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Wedding band festival to be held in Galway

Enda Cunningham

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Galway brides looking for their ‘something new’ are being encouraged to visit Bridal Rock, Ireland’s only wedding band festival which returns to the city later this month.

Boasting to be the first of its type in the world, the festival travels across the country showcasing a variety of wedding bands back-to-back in one venue.

The ea came to co-founders Eugene McGrath and his partner Hilary while at a wedding, when they heard the lengths the bride and groom had gone to in order to get the best music for their big day.

“We were told they had been driving across the country and sneaking into weddings to see bands”, Eugene says.

“We thought this was totally mad and that we could do it better, so we decided to set up Bridal Rock to save couples all that hassle.”

The couple, along with one administrative member of staff, liaise with bands, wedding coordinators and venues for the festivals which are attended by up to 200 people.

So far they have taken Bridal Rock to Dublin, Kilkenny and Cork and are visiting Galway for a second time, after taking to the stage at Monroe’s in January.

“We had a nice turnout and a cracker of a line-up. Couples had a ball and plenty of dancing was done too. Gary and the staff at Monroe’s really did a great job, it’s a top class live venue.”

The couple have hand-picked the acts which will play at the next event, and promise plenty of variety for attendees.

“Showtime, White Diamond and The Madisons are top class male bands in their own right, while Loveshack are well-known local favourites with brilliant female vocals.

“We also have a two-piece act, Take 2, for those that want church music or just a cheaper option.”

There will also be DJs, photobooths and other entertainment provided at the event.

“We look after everyone with a few free glasses of bubbly too and couples can chat to the bands afterwards in a nice relaxed environment, unlike those awful wedding fairs where everyone is trying to chew your arm off!”

Bridal Rock will take place at Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street on Sunday, May 24 from 5pm-9pm.

Full price tickets on the door are €10 per person. Early Bird Tickets (€5 pp) are available HERE

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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