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New book captures the genius of Máirtín O’Connor as a composer

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Date Published: 16-Mar-2011

One of Galway’s finest musicians, Máirtín O’Connor, who has played with everyone from Mark Knopfler to the Dubliners and who has been a member of De Dannan, Arcady and Skylark is just about to launch his first book.

But this is no tell all about Máirtín’s life on the road. Instead it’s a collection of some 60 of tunes which the renowned musician has composed over the years. Inside the Box, Outside the Box will be launched next Tuesday, March 22 at the College Bar, NUI, Galway by the Arts Council Director, Mary Cloake.

The book has been carefully put together by Máirtín, who explains “that over the years, musicians of various instruments have asked me for transcriptions of some of my tunes”.

It’s not surprising. Máirtín began playing the accordion at the age of nine and his remarkable career has seen him work with many musicians nationally and internationally, as well as composing a huge selection of tunes – he’s too modest to say how many he has written.

Máirtín received an Arts Council grant under its Deis scheme to compile this book and selecting the tunes to include was a fairly straightforward process, he says.

“It was based on what people have asked me for most. And then there are some tunes that were scribbled here and there on bits of paper, new ones and old ones.

“They range from ‘easy-to-play’ tunes to some which are more difficult, for a balance.

“And the final parameter that determined the content, would be tunes that relate to the tradition and tunes that are related to but outside what people would recognise as traditional, for instance, The Road West, which is a cartoonish, meandering kind of tune.”

The book is called Inside the Box, Outside the Box for that reason; some of its tunes are directly in touch with tradition and some aren’t, he adds

Inside the Box, Outside the Box reflects the depth of Máirtín’s connection with music, both from Ireland and from traditions worldwide. It also presents many insights into the musician and his style of playing.

The aim is that this book will be an educational resource for musicians and teachers across the country. Máirtín has been described as critics as “technically brilliant with an infectious flamboyant style” and this book is a must for anyone with an interest in the man and his music.

Next up, Máirtín has plans for a new album which he is recording with his regular musical colleagues, fiddle player Cathal Hayden and guitarist, Séamie O’Dowd. It will feature some of the tunes from the book which he hasn’t yet recorded.

But first, there’s the launch of Inside the Box, Outside the Box.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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