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Jiving for beginners this November

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Mastering the art of jiving with Tom Jive.

Tom Jive will resume his Beginner Arrive and Jive courses in venues across Galway City and County this November.

The classes, run over four weeks, offer people a great opportunity to improve their dancing skills ahead of taking to the floor at the next social event or wedding they attend.

Country stars such as Nathan Carter, Derek Ryan, Mike Denver and more are riding high on RTÉ, while jiving has taken Ireland by storm. Tom’s classes offer people an opportunity to learn from the beginning.

“The four-week jive-only format I teach has been very successful for many reasons,” Tom he says. “The progressive nature of the class means an absolute beginner on week one can turn into a very competent dancer by week four.

“Another reason people enjoy my course is I teach the ladies’ steps and also show the men exactly how to turn their partners,” he continues, adding that “dancers with some experience come to improve their timing and learn the nice moves”.

Tom describes himself as “very lucky” in that his classes seem to attract equal numbers of men and women.

And he advises people who are interested in learning to Irish jive properly, to “make sure you jump on this bus, as it may not stop in your area for a while again”.

And the good news is that no partner is required for Tom’s classes.

“Bring the fella or bring a friend or come on your own. Don’t worry, my class has a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere,” he says.  “We start at the very beginning so no experience is required either.”

Those who want to know more, can check his website, he adds.

“You can watch the video of my classes on week four, with dancers – most of whom have never danced before – showing off great jive moves.”

Tom Jive’s November courses will start in Galway City’s Ardilaun Hotel on Tuesday, November 6. On Wednesday, November 7, they are in the Lady Gregory in Gort and on Monday, November 12, they’ll begin in Portumna’s Town Hall.

Check www.TomJive.com, call 087-3995877, or go to Facebook – JiveTom, for more details.

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Cigarettes, drugs and cash seized in Galway

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Officers from the Divisional Drugs Unit seized more than €73,000 worth of cigarettes, cash and drugs after a car and residence were searched in Galway today.
As part of Operation Tara – which is targeting the sale and supply of drugs and related criminal activity in the Galway area – Gardaí  searched a car in the Knocknacarra area. Cash and cannabis were seized.

A follow up search was carried out at a residence in Salthill, where cigarettes worth €70,000, along with €3,100 in cash and a small quantity of suspected amphetamine were recovered.

No arrests were made, but Gardaí say they are following a definite line of inquiry.

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Matriarch of Scotty’s Diner donates kidney to her son!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A well-known family in the Galway restaurant trade have swapped chef whites for hospital gowns after the matriarch donated a kidney to her son.

Jenny and Andrew Ishmael, synonymous with Scotty’s Diner in Cúirt na Coiribe on the Headford Road in Terryland, are recovering in Beaumont Hospital after the marathon live donor operation.

It took place last Monday and staff are so impressed by the quick recovery of mother and son that they could be discharged as early as this weekend.

“It went really well. I’m still a bit sore. We’re still on the mend. It’s working perfectly,” says Andrew from the isolation ward of the hospital’s Kidney Centre.  “My creatine was over 1,000 when I came in and it’s already around 260.

“I felt weak after the surgery, but I could feel that bit of life in me again straight away. It’s amazing how quick it works. Mom wasn’t too great after the surgery – it was her first ever. She was quite sore, a bit iffy, but she’s good now.

“We have rooms back-to-back. We’ve been going for walks, going for breakfast together. It’s nice to spend that time together.”

Andrew – or Drew as he’s known to family and friends –  was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was just 16.

Berger’s Disease occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin builds up in the kidneys and results in inflammation, which over time, can hamper the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the blood.

He managed the condition well for over a decade without too much impact on his life.

The son of classically trained chefs who studied together at Johnson and Wales College in Rhode Island, he grew up working in his parents’ American-style diner, trading since 1991.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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New River Corrib rescue boat to be deployed following ‘significant donation’

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The provision of a specialist rescue craft on the Corrib – upstream from the Weir – could now happen over the coming weeks or months following a ‘significant voluntary donation’ in the past few weeks, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

Water safety issues on the Corrib were highlighted last month when up to 10 rowers had to be rescued after their two boats were sucked in by the currents towards the Weir.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the potentially catastrophic incident which occurred around midday on Saturday, January 14.

A specialist D Class lifeboat is now being sourced as part of a multi-agency approach to try and improve emergency rescue operations upstream from the Weir which would be accessible on a 24/7 basis.

While the cost would be in the region of €40,000 to €50,000, the overall figure would rise to around €80,000 to €90,000 when specialist personnel training costs were included.

Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Swan, told the Galway City Tribune that he was aware of a lot of work going on behind the scenes to try and get the Corrib rescue craft in place as soon as possible.

“I suppose we’re all trying to work together to ensure that a full-time rescue craft is provided on the Corrib and I believe that real progress is being made in this regard. This would be very good news for everyone,” said Mr Swan.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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