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Inaugural Fever Pitch to get Galway rocking

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Rudimental, whose single These Days is riding high in the charts, will be the headline act on Saturday.

Rudimental and UB40 will headline the inaugural two-day Fever Pitch Music Festival, taking place in Galway Airport this Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3.

There will be two stages packed with music, as well a food village, comedy tent and silent disco. Fever Pitch will run from 2pm-11pm each day, with full bar facilities onsite.

Saturday’s music is aimed at a younger age group with DJs and singers dominating. On Sunday, the emphasis on bands as the organisers appeal to a slightly older audience.

Rudimental are the top act for Saturday’s bill and are the biggest name on the ticket.

“We booked Rudimental at the right time as they were Number One on the charts last week with These Days, ahead of the likes of Drake, Eminem and Ed Sheeran,” says Patrick Drayne of PFD Promotions, which is organising the event.  “This isn’t the first time they have topped the charts they also hit Number One with Feel the Love and Waiting all Night.”

Another big act on Saturday is Example, who have had UK Number Ones with Changed the Way you Kiss Me and Stay Awake. Example collaborate regularly with Calvin Harris and played before him at Oxegen. Chasing Abbey, who are also on the bill, won the RTÉ Choice Music Song of the year with That Good Thing and are one of Ireland’s most exciting bands. Sean and Conor Price who just finished an arena tour with X Factor and sold out Vicar Street in 15 minutes last week, also feature. Other international acts include Ejeca, Dense & Pika, Brame & Hamo and Boots & Kats, while excellent national acts such as Jordan, Kormac, Le Boom, Bedlam DJs, Refuge and BPM DJs complete Saturday’s line-up.

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

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
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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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
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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