A young Galway chef has won the UK & Ireland regional final of the prestigious international San Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 competition, held in London.
Killian Crowley, chef de partie at Michelin star Aniar Restaurant in Galway, will now represent Ireland at the grand final of the global talent search in Milan next June.
Killian won for his West of Ireland-inspired Turbot, Kohlrabi and Sea Purslane dish. It was described by judge Alyn Williams as “clean, simple, precise”, while Angela Hartnett said: “It feels very much from the heart.”
Killian was one of ten semi-finalists including two other young Irish chefs.
A thrilled Killian said: “I am delighted. Three Irish chefs were in the semi-final this year, two on the podium, which proves that Irish food is getting better every day. We need every year to have more Irish chefs in international events like this.”
Killian will be mentored for the grand final by top UK chef Angela Hartnett, who was one of the four judges alongside Ireland-based chef Mickael Viljanen and UK chefs Phil Howard and Alyn Williams.
Killian, who was born in Belgium to an Irish father and Belgian mother, started his culinary training in Belgium at 15. He worked at a number of Michelin star establishments on the Continent before joining Aniar over two years ago, where the philosophy is for producing contemporary Irish food using local, seasonal, sustainable West of Ireland ingredients.
The local competitions round will continue until December, where semi-finalists from across the world will compete for a chance to move on to the global finals in Milan. By the end of the year, 21 Young Chefs will be announced as official finalists, who will each work with their “Mentor Chef”.
Aniar chef-patron JP McMahon said: “I’m super-thrilled for Killian. He’s a chef of the highest calibre with a passion for Irish produce.
“He has the skill, knowledge and technical ability to take Irish food to greater heights. We are all delighted at Aniar. We are a small team that nurture talent to promote the great food produce of Ireland. For me, this is another confirmation that Irish food is one of the best in the world.”
Aniar is located at Lower Dominick Street.
Bikers do their bit to mark anniversary of blood service
This year marks the tenth anniversary of Blood Bike West, and the big birthday was marked in style with a sun-drenched afternoon at Galway Plaza’s Bike Fest West.
Galway stuntman Mattie Griffin was the headline attraction; there was face painting, games, plenty of ice-cream – and hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts and families.
The birthday celebrations kicked off with a 160-strong motorcycle spin around the Galway countryside, raising well-needed funds for the volunteering efforts of Blood Bike West.
As a 100% volunteer-run and funded organisation, donations are vitally important for Blood Bike West to continue operating their medical transport in the West of Ireland.
Since its inception in 2012, demand for their volunteers’ services continues to grow: collecting and delivering all manner of urgent medical items regionally and nationally, such as bloods, breast milk, medicines, scans, and equipment.
In 2021 alone, Blood Bike West delivered 983 urgent medical deliveries throughout the country.
As part of Galway City Councils Community, Blood Bike West undertook to operate a 24/7 service, including 165 medication deliveries from pharmacies to the self-isolating and vulnerable during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Since Blood Bike West’s inception in 2012, this increase sees the ongoing need to replace and renew their fleet of motorcycles.
Their motorbikes, Madison, Heather, Margaret, and newly inaugurated bike Cara, are regularly seen on Galway roads, delivering consignments to and from local and regional hospitals.
Park fun to mark Africa Day
On Saturday next (May 28) in Salthill Park, Galway’s African community invites people to join them in a celebration of culture as part of the national Africa Day celebrations.
Africa United Galway, emerging from lockdown and having hosted online festivals for the past two years, will be delivering a family fun day event.
Africa Day 2022 will reinforce a collaboration between Africa United Galway and Galway Africa Diaspora, Shining Light Galway and GoCom Radio (broadcasting live), who have worked to create a festival that will showcase Galway as a city of culture.
Among the performances on the day will be Afrobeat dancer Lapree Lala of Southside Moves, who will show how to dance in African style; Elikya Band will be bringing indigenous African Congolese music; The Youth Performances will be displaying their talent in rap, singing, speaking, and dancing and for the young at heart.
Galway Afrobeat performer Dave Kody will get the crowd moving and there will be poetry through spoken word and cultural displays. There will be a photo booth and face painting and everyone will get to have a taste of African cuisines.
In the spirit of inclusion and integration, The St Nicholas Collegiate Church Parish Choir will be presenting a special African performance as well as a feature presentation by the Hession School of Irish Dance, who will be presenting the famous Riverdance.
Also organised is a football friendly between the African community and An Garda Siochana.
The Mayor, Colette Connolly, will officially be opening the event with a keynote speech and several African Ambassadors are expected to be present on the day to reinforce the culture, beauty and strength of Africa and support for its people.
Africa Day is sponsored by Irish Aid and supported by Galway City Council.
Domestic Violence Response recorded highest number of clients in 24 years under Covid ‘shadow’
BY TIFFANY GREENWALDT-SIMON
A domestic violence support charity in Galway has recorded its highest number of clients in 24 years – “under the shadow” of Covid-19.
Domestic Violence Response (DVR), which is based in Moycullen, also reported its highest level of counselling support sessions in its 2021 annual report published last week.
The charity saw 136 new clients in 2021, and a total of 266 people utilised its services. It also saw a significant increase of return service users.
The support service also provided 51 nights of emergency accommodation through a partnership between Airbnb, Safe Ireland, and Women’s Aid.
Elizabeth Power, Coordinator of DVR Galway, said: “Our 2021 annual report highlights the stark reality of the level of domestic violence in Galway. Under the shadow of Covid-19, DVR recorded the highest number of clients in our 24-year history and delivered the highest number of support services.
“Our staff noted increases in the level of worrying and harrowing experiences of control and abuse. The trauma of these experiences will live with our service users long after Covid-19 fades into memory.
“While Covid-19 restrictions are behind us, domestic violence continues to be present in hundreds of homes throughout Galway.
“As we move through 2022, we will continue to provide our much-needed services to women and men throughout Galway, with an extensive counselling support and advocacy service and a number of new initiatives including a partnership with the HSE which will be launched in the coming months.”
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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