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Unlocking the secret of eternal happiness

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Maureen Gaffney: How To Be Happy.

TV Watch with Dave O’Connell

Now that Luis Suarez has paid a huge price for interrupting his World Cup for a bite of Italian, he might check out the RTE Player to have a look at Maureen Gaffney’s two part RTE series simply entitled How To Be Happy. The irony is that he’s probably closer to happiness than he realises – not because he earns £200,000 a week or is acclaimed as a fantastic if flawed footballer – but because he has a smile that could light up a planet … unless you’re Italian and see his smile heading for your shoulder.

But smiling – in its more traditional sense – is, apparently, the first secret to happiness.

Researchers at Berkley University tracked a group of women in a College Yearbook over the next 30 years – and found that the ones with the warmer, more genuine, full smiles meant a life less anxious and less distressing.

The women were examined at 27, 42 and 52 – and they were by and large more successful, happier, and at 52, they still saw their husbands as the love of their lives.

Breda is a middle-aged woman from Thurles who doesn’t like to smile because of her slightly prominent teeth – but now she’s doing more of it and finds it’s sending off what she calls a transmission to the interior and now she’s happier.

So now she’s grinning like she’s had ten Mojitos at a hen party.

And even if smiling doesn’t come naturally to you, Welsh psychologists point out that you can train to smile by holding a pen in your mouth to force your lips upwards.

Just remember to take it out afterwards or you’ll have difficulty talking, or you’ll swallow the ink.

Maureen Gaffney is one of those rare psychologists who talk in everyday language – and makes sense – but even she can resort to trite stats once in a while.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Old and new meet in ‘Side by Side’ at Clifden Arts Festival

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Running Dogs, a hand coloured lino print by Kathleen Furey from Side by Side.

Side by Side, an exhibition of paintings, print and collage by local artist Kathleen Furey, is taking place during the Clifden Arts Festival, which opened this Wednesday and is running until Thursday, September 23.  It’s in the gallery beside Hedz in the Courtyard of the Station House Hotel.

The title, Side by Side, comes from a newspaper article from October, 1920 about an incident from the War of Independence when British Auxiliary forces dragged Kathleen’s paternal grandfather, Patrick, and his brother, Michael, from their home at Gurrane in Oranmore as part of a series of night-time raids that took place in Galway around that time. The incident was covered by the Connacht Tribune and the Times of London

For the work in this exhibition, Kathleen has taken words and images from sketch books, newspaper reports, and historical documents, as well as poetry and song and combined these texts with her own skills of printmaking and painting to produce mixed media works on paper and board. Her hand-coloured lino prints and paintings on board are based on images which her grandfather drew in the late 1970s and 1980s, towards the end of his life, drawings which reflected Patrick’s experiences and interests.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Celebrating creativity from Inishbofin to Ballinalsoe

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Textile work by Fiona Ormsby which is being shown in Ballinasloe Town Hall as part of the UNBOUND exhibition.

Culture Night in the county will include UNBOUND – an exhibition from the Ballinasloe arts collective, Group 8. Running all day at Ballinasloe Town Hall Theatre, it features writing, paintings, wood-turning, textiles, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture, all inspired by living through Covid-19.

‘Let’s go outside – art, culture and music at Ballyglunin’s Quiet Man Station’ will feature the Barcelo Brothers, a young band whose zydeco music is infused with R&B. Reggae, soul and funk

There will be live comedy at Athenry Heritage Centre with ‘Retreat! Meet the characters’, from Aoibheann McCann’s play Retreat.

Culture Shock, an interactive evening of audio-visual, spoken word and musical discovery is also happening at the Heritage Centre as is a face-painting workshop.

Local artist Aideen Monaghan is inviting people into her studio to view her work and to take part in creative workshops.

The young musicians of Athenry Music School Sinfonietta will present Raymond Deane’s A Baroque Session (with Carolan and Friends). They’ll be joined by violinists Séamus McGuire and Niamh Crowley and violist Kenneth Rice from the West Ocean String Quartet, with guest cellist Adrian Mantu. The performance is conducted by Claregalway conductor Sinead Hayes.

This Thursday night, ahead of the day itself, LIttle John Nee’s show, Bouncing Off The Walls, will be at Athenry Heritage Centre.

The local Skylark Centre, which nurtures creativity in people with disabilities, will present an artwork, Just keep Swimming, in the centre’s large windows. Facing the road, these will be transformed into an aquarium showing a range of underwater sea life. This was inspired by Covid and how everyone has been ‘living in a fishbowl’.

Loughrea Community Radio will present an evening of live music, drama, poetry and interviews, while the Abbey Community Centre will have a trad session with South-East Comhaltas.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Shorelines – celebrating artists and community

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Jacinta McEvoy, John Wynne, John McEvoy and Rachel Garvey of Gatehouse.

Supporting artists, locally and nationally, and giving people the local community an occasion to celebrate were the main aims of the organisers of this year’s Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna.

“And to have live events,” says Shorelines Chairperson, Noelle Lynskey of the event which takes place this Friday to Sunday, September 17-19.

Those live shows include Spliced, the acclaimed one-man, multi-media drama about hurling, identity and mental health, written and performed by Cork’s Timmy Creed, which the Sunday Times described as ‘explosive’. Having performed it at festivals in Ireland and at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, he’s now bringing it to the hurling heartland of Portumna. Spliced is on at 8pm this Friday, outdoors in the GAA All-Weather pitch. Roscommon trad group Gatehouse are in concert at Christ Church at 8.30pm this Friday. Made up of John McEvoy on fiddle viola and piano, John Wynne on flutes and whistles, Rachel Garvey on vocals and Jacinta McEvoy on guitar and concertina, the group has been performing since 2014 and has released two lauded albums, Tús Nua, and Heather Down the Moor.

Galway’s ConTempo String Quartet are in Christ Church at 2.30pm this Saturday, while there’s a free concert with Mike Hanrahan (Stockton’s Wing), Eleanor Shanley and Rachel Grace in the Irish Workhouse Centre at 8pm. That’s as part of the Ceol an tSamhraidh series of concerts countywide.

At 10.30am Saturday, there’s a Lacemaking Demonstration with Headford Lace Project. That’s at An Gáirdín.

At 12pm, in Christ Church, there will be readings with David Butler and Madeleine D’Arcy with music from Larks by the Lake, while the same venue will host a Literary Hour with Nuala O’Connor, Louise Kennedy and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald at 4.30pm. The popular Henry Girls are in concert at the Workhouse Centre on Sunday at 4pm, while singer-songwriter Seba Safe (aka Michael Dalton) will be there Sunday night. His show, at 8pm is part of the free Ceol an tSamhraidh series.

At 2.30pm on Sunday, writer and broadcaster Manchán Magan will host an event entitled Leprechaun Lore, billed as “a chat about all things magical”. That’s in Christ Church.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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