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With hopes high this week in the Catholic community that Pope Francis will make the first papal visit to Ireland in almost 40 years following the announcement that Ireland will host the next World Families Meeting in 2018, there is great hope that if he does visit Ireland he will visit Knock Shrine.
One of Ireland’s great engineering feats in the 19th century was the building of the Galway - Clifden railway. After 30 years of argument as to which was the best route, the first train steamed out of Galway to Oughterard on January 1 1895; and the final section to Clifden was finished by July of that year.
AT FIRST glance, Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor - aka Nuala Ni Chonchúir - is a relatively simple tale of a growing relationship, not to say friendship, between two women, one the daughter of a working class Irish family who decides America offers her a better future than the humdrum poverty stricken life in late 19th century Dublin, and the other a somewhat withdrawn daughter of a middle class New England family, in whose house the Irishwoman finds a job as a housekeeper.
THE IRISH hip hop/acoustic/indie sensation, The Original Rudeboys will play a show for their teenage fans in Galway city with a special gig for over 14s at Monroe's Live on Sunday October 11 at 6pm.
IRISH ELECTRO-pop/new wave quartet Vann Music will be among the bands playing the Roctoberfest weekender in Monroe's Live, taking to the stage of the Dominick Street venue tomorrow.
'START AS you mean to go on' is an old maxim that could be applied to the career of Dublin comedian Gearóid Farrelly, who headlines the next installment of the Róisín Dubh Comedy Clubh tomorrow at 8.30pm.
IN 2013, during a speech launching, A Portrait Of A Dubliner, a documentary about his life and work, violinist John Sheahan remarked that "after 50 years I have decided it’s time to put a lid on the The Dubliners, but I think you'll all agree that with Damien and Declan, the future is in good hands."
THE HOT Sprockets, the high energy Irish blues-rock band will headline the Rocktoberfest weekender at Monroe's Live, which starts today and runs throughout the weekend, up top Sunday.
WHEN AL Porter emerged on to the stage of the Spiegeltent, an opening act on the opening night of the Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway last October, he was little known. Fifteen minutes later, those present knew they would never forget him, and that a new star of Irish comedy had announced his arrival.
FINGHIN COLLINS may declare himself "a musician first and then a pianist", but there is no doubting either his magnificent as a player, or his view of the piano being "a very complete instrument", as he will display in his upcoming Galway concert. Yet his love of, and interest in, other instruments, is genuine, particularly one that is somewhat under appreciated in classical music - the voice.