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Summer concerts on the way for Esker orchestra

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The Esker Festival Orchestra has managed to raise over €8,000 in crowd funding for its series of summer concerts around the country featuring young musicians and a new tutoring collaboration with the country’s top professional companies.

Esker native Peter Joyce is the driving force behind the youth orchestra, which won the hearts of the Galway public last summer when it played an outdoor concert of movie theme tunes in the Spanish Arch during the Film Fleadh. The dynamic musical ensemble also played a concert in the Galway Cathedral.

Peter set up the Esker Festival Orchestra in 2014 to fill a void for emerging musicians to practice, play and socialise together and this year the plan – subject to funding – is to set up a residency in NUI Galway for nine days during the summer while they prepare their repertoire for film and chamber music concerts.

The group will then tour Galway, Belfast, Dublin and Cork with the main concert set for the Galway Cathedral on June 30.

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Their first collaboration is also planned with The Galway Music Residency and the Galway ConTempo Quartet who, along with members of the RTÉ Concert and Symphony Orchestras, will provide tutoring to the members.

The orchestra will be performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade, the Mozart G Major Flute Concerto with rising star Miriam Kaczor and as well as a new work by a young composer to be premiered by the orchestra.

“The Esker Festival Orchestra is a non-profit group, organised voluntarily by the musicians. All the funding received will go towards paying for the accommodation and food for the musicians taking part, transport, venue and equipment hire. It is very important to us that no musicians are excluded based on lack of financial means,” explained Peter.

The cost of putting on this summer’s project is around €25,000. They launched an appeal for funding of €8,000 on the crowd funding website, fundit.ie, and in a couple of weeks managed to attract €8,645 in donations. In exchange the donors will receive a range of tickets to the concerts and DVDs of the performances.

Peter, a saxophone and clarinet player, has previously worked with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and musicians such as Imelda May, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Sinead O’Connor and Mary Coughlan.

He set up the venture to give an outlet to musicians studying here who have been forced to emigrate to find opportunities to further develop their skills.

Auditions are extremely open – musicians simply video themselves playing a piece and email the video.

The National Youth Symphony Orchestra costs upwards of €500 to take part in, which has proved prohibitively expensive for many young musicians.

For advanced students and budding professionals who could not afford the fees, this meant there was no nationally inclusive ensemble and subsequently no opportunity to meet and perform with their counterparts across the country.

Last year they received funding from the Arts Council of Ireland but they have to rely on public support to shore up the rest of the cost.

Further details are available on their website www.eskerfestivalorchestra.com

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Tuam students have warm welcome for Eddie, the Labrador who is already top of the class

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Eddie the dog, Tuam's Mercy Convent newest addition.

A North Galway school has unveiled their newest member – Eddie, the three-year-old Labrador dog.

The new canine recruit works as a therapy, or education, aid for students in Mercy Secondary School, Tuam – and he has already been a huge hit with students.

Scoil Bhride Principal Gearoid Leen has described the dog as an essential part of the learning process within the school.

The pure-bred Labrador is one of just eight community dogs that have been assigned to schools across the country.

This week, the new arrival was introduced to students and parents as part of the learning process. The presence of the dog relaxes students and, apparently, helps with their concentration.

Eddie’s fourth birthday is on March 18, the day after St Patrick’s Day – and, such is his instant popularity, the students have a special celebration in mind.

The newest addition to the secondary school has been trained by the Irish Guide Dogs Association and Eddie, along with his trained handlers Sarah Molloy and Catherine Murphy, now becomes part of the essential learning process within the school.

The Labrador and his handlers work alongside the teachers and educational staff in the school to help reduce stress and increase the learning potential of the students by goal directed interventions.

Together, Eddie and his handlers participate in classroom activities and work with individual students and groups.

Parents have responded positively to the new arriva, saying that more schools should try and apply for the scheme.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Claregalway traffic plan is still stuck in neutral

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Stuck...another setback for Claregalway traffic calming scheme.

The long-awaited traffic calming scheme in Claregalway has suffered yet another setback – with engineers now looking at an ‘alternative solution’ amid a dispute over land acquisition.

A meeting of the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District heard the Council was seeking to acquire privately-owned lands to progress a surface water drainage scheme at the bridge – but despite protracted negotiations, the Council had hit ‘difficulties in finding a solution’.

Until the surface water issue was sorted, the long-approved traffic calming scheme could not progress and because of the delays, the local authority was now looking at an alternative plan.

Cllr Jim Cuddy (Ind) hit out at what he called ‘inordinate delays’ to progressing the scheme and said it was almost three years since Councillors approved planning permission for the traffic calming scheme.

“People can only put up with so much and this is a national primary road,” said Cllr Cuddy.

“Claregalway seems to be a forgotten area – an area totally neglected by the Council and by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).”

Regular road flooding outside Centra in the town meant a drainage scheme was required and Senior Engineer Damien Mitchell said the traffic calming scheme would not go ahead until that was completed.

“We are still having trouble acquiring the land at the bridge. It is quite sensitive at the moment and we are looking at alternatives because it is taking so long to find a solution.

“We thought we were reaching a solution recently but the situation has changed again,” said Mr Mitchell.

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Domestic violence hits Covid heights

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Galway saw a 43 per cent hike in the number of Garda call-outs for domestic violence last year compared to before the pandemic.

But experts have warned the worst may be yet to come – with predictions that people fleeing domestic violence are more likely to present now that restrictions are lifted and services resume.

That’s the fear of Dr Carol Baumann, head of the domestic abuse service at Cope Galway which runs Galway’s refuge Modh Eile House. The service has seen a twelve per cent increase in demand in the last year compared to pre-pandemic times.

It corresponds with an increase in the number of domestic violence incidents responded to by Galway Gardaí in 2021.

Figures released by the Aontú party found there were 1,792 domestic violence incidents reported to Gardaí here, a jump of 285 compared to 2020 and a hike of 539 incidents on the figures for 2019. That’s an increase of 19 and 43 per cent respectively.

Dr Baumann believes these statistics are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the situation on the ground.

“In general women only go to the guards where physical abuse has taken place or there is a risk of it, but abuse is much more pervasive. At the moment life is feeling abnormal and when the world is not feeling stable, you’re not going to destabilise it more by seeking help,” she opined.

“I think the real increase will come after the pandemic not during it.

“When you don’t feel safe, when you feel you have no control, you don’t have autonomy over your choices, that’s domestic violence. The pandemic aggravated that, but it didn’t cause it. What the pandemic did was unmask intimate partner abuse – urging us to limit our contacts, limit our movements, that was music to the ears of somebody who wanted to abuse a partner.”

She fears that many will be coming to the end of their tether after a long two years of restrictions being imposed and lifted.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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