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The awaking of Augusta …A creative life

Augusta Lady Gregory, and her husband Sir William, were away in Italy in May 1888, when her former lover Wilfrid Scawen Blunt was imprisoned in Galway for participating in an anti-eviction rally at Woodford the previous October. I described last week, that within two days of her return to Galway she visited his empty cell, and remained sometime.*

Book of Lady Gregory’s writings launched at Autumn Gathering

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NUI Galway hosted the Lady Gregory Yeats Gathering with a book launch for Lady Gregory’s Irish Writings 1883-1893 edited by James Pethica and a new exhibition of materials at the Special Collections Reading Room of the James Hardiman Library.

Yeats inspired music and installation for Culture Night

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A NEW work by the Irish sound artist and composer, Francis Heery, commissioned by the Galway County Council, will be performed in Yeats' Castle, Thoor Ballylee, Gort, on Friday September 21 for Culture Night.

Discover the magic of Coole Park with a Sunday walk

Discover the magic that drew WB Yeats to Coole Park for 20 summers, and join a free nature walk on Sunday (July 15).

Dealing with whatever the ocean sends

It is not surprising that any child with imagination, and an interest in the sea, would spend time at the city’s harbour watching the ships come and go, and the men who worked there as they talked and unloaded fish or cargo. As a child Kathleen Curran, once the home chores were done, would run down the back paths from her home on College Road and along Lough Atalia to the docks. ‘There she would stand and gaze in wonder at the ships, boats and trawlers, hookers and gleoteóigs tied up or coming and going about their business.’

'I am fascinated as to how Incantata is going to turn out'

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ONE OF the major events in this year’s Galway International Arts Festival is the world premiere of the stage adaptation of Paul Muldoon’s great poem Incantata, which Muldoon wrote in memory of his close friend and one-time lover, artist Mary Farl Powers, who died from cancer in 1992 aged just 44.

The poet and his legend returns home

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Kathleen B Curran, who began working for the Galway Harbour Board after she left school, would rise spectacularly through the ranks to become the combined Harbour Master and secretary to the Port Authority (an unheard of position for a woman in Ireland). She was intimately involved in all of the major events which the harbour witnessed during the latter part of the last century. But I am sure she took particular pleasure, as an Irish language enthusiast and a great admirer of the poet WB Yeats, when Galway was picked out to play a role in the great poet’s funeral.

History is not kind to Liam Mellows

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Gregory grandson reads ‘An Irish Airman’ at RAF centenary celebration

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A great grandson of Galway's World War I fighter ace Major Robert Gregory, Robin Murray Brown, read WB Yeats' famous poem An Irish Airman Foresees His Death in Belfast last Sunday. St Anne's Cathedral was filled to capacity for a service to commemorate the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF), which succeeded the Royal Flying Corps in which Major Gregory flew. Major Gregory joined the war effort in 1916 and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. He was also awarded the Legion d’Honneur — France’s highest honour.

Galway Theatre Festival unveils line-up

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THE PROGRAMME for this year’s Galway Theatre Festival, which runs from May 4 to 12, was revealed on Monday evening at a thronged launch in Biteclub on Abbeygate Street. Once again festival director Máiréad Ní Chróinín and her team have assembled a top-notch line-up of shows and ancillary events, guaranteed to entertain, surprise, delight and inspire.

 

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