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‘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.

Wrong-way Corrigan and other wonders

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Early morning July 17 1938, Douglas Corrigan, a young aviator, climbed into a small and rather battered nine-year old Curtiss Robin monoplane, at Brooklyn airfield New York. He was cleared to fly to California. It was a misty overcast morning. Instead of turning east, he headed out over the Atlantic. Twenty-eight hours later, surviving on two chocolate bars, two boxes of fig bars, and a few gallons of water, he landed in Baldonnel airport, Dublin, to everyone’s amazement. He was immediately christened ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan, and the world press loved him. The New York Post printed its headline back to front to join in the fun. Especially as it emerged that Corrigan’s plane had many modifications made to it, including two large petrol tanks strapped in front of the cockpit, allowing him to only see out sideways. One of the tanks leaked on the way over. He had to slash a hole in the floor to allow the fuel out.

The lonely boy who landed on our shore

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It is possible that when the 16 years-old Orson Welles embarked from the SS Baltic in Galway Bay in August 1931, he visited the Taibhdhearc theatre. In any event, he struck up a friendship with a Galway actor. Two months later he visited the Gate Theatre in Dublin, and went backstage to see his friend. Clearly impressed by what he saw, he left a note for its founding partners, Mícheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards, boldly proclaiming ‘Orson Welles, star of the New York Theatre Guild, would consider appearing in one of your productions, and hopes you will see him for an appointment.’

Siobhán McKenna - A legend in Irish theatre

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French soldiers in World War I carried Joan of Arc’s image into battle at Ardennes, at Charleroi, at the Marne. They wore medals bearing her face around their necks, and tucked her picture into the pockets of their uniforms.

Culture Night 2011 — Everything’s a Remix

Everything’s a Remix will be screened at the Butler Gallery for a late night alternative viewing of Ian Burns’ Supreme Fiction exhibition for Culture Night 2011 which has been programmed by artists and curators from The Workhouse Test, Callan.

New play for children on St Brendan’s voyage

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ST BRENDAN is famed throughout Europe for the legendary sea journey he took in early Mediaeval times, when he may have discovered North America – before the Vikings.

The power of hair

Hair and fashion are most certainly linked, and Hollywood A-listers could do with a glance back to the A-listers of the past. Try though they may, today’s leading ladies find it difficult to match the ageless beauty of some of the great icons of long ago, such as the classic beauty of Ingrid Bergman or the unique glamorous style of Grace Kelly.

The wise and witty Monsignor Knox

I remember years ago when I would make my regular trawl of the seemingly endless shelves of Kenny’s Bookshop on Abbeygate Street, I would encounter any number of titles by Monsignor Ronald Knox (1888-1957). A virtually forgotten name now.

New territory on the airwaves for Devious

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Devious Theatre Company has announced their newest venture which veers away from the stage and on to the airways.

War of the Worlds goes online

Not ones to slow down, The Devious Theatre Company in Kilkenny has just released a full length podcast version of their October production of 'The War Of The Worlds', available online since Sunday.

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