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Step into history to help recreate historic photo of 1913 Oireachtas

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The photo of the 1913 Galway Oireachtas, which was attended by three future presidents of Ireland, Douglas Hyde, Seán T O’Kelly and Eamon de Valera as well as by Proclamation signatories Pádraig Pearse, Seán Mac Diarmada and Éamonn Ceannt, and other noted figures such as Cathal Brugha and Countess Markievicz.

The City’s Town Hall Theatre is putting out a call for members of the public to become part of history by participating in the re-enactment of a famous photograph taken on the steps of the theatre during the Gaelic League Oireachtas of 1913.

The re-enactment will take place at Town Hall Theatre on Saturday, June 18. and is part of this year’s Galway Sessions which commemorates 1916 leader and piper Éamonn Ceannt. Anyone interested in participating should contact Siobhan at Galway Arts Centre siobhan@galwayartscentre.ie

This photograph features some of the men and women who went on to participate in the Rising and become the leaders of the new Irish state. Included in the picture are three future presidents of Ireland – Douglas Hyde, Seán T Ó Ceallaigh and Éamon de Valera. Also present were signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, Pádraig Pearse, Seán Mac Diarmada and Éamonn Ceannt, as well as other noted figures such as Cathal Brugha and Countess Markievicz

To commemorate this historical event, 163 people are needed for the new photograph to reflect the Ireland of today. A call has gone out far and wide, seeking descendants of the original figures to come to Galway and stand where their ancestors stood over a hundred years ago – so anybody with a family connection connection is invited to get in touch. Members of the public are also asked to participate and stand in for the relatives who cannot be there.

The recreation of this photograph is a historic moment and will become another and unique chapter in the city’s cultural archives.

The photograph was presented to the Town Hall by members of the Curran family in 2013 and is is now on permanent display at the theatre.

The 1913 Ard Fheis marked an important juncture in the history of the Gaelic League. Internal divisions between the apolitical old guard of the movement and a republican/IRB faction had come to the fore in the preceding months, leading eventually to the 1915 decision by the Gaelic League to revoke its previously politically neutral stance and support separatism.

The iconic photograph was discovered in a box in the attic by the Curran family in Dublin whose maternal grandparents were members of the Keating branch of the Gaelic League. Their grandfather and other relatives are in the photograph. Their grandmother had passed the photograph on to their mother and it lay safe in the attic of the family home for the best part of 50 years. When the family took the photo down from the attic in 2010, they noticed a few famous faces. The more they looked, the more  well-known people they recognised and they were intrigued.  At first, they thought that it was taken at the Gaelic League Oireachtas in 1914 and so spent a lot of time searching for a match for the building in Kerry.

In early 2013, when they finally identified the building as Galway’s Town Hall Theatre, they realised the full significance of the picture and the fact that 2013 was the centenary of the occasion on which it was taken.

”We gave the photograph to the Town Hall Theatre because it is only right that it should return to the place where it was taken to be enjoyed by the people of Galway and the public at large” said a family member.

A team of volunteers helped to identify most of people in the photograph and the family are hopeful that members of the public can help identify the few remaining names.

Contact Siobhan at Galway Arts Centre siobhan@galwayartscentre.ie if you are interested in taking part.

 

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Conamara siblings take to stage for TradFest

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Séamus and Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta, who will perform in Collins Barracks next Thursday.

The musical talent of Conamara siblings Caoimhe and Séamus Uí Fhlatharta from An Áird Mhóir, will be on show at this year’s Temple Bar TradFest, which runs from January 26-230 in venues across Dublin. They will be performing at Collins Barracks at 1pm next Thursday, January 26.

Séamus and Caoimhe, who have won multiple All-Ireland titles for their music, are well-known among fans of traditional music as brilliant multi-instrumentalists, singers and dancers, whose vocal arrangements and harmonies bring new life to well-known and less familiar songs. Their performance on last week’s Late Late Show as part of a musical tribute to murdered Offaly woman, Ashling Murphy, was widely praised.

TradFest is one of the first largescale events to host live audiences again, something that performers and fans alike hope will continue.

Other participants include actor Stephen Rea, hosting a night of poetry and music with Natalya O’Flaherty, Sasha Terfous, Louise and Michelle Mulcahy and Neill Martin; Fairport Convention; Peggy Seeger, Aoife Scott and Wallis Bird; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Boxing Banjo; Dervish, Altan and 4 Men and a Dog; Séamus Begley, Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey; Martin and Eliza Carthy; The Lost Brothers; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Joe and Steve Wall; Cór Cúil Aodha and Seán Ó Sé; Karan Casey; Niamh Ní Charra; Brídín; Laoise Kelly; Brenda Castles, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh; Tim Edey, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien.

Tickets and more information at tradfesttemplebar.com.

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Cúirt putting a spotlight on new and under-represented writers

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Noveilst Lisa McInerney who will judge the short fiction prize. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Submissions are now being accepted for The Cúirt New Writing Prize 2022. This annual competition run by the popular literature festival, is sponsored by Tigh Neachtain in memory of Lena McGuire.

There are two categories; poetry & short fiction. Poet Gail McConnell will judge the poetry prize and author Lisa McInerney will judge the short Fiction award.

The winner in each category will receive a €500 cash prize and be invited to read at the 37th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature, taking place from Monday to Sunday, April  4-10 in Galway.

Poetry entries should consist of up to three poems under 50 lines each, while short stories should be no longer than 2,000 words. There’s an entry fee of €10 which covers one story or up to three poems. Entries are welcome in English and Irish and an Irish language adviser will be involved in assessing entries in Irish.

Writers who submit work must not have had a full collection of work published in the category they are entering (ie, no novel or short collection for fiction, or poetry collection for poetry). This doesn’t include having had single poems, stories or chapbooks published. Any stories or poems that are entered should not have

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Music festival goes live and online

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Flautist Ríona Ó Duinnín is among the top-quality musicians taking part.

Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival is taking place live this weekend and the organisation has also decided to livestream three concerts from the Town Hall Theatre, as well as several other events.

The festival, Stanford, explores the work, influences and legacy of Dubliner Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, one of Ireland’s greatest 20th-century Romantic composers. Four chamber music concerts, featuring leading Irish and Irish-based musicians, as well as two documentary films and two talks will be available online from this Friday to Sunday.

A further concert, in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church this Saturday, which features choral music by Stanford and his students, will be open to live audiences.

In addition to music by Stanford himself, the programmes includes works by composers who influenced him, such as Brahms and Schumann, and by those whom he taught, including Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, Rebecca Clarke, Muriel Herbert and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Performers willrs includes John Finucane clarinet; Sharon Carty mezzo soprano; Finghin Collins piano; the ConTempo Quartet; Ríona Ó Duinnín flute; John Leonard bassoon; Hannah Miller horn; Dominic Dudley double bass; Christopher Bowen tenor; Collegium; Mark Duley, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Student Quartet.

Stanford’s biographer, Jeremy Dibble, who lives in the UK, was due to travel to Galway to give two talks on the composer and his legacy. These have now been recorded and are available for free on the Music for Galway YouTube channel. To access them, go to musicforgalway.ie and follow the links to the Midwinter Festival page.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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