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Christmas Market returns – opening in mid-November

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The Christmas Market: it's returning this year, opening on Saturday week. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

It has survived rows with the taxi drivers, uproar over the state of the grass and almost a catastrophe when the ‘big wheel’ stalled with 20 people on board, but this year marks a decade of the Galway Christmas Market.

Following the granting of the licence, builders will move into Eyre Square next Friday to create the festive village along the same layout as the last few years but trading for a longer time – this year it runs for 38 days due to the way the weekends fall, opening from November 15 to December 22.

Manager Maria Moynihan Lee of events company Milestone Inventive – which has been in charge for all but one of the ten years – has promised there will be more artisan traders as well as more intricate lights and decorations to augment the atmosphere for the public.

The Apres Ski Bar, the 32-metre observation wheel and Santa’s express train, will all return while the main stage is set to host choirs and carollers from across the community every weekend.

“We have 58 traders – much the same as last year – and all the old favourites are back. This is our third year of the Local Artisan Food and Craft Showcase where they can come for a week or two at the most and share units, giving these smaller operators a bite of the market experience,” she stated.

“That’s growing nicely every year – we had 25 last year and this year we’re looking at 30. We have the same format – it will always be the same because of the way the park is but we’re shooting for improvements across the board with more lighting and better décor.”

The market pays around €15,800 to operate in Eyre Square as well as a €10,000 bond. In the earlier years, it used to pay up to €30,000 as well as a larger bond. That has been reduced over the years after the operators argued that the event attracted 600,000 people in the city, benefiting all retailers.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Fun and laughter promised in Harry Potter parody show

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Potted Potter is visiting Galway as part of an Irish tour.

The Olivier Award nominated Potted Potter, The Unauthorised Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff, visits Galway’s Town Hall Theatre from this Thursday to Sunday, August 18-21. Having played to sold-out houses all over the world, it’s visiting Galway as part of an Irish tour.

The show takes on the challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes.

Performed by Jan Martin and Paul Brown, Potted Potter contains all the central characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic.

Created by double-Olivier Award Best Entertainment nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter has been seen by over a million muggles around the world since its 2006 premiere. It played 30 weeks off-Broadway across two sold-out seasons, as well as having five West End runs, and multiple North American and Australasian tours.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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United boss Caulfield not happy with recent decisions going against his team

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Galway United manager John Caulfield: seeking a fairer deal from officials.

JOHN Caulfield has called for better officiating in games as the title race enters its final run-in, saying his side has been the victim of some marginal decisions in games against the top sides this season.

Speaking ahead of the visit of Bray Wanderers to Eamonn Deacy Park this Friday (7.45pm), the United manager said the big decisions in games against the other sides in the top three – Cork City and Waterford – have gone against United this season, and he says the repercussions of those ‘bad’ decisions are only felt by the managers and players.

“It is disappointing, there have been a number of decision in big games that have gone against us, I suppose you could call them controversial, tight decisions,” he said in the aftermath of last Friday’s 2-1 defeat away to Waterford FC, in which Conor McCormack was sent off, and Waterford were awarded two penalties, the second of which they converted nine minutes from time for a 2-1 win.

“You need strong decisions being made and we had two big decisions, major decisions, go against us. Unfortunately, it is the manager that take the hits rather than action being taken in the proper channels and that is disappointing,” he said.

He has a point to a degree: Wilson Waweru was sent off in United’s first game of the season when picking up two yellow cards in the 1-0 win away to Cork City, with the second booking in particular looking unfair on the United man.

Another trip to Turners Cross in July saw another red card, with Ed McCarthy getting his marching orders in the 16th minute for a trip on Cian Bargary, who was breaking on a counter-attack. Despite the foul taking place inside the City half, and both Conor O’Keeffe and Conor McCormack covering inside, Wexford referee Sean Grant decided on a red card.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Talk and workshop to accompany Twofold

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Artists and sisters Susan Campbell and Paula Hickey whose new show opens in Kinvara this Friday evening.

Twofold, joint exhibition from artist sisters Susan Campbell and Paula Hickey will open this Friday evening at 6pm, at the Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, hosted by KAVA arts. It will run until Sunday, August 28,  with a talk and a workshop next week to coincide with the show.

Susan and Paula describe Twofold as their response to the dynamic processes and equilibriums found in nature.

Using a range of mediums, it references water cycles, geological formations and flora, including those local to the Burren.

Susan who lives in Wicklow, has a Higher National Diploma fine art, and an MPhil and PhD art history, who is now integrating her creative and research interests. She is concerned with natural dynamics, the structures that underly reality and the relationships between things. Paula who is based in Leeds, and who has a BA in graphic design and MA in creative practice, is a regular visitor to Kinvara. Her process is rooted in material play, through which, she believes, the more elusive aspects of human existence can be explored.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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