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Life has been full of fun and games for Baboró’s Lali

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Lifestyle –  Judy Murphy meets Lali Morris who is moving on after 14 years charting course of children’s festival

Leaving Baboró International Children’s Arts Festival in safe hands was a priority for Lali Morris as she stepped down as Artistic Director earlier this year after 14 years in the role.

American-born Lali, who has just finished an MA dissertation on – “what else” – arts and education, is happy that Aislinn Ó hEocha is the woman to take on the task.

Aislinn, who formally became Baboró’s Artistic Director in April, has worked closely with the outgoing AD since then. Both women had a role in the programming of this year’s Festival, which runs from October 12-18 and had its programme launch this week.

While Lali selected most of the shows – out of necessity she explains, as touring companies work 12-16 months ahead – Baboró’s workshops and family events are Aislinn’s babies. And there’s plenty on both fronts, with shows for young people, from babies to teenagers, being presented by international and Irish companies, while a range of workshops are geared at unleashing the creative juices of children, parents and teachers.

The Happy Heart Zone, which will run for the duration of Baboró in Galway City Centre, is just such a workshop. This bright, tactile space sees Baboró team up with Dublin-based arts group Recreate to fashion a ‘Warehouse of Wonders’ in which children – and parents, grandparents or other family members – can embrace their creativity,

“Recreate is an organisation based in Tallaght, which gets end-of-line stock from manufacturing companies; everything from computers to medical devices to material from Ikea,” explains Aislinn. These goods are stocked in a building known as the ‘Warehouse of Wonders, which is a resource for teachers, drama groups and artists.

In return for a small annual fee, they can load up cars with items they need to create a set for a play, or to build a robot for school projects. The eclectic mix of stuff in the warehouse allows people to go as far as their imagination will take them.

Artists Deirdre Rogers and Orla Kelly work with Recreate, and Aislinn approached them to co-present the Happy Heart Zone with Baboró.

She had seen them in action at Kilkenny Arts Festival, when her six-year-old son created a jetpack in 10 minutes out of medical tubing and cones, while his younger sister focused on the painting area, which is soft and tactile, explains Aislinn. Both were totally absorbed, she says.

Several container loads of material will be brought from Tallaght over the space of the week, and will be available to be re-fashioned into other items, which people can then bring home with them.

The Happy Heart Zone, which is based in the Galway City of Culture 2020 HQ at the Cornstore Centre, is not a drop-off for parents, stresses Aislinn. The emphasis is on allowing children and parents time together to let their imaginations loose.

Nor is it just for families. Schools who have booked to attend several theatre shows as part of Baboró’s ‘Make a Day of It’ scheme will also have time here.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tragic killing of Irish hero

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The wedding of Paddy O’Donohue and Violet Gore, in June 1919. Michael Collins was best man and Mary Healy was bridesmaid. Jack Buckley, a relation of the Whelan family in Shanaglish, is on the ground second from left. A relative of his gave a copy of this photo to Fr Patrick Whelan of St Patrick’s Parish in the city. Mary Healy was also related to the Whelans. The photograph is unusual as Collins is looking directly at the camera; something he avoided during the War of Independence.

Lifestyle – An unusual photo of Michael Collins, taken at a wedding during the War of Independence has strong Galway links. He’s looking straight at the camera, something he rarely did at a time when the British had a price on his head. However, it was his own people who killed Collins, 100 years    ago this month, as historian WILLIAM HENRY recalls.

A photo of Michael Collins, found 90 years after he was killed in an ambush at Béal na Bláth during the Irish Civil War, has family links with Galway.

It’s the wedding photograph of Paddy O’Donohue and Violet Gore who were married in June 1919, with the reception held in the Shelbourne Hotel. Collins was the best man and Mary Healy was bridesmaid.

The young man sitting on the ground second from the right is Jack Buckley. He and Mary Healy were cousins of the  Whelan family from Shanaglish, who have had  pub in south Galway for generations. Well-known city chemist Michael Whelan and PP of St Patrick’s Church in Galway City, Fr Pat Whelan, are members of that family and Fr Whelan was given a copy of the photo by a descendent of Jack Buckley.

