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Robbie O’Connor and Aisling O’Mara present an acclaimed dramatisation of the beginnings of the Easter Rising in Rebel Rebel at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Monday, April 25.
Robbie O’Connor and Aisling O’Mara present an acclaimed dramatisation of the beginnings of the Easter Rising in Rebel Rebel at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Monday April 25.
Glen Keen Farm on the Wild Atlantic Way near Louisburgh has been voted as the Best Tour Feature in the prestigious CIE Tours International awards presented in Dublin Castle last night. Ashford Castle in Cong was voted the best visited hotel in Connacht while Hotel Westport also won a top award.
On December 3 1920, at the height of the War of Independence, quite an extraordinary event happened in Galway County Council. It passed a resolution, known as ‘The Galway Resolution’, repudiating the authority of the newly established Dáil; it rescinded the resolution for the collection of rates, (which were collected locally, and passed on to Dáil Éireann, and not to the British authorities), and incredibly, Galway County Council now offered its offices to negotiate peace, directly with the British prime minister, David Lloyd George.
The dream is still alive. Galway remains in with a fighting chance to be named the 2020 European Capital of Culture after the final round of shortlisting for the designation took place in Dublin last Friday. Galway’s bid made it through the process, along with Limerick, and the South East counties, while Dublin has been eliminated from the race.
In sport when your team cross that white line, the amount you can do for them is reduced by about 90 per cent. Months and nights of training, in all kinds of weather, to prepare them for all eventualities puts your desires at the centre of theirs, but once they cross that white line, once the whistle blows, you can only but hope that what has been said to them and drilled into them will be retained so that it becomes instinctive. In that regard, you want those teams who represent you to be bright, intelligent, to be able to retain the importance of what you have stressed, and to use it when most opportune.
The fate of Galway City’s bid to be the European Capital of Culture 2020 will be known by teatime tomorrow (Friday) after a panel of judges eliminates at least one, if not, two cities from the process.
Most of us are mad jealous that we cannot claim some kind of connection with Caherlistrane. A new book by Mary J Murphy* manages to link the north Galway parish with an extraordinary number of writers, artists, singers, poets, actors, and historical personalities, that leave all other parishes in Ireland bereft of personality and character. There can be no other competition. We are all characterless by comparison to Caherlistrane.
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.