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Friday night's alright for laughing

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GALWAY'S FAVOURITE grouchiest comedy cowboy; the man who wrote Ireland's funniest joke; and a comic who put in a memorable performance in It's All Gone Pete Tong, will be live in your living room tomorrow (Friday May 29) evening.

Cocooning with my books

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Due to the suddenness of the lockdown in Ireland, I found myself suddenly cocooning at home with little or no contact with the bookshop.

Galway must prioritise pedestrian and cycling facilities to meet challenges of post-Covid19 society

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"When Autumn comes and more workplaces are open alongside schools and colleges we need to have increased walking and cycling for transport to work in this city. This will be needed alongside adapted but reliable public transport and personal car use, or we may be facing transport issues like we've never seen before."

What Do You Mean You Haven't Read...?

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Leo Moran, singer-songwriter

Normal people disgusted at the Abbey Theatre’s Playboy.

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Famously WB Yeats was giving a lecture in Aberdeen on Saturday evening January 26 1907, the opening night of the Playboy of the Western World at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Just before his lecture started he received a telegraph from Lady Gregory to say the first act was well received.

Dubliners watched the romancing of WB Yeats with glee

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The final curtain came down on the relationship between Annie Horniman and the Abbey Theatre in the days following the death of Edward VII on May 6 1910. It was customary that on the death of a British monarch all theatres would close as a mark of respect. Dublin theatres were expected to uphold that tradition, and indeed they did, the only exception on this occasion was the Abbey Theatre.

What Do You Mean You Haven't Read...?

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Fred Johnston, poet, author, critic

L’Oréal Ireland donates 50,000 free hygiene products and hand sanitisers to frontline healthcare workers

In ongoing support of the fight against coronavirus, L’Oréal Ireland is implementing a series of measures for communities most impacted by the crisis. The group and its family of brands will donate 50,000 hygiene products and hand sanitisers to frontline healthcare workers in Ireland serving the most vulnerable people and striving to curb the pandemic. The group will donate 27,000 hand sanitisers to frontline pharmacy and grocery staff that are ensuring availability of essential goods and services to communities across Ireland. These products will be provided free of charge. This commitment builds on the L’Oréal group’s wider European solidarity programme announced on March 18.

Hidden lives on a Galway tree

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In April 1902 Augusta Lady Gregory was working hard at her home at Coole, translating from Irish the myths and legends of Ireland. Somebody had dubbed Coole ‘the workshop of Ireland’, and the phrase went straight to her heart. Her pride in it glows in her letters to Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, her one-time lover and life-long friend, and admirer.*

The names on the Autograph Tree at Coole

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It may seem out of place that the name Robert (known as Robbie) Ross is associated with probably the best known literary monument in Ireland, namely the autograph tree at Coole Park. With the exception of two soldiers’ names, all 24 others are poets, writers and artists all of whom Lady Gregory believed were worthy to be included in her particular and original ‘hall of fame.’

 

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