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Eimear’s lasting legacy to her fellow musicians

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Viola player Sarah Hanniffy was one of two recipients of an Award of Excellence.

By Judy Murphy

Young Galway violist Sarah Hanniffy, who is studying Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, won An Award of Excellence in this year’s Eimear Noonan Music Bursary Awards Programme. Sarah was one of two winners of the Excellence award – the other was Limerick harpist Siobhan Brady.

The bursary programme was set up by Eimear’s family in memory of the young woman from East Clare, a hugely talented musician, who died tragically in France in November 2017. Eimear was the leader of the Coole Music Orchestra in Gort and these awards,  supported by Coole Music, help young people from the West of Ireland to further their musical studies.

A spectacular online musical campaign called ‘Carpe Diem Sing and Play 2020’ was held last month as a fundraiser for the 2020-21 bursary. It involved hundreds of musicians and singers performing in their kitchens, sitting-rooms or gardens with the aim of spreading the Carpe Diem message to ‘seize the day, sing and play’.

Sarah Hanniffy has been playing viola since the age of four and has been a member of local and national orchestras in Ireland as well as of the Welsh and Scottish National Youth Orchestras. She intends to use the money to invest in a new instrument to assist her musical development. Sarah has also been immersed in Irish music since childhood, taking part in workshops and winning many local traditional music competitions, including an overall ‘Spirit of the Feis’ award. She also plays tin whistle, piano, fiddle, guitar and low flute, most of these self-taught.

Other Galwegians who won bursaries include 19-year-old singer Emma Flynn, a first-year student of commercial modern music in BIMM Institute, Dublin, who is hoping to release her first single next year.  Emma, from Loughrea, took lessons with Martina Flaherty when she was younger and more recently with Micheal Durham. She’s has fond memories of her time with Loughrea Youth Theatre from the ages of 11 to 18.

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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