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Home-grown talent to fore at the annual Jazz Festival

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Tommy Halferty whose work Seven Musical Steps to Camus, will be performed at the Jazz Festival.

Some of Ireland’s finest jazz musicians will be performing at this year’s Galway Jazz Festival, which runs from Thursday, October 4, to Sunday October 7.

They include tworld-renowned guitarist, composer and lover of literature Tommy Halferty, who will perform his own suite for nine players, inspired by the works of French writer, Albert Camus. Seven Musical Steps to Camus will be performed on Saturday, October 6, at 2.30pm in Druid’s Mick Lally’s Theatre.

Capable of high-octane improvisation as well as soulful lyricism, Tommy will also play two other gigs during the festival, including one with the superb Galway guitarist Aengus Hackett at Salthouse, Dominick Street, also on Saturday, October 6, at 5pm

And Conor Guilfoyle, the first Irish musician to introduce Cuban jazz to Ireland, will bring his new octet to Galway for the annual event. Eight of the hardest-swinging, fastest-rising young players in the country will play in the City’s Biteclub at 12 noon on Sunday, October 7, where the ticket price of €15 (€16.81, online) will include brunch and Prosecco.

The music of American band Weather Report has inspired phenomenal Galway bassist Barry Donoghue. who has recreated their masterpieces with his own band, Plaza Real. Barry and Plaza Real will perform in Biteclub on the Festival’s opening night at 10pm.

Shy Mascot, headed by another young Galway legend, Eanna Ryder, bring their jazz-inflected funk and hip-hop to the mix, teaming up with unapologetic and dynamic rapper, Jamal and jazz singer Fiadh Rua Gregg. That show is in Biteclub on Friday, October 5, at 10pm.

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

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€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.

The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.

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Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.

Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.

The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.

“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.

“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”

Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.

“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.

The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools

Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.

“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.

“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.

A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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