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Galway’s youth orchestras unite for unique RTÉ broadcast

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Members of Symphonic Waves (from left) Eimhear Feely (viola), Ella Piggott (violin), Eoin Fitzpatrick (double bass), Mary Duggan (violin) and Niamh Murphy (cello), taking time out from filming their orchestral performance on Furbo beach.

Two youth orchestras based in Galway charmed the nation and the Irish Diaspora with their very special collaborative performance, broadcast on Wednesday on RTÉ One television, as part of the St Patrick’s Festival Celebration.
The collaboration between Symphonic Waves and Galway Traditional Orchestra was one of a select few, chosen by the St. Patrick’s Festival, to be included in a celebratory broadcast for the prime time TV slot.
The two orchestras performed an original composition entitled the Magic Carpet by Eric Cunningham, co-arranged for orchestra by Ita Geraghty and Cian Boylan. They were also joined by Galway dancer, Daniela Goluba (17), from the Genevieve Ryan Dance Academy.
Symphonic Waves and Galway Traditional Orchestra, facilitated by St. Patrick’s Festival, filmed their performance in advance at Furbo Beach, under strict Covid-19 directives and supervision.
Covid-19 restrictions have meant that the two Galway-based youth orchestras, similar to all others locally and nationally, have not been able to rehearse or perform in public for more than a year now, so this first-time collaboration is unique in many ways.
Given the restrictions on numbers for the live recording, a virtual performance of the same composition, filmed from home by 86 members representing both orchestras, will be broadcast online separately on March 20.
This virtual concert will also feature the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Anúna, the Ulster Youth Orchestra, stars of Lord of the Dance & Riverdance and vocalist Sibéal amongst others. The performance can be viewed on March 20th on Youtube or Facebook Live at 8pm at
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Symphonic Waves Youth Orchestra is presented by Music Generation Galway County, Galway 2020, in partnership with Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB), Galway City Council and Galway County Council.
Music Generation Galway County is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme which transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education.

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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