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
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.