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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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Reverberate – exploring migration and memories

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Joselle Ntumba of Éireann and I, the collective that is presenting the show at Galway Arts Centre, pictured with her family.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

A new exhibition, Reverberate, by Éireann and I, will open at the city’s Galway Arts Centre this Saturday, December 3, at 2pm, and will run until December 22.

Reverberate is an oral history project developed by Éireann and I, a black migrant community archive, in collaboration with members of Galway’s African diaspora.

The organisers invited Black migrants who have settled in Galway to recount their journeys to Ireland, their relationship with the city and county, and to reflect on whether they have developed a sense of belonging.

The testimonies in Reverberate come from eight people of varying age and from different places. The many subjects they deal with include parenting, politics, the effects of the asylum system on lives and the communities and organisations they have built.

Some of their shared background is immediately obvious, but there are deeper connections too and these demonstrate how all humans are affected by the global and local tensions that cause people to leave their homelands and build new lives elsewhere.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Songs of Celebration at Galway Cathedral

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Composer and clarinettist Emma Johnson will join Vox Orbis.

Galway’s Vox Orbis, a female choral ensemble directed by Mark Keane, is joining forces with internationally renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson to present her Songs of Celebration. The concert will take place in Galway Cathedral next Friday, December 9

Emma Johnson, who won the BBC Young Musician of the Future at the age of 17, has since gone on to become one of the world’s biggest selling classical artists, celebrated for her diverse repertoire. The choir will present two of her compositions as well as her Variations on We wish you a merry Christmas with Annalisa Monticelli, piano.

The programme will also include Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by concert harpist Aisling Ennis. Aisling has recently released an album of harp solos, Folly of Melancholy, and will perform a solo on the evening too. Galway based soprano Noreena McDonagh will join the choir for seasonal favourite, O Holy Night, newly arranged by conductor Mark Keane.

Vox Orbis promotes the work of female composers, and the programme will include Snow Angel by the contemporary Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, with Nickie Geddes, cello. They have also commissioned leading Irish composer, Rhona Clarke, to compose a set of carols, Sweet the Song, which will also be premiered on the evening.

Tickets at €20 are available on Eventbrite and at the door on the night. Visit voxorbis.ie for more information.

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‘Potato People’ pays homage to victims of Great Famine

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Artist and sculptor Joe McCaul

The Potato People, an exhibition of sculptures based on the Irish Famine of 1845-49, will open in the foyer of Alcantara, one of the new buildings at the city’s Bonham Quay, this weekend.

It’s the work of artist and sculptor Joe McCaul, who lives in Ballinderreen.

These ceramic figures, fired in clay, “tell the harrowing stories of the lives and deaths of our ancestors during the Great Hunger”, he explains.

The exhibition has already had an eight-week run in Kinvara where it was very well-received, Joe adds.

Joe became fascinated by the Great Famine in recent times and with the many different accounts of those tragic years.

This fascination began in earnest when he read The Truth Behind the Irish Famine, by Kerryman Jerry Mulvihill.

“I began to feel a strong affinity with the people in these stories, their tragedy and the horrendous suffering they endured. I felt compelled to find a way to honour the millions who died of hunger and disease – and emigration; the countless stories forgotten in the Famine graveyards all over this country.”

Joe used his knowledge of working with paper clay to express this need. The process was intuitive and experimental, he says, as he worked without pre-planning or pre-drawing.

The resulting figures, which were formed by draping paper clay over armatures of chicken wire and steel bars, “just emerged from my fingertips. I sculpted feverishly for many months, one horrific figure leading to the next – so many stories to be told”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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