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Jedward concert cancelled due to venue difficulties



Date Published: 21-Aug-2012

By Dearbhla Geraghty

Jedward’s Summer Pop concert, scheduled for the city this Sunday, has been cancelled due to difficulties with the venue.

The official line from promoters, Music Events Ireland, is that “unforeseen circumstances” had forced their hand, however a number of factors are behind the decision.

Last week, our sister newspaper, The Galway City Tribune, reported that two gigs from the duo’s tour of the country had already been cancelled, that there was a strong belief that the Galway City gig would not go ahead on the planned date, or would be postponed until November.

A spokesperson for the promoters confirmed yesterday that the controllers of the concert site, at Victoria Place, New Docks, had sought €10,000 more than they had originally expected to pay for the use of the outdoor venue, which proved such a success during the Volvo Ocean Race.

Contact was made with Galway City Council in the last few weeks with a view to moving the concert to Leisureland. Approximately 1,000, of the 3,000 tickets – priced at €29.50 each plus service charge of €3.70 – have been sold so far, which would have made Leisureland a suitable alternative.

However, Music Events Ireland was informed that this venue was not available for the requested date, and that it would also be booked up until November – Leisureland is due to host CERN’s flagship travelling exhibition ‘Accelerating Science’, from September 16-November 9.

“We wanted to reschedule it, which would not have been as bad as cancelling it, but Jedward couldn’t do another date, as they’re booked up until Christmas with gigs and the panto,” a spokesperson for Music Events Ireland told The Sentinel yesterday.

“We are sincerely sorry for cancelling the gig.”

The promoters had contacted the City Council in the spring about the possibility of holding the concert in Salthill Park. This was prior to the Mumford and Sons gig in June, and the Council asked that this event would go ahead – and its suitability established – before any decision could be made about further events.

A Council spokesperson dismissed a suggestion, however, that they were recently approached about moving the gig from New Docks to South Park, which also played a major part in the success of the Volvo Ocean Race.

“It would not be suitable anyway… because of the conditions underfoot,” he said.

“They would need an event licence, in any case, which would take six weeks to get. It has to go out for public consultation, and then back to the City Council for voting on (which does not sit in August).

“The Macnas parade, and the Volvo Festival had to apply for a

licence too, as it has an impact on the environment, and local residents would need to be given the opportunity to see what the plan is, and to comment or object.”

The promoters have said that all those who bought tickets for the event will receive a full refund: “Customers who purchased tickets from Ticketmaster by phone and internet will be credited for their purchase on to the card used for booking. Tickets purchased at a Ticketmaster outlet can be brought back to the purchase location to be refunded.”

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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