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Galway is central character in new collection of short stories

Judy Murphy

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Arts Week with Judy Murphy – judymurphy@ctribune.ie

Galway is the central character in a new book of short stories which is being launched in the city’s Monroe’s Pub next week as part of the Cúirt Festival of Literature.

Galway Stories from Inverin based Doire Press includes work from 20 writers, among them Kevin Barry, Mary Costello, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Julian Gough and Olaf Tyaransen.

All the writers who have contributed to the book have a Galway connection, explains its editor, Lisa Franks who has been working on this project for the past two years. Many city locations, such as Buttermilk Walk, Eyre Square, Parkmore and the Prom feature as do places in the county including Kinvara, Carraroe and Cashel.
American-born Lisa first came to Ireland in 2003, carried here by a love of Irish literature. She undertook a summer writing course at NUIG during which she met the man who is now her partner in life and work, the writer John Walsh.

Lisa has a background as a literary editor and soon after she moved to Galway permanently, they set up Doire Press – more by accident than design.

In 2007 John got a County Council grant to publish his second poetry collection, Love’s Enterprise Zone. Because Lisa had experience in publishing he asked her to get involved and she did, so they self-published the book.

John also runs a regular literary event in the city, known as North Beach Poetry Nights and literary competitions are held regularly as part of that, so the two then decided to offer a prize of publication for the winner.

In 2010 they published No Recipe, the debut collection of poetry by former Drimcong House owner and chef, Gerry Galvin, who died suddenly last month. They subsequently published his first novel, Killer à la Carte .

“Then we started taking it seriously and we are lucky in that most of the books we have published have received City or County Council grants,” says Lisa. This year they received their first Arts Council grant, which is for this book, and there’s another in the pipeline for later this year.

Galway Stories is an attractive looking book, with cover illustrations by Holly Mullarkey, whose husband Jim Mullarkey happens to be one of the contributors. The front cover evokes a rainy day in Galway City while still managing to be warm and inviting. Initially Lisa had intended using a photo of Galway for the cover but all the ones she contemplated, while lovely were very flat, she explains. So she discussed her ideas with Holly who submitted six paintings – the first of which was perfect for the front.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Trbune.

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David’s debut album on sale in local shops

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David Larkin’s debut album, With A Toot on the Flute and a Twiddle on the Fiddle, a tribute to his fellow Roscommon man, Percy French, featured on these pages last week.

For those who want to purchase a copy, the range of places where it’s on sale has increased. Anyone who wants to buy the album can do so by contacting David through Larkin’s Beehive Facebook page. It’s also available at Bell, Book & Candle, The Small Crane, Galway City; Funky Beans, Westside Retail Park, Galway City; OMG / Zhivago, Shop Street, Galway City; and Custy’s Traditional Irish Music Shop, O’Connell Street, Ennis.

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Saileog takes up sean-nós singing residency at NUIG

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Saileog Ní Cheannabháin. Her Carna-born father Peadar was her earliest singing influence.

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin has been named as Sean-Nós Singer in Residence at NUIG’s Centre for Irish Studies for 2021.

The sean-nós singer, musician and composer, who was reared in Dublin in an Irish-speaking family, learned traditional and classical music from a very young age.

Saileog’s father, Peadar Ó Ceannabháin comes from the rich tradition of sean-nós singing in Carna and  was one of her earliest influences.

Saileog grew up listening to singers from Iorras Aithneach in Conamara and she includes Seán ‘ac Dhonncha, Sorcha Ní Ghuairim, Dara Bán Mac Donncha and Josie Sheáin Jeaic ‘ac Dhonncha as formative influences.

Her mother Úna Lawlor is a classical violinist and her siblings Eoghan and Muireann are also singers and musicians.

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

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Award-winning author Doireann finds truth ‘in little rituals of life’

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Doireann Ní Ghríofa, whose book A Ghost in the Throat won this year’s An Post Non-fiction Book of the Year Award, took her first breath in Galvia Hospital – now the Bon Secours.

When A Ghost in the Throat, the beautifully-written book by Galway-born author Doireann Ní Ghríofa, was announced as the An Post Non-fiction Book of the Year winner last week, the news came as little surprise to those who’ve read it.

Since its publication, A Ghost in the Throat has received rave reviews. Interweaving lyrical passages with striking prose, it tells the story of a present-day young mother who is drawn to the life of 18th century-poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill and her poem, Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire.

Although this was Doireann’s first book of prose, she is far from unknown, having written six critically-acclaimed poetry collections. These have earned her numerous awards including the Seamus Heaney Fellowship and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

Arranged a week in advance, the phone call from the Tribune in the wake of the awards announcement proves to be a timely one. Doireann is giddy with excitement. “I am delighted. The funny thing is that it doesn’t just feel like a win for the book; it feels like a win for the way this book tries to tell the stories of women.”

This is hugely important to Doireann – A Ghost in the Throat begins and ends with the line, ‘This is a female text’ – and she hopes the book is viewed as a celebration of the lives of women, past and present, and the work they do, visible and invisible. “That still often goes overlooked,” she says.

As with Emile Pine’s Notes to Self, Doireann casts light on issues affecting women by sharing intimate details of her life. And it’s not just the big themes she gives consideration to, but life’s banalities. When added together, these can also become a burden.

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

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