Galway Bay fm newsroom – City officials are being urged to review busking bye-laws one year after they are implemented.
Minister of State and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has put forward the proposal in a bid to assess the impact of the regulations on Galway’s artistic life.
The bye-laws were passed by the city council this week and will come into effect in January.
This will mean busking will be restricted during peak business hours and those in breach could face fines.
Meanwhile, Green party city councillor Pauline O’Reilly argues street acts are “essential to the diversity and vibrancy of Galway,” and the laws are “old- fashioned and unenforceable.”
More at 4 as Minister Cannon says the bye-laws could put Galway’s cultural identity at risk…..
259 domestic violence orders granted in Galway last year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Judges granted domestic violence orders to 259 people in Galway last year.
Figures obtained from the Courts Service through freedom of information show 227 such applications were refused in Galway for the period.
43 percent of applications for domestic violence orders in Dublin and Cork last year were refused.
More at 9 as Sarah Benson, the Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, says the statistics are a concern…
Galway 2020 set to host 1900 events next
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The city and county are set to play host to 1,900 events across 154 projects as part of Galway 2020’s European Capital of Culture.
The programme was officially launched in Eyre Square last evening with a colourful performance spectacle.
In recognition of Ireland’s historic traditions, the programme will be based around the four fire seasons of Ireland’s ancient Celtic calendar.
Galway 2020 will begin on February the 1st with what organisers describe as a week-long of fiery celebrations erupting in towns and villages across the county.
This will culminate in a large public ceremony and spectacle on February 8th in Galway city.
Other highlights include Druid Theatre which will take Ireland’s greatest 20th century one-act plays to towns and villages across the county.
Connemara landscape will also be illuminated as part of the programme in a spectacle by Finnish light artist Kari Kola.
Galway will also join with Boston, Belfast and Nashville to host concerts by transatlantic stars of country, blues, gospel, folk and bluegrass.
The European Capital of Culture which began in 1985 aims to provide Europeans with opportunities to learn more about each other’s cultures, to enjoy their shared history and values and to experience the feeling of belonging to the same European community.
Crowds gather at Eyre Square for performance spectacle to mark to beginning of Galway 2020 journey
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Crowds are gathering in the Autumn sunshine at Eyre Square this evening as Galway prepares to officially mark the beginning of its 2020 journey with a performance arts spectacle.
The city centre will host the launch of the 2020 programme of events for Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture from 6pm.
Organisers will reveal over 1,900 events set to take place throughout next year across the city, county and islands of Galway, with 30 projects celebrating the Irish language.
The Galway 2020 programme will focus on the themes of language, landscape and migration, and is designed to celebrate the diverse cultures around Europe.
As crowds gather, a large crane is visible with an acrobat suspended, while earplugs are being distributed to the crowd.