Date Published: 13-Apr-2011
They may be of the same vintage as the Rolling Stones but that was the closest connection a well-known veterinary surgeon from Athenry and his three friends had to rock ‘n’ roll – until they started creating quite a stir on YouTube with their debut video!
When Giles Brody, son of local vet Frank Brody, decided to make an unofficial promo video for one of his favourite songs, ‘Let’s Go To The Beach’ by Canadian garage rock band The White Wires, who better to star in the video than his dad and his three musical buddies, Mattie Feeney (drums), Brendan Flanagan (button accordion) and Paschal O’Dowd (banjo), a group that meets regularly in a local hotel, Hanberry’s, to play music of the more traditional variety?
The White Wires – Ian Manhire on vocals and guitar, Luke Martin on bass guitar and backing vocals and Allie Hanlon on drums – were naturally blissfully unaware of all this, but the viral video hit is helping to attract a whole new fan base for the band who have been playing for four years and are now releasing their third album.
The fact that their song doesn’t sound remotely like the usual folk-ballads that the Athenry lads normally play didn’t seem to bother the director one little bit.
Because through the wonders of modern technology, Paschal’s banjo took on the guise of an overdriven electric guitar, Mattie’s snare drum became a 20-piece drum kit, Brendan’s accordion suddenly started producing sounds that Paolo Soprani would never have envisaged for the instrument and Frank morphed into Ian Manhire.
The video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebs5kSWxeck or by going to YouTube.com and typing in SPIREGALWAY.
See this week’s Connacht Tribune for more.
Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.
The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.
Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.
However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.
Two men before courts over county grow houses
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.
They appeared before Galway Circuit court.
Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.
In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.
Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.
He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.
He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.
He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.
City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro
Date Published: 14-May-2013
Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.
It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.
The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.
The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.
Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.