Date Published: 02-Jun-2011
Michael Harding’s acclaimed play, The Tinker’s Curse returns to the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10.
Telling the story of a travelling man who climbs Croagh Patrick to do penance for the sins of a lifetime, this play is performed by the writer, accompanied by musician Finbar Coady. The Tinker’s Curse is a rare insight into the joys and sorrows that make up the life of an Irish Traveller, and as a result is both funny and poignant. The play was first produced by Livin’ Dred Theatre Company in 2007 and was nominated for Best New Play in The Irish Times Theatre Awards.
Harding plays Rattigan, a Traveller old enough to remember the old days when Travellers in Ireland had a place in the scheme of things, fixing pots and pans. However “plastic killed the Travelling People” he explains, and much of the traditions and lore have been lost.
Harding breaks many of the conventions of the theatre as he embarks on Rattigan’s story, and his need to tell people who he is. Along the way the audience meets his wife Julia, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, who has “been in the audience of The Late Late Show”; his daughter Michelle, who is blissfully unaware of the effects her blossoming sexuality has, and Johnny Reilly, a ‘buffer’ or settled man who comes a courting.
Theatre critic of The Sunday Independent Emer O’Kelly was deeply impressed by the production and by Harding’s performance, describing the play as “a heart-searing, heart-searching piece of work, provoking tears and haunting the soul” and Harding’s performance as “nothing short of glorious – a piece of sustained dramatic economy that is performance art of soaring, incandescent strength”.
Booking is now open at the Theatre on 091-569777 or on the web at www.tht.ie
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.