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Taking a satirical scalpel to the body politic

Thu, Feb 04, 2016

"THE BEST satire has always been militantly about the present," declares Galway poet and critic Kevin Higgins, who turns his witty, devilishly humorous, eye and words upon Alan Kelly, Irish Water, Official Ireland, and Jeremy Corbyn’s enemies, in a new collection.

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EIPIC - what does it mean to be a teenage hero?

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

ON THURSDAY February 4 at 10pm, TG4 screens the first episode of its offbeat new comedy drama series EIPIC, in which a group of small-town Irish teenagers take over an abandoned post office to kick off a musical rebellion. The six-part series was scripted by Mike O’Leary, one of the writers on the cult E4 drama Misfits, and made by Maga Media Productions.

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'There’s never a dull moment'

Thu, Jan 21, 2016

ON THE night of Thursday February 1 1996, Galway’s newly refurbished Town Hall Theatre officially opened with the world premiere of Druid’s production of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

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Róisín Dubh Comedy Clubh set to expand in 2016

Thu, Jan 21, 2016

IT ARRIVED last September with a name people thought was a typo, but as soon as they said it out loud, the penny dropped, and it made perfect, quirkily comedic, sense. Since then it has been onwards and upwards for the Róisín Dubh Comedy Clubh.

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Caged birds sing in Music For Galway’s midwinter festival

Thu, Jan 14, 2016

THE NEW year might only be a couple of weeks old but it is already time for Galway’s first festival of 2016, as Music For Galway unveils its annual midwinter festival, which runs from Friday January 22 to Sunday 24th, at the Town Hall Theatre.

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Language Unbecoming A Lady – a play that shows how far we’ve come

Thu, Jan 14, 2016

LIMERICK'S BOTTOM Dog Theatre Company comes to the Town Hall Theatre Thursday January 21 at 8pm, with Myles Breen’s award-winning one-man play, Language Unbecoming A Lady.

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We Banjo 3 - banjoing in the New Year at Monroe's

Thu, Jan 07, 2016

MONROE'S LIVE is the place to be next Thursday as We Banjo 3 and Four Men and a Dog team up to see in the New Year in high style with an epic night of scintillating music and song. It will be a rare chance for Galway audiences to catch We Banjo 3 live this year as they are in huge demand internationally.

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From Rose of Tralee to Renmore Panto

Thu, Dec 17, 2015

CHRISTMAS IS almost upon us and along with the mince pies, roast turkey and a beardy fat man in a red suit, Galwegians can also look forward, as always, to the Renmore Panto. This year’s offering is Jack and The Beanstalk, scripted by Panto Dame Peter Kennedy and directed by AIMS award-winning twins Brian and Seán Power.

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The Playboy – as you've never heard it before

Thu, Dec 17, 2015

THAT DOUGHTY old warhorse, JM Synge's The Playboy Of The Western World, has just been given a rollicking musical makeover by Galway artists Justin McCarthy and Diarmuid de Faoite and it is being broadcast this Saturday on RTÉ Radio 1 at 8pm.

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Glór Na hAoise –Triple CD of music and words inspired by Shell to Sea

Thu, Dec 10, 2015

OVER THE past decade the Shell To Sea protest campaign against the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo has not only made headlines in Ireland but around the world. In that time numerous artists - musicians, authors and poets - have lent their support to the campaign with an array of songs and writings that tell the stories of the issues and personalities involved with great eloquence and power.

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Catholic guilt and terrible weather make Irish Bitches Be Crazy

Thu, Dec 10, 2015

BEING EDUCATED by the nuns, being bowled over by the beauty of Brazilian women, pestering a teenager about social media, and the combined effects of bad weather and Roman Catholicism have all contributed to why Irish Bitches Be Crazy.

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December delight with Ballet Ireland’s witty Coppélia

Thu, Dec 03, 2015

THESE RECENT winter nights have been grey and gloomy indeed, but all that should be dispelled by Ballet Ireland when the company comes to the Town Hall Theatre with its sparkling new version of much-loved comic ballet Coppélia.

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'It's always about improving on what you've done'

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

THERE ARE few musicians, who, more than two decades into their career, produce a set of songs many regard as among their finest, if not indeed their best, that go on to get a Mercury award nomination, in a year which is also the 20th anniversary of the album with which they originally made their name.

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Italian artists Grounded in Galway

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

A BEGUILING exhibition featuring three Italian artists has opened in the Town Hall Theatre bar. Entitled Grounded, it features paintings and prints by Elena Dova, Gaia Biscardi and Gregorio Vecchione, all of whom have made their homes in Galway over the past couple of years.

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Pure imagination, based on science-fact

Thu, Nov 19, 2015

ART AND science, one based on subjectivity and a response to the emotions and imagination; the other the result of rational inquiry, study, and experiments to proving or disproving; would seem unlikely bedfellows, each requiring different sides of the brain.

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Two short operas about love and lies from OTC

Thu, Nov 19, 2015

OPERA THEATRE Company comes to the Town Hall Theatre on Monday November 23 at 8pm, with an exciting double bill of short works, Poulenc’s The Human Voice and Wolf Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret.

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Galway writer Alan McMonagle lands two-book deal with Picador

Thu, Nov 12, 2015

THE HIGHLY regarded Galway writer Alan McMonagle has just hit literary ‘paydirt’ as Picador has snapped up the rights to his debut novel, Ithaca, as well as its follow-up.

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Aimee Banks - Young Galway soprano aims for Eurovision glory

Thu, Nov 12, 2015

This year, for the first time, Ireland will be competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Sofia on Saturday November 21. Representing Ireland is Aimee Banks, a 13-year old from Moycullen, who will be singing ‘Réalta na Mara’/‘Star of the Sea’, a song which she co-wrote and composed.

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The Unlucky Cabin Boy

Thu, Nov 05, 2015

A GRIPPING true drama of shipwreck, cannibalism, and survival comes to the Black Box Theatre next week in the shape of the musical drama, The Unlucky Cabin Boy. Devised by Gúna Nua Theatre Company with playwright Mike Finn and The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, the show tells the story of teenager Patrick O’Brien of Limerick.

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Lasting impressions with Oliver Callan

Thu, Oct 29, 2015

HAVING KICKED off his latest Irish tour off with a packed Olympia Theatre gig recently, award-winning impressionist Oliver Callan is currently bringing his live music, satire, and comedy across the country sending up the top names in politics, sport, and entertainment. The Callan bus pulls into the Black Box Theatre on Friday November 27 at 8pm for what promises to be a laughter-packed evening.

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