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THIRTEEN MAY be unlucky for some, but not for the Over The Edge Open Readings which marks its 13th year in existence this month with readings by Stephen De Burca, Nuala Keher, and Vona Groarke.
On Friday November 29 1940, a tiny new bookshop opened its doors for the first time on High Street in Galway city. Little could its proprietors, Des and Maureen Kenny, have then envisaged that this modest business start-up – embarked upon when Ireland was in the early stages of World War II rationing - would go on to be one of Ireland’s foremost bookshops and art galleries and, over its six decades, a valued friend to many of the country’s most eminent writers and artists.
Even the master of intrigue himself, John le Carré, would have been mystified at the bizarre challenges the late Labhrás Ó Nualláin was presented with when he applied for a lectureship in economics, commerce and accountancy (through Irish) at University College Galway in 1953.
Galway was, along with Tyrone, Louth, and Wexford, one of the few counties to actually take part in the 1916 Rising, and outside of Dublin, County Galway saw the most significant level of activity.
Athlone Little Theatre has qualified for the 2015 All Ireland One-Act Drama finals with the play, In a Land Much Like Ours, by Manchester playwright Rob Johnston.
Growth continues of routes in and out of Ireland West Airport Knock with the announcements of a major expansion of two new year round services by Flybe to Birmingham and Edinburgh which will see 75,000 additional seats at the airport, and Falcon and Thompson will offer Spain's Costa Dorada as a new holiday destination for the summer 2016 season.
A LUNCHTIME date with the music of Beethoven, Chopin and Bartok beckons with next week's Music For Galway lunchtime show, featuring a rising star of Irish classical piano, Fiachra Garvey.
TOMORROW EVENING, at the former Connacht Printworks in Market Street, sees the opening of the 2015 TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, which ushers out the city’s year-long programme of cultural jamborees in high style. As well as exhibitions, TULCA also hosts talks, debates, film screenings, and numerous events primed to trigger debate and spark palaver.
Athlone will be among 50 locations around the world taking part in ‘Run in the Dark,’ a 5k/10k event taking place on November 11 at 8pm.