Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
This year’s Galway Film Fleadh, which runs from July 5-10, presents a selection of cinema from more than 35 countries, from Korea to the Congo, Argentina to India, Germany to Japan including a wealth of World, European and Irish premieres.
Martin Sheen will attend for the world premiere of Stella Days, Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s film about a priest’s attempts to set up a cinema in rural 1950s Ireland, despite opposition from parishioners. The star of such films as Apocalypse Now, Badlands and the seminal TV series The West Wing will also be the subject of the Galway Film Fleadh public interview on Sunday, July 10 in the Galway Town Hall Theatre.
The Fleadh, which was launched on Tuesday evening in the city, will host the world premiere of Bernadette – Notes on a Political Journey, Lelia Doolan’s new documentary on the life and work of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey. Other premieres include Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a hybrid of performance-art and investigative documentary that tackles the US military’s controversial stance on homosexuality, and Irish director Neil Dowling’s debut Sarang Hey!, a globe-trotting romance set between Berlin and Seoul.
The festival opens on July 5 with Darragh Bryne’s first feature, Parked, a tale of an unlikely friendship between unemployed, middle-aged Fred and dope smoking Cathal. John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard is another impressive first feature. Shot in Galway and starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, The Guard is a refreshing mix of humour and pathos.
The Other Side of Sleep, Rebecca Daly’s dark, dream-like debut sits comfortably alongside Alexandra McGuinness’ energetic and stylish first feature Lotus Eaters as statements of intent from two of Ireland’s most promising young directors.
Charlie Casanova, the debut feature from Terry McMahon’s is a black examination of the legacy of the Celtic Tiger and its dehumanising effect on people like the Charlie of the title.
New Irish cinema from established directors includes Mary McGuckian’s Man on the Train, a heart-rending film starring Donald Sutherland and U2’s Larry Mullen (in his acting debut) as a retired literature professor and a laconic bank-robber respectively. Gerard Hurley’s The Pier, meanwhile, tells the story of Jack McCarthy’s return to Ireland after 20 years in America.
The Fleadh’s international features will include No Return, Miguel Cohan’s thriller about a man convicted for a crime he didn’t commit. Some Other Stories is a film which describes differing attitudes to motherhood from five different women in five countries. Girlfriend, a drama about a young man with Down Syndrome, who has a crush on a single mum, is a refreshingly honest approach to a difficult subject-matter.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.