The chef, the cyclist, and the photographer

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

The Kenny family as photographed by Reg Gordon.

CHUTZPAH, RESTLESSNESS, imagination and no little skill across a range of disciplines have all played their part in photographer Reg Gordon’s eventful and varied career path.

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‘I like to be in America!’

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

ON THE mean streets of New York’s Upper West Side, where rival gangs jostle for territory, and will fight dirty for it, where newly arrived immigrants compete among themselves - and against other ethnicities - to survive in a society hostile to them, two young people fall in love.

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Jape - electronic tales from a Malmö resident

Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Richie Egan.

MALMÖ LIES at the very southwestern tip of Sweden’s Øresund strait. The nation’s third largest city, it is connected to the Danish capital Copenhagen via the massive, five mile long, Øresund Bridge. It is also home to many immigrant communities, mostly Middle Eastern and Eastern European, but among them is an Irishman, Richie Egan, better known as Jape.

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13 Hours, 11 songs, one rollicking, rootsy feast

Thu, Feb 12, 2015

DEVOTEES OF American roots and rockabilly should check out 13 Hours, the latest release from Joe Fury & The Hayride, which is guaranteed to get juke joints jumping, shebeens swinging, and honky-tonks hopping.

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‘It is all about stories’

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

THERE IS no doubt that one of this year’s hottest tickets in Irish theatre is Decadent Theatre Company’s imminent production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, which opens in the Town Hall Theatre later this month. So despite what you hear on the radio, Galway, not Dublin, gets to see the Irish premiere.

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‘I always wanted to have a career in performing’

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

SHE IS best known as Winnie McGoogan in her brother Brendan’s sitcom, Mrs Brown’s Boys, but now Eilish O’Carroll takes her own turn in the limelight with her acclaimed autobiographical solo show, Live Love, Laugh.

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The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

THEATRE LOVETT brings its unique brand of theatrical magic to the Town Hall Theatre next week with its latest touring show, The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly, by Australian author Finegan Kruckemeyer.

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Donal O’Kelly sets sail again with Catalpa

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

WRITER/PERFORMER Donal O’Kelly is taking to the theatrical high seas again with one of his most celebrated plays, Catalpa, which hoves to at the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday February 7.

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‘It’s all about political corruption’

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

THE FIRST ‘homegrown’ theatre highlight of the year is Theatrecorp’s staging of one of the greatest of all Jacobean tragedies - John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi - in the Black Box Theatre on Tuesday February 3. First staged around 1614, it is a dark and bloody drama about class, corruption, power, intrigue, murder, and madness.

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‘It turns the whole comedy gig format on its head’

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

“THE WHEEL of Fortune, round it goes, where it stops nobody knows” goes the old fairground cry and for Jason Byrne’s new show that cry will be the maxim of the night, taking the audience and the comedian himself into uncharted, maybe even unchartable, territory.

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Soundtracks for Superpowers

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich.

SOUNDTRACKS FOR Superpowers, Music For Galway’s 2015 midwinter festival comes to the Town Hall Theatre from Friday January 16 to Sunday 18, focusing on two composers who towered over their respective centuries - Joseph Haydn and Dmitri Shostakovich.

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'It’s a crazy world working in retail'

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

WELCOME TO the world of fashion retail - a labyrinth of sequins, hangers, sales targets, and bunions where ‘the customer is always right’. Four shop employees. One day on the shop floor. A day so jam-packed it is bursting at the seams, and the workers feel as disposable as the clothes they sell.

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Karl Spain - comedy as a vocation and way to survive Christmas

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Karl Spain. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

KARL SPAIN can afford to wear that trademark mischievous smile. The last two years have seen the Limerick comedian enjoying the form of his life and truly hit his stride as anyone who has seen him at either this, or last year’s, Galway comedy festivals will testify.

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Renmore Panto's Cinderella

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Deirdre Ní Chloscaí as Renmore Panto’s Cinderella.

THE RENMORE Pantomime is as much a part of Christmas in Galway as mulled wine and mistletoe and this year’s festive offering is Cinderella, which opens at the Town Hall Theatre on Monday December 29.

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Little John and his songs from the Swilly delta

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Little John with The Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

BELL, BOOK, and Candle, Paul Deacy’s swinging-est hipster book and music emporium, was the venue recently for the launch of Songs From The Swilly Delta, the fine new album from Little John Nee and the Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra.

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The body and soul behind Corp + Anam

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

TONIGHT SEES TG4 broadcast the second episode of the gutsy drama series Corp + Anam, written and directed by Darach Mac Con Iomaire and produced by Paddy Hayes’ Magamedia Productions.

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Youth Ballet West presents Ballet Egyptien & Teenage Kicks

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

GALWAY AUDIENCES can anticipate a fabulous evening of dance as Youth Ballet West presents its new work, Ballet Egyptien & Teenage Kicks, at the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday December 13 and Sunday 14 at 8pm.

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‘Of all the comic operas I know, this one is absolutely perfect’

Thu, Nov 27, 2014

'Trust me, I'm a scientist'

FAMOUS FOR its spellbinding music and sublime arias, especially ‘Una Furtiva Lagrima’, Donizetti’s ever-popular romantic comedy The Elixir Of Love has it all, from unrequited love, to devious deception and thwarted passion.

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Ultan Conlon - ‘Songwriting is the way I express myself’

Thu, Nov 27, 2014

Ultan Conlon.

His music has been played on RTÉ, Today FM, the BBC, and regional stations throughout Ireland. His albums have been acclaimed by music critics and bloggers. The video for his most recent single features Barry Ward, an emerging name in Irish film.

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‘It’s fierce, it’s dark, it’s full of conflict, but it’s actually all about love’

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

ON MONDAY February 2 1959, The Listowel Drama Group presented the premiere performance of Sive, John B Keane’s debut play, thus launching the career of one of Ireland’s most popular writers.

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