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Two world premieres feature in new Druid Season

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DRUID THEATRE Company will stage the world premiers of two new plays - Epiphany by Brian Watkins and The Beacon by Nancy Harris - as well as presenting three new works for the Druid Debuts strand of the Galway International Arts Festival.

'The future will happen whether we like it or not. So let's try to enjoy it'

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Years of research lead a scientist to discover a way in which people can be ‘upgraded’ to better, more advanced, more intelligent versions of themselves, but it is a science in its early form, It is not fully tested. In the wrong hands it could be dangerous.

Gripping thriller Spotless comes to Town Hall

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Emma Willis, from The Young Offenders, and Ciara O’Callaghan, from Fair City, co-star in Gary Duggan’s potent new play, Spotless, which comes to the Town Hall, for one performance only, on Thursday May 2.

Making the Right Connections tells the story of Ballyheane man who became an early telecoms pioneer

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Mayo author Michael Larkin is looking forward to launching his new book Making the Right Connections which depicts the story of his granduncle Thomas Larkin and his journey as an early telephone pioneer in America. The book will be launched on Monday, April 29, at 7pm in Mayo County Library in Castlebar.

The Spanish Arch from Long Walk

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Long Walk was originally built as a wall by the Eyre family in order to construct a mud berth. Among those who lived there around the time this photograph was taken were Tom Gannon, Sarah O’Donnellon, Mrs Hosty, and Pateen Green. There was an entry through a large archway into a courtyard known as Green’s Alley and the five houses there were occupied by the Andersons, McDonaghs, Canavans, Gorhams, and Finnertys. A Mrs McDonagh lived next door in a building known as The Hall and further on lived Mrs Lee, John Folan, Bideen Joyce, Ella McDonagh, Mrs Folan, and Mike Walsh.

'To be able to represent a country of more than three hundred million people is very special'

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Emigration from Ireland is not a new tale. You would be hard pressed to find one person on the island who does not have one family member or friend who has left Ireland for pastures new. Many Irish abroad survive and thrive in their new surroundings while others return home, seeing the sojourn as an experience that did not work out or an adventure that had to come to an end due to the irrepressible pull of home. For Paul Mullen his experience is most definitely best categorised as the former.

Mike McCormack inducted into Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame

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GALWAY BASED writer Mike McCormack, author of the award winning, and critically acclaimed novel, Solar Bones, has been inducted into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame.

'Everyone should be able to experience classical music'

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MONDAY APRIL 15 will be a red letter day for Galway’s classical music aficionados as it sees the debut of the city’s new orchestra, Luminosa, at Galway Cathedral. The debut concert programme, Maestra, will feature works by female composers ranging from the 12th century Hildegard of Bingen to Galway’s own Jane O’Leary.

Liam O’Flaherty’s Hollywood sojourn

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BORN ON The Aran Islands in 1896, Liam O’Flaherty was to become one of the most distinguished and prolific writers of 20th century Ireland. His first book, Thy Neighbour’s Wife, was published in 1923 and was followed by an avalanche of novels, short stories, and poems in English and as Gaeilge, as well as travelogues.

Traffic congestion will only get worse without light rail system for city, says report

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If Galway is to solve the scourge of traffic congestion “official thinking" in City Hall must change, and that change has to include a proper "examination and evaluation of a light rail system for the city".

 

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