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Having a gay old time – without Fianna Fáil!

Dara Bradley

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Bradley Bytes – A Political Column with Dara Bradley 

Gay Pride offers liberal politicians and political parties an opportunity to show how ‘right-on’ they are.
Liberalism is the new religion, and so attending Galway Pride parade, as well as being a practical and welcome show of support to a minority grouping, also offers an opportunity for virtue signalling . . . and some positive PR.
The support of the LGBT+ community has long been coveted by the liberal Left, but now even a traditionally conservative party like Fine Gael – which is led by a gay man, Leo Varadkar – is vying for the pink vote.
The annual Pride parade through the city is an opportunity for political parties to flex their muscles. The number of marchers in the Pride parade offers an unofficial guide to the relevant strength of each political movement, at that particular moment in time. The 2019 edition, the 30th Galway Pride, was no different.
The Social Democrats, the gayest of all parties having sprung up post the marriage equality referendum, has been well represented at Pride ever since it was founded in 2015. There were so many Soc Dems marching in the parade this year – Owen Hanley, a gay Galway City Councillor chief among them – that a rival suggested they must’ve been bussing them in.
The Greens were well represented, too. Back from the brink, and now with two city councillors (Pauline O’Reilly and Martina O’Connor) and one county councillor (Alistair McKinstry), the green revival in the local elections was reflected in their bigger than usual gang at Pride.
The hard left was this year represented by People Before Profit, including Joyless Joe Loughnane, and they’d a decent turnout, although reports that they split due to a rift mid-way down Shop Street couldn’t be confirmed.
Speaking of splits, Sinn Féin, in Galway is divided on whether it should be a socially liberal party, as opposed to a socially conservative one (this divide exists at national level and led to a breakaway party, Aontú being established). Nevertheless, the local Shinners marched in Pride this year, albeit in fewer numbers, with just Mark Lohan and Maireád Farrell, who lost their Council seats in May, joined by a couple of others.
Labour, whose membership is dwindling more than any other leftie party, managed to muster up five marchers, including councillor Niall McNelis and his former Council colleague, the retired Billy Cameron. They had as many marches as SF, and nearly as many as Fine Gael, who in fairness, despite their conservative bent, had the most high-profile turnout of all political parties. The Blueshirts were out in force with Government Chief Whip Seán Kyne, and his constituency colleague, Deputy Hildegarde Naughton, joining new city councillors Eddie Hoare and Classy Clodagh Higgins in the parade. The youth wing of Fianna Fáil (Ógra) was in attendance too, but newbie councillor Alan Cheevers was the only elected member of the Soldiers of Destiny spotted marching at Galway Pride.

Mayor Mike in Milwaukee
Mayor of Galway, Mike Cubbard posted a photograph online last week, of the Galway stand at Milwaukee Irish Fest . . . for more Bradley Bytes read this week’s Galway City Tribune 

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Ford S-MAX ticks the right boxes

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Ford S-MAX

Ford admirers will rejoice in the real-world capabilities and the driving response of the Ford S-MAX, a car that has an admirable maturity, drives like a Ford should and is unlike any other model on Irish roads.

For those who don’t want to be part of the SUV rat-race yet need lots of space, the versatility of seven seats and the positive driveability which Ford are famous for, then the S-MAX meets the mark in many ways.

In this week’s test car, the latest incarnation of the family-friendly S-MAX Titanium, you get the complete package and a hell of a lot of car for your money. It feels much less bulky than an SUV and much more versatile because of its adjustable seating layout, while still offering the high seating position craved by many drivers these days. It is also easy to get in to and out off with big doors and lots of head room.

I’ve been driving the 2.0-litre diesel Titanium model with 150ps and CO2 emissions of 160g/km. That equates to an annual road-tax bill of €570. This puts it well up the tax table but when you add a very reasonable retail price tag of €37,538 with some added extras bumping that up to €41,188.

That’s not to hefty a price to pay and from where I’m sitting and considering what Ford pack into this model, I would be happy that you are getting value for money here. Day to day running costs seem pretty fair too.

Ford’s catalogue says that the combined fuel consumption is 6.1L/100km. That’s not far away from the 6.7L/10km that I managed over a total of 900 kilometres on all sorts of roads. It also has a huge 70-litre fuel tank that, when full has a total range of over 1,000km.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Footsbarn stalwarts stage new version of Conan Doyle classic

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Steve Johnston and Rod Goodall in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Rod Goodall and Steve Johnston, stalwarts and original members of Footsbarn Theatre Company, will present a stage version of the classic Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, at Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre on Saturday, October 12.

This two-man show, which promises to be a lively dramatization of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, is being  held in the city venue as part of the monthly Druid Sessions organised by Ollie Jennings.

Steve Johnston, who now lives in Kinvara, will play Sherlock Holmes while Rod Goodall will play all the other characters in the show, including Dr Watson. Steve and Rod have also written new music and songs for their freewheeling adaptation of the play, which is suitable for all ages.

Booking for the October 12 show can be done at the Druid Box Office, phone 091 568660, or online via at druid.ie.

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Beyond the Barricade returns to Black Box

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The UKs longest running musical theatre concert tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Beyond the Barricade, the UKʼs longest running musical theatre concert tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and returns to Galway’s Black Box Theatre on Friday, September 20, as part of a three-date Irish tour.

Beyond the Barricade features past principal performers from Les Misérables and delivers more than two hours of songs from the best musicals of the West End and Broadway, ending with a stunning finale from Les Misérables.

This new show for 2019 will include many of the songs that have made Beyond the Barricade the most popular musical theatre concert in the UK, with numbers from The Phantom of the Opera,

Miss Saigon, Hamilton, The Lion King, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, and many more.

The 20th anniversary concert features David Fawcett (Valjean in the West End and Manchester) Andy Reiss (Enjolras/Resident Director for the tour) Katie Leeming (Eponine in the West End) and Poppy Tierney (Cosette in the West End and national your), together with a live band who capture the feel of the original orchestration. Every note in this show is still played and sung live – which is rare. Andy, David, Katie and Poppy also featured in the Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert, staged at the O2 Arena, London.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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