Date Published: 02-Jun-2011
by Peter Horgan
Around the World, an exhibition offering an intimate look at the attraction between male and female is being opened by Irish playwright and novelist Eugene McCabe this week in The Painter’s Palette Gallery, Moycullen. The show by Cork artist Maria Magee runs from this Friday June 3 to Monday, June 6, with the opening this Thursday at 7.30pm.
“Three years ago I started to figuratively explore the theme of attraction between male and female,” says Maria. “This body of work is the result. Now I realise that while I was working at capturing the power of attraction, I was also trying to find balance in the male and female energies. I am very pleased with the result of these explorations.”
One of the paintings in the exhibition was used on the cover of Eugene’s most recent publication – a novella entitled The Love of Sisters.
“I am very proud that one of these paintings is in print on the cover of one of Eugene’s books. He is honouring me again by opening this exhibition,” said Maria, adding that Eugene is a family friend and explaining how it happened.
“Lynda Cookson [owner of the Painters’ Palette] wrote an article about me a few years ago and featured some paintings in the article which Eugene saw. He was struck by how they could be appropriate for the cover of a book he was writing.”
There are 15 pieces in total in Maria’s exhibition, and this will be the first time that the entire body of work will be on show at once.
“It’s very different to look at the image one at a time in a folder and then to see the entire collection on show up there collectively, to see the progression, the links, it certainly has an impact. Anyone who has seen the paintings in the studio have realised they are quite personal, quite emotional and certainly strike at something within people.”
Lynda Cookson is delighted to host the exhibition opening.
“It’s a very different collection, it has meaning – it’s not just decorative. Its hugely important for Irish artists to be given space to portray their work. As a South African who came to Ireland as an artist, there certainly is a great tradition and emphasis on music and theatre but not so much on the visual side of artistry. With the downturn in the economy many galleries have shut down leaving less space for artists to show their work. It’s imperative that Irish be supported.”
The exhibition runs until June 6 in The Painters Palette, Moycullen village.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.