Theatre review: Ballyturk

Tue, Jul 15, 2014

Cillian Murphy and Mikil Murfi.

“BEAUTIFUL, HILARIOUS, dark as death.” So tweeted actress Olwen Fouéré after seeing the opening of Enda Walsh’s new play Ballyturk, which got the Galway International Arts Festival off to a flying start at the Black Box yesterday evening.

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Cinema review: An Bronntanas

Mon, Jul 14, 2014

AN BRONNTANAS, set and filmed in the west of Ireland, with dialogue almost entirely as Gaeilge, and with a host of young, local, actors, was a fine choice as the closing film of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

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Cinema review: Begin Again

Wed, Jul 09, 2014

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in Begin Again.

BEGIN AGAIN, the new comedy-drama/musical from Irish director John Carney opened the 26th Galway Film Fleadh when it was screened in the Town Hall Theatre on Tuesday.

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Album review: Parquet Courts

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

DO I like Parquet Courts's Sunbathing Animal because it is good on its own merits, or is it because I love Pavement and these guys so obviously do as well?

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Gerry Hanberry’s new poetic shoes

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Gerry Hanberry

JIMMY NAIL sang about ‘Crocodile Shoes’, Ian Dury had New Boots and Panties, but in his fourth collection of poems, Galway writer Gerry Hanberry ponders What Our Shoes Say About Us.

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Theatre review: Nora Barnacle – Signora Joyce

Thu, Jun 19, 2014

Ann Marie Horan as Nora Barnacle.

WHILE DUBLINERS were observing Bloomsday by donning Edwardian costumes and retracing Leopold Bloom’s feted journey around the capital, in Galway the day saw the opening of Ann Marie Horan’s very enjoyable one-woman play Nora Barnacle – Signora Joyce.

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Album review: Haunted Hearts

Thu, Jun 12, 2014

SUBJECT MATTER wise, Haunted Hearts debut album Initiation (Zoo Music) is a little naughty, being inspired by the New York S&M scene of the 1970s and 1980s.

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Galway’s answer to David Lynch

Thu, Jun 12, 2014

The Pauline Bewick painting used on the cover of Hellkite.

SINCE 2001, Geraldine Mills has published six books - each its own particular kind of gem - and yet she is much less famous than she should be.

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Of Magdalenes and poets

Thu, Jun 12, 2014

Author Patrica Burke Brogan at The Magdalen Women Memorial, Forster Street. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

IT IS difficult for an increasing section of the Irish population to visualise the utter power wielded by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland prior to the mid-sixties. The law of the State was dictated, not by the taoiseach and ministers in Dáil Éireann, but by the bishops and priests from the pulpit.

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Album review - Sharon Van Etten

Thu, May 29, 2014

Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (Jagjaguwar)

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Album review: La Sera

Thu, May 29, 2014

La Sera - Hour Of The Dawn (Hardly Art)

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Album review: windings/Land Lovers

Thu, May 15, 2014

THE SPLIT release has a long tradition within independent and alternative music, going back to at least the early 1980s. This particular incarnation of the format, released through Out On A Limb Records and the Popical Island lable finds Limerick’s windings sharing space with Dublin’s Land Lovers.

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Man who had no interest in talking rubbish

Thu, May 01, 2014

TOM DUDDY, who was taken far too soon by cancer in June 2012, is one of those poets whose work is not as well-known as it should be; though those familiar with Duddy’s poetry hold it in the highest regard.

Tom lectured in philosophy at NUI Galway for many years and was the author of a substantial study of the Irish contribution to philosophy, A History of Irish Thought. For much of his life Tom read and wrote poetry almost in secret. He was a little nervous that his fellow philosophers might see poetry as a frivolous activity when set against the admittedly serious business of working out the meaning of human existence.

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Talking books: A service Galway can be proud of

Thu, May 01, 2014

IN 1974, Galway County Libraries set up a service for the blind and visually impaired to allow them enjoy the benefits of the library. It was modelled on one already provided by the National Council for the Blind and Galway remains the only public library in Ireland to provide it. It is totally free of charge.

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Damon Albarn's Everyday Robots

Thu, May 01, 2014

IS IT surprising Damon Albarn has taken this long to make a solo album? As one of the major figures in British popular music for close to 25 years, Blur, Gorillaz, his collaborations with African musicians and composer Michael Nyman, have given him plenty creative endeavours to be going on with.

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Album review - The Pixies

Thu, Apr 17, 2014

WHEN THE Pixies reformed a number of years ago and started touring again, the welcome was warm and the verdict positive.

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Hugo Hamilton remembers Nuala O’Faolain

Thu, Apr 03, 2014

HUGO HAMILTON, the author of acclaimed novel, The Speckled People, will read at this year’s Cúirt literature festival.

Hamilton - along with fellow Dubliner Roddy Doyle - will read from his new book, Every Single Minute, in the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday April 10 at 8.30pm. Published in February, the book details Hugo’s trip to Berlin with his friend Nuala O’Faolain, who passed away only 10 days after their holiday.

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Album review: Arc Iris

Thu, Apr 03, 2014

AFTER TWO barely noticed albums in the mid-noughties, Rhode Island folk-rock/indie-folk trio The Low Anthem struck creative gold with 2009’s Oh My God, Charlie Darwin.To hold their own and not be outdone by the considerable shadow cast by Fleet Foxes’ magical debut was some achievement, as was the band’s ability to balance the rabble rousing, beer’n’brawling side of folk, with the genre’s sensitive, introspective, side, showing in the process, an emphatic understanding and love for the heritage of this Hiberno-British-American strain of music.

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Stickies, Provos and the ‘genius’ of Sir Ian Freeland

Thu, Jul 04, 2013

YOU WERE always a great one for your turning points,” one of Samuel Beckett’s characters says. Northern Ireland is similarly a great place for forks in the road after which next to nothing is the same again.

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