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'Poetry can illuminate people’s lives'

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

Moya Cannon.

Among the attractions of the upcoming Clifden Arts Festival is the launch of the latest poetry collection by Moya Cannon, entitled Keats Lives and published by Carcanet Press. It is also something of a homecoming, as Moya was a long longtime stalwart of Galway’s literary scene.

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‘Public libraries are changing’

Thu, Aug 20, 2015

Peter Rabbitt of Galway county library service. 
Photo by Mike Shaughnessy.

Working out of Library Headquarters in Island House, Galway county librarian Peter Rabbitt oversees a service that comprises 29 libraries across the city, county, and islands, one which has a membership of some 40,000 regular users. The City Library in Hynes Building alone issues some 90,000 books each year, while the total for the county is some 600,000.

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'In burlesque we see a different idea of femininity and it is empowering'

Thu, Aug 06, 2015

Shir Madness. Photo:- Rick Taylor

It is a story countless Galwegians are familiar with. You meet a person from outside the county or outside Ireland, and they tell you how they came here on a holiday, to study, or perhaps were just passing through, never intending to stay more than a few months, 12 at the most. Years later, they are still here, and regard the city as their home as much as any born and bred Galwegian.

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'Alice In Wonderland was my introduction to surrealism'

Thu, Jul 23, 2015

Tom Mathews pictured with Margaret Nolan of The Town Hall Theatre in Tigh Neachtains Pub promoting his exhibition of titled Alice In Galway which open in the Town Hall on Friday. Photo:- Mike ShaughnessyTom Mathews pictured with Margaret Nolan of The Town Hall Theatre in Tigh Neachtains Pub promoting his exhibition Alice In Galway which is running in the Town Hall. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Cartoonist, painter, poet, novelist, critic, rock musician, punster, polymath, raconteur and wit; Tom Mathews has so many strings to his bow he could open his own archery club.

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'As an actor you’re not at the top of the food chain in the film world'

Thu, Jul 09, 2015

John C Reilly.

“The man who was Wreck-it Ralph just phoned and he’ll ring back in 10 minutes” hollered my excited daughter through the living room window that she had expressly opened for hollering purposes.

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‘I think the world has changed rather than me’

Thu, Jul 02, 2015

Panti. Photo:- Conor Hogan.

The world - or at least the Western world - is a very different place now in July to what it was in May. In the space of around six weeks, Ireland became the first State where same-sex marriage was endorsed by the public through a referendum - kickstarting calls in Germany and Australia for the same; while the United States voted to approve gay marriage following a Supreme Court decision.

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'I think the world has changed rather than me'

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Panti. Photo:- Conor Hogan.

The world - or at least the Western world - is a very different place now in July to what it was in May. In the space of around six weeks, Ireland became the first State where same-sex marriage was endorsed by the public through a referendum - kickstarting calls in Germany and Australia for the same; while the United States voted to approve gay marriage following a Supreme Court decision.

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When the Saint goes marching in

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

St Vincent.

St Vincent, aka Annie Clark, is one of the hottest acts on the rock circuit at the moment with her last album, 2014’s St Vincent, featuring highly in best-of-the-year lists for Pitchfork, New York Times, NME, and Rolling Stone, while The Guardian named it as its album of the year.

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'I was a working class boy'

Thu, Jun 18, 2015

Actor David Heap. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

One of the notable shows in this year’s Galway International Arts Festival is Maum at An Taibhdhearc, starring David Heap, who is best known for his role in Fair City. The play is based on a true story, this compelling new drama dares to uncover little known facts about a case that is still clothed in secrets and shame.

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'When I was growing up you’d have thought the Australians had won at Gallipoli'

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Poet Robyn Rowland. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy.

These are eventful times for Australian-Irish poet Robyn Rowland. Not only has she published two new collections of verse, but, after more than three decades in which she has spent half of each year in Connemara, she has also received Irish citizenship.

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'Our music takes influences from the past, but our songs are about now, about our lives'

Thu, Jun 04, 2015

Kitty, Daisy, and Lewis Durham. Photo:- Dean Chalkley

Music runs in the blood of siblings Kitty, Daisy, and Lewis Durham. It was inescapable, permeating all areas of home and family life. Even on their local streets of Kentish Town in Camden, where they grew up and still live, it was the air they breathed and the sound they heard from every corner.

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'I wanted to discover the world, not read about the interior of our house'

Thu, May 21, 2015

Eamon Morrissey. Photo:- Ros Kavanagh

Eamon Morrissey, one of our best loved actors, comes to the Town Hall Theatre next week with his latest, much acclaimed, one-man show, Maeve’s House, inspired by the writings of the brilliant short story writer Maeve Brennan.

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‘I’ve come to terms with poetry being my job’

Thu, May 07, 2015

Hollie McNish.

The question “Where do you come from?” can be a funny one for poet Hollie McNish. As her name indicates her roots are firmly in Scotland, but her accent is clearly English, highlighting a geographical proximity to London.

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Drums, clowns, refugees …and sacrilegious lesbians

Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Brian Fleming.

Among the highlights of the Galway Theatre Festival is the trilogy of acclaimed one-man shows from percussionist and performer Brian Fleming; Gis a Shot of Your Bongos Mister, Have Yis No Homes to Go To, and A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade.

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‘I’m a novelist who briefly blogged, rather than a blogger turned novelist’

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Lisa McInerney. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Galway writer Lisa McInerney has been hailed by The Irish Times as “the most talented writer at work today in Ireland”. For several years, as Sweary Lady, she penned the award-winning blog The Arse End of Ireland, about life on a Galway council estate.

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‘As a writer you see something from the outside, but you also have the view from inside’

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Jon McGregor. Photo:- Dan Sinclair

When award winning English novelist and short story writer Jon McGregor comes to Galway, to read at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, it will be his second visit to the county in less than a month.

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'I love bringing a story to life on the cinema screen’

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Gerard Barrett.

Driving home to County Kerry, to help his father with some cattle farming, was not the time Gerard Barrett expected to receive a call from Hollywood A-lister Charlize Theron, asking him to script and direct a film she is producing.

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‘Cré na Cille is a hymn to the Irish of Connemara’

Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Alan Titley.

Since its publication in 1949, Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille has been hailed as a masterpiece. Yet the novel has, in the words of John Banville, “remained locked away from non-Irish speakers”.

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‘My duty is to build bridges’

Wed, Mar 11, 2015

Palestinian actor Fadl Mustapha (left) and Israeli writer Idan Meir.

Rarely a week goes by when the strife in Israel/Palestine does not make headlines in the media. In recent years the conflict has seemed ever more intractable, the people increasingly polarised and entrenched. Yet in spite of all, there are still those on both sides of the divide working for mutual understanding and a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

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‘I Belonged To Glasgow’

Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Little John Nee. Photogaph:- Mike Shaughnessy

Some weeks ago Little John Nee captivated the Town Hall studio with his autobiographical show The Galway Years, and he returns to the venue next weekend with more engrossing memoirs in The Glasgow Years in which he will revisit his 1960s childhood.

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