Tuam will fly the flag for Ireland in the Ukraine – and family and friends are already making plans to travel in support of Brendan Murray, who will be representing the country in the Eurovision next year.
Musicians and friends are already booking their flights to Kiev following the announcement that he will be representing Ireland in the Eurovision.
Brendan is a member of the boy band Hometown who played in front of a Tuam audience at the Sugar Beat concert last year. He is currently working in River Island in Galway City as the band are on ‘a sabbatical’ at the moment.
His parents Frank and Julieanne and brothers Daithí and Justin and sister Sinead are already looking forward to the event.
“We cannot believe that Brendan is representing the country. It is a major event as far as we are concerned. We just hope that he does the country proud,” Frank Murray told The Connacht Tribune.
Music manager Louis Walsh played a pivotal role in the decision-making process. As a music business veteran, Louis will also be using his extensive contacts in the music industry to source a song.
“Brendan is perfect for Eurovision, he has a distinctive voice and a look that I think will really appeal to audiences across Europe,” said Louis.
“I want to find the best song for Brendan to perform on that Eurovision stage. I’m going to use my own contacts in the business and I want to hear songs from Irish songwriters or songwriters abroad until I find the best song. I won’t rest until I do,” he added.
Frank Murray said that he was proud of his son and he hoped that he would do what the likes of Dana and Johnny Logan did. “They laugh at the Eurovision but Johnny Logan has done very well out it,” said Frank Murray.
Brendan performed Johnny Logan’s Eurovision winning classic Hold Me Now live on The Late Late Show. He said his mam and dad had been big fans of all the Irish Eurovision winners and of Johnny Logan in particular.
“I’m honoured and excited to be representing Ireland in Kiev in the biggest music competition in the world. I’m really looking forward to it. I was born in 1996 the last time Ireland won, so I hope that will bring me luck.
“But most of all I’m really excited about finding a great song that I can take to the Eurovision stage and give it my all,” Brendan added.
Brendan has been a member of boy band Hometown since he was 17. Hometown’s first single Where I Belong became the fastest-selling single from a debut act and the fastest-selling single from an Irish artist in 2014, reaching number one in the charts in Ireland.
The band’s second single, Cry For Help, was released in March 2015 in Ireland also reached number one. Hometown have toured extensively in the UK and Ireland and have supported such acts as Olly Murs, McBusted and The Vamps.
The closing date for submissions for songs is Monday, January 16. Frank Murray said that his son still had to go through a semi-final process and expressed the home that he would come through this.
No end in sight for work on junction near Galway Clinic
From the Galway City Tribune – The City Council has declined to set a date for the completion of the Martin roundabout replacement near Galway Clinic – which was due to have opened more than a month ago.
In a statement, the Council would only confirm that the project was over 50 per cent completed.
“The project is now progressing to the surface type works including the installation of roadside kerbs, provision of footpaths and cycle lanes and road surfacing. These elements of the works will progress quite rapidly over the next month and there will be more of an appreciation for the progress on this project and the final layout will start to become apparent,” said a spokesperson.
“Ducting and preparatory works for the traffic signal installation is in progress and installation of the lights themselves will commence once the majority of surface works are complete. The final phase of the works will consist of significant landscaping of the junction.”
Work began on the junction in February, with an expected six-month schedule.
“There have been some delays to the programme as a result of industry-wide, supply-chain issues related to the war in Ukraine. There has also been further delays due to rock being encountered on site.
Rock was expected, however the hardness of the rock has been greater than anticipated and as such, has been slower to break and excavate on site,” according to the Council.
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Galway Docklands Festival set to make a big splash in the city!
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The city’s link to the sea is to be celebrated later this month with the staging of the inaugural Galway Docklands Festival featuring a range of culinary treats, sea tours, demonstrations and talks.
Running from the weekend of Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, the event has the aim of celebrating the city’s bond with the sea and the local waterways network.
Organised by the Galway Hooker Sailing Club, Galway Bay Boat Tours and Galway Bay Seafoods, the spectacle has a packed schedule of events – many of them free – through each of its three days.
The ‘pay events’ – ranging from €5 to €15 – include a coffee morning, beer and seafood sampling as well as an historical boat tour of the Claddagh and Galway Bay (€15).
Boatbuilder Cóilín Ó hIarnáin will be giving free demonstrations of his skills on each of the three days; Ciaran Oliver will give a walking tour of the seafront (€10); while there will also be a free Galway Hooker rigging demonstration.
For the more adventurous, there are supervised powerboard ‘taster spins’ (€10) while for ‘the foodies’ the Galway Bay Seafoods fish’n’chips, the Hooker beer and seafood sampling, as well as the family cooking demonstrations – all priced at €10 each – look set to be big attractions.
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Mayor told to stay away from homecoming over funding snub
From the Galway City Tribune – The Mayor of Galway was asked to stay away from homecoming celebrations for extreme adventurer Damian Browne, the Galway City Tribune understands.
Mayor Clodagh Higgins was told that she was not to attend the event at the Docks on Tuesday as there had been disappointment in the ‘Project Empower’ camp that funding had not been made available from Galway City Council.
The Galway City Tribune has learned that Project Empower, which is led by Voluntary Manager MacDara Hosty, applied for €30,000 in funding from the local authority’s Marketing Fund in September 2021, but was deemed ineligible.
A spokesperson for Galway City Council confirmed this week that Project Empower did not meet the criteria set down by the fund which seeks to support the holding of major events and festivals in the city.
In documents seen by this newspaper, Project Empower proposed that Galway City Council be the title partner at a cost of €30,000 plus VAT.
The Tribune understands that the Council’s refusal to provide this funding was at the root of the Mayor’s snub on Tuesday, which drew attention online as members of the public questioned her absence.
When contacted, the Mayor refused to be drawn on questions relating to the Marketing Fund, but said it was her intention to offer a Civic Reception to Damian Browne at the nearest opportunity.
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