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Friday 27th Sept 2013


• The Burren Peaks Walking Festival begins today until Sept 29th. Enjoy guided walks in stunning surroundings. • From 10am, Galway will celebrate Sea2Sky. This free, fun, family event takes place at the Galway Bay Hotel, Leisureland and Galway Atlantaquaria. • The Leenane Autumnal Festival begins today with traditional food, arts and crafts on display from 11am-5pm. • 7pm: It’s opening night at the Galway Oyster Festival marquee, with the National Oyster Opening Championships and the fantastic Papazitas. • 8pm: New York guitar legend, Preston Reed will work the strings like no other in concert at the Roisin Dubh. • 8pm: ‘This Club’ play at the Quays Music Hall as part of the Guinness Live weekend. • 8:30pm: Catch ‘This Lime Tree Bower’ playing at the Town Hall Studio. • 9:30pm: Hermitage Green play at the Quays Music Hall; DJ Terry Hooley at The King’s Head. • 10pm: The Puzzles play live at the House Hotel; DJ Mark Molloy plays at The Dail Bar and DJ Neil at the Front Door. • 10:30pm: The Benson band play at The Quays Bar while The Lakers take to the stage in Busker Brownes. • 11pm: Snow Patrol will play a DJ set at The King’s Head. • Midnight: The legendary Amazing Apples take to the stage at Monroe’s Live.

We are set to be peddling around the city in July 2014, as the Galway City Bike Scheme has been launched. With Coke Zero as the sponsor, 200 bikes will be emblazoned with the famous logo and docked at 20 stations across the city. Cllr Neil McNeilis is pushing to have them rolled out in May in time for the local elections. The hugely successful scheme is already in place at NUIG, where they are in the pink with their new campus transport. However, the bicycles were

not meant to be the blushing shade. “We ordered maroon in keeping with the Galway colours,” explains Student Union President, Sean Kearns, “but they came back from the factory more of a pink shade!” Despite this, both staff and students are enjoying spinning around on two wheels. “The reaction has been really positive. We are delighted and everyone is getting fit,” he says.

Angry Birds to Meet Top Dog The Galway city fair parking campaign is in overdrive as the ‘angry birds’ have set up a meeting with the top dog, Director of Services, Ciaran Hayes. The campaign is upping a gear after Jimmy Griffin, from Griffin’s Bakery on Shop Street secured the meeting to challenge the high cost of city parking. It is “a welcome development” he said, “and


an opportunity to enter into dialogue” with city hall. Fed up with customer complaints about parking charges, Mr Griffin took to social media and set up the ‘Galway City Parking Information from Griffins Bakery’ facebook page. It has become an outlet for the ‘angry birds’ and a platform for disgruntled motorists.


Saturday 28th Sept 2013 • The Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure takes place today with a combination of running, cycling and an assault course. Sumo wrestlers are rumoured, muck is guaranteed.


• The famous Ballinasloe International October Fair and Festival kicks off today until October 6th. • 5:30pm: Mick Chang and Gerry Whealan will trad out the tunes at Taafes. • 6pm: Enjoy the trad stylings of R O Flaherty, Johnny Ringo and C McCague at Tigh Choili • 8pm: Wallis Bird plays at The Quays Music Hall while DJ Killian will pump up the jam at The King’s Head. • 9pm: Catch BiPolar Empire at The Kings Head. • 9:30pm: The Shop Street Ceili Band will have your toes tapping at Taafes while Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene will play at the Quays Music Hall. • 10pm: One of Galway’s favourite bands, Riff Raff will play at the Spanish Arch Hotel followed by a DJ. Meanwhile at Busker Brownes, DJ Jay Scally will take to the decks, with DJ Louise Clarke in the Dail Bar, and DJ Des at The Front Door. For trad, C McCarthy and Friends will play at Tigh Choili. • 10:30pm: Catch Tom Pyne and Friends at The Quays bar followed by DJ Sean. • 11pm: The Audio Architects play at The King’s Head.

