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Reliving the magic of Horslips in Town Hall Theatre show

Judy Murphy

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Jim Lockhart, Barry Devlin and Johnny Fean of Horslips with percussionist Ray Fean (left) who joins them for the Galway show.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Founding members of the legendary Celtic Rock band Horslips, Johnny Fean, Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart will be in concert in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, November 3, when they’ll be joined by Johnny’s brother Ray Fean on drums.

Fans can expect to hear soft, slow numbers such as Furniture and I’ll be Waiting, alongside more rocky offerings including Dearg Doom and Trouble with a Capital T, according to bass player, vocalist and the band’s co-founder Barry Devlin.

The group, which was formed in Dublin in 1970, recorded nine studio albums before disbanding 10 years later. In that short decade, their ground-breaking fusion of trad and rock helped transform Irish music.

Their album trilogy The Book of Invasions, Aliens and The Man Who Built America, which were released between 1976 and 1978, explored Irish history and the forging of new frontiers in the USA. They had first explored the world of Celtic mythology in 1973’s The Táin, which featured one of their most famous tracks, Dearg Doom, based on the traditional O’Neill’s March, with its distinctive guitar riffs – these later got a new life in the anthem for Ireland’s Italia 90 soccer campaign.

“If we didn’t play that still, how else would the tables get turned over?” Barry asks with a laugh, adding that when the song came on at wedding celebrations, it marked the time for things to get lively.

And the band certainly were lively in their heyday, playing more than 200 rocking gigs a year.

“We do stuff at a nice, married man’s pace now,” Barry quips, but “still give it 100 per cent”.

They come to Galway after two nights in Dun Laoghaire’s Pavillion Theatre and for him, particularly, coming West is a pleasure.

“We do gigs that look like they might be fun,” he explains, “and the Town Hall is one of those. In my other life as a filmmaker, I go to the Galway Film Fleadh and I find the Town Hall a very civilised place with great coffee.

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Homemade Wimbledon is a different bale game!

Francis Farragher

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James Craughwell about to serve over the tape – and the sheep gates – to brother Christopher with mum, Anne, in the background. The family dog Prince is showing a keen interest in taking up the role of ‘ball boy’. The brollies on the deck chairs were actually purchased at the Wimbledon tournament that the Craughwells attended in 2017.

WIMBLEDON mightn’t be happening for the tennis professionals this year due to COVID-19 – but one North Galway family are planning their own version of the tournament.

The younger members of the Craughwell family in Menlough village have had a tradition over the years of lining out their own court on the silage slab that’s available for recreation purposes during the early weeks of the Summer.

The three sons of Jarlath and Anne Craughwell – Christopher, Shane and James – rarely missed the opportunity through the years to ‘get the silage slab ready’ for their own Wimbledon tournament.

“The dimensions of the silage slab are almost exactly the same as a tennis court [78 feet X 36 feet} so back the years we always organised our own games. When the silage was made, then that was always it for another year,” Christopher Craughwell told the Connacht Tribune.

As the lads grew older the summer tennis court hadn’t been used for a few years but in 2020 with the introduction of the coronavirus restrictions, it seemed like a perfect time to bring it back.

“This year we took it a stage further. We used the sheep gates for the net with a line of white electric fence tape along the top so this is probably the best job we’ve ever made of it.

“The silage won’t be made for at least another month so were planning to stage our own family tournament over the coming weeks. With the weather so good, it’s been a great way to pass the time,” said Christopher.

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City Council houses Travellers in county

Declan Tierney

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Cllr Donagh Killilea.

Galway City Council will spend close to half a million euro to house a Traveller family – in a property well outside its own local authority boundary.

Instead the family of four, who previously lived on the Carrabrowne halting site, will be accommodated in the house at Kiltulla near Carnmore, which is deep in Galway County Council’s local government area.

The City Council is understood to have paid €388,000 for the property which will require another €50,000 to refurbish – leaving little change out of half a million euro.

Angry residents, who were unaware of the plan, have now organised a petition to City Council CEO Brendan McGrath to voice their objection to the move.

But Cllr Donagh Killilea believes that there is a bigger issue at stake – with Galway City Council acquiring property wherever they like.

And Senator Ollie Crowe said that he believed the City Council – of which he was a member up to his Seanad election – should be acquiring property within their own area and that this acquisition was ‘unprecedented’.

He said that it was his view that there would be nothing bought outside the city boundary and that the money spent on this property would refurbish a lot of the City Council’s housing stock that had fallen into a state of dilapidation.

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Long drives still out of bounds for golfers

Declan Tierney

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Teeing off from the 12th tee at Galway Bay Golf Resort in Oranmore this week on the re-opening of golf courses around the country. There is nothing to suggest that any golfers travelled more than 5km to play in Oranmore. Photo: Keith Kelly.

This week’s relaxation of travel restrictions saw an exodus to the garden centres and the golf courses – but Gardaí have this week reiterated their warning to those planning to excede their five kilometre limit that they may find themselves in the heavy rough.

The first phase of a return to ‘normality’ went to plan, despite the early rush to newly reopened facilities. Even the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of furloughed golfers, who were on the first tee from daylight.

Time sheets for golf clubs across the county were choc-a-bloc as they opened their doors to members for the first time since the end of March – but many clubs privately admitted that more than half of those who played had travelled way beyond the 5k restriction.

That led Gardaí to warn that they will be mounting checkpoints and turning people back home – adding that the golf clubs themselves have a responsibility to advise members on the travel rules.

Tuam Sergeant Pat Hastings confirmed that Gardaí had the power under the Health Preservation and Protection Act 2020 to turn back individuals travelling more than 5k from their homes.

He warned that a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to deal with anyone who continually breached the regulations.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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