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•The female-dominated crew of Joie de Vie enjoyed victory in the second race of the Galway Bay Sailing Club’s Storm Technology Series in exhilarating conditions of up to 30 knot winds. First to the windward mark, using a small headsail. Joie de Bie stayed ahead of Henry and Marina Lupton’s new boat Beoga on the run to Leverets and continued to lead until close to the end when Optique overtook. However her keel lifted on the last gybe and the crew had to drop the kite, thus ceding the lead to Joie again, who maintained it to the finish, claiming first on both Echo and IRC handicap. Now What claimed second on Echo with Optique on IRC. Despite tearing their spinnaker with a Chinese gybe near the end of the race Beoga still limped home third over the line. In Class 2 the win went to RhoCoDar who sailed a good tactical race given the conditions. Addict took second with Thataway taking third.
THE RISE of Irish comedy both nationally and internationally over the last 25 years has been truly inspirational. Galway has played an important part in the ascendancy of many Irish comedians by providing them with a platform to develop their craft. The city has also given many of them their first experience of a festival.
A working mum from Mayo has reduced her carbon number by more than two thirds as part of a competition organised by the Change.ie campaign and The Last Word on Today FM. After eight months of effort, Mairead Carney from Kiltimagh has reduced her carbon number by 74 per cent to claim the winning prize of a €10,000 sustainability makeover for her home or lifestyle. She plans to use the prize fund to construct a cavity wall and insulate her attic as well as towards growing more vegetables in her garden.
Upcoming Irish group Dirty Epics take to the stage at The Fáilte Suite, Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar, this Saturday night (August 8) as part of the Finbar Hoban Presents…series in association with Coastal Beats in Aid of The Mayo Rape Crisis Centre.
PAUL MCLOONE will take over the decks at GIGANTIC for what promises to be a cracking night of indie, rock ‘n’ roll and all and anything with a beat.
Slightly later than advertised, despite Ryanair’s usual record of arrival before time, the familiar figure of Michael O’Leary strode into Ireland West Airport Knock last Tuesday morning with European flag in hand, which he quickly draped over the podium at the head of the room. Along with O’Leary was European Transport Commissioner Antonio Tanji. The two men on first glance appear as strange bedfellows for the Yes campaign, especially when Commissioner Tanji constantly mentions his support for passenger rights in relation to air travel, something that O’Leary tells the assembled crowd is something he will vehemently fight against.
“I’D MUCH rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they’re the first to be rescued off sinking ships.”
Two Mayo radio DJs were the big personality and show winners at this year’s prestigious PPI radio awards which were held in Kilkenny last Friday night.
TODAY FM DJ Donal Dineen has unveiled plans to broadcast an innovative month long festival of new Irish music in November and he’s coming to Galway to give us a taste of FreshAir.
Comedian Maeve Higgins makes a welcome return to Roscommon this January with her brand new show Blabbing Away.