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The Show Must Go On Galway street theatre group, Macnas, need to raise €10k for their October 27th parade spectacle and are looking to the Fund It website to make this happen. You can help by donating anything from a little to a lot to bring the giant sculptural images, glorious big beasts, huge puppets, live raucous music and thumping drum beats back to the streets of Galway, in what has become a 26-year-old tradition. Unable to perform at the Galway Arts Festival this year, the company is bringing their artistic and creative thrills and spills back to the streets. However, finance is needed to ensure the connection between Macnas and the city is not lost. “We have hundreds of people taking part in the parade. We need to costume them all so that they look and feel amazing,” says Artistic Director, Noeline Kavanagh. “We need your help to transform our cast of hundreds, from volunteers

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into dreamers, schemers, fools, misfits, inventors and engineers of imagination. Help us ensure we don’t lose this wonderful, magical event. We are looking for €10k in 14 days and we need your support and participation to make this happen.“ You can pledge, share and spread the word by logging on to

SHUCKS! Up to 30K visitors are expected for the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, taking place until Sunday, Sept 29th. It is set to bring a €9m boost to the local economy during the 4-day feast of fun and entertainment. Among the highlights, Michelin Star Chef, Kevin Thornton, will be on hand to judge the ‘Hot Oyster Awards’ at the festival marquee on Sunday. For more information check out

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Sunday 29th Sept 2013 • 12pm: The Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival takes a bow in style at the Festival Marquee. As part of The Gathering, today’s activities include a Tribal Oyster Feast-Off, along with music and entertainment until 7pm. • 1-3pm: The Galway Bay Jazz Band play at Busker Brownes. • 5-7pm: The Great Danes play at Taafes. • 8:15pm: The Galway Film Society presents Kuma at the Town Hall Theatre which opened the Berlin Film Festival in 2012. • 9pm: Pa and Ferg play at The King’s Head while James Sheridan and Friends play at Taafes. • 9:30pm: Pyramid play at The Quays Bar or catch No Strings Attached at the Dail Bar. • 10pm: Don’t miss the fantastic Lewd Tunes at Busker Brownes, while DJ Des will pump up the volume at The Front Door, with Rhythm and Rhyme taking to the stage at The Spanish Arch hotel. • 11pm: Catch 4 Men and a Bass at Monroe’s Live.

Cara Gets

Good Karma from YouTube Channel

By Avril HORAN Connemara gal, Cara Lyons from Maam Cross, has built up a legion of ‘Car’melians with her YouTube channel Cara’s Good Karma TV. With 100,000 views from around the world in just one year, she showcases her comedic side through her alter ego Candy – a fun loving, flirty and outrageous blonde with a Southern drawl - who dishes out advice on how to be sexy such as: how to achieve those “big greased up chicken lips” the benefits of “sticking excess hair onto your eyelids” and carrying a banana around in your bag at all times. She also has a serious side and addresses issues such as suicide, body hang ups, and


relationships. Away from the video camera, she is a model, successful artist and works in sales and marketing at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill. And she is only 22-years-old.

Candy can be a bit – ah - risqué. Has your mum, Sheila, viewed all of the videos?!

She has and she loves them! She is always encouraging my creative side. Candy is trashy and a bit of fun. I also have my ‘serious talking’ videos and they are proving to be even more popular than the comedy sketches. I was able to help a young man in America. I had no idea I would be able to do that.

What would you say to someone

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Monday 30th Sept 2013 • The Galway Theatre Festival kicks off today. This not-for-profit event provides a platform for local and independent theatre companies. It runs until Sunday October 6th. • 7pm: Dradin In Love, a play about love, deception and betrayal, shows at An Taibhdhearc. • 8pm: Some Baffling Monster – a play looking the historical and economic forces that shape a family story - will run at the Nun’s Island Theatre • 9pm: Broken Promise Land plays at the Town Hall Theatre Studio. Having received a 4 star review in the Irish Times, it describes a character’s journey through Croatia, Italy, Japan, Limerick and Galway. A post show discussion follows. • 10pm: Don’t miss the Black Magic Big Band for the best of swing at Busker Brownes, Cross Street. • 11:30pm: The Silent Disco at the Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street, now has a second date every Monday. Headphones at the ready!

who wants to start YouTubing? You

forget to eat a bunch of flowers a day too!

