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Liam Ó Briain, Irish rebel

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Liam Ó Briain was born in Dublin in 1888. In 1916 he helped print the Proclamation and he served with Michael Mallin in the College of Surgeons during the Rising. He was subsequently interned in Wandsworth Prison and in Frongoch. In 1917 he was appointed professor of romance languages in UCG. He was jailed in Belfast in 1919/20. When he returned to Galway he was appointed as a judge in the Republican Courts In late 1920, he was having dinner in college when he was arrested by the Black and Tans, and jailed for 13 months in Galway and the Curragh. Some of his experiences in prison are vividly described in a recently published book.

Theatre highlights of 2018

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AND SO ends another year of theatre-going, a year of big shows, small shows, professional shows, amateur shows, local shows, and visiting shows. Rather than doing a general review of the year past, I shall focus on the shows I enjoyed most from those I saw.

'When I see people enjoying themselves, that’s the reward for all the hard work'

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ONE FATEFUL evening, 40 years ago, in the tiny kitchen of Renmore’s School Hall, the local curate, Seán O’Malley, suggested to some of his fellow badminton players that Renmore should produce a pantomime.

'The panto is a special part of Christmas in Galway'

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A GALWAY Christmas without the Renmore Panto is as unthinkable as Santa without his sleigh, and this year’s spectacular offering, Sleeping Beauty, opens on December 29 at the Town Hall and runs to January 13.

Renmore Panto's Sleeping Beauty

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RENMORE PANTOMIME will celebrate its 40th anniversary with Sleeping Beauty, specially scripted by Panto Dame Peter Kennedy, and directed by AIMS award-winning twins, Brian and Seán Power.

'Galway felt like a really good place to come and make the record'

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WHEN DECLAN O’Rourke’s debut album, Since Kyabram, was released in 2004, it confirmed, indeed exceeded, the promise and expectations that had been building up around the Dublin singer-songwriter.

Phil Coulter returns to the Town Hall

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PHIL COULTER - who has written songs for Van Morrison, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, and Luke Kelly - makes a welcome return to the Town Hall Theatre as part of his current Gold & Silver Days tour.

Blue Teapot offer a seasonal ‘Twist’ on Dickens

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THE PAST year has been something of an annus mirabilis for Galway’s Blue Teapot Theatre Company. Len Collin’s inspired film of the Blue Teapot play Sanctuary was screened in Britain to ecstatic reviews and was later shown by RTÉ. In May, the company staged its ground-breaking production of Dancing At Lughnasa at the Town Hall.

The palace of dreams

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Eighty nine years ago this week, on November 22, 1939, the Estoria Cinema opened at Nile Lodge. It had 776 seats and two showings a night at 6.45pm and 8.45pm. It cost two shillings to sit in the balcony and the prices for the parterre were 1/4 and 9d (including tax). There were matinees on Thursdays (half day in Galway), Saturdays, and Sundays. You could book at the cinema or by phone (Galway 101) from 12 noon to 2pm and from 6pm. The building was constructed by John McNally & Co with John Connolly as foreman. The design was by Hubert O’Connor and Ralph Ryan was the electrical consultant.

Furniture - hit arts festival play returns

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FURNITURE, SONYA Kelly's smash-hit comedy play of this summer's Galway International Arts Festival, returns next year, for a two night run at the Town Hall Theatre.

 

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