Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us


Galway Comedy Carnival has the last laugh

Judy Murphy



Lifestyle - Judy Murphy hears how Galway comedy festival has overcome obstacles to be major event in the calendar

Lifestyle – Judy Murphy hears how Galway comedy festival has overcome obstacles to be major event in the calendar

The Vodafone Galway Comedy Carnival created plenty of laughs in the City last year, but behind the scenes, things weren’t always so funny. Firstly, the headline act, John Bishop, cancelled despite the fact that the Carnival had extended the event to 12 days to facilitate his busy schedule.

Then, the main venue, the Speigeltent, located by the Claddagh, had to be tied down to prevent it from blowing away as the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo hit Ireland’s West coast on its way from Bermuda. The roof nearly blew off and the toilets blew over, while a fence went into the sea.

Despite those logistical difficulties, the event was a major success.

This year, for the 10th Comedy Carnival, which will host some 65 acts between October 20-26, co-organisers Kevin Healy and Gerry Mallon are hoping for no such dramatics. And it should be a more stress-free affair, partly because Galway City Council has agreed to allow the Speigeltent to be located in Eyre Square. That brings the comedy festival into the heart of the city and away from the winds of the Bay.

The beautiful wood and canvas Speigeltent, decorated with mirrors and velvet, and dating from the 1930s will be situated between the Browne Doorway and Eyre Square’s Fountain, where it will host some of comedy’s top names, Irish and international.

“It’s great to see the city opening up public spaces, and the tent will be very picturesque and central,” says Kevin.

The Carnival, sponsored by Vodafone, will host new names, too, alongside more familiar comedians such as Dylan Moran, Nina Conti, Rich Hall and Stewart Lee.

An eye-catching offering is The Simpsons Backstage Tour with The Simpsons long-time writer and producer Mike Reiss, which includes secrets, rarely seen footage and gossip, on some of the 300 celebrities who appeared over the years. This will be an afternoon show in the Town Hall Theatre followed by a Q & A session. And in the way that the Simpsons is a family show, this will be a family event, says Kevin.

US comedian Eddie Brill, who booked the comedy on The Letterman Show, and was the warm-up act there for 20 years, will also be in town, while an upcoming act at this year’s Carnival is a well-known Galway figure.

He is Macnas co-founder and Manager of Galway Arts Centre, Páraic Breathnach who will be performing Stand-up Seanchaí in the Ruby Room of the King’s Head.

Páraic has form on the comedy front, according to Kevin Healy, explaining that the Connemara man participated at Galway’s first Irish language comedy gig in the Róisín Dubh a few months ago and has taken part in events since, including supporting the Rubberbandits, in English, for their May show at the Town Hall Theatre.

“He has plenty of stage presence and has great stories and jokes about growing up miserable in Connemara,” says Kevin with a grin.

A better-known name in Irish comedy who will be gracing the Carnival is Al Porter. Porter, who sold out the Róisín Dubh during the Arts Festival, and who recently signed to top UK agency Off the Kerb which represents comics including Michael McIntyre, Phill Jupitus, Jack Dee and Rich Hall, one of the Carnival’s headline acts.

The Carnival, which is being launched this week, will run from Tuesday, October 20, until Monday, October 26, taking in the October Bank Holiday weekend.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune

Silver lining found in battle with superbugs




By Patrick Murphy, Medical Herbalist

Looking back in history, colloidal silver was the number one remedy to stop the spread of viruses. Colloidal silver is claimed to be anti-viral, anti-fungal and a great infection fighter.

Medical firms including London listed Smith & Nephew are turning to the old remedy of silver as they seek innovative ways to combat the nasties and superbugs. Silver has anti-bacterial/anti-viral properties and is often a critical element in bandages used to treat surgical wounds. I am pleased to report an in vitro laboratory study conducted by Smith & Nephew indicated that a silver coated dressing could kill anti-biotic resistant superbugs. The product is already on the market as a dressing for burns.

In my humble opinion, bacteria and viruses have great difficulty in developing immunity to silver because the silver breaks down cell walls and interferes obviously with their respiration and reproduction.

Before World War 2, the most powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal substance known to medicine was colloidal silver, or small parts of silver, colloidal in size, suspended in distilled water. It was effective against more than 650 different illness-causing bacteria, viruses or fungi. In fact, these days it has been used aggressively to coat vital hospital equipment.

Michael Dirienzo, executive director of the Silver Institute said today’s advances in technology have enabled medical equipment producers to introduce silver coated instruments for use in treating patients, eliminating on contact, every bacterial, fungal and viral exposure [June, 2013].

Colloidal silver can be used in the home for wound disinfecting, mouth-wash, hand disinfecting, spray on cutting boards, counters etc. Disinfect your toilet, shower and bath with colloidal silver. Children all too often put toys in their mouths. Spray the toys with the silver solution.

I am a Medical Herbalist based in Tuam, Co Galway and market top-class colloidal silver. You can purchase my colloidal silver online by going to or phone 093 27033.

This article is for educational purposes only. Patrick Murphy makes NO medical claims.


le Patrick Murphy, Luibheolaí

Fadó, bhí ‘airgead’ nó ‘silver’ as Béarls, ar ceann de na príomh eilimintí nádúrtha ar fail chun cosaint ó víris, baictéir agus fungais.

Roimh an Dara Cogadh Domhanda bhí sé ar ceann de na frith-vireas, frith-baictéir agus frith-fungais is cumhachtaí agus éifeachtach a bhí ann.

Tá gnéithe nádúrtha san eilimint ‘airgid’ agus tá sé cruthaithe mar díghalraigh chun troda go tréan in aghaidh na víris, baictéir agus fungais éagsúla.