What is Candy’s top fitness tip?

The strangest things pop into my head! I am a trained gym instructor and have studied psychology, but I like to express myself in different ways. I paint and have had exhibitions in America, England and Ireland.

Keep hanging upside down like a bat and don’t

You give advice on relationships. Are

have to be prepared to put in a lot of hours. I do my own scripts, shoots and edits. Once I invested in the proper equipment I found I had a lot more viewers. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.


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I have been in a relationship for 5 years and he is very supportive. I will be modelling for a wedding fair at the Galway Bay Hotel on Sept 27th, and will be wearing a white dress (hint hint!!)

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I just thought, why can’t I? When I found out I

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had reached out to that young man in America, it really encouraged me to keep going. I want to keep building up an audience. Does Candy have any parting words of advice? Use slow responsibly!

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Tuesday 1st Oct 2013 • 1pm: For a musical treat, enjoy Lunchtime @ The Library. This popular and longstanding event is a lovely introduction to classical music with The Galway Music Residency. Takes place at the Galway City Library on Augustine Street.

At the Galway Theatre Festival Tonight: • 7pm: Dradin, In Love at An Taibhdhearc • 8pm: Some Baffling Monster at Nun’s Island Theatre • 9pm: Broken Promise Land at the Town Hall Theatre • Enjoy Salsa Noche every Tuesday at Le Petit Rouge on Dominick Street. Dance the night away to the rhythm and beat of the best in Latin music.

Sign O’ The Times New road signs have popped up across the city to promote festivals and events popular with locals and tourists alike. The 16 signs ensure that events, such as the upcoming Galway Comedy Festival, have an opportunity

for promotion in advance. They have been welcomed by Cllr Neil McNeilis, who is also happy their alcohol sponsor is not named on the signs in what he describes as “a positive move for the city”.

Shock for Galway Kenya Community

By Avril HORAN A memorial service is set to be held in Galway following the siege at Westgate mall in

Nairobi, Kenya. Former Kenyan Ambassador, Ms Catherine Muigai Mwangi – who was instrumental in her support for the recent Galway Kenya run – lost her only son and his fiancée in the atrocity. Mbugua Mwangi was killed with his fiancée, Rosemary Wahito in the terrorist attack. Catherine launched the charity event in the

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city last month, before returning to Kenya, and shared her enthusiasm with all involved. Galway Simon has extended their deepest sympathies to the former ambassador, while City Councillor, Neil McNeilis, said that a service is currently being organised for the Kenyan community in Galway.

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“Catherine was a huge help, not just with the Galway Kenya Run, but with the larger community here in the city,” said Cllr McNeilis. “The news has come as a big shock to all who know her. It is very sad and our prayers go out to her and her extended family,” he said.

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Wednesday 2nd Oct 2013 • 11am: The Galway Theatre Festival presents Tech Talks at the Cube, NUIG. Today’s session is presented by Craig Flatherty and Mike O’Halloran – includes set marking, organising cast call times, stage communications and QLab. • 5pm: Stagewrite takes place as gaeilge at An Taibhdhearc and admission is free. It has helped many playwrights along the road to success. • 7pm: The dark, comedic thriller, War of Attrition, will take you through the lives of Alan, Daisy and Chris at An Taibhdhearc. • 8pm: Dorset Street Toys debuts at Nun’s Island weaving a story of love and lost childhood on the Dublin Streets. • 9pm: Decision Problem (Good Time for Questions) plays at the Town Hall Theatre, taking you on a journey charting the origin, rapid rise, and possible future of computers. • 10pm: The Sky Babies, a dynamic troupe based in the west will bring their improv to the Townhouse Bar.

