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Looking at what else happened on your birth day

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Evelyn O'Rourke....sharing her birthday with history.

TV Watch with Dave O’Connell

It was the year of Bloody Sunday and the Godfather; Sandy Jones singing Ceol an Ghrá and Thin Lizzy belting out Whiskey in the Jar much to the bemusement of Noel Edmonds on Top of the Pops.

It was 1972 – and it was also the year that author and RTE broadcaster Evelyn O’Rourke was born….on March 8, to be exact.

The date is important because An Lá a Rugadh Mé – a new series underway on TG4 – pulls three news items from the newspaper achieves from the date of the guest celebrity’s birth.

Presented by Harry McGee – not unfamiliar to this parish – it is a pacey half-hour through the vaults….a sort of cross between Who Do You Think You Are and Reeling in the Years.

And the headlines also showed that Pele and Ali were both in Dublin that year, one with Santos and the other to pulverise Joe Lewis. Richard Nixon visited China – and then came Watergate to end his lifetime of free foreign travel.

It was the year that Ireland voted to join what was then the EEC, and in an unrelated development the pocket calculator went on sale for the first time. Although, from the look of it, you’d need a fairly big pocket to house it.

For the more personal aspect of this concept, Harry and his guest select stories that may or may not have been the main headlines on the day – and for Evelyn, one was big news that morning and the other two were down the agenda.

But each is humanised in that they try to find out what happened next and what those who might have been part of the story then might make of it all now, in this case 42 years later.

The big story on the front of the Irish Independent of March 8 1972 concerned a baby snatch on the heart of Dublin – a drama that thankfully turned out to be short and sweet and to have a happy ending.

Lilly Craine was in the housing office of Dublin Corporation when she parked her baby Martina in her pram inside the front door before she ascended the flights of stairs to her meeting.

But when she came down, baby and pram were gone, taken – according to reports – by a mystery woman in a blue coat who, unlike baby Martina, was never found.

The kidnapping kicked off a huge Garda operation and lock-down of the city centre – before Martina was found in her pram a few hundred yards away outside what was then Woolworth’s.

For more,  read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Druid paints picture of life and works of poet Eavan Boland

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A photo of Eavan Boland from 1992. PHOTO: JOE ST LEGER, IRISH TIMES.

Druid’s next production, a drama about poet Eavan Boland, entitled Boland: Journey of a Poet, will be livestreamed from the company’s Mick Lally Theatre between Thursday, April 22, and Saturday, April 24.  With words written by the late poet herself and edited by novelist Colm Tóibín, the 60-minute piece will feature actor Siobhán Cullen and will be directed by Druid’s Artistic Director, Garry Hynes.

Boland: Journey of a Poet explores the mind and imagination of one of Ireland’s great poets, courtesy of Colm Tóibín, who describes himself as “privileged” to have been commissioned by Druid for this project on Boland, who died on April 27, 2020. He hopes “this production will remind us of her stature as a major poet”.

Garry Hynes describes Boland as “an extraordinary Irish poet and essayist”, adding that “her standing only grows with time”.

Performed by Siobhán Cullen whose previous productions with Druid include Once Upon a Bridge, The Cherry Orchard and Richard III, this world premiere examines Eavan Boland’s relationships with family, poetry, memory, womanhood and national identity.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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KAVA Presents puts spotlight on Anne Korff

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Roses of Hope by KAVA member Ann Korff.

Anne Korff is the latest artist to feature in KAVA Presents, the new online project from Kinvara Area Arts Group. It’s a series of short videos, in which members of the group share their work practice, with a new episode being released every second Monday on KAVA YouTube channel and social media platforms.

Anne is a German-born professional artist who has lived and worked in the area for many years.  She has travelled extensively and influences of this travel can be seen in her creations.

KAVA’s online introduction to Anne and her work will be available from next Monday, April 12 from 10am.

This series has been running since February and all the videos are three minutes or shorter in length.

■ More information at www.kava.ie

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Film of Sarah’s self-powered global trip to thrill armchair adventurers

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Sarah Outen in Alaska in 2014 during her trip of almost 25,000 miles which was a mostly solo journey. PHOTO JUSTINE CURGENVEN.

The Irish Adventure Film Club, which usually holds screenings in venues throughout the country, including Galway’s Town Hall Theatre, is launching a series of virtual screenings.

The first is Home: An Outward Journey, which will be screened next Wednesday, April 14, followed by a live Q&A with adventurer Sarah Outen and the film’s director Jen Randall.

This documentary tells the story of Sarah Outen’s solo, self-powered expedition around the globe between 2011 and 2015, during which she was brought to the brink, physically and mentally, by a violent ocean storm. For the expedition, London2London: Via the World, Sarah was the engine, travelling by bike, kayak and rowing boat across Europe and Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America and finally the Atlantic.

She clocked up nearly 25,000 miles on her four-year odyssey. As she travelled between cultures, climates and landscapes under her own power, Sarah’s mostly-solo voyage was followed by thousands.

But the months of solitude and extreme elements also took their toll.

This documentary, which was created from hundreds of hours of footage, captures Sarah’s journey honestly and unflinchingly: the kindness of strangers, the wonders of the wild, the savagery of the elements, the near-death experiences, the demons of her emotional trauma and PTSD, and her discovery of love for a farmer called Lucy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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