Date Published: 23-Jun-2011
Galway based independent radio producer, Mary Owens, has won a silver prize at the prestigious New York International Awards for her innovative series celebrating Ireland’s maritime song tradition. The Sea in Song was broadcast by RTÉ Lyric FM and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The awards were announced this week in New York.
“Irish songs of the sea have travelled back and forth to America, Canada, Australia and many other places around the world. They tell aspects of our social history better than any textbook can. I think that is why the series appealed to an international jury” says Mary Owens of Well Said Productions from New York after receiving her silver prize. The producer, who is originally from Donegal, lives in Indreabhán.
Her series is potent mix of song and story with fresh new perspectives on Ireland’s maritime history and seafaring traditions. It explores Irish narratives in sea shanties and sailor ballads and taps into some hair-raising accounts of life at sea in the 19th century. For the programmes, Mary sifted through the huge collection of Irish coastal songs, including some classics from the Irish language repertoire, to retrieve vivid tales of smugglers, shipwrecks and heroic rescues. The Sea in Song also features some of our most powerful laments and romantic ballads.
Contributors included Jimmy Crowley, John Faulkner, Lillis O Laoire, Aine Uí Cheallaigh, Seán Corcoran, Altan and many more great singers and storytellers.
The Sea in Song was broadcast on The Lyric Feature slot from December 29th –31st 2010. Listeners can still enjoy the series on-line in the Lyric Feature’s 2010 programme archive.
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.