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Macnas Parade 2013 By Darius IVAN

Welcome to TheCRAIC Welcome to the 11th edition of The Craic in Galway magazine. It was with jubilation that we witnessed the return of the Mac as the Macnas spectacle unfolded on the city streets. They are synonymous with Galway and our own Darius Ivan captured some of the magic for our front cover. If you want to see him in the flesh, and not a dead head on a platter (note our last edition) then you can catch the Craic Creator on Irish TV on Thursday, November 14th. Darius was interviewed for a programme about Galway as a multicultural city. It charts his beginnings as a journalist in Slovakia, before moving to Ireland and falling in love with the west. Once he discovered photography, there was no going back for the founder of divmedia, and the brainchild behind our colourful and vibrant magazine. Sure we are a colourful bunch and we were delighted to meet you all at our launch party. Thank you, it was a roaring success, and you have made us very happy craicers. You can read all about it inside, where we also have your daily diary, news, views, history, fitness, features, photos and more! Catch us on the world wide web - facebook, thecraicingalway, where we like to be liked, and online at Happy Reading Sure it’s all a bit of craic,

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Friday 8th Nov 2013 • 7pm: Enjoy a fancy dinner with the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins as he helps to raise funds for the Picture Palace, Galway’s new independent cinema. The black tie event takes place at the Radisson Blu hotel.

• 8pm: It’s Disco Inferno for the students at Archbishop McHale College, Tuam, as they present the musical at the Mall Theatre, Tuam. • 8pm: The Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet, one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world, brings the captivating and haunting romantic love story, Giselle, to the Town Hall Theatre. • 9:30pm: The Talisman Collection band play live at the Townhouse Bar, with rocking sounds, authentic lyrics and grooving beats. • 10:30pm: DJ Gary will mix up the the best of 80’s, 90’s, pop and funky house at Liquid at The Bentley, Eyre Square. • 11pm: The Harleys bring classic rock and chart music to Monroe’s Live in the ultimate music experience.

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Thank You–Debut ForForTh e Music Galway Conductor By Avril HORAN phony Orchestra, I just would not have believed them!” Sinead says that she is “equally at home working with choir, orchestra and in opera”. She told The Craic in Galway that “the orchestra performed brilliantly and I was delighted that all our work in rehearsal came to fruition in the performance. It was great too, to see so many friendly faces from Galway who had made the journey to the National Concert Hall - thanks to all of them! We are so lucky to have two full time national orchestras of such a high standard in Ireland - the Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra. Long may this continue!” She is currently principal conductor of the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra and has recently relocated to Berlin to learn the German language and to further her conducting experience.

inead Hayes from Corofin, Co Galway, has made her debut as conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. The NUIG graduate has a first class degree in civil engineering and masters in structural steel design. However, music was her first love and she learnt how to play both the violin and the piano during her school years. She credits this time for carving out her future career in music, which she pursued in London and Manchester. Sinead conducted Mozart’s ‘Paris’ at the National Concert Hall and says it was “fantastic to get to work with the RTÉ NSO, a worldclass orchestra, and Irish also! The ‘Paris’ Symphony was one of the first pieces I conducted. If someone had said that, ten years later, I would be conducting it with the National Sym-




• 7:30pm: It’s the official launch of the Tulca Festival of Visual Arts at the Galway Arts Centre on Dominick Street. Taking place in many venues over three weeks, it is a celebration of contemporary art in Galway city and county and the only festival in Ireland to specifically commission Irish curators who develop a theme unique to the event. This year’s theme is the Golden Mountain. Followed by a launch party in The Roisin Dubh.




