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Cribbing at Christmas as Colette and Crowe clash

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Bradley Bytes – a sort of political column with Dara Bradley – Fianna Fáil City Councillors Mike Crowe, Peter Keane and John Connolly didn’t hang around to hear the Mayor of Galway’s Christmas well wishes.

The trio were out the gap of the Veranda Lounge of the Galmont Hotel near the end of the final City Council meeting of 2021 before Colette Connolly (Ind) could bellow the words “Nollaig Shona . . . and Happy New Year” from the top table.

“Thank you for your patience” during a “very difficult year” and “trying times”, she added, to a near-empty room of councillors scrambling to get out and colleagues online on Zoom who had switched off too.

Earlier, patience had worn thin inside the rather plush replacement Council Chamber as Colette clashed with councillors, in particular MJ Crowe.

Perhaps it was just as well that Covid-19 restrictions put paid to this year’s instalment of the traditional Christmas drinks, hosted annually by the Mayor for officials and elected members.

Because there was little Christmas spirit or collegiality shown during the Council meeting and adding alcohol to that concoction could have been dangerous.

The exchanges during the meeting, sans eggnog, were pricklier than seasonal holly; the tea – as weak as water – that was served during a break in proceedings didn’t help the mood music.

A combative tone was set early on, when discussing the minutes of the previous meeting. Like conversations about religion or politics with family over Christmas dinner, it’s best to keep the minutes short and sweet. But this section dragged on last Monday, as old sores from old meetings were picked at.

The best thing about a barney that occurred between John Connolly and Colette Connolly over who’d said what at the November meeting, was that it was bilingual, as both speakers moved seamlessly between Gaeilge and Béarla. Their more linguistically challenged comrades looked on, confused: Unsure of what the two were arguing about, but knowing it must be serious because of the teacher-tone used by both.

This was a baptism of fire for the new Meetings Administrator, Ailish Rohan. She translated the Gaeilge, giving real-time subtitles, but also had to defend the accuracy of minutes.

Long story short, John Connolly got thick that a motion he’d tabled at the previous meeting about housing had been ruled out of order. Colette managed to sort of keep a lid on it until MJ chimed in. As Mike said, he was at a loss to understand why it was ruled out of order, Colette ploughed on.

“Is this a dictatorship?” Mike asked. “No, it’s not a dictatorship, it’s a democracy” said Colette trying to sound authoritative but not Putin-level authoritative.

If Colette was the dicator that MJ believed her to be, he was still brave enough to begin a sentence with, “If you want to discriminate against us . . .”

Colette barked back: “A little respect!” Mike cried out: “It works both ways!”

Colette ruled – with an iron fist – that she was moving on rather than “spend another hour on the minutes”. Mercifully, they did move on, or they’d have been there ‘til Christmas.

This is a shortened preview version of Bradley Bytes. To read more, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Classy Clodagh will need to know her ABCs when she takes mayoral chains

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Councillors will resume deliberations on the City Draft Development Plan in June. And if the recently-agreed County Development Plan is anything to go by, Mayor in Waiting (MIW) Clodagh Higgins will need to have her ABCs in order to deal with the baptism of fire awaiting her.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

Galway City Councillors will resume deliberations on the Draft City Development Plan in June, which means two things: long meetings and an even longer list of abbreviations.

The former is a given when rezoning of land is at play; the latter is also likely if the City Plan mirrors the recently-agreed County Development Plan which contained an alphabet soup of shortened phrases.

From ABTA (Area Based Transport Assessment) to MASP (Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan), NWSMP (National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan) to GCTPS (Galway County Transport and Planning Study), and GCMA (Galway County Metropolitan Area) to UFP (Urban Framework Plan) to name but a few, County Councillors were bombarded with shorthand as they compiled a new Development Plan.

And that’s before you mention the myriad of organisations OPR (Office of Planning Regulator), OPW (Office of Public Works), NTA (National Transport Authority), TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) who were making submissions about MAs (Material Alterations), WWTP (Waste Water Treatment Plants), LAPs (Local Area Plans), and LTP (Local Transport Plans) etcetera.

County Councillors needed qualifications in abbreviations and gobbledegook just to keep up with it all; many are now suffering a sort of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the DTs (Delirium Tremens) or AWD (Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium) since they finalised the plan, but that’s all due to withdrawal from abbreviations rather than alcohol.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Legendary Andy Irvine in concert

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Andy Irvine

Legendary singer/songwriter Andy Irvine will play the Gig Room in the Kinvara Community Centre next Saturday, May 28, at 8pm.

With an impressive repertoire of Irish songs and Balkan dance tunes, he is renowned for his unique fusion of Irish and World music.

Andy’s musical career took off when he joined Sweeney’s Men in 1965, touring extensively with them before leaving in 1968 to pursue his own musical journey. That took him to Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, as he studied the music and traditions of these places.

During this time, he began playing the bouzouki professionally, as it allowed him to develop his own style while deepening his knowledge of Balkan music.

Back in Ireland Andy founded the now-legendary Planxty with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O’ Flynn. When the group took a break in 1967, he recorded an album with Paul Brady, simply entitled Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, which became a classic.

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

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World premiere to feature in free concert

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Dave Flynn

The world premiere of E-Bow, a work for string quartet and electric guitar by  composer Dave Flynn, will take place this Sunday, May 22, at 3pm at the O’Donoghue Theatre, NUIG. Admission is free and all are welcome.

E-Bow will be performed by Galway’s quartet in residence, ConTempo, and Dave Flynn himself. A work in three movements, it plays with the tradition of the guitar quintet, which dates back to the late 18th century, but brings it in new directions by using an electric guitar with the addition of an e-bow.

This is a hand-held electronic bow invented by Greg Heet in 1969 and patented in 1978, after which it became an essential tool for rock guitarists. Performers including Blondie, U2, Radiohead, Big Country, Genesis, Pink Floyd and R.E.M. have used them, but e-bows are less common in classical music because they don’t work on nylon-string classical guitars.

The work was co-commissioned by long-term commissioning partners Galway Music Residency (GMR) and Galway City Council and is being presented  as part of Arts in Action, by  GMR, in association with Dublin’s Contemporary Music Centre.

Sunday’s show will also include a performance of Philip Glass’ Mishima, arranged for string quartet and electric guitar, with special permission from the composer. Philip Glass composed this piece for the film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, about Japanese author Yukio Mishima who died in November 1970 after performing Seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment).

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

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