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Tonight I’m going to let Galway lead me astray!

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Charlie Adley

Double Vision with Charlie Adley

I’m going out tonight. It’s time for my staff Christmas party, and seeing as I’m a one-man band, that’ll be me, happy-out and alone, on another of my organic Galway rambles.

When I say ‘organic’ I don’t mean I’m going on a righteous expedition to forage for wild sorrel.

No, I’m not going out to save the world. Tonight will be a celebration of a few things going well in my life, propelled by the fact that nearly half a year has gone by since I last took myself out.

Organic in this instance is nought more than a description of how the night will proceed. I’ve lived in the west of Ireland long enough to know that the best way to have a good time is to let it happen to you.

Galwegians don’t like making plans and are blessed by living in the perfect-sized city for bumping into people. So I’ll start off down at PJ McDonagh’s for fish and chips, then wander into the Quays front bar around 7 and from there, well, who knows?

Much as I love Neactain’s during the day, I find it a little too crammed in the evening. My tired old pins prefer to sit down in pubs, but I cannot resist a few runs through the wondrous old pub, in the Quay Street door, linger by the fire in the middle bar, chat to a few in the main bar and then slip out onto Cross Street to . . . to where?

Well, we shall see. My ramble will grow in its own organic way. There have been hundreds of rambles over the years, and as time passes the pubs that I aim for have changed.

Well, that’s not entirely true. Twenty years ago I couldn’t have given a damn about standing in pubs, so long evenings were spent hovering in the woody cosiness, the modern and ancient history of Neactains. It’s a special pub that stands the test of time and whether I’m inside or sitting outside watching Galway TV walking by, I’ll always love it.

However, as much as it’s the central social hub for so many people, it has never become my ‘local’. Although your ‘local’ sounds like it should be the nearest pub to your home, it’s really more about how a pub feels – whether it can be your home from home.

When I first landed in Galway I lived in Salthill, and O’Reilly’s Stroll Inn was right at the top of our road. Long afternoons were spend idly drinking and playing pool as we youthfully frittered away the days, while in the evening my housemate and I would make the slightly longer walk down to the Cottage Bar, ages before it was yuppified.

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

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Galway selected as one of seven counties to pilot community volunteers programme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has been selected as one of seven counties to pilot a community volunteers programme.

The initiative is built on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and designed to ensure that communities are better placed to respond quickly and effectively.

The programme has been launched in partnership with Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Centres, supported by Local Authorities.

It aims to offer a new way to bridge the gap between communities that need support and the people who want to help.

The initiative also offers people the opportunity to get involved in local events and festivals while also supporting more urgent needs that arise unexpectedly, like the community response to COVID-19.

Brendan McGrath, Chief Executive, Galway City Council says the project is a very positive development for Galway City, learning from lessons over the last two years but also as a new service available to the city to help communities run events where people can re-engage with their neighbours and the wider area.

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Galway Your to Discover on Galway Talks

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This week on Galway Talks Keith Finnegan has an in depth look at the wealth of culture and heritage around Galway City and County. He highlights some of our niche artisan food producers and talks with local people who are passionate about their local community and environment.

On Monday we start by heading to Portumna, Woodford, Abbey and Sliabh Aughty. Keith spoke with Dr Christy Cuniffe, Noel Leahy & Teresa Roche about their food products, Maria Kennedy from Finnerty’s Mills and finishing with David Broderick from the Irish Workhouse Centre.   

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On Tuesday, we Keith focussed on the area from Moycullen to Clifden, stopping to speak with Hazel Morrisson in Moycullen, Mary Kyne who takes us for a walk in Oughterard, Jim Deegan who is reviving the railway in Maam Cross and Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill who takes us on a hidden tour in the centre of Clifden town.  

On Wednesday we the Galway talks team visited Ballygar, Mountbellew, Williamstown and Glenamaddy. Keith started out with Paul Conolly in Ballygar and moved on to Jimmy Noone in Mountbellew. Then Keith headed to Williamstown to Noel Finnegan who talks about the bog walk and after recovering from that Keith moves on to Patricia Scarry in Glenamaddy.  

Thursday see Keith visit Clarinbridge, Athenry and Loughrea. Here he start in Loughrea with Monsignor Cathal Geraghty, moving on to Athenry Heritage Centre to Alan Burgees, and finishes in the Reddington Estate in Kilcornan Clarinbridge with Sean Conneally.  

On the final leg on Friday Keith explores the Lough Corrib Drive, starting in Annaghdown with Des Nolan, moving to Headford with Mags Sheehan to the community orchard and finishing up in Clonbur/Cornamona with Trish Walsh.  

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14 Covid patients being treated at UHG today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 14 patients are being treated for Covid 19 at UHG today.

The hospital now has the seventh highest number of coronavirus patients nationwide.

There are four Covid patients being treated in the intensive care unit at the acute city hospital.

In the east of the county, there is just one patient being treated for the virus at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

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