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Tackling Ireland’s woes with satire and songs

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Paddy Cullivan will offer 50 solutions to address Ireland's ills in his multi-media and humorous show, Solutionism.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Satirist, musician and all-round thinking person Paddy Cullivan has a song in his new show that compares the Irish soccer team to the IRA, because they were more active in the 1990s than they are now and because they give 90 minutes’ notice before they plan any attack.

What really annoys him is that the current head of the FAI, John Delaney is getting paid north of €350,000 a year while Ireland’s soccer supporters are being fed a diet of past glory. Not good enough, he says.

Galway-born Paddy, who is known for his work on Callan’s Kicks, Funny Friday with Joe Duffy, the Kilkenomics Festival and Leviathan Political Cabaret, will bring the multi-media show, Solutionism, to Galway next Thursday night, October 8.

In just 90 minutes, using song, chat and images, he will offer 50 solutions to Ireland’s ongoing social, political and economic woes and offer ideas for a more equal society.

“It’s about taking the clichés we are told by the establishment, taking them apart and showing the solutions,” he explains. Many of these are radical.

‘Fire every public servant and re-hire the good ones’ is one, while ‘Re-roof Ireland’ is another. One that many of us might enjoy is the proposal that ‘All politicians should live on the street for a week’. Less popular, in Galway anyway, Paddy reckons, is his proposal that ‘Ireland must take a year off alcohol’.

The show will begin and end with a song – there’ll be six in total – and will have lots of imagery throughout, as well as many references to Paddy’s home city of Galway.

The famous film, Ryan’s Daughter, shot in Kerry in the late 1960s, will be invoked, as Paddy discusses how a village built as a film-set was later demolished – the only building left standing was a schoolhouse. That’s now a popular tourist attraction. But its roof blew off in a storm last January. Locals would like to see it fixed, but the schoolhouse is owned by Tony Ryan’s family, who have no interest in repairing it.

This could serve as a metaphor for Ireland, Paddy feels.

Firstly, if we reroofed all the unfinished estates, we’d have houses for homeless people. And on a larger scale, “we need to stop letting the rain in on Ireland, while money is seeping out and, more importantly, people are seeping out”.

Behind the quick humour– and he promises there’ll be plenty of that in Solutionism – Paddy is angry and upset about the state of Ireland. And he’s concerned that we seem to be sleepwalking our way back to the behaviour that caused the economic collapse of 2008.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Druid paints picture of life and works of poet Eavan Boland

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A photo of Eavan Boland from 1992. PHOTO: JOE ST LEGER, IRISH TIMES.

Druid’s next production, a drama about poet Eavan Boland, entitled Boland: Journey of a Poet, will be livestreamed from the company’s Mick Lally Theatre between Thursday, April 22, and Saturday, April 24.  With words written by the late poet herself and edited by novelist Colm Tóibín, the 60-minute piece will feature actor Siobhán Cullen and will be directed by Druid’s Artistic Director, Garry Hynes.

Boland: Journey of a Poet explores the mind and imagination of one of Ireland’s great poets, courtesy of Colm Tóibín, who describes himself as “privileged” to have been commissioned by Druid for this project on Boland, who died on April 27, 2020. He hopes “this production will remind us of her stature as a major poet”.

Garry Hynes describes Boland as “an extraordinary Irish poet and essayist”, adding that “her standing only grows with time”.

Performed by Siobhán Cullen whose previous productions with Druid include Once Upon a Bridge, The Cherry Orchard and Richard III, this world premiere examines Eavan Boland’s relationships with family, poetry, memory, womanhood and national identity.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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KAVA Presents puts spotlight on Anne Korff

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Roses of Hope by KAVA member Ann Korff.

Anne Korff is the latest artist to feature in KAVA Presents, the new online project from Kinvara Area Arts Group. It’s a series of short videos, in which members of the group share their work practice, with a new episode being released every second Monday on KAVA YouTube channel and social media platforms.

Anne is a German-born professional artist who has lived and worked in the area for many years.  She has travelled extensively and influences of this travel can be seen in her creations.

KAVA’s online introduction to Anne and her work will be available from next Monday, April 12 from 10am.

This series has been running since February and all the videos are three minutes or shorter in length.

■ More information at www.kava.ie

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Film of Sarah’s self-powered global trip to thrill armchair adventurers

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Sarah Outen in Alaska in 2014 during her trip of almost 25,000 miles which was a mostly solo journey. PHOTO JUSTINE CURGENVEN.

The Irish Adventure Film Club, which usually holds screenings in venues throughout the country, including Galway’s Town Hall Theatre, is launching a series of virtual screenings.

The first is Home: An Outward Journey, which will be screened next Wednesday, April 14, followed by a live Q&A with adventurer Sarah Outen and the film’s director Jen Randall.

This documentary tells the story of Sarah Outen’s solo, self-powered expedition around the globe between 2011 and 2015, during which she was brought to the brink, physically and mentally, by a violent ocean storm. For the expedition, London2London: Via the World, Sarah was the engine, travelling by bike, kayak and rowing boat across Europe and Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America and finally the Atlantic.

She clocked up nearly 25,000 miles on her four-year odyssey. As she travelled between cultures, climates and landscapes under her own power, Sarah’s mostly-solo voyage was followed by thousands.

But the months of solitude and extreme elements also took their toll.

This documentary, which was created from hundreds of hours of footage, captures Sarah’s journey honestly and unflinchingly: the kindness of strangers, the wonders of the wild, the savagery of the elements, the near-death experiences, the demons of her emotional trauma and PTSD, and her discovery of love for a farmer called Lucy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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