The original photo was discovered by writer and broadcaster Dave Kenny in the attic of his Dublin home; it had been gifted to his grandparents by the newly-married couple, who were friends and fellow nationalists.

Violet Gore, a singer, had helped raise funds for the Irish cause through concerts in Ireland and England while Paddy O’Donohue, had been a leading IRA activist in Manchester and was a key figure in Collins’ network. The photograph is unusual because Collins is looking directly at the camera. That’s something  he avoided doing during the War of Independence, as he was a marked man with a bounty on his head.

According to Fr Whelan, the photograph was hung on a wall in the family home after the wedding and although house was raided, the Black and Tans didn’t realise that Ireland’s most wanted man was watching them.

Just a couple of years later, on August 22, 1922, during the Irish Civil War, Michael Collins was killed by his own countrymen in an ambush at Béal na Bláth, County Cork, the county in which he had been born on October 16,1890. He was 31 years old when he died.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Greening up the office can aid productivity

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Certain plants are better than others to pick for the office.

Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

I recall when a closely located colleague left our office, she took with her a lovely plant that had been a gift from her late father.  As well as lamenting the loss of a dear workmate, I missed that plant in my sightline for ages.  It was the only bit of greenery on our side of the office that looked out over high grey buildings.

I attempted to grow a plant or two on my desk over the years but nothing lasted. I don’t know was it the aircon in the summer and heat in the winter, but I managed to kill everything green with life.

While working at my kitchen table, I look out over the ivy-clad back shed and a few plants on the patio. From the kitchen window my eyes are drawn to several cherry blossom estates growing sideways in the green as I search for inspiration.

So it was with interest that I read about a new study into biophilic office design, or the act of bringing the outdoors into the work environment to the non-initiated.

Cacti, air plants, succulents and spider plants may be popular ways to brighten up desks and create a greener office space, but there are even more benefits to having plants in the office.

A survey on the topic revealed that plants in the office increase productivity by 15%. When considering air quality, workplace satisfaction and productivity in ‘lean’ offices versus ‘green’ ones, quality of life and productivity increased across the board.

Some 70% of people surveyed said plants helped improve the atmosphere at home and in the office, while 31% said greenery and plants helped them concentrate while working.

We know many people take to gardening to combat stress, so a green workspace can have a similar impact. The study concluded that plants in your home or office can make you feel more comfortable and relaxed.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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Attendees at the Blessing of Galway Bay on August 15, 1982.

1922

A leader lost

“I have the greatest hope in the Irish people. But what we have got to learn in our public life is the merit of following the unpopular path. We have plenty of physical courage. Moral courage is what we need – and above all, we must develop.”

These words were spoken by President Griffith a few weeks before his death. They were words of inspiration, hope, instruction. They revealed the optimism that carried the man through the gloom of dark years, the discouragements of dangerous days and nights, until at last his bold spirit cleft the clouds, and showed the Irish people light.

They displace as in a flash that optimism that bore him through to triumph, that spirit that inspired all his acts, that courage that held him in the fairway when others wandered into by-paths, and the constructive genius that, had he lived, would have seen an Ireland even in his own day that could stand four-square every wind that blew.

O’Connell has been described as the Irish Liberator, the great tribune of his people. Griffith laid well and truly the foundations of a movement which won a greater triumph than O’Connell.

Local enterprise

Through the commendable enterprise of Mrs. Payne, Cross-street, the people of Athenry are at last provided with an amusement hall in which they can pass away many a pleasant evening.

The hall, the building of which has been recently completed, is a commodious one and can accommodate quite a considerable number. Already a well-known theatrical company has had an engagement at the new hall when there was a magnificent attendance each night – the entertainment being the right thing in the right place.

In a few weeks’ time this company will return with a greatly enlarged array of artistes, when the townspeople will be treated to something they will not forget.

Practice dances will be held on Sunday evenings, and there is a suggestion to secure the services of a qualified teacher of Irish dances to bring up the rising generation with a knowledge of Irish step-dancing.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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