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Aimee to perform in aid of LauraLynn children’s hospice

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Young Moycullen soprano, Aimee Banks.

Soloist Aimee Banks will perform her first Irish concert in aid of LauraLynn, Ireland’s only children’s hospice, in Galway Cathedral on Saturday October 1 (8pm).

The 14-years-old soprano burst on to the international scene last year after being chosen to represent Ireland at The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, in Sophia, Bulgaria.

Since then, the Moycullen native has not slowed down, appearing on the iconic stages of Carnegie Hall in New York, and The National Concert Hall in Dublin. She has also performed at Boston Symphony Hall, Norman Rockwell Museum and The Whitney Centre for the Arts, Boston, USA in the past few months.

An award-wining vocalist, she has received the Overall Vocalist Award and Bursary at Feis Ceoil 2015 (Midlands) and 2016 (Sligo) and also received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Culture 2016 from Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board.

LauraLynn is Ireland’s only children’s hospice, providing palliative care and support for to children with life-limiting conditions and their families. This holistic approach to care ensures that support is provided to whole families, allowing parents to be Mums and Dads, rather than full time carers.

Care is provided in the hospice – LauraLynn House – in the comfort of the family home, and in some instances in the hospital and the community, depending on the child and family’s preference.

Operating since September 2011, LauraLynn has provided care and support to 280 children and their family members. All care is provided free to families because of the generosity of public donations, which is essential to ensure continued provision of these vital services to the children and families who need them.

■ Tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Book festival online for now – with new chapter in Autumn

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This year’s Ennis Book Club Festival will feature a series of online readings and talks in March, with live events planned for September.

The 15th annual festival will kick off next Friday, March 5, with Ask the Author with Naoise Dolan, whose 2020 debut novel Exciting Times was described by The Times as ‘the book of the summer’. That’s at 6pm

Award-winning author and comedian Colm O’Regan will follow at 8pm. His novel Ann Devine: Handle with Care, published last year was praised by the Sunday Independent as ‘Reliably hilarious and charming’.

On Saturday, March 6, book clubs from across the country will have an opportunity to meet author Donal Ryan as he chats about his most recent novel, Strange Flowers. That event starts at 11.30am and runs until 4pm. Four slots of 30 minutes each are available and can be booked for up to 10 people. However, paces are limited and pre-registration is required.

On Saturday, at 6pm Kevin Barry will chat about his new short-story collection, That Old Country Music. That will be followed by a short film of the collection’s title story, made by artist and filmmaker, Laura Sheeran.

On Saturday night, novelist Roddy Doyle will discuss “stupid ideas, pubs, secrets and intimacy” with journalist and author Patrick Freyne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Award-winning young pianists in online show

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Dmytro Choni, winner of the 2018 Santander International Piano Competition.

Award-winning musicians Sae Yoon Chon and Dmytro Choni will take centre stage this Sunday afternoon February 28, in Pianist Showcase, the latest concert in the Music for Galway Bookends series. It will be available online for three days from 3pm on Sunday.

Sae Yoon Chon, originally from Korea, is the winner of the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition while Ukrainian-born Dmytro Choni won the Santander International Piano Competition in the same year.

Describing them as “young and exciting artists of exceptional talent”, the Artistic Director of Music for Galway’s Finghin Collins says their choice of programme for Sunday  reflects this talent. They will perform major works by Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, Scriabin, Debussy and Rachmaninov.

“While we won’t be able to have them with us in person, we are grateful that they are ready to perform for us from Toronto and Graz, where they are continuing their studies,” he adds.

Each pisnidy will perform for about an hour for the event which will include an interval,

The concert will be available to access and purchase until Wednesday, March 3, at 3pm.

Tickets cost €15. Booking at www.musicforgalway.ie.

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Hospice projects offer hope during challenging times

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Bereavement Services Coordinator at Galway Hospice, Hazel Greene and Art Therapist Kathy Hyland.

Galway Hospice is asking people to share their story of living with loss during Covid, via a new project, Meallan Scéal Scéal Eile/One Story Encourages Another. It’s a creative outlet for those who are experiencing loss during this challenging time.

Anyone can submit a written piece – this can be a short narrative, reflection or poem, whatever works for you.

“As we know, the definition of loss has changed dramatically so we are asking for your unique experience of loss, in whatever form it takes,” explains Art Therapist at Galway Hospice Kathy Hyland.

“The importance of being heard, understood and not forgotten is at the heart of this project and encapsulates the ethos of the hospice,” she adds.

A number of submissions will be included in a short video montage with music and imagery. The pieces will be spoken by a reader for the recording.

This initiative of the Galway Hospice Bereavement and Art Therapy services has been funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation and the Government-backed Creative Ireland Programme under its national SEEDS programme.

Bereavement Services Coordinator at Galway Hospice, Hazel Greene, says its aim is a “simple hope that we can offer people some sense of solace and extract the beauty in this raw and vulnerable time”.

The closing date is 2pm on Friday, March 12. Submissions can be sent by email to ArtTherapist@galwayhospice.ie or by post to Hazel Greene, Bereavement Services Coordinator, Galway Hospice, Renmore, Galway.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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