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Feast of music on Inishbofin with top performers for concert series



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Throughout July and August the Connemara island of Inishbofin presents a feast of music for visitors and locals alike with the Inishbofin Concerts, featuring a series of performances by some of the country’s best singers and musicians.

The series began last week with the distinctive Jack L performing an intimate gig in the island’s Dolphin Rest Hotel. Next up is the popular Leitrim-born singer Eleanor Shanley, who was most recently seen in Galway when she performed as part of De Dannan’s Arts Festival concert. Her unique voice and engaging relationship with her audience have won her fans and accolades at home and abroad. For her gig on Tuesday next, July 26, she will be joined by the multi-talented singer and musician Frankie Lane and by Paul Kelly, versatile fiddler and mandolin player. Admission to their show is €15.


Tuesday, August 2 will see the award-winning Declan O’Rourke take to the stage. By now recognised internationally as a singer/songwriting of exceptional skill, O’Rourke is a performer who revels in intimate performance venues and this concert is likely to be a very special one. Admission to his show is €20.

The following Saturday, August 6, will see the tempo ratchet up a notch with a concert by the talented Inishbofin musician Peadar King, who has just released his second CD, The Shadowlands. The very best of music is promised from this exceptional singer/song writer, whose music is firmly rooted in the Irish tradition. Peadar’s show costs €10.

On Tuesday August 9, fresh from his recent performances in RTÉ’s All-Ireland Talent Show, singer/songwriter Don Stiffe – one of Galway’s own – takes to the stage. Don is a singer and musician who never gives less than his best and his concerts are guaranteed to keep his audience entertained. Admission to his concert is €15.

Tuesday, August 16 will see another top-class singer/songwriter take to the stage – Damien Dempsey. Unsurprisingly, Damien’s most recent concert on Inishbofin in 2010 proved so popular that a return visit was marked in straight away. For this gig Damien will be joined by Sean Regan on guitar, fiddle and vocals, and by piper and former TG4 Musician of the Year, Seán McKeon. Admission is €20.

Rounding off this year’s series of concerts, on Tuesday August 23 will be a quartet of singers and musicians who promise to lift people’s spirits with their songs and to provide toe-tapping music.

Inishbofin’s own Dessie Say you love Me O’Halloran, will head a line-up which will also include the award-winning box player Oliver Diviney, the internationally renowned fiddle player Nollaig Casey, and another local Inishbofin participant, the multi-talented singer and guitarist Geraldine King, who also organises the concert series. Admission to that final concert is €15.

All in all, this year’s series offers a diverse line up, designed to appeal to all musical tastes. All the concerts will take place in the Dolphin Hotel, and all will begin at 9.30pm sharp. Admission to the concerts ranges from €10 to €20 for adults, with admission for children at all concerts being €8.

For more information contact the Dolphin Hotel at 095-45991, or email:

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.


For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup



Date Published: 29-Jan-2013

Athenry FC 1

Kilbarrack United 2

(After extra time)

For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.

On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.

An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.

However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.

They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.

With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.

Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.

Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.

Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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