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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.
WRITER/PERFORMER Donal O’Kelly comes to the Town Hall Theatre next week with a double bill of plays, Bat the Father, Rabbit the Son, on Monday May 13 and Ailliliú Fionnuala on Tuesday 14.
WILDFLOWERS, the folk/roots/Americana band of Noriana Kennedy, Noelie McDonnell, and Nicola Joyce, play this month’s Spirit of Voice festival.
The Galway Arts Festival returns from Monday July 16 to Sunday 29 and will be officially launched in Dublin this evening and in Galway tomorrow. Below is all that is on during the two weeks and there is plenty to look forward to.
Two of Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters - James Vincent McMorrow and Lisa Hannigan - and one of the nation’s best loved bands - The Coronas - will play the Galway Arts Festival Big Top this summer.
Misterman, the Galway Arts Festival and Landmark co-production, came to a close in New York yesterday, following a highly successful run and much critical acclaim.
Having spent six weeks in studio working on their third album Closer To You, The Coronas are embarking on a campaign that will take them through to next year, but not without stopping off at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar for what should be an outstanding gig on St Stephen’s Night 2011.
THE WORD mùscailt means to celebrate and inspire and the arts will be celebrated at Múscailt, NUI, Galway’s spring arts festival, from Monday February 9 to Friday 13, with plenty of concerts, exhibitions, talks, and events to inspire both the campus and wider public.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Easter bank holiday weekend than to head to Kyteler’s Inn next Thursday night to see one of the best bands on the Irish music scene show exactly why they are constantly on the radio and our television sets.
Noelie McDonnell is to play Ryans on Friday, November 13.