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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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Nutcracker Sweeties at Town Hall Theatre

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Nutcracker Sweeties features top-class dancers and glorious costumes.

Ballet Ireland presents Nutcracker Sweeties at the Town Hall Theatre next Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14, at 8pm nightly.

This re-telling of Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Christmas ballet centres on Ciara and her brother Fionn who go on a shopping trip to a famous department store in Dublin on Christmas Eve. They wander off from their parents and get lost but are rescued by the Nutcracker doll. They are then surrounded by a blizzard of snowflakes before being greeted by the Sugar Plum fairy who leads Ciara into the kingdom of the sweets where the beautiful Christmas windows come to life.

Choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple, this production of a festive classic is performed by a cast of world-class dancers and designed to appeal to audiences of all ages, with its magic, costumes and a re-imagined Tchaikovsky score.

Described by The Irish Independent as ‘a treat of a show, full of Christmas cheer’, Nutcracker Sweeties is two hours long, including an interval.

Tickets, €25/€22.50 plus €1 booking fee, are available online at tht.ie, by phone on 091-569777 or at the Town Hall Theatre box office.

 

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Ireland’s three tenors for weekend concert

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Ireland’s Three Tenors: Paul Feery, Conor Gibbons and Philip Fagan.

Billed as Ireland’s Three Tenors, Paul Feery, Conor Gibbons and Philip Fagan, will be in concert in the city’ s St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church this Saturday night, December 10.

Their repertoire includes a wide range of well-known songs, including Caledonia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Green Fields of France, Nessun Dorma and Have I Told you Lately?. And for the Christmas season, they will be adding seasonal favourites including O, Holy Night.

Ireland’s Three Tenors are the only Irish trio to have performed annually for more than 10 years in venues such as the National Concert Hall Dublin, the Cork Opera House, Dublin Castle, and Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.

The  tenors were selected by the Irish government to headline the 1916 Centenary State reception in Dublin Castle on Easter Sunday, 2016. And, when Covid restrictions eased last year, they had a sold-out performance in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Now they’re back in Galway, with tickets for their concert on sale in the city from Spar, Mainguard Street, and Holland’s Newsagents Williamsgate Street, or online at Eventbrite.ie, where they are €30 + €3 booking fee. The concert at St Nicholas’ starts at 8pm.

 

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Exhibition of postcards art hosted by KAVA

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Postcards from KAVA's 2021 show at the courthouse.

The annual postcard show from the KAVA arts group is currently taking place in Kinvara Courthouse and will be open from Friday to Sunday this weekend. The artwork is anonymously displayed and all pieces are for sale for €30.  The artist’s identity will only be revealed when the buyer collects the work.

In the past, this has proven to be great fun and is an ideal way to shop local for a unique, local Christmas present. The opening hours are this Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10, from 3-8pm and on Sunday, December 11, from 12-6pm. All are welcome.

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