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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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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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