'You learn a lot about people through costuming them'

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Danse Macabre, this year's Macnas Parade, takes place on Sunday October 27, and will feature the signature Macnas giant creations and sculptural images, pyrotechnics, bespoke costumes, and epic performances to live and original music.

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‘Stranger in a strange land’

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

The Claddagh is Galway’s most historic district, its foundation pre-dating that of the city, and it has always been proud of its native traditions and identity. Yet not only is the Claddagh a vivid link to Galway’s ancient past; the Claddagh National School, with its multi-racial student population, symbolises the cosmopolitan Galway of today while preparing its pupils for the Galway of tomorrow.

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'In the 21st century, the story of Democracy will be who gets the upper hand between Democracy and Facebook'

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Among the speakers at Galway International Arts Festival’s autumn session of First Thought Talks in NUIG on Saturday October 3, is David Runciman, Professor of Politics at Cambridge University, who has written seven acclaimed books on politics and democracy.

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From Cavan to Connemara

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Irish language theatre company, Fíbín, launches an exciting new chapter in its story next week with the promenade show Cath na Ceathrún Rua / Battle of Carraroe, written by incoming artistic director Philip Doherty and staged at the company’s new home space in An Tulach, Baile na hAbhann.

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'Putting boots on the ground for peace'

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

On St Patrick’s Day this year, two US army veterans, Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff, aged 82 and 77 respectively, were arrested at Shannon Airport for protesting its continued use by the American military.

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From Cavan to Connemara

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Irish language theatre company, Fíbín, launches an exciting new chapter in its story next week with the promenade show Cath na Ceathrún Rua / Battle of Carraroe, written by incoming artistic director Philip Doherty and staged at the company’s new home space in An Tulach, Baile na hAbhann.

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'You can’t tell your kids they can be whatever they want if you are not doing it yourself'

Thu, Aug 29, 2019

Singer-songwriter Áine Tyrrell is making a welcome trip home from Australia for a gig in Galway in September to launch her new album, Return To The Sea.

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'The younger generation haven’t heard of Walter Macken, that’s why I’ve spent my life promoting him'

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

When I meet Ultan Macken for a morning coffee to chat about his one man show, My Father, My Son, the first thing he does is delightedly show me a new Russian edition of Walter Macken’s God Made Sunday.

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From Cavan to Connemara

Thu, Aug 15, 2019

Irish language theatre company, Fíbín, launches an exciting new chapter in its story next week with the promenade show Cath na Ceathrún Rua / Battle of Carraroe, written by incoming artistic director Philip Doherty and staged at the company’s new home space in An Tulach, Baile na hAbhann.

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'It is not good for a human being to live in direct provision centres a long time'

Thu, Aug 08, 2019

Currently running at the Black Gate Cultural Centre is Failte Africa, an exhibition of paintings by Nasir El Safi, a Sudanese journalist and artist who came to Ireland two years ago and has been living in the direct provision system.

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'Decisions need to be made to allow Galway grow without congestion getting worse'

Thu, Jul 25, 2019

Participating in this weekend’s First Thought Talks, as part of the Galway International Arts Festival, the new Land Development Agency chief, John Moran, will share a platform with UCD's Orla Hegarty, to discuss ‘Obstacles to Decent Housing’ - one of the most important issues for Ireland today.

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'I have been really open because I don’t want to have secrets anymore'

Thu, Jul 18, 2019

‘A hopeful tale of heroin, hooking and happiness’ is the arresting strap-line that goes with Runaway Princess, Mary Goggin’s candid, and multiple award-winning, show about her early years as a drug addict and prostitute and how she overcame them to become a successful actress.

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'It is a worrying time to be in America but it is still a wonderful country'

Thu, Jul 11, 2019

Marion McKeone is Ireland’s foremost reporter on the United States and she is taking part in GIAF’s First Thought Talks series with a lecture entitled 'Trump's Wall: A Symptom of a Greater US Sickness?' at NUIG’s Aula Maxima on Saturday July 20 at 12 noon.

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‘It is a worrying time to be in America but it is still a wonderful country’

Thu, Jul 11, 2019

Marion McKeone is Ireland’s foremost reporter on the United States and she is taking part in GIAF’s First Thought Talks series with a lecture entitled ‘Trump’s Wall: A Symptom of a Greater US Sickness?’ at NUIG’s Aula Maxima on Saturday July 20 at 12 noon.

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'The acting muscle is very different to being onstage with a band'

Thu, Jul 04, 2019

Steve Wall of The Stunning has become increasingly well known for his acting credits in recent years and the Galway Film Fleadh will screen his latest film, My Foolish Heart, in which he plays jazz great, Chet Baker.

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'It’s a way of expressing my gender even more'

Thu, Jun 27, 2019

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth,” reflected Oscar Wilde in his essay, The Critic as Artist. Similarly, David Bowie, in a 1996 interview with The Daily Telegraph, noted: “All through my youth, I would use bravado and device – costume and flamboyant behaviour…That device allows you, in an exaggerated form, to display who you are."

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‘I’ve always believed in myself and my community'

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

On Friday June 7, at the first meeting of the new city council, the 33-year-old Independent city councillor, Mike Cubbard, was elected Mayor of Galway city - in the process becoming one of the youngest people ever to hold the position, since it was founded in 1485.

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'Each type of acting is interesting; each one has its value'

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

One of the guests of honour at next month’s Galway Film Fleadh is Tyne Daly, whose career spans TV, movies and theatre and has seen her garner six Emmy awards (four for Cagney and Lacey, one for Christy, and one for Judging Amy) and a Tony Award for her Broadway portrayal of Rose in the musical Gypsy.

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'A small, fast ferry in the west; it would be right up your street'

Thu, Jun 13, 2019

A WELL Spent Smile is the title of an engaging collection of poetry recently published by Robert Hilton, captain of The Aran Flyer ferry. The ups and downs of Hilton’s long seafaring life infuse poems that are sometimes funny, sometimes serious, and constantly a pleasure to read.

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GIAF...Not just a summer romance

Thu, May 23, 2019

Last week the Galway International Arts Festival launched its 2019 programme and, from now to July, people from far and near will be booking tickets and making plans to converge on Galway for its two week jamboree of high octane culture and craic.

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