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Achill’s James Kilbane is back with a bang and has released an exciting new version of a traditional hymn, but with an exceptionally shady twist
The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is back, filling venues across Galway with wordsmiths and their works from April 4 to 10.
Galway Public Libraries has announced the launch of ‘1922: Nora Barnacle & James Joyce: The Galway Story’, in conjunction with Dublin City Libraries and its One Dublin One Book Initiative.
A Voices for Ukraine concert will be held at the Royal Theatre Castlebar on Saturday, March 26, with the full proceeds to aid Candle of Grace Ukraine Appeal in association with the Red Cross Kyiv Society.
MARY MCPARTLAN, a powerhouse of Irish folk music - as a vocalist, a supporter of songwriters, an event organiser, as someone who nurtured the tradition, not just keeping it alive, but giving it a future - will be celebrated in Galway in April.
The story of the Claddagh ring, which is made up of a plain hoop attached to a hammered or cast bezel designed as two hands clasping a crowned heart, has so much folklore and myth attached to it that it is hard to know where legend ends and truth begins. The motif of clasped hands is usually referred to as a ‘fede’ or ‘hands in faith’ ring and has been used on love rings since Roman times. The heart, regarded by lovers as the seal of affection, made an appearance on rings at a later date, as did the crown which is the distinguishing feature of the Claddagh Ring from all the others.
AS THE Covid pandemic begins to wane, as restrictions ease, and people can gather for arts and cultural events once more, how appropriate it is that Cúirt 2022 should be themed around meetings and interactions.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
With his fourth album, Strange, songsmith Seamus Ruttledge reveals an artist at the peak of his powers.