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Poitín, Pimms, and popcorn with Thursdays at the Taibhdhearc

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See the best of Irish films on stage in a new season of films celebrating Irish culture and literature, Thursdays at the Taibhdhearc.

‘Mr Huston would you like a little night-cap?’

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It was John Huston’s wife Ricki, who first saw St Clarens, a large Georgian house, and gardens near Craughwell, Co Galway. She had been staying with Derek and Pat Trench at Woodford House for the Galway Races. When she heard the house was coming up for sale by public auction she went to check it out. Once owned by the O’Hara Burkes,* it was then a virtual ruin, and in the hands of the Land Commission.

The Galway ladies who ride

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John Huston was an expert rider, and expected his children to be so too. From an early age both Anjelica and her brother Tony were given horses. St Clerans, a magnificent Georgian house on a large estate at Craughwell, County Galway, had a full stable, watched over and trained by Paddy Lynch, a former jockey. Huston brought his family to live there in the 1950s while he travelled the world making films. He would come home for energetic holidays usually with Hollywood friends, and at times with his latest mistress. Once home, however, the sometimes lonely childhood lives of his two children would burst into action. Huston impressed upon them that the most important things in life were courage, and not to be a ‘dilettante’. He explained, as he smoked his brown cigarillo, that a ‘dilettante’ was a ‘dabbler, an amateur, someone who simply skims the surface of life without commitment.’

Hollywood came to Galway

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The renowned film actor, and patron of the Galway Huston School of Film, Anjelica Huston, was born in Los Angeles on July 8 1951. The news of her arrival was promptly cabled to the post office of Butiaba, in western Uganda. Two days later a barefoot runner bearing a telegram finally arrived at Murchison Falls, on the Nile, deep in the heart of the Belgian Congo, where The African Queen was being filmed.

Ricki Soma - Anjelica’s beautiful mother

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Anjelica Huston’s mother, Ricki Soma, grew up over a popular Broadway Italian restaurant called Tony’s Wife on West Fifty-Second Street in New York. At 14 years of age she was already a beauty, and a ballet dancer. She looked like the Mona Lisa, in fact she was considered so beautiful that a few years later her photograph appeared on the cover of Life magazine.

A feast of art exhibitions in December

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EXHIBITIONS FEATURING works from established artists to students and an exhibition of notebooks by Will Self and John Rocha, open and are running in Galway this month.

Special screening of The Dead to mark Culture Night in NUI, Galway

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Culture Night 2012 will take place on Friday, September 21 with cultural institutions from across the country opening their doors to stage a series of special events to mark the occasion. Among those hosting events for this national evening of celebration are the Archives and Special Collections services in NUI Galway’s James Hardiman Library.

Frank McGuinness’ Baglady at Town Hall

BAGLADY IS a rarely performed play from one of Ireland’s leading playwrights, Frank McGuinness. It has not been seen on an Irish stage for 25 years but its story is as relevant now as when it was first written.

Famine victims should not be forgotten by this generation

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It’s Thursday night which means it’s Strange Brew in the Róisín Dubh, the night when the city’s indie music fans are out to hear Gugai spinning the very latest music by the coolest alternative bands.

Huston and O’Toole to collaborate on new film

THE ACTOR Peter O’Toole and director John Huston have been associated with County Galway for more than six decades.

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