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Five Mayo pals launch epic Wild Atlantic Way Challenge

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Five hardy souls from Mayo are getting ready to take on a wild sort of a challenge for charity next month.

Tickets on sale now for Hairspray

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Athlone Musical Society are busy rehearsing for their upcoming production of Hairspray, a big, bright, joyful 1960s, song-and-dance extravaganza.

William Street West c1978

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William of Orange had a major impact on the history of this city, so I presume it was after him that three streets in Galway were named, Williamsgate Street, William Street, and the one in our photograph, William Street West.

Flipper furore as second dolphin moves in on Inis Oírr

It’s double trouble for swimmers as Inis Oírr’s resident bottlenose dolphin, Sandy, seems to have taken up with a French bad boy by the name Clet with the two now controlling their surf and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group urging caution.

A child’s time on Spanish Island

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I believe that my grandfather, Ronnie Hackett, was surprised when my grandmother agreed to marry him. He was the youngest of six brothers and four sisters, born in the Blackrock area of Cork city. Many of the brothers having a medical qualification went off to see the world with the British merchant navy. But in their later lives all came back to Cork, and enjoyed a happy life fishing and shooting, and a little bit of medicine. Indeed there are several family stories about a brother’s wife apologising to a full waiting room for her husband’s abrupt departure ‘on an urgent medical matter’. Whereas in fact, the call was from another brother to come fishing.

In Humbert’s Footsteps at the Linenhall

As part of the In Humbert’s Footsteps Gathering Event, the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar is delighted to present ’98 Recalled, a unique and fascinating exhibition of distinctive and previously unseen artefacts (many from private collections) and associated information pertaining to the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland, and French General Humbert’s expedition in particular. The collection of artefacts includes a selection of 1798 pikeheads, a French bayonet discovered at site of Battle of Ballinamuck, and the hat and sword belonging to French Captain Truc (who was appointed Town Commander of Ballina by General Humbert). The exhibition is presented in association with the In Humbert’s Footsteps Gathering Event Castlebar Committee. The exhibition, which takes place in the Linenhall’s Theatre space, runs until Saturday, August 24.

New exhibition opening in the Linenhall

Opening on Friday August 2 at the Linenhall Arts Centre is To Market, To Market, an unusual, engaging, and evocative exhibition of shoe sculptures by New Zealand-born artist Ruth Pettus.

From the Tuam workhouse to New Orleans

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The contrast between the Tuam workhouse and the vibrant colours, blue skies, and the smell of exotic food of New Orleans in the 1840s could not have been more dramatic. To the eyes, ears and senses of two young Galway children it must have been jaw-dropping.

Adebisi Shank ‘Live N Loud’ at the Ruby Room

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The brilliant Adebisi Shank will play an intimate show at The Ruby Room of the TF Royal Theatre next Saturday night, July 28 titled Into The West along with Bats and upcoming artist Toby Kaar as part of the Live N Loud series. Also on the night expect to see the Vinyl Junkie Record Fair where hundreds of vinyl records will be up for sale that include Fugazi, Sebadoh, The Cure and much more!

Adebisi Shank to headline Into the West this summer

Adebisi Shank will play the top the bill at the Into The West show taking place at The Clubhouse in Castlebar Celtic this summer along with Bats and upcoming artist Toby Kaar. Also on the night expect to find the Vinyl Junkie Record Fair where hundreds of vinyl records will be up for sale that include Fugazi, Sebadoh, The Cure, and much more.

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