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First and foremost, congratulations and well done to all. No matter how often this day may come to a family, the Leaving Certificate results are a landmark day for each son or daughter, indeed for the entire family. So, again, well done.
THE SHORT story writer and poet Susan Millar DuMars will host a series of creative writing classes in fiction, which will take place on Wednesdays, from 7pm to 9pm, and run for eight weeks, starting September 23.
THE STRUCTURE of Gerald Dawe’s memoir The Stoic Man, recently published by the Lagan Press, follows much the same general outline of his Selected Poems, published in 2012, and could easily be subtitled A Tale of Three Cities, beginning in the troubled city of Belfast, continuing on to the cultural melting pot that was Galway during the 1970s and 1980s, before moving on the comfortable avenues of Dún Laoghaire and the ivory towers of Trinity College.
Guided heritage walks and fun art and heritage activities for children are among the free events taking place in Coole this August.
The challenges that both extremism and secular modernity pose to people of faith, and the challenges of living in a multi-faith society, will be explored in a public lecture, to be given by a leading British academic in Galway.
Well-known television broadcaster, psychoanalyst, and author Michael Murphy was in his native Castlebar recently to launch a new HSE guide for families who are coping with the discovery of child sexual abuse.
COLM TÓIBÍN, one of Ireland's most acclaimed and prolific writers, will read from his work at the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday June 25 at 8pm.
LOUIS DE PAOR, Eamonn Wall, and Alan McMonagle are among the writers reading at the Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering at the Galway City Library on Thursday June 25 at 6.30pm.
DOIRE PRESS will host a reading at The Crane Bar, Sea Road, next Monday June 8, featuring Breda Wall Ryan, John MacKenna and Robyn Rowland, all three of whom have recently had had new collections published by the Indreabhán-based company.
SINCE 1900 Galway has produced a number of quality children’s authors, beginning with Pádraic Ó Conaire on his M'Asal Beag Dubh, and continuing with Eilis Dillon's The Lost Island and Island of the Horses; Walter Macken's Flight of the Doves and The Island of the Great Yellow Ox, and, of course, Pat O’Shea from Bohermore, with her now classic The Hounds of The Morrigan.