Úsáidtear ‘airgead’ nó ‘silver’ i gcónaí san ospidéal mar sciath ag clúdach na h-uirlisí tábhachtacha leighis. Leis an dul chun cinn i teicneolaíochta le blianta anuas tá sé á úsáid chun cuidiú le lucht táirgeadh uirlisí leighis freisin.

Is féidir ‘colloidal silver’, atá déanta as ‘airgead agus uisce driogtha, a úsáid mar chosaint sa bhaile. Cuir i gcás ar ghoinn, ar lámha (mar díghalraigh), ag ullumhú bia, sa seomraí folcadh agus sa leithreas. Is iomaí uair, mar shampla, a chuireann páistí a bréagáin ina béil. Cuir ‘colloidal silver’ ar na bréagáin chun cosaint in aghaidh ionfhabhtú.

Tá an Luibheolaí cáiliúila, Patrick Murphy, ag táirgeadh ‘colloidal silver’ agus tá sé ar fáil uaidh.

D’fhólaigm Patrick faoin eilimint ‘colloidal silver’ agus módhanna déantar é breis is 30 bliain ó shin. Fuair sé an t-eolas faoi ón Dr Keith Courtney, saineolaí cáiliúila domhanda ar ‘colloidal silver’.

Tá Patrick le teagmháil ar 093 27033, nó ar

Continue Reading

Country Living

Steering clear of the fear factor in troubled times

Francis Farragher



During these troubled days a happy memory and an image that will never leave the mindset of a certain generation . . . Dana winning the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest 50 years ago in Amsterdam, March, 1970, singing 'All Kinds of Everything'.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

It is probably something of an understatement to say that these are very strange times indeed and the other day as I walked down Shop Street in Galway city around 3pm, workmen diligently attended to their duties in their ongoing upgrade works . . . with barely an onlooker in sight.

The greatly reduced pedestrian channel at a normally very busy time of the day should have meant bodies brushing up against each other, but apart from myself and a well-wrapped-up elderly lady, there was no one else about.

At times, you feel like pinching yourself and saying: is this really happening? – but alas it is and seems likely to stay with us for the coming couple of months at least, so it’s a case of making the best of it and adjusting to a change of habits.

For those of us who like a ‘pint of plain’ there does tend to be a gap in the normal evening/night schedule but, weather permitting, the previously unattractive prospect of a walk or cycle in the evening does tend to pass a chunk of time, as well as warming the body up.

Like most of the rest of the population, I’ve never before washed my hands as often, and as thoroughly, but after leaving a bathroom the handwash can seem something of a pointless exercise when a potentially germ laden door handle has to be negotiated.

Strange little idiosyncrasies also seem to be slipping into my lifestyle like holding my breath for at least 20 seconds when passing a stranger on the street and looking anxiously around a room to identify the source of a sneeze, a nose blow or a cough.

It’s like living in the land of eternal suspicion, not knowing where the enemy might be lurking – could it be your friend, a family member, a person down the road or that shopper leaning in close to you as a tin of beans is secured from a supermarket shelf.

We, of course, all have to keep going, be careful and sensible, and listen to realistic, well-sourced advice but I now find myself imposing a measure of self-censorship in terms of the coronavirus news that I allow my mind to absorb.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app

The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Continue Reading

Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

Stephen Corrigan



Computers of a different size to todays models are taken out of the Digital Plant in Mervue Business Park following a fire in 1978.


Get on or get out

It is refreshing to turn from the screeching headlines of our metropolitan Press to the isolated local efforts that are being made to get on with the real work of the Irish nation.

A meeting will be held in the Town Hall, Galway, at eight o’clock on Monday evening next for the purpose of forming an industrial association, and making arrangements for the holding of an industrial exhibition in the City.

May we say at the outset that we hope every class and section of the community will attend, not to criticise or sneer, or to give vent to these prejudices that form such a clog on the wheel of progress in our provincial life, but to take earnest counsel together and see if something cannot be done to put new life into our Western towns?

Twelve years ago, four years after the movement had been started in Cork that resulted in permanent benefit to Irish trade by the establishment of the Irish Trade Mark, a great exhibition and industrial conference was held in Galway.

The event was a notable success from the business, social and cultural aspect. If greater good did not come from it, the fault is to be found in local apathy and local divisions, which failed to grasp the splendid opportunity offered, and to extend the activities and broaden the scope of the Industrial Development Association in our midst.

To-day the need for some such effort is more than ever evident. It is said that the cities and towns, like individuals, become worn out: they reach a stage when all their progress becomes arrested, when as it were, they seem only to move backwards.

To stand on any point of vantage in Galway and view the surroundings is to be afforded tragic and melancholy evidence of the evil days upon which we have fallen.

All round about is a sea of dilapidated buildings, of derelict factories and worn-out roofs. It is, in very truth, a city of ruins.

The few redeeming features of modern effort pass almost unnoticed in pervading atmosphere of decay.

Former glories form a fitting study for the archaeologist, a saddening retrospect for the progressive business mind.

Yet water-power flows down to a glistening far-flung bay, with almost undreamt of possibilities. If steady hands and willing hearts were once found to arrest decay, all might be well in a very few years.

The very effort at progress is ennobling. It breathes a new spirit of enterprise, it restores confidence, it ensures expansion. The law of the physical world to-day is to “get on or get out”.

Surely, the citizens of Galway desire the old town to get on; and for that reason they will lend their whole-hearted assistance to any well-meant effort that is made to establish an industrial association that will not merely avail of every opportunity towards progress that comes our way bit that will seek out new opportunities and make the utmost use of them.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app

The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Continue Reading

Local Ads



Weather Icon