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Songwriters to explain the art of writing lyrics at Cúirt

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ARE MUSIC and literature separate art forms? Iron Maiden have drawn inspiration from Tennyson, Coleridge, and Robert Burns for their songs; Leonard Cohen was a poet as well as a songwriter, and novelist Polly Samson has written lyrics for David Gilmour and Pink Floyd.

The Eglinton Canal

One hundred and sixty eight years ago this week, on March 8, work started on the cutting of what we know as the Eglinton Canal. There had been previous attempts to open a passage from the river to the sea. As far back as 1498, the then mayor had a plan to connect the Sandy River with Lough Athalia. It was Alexander Nimmo who first mooted the idea of a canal in 1822. If steamboats could travel from the docks to the Corrib, it would greatly enhance the commercial importance of the city and a valuable connection with the hinterland would be established. His original plan was that this connection would start at the top of Woodquay, where McSwiggan’s is today, go along Eglinton Street and down the west side of Eyre Square to the docks. The cost proved to be prohibitive and there were a lot of objections from people who owned land or a business along the route.

Scottish Burns supper in Knock Shrine

Following on from last year’s resounding success, Knock Counselling Centre will once again host a Scottish Burns Supper in Café le Chéile, at Knock Shrine Museum on Friday, January 24. This unique event will celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns, the Scottish bard who wrote poems and songs such as “Auld Lang Syne”, “My Love is Like a Red Red Rose” and “Ae Fond Kiss”.

Scottish night

In order to raise funds for a local suicide prevention initiative, Knock Counselling Centre will host a Scottish Burns Supper at Café le Chéile, Knock Shrine on Friday January 18.

 

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