Kenneth Webb - 'The west always called me'

Thu, Jul 20, 2017

A 64-year relationship between an artist and a gallery is rare, but that is how long the painter Kenneth Webb and the Kenny Gallery have been working together. Since he first walked in their door in Galway, both the gallery and the artist’s work have gone through many changes.

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'I just wanted to do something without compromising'

Thu, Jul 13, 2017

JFDR is the latest project of the gifted and prolific Icelandic singer-songwriter Jófríður Ákadóttir. Only 23, she has already released a string of albums with Samaris and Pascal Pinon, collaborated with Gangly, Low Roar, and Lapalux, and in March, released her first solo album, Brazil, to rave reviews. On July 30, she brings the curtain down on this year’s GIAF with a gig in the Róisín Dubh.

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‘I just wanted to do something

Thu, Jul 13, 2017

JFDR is the latest project of the gifted and prolific Icelandic singer-songwriter Jófríður Ákadóttir. Only 23, she has already released a string of albums with Samaris and Pascal Pinon, collaborated with Gangly, Low Roar, and Lapalux, and in March, released her first solo album, Brazil, to rave reviews. On July 30, she brings the curtain down on this year’s GIAF with a gig in the Róisín Dubh.

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'It’s frightening to explore the more vulnerable spaces of yourself'

Thu, Jul 06, 2017

He will play the role of a silent man in an opera at the Galway International Arts Festival. He will appear as an IRA volunteer determined to break out of the Maze prison in the Galway Film Fleadh. He is an essential part of the Druid Ensemble team of actors. Yet Aaron Monaghan admits acting was something he came into “at the very last minute”.

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'When we came to Galway the atmosphere was totally different to any other city in Ireland'

Thu, Jun 29, 2017

The opening film in this year’s Galway Film Fleadh is Song Of Granite, an absorbing and lyrical portrait of legendary sean-nós singer Joe Heaney. It is directed by Pat Collins best known for his acclaimed documentaries on Michael Hartnett, John McGahern, Frank O’Connor, Gabriel Byrne, and Tim Robinson. While Song Of Granite is a feature film, it fits seamlessly into that body of work.

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‘When we came to Galway the atmosphere was totally different to any other city in Ireland’

Thu, Jun 29, 2017

The opening film in this year’s Galway Film Fleadh is Song Of Granite, an absorbing and lyrical portrait of legendary sean-nós singer Joe Heaney. It is directed by Pat Collins best known for his acclaimed documentaries on Michael Hartnett, John McGahern, Frank O’Connor, Gabriel Byrne, and Tim Robinson. While Song Of Granite is a feature film, it fits seamlessly into that body of work.

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'I prefer to get things across in a few lines'

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Cartoonist Richard Chapman has been a familiar and valued presence on the local and national cultural landscape for more than 30 years during which his sharp wit has enlivened the pages of the Galway Advertiser, The City Tribune, The Phoenix, The Irish Times, and many other publications.

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Galway Feminist Festival - a space, a platform, a 'call to action'

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

THE SECOND Galway Feminist Festival is coming. It's not going to be small. It’s not going to be niche. This year it’s bigger, broader, and it’s going overground. “We wanted to create a festival and a space in which to have conversations about feminism,” says Jacinta. “And to have then unapologetically!” adds Mariel.

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'I fought back, I shouted back. If I think something is wrong I call it out'

Thu, Jun 15, 2017

If there is a protest, a march, a meeting, or some kind of political event going on in Galway city, you can be sure to see him there. Wherever there is a progressive or protest body, group, or organisation, he has probably helped found it, is an active member, or at the very least plays a role in supporting it.

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‘I prefer to get things across in a few lines’

Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Cartoonist Richard Chapman has been a familiar and valued presence on the local and national cultural landscape for more than 30 years during which his sharp wit has enlivened the pages of the Galway Advertiser, The City Tribune, The Phoenix, The Irish Times, and many other publications.

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The coach who taught Connacht Rugby how to turn dreams into reality

Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Pat Lam, the former Connacht Rugby coach is the man who taught Connacht Rugby how to turn dreams into reality - the Pro 12 trophy is the most tangible evidence. Every coach wants to make that difference, to achieve success on the pitch. Lam has fulfilled that brief, and ultimately has left Connacht Rugby in a better place.

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Dancing in the street

Thu, Jun 01, 2017

One of the best-known and most popular of Galway’s current crop of street entertainers is sean-nós dancer Emma O’Sullivan who regularly beguiles city strollers with her fine and fancy footwork.

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From Galway Sportsground to the Mongol Steppes

Thu, May 25, 2017

The Galway Film Fleadh is rapidly approaching and among the gems to look out for is the world premiere of All The Wild Horses, Ivo Marloh’s terrific feature-length documentary about the Mongol Derby.

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'I don’t care about medals, I want to try different ideas'

Thu, May 18, 2017

Celebrity garden designer Diarmuid Gavin will be bringing his green-fingered wit and wisdom to Galway next month for a one-man show at the Town Hall Theatre where he will explore the world of gardening, with stories of the Chelsea Flower Show, where he has exhibited nine times, winning the Gold Medal in 2011 for his Irish Sky Garden.

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‘I don’t care about medals, I want to try different ideas’

Thu, May 18, 2017

Celebrity garden designer Diarmuid Gavin will be bringing his green-fingered wit and wisdom to Galway next month for a one-man show at the Town Hall Theatre where he will explore the world of gardening, with stories of the Chelsea Flower Show, where he has exhibited nine times, winning the Gold Medal in 2011 for his Irish Sky Garden.

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'If you come to Merlin Woods once you’ll want to come all the time'

Thu, May 11, 2017

"There is joy in the woods just now/The leaves are whispers of song/And the birds make mirth on the bough/And music the whole day long." On these balmy May days, Merlin Woods certainly live up to those lines by poet Claude McKay.

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‘There is exceptional writing out there by women that needs to be supported’

Thu, May 04, 2017

They have published three of the most talked about, and critically acclaimed, Irish novels of recent years - including the award winning Solar Bones by Mayo born, Galway based author Mike McCormack - but for Tramp Press’s Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen, there is still a lot to be done, and many attitudes still to be changed.

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'Galway was a friendly, spiritual, city, so I decided to remain here'

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

In 2014, Galway saw the opening of its first mosque - the Mosque of Mary on the Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit. It was erected by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community which is headed by Imam Ibrahim Noonan, a man with strong faith and a fascinating life story as I discovered when meeting him for an afternoon chat in the House Hotel.

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‘Long blond hair and an afghan coat’

Thu, Apr 13, 2017

THIS SATURDAY marks the 30th anniversary of the death of the legendary Galway fiddle player and traditional Irish musician Mickey Finn. His passing will be marked in a weekend of memorial sessions at The Crane Bar, from Friday April 21 to Sunday 23, featuring Mickey’s widow, Lena Finn, as well as Sean Ryan, Jackie Small, and Mickey’s brother Johnny Finn.

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'Sex writing is like any other kind of writing; it’s got to be about character'

Thu, Mar 30, 2017

Perhaps I should start this interview with a disclaimer; despite our shared surname novelist Eimear McBride and I are entirely unrelated. Nor indeed, just for future reference, have I any connection to rugby great Willie John McBride, country star Big Tom McBride, or Brit-bashing ballad hero Arthur McBride.

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