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Cllr Terry O’Flaherty’s relative Bernard Laffey was the uncle of the late Bridie O’Flaherty, the former mayor of Galway city. Bernard was born in Clooncah, Woodlawn, and at the age of 20 was serving in the first battalion of the Irish Guards.
Neil Jordan returns to the vampire film for the first time in almost 20 years with Byzantium, but he does so on his own terms - reinventing and challenging the genre in a story centred around two women, who could be sisters, but who are actually mother and daughter.
If anyone thought that academics sharing their enthusiasm for the landscape, writers and artists associated with Coole Park, Co Galway, would be boring and stuffy, they had a surprise last weekend. There were some jaw-dropping moments when Lady Augusta Gregory’s secret love affair was revealed; and when WB Yeats went off the rails in the years following her death, and had a series of love affairs.
Olivier Pett and Lauren Briggs pulled of a surprise English double in the Paddy 'Whack' Walsh West of Ireland Squash Open at Galway Lawn Tennis Club in Galway.
On October 22 1959 an unusual play opened at the Royal Court theatre, London; a theatre never afraid to be different. It had after all presented John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger* three years previously - a play which rocked the establishment, and transformed English drama for ever. The critics adored it, it played to full houses every night, and it made lots of money for everyone concerned.
Poet, artist, and essayist David Jones (1895-1974) belongs to a recognisable group of British visionaries that includes William Blake and Mervyn Peake, whose work eludes categorisation.
The writers’ residency at the Heinrich Böll Cottage in Dugort continues through the spring. There is a reading by Canadian poet Jason Rotstein at the Cyril Gray Memorial Hall Dugort Achill tonight (February 27) at 8.30 pm. All interested are invited to attend.