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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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.