Your Christmas party at Hotel Newport

Fri, Oct 10, 2008

Looking for a new exciting venue for your Christmas outing? Give us a call and see what everyone is talking about. At Hotel Newport we pride ourselves on great food in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. This year’s package is obviously customer friendly with dinner and wine packages, included at only €47 per person. So if you’re the organiser and know that Yule Tide celebrations allow for greater scope, bring your party to the Abbey Suite at Hotel Newport.

With tantalising menus in the cosy setting of Hotel Newport, with fabulous personal service under the supervision of general manager Caroline Canny. The hotel’s head chef Paul Moran’s Christmas menu can be adapted to suit you or your group. Dance the night away in the Abbey Suite to the fabulous Galway based band Amazing Apples who are resident at the hotel for the festive season. The group played at Hotel Newport and Westport over the summer and have built a fabulous reputation locally and around the country. Mixing old and new styles, they are the perfect Christmas party band and stay on to enjoy late music afterwards.

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Shayne Ward brings the X-mas Factor to Castlebar

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

The Royal Castlebar Theatre and Event Centre is delighted to announce that Shayne Ward will return for a concert on December 29. Shayne had the privilege of being the first major act to perform in the brand new, state of the art venue. Just one short month after that extremely successful appearance, another show can be confirmed for the hugely popular X-Factor winner.

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Walter Mitty brings the house down at Bar Ritz

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

The Finbar Hoban Presents event kicked off last Saturday night week with local Castlebar group Inverter bringing their own style of covers from ‘Born To be Wild’ to ‘Play That Funky Music White Boy’. Second on the bill on the night were The Rumours , with their influences drawn from such legendary bands as The Jam, The Stranglers, and the band’s excellent single ‘Keep it Going’ kept the crowd wanting more!

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Help create some Roolaboola magic

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

RoolaBoola, the Linenhall annual arts festival for children, is nearly on us again. RoolaBoola is one of the country’s finest arts events for children, catering to almost 6,000 children and their families each year. There are a number of ways in which you can help out. RoolaBoola is looking for adult volunteers to assist with marshalling duties at the night-time lakeside fireworks spectacle Lough Lannagh Lights, taking place on the evening of Monday October 27 (bank holiday) as part of this year’s RoolaBoola Children’s Arts Festival. The festival will need volunteers for a maximum of two hours on the night, and also for an induction meeting on Thursday October 16 at 8pm in the Linenhall Theatre. It is very important that you let organisers know your names in advance of the meeting, so if you are interested, contact the Linenhall as soon as possible.

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New collection at Custom House Studio

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

Custom House Studios with Westport Arts Festival 2008, will host a book launch and reading from the new poetry collection ‘Points West’ by Gerald Dawe at the Creel Restaurant, Westport Quay, on Thursday October 9 at 8pm. The guest speaker on the evening will be Thomas Kilroy.

Gerald Dawe’s seventh collection spans the globe, from Belfast to Boston and Berlin, from a Mediterranean island to his home in County Dublin, and from the irretrievable past, full of half-remembered things and distant echoes, to fugitive voices caught up in the turbulent beginnings of the twenty-first century. ‘Points West’ is a book of emotionally forceful meditative poems — their plain style and direct expression by now an unmistakable signature of Dawe’s.

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Movie time at the Linenhall

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

Top Irish drama at the Linenhall

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Luan Parle live in Ballinrobe

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

Meteor Award winner Luan Parle will perform live at The Courtyard, Silky’s Ballinrobe on the October 24. This year has seen a lot of hard work and perseverance pay off for Luan with the release of her smash hit single ‘Ghost’, which spent three months in the singles charts, peaking at number seven. Her style of music is unique, crossing the boundaries of pop, rock, folk and alternative country.

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Juno and the Paycock at the Royal Theatre

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

Sean O’Casey’s masterpiece Juno and the Paycock will be brought to life at The Royal Castlebar from Monday 3 to Wednesday November 5. Set in the Dublin tenements during the Irish Civil War in 1922, Juno and the Paycock weaves between both tragic and comic elements. The Boyle family, deep in poverty, is made up of father, mother, son and daughter. Jack is a loafer, his wife, Juno, tries to keep things together, son Johnny is crippled from battle wounds in ‘the troubles’, while daughter Mary, is on strike.

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Varied line up of events at Ballina Arts Centre

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

Louis le Brocquy exhibition for Ballina Arts Centre is delighted to present this exhibition of work by Louis le Brocquy selected works from the Niland Collection, on loan from The Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo. This exhibition consists of a number of the lithograph brush drawings le Brocquy created as illustrations to Thomas Kinsella’s 1969 translation of the Irish legend, the Táin Bó Cuailgne (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), published by Dolmen Press.

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The Stunning to brew up a storm at The Royal Castlebar

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

The Stunning are back! The coolest and most iconic of Irish bands have re-assembled the original line-up and will play at The Royal Castlebar Theatre and Event Centre on December 28. Steve Wall on guitar and vocals and Joe Wall on bass and vocals are joined by Cormac Dunne on drums, Jimmy Higgins on trumpet and percussion and Derek Murray on guitar. Fans of The Stunning can look forward to a set-list of all of their biggest hits. From first single “Got to Get Away” to instant classics “Half Past Two”, “Romeo’s on Fire” and “Brewing up a Storm", The Stunning rapidly became one of Ireland’s biggest bands.

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Autumn season rolls along at Ballina Arts Centre

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

Ballina Film Club’s autumn programme

Ballina Film Club’s autumn programme opens on Tuesday October 7, at 8pm, with My Kid Could Paint That, Amir Bar-Lev’s poignant documentary about Marla Olmstead, a sweet little 4-year-old girl in New York, who appeared to have an extraordinary talent for abstract art. Her mother Laura was a dental hygienist and dad Mark was a keen amateur artist who had evidently dabbled in various styles. Little Marla's big, ambitious, swirling canvases were exhibited at a nearby coffee shop, and people were actually buying them. The media picked up on the story and soon Marla's paintings were selling for five-figure sums; she had become the modern art world's sensational child prodigy. When the media started asking questions about who was actually creating the paintings, the truth began to surface. Amir Bar-Lev’s film began as a documentary about an astonishing prodigy, but turned into a painful, even tragic story, of family dysfunction and denial.

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Fiddler on the Roof’s Joe McGann insists that the show must go on

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

Joe McGann can’t wait to return to Ireland and, as the lead role in the touring production of Fiddler on the Roof, he will have his chance when a seven performance run of the show starts in the brand-new Royal Castlebar Theatre and Event Centre on September 30. “I was supposed to be with the company when we brought Fiddler on the Roof to Killarney in August,” explains Joe, “but I broke my elbow and unfortunately could not make it. We have had a great time touring with the show. We have been in 30 different venues; from my home city of Liverpool to Sunderland, Edinburgh and Manchester. Our tour finishes at the Royal Theatre Castlebar, which I am reliably informed is a wonderful new venue. As a man with a proud Irish heritage, I am delighted to be able to come over to Ireland. My elbow has just now recovered enough to allow me to return to work and it is a great thrill to be able to get back on stage.”

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