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Galway Arts Festival 2006

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Salthill Airshow

A Red Arrows Hawk aircraft pulls up from a dive during the Salthill Airshow. Sunday 6 July 2003. Photo: Joe Desbonnet.
A Red Arrows Hawk aircraft pulls up from a dive during at the Salthill Airshow. Sunday 6 July 2003. Photo: Joe Desbonnet.

The Vixen Break at the end of the Red Arrows display. In the background is LE Ciara (Irish Naval Service) and the Clare mountains in the distance. Photo: Joe Desbonnet The Vixen Breakat the end of the Red Arrows display. In the background is LE Ciara (Irish Naval Service) and the Clare mountains in the distance. Photo: Joe Desbonnet

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Around Galway

A labrador watches the sunset at Salthill, Sunday 6 April 2003. Photo: Joe Desbonnet
A labrador watches the sunset at Salthill, Sunday 6 April 2003.
Photo: Joe Desbonnet
Claddagh at night. Photo: Joe Desbonnet
Claddagh at night. Photo: Joe Desbonnet

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Brazilian Festival 2006, Gort County Galway, 17 June 2006
17 June 2006, Gort, County Galway: Brazilian dancing in Gort town square during the annual Gort Brazilian Festival. Click to expand image. Photo: Joe Desbonnet.
Slieve Aughty, 3 June 2006
3 June 2006, Slieve Aughty, Co. Galway: Vestas V52 wind turbines silhouetted by the sunset sky on Slieve Aughty, near Derrybrien Co. Galway. The Derrybrien project which comprises 71 turbines is currently the largest in-land wind farm in the country.
Phytoplankton from Space, 2 June 2006
2 June 2006: Swirling clouds of blue and green lit the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland on June 2, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image. Phytoplankton are microscopic plants that grow in the sunlit surface waters of the ocean. When enough of the plants grow in one place, the bloom can be seen from space.
New Fountain at Eyre Square, 1 June 2006
1 June 2006, Eyre Square Galway City: The new fountain at Eyre Square springs to life in the Galway sun.
Eyre Square, 29 April 2006
29 April 2006, Eyre Square Galway City: Galwegians enjoy the recently re-opened Eyre Square on one of first fine days of 2006.
St. Patrick's Day 2006
17 March 2006, Galway City: St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo: Andreea Iordachescu
Macnas Halloween Parade, 30 October 2005
Macnas Halloween Parade, 30 October 2005. A gallery of the highlights of the 2005 Macnas Parade. Click here... Macnas marked Samhain in fine pagan form, conjuring the madness and devilment that typifies the descent into darkness. Though Macnas routine prove themselves as masters of invention, this year's Halloween celebration was definitely a departure from norm. Held over two days in two housing estates, Ballinfoile and Ballybaan, the unpublicized event drew upon the talents of local youth, nearly 150 strong each night, who constructed and performed in costumed parades that culminating in fireworks. Photo and text: Todd Parker.
21 August 2005
21 August 2005, Kinvarra: : The region's maritime heritage was on parade to the delight of snap happy spectators assembled along the Quay of Kinvarra, during the annual Cruinniú na mBád festival (a.k.a Gathering of the Boats). Grey skies and scattered showers subdued attendance and dimmed photographs, like this one of two Galway hookers vying for the line during one of the weekend's friendly races. Once the workhorse of Ireland's West hauling everything from cows to turf, these stout vessels are now sailed strictly for pleasure, photogenic relics of a bygone tradition. Photo and text: Todd Parker.
17 August 2005
17 August 2005, Salthill Promenade. High tide in August elevated fishing into a spectator sport, as throngs of fisherman descend on the Salthill Prom for the annual run of mackerel. It was a veritable feeding frenzy, as these slender, silver bellied fish, sometimes six to a line, flitted and flickered through the air and flopped onto the footpath, much to the entertainment of walkers. Those fish landed by true sportsmen were tossed back to the sea. The less fortunate were harvested by the buckets, where the awaiting their final migration into the smoker. Photo and text: Todd Parker.
6 August 2005
6 August 2005, Streets of a Different Sort: Volunteers attempt to restrain the groundswell of adrenaline prior to the start of the 2005 Streets of Galway 8k Road Race. Held early August each year, this year marked the event's twentieth running, attracting an estimated 1400 participants, who spanned the spectrum from hyper fit to the hardly able. Photo and text: Todd Parker.
Galway Races, 3 Aug 2005
Sat 30 July, 2005 Streets of Galway. While many people attend the Galway Races for horse racing, even greater numbers are attracted to the town's festivities. Last week nightly celebrations tranformed the streets of Quay, High and Shop into urban canyons that barely contained the torrent of free-flowing revelers. Indeed the craic in town was mighty, reminiscent to Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street, minus the beads and bare breasts. Debauchery veered along the edge of chaos, the shear challenge of securing drink seemed the only incentive for temperance. But alas civility ruled the day and by the time the last reveler was fast asleep, the mountains of rubbish and broken glass were swept away, and town was transformed anew, ready to serve up much needed doses of sidewalk cappuccino's. Photo and text: Todd Parker.
Macnas parade, 2005
Galway Arts Festival 2005. A gallery of the highlights of the 2005 Macnas Arts Festival parade. Click here....
Galway Arts Festival, 2 Aug 2005
Galway Arts Festival 2005. Eerily lifelike and leering from shop windows throughout town, the full-size puppets of French Artist Claude Merle, were a constant presence throughout the festival. Well over a dozen shops, pubs and restaurants in town provided their windows for this popular visual installation. Photo and text: Todd Parker.
Galway Arts Festival, 2 Aug 2005
Galway Arts Festival, 2 Aug 2005
Galway Arts Festival 2005. Sharon Shannon and Frankie Gavin headlined a magical night of traditional Irish music to a capacity crowd in the Radisson ballroom. Photo and text: Todd Parker.

