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Catchy sounds of upcoming band Sive at Monroe’s



Date Published: 22-Aug-2012

Fans of off-kilter yet catchy songs should check out Sive when they play Monroe’s Live this Sunday, August 26. Sive is the brainchild of Kildare native Sadhbh O’Sullivan and the band released their debut album We Are Moving back in April.

We Are Moving is a beguiling collection of songs that manage to be both breezy and haunting as Sive fuse alternative rock with a variety of genres and draw influence from jazz, folk and progressive music. Sadhbh, who wrote the songs for We are Moving, recalls making the album.

“It was recorded over the space of about a year,” she says. “I had a low budget, so instead of getting an expensive studio I just decided to work with an engineer that I knew was good. So I recorded with a guy called Peter Lee, in a variety of places.

“I knew him from before. We both went to college in Ballyfermot; he did the sound engineering course. He basically got in touch with me, saying that he was trying to get a business up and running. He wanted bands for his website to showcase his work. So we went and recorded one song with him, and I just ended up being really happy with it.”

The “we” in question are Sadhbh and her fellow band members, bassist Eoin Hartwieg, drummer Paddy Hopkins and guitarist Mark Dudley, who have been performing together since early in 2010.

Sadhbh began writing songs just over 10 years ago. Are the songs on her debut recently written, or did she draw from older material?

“I think the oldest on it is about five years old, and then the newest one was written a few months before I started recording,” she says. “So it was kind of just a collection of the ones I was most happy with over a period of a few years.”

There’s a lot riding on a debut album; artists try to give their best to songs they may have had for a while, but also have to create something vital and new. How did Sadhbh find the recording process?

“Sometimes you get the red-light syndrome where you start freaking out,” she says. “You make mistakes you never normally because you’re kind of nervous. Studios can be kind of sterile but the thing about recording with Peter was that it was very relaxed. In general, it wasn’t that stressful or nervy at all.”

Ballyfermot College has played a pivotal role in Sadhbh’s career, instilling self-belief as well as helping to bring this band together.

“Eoin, the bass player, and Paddy, the drummer, we were all in Ballyfermot together,” Sadhbh says. “Then Mark, the guitar player, he’s from Naas which is where I’m from. I played in band with him years ago, when I was 17 or something.

“[Ballyfermot] was great for me, because I went into it straight out of school,” she adds. “Totally naive, not knowing anything, not even having the confidence to sing in front of anyone. It does teach you about the realities of being in the music industry. I got to play with loads of musicians, loads of different types of music so it was really beneficial.”

If Sadhbh were to point people to one song on We Are Moving, what would it be?

“I find that really hard to say,” she says. “The last single off it was Sunkissed; we have a decent video made for that. So I suppose that’d be the one I point people towards.”

The video for Sunkissed was shot in Glending Forest, Kildare. It’s a well-realised piece, and catches the eye – essential, really, given the millions of clips it has to compete against on YouTube.

“It was myself and Bob who directed it,” Sadhbh says. “I’ve known him for a while and he’s always saying ‘let’s make a video’ and I knew I wanted to have a dancer. I liked the idea, because the song’s got a lot of weird, jerky times in it.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.


For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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Galway have lot to ponder in poor show



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013




GALWAY’S first serious examination of the 2013 season rather disturbingly ended with a rating well below the 40% pass mark at the idyllic, if rather Siberian, seaside setting of Enniscrone on Sunday last.

The defeat cost Galway a place in the FBD League Final against Leitrim and also put a fair dent on their confidence shield for the bigger tests that lie ahead in February.

There was no fluke element in this success by an understrength Sligo side and by the time Leitrim referee, Frank Flynn, sounded the final whistle, there wasn’t a perished soul in the crowd of about 500 who could question the justice of the outcome.

It is only pre-season and last Sunday’s blast of dry polar winds did remind everyone that this is far from summer football, but make no mistake about it, the match did lay down some very worrying markers for Galway following a couple of victories over below par third level college teams.

Galway did start the game quite positively, leading by four points at the end of a first quarter when they missed as much more, but when Sligo stepped up the tempo of the game in the 10 minutes before half-time, the maroon resistance crumbled with frightening rapidity.

Some of the statistics of the match make for grim perusal. Over the course of the hour, Galway only scored two points from play and they went through a 52 minute period of the match, without raising a white flag – admittedly a late rally did bring them close to a draw but that would have been very rough justice on Sligo.

Sligo were backable at 9/4 coming into this match, the odds being stretched with the ‘missing list’ on Kevin Walsh’s team sheet – Adrian Marren, Stephen Coen, Tony Taylor, Ross Donovan, David Kelly, David Maye, Johnny Davey and Eamon O’Hara, were all marked absent for a variety of reasons.

Walsh has his Sligo side well schooled in the high intensity, close quarters type of football, and the harder Galway tried to go through the short game channels, the more the home side bottled them up.

Galway badly needed to find some variety in their attacking strategy and maybe there is a lot to be said for the traditional Meath style of giving long, quick ball to a full forward line with a big target man on the edge of the square – given Paul Conroy’s prowess close to goal last season, maybe it is time to ‘settle’ on a few basics.

Defensively, Galway were reasonably solid with Gary Sice at centre back probably their best player – he was one of the few men in maroon to deliver decent long ball deep into the attacking zone – while Finian Hanley, Conor Costello and Gary O’Donnell also kept things tight.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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