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Unique artistic atlas captures magic of Galway in new light

Judy Murphy

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Arts Week with Judy Murphy – judymurphy@ctribune.ie

 Galway City and its surrounds have become the subject of a new atlas –but this isn’t a typical geographical atlas, rather it’s one which maps the place in an unusual and diverse way.

The Artistic Atlas of Galway is a beautifully produced, atlas-sized book which represents Galway through a varied selection of poetry, short stories, photography and art.

It was the brainchild of city man Liam Duffy, an Arts graduate of NUIG who is currently studying for a Masters from the University of Vienna in Urban Studies.  The atlas project started two years ago, explains Liam, who is also involved in creative writing.

“I’m a poet myself in Galway and I was thinking of ways to make creative writing more accessible and open. I had done courses at university in Artistic Representation, which is basically the way places and things are represented through arts. So I was interested in the idea of ‘conceptual mapping’.”

After receiving a small grant from the youth charity, spunout.ie, he sent out a call asking for people to send in writings, art and photos all about Galway.

Over 40 people responded and the works they submitted were compiled into seven themes for the book– People, Streets, Rain, Romance, Underbelly, Water and Hinterland.

The first section of the Atlas is made up of poetry and short stories on those themes from local writers including Kevin Higgins, Nuala Ní Conchúir, Mary Madec, Pete Mullineaux, Susan Millar DuMars and the editor himself. The subject matter ranges from the Galway Races  to the Galway market, with one poem – which most people will relate to – being simply titled 18 Hours of  Rain. That’s by local man Gary King.

The fantastic selection of art and photos capturing diverse local scenes and people includes work from Jojo Hynes, Pat Jourdan, Kenny Gaughan and Simona Moravcova. In addition, there are seven pullout ‘maps’ by different artists, based on short stories and poems in the Atlas.

These ‘maps’ are all conceptual, and offer the artists’ interpretation of Galway, whether it’s people, rain or pollution.

“I like the idea of maps,” says Liam. “People read them and are open to looking at them. Not everybody is comfortable in a gallery, but maps are different. And if it’s based on the idea of a city, it makes it more accessible because it’s something people relate to.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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David’s debut album on sale in local shops

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David Larkin’s debut album, With A Toot on the Flute and a Twiddle on the Fiddle, a tribute to his fellow Roscommon man, Percy French, featured on these pages last week.

For those who want to purchase a copy, the range of places where it’s on sale has increased. Anyone who wants to buy the album can do so by contacting David through Larkin’s Beehive Facebook page. It’s also available at Bell, Book & Candle, The Small Crane, Galway City; Funky Beans, Westside Retail Park, Galway City; OMG / Zhivago, Shop Street, Galway City; and Custy’s Traditional Irish Music Shop, O’Connell Street, Ennis.

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Saileog takes up sean-nós singing residency at NUIG

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Saileog Ní Cheannabháin. Her Carna-born father Peadar was her earliest singing influence.

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin has been named as Sean-Nós Singer in Residence at NUIG’s Centre for Irish Studies for 2021.

The sean-nós singer, musician and composer, who was reared in Dublin in an Irish-speaking family, learned traditional and classical music from a very young age.

Saileog’s father, Peadar Ó Ceannabháin comes from the rich tradition of sean-nós singing in Carna and  was one of her earliest influences.

Saileog grew up listening to singers from Iorras Aithneach in Conamara and she includes Seán ‘ac Dhonncha, Sorcha Ní Ghuairim, Dara Bán Mac Donncha and Josie Sheáin Jeaic ‘ac Dhonncha as formative influences.

Her mother Úna Lawlor is a classical violinist and her siblings Eoghan and Muireann are also singers and musicians.

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

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Award-winning author Doireann finds truth ‘in little rituals of life’

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Doireann Ní Ghríofa, whose book A Ghost in the Throat won this year’s An Post Non-fiction Book of the Year Award, took her first breath in Galvia Hospital – now the Bon Secours.

When A Ghost in the Throat, the beautifully-written book by Galway-born author Doireann Ní Ghríofa, was announced as the An Post Non-fiction Book of the Year winner last week, the news came as little surprise to those who’ve read it.

Since its publication, A Ghost in the Throat has received rave reviews. Interweaving lyrical passages with striking prose, it tells the story of a present-day young mother who is drawn to the life of 18th century-poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill and her poem, Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire.

Although this was Doireann’s first book of prose, she is far from unknown, having written six critically-acclaimed poetry collections. These have earned her numerous awards including the Seamus Heaney Fellowship and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

Arranged a week in advance, the phone call from the Tribune in the wake of the awards announcement proves to be a timely one. Doireann is giddy with excitement. “I am delighted. The funny thing is that it doesn’t just feel like a win for the book; it feels like a win for the way this book tries to tell the stories of women.”

This is hugely important to Doireann – A Ghost in the Throat begins and ends with the line, ‘This is a female text’ – and she hopes the book is viewed as a celebration of the lives of women, past and present, and the work they do, visible and invisible. “That still often goes overlooked,” she says.

As with Emile Pine’s Notes to Self, Doireann casts light on issues affecting women by sharing intimate details of her life. And it’s not just the big themes she gives consideration to, but life’s banalities. When added together, these can also become a burden.

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

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