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Dear Frankie: show featuring agony aunt of the airwaves

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Date Published: 07-Apr-2011

Mention two words, Dear Frankie, to anyone aged forty or over in this country and something predictable happens. They start to sing the signature tune to Frankie Byrne’s iconic radio show, The Women’s Page. For over twenty years, Frankie ruled supreme on the airwaves on matters amorous.

Now her life, both on air and off, where she had her fill of personal tragedies, has been brought to life in a new theatrical production from Five Lamps Theatre Company. The result is a show which is a beautiful pen picture of the changes in Irish society over the past forty years. It plays at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre from Thursday, April 21, to Saturday, April 23.

In an era without internet, without dedicated self-help book sections in the bookshop, where the Librarian knew your Mother so you couldn’t borrow that book, information was pretty hard to come by. Luckily, there was Frankie Byrne. The play celebrates the eclectic life and times of Ireland’s first radio agony aunt. The various and authentic problems written to her and heard throughout the play offer a fascinating insight into the hang-ups, concerns and sorrows of Ireland in the ’60s and ’70s.

Nuala Hayes plays the title role of Frankie in the show and the cast also features Donagh Deeney and Dorothy Cotter. And of course, like Frankie’s own radio programme, the score features a selection of Frank Sinatra numbers throughout. There is hilarity in the show and moments of deep despair. And always there is empathy, as Frankie reaches out to everyone who comes her way and everyone who starts off their handwritten letter with the words; Dear Frankie…

As a final enticement, there is a special ticket offer of €10 for seniors!

Booking is now open at the Town Hall Theatre on 091-569777 or on the web at www.tht.ie.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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