King and Queen By Avril HORAN




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The film, The Quiet Man, has long been associated with Connemara. The Quiet Man Bridge, near Oughterard, is a much loved tourist destination as the movie was screened on location in the area. Now the village of Cong, which straddles the border of County Galway and Mayo, will be home to


a new bronze statue depicting the movie’s icons, John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. The life-size statue will be unveiled on October 6th at 12:30pm by Minister Michael Ring as part of the Cong Festival. Located opposite the tourist office in the village, it will be a permanent

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Thursday 3rd Oct 2013 • The Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering begins today until October 7th. Held at Coole Park, Gort, it honours the memory of Lady Augusta Gregory with world speakers, lectures, workshops, discussions on literature, creative writing, drama, novels, poetry and local history. • At the Galway Festival today:


• 1pm: War of Attrition plays at An Taibhdhearc. • 2pm: Dorset Street Toys plays at Nuns Island. • 5pm: Stagewrite takes place at the Townhouse Bar • 7pm: War of Attrition at An Taibhdhearc • 8pm: Dorset Street Toys at Nuns Island • 8pm: Also at 8, Tigh Choili presents Cherish the Ladies at the Town Hall Theatre, bringing 28 years of music experience to Galway. • 8pm: Galway’s Friends of Foroige are holding a Rock n’Roll Bingo fundraiser at Crowes Pub, Bohermore. • 9pm: Decision Problem plays at the Town Hall Theatre • 10pm: Toy Soldier take to the stage at Monroe’s Live. This Irishbased Electro Rock trio combine a dance floor groove with hard rocking riffs.

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tribute to the legacy of the film and its benefits to the local economy. The 7 foot bronze figure will depict John Wayne’s character, Sean Thornton, carrying Maureen O’Hara’s character, Mary Kate Danaher in an image captured from the original 1952 movie posters. “The reason we are doing it now is to play our part in the Gathering,” explains Cong Festival organiser Paddy Rock. “It is time that we sign off on the IOU to Director John Ford and his cast of actors. The statue is important to the community because of the amount of tourists that come to Cong thanks to the film. The statue looks huge, as it’s life size, and this is a humongous occasion!” Sculptor Mark Rode from Swinford, Co Mayo, was commissioned for the statue. He

is the creator of the 5-beehive piece at Knocknacarra National School and ‘The Sanctuary’ - a trail of 21 life sized native Irish animals and birds at Baile an Coiste and Ard an Coiste on the Headford Road. It was initially drawn up in clay and Mark hired two models in costumes to create the mould. “It has taken 6 months to complete,” explains Mark. “I am excited about installing it, putting it into the ground and seeing it in its final place. I am confident that I have the likeness correct. If it was wrong it would have been a failure! Everyone knows John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. This statue will have a big impact and it’s a great idea. It will put a stamp connecting the town with the movie. For a lot of people, The Quiet Man is their favourite film,” he says.


By Avril HORAN

Will YOU Roll It There Roisin!! Roll it there Roisin; Renowned broadcaster, Gay Byrne, (not to be mistaken for the movie megastar) is coming to Galway for one-night only. He will perform live at The Town Hall Theatre on October 6th at 8pm. This is a fantastic

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opportunity to enjoy Gaybo at his best, as he lifts the lid on the stars and star-makers, and delivers the one-liners that only he can. The question of the night will be ‘is there one for everyone in the audience?’

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Friday 4th Oct 2013 • It’s the start of the Cong Festival – celebrating The Quiet Man film and everything in between. With walks, talks, a market fair, duck derby, screenings and the Inisfree Ball. • Don’t forget to vote – It’s decision time as to whether we keep or abolish the Seanad in today’s Referendum. • 9am: NUIG will hold their annual Open Day today and tomorrow at The Bailey Allen Hall. • 11am: The second session of Tech Talks takes place at the Cube, NUIG as part of the Galway Theatre Festival. • 6pm: Winner of the Jerome Hynes’ Award, NUIG presents Killing Jack Murphy at the Druid Lane Theatre. • 7pm: Mephisto Theatre Company present Blackbird at An Taibhdhearc. Confrontational and compelling. • 8pm: Galway’s Anam Theatre presents Low Level Panic at Nuns Island about three young women’s very different approaches to survival. • 9pm: Broken Crowe presents Hang Up at the Town Hall Theatre. The phone rings. We never hear the voice on the other end of the line in this new play by Cork based poet Adam Wyeth. • 10pm: Monroe’s Live presents Don Stiffe and The Party Animals in aid of the Galway Lifeboat Crew.

