Date Published: 26-May-2011
“Put aside any reservations you have about men and football, or sad endings and come out and see it. You’ll be glad.”
That’s the advice of actor Ray Yeates who stars in Dermot Bolger’s one-man show The Parting Glass, about a returned emigrant’s experience of contemporary Ireland in the boom to bust years.
The Parting Glass, which is on its way to Galway as part of a national tour, is set on the infamous night that Thierry Henry’s hand caused Ireland’s exit from the 2010 World Cup. Dermot Bolger uses that incident as a metaphor for the deception experienced by people in post boom Ireland.
“It’s a play about human life and our times,” says Ray, who plays the central character of Eoin as well as a host of other roles. Eoin “is like the rest of us – he doesn’t have any answers to what’s going on either”.
Eoin, who emigrated to Germany to find work during the 1980s, settled there with the help of his wife Frieda and son Dieter. But he returned to Ireland at the height of the boom, and just in time for the bust.
Although it’s a stand-alone drama, The Parting Glass is a sequel to Dermot Bolger’s previous drama In High Germany, which was set during Euro ’88 and captured the mood of a generation of Irish people forced to emigrate out of economic necessity.
The Parting Glass shows that while some things have changed, that haven’t as it offers a passionate and funny meditation on the character of Eoin in mid-life and Ireland in mid-bust.
Since it was first staged in Ireland last year, it has toured extensively, including to New York as part of the city’s Off Broadway Underground Zero theatre festival. There the production received record audiences, standing ovations and several four-star reviews.
Here at home The Irish Times, The Sunday Business Post and The Irish Examiner gave it rave reviews, while the UK’s Guardian also gave it four stars.
“The play makes a variegated and eloquent comment on maleness, friendship and fatherhood, and every Eoin and his son should see it,” according to The Irish Times.
Ray agrees and has additional observation.
“One woman in the audience commented that it’s a rare play about male friendship, because it isn’t at the expense of women. It’s about soccer, it’s about men, it’s about the economic situation and it’s about the relationships between men and women.
It’s sad and funny and mad and very current,” he concludes.
The Parting Glass is directed by Mark O’Brien and designed by artist Robert Ballagh, with lighting design by Conleth White.
It visits Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, Galway this Saturday night, May 28, starting at 8.30pm. Tickets at €5/€10 area available at www.araseanna,ie or Tel: 099 75 150.
It’s at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway City on Tuesday next, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1 at 8pm. Booking at tht.ie and at 091 569 777
Tickets for the Town Hall cost €15/12.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.