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In the early 1960s the poet Richard Murphy spent an eventful decade ferrying visitors on his converted traditional Galway hooker type boat, the Ave Maria, between Cleggan and Inishbofin, and to the islands beyond. It provided rich pickings for the poet. He kept a diary of the journeys, the characters who came on board, and the excellent fishing that anglers enjoyed, which he included in his finely observed autobiography The Kick, recently republished to celebrate his 90th birthday.*
YOU HAVE to go back to 1998 for Footsbarn Theatre Company’s last visit to Galway, so its long-overdue return to the city is a cause for much rejoicing. From Sunday October 1 to Wednesday 4 at The Black Box, Footsbarn will present its freewheeling, richly imaginative, interpretation of Ken Kesey’s classic novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
Osteoporosis Clinic Ireland has been developed to assist people with or predisposed to bone health issues.
An NUI Galway PhD researcher, who is undertaking an historical study of foster care in 20th century Ireland, is seeking interviewees for the project.
University Hospital Galway is in the process of appointing a paediatric endocrinologist.
Patrick Kavanagh never spoke about poetry or literature to his friends. The Monaghan born poet and novelist, who grew up on a small farm, was more inclined to talk about everyday news, politics, Marilyn Monroe, horse racing, and goodlooking, rich women or medical students who caught his eye. And there were quite a few of these!
There were celebratory scenes in the Clayton Hotel at the weekend when Castlegar nurse Niamh Elwood was crowned the 2017 Galway Rose — and will go on to represent the city and county in the next round in Tralee in August.
AUSTRALIAN SWIMMER Elizabeth Moncello was the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke. She had a watertight reason for learning to swim and watching schools of fish, penguins, and other amphibian friends taught her how.
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.
THERAPY? THE Antrim trio who blazed a trail across the Irish and British music scenes with their loud, lively, and frantic punk/metal, often with a tasty dollop of melody, are touring Ireland, and fans are going to see and hear them in a very different context.