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In Rouge: Mayor Padraig Conneely welcomes stylist and designer, Sunny Juddy, back to Galway at Rouge Restaurant on Dominick Street.

Galway Restaurants

In The Soup if VAT Increases

By Avril HORAN A campaign is underway to keep bums on seats in Galway’s restaurants. City councillors are backing the call to keep the VAT rate for tourism and hospitality at 9%. With the dreaded budget looming, the Restaurants Association of Ireland are banging the drum to ensure the rate does not increase. The reduced VAT figure was introduced in July 2011 on a trial basis and is due to go up to 13.5% at the end of 2013. If it does, Galway eateries will be in the soup. “The reduction in VAT has helped the tourism sector survive through these very difficult times,”

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explains Roger O’Sullivan, owner of The Galleon Restaurant. “It is the key to sustaining employment and has allowed us to be more competitive as a county.” Maintaining the lower VAT rate “will encourage more customers to eat out,” according to Galway City Councillor, Donal Lyons. “It is important for the future of so many restaurants in Galway. It helps them to provide value for money, ensuring it will be more reasonable for locals and tourists to enjoy a night out. “I have a genuine belief that it has sustained employment in the industry and it is vital for the future of the sector.”

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VOX POP What’s the CRAIC?

Ester Horvath

The craic is that I have to work tomorrow again. I have to wake up at 6am and that sucks! I’m working for a family and teach them from Arabic to English - so it’s kind of difficult. That’s the craic!

Tiago Suarez

Jacek Wieczorek and Viola Delmagno I’m Italian. An Irish boy told I have a class tonight at 5 Kassia Ferenczik and then I’m going to the The craic is so bad. I need me a few weeks ago that here a lot of people use the word gym. Afterwards, I will just craic to express some notice some money. Ha ha go home. There are a lot of or news to friends. So the craic things in life to be enjoyed – is good. I’m here in Galway, and I enjoy them! which I love, as it is a city full of beautiful and open-minded people and so welcoming. In Italy, we don’t have this type of attitude.

Claire Ruane and Michael O’Toole Ozan Ozkan I love the craic. It’s everywhere Partying in the Ciara Hollands What’s the craic? No craic! What’s the craic? It’s a lovely day here in Galway and Mayo lost by one point. We are all disappointed but we are going to have the craic tonight.

Laura Gannarama

in Galway. In Monroe’s, on Dubh is the craic! Quay Street, wherever you go in Galway there is great craic to be found.


Aoife Raferty

The craic is where you make it. I have no idea where it’s going to be tonight but I see it down at the Spanish Arch.

Sunday is the craic! Sure we were supposed to watch the match but it was just an excuse. We didn’t see the match at all. Fergal, Orla, Bronagh, Ozzy Somebody texted me to tell me “I’m glad I’m not a Mayo supporter! That’s the craic,” said Fergal shortly after Mayo fans lost that Dublin won. Have you ever their All Ireland dream again last Sunday. been in Dublin or Mayo? Galway is the best place for the craic.



Saturday 5th Oct 2013


• Bia Bofinne – A Taste of Inishbofin takes place this weekend, with a focus on traditional food, arts and crafts on the beautiful Inishbofin island. With lectures, workshops and cookery demonstrations. • 10am: The East Galway Cancer Care Charity Cycle takes place today, departing from the Athenry Cancer Care Centre. Run by the Boston Scientific Galway Cycling Club, this 125k cycle loops from Athenry, Ballinasloe, Tuam to Athenry. • 11am: Bake Fest takes place today at Leisureland, Salthill, with delicious exhibitions, competitions and tasty treats. For all baking and cake eating enthusiasts. In aid of Act for Meningitis.

