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Lack of stars in quiet weekend on chatshow front

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TV Watch with Declan Tierney

The celebs must have gone into hiding last weekend. In fact there were very few of them around to even flog a book as the chat shows on TV were devoid of anyone that is particularly famous. Maybe it was one of these weekends when they just vanish into thin air.

Now, it could be argued that both Tubridy and Brendan O’Connor do not have any celebrities on their shows anyway, and while this is largely true, even their shows were actually worse than normal if that is possible.

The Graham Norton Show is always a good yardstick to see who is around and even he seemed to be struggling. He had singer Lily Allen, an actor whose name I can’t think of, and legendary actress Miriam Margolyes. Not the best line-up you will ever come across.

Lily Allen has zilch personality even though she is a fine singer; the male actor just kept laughing at everything and made damn all sense; while Miriam Margolyes tried to be funny but it just did not work out that way. It was definitely one of the worst I have come across.

Graham Norton tried to make the best of a bad lot but even he found it difficult to enliven the audience or the viewer. Things were so bad that he had about half a dozen victims for the famous chair at the end when it is normally two or three at the most. It shows that he had a lot of time to kill and this was reflective of the quality of guests.

Earlier, Ryan Tubridy had something on about dogs and how they help people. There is no doubt that doggies are a great asset to some people, but why this subject appears on a chat show is anybody’s guess. And not alone that, but the mutts were lined-up in the studio.

He then proceeded to carry out rather depressing interviews with people he had chatted to several months ago. Daniel O’Donnell’s wife was chatting about her battle with cancer, while the family of the late Marie Fleming – who sought an assisted suicide and failed – were on to talk about the aftermath of her death.

I don’t want to sound cruel but The Late Late Show is considered ‘light entertainment’ but these two laborious interviews certainly did not fall within that category. There are times and places for interviews of this nature but a Friday at 9.30pm is not one of them.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

 

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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.

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