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.

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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.

Since being voted the Meteor Best Irish Female Artist and Tatler Music Woman of the Year, Luan’s career has gone from strength to strength, touring with Elton John, Nanci Griffith and James Blunt among others. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch her renowned live show on home turf, tickets are €15 (unreserved seating) available from Silky’s Bar or Downtown Records (Castlebar and Westport). For more information on this show or other forthcoming shows visit www.thecourtyardatsilkys.com or call 094 9542 662.

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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.

Prominent themes touched upon throughout the play include poverty, religion, war and the conflict between the dream world and the world of reality. Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, commenting on Sean O'Casey's skill as a playwright, praised his "ability to go over the top to get to the bottom of the matter". If ever a play proved that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, or that the more things change the more they remain the same, it's Juno and the Paycock. An extremely strong cast has been assembled including Garrett Keogh as ‘Captain’ Jack Boyle, Joe Hanley as Joxer Daly and Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actress Nominee 2008, Bríd Ni Neachtain as Juno. Shows will be at 8 pm with a special schools’ matinee taking place on Tuesday 4 at 11.30 a.m. Tickets are priced at €20 or €12 for the matinee performance. Tickets can be booked through www.royal.ie, www.ticketmaster.ie, any ticketmaster outlet nation-wide or, for the price of a local call, the box office of The Royal Castlebar at 0818 300 000; this number is operational 24/7.

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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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Chart toppers The Feeling lined up for Royal Theatre gig

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

A number one album and numerous top ten singles have made The Feeling one of the most talked-about acts to come out of Britian in the past few years. Tracks like “Fill My Little World”, “Sewn”, “Never Be Lonely” and “Love it When You Call” saw their debut album Twelve Stops and Home rocket up the charts in 2006. Sixteen months of solid touring ended in May 2007 during which they had played more than 200 shows and sold over a million copies of their critically acclaimed debut album, 'Twelve Stops and Home. The Feeling are not one of those bands who respond to success by getting grumpy and telling you how hard their lives are now. This, after all, was a band who had previously spent several ski seasons as a covers band in the Alps, playing two sets a night in two different bars (and carting their own gear between them). "That was bloody hard work, for bugger all money" says frontman Dan Gillespie Sells. "But we did it because we loved it. And we still do."

A fortnight after returning from the tour ending, The Feeling found themselves starting work on album two. Within two highly productive weeks, The Feeling had finished recording four songs, despite taking a day off to collect their well-deserved Ivor Novello Award for Songwriters of the Year. Progress continued throughout the summer, with the band spending their weeks recording in Bradley House and weekends playing gigs. When it was released in Feburary this year, Join with Us debuted in the UK charts at number one. It was preceded by the hit single from the album, "I Thought It Was Over". Deeper and more ambitious than its predecessor, Join With Us is an album where jaunty boogie woogie pianos give way to rollicking metal guitar solos; where harmony-soaked MOR choruses swerve into duels between harpsichords and string quartets; and where there's absolutely no shame in unleashing a monster prog finale. "We put a lot of love into making this album,” says Gillespie Sells, “and it sounded great from the very beginning. We're ridiculously pleased with the way it's turned out." The Feeling’s live highlights included their own sold out Forest tour, a triumphant Isle Of Wight festival set and a show-stealing performance at the Diana memorial concert at Wembley Stadium.

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Dancing Hours at the Mill Times Hotel

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

A new concept in entertainment has begun in the Mill Times Hotel (formerly the Westport Inn Hotel ). Each Sunday evening, a live band will take the stage in the beautifully appointed O Malley Banqueting suite, commencing at 9pm and playing all the oldies and popular tunes of the past decades. Traditionally, Sunday evenings were always family and couples nights out but with the end of the Celtic Tiger and the subsequent “doom and gloom” this quality time seems to have got squeezed out of everyday life. While lamenting this decline in the social scene, proprietor of The Mill Times hotel, Joe O Malley, and renowned showband maestro. Vinnie Mongan elected to attempt and change this downturn in the social week. As Vinnie says, “over the years I know that the general public love to socialise, listen to good music and dance. Historically, most of the dancing would be done at weddings and various functions but we want to give people the opportunity to enjoy an evening out, be entertained and have the freedom to dance and express themselves. The beauty of this Sunday evening idea is that folk can come of their own wish, without invite, to dance, there is no wedding expense and all can be at home at a civil hour to rise for work on Monday morning.” And Vinnie, while performing himself with his band, promises various acts throughout the season.

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Claremorris open exhibition attracts huge numbers

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

This years’ Claremorris open art exhibition has been attracting record crowds who have been coming from far and wide to see the huge range of art on offer. This year’s exhibition features artists from Ireland and abroad. COE 08 was curated by Lizzie Carey Thomas from the Tate Gallery, London who selected 32 artists from a record number of entries.The exhibition was opened last week by Mayo’s most famous TD Beverley Flynn. According to this year’s artist in residence, sculptor Cathal Mc Carthy, the exhibition is being received very warmly on account of the rich variety of works to be seen and there is something for everybody in Claremorris this year from video to painting to sculpture and installations.

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