Supporting artists, locally and nationally, and giving people the local community an occasion to celebrate were the main aims of the organisers of this year’s Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna.
“And to have live events,” says Shorelines Chairperson, Noelle Lynskey of the event which takes place this Friday to Sunday, September 17-19.
Those live shows include Spliced, the acclaimed one-man, multi-media drama about hurling, identity and mental health, written and performed by Cork’s Timmy Creed, which the Sunday Times described as ‘explosive’. Having performed it at festivals in Ireland and at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, he’s now bringing it to the hurling heartland of Portumna. Spliced is on at 8pm this Friday, outdoors in the GAA All-Weather pitch. Roscommon trad group Gatehouse are in concert at Christ Church at 8.30pm this Friday. Made up of John McEvoy on fiddle viola and piano, John Wynne on flutes and whistles, Rachel Garvey on vocals and Jacinta McEvoy on guitar and concertina, the group has been performing since 2014 and has released two lauded albums, Tús Nua, and Heather Down the Moor.
Galway’s ConTempo String Quartet are in Christ Church at 2.30pm this Saturday, while there’s a free concert with Mike Hanrahan (Stockton’s Wing), Eleanor Shanley and Rachel Grace in the Irish Workhouse Centre at 8pm. That’s as part of the Ceol an tSamhraidh series of concerts countywide.
At 10.30am Saturday, there’s a Lacemaking Demonstration with Headford Lace Project. That’s at An Gáirdín.
At 12pm, in Christ Church, there will be readings with David Butler and Madeleine D’Arcy with music from Larks by the Lake, while the same venue will host a Literary Hour with Nuala O’Connor, Louise Kennedy and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald at 4.30pm. The popular Henry Girls are in concert at the Workhouse Centre on Sunday at 4pm, while singer-songwriter Seba Safe (aka Michael Dalton) will be there Sunday night. His show, at 8pm is part of the free Ceol an tSamhraidh series.
At 2.30pm on Sunday, writer and broadcaster Manchán Magan will host an event entitled Leprechaun Lore, billed as “a chat about all things magical”. That’s in Christ Church.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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Water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna due to burst watermain
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna this morning due to a burst watermain
The burst is in a rising main from Clifton Hill in Galway City to Tonabrucky Reservoir
The city council and Irish Water says while every effort is being made to maintain supply to as many customers as possible, the burst has caused water levels in Tonabrucky Reservoir to deplete
Houses and businesses in Knocknacarra, Barna and surrounding areas will experience low pressure and outages.
Dedicated water service crews have mobilised and repairs are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.
Traffic management will be in place and Letteragh Road will be closed between Sliabh Rua and Tonabrucky Cross until 6pm.
Householders and businessses are being asked to conserve water where possible to reduce the pressure on local supplies and allow reservoir levels to restore.
Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was struck in the face by a firework in Eyre Square in the city overnight.
It happened shortly after midnight and gardai say it’s understood the firework had been launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk.
The young woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised as a result.
Gardaí understand there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time and are now asking that any person who may have witnessed the incident make contact with the investigating team.
In particular Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have video footage of the incident, either on mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam to make contact with them.
This incident comes just days after a policing committee meeting was told of increasing concern about anti social behaviour around Eyre Square.
Garda chief suggests closing Eyre Square to curb anti-social behaviour
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Closing Eyre Square at night-time was among the radical suggestions put forward by Galway’s top Garda this week – in response to claims that the city centre’s famous landmark had become a ‘no-go area’ after dark.
It comes as Gardaí confirmed that since January they issued almost 500 fines for breaches of the city’s alcohol bylaws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public spaces.
Responding to claims that people were afraid to visit parts of the city centre at night due to anti-social behaviour, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that the authorities might have to look at closing Eyre Square at certain times.
Chief Supt Curley also said that improved lighting and better CCTV were other tools that could be used to deter anti-social behaviour and to detect crime in the city centre.
“I’d need another five officers in there – and I haven’t got them,” said Chief Supt Curley of the requirement for more Gardaí on patrol in Eyre Square.
He was responding to a charge by former mayor of Galway, Councillor Frank Fahy, who said Eyre Square was dangerous at night. “It’s a no-go area,” he said at a City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting this week.
Cllr Fahy said that the illegal activity and anti-social behaviour in the city centre was a product of the Covid-19 pandemic and people socialising outdoors. Eyre Square was safe pre-Covid, he said.
In a written reply to the JPC, Chief Supt Curley said that anti-social behaviour issues had been ‘de-escalated’ along the city’s canals, Woodquay and Spanish Arch ‘as a result of extra Garda patrols’.
“The resulting consequences have led to crowd movement from these areas (and they) are now congregating at Eyre Square. Garda attention is concentrated on Eyre Square, however the return of students and the continued restrictions has led to increased numbers,” he said.
(Photo: a scene from Eyre Square at night this week taken from a video circulated on social media)
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