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TV debut for Galway student’s song

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Kathleen Devine at the first public performance of her song The Irishmen at the Leisureland, Galway last December with singers Mike Denver, Padraic Stevens, Marc Robers and Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors.

A video of a song titled The Irishmen written and by Kathleen Devine, a final year student at NUIG and trainee teacher at St Joseph’s Patrician College (The Bish), is getting its TV debut this week.  The video will be featured on the Muriel and Fran show at on Spotlight TV Sky Channel 376 at 11 am this Thursday and will be repeated on Saturday evening on the same channel.

Since its release in April, The Irishmen has become popular on radio stations from Sligo to Sydney.

In that Australian city the popular Celtic FM put it on its playlist beside songs by Christy Moore, the Sultans of Ping, The Coronas, The Script, and Christy Dignam. In Sligo, former RTÉ broadcaster Paschal Mooney was lavish in his praise for the song on his Afternoon delight show on Ocean Fm.

The Irishmen is available on iTunes, Spotify and other digital platforms and has got thousands of likes on Facebook over the past few weeks.

Kathleen is originally from Chester in England but has lived in Galway for the past two years. In her home area she has been interviewed by Martin Logan for his Out and About show on Manchester radio on 96.9 All Fm. The Irishman has also been on the playlist of Liverpool local radio stations and on London’s Spectrum Radio. And it’s being featured on programmes on most radio stations in Ireland.

The video for the song features scenes from around Galway as well as places around the world where Kathleen has either been a student or played at jazz festivals.

The record was produced by Tony Maher of The Conquerors at his studio in Headford and her first live performance of the Irishmen was at Galway Bay FM 30th birthday concert in Leisureland last December.

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

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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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