Show fame.
On Friday night, there will also be pub music sessions from 10pm in Lowry’s and Vaughan’s Bar.
Saturday starts off at 11am in the Alcock and Brown Hotel with music workshops from champion visiting teachers and a sean-nós dance workshop with local celebrity Emma O’Sullivan. Workshops run until 1pm and the cost is €10 per person, with registration on the day.
These will be followed by a Youth Session in the Alcock and Brown Bar at 1pm. Afternoon music sessions on Saturday will be held from 2-4pm in The Central Bar and 4-6pm in Guys Bar with visiting and local musicians.
At 8pm there will be live music on the outdoor stage on the Square with local and visiting musicians and performers. Special guests include the Emma O Sullivan Dance Troupe and members of the world-renowned dance show, Rhythm of the Dance.
There will be pub music sessions in Lowry’s, Mannion’s and Tom King’s with musicians, singers and dancers.
Sunday starts at 11am with a traditional music Mass in St Joseph’s Church, followed by a farewell session, One for the Road in Foyle’s Hotel at 12.30pm. The traditional festival promises to be a great fun filled weekend of music, song, dance and craic! All are welcome and events are free.
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Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.
The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.
Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.
However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.
Two men before courts over county grow houses
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.
They appeared before Galway Circuit court.
Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.
In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.
Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.
He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.
He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.
He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.
City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro
Date Published: 14-May-2013
Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.
It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.
The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.
The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.
Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.