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Change comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, and flavours. There will always be those who bemoan the constant state of change. Those who, for all the new shops and restaurants we have, still feel we have lost something special by parting company with the old ones.
Hotels in Ireland can be largely divided into two main types. The first type were built in recent years, a result of the economic boom, and are largely run by professional management companies whose brief is to merely keep the business afloat and get ‘heads in beds’. The Menlo Park is the other sort of hotel. Part of the landscape and the fabric of life in the local area, providing employment and welcoming guests from Ireland and far flung parts of the world since it first opened in the late nineties.
Once upon a time, when a renowned bardic poet visited the castle a sort of hysteria broke out. Women ran to the kitchens to prepare hogs and stuffings for a great feast. Banners and flags were flown from the battlements. Musicians urgently practiced new songs in his praise. Tavern keepers rolled in their best barrels of beer and wine, and weapons were nosily discarded. All prisoners and lunatics were released. Fathers were invited to bring to the fore their young daughters, so that they may be admired!
FOR 30 years, London's The Four Aces club was an essential place to go if you wanted to hear good soul and reggae, but and see leading soul and reggae musicians play live.
THE MUCH loved institution that is Gerry Mallon's Laughter Loft in the Ruby Room of The King's Head, returns to this year's Galway International Arts Festival, and includes two shows from David O'Doherty.
The ever-popular playwright and actor Seamus O’Rourke is certainly proving very popular with Roscommon audiences with planned performances of his new play Indigestion at both King House Boyle (July 10) and Roscommon Arts Centre (July 24) as part of his new tour.
Westmeath’s thrilling Leinster minor hurling championship adventure ended with a 1-17 to 1-8 semi-final defeat against Dublin at Mullingar last Saturday.
Mayo continued their dominance over fiercest Connacht rivals Galway with a hard fought four point win in Salthill last Sunday. Galway, obviously reeling after four successive defeats against the green and red set the tone early on with some big hits as they let the visitors know they were not going to roll over this time around.
The Government formed in the wake of the 2011 General Election was the first in 30 years to be without a TD from Galway West amongst its ministerial or junior ministerial ranks. Indeed, since the demotion of Ciarán Cannon in the 2014 reshuffle, neither Galway constituency – which between them had elected six government deputies in 2011 – has been represented at the top table of Irish politics.
JASON BYRNE makes a welcome return to Galway on Friday June 19 at 8.30pm when he brings his new show There's A Grand Stretch In The Evenings to the Róisín Dubh.