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Murder most foul: contrasting treatments on two channels

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True crime has always attracted great interest whether in book form or in documentaries and there appears to be a glut of these programmes on our screens these days.

So because of a local connection, I tuned in to two such programmes during the week.

The first was Crimes that Shook Ireland on TV3 which dealt with the murders of Mayo girl, Mary Duffy and Dubliner, Elizabeth Plunkett, by the Englishmen, John Shaw and Geoffrey Evans, who were captured by Salthill Gardaí on the Prom in 1976.

This was a repeat but my first time seeing it and only for it had a local interest, the slow pace of it almost put me off.

The programme makers could surely have fitted it all in a one-hour slot but chose to build it around two episodes.

The narration was painfully slow and the contributors to the programme, including the now retired Garda Jim Boland whose quick wit and observant eye led to their capture, must surely have been coached to speak s-l-o-w-l-y.

There was archive footage of Gardaí doing door-to-door calls in Castlebar, where Mary Duffy was abducted and of the search for Elizabeth Plunkett in Brittas Bay.

These evil men had a string of convictions and had purposefully come to Ireland to rape and kill one girl a week. Considering this was before the Internet and mobile phones, the Gardaí did well to catch the pair who had vowed to kill one woman a week in Ireland.

Though the case of these two men and their horrendous crimes is well known, the TV3 programme lacked pace to keep viewers gripped. It basically lacked the style of the much pacier true crime programmes made for US TV.

And while the programme lacked pace, it certainly looked like something from the seventies with its reconstruction appearing like old footage, complete with the styling of the actors and the cars.

TV3 dragged it into a second programme the following week, which really doesn’t work in this fast paced world.

It should have piqued our interest with hints of what was to come in programme two but it didn’t so in all likelihood, most viewers wouldn’t have bothered to tune in the following week.

However, Cracking Crime – Cold Cases on RTE One is a highly polished series and last week looked at the death of 23 years old GMIT art student, Emer O’Loughlin in Tubber.

Her body was found in April 2005 in a burnt out mobile home, not far from her own one, which she shared with her boyfriend.

It is believed that she went to John Griffin’s mobile home to charge her phone – hours later her badly charred remains were found with no sign of the neighbour.

He was later found in Galway city but days later it appears he staged a fake drowning on Inis Mór and he is still at large.

Granted, this is a more recent crime and it is an open file, but contributions from Emer’s family made it a much more poignant programme.

The parents and her siblings were bravely open on camera. They talked about the heartbreak, the frustration of not knowing what really happened and how it had caused a wedge in the O’Loughlin family.

It was also a much shorter programme, a half hour, but it was, as a programme much more satisfying because it had a focus – it tried to refresh people’s memory to help solve a crime.

The TV3 programme obviously didn’t need to solve a crime but it should have thrown a light on what made these two evil men tick.

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Work for children of all ages in extended Baboró programme

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Grand Soft Day, a new co-production from Branar is for children aged three to six.

The 26th annual Baboró International Arts Festival for Children will take place from Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 23, in theatres, galleries, schools and communities in Galway City and County.

This year’s extended 10-day festival will have more than 50 live events, presented by companies from all over Ireland and Europe, including Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Scotland and England.

These will include a special collection of European work made for children up to six years, as well as residencies in special schools and child-led projects.

Children aged eight and older are invited to join the surreal world of Der Lauf, where nothing is quite as it seems. In this show, two circus performers from Belgian company Le Cirque du Bout du Monde, compete in a series of bizarre challenges as they juggle blindly, spin plates and stack glasses, while wearing boxing gloves. As the glasses rise, so do the stakes. The children are their only guides and will either help lead the clowns to order or towards further chaos.

Ballet Ireland will present The Glasshouse, a dance performance for children aged six and older. It is the story of Fiach, an earnest youngster who is on a mission to repopulate the world with plants and turn it green. This fun, compelling show, by exciting young choreographer Róisín Whelan, is about human courage, friendship and the determination to survive. The Glasshouse promises “moments of suspense and joy, exhilarating dancing, vibrant costumes and magical music”.

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

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A feast of Butlers at the Kenny Gallery

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The Butler family, from left: Liam, Ronan, Lisa and Davin.

Sculptor Liam Butler will return to the City’s Kenny Gallery this Friday night, August 12, for his first exhibition in more than 10 years. The new show, Copper Roots, is an even more special occasion for Liam as it will be his first time exhibiting alongside his children, Davin, Lisa and Ronan.

Liam is a self-taught sculptor who has been creating and exhibiting work for almost 30 years. He has passed on his craft to Davin, Lisa and Ronan, teaching them the techniques he developed throughout his career, as well as his love for copper and its artistic possibilities.

In 2020, during Covid, the Butlers were all together, back home in Galway for the first time in many years. They rekindled their passion for sculpture, spending time in Liam’s workshop, creating   new work, alongside each another.

There was learning, creativity and experimentation, they say. The resulting exhibition at Kennys’ celebrates reconnecting with family roots, and passions passed on from generation to generation.

A welder by training, Liam grew up on a small farm in Kilkenny. He worked in Germany and America for years before returning to Ireland, settling in An Spidéal where he began experimenting, using the skills he learned as an industrial welder to create simple sculptures from steel.

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

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Sisters in perfect tune for unique musical snapshot

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Breda and Claire Keville, photographed by Nutan. (Inset) The sisters, as depicted by artist Isabel Alegria, on the cover of the album.

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“A snapshot in time,” is how musician and composer Claire Keville from Claran, near Headford, describes Music from Galway, the new CD which she and her sister Breda have just released.

With Breda on fiddle and Claire on concertina, it’s a gorgeous collection of music from all parts of Galway and beyond, a mix of slow airs, gigs, reels and marches. The sisters are accompanied by guitarist and longtime musical friend Terence O’Reilly on several tracks, which they recorded in the studio of his East Clare home in April of this year.

Claire, a French and Music teacher in Coláiste Iognáid (the Jes) in the city for the past decade, and Breda, who works as a radiation therapist in UHG, have previously released solo albums. Breda’s, The Hop Down, was released in 2006 and The Daisy Field, from Clare came out in 2009. Each guested on the other’s album, but this is their first joint recording, a project they’d been discussing for years.

When it did finally happen, it came together a lot more quickly than either of them had anticipated.

“I didn’t think we’d have it done this year,” says Breda, as Claire recalls that they discussed its timeframe in April, while driving from Galway to Terence’s home in Clare.

After that first day, when they recorded 10 tracks and realised that most of them would make the album, they reckoned it was achievable. Another session in An Spidéal with musician, ‘talented engineer and general all-rounder’,  Ronan Browne, convinced them it was and Music from Galway was launched at the Willie Clancy Festival in Miltown Malbay in July.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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