Mary Staunton exhibtition at the Clew Bay Hotel

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

Mary Staunton, née Kenny, felt privileged to have been born and reared in such a beautiful place as Westport. To wake up every morning to the magnificent view of Croagh Patrick. To smell the trees, wild flowers and grass on her way to school. The sights, sounds and smells of a rural setting, surely one is forever moulded by an environment such as this.

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Sleeping Beauty featuring Bosco comes to the Royal Theatre

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

The Lambert Puppet Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty with Bosco at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sunday October 5 at 3pm. The Lambert Puppet Theatre’s production of the classic children’s tale of Sleeping Beauty will appeal to everyone. Children of all ages will be delighted to know that Bosco will make a starring appearance in the show.

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Foster and Allen line up Ballina show

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

Foster and Allen are the only Irish artists to have had an album in the UK Album Charts every single year for 16 years from 1983 to 1999 and again for six years from 2002 to 2007. This amazing achievement is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. In December 1993 they beat Take That and Diana Ross to the number one spot in the British Pop Video Charts. Take That were number two and Diana Ross was number three. They have won numerous awards over the years and were honoured alongside Bono in the Hall of Fame. Foster and Allen were among a number of entertainers honoured at a special reception by Irish President Mary MacAleese. Foster and Allen have sales in excess of 19 million worldwide to date.

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Foxfest ready to roll this Saturday

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

The re-scheduled Foxford Fest will take place on Upper Main Street, Foxford tomorrow Saturday 27 September from 5pm to 9pm. Featuring live street music, children’s entertainment, barbecue. This event is absokutely free, put the date in your diary and make sure you tell all your family and friends. Organised by Foxford Development Association and sponsored by the businesses of Foxford.

There is a lot of work involved in organising and running an event of this nature. We would greatly welcome a call from anyone who would like to join the organising committee or would like to volunteer their time on Saturday. Please contact Anthony Ruane 087 253 1213, Frances Casey 086 063 0900, Helen Clarke 086 390 2022, Michael Ruane 087 626 8114, Bernie Byron 086 853 2293 if you wish to become involved.

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Duke Special lines up Royal Theatre gig

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Lyrically poetic and delicately decadent, Duke Special, the enigmatic Belfast performer, will release his new single “Sweet Sweet Kisses” on October 10. A nationwide tour has also been announced for November and December 2008. And the tour will touch down in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sunday November 30. Taken from the eagerly anticipated new album I Never Thought This Day Would Come, releasing on Universal Music Ireland on October 17, “Sweet Sweet Kisses” is produced by Paul Wilkinson, who worked on the Duke’s previous Choice nominated album Songs from The Deep Forest. The perfect taster for the new album release, “Sweet Sweet Kisses” features the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and will be available on CD single and download. Glowing with the Duke’s charisma and unique sound, the track is definitively Duke Special.

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Unique remembrance concert at the Royal Theatre

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Mayo Remembrance Concert is a unique event which will take place in the Royal Castlebar Theatre and Event Centre on Monday, October 6. This special concert is being held in honour of all those from County Mayo who served and died in both world wars and in the many conflicts of the past century in the cause of world peace. The fallen will be permanently commemorated in the Mayo Peace Park Garden of Remembrance which will be officially opened on the following day by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

The show features some of the leading choirs of County Mayo-the Cill Aodain Choir, the Moy Singers, the Mayo Male Voice Choir and Castlebar Parish Choir – as well as two international choirs-the Singgemeinschaft Wachenroth from Hochstadt, Germany and the Irish Guards Choir from Liverpool. They will be singing songs of hope and inspiration and a number of very popular numbers of their own choosing. The Mayo Concert Orchestra, under the direction of George Lee, will provide musical entertainment for the occasion. It will also feature the leading internationally famous Mayo tenor Sean Costello from Ballinrobe and the equally famous and popular soprano Francie McNicholas from Swinford.

