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You might think that those at the core of the Irish literary renaissance at the beginning of the 20th century, were one big happy family beavering away in their rooms at Lady Gregory's home at Coole, Co Galway. In those early days it was a house full of voices and sounds. Sometimes you heard WB Yeats humming the rhythm of a poem he was cobbling together; or the click-clacking of Lady Gregory's typewriter as she worked on another play for the Abbey. There was the sound of the Gregory grandchildren playing in the garden; the booming voice of George Bernard Shaw, as he complains that he is only allowed to have either butter or jam on his bread, but not both to comply with war rations (He cheated by the way. He put butter on one side of his bread, and when he thought no one was looking, piled jam on the other!); or the voices of the artist Jack Yeats and JM Synge returning from a day messing about on a boat calling out to a shy Sean O'Casey to come out of the library for God's sake and enjoy the summer afternoon.
Athlone Arts and Tourism is delighted to announce a new Woven Tapestry course led by fibre artist Frances Crowe. The four-week course will begin on Saturday May 9 in Luan Gallery and will run on four consecutive Saturdays.
With just seven weeks to go Body&Soul Festival - which takes place in Ballinlough Castle - has announced even more acts taking to the 2015 main stages. A mix of cutting-edge new talent and reunited fan favourites, this year’s programme lifts the lid on a summer sizzler festival set.
A weekend of literary and artistic talks, workshops, exhibitions and tours gets under way today (Friday May 1) on Achill as the island celebrates its links to the renowned German writer Heinrich Böll.
THE REGINA Rogers School of Ballet is to perform what promises to be dazzling display ballet and jazz dance at the Town Hall Theatre from Wednesday May 6 to Friday 8, at 8pm.
Rosemarie Langtry is a contemporary visual artist based in Ballinahown who works from her studio in Abbey Road Artist Studios, Athlone.
ARTWORKS MIMICKING 12” vinyl on a record player, a man with an ever growing beard, a giraffe crossing the Salmon Weir bridge - all of these can be seen in a new exhibition in the Galway Arts Centre.
Thought leaders from the seemingly disparate worlds of human rights and the arts will come together for the Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights from 9-11 July. This landmark event, a world-first, is hosted by NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Human Rights, and will take place in the days immediately before the Galway International Arts Festival.
BLOOMS, THE London based project of Irish singer-musician Louise Cunnane, will play Factory, Abbeygate Street, tomorrow at 9pm as part of her first Irish tour.
GALWAY WRITER Claire-Louise Bennett will launch her debut collection of short stories, Pond, this Saturday at the Hotel Meyrick, as part of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.