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Live boost as Pearse Stadium gigs double in capacity



Flashback...Ed Sheeran at Pearse Stadium; crowds will be much smaller this time.

The Government has bowed to widespread criticism over the strict rules governing live entertainment and more than doubled the permitted capacity at this weekend’s Pearse Stadium gigs.

However, the move has done little to allay the increasingly vocal disquiet among those in the industry who watched as 40,000 spectators were allowed into Sunday’s All-Ireland Hurling final at Croke Park.

Just 500 seated tickets in pods of four were allowed to be sold for the four gigs at Pearse Stadium, kicking off tonight (Thursday) with Christy Moore.

His concert had sold out in 15 minutes while tickets for Sunday’s return of The Stunning were snapped up in 90 minutes. Mary Coughlan performs with Niamh O’Regan on Saturday and comedians Ardal O’Hanlon and Deirdre O’Kane take to the stage on Friday.

The gigs are being grant-aided through the live performance support scheme (LPSS) as they would not be financially viable for promoters with such a limited number of ticket sales.

On Tuesday, the capacity for the 8,000-seated stadium – which has an overall capacity of 26,000 – was increased to 1,200. The Róisín Dubh reopened ticket sales for the two sold-out gigs that evening.

All punters will be seated while the stage will be located on the pitch facing the stand. The bar will operate a click and collect service.

Pearse Doherty, event producer for the gigs on behalf of the Róisín, said they were delighted by news of the extra capacity.

“When we applied for these shows a month ago, we asked for 1,000 people to be considered and at the time the Department said it wasn’t possible. They have now confirmed we can have 1,200. It’s still not ideal but it’s a positive step,” he told the Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised



Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’



Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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