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Councillor calls for less negativity on Galway 2020

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A county councillor has complained that his city counterparts are engaged in too much negativity in relation to Galway city and county’s European Capital of Culture project.

Fine Gael’s Joe Byrne acknowledged there are some problems with Galway 2020 but he said there was a need now to “take a deep breath” to assess the situation and to determine what the legacy of the designation should be.

“There’s too much negativity, and a reactionary approach, mainly from some city councillors,” said Cllr Byrne.

“There are problems but sometimes you need to just take a deep breath, take a few weeks to sort out those problems. You need to take a deep breath and focus on the positivity and what the legacy of Galway 2020 can be.”

Cllr Byrne has asked Chief Executive of Galway County Council, Kevin Kelly, to provide an update on Galway 2020 at next Monday’s plenary meeting of the local authority. Mr Kelly is a member of the Board of Galway 2020.

“Even if he gives a brief update, and a commitment that Galway 2020 would come before us at another full meeting of the County Council to outline progress on the project,” said the Kinvara-based representative.

Cllr Byrne said the County Council was fulfilling its budget pledge of €2 million to the project – he said €6 million was never promised by the County Council, although that’s what Galway 2020 said it was getting from the County Council.

“I don’t know where that figure came from . . . but it’s not all about money, and it shouldn’t be always about money,” insisted Cllr Byrne.

Galway City Council has promised to stump-up at least €6 million to fund the project, which has been dogged by controversy.

Its chief executive, Hannah Kiely, stepped aside from her role last month, hot on the heels of the premature departure of the artistic director, Chris Baldwin.

Druid Theatre Company has withdrawn its flagship programme from Galway 2020 Galway, Middle Island, due to “loss of time, significant budget cuts and communications issues”. Druid said it would work with Galway 2020 on devising another, smaller-scale project.

Other organisations will also follow suit and ‘downsize’ their projects because budgets have been slashed, by as much as 80% in some cases.

Cllr Byrne acknowledged the “turmoil” that has beset Galway 2020 but he said there was a lot of positive stuff happening on the ground.

Over the weekend, he said, hundreds of people attended events in Ballinderreen as part of the ‘Sur La Mer’ (on the sea) Small Towns, Big Ideas Galway 2020 pilot project.

These Small Towns, Big Ideas projects are being rolled-out in may rural areas, he said.

“The legacy of Galway 2020 shouldn’t be a statue in Eyre Square, the legacy of Galway 2020 should be that we have developed and nurtured our heritage and our culture and that we celebrate it throughout the year,” he said.

“The importance for our city and county is the legacy which the 2020 project leaves behind and it will be as successful as we make it, despite fears of funding cuts, because one cannot underestimate the power of the voluntary sector in every community who want to be part of this project.

“I have asked Galway County Council CEO to brief county councillors at our meeting on October 22 at which time better assessment will be at hand rather than at present with so much reactionary assessment being made by many,” added Cllr Byrne.

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Singer/songwriter reveals his Future Business Model

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Derek Ellard...new single from upcoming EP.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Derek Ellard is a talented Galway-based songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist; he boasts a comprehensive catalogue of live performances around the city, including support slots for the likes of Gavin James, Wallis Bird, the Frank and Walters, and Hudson Taylor.

With his primary focus though, folk-rock outfit Derek Ellard & the Future Business Model, he is forging an outlet that allows him to explore every avenue of his creative work.

And this Friday, February 10, the group is set to release Three Sheets to the Wind, their sixth single to date and the first of five tracks on a forthcoming, self-titled EP.

The song recalls some of Derek’s formative years growing up in Tipperary. It is laden with imagery and bright melodies – for those that have not previously listened, the single sets a perfect example of the range of emotions that litter Derek’s work.

“I wouldn’t say I had a strange relationship with my brother, but he was this professional rugby player who had everything together, and I kind of wasn’t,” he explains.

“We had a connection through being bold really… Two mischievous fellas and that was what we bonded over. When we look back, we remember it fondly and what inspired me to write the song was my brother telling me how, when he was younger and playing rugby for the senior team at sixteen or seventeen, he would sneak out and get absolutely bladdered with the team. He’d be sauced going into school and stuff… That was the first verse.

“We grew up in this room together with orange walls, but Dad had mixed up the paints. One side was gloss and the other was matte – it was a strange room and I included that as well.

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Comer’s injury makes it a grey day all-round for out-of-sorts Galway

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Galway's Damian Comer clutches his knee in agony against Roscommon’s Conor Daly after suffering a bad injury in Sunday's National League clash at Pearse Stadium. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

It was one of those grim days that the Galway footballers would prefer to forget. Apart from the serious knee injury sustained by Damien Comer in the opening quarter, the home team allowed a winning hand to slip late on in a dour encounter against Roscommon at Pearse Stadium.

Naturally, Comer’s injury dominated the post-match headlines. The Annaghdown man was central to Galway’s major progress in 2022, with his physicality alone giving the team a hard edge up front. To see him being stretchered off in Salthill and in obvious distress represents an incalculable blow to the Tribesmen.

Comer’s season being prematurely over only adds to Galway’s early-season woes. Heading into 2023, the team management knew they would be planning without two of their defensive pillars – Kieran Molloy (injury) and Liam Silke (work) – while the departure of utility forward Finnian Ó Laoí (travel) was also a setback.

To compound matters, Patrick Kelly is struggling to shake off a back injury, while Rob Finnerty faces at least another month on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage in Galway’s opening Division One encounter against Mayo in MacHale Park. Throw in the fact that Shane Walsh is currently travelling, Padraic Joyce will be down at least six of last year’s All-Ireland final team when squaring up to Tyrone at Tuam Stadium on Sunday week.

This background will automatically test the in-depth strength of the squad in the weeks ahead, and with only one point on the board from their opening two league matches, the spectre of a relegation battle looms. Given the unavailability of so many players, Galway’s priority will now surely surround staying in the top-flight of league football.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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Student musicians who took part in the Dominican College, Taylor's Hill production of My Fair Lady in January 1998.

1923

Influenza cure

Of the ills to which human flesh is heir, those which result from the periodical influenza epidemic are, perhaps, the most devastating.

The toll of human life in the great epidemic of 1918-’19 was unparalleled in the more recent history of the world. It is calculated that in the twelve months the epidemic claimed more victims than fell in the four-and-a-half years of the European war.

In Ireland the disease was no respecter of persons, the flower of the race falling an easy prey to the germ. Indeed, it is rather a remarkable fact that it was amongst the young manhood and womanhood of the country that the ravages of the disease were greatest.

This week the welcome news has been published that the bacteriologists at the Rockefeller Institute, New York, have isolated the influenza germ, and that the cure of the disease is in sight.

The discovery of the germ itself is of inestimable importance for the welfare of humanity and augurs the possibly of influenza being made a preventable disease like smallpox in, it is to be hoped, the not far distant future.

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