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Finbar Hoban presents: Walter Mitty and the Realists

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Finbar Hoban Presents Walter Mitty and the Realists, The Rumours with Inverter live at Bar Ritz next Saturday night September 20. A refreshingly uncompromising and intensely captivating sound, delivered with uncontained semi-psychotic live energy. Or maybe it’s just because they are good! Word of the Mitty Boys has spread quickly since their incarnation in late 2006. Their constant gigging has seen them share stages with many indie rock luminaries. Including the likes of UK giants Dirty Pretty Things and Icelands favourite electronic shoe-gazers MUM. Hotpress magazine has described them as "Talking Heads meets the Rapture", the Irish Independent says "These guys are essential viewing" .

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September season in full swing at the museum

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Invitation to participate in Christmas Food Fair

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The Mayo Male Voice Choir back in rehearsal

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

The Mayo Male Voice Choir start the 2008/2009 season with rehearsals in the Galway/Mayo Regional College, Castlebar this Thursday the September 11 and every Thursday at 8pm. New members are always welcome; auditions take place on the first two Thursday evenings.With 46 members we now have a great sound and the future looks good. Our new repertoire includes some Irish favourites like “Danny Boy” and “The West’s Asleep”, with hits from the musicals and of course the great male voice coral numbers like “ Do You Hear the People Sing” from “Les Miserables” and “The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” from Nabucco, we are also rehearsing Handel’s famous Hallelujah Chorus. and many more excellent numbers to add to our already large repertoire. This gives our Musical Director Deirdre Lee a great challenge, which she has proved she is well capable of handling. We have also launched our new website, at www.mayomalevoicechoir.com. Please check it out and we would welcome comments.

Our first outing this year is at the big memorial service on Monday October 6 at the New TF Royal Theatre the evening prior to the opening of the Mayo Memorial Peace Park. in Castlebar on October 7. This concert / memorial service will be a massive affair with various choirs from Ballina, Kiltimagh, Castlebar, England and Germany as well as the Band of the Irish Guards from London, the Band of the Western Command, and Mayo Concert Orchestra as well various guest artists to make it an occasion not to be missed. Our Christmas programme has yet to be finalised, with members now from Ballinrobe, Swinford, Kilkelly, Ballyglass, Belcarra, Killasser, Glenisland, Clogher, Ross, and now Westport as well as Castlebar, we can expect to get invitations to the various carol performances around the county. This year we went to Hochstadt in Germany where we had a most enjoyable visit with performances in different town and cities in Bavaria, Hochstadt is twinned with Castlebar. We have yet to decide where we travel to in 2009 and are open to invitations. All in all we plan a very busy year, which will climax with our big double concert in the Linenhall, Castlebar in spring.

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Something for everyone this September at the Linenhall

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Irish language drama in the the Linenhall

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The West’s awake in Ballina Arts Centre

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

The West Awake tour promises to rouse the weariest souls as four of Irish trad’s finest contemporary musicians delve into the rhythms and melodies of their native counties. The group Cora and Breda Smyth (fiddle, whistles), Pauline Scanlon (vocals) and Donogh Hennessy (guitar), can be heard can be heard at Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina on Wednesday September 17 at 8pm. Tickets are €12 /€10 and are available on Tel. 096 73593. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost music ensembles at affordable prices in venues around Ireland and are presented in association with The Irish Times and RTÉ Lyric fm.

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Selma Makela exhibition at Ballina Arts Centre

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Throughout the month of September Ballina Arts Centre will host New Work, an exhibition of paintings by Galway-based artist Selma Makela. In her work, Makela explores the boundless location of memory and experience. Often using weather phenomena, she describes an area that resists easy definition. The work created inhabits a place of silent ambiguity which prioritises an area beyond that of constructive reason. The paintings in the Ballina exhibition are a collection of distilled fragments which create endless suggested narratives and possibilities, both real and boundless.

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