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Council staff’s early-morning clean-up removes post-Races rubbish

Dara Bradley

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The city centre was like a ‘bomb site’ after Ladies Day of the Galway Racing Festival last week, according to a former mayor.

City Councillor Niall McNelis (Labour) said, “the place was absolutely horrific” about the litter-strewn streets in the early hours of Friday morning following Ladies Day revelry.

However, the Chairperson of Galway City Tidy Towns committee, Cllr McNelis heaped praise on Galway City Council litter crews for returning the streets to normality so quickly.

“They were like magicians,” he said. “The place was horrific. Town was crazy for Ladies Day, there was a very young crowd, and I’d say a lot of them weren’t even out at the race track.

“The pubs all close at 2am, and everyone comes out onto the streets, thousands and thousands at the same time, and it was bad, there were food wrappers and plastic drink containers everywhere at 4am. It was like a bomb site. That’s not the fault of the City Council. It really was bad, and that’s what some people saw and were complaining about. But by 5am or 5.30am, the Council crews were in and worked their magic. They did trojan work to clear up the mess,” said Cllr McNelis.

See full story in this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Jon Kenny visits Áras Éanna with hit show Crowman

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Actor and comedian Jon Kenny will visit Áras Éanna on Inis Oírr this Saturday, August 24, performing in Katie Holly’s hit one-man show Crowman.

The play premiered at the 2018 Cork Midsummer Festival, receiving standing ovations from audiences and praise from critics.

Crowman is the story of Dan Lonergan and the characters he meets throughout his life.

It’s about lost love and the sense of belonging and not belonging in a small community. Most of all, it’s about the humanity and decency of people in every village and town in Ireland.

As Dan himself surmises: ‘Some people never had the dance that I had and some people never hear the music.’

Jon Kenny carries the audience on a roller-coaster ride from Dan’s childhood to middle-age, from the hurling pitch to the pub and from one uproariously funny character to the other.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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2020 still far short of private funding target

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Galway 2020, the company set-up to deliver the European Capital of Culture next year, remains well behind on its target of raising €6.75 million in private funding.

Making Waves, the bid book that won Galway the designation, committed Galway 2020 to raising income totalling €6.75 million from private sponsors and philanthropists.

The bid book specified that this was income to be spent on operating expenditure for the year-long programme of events.

With less than a month to go before the official programme is unveiled, Galway 2020 declined this week to confirm how much money it has raised through sponsorship.

Galway 2020 has consistently said that it intends to raise €6.75m in sponsorship; and this figure has been quoted in several briefing documents prepared for Culture Minister Josepha Madigan, which were released to the Galway City Tribune under Freedom of Information (FOI).

A briefing note for Minister Madigan dated April 10, 2019, under the heading, ‘philanthropy’, mentioned that some €133,477 had been received in total by Galway 2020 in sponsorship and in-kind support as of December 31, 2018.

In March 2019, a financial report by Galway 2020, confirmed that the company had raised less than €30,000 in private sponsorship income last year. This suggests that some €100,000 of the total raised last year, was in-kind.

When asked to clarify how much cash it has raised from sponsorship, minus in-kind support, Galway 2020 said its “fundraising target hasn’t changed”.

“The current value of the fundraising and partnerships pipeline is €4.5m – this includes a combination of commercial as well as trusts and foundations, comprising funds already committed, proposals submitted and further partnerships that are under consideration. These proposals and agreements are a combination of cash and in-kind support,” it said.

Galway 2020 declined to elaborate on how much of this €4.5 million “pipeline” was income and how much was in-kind support. It also did not say how much of that “pipeline” is already ‘banked’, and how much was not yet collected.

Included in that €4.5 million figure was a “significant corporate partnership with Medtronic”, which has become the health partner of Galway 2020 and sponsor of its Wave Maker volunteer programme, it said. However, Galway 2020 did not elaborate on the cash value – as opposed to any in-kind value – of that agreement, which was announced a fortnight ago.

“The nature of the breakdown of partnership agreements are commercially sensitive to each of our partners,” a spokesperson said.

The sole mention of the term “in-kind” in the bid book is on page 89, where it states: “The Promotion & Marketing budget described above will be supplemented by in-kind marketing benefit from our supporters, strategic partners & producers.”

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Donoghue departure leaves a major hole to be filled

John McIntyre

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THE straws in the wind around Croke Park last Sunday indicated that something potentially big was afoot in Galway hurling.

Speculation about Micheál Donoghue’s future as senior team manager was rife in the countdown to the sport’s biggest day of the year.

And the bush telegraph was proved accurate on Tuesday night when Donoghue handed in his notice to County Board officials in the Lough Rea Hotel.

It was an eleventh-hour summit. Around the table was the local GAA hierarchy comprised of Pat Kearney (Chairman), Seamus O’Grady (Secretary), Mike Burke (Treasurer) and Michael Larkin (Hurling Chairman) . . . with Donoghue joined by coach/selector Francis Forde and former player Cyril Donnellan, who is a member of the Galway backroom team.

The atmosphere was described as ‘tense’ and after Donoghue revealed that he was standing down for family reasons above all else, he challenged the Board about the extent of its financial backing of the senior squad.

The officials present disputed the charge amid attempts to coax Donoghue into having a change of heart about exiting the top sideline position in Galway hurling.

Later that night, Donohue met with the players – also at short notice – to confirm his decision. There was a good turnout from the squad in the circumstances and the majority of them were stunned by this bombshell.

Donoghue, it is understood, itemised a couple of difficulties he had with the board’s resourcing of the panel, possibly setting the players on a collision course with Galway GAA officials.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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