Two women’s poems of experience

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

POST-HEANEY, Irish poetry is in desperate need of a 'next big thing'. It should, preferably, be a poet with a haircut sufficiently stylish to allow him/her at least pretend to be young.

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Theatre review: Eternal Youth (Cáca Dána Theatre Company)

Tue, Feb 28, 2017

BRIGHT YOUNG things Cáca Dána Theatre Company, formed in Galway just last year, were in the Town Hall Studio recently with their second production; Niamh Ryan’s hugely impressive Eternal Youth.

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Album review: WHY?

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

THERE ARE few more individual, yet conversely definitive, voices in American indie than WHY? founder/leader/singer Yoni Wolf, and his brilliance and ambition as a songwriter, indeed composer, is writ large on Moh Lhean.

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Review: That Same Old Story (Espresso Theatre Company, Town Hall studio)

Wed, Feb 22, 2017

GERRY CONNEELY'S Espresso Theatre Company graced the Town Hall studio last week with his warmly funny, Valentine's-appropriate, love-themed musical play That Same Old Story.

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Gender battles and a sexually ambiguous Greek (rock) god

Wed, Feb 15, 2017

CURRENTLY RUNNING at Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre, Max Hafler’s terrific production of Euripides’ The Bacchae attests to the gifted student talent of NUI Galway’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance and Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland.

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Protest prayers of the Hello magazine era

Thu, Feb 09, 2017

AN EMINENT literary gent recently used the pages of a leading poetry journal to take issue with “the new troubadours of protest and dissent whose combative views” are, he claimed, “promulgated like Papal bulls.”

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Album review: Sleater-Kinney

Thu, Feb 02, 2017

LIVE ALBUMS are very much a seventies phenomenon, the closest many fans could get to being at a show from a time when most bands would not darken the door of venues outside (a few) capital cities.

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Michel Déon - Galway’s adopted Frenchman

Thu, Feb 02, 2017

IN THE late sixties, when a French author and revered member of the Academie Francaise, Michel Déon, came to County Galway with his wife Chantal, he probably had no idea he would spend the remainder of his life - spanning almost a half of a century - here, and that Galway was where he would pass away.

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Album review: Rose Elinor Dougall

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

IT DOESN'T matter if you remember the Pipettes or not, as there is no trace of their doo-wop revival style in former member Rose Elinor Dougall's second album, which instead brims with high end pop and sumptuous indie.

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Album review: The Flaming Lips

Thu, Jan 12, 2017

NEVER DID I think I would see the day that the show stealing track on a Flaming Lips album would be the one chiefly sung by Miley Cirus, but then Miley long stopped being predictable.

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Morgan’s first run

Thu, Jan 05, 2017

THERE IS no more appropriate way for this column to celebrate the New Year other than by reviewing the first collection of a young Galway poet who had come to notice while still at school.

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How to steal your friend’s girlfriend with a Thin Lizzy LP

Thu, Jan 05, 2017

LITERATURE AND music have long had an intimate relationship, and the music of a word is often as important as its literal meaning. A new anthology - Fermata - Writings inspired by Music, showcases writing written in response to music.

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THE BEST MUSIC OF 2016

Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Irish Album of The Year

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What Elsie Martin’s husband chose to do to his wife

Thu, Dec 15, 2016

TRAMP PRESS'S most recent publication, Orange Horses, a collection of short stories by seriously overlooked Irish writer Maeve Kelly, is the third in its Recovered Voices series.

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Album review: The Wedding Present

Thu, Dec 08, 2016

A SLOW, atmospheric, post-rock instrumental is not what a seasoned Wedding Present listener expects to hear, nor a stately and majestic track built around a worldless choir of male and female vocals, nor a sublime movement for string quartet and piano.

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Book review: Not backpacking in Oz

Thu, Dec 08, 2016

THERE ARE three central characters in EM Reapy's debut novel Red Dirt: Fiona, who has fled Ireland to extricate herself from an abusive relationship; Hopper, who is trying to find himself by taking acid and being left for dead in the outback; and Murph, whose family back home have been broken by the great construction crash of 2008.

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Máirtín Mór - the man who was Galway

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

IT IS a measure of the man named Máirtín Mór that, more than 80 years after his passing, mention of the name to certain generations of Galwegians, brings an instant reaction of awe, mingled with a touch of fear.

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Album review: Body/Head

Thu, Nov 17, 2016

IN HIS despair MacBeth chastised humans, and thereby life, as "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". Kim Gordon's music has long been driven by "sound and fury" but is certainly not meaningless.

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Theatre review: The Playboy of the Western World - the musical

Wed, Nov 09, 2016

THE PLAYBOY of the Western World has had countless outings and re-imaginings since its 1905 premiere, but few as rollicking and royally entertaining as Justin McCarthy and Diarmuid De Faoite’s musical version running in the Town Hall Theatre until Saturday.

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Album review: Oh Boland

Thu, Nov 03, 2016

ASK NIALL Murphy, or rather, get into an engrossing discussion with him on music, and eventually he will come straight out and say it: "I'm a punk". Give him another few minutes and he'll cough up: "But I really like Yes...but no I'm a punk!"

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