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Galway musician comes up with wooden variation on the drum

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Lorcan Mitchell has combined a love of music and carpentry to develop the Mitchell Drum, a novel handmade percussion instrument made from wood.

The 31-year-old carpenter was always immersed in music growing up in the family home at Aughrim – his parents, Betty and Gerry, drummed the importance of music into him and his siblings, Gearoid, Sinead, Fiona and Áine, from an early age.

The Mitchell drum

The Mitchell drum

And it was during his school days at Garbally College in Ballinasloe where he developed a grá for carpentry. In his Leaving Cert year, Lorcan made an electric guitar for his woodwork project.

Fast-forward 13 years later, he has established his own business based at his father’s garage, where he produces for sale the Mitchel Drum, a portable drum, which he designed.

The idea came to him while volunteering abroad.

Lorcan studied carpentry at FÁS, and completed his apprenticeship, before travelling the World in 2011. He was in New Zealand for a time, then spent a year in Australia, and onto the Philippines before returning home to County Galway.

When the devastating typhoon hit Philippines in 2013, he decided to return to the Southeast Asian country, and volunteer his carpentry skills to rebuild houses.

While volunteering at a village about two hours outside of the main city of Tacloban, Lorcan used to play guitar for local children, who were fascinated by the sounds he produced.

The music gave them so much pleasure, he decided to use some of his fundraising money to purchase fifteen guitars, and he built ten drums.

“That’s when I realised what I wanted to do, so I came home and took over my dad’s garage and started making the Mitchel Drum,” he recalls.

It took about three years to perfect but the result is a simple, elegant, innovative musical instrument.

It’s a bit like the keytar, a portable keyboard or ‘piano guitar’, the Mitchel Drum is roughly the size of a laptop computer and weighs about as much as a regular bag of flour.

It is obviously constricted in the range of sounds it can produce compared to a regular drum set, but it’s unique selling point is its lightweight and portability.

“You can just put it in the bag, throw it over your shoulder and away you go. It’s lightweight and compact and it allows for unlimited freedom and portability. Using the waist strap you have the freedom to move and dance. It has been designed to create crisp, clear tones and a high quality drum effect free from rattles and echoes,” he says.

They’re made from Baltic birch and walnut, both imported woods, because, “they produce the best sound” but he hasn’t ruled out sourcing timber locally, and even growing his own.

It has an inbuilt microphone, pickup and preamp, which allows it to be used in live settings, in studios and to DJ sets. The drum is made for musicians but Lorcan has been working with organisations who deal with adults with intellectual and learning disabilities and it is an area ripe for expansion.

It is easy to use and is suitable for learners as well as professionals, he says.

The drums retail at €245, which includes handmade bag made from recycled coffee bean bags.

■ For more information visit the Mitchell Drum website

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Magnificent property boasts all the elegance of a showhouse

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High standard of finish: Bóthar na Mias in Kinvara.

Farrell Auctioneers are handling the sale of this magnificent home at Bóthar na Mias in Kinvara.

Number 19 simply oozes style and there’s no question it’s right up there with the best of showhouses.

It boasts character and comfort with its design allowing light to flow brightly throughout – thanks to the large glass wall window it features.

A three-bed property, there is also potential for a fourth bedroom on the ground floor. The living area and kitchen are tastefully designed and laid out with modern day comforts in mind.

The bespoke kitchen is every homemakers dream, with its floor to ceiling kitchen units as well as many other features.

This beautiful residence is located within walking distance of Kinvara Bay which is one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Not alone would the property make a beautiful family home and the occupants would have the benefit of the unrivalled natural beauty that the area has to offer, but this lively picturesque village has all amenities needed for everyday living such as schools, childcare, post office, a host of restaurants/cafes/bars, playground, medical centre, hotel, GAA facilities not to mention the instant access to a selection of beaches dotted along the Wild Atlantic way.

Selling agent Colm Farrell said: “This property has to be viewed to appreciate both the dwelling and the stunning setting.”

 The asking price is €450,000. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Farrell Auctioneers on 091 632688.

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Bemoaning loss of innocence in a sport driven by big bucks

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Brazil dazzled the world of football in 1970 with their mix of pace, grace and sheer footballing class.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

I’m not big into trying to resolve the huge issues of the world like wars, climate change or attempting to dethrone the obnoxious Elon Musks of this world, primarily on the basis that my influence would be akin to a moth trying to stop a herd of charging elephants.

And, I suppose at this stage, I have to accept that it’s far too late to try and call a halt to the World Cup proceedings in Qatar but for the life of me, the event doesn’t even send a sliver of enthusiasm through my nervous system.

Maybe, it’s an old-fashioned streak that’s there inside of me, but the thought of watching World Cup matches in the run-up to Christmas just doesn’t seem right. Okay, so it will be about 30°C in the heart of the Qatar desert but watching a World Cup semi-final in the middle of the Christmas office party is just a stretch too far for me.

Alas, World Cup memories go back a long way with me to a late Sunday in July 1966 when as a ‘small boy’ I was given the job of ‘minding’ the house while the ‘rest of them’ saved a small field of hay a couple of miles away from the house.

Of course, at the time there wasn’t even a faint chance of a black-and-white TV in the house, while visits to any abode that might have a telly, were strictly confined to a Sunday with the stipulation that Galway footballers had to be involved.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tractor run will remember a local legend

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Some members of the 10-person organising committee for the PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run that takes place in Ardrahan on Sunday, December 11. (Left to right): Anthony Whelan, Brian Kilkelly, Declan Sylver, Patrick Mahoney and Aonghusa Fahy. Absent from the photo are: Mary Forde, Lena Taylor, Conor O’Dea, Gerald Harney and Mícheál Kelly.

THE PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, December 11, in memory of a very well-known and highly regarded figure within the Ardrahan and South Galway local community, who passed away just a year ago this month.

PJ Mahoney was steeped in farming and the GAA and for this he was known far and wide. He was a talisman for Ardrahan GAA, playing in goals for the senior hurling team when they won county hurling titles in 1974, 1975 and 1978.

All down through the years, he was a most dedicated and guiding servant to the club up until his untimely death in a road accident last year.

PJ farmed locally throughout his life and was well known as an agricultural contractor in both Galway and North Clare, a business carried on by his son Patrick.

There are many tales and anecdotes of PJ Mahoney that still bring a smile to the faces of those recalling them.

He was a keystone in the local community, the neighbour you could always call on, and indeed the neighbour that didn’t need to be called upon as he would turn up to help regardless.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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