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Talented Molloy making her mark as captain of Irish volleyball team

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Olivia Molloy, Ireland volleyball captain and 2017 Galway Sports Star award winner.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

IRELAND volleyball captain Olivia Molloy, who led Galway Volleyball Club to the Premier League and Association Cup double last season, is a player at the peak of her game.

Having just returned from a week-long beach volleyball camp under the tuition of renowned coach Denise Austin, Molloy is gearing up for a return to domestic action with Galway against Naas in their Premier League tie at Calasanctius College, Oranmore this Sunday (2pm).

Although defending champions, the season got off to a difficult start when GVC were forced to forfeit their opening game while a later defeat to Garda means they will have to pull out all the stops in the second half of the season if they are to retain their Premier League crown.

That said, the year just past has been an exceptional one for the Kilnadeema/Leitrim native, who will pick up her first Galway Sports Stars Award in recognition of her achievements at the annual event in Galway Bay Hotel on Saturday, January 27.

For in addition to leading the newly formed Galway Volleyball Club to the league and cup double, she also captained the Republic of Ireland senior women’s team at the Small Nations Qualifiers for the European Championships while also representing the country in the Small Nations Beach Volleyball Championships in Scotland in July.

Indeed, the 26-year-old has come a long way since she first took up the sport in her second year at St. Brigid’s College, Loughrea, having previously tried her hand at camogie with Shamrocks and soccer and basketball with her local national school, Kilcooley. Then again, she confides there was already a little volleyball running through her DNA.

“My mam (Hilary) used to play a bit of volleyball at school. She was in St. Raphael’s in Loughrea. I think, Sr. Bosco was there at the time. She used to teach them volleyball and she did play a little. So, she had a good understanding of it,” begins the Ireland captain.

“I started playing with the cadets in St. Brigid’s in Loughrea in my second year of secondary school. Mary Barrett was the one who got me into it really. She has made the school a volleyball stronghold. There was a good crew of us playing so we would use any spare time we had to play or ref matches in the gym at lunch-time, after school, or any time we could get into the hall really.”

With experienced volleyballer, Tom McTighe – now with An Garda Síochána – taking the PE classes in her later years at the school, Molloy credits him with helping her to add another element to her game.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Classy Clodagh will need to know her ABCs when she takes mayoral chains

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Councillors will resume deliberations on the City Draft Development Plan in June. And if the recently-agreed County Development Plan is anything to go by, Mayor in Waiting (MIW) Clodagh Higgins will need to have her ABCs in order to deal with the baptism of fire awaiting her.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

Galway City Councillors will resume deliberations on the Draft City Development Plan in June, which means two things: long meetings and an even longer list of abbreviations.

The former is a given when rezoning of land is at play; the latter is also likely if the City Plan mirrors the recently-agreed County Development Plan which contained an alphabet soup of shortened phrases.

From ABTA (Area Based Transport Assessment) to MASP (Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan), NWSMP (National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan) to GCTPS (Galway County Transport and Planning Study), and GCMA (Galway County Metropolitan Area) to UFP (Urban Framework Plan) to name but a few, County Councillors were bombarded with shorthand as they compiled a new Development Plan.

And that’s before you mention the myriad of organisations OPR (Office of Planning Regulator), OPW (Office of Public Works), NTA (National Transport Authority), TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) who were making submissions about MAs (Material Alterations), WWTP (Waste Water Treatment Plants), LAPs (Local Area Plans), and LTP (Local Transport Plans) etcetera.

County Councillors needed qualifications in abbreviations and gobbledegook just to keep up with it all; many are now suffering a sort of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the DTs (Delirium Tremens) or AWD (Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium) since they finalised the plan, but that’s all due to withdrawal from abbreviations rather than alcohol.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Legendary Andy Irvine in concert

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Andy Irvine

Legendary singer/songwriter Andy Irvine will play the Gig Room in the Kinvara Community Centre next Saturday, May 28, at 8pm.

With an impressive repertoire of Irish songs and Balkan dance tunes, he is renowned for his unique fusion of Irish and World music.

Andy’s musical career took off when he joined Sweeney’s Men in 1965, touring extensively with them before leaving in 1968 to pursue his own musical journey. That took him to Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, as he studied the music and traditions of these places.

During this time, he began playing the bouzouki professionally, as it allowed him to develop his own style while deepening his knowledge of Balkan music.

Back in Ireland Andy founded the now-legendary Planxty with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O’ Flynn. When the group took a break in 1967, he recorded an album with Paul Brady, simply entitled Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, which became a classic.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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World premiere to feature in free concert

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Dave Flynn

The world premiere of E-Bow, a work for string quartet and electric guitar by  composer Dave Flynn, will take place this Sunday, May 22, at 3pm at the O’Donoghue Theatre, NUIG. Admission is free and all are welcome.

E-Bow will be performed by Galway’s quartet in residence, ConTempo, and Dave Flynn himself. A work in three movements, it plays with the tradition of the guitar quintet, which dates back to the late 18th century, but brings it in new directions by using an electric guitar with the addition of an e-bow.

This is a hand-held electronic bow invented by Greg Heet in 1969 and patented in 1978, after which it became an essential tool for rock guitarists. Performers including Blondie, U2, Radiohead, Big Country, Genesis, Pink Floyd and R.E.M. have used them, but e-bows are less common in classical music because they don’t work on nylon-string classical guitars.

The work was co-commissioned by long-term commissioning partners Galway Music Residency (GMR) and Galway City Council and is being presented  as part of Arts in Action, by  GMR, in association with Dublin’s Contemporary Music Centre.

Sunday’s show will also include a performance of Philip Glass’ Mishima, arranged for string quartet and electric guitar, with special permission from the composer. Philip Glass composed this piece for the film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, about Japanese author Yukio Mishima who died in November 1970 after performing Seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment).

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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