Galway News

Galway Clinic founder blames State policy, VHI for cutbacks
The Irish Times, 2006-07-01

Founder of the Galway and Blackrock private clinics James Sheehan has blamed State health policy and the Voluntary Health Insurance (VHI) board for his Galway clinic's decision to make financial cuts. more...

18th Galway Film Fleadh offers rich pickings for film lovers
galway.net, 2006-06-30

The programme for the 18th Galway Film Fleadh was announced in Galway on Monday, 26th of June and promises to cover a lot of ground with a heady mix of controversial documentaries, high profile premieres and heavy hitting stars attending throughout the week of July 11th 16th. more...

Galway City Museum to open tomorrow
Galway Advertiser, 2006-06-29

Galway City Museum is to open tomorrow with two temporary exhibitions for the summer period. 'Fragments of a City' and 'On reflection' will be housed in the museum for the next three months. Galway's new museum was designed to allow visitors a chance to take in the views of the city. more...

See the best of young American musicians in the Ardilaun
Galway Advertiser, 2006-06-29

The Ardilaun will host the All American Youth Band in concert under the direction of Dr William H Silvester, for an extra special summer performance on Monday, 3 July at 8.30pm, when the group visit Galway as part of their summer 2006 tour to Ireland. more...

Oranmore site chosen for 700-car park and ride facility
Galway Advertiser, 2006-06-29

A permanent park and ride facility which could cut commuters’ travel times from Oranmore to the city centre by half an hour will be a reality by the end of this year. more...

Delays on Galway - Dublin road expected due to defective road surface
galway.net, 2006-06-25

Parts of the recently opened M4 tolled motorway connecting Kilcock and Kinnegad are to be closed for repairs following the discovery that the surface is defective in a 4km stretch of the road. The 420 million euro project was opened by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in December last year. In the opening speech he described the route as a "high quality road". According to the NRA, the problem is due to a "bad batch" of road surface material laid during poor weather conditions.

EU crackdown in illegal limestone quarrying in Galway
, 2006-06-25

The European commission is taking Ireland to court for failing to stop unauthorised quarrying. more...

Fatal road accident on Gort to Ennis road
galway.net, 2006-06-24

Gardaí at Gort are investigating a fatal crash on the N18 Gort to Ennis road at 3pm on 24 June 2006. Three vehicles, two cars and a van, were involved in the crash near the junction of the Tulla road. The driver of one of the cars, a man in his 70's, was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger in the same car, also believed to be in her 70's, was taken to University College Hospital Galway, but is not thought to be seriously injured. Update (25 June 2006): the victim has been named as 66 year old Jeremiah Mulcahy of Parklands Drive, Commons Road, Cork.

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