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The highlight of the Galway Pride Festival will be the Pride Parade this Saturday

With events in full swing, the Galway Pride Festival is proving to be a great success – but the highlight will be this weekend when the annual parade takes place on Saturday.

The opening party at the Harbour Hotel saw dignitaries from Galway along with the Pride Festival partners and sponsors celebrate the launch of this weeklong event with the hardworking committee.

A candlelit vigil saw people walk in remembrance of lost loved ones, and at the Spanish Arch, Aideen Henry, a local humanist minister, gave a touching ceremony as Sean Reilly, Pride Festival Treasurer, played the guitar.

On Thursday, the Secret Garden played host to a BTQIA+ Tea Party, the purpose of which was to create a space within Pride week to specifically focus on those who aren’t gay in the community.

This was followed by a talk about reproductive rights in the LGBT+ community and a discussion around the 8th amendment.

The line-up for the comedy night on Friday at the Loft, Seven Bar, hosted by Martin Beanz Ward, will see Pat McDonnell, Joe Dowling and special guest Katherine Lynch take to the stage to bring out the laughs.

The night won’t end there as Galway Pride Festival sponsor, DTF, take over at 11.30pm so those in attendance can dance to all the latest hits played by DJ John.

Saturday at 2pm is the time to be in town as the vibrant parade snakes it’s way from City Hall to the Spanish Arch.  Led by Ireland’s No.1, Snapchatter, James Patrice, and with the theme of #ExpressYourself, the parade is guaranteed to be colourful and entertaining.

Down at the Spanish Arch, the entertainment will continue with a family fun day.  A “Mammy’s Tent” as well craft stalls and a photobooth will be in place, so there will be something for everyone, as well as a surprise or two from RedBul.

Saturday nights sees the party move to the Black Box.  With the Block Party kicking off at 8pm, the Official Pride Party starts at 11pm with entertainment from Victoria Secret, Paul Ryder, Pixie Woo and Regina George.  The party theme is Icons & Legends and DJ John is promising to raise the roof.

On Sunday, Galway’s very own drag queen and winner of last years In Your Face Drag Race, Dixie, will entertain on board the Corrib Princess as the Galway Pride Festival raises a glass to the hardworking committee who put the week together, the partners and sponsors and the friends, families and allies of Galway’s LGBT+ community.

Nova Bar, situated at 1 William St West in the city’s west end, is Galway’s official Gay Bar. It hosts live entertainment on Saturday nights downstairs in the main bar with drag artist Miss Kiki St Clair.

Upstairs in what is probably Irelands smallest nightclub, DJ John and others on a regular basis keep the crowd moving and atmosphere buzzing.

The bar has a host of events lined up over the weekend. For details see www.novagalway.ie

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Recalling strange times that ‘shook up’ our lives

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

THE other day while doing another of those clear-outs of old documents that are well past their sell-by-date, I came across a couple of letters from my employer, which jolted me back into another world . . . but still a quite recent one.

Their purpose was to indicate that I needed to show up for work in-person (an essential employee if you don’t mind!) and if I was stopped at a Garda Covid checkpoint, then I could produce this piece of paperwork. We really did go through some strange times.

There are occasions too when I leave my desk and just for a split-second think that I’ve forgotten to don my mask. That same feeling also crosses my mind at times as I enter shops or other public places but then I realise that’s all very much of ‘yesterday’s news’.

Reminders still persist of those black days across the country mostly on visits to healthcare settings like pharmacies, GP surgeries or nursing homes, where staff still wear masks, and visitors are encouraged to do the same.

It takes me back to a Sunday evening on March 15, 2020, in my local watering hole less than 48-hours before the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day, when we were all highly sceptical about any pubs closing down.

We reassured ourselves too that such a development could never happen in a country noted for ‘the craic’ as our traditional day of national celebration approached. In our innocence, we thought we were wise old sods . . . but we had gotten things spectacularly wrong.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway In Days Gone By

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Looking into the future at Ballinasloe Fair in the early 1990s.

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Ballinasloe Show

Ballinasloe District Agricultural Show, held on Monday last, was a splendid success. Favoured by ideal weather, the attendance was a record one. Despite expectations to the contrary, the number of exhibits in every department was well up to the average, and in the cattle and sheep sections the number of entrants was nearly double that of any show held within the past few years, while the all-round quality of the exhibits showed a marked improvement and surpassed anything previously exhibited at the show.

Were it not for the postal strike, the exhibits would have been largely augmented, but taking everything into consideration, the show was indeed a very creditable one. In the horse section, the exhibits were remarkably good, and the judges had a very trying time in arriving at decisions. This can also be said of the cattle section, where the entrants were numerous and the quality particularly good.

Worthy of special note were the vegetables, the quality, despite the unfavourable season, being extra good – some of the exhibits being as good as any seen at the Dublin Show.

Not only was the arrangement good, but in the opinion of the judges, the quality was extremely good. The exhibits of fruit, though not plentiful, were very creditable to the exhibitors.

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Journey of hope and love

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Katherine has close ties with Portumna, where her uncle Séamus runs the family farm.

Lifestyle – When Portumna man Joe Dolphin was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, his daughter and best ally Katherine cared for him until he died in 2017, even as she too became very ill with the disease. She has now written a book to fundraise for cancer charities and offer hope to others, as she tells JUDY MURPHY.

“It was a real lads’ pad. Even the dogs were male,” recalls Katherine Dolphin-Griffin of the life-changing event that occurred when she was 16 years old.

She’s laughing as she tells the story, but when Katherine’s mother left home, it fell to the teenager to look after her four brothers, three of whom were younger than her.

She did so, working as a team with her father Joe, who was born and reared in Portumna.  Joe settled in Cork in 1970, working as a District Superintendent for the Department of Agriculture, after he’d graduated from Warrenstown Agricultural College in Meath.

“He was one of those wonderful, special people who radiated positivity,” says Katherine of her dad who died of cancer on February 4, 2017, aged 69.

He’d had his first diagnosis – non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – in February 2008, with four further diagnoses before his death.

Joe was an entrepreneur who – at different times – ran an estate agents, an engineering firm and a video-production company in his adopted county. Katherine, his right-hand woman, regularly travelled in the car with him, paying wages to his employees.

They first became a team when she was just four years old. Both fell ill with jaundice and would eat custard and jelly together when they couldn’t face anything else. Much later, she realised how similar their immune systems were.

Joe worked hard and enjoyed life and always had his dancing shoes in his car, even when he was ill, says his daughter.

Katherine describes her mother as “a good person” who left home for her own reasons.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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