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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Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades
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.
Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools
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.
GMIT warns partying students they are delaying return to campus
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Partying students have been told their actions have impacted GMIT’s plans to re-start practical classes on campus – and Gardaí are monitoring the city’s bus and train stations to catch those breaking the 5km travel restriction by returning home for the weekend.
College authorities said the current “extremely serious outbreak” of Covid-19 among students in Galway City was caused by a small minority who are “moving and mixing between different households”.
Following a meeting with Gardaí last week, GMIT contacted all students to clarify that because there are no ‘onsite’ classes, there should be no need to travel for educational purposes.
“The Gardaí have notified us that there will be checks at the bus and train stations to implement the 5km travel rule, as well as checkpoints on the roads, and that fines will be given for any non-compliance with this rule,” students were told.
In a separate communication issued this week, the college’s Covid Officer appealed to students to abide by the rules.
“This outbreak has had an impact on our plans with regard to return to onsite practical work, with consequences for all students.
“We are appealing to all students to comply with all Covid restrictions and in doing so, to help ensure that those students who have to return to onsite practical work can do so,” the email read.
Many students from outside the city have opted to stay in their accommodation for access to better broadband.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story and more coverage of Covid figures and vaccinations, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.