Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Entertainment

Tackling Ireland’s woes with satire and songs

Published

on

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.

 

CITY TRIBUNE

Immortal, a musical exploration of history, family and immortality

Published

on

Ellen Greally who plays Oisín's daughter Plur in Immortal.

An original musical, Immortal, from local theatre company, Morgan Creative is running at the city’s Town Hall Theatre until this Friday night, September 24, starting at 8pm nightly.

Billed by its creators Luke and Jake Morgan as “the next chapter of Irish folklore”, the story is set between the mythological land of Tír na nÓg, rural Galway during the Irish Civil War and modern-day Galway. It features 12 new original songs that strive to bring the area’s rich local history and traditions to a modern audience.

An era after her father, Oisín has left Tír na nÓg, Plur sets off on a perilous journey to find him. With the help of Choppy, a grouchy swan, Plur crosses the sea to a magical land she has heard about only in stories: Ireland. However, when she arrives, she learns that trouble is brewing.

The year is 1921 and the struggle for Irish independence is about to take a bitter turn. As Plur encounters a group of young rebels intent on storming Renmore Barracks, there is only one question on her mind: Will she manage to find her father and bring him home before it is too late?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

 

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Galway back in festive swing

Published

on

Festival highlight…John Gerrard (centre) in front of his Mirror Pavilion in Derrigimlagh Bog, pictured in with Galway International Arts Festival’s Chief Executive John Crumlish (left) and Artistic Director Paul Fahy. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The programme may have been amended because of Covid-19 restrictions – but this year’s Galway International Arts Festival still conjured up a whole set of indoor and outdoor experiences to deliver three weeks of spectacular success.

The pandemic resulted in GIAF’s biggest ever digital programme, including the first festival theatre livestream, making the work accessible to a much wider audience – and a star-studded concert from St Nicholas’ Church.

Festival highlights included Medicine, a theatrical tour-de-force by Enda Walsh with a cast featuring Domhnall Gleeson – and the acclaimed Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work, the second part of John Gerrard’s visual art project set in the heart of Derrygimlagh bog. That also attracted a global audience because it included a 24/7 live stream of the virtual performance that was being shown on the LED screen.

The first ever Other Voices collaboration with the festival delivered an unforgettable concert from St Nicholas’ Church, as part of the Courage series, featuring NewDad, Tolü Makay, Susan O’Neill and Mick Flannery, and Anna Mullarkey.

Audiences can still experience again the First Thought Talks series by checking them out  the Festival website.  Guests such as Misha Glenny; Bonnie Greer; Mike Ryan, Noelle Browne; Siobhan Burke, Sinéad Burke, Fintan O Toole, Peter Lunn and Teresa Lambe amongst others, discussed everything from cyber-hacking to the impact of remote working on rural Ireland to vaccine development.

The 2021 Vinyl Hours series saw guests Philip King, Sinéad Burke, Niamh Regan and Brian Kerr, reveal their most treasured songs in special in-conversation events. Fans can catch up with these conversations when they are released next month as part of the First Thought podcast series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Kinvara exhibition focuses on ups and downs of social media

Published

on

The Kinvara Area Visual Artists group, KAVA is hosting, My Social Bubble, an exhibition of work by arts graduate Mark Keaveney, in which the Roscommon native focuses on the use social media

“My current practice is about the psychological effects of social media,” he explains. “I am exploring people’s engagement with these online platforms, mostly through digital media, along with other platforms such as painting, drawing, and photography.  Modern technology has proven to be a huge phenomenon and an extremely helpful tool in the contemporary art world.

“It provides many benefits as well as potentially harmful results. There is a significant grey area to be found when approaching peoples’ mental health and these handheld devices.”

This exhibition in cooperation with KAVA, will be supported by Kinvara Alive, a local group that promotes well-being and mental health.

The spokesperson for Kinvara Alive, Sean Glynn, says the show offers plenty food for thought.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending