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Extraordinary Eclipsed gets new staging

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Mephisto Theatre Company’s production of Patricia Burke Brogan’s award-winning play, Eclipsed will be staged at the Town Hall Theatre from August 21 to 31.

This is the play that did so much to shine a light on Ireland’s shameful Madgalen laundries, when it was first staged in 1992 by the city’s Punchbag Theatre. It went on to win a Fringe First award in Edinburgh and was subsequently revived in 1998, for a production at the Town Hall Theatre.

It tells the story of eight women, whose lives converge at the Magdalen Laundry at Killmacha.

There is Sr Virginia, who struggles to obey under the forbidding eye of Mother Victoria, who watches everyone and controls this strange universe. The women who are trapped here have their own stories and their own sorrows. Cathy keeps trying and failing to escape to be with her children, who are close by in the orphanage. Older inmate Nellie-Nora reads tea leaves and resigns herself to remaining inside, while young Mandy dreams of marrying Elvis and tragic Brigit fights like a tigress to find her baby.

Thirty years later that baby, Rosa traces her mother to the laundry. It is long since closed and dusty, but the wounds are still raw, the humour is still dark, the women’s spirits are still fighting.

The production is directed by Niall Cleary and the cast includes Teresa Brennan, Catherine Denning, Siobhán Donnellan, Caroline Lynch, Zita Monahan, Emma O’Grady, Margaret O’Sullivan and Liz Quinn.

Eclipsed will preview next Wednesday, August 21 and will open on Thursday, August 22 and run until Saturday, August 31 running at 8pm nightly.

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Love Buzz fill big shoes in Cork’s musical story

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The Love Buzz...new single released.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Cork’s musical reputation is long established and well-earned; from the cult status of Cathal Coughlan (Microdisney and the Fatima Mansions), to Simple Kid’s nods to folk, electronica, rock and everything else, the cartoon punk and madness of Sultans of Ping F.C., the Frank and Walters, and – if not for bringing him into the world – the raising and moulding of Rory Gallagher.

It’s a scene full of life, innovation and identity – a perfect balance of passion, ability and not taking yourself too seriously. And all of those ideals are epitomised by the county’s most exciting contemporary three-piece – The Love Buzz.

Having burst into life with last year’s Candy Flip EP, the group’s latest single builds on the energy and enthusiasm of their first release – bouncing around your head until you go back for another listen.

Harp is a punch in the gut for anyone missing live music. Twenty seconds in, as Henry Love’s thunderous drum fill signals the honey-sweet intro’s end, you can close your eyes and convince yourself you’re swarmed in a sweatbox of a venue – likely Cyprus Avenue or Fred Zeppelin’s – attending a gig that could be talked about for years.

“Overall, not being able to gig has given us a unique opportunity to get our heads stuck into writing,” bass player Aidan Lynch insists.

“We’ve worked on a few songs that we’re happy with and we’re very excited to get them out there… Harp being the first of them and we’re delighted with the reception… I think we learned to broaden our style.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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POST bringing patients beyond hospital walls

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Artist Deirdre O'Mahony and sound recordist John Brennan in the Burren. PHOTO: TOM FLANAGAN.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

“Going into hospital, you can be stripped of so many things and it’s important to see the whole person. Healthcare is recognising that,” says the Arts Director of Saolta Arts Margaret Flannery.

Margaret is in charge of the arts programme at the Saolta University Healthcare Group, which runs hospitals in Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal.

She’s been promoting the importance of arts in healthcare since 2003, when the Master’s Graduate in Arts Practice and Policy was appointed Outreach Officer with Galway Arts Centre. A large part of her job there involved liaising with UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.

“I was known as the arts lady,” she recalls with a laugh.

Margaret’s belief in the value of arts in a hospital environment and her tireless work to demonstrate that, resulted in growing HSE support and she’s now employed by the Saolta group, in charge of its arts programme.

Over the years, she’s organised artist-in-residency schemes in Saolta hospitals, she has worked with Cúirt Literature Festival, with the Tulca Festival of Visual Arts and with the Arts Festival, as well as holding exhibitions and events throughout the region – at UHG, Merlin Park and Portiuncula here in Galway.

Saolta Arts also teamed up with Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture to present a year-long arts and health programme, designed to bring nature and familiar landscapes into hospital spaces.

This began in February, before lockdown, with Viriditas, a commission created by singer and artist Ceara Conway, which explored the healing power of music and the link between nature and health.

Another Saolta commission for 2020, POST, was launched in November.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Sharon goes global for lockdown album The Reckoning

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Sharon's new album will be available from this Friday.

Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sharon Shannon has gone global for her latest studio album, The Reckoning, which is being released this Friday, November 27.

The Reckoning, which was composed, written and recorded during lockdown, features more than dozen remote collaborations from locations across the world.

All the twelve tracks have been co-written by Sharon and band members and various guest collaborators.

The full-on method in which it was recorded marks a new departure for the Clare-born musician who lives in Galway City, she says.

“Normally when we work on an album, we do one track at a time,” Sharon explains. “But with this, it seems to be an avalanche when you’re working on 13 or 14 tracks every day. It’s like a minefield!”

One of the key tracks, The Jolly Roger, resulted from a challenge which rugby player Robbie Henshaw presented to Sharon during the first Covid lockdown. Issued via Facebook, her task was to learn a new skill. And she did. After five days of intense practice, she created The Jolly Roger Facebook video . That clip of Sharon and her electric guitar has attracted more than 289,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this year.

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

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