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Dunnes Stores unveils new-look Briarhill store

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Rian Spillane, Sheridan's Cheesemonger , Anne Marie Devine, Textile Manager, Paul O'Connor, Chef with Baxter and Green, Robert Rogala, Bakery, Hillary Killoran, Fresh Food Manager, (front row) Models Katie G and Laura from Catwalk models with Paul McGrath, Store Manager pictured in the new look Dunnes Stores Briarhill Store.

Dunnes Stores will celebrate in style this weekend as they unveil their new look state-of-the-art store in Briarhill – with a weekend full of fashion, food, lots of giveaways and fun for all the family.

Lovers of great food and fashion are invited to come along this Saturday and Sunday to experience this exciting and innovative new shopping experience, which has been created in collaboration with some of the leading Irish names in food, fashion, and homeware – all under one roof, and all delivering on the Dunnes Stores award winning promise of better value.

Another big magnet for shoppers to Dunnes Stores Briarhill is the new Food Hall, home to artisan food producers such as Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, which was first established in Galway by Kevin Sheridan; and Dunnes Stores own in house fishmonger, as well as the full range from the multi-award winning Simply Better Collection.

Dunnes Stores Briarhill Manager Paul McGrath said that they had more reason than ever to look forward to this Christmas.

“We are officially Ireland’s number one Food Retailer, and just recently we have been awarded Irish Retailer of the Year,” he said.

“And now with our beautiful new look store in Briarhill – we’re bringing the celebrations to Galway in a big way!”

The weekend celebrations will include very special fashion shows on Saturday, hosted by Brendan Courtney and Sonya Lennon.

As well as showcasing their own Lennon Courtney collection, which is exclusive to Dunnes Stores, there will be the collections from Dunnes Stores own brands including Gallery and Savida, along with all the other exclusive designer brands.

One of Ireland’s top make up artists, Derrick Carberry will also be in store to meet customers and to provide Styling Sessions for some lucky competition winners.

On Sunday, Ireland’s leading garden designer, Diarmuid Gavin will be in store, running a number of gardening workshops. Also taking to the stage will be Aileen Cox Blundell of Baby Led Feeding fame, with mini workshops on how mums and dads can prepare food that can be enjoyed by the whole family, including baby.

Paul and his team are also organising lots of kid friendly activities throughout the weekend. There are plans for a very special guest, Santa Claus, together with some of his elves, to call in store over the weekend to celebrate with everyone.

For Family Day on Sunday, there will be puppet shows, a Fyffes Banana Colouring Station and a special reading of the Dolls Complaints children’s book.

Throughout the weekend there will also be lots and lots of prizes to be given away at the tills.

More details on the schedule of activities and events for the festive weekend will be announced over the coming week, and these will be available through Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Branar reaching for skies at former airport

Judy Murphy

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Marc Mac Lochlainn, the director of Branar Téatar do Pháistí.

Lifestyle – The disused terminal at Galway Airport is being transformed for Sruth na Teanga, an immersive journey through centuries of Irish language and culture. Created by theatre company Branar, it was commissioned by Galway 2020 and will use puppetry, music, video and live performance to give audiences a fresh insight into the oldest vernacular language in Western Europe. Its creator and director, Marc Mac Lochlainn talks to JUDY MURPHY.

Entering the terminal of Galway Airport is like visiting the place that time forgot.

The desks for Avis and Budget Travel are still in place, exactly as they were when the facility closed nine years ago. So too are signs saying ‘Departures’ and ‘Garda and Customs only’, while the yellow pay-machines for the empty car-park stand abandoned by the main door and wind howls through the deserted building.

At the reception desk, a dog-eared copy of Dan Brown’s novel, Deception, is a lonesome reminder of the days when people thronged through this airport, carrying reading material for their flights.

“It’s a bit like the Mary Celeste,” says Marc Mac Lochlainn, the director of Branar Téatar do Pháistí with a mischievous grin. He’s referring to the American shipwreck that was found abandoned off the Azores in 1872, with everything perfectly intact but its crew missing.

