Date Published: 20-Apr-2011
Music lovers in Galway and the West can look forward to a rare musical treat on Thursday next, April 28 when Welsh composer and musician Karl Jenkins conducts his own work, The Armed Man – a Mass for Peace in Leisureland at 8pm as part of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s 2011 Signature Series. He will be joined by one of the country’s foremost choirs, the Galway Baroque Singers, for the event.
The Galway Baroque Singers were invited by RTÉ in November to sing The Armed Man with the Concert Orchestra and guest conductor Karl Jenkins, an invitation that they were happy to accept.
The singers regard it as a singular honour to perform under this world famous composer and musician, the choir having already performed another of his works, The Armed Man in 2009 and the Irish premiere of his Stabat Mater in 2008 to mark the silver jubilee of the Galway Baroques.
Karl Jenkins composed The Armed Man a decade ago and it immediately became a sensation with gold CD sales and nearly 1,00 performances since.
Now, for the first time in Ireland, the composer takes the podium to conduct one of the best loved pieces of our age. The Armed Man brings the audience on a moving journey from the cacophony of war to a final message of hope and peace.
This full evening of Karl Jenkins’ music also features his Te Deum and Palladio.
Tickets for the event, priced at €20, are on sale at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Middle St., Telephone, 091 561766. As this promises to be a very popular concert, early booking is advisable.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.