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Fun fest set to have Galway in stitches



Des Bishop

A who’s who of the comedy world is making its way to Galway for next month’s biggest ever Comedy Festival.

Tommy Tiernan, David O’Doherty, Reginald D Hunter, Rich Hall, Des Bishop, the Rubberbandits, Phill Jupitus, Ardal O’Hanlon, Andrew Maxwell, PJ Gallagher, John Cooper Clarke and Aprés Match are just some of the stars who will be in the city over the twelve-day festival.

Among the latest stars added to the bill is Rob Delaney, the US-born, London-based comedian who has over one million followers on Twitter alone.

The Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway will run from Thursday to Monday, October 16 to 27. The extensive and eclectic programme will feature the very best of Irish and international comedy – both established as well as emerging talent.

Also confirmed are Simon Amstell, Milton Jones, David Baddiel, Judah Friedlander, Todd Barry, Shappi Korsandi, Terry Alderton, Abandoman, Stephen Frost Improv Allstars, Bernard O’Shea, David McSavage, Dermot Whelan,  Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen, Fawlty Towers: The Dining Experience, Karl Spain, Eleanor Tiernan, Jarlath Regan, Tara Flynn and many more.

Venues of varying levels of intimacy will be used throughout the city including, for the first time, the iconic, world-famous Spiegeltent ‘Paradiso’.

This stunning 500 capacity venue is a 1930’s European wooden tent featuring a luxurious interior including unique mirrors, leaded glass plus a lush velvet and brocade finish. It must be seen to be believed and will bring a magical air to the city, surrounded by its very own comedy village.

“We are delighted to welcome our new title sponsor, Vodafone and to announce our new dates, making this our most ambitious programme so far,” said Festival Director, Kevin Healy.

“We also want to thank our supporters at Failte Ireland, Galway City Council and Diageo for helping to make the Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway possible and look forward to welcoming great comedians and comedy fans to the West this October.”

Tickets are on sale.

Connacht Tribune

Cope take electronic sound into whole host of directions



The Cope...debut EP comes with short film too.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Few Irish artists have had their fingerprints on as many contemporary music projects as Dublin & Berlin-based electronic duo The Cope, made up of David Anthony Curley – formerly of Otherkin and currently overseeing operations in The Clinic, a recording studio he founded in Clontarf – and Joe Furlong, a session bassist and musical director who works with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Sorcha Richardson.

Their collaboration spawned from a shared affection for a broad range of electronic and dance artists – Caribou, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Rüfüs du Sol among them.

It has evolved into an ambient, textured sound that sticks strong to a cohesive, atmospheric production style. The tone and mood of the project is aided by the multi-faceted approach David and Joe have taken.

The Cope expands far beyond digital music releases – it is an audio-visual experience that seeks to champion as many arts streams as it can.

Given the pair’s backgrounds, it is no surprise that collaboration is at the heart of this venture. Their debut EP was launched this Wednesday – and alongside it is a short film split over three parts titled I Am Stretched on Your Grave.

Directed by Jamie Delaney, it highlights their willingness to work with other artists that fit the tone of the work, as well as the physicality of the music The Cope is preparing.

“We didn’t set out thinking it had to have these visuals but when myself and Joe landed on that production style, and wrote those songs that became the EP, we knew then we’d have to have a video that matches the audio,” David reveals.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Comedian Shane for city show



Comedian Shane Clifford.

Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.

It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.

Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.

Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.



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INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall



Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina. 

Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at  8pm.

Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It  features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.

This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.

Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.

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