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Máiréad invites people to Slow Down for new work-in-progress

Judy Murphy

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Máireád Ní Chróinín.

While boiling an egg one day, Máiréad Ní Chróinín suddenly became aware of the noise it was making while cooking and how the bubbling sounds in the water changed as the process continued.

She tucked the sounds away, ready to call on for future theatre work. Máiréad is the co-director of Galway’s Moonfish Theatre, which fuses music, theatre and technology to create such successes as Star of the Sea and Redemption.

She recently completed a PhD in Theatre and Body-Centred Technologies and it provided the impetus for her next work Slow Down (You Move Yoo Fast), which is launching next week as part of InterAction Galway, an initiative between Galway Theatre Festival and Galway 2020. InterAction was created by six theatre artists who embrace technology as a way of presenting work and developing audiences.

“It’s not your average theatrical piece,” she says about Slow Down (You Move Too Fast), which can be accessed online.

The audience can take part by downloading a 20-minute MP3 audio-file and going for a walk where the title of the piece will come to play.

Máiréad will be encouraging participants to tune into the rhythms of their own bodies and the constant, infinitesimal movement in the environment around them. The boiling egg mightn’t be part of it – but other daily sounds that we often don’t hear will.

Most of us use mobile phones, she says, and they’re always close to us, with apps such as step-counters scanning our movements and storing information about our bodies.

“My interest is in how technology is collected and used to monitor things,” she says, citing elite athletes as an example. Knowledge gathered from specific apps can allow them to align breath and heartbeat to streamline performance, and although she’s no expert, the process fascinates her.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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