'We’re a three-headed monster!'

Thu, May 25, 2017

THEY GREW up in a house where good music was always being played, where parents and neighbours loved a sing-song. That Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor would eventually form a band seems to have always been on the cards, but it could have been so different. Had things worked out another way, the sisters could today be a comedy trio.

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Waves - paying homage to pioneering Australian women

Thu, May 18, 2017

AUSTRALIAN SWIMMER Elizabeth Moncello was the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke. She had a watertight reason for learning to swim and watching schools of fish, penguins, and other amphibian friends taught her how.

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Sexy, outrageous, unclassifiable - Galway Burlesque Festival 2017

Thu, May 18, 2017

FROM THE sexy to the outrageous, from the traditional to the utterly unclassifiable, the 2017 Galway Burlesque Festival has it all, as burlesque performers from across the world will be strutting their fabulously wonderful stuff in the city next week.

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'Comedy is paying the bills which is both weird and amazing'

Thu, May 11, 2017

HE HAS been called ‘The Hairy Baby’. It’s a mystery no one has yet called him ‘The Bearded Wonder’. What is absolutely certain though, is that Steve Bennett is Irish Comedian Of The Year 2016, Róisín Dubh Comedy Clubh MC, and a serious comedic talent, with the potential to go far in the business.

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'When you are in front of an audience your job is to entertain them'

Thu, May 04, 2017

ALL CONQUERING quartet We Banjo 3 make a rare hometown appearance at the end of this month when they play The Black Box for a 'Monroe's Live presents...' show on Friday May 26 at 8pm and it promises to be a storming gig.

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“I wanted to make it more scary” - updating Giselle

Thu, May 04, 2017

BALLET IRELAND is touring a new version of Giselle, the haunting story of love and betrayal, choreographed by one of Europe’s foremost emerging choreographers, former Royal Ballet dancer Ludovic Ondiviela.

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'You can feminise yourself in a macho way and no one can touch you'

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

TRY SAYING ‘Shut Up, Dylan’, the title of Steven Sharpe & The Broke Straight Boys' debut album, either in your head or out load, and it’s near impossible to deliver it without the inflections, patterns, and tones with which Steven would say it himself.

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Yrsa Daley-Ward - ‘We’ve all experienced the same emotions’

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

HER SURNAMES are Irish, her parentage is Afro-Carribean, she grew up with Seventh Day Adventists, and she is an LGBT writer; Yrsa Daley-Ward is a one-woman rainbow coalition. This month, Cúirt audiences can savour her exhilaratingly raw and sensual writing when she reads at the Town Hall Theatre.

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Rise up and shine - Elaine Feeney's 'multi-layred' take on poetry and life

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

EMPEROR DARTH Sidious ordered Lord Vadar to 'Rise...!' in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; WB Yeats threatened to "arise and go now, and go to Inishfree"; The Cardigans sang "Rise and shine my sister" - one word, yet each usage has very different connotations.

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Simon Armitage and ‘a good day’s work’ at poetry

Thu, Apr 13, 2017

AMONG THE hot tickets at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature, one of the hottest is Simon Armitage. Since making his debut with Zoom, in 1989, the prolific and versatile Yorkshireman has produced brilliant, award-winning works in poetry, prose, television, theatre and opera.

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'If you show your vulnerability people connect to that'

Thu, Apr 06, 2017

"WHEN THE conversations are over/in your car, by the sea,/You are still here/and so am I/after love." These are the opening lines of Dani Gill’s new poetry collection, After Love, which is published by Salmon and launched this Saturday at 2.30pm in the House Hotel.

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'Ilenkus is a marriage between sounds'

Thu, Apr 06, 2017

THERE ARE few sonic hurricanes of such intense fearsomeness as that which is unleashed by Galway post-metal band Ilenkus, and in their new EP, Hunger, they have delivered their most uncompromisingly ferocious music to date.

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Foil Arms and Hog - the end of Doomdah, the beginning of Oink

Thu, Mar 30, 2017

WHEN THE crowd in the Town Hall Theatre rose to give Foil Arms and Hog a standing ovation after they performance their show, Doomdah, last Friday night, it was a deserved accolade, but perhaps, for the comedians, a bittersweet one.

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'I felt part of the Irish and Caribbean communities at the same time'

Thu, Mar 30, 2017

THE 'GRACE' case, which has generated many headlines lately, has focused attention on the foster care system and its shortcomings. It is a story that adds topicality to the Cúirt appearance of Kit de Waal, whose much-praised novel My Name is Leon, conjures a world of broken families and fostering in 1980s London.

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'Music can express something poetry can’t - it gives extra emotional colour'

Thu, Mar 16, 2017

TWO VERY different albums - one a debut, the other something of a ‘comeback’ - are about to be released on the independent Galway record label Rusted Rail, and both will be launched at a forthcoming Citóg gig.

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A Swedish woman’s Galway view of Scandinavia

Thu, Mar 09, 2017

THE LAST Wilderness is set to be a milestone in the career of Galway based artist Cecilia Danell. Not only a major solo exhibition, opening in the Galway Arts Centre on Dominick Street, tomorrow evening, it will be the most extensive, and varied, display of work from this multi-talented creative to date.

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Dave at Large: remembering and reinventing Dave Allen

Thu, Mar 09, 2017

DAVE AT Large, a new comedy starring Bryan Murray, of Fair City and The Irish RM fame, tells the extraordinary story of the controversial and ground breaking Irish comedian Dave Allen, whose rise to fame saw him become one of the most challenging yet popular comedians and television personalities of his day.

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Eoin Colfer - Balancing laughs with pathos

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

GALWAY THEATRE-goers are in for a treat next weekend at the Town Hall with two performances of the achingly funny and touching drama, My Real Life, written by Eoin Colfer and performed by Don Wycherley.

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Omid Djalili - taking on the schmucks of this world

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

"NEVER USE schmuck lightly, or in the presence of women and children," wrote Leo Rosten in his book, The Joys of Yiddish. Why? Because it is a very naughty word for the very naughty bits of a man.

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‘The far right don’t get the subtleties of provocative humour’

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

THE SCOTTISH scourge of Trump supporters; exposer of the hypocrisy of Alt-Right 'free speech’ advocates; an inveterate Tweeter; a star of TV, Vine, and webcams; author of “daft wee stories”; a phenomenon - Limmy is a Renaissance man of modern Comedy.

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