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Pa scales new heights with Treehouse Empire

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Singer-songwriter Pa Reidy. PHOTO:JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

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Young singer-songwriter Pa Reidy has cut his teeth on Galway’s music scene, especially at the Róisín Dubh Open Mic night.

The 26-year-old, who hails from Cratloe in Co Clare, released his second album, The Treehouse Empire, earlier this year. He has been performing for about 10 years and is a regular busker on the streets of Galway.

“It kind of happened accidentally, when I was about 16 or 17,” he says. “A family friend who was moving back to Australia left behind a guitar. It was sitting there for a year or two, and I kept trying to learn the chords but I didn’t have the patience, so one night, I said ‘I’m going to stay up all night until I can put together a couple of chords’. I stayed up for about two days!”

Those early songs haven’t survived, but Pa finds the odd reminder of them.

“I keep finding scraps of paper from when I was 16, and I just bow my head in shame. How did I put that down?” he laughs. “I’ve been writing for about 10 years. I could go through a phase of writing a song every week, but for the past few months I’ve written one song. I think everyone goes through that at some stage.”

The Treehouse Empire. with its harmonious sounds, is the sound of a performer finding his voice and Pa took time to get it right, recording it in Hob Juncker’s in Galway City.

“It took me about a year to record it, which was a big contrast to my first album, Tea & Talks, from three years ago,” he says. “I recorded that in one day.

“I deliberately slowly paced this one, going in for a session once every week, or every fortnight, so I could listen back. I wanted to get everything as well as I could,” he continues. “The first one, I just wanted to have something to show my family and friends – this time I wanted something I could sell to strangers. Maybe they’d like it, without being a friend and feeling obliged!”

The album’s ear-catching tone is aided by Shauna McEvilly on piano and vocals.

“We met a few years, she would’ve played the same Open Mics,” he says of Shauna. “She’s a very, very good singer songwriter and brilliant to work with.  We all had good craic in the studio, which is vital. You should be able to look back and say ‘that was great craic, I’d love to do that again’.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
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Galway City Council needs 40 more workers to help deliver on projects

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Forty more workers are needed at City Hall ‘right away’, the Chief Executive of Galway City Council has said.

Brendan McGrath has warned city councillors that the local authority is understaffed and it needs to hire more staff immediately to deliver its plans and projects.

The total cost of the extra 40 workers, including salary, would be between €1.75 million and €1.95 million.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council had a workforce now that was below what it had in 2007, but the city’s population has grown and so too had the services the Council provides.

The population of Galway City grew by almost 11% in the 10 years to 2016, he said, and total staff numbers in the Council fell by 13.6% during that period.

Though more staff were hired in recent years, Mr McGrath said that the Council was at 2007 and 2008 staffing levels, even though the Census will record further increases in population since 2016.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council now provides 1,000 services across a range of departments, far more than during the 2000s.

He said that currently, 524 staff are employed at the City Council. This equated to 493 Whole Time Equivalents when part-time workers such as school wardens and Town Hall workers are included.

Mr McGrath said that 12% of all staff are in acting up positions, with many more in short-term or fixed-term contracts. There was a highly competitive jobs market and the Council was finding recruitment and retention of specialist staff difficult.
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