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Memorial concert for legendary publicans

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Séamus Mulligan.

Two legendary publicans who died within days of each other just a year ago this week will be commemorated in a unique concert at the Salthill Hotel on Sunday which will feature top Galway musicians including Seán Keane, Máirtín O’Connor, Seán Tyrrell and Treasa Ní Cheannabháin.

Paddy Connors and Seamus Mulligan first met in the Castle Bar in Salthill in 1968 and established a friendship that lasted until their death.

In the course of their careers they brought their own brand of anarchic conviviality to some of Galway’s best-known hostelries. Between them, throughout their careers, they worked in the Castle, the Atlanta, Clogs, Taylor’s and the Westside Tavern. But it was in the Crane in the 1970s that they first made their mark on the town.

Irish music, which had been in danger of dying out, was enjoying a resurgence at this time, and Séamus and Paddy played a major role in its revival in Galway.

Fans of traditional music came from all over the world to Ireland to hear Irish music and, in Galway the Crane was the place to visit.

The Crane Bar had exploded on to the Galway scene and become a key part of the city’s identity. It was wild, anarchic and wonderful. Its extraordinary success was due to the imagination and passion of Paddy Connors and Seamus Mulligan, and the music which they loved and promoted.

Many of the musicians who played in the Crane back then will be in the Salthill Hotel on May 10 to remember these great men.

Those taking part include Seán Keane, Máirtín O’Connor, Garry O’Briain, Brendan O’Regan and Jimmy

Higgins, Seán Tyrell, Mary McPartlan, Róisín Elsafty, Treasa Ní Cheannabháin, the Giblin family, Lena Ullman and Johnny Moynihan, Seán Ryan and the Crane Bar Sunday Sessions, Mick Crehan and Greg Cotter, Martin Murphy, Johnny O’Halloran and Ailbhe Ó Monacháin, Johnny Finn and Charlie Harris.

Proceeds from the event go to the Mikey Carty fund. Fourteen-year-old Mikey is the son of Gerry Carty, who is well known in music circles. He has Muscular Dystrophy, which means he is wheelchair bound, but he is as smart and witty as any boy of his age.

Tickets at €15 from the Crane Bar, Taaffe’s Bar, Tí Chóilí, and the Salthill Hotel. All enquiries to 087 2245667.

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Druid paints picture of life and works of poet Eavan Boland

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A photo of Eavan Boland from 1992. PHOTO: JOE ST LEGER, IRISH TIMES.

Druid’s next production, a drama about poet Eavan Boland, entitled Boland: Journey of a Poet, will be livestreamed from the company’s Mick Lally Theatre between Thursday, April 22, and Saturday, April 24.  With words written by the late poet herself and edited by novelist Colm Tóibín, the 60-minute piece will feature actor Siobhán Cullen and will be directed by Druid’s Artistic Director, Garry Hynes.

Boland: Journey of a Poet explores the mind and imagination of one of Ireland’s great poets, courtesy of Colm Tóibín, who describes himself as “privileged” to have been commissioned by Druid for this project on Boland, who died on April 27, 2020. He hopes “this production will remind us of her stature as a major poet”.

Garry Hynes describes Boland as “an extraordinary Irish poet and essayist”, adding that “her standing only grows with time”.

Performed by Siobhán Cullen whose previous productions with Druid include Once Upon a Bridge, The Cherry Orchard and Richard III, this world premiere examines Eavan Boland’s relationships with family, poetry, memory, womanhood and national identity.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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KAVA Presents puts spotlight on Anne Korff

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Roses of Hope by KAVA member Ann Korff.

Anne Korff is the latest artist to feature in KAVA Presents, the new online project from Kinvara Area Arts Group. It’s a series of short videos, in which members of the group share their work practice, with a new episode being released every second Monday on KAVA YouTube channel and social media platforms.

Anne is a German-born professional artist who has lived and worked in the area for many years.  She has travelled extensively and influences of this travel can be seen in her creations.

KAVA’s online introduction to Anne and her work will be available from next Monday, April 12 from 10am.

This series has been running since February and all the videos are three minutes or shorter in length.

■ More information at www.kava.ie

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Film of Sarah’s self-powered global trip to thrill armchair adventurers

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Sarah Outen in Alaska in 2014 during her trip of almost 25,000 miles which was a mostly solo journey. PHOTO JUSTINE CURGENVEN.

The Irish Adventure Film Club, which usually holds screenings in venues throughout the country, including Galway’s Town Hall Theatre, is launching a series of virtual screenings.

The first is Home: An Outward Journey, which will be screened next Wednesday, April 14, followed by a live Q&A with adventurer Sarah Outen and the film’s director Jen Randall.

This documentary tells the story of Sarah Outen’s solo, self-powered expedition around the globe between 2011 and 2015, during which she was brought to the brink, physically and mentally, by a violent ocean storm. For the expedition, London2London: Via the World, Sarah was the engine, travelling by bike, kayak and rowing boat across Europe and Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America and finally the Atlantic.

She clocked up nearly 25,000 miles on her four-year odyssey. As she travelled between cultures, climates and landscapes under her own power, Sarah’s mostly-solo voyage was followed by thousands.

But the months of solitude and extreme elements also took their toll.

This documentary, which was created from hundreds of hours of footage, captures Sarah’s journey honestly and unflinchingly: the kindness of strangers, the wonders of the wild, the savagery of the elements, the near-death experiences, the demons of her emotional trauma and PTSD, and her discovery of love for a farmer called Lucy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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