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Packed programme for 2016 Shorelines Festival

Judy Murphy



Dermot Dunne (accordian), Katherine Hunka (violin), and Malachy Robinson (double bass).

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

The boutique arts festival, Shorelines, will take place from Thursday September 15 to Sunday September 18 in Portumna, on the shores of the Shannon and Lough Derg.

This year welcomes an audio art installation, Megaloceros, commissioned by Shorelines, where sculptor Donnacha Cahill uses mild steel to recreate his innovative giant elk.

Other exhibits include an emigration themed collection by Joyce Little, and a live portraiture by Eamonn Byrne of a local Portumna face. Margaret Hickey, committee member and curator of the exhibition, is excited with The Gallery at the Workhouse as it “provides a perfect space for the month long exhibition of invited professional and local amateur artists that opens this Sunday, September 4”.

The Festival itself will be officially opened on Thursday, September 15 by RTE presenter, Rick O’Shea with music from renowned harpist, Michelle Mulcahy and the tapestry of harmony from The Whileaways.

Drama features throughout the festival with a Culture Night event from Seamus O’Rourke of Livin’ Dred Theatre Company; a one woman production Going Spare from Siobhán Donnellan, a writer for Fair City; and a look inside the world of institutional life with Floating World Productions as it recalls the story of Hanna Greally.

A local drama group stages a production The Chip Van Plays Dixie, and Portumna’s emerging musical and vocal talents are showcased throughout the programme along mainline acts like Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill.

Classical trio, Katherine Hunka (violin), Dermot Dunne (accordion) and Malachy Robinson (double bass) are in concert as The Far Flung Trio in a varied programme to entertain all.

The Commitments actress and singer, Maria Doyle Kennedy, headlines on Friday night where all the concerts take place in the atmospheric and intimate setting of Portumna’s Christ Church.

Children’s events include magic storytime with writers Geraldine Mills and Nigel Quinlan; workshops in Lego Robotics; copper and blacksmith art; and story writing and dance. Children can also juggle with Monsieur Gusto, battle with a Monster Teapot, or revisit Little Red Riding Hood in an afternoon of street theatre, face painting and circus acts.

Headlining the strong literary programme are award-winning writers, Donal Ryan, Paul Kingsnorth and Alan McMonagle. Donal’s third novel, All We Shall Know, will be launched late September following on his short story collection, A Slanting of the Sun.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.


Gardaí bid to identify body recovered near Mutton Island




Gardai have launched an investigation following the discovery of a body in Galway Bay yesterday afternoon.

A member of the public raised the alarm after spotting the body in the water while walking on the causeway to Mutton Island.

Galway Fire Service, Gardai and the RNLI attended the scene and recovered the body at around 4pm, before it was taken to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem.

It is understood that the body may have been in the water for some time.

Gardaí are currently examining a list of missing people in the city.

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Gardaí investigate fatal Carraroe crash

Enda Cunningham



A man in his 30s has died following a road crash in Carraroe in the early hours of this morning.

At 3.50am, Gardaí and emergency services attended at a single car collision on a minor road.

The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. A passenger in the car, a male in his 30s, was taken by ambulance to Galway University Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The road is currently closed and local diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators will examine the crash site this morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Salthill Garda Station (091) 514 720 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Land Development Agency rules out Merlin ‘land grab’

Dara Bradley



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Campaigners have warned the Land Development Agency (LDA) to keep its hands off Merlin Woods.

Local community group Friends of Merlin Woods said that the amenity on the east side of the city is not suitable for residential development.

It has sought clarification on whether the LDA has earmarked part of the recreational and amenity lands for housing, after it appeared on its online database of publicly-owned lands.

In a statement to the Galway City Tribune, the LDA said its database compiles a list of all State lands, not just land for development.

In relation to Merlin Woods, the LDA said: “Those lands aren’t included in the LDA developments in Galway. The lands database is a map-based tool which compiles all State lands and has no reflection on development potential.”

It came after Caroline Stanley of Friends of Merlin Woods raised concern that land within Merlin Woods had been earmarked for development.

“I’d be concerned that it’s marked as residential when it’s in RA (Recreational and Amenity) land. Some is marked ‘open space’ but some is marked as ‘new proposed residential’ on its [LDA’s] database. It makes us wonder why. We’d like clarity and to clear it up.

“The message we’d like to get out there is we need clarification, whether it’s a mistake on the Land Development Agency’s part, or whether it is an area that they consider as a residential area, which the community would be opposed to. We need clarity. It could be something that is in line for development later on, we don’t know, and we need clarity.”

Councillor Owen Hanley explained that the fears around Merlin Woods stem from legislation currently making its way through the Oireachtas that would strip councillors of powers to veto the transfer of land to the LDA for housing projects.

The Bill would also allow Government to direct what public lands – including those owned by local authorities – can be transferred to the LDA for development of social and affordable housing.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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