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Inishbofin festival puts the spotlight on island culture

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Declan O'Rourke is taking part in the inaugural Inish Festival.

Inishbofin Island is the venue for a new festival of literature, poetry, film and music taking place between Thursday May 28 and Sunday, May 31.

The inaugural Inish Festival – subtitled Island Conversations – will see international musicians, writers and artists gather for performances, talks, and conversations based around themes of insularity, isolation and the role of the arts in society.

There will be readings from novelist and short-story writer Kevin Barry, and poets Bernard O’Donoghue and Moya Cannon, with concerts from Declan O’Rourke, The Voice Squad, Paris-based double bass player Renaud Garcia-Fons, and fiddle-and-guitar duo Zoe Conway and John McIntyre

Directors Pat Collins, Kieran Concannon and Alec Moore will host screenings of their films, while academics Professor Lee Morrissey, Professor Daniel Carey, Dr Adrian Paterson and Dr Rebecca Barr will address subjects such as Literary Islands and the concept of Citizenship, Identity and the Irish Archipelago.

A highlight of the festival will be an examination of the poetry of Richard Murphy, whose Sailing to an Island is the poem most people associate with Inishbofin. Murphy, now 88, currently lives in Sri Lanka, but a recorded interview with him by festival organiser, filmmaker and Inishbofin native, Peadar King will offer a rare opportunity to hear the poet talk about his work, and the inspiration behind it.

Richard Murphy is just one of the many writers who were inspired by Inishbofin – others include Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Theodore Roethke. That and its own strong musical and cultural traditions make it an ideal venue in which to examine what makes islands such special places, and explore what it’s like to live on, or be inspired by, Ireland’s offshore islands

For the full programme go to inishfestival.com or email inishfestival@gmail.com Accommodation on the island is limited, so early booking is advisable.

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Tunes in the Church returns with August concert series

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Tunes in the Church returns with August concert series

The Tunes in the Church concert series returns to Galway after a two-year break. The award-winning, series held in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, will run for the next two weeks, taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

The concerts will feature some of Galway’s finest musicians, singers and dancers, with two musicians and a dancer performing each night. During the interval, there will be a short historical tour of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, which celebrated 700 years in existence in 2020.

Tunes in the Church began in 2010, set up by Kerry musician and Galway resident Cormac Begley, who wanted a way of presenting traditional music that was family-friendly and respected the tradition. It is an acoustic, authentic, personal and interactive representation of Irish music, song and dance.

Interaction between the audience and performers is central to the experience, Cormac explains, with relaxed, natural, conversation being a feature of all the concerts.

Tunes in the Church provides a respectful and family-friendly setting for the listener and creates a platform where leading exponents of traditional music can showcase their talents. For more information and to book go to www.tunesinthechurch.com

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Magic of the musicals at Town Hall Theatre

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Cast members of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Declan J Gardiner (Sebastian) and Michael Cooney (Chef Louis), at a launch in the Connacht Hotel this week. Declan is also choreographer for the musical. PHOTO JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

A new stage adaptation of the popular Disney musical The Little Mermaid, based on the much-loved story by Hans Christian Andersen, will be presented at the city’s Town Hall Theatre from next Wednesday, August 10, to Sunday, August 10.

It’s from Twin Productions, Brian and Seán Power, who are delighted to be back staging a summer musical after an absence of more than two years.

Ariel (Aisling Carroll / Aoibhe Ryan) is a beautiful mermaid with a glorious voice who lives in an enchanted undersea realm with her six  mer-sisters and her father, King Triton (Darren Shine), ruler of this underwater kingdom. She should be happy, but this spirited, headstrong teenager wants what she can’t have – to live on dry land. When she falls in love with the handsome Prince Eric (Keith Hanley), Ariel becomes totally determined to gain land-legs. But the only way she can do this is by defying her furious father and bargaining with the sea witch, Ursula (Amy Hehir).

Trading her voice is the price Ariel must pay to grow legs and gain entry onto dry land. With the help of her little fish friend, Flounder (Cameron Heneghan), the seagull, Scuttle (Luke Dennigan) and officious court composer, the crab Sebastian (Declan J Gardiner), Ariel must wordlessly gain Prince Eric’s love within three days – or lose her soul to the witch.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Exhibitions and workshops make for crafty August

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Sandra King of Irish Fibre Crafters in Ardrahan.

Several events are taking place across County Galway for August Craft Month, which celebrates craft on the island of Ireland.

Local makers such as Catherine O’Connor, Sue Donnellan and Bernie Dignam are among the craft-workers taking part.

Bofin Weaves is the title of a free exhibition being held in the Inishbofin Community Centre this Sunday, August 7, featuring the work of Catherine O’Connor.

It will showcase handwoven items made on a rigid heddle loom. These looms and their accessories will also be on display, as will photographs of Inishbofin and information on the island which inspired Catherine’s crafts. There will also be a brief history of textile crafts on the island and Catherine will be available to answer questions.

Irish Fibre Crafters, the Square in Ardrahan is the venue for a show entitled Handwoven on the island…inspired by the island. Crafting with Irish Fibre runs from Tuesday, August 16, to Friday, August 26, and admission is free.

People can experience the crafts of hand-spinning, natural dyeing, weaving, needle-felting and wet-felting, with demonstrations by makers Sandra King and Sandra Marschall.

Crafts that are made using Irish wool and Irish alpaca fibres will be on show, and visitors will have a chance to try the craft of their choice.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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