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Maia Dunphy series superior to provocative Ch4 offering

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TV Watch with Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

It’s hard to believe that there is a need for any television station to hold a ‘real sex’ campaign when it appears there is so much of it around on our screens.

But Channel 4 says it is campaigning for real sex to separate it from pornography. And yet, the channel deliberately titles programmes very provocatively, and I am no prude.

There was Sex Box on Monday night fronted by the respectable presenter, Mariella Frostrup, who is usually seen presenting The Book Show.

The name probably attracted anyone into pornography but I fear it may have kept the very viewers they wanted away.

There was little to satisfy the pornography lovers despite the pre-publicity that couples would be having sex live on air – they were, but in a box right there on set as Mariella and three sex experts discussed our attitude to sex.

The idea was to encourage couples representing a population diversity – to include gays and the physically handicapped.

So the couple came out and then sat to discuss what they had done inside the box, but this part was stilted and awkward, showing that we are still quite prudish about the sex act itself. There was little detailed information given, despite the experts’ efforts to draw it out of them, and maybe just as well.

I mean there must be other ways of finding out what other people do in the privacy of their own bedroom. If I’m honest, I am still curious about people in wheelchairs but none the wiser after watching Sex Box – and again, probably just as well as there’s no need for me to know.

This one-hour programme appears to have been a one-off and by the end of it, I really didn’t see the point of it and didn’t think I was any nearer to knowing anything about real sex.

In fact, Maia Dunphy’s series, What Women Want, on RTÉ 2 on Thursdays is far more illuminating, which is not a boast RTÉ can make every day of the week, especially if pitted up against the raunchier Channel 4.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

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Sharon goes global for lockdown album The Reckoning

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Sharon's new album will be available from this Friday.

Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sharon Shannon has gone global for her latest studio album, The Reckoning, which is being released this Friday, November 27.

The Reckoning, which was composed, written and recorded during lockdown, features more than dozen remote collaborations from locations across the world.

All the twelve tracks have been co-written by Sharon and band members and various guest collaborators.

The full-on method in which it was recorded marks a new departure for the Clare-born musician who lives in Galway City, she says.

“Normally when we work on an album, we do one track at a time,” Sharon explains. “But with this, it seems to be an avalanche when you’re working on 13 or 14 tracks every day. It’s like a minefield!”

One of the key tracks, The Jolly Roger, resulted from a challenge which rugby player Robbie Henshaw presented to Sharon during the first Covid lockdown. Issued via Facebook, her task was to learn a new skill. And she did. After five days of intense practice, she created The Jolly Roger Facebook video . That clip of Sharon and her electric guitar has attracted more than 289,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this year.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Artists going to dogs in aid of annual auction

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Work donated to MADRA by Galway artist Grace Cunningham and Achill Island’s Padraig McCaul.

Works by some of Ireland’s top artists, including Grace Cunningham and Finbar McHugh from Galway as well as Padraig McCaul from Achill Island and Charles Harper from Valentia Island, will go under the hammer at this year’s MADRA Dog Rescue Charity Art Auction.

The popular event, which kicks off for viewing next week, will take place online year due to Covid restrictions.

The event, will open for registration and online bids next Thursday, December 3 and will remain available to view and bid online until Monday, December 7 .

The goal is to raise €3,000 to contribute towards vet bills for the Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption charity. MADRA is facing major bills, all without the financial support that’s normally generated by its two charity shops – they have been closed for months this year due to the pandemic.

“We have stunning artworks available with an amazing variety of subjects and styles,” explains MADRA co-founder and director, Marina Fiddler, adding that the organisation is “honoured that so many talented artists have donated such beautiful pieces to support the homeless dogs in our care”.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Celebrating Romania on Great Union Day

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ConTempo, will perform a programme from thier native Romania for next Tuesday's lunchthime concert.

The next instalment of the lunchtime music series, From Europe with Love, will take place next Tuesday, December 1, at 1pm. Hosted by Galway Music Residency, it’s the last one for 2020.

It promises to be a special event as Galway’s Ensemble in Residence, the ConTempo Quartet, who are from Romania, celebrate their homeland on what’s known as Great Union Day. This national holiday marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.

ConTempo will perform a varied programme, showcasing the best of Romanian music. This will feature works by celebrated composers George Enescu and Theodor Grigoriu alongside lesser-known musical treasures. There will be a strong folk theme throughout, making for a lively lunchtime show.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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