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Here we were last week, extolling the marvellous spring weather, birds singing, sun shining, everyone in good humour, and this week, as I compile this column, snow is actually falling outside. Now, of course it’s dissolving into rain as it hits the ground, but imagine, such changes in temperature. Last week one day it was 17.5 degrees when I was out in the car, and today, in the same car going to the same place, it is 4.5 degrees. If it’s variety you want in your weather, we’ve got it in here in Ireland in spades. I expect that this harsh weather will not last for long, at least I hope it won’t. But what a contrast! The old wives tale says ‘Ne’er cast a clout till May be out’, and it seems those wise saws were right.
STEVE BENNETT, winner of the inaugural Irish Comedian Of The Year award in 2016, and a regular performer at the Edinburgh fringe festival, will headline this week's Comedy KARLnival at the Róisín Dubh.
THE FUREYS, one of Ireland's finest folk bands, best known for songs like ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘Red Rose Café’, and ‘Steal Away’, play the Loughrea Hotel & Spa on Friday March 22.
DONALD TRUMP, Roy Keane, Jose Mourinho, Eamon Dunphy, Conor McGregor. Imagine being in the same room as those five. Would you survive it? If you are in the company of Al Foran that will be no problem.
Greenroom Bookings is delighted to announce the legendary Chris Difford of Squeeze will play at Bridge St Castlebar on Friday May 3.
Well, what do we make of the weather? Last week it was completely spring-like, mild temperatures, lots of sunshine, and one would really think that spring had arrived. In contrast, this week started off with cold, showery, shivery type of weather and low temperatures. So it is the old story; we think spring has come but really it hasn’t. And yet, the daffodils are out, not quite in abundance yet but they are out with their yellow blooms. In my back garden I have a small magnolia tree. Now, it is called a dwarf magnolia, but because of political correctness you are not allowed any more to say that word with regard to anything, and so it is a small magnolia. The buds are already on all of the branches of that magnolia tree, which would indicate that it is soon going to flower. But somehow I don’t think so if this weather continues. Be that as it may, well at least so far we’ve been spared the snow and wild winds which were very much the climate of 12 months ago. So let’s hope the benign days continue – and more daffodils please, and more buds turning to flower please, in everyone’s garden!
Lá Fhéile Bríde, marked the official launch of the ‘Táin Bó Fliodhaise – The Cattle Raid of Mayo’ project in Ballina Arts Centre.
The critically acclaimed and award-winning play Remember to Breathe comes to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Monday February 18 at 8pm.
Playwright and performer Donal O’Kelly marks the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of his play 'Bat The Father Rabbit The Son' by embarking on a nationwide tour this year. As part of this tour, Donal will be bringing 'Bat and Rabbit' to the stage at Roscommon Arts Centre on Wednesday, February13, at 8pm.
2018 has proven to be the busiest year on record at Ireland West Airport with passenger numbers climbing to over 770,000 for the first time in the airport’s history, surpassing the previous record of 750,000 passengers achieved in 2017. The passenger figures represent the third consecutive year of record passenger growth at the airport.