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Nuala’s Artfarm project explores Irish in East Galway

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Nuala Ní Fhlathúin, whose project for the Oireachtas will explore the importance of Irish language for people in East Galway, 100 years after the 1916 Rising.

Lettermore artist Nuala Ní Fhlathúin will spend the month of August working with Irish speakers in the rural community of Newbridge in East Galway for an unusual arts project that is being organised by Oireachtas na Gaeilge as part of its Glór agus Fís 1916 series.

The project is being run in conjunction with Artfarm, a local artists’ residence in Cloonkeen, Newbridge. It will examine Irish as a living language outside of the Gaeltacht, and look at the personal and cultural importance of the language in everyday life, 100 years after the1916 Rising.

“The project will provide a unique opportunity for Irish speakers in East Galway to reflect on the role that Irish has played in their lives,” according to Majella Ní Chríocháin of Oireachtas na Gaeilge. “It will also give us the opportunity to recognise the role played by these people in keeping Irish language and culture alive.”

The project is being facilitated locally by Sheila Flanagan, who owns and operates Artfarm, and who feels the project fits in perfectly with the centre’s ethos.

“The area of Newbridge and Ballaghlea was known as a Breac-Gaeltacht at one time so it will be interesting to uncover this lost identity,” she remarks. “I believe this project can ignite conversations and perhaps be the starting point to re-examine and embrace an aspect of ourselves too long forgotten.”

Nuala will meet local Irish speakers and work with them on creating a new piece of art, which will be exhibited locally in the Autumn.

As a first step, she will have a stall at the annual Ballygar Fair Day, which will take place next Monday, August 1, Bank Holiday Monday.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the projects is invited to come along and chat with Nuala on Monday, and she is waiting to hear their ideas.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting Irish speakers in the Cloonkeen and Ballygar area and I hope this will be an enjoyable and creative experience for all involved.”

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Take a spooky staycation this Halloween at Púca Festival

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For Halloween fans looking for a spooky staycation with a difference, Púca Festival is just the ticket. Returning to Co. Meath from 28th – 31st October, Púca celebrates Ireland as the original birthplace of Halloween. Vibrant, fun, and contemporary in feel but strongly rooted in tradition, the festival will take place in the hubs of Trim and Athboy.

Now in its fourth year, this year’s festival line-up is an exciting one, with a pool of contemporary Irish acts gearing up to re-ignite Celtic traditions through incredible music and live performances. Offering three breathtaking days and four spectacular nights of music, myth, food, folklore, fire, feasting, and merriment, Púca will boast a range of ticketed and free events, all individually priced.

From the ‘Arrival of the Spirits’ procession in Trim on Saturday 29th October right through to the ‘Coming of Samhain’ celebration at the Hill of Ward in Athboy on Halloween night, visitors will be immersed in the original and authentic spirit of Samhain.

Festivalgoers and fans of folklore will enjoy the well-rounded line-up of evening entertainment showcasing the best in contemporary Irish music, spectacle, and performance, including the talented Imelda May, Gavin James, King Kong Company, Block Rockin’ Beats, Lisa Hannigan & Cathy Davey, Jerry Fish & his Electric Sideshow Cabaret, Joanne McNally, Blindboy, David O’Doherty, Neil Delamere, and Jason Byrne. Headlining the Púca Big Top stage on October 29th, The Academic is an act not-to-be-missed. A thrilling live four-piece, their super-uplifting, hugely melodic guitar-driven sound is the product of a tight-knit gang who’ve been playing together since school.

Historic Halloween Walking Tours, Candlelit Tales Storytelling, Banshee Bingo Hall, Self-guided treasure hunts, Foraging Workshops, Circus performances, and Handfasting Ceremonies will complement the music and comedy programme, ensuring a host of diverse activities to keep visitors entertained all weekend. At Trim Castle, step back in time at the Deise Medieval Traditional Living Village. In the midst of mead and the smoke of the campfire, living history, crafts, and skills of the early to mid-medieval period come to life and will be open for all the family to discover from 29th – 31st October.

And as Samhain is a time for feasting, Jack O’Lanterns Food & Craft Markets at Trim Castle will feature local harvest offerings and Halloween favourites, in what promises to be the most spirited Púca festival yet.

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Busy times as Music for Galway embraces the familiar and new

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Alexander Sitkovetsky, whose uncle Dmitri created the arrangement for strings of Bach's Goldberg Variations that will be performed in Galway City and Portumna next week.

Music for Galway has a busy couple of weeks in store, which includes a visit by the National  Symphony Orchestra to Leisureland on Thursday, October 6.

First up is a new initiative, the Galway Encore, which will take place next Thursday in Galway City and Friday in Portumna, when violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin and viola player Sergey Malov and cellist Natalie Clein join forces to perform the string trio arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

That’s scheduled for Thursday, September 29, at 8pm at University of Galway’ s Emily Anderson Concert Hall and in Christ Church in Portumna on Friday, September 30, also at 8pm. And, as part of MfG’s plan to bring more work to the county, Sergey Malov will visit Tuam’s Mall Theatre on Wednesday, inviting some 400 children in to Meet the Violins.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations were originally composed for harpsichord, reportedly to soothe an insomniac nobleman.  The work has reached new audiences in modern times, thanks to piano performances by artists such as Glenn Gould. And it became infamous as one of Hannibal Lecter’s favourite pieces in The Silence of the Lambs.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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