Tuam native Caroline Downey is the incoming National President of BPW (Business and Professional Women’s Club).
After completing a diploma in Business Studies at GMIT, she moved to Dublin to work in Eircom and complete her Marketing and PR degree in DIT, and a passion for fashion led to a diploma in Fashion Styling in Limperts Academy Dublin.
Having spent 10 years in Dublin and meeting her now husband Barry, Caroline is back in Tuam working as Business Development Manager H and A Marketing and PR, one of Ireland’s leading marketing and communications agencies based in Oranmore. She is the current president of BPW Tuam – who stage the Ultimate Pre Christmas Fashion and Image event this Friday night in the Corralea Court Hotel in Tuam at 7.30pm.
Her husband, Dubliner Barry Downey, is the current manager of the Galway senior ladies football team. She is proud of her new little boy Zack, only six months old, and her step children Tadhg and Shauna who call on a regular basis as they live in Carlow.
Sounds corny but being a mom, Zack is just amazing.
Favourite time of year?
Christmas . . . it has to be Christmas. I love snuggling up at home with my family, candles lit, Christmas tree lighting up the room and a nice glass of red wine in front of the box and it makes it all the better with a blanket of snow outside.
Your happiest memory?
My wedding day . . . walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing my husband-to-be waiting for me.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
Comedian Shane for city show
Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.
It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.
Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.
Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.
INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall
Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm.
Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.
This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.
Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.
Music festival set to return after a successful debut
Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).
Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.
There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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