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Some 10,000 people are set to converge on Galway next week to attend the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, which is expected to generate at least €5 million for the local economy.
When I first started covering local council meetings here in Galway city and county, there were a lot of serious players on board. Heavy hitters who as soon as a meeting was over, would head to Dublin to make or take decisions in a higher forum. They looked and sounded serious. They were like Abbey repertoire actors let loose on touring the carnival tents and halls of rural Ireland. They knew how to play to the gallery and how to ensure their survival in an animalistic political arena. It was in the chambers of the councils that they fine-tuned their roar for the national stage.
THE KING'S Head has long been a bastion of Galway comedy, especially the venue's Ruby Room, home to Gerry Mallon’s lunchtime comedy gigs during the arts festival.
This year’s Galway International Arts Festival is just around the corner and kicks off next Monday July 16.
Over 14 days, the city can look forward to more than 200 events, across 32 venues, and involving more than 600 artists and performers, in what is to date, the largest Galway International Arts Festival ever staged.
EACH JULY Galway International Arts Festival presents a diverse and quality range of work from Irish and international artists. The visual arts programme is entirely free and attracts thousands of visitors across the 14 days of the festival.
Banish all back to school blues and join the September Fest this Sunday in Killannin Community Centre and GAA grounds.
GALWAY INTERNATIONAL Arts Festival is recruiting volunteers for its 2017 programme of events, running from July 17 to 30, to help with venue invigilation, production, marketing, stewarding, crowd management, administration, and information services.