Some of Galway’s top performers are taking part in ‘Eyes on the Horizon’, a programme of outdoor performances and events being held in the city’s Woodquay Park this weekend, October 9 and 10, and next October 16 and 17. It’s being presented by Galway City Council under the Government’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.
The Saturday shows will run from 12-6pm and feature a diverse array of musical performers including Eoin Dolan, Anna Carmody, Gráinne Cotter, the Marc Roberts Band, Cormac Looby, Rofi James, Galway Street Club, Pádraig Jack, Colohan, Skazz, Derek Ellard and the Future Business, Rodney Owl, BackWest and Amazing Apples.
Sundays are dedicated to jazz, with performances from 12pm to 5pm, featuring Aengus Hackett, Paper Moon, Floating Barrio, Catch the Lemon, the Black Magic Band, Karl Klews, Ring Dem Bells, Four Men and a Bass, the Barbara Vulso Quartet and the Galway Bay Jazz Band
Performances are free and non-ticketed. People aged 18 and older will have to display Covid certification for entry.
Meanwhile, the Sunday lunchtime sessions at the city’s Small Crane area continue this Sunday and again on October 17 with music from the Crane Bar House Band with Páidín Breathnach, Liz Coleman, Áine McHugh, Greg Cotter and Mick Crehan from 1-2pm, followed by the Fast Company Niall Teague, Pádraic Joyce, Kelvin Busher and Neil Fitzgibbons from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. On October 17, the musicians will include Seán Ryan, Ciara Callanan-Ryan and Kathleen Loughnane, and Ogma. Sessions are free and ticketed. Booking at www.galwaysessions.com
And storyteller Rab Fulton will be sharing silly, spooky tales at Galway City Museum this Saturday and at Westside Library on Saturday, October 16. Suitable for children aged seven plus, these are outdoors so people should dress appropriately. Booking information at the Galway City Museum and Westside Library websites.
Water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna due to burst watermain
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna this morning due to a burst watermain
The burst is in a rising main from Clifton Hill in Galway City to Tonabrucky Reservoir
The city council and Irish Water says while every effort is being made to maintain supply to as many customers as possible, the burst has caused water levels in Tonabrucky Reservoir to deplete
Houses and businesses in Knocknacarra, Barna and surrounding areas will experience low pressure and outages.
Dedicated water service crews have mobilised and repairs are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.
Traffic management will be in place and Letteragh Road will be closed between Sliabh Rua and Tonabrucky Cross until 6pm.
Householders and businessses are being asked to conserve water where possible to reduce the pressure on local supplies and allow reservoir levels to restore.
Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was struck in the face by a firework in Eyre Square in the city overnight.
It happened shortly after midnight and gardai say it’s understood the firework had been launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk.
The young woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised as a result.
Gardaí understand there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time and are now asking that any person who may have witnessed the incident make contact with the investigating team.
In particular Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have video footage of the incident, either on mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam to make contact with them.
This incident comes just days after a policing committee meeting was told of increasing concern about anti social behaviour around Eyre Square.
Garda chief suggests closing Eyre Square to curb anti-social behaviour
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Closing Eyre Square at night-time was among the radical suggestions put forward by Galway’s top Garda this week – in response to claims that the city centre’s famous landmark had become a ‘no-go area’ after dark.
It comes as Gardaí confirmed that since January they issued almost 500 fines for breaches of the city’s alcohol bylaws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public spaces.
Responding to claims that people were afraid to visit parts of the city centre at night due to anti-social behaviour, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that the authorities might have to look at closing Eyre Square at certain times.
Chief Supt Curley also said that improved lighting and better CCTV were other tools that could be used to deter anti-social behaviour and to detect crime in the city centre.
“I’d need another five officers in there – and I haven’t got them,” said Chief Supt Curley of the requirement for more Gardaí on patrol in Eyre Square.
He was responding to a charge by former mayor of Galway, Councillor Frank Fahy, who said Eyre Square was dangerous at night. “It’s a no-go area,” he said at a City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting this week.
Cllr Fahy said that the illegal activity and anti-social behaviour in the city centre was a product of the Covid-19 pandemic and people socialising outdoors. Eyre Square was safe pre-Covid, he said.
In a written reply to the JPC, Chief Supt Curley said that anti-social behaviour issues had been ‘de-escalated’ along the city’s canals, Woodquay and Spanish Arch ‘as a result of extra Garda patrols’.
“The resulting consequences have led to crowd movement from these areas (and they) are now congregating at Eyre Square. Garda attention is concentrated on Eyre Square, however the return of students and the continued restrictions has led to increased numbers,” he said.
(Photo: a scene from Eyre Square at night this week taken from a video circulated on social media)
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