'Juggling props are my tongue and brain'

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

For the past three years, São Paulo's Davi Hora has been artist in residence with Galway Community Circus. In this interview, he tells of how he made the move from the samba and sunshine of Brazil to cloudy and rainy Galway, and his no-less remarkable shift from studying philosophy to the world of circus.

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‘I feel a huge amount of excitement to be appointed as the director of Cúirt

Thu, Nov 07, 2019

Last week, Sasha de Buyl-Pisco made her first visit to Galway following her appointment as both the new director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature and head of literature at Galway Arts Centre.

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'Bats won’t fly into your hair'

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

The Halloween weekend is sure to feature images of bats among its seasonal gallery of ghouls and spooks, yet the reality of these remarkable animals is greatly at odds with their depiction as sinister creatures of the night.

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'We need to be very alert we don’t get a resurrection of violent fascism'

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

This month’s Over The Edge Open Reading in the Galway City Library on Thursday, October 31 is a non-fiction and poetry Brexit special, featuring the poet Martin Hayes, the political columnist Eoin Ó Murchú, and Jerry Fitzpatrick, a leading light in the iconic Rock Against Racism movement.

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'You learn a lot about people through costuming them'

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Danse Macabre, this year's Macnas Parade, takes place on Sunday October 27, and will feature the signature Macnas giant creations and sculptural images, pyrotechnics, bespoke costumes, and epic performances to live and original music.

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‘Stranger in a strange land’

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

The Claddagh is Galway’s most historic district, its foundation pre-dating that of the city, and it has always been proud of its native traditions and identity. Yet not only is the Claddagh a vivid link to Galway’s ancient past; the Claddagh National School, with its multi-racial student population, symbolises the cosmopolitan Galway of today while preparing its pupils for the Galway of tomorrow.

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'In the 21st century, the story of Democracy will be who gets the upper hand between Democracy and Facebook'

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Among the speakers at Galway International Arts Festival’s autumn session of First Thought Talks in NUIG on Saturday October 3, is David Runciman, Professor of Politics at Cambridge University, who has written seven acclaimed books on politics and democracy.

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From Cavan to Connemara

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Irish language theatre company, Fíbín, launches an exciting new chapter in its story next week with the promenade show Cath na Ceathrún Rua / Battle of Carraroe, written by incoming artistic director Philip Doherty and staged at the company’s new home space in An Tulach, Baile na hAbhann.

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'Putting boots on the ground for peace'

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

On St Patrick’s Day this year, two US army veterans, Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff, aged 82 and 77 respectively, were arrested at Shannon Airport for protesting its continued use by the American military.

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From Cavan to Connemara

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Irish language theatre company, Fíbín, launches an exciting new chapter in its story next week with the promenade show Cath na Ceathrún Rua / Battle of Carraroe, written by incoming artistic director Philip Doherty and staged at the company’s new home space in An Tulach, Baile na hAbhann.

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'You can’t tell your kids they can be whatever they want if you are not doing it yourself'

Thu, Aug 29, 2019

Singer-songwriter Áine Tyrrell is making a welcome trip home from Australia for a gig in Galway in September to launch her new album, Return To The Sea.

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'The younger generation haven’t heard of Walter Macken, that’s why I’ve spent my life promoting him'

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

When I meet Ultan Macken for a morning coffee to chat about his one man show, My Father, My Son, the first thing he does is delightedly show me a new Russian edition of Walter Macken’s God Made Sunday.

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From Cavan to Connemara

Thu, Aug 15, 2019

Irish language theatre company, Fíbín, launches an exciting new chapter in its story next week with the promenade show Cath na Ceathrún Rua / Battle of Carraroe, written by incoming artistic director Philip Doherty and staged at the company’s new home space in An Tulach, Baile na hAbhann.

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'It is not good for a human being to live in direct provision centres a long time'

Thu, Aug 08, 2019

Currently running at the Black Gate Cultural Centre is Failte Africa, an exhibition of paintings by Nasir El Safi, a Sudanese journalist and artist who came to Ireland two years ago and has been living in the direct provision system.

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'Decisions need to be made to allow Galway grow without congestion getting worse'

Thu, Jul 25, 2019

Participating in this weekend’s First Thought Talks, as part of the Galway International Arts Festival, the new Land Development Agency chief, John Moran, will share a platform with UCD's Orla Hegarty, to discuss ‘Obstacles to Decent Housing’ - one of the most important issues for Ireland today.

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'I have been really open because I don’t want to have secrets anymore'

Thu, Jul 18, 2019

‘A hopeful tale of heroin, hooking and happiness’ is the arresting strap-line that goes with Runaway Princess, Mary Goggin’s candid, and multiple award-winning, show about her early years as a drug addict and prostitute and how she overcame them to become a successful actress.

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'It is a worrying time to be in America but it is still a wonderful country'

Thu, Jul 11, 2019

Marion McKeone is Ireland’s foremost reporter on the United States and she is taking part in GIAF’s First Thought Talks series with a lecture entitled 'Trump's Wall: A Symptom of a Greater US Sickness?' at NUIG’s Aula Maxima on Saturday July 20 at 12 noon.

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‘It is a worrying time to be in America but it is still a wonderful country’

Thu, Jul 11, 2019

Marion McKeone is Ireland’s foremost reporter on the United States and she is taking part in GIAF’s First Thought Talks series with a lecture entitled ‘Trump’s Wall: A Symptom of a Greater US Sickness?’ at NUIG’s Aula Maxima on Saturday July 20 at 12 noon.

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'The acting muscle is very different to being onstage with a band'

Thu, Jul 04, 2019

Steve Wall of The Stunning has become increasingly well known for his acting credits in recent years and the Galway Film Fleadh will screen his latest film, My Foolish Heart, in which he plays jazz great, Chet Baker.

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'It’s a way of expressing my gender even more'

Thu, Jun 27, 2019

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth,” reflected Oscar Wilde in his essay, The Critic as Artist. Similarly, David Bowie, in a 1996 interview with The Daily Telegraph, noted: “All through my youth, I would use bravado and device – costume and flamboyant behaviour…That device allows you, in an exaggerated form, to display who you are."

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