At the height of Storm Brendan, with the rain lashing and wind howling, the space does feel eerie, but from March 2-29, thanks to Branar, it will become home to magical forests, streams and islands for one of the main events of Galway 2020 – European Capital of Culture.

Branar’s new show, Sruth na Teanga, was commissioned by 2020 as one of its flagship productions.  Now the theatre company has just over a month to transform the abandoned terminal building into a space for an immersive journey capturing the evolution of Western Europe’s oldest written, and still spoken, language. That language is Irish – a subject which caused so many people so much angst at school.

Marc is aware of this difficult legacy, but points out that Irish language and its culture far predates what has happened to it in the 20th Century at the hands of the Irish education system.

And that’s what Sruth na Teanga – based on the metaphor of a river – is all about. With puppetry, music, video mapping and live performance, it’s for children and adults and Marc hopes it will give people a fresh appreciation for Irish and its ongoing role in shaping us as a nation, through our place-names, our stories, our songs and the way we view the world.

Transforming the deserted airport terminal for this production will be no small feat but then Branar have never been short of ambition, as anyone who has seen their magical productions, such as How to Catch a Star and Woolly’s Quest, will be aware.

Sruth na Teanga has been evolving since 2015 when Galway first sought the European Capital of Culture designation and invited people such as Marc to dream big.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corofin stand 60 minutes away from club football crowning glory

John McIntyre

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Corofin's Colin Brady is tackled by Paul Kerrigan of Nemo Rangers in the All-Ireland club semi-final. The reigning champions face Kilcoo of Down in Sunday's showdown at Croke Park.

IT’S a date with destiny like none other in the history of club Gaelic football. A team from Galway trying to go where no parish team has gone before.

Protecting a remarkable 35-match unbeaten run, Corofin stand on the threshold of becoming the first team to win three All-Ireland club senior titles on the trot.

It would represent a phenomenal achievement and the crowning glory for the Galway champions who have been such a compelling force over the past decade.

Standing in their way are All-Ireland final debutants, Kilcoo from Down, and while Corofin are red-hot favourite, the biggest occasion on the club GAA calendar has been littered with upsets down through the years.

It’s not in the nature of Kevin O’Brien’s charges to take anything for granted, however, and if they bring their A-game to Croke Park for the third year running, Corofin will have secured a cherished place in the record books on Sunday night.

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Gardaí called to Beef Plan gatherings as internal row threatens future of movement

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Deputy Anne Rabbitte, standing on a chair, addressing last week's controversial Beef Plan meeting in Turloughmore. Photo: Courtesy Agriland.

THE ‘civil war’ that has engulfed the Beef Plan Movement over recent weeks looks set to continue into 2020 following controversial meetings in Turloughmore and in Tipperary during the past week.

An estimated 300 people turned out on Wednesday night of last week in the Turloughmore Social Centre for the Co. Galway AGM of Beef Plan but the meeting was disrupted amidst raucous scenes.

That meeting was eventually abandoned without any officers being elected with a Garda presence at the Turlough’ centre following the break-up of the meeting.

Meanwhile, on Friday night at Holycross in Co. Tipperary, Gardaí were also on duty at that county’s Beef Plan AGM where there was a strict monitoring of those entering the meeting by security personnel.

A group of people outside that meeting at the Old Abbey Inn – who also claimed to be Beef Plan members – did not gain entry to the meeting.

Last night (Wednesday) a reconvened Galway AGM of Beef Plan was scheduled to take place in the Ard Rí House Hotel, Tuam, where only Galway Beef Plan members would be admitted.

Outgoing Chairman of Galway Beef Plan and one of the four original directors of Beef Plan Movement Company, Kevin O’Brien, said that people had been brought in from many outside counties to disrupt the Galway AGM last week and confirmed that later in the night, there was a Garda presence at the centre.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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