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Róisín takes risks with Theatre Festival show

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My Poet Dark and Slender is based on a Pádraic Ó Conaire short story, but the telling is unconventional.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

There’s no shortage of exciting new work in this year’s Galway Theatre Festival which kicks off this Friday, April 29, and runs until May 7. One of these shows is a locally produced work, My Poet Dark and Slender from Mmm Theatre, which will be at Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre from this Friday until Monday, May 2.

This unconventional drama, fusing a variety of theatrical styles alongside music and choreography, is the brainchild of Róisín Stack, one of the most creative people on Galway’s theatre scene.

Róisín, who works part time as Communications and Development Associate with Druid, has been involved in drama for more than 15 years, firstly as a student, then as a performer, director teacher and administrator.

The Shrule woman studied drama in Australia and in Ireland –  doing the Masters at NUIG –  and subsequently taught in both countries. As a performer, she has been involved with the Melbourne Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe and San Francisco Mime Troupe.

In Galway, Róisín has worked with Macnas, with Mephisto Theatre Company and the Town Hall Theatre. In addition, she and fellow arts worker Craig Flaherty set up the Jolt initiative in 2011 to assist young theatre-makers and to explore more experimental approaches to theatre-making.

While she has considerable administrative skills, Róisín’s creative side will be to the fore in My Poet Dark and Slender.

It’s based on a Pádraic Ó Conaire short story, M’fhile Caol Dubh, about a woman who has a brazen love affair with a poet who is not all he seems.

This passionate, dark and beautifully written story starts in 1915, and the Easter Rising provides much of the backdrop to the action, although in a subtle way.

“I’m working off an English translation which I came across years ago when I was doing the Masters at NUIG,” explains Róisín. A friend left it for her with a Post-it note that said ‘you might find something in there’. She did.

The translation is by the late Kerry writer Bryan McMahon, whose work she loves, having directed his play, The Honeyspike, for Mephisto Theatre Company.

“My instinct was to script it, which I did,” she recalls of her approach to the Ó Conaire work. But that didn’t do it justice.

So she asked herself a fundamental question: “Why do I want to do theatre anyway, apart from telling a great story?”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tuam students have warm welcome for Eddie, the Labrador who is already top of the class

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Eddie the dog, Tuam's Mercy Convent newest addition.

A North Galway school has unveiled their newest member – Eddie, the three-year-old Labrador dog.

The new canine recruit works as a therapy, or education, aid for students in Mercy Secondary School, Tuam – and he has already been a huge hit with students.

Scoil Bhride Principal Gearoid Leen has described the dog as an essential part of the learning process within the school.

The pure-bred Labrador is one of just eight community dogs that have been assigned to schools across the country.

This week, the new arrival was introduced to students and parents as part of the learning process. The presence of the dog relaxes students and, apparently, helps with their concentration.

Eddie’s fourth birthday is on March 18, the day after St Patrick’s Day – and, such is his instant popularity, the students have a special celebration in mind.

The newest addition to the secondary school has been trained by the Irish Guide Dogs Association and Eddie, along with his trained handlers Sarah Molloy and Catherine Murphy, now becomes part of the essential learning process within the school.

The Labrador and his handlers work alongside the teachers and educational staff in the school to help reduce stress and increase the learning potential of the students by goal directed interventions.

Together, Eddie and his handlers participate in classroom activities and work with individual students and groups.

Parents have responded positively to the new arriva, saying that more schools should try and apply for the scheme.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Claregalway traffic plan is still stuck in neutral

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Stuck...another setback for Claregalway traffic calming scheme.

The long-awaited traffic calming scheme in Claregalway has suffered yet another setback – with engineers now looking at an ‘alternative solution’ amid a dispute over land acquisition.

A meeting of the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District heard the Council was seeking to acquire privately-owned lands to progress a surface water drainage scheme at the bridge – but despite protracted negotiations, the Council had hit ‘difficulties in finding a solution’.

Until the surface water issue was sorted, the long-approved traffic calming scheme could not progress and because of the delays, the local authority was now looking at an alternative plan.

Cllr Jim Cuddy (Ind) hit out at what he called ‘inordinate delays’ to progressing the scheme and said it was almost three years since Councillors approved planning permission for the traffic calming scheme.

“People can only put up with so much and this is a national primary road,” said Cllr Cuddy.

“Claregalway seems to be a forgotten area – an area totally neglected by the Council and by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).”

Regular road flooding outside Centra in the town meant a drainage scheme was required and Senior Engineer Damien Mitchell said the traffic calming scheme would not go ahead until that was completed.

“We are still having trouble acquiring the land at the bridge. It is quite sensitive at the moment and we are looking at alternatives because it is taking so long to find a solution.

“We thought we were reaching a solution recently but the situation has changed again,” said Mr Mitchell.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Domestic violence hits Covid heights

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Galway saw a 43 per cent hike in the number of Garda call-outs for domestic violence last year compared to before the pandemic.

But experts have warned the worst may be yet to come – with predictions that people fleeing domestic violence are more likely to present now that restrictions are lifted and services resume.

That’s the fear of Dr Carol Baumann, head of the domestic abuse service at Cope Galway which runs Galway’s refuge Modh Eile House. The service has seen a twelve per cent increase in demand in the last year compared to pre-pandemic times.

It corresponds with an increase in the number of domestic violence incidents responded to by Galway Gardaí in 2021.

Figures released by the Aontú party found there were 1,792 domestic violence incidents reported to Gardaí here, a jump of 285 compared to 2020 and a hike of 539 incidents on the figures for 2019. That’s an increase of 19 and 43 per cent respectively.

Dr Baumann believes these statistics are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the situation on the ground.

“In general women only go to the guards where physical abuse has taken place or there is a risk of it, but abuse is much more pervasive. At the moment life is feeling abnormal and when the world is not feeling stable, you’re not going to destabilise it more by seeking help,” she opined.

“I think the real increase will come after the pandemic not during it.

“When you don’t feel safe, when you feel you have no control, you don’t have autonomy over your choices, that’s domestic violence. The pandemic aggravated that, but it didn’t cause it. What the pandemic did was unmask intimate partner abuse – urging us to limit our contacts, limit our movements, that was music to the ears of somebody who wanted to abuse a partner.”

She fears that many will be coming to the end of their tether after a long two years of restrictions being imposed and lifted.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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