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Casting call as Ballinasloe makes the big screen



It may lack the glamour of Hollywood or the tradition of the silver screen – but aspiring movie stars will be bounding into Ballinasloe this month for what producers are calling the Carnival of Chaos!

That’s after West Coast Casting issued their clarion call for extras for new feature film called ‘Finky’ which will be shot over the next two months – all in the Ballinasloe area.

The producers are looking for 250 to 300 people of all ages, shapes, sizes and ethnicity – particularly those who think they have a special skill or talent.

All are welcome to apply to become part of the Carnival of Chaos’ psychotic symphony.

Mairead Campbell of West Coast Casting described it as ‘the craziest script I’ve ever read’.

It is completely open for anyone to apply regardless of whether you have any previous acting experience or not – but you should mention in your application if you do.

Extras may end up as part of the Carnival of Chaos or just sitting in a café, dancing in a club or walking down the street – and there are also a small number of positions available for children.

The movie tells the story of Micí Phincí Ó Foghlú (whose nickname is ‘Finky’) a musician and puppeteer from the West of Ireland who is recruited by a violent and avant-garde circus and experiences the darker side of life.  Micí Phincí will be played by Dara Devaney, who is best known for his roles in ‘An Klondike’ (2015), ‘An Bronntanas’ (2014) and ‘School Run’ (2008).

Micí Phincí is originally from Ballinasloe, which is why most of the filming will take place in the town.

“The town fits the story really well,” said Mairead. “We don’t need to shoot anywhere else, because Ballinasloe caters to the story, as it is a town with hotels, cafés, clubs and all we need.

“It’s a great spot; it has everything,” she added.

The casting team are also looking for bands, rockers, anyone that can play a musical instrument to help bring this crazy and exciting story to life.

As well as general extras, West Coast Casting are also looking for more specific things such as people who are fluent in Irish; people who have Scottish accents – and a one-armed male.  Specific casting updates such as these are available on the West Coast Casting Facebook page. And all extras will be paid daily for their work.

The film comes from Galway-based award-winning Abú Media, and is developed and funded through the new Cine4 initiative.

The Cine4 initiative was set up to encourage strong storytelling, visual flair and high production values appropriate for the big screen through Irish – although a small part of ‘Finky’ is in English.  That said, you do not have to be fluent in Irish to apply to be an extra.

‘Finky’ is directed by Dathaí Keane and written by himself and Diarmuid de Faoite. It is produced by Eileen Seoighe and Pierce Boyce.

Anyone interested in getting involved and becoming an extra should email a recent photo and contact details to

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised



Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’



Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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