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Pupils make history with unique book

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Galway Fire Brigade tackle a blaze at the Autolec premises in Forthill Street, off Victoria Place, Galway in 1967. Autolec manufactured batteries for cars and witnesses at the time reported a series of explosions as the fire spread.

A unique new history of Ireland, written and illustrated by Irish children, features contributions from 60 pupils in Northampton National School, near Kinvara.

Across an Open Field involved more than 300 children from 10 primary schools across eight counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who investigated global and national happenings, local events and family stories during the years between 1912-1922.

The resulting publication contains unique accounts and personal insights into events of that traumatic decade and includes contributions from the South Galway youngsters.

The 30, who are from third to sixth class, explored family histories and the role of blood relations during World War I, The Easter Rising and The War of Independence.

The relations of Northampton NS pupils include Lady May Pollington, the great-grandmother of May Sheehan (6th class), whose father Charles wrote letters to her from the HMS Fortitude during World War I. She later married a man called John Hosty who played a big role in the Galway Rising and wanted a memorial to be built in Galway. It never was.

Father John O’Meehan, the great granduncle of Clodagh Leech (6th class), and a member of the Irish Volunteers, was a curate in Salthill. One night the Black and Tans came looking for him, pretending he was needed for an urgent sick call. However, Fr Meehan was out playing cards, so Fr Griffin went instead. His body was later found in a bog by Fr Meehan.

“It’s scary to know what they went through at that time. I’m glad we live in a peaceful time, and things like that don’t happen any more in Kinvara or Galway,” said Clodagh.

Grace Bermingham (6th class), discovered that her great grandfather Sean O’Neill fought in the War of Independence and ended up in Dartmoor Prison in England, from where he wrote to his parents that he was ‘toddling along’. He also wrote to his sweetheart, Annie Nolan, from prison – they married when the war ended in 1922 and he was released as part of a general amnesty.

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

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Transatlantic connections reap rich reward for Ultan

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Ultan Conlon...back for Galway gig.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

There will be more than a transatlantic touch to singer-songwriter Ultan Conlon’s latest return to familiar ground – after a prolific summer spent in Los Angeles working on a new album and variation in sound. The Loughrea man has, of course, been one of the most prominent names in Galway music for over a decade. His four albums stand alongside a heaving catalogue of live gigs – he has shared stages with the likes of Eddi Reader, Bryan Ferry and Richard Hawley.

But in recent years, the backdrop for his work has been LA, where the Largo venue and its incumbents have helped forge lasting connections and fuel significant collaborations.

The latest of these is with singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer David Garza, with whom Ultan co-wrote his latest record.

He spent much of the summer in LA and returns with that LP in the works, as well as a small series of Irish gigs scheduled alongside Guatemalan soul artist Gaby Moreno. The Galway date takes place in An Taibhdhearc on November 5, with tickets available online.

“I’d a great time over there,” Ultan says of LA.

“I was there for five weeks – I did a couple of gigs in North Carolina and then I went to LA, and I made a record I co-wrote with a guy called David Garza. He’s a great guy and I’ve met him a few times out there. He produced the album.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Finghin and orchestra team up for unique celebration

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Pianist and Music for Galway's Artistic Director, Finghin Collins. PHOTO: FRANCES MARSHALL.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Every year, pianist Finghin Collins takes a two-week holiday and “tries not to think about music and shows so I can relax the body and brain”.  It’s a rare moment of downtime in a busy schedule which will bring him to Galway next week with the National Symphony Orchestra to perform a new work by Jane O’Leary, written to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Music for Galway, the organisation she co-founded. Finghin is the soloist on the piece entitled, unfolding soundscapes for piano and orchestra.

Finghin has had a busy few months, performing “in Germany, Switzerland and France, making up for Covid times”. Mostly, he’s been playing work by a variety of composers, something he enjoys.

“When you’re performing different composers – Debussy, Beethoven, Brahms and a bit of Schumann – there’s cross-pollination going on in a way that’s enriching in mind and body.

“I enjoy that and the audience enjoys it,” says Finghin whose new CD is due out soon.

He likens playing those different composers to “flitting around like a bee in a flower garden”, which makes it sound easy. But this is a man whose work ethic matches his talent.

One of Ireland’s top performers, Finghin has served as Music for Galway’s Artistic Director for the past decade and he also programmes the New Ross Piano Festival, which was on last weekend.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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