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You might think that those at the core of the Irish literary renaissance at the beginning of the 20th century, were one big happy family beavering away in their rooms at Lady Gregory's home at Coole, Co Galway. In those early days it was a house full of voices and sounds. Sometimes you heard WB Yeats humming the rhythm of a poem he was cobbling together; or the click-clacking of Lady Gregory's typewriter as she worked on another play for the Abbey. There was the sound of the Gregory grandchildren playing in the garden; the booming voice of George Bernard Shaw, as he complains that he is only allowed to have either butter or jam on his bread, but not both to comply with war rations (He cheated by the way. He put butter on one side of his bread, and when he thought no one was looking, piled jam on the other!); or the voices of the artist Jack Yeats and JM Synge returning from a day messing about on a boat calling out to a shy Sean O'Casey to come out of the library for God's sake and enjoy the summer afternoon.
WALTER MACKEN, one of Galway’s most famous writers, was born 100 years ago this May, and An Taibhdhearc and Galway’s West End community will hold commemorative events.
THE OPENING show of this weekend’s Galway Theatre Festival is Suitcase, ‘an improvised theatrical experience’, presented by The Sky Babies at Nun’s Island Theatre, tomorrow and Saturday.
Thought leaders from the seemingly disparate worlds of human rights and the arts will come together for the Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights from 9-11 July. This landmark event, a world-first, is hosted by NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Human Rights, and will take place in the days immediately before the Galway International Arts Festival.
A short film by a young Galway-based filmmaker, Luke Morgan, has been selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner. Morgan is a third year student on the BA (hons) in film and documentary at GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts & Media (CCAM).
The Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Club was honoured at a mayoral reception at City Hall recently.
Ropes 2015, a literary journal published by the MA in Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway, will be launched during this year’s Cúirt Festival.
Sheridan’s Cheesemonger’s Brown Bread Crackers have been included in the M&S range of branded artisan products in more than 400 M&S stores in Britain and Ireland.
Tonight at The Snug Jock and Dave kick off a great weekend of live music. Taking to the stage at 10pm they will be playing a wide range of songs to suit all musical tastes from the old classics to the current chart toppers.
The Mayo senior football panel and management were in Portugal this week taking part in a five-day training camp in Browns Sports and Leisure Club as they begin their preparation for their championship opener in June. The players jetted out on Monday after completing the first round of action in the club league season last weekend.