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YEHUDA AMICHAI was probably Israel's greatest poet, and his poetry will be celebrated and read at the Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering in The Kitchen Café of the Galway City Museum next week.
DIRECTOR WES Anderson is on a bit of a roll. His last two films, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, have been among his best work, but I was a little disappointed at his decision to step back into stop motion animation.
ONE OF Russia’s foremost theatre companies, Theatre U Mosta, visit An Taibhdhearc this weekend to perform Nikolai Gogol’s Marriage on Saturday, and Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, on Sunday. Both performances are in Russian with English surtitles.
Among the many religious pastors in Galway, Fr Tudor Ghita of the Romanian Orthodox church is surely one of the most remarkable. We had first arranged to meet in the bar of NUIG, because Fr Tudor works as a kitchen porter there. An apologetic phone call from him told me he could not meet because he was required to serve as a translator at a court case. And when I suggested we might meet or chat later he informed me he was working for a local pizza company from teatime onwards. It is all a far cry from the nine to five routines of our Catholic priests.
An NUI Galway PhD researcher, who is undertaking an historical study of foster care in 20th century Ireland, is seeking interviewees for the project.
Coole Park has a rich cultural heritage as the former home of Lady Augusta Gregory and the centre of the Irish Literary Revival. Its present status as a nature reserve is due to the global importance of its extensive wetland system and woodland which borders it. To celebrate both these aspects of Coole there will be two free events during the last weekend in May.
Described as “one of the most imaginative literary novelists writing in the English language today,” John Banville will open The Lady Gregory - Yeats Autumn Gathering. Taking place at Coole Park, Gort and Thoor Ballylee, from 25-27 September, the Gathering recognises Lady Gregory’s unique influence on Irish arts and literature.