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Raucous punk with witty edge from Rural Savage

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Farren McDonald of Galway punk band Rural Savage who play the Roisin Dubh

Playing punk songs that are both raucous and witty, Rural Savage come to Róisín Dubh this Saturday, August 20.

The Galway-based trio brought out their second album It’s Not Your Wadi . . . It’s Rural Savage last year, a fine collection of songs that their lead singer and guitarist Farren McDonald is rightly proud of.

“There was a lot of variety on it, it came together quite well,” he says. “It’s never been mastered or anything. I think it’s better than the first one, definitely. The first one was speedy and very little else!”

When Farren’s not writing songs, he’s writing fiction, and this informs the music he makes.  These are tracks populated by misfits and reprobates, and they’re great craic to listen to. Does he write them at home, or come up with ideas when he’s in a room with Jay Burke (bass) and Mosey Byrne (drums)?

“I have a recorder at the house, where I demo them,” he says. “There’s a built-in drum machine, so I can test them out on my own, then bring them in. We never jam or anything – I’m not a great improvisational musician, I’m not great at thinking of things in the moment. I have to make them up well beforehand!”

One of the highlights from It’s Not Your Wadi is This House Is Haunted, which was inspired by Kevin Barry’s superb, anarchic novel City of Bohane.

“I was reading that, and I was trying to make a soundtrack accompaniment to it,” Farren says. “Originally, it was more acoustic and Tom Waits-y, I was trying to write a sort of soundscape, which I adapted. In that song, it’s supposed to be from the point of view of somebody in Bohane. The atmosphere [of the song] was supposed to be along those lines.”

Five years ago, Rural Savage burst on to the Galway scene with songs like no one else.  He has come on as writer, but Farren’s songs are still imbued with the humour, anger and darkness that made them stand out.  Five years from now, does he still see himself making music with a similar feel?

“No, I don’t think so. I can feel it changing already, I’m not as angry as I was,” he says. “I’ve definitely mellowed but I do slightly worry about the impact of that on writing that kind of music. It does feel a bit weird, sometimes, to be shouting! But I’m introducing more fictional ideas [to the songs] so I can come at from that kind of angle. So I’ll probably do that instead.”

■ Doors for Rural Savage are 9pm, admission is €10.

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Hero’s welcome following rescue of two women on Galway Bay

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Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan, who rescued Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn off Inis Oirr island, on their arrival back at the Galway RNLI Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The miraculous rescue on Galway Bay yesterday of two young women from Knocknacarra brought 15 long hours of searching to a euphoric conclusion, as cousins Sara Feeney (23) and Ellen Glynn (17) were brought safely to shore.

A major search and rescue operation was launched after the pair went missing from Furbo Beach on Wednesday night, when they were swept away by a sudden wind while paddle boarding.

Claddagh fisherman and former Lifeboat shore crew member Patrick Oliver and his 18-year-old son Morgan joined the search early on Thursday morning and were the heroes of the hour after they discovered the two women on their boards, clinging to a lobster pot about two miles south-west of Inis Oírr, where despite their ordeal, they were described as “ok, but shaken”.

In the face of torrential rain and high winds overnight, both women had drifted almost 20 miles out to sea, but amazingly neither required serious medical attention.

Sara’s mother, Helen Feeney, raised the alarm shortly after 9pm on Wednesday evening when she noticed the pair missing as she walked their dog along the shore.

Sara, a daughter of Helen and Bernard Tonge, and Ellen, daughter Deirdre and well-known former captain of Galway United Johnny Glynn, were both said to be in good spirits at the hospital yesterday afternoon.

One relative told the Galway City Tribune that the family was “utterly humbled by the generosity of people” who had took part in the search and said, “unbelievable doesn’t even begin to describe it”.

“Thank you from all the family to everyone who helped, words will never express our gratitude.”
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

Photo: Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan, who rescued Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn off Inis Oirr island, on their arrival back at the Galway RNLI Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

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Galway farm operators fall fowl of locals

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Neighbours of Mad Yolk Farm have asked Galway City Council to determine whether planning permission is required for a portable chicken coop earmarked for the land in Roscam.

This week, Mad Yolk Farm has indicated that it will be adding chickens to the site, which has already been the subject of planning enforcement by the local authority.

In a Facebook post, the operators said they are planning to rear organic chickens on site, with neighbours fearing as many as 450 birds in the chicken ‘caravan’.

“Our chicken caravan is now built and our beaked ladies will arrive in eight days. We’ll be moving the hens onto fresh grass each day and they’ll be free to forage for insects and take mud baths. They’ll be free to behave like a chicken should,” the business said on social media.

It has prompted a neighbour of the property to write the Council to formally ask for a declaration “whether the work/development described in the form is or is not development or is or is not exempted development under Section 5 of the Planning and Development Act”.
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Cold water poured on Spanish Arch ‘bushing’ sprinkler plan

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council has poured cold water on a suggestion that it should install water sprinklers to deter ‘bushing’ at city centre hotspots for outdoor drinking, such as Spanish Arch.

Councillor Eddie Hoare (FG) this week said the local authority should examine providing sprinklers, to deter bushing, after Spanish Arch and Middle Arch were packed with hundreds of revellers during the sunshine last weekend, and the areas were littered with alcohol bottles and cans.

Cllr Hoare said large crowds were prohibited from gathering outside due to Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, and if the partying continued “Galway will be the next county to be locked down”.

He said CCTV cameras should be installed at Spanish Arch and Middle Arch and added: “Galway City Council should consider installing sprinklers as a long-term solution.”

However, the City Council said it was not its intention to install sprinklers.

“It’s so hot at the moment, if you put out a sprinkler anywhere in Galway, people would just dance under it. We’re so unused to this muggy heat, that if you did that (installed sprinklers), on top of your 12-pack of Bacardi Breezers, or whatever it is young people drink these days, you’d have the biggest wet t-shirt competition this side of Ibiza – people would just dance under them. No, we have no plans for sprinklers,” remarked a City Council spokesperson.

He said the Council was unaware of a separate suggestion – announced by Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard on social media – that certain city areas be exempted from the street drinking bylaws, to allow them to be monitored and controlled.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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