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It is that time of year again, as the annual Roscommon Drama Festival returns with nine nights of entertainment on the way.
VIETNAM WAR veteran Jack Grady will be among the poets reading at the Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering, which also includes award-winning Australian poet Joel Deane, and Galway’s Sighle Meehan.
On Sunday February 11, Bishop Brendan Kelly will be officially installed as the new Bishop of Galway, replacing Bishop Martin Drennan who retired in 2016. For the past 10 years, Bishop Kelly has been at the helm of the Diocese of Achonry, but previously spent many years working in Galway and its environs so his succession to the bishopric is something of a homecoming.
The president of GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry, presented four outstanding GMIT academics with the GMIT President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at this year’s GMIT conferring ceremonies, attended by their families, friends and colleagues.
For the past four years Anne McCabe has enjoyed a fruitful tenure as artistic director of An Taibhdhearc but that reign has come to a surprise ending following the theatre board’s decision to abolish the position.
Write Now is a Mayo Art Service and Film Mayo event for Mayo writers that will take place on Saturday, December 9 in Breaffy House, Castlebar. In the morning there will be presentations by three professional writers; Elizabeth Reapy (fiction writer), Eugene O’Brien (screenwriter) and Eva O’Connor (playwright). This is an opportunity for established or budding Mayo writers to come along and enjoy presentations focusing on three different writing forms.
Boston’s mayor of Galwegian descent, Marty Walsh, won re-election to the office in the early hours of yesterday morning and within hours of his re-election, vowed to visit Galway next summer
Last week, in the rare autumnal sunshine, Insider was sauntering across Wolfe Tone Bridge with a companion. On a lamppost we spied a Donny Osmond lookalike, with that synthetic cheesy smile, peering down from a Social Democrat poster.
Claremorris native and author Elizabeth Reapy has won the €10,000 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2017 for her debut novel Red Dirt. Red Dirt was published in June 2016 by Head of Zeus. The story takes place in Australia, telling the tales of three young Irish migrants escaping the collapsing economy at home. Surrounded by cheap drink and drugs, they make dangerous and impulsive choices — finding themselves in unfathomable situations.