'You have to take life seriously. It needs more respect than we give it'

Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Kristin Hersh has a very definite memory of Galway, not the year, but of an experience of the city. “I played a festival here,” she recalls. “There were Japanese drummers, I was watching them at the Spanish Arch, with the sun setting. They were like trapeze artists, but without the trapeze. That’s my Galway.”

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Re-imagining the city in a transitional time

Thu, Nov 03, 2016

Tomorrow sees the official launch of this year’s TULCA Festival of Visual Arts at its gallery in Fairgreen Road. TULCA 2016, which runs to Sunday November 20, will be the most ambitious festival to date with a programme of exhibitions, events, performances, discussions, film screenings and provocations.

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One man's love affair with ice

Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Doug Allan would make a dream dinner guest with his fund of stories from an eventful life. He has travelled all over the world, from the Andes to Africa and from the Antarctic to the Arctic. He is a wildlife cameraman and has had close encounters with whales, sharks, and polar bears. His screen credits include classic David Attenborough series like Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Life in the Freezer. And finally, he is a compelling and charismatic speaker.

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'My vision is to put Irish food on an international footing with France, Spain and Italy'

Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Next Monday and Tuesday, more than 50 of the world’s leading chefs will converge in Galway for the second annual Food On The Edge symposium, to discuss the future of food with industry professionals and food enthusiasts from far and wide.

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‘It’s all about me encouraging children to get involved with books’

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

PJ Lynch, Ireland's Laureate na nÓg, and an acclaimed book illustrator and artist from Belfast, who has won numerous awards for his work, will launch this year's Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.

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Showcasing the best of Galway food

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Loughrea based mother-of-seven is going from strength to strength. Although just over nine months in business, products from the Galway Food Company are now being stocked in 220 stores nationwide.

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‘When the heart is yearning it speaks volumes’

Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Few can resist the seductive charms of a love song and down the ages Ireland has proffered its share of heart-beguiling airs. Galway author Gerry Hanberry has now taken 15 famous Irish love songs and tells the story of the women who inspired them, in his new book, On Raglan Road, published by Collins Press.

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Adding some sparkle to our lives

Thu, Sep 29, 2016

It is wonderful to see so many Galway woman thriving in the world of fashion, and milliner and jewellery designer Brid O’Driscoll is another steadily making a name for herself in the business. She has been building a widespread client base since 2010, designing hats, headpieces, and neckpieces for mothers-of-the-bride and groom, wedding guests, and race goers among others.

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A Galwayman's tales from the Calais ‘Jungle Camp'

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Last weekend, newspapers carried headlines about a 14-year-old Afghan boy, Raheemullah Oryakhel. He was killed in a hit and run after being tossed from a lorry in Calais which he had been trying to board in an attempt to get to Britain. The boy had family in the UK, and was entitled to move there, but he had despaired of the endless bureaucratic delays with his application, delays which, he felt, seemed deliberate.

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'Change starts with the people demanding reform'

Thu, Sep 15, 2016

One of the biggest TV hits, indeed phenomena, of the past year, was the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, about the trial of Wisconsin man Steven Avery, who had previously been freed from prison after DNA evidence proved he was innocent of a rape and attempted murder conviction for which he had served 18 years.

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'I don't think anything is more important than satirising ISIS'

Thu, Sep 08, 2016

IN FEBRUARY 2015, three British-Muslim teenagers, Shamima Begum, Amira Abase (both 15), and Kadiza Sultana (16), ran away from their homes in Bethnal Green, east London, to join ISIS in Syria and become 'jihadi brides'. The incident prompted inevitable questions about the nature of Islam and accusations that extremist tendencies and behavior are endemic within the religion.

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The east-west memories of a Japanese-Irish artist

Thu, Aug 11, 2016

FRIDAY AUGUST 12 sees the opening of a dual exhibition at the 126 Gallery in Woodquay featuring the work of Shane Keisuke Berkery and Ruby Wallis. Entitled, With Each It Is Different and The Same, it sees Berkery and Wallis create a visual dialogue between painting and photography.

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For the birds...for the swans

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

The summer months can be hazardous times for young birds. Prowling cats, passing cars, and many other perils can result in birds being injured or orphaned. Luckily, Galway & Claddagh Swan Rescue has become expert in saving such birds, caring for them at its sanctuary in Lough Rusheen Park in Barna, and restoring them to the wild.

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'The little sparks of human nature are evident in the larger mechanisms'

Thu, Jul 07, 2016

THREE PEOPLE have profoundly shaped Mick Flannery the musician, and the music he creates - his mother Elaine; Ricky Lynch, a prominent musician in County Cork; and a chance encounter of a haunting Kurt Cobain performance.

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Awaiting Judgment Day

Thu, Jun 23, 2016

Patricia Philbin is coolness personified. For a woman who is driving a project that is worth an estimated €50 million to Galway, she is very laid back about it all. She is that way because Galway is very confident about its bid — a 100-page document outlining more than 40 projects that will transform this city for a period of five years — and then for about a century after.

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Taking on the world... and winning

Fri, Jun 17, 2016

In a room filled to capacity, with almost 2,000 budding culinary writers and publishers in attendance, Galway author Michael O’Meara sits on the edge of his seat and thinks.

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'I love to be able to get at the work'

Thu, Jun 09, 2016

One of my abiding memories of Brían Bourke is of the day I visited him at his home with my two daughters who were then aged seven and five. Brian took us out to his garden where my daughters saw there was a trampoline. Brian promptly invited them to play on it and, removing his own shoes, was soon bouncing along energetically with them to their huge delight and entertainment.

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‘First time I did standup I thought I’d have to call an ambulance

Thu, Jun 02, 2016

"I took some silage down in Loughrea, to show the farmers I'm no fool. I got plenty money in the bank, I got a new slurry tank and I'm sitting at the bar on a stool."

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'We found we had a lot in common, and a similar vision'

Thu, May 26, 2016

Dani Gill and Finbar247 have both made strong impressions on the Galway arts world in recent years - Gill as director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, and Finbar247 as a graffiti and visual artist who has transformed many drab city walls into vibrant, colourful spaces.

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'Radio Éireann was a university of the air for me'

Thu, May 19, 2016

How did Terry Wogan inaugurate young announcers? Why did the newsreader fall off the chair? What caused Larry Gogan to collapse in giggles? Irish radio is not always as serious as it has sounded.

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