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SPECIAL EFFECTS artists, screenwriters, and directors will be in Galway city this month to give beginner workshops in film for young people.
WE ARE only a couple of weeks into January but it is already looking like a happy new year for actor Diarmuid de Faoite. He has just been nominated for a Best Actor IFTA for his role in TG4’s Corp + Anam and he is about to take one of the leads in the Town Hall’s forthcoming production of John Patrick Shanley’s hit play Doubt - a Parable.
The earliest reference to ‘moving pictures’ in Galway that I have come across dates from 1909, when The Enterprise Animated Picture Company came to the Court Theatre in Middle Street with its cinematography performances and variety entertainments. “Rarely has such an opportunity been given to the people of Galway of viewing in animated pictures the most sensational events of real life and drama. Those from real life included Boxing Champions and Logging in Sweden, while other titles included Nocturnal Thieves, A Constable Please, The Pony Express, and Fairy Presents. The pictures come in ever-changing variety and there are no exasperating delays.” The Court Theatre had 500 seats and was also known as The Racquet Court.
SHE WAS the firebrand young MP from County Tyrone whose electrifying presence on the stage of Northern Irish politics in the late 1960s catapulted her to the forefront of the Civil Rights movement.
The spectacular and dramatic scenery of Mayo will feature in a series of online videos on one of Australia’s top travel websites, encouraging thousands of potential Australian holidaymakers to consider Mayo, the west and the island of Ireland as their holiday destination for 2010. The online videos are being produced by Flight Centre, Australasia’s largest retail travel agency group.
When it comes to being Irish, every one of America’s 300 million inhabitants has Irish ties, and right now everyone wants a piece of the X Factor. As a nation we have the Grimes twins, but as a city we have Jonathon Ridgard, senior researcher, chaperone, and cameraman to the hottest pop property.