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Organisers pull the plug on Galway Food Festival

Denise McNamara

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Galway City Tribune – Organisers have pulled the plug on this year’s Galway Food Festival due to the lack of funding.

The festival has taken place over Easter since 2012 and last year attracted 70,000 food enthusiasts, many of them families from around the country, marking the beginning of a longer tourist season.

But with some restaurants and food producers yet to hand over their fees from last year and little by way of public grants or sponsorship likely to emerge to help meet the €100,000 costs, it just became a bridge too far for the committee of volunteers.

“Principally it’s funding – we don’t have the budget to hire employees in time. Everything is last minute,” explained chairperson JP McMahon.

“We’d have a few people working from January and February when the thing is on in April and really we’d need to have three part-time people working on running events and getting sponsorship from October. We just feel like we have to take stock.”

In 2017 it posted a loss of €15,000, which was covered by the directors, including JP, the owner of Michelin-starred restaurant Aniar.

They decided to go ahead with it anyway for 2018 given the importance of staging the weekend-long event when Galway was European Region of Gastronomy.

“Last year we just about made it,” he admitted when asked about the finances.
This is a preview only. To read the rest more from JP McMahon on the Food Festival, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here.

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Ford S-MAX ticks the right boxes

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Ford S-MAX

Ford admirers will rejoice in the real-world capabilities and the driving response of the Ford S-MAX, a car that has an admirable maturity, drives like a Ford should and is unlike any other model on Irish roads.

For those who don’t want to be part of the SUV rat-race yet need lots of space, the versatility of seven seats and the positive driveability which Ford are famous for, then the S-MAX meets the mark in many ways.

In this week’s test car, the latest incarnation of the family-friendly S-MAX Titanium, you get the complete package and a hell of a lot of car for your money. It feels much less bulky than an SUV and much more versatile because of its adjustable seating layout, while still offering the high seating position craved by many drivers these days. It is also easy to get in to and out off with big doors and lots of head room.

I’ve been driving the 2.0-litre diesel Titanium model with 150ps and CO2 emissions of 160g/km. That equates to an annual road-tax bill of €570. This puts it well up the tax table but when you add a very reasonable retail price tag of €37,538 with some added extras bumping that up to €41,188.

That’s not to hefty a price to pay and from where I’m sitting and considering what Ford pack into this model, I would be happy that you are getting value for money here. Day to day running costs seem pretty fair too.

Ford’s catalogue says that the combined fuel consumption is 6.1L/100km. That’s not far away from the 6.7L/10km that I managed over a total of 900 kilometres on all sorts of roads. It also has a huge 70-litre fuel tank that, when full has a total range of over 1,000km.

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

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Footsbarn stalwarts stage new version of Conan Doyle classic

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Steve Johnston and Rod Goodall in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Rod Goodall and Steve Johnston, stalwarts and original members of Footsbarn Theatre Company, will present a stage version of the classic Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, at Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre on Saturday, October 12.

This two-man show, which promises to be a lively dramatization of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, is being  held in the city venue as part of the monthly Druid Sessions organised by Ollie Jennings.

Steve Johnston, who now lives in Kinvara, will play Sherlock Holmes while Rod Goodall will play all the other characters in the show, including Dr Watson. Steve and Rod have also written new music and songs for their freewheeling adaptation of the play, which is suitable for all ages.

Booking for the October 12 show can be done at the Druid Box Office, phone 091 568660, or online via at druid.ie.

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Beyond the Barricade returns to Black Box

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The UKs longest running musical theatre concert tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Beyond the Barricade, the UKʼs longest running musical theatre concert tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and returns to Galway’s Black Box Theatre on Friday, September 20, as part of a three-date Irish tour.

Beyond the Barricade features past principal performers from Les Misérables and delivers more than two hours of songs from the best musicals of the West End and Broadway, ending with a stunning finale from Les Misérables.

This new show for 2019 will include many of the songs that have made Beyond the Barricade the most popular musical theatre concert in the UK, with numbers from The Phantom of the Opera,

Miss Saigon, Hamilton, The Lion King, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, and many more.

The 20th anniversary concert features David Fawcett (Valjean in the West End and Manchester) Andy Reiss (Enjolras/Resident Director for the tour) Katie Leeming (Eponine in the West End) and Poppy Tierney (Cosette in the West End and national your), together with a live band who capture the feel of the original orchestration. Every note in this show is still played and sung live – which is rare. Andy, David, Katie and Poppy also featured in the Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert, staged at the O2 Arena, London.

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

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