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IT BEGINS with St Paul's celebrated description of love from his First Letter to the Corinthians, Ch 13, two voices reading, both male, one in English, the other in Icelandic, before white noise drowns them out.
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.
inning Galway-based photographer Neil Warner of Warner Corporate Photography has just received a contract to produce the first in a series of videos for a company specialising in the design and manufacture of prosthetic hands.
Mark the start of a new month this Thursday, October 1, with a visit to The Snug Bar to catch renowned local musicians Jock and Dave. From 10pm they will be playing a wide range of songs to suit all musical tastes from the old classics to the current chart toppers.
IN 1961, a young singer-songwriter, originally from Seattle, but now part of the thriving folk community in New York's Greenwich Village, released her debut album, A Maid Of Constant Sorrow. The closing track was 'The Rising Of The Moon', an Irish ballad inspired by the 1798 Rebellion. The choice of that song was both a confirmation of deep Irish roots, and of a long association with Ireland that continues to this day.
Despite Fr Peter Conway’s row with the Protestant rector of Headford, the Rev Dean Plunkett (and there were some appalling battles against Protestants to come), he got on surprisingly well with the landlord of the whole area, the impressively named Richard Mensergh St George, Esq, also the High Sheriff. Initially, when Conway asked him if he would donate land for a church for his Catholic tenants, the request was turned down flat. But out of the blue, St George invited Conway to his house one day and offered him an acre of ground ‘anywhere on his estate’, rent free forever; furthermore, he gave an additional seven acres of land for a priest’s house, and a subscription of £20 for a school.
RAFIQ KATHWARI, the first non-Irish recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, will be among the featured readers at the Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday September 24 at 6.30pm.
THE CAUSTIC wit, high times, eventful life, and inner shadows of writer Dorothy Parker are all evoked in The Whistling Girl, a new musical show featuring the combined talents of composer Trevor Knight and actor/singer Honor Heffernan.
ONE OF the big hits of last year’s Galway International Arts Festival was Star Of The Sea, the superb stage adaptation of Joseph O’Connor’s acclaimed novel jointly produced by Moonfish and An Taibhdhearc. Audiences now have a second chance to see this much-praised show when it returns to An Taibhdearc for a short run prior to embarking on a national tour.
"LESS THAN two weeks till we hit #Ireland & #Wales for the first time in years," New York singer-songwriter Jesse Malin declared recently on his website. That time is even closer now as he plays the Róisín Dubh on Thursday September 10 at 9pm.