'A very modern Irish experience'

Thu, Jun 13, 2019

AN TAIBHDHEARC'S offering in this year’s Galway International Arts Festival is Breandán de Gallaí’s Ériu Dance Company with its exciting new production of Salómae, an Irish language dance theatre interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s classic play.

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Galway Uke Fest takes over the Latin Quarter

Thu, Jun 13, 2019

THE LIVELY, lilting, sound of the ukulele will take over the streets and venues of Galway’s Latin Quarter over the weekend of June 21 to 23 as the Galway Uke Fest struts its stuff for the second year.

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Galway Early Music Festival’s feast of song and dance

Thu, May 23, 2019

IT IS that time of year again when one can ‘caper nimbly to the lascivious pleasing of a lute’, to paraphrase Shakespeare, as Galway Early Music Festival brings us a feast of medieval melody over the coming weekend May 24 to 26.

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Discovering Hedy Lamarr, movie star and inventor

Thu, May 23, 2019

HEDY LAMAAR, once described as "the most beautiful woman in the world" was one of the screen goddesses of Hollywood’s golden age from the 1930s to the 1950s, but when not portraying mythic temptresses like Helen of Troy or Delilah, Lamarr was also a gifted scientific inventor.

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From the soil of Connemara to the stages of Europe

Thu, May 16, 2019

THE LANDSCAPE and culture of Connemara pulse deeply through Ten Ton Slug, not in any obvious sonic sense, but in the band’s attitude, artistic vision, and clear sense of ambition.

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'The play has been hugely emotive for audiences'

Thu, May 16, 2019

SMALLONE INTRODUCES us to a solitary, ageing woman, Mingey, who loves her cats, Peru, and Club Milks. She hates Sunday Mass-ones, mangy mutts, and papery sausages. She is feisty and mischievous and has a heart full of love.

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Striving to be Virtually Perfect

Thu, May 09, 2019

THE FRAUGHT world of social media and the pressures it creates for today’s teenagers is the inspiration for Youth Ballet West’s exciting new show, Virtually Perfect, which plays the Town Hall this weekend.

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'We hope it will be a new discovery for many people'

Thu, May 02, 2019

SAY SUE Me have been called surf-rock, C86, shoe gaze, and dream-pop. Truth is, they are all of these. You can hear their roots - Yo La Tengo, The Velvet Underground, Pavement, sixties girl groups - but above all they are indie because they embody a very pure expression of what that means as a sound, as a way of making music, as a way of thinking about life.

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Haughey/Gregory – 'a story of politics of every time'

Thu, May 02, 2019

ONE OF the landmark events of 1980s Irish politics is brought to vivid theatrical life in Haughey/Gregory, by Colin Murphy, which plays the Town Hall Theatre next week.

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'The best young ballet dancer to come out of Ireland in a very long time'

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

BALLET HAS long been a Cinderella of Irish arts and very few Irish dancers have achieved international prominence. Yet 17-year-old ballerina Emer Lenihan, from Claregalway, looks set to buck that trend and go to the top of this demanding profession.

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'I love coming to Galway'

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

IN THE four years since poet Hollie McNish last appeared at the Róisín Dubh, her career has continued to flourish and diversify. Ahead of her return to the city next week, she declares: “I love coming to Galway. I’ll be spending two days there when I come.”

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'Edna’s writing is so honest; nothing is sugar-coated'

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

WHEN EDNA O’Brien’s novel, The Country Girls was first published in 1960, it scandalised conservative Catholic Ireland and the controversy over the book saw it being both banned and ceremonially burned.

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'Everyone should be able to experience classical music'

Thu, Apr 04, 2019

MONDAY APRIL 15 will be a red letter day for Galway’s classical music aficionados as it sees the debut of the city’s new orchestra, Luminosa, at Galway Cathedral. The debut concert programme, Maestra, will feature works by female composers ranging from the 12th century Hildegard of Bingen to Galway’s own Jane O’Leary.

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Amigo Productions explore Alzheimers with The Father

Thu, Apr 04, 2019

GALWAY-BASED community theatre group, Amigo Productions, presents the west of Ireland premiere of Florian Zeller’s award-winning play, The Father, next week at An Taibhdhearc.

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Joshua Cohen - 'What makes a life and what makes a mind?'

Thu, Mar 28, 2019

AMONG THE legion of writers converging onGalway from near and far for next month’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature is Joshua Cohen, who has been widely hailed as one of America’s best young novelists.

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Fregoli Theatre to spread the love at Cúirt

Thu, Mar 28, 2019

IN AN era of rising xenophobia, abusive Twitter trolls, and polarised politics, Fregoli Theatre Company reaffirms the joy of love in its new show, The Fregoli Heart Project, which will premiere at the Cúirt Festival of Literature on Monday April 8.

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Part of the Furniture

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

ONE OF the highlights of last year’s Galway International Arts Festival was Druid’s production of Sonya Kelly’s scintillating comedy, Furniture. A big hit with critics and audiences, it makes a welcome return to the Town Hall Theatre next month as part of a national tour.

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Fred Johnston - exploring ‘rogue states’ in new poetry collection

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

SALMON POETRY has recently published a new collection of poems by Fred Johnston, entitled Rogue States. It is Johnston’s ninth collection of verse and arrives almost 40 years after his debut, Life And Death In The Midlands.

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‘We’re going to enjoy as much of this tour as possible'

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

WHITE LIES will take to the stage of the Róísín Dubh in the final 24 hours of Britain’s membership of the European Union. Even if Westminster seeks an extension, the band knows it will be little other than postponing what is a threat to the livelihoods of all touring musicians.

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Smash hit show Menopause The Musical comes to the Town Hall

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

WHAT CAUSES women of a certain age to suffer cold sweats, hot flushes, hormones to rage like tsunamis, and unpredictable mood swings? It is not watching George Clooney or listening to Michael Buble - it is the menopause.

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