Date Published: 21-Apr-2011
After their sellout concert at this year’s Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Róisín Elsafty, Ronan Browne and Siobhán Armstrong play their first gig in Galway as a trio on May 5 in St Nicholas Collegiate Church at 8pm. This exciting ensemble of outstanding musicians offers a rich tapestry of sound and song from the oldest harp music to recently composed traditional tunes.
Róisín, whose beautiful sean-nós singing won her the best sean-nós singer award in the Irish Music Awards 2010, is responsible for bringing the three performers together .
She had previously worked with Siobhán on some of the oldest songs of the tradition – in fact Siobhan provides accompaniment for one track on Róisín’s CD Má Bhionn Tú Liom, Bí Liom. Róisín has often performed with Ronan. When the three of them got together for Celtic Connections they enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to keep it going.
Ronan Browne has been described as one of the finest pipers of his generation by The Irish Times. Among his many accomplishments, Ronan is the uilleann piper and singer with the group Cran, and was the original piper with Afro Celt Sound System and Riverdance, as well as being a film and television composer.
Harpist Siobhán Armstrong plays historical harps of many kinds and is particularly keen on encouraging the revival of Ireland’s early harp. She founded and chairs the Historical Harp Society of Ireland. Her own Irish harp is a facsimile copy of Ireland’s national emblem – the medieval Trinity College harp – strung in brass and 18-carat gold wires.
Tickets for the concert at St Nicholas’s are €15 / concession €12and are available from Galway Early Music (087-9305506, www.galwayearlymusic.com) or at the door. This is a fundraising concert for The Galway Early Music Festival.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.