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Declan O’Rourke brings it all back home for Town Hall gig

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Kinvara resident Declan O'Rourke who has rereleased his debut CD, Since Kyabram, with a beautifully designed 20-page booklet detailing the stories attached to each song.

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He’s been to the forefront of an illustrious group of singer-songwriters that Irish music has produced over the last 20 years – but now, with his destiny back in his own hands, Declan O’Rourke cannot wait for the next chapter in a critically acclaimed career.

Having recently regained the rights to his acclaimed debut album, Since Kyabram, Declan will play Galway’s Town Hall Theatre on Tuesday, December 11.

The respect and admiration for his music is evident in the praise from his peers –he’s  lauded by artists like Glen Hansard and John Prine, not to mention Paul Weller who famously described Galileo (Declan’s debut single) as ‘possibly the greatest song in the last 30 years’.

Given that much of Declan’s success has come on the back of that first album, the journey to reacquiring the rights to Since Kyabram was, at times, arduous and frustrating – although the process of re-releasing the album seems to have been anything but.

Declan describes reconnecting with his earlier work as though he’s talking about childhood friends.

“Some [songs] more than others feel like they’re still a part of me, a part of the same person,” he admits.

“Some of them I sing all the time – probably half of the record. Then there’s a few that I’d probably only play if I had a band and I was trying to rock out a little bit. They feel like they’re from a younger person alright. I enjoy them, I really like them as songs and as pieces of music when I’m performing them but I don’t feel hugely connected to them at times – that’s only a few of them though.”

The newly available Since Kyabram CD includes a beautifully designed 20-page booklet detailing the stories attached to each song.  There’s a sense of nostalgia about the memories but also an extreme clarity – the detail with which Declan recounts that period of his life is indicative of his careful approach to songwriting and instrumentation.

“It began with the process of having to remaster it for vinyl, therefore listening in to what was there and what was going to happen,” he notes.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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