Paul Heaton - ‘My audience is used to me being a grumbleweed’

Thu, Oct 16, 2014

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.

AFTER 19 highly successful years, The Beautiful South called it a day in 2007 humorously citing “musical similarities” as the reason for the split. It marked the close of the second chapter of band leader Paul Heaton’s career - his first having been as leader/singer of The Housemartins - opening the way for his ‘third act’, that of solo artist.

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David Baddiel - ‘I’m very unreligious, but it doesn’t stop me being Jewish’

Thu, Oct 09, 2014

David Baddiel.

David Baddiel has been one of the major names in British comedy over the past near quarter of a century, even if, for most of that time he has been a writer rather than a stand-up, but his new show Fame, Not The Musical, is finally bring him face-to-face with audiences again.

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Judah Friedlander - ‘I kept hearing people talk about Galway. I thought ‘I gotta go there’

Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Judah Friedlander.

On the comedy stage, Judah Friedlander is The World Champion. He is the best athlete in the world, greatest martial artist, the sexual dream of every woman, and a role model to children.

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Remembering The Great War’s fallen Irish through art

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

Holly Mularkey. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

THE CENTENARY of the First World War has prompted many commemorations of, and fresh reflections on, that vast and cataclysmic conflict. Here in Ireland it has occasioned a reclaiming of the history of the many thousands of Irishmen who served and died in the war and whose stories had largely been erased from official memory until recent years.

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Willie Ruane - from fullback to Connacht CEO

Thu, Aug 14, 2014

Fullback Willie Ruane - Ballina, Galwegians, Connacht and the Barbarians - in action with Galwegians in the All Ireland League in 2001.

New Connacht CEO Willie Ruane’s career might be steeped in making tough financial decisions necessary for his new role, but he is distinctly nostalgic when recalling his playing time with the province.

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The Sardinian who loves the Galway rain

Thu, Jul 17, 2014

Ambra Porcedda

“I decided to be a proper writer because of Galway. It gave me the power and belief to do things. I hope to move here and spend more time in the city. There is nothing like Galway - I even love when it rains here.”

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Gabriel Weston: The world of a high functioning multi-tasker

Thu, Jul 03, 2014

Gabriel Weston is a woman of many professional pursuits, between being a practicing surgeon, an accomplished writer, and a BBC presenter.

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Born radical - Margaretta D’Arcy at eighty

Thu, Jun 19, 2014

Margaretta D’Arcy. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

“You’re not meant to be here! You’re meant to be at home with a cat on your knee, listening to the radio!”, so said inmates in Limerick Prison and Mountjoy upon seeing Margaretta D’Arcy join them behind bars.

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Christy Moore - Where he came from

Thu, May 08, 2014

Christy Moore makes a welcome return visit to Galway next week when he plays two concerts in Leisureland, on Thursday May 15, and Friday 16 (the latter is already sold out). Ahead of his appearances here, he took some time to chat about his life-long love for music, his family and his current tour.

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‘Ireland took the bullet for Europe when the banks collapsed’

Thu, Apr 17, 2014

Lorraine Higgins. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy.

“Ireland took the bullet for the EU” over the collapse of the continent’s economic and banking institutions, and now “it’s pay back time”, as younger generations should not have to face a future of “austerity in perpetuity”.

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Sam Lipsyte: Doulos, Dungeon Masters, and delusions

Thu, Apr 03, 2014

Sam Lipsyte

One of the most endearing truths about Galway is its capacity for broadening minds and horizons.

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‘I find great humour in the west, especially among women’ – Anakana Schofield

Thu, Mar 27, 2014

Anakana Schofield, award-winning Irish-Canadian novelist

“It’s hard to believe I’ve been answering questions about this book for two years,” muses author Anakana Schofield, speaking from her Vancouver home.

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