Today’s showings at the Galway Theatre Festival include: • 1pm: Blackbird at An Taibhdhearc • 2pm: Low Level Panic at Nuns Island • 7pm: Blackbird at An Taibhdhearc • 8pm: Low Level Panic at Nuns Island • 9pm: Hang Up at the Town Hall Theatre • 6:30pm: The Inishfree Ball takes place as part of the Cong Festival at the stunning Lisloughrey Lodge. The reception will be followed by a four course dinner at the Harbour Ballroom with music by The Wild Colonial Boys. • 9pm: Will Varley will take to the stage at Monroe’s Live. The 26 year old folksinger, poet, storyteller and novelist has been a stalwart of the acoustic folk scene since his early teens.

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Spanish Armada


September of 1588 found the Spanish Armada of King Phillip II harassed by the Royal English Fleet in the North Sea. The Armada was blocked from heading South and so decided to take the long way round, sailing around Scotland and down the West coast of Ireland. The plan was to regroup back in Spanish waters and try to beat the English the following summer. Having given the English the slip by going the long way it was just a matter of time before all were sipping sangria in the Bay of Biscay again, right?

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Wrong! Had they stopped to ask a local of Connemara the Spanish may have been told that September is just when any pretence of a “summer” in Ireland goes out the window and the wind starts to blow in off the Atlantic, and blow it did! The wind howled in from the East and the sea exploded around the Spanish ships. Anything that was not nailed down was chucked overboard, cannon, anchors, and horses (yes horses!!) to speed the fleet forward.

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TheCRAICPhotosBy at Krcma Miguel MAZA


Sunday 6th Oct 2013 • 8am: The John Behan ‘Hell of the West Coast’ Cycle Challenge takes place today in aid of Croí. Join Galway sporting heroes in a cycle challenge to test all levels of fitness. • 10am: Bake Fest continues at Leisureland with sweet treats and eats. There will be talks with celebrity bakers and food writers and all for a good cause – Act for Meningitis. • 12pm: The Galway Bay Jazz Band play live at Busker Brownes on Cross St. • 12:30pm: Enjoy a live jazz session at the Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Sq, from 12:30pm. • 1pm: The Once Loved Showroom takes place at The Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street, with 25 stalls selling once loved items. • 2pm: An Artist’s Talk takes place at The Shed, Galway Docks, from 2-6pm. Artspace artists will talk about their collaborative processes. • 8pm: I Saw Stars will entertain with gypsy jazz at Kelly’s on Bridge St. • 8:15pm: The Galway Film Society presents Therese Desqueyroux starring the wonderful Audrey Tautou at the Town Hall Theatre. • 9pm: Sinnerboy play at the Roisin Dubh, bringing the blues, rock and ballads of Rory Gallagher to the stage

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Alas, little did the Spanish know, due to lack of knowledge and miscalculations, they were caught in The Gulf Stream and being pushed north. Battered, bruised and short of water, the fleet had no choice but to make port in Ireland… it’s unfortunate that they had thrown their anchors away. Out of options, the fleet turned on mass and rammed the west coast of Ireland. In total, some 12 ships were wrecked off the Connaught coast. Two large warships were run aground in Galway bay; the 300-ton Falco Blanco at Barna and the 255-ton Concepcino at Carna. Well over 1,000 Spanish sailors and officers struggled out of the surf, their ships abandoned and wrecked on the craggy coast of Connaught. The people of Galway leapt at their chance! Enemies of the dreaded English are surely our friends, right? Catholic friends, at that, right?

that all Spaniards, be killed on sight, regardless of rank. The people of Galway responded with gusto and perhaps as many as 1,100 men were killed and executed. Only a handful of sailors ever made it back to Spain. By no means did only Galwegians do the killing, but as the only city in the region, many sailors met their end at the Galway Gaol. The Armada ran aground 425 years ago, but the event remains a black spot on the history of a nation that has often been on the wrong end of atrocities. There are a number of Spanish sailors buried at Forthill Cemetery beside the docks; there is a small plaque in Spanish and Irish to mark the place. It is a quiet tribute to an oft forgotten part of this city’s rich history.

