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When common sense departs then farce swings into action

Francis Farragher

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

Listening to radio at times can be a very strange experience. Sometimes, there’s a sense of real mortification when you hear someone tying themselves up in knots trying to explain the unexplainable. There’s often a feeling of: “Oh, no, this is just too unbearable to hear any more of,” and then there’s that other voice saying: “No, I just can’t change that channel.”

Anyway, on the Monday morning after the marathon election count in the Galway Lawn Tennis Club, my daily commute to the city was a few hours behind schedule and I happened to click on Radio One to hear Sean O’Rourke welcoming, one Maria Bailey TD, into the studio for a ‘clear-the-air’ interview.

An interesting option for Ms Bailey, I thought to myself, as at least this would give her the opportunity to put her hands up, apologise for making an error of judgement, ask for forgiveness, and move on after her fall from grace on the swings.

Now for a little factual interlude. Ms Bailey initiated legal proceedings against a Dublin hotel after falling off a swing while holding a drink in one hand and reaching out for another with her second hand. (Oh why, didn’t God give us humans just one more hand!). The result: she fell pretty sharply onto the floor and suffered pain: she was hurt.

There are a few little rules about swings and most of us had them well off by heart, or by instinct, when we reached the age of three or four. As you put your bottom on the swing, you catch the rope or chain on one side with your right hand and repeat the process with your left hand. You get a little push to start you off . . . and away you go.

Some of the headlines in the whole ‘Swing-gate’ affair have been brilliant. “On a swing and a prayer,” (The Sun); “Nobody was drunk” (The Indo) and “Sultana of Swing” (The Irish Times). This was a story that just kept on giving and giving. Okay, there are none of us humans purer than pure in this world, and there aren’t many of us out there who haven’t done something stupid or silly when we have imbibed too much.
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Jon Kenny visits Áras Éanna with hit show Crowman

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Actor and comedian Jon Kenny will visit Áras Éanna on Inis Oírr this Saturday, August 24, performing in Katie Holly’s hit one-man show Crowman.

The play premiered at the 2018 Cork Midsummer Festival, receiving standing ovations from audiences and praise from critics.

Crowman is the story of Dan Lonergan and the characters he meets throughout his life.

It’s about lost love and the sense of belonging and not belonging in a small community. Most of all, it’s about the humanity and decency of people in every village and town in Ireland.

As Dan himself surmises: ‘Some people never had the dance that I had and some people never hear the music.’

Jon Kenny carries the audience on a roller-coaster ride from Dan’s childhood to middle-age, from the hurling pitch to the pub and from one uproariously funny character to the other.

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

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2020 still far short of private funding target

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Galway 2020, the company set-up to deliver the European Capital of Culture next year, remains well behind on its target of raising €6.75 million in private funding.

Making Waves, the bid book that won Galway the designation, committed Galway 2020 to raising income totalling €6.75 million from private sponsors and philanthropists.

The bid book specified that this was income to be spent on operating expenditure for the year-long programme of events.

With less than a month to go before the official programme is unveiled, Galway 2020 declined this week to confirm how much money it has raised through sponsorship.

Galway 2020 has consistently said that it intends to raise €6.75m in sponsorship; and this figure has been quoted in several briefing documents prepared for Culture Minister Josepha Madigan, which were released to the Galway City Tribune under Freedom of Information (FOI).

A briefing note for Minister Madigan dated April 10, 2019, under the heading, ‘philanthropy’, mentioned that some €133,477 had been received in total by Galway 2020 in sponsorship and in-kind support as of December 31, 2018.

In March 2019, a financial report by Galway 2020, confirmed that the company had raised less than €30,000 in private sponsorship income last year. This suggests that some €100,000 of the total raised last year, was in-kind.

When asked to clarify how much cash it has raised from sponsorship, minus in-kind support, Galway 2020 said its “fundraising target hasn’t changed”.

“The current value of the fundraising and partnerships pipeline is €4.5m – this includes a combination of commercial as well as trusts and foundations, comprising funds already committed, proposals submitted and further partnerships that are under consideration. These proposals and agreements are a combination of cash and in-kind support,” it said.

Galway 2020 declined to elaborate on how much of this €4.5 million “pipeline” was income and how much was in-kind support. It also did not say how much of that “pipeline” is already ‘banked’, and how much was not yet collected.

Included in that €4.5 million figure was a “significant corporate partnership with Medtronic”, which has become the health partner of Galway 2020 and sponsor of its Wave Maker volunteer programme, it said. However, Galway 2020 did not elaborate on the cash value – as opposed to any in-kind value – of that agreement, which was announced a fortnight ago.

“The nature of the breakdown of partnership agreements are commercially sensitive to each of our partners,” a spokesperson said.

The sole mention of the term “in-kind” in the bid book is on page 89, where it states: “The Promotion & Marketing budget described above will be supplemented by in-kind marketing benefit from our supporters, strategic partners & producers.”

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

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120 households facing eviction

Dara Bradley

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Low-income city households are staring down the barrel of homelessness after a flood of eviction notices were issued this Summer.

Galway City Council has confirmed that landlords have issued a total of 120 Notices to Quit to families and single people in June and July. Twelve were on RAS (Rental Accommodation Scheme) or Long-Term Leasing, and the remaining 108 were on HAP (Housing Assistance Payment) or other social schemes in the private rental sector.

All 120 are on the Council housing wait list, but anecdotally, scores more private tenants have been issued with notices to vacate their apartments and houses – adding more fuel to the ongoing crisis.

The 120-plus evicted tenants are now in the market to find alternative rental accommodation, and are competing with the thousands of third level students who are back in the city this month searching for digs.

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

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