Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
Award-winning actor Martin Sheen will be the subject of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh Public Interview, which will take place on Sunday, July 10.
The Fleadh runs from July 5-10 and it will also host the world premiere of Stella Days which is set in rural Ireland and stars Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea and Amy Huberman. The film will screen in the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday July 9.
A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, Martin Sheen is one of America’s most celebrated, colourful, and accomplished actors.
On the big screen, he has appeared in more than 65 feature films including Apocalypse Now, Wall Street, Gandhi, Catch Me If You Can, The Departed, Bobby and The Subject Was Roses.
He has won six Golden Globes and has six Emmy nominations for his role as President Bartlet in the hit TV series The West Wing. He has also played leading roles on series such as Murphy Brown, Two and Half Men and Kennedy where he played the role of President John F Kennedy.
The 23rd Galway Film Fleadh will open on July 5 with the Irish premiere screening of Parked, directed by Darragh Byrne which stars Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan and Stuart Graham. The film tells the story of lonesome Fred whose life changes when he forms an unlikely friendship with Cathal, a dope-smoking 21-year-old with a positive attitude to life.
Over its five days Fleadh will host international features, documentaries, new Irish shorts and world premieres of Irish feature films, including Lotus Eaters, directed by Alexandra McGuiness.
In association with Screen Training Ireland, David Mackenzie will be the subject of the Director’s Masterclass. David has directed amongst others The Last Great Wilderness, Young Adam, Asylum, Perfect Sense and You Instead.
In association with IFTA, Gill Denis will be the Galway Film Fleadh Screenwriter in Residence for 2011 and will give a special Masterclass during the Festival.
His work covers all genres from the multi-award-winning story of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line to the cult classic Return to Oz. Gill’s talent has drawn the attention of some of Hollywood’s finest, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Peckinpah, James Mangold, Caleb Deschanel and Ed Harris, and he has been asked to work on scripts as diverse as Apocalypse Now, Pollock and The Black Stallion.
The 23rd Galway Film Fleadh programme will be launched in the Radisson Hotel on June 21 and details will be available afterwards at www.galwayfilmfleadh.com.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.