Wrong! Oh, the chance was leapt at all right, a chance to steal their stuff! Heck, some people actually lured ships on to the rocks just for that purpose! The Spaniards were able to rally though and formed a host of about 600 men. Fearing something of a fifth column, Lord Deputy of Ireland, Sir. William Fitzgerald ordered

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Monday 7th Oct 2013


• 7:30pm: Tree rings hint to past catastrophic encounters with Comets. That’s according to Professor Mike Baille of Queens University Belfast, who will hold a meeting for amateur and professional astronomers at the Westwood House Hotel. This event is one of a series of monthly meetings held by the Galway Astronomy Club and is just €2 to attend. • 8pm: The Galway Music Residency will play at the Nuns Island Theatre in the city as part of their national tour. It’s not just a concert, but a musical and visual event, with imagery designed to enhance the mood as they take you from Bach to contemporary composers in an uplifting evening. • 10pm: Enjoy the swinging sounds of the Black Magic Big Band at Busker Brownes on Cross Street. A night not to be missed. • Or enjoy a night with a difference at Sally Long’s rock bar, celebrating 25 years this year. You can’t miss it, thanks to the giant mural outside and the even bigger hard rock beats.

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Our own Bec Boop took to the streets of our city to uncover the hottest looks by our Galway gals. 1. Lauren Hevarty, Galway wearing New Look 2. Bec McCafferty, Carnmore wearing Topshop & Forever 21 3. Sinead O’Callaghan, Laois wearing River Island & Penneys


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Tuesday 8th Oct 2013 • 12:30pm: Have the Ferrero Rocher ready – the British Ambassador to Ireland, HE Dominick Chilcott, will be the guest of honour at the Galway Chamber of Commerce Autumn Business Lunch at the Westwood Hotel, Dangan, Newcastle. The event is open to members and non-members and is a great networking opportunity. • 1pm: The NUI Galway Graduate Jobs Fair 2013 takes place at the Bailey Allen Hall until 4pm including some of Ireland’s leading employers. • 8pm: The Galway Music Residency will play again tonight at the Nuns Island Theatre in the city as part of their national tour. It’s not just a concert, but a musical and visual event, with imagery designed to enhance the mood as they take you from Bach to contemporary composers in an uplifting evening.

Aran to Africa Starting with an insider’s glimpse of a vanished way of life, Aran to Africa traces the steps of Pádraig O’ Toole, from a barefoot Irish-speaking boy who learns English, to rebellious seminarian, building labourer, celibate residing in an African Emir’s harem, teacher of the Qur’an to Muslim students, expert horseman and boatman, priest at loggerheads with church bureaucrats, magazine editor, doctoral student in Canada, teacher in England and elsewhere, international concert promoter and journalism professor in Tanzania.

In this compelling read, we encounter U.S. author, Leon Uris, media guru, Marshall McLuhan, renowned educationalists Paolo Freire and Ivan

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Illich, and Irish authors Maeve Binchy, Breandán Ó hEithir and John B Keane. He marries the internationally renounced renowned singer and harpist, Mary O’Hara and retiring to his native Inis Mór, he sums up reflections inspired by his life. The book will be available from October 3rd on Amazon.

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Wednesday 9th Oct 2013 • Medtech Ireland 2013 takes place at the Radisson Blu hotel. The conference is Ireland’s leading event for medical device manufacturers and takes place over 2 days. • 7pm: A series of sean-nós singing workshops take place at the centre for Irish Studies at NUIG, led by the Joe John Mac An Iomaire a singer of international renown in the sean-nós tradition. The workshops are free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.




• 8pm: Uncle Gaybo will bring his unique style of wit and tales to the Town Hall Theatre. The broadcaster, Gay Byrne (not the film star!) will lift the lid on the stars and their stories as he recounts his experiences over the decades. • 10pm: Are you ready to jump, jive and wail? The fantastic Screamin’ Bluecats will have your blue suede shoes dancing to the best of rockabilly at Garvey’s, Eyre Square.

