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In an attempt to bring some normality into their lives following the traumatic years of the War of Independence, and the Civil War, Professor Tom Dillon, and his wife Geraldine (nee Plunkett), moved their five children to Dangan House, about three miles north of Galway town, close to the River Corrib. It is now a flourishing garden nursery, run by the busy Cunningham family and staff, but in the late 1920s it was a rambling two-storeyed manor house with shallow steps leading to a wide front door. Their father bought a cow, and chickens ran wild in the yard. In many ways it was an ideal home to bring up a lively young family, but understandably the terrors and the residue of those early years still bore heavily on the children. Politics was still a dominant player in their lives.
THE MYTHOLOGICAL story of Hy-Brasil, which legend says lies off the west coast of Ireland, is the starting point for this year's TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, curated by Mary Cremin.
Thought leaders from the seemingly disparate worlds of human rights and the arts will come together for the Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights from 9-11 July. This landmark event, a world-first, is hosted by NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Human Rights, and will take place in the days immediately before the Galway International Arts Festival.
A new exhibition on the Shroud of Turin, a relic that has fascinated theologians and academics for centuries, is to open in Knock Museum on April 1.
A valuable Gothic suit of armour has been rediscovered and is to go on public display in Belleek Castle, Ballina.
Although the Great Irish Famine, which devastated Ireland in the 1840s and early 1850s, happened at a time when photography was only in its experimental stage, we still have vivid images of the appalling suffering that the vast majority of the people endured. A suffering that was heightened by systematic neglect by government, the total absence of a comprehensive humanitarian plan of relief, and the law of the land which only supported the rights of landlords.*
World-renowned pianist Joanna MacGregor is stopping off in Castlebar as part of her upcoming nationwide tour.
ASYLUM ARCHIVE, a new exhibition at the Galway Arts Centre, will examine the Direct Provision system in Ireland and the effect on the people who go through it.
AN ALTERNATIVE Valentine’s Night takes place at Kelly’s on Saturday February 14 with leading Irish DJs, Jack Dunne, Ninha Tips, Beefy, and Mitch, hitting the Decks.
THE NEW Year at the Galway Arts Centre will spring into life with a solo exhibition by Galway born, Dublin based, artist Gareth Kennedy, who came to international acclaim in 2009 representing Ireland, alongside Sarah Brown, at the Venice Biennale.