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Time to point the finger and fire the Sugarman

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TV Watch with Dave O’Connell

There’s a fundamental problem with the premise behind The Apprentice – why, if you were so successful in your own right beforehand, would you want to dispense with your dignity to fight for the chance to work with a megalomaniac?

And I’ll admit I’m no fan of it – so if it’s your kind of thing, perhaps it’s time to move on and avoid increasing your blood pressure.

But I tuned in last week to see if it was something missing in me that just didn’t get it – and I left secure in the knowledge that the Emperor indeed has no clothes.

For a start, ‘Lord Sugar’ sounds like the name of a Jamaican drug deal instead of a Cockney barrow boy who once hit it lucky with Amstrad, a computer that was to the IT sector what the old East German Trabant was to the motor trade.

His ego was already considerable given that the first three letters of his company – and indeed his personalised car registration – were his own initials, but millionaires may have earned the right to be self-indulgent.

His record in business since then however has been less spectacular – his purchase of Tottenham Hotspur was an unmitigated disaster, largely because he met an even wider barrow boy in Terry Venables – and the mere fact that he can devote so much time to The Apprentice would suggest he isn’t overly busy at the office now either.

The Americans found themselves an even bigger egomaniac in Donald Trump, a man whose hair defies description other than offering the observation that it’s incredible how much of the stuff you can grow on your back – and then comb over your forehead.

TV3 – as is their mission statement ‘to ape the other guys’ – tried to come up with their own Irish version of The Apprentice and found the nearest thing we had to a barrow boy, albeit it one with a Dublin accent.

Bill Cullen was another one-trick pony whose entire business empire was based on him being fast enough out of the blocks to ring-fence the Renault franchise for Ireland.

And being apprenticed to Bill would have been quite a rollercoaster from the outset, although in more recent times that rollercoaster would have been plummeting out of the clouds faster than a stone thrown off a cliff.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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