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AFTER 18 months of diligent preparation, the Volvo Ocean Race is finally almost upon us, and the racing yachts’ arrival in Galway next week signals the commencement of two action-packed weeks of sailing, music, spectacle, culture, and craic in what will be Ireland’s largest ever free festival which is expected to bring 200,000 visitors to the city.
THE GALWAY Sessions, the city’s folk, trad, and roots music festival, featuring singers and musicians from Ireland and abroad, takes place from June 15 to 21, mostly in The Crane Bar on Sea Road.
This week, I want to cover several smaller bits of news and suggestions for places to visit. I recently found a great place to buy free range eggs and the method of payment is definitely a novel one. Just outside the front door of his house, ‘The Egg Man’ has a crate of fresh newly laid eggs each day. You open the box, select your quantity of eggs (which are wonderfully ungraded, so you can choose massive ones if available), you then calculate the cost at €1.50 per half dozen and put the money in the letterbox. It is called an “honesty box”, and does not give change! The yolks are deep reddish/gold and they taste great, they are also wonderful for cooking. If you want to call to him, take the road across from the water tower in Clarinbridge, drive past Walsh’s Crane Hire and after about one mile on the right hand side you will see a sign outside a bungalow ‘Free Range Eggs’. The Egg Man has also launched a delivery service and guarantees 20 per cent cheaper than retail prices. Call (087) 7682464.
FIDDLE PLAYER John Carty is one of the greatest practitioners of Irish traditional music and his virtuosity has been much praised. In 2003 he was TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year and joined the ranks of previous winners such as Tommy Peoples, Matt Molloy and Paddy Keenan.
THE THIRD annual Galway Americana Festival of music and culture takes place this weekend at venues across the city as well as Kinvara.
THE CRANE Bar will host a double album launch from musicians Claire Keville and Kathleen Loughnane on Saturday at 6.30pm.
The Crane Bar, Sea Road, will host a night of music, song, and dance on Thursday October 15 at 9.30pm to raise funds for Concern’s work in Cambodia.