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‘GALILEO’ IS a song which has been good to Declan O’Rourke, opening many doors for him which remain very welcoming to this day - not least the door of Paul Weller.
Around the year 1890, this four storey building at the top of Prospect Hill was derelict. It was bought by the Sisters of Mercy and used by them as a ‘House of Mercy’, a training centre for girls. The nuns called it St Patrick’s House but their scheme failed due to lack of finance and staffing problems, so they let the building out on rent.
While the course is closed to Moate Golf Club members, the greenkeepers and volunteers (where required and appropriate) are still working away to enhance on and off course facilities at the popular playing location.
'WE WON'T Look Back’ a sweeping power-ballad about resilience, and getting back on the right path after a setback, is the third single from Galway/Leeds virtual band The Opacas.
KEVIN PARKER is a literary agent in London, but his is not a glamorous life. Professionally and personally, everything is falling apart around him.
A welcome boost for the local arts scene, 'Catch Me If You Can', the hilarious comedy play written by playwright, Margaret McKenna Mullan, will grace the surrounds of the Shamrock Lodge Hotel for two nights, on Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 8 with curtain call at 8.30pm.
The tall building in the centre of our picture of New Docks Road taken in 1903 was known as “Gas Tank” Flaherty’s pub. We presume he got his nickname because of the gasworks across the street. It was here that the distinguished English painter Augustus John lived for several weeks in 1914. He did a lot of painting and drawing around the city and especially the docks area, but when the World War I started, he began to worry that the locals would regard him as an English spy, so he went back to England.
In midsummer 1910 the artists Paul Henry and his wife Grace crossed the bridge into Achill Island, on the west coast of Co Mayo. They were both competent artists, but for Henry Achill was to be his great inspiration, leading to a style and an interpretation of the west of Ireland landscape that was to make him famous, and his work instantly recognisable.
John F Deane, the Achill-born author and founder of Poetry Ireland, will be the special guest at the outdoor launch of ACHILL PAINTERS: An Island History, at 3pm on Saturday, August 1 in Dooagh, Achill.