Date Published: 25-May-2011
“A fantastic night’s entertainment, Mayo style,” is the promise when Westport’s St Patrick’s Drama Group visits Galway’s Town Hall Theatre on Thursday next, June 2 with Widows Paradise, a three-act comedy written by Belfast writer Sam Cree.
This farce is set in the 1960s in a luxury caravan in the countryside.
Widower Harry Bradshaw, his friend Ernie and son Alan are enjoying a quiet fishing break at their caravan, when their peace is shattered by the arrival of five women who are on an ‘girls’ only’ holiday weekend. Add to all of this, the long estranged husband of one of the women and a widowed farmer and the plot thickens. What was supposed to be a scene of peace and tranquillity turns into a riotous clash of the sexes, each with their own story to tell!
Widows Paradise has already sold out for seven nights in Westport and also enjoyed a night at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar.
The cast of five women and five men, and the backstage crew are looking forward to visiting Galway with the show which has been directed by Liz Browne and produced by Rosaleen Heraty.
St Patrick’s Drama Group is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1964 in Westport and is still enjoying success nearly 50 years later.
“ We love to travel with our productions when possible and have had made very memorable trips to Dublin, London and even America. This means so much to our group in Westport. The group would not be still performing, after nearly 50 years, without the most valued support and encouragement of all our audiences near and far” says Liz Browne.
Widows Peak will be in the Town Hall Theatre, next Thursday June 2 at 8pm. Tickets costing €15/€12.50 from the venue, tht.ie or 091-569777.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.