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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