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Tracy falls at the third to join the Cooke who can’t cook

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So, Celebrity Masterchef Ireland on RTE 1 has reached the halfway mark and on Sunday they entertained us with the most technical task yet – recreating a very complicated dessert.

 

 

For those of us who like our cookery programme, what better combination than putting celebs through their paces in the kitchen.

 

It’s hard to say why certain programmes are popular with audiences but one thing for sure is that the novelty of any idea wears thin after a while, which is probably why the odd Celebrity version is made to pique our interest.

 

Unlike the other reality show on TV3 involving celebs in a jungle, it is not the public who decide who goes but the two judges, in this case Nick Munier and Dylan McGrath.

 

That meant of course that the two brimming with personality with little or no cooking skills got booted out first, comedian Gary Cooke and a model and broadcaster, Kamal Ibrahim.

 

Though I appreciate that contestants have to be booted out to find a winner, it is funnier watching people making a mess and Cooke definitely didn’t live up to his surname and gave us a few laughs. And poor Kamal, I would say, never had to cook for himself in his life. The expressions on his face as he heard culinary descriptions for the first time proved this, God love him. He was very likeable though and, I suspect, he may have caught the cooking bug after his short time on this show.

 

That left the more serious contestants, ones who really want to win the title.

 

On Sunday, the third in the series, it was desserts, not my own strong point, and as well as recreating a dessert made by the guest pastry chef, Claire Clarke from the French Laundry restaurant, they also had to make a dessert that was a nod to their childhood.

 

Most of them admitted they rarely had desserts when they were children but they were inventive enough and gave us viewers some new ideas.

 

It’s probably not surprising that the 400m sprinter, Dave Gillick, is so competitive but I believe he could be our winner.

 

His biggest competition is Maia Dunphy, another broadcaster who recently gave us a documentary about how much wine women consume.

 

Married to comedian Johnny Vegas, she has obviously been practising a lot in the kitchen in preparation for the Masterchef challenge.

 

Yvonne Keating, ex-wife of Ronan and apparently a woman of leisure, admitted from the start that she doesn’t really cook but she seems to be thriving.

 

Newsreader Aengus Mac Grianna is a nifty little cook and seems to be enjoying every minute of it.

 

Galway native, Conor Pope, a consumer journalist with The Irish Times, comes across as very earnest and despite his loud protestations, he is still in the competition.

 

Sports journalist Tracy Piggot handed in her apron on Sunday night, not surprisingly. Though she appeared to have some cooking skills, her presentation let her down every time but so too, I suspect, did her attitude. I got the feeling she gelled least with the rest of the group and that the judges didn’t like her, but I could be wrong. That’s part of the enjoyment of watching Masterchef — watching how the contestants perform under pressure and time constraints. And there’s the added pressure of being filmed and closely watched while cooking.

 

Claire Clark was very kind and appeared to like everything they made. The contestants showed their humanity by being genuinely thrilled when Claire praised them. Yeah, even celebs are human!

 

This group are not bad cooks at all. And Maia could almost work in a professional kitchen. Claire suggested she could work in hers.

 

Unlike previous Celebrity Masterchef from the UK, our own celebs are not throwing tantrums or playing to the gallery and they  appear to appreciate the opportunity of picking up a few new skills.

 

The programme makers have just finished looking for contestants drawn from the general public for an Autumn series. I wasn’t tempted because though I love cooking, I don’t have the patience for precision and presentation. My style is more rustic, which wouldn’t go down well on Masterchef.

 

It continues for another three Sundays on RTE 1 at 9.30pm.

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Work for children of all ages in extended Baboró programme

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Grand Soft Day, a new co-production from Branar is for children aged three to six.

The 26th annual Baboró International Arts Festival for Children will take place from Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 23, in theatres, galleries, schools and communities in Galway City and County.

This year’s extended 10-day festival will have more than 50 live events, presented by companies from all over Ireland and Europe, including Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Scotland and England.

These will include a special collection of European work made for children up to six years, as well as residencies in special schools and child-led projects.

Children aged eight and older are invited to join the surreal world of Der Lauf, where nothing is quite as it seems. In this show, two circus performers from Belgian company Le Cirque du Bout du Monde, compete in a series of bizarre challenges as they juggle blindly, spin plates and stack glasses, while wearing boxing gloves. As the glasses rise, so do the stakes. The children are their only guides and will either help lead the clowns to order or towards further chaos.

Ballet Ireland will present The Glasshouse, a dance performance for children aged six and older. It is the story of Fiach, an earnest youngster who is on a mission to repopulate the world with plants and turn it green. This fun, compelling show, by exciting young choreographer Róisín Whelan, is about human courage, friendship and the determination to survive. The Glasshouse promises “moments of suspense and joy, exhilarating dancing, vibrant costumes and magical music”.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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A feast of Butlers at the Kenny Gallery

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The Butler family, from left: Liam, Ronan, Lisa and Davin.

Sculptor Liam Butler will return to the City’s Kenny Gallery this Friday night, August 12, for his first exhibition in more than 10 years. The new show, Copper Roots, is an even more special occasion for Liam as it will be his first time exhibiting alongside his children, Davin, Lisa and Ronan.

Liam is a self-taught sculptor who has been creating and exhibiting work for almost 30 years. He has passed on his craft to Davin, Lisa and Ronan, teaching them the techniques he developed throughout his career, as well as his love for copper and its artistic possibilities.

In 2020, during Covid, the Butlers were all together, back home in Galway for the first time in many years. They rekindled their passion for sculpture, spending time in Liam’s workshop, creating   new work, alongside each another.

There was learning, creativity and experimentation, they say. The resulting exhibition at Kennys’ celebrates reconnecting with family roots, and passions passed on from generation to generation.

A welder by training, Liam grew up on a small farm in Kilkenny. He worked in Germany and America for years before returning to Ireland, settling in An Spidéal where he began experimenting, using the skills he learned as an industrial welder to create simple sculptures from steel.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Sisters in perfect tune for unique musical snapshot

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Breda and Claire Keville, photographed by Nutan. (Inset) The sisters, as depicted by artist Isabel Alegria, on the cover of the album.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

“A snapshot in time,” is how musician and composer Claire Keville from Claran, near Headford, describes Music from Galway, the new CD which she and her sister Breda have just released.

With Breda on fiddle and Claire on concertina, it’s a gorgeous collection of music from all parts of Galway and beyond, a mix of slow airs, gigs, reels and marches. The sisters are accompanied by guitarist and longtime musical friend Terence O’Reilly on several tracks, which they recorded in the studio of his East Clare home in April of this year.

Claire, a French and Music teacher in Coláiste Iognáid (the Jes) in the city for the past decade, and Breda, who works as a radiation therapist in UHG, have previously released solo albums. Breda’s, The Hop Down, was released in 2006 and The Daisy Field, from Clare came out in 2009. Each guested on the other’s album, but this is their first joint recording, a project they’d been discussing for years.

When it did finally happen, it came together a lot more quickly than either of them had anticipated.

“I didn’t think we’d have it done this year,” says Breda, as Claire recalls that they discussed its timeframe in April, while driving from Galway to Terence’s home in Clare.

After that first day, when they recorded 10 tracks and realised that most of them would make the album, they reckoned it was achievable. Another session in An Spidéal with musician, ‘talented engineer and general all-rounder’,  Ronan Browne, convinced them it was and Music from Galway was launched at the Willie Clancy Festival in Miltown Malbay in July.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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