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Royal seal of approval for Galway woman’s musical based on phone hacking scandal!

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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A musical written by a Galway woman – and based on the recent phone hacking controversy in the UK – has received the Royal seal of approval as well as the support of one of the prime movers in exposing that scandal, Hollywood star Hugh Grant.

Princes Harry and William – and Kate Middleton – have joined the growing chorus of support for the Daily Fail: the musical, which was written by Fiona O’Malley, a Galway native now based in London,.

“My theatre company, the Untold Theatre Company, received a letter in the post from Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton wishing us good luck with The Daily Fail: the musical! It’s probably because Harry was one of the many victims of the hacking scandal which inspired me to write the musical,” said Fiona, who is also a weekly contributor to the Connacht Sentinel where she writes on fashion.

And on top of the blessing from Buckingham Palace, Grant’s Hacked Off Campaign is also backing the musical. When the actor, who was one of the hacking victims who gave evidence at the Leveson Inquiry last year, heard about the project, he didn’t think twice about supporting the Untold Theatre Company, which Fiona, aged 24, set up with her friend, Adam Wollerton (23) last December.

Fiona, a journalism graduate of NUIG who did her Masters in Kingston University in London, writes a weekly Style column for our sister paper, The Connacht Sentinel, but in the past year alone has worked with Vogue and a number of the UK’s quality newspapers.

Her family moved from Tipperary to Galway City when she was a teenager but her life for now is very much in London.

Her love of musicals sees her going to at least one a week and last year, she decided to start penning her own.

Her starting point was the plot outline based on celebrities and privacy issues and with the benefit of seeing the unfolding of the Leveson Inquiry, she started writing the lyrics for a number of songs. She collaborated with another friend, Joseph Alexander to put them to music.

Fiona also had to raise an initial £2,000 before even thinking of staging it on any stage, let alone aim for the West End.

 

But Fiona is now confident that with Hugh Grant’s support and the backing of his Hacked Off Campaign that the project might actually hit the big time.

 

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
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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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
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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