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Finding 'Haven' with We Banjo 3

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ALL-CONQUERING Galway ‘Celt-grass’ combo We Banjo 3 have released their fifth album, Haven, which is garnering great reviews from critics. The Irish Times has enthused over "Enda Scahill’s brilliantly metronomic banjo, which trades notes with brother Fergal’s sweeping fiddle and Martin Howley’s sparkling mandolin"; Glide magazine found the album "exuberant, enthralling and imbued with emotion"; and The Country Note hailed it as "a stellar album from start to finish".

Phil Coulter returns to Westport

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After his sold-out performance in December, Phil Coulter will return to Westport Town Hall Theatre to perform his hit show 'Pure Gold' on Saturday, July 21st at 8pm.

Incantata and ‘reaching across the void’

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THE SHOWPIECE theatre premiere in this year’s GIAF is the staging of Paul Muldoon’s great elegy Incantata, which the poet wrote in response to the death from cancer, in 1992, of his one-time lover, artist Mary Farl Powers, who was aged just 44.

Claremorris gets ready for a week long festival of drama

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The Claremorris Drama and Fringe Festival got up and running for its 2018 season last night with a performance of John B Keane's, Big Maggie by the Corofin Drama Group from Clare.

Looking to the future as An Taibhdhearc reaches 90

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In August this year An Taibhdhearc will celebrate its 90th birthday. There are also changes afoot at the venue at board level and a re-casting of staff structures. Last week Aodh Ó Coileáin was elected chair of An Taibhdhearc and, following his accession, sat down with me to outline his vision for the Irish language theatre.

Galway film Sanctuary wows London critics

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IT HAS been a particularly happy festive period for everyone connected with Galway’s Blue Teapot Theatre Company and its award-winning film Sanctuary, which has been getting rave reviews in Britain.

Girls escape from the workhouse into oblivion

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Week II

Irish Times' Eileen Battersby to read at Over The Edge

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EILEEN BATTERSBY, the chief literary critic of The Irish Times will read at the next Over The Edge: Open Reading in the Galway City Library on Thursday May 25 at 6.30pm, along with Kathryn Guille and Chris Connolly.

Yrsa Daley-Ward - ‘We’ve all experienced the same emotions’

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HER SURNAMES are Irish, her parentage is Afro-Carribean, she grew up with Seventh Day Adventists, and she is an LGBT writer; Yrsa Daley-Ward is a one-woman rainbow coalition. This month, Cúirt audiences can savour her exhilaratingly raw and sensual writing when she reads at the Town Hall Theatre.

The Quiet Man who caused quite a racket

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In terms of professional recognition and box office takings, the 1952 film The Quiet Man was a big success, the romantic comedy-drama was a gamble for Irish American director John Ford who was, until then, known largely for his high octane Westerns. The gamble paid off and Ford scooped his fourth Best Director Oscar for The Quiet Man. Though the film's stars John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara did not receive nominations, the film was nominated for seven awards and eventually won two at the 1953 Academy Awards. Its success was good news for Ireland, especially along the Mayo-Galway border, and the village of Cong in particular, where the film had been shot. Ford and his Hollywood entourage arrived in the west in the summer of 1951 to begin recording the film's outdoors scenes. The production had brought welcome employment to the area and the end result showcased the beauty of the region to a global audience.

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