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Helen Hancock, a soprano from Oranmore will present a beautiful evening of singing and music in the Augustinian Church, Galway at 8pm on Friday November 9. The concert will also feature her singing teacher, international tenor Owen Gilhooly along with cellist Peter Sébestyén and pianist Ramin Haghjoo.
Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe launched a proposal for a Galway School of Music last year in the hope of generating momentum in the light of the city’s growth as a cultural centre, but also because the spotlight will focus squarely on Galway for 2020, when the city will become the first capital of culture not to have a school of music.
Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin made a whistle-stop visit to Galway last week, during which he sat with the Galway Advertiser and candidly reflected on Labour’s recent electoral travails while looking forward to restoring the party’s fortunes.
Galway will host European royalty on Tuesday August 21, when His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Imre de Habsbourg-Lorraine of Austria, will participate in a ceremony at Galway Cathedral honouring his great-grandfather, Blessed Karl of Austria, who, as Karl I, was the last Habsburg Emperor.
Four Galway girls have made an historic breakthrough in gymnastics, qualifying for the 2018 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
It is two years almost to the day since the people of the UK dramatically voted to leave the EU. Since then Brexit has been a constant backdrop to political discourse in these islands, and a dominant one when it comes to the discussion of international affairs.
For the fourth year in a row, Peugeot’s Turbo PureTech petrol engine was awarded international engine of the year, for the 1.0 litre to 1.4 litre category.
Last month Galway Diary explored the sham legend that grew around the so-called ‘Empty frame’ on the wall of the Lynch’s Chapel, or Lady’s chapel, in the historic St Nicholas’ Collegiate church. The late Canon George Quinn pronounced that this was the very frame in which the Bishop of Clonfert, Walter Lynch’s sacred icon of the Madonna and Child once hung, before he was forced to flee just before the arrival of Cromwell’s soldiers in April 1652.
I am writing this column in the week of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, signed in Belfast on April 10, 1998.