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Festival celebrates role of cello in Irish music

Judy Murphy

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Californian cellist Natalie Haas, who will be taking part in Galway's inaugural cello festival, Cellissimo – a Feast for the Senses.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Back in 1995, when Brittany Haas’s classical violin teacher suggested the eight-year-old Californian should attend a Scottish fiddle camp in The Valley of the Moon, the aim was to steer the young violinist towards Celtic music rather than the bluegrass that she’d been getting fond of.

That Californian fiddle camp also offered cello classes and Brittany’s older sister, 11-year-old Natalie, attended those. It was the beginning of a journey which has led to Natalie – who grew up in Menlo Park, California – taking part in Music for Galway’s inaugural cello festival, Cellissimo. She’ll be giving a talk and concert on Tuesday, March 30, exploring the role of the cello in Irish traditional music, as well as hosting a masterclass the previous day.

Natalie had taken up cello at the age of nine, guided by the same violin teacher who’d recommended the Scottish fiddle camp to Brittany. Brittany was already playing fiddle by the time Natalie decided to take music lessons, so the teacher wisely suggested choosing a different instrument. That would rule out any potential competition between the sisters and would also allow them to perform together.

Aged 11, at that fiddling camp, Natalie “discovered an amazing world” as she fell in love with Scottish music.

She continued to attend and hone her skills in the years that followed, encouraged by renowned fiddler Alasdair Fraser, who was the school’s director. And while the cello mightn’t be the first instrument you’d think of when it comes to Scottish music, it is part of Scotland’s tradition, Natalie explains over the phone from the Spanish village where she’s currently living.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Split level home on large site in Drum

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Drum East near Bushypark

This is a superb detached family home on a large site of 1.4 acres located around 5km from Galway City.

Built in 1999, the property at Drum East near Bushypark extends to 3,000 sq ft and has around 0.75 of an acre of easily maintained gardens.

The residence is deceptive from the front as it appears to be single storey, but is in fact split level and is over three floors.

On the ground and first floors are the sitting room, kitchen, dining room, utility room, four bedrooms (two of which are en suite), main bathroom and guest toilet.

On the lower ground floor is a large open plan room suitable for a variety of uses and two further separate rooms.  All rooms are large, bright and spacious.

The care and thought that has gone into this home is evident with the quality of fittings, such as solid timber floors, tiling, kitchen fittings and bathrooms have recently been refitted with new showers, tiling and suites.

The thermal efficiencies have been improved with extensive retro fitting of insulation, including pumping walls and attic insulation.

Externally, the gardens have been planned and have matured well with natural stone wall boundary to front, mature trees and shrub beds on side and rear boundary, extensive lawn, tarmacadam drive to the front, side and rear.  In addition, there is a rear field of approximately 0.65 acres.

Drum is a popular location to the west of Galway City approximately 5km from the city centre; Boleybeg Primary School is 1km and the Salthill Devon pitches are nearby.

It offers space, privacy, scope and all the benefits of country living yet on the doorstep of the city.

■ The asking price is €575,000. The BER Rating is C1. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Sherry FitzGerald on 091 569123.

 

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Rowers Murtagh and Keogh in final Olympic Games bid

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Galway rowers Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh who have qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games in their sights.

TWO talented Galway oarswomen will be striving to book their ticket to Tokyo when competing in the final Olympic Qualifying Regatta in Lucerne over the coming days.

Moycullen’s Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh from Na Forbacha will be part of the Irish Women’s Four seeking to clinch their passport to the rescheduled Olympics Games in Japan.

The Galway pair will join with Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty in pursuit of one of the two qualifying places up for grabs on the famous Swiss lake.

Fresh from their silver medal winning exploits in last month’s European Championships in Poland, the Irish crew are one of the favourites for their event in Lucerne. The regatta goes ahead from May 16 to May 18.

 

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Consistency is the key as Walsh ‘good to go’ for tie with Kerry

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Galway captain Shane Walsh comes under pressure from Mayo’s Fionn McDonagh during the 2020 Connacht final at Pearse Stadium.

GALWAY captain Shane Walsh admits it is difficult to know where his side are at, but that the Tribesmen are going to give it “a right good go” against Kerry in Tralee this Saturday afternoon.

When these two met pre-pandemic in the National League last year, they served up a lively encounter that saw Kerry edge out Galway on a 1-15 to 2-11 scoreline. Walsh was in sparkling form in that game, tallying 1-4, including a brilliant goal.

“I suppose, it’s harder to gauge where everyone is going to be at going into Saturday,” says the Galway captain. “We haven’t had ideal preparation as regards challenge games and that, I suppose that timeframe was out of our hands.

“But we’ve been training hard, lads have been putting their best foot forward and they are just delighted to have had this date in mind. Everyone is looking forward to going down to Tralee and giving a right good go at it.”

Despite the narrow defeat in 2020, Galway were in fine fettle during that period and, by the time the competition was suspended due to the global outbreak of Covid-19, they were sitting top of Division 1.

Sadly, the momentum they had generated could not be sustained when activities resumed later in the year. Injuries did play a part in that – Walsh was one of those – but he agrees that it is imperative they are consistent in their performances and return to winning ways.

“Yeah, it (consistency) builds momentum as well, and the more momentum you can get behind you, the better it is going to be. So, again for us, that starts on Saturday and we can’t wait for it.

“Last year, I suppose, was a year for us to learn from. Like Padraic (Joyce, manager) was

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