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‘If you want an anti-toxin for humbug, you will get it from the artist’

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In 1968 Des Kenny, a Galway bookseller, was preparing to open a commercial art gallery in Salthill, the first of its kind outside Dublin. He needed a star artist for its opening night. He made an unusual choice, and invited Seán Keating. Had he invited Keating 30 or 40 years previously he would have invited a giant of his trade. Then Keating was regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest painters who had, in large canvases, mythologised the fighting men of the War of Independence, and the builders and engineers of the great Ardnacrusha project; the harnessing of the Shannon’s energy to power the fledging Irish Free State. In 1968, however, he admitted to Kenny ‘ I am dead as far as the art world is concerned’.

Lionesses among The Factory Girls

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FACED WITH the threat of redundancy, five women stage a lock-in at a shirt factory in County Donegal. Ellen, Una, Vera, Rosemary and Rebecca unite against a common enemy and stand up to ‘the man’ and the union, in an effort to save their jobs.

Mahoney in awe at 'sacred' nature of Irish theatre

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Since its earliest days, one of the defining characteristics of the Galway Arts Festival is the way it has forged strong friendships with its featured performers and invited them back for repeat visits.

Relatives told to avoid contact with Veronica McGrath

The family of a man murdered by his wife and buried at the bottom of his garden remains fractured and troubled, a court has heard.

Joy as forgotten Chernobyl girls and host families reunite at Shannon

There was joy for two little girls and their Kilkenny host families as they were reunited last Sunday, following the mix up that saw the girls left behind in Belarus two weeks ago.

Host families still waiting as two Chernobyl children left behind

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While one group of children from Chernobyl arrived to a warm welcome in Kilkenny this week, there was bitter disappointment for two little girls and their host families, as the girls were left behind in Belarus.

‘When the saints go marching in’.....

It is a fact that when few people had a job in Galway the late Christopher (Christy) Dooley of Renmore Park, had many. They were all of an amazing variety. One of them was a factory on the Mervue Industrial estate where he made parts for German railway engines. He had a specialised scrap business in Munster Avenue, the site of the old family forge, where he recycled aeroplane parts and exported them to Spain.

Delia Murphy to be celebrated at Ballina Arts Centre

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Ballina Arts Centre will be the venue for a unique celebration of the life of singer, Delia Murphy on Thursday March 26, at 8pm. I’ll Live ‘til I Die: A celebration in story and song of the iconic Delia Murphy will be a night of stories and songs made famous by Delia. Presented by Aidan O’Hara (RTÉ’s Fáilte Isteach, and author of the popular biography on Delia I’ll Live ‘til I Die), the evening will feature songs such as ‘The Spinning Wheel’ and ‘If I were a Blackbird’, sung by Joyce O’Hara and accompanied by Aidan. Reading and commentary by Carmen Cullen niece of Delia Murphy, and author of poetry books and children’s dramatist, from her novel Two Sisters Singing, a family memoir with a fictional base inspired by the personality of her famous aunt. Delia Murphy (born February 16 1902 in Claremorris, Co. Mayo, died February 11 1971 in Dublin) was a world famous singer and collector of Irish ballads.

Last chance to see Time to Fly exhibition at Ballina Arts Centre

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This week will be the last opportunity to see Time to Fly, an exhibition of artworks from service-users of Ballina Training Centre, at Ballina Arts Centre. Ballina Training Centre participated in an ‘arts-needs’ research project initiated by the arts centre in 2005. As a result the training centre sourced Westport-based artist Claire Griffin to work with the group. The workshops with Claire took place over a two-year period until June 2008.


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