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Nostalgia and hedonism at TULCA Festival of Art

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The curator of TULCA 2018, Linda Shevlin.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

More than 20 international and Irish artists are taking part in the 16th annual TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, which opens next Friday, November 2, and runs across a range of venues in Galway City until November 18.

The theme for TULCA 2018 is Syntonic State, and festival curator Linda Shevlin explains that the term, which comes from psychology, describes a situation when a person is in harmony with their environment.

Being syntonic is about being in peace with your surroundings, and this year’s TULCA “explores how, in a world filled with social and political turmoil, we can find comfort,” the Roscommon-based curator continues.

The international and Irish artists who are exploring this theme for TULCA include the 2008 Turner winner Mark Leckey and Ciarán Óg Arnold from Ballinasloe. Others taking part include performance artist Aoibheann Greenan, who is working with a range of local street performers for the opening event on Friday, November 2, and the Cork-based collective Domestic Godless, whose work centres on food and society.

Linda Shevlin, who has a BA in Fine Art and a Masters in Arts Practice was approached in early 2017 by the board of TULCA to submit a concept for the event – which has a different curator every year and her proposal Syntonic State was selected for 2018.

This theme evolved during her research when she was examining Galway, not just in terms of its heritage, but how the city has shifted and changed in terms of the many different people who’ve passed through it and through cities in general, she outlines.

“One of the themes I was trying to draw on is nostalgia and its cultural links to revelry and hedonism,” Linda explains. “How we as a society celebrate and socially interact and forget ourselves.”

Nostalgia can be good, but it can also be used as a political device to incite fear and anger, and TULCA will address that.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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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

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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’

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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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