'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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'I knew Escobar would be the biggest investigation I’d ever work on'

Thu, Mar 28, 2019

One of Netflix’s major hits in recent years was the gripping crime drama, Narcos, about the hunt for Pablo Escobar, led by two American Drug Enforcement Agency operatives, Steve Murphy and Javier Peña.

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‘Plant-eating feminist hell-raiser’

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

At a time when our climate and very planet, are in danger due to reckless, profit-driven, human activity, it is good to know that among the younger generation there are people committed to finding healthier ways for us to live, both as individuals and as part of the broader, mutually-interdependent, ecosystem.

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'When I go onstage in Ireland I’ll come on as Jim Royle'

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

Ricky Tomlinson, star of TV shows The Royle Family and Brookside, films by Ken Loach and Shane Meadows, proud Scouser and socialist, is coming to the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday March 30 to regale us with stories from his colourful life.

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Drawing 'on the hop' and exhibiting On The Boards

Thu, Mar 07, 2019

Throughout the six decades of his vibrant and varied artistic career, Brian Bourke has had an abiding love of theatre and actors. He has frequently drawn actors in the flow and moment of rehearsal or performance, and also made them the subject of considered portraits.

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'The medium of the stage is language and I have a lot to say'

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

John Connors, star of Love/Hate, brings his acclaimed one-man show, Ireland’s Call, to the Town Hall Theatre next week. His debut as a playwright, it has been called "cathartically honest’" by The Irish Times, which also praised Connor’s "charismatic" performance.

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'Out and out Galway man' commemorated in London

Thu, Feb 21, 2019

A few months ago, in London, a commemorative plaque was erected in honour of Dr Robert Dolan, a proud Galway man who was a brilliant forensic psychiatrist and medical administrator.

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'Nimmo’s Pier is one of life’s treasures; you can see so many different species of bird'

Thu, Feb 14, 2019

Most people are content to get by with one trade or profession, but Tom Cuffe’s CV has a whole medley of colourful and intriguing jobs including photographing birds, devising his own pieces of modular origami, and exploring family history.

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'I love Galway and that I am firmly rooted here'

Thu, Feb 07, 2019

A new book from Rita Ann Higgins is always a cause for celebration and Friday February 15 sees the publication of Our Killer City, a scintillating and spiky compendium of essays and poems.

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'Poetry, simplicity, and an undercurrent'

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

Veteran US folk singer Jim Page, author of the Moving Hearts' hit, ‘Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Russian Roulette’, plays The Crane Bar tomorrow night [Friday, February 1], for what promises to be a great gig.

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'Galway is fertile ground for creating a programme that speaks to the local, national, and international community'

Thu, Jan 24, 2019

Having endured a succession of negative news stories, Galway 2020 had a welcome good news day last week with the announcement that the project’s creative director role was being taken on by leading creative company, Artichoke, under the leadership its CEO and artistic director, Helen Marriage.

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Restoring and building Galway's hooker fleet anew

Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Last Friday evening, The King’s Head hosted the launch of Bádórí an Cladaigh’s 2019 calendar, a lavishly illustrated production that, with its wonderful photographs of Galway hookers, would grace any wall.

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