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Bagpipes, harps, seagulls and dogs all on show at the Galway Sessions

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Date Published: 01-Jun-2011

Love them or hate them, it’s hard to ignore the bagpipes. And residents of Galway City won’t be allowed to ignore then next week, with daily piping parades taking place as part of the 10th annual Galway Sessions traditional music festival.

The Galway Sessions, organised by musician Mick Crehan, first began 10 years ago and this year’s event hosts a range of local and visiting musicians, including a group from the Scottish city of Stirling on their second visit to the Galway Sessions.

The Stirling contingent includes pipers from the Royal Scottish Academy. Their parades will start at 2pm on Shop Street, daily from June 13-19, and will feature Highland dancing from champion dancers Narissa Home and Eileen MacRobert.

Venues throughout the city will hold a series of free and paid-in events including an afternoon series of free shows at the King’s Head at 3pm daily.

The first of these, on Monday, June 13, features Graham Wells, Billy Sutton and Dwayne Andrews from Newfoundland. The three play accordion, fiddle and guitar, a combination that’s common to that area.

On Tuesday, June 14, it’s Mary Shannon and Friends and on Wednesday, June 15, Stephie Geremia (fiddle), Maureen Browne (flute), Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh (bodhrán), and Gerry Paul (guitar) take to the stage.

Thursday’s free concert is from Trossach Sounds. The Trossachs, north of Stirling City is one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland and home to a wealth of traditional music, song and dance. On Friday, June 17 it’s the turn of Kerry’s Niamh Ní Charra, singer and multi-instrumentalist who will be joined by Galway’s Paddy Kerr, Dominic Keogh and Johannes Fromseier.

Meanwhile, the Crane Bar on Sea Road will host a series of free ‘super sessions’ starting on Sunday, June 12 at 9pm with a Highland Fling to welcome the musicians from Stirling. On Monday at 9.30pm all are welcome to a Festival Club hosted by the visitors.

On Tuesday, June 14 it’s the turn of John Wynne and John McEvoy on flute and fiddle, both consummate players of the music of the Sligo/Roscommon region. On Wednesday, June 15 at 9.30pm, Kevin Crawford (flute), Mick Conneely (fiddle) and Tony Linnane (fiddle) are the hosts.

Griogair Labhraidh from Glencoe in Scotland – an accomplished bagpiper, uilleann piper and highly regarded Gaelic singer – will be joined on Saturday, June 16 by Síle Denvir of the group Liadán, a noted singer and harpist. That free show is at 6.30pm in the Crane.

 

The Galway Sessions will host three concerts in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. The first, on June 13, features two exponents of Northern Ireland music, Dermie Diamond and Tara Bingham on fiddle and flute. The Kinlochard Ceilidh Band and the Royal Scottish Academy Pipers will perform there on Wednesday, June 15.

Finally, on Friday, June 17 the Alan Kelly Quartet, featuring Stephie Geremia (flute), Tóla Custy (fiddle), Tony Byrne (guitar) and Alan on accordion, take to the stage. These concerts are at 8pm and admission is €15.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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