‘This book is very much of the moment’

Thu, Apr 02, 2020

NEAR THE start of Sara Baume’s wonderful new book, handiwork, there is a quote from The Craftsman, by Richard Sennett.

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Getting To Know...

Thu, Apr 02, 2020

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

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‘Doing these Open Mic live streams, I don’t feel like I'm in isolation'

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

IT WAS the first Sunday of the coronavirus restrictions. Pubs and venues were closed. Shops were shut. Streets were deserted. Galway was, to quote The Specials, “coming like a ghost town”.

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Getting to know...

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

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‘The great and the good of Irish writing'

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

THE FIRST year of the new decade sees a new director at the helm of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature – Sahsa de Buyl. “If you were to look at a theme for this years’s event,” she says, “it would be the great and the good of Irish writing.”

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'Writing is always mysterious, contradictory, revelatory‘

Thu, Mar 05, 2020

LAURA CASSIDY has ambition – she is determined to do whatever it takes to become a movie star – but not only ambitions dhe believes stardom is her birthright. Yet something inside her continually thwarts her meeting her destiny.

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‘She’s not just a push up bra and stilettos’

Thu, Feb 27, 2020

“TUMBLE OUTTA bed and I stumble to the kitchen/Pour myself a cup of ambition/Yawn and stretch and try to come to life/Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumpin'/Out on the street the traffic starts jumpin'/With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5."

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‘There is an element of fantastical fairytale energy’

Thu, Feb 20, 2020

A FAMILY in crisis is put into emergency accommodation, finding themselves in a run-down hotel in a seedy part of town. From one danger, they, and particularly their children, have stumbled into another.

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‘Stiff was an attitude against the major record companies’

Thu, Feb 13, 2020

IT WAS the lable which released the first punk single. It released the debut album by Elvis Costello, and Madness, Graham Parker, and Ian Dury & The Blockheads were all signed to it.

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Why the 1798 Rebellion is the 'pivotal point' in Irish history

Thu, Feb 13, 2020

IN 1798 three major ideas erupted into Irish politics and thought – Irish Protestants created Irish Republicanism and asserted that Irish people had the right to self-determination; and that Irishness itself could – should – be a broad and inclusive identity.

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'This white orchard, that she can’t let go of, that she can’t keep'

Thu, Feb 06, 2020

WHEN DERBHLE Crotty takes to the stage as Madame Ranevskaya in Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard this month, it will mark her first appearance with Druid since 2015 and its acclaimed DruidShakespeare production.

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‘Stand-up is me inviting the audience into a montage of my life’

Thu, Jan 30, 2020

AN EARLY experience in comedy, overhearing people talk outside his dressing room, became a formative moment for Jack Dee, one that has driven his sense of commitment and ambition throughout a career spanning almost 35 years.

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‘Galway can make a legitimate claim to be the capital of comedy’

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

THERE IS no such thing as 'easing into the New Year' for Karl Spain. Only three weeks into 2020 and the Limerick comedian has hit the ground running, with gigs in Dubai already under his belt.

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The hijacker, the Third Secret of Fatima, and a right Holy Show

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

IN THE history of aeroplane hijackings – a common occurrence during the 1970s and early 1980s – few are as bizarre and as eccentric as the hijacking of Aer Lingus Flight 164.

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‘Revolutionary. Youthful energy, vibrancy, enthusiasm'

Thu, Jan 09, 2020

IN 1770, a child was born in the city of Bonn, then part of the Holy Roman Empire, who would go on to become a towering genius of music. His name was Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Renmore Panto ready to show Galway to the world

Thu, Dec 19, 2019

LIKE THE festive lights on Shop Street and Quay Street and the Continental Market and big wheel in Eyre Square, The Renmore Pantomime features prominently in the mind of Galwegians when it comes to Christmas in the city. Having celebrated its 40th anniversary in October, The Renmore Panto has been a cornerstone in the local community, raising money for a selected charity while providing a spectacular feast of entertainment which the whole family can enjoy.

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'We're confident enough to say, ‘Let’s see what happens''

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

WHEN LANKUM take to the stage of the Róisín Dubh on New Year's Eve, they can look back on a year where they cemented their reputation as the most vital force currently at work in Irish folk and traditional music.

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'We've always instinctively explored new territory'

Thu, Dec 05, 2019

THIS FINAL month of 2019 is a time of looking back and looking forward, a period of trepidation, but also one of determined optimism, for And So I Watch You From Afar as they celebrate a milestone, and await the impending fall-out from Brexit.

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He's metal trashing mad

Thu, Nov 28, 2019

THE CLOSE of 2019 marks a major milestone for Flirt FM's heavy metal show Cranium Titanium, which first took to the airwaves of the student/alternative station in October 2009. To mark its first decade, the show's presenter Trevor McCormack talks to the Galway Advertiser about where CT has come from and where it is going.

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‘Music’s in my DNA, I’ve never got bored with it’

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

HE SIGNED Oasis and put out The Jesus and Mary Chain’s first single. He turned Primal Scream on to acid house, paving the way for Screamdelica; and his label, Creation, released some of the greatest British (and Irish) music of the 1980s and 1990s.

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