'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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‘I’ve always believed in myself and my community'

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

On Friday June 7, at the first meeting of the new city council, the 33-year-old Independent city councillor, Mike Cubbard, was elected Mayor of Galway city - in the process becoming one of the youngest people ever to hold the position, since it was founded in 1485.

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'Each type of acting is interesting; each one has its value'

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

One of the guests of honour at next month’s Galway Film Fleadh is Tyne Daly, whose career spans TV, movies and theatre and has seen her garner six Emmy awards (four for Cagney and Lacey, one for Christy, and one for Judging Amy) and a Tony Award for her Broadway portrayal of Rose in the musical Gypsy.

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'A small, fast ferry in the west; it would be right up your street'

Thu, Jun 13, 2019

A WELL Spent Smile is the title of an engaging collection of poetry recently published by Robert Hilton, captain of The Aran Flyer ferry. The ups and downs of Hilton’s long seafaring life infuse poems that are sometimes funny, sometimes serious, and constantly a pleasure to read.

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GIAF...Not just a summer romance

Thu, May 23, 2019

Last week the Galway International Arts Festival launched its 2019 programme and, from now to July, people from far and near will be booking tickets and making plans to converge on Galway for its two week jamboree of high octane culture and craic.

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Ain't no mountain high enough

Thu, May 16, 2019

For most people, retirement brings thoughts of putting one’s feet up and forgetting the stresses and strains of work. Not so retired rugby player Damian Browne. Since hanging up his boots four years ago the Galwayman has taken on a series of extreme endurance challenges that make the bruising world of professional rugby seem like a walk in the park.

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'The future will happen whether we like it or not. So let's try to enjoy it'

Thu, May 09, 2019

Years of research lead a scientist to discover a way in which people can be ‘upgraded’ to better, more advanced, more intelligent versions of themselves, but it is a science in its early form, It is not fully tested. In the wrong hands it could be dangerous.

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'Coming through with the realness'

Thu, May 02, 2019

Among the highlights of this year’s Galway Theatre Festival is Steven Sharpe’s new one-man musical, The Realness of Miss Representation, which he will present, for two performances only, at the Town Hall Theatre studio.

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The Quaker and the Qur’ãn

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

The recent acts of mass murder in New Zealand and Sri Lanka have all too potently shown the grave threat of religious extremism in today’s world as well as highlighting the troubled relationship between Islam and Christianity.

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'The social work aspect of law is what I am passionate about'

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

NUI Galway recently held its annual Alumni Awards and among the recipients was eminent lawyer and jurist, Grainne McMorrow, who was honoured for her achievements in the field of law, public policy, and government – a category sponsored by Ronan Daly Jermyn.

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'You cannot legitimise the Eurovision by saying it is just about art'

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

One of the most famous visual artists in the Arab world, Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh, last week at the Black Gate Cultural Centre in St Francis Street, hosted a talk and exhibition on his work and the realities of life for Palestinians today under Israeli occupation.

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'People cope surprisingly well with the great difficulties but poorly with small irritations'

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

Galway-born psychiatrist Brendan Kelly, professor of psychiatry at Trinity College and Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital, is one of Ireland’s leading voices in the field of mental health care.

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