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Serious social side to life in Lonergan’s circus

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TV Watch with Dave O’Connell

IT would be all too easy to take the mickey out of John Lonergan and his circus of juvenile delinquents – because he comes across at times as a sort of innocent abroad, a cross between a country parish priest and a character out of Killinaskully.

And here he is, among some of the hardest chaws that Dublin’s rough streets could throw up, trying to teach them teamwork by making them part of a circus act for the St Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin. They’re laughing at him in the way they’d laugh at any of us adults – particularly if you think you’re getting down with the kids while at the same time wearing a grey suit and a comb-over.

And yet it works, because the former Governor of Mountjoy comes across as someone who sees the best in people, even when they are on the precipice of falling off the edge of society.

Even if he talks like Fr Trendy with a broad Tipp accent, he portrays an inner sincerity – and at times indeed an innocence that belies a man who lived his working life around some of the biggest toerags in the country.

The premise of John Lonergan’s Circus is a simple one – eight Dublin teenagers, all from troubled backgrounds, travel to train with the Belfast Community Circus, with the aim of participating in the for St Patrick’s Festival with Belfast Circus.

The idea is to see how they can function together as a team, how they respond to encouragement and instruction; how they cope with failure, and ultimately if they manage to pull the whole thing off.

Most of these teens are early school-leavers, and most of them have had difficulties in either their home lives or community lives.

Some have been arrested and cautioned; some have family members in prison – and collectively they look to be facing a grim future.

Before this experiment, they had barely left their own neighbourhoods – and now they’re travelling by bus to spend two days a week with the Belfast Community Circus School and their professional instructors.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

 

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Sharon goes global for lockdown album The Reckoning

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Sharon's new album will be available from this Friday.

Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sharon Shannon has gone global for her latest studio album, The Reckoning, which is being released this Friday, November 27.

The Reckoning, which was composed, written and recorded during lockdown, features more than dozen remote collaborations from locations across the world.

All the twelve tracks have been co-written by Sharon and band members and various guest collaborators.

The full-on method in which it was recorded marks a new departure for the Clare-born musician who lives in Galway City, she says.

“Normally when we work on an album, we do one track at a time,” Sharon explains. “But with this, it seems to be an avalanche when you’re working on 13 or 14 tracks every day. It’s like a minefield!”

One of the key tracks, The Jolly Roger, resulted from a challenge which rugby player Robbie Henshaw presented to Sharon during the first Covid lockdown. Issued via Facebook, her task was to learn a new skill. And she did. After five days of intense practice, she created The Jolly Roger Facebook video . That clip of Sharon and her electric guitar has attracted more than 289,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this year.

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

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Artists going to dogs in aid of annual auction

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Work donated to MADRA by Galway artist Grace Cunningham and Achill Island’s Padraig McCaul.

Works by some of Ireland’s top artists, including Grace Cunningham and Finbar McHugh from Galway as well as Padraig McCaul from Achill Island and Charles Harper from Valentia Island, will go under the hammer at this year’s MADRA Dog Rescue Charity Art Auction.

The popular event, which kicks off for viewing next week, will take place online year due to Covid restrictions.

The event, will open for registration and online bids next Thursday, December 3 and will remain available to view and bid online until Monday, December 7 .

The goal is to raise €3,000 to contribute towards vet bills for the Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption charity. MADRA is facing major bills, all without the financial support that’s normally generated by its two charity shops – they have been closed for months this year due to the pandemic.

“We have stunning artworks available with an amazing variety of subjects and styles,” explains MADRA co-founder and director, Marina Fiddler, adding that the organisation is “honoured that so many talented artists have donated such beautiful pieces to support the homeless dogs in our care”.

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

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Celebrating Romania on Great Union Day

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ConTempo, will perform a programme from thier native Romania for next Tuesday's lunchthime concert.

The next instalment of the lunchtime music series, From Europe with Love, will take place next Tuesday, December 1, at 1pm. Hosted by Galway Music Residency, it’s the last one for 2020.

It promises to be a special event as Galway’s Ensemble in Residence, the ConTempo Quartet, who are from Romania, celebrate their homeland on what’s known as Great Union Day. This national holiday marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.

ConTempo will perform a varied programme, showcasing the best of Romanian music. This will feature works by celebrated composers George Enescu and Theodor Grigoriu alongside lesser-known musical treasures. There will be a strong folk theme throughout, making for a lively lunchtime show.

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

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