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Criminal back in jail after celebrating freedom

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A man celebrating his release from prison ended up being arrested for a Public Order offence – and following a few subsequent offences, ended up getting a new prison sentence when he came before Galway District Court.

Martin Ward with an address at the Cope Day Care Centre, Seamus Quirke Road, pleaded guilty to being in breach of the peace at McDonalds, Shop Street, where he was found asleep by staff and a few days later, on May 9 last, to causing a disturbance at the Cope Day Care Centre, where he threatened a Garda with a piece of wood before throwing his jacket at him.

There were cans of beer in the pockets of the jacket. He pleaded guilty to breaking a window at the centre and to punching a wall at the Garda Station after being arrested, causing €208 worth of damage in total.

On May 21 last, he was observed by a Garda to be so intoxicated, that he was barely able to stand outside the Meyrick Hotel, where he was shouting at passersby that he was going to kill them all. A few days previously he was involved in an altercation at the rear of Park House Hotel with another man and had to be separated. He was also identified as being the man who had urinated on a vehicle parked at the rear of the same hotel.

He further pleaded guilty to burglary at an apartment in the city though nothing was taken.

Defending solicitor, Seán Acton, explained that his client thought the apartment was vacant and only went in there to drink and had no intention of taking anything.

Judge Mary Fahy said there were no vacant properties in a city that was experiencing a housing crisis. She said Ward’s crimes were escalating and that burglary was a most serious offence.

Mr Acton said his client had had a tragic background which had involved being institutionalised. He accepted that it was a case of a vicious circle of being in custody, living in Cope properties and being homeless.

Judge Fahy said she understood all the challenges and had her sympathies but that Ward was now “out of control with his violent behaviour”.

Mr Acton said that in his dealings with Ward, he found him to be “one of the quietest men I know, but I know alcohol changes him”.

Judge Fahy said he had threatened a Garda and then threw a jacket full of beer cans at him, that he had also armed himself with a stick, had broken a window of the place where he stayed and entered someone else’s home.

Mr Acton agreed his client needed rehab but again stressed that his Ward had been celebrating being released from prison.

Judge Fahy said: “It doesn’t take a prison release for Ward to go celebrating. It seems he is celebrating every day he walks out the door. . . he goes on a riot.”

She imposed a total of nine months’ imprisonment to be backdated to May 27 when he was arrested and held in custody.

That included six months for the burglary, one month consecutive for criminal damage at Cope and two months consecutive for being in breach of the peace, taking everything else proved and taken into account.

She agreed to Mr Acton’s request to suspend that sentence to give him a chance to liaise with the Probation Services so he could get onto a residential treatment programme. She imposed it on his own bond of €200 on the conditions he be on good behaviour, attend all appointments with the Probation Services personnel and attend rehab.

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Unselfing with TULCA over the weekend

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TULCA Festival of Visual Arts will present a programme of visual arts events this weekend to celebrate its UnSelfing programme.

UnSelfing is a series of exhibitions, performances and art events that was TULCA’s contribution to Galway 2020’s visual arts programme.

Several TULCA events took place during 2020, but Covid-19 put paid to others. Like every other arts group involved in the European Capital of Culture, the festival had to reimagine its programme.

The result is this weekend’s projects. They include a film commission, a new book and a radio play- podcast.

The World premiere of the film, entitled A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift airs online this Friday, April 16, at 9pm. Created by artist and philosopher Elisabeth von Samsonow and curator Kate Strain, it involved commissioning work by artists from Ireland and France. The resulting collage of film, sculpture, music, sound and design explores people’s access to nature through poetry. This project has been supported by the French Embassy.

The second project is a new publication being launched on Saturday. XVIII – Stories of TULCA explores 18 years of the festival as well as its UnSelfing programme.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Small shops fight back in store wars

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A popular city boutique has threatened to re-open in breach of Covid-19 restrictions – to highlight the unfairness of supermarkets selling so-called ‘non-essential’ goods.

The proprietor of Lanidor on Eyre Street said she is ‘taking a stand’, and has urged all retailers to follow suit, unless the authorities crack-down on those bending the rules.

“This stuff about ‘oh we’re all in it together’ is a load of rubbish,” fumed Caroline McCarthy, who said the multiples were ignoring restrictions while independent retailers remain shuttered.

She said all non-essential retail should be open, or none, but the current situation was “discriminatory”.

“I’ve had it at this stage. I’ve lost it. I can’t put up with this anymore. On a point of principle and on a practical level, someone has to do something about it. It’s not that we want to open.

“We have adhered to every single one of the regulations. But we are making a stand now. We will go ahead and open, at a date to be announced, if they are not shut down. And we would call on retailers across the country to do the same,” she said.

Under public health guidelines only ‘essential’ retail outlets are permitted to open. They are not permitted to sell ‘non-essential’ goods during Level 5. This is to stop people congregating and browsing in order to limit the spread of the virus.

But large retailers such as Dunnes Stores and Marks and Spencer stand accused of selling ‘non-essential’ clothing during the pandemic, even though clothes shops should be closed.

Galway Gardaí visited stores last weekend on foot of a complaint.

A spokesperson for M&S said it was following the guidelines but the tills in its Galway store’s clothing section was staffed on Saturday.

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Darragh recalls grandparents in ‘Tilly and the Postmaster’

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An album that was two years in the making and is in memory of the singer’s grandparents will be released shortly . . . and even before its release, Darragh O’Dea’s album already proving hugely popular with his loyal following.

The paternal grandparents of the accomplished Tuam singer and songwriter passed away in the past year, so he decided name the album he was making in their honour.

Darragh has performed with local bands The Coonics and Ralphs over the years, but this is his first full-length solo album. He’s funding it via the website Kickstarter and the pre-release sales have been incredibly encouraging.

It’s entitled Tilly and the Postmaster to celebrate the lives of Tilly who died in January of this year and her husband of 63 years, Neil O’Dea, who was laid to rest in May 2020.

Neil, the father of Galway footballers Jimmy, Conor and Padraic O’Dea, was the retired Postmaster in Tuam and a prominent member of the town’s GAA club.

Darragh, a born songwriter, explained he wanted to remember his late grandparents at what was a difficult time for the whole family.

His father Sean O’Dea, a member of Tuam Golf Club, is the elder statesman of the family but one who is incredibly proud of his son and mentions Darragh’s musical skills at every opportunity. His mother Carmel is an avid walker.

In a reversal of current trends, Darragh’s new album is being released on old-fashioned vinyl and CD as well as online. He has also produced a limited-edition t-shirt in conjunction with the album for those who have supported his Kickstarter campaign.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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