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Galway writer comes home to launch debut novel

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Joe O'Shaughnessy

A multi-talented Galway writer now based in London came home this week to launch her debut novel – a chick-flick offering that she describes as Bridget Jones meets The Devil Wears Prada!

Fiona O’Malley – author, playwright and weekly fashion writer with our sister paper the Connacht Sentinel – has initially opted for digital technology for ‘What Would Kate Do? The Diary of a Walking Disaster’.

But – as she revealed at this week’s launch in the Meyrick Hotel – she still has plans to bring it out as a paperback.

“I’m publishing it with Byer’s Ink Company for ibooks, ebooks and all other electronic forms. I hope to have a paperback copy of it someday but this is a cheaper and more efficient way to publish it, especially because I’m so broke and Byer’s Ink is a company in its infancy stage.

“I guess you can say that we took the risk on each other and are hoping the book will be a success. If it is a success, I plan to write two more What Would Kate Do? books as I have enough ideas for a trilogy.

“There is a lot of me in the main character. I think every comedy art – be it stand-up, acting or writing – has an exaggerated form of the creator. I often feel like a walking disaster. I have to laugh at myself or else I’d cry. Like the narrator, I adore Kate Middleton’s style, grace, strength and dignity,” she says.

‘What Would Kate Do: the diary of a walking disaster!’ is a story about a girl who idolizes the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and tries to follow her footsteps in life but fails miserably.

She is in her thirties and is terrified of being left on the shelf while she is maid of honour for her two best friends’ weddings. “It’s a chick-flick light comedy,” says Fiona.

And she’s busy on many fronts – apart from her weekly contribution to the Sentinel, the NUIG graduate from Knocknacarra has worked for Vogue Magazine, The Sunday Times, The Irish Times and The Observer to name a few.

She also finds time to manage the Untold Theatre Company which she co-founded last December – and which is currently working on a new musical based on the News International phone tapping scandal, which has already received the royal seal of approval from Princes Harry and William, as well as phone tapping victim Hugh Grant.

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Matriarch of Scotty’s Diner donates kidney to her son!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A well-known family in the Galway restaurant trade have swapped chef whites for hospital gowns after the matriarch donated a kidney to her son.

Jenny and Andrew Ishmael, synonymous with Scotty’s Diner in Cúirt na Coiribe on the Headford Road in Terryland, are recovering in Beaumont Hospital after the marathon live donor operation.

It took place last Monday and staff are so impressed by the quick recovery of mother and son that they could be discharged as early as this weekend.

“It went really well. I’m still a bit sore. We’re still on the mend. It’s working perfectly,” says Andrew from the isolation ward of the hospital’s Kidney Centre.  “My creatine was over 1,000 when I came in and it’s already around 260.

“I felt weak after the surgery, but I could feel that bit of life in me again straight away. It’s amazing how quick it works. Mom wasn’t too great after the surgery – it was her first ever. She was quite sore, a bit iffy, but she’s good now.

“We have rooms back-to-back. We’ve been going for walks, going for breakfast together. It’s nice to spend that time together.”

Andrew – or Drew as he’s known to family and friends –  was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was just 16.

Berger’s Disease occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin builds up in the kidneys and results in inflammation, which over time, can hamper the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the blood.

He managed the condition well for over a decade without too much impact on his life.

The son of classically trained chefs who studied together at Johnson and Wales College in Rhode Island, he grew up working in his parents’ American-style diner, trading since 1991.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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New River Corrib rescue boat to be deployed following ‘significant donation’

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The provision of a specialist rescue craft on the Corrib – upstream from the Weir – could now happen over the coming weeks or months following a ‘significant voluntary donation’ in the past few weeks, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

Water safety issues on the Corrib were highlighted last month when up to 10 rowers had to be rescued after their two boats were sucked in by the currents towards the Weir.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the potentially catastrophic incident which occurred around midday on Saturday, January 14.

A specialist D Class lifeboat is now being sourced as part of a multi-agency approach to try and improve emergency rescue operations upstream from the Weir which would be accessible on a 24/7 basis.

While the cost would be in the region of €40,000 to €50,000, the overall figure would rise to around €80,000 to €90,000 when specialist personnel training costs were included.

Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Swan, told the Galway City Tribune that he was aware of a lot of work going on behind the scenes to try and get the Corrib rescue craft in place as soon as possible.

“I suppose we’re all trying to work together to ensure that a full-time rescue craft is provided on the Corrib and I believe that real progress is being made in this regard. This would be very good news for everyone,” said Mr Swan.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Three years on and ‘Changing Places’ facility on Salthill Promenade still not open

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Mayor of Galway, Cllr Clodagh Higgins at the site of the Changing Places facility, for which she had ring-fenced money. Work on the project only began last February, despite initial predictions that the facility would be open in January last year.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The wait for accessible, specialised toilet facilities at Ladies Beach in Salthill goes on – three years after they were ‘prioritised’ by city councillors.

Galway City Council has confirmed to the Tribune this week that the ‘Changing Places’ facility at Ladies Beach is still not open.

Construction of the facility began almost a year ago, at the end of February 2022.

The local authority confirmed that some €135,600 has been spent on the unit, which is not yet open to the public.

“The initial stages of construction went well, with the facility now largely in place. There are a number of outstanding snags to be completed before the facility can open.

“Galway City Council is liaising with the contractor to complete out these snags, with a view to opening the facility as soon as possible,” a spokesperson said.

The local authority did not elaborate on what ‘snags’ were delaying the project.

But in January, Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, suggested that staffing issues were to blame for the delay.

(Photo: Mayor of Galway, Clodagh Higgins, at the site of the Changing Places facility, for which she had ring-fenced money).
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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