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Tiny Dancer

€20m Research Boost

Almost one year after a dynamic group of local singers and musicians came together to create a song for Lily Mae, the Tiny Dancer Special Edition EP has reached No 1 in the iTunes vocal albums chart. They are now hoping to claim the top spot in the main chart with the special edition to celebrate the end of her primary treatment. Four year old Lily-Mae Morrison from Claregalway is suffering from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a rare and extremely aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system. She is the daughter of professional ballet dancers, Judith Sibley and Leighton Morrison.

Galway patients will have access to cuttingedge clinical trials and novel therapies as work begins on a €20m facility at University College Hospital, Galway. The NUI, Galway Clinical and Translational research facility will bring together leading medical research and patient care. The 4-storey building will be completed in 16 months and will create 125 construction jobs. Patients will have access to state of the art clinical research in stem cells, gene therapy, biomaterials and immunology. A space is also being designed specifically for clinical research in regenerative medicine.

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Thursday 10th Oct 2013


• The Galway Jazz Festival gets underway today with international stars such as Bertha Hope, and our own homegrown acts, including Michael Buckley. There will be extensive workshops and the popular jazz festival club will be back, with exciting jam sessions that are now becoming a famous fixture of the festival programme. Runs until October 13th. • Open House Galway kicks off today until Sunday, October 13. Over one weekend, Galway buildings of all types and periods will open their doors to allow us to explore the architecture of the city, with special tours by professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free. • 9pm: Jack Colleran, or Mmoths for short, shares his original musicality and flair at The Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street. • 9pm: Four Men and a Bass play at The Townhouse Bar followed by Polly and the Billet Doux at 9:30pm. • 9:30pm: Take it easy with the best of jazz and blues with Benny and the Goodmen at McSwiggans, Woodquay.

Spreagadh Tá tú ag iarraidh athrú mór a dhéanamh: meáchan a chailleadh, matáin a mhéadú, ithe níos folláine, mothú níos fearr go ginearálta - ach cén chaoi a ndéanfar é? Caithfear 1. cinneadh láidir a dhéanamh, 2. plean mionsonrach a dhéanamh agus 3. dul i ngníomh ar an bpointe.

ARÍS! Affirmative Rituals, Irresistible Success

Scríobh síos do sprioc go mionsonrach, e.g. “I gceann trí mhí beidh mé ... 20kg níos éadroime/ag ceannach éadaí i dtoise níos lú/ábalta 10k a rith/éirithe as siúcra a ithe/théis saill colainne a ísliú agus méid matán a ardú”. Déan plean len é a bhaint amach. Faigh cúnamh ó mheantóir (ar an idirlíon/i giom/cara a rinne cheana é). Tosaigh ar an sprioc a bhaint amach an lá céanna. Ceannaigh comhábhair do bhéilí níos folláine, téigh amach ag siúl, déan rang aclaíochta, ardaigh meáchain sa giom pé rud atá ar do liosta, tosaigh air go beo. Lean ort leis an bplean, ag scríobh síos gach lá rud beag amháin a rinne tú a chabhraigh leat do sprioc a bhaint amach. Coinnigh i dteagmháil le do mheantóir le go mbeidh ort cloígh leis an bplean. Bí freagrach, bí díograiseach agus i gceann trí mhí, beidh tú fíor-bhródúil asat féin.


Galway Bay Hotel chefs celebrating their success at the Great Carvery Awards. The hotel won the Best Hotel Carvery in Connaught 2013. PhotoBy Darius IVAN

You want to make a big change: lose weight, increase muscle, eat cleaner, feel better in general - but how do you achieve it? You must 1. make a firm decision, 2. make a detailed plan, 3. take immediate action. Write down your goal in detail, e.g. “In three months I will... be 20kg lighter/ buy clothes in a smaller size/be able to run 10k/have given up sugar/have decreased body fat and increased muscle”. Make a plan to achieve this goal. Get help from a mentor (via internet/gym/a friend who has done it before). Start working on your goal the same day. Buy ingredients for cleaner meals, go for a walk, take a fitness class, lift weights at the gym - whatever is on your list, start now. Stick to the plan. Every day, write down one small thing you did to help achieve your goal. Be accountable to your mentor so you have to keep your word. Take responsibility, stay focused and in three months you will have achieved something to be proud of.


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