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Gazza documentary a sobering insight into alcoholic’s life

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TV Watch with Dave O’Connell

Such is the range of multiple personalities at his disposal, Paul Gascoigne probably has enough of them to form his own team – with a few left over to fill the subs’ bench on top of it.

So Being Paul Gascoigne (UTV, Tuesday) was never going to be a simple story – although the tabloids have managed to narrow it down to ‘brilliant former footballer, now hopeless alcoholic’ over the last decade or two.

But Gazza was always a more complex character than that – and this documentary at least managed to dig a little deeper than the footballing genius with the drink problem.

He was neither painted as the victim nor the epitome of all that’s wrong with the modern game; indeed Being Paul Gascoigne had very little to do with football – this was the story of a man battling a life-threatening illness that just happens to come out of a bottle.

The tabloid Gazza is always in trouble – downing a bottle of neat gin in an off licence in full view of the CCTV cameras that then found their way to the Sun, beating his wife, attacking security guards, falling down on the street, bringing drink and a fishing rod to a multiple killer.

But the same wife who has come in for so much abuse is also the woman who opens her door and her heart to him every time he comes to his senses.

Sheryl and their children give him chance after chance and just love him when he’s sober; days after another incident, for example, they forgave him yet again and took him to the races for his birthday.

Because at heart Gazza wouldn’t appear to have a bad bone in his body; he just didn’t cope with fame and he cannot cope with drink.

He surrounded himself with people who weren’t good for him, but it didn’t matter as long as he was playing and earning – he was a genius with a football whose life on the pitch was in complete contrast to his existence off it.

Being Paul Gascoigne was a sad story to watch, but a salutary lesson for those who see only the positives in fame.

The lovable Geordie lit up the football world but these days his only headlines relate to his drink problem – he almost died during a recent rehab stint in the US when he suffered a serious reaction to his bid to go cold turkey and was rushed to hospital.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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