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Ways of looking with author Colum McCann

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COLUM MCCANN, one of Ireland’s finest writers, will read from his new book, Thirteen Ways Of Looking, at an event tomorrow evening [Friday October 9], organised by Cúirt International Festival of Literature and An Taibhdhearc Theatre.

Kevin Curran’s introduction to the oil business

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Perhaps only Ladies Day at the races causes a similar frenzy to all the upset and commotion that heralds ‘Back to School’ at the end of August or beginning of September. It is the biggest event in the social year. After the long summer holiday children are in a daze as their parents lead them, often dressed in new clothes top to toe, forward into the yard. If it is their first day at school, mum or dad will linger for a while in the classroom, intimidated by the confidence of the young múinteoir, the small tables and chairs, the 57 varieties of slippers, and the smell of pencils and paint. They leave consumed by their own memories.

Portrait of a Galway writer

During the past few weeks I have tried to give some of the formative influences on the life of the writer Eilís Dillon as she grew up in Galway. The impact of her parents’ (Professor Tom Dillon and Geraldine Plunkett) commitment to the War of Independence, and her nightly fears of sudden raids on their home by the Black and Tans was a nightmare that stayed with her all her life. 

Boeing Employees Choir free concert

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A 60 strong member choir, all employees of the Boeing aircraft and aerospace company, will perform a free concert, along with the Marine Institute Singers, in St Nicholas Collegiate Church, on Saturday September 12 at 7.30pm.

Parquet Courts play Róisín Dubh next month

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"ANYTHING THAT does not come from tradition is plagiarism," declared Catalan surrealist Salvador Dalí. It is a wilfully contradictory, deliberately oxymoronic, statement, but it describes perfectly New York indie-rockers Parquet Courts.

 

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