Date Published: 23-Jun-2011
Folk group Gráda play Monroe’s Live this Sunday, June 26. Consisting of members Gerry Paul (guitar), Nicola Joyce (vocals, bodhrán), Stephen Doherty (flute, whistle, accordion), David Doocey (fiddle, concertina), and Andrew Laking (bass), the group is based mostly in Galway, but spends much of the year on the road, touring Europe and America.
Gráda has released five albums, with the most recent, Natural Angle, bridging traditional Celtic and Appalachian tunes. It was produced by Tim O’Brien in Nashville and featured guest appearances by Odessa Jorgensen (Bearfoot) and Alison Brown.
Natural Angle captures the natural live energy of their live performances and is the group’s most complete selection of music to date. Through Gráda’s recent appearances at key Americana and roots festivals across four continents the band continues to win new fans at a rapid pace.
Gerry Paul has also collaborated with emerging Dutch songwriter Christof van der Ven. The pair toured through New Zealand with Tim O’Brien, and along the way they sang with Americana heroes Crooked Still. More recently, Gerry played in folk singer Noriana Kennedy’s band for the launch of her superb album Ebb ‘n’ Flow. Gráda’s singer Nicola Joyce also joined Kennedy for some of these shows.
Gráda embodies the eclectic and inclusive nature of the Galway folk scene. Nicola is from Headford, Gerry Paul hails from New Zealand and ,at the launch of Ebb ‘n’ Flow, they shared a stage with a singer from Dublin and another from Holland.
Gráda’s show in Monroe’s is simply unmissable. Tickets €15, doors 8.30pm.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.