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This week Galway Races chief executive Michael Moloney looked out his window, which overlooks the parade ring at Ballybrit. He struggled to believe one of the greatest race meetings in the world, The Galway Races Summer Festival, had fallen victim to Covid-19.
In 1933, plans had been completed and passed by the Galway Urban District Council for a new cinema to be built on Eglinton Street by the famous baritone, Mr Walter McNally. “The building will be beautiful and imposing, designed on the most up-to-date lines. The theatre will have seating for over 800 on the ground floor while the balcony will be capable of holding over 300.”
As the phased pathway to post lockdown life continues, Irish folk group, The Fureys have announced a live autumn date in the Roscommon Arts Centre.
Having been cossetted by COVID-19, Ballinasloe Town Band returned to making music in the recent past with the hosting of outdoor recitals in St Michaels Square each Saturday during July at 12 noon.
THE 2020 Galway Film Fleadh should be considered a monumental success. To put on anything this year is an achievement, especially as the easy option would have been to postpone and pick it up in
AT A time when we are allowed to meet each other again - albeit with restrictions and the necessity of social distancing remaining - the new single from Niamh Regan, 'How About That Coffee?', seems most apt.
FOUR GALWAY artists - Little John Nee, Róisín Stack, Bernadette Divilly, and James Riordan - have been awarded Arts Council Residencies for 2020 - 2021.
THROUGHOUT THE lockdown, Galway's music scene remained highly creative - witness The Galway Random Sounds Project, which allowed musicians to collaborate, create new music, and maintain social distancing.
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Music Generation Galway City is a new music education service for the City of the Tribes. As part of the national networks of “Music Generations” all over Ireland, its aim is to offer all children and young people a chance to participate in music-making. Like Barack Obama’s “leave no child behind message”, Music Generation Galway City is here to help any child, regardless of their background or means, to enjoy music in their life.