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Knowledge of salmon: new book reveals all

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Lifestyle – Judy Murphy meets cookery author  Máirín Uí Chomáin who shares her  lifetime’s passion for cooking salmon

Afternoon tea at Máirin Uí Chomáin’s house near Oranmore is just as you’d expect it to be from one of the country’s foremost cookery writers, a former TV presenter and a leading light in the Irish branch of the international Slow Food movement.

The table is covered with a white linen cloth, it’s set with china cups and saucers, and there are miniature chocolate brownies for the perfect guilt-free treat – home-made, naturally.

Our interview is meant to be about Máirín’s latest book, the beautifully produced Celebrating Irish Salmon, but in reality, the conversation takes off in many different directions. She is a warm, animated woman who has had so many different roles in life – among them teacher, wife, mother, TV chef, award-winning children’s writer, giver of refuge to unmarried mothers back in the 1970s and 1980s – that it’s almost impossible to keep to one topic for too long.

But the priority is the book, which sees Connemara-born Máirín share her expertise via a selection of over 100 recipes – mostly her own but also some from leading Irish chefs, including Derry Clarke, Kevin Thornton and, closer to home, Heather O’Flaherty of McCambridge’s and the Michelin-starred Aniar team. 

In fact, there are several Michelin-star contributors to the book, which has a foreword by marine biologist Professor Kevin Whelan. It also contains a brief history of the Atlantic salmon and its life cycle, a chapter on conservation, and for those who are following the recipes, suggestions by wine writers Betty Murphy and Peter Dunne about the ideal accompaniment for each dish.  The photographs are by renowned food photographer Walter Pfeiffer and the dishes were styled by Tricia Doyle – making this a really professional production from Letterfrack based Artisan House.

Over a pot of tea in an elegant, fun teapot decorated with colourful high-heeled shoes – a gift from her daughter to celebrate Máirín’s love of heels– she explains that this new book is her proudest achievement to date.

Máirín is a bundle of energy – tall and elegant with not a spare ounce on her. The mother of four adult children is 77 and three quarters years old, but could easily pass for 10 years younger, something she attributes partly to her positive outlook on life, partly to her diet which includes an abundance of the fish she loves. She has it for dinner most evenings.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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