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Hero of Tom Crean returns

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Date Published: 05-May-2011

The creator and performer of the hit show Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer, Aidan Dooley is back. The Galway man is returning to his native city with the Irish touring premiere of his one-man show O’Sullivan Beara – the last Gaelic Chieftain.

The play, which will be at the Town Hall Theatre from Tuesday, next, May 10 to Saturday, May 14, tells the epic story of Cork’s O’Sullivan Beara, a Gaelic chieftain who refused to surrender to the English army at the turn of the 17th century, becoming the the last rebel to stand against the Crown after the Battle of Kinsale in 1602.

By using Irish myths, an original score and brilliant storytelling, Aidan dramatises how this heroic leader of the people of Beara tried valiantly to save his clan against the onslaught of the angry Tudor queen, Elizabeth, who was intent on ensuring Ireland would never aid the Spanish army in its campaign against England again. In doing so she destroyed the last embers of Gaelic rule in Ireland.

The Sunday Independent theatre critic Emer Kelly described the show as “pretty much irresistible”, saying that “as an author, Dooley’s heart is on his sleeve; as an actor it is used with craft and skill”. The Irish Examiner described the play as “unmissable”.

Aidan who is based in London, trained at Guilford School of Acting and appeared on West End stages with shows such as Philadelphia; Here I Come! Elegies for Angels, and Da. He also toured widely in the UK with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company. He first performed Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer ten years ago at Siamsa Tire, Tralee for Tom Crean’s family. That was followed by a run at the The New York International Fringe Festival, where it won Best Solo Show.

Aidan has also been nominated for awards at The Dublin Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Elliot Norton Critics Award Boston and in 2006 won a prestigious Fringe First at Edinburgh. He has worked for many years developing various performance pieces and historical characters for the National Museums in the UK.

Booking for O’Sullivan Beara – the last Gaelic Chieftain is now open at the Town Hall Theatre on 091-569777 or on the web at www.tht.ie

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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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.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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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.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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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.

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