Demise of the arts has been greatly exaggerated!
As the boring old politicians North of the border look at killing the arts, a visit to Galway reminds me how a city can retain it’s youthful exuberance, without loosing it’s traditional Irish charm.
This weeks travels highlighted how easily parts of the Republic can attract tourists and students, while the north seems to constantly struggle to keep going any sort of feel-good factor.
Due to proposed cutbacks in funding for the ‘Arts’, it seems that there will be no more free music and wonderful street artists putting on shows for you and your family. Don’t bother heading to the big smoke for a fun day out, it is done, gone and dusted. Really???
Don’t worry folks…
Music and the arts will never stop, it is in our culture. It is in our souls. It is in our children.
Working in Galway this week reminded me of my younger, carefree days. A group of lads get in their cars and make the five hour journey to Galway, and stay in a crappy old rented house in Salthill for a few days.
Hit the bars and clubs until the wee small hours and don’t worry if you don’t wake up in the morning…the afternoon will do!
I can report that it has not changed much. Some of it needs a good old refit, and it only takes three hours or so to get there from the north, but it still hasn’t been ruined by modern architecture. Apart from a few smart apartments and hotels, IT Galway remains the eye catcher.
Unfortunately it sits proudly beside a once popular hotel…now a deralict reminder of the Celtic Tiger.