Date Published: 19-May-2011
Duke Special will bring his inimitable live show to Galway Arts Festival Big Top when he joins the music bill headlined by Bell X1 on Saturday 16th July.
The dreadlocked Duke – real name Peter Wilson – is a musically ambitious and bracingly eccentric performer who matches his lyrics with swirling pop, rock and symphony orchestras.
The Belfast based singer’s critically acclaimed album Songs from the Deep Forest achieved platinum status in Ireland in 2006 and received plaudits across the board. It was followed up in 2008 by the album I Never Thought This Day Would Come, a more immediate and visceral collection with moments of beauty and hope juxtaposed with a dark, brooding edge – the trademark twist of the Duke.
When he’s not busy in the recording studio, Duke Special is on the road bringing his unique live show to audiences worldwide.
Performance highlights of the past few years include curating and headlining his very own one-day festival, DUKEBOX in Belfast, performing his songs accompanied by 60-piece orchestras.
His numerous festival appearances include Glastonbury, Latitude, Greenbelt, Electric Picnic and Oxygen. He has also played shows in New York, Washington and Dubai, and supported Paolo Nutini in Paris, Duffy in Copenhagen and Snow Patrol in Belfast.
This show is being presented by Galway Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh live at the Festival Big Top on Saturday July 16. The Big Top will again be located in Fisheries Field with this year’s Festival running from July 11th to 24th.
Tickets at €35.00 and on sale through www.galwayartsfestival.com
Galway Arts Festival’s 2011 Programme will be announced on June 2. See www.galwayartsfestival.com for further details.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.