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Magic in store with CAFE arts festival

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Eleanor Shanley will be performing at the CAFE Arts Festival with Charlie McGettigan.

Galway’s newest arts festival, the CAFE (Carrabane Arts for Everyone) Festival will take place on the June Bank Holiday weekend in the village of Carrabane, five minutes from Loughrea.

The programme features top entertainers Charlie McGettigan, Eleanor Shanley and Maria Doyle Kennedy.  The event which is being organised by the Carrabane Community Development Group, is also focusing on family events.

The festival will centre on three locations – Carrabane’s newly opened Village Theatre, a forest walk which will be transformed by local children into The Enchanted Forest, and Carrabane Hall.

CAFE opens on Friday, May 29, with a children’s parade, and everyone is encouraged to dress up as inhabitants of The Enchanted Forest. Later that evening, Charlie McGettigan and Eleanor Shanley will perform in the Village Theatre. County Galway’s first pub theatre has tiered seating for 80 people, with full sound and lighting.

On Saturday, May 30 at 1pm families will be invited on a magical journey into The Enchanted Forest to hear tall tales from storyteller, Liz Weir. Liz has appeared at festivals such as the Australian National Storytelling Festival and has written more than 20 children’s books.

Later on Saturday, 25 people will head off on a five -mile bicycle tour of three unique locations with a short musical performance in each one. The venues are Bookeen Hall, a 200 year old former Church of Ireland which is now  a home, as well as 600-year-old Dunsandle Castle, now restored, and Callan Harp Studios where Brian Callan makes beautiful Irish harps. Acclaimed harpist Fiana Ni Chonail will perform there.

On Saturday night, singer and actress Maria Doyle Kennedy will be at the Village Theatre.

On Sunday puppeteer Tommy Baker will give a performance in The Enchanted Forest at 2pm. That night, the Show in a Bag theatre company will perform Charolais in The Village Theatre. This won the Bewley’s Little Gem award at the 2014 Dublin Fringe Festival and has been praised by The Irish Times and Sunday Business Post. The newly formed Carrabane Drama Group will also perform the one-act play, Where There’s a Will.

There’s a children’s origami workshop in Carrabane Hall on Monday, with Tom Cuffe, while the closing concert at 6pm on Monday, features talented young, local musicians.

Throughout the weekend, there will be a children’s art exhibition in Carrabane Hall. There will also be a children’s short story competition, with the winner being announced by Liz Weir.

According to one of the festival’s founders, Ciaran Cannon “the arts are for everyone and we have all the ingredients to make this festival a really special one”.

■ More details at www.thecafefestival.ie and on the festival’s Facebook page.

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Fresh outing for hit show Postcards from the Ledge

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Rory Nolan in Paul Howard's Postcards from the Ledge, directed by Jimmy Fay.

“The Rossmeister General is coming to your gaff! And lockdown isn’t going to stop me!”

That’s the warning from Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, aka Paul Howard, whose one-man show, Postcards from the Ledge, will be livestreamed this Saturday night, May 15, with tickets available from Galway’s Town Hall Theatre.

The popular show, presented by Landmark Theatre, directed by Jimmy Fay, and starring Druid regular Rory Nolan as the South Dublin alacadoo will also be available on demand until Sunday, May 23.

The action is set in 2029 as Ireland enjoys yet another economic boom. Ross is about to turn 50 – and life couldn’t be sweeter. His wife, Sorcha, is Taoiseach. His triplet boys are the backbone of the Castlerock College Junior Cup team. And he’s still doing ok with the ladies. But trouble is around the corner as Ross’s daughter, Honor, is about to get married.

Ross O’Carroll-Kelly began life in the-now defunct Sunday Tribune newspaper more than 20 years ago and Paul Howard’s creation has since become familiar to readers of Saturday’s Irish Times thanks to his column in that paper.

Paul has also written several critically acclaimed series of books based on Ross that satirised Ireland during the boom and bust.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Irish poets centre stage in Druid’s new Coole series

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Tommy Tiernan, who kicks off the poetry series with The Echo at Coole by Austin Clarke.

Druid’s Coole Park Poetry series, which began last year, will continue this month with a series of 10 new short films featuring the work of poets Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, Thomas Kinsella, Séamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin, Eavan Boland, Paul Durcan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Paula Meehan.

The poems, which will premiere online from next Wednesday, May 19, will be read by Tommy Tiernan, Aaron Monaghan, Seán McGinley, Marty Rea, Brian Doherty, Venetia Bowe, Jade Jordan, Andrew Bennett, Rory Nolan, Marie Mullen and Clare Dunne.

A new film will be released weekly and all are free to view on the YouTube channels of Druid and the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation. The films were shot by Matthew Thompson in Cooke Park, and the project was made with the support of the US-based Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation.

The poems are  The Echo at Coole by Austin Clarke, The Hospital by Patrick Kavanagh, Another September by Thomas Kinsella, an excerpt from Station Island by Seamus Heaney, A Disused Shed in County Wexford by Derek Mahon, The Architectural Metaphor by Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin, The Lost Art of Letter Writing by Eavan Boland, Tullynoe: Tête-à-Tête in the Parish’s Priest’s Parlour by Paul Durcan, Cathleen by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and This is not a confessional poem by Paula Meehan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Enda’s pictures show lockdown in new light

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Enda's parents Michael and Denise were happy to collaborate on the lockdown project, a mix of the nostalgic and the surreal as can be seen from this photo, Milkshakes.

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A photography project born out of lockdown and filled with colour, nostalgia, an odd touch of grime and a few Catholic icons, has won a major award for Galway artist Enda Burke. The show, Homebound with my Parents is now going on display at the popular Coffeewerk and Press café exhibition space in Galway City’s Quay Street.

Enda, from Mervue in the city, normally specialises in outdoor story-based photography, but when lockdown took hold early last year there wasn’t much happening outside, so he turned his gaze closer to home. He was living with his parents, Michael and Denise, at the time and decided to make them the central figures of a Covid-19 photo series.

Enda took all the photos using a 35mm film camera but before he picked it up, he drew each scene out on a sketchbook.

Then, he built theatre-style sets in his parents’ house to create a variety of tableaux in which Denise and Michael feature, together or individually, as protagonists. The backgrounds include a range of vivid wallpaper, holy pictures and old-fashioned televisions. Vintage radios and mirrors as well as jigsaws, tins of beans and dodgy clothing also feature.

The images he creates invite the viewers to build stories around them – and while the settings are domestic, they’re surreal too.

In one photo, Michael is working out – only he isn’t. In another, Denise is at a table, holding a cigarette while eating a packet of Tayto and reading a book. There’s a plate of beans and an ashtray filled with butts on the table. It “has that element of grime in it”, says Enda. Like the others, it’s also quirky and kitsch.

Michael and Denise are both creative: he writes short stories and she’s into interior design and colour, says Enda. His photography marries both these talents, creating dramas in a colourful, surreal environment.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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