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
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.