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Businesses demand blitz on street drinking and intimidating beggars

Stephen Corrigan

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Business owners in Galway have called for a crackdown on illegal drinking and intimidating begging in the city in the run up to Christmas – with many fearing an adverse effect on business and reputation if no action is taken.

On Wednesday, a meeting of over 60 business owners was told that a lack of law and order is risking thousands of jobs by making the city an unattractive place to shop and socialise.

Businesses in areas such as the intersection between Mainguard Street and High Street, as well as Quay Street, Shop Street and William Street and Eyre Square are falling foul of people drinking outside their premises from early morning and right through the day.

As a result, Chairperson of Galway Business Watch, David Greeley, says that local businesses want to be proactive and call a halt to repeated instances of drunkards causing havoc outside people’s places of work.

“We want to stress that we are not talking about homeless people here – this is about drinking and begging and we are looking for a workable solution.

“People are saying there is a lack of patrols; that they are calling and getting no response; and that they see Gardaí going up and down the street and nothing is being done,” said Mr Greeley.

The business owners want a policy introduced whereby all alcohol being consumed on the streets be destroyed.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane – a practising solicitor – referred to the City Council drinking bylaws introduced in 2015 and suggested that there were options available to Gardaí to tackle the problem.

“In relation to drinking in public, I sat down and drafted the drinking bylaws and in conjunction with my fellow councillors, we passed those bylaws. The single biggest tool we have given Gardaí is the ability to destroy the drink.”

This statement was met by rapturous applause in the room. Sergeant Peadar Ryan of Galway Community Gardaí said that they would check the legality of the practice.

In relation to begging, Garda Inspector Karen Maloney said that, to a certain extent, there is a limitation to what they can do, as begging must be deemed intimidating to be unlawful – however, she believed that many of the cases warranted Garda action.
For the full report from the meeting, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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Unselfing with TULCA over the weekend

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TULCA Festival of Visual Arts will present a programme of visual arts events this weekend to celebrate its UnSelfing programme.

UnSelfing is a series of exhibitions, performances and art events that was TULCA’s contribution to Galway 2020’s visual arts programme.

Several TULCA events took place during 2020, but Covid-19 put paid to others. Like every other arts group involved in the European Capital of Culture, the festival had to reimagine its programme.

The result is this weekend’s projects. They include a film commission, a new book and a radio play- podcast.

The World premiere of the film, entitled A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift airs online this Friday, April 16, at 9pm. Created by artist and philosopher Elisabeth von Samsonow and curator Kate Strain, it involved commissioning work by artists from Ireland and France. The resulting collage of film, sculpture, music, sound and design explores people’s access to nature through poetry. This project has been supported by the French Embassy.

The second project is a new publication being launched on Saturday. XVIII – Stories of TULCA explores 18 years of the festival as well as its UnSelfing programme.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Small shops fight back in store wars

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Caroline McCarthy

A popular city boutique has threatened to re-open in breach of Covid-19 restrictions – to highlight the unfairness of supermarkets selling so-called ‘non-essential’ goods.

The proprietor of Lanidor on Eyre Street said she is ‘taking a stand’, and has urged all retailers to follow suit, unless the authorities crack-down on those bending the rules.

“This stuff about ‘oh we’re all in it together’ is a load of rubbish,” fumed Caroline McCarthy, who said the multiples were ignoring restrictions while independent retailers remain shuttered.

She said all non-essential retail should be open, or none, but the current situation was “discriminatory”.

“I’ve had it at this stage. I’ve lost it. I can’t put up with this anymore. On a point of principle and on a practical level, someone has to do something about it. It’s not that we want to open.

“We have adhered to every single one of the regulations. But we are making a stand now. We will go ahead and open, at a date to be announced, if they are not shut down. And we would call on retailers across the country to do the same,” she said.

Under public health guidelines only ‘essential’ retail outlets are permitted to open. They are not permitted to sell ‘non-essential’ goods during Level 5. This is to stop people congregating and browsing in order to limit the spread of the virus.

But large retailers such as Dunnes Stores and Marks and Spencer stand accused of selling ‘non-essential’ clothing during the pandemic, even though clothes shops should be closed.

Galway Gardaí visited stores last weekend on foot of a complaint.

A spokesperson for M&S said it was following the guidelines but the tills in its Galway store’s clothing section was staffed on Saturday.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Darragh recalls grandparents in ‘Tilly and the Postmaster’

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By Declan Tierney

An album that was two years in the making and is in memory of the singer’s grandparents will be released shortly . . . and even before its release, Darragh O’Dea’s album already proving hugely popular with his loyal following.

The paternal grandparents of the accomplished Tuam singer and songwriter passed away in the past year, so he decided name the album he was making in their honour.

Darragh has performed with local bands The Coonics and Ralphs over the years, but this is his first full-length solo album. He’s funding it via the website Kickstarter and the pre-release sales have been incredibly encouraging.

It’s entitled Tilly and the Postmaster to celebrate the lives of Tilly who died in January of this year and her husband of 63 years, Neil O’Dea, who was laid to rest in May 2020.

Neil, the father of Galway footballers Jimmy, Conor and Padraic O’Dea, was the retired Postmaster in Tuam and a prominent member of the town’s GAA club.

Darragh, a born songwriter, explained he wanted to remember his late grandparents at what was a difficult time for the whole family.

His father Sean O’Dea, a member of Tuam Golf Club, is the elder statesman of the family but one who is incredibly proud of his son and mentions Darragh’s musical skills at every opportunity. His mother Carmel is an avid walker.

In a reversal of current trends, Darragh’s new album is being released on old-fashioned vinyl and CD as well as online. He has also produced a limited-edition t-shirt in conjunction with the album for those who have supported his Kickstarter campaign.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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