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Poet Patrick returning to his roots to launch latest book

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Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Mullagh man Patrick Deely, who has lived in Dublin for most of his life, will enjoy a celebratory homecoming to Galway on June 6, when he gives a public reading at Loughrea Library to launch his latest poetry collection.

Groundswell: New and Selected Poems has recently been published by Dedalus Press with a foreword by well-known poet and broadcaster Theo Dorgan.

Patrick was delighted by Dorgan’s observations, which singled out the Mullagh man for his “profound sense of communion with the living and the dead of his native place” while also being a “considerable poet of the city” who has retained his “sense of wonder at the world”.

“I don’t know him very well. We’d meet occasionally and when we do, we talk hurling,” says Patrick of Theo Dorgan.

Patrick was born in Mullagh outside Loughrea in 1953, to a family who were immersed in the local community.

His father set up a workshop in the mid 1930s, where he and Patrick’s uncles made hurleys, farm implements, and even branched into coffins at one stage. His father’s death in a tree-felling accident in the mid 1970s was really the spark for Patrick’s development as a poet.

“I wanted to celebrate him and people like him, who worked with their hands all their lives. A lot of people who do that are not celebrated,” says Patrick.

While both his brothers inherited their father’s skill with physical craft, Patrick found his pathway through words.

He describes writing poems as “trying to hold his ground” and says that ground is Dublin, Europe and always his own part of Galway.

He sees himself as following in the footsteps of those people who traditionally chronicled life in local areas, but in a way that lets him gives local lore and stories his own particular, poetic twist.

Although he has been happily settled in Dublin since adulthood, where he worked first as a teacher and then as a school principal in Ballyfermot, Galway still exerts a huge hold.  Largely thanks to his mother, Patrick was exposed to a wealth of nature in childhood and developed a love for it.

“I used to go the callows with my mother, who was the farmer in the family, as a child,” he recalls.

These were fields with four small rivers running into each other which flooded every autumn and spring, and later led him to write about how “Land was aspiring to be water; water wanted to be land” in the poem Keaveney’s Well.

After secondary school in St Brendan’s in Loughrea, Patrick moved to Dublin to train as a primary teacher and worked in education until taking early retirement recently.

While working, Patrick made time at night to write. He penned several children’s books which were published by O’Brien Press and won him a wide readership. The Lost Orchard, his novel for young readers won the Eilís Dillon Book of the Year Award in 2001.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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.

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