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Between Worlds at Galway Arts Centre

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Telling Stories: This painting is inspired by the old Estoria which later became the Claddagh Palace and a venue for the Galway Film Fleadh until the building was demolished.

Between Worlds, a new and lovely exhibition by Jennifer Cunningham is running at the city’s Galway Arts Centre until this Sunday, October, 20.

The playful exhibition of drawings, paintings and sculptures is complemented by a display of dioramas by children from Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha in Tuam. And that’s an ideal mix because Between Worlds is part of this year’s Baboró International Arts festival for Children, which runs until Sunday.

Jennifer’s works are an amalgamation of different utopian sources and her own childhood memories.

She explores a child’s imagination as a place of freedom and play, of resilience and strength; a safe space from which to explore and make sense of the world. In Jennifer’s imagined world, abandoned fairgrounds and derelict spaces evoke the faded magic of childhood possibility.

She is particularly interested in misplaced architecture and deserted places, confronting the viewer with the contrasting aesthetic of old and new. Her landscapes, sometimes bare, desolate and even forbidding, aren’t so much about representing real views as about reflecting her emotional response to the experience of an encounter.

In this show, she has been inspired by places from Galway’s Rahoon flats to Berlin’s Teufelsberg (Devil’s Mountain), which was a spy listening station on the border between East and West Berlin.  Another reference is Drop City, a counterculture artists’ community based in southern Colorado in the 1960s. This ‘hippie commune’ was renowned for its dome dwellings, which were built using waste and salvage materials including car roofs.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Motorcyclist killed in Galway crash

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A motorcyclist has died following a crash in Renmore this morning.

Shortly after 10am, the motorcyclist – aged in his 40s – was seriously injured when his motorbike collided with a car on the R338 Old Dublin Road at Renmore Park. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The crash site was fully examined by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and the road has now reopened to traffic.

The deceased was removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Galway and the Coroner has been notified.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing witnesses to come forward and have asked anyone who was travelling in the area at the time and has dashcam footage to contact them.

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Wrecking ball for once-great social hub, the Corrib Great Southern Hotel

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It was the summer of ’69, and the landmark Great Southern Hotel in Eyre Square was booming.

Every evening, 180 guests – mostly American tourists – thronged its dining room for dinner. Similar numbers were served breakfast, with about 150 for lunch.

It was so busy, the semi-state company planned another 160-bedroom sister hotel, the Corrib Great Southern, on the Dublin Road.

Then the Troubles in Northern Ireland started, and “business fell off a cliff”, recalled Richard Lyons, who worked in both hotels, including 35 years as maître d in the newer one.

“They were building the Corrib when the Troubles started and they decided they had to cut back the rooms by 40. That’s how they finished with 120 bedrooms,” he said.

The hotel was opened on May 27, 1971, by Brian Lenihan Snr, the then Minister for Transport and Power, and Bishop of Galway, Michael Browne.

But the legacy of the Troubles lingered for years after, according to Renmore resident Richard – debt from State borrowing to build a new hotel up North, which was twice bombed by the IRA, threatened the very existence of the semi-state hotel group owned by CIÉ.

In the early 1980s, hotel group debt grew to nearly £8 million, and the Fine Gael and Labour Coalition Government headed by Garret Fitzgerald decided to liquidate it.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story of the hotel, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Galway City Council extends outdoor dining into October

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The summer of alfresco dining looks set to be extended into the late autumn, with Galway City Council confirming this week their plans to extend the outdoor arrangements to October 22.

Local councillors, hospitality representatives and the City Council have said this week that the extension of outdoor dining at five city locations from September 30 to October 22 next, reflects public satisfaction with the current set-up.

This week the City Council published statutory public notices to clear the way for a continuation of the existing road closures required to facilitate outdoor dining on William Street West, Raven Terrace, Dominick Street Upper, Woodquay and the Small Crane.

Johnny Duggan, Chairman of the city branch of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland and proprietor of Taylor’s Bar on Dominick Street, told the Galway City Tribune that the outdoor dining initiative during the summer had been a ‘huge success’ both from a viability and operational viewpoint.

“It has brought a life and vibrancy back into these areas in a very safe and controlled environment – the move makes sense in terms of the October 22 deadline set for the return of normal business,” he said.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story and for a proposal to bring an ice rink back to Leisureland, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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