'We feel no nostalgia for the imperial era'

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Galway will host European royalty on Tuesday August 21, when His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Imre de Habsbourg-Lorraine of Austria, will participate in a ceremony at Galway Cathedral honouring his great-grandfather, Blessed Karl of Austria, who, as Karl I, was the last Habsburg Emperor.

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'The harmonica is the most expensive instrument in the world'

Thu, Aug 09, 2018

Nestled amid the cluster of arts and crafts enterprises to be found around the small courtyard of The Forge, in New Road, is the workshop of Cathal Johnson, player and repairer of harmonicas.

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'I will talk to anyone; all of the parties, all of the independents'

Thu, Aug 02, 2018

Sinn Féin’s new leader Mary Lou McDonald made a whistle-stop visit to Galway last Thursday and, despite that day’s chaotic traffic and torrential rain, she found time to sit with me and talk about issues like Brexit, Stormont, and entering government in the Republic.

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The final countdown

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

One hundred and forty nine years ago, Captain Wilson Lynch offered the use of one hundred and sixty acres of his family land on the outskirts of Galway city to host the Galway races. Hence the name for the new building which racegoers will see for the first time next week.

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'A bakery is a real inter-generational hub that connects people in a unique way'

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Generations of Galwegians will know the deep pleasure of stepping through the doorway of Griffins Bakery and inhaling the delicious aromas of its freshly baked breads, cakes, and pastries. That tantalising joy of heady fragrances is further fulfilled when one then gets to taste the wares. Yum, yum, and thrice yum!

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'Ireland has become front and centre in Brexit debate and British politicians are having to get their heads around that'

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Brexit D-Day is coming ever closer and yet the British government continues to lurch shambolically through the issue, its approach a chaotic mix of delusion and ineptitude. A refreshingly clear-eyed and illuminating view of Brexit can be found this weekend at the Galway Film Fleadh, when David Wilkinson’s documentary Postcards From the 48% will be screened at the Pálás cinema on Sunday afternoon.

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'If I want to achieve anything, I hope it will be Galway as a special place to live'

Thu, Jul 05, 2018

Walking through Galway city centre with Niall McNelis is something of a stop-start experience, albeit a most cordial nature. He seems to know every second person we pass, and given he has just been elected Mayor of Galway City, a lot of people want to wish him well. “I swear, these are not plants!” he jokes. “It’s not staged! But I have been flabbergasted by the amount of good will.”

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'Resistance to the far right has to come from the local level'

Thu, Jul 05, 2018

Among the speakers at the Galway International Arts Festival’s ‘First Thought Talks’ is Liz Fekete, director of Britain’s Institute of Race Relations. Her recently published book, Europe’s Fault Lines, examines the ominous rise of far right parties across the continent and attendant upsurge of racist and authoritarian policies and ideas.

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'I’ve always wanted to put a hole in a gallery floor'

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

Scottish artist David Mach is sure to supply a ‘wow factor’ to this year’s Galway International Arts Festival with his large scale installation, Rock’n’Roll, at the festival gallery in Market Street.

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'Country music full of soul'

Thu, Jun 21, 2018

Padraig Stevens and Leo Moran are about to launch their terrific new album, News From The Old Country.The product of a year’s work in the studio, and boasting contributions from The Whileaways, Pauline Scanlon and Mairtín O’Connor, it is a glowing affirmation of Stevens’ unique gifts as a songwriter and warm singer.

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‘Ulysses is a big, democratic book... and Joyce has a tonic sense of humour’

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

This Saturday, June 16, is Bloomsday and the Town Hall Theatre marks the occasion with a superb exhibition, Nighttown, featuring Joyce-inspired prints and drawings by Charles Cullen, which runs until the end of July.

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“We could have a huge culture of science and technology here in the west of Ireland”

Thu, Jun 07, 2018

The phrase ‘rising from the ashes’ may be a cliché for some but for Evelyn O’Toole, founder and CEO of trailblazing company Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS) and 2017’s Entrepreneur of the Year, it literally describes her path to business success. CLS is now the largest privately owned contract laboratory in Ireland with two facilities, one in Rosmuc and the other on the outskirt of Galway city, yet Evelyn only founded the company after losing her first job when her employer’s premises was destroyed by fire.

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‘When I do something I do it ‘all or nothing’

Thu, May 31, 2018

From panel beater and mechanic, to a boxer, and now a pole dancer subverting perceptions of what pole dancing is, while at the same time running her own fitness and dance classes, Racheal Palmer is a woman who does not believe boundaries are there to stop her, instead they are challenges to be overcome.

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‘Our biggest task at the moment is the environment and technology can help us’

Thu, May 24, 2018

He has been Galway Science Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, a recipient of Galway Mayoral Community and Social Award and both the Technology in Schools Award and Technology in the Community Award.

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'Everything you go through in life is valuable to a songwriter'

Thu, May 17, 2018

Legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean comes to Galway next month, when he plays Leisureland on Friday June 8 and Saturday 9. More than 50 years since he embarked on a full time career in music, he remains a committed and enthusiastic live performer while 2018 has also seen the release of a new studio album, Botanical Gardens.

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'Snooker is now played to a higher standard than in previous eras'

Thu, May 10, 2018

Earlier this week Mark Williams defeated John Higgins 18-16 in the pulsating final of the World Snooker Championship. Watching the tournament and commenting on it for the BBC was one of the all-time snooker greats, Steve Davis, who was World Champion six times during the 1980s.

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'Our biggest task at the moment is the environment and technology can help us'

Thu, May 03, 2018

He has been Galway Science Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, a recipient of Galway Mayoral Community and Social Award and both the Technology in Schools Award and Technology in the Community Award.

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'The lifeboat is part of Galway'

Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Galway’s character is defined by the currents and tides of river and sea and by the constant hum and variety of human activity all along those waters. Among the many ships and vessels, large and small, leisure and commercial, that ply those eddies, surely one of the most important is the RNLI Galway Lifeboat which operates out of its station on New Docks.

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'Literature did count for something and the authorities could be frightened of it'

Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Declan Kiberd has long been one of our most lively and illuminating literary critics and next week, at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, he will discuss his latest book, After Ireland.

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'I always try to deal with serious issues with humour'

Thu, Apr 05, 2018

Among the many fine writers coming to Galway for the Cúirt International Festival of Literature is Mexican novelist Juan Pablo Villalobos. The author of three bitingly funny books, Down The Rabbit Hole, Quesadillas, and I’ll Sell You A Dog, he delivers sharply satirical, sometimes surreal, depictions of Mexico’s political and economic instability and inequity, and its crime problems.

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