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Mary Coughlan for special Druid show

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Mary Coughlan.

Galway’s Mary Coughlan, Ireland’s leading jazz and blues vocalist, will play a one-off  concert at the Druid Mick Lally Theatre on Tuesday, July 29 with  an all-star band that includes the Dutch guitarist Erik Visser who  produced her debut album, Tired and Emotional.

The concert will be filmed by director Martha O’Neill and Wildfire Films for a new hour-long TV  documentary based on Mary Coughlan’s best-selling autobiography, Bloody Mary, which documents the ups and downs of the singer’s life from her sexual abuse as a child to her international success onstage and her subsequent struggle with addictions.

The Galway concert will be the first time that Mary Coughlan has played with the Dutch guitarist Erik Visser since 1984 when Mary and Erik supported The Flying Pickets at the old Great Southern Hotel, now the Meyrick.

“I met Erik in Galway in the late 1970’s when his band, Flairck, who were selling out concert halls all over Europe at the time, played a free open-air concert in Eyre Square” recalls Mary.

In 1984 Erik suggested they make a record. According to Mary the result, Tired and Emotional, changed her life utterly. It contained some of her greatest hits including The Double Cross (written by her first husband, Fintan Coughlan), Invisible to You and Delaney’s Gone Back on the Wine.

Mary will play songs from this album and her later trademark numbers at Druid on Tuesday, July 29. And there are further plans afoot with Druid for a stage adaptation of her book to be produced next year.

Tickets for Mary’s concert at the Druid Mick Lally Theatre on Tuesday, July 29 cost €20 and are on sale at the Town Hall Theatre Box Office 091 569777 or online from tht.ie

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Maeve named as Film Fleadh programmer

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Maeve McGrath.

Limerick woman Maeve McGrath has been named as the new Director of Programming for Galway Film Fleadh, taking over from Will Fitzgerald. She will be responsible for curating this year’s festival, which will run from July 11-16.

She previously worked as artistic director of Kerry International Film Festival, producer at Carlow Arts Festival and joint short film programmer at Dublin International Film Festival.

Maeve is involved with  Limerick’s artist-led, community-focused facility, The GAFF where she recently curated a community audio/visual project, Tiny Little Histories, and produced TravFest, a Traveller wellness festival as part of Guth na Mincéirí.

She has a Master’s in Media Studies from Limerick’s Mary I/UL, graduating in 2015 with the thesis, Irish Short Film: The Road To Oscar.

“The Fleadh has a very special place on the film festival circuit, nationally and internationally, and I am delighted to be part of the team that will programme the 35th edition,” she stated.

“I forward to being part of the continued growth of the Galway Film Fleadh and supporting the development of emerging and established filmmakers.”

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Mystery of Wolfe Tone’s death

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Leader of the 1798 Rebellion Theobald Wolfe Tone.

Historical entertainer Paddy Cullivan will be at the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday next, February 2, with The Murder of Wolfe Tone, the incredible story of the mysterious death of Theobald Wolfe Tone, leader of the 1798 Rebellion and the man who is regarded as the founding father of Irish republicanism.

In this audio-visual show featuring hundreds of images, shocking new research and a vast array of songs, Paddy works to unravel the secrets and lies around what happened that fateful week in Dublin’s Provost’s Prison in November 1798 when 35-year-old Tone was found dead in his cell.

Tickets for The Murder of Wolfe Tone, which starts at 8pm are €20/18, plus a €1 booking charge. They are available at tht.ie, 091-569777 and at the Town Hall Theatre Box Office.

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Funnyman Neil brings latest show to Athenry

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Neil Delamere

Comedian Neil Delamere will bring his new show, Delamerium, to the Raheen Woods Hotel in Athenry on Saturday, February 18.

Audiences can expect hilarious stories, wry observations and quick-witted improvisation as Neil tries to makes sense of the world around him.

Neil is one of the top acts working in the Irish comedy scene today, well-known to audiences for his regular television appearances on RTÉ and BBC, as well as his hilarious sell-out stand up tours.

His shows have received stellar reviews and resulted in several platinum-selling DVDs, while Neil has also written and presented comedy documentaries including programmes on the Vikings and St Patrick which won IFTA and Celtic Media awards.

He also presented a series on heroes from Ireland’s past, Holding out for a Hero, on RTÉ 2.

He’s a regular on BBC Northern Ireland’s popular panel show, The Blame Game, as well as being a panellist on BBC 5 Live’s Fighting Talk and has featured on BBC 4’s The News Quiz.

According to the Irish Times, ‘no TV camera could accurately measure the lightning speed of Delamere’s wit’, while the Scotsman awarded him five stars during an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe, stating: ‘You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe.’

He continues to tour at home and abroad and audiences can catch his latest show, Delamerium, on February 18 in Athenry.

Tickets for Delamerium are available from the hotel or at ticketsolve.ie

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