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Saturday 9th Nov 2013 • 10am: The Irish Fly Fair and Angling Show takes place at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, with angling celebrities, talks and seminars. • Cheerleaders across Ireland will compete at 21st Century Cheer taking place at NUIG Kingfisher Sports Arena. • 11am: The Speedie Telstar Tour takes off from The Fairgreen, exploring information and communications technology as part of the Tulca Festival. Departs again at 12:30pm. • 2pm: The Golden Mountain Festival forum takes place at the Mick Lally Theatre (formally Druid Theatre) at Druid lane with dialogue, discussion, performance and film. • 3pm: The Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet will host a matinee performance of Giselle at The Town Hall Theatre. Showing again at 8pm. • 7:30pm: Galway Sings Gospel as over 200 singers perform to raise money for the Manuela Riedo Foundation and the Galway Rape Crisis Centre at Renmore Church • 8:30pm: It’s a ten year reunion for NUIG students of BCorpLaw and BCivLaw, where they will celebrate with dinner and dancing at The Westwood. • 9pm: The Minutes take to the stage at Monroe’s Live previewing material from their new album followed by lively cover band Electric Lemon. • 9:30pm: Catch The Barley Mob with their folk, soul and rock beats at the Townhouse Bar. • 10pm: Head to Krcma in Salthill for Sugradh with DJ Gary, for the best of 80s, 90s and 00s club classics.

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By Avril HORAN onsignor Hugh O’ Flaherty, who has been celebrated as the Irish Oscar Schindler for his part in saving thousands during the Nazi occupation of Rome, has a strong Galway connection. His father, James O’Flaherty is from Headford, Co Galway. Born in 1862 in Galway, James was a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary and served in Glashkinleen, Co Cork from 1885 onwards. It was here that he met his wife, Margaret Murphy, and they married in 1897. Hugh was their first child and the family settled in Kerry. Their young son was ordained in Rome in 1925 and quickly rose up the ranks, serving as part of the diplomatic service for four years. He was the only Irishman to become Notary of the Holy Office. Perhaps inspired by his father, he became amateur golf champion of Italy, at a time when priests of Rome were not allowed to play golf. James had left the constabulary to become steward of the old Killarney Golf Course and it is here that Hugh developed his passion for golf. Hugh’s success both within the Vatican and on the golf course - would prove important during the war. He masterminded a large scale operation from within the Vatican to help save Jews and


Allied prisoners. He began by hiding prominent Jews he already knew, through his wide social network, and soon the operation expanded. He ran an escape line using safe houses and church buildings, putting his life in extreme danger. Local Gestapo commander, Herbert Kappler, tried to assassinate him on a number of occasions. In later years, Kappler was sentenced to life for his role in the war, and his only visitor was Msgr. Hugh O’Flaherty, who baptised him into the Catholic Church. For his endevours, Hugh became known as the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican. He was awarded a CBE by the UK, a US Medal of Freedom, a medal from France and a medal from Italy. A film about his life, The Scarlet and the Black, was made starring Gregory Peck. Msgr. O’Flaherty died in County Kerry on 30 October 1963 and is buried in Cahersiveen. A new statue has been unveiled in his honour in Killarney. The



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Sunday 10th Nov 2013 • 10am: The Irish Fly Fair and Angling Show continues today at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, with angling celebrities, talks and seminars.

• Are you getting ready to walk up the aisle? The beautiful Glenlo Abbey will be holding its wedding fair today. Enjoy champagne, canapés, make up demonstrations and live music in the stunning Corrib Suite overlooking Lough Corrib. • 12pm: The Galway Bay Jazz Band play live at Busker Brownes, Cross St for a swingin’ set with your brunch. • 12:30pm: Enjoy a jazz session at the Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square. • 2pm: Tonnta agus réimsí, waves and fields, takes place at the Mick Lally Theatre on Druid Lane as part of the Tulca Festival. • 6pm: The best of trad musicians come together for a session at The Cellar Bar on Eglington Street. • 7:30pm: Galway Sings Gospel as over 200 singers and 12 choirs perform to raise money for the Manuela Riedo Foundation and the Galway Rape Crisis Centre at Knocknacarra Church. • 8pm: The Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet, one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world, brings the captivating and haunting romantic love story, Giselle, to the Town Hall Theatre. • 11pm: Rackhouse Pilfer bring the best of bluegrass and American roots to Monroe’s Live.

