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TG4 documentary on actor Tyrone Power

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Hollywood heartthrob Tyrone Power, who was born 100 years ago next year and who died at the age of 44, is the subject of a new documentary to be screened on TG4 on Sunday, October 13.

Tyrone Power: Gaol Eile ag an bPaorach explores the actor’s appeal during his short life and his strong connections to Ireland.

 Tyrone Power’s ancestors came from Waterford and the programme’s presenter Catherine Foley examines his life, his Irish links and the notion that she might be related to him. Her paternal grandmother was also a Power from the same area and the story of Tyrone Power being a cousin has been in her family for years. 

When the star came to Dublin for the making of the film, The Rising of the Moon in 1957, he took time out to visit Waterford and according to local lore, was disappointed that no-one recognised him apart from the local postman Michael Murphy who came out to get his autograph. The postman’s son, Seán Ó Murchú recalls the meeting in this documentary. He also recalls the exuberant reaction to the local screening of The Rising of the Moon, where Power announced proudly that his folk came from a small village in Southern Ireland called Kilmacthomas. 

Catherine Foley also talks to Romina Power, Tyrone Power’s daughter, who visited Kilmacthomas some 30 years later, on a trip to Ireland.  And she meets with Dr Gwenda Young, from the UCC’s Film Studies School, to learn about Power’s place in film and his talent. Meanwhile Dublin-based arts consultant, Tony Ó Dálaigh shares his memories of Power performing in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre during the 1950s.

While searching to trace potential family connections, Catherine Foley discovers that one of her ancestors was a William Power, the very same name as one of Tyrone Power’s ancestors. This William Power was a young man in the area at the time of the conception of Tyrone Power’s great grandfather in 1797. That baby was named William Power also, but when he grew up to become a famous actor, he changed his name to a stage name and he became William Grattan Tyrone Power. 

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune

 

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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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