Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
Albert Niland makes a welcome return to Galway when he plays the Róisín Dubh this Sunday, July 3. Niland, an impeccable guitar player and nuanced singer, is celebrating the released of his new eponymous double album, a collection of 24 songs that take in original material and choice covers of artists Prince, Randy Newman and Bruce Springsteen.
It sees the Mountbellew man let loose in live arena, where he thrives.
“This is something I wanted to do for quite a while . . .put all the songs that I play live, on one collection, in one place,” says Albert. “Songs from all albums, past and present, my favourites, I suppose, you could say.”
It was recorded in Dublin, with the legendary engineer Brian Masterson and according to Albert, they just “set up and on played, just me and the guitar, no overdubs, no fancy footwork, plain and simple”. And he’s happy with the results.
“This is probably my best recording to date, or the one I am personally the most happiest with anyway, because it really captures me and the guitar, like I was six feet in front of you . .. that’s about all I can ask for really, in a recording.
“It’s going to be hard to beat working with Brian, and he really has captured my sound there, so it will take a bit to do the next one.
“So for anyone who ever came up to me after a concert, and asked ‘Is that song you played on this disc..?’, I can now answer yes…!”
Support for Albert comes from Loughrea’s Ultan Conlon. Doors 9pm, tickets €14/€12 members.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.