'Getting to Know'...Tom O'Mahony, comedian

Thu, Oct 14, 2021

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A cleared mortgage.

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‘Galway provides the best atmosphere...it has that good reputation’

Wed, Oct 13, 2021

FOR KARL Spain, the return to live comedy, and especially the return to indoor gigs, is “akin to Italia 90 - without the climbing up on cars and big crowds hugging each other, we can't do that yet - but that kind of euphoria”.

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‘If Ireland is a young nation, the Famine is our childhood trauma’

Thu, Oct 07, 2021

IT IS 1845, the first year of the potato blight, the first year of The Famine. In Connemara, Colmán Sharkey ekes out a living as a fisherman. He is isolated from his community, except from his brother Patsy, a soldier who has returned home.

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'Getting to Know'...a dragon!

Thu, Oct 07, 2021

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Simply to sing, atop a hill or perhaps astride a hillock.

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‘I always tell comedians, you need to go to Galway, that’s where it’s happening‘

Wed, Oct 06, 2021

ASK TERRY Alderton about coming to Galway, and the last thing he will give you is the standard “Oh yeah Galway’s a great city, I really love it” most performers trot out. For Terry, coming to Galway is coming to a city where there is a “funky bohemian atmosphere you only get in the west of Ireland”.

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'Getting to Know...' Suzanne Black

Thu, Sep 30, 2021

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Reading a good book in an empty house is bliss - chocolate makes it perfect!

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‘I love that Baboró is all about art. It is always a positive and happy thing to do or see’

Wed, Sep 29, 2021

THE 25TH Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is taking place from Monday October 4 to Sunday 17. Children are at the heart of everything that Baboró does, and this year young people are co-creators of many of the events, lending their talents, opinions and thoughts.

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Jennie O’Connell, artist

Thu, Sep 23, 2021

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Having just ordered in a great restaurant.

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‘It means the world to us we can have live audiences again’

Wed, Sep 22, 2021

WITH THE return of live music and concerts, there is a sense of optimism and possibility again, not to mention a determination to make up for the lost time enforced by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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‘Singing allows me to express parts of me I don’t normally show’

Thu, Sep 16, 2021

“I AM excited. It’s been a long time coming,” says Tolü Makay, about the return to playing in front of live audiences again, after 18 long months where shows and concerts were deemed impossible.

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'Getting to Know...' Joy Gerrard, visual artist

Thu, Sep 16, 2021

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Three weeks in Connemara.

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‘The music I create is built for performance’

Wed, Sep 08, 2021

EIGHTEEN MONTHS of no live music, then September arrives and suddenly it all starts to happen again for producer, composer, and musician, Daithí.

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'Getting to Know...' Chantal McCormick, choreographer

Wed, Sep 08, 2021

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A healed planet.

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'Getting to Know...' Clare Barrett, actor

Thu, Aug 26, 2021

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Going to an Enda Walsh play.

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'Getting to Know...' - Stephanie Dufresne, dancer, actor, theatre-maker

Thu, Aug 19, 2021

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
The moment just after finishing a show, working with inspiring collaborators, feeling like I did a good job.

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‘Working with another's voice gives you a new set of tools to play with’

Wed, Aug 18, 2021

SOMETHING CATHARTIC, something collective, happened when Mick Flannery played the first live gigs in Galway in more than a year, a spontaneous response to seeing such a thing happening again.

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'Getting to Know...' Caroline Seoighe

Thu, Aug 05, 2021

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
The little things in life. Lots of laughs, sunsets, sea and no deadlines. Oh and tea, chocolate, and Netflix is just bliss.

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'Getting to Know...' - Robert Hilton

Thu, Jul 29, 2021

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Real happiness only exists by contrast to other experiences.

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‘If we’re not producing theatre, we do not exist, you have to perform’

Wed, Jul 28, 2021

A PLAY about love, about art, about relationships, ambition, desire, the declines of the Anglo-Irish gentry, and the emergence of a new society - Anton Chekhov’s tragi-comedy The Seagull, in the acclaimed adaptation by Thomas Kilroy, is all of these things.

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‘I believe in the ability of artists to change the world’

Wed, Jul 21, 2021

AT EVERY arts event in the city he would be there, the jolly man with the glasses and the long hair, a smile and good company, enthusiastic for what he, and we, were about to see that night, be it theatre, music, literature, visual arts - and he usually had an important role in supporting it.

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