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.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.