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Ireland West Airport is flying. Literally.
In 2016 The Stinging Fly magazine described Kevin Higgins as ‘likely Ireland’s most read Irish poet’. Kevin who passed away this week was a passionate and popular poet, a satirist, a fine wordsmith, a romantic with real powers of evocation and a gentle presence too.
Blunt was an aristocratic English writer, a person of remarkable ability who, as “the best looking man in England was credited with having refreshed the blood of several ancient families”. He was always against colonialism and sympathetic to small nations, so it was no surprise that he became an ardent supporter of Home Rule for Ireland. In 1887, he was in Ireland to study the grievances of the people when he heard that evictions had recommenced on the 56,000-acre estate of Lord Clanricarde in Woodford.
The Voices of Connemara is a book to be treasured. Published initially in 2001, and now available as a paperback, it was put together by photographer Raymonde Standún and the late Bill Long (writer and broadcaster).
We are fortunate to live in Galway and to have the Burren within shouting distance. Some 15,000 hectares of a unique landscape that miraculously contain all the major habitats found on this island.
Over The Edge, Galway City's literary events organisation, organise readings of poetry and fiction at a variety of venues around Galway City. The December ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ will take place in Galway City Library on Thursday, December 15 from 6-7.30pm.
With such extensive musical inspiration, it is no wonder that the combination of Damien Mc Kenna (vocals, guitar and writer), Seán Byrne (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Ella Englishby (cello, harmonium, vocals), Roisin Ward Morrow (violin, vocals), Pauric Mc Crum (drums) and Peter Mc Coy (bass, vocals, piano) are making waves on the indie scene.
"There is something healing about watching Ingoldsby, a man who is both outside of and ahead of his time, battling against the tide of 1960s (and onwards) Irish conformity." The Irish Times
His grouchy demeanour, deadpan delivery, absurdist irony, rapid-fire wit, and idiosyncratic approach to country music, will be seen and heard across a variety of shows at this month’s Galway Comedy Festival.