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Irish-language version of Vincent Woods’ play at An Taibhdhearc

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Playwright Vincent Woods. This version of his play Song of The Yellow Bittern is being directed by Maelíósa Stafford who also directed the original at Druid in 1994.

A new, Irish-language version of Vincent Woods’ play, Song of the Yellow Bittern, will open at the city’s An Taibhdhearc Theatre next Wednesday, February 5, and will run until Sunday, February 15.

Amhrán an Bhonnáin Bhuí is being directed by Maelíosa Stafford, who also directed the original, English-language version when it premiered at Druid Theatre in 1994.

The translation is by Tomás de Bhaldraithe and Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde and the music is by Brendan O’Regan, a stalwart of the Irish music scene for nearly four decades.

The cast includes well-known actors Lochlann Ó Mearain, Tara Breathnach, Diarmuid de Faoite, Orlaith Ní Chearra, Eoin Ó Dubhghaill, Eoin Geoghegan and Eoin Mac Diarmada who are being joined by multi-instrumentalist Floriane Blancke and accordionist Conor Connolly, TG4’s Young Musician of the Year in 2019.

A love story and a ghost story, Song of the Yellow Bittern draws on a true event from 1828 – a famous paternity lawsuit taken by a Protestant woman against a Catholic priest.  The saga of this case reverberates and unravels through time, linking events and people over seven generations in a rural community in Leitrim, the playwright’s home county.

When Song of the Yellow Bittern was first staged at Druid in 1994, the then Professor of History at NUIG, Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, wrote, “Woods has written a powerful play, the central concerns of which must resonate with particular force in contemporary Ireland”.

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

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Footfall down by 80% in Galway city centre

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Shop Street on Ladies Day of the Galway Races

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Footfall in the city centre was down by about 80% during what would normally be a bumper three weeks in the city, with this year’s Arts Festival and Summer Racing Festival both falling foul of Covid-19 restrictions.

Data compiled by the Galway City Business Association (GCBA) – which is a measure of mobile phone users at various points in the city centre – shows that there were over half a million fewer movements recorded during Race Week this year, representing around a 77% decline on the same week in 2019.

While the figures are by no means a conclusive count of individuals in the city, they do provide a good guide as to how many people are traversing the main thoroughfares over an extended period.

During the second week of the Arts Festival in 2019, just short of 900,000 movements were recorded in what was the city’s single busiest seven days of the year.

However, with the absence of the Big Top and various other Arts Festival venues this year, just over 150,000 movements were recorded in the same week this year.

Well-known city businessman and GCBA member Anthony Ryan said that the situation was gradually improving, but it was obviously a very different Race Week this year.
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Galway City Council orders removal of new footbridge

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The installation of a footbridge over the Middle River at Newtownsmyth has led Galway City Council to warn the adjacent property owner to remove the structure, or face legal proceedings.

Property developer John Curley, who owns the commercial unit involved at Abhainn na mBradán, has received instruction from City Hall to have the bridge removed by today (Friday) in what the Galway City Tribune understands is being treated as a ‘extremely serious breach’ of planning regulations.

Mr Curley told this newspaper that the €25,000 bridge could not be removed this week as his architect was on holidays, and he was still considering what to do about the Council’s order.

Mr Curley said businessman Eric Furey had opened a new café in the building two weeks ago – the building also houses Born Clothing and Papa Rich restaurant.

The bridge had been installed to coincide with the opening of Roots Café and both Mr Curley and Mr Furey argued that it was crucial to the business’ survival that there was access from the busy canal walkway.

“We are going to fight this,” said Mr Curley, adding that it had been their intention to seek retention for the bridge, but that had been ruled out by city planners who refused to give permission to utilise public land on the far side of the canal.

A spokesperson for Galway City Council said: “Immediately on becoming aware of the installation of this structure across the canal, Galway City Council Planning Department requested the immediate removal of the structure.
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Anger over illegal parking of camper vans in Salthill

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Camper vans illegally parked on Rockbarton Road this week.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council has admitted that it is difficult to enforce bylaws banning the parking of caravans and camper vans on roads in Salthill.

It follows complaints from elected representatives and local residents again this Summer in relation to illegal dumping and ‘unsightly’ parking on the Promenade and alongside Leisureland.

Under the Council’s own Parking Control Bylaws 2009, parking of ‘temporary dwellings’ (which includes caravans, mobile homes, tents and any structure whether on wheels or not) is prohibited on the Prom; Quincentennial Drive (behind Toft Carpark); Rockbarton Road (adjacent to Leisureland) and on the Western Distributor Road. Council carparks are also off limits.

Local area councillor Donal Lyons said the problem seemed to be worse this year, which he believed is due to holidaying staycationers.

Councillor Peter Keane said that it is a ‘small few’ people that are giving caravaners a bad name.

“We welcome holidaymakers, but let them go into the caravan parks where proper services are provided, such as electricity and water.”

A spokesperson for Galway City Council said that the local authority’s experience was that it has proved difficult to enforce the parking ban over the years.
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