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Eamon’s show puts Maeve in spotlight

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Eamon Morrisey

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Eamon Morrissey has been writing and performing in one-man shows for years, but the actor who is best known these days for playing Cass in RTÉ’s soap Fair City, says it doesn’t get any easier, despite practice.

Eamon will visit Galway’s Town Hall Theatre next Monday, May 25, with Maeve’s House, a touring production from the Abbey Theatre.

The one-man show features extracts from the writings of Dublin-born Maeve Brennan, a leading figure in New York’s literary scene for much of the last century before mental illness and alcoholism saw her become a bag lady. When she died in 1993, in a New York nursing home, she was an almost-forgotten figure.

Eamon Morrissey, now aged 72, grew up in the village of Ranelagh, in the south side of Dublin City. His parents had bought their house from Robert and Una Brennan, both of whom were involved in the struggle for Irish independence. Eamon’s father had fought alongside Robert Brennan in 1916 and later,during the War of Independence and Civil War.

Robert Brennan was appointed Irish Ambassador to Washington in the 1930s and moved his family to the American capital.

Growing up, Eamon knew of the connections between the families. He knew of Maeve Brennan’s short stories too, as these appeared in The New Yorker magazine, which was renowned for the quality of its writing.  His mother, also called Maeve, was a great fan of the magazine, he recalls. These days you can buy it freely – in the 1950s it was “an extravagance”.

In 1966, as a 23-year-old actor with the Abbey Theatre, Eamon was in New York appearing in the Broadway premiere of Philadelphia, Here I Come! He recalls being in the subway, reading a short story in The New Yorker which made the hairs on his neck stand up, because it described perfectly the wooden stairs up to the bedrooms of his childhood home.

The author’s name wasn’t at the top of the article, so he turned to the end to check the author. It was Maeve Brennan. He was so intrigued, he contacted her via The New Yorker. She arranged to meet him in the renowned Russian Tea Rooms – Eamon reckons Brennan, who was a hard drinker for most of her life, was trying to stay off alcohol.

“She had a fearsome reputation in New York at the time, but she was very nice to me and loved that I was enjoying New York,” says Eamon. Back at home, “the more I read her, the more I came to appreciate her. She wrote wonderful prose”.

Brennan’s short stories were mostly set in Dublin and many dealt with people who were stuck in cul-de-sac lives and marriages. These were melancholy, but she also contributed factual pieces to The New Yorker under the guise of The Long-Winded Lady, and for these, “she was a merry writer”, says Eamon.

Brennan lived in New York, but her stories revealed a woman who knew an awful lot about the Ireland of the 1950s and 60s, he adds. She had stayed in touch with other writers here, especially other women, who advised her not to return as it was no country for women.

“She wasn’t political, but the cul-de-sac stories were about the dying of a dream, and the relationships between the sad couples reflected the disappointment at what had happened to the Irish dream, post-Independence,” says Eamon. Her end, as “almost a bag lady” was terrible, he adds, “but she was a great writer, who belonged everywhere”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Tunes in the Church returns with August concert series

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Tunes in the Church returns with August concert series

The Tunes in the Church concert series returns to Galway after a two-year break. The award-winning, series held in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, will run for the next two weeks, taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

The concerts will feature some of Galway’s finest musicians, singers and dancers, with two musicians and a dancer performing each night. During the interval, there will be a short historical tour of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, which celebrated 700 years in existence in 2020.

Tunes in the Church began in 2010, set up by Kerry musician and Galway resident Cormac Begley, who wanted a way of presenting traditional music that was family-friendly and respected the tradition. It is an acoustic, authentic, personal and interactive representation of Irish music, song and dance.

Interaction between the audience and performers is central to the experience, Cormac explains, with relaxed, natural, conversation being a feature of all the concerts.

Tunes in the Church provides a respectful and family-friendly setting for the listener and creates a platform where leading exponents of traditional music can showcase their talents. For more information and to book go to www.tunesinthechurch.com

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Magic of the musicals at Town Hall Theatre

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Cast members of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Declan J Gardiner (Sebastian) and Michael Cooney (Chef Louis), at a launch in the Connacht Hotel this week. Declan is also choreographer for the musical. PHOTO JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

A new stage adaptation of the popular Disney musical The Little Mermaid, based on the much-loved story by Hans Christian Andersen, will be presented at the city’s Town Hall Theatre from next Wednesday, August 10, to Sunday, August 10.

It’s from Twin Productions, Brian and Seán Power, who are delighted to be back staging a summer musical after an absence of more than two years.

Ariel (Aisling Carroll / Aoibhe Ryan) is a beautiful mermaid with a glorious voice who lives in an enchanted undersea realm with her six  mer-sisters and her father, King Triton (Darren Shine), ruler of this underwater kingdom. She should be happy, but this spirited, headstrong teenager wants what she can’t have – to live on dry land. When she falls in love with the handsome Prince Eric (Keith Hanley), Ariel becomes totally determined to gain land-legs. But the only way she can do this is by defying her furious father and bargaining with the sea witch, Ursula (Amy Hehir).

Trading her voice is the price Ariel must pay to grow legs and gain entry onto dry land. With the help of her little fish friend, Flounder (Cameron Heneghan), the seagull, Scuttle (Luke Dennigan) and officious court composer, the crab Sebastian (Declan J Gardiner), Ariel must wordlessly gain Prince Eric’s love within three days – or lose her soul to the witch.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Exhibitions and workshops make for crafty August

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Sandra King of Irish Fibre Crafters in Ardrahan.

Several events are taking place across County Galway for August Craft Month, which celebrates craft on the island of Ireland.

Local makers such as Catherine O’Connor, Sue Donnellan and Bernie Dignam are among the craft-workers taking part.

Bofin Weaves is the title of a free exhibition being held in the Inishbofin Community Centre this Sunday, August 7, featuring the work of Catherine O’Connor.

It will showcase handwoven items made on a rigid heddle loom. These looms and their accessories will also be on display, as will photographs of Inishbofin and information on the island which inspired Catherine’s crafts. There will also be a brief history of textile crafts on the island and Catherine will be available to answer questions.

Irish Fibre Crafters, the Square in Ardrahan is the venue for a show entitled Handwoven on the island…inspired by the island. Crafting with Irish Fibre runs from Tuesday, August 16, to Friday, August 26, and admission is free.

People can experience the crafts of hand-spinning, natural dyeing, weaving, needle-felting and wet-felting, with demonstrations by makers Sandra King and Sandra Marschall.

Crafts that are made using Irish wool and Irish alpaca fibres will be on show, and visitors will have a chance to try the craft of their choice.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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