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Magic of The Little Prince returns to Galway venues

Judy Murphy

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Morgan Creative’s adaptation of Antoine de-Saint Exupery’s book The Little Prince, which premiered at this year’s Galway Theatre Festival in May, returns to Galway County and City this month as part of a national tour. It will be in Clifden on August 10, in Oughterard on August 11 and in the City’s Nuns Island Theatre from August 16-19 at 7pm nightly, with an additional 2pm show on August 19.
Antoine de-Saint Exupery’s iconic novella, first published in 1943, is a fantastical adventure that explores growing up and how the imagination we are all born with can save us.
“My dad introduced the story to us as kids and I’ve always loved it,” says its director, Luke Morgan. “It’s about a man coming to terms with imagination and the importance of imagination.”
Children are totally imaginative, but we lose that magic as we get older, he says, quoting Pablo Picasso’s maxim that ‘all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up’.
Retaining that childlike facility doesn’t seem to have been a problem for Luke and his brother, Jake, of the Morgan Collective, which they set up “to hold on to our imaginations”.
Their first project was the Theatre Room Galway, a monthly showcase of one-act plays written, directed, and performed by local artists, which took place in the living room of Luke’s rented flat.
And Morgan Creative have staged shows for the past three Galway Theatre Festivals – the first, in 2016, was Gondla while last year they produced Crime and Punishment.
“With The Little Prince, we thought we’d test the water in the children’s market,” Luke explains, adding that they also “want to break out from just being Galway-based”. With that in mind, the company have already travelled to the UK with Crime and Punishment and are touring this show nationally.
While Luke directs The Little Prince, his brother Jake, a composer and conductor, who is studying for a Masters degree in Composition for Screen at the University of Edinburgh, provides the score.
Antoine, the narrator of The Little Prince, has been stranded in the desert after his airplane crashed. He has just a few days’ supply of water and must repair his plane before it runs out.
As he works on fixing the engine, Antoine is visited by a boy from another planet. The boy, whom he refers to as The Little Prince, helps the pilot survive the lonely days in the desert by recounting his experiences hopping from one planet to the next.
The Little Prince’s stories contain some startling revelations on adulthood, and what it means to live in this crazy, wonderful world.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Student nurses face all the risk – for no reward

Dara Bradley

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Working on the children’s ward of a busy hospital during a global pandemic is no joke; less funny still when you’re not getting paid for your toil.

All the risk and none of the rewards of qualified staff – that’s the lot of Edel Moore, a student nurse who is currently on placement at University Hospital Galway.

Edel, and hundreds of student nurses like her on placement in UHG and Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, want more than a round of applause and platitudes from Government.

“None of us want a pat on the back for struggling. We’d just like to be recognised,” she said.

“The Government are full-time talking about front-line workers, and they want to give them a ‘clap hands’. Then you see Junior Ministers getting massive raises. For what? What have they done for us, the student nurses, that they’re getting a €16,000 wage increase?

“We’ve put ourselves through a four year degree but all I’m worth is a clap? Thanks! It’s ridiculous. They say that front-line workers deserve all the help they can get but it just seems that the ones who are able to give us the help we need are not going to give us the help that we deserve.”

Edel Moore is a mature student originally from Westmeath but living in Leitir Mealláin in Connemara with her husband and three children.

A third year student nurse of NUIG, she is currently on placement at the paediatric ward at UHG.

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Island museum gets the green light

Declan Tierney

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An artist's impression of the proposed Inishbofin museum.

Work is expected to begin shortly on the construction of a museum on Inishbofin after planners gave the green light to the project.

The museum at Middlequarter is being developed by local historian and photographer Marie Coyne – and when completed, it will be home to items of historical significance from both Inishbofin and Inishark.

There is an existing museum on the island but it is too small to house the amount of artefacts, photographs and family histories that have been assembled over the years.

The new building will also include a photographic exhibition room, restoration workshop along with a gift shop and coffee dock. It is proposed that the new 3,400 square feet museum will be built on a site at the rear of Ms Coyne’s home.

Eamon Gavin of Eamon Gavin Architects based in Cornamona told the Connacht Tribune that this was an important project for the island and it was a welcome decision.

And he said that the green light would kickstart the process of conserving the vast and unique artefacts and archives built up over the years.

“As a practice, we have a long history of dealing with planning consultancy on unique rural sites in Connemara and the islands, therefore we fully understood how sensitive the proposed location of the project would be – the site is located in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and National Heritage Area,” he said.

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Tuam woman a picture of health a year after Covid crisis

Declan Tierney

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Tuam's Kitty Farrell with her dog Lulu a year after her Covid diagnosis.

Last year was a Mother’s Day like no other for Kitty Farrell who spent it in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital with Covid – but the 80 year old Tuam woman can look forward to a more sedate celebration this time out….thankfully restored back to full health.

Kitty, from Ballygaddy Road, had developed a debilitating cough the previous week – and when she was admitted to UHG on Mother’s Day, she tested positive for the coronavirus despite a lack of symptoms.

The retired businesswoman spent the next nine days seriously ill in isolation – and all alone as her four children could not visit her.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to come through it but I was so sick that at times, it didn’t really matter. But the thought of passing away in isolation made a bad situation even worse,” Kitty said at the time.

A year on, she is back to full health, and while she restricts her movements, Kitty told The Connacht Tribune that she is just happy to be alive and she spends her days ‘pottering about’ and looking forward to the arrival of family members.

“Even though I don’t particularly agree with the current lockdown because everyone should be responsible for their own behaviour, I am living a life of relative isolation at the moment,” she said.

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