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Films from opposite ends of the Mediterranean

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MOHAMAD MALAS’S first film in almost a decade and a French film about an actor coming out of retirement will be screened in Galway this weekend.

Life and how it is lived - on screen

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DANGEROUS JOURNEYS, complicated love lives, actors dragged out of retirement, and finding a supernanny for a naughty little boy - it is all happening on screen for the Galway Film Society’s autumn/winter season.

Newton Faulkner - going against the grain

NOTHING ABOUT Newton Faulker is orthodox; neither his guitar style, his route to the instrument, the path that led him to become a songwriter, nor the making of his last album. It has done no harm though - the Englishman one of the most visible acoustics guitarists of recent years.

Newton Faulkner - going against the grain

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NOTHING ABOUT Newton Faulker is orthodox; neither his guitar style, his route to the instrument, the path that led him to become a songwriter, nor the making of his last album. It has done no harm though - the Englishman one of the most visible acoustics guitarists of recent years.

Children are victims of mankind’s cruelty

It is not right that children fail to outlive their childhood. Their young legs should in an ideal world, enable them to run free, to find wonderment in the environment that is their playground, to leap with their imaginations into the recesses of their young minds, as yet untainted by the cynicism of adult life. And this imagination and carefreeness should come with the love and care of those who are charged with shaping the environment in which they grow.

Children are victims of mankind’s cruelty

It is not right that children fail to outlive their childhood. Their young legs should in an ideal world, enable them to run free, to find wonderment in the environment that is their playground, to leap with their imaginations into the recesses of their young minds, as yet untainted by the cynicism of adult life. And this imagination and carefreeness should come with the love and care of those who are charged with shaping the environment in which they grow.

Broken images, broken heritage

Throughout history, nearly every religion of consequence has displayed a tension between austerity and exuberance. In Christianity this tension shows itself in the contrast between, say, the unadorned, white-washed chapel and the imposing magnificence of a great medieval cathedral.

Letter to Taoiseach on Sacred Heart Hospital was not sent

A heated debate at the May meeting of Castlebar Town Council on Tuesday night in relation to the future of the Sacred Heart Hospital took a twist the following morning when town clerk Marie Crowley issued a letter to the nine members of the council regarding an oversight on her behalf. At the April meeting the members had agreed following a vote of five to four to send a letter to Enda Kenny calling on him to “give a firm commitment to make the Sacred Heart Home fully operational and furthermore that he guarantees that the Sacred Heart Home will not be downgraded or closed.”

Richard Beard - set free by constraints

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RICHARD BEARD, an ‘experimental novelist’ and author of non-fiction, is nothing if not versatile. His books have addressed such subjects as rugby union, grave-robbing, sex changes, Eurodisney, and cigarette addiction.

There’s nothing like the filthy lucre

When we were growing up, we never thought that people like the county council employee or the teacher or the guard ever cared about the filthy lucre. They were people who did the job cos it was part of what they were. In our minds, they were the salt of the earth, who came to their jobs because they had a calling, a sort of vocation brought to them on the road to Damascus, when they were struck by a strong light and told by a booming voice “Son, your future is in forward planning and Section Fours. Now go forth.” Young gardai then were not reared on diets of CSI and Midsomer Murders. No, they were hewn from Connemara rock, with necks like a jockey’s b.. ahem, like a jockey, and with a chest that ensured the silver insignia on their shoulders sat two yards apart. Teachers were normally the lucky ones in a family who would have the good luck to have had a grandmother or an aunt wealthy enough to send just one of them to third level while the rest stayed at home, fought over the farms and descended into a lifetime of alcoholism and inappropriate thoughts.

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