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Celebrating creativity from Inishbofin to Ballinalsoe



Textile work by Fiona Ormsby which is being shown in Ballinasloe Town Hall as part of the UNBOUND exhibition.

Culture Night in the county will include UNBOUND – an exhibition from the Ballinasloe arts collective, Group 8. Running all day at Ballinasloe Town Hall Theatre, it features writing, paintings, wood-turning, textiles, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture, all inspired by living through Covid-19.

‘Let’s go outside – art, culture and music at Ballyglunin’s Quiet Man Station’ will feature the Barcelo Brothers, a young band whose zydeco music is infused with R&B. Reggae, soul and funk

There will be live comedy at Athenry Heritage Centre with ‘Retreat! Meet the characters’, from Aoibheann McCann’s play Retreat.

Culture Shock, an interactive evening of audio-visual, spoken word and musical discovery is also happening at the Heritage Centre as is a face-painting workshop.

Local artist Aideen Monaghan is inviting people into her studio to view her work and to take part in creative workshops.

The young musicians of Athenry Music School Sinfonietta will present Raymond Deane’s A Baroque Session (with Carolan and Friends). They’ll be joined by violinists Séamus McGuire and Niamh Crowley and violist Kenneth Rice from the West Ocean String Quartet, with guest cellist Adrian Mantu. The performance is conducted by Claregalway conductor Sinead Hayes.

This Thursday night, ahead of the day itself, LIttle John Nee’s show, Bouncing Off The Walls, will be at Athenry Heritage Centre.

The local Skylark Centre, which nurtures creativity in people with disabilities, will present an artwork, Just keep Swimming, in the centre’s large windows. Facing the road, these will be transformed into an aquarium showing a range of underwater sea life. This was inspired by Covid and how everyone has been ‘living in a fishbowl’.

Loughrea Community Radio will present an evening of live music, drama, poetry and interviews, while the Abbey Community Centre will have a trad session with South-East Comhaltas.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna due to burst watermain



Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna this morning due to a burst watermain

The burst is in a rising main from Clifton Hill in Galway City to Tonabrucky Reservoir

The city council and Irish Water says while every effort is being made to maintain supply to as many customers as possible, the burst has caused water levels in Tonabrucky Reservoir to deplete

Houses and businesses in Knocknacarra, Barna and surrounding areas will experience low pressure and outages.

Dedicated water service crews have mobilised and repairs are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.

Traffic management will be in place and Letteragh Road will be closed between Sliabh Rua and Tonabrucky Cross until 6pm.

Householders and businessses are being asked to conserve water where possible to reduce the pressure on local supplies and allow reservoir levels to restore.

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Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square



Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was struck in the face by a firework in Eyre Square in the city overnight.

It happened shortly after midnight and gardai say it’s understood the firework had been launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk.

The young woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised as a result.

Gardaí understand there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time and are now asking that any person who may have witnessed the incident make contact with the investigating team.

In particular Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have video footage of the incident, either on mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam to make contact with them.

This incident comes just days after a policing committee meeting was told of increasing concern about anti social behaviour around Eyre Square.

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Garda chief suggests closing Eyre Square to curb anti-social behaviour



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Closing Eyre Square at night-time was among the radical suggestions put forward by Galway’s top Garda this week – in response to claims that the city centre’s famous landmark had become a ‘no-go area’ after dark.

It comes as Gardaí confirmed that since January they issued almost 500 fines for breaches of the city’s alcohol bylaws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public spaces.

Responding to claims that people were afraid to visit parts of the city centre at night due to anti-social behaviour, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that the authorities might have to look at closing Eyre Square at certain times.

Chief Supt Curley also said that improved lighting and better CCTV were other tools that could be used to deter anti-social behaviour and to detect crime in the city centre.

“I’d need another five officers in there – and I haven’t got them,” said Chief Supt Curley of the requirement for more Gardaí on patrol in Eyre Square.

He was responding to a charge by former mayor of Galway, Councillor Frank Fahy, who said Eyre Square was dangerous at night. “It’s a no-go area,” he said at a City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting this week.

Cllr Fahy said that the illegal activity and anti-social behaviour in the city centre was a product of the Covid-19 pandemic and people socialising outdoors. Eyre Square was safe pre-Covid, he said.

In a written reply to the JPC, Chief Supt Curley said that anti-social behaviour issues had been ‘de-escalated’ along the city’s canals, Woodquay and Spanish Arch ‘as a result of extra Garda patrols’.

“The resulting consequences have led to crowd movement from these areas (and they) are now congregating at Eyre Square. Garda attention is concentrated on Eyre Square, however the return of students and the continued restrictions has led to increased numbers,” he said.

(Photo: a scene from Eyre Square at night this week taken from a video circulated on social media)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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