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Celebrating Wanderlust and its musical benefits

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Sharon Carty who will perform Suitcase Arias with the Baroque Ensemble, led by Claire Duff.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Galway audiences will be embarking on journeys of the imagination during Music for Galway’s upcoming season, if the organisation’s Artistic Director Finghin Collins aspirations are realised.

The theme for the season which starts on September 26 with a concert by pianist Barry Douglas, is Wanderlust, acknowledging the role that travel has always played in the lives of musicians and composers, as they plied their talents or avoided persecution. The cultural cross-fertilisation that ensues from such wandering is celebrated in Wanderlust, he says.

In his sixth season as Artistic Director, the well-travelled concert pianist Finghin is as enthusiastic about programming Music for Galway concerts as he was in year one. He’s also continuing the theme of collaboration, as the organisation joins forces with the Galway Jazz Festival, Galway Early Music Festival, Galway Film Society and Cúirt for a series of special events between now and May 2019.

The 2018-9 programme is a delight, with concerts including Rêverie, a celebration of the lives and loves of Claude Debussy, with Lucy Parham on piano, narrated by actor Alex Jennings (Edward VIII in The Crown). That’s on Wednesday, November 7.

With Wanderlust in mind, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will visit in May to perform Adventure Screen Classics, with music from classic Westerns to Star Wars, via James Bond, Lord of the Rings and more.

“Choosing a theme is an organic process,” explains Finghin and Anna over coffee in the Corrib Tea Rooms, ahead of Monday night’s programme launch by president of NUIG Dr Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, at the City’s Portershed.

“There were some people I wanted to invite,” outlines Finghin of how the theme of travel came to the fore.

“I was in Australia two years ago and heard the Goldner Quartet, who’d never been here. As Artistic Director, I want to bring new work to Galway and Ireland.”

Not only are the Goldner Quartet making their Irish debut in Galway on Thursday, November 29, but they’re starting their European tour here. Meanwhile, the Quartetto di Venezia makes a welcome return to West after a long absence.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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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

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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’

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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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