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New alcohol-free social group, Sober Sallys, takes Galway by storm

Thu, May 25, 2023

Some of the Sober Sally’s participants enjoying the book swap in Eyre Square on Monday, May 22.

Created by Faye Ní Dhomhnaill, Sober Sallys, is a group that aims to provide a social alternative to alcohol focused events and venues.

At the helm of the recently established group is recent graduate of University of Galway, Ní Dhomhnaill, who found herself growing tired with the focus on alcohol in Galway’s social scene. Having previously worked in hospitality in bars, Ní Dhomhnaill has seen both sides of Galway’s bar scenes and the focal point that is often the only form of young people’s socialising -- drinking.

“In Galway it is like going for a pint is the answer to all situations. You’re sad? do you want to go for a pint?, you’re happy? do you want to go for a pint?, you are celebrating something? do you want to go for a pint? It’s constant.”


Passing of Corinthians legend Mick Berry

Some of the Sober Sally’s participants enjoying the book swap in Eyre Square on Monday, May 22.

With the passing of Mick Berry, fondly known as Berso, the city lost a true authentic Galwegian. Originally from Galway’s Middle Street, Mick was man with principles of toughness and loyalty carried with a unique humour. ...

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