Cheers! By Avril HORAN

el abroad, which comes at a high expense. As a result, they decided to bring the world of competitive cheerleading to Galway. Coach Hilton Holian has been running the company for the last four years and they are based in the Ballybane Industrial Estate. He describes the event as “colossal” and it will be “spectacular”. With a background in fitness, he said the idea behind a cheerleading squad for Galway came about “as a joke to be fair!” He met a dancer on a fitness course and, between the two, the idea was born. He believes there can be a misconception about cheerleading unless you have witnessed it first-hand. “There was a cheerleading course for instructors and I decided to go along. I fell head over heels for it and have since sought qualification after qualification. It is going from strength to strength here in the city. They love it,” he says. The Galway City Cougars will be taking a national squad to the world championships in April next year. They will be held at Disneyland, Florida.

or the first time in Ireland, a major international cheerleading competition will take place in the city. The event, 21st Century Cheer, has drawn competitors from across Europe, the UK and star squad, East Celebrity Elite, will fly in from the USA to add to the incredible spectacle of gymnastics, acrobatics and aerialists. It all happens at the Kingfisher Sports Hall at NUIG on November 9th and 10th. Leading choreographer, Ray Jasper, who was behind the routines in the hit movie ‘Bring It On’ starring Kirsten Dunst, will be on hand to help judge the competition, which has attracted over 500 athletes to the city. Two coaches from the Galway City Cougars are involved in the organisation of the mammoth competition and six local teams will take part. The Cougars have 100 cheerleaders ranging from 6-35 and there are three men. To compete at a high level, the athletes usually have to trav-




• Its day two of 21st Century Cheer taking place at the Kingfisher Sports Club, NUIG. Think acrobatics, aerials and gymnastic skill as they compete for the top cheer crown.


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“need all the support we can get” and she has set up a website to help highlight her situation Cathal has donated one of his paintings to the fund and it will be auctioned off at a future event. Staff at Celestica, Galway, also showed their support for her as they arrived to work in fancy dress during Halloween in a bid to raise money for Emma. The fund raising committee is also considering holding a 32 county coffee morning, possibly in late November, and are looking for people to host one. Log on to the website or facebook page helpemmafund for more details.

Clifden artist, Cathal O’Malley is among those who are rallying to help a young Oranmore teenager to ‘beat it’ as she fights against a rare form of cancer. 17-year-old Emma Naughton-Heavey from Moyvilla, Oranmore is fighting for her young life after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in January this year. Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinorma, or Fibrolamellar for short, affects only one in five million people and, as a result, she has to travel to the USA for expensive treatment. In order for Emma to continue treatment, she has to raise vital funds as the expensive costs are not covered by health insurance. She and her family


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Monday 11th Nov 2013 • The Galway Science and Technology festival starts today. This is a festival for the curious and active thinkers of Ireland. Held at the NUI Galway, the festival runs until 24th November with numerous shows, lectures and workshops for primary and secondary schools. • 11am: A ‘Home Truths’ seminar takes place at the Clayton Hotel. This forms part of the launch of the Western Region Drugs Task Force Awareness Week 2013.

• 10pm: You can jump jive and wail with the fantastic Black Magic Big Band at Busker Brownes, Cross Street. • 10:45pm: Dust off those headphones for the silent disco at The Roisin Dubh.

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The Cabin Collective CRAICing Band of the Edition By Avril HORAN swing and became the birthplace for this budding band in the making. In April this year, producers at the Late Late were left with a last minute cancellation and the door opened for The Cabin Collective. They sent off their song, Lines Are Fading, and were swept up to Montrose for a rehearsal and live performance. Since then, they have appeared on the Ray D’arcy Show, with their original song, Marrakesh, and a cover of Diamonds on the Sole of Her Shoes by Paul Simon. Such was their success, that they have been invited back for the Christmas Show on December 6th.

orn out of a log cabin in the wilds of North Galway, The Cabin Collective made their debut almost by accident on the Late Late Show. The group of nine talented musicians, including three from the world famous sawdoctors, are a floating troupe who came together after regular sessions at Larry Kelly’s Swedish log cabin in Tuam. They are: Noelie Mc Donnell, Keith Mullins, Larry Kelly, Dave Clancy, Michael Coen, Eimhín Cradock, Leo Moran, Anthony Thistlethwaite and Rickie O’Neill. For 10 years, the legendary sessions at Larry’s were in full




• 8pm: Head to the Town Hall Theatre for 51 Shades of Maggie - a hilarious new play full of naughty bits. Join Maggie and her friends on this (slightly filthy) journey of love, booze and whips!

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VOX POP What’s the CRAIC?

John Hill Sylvia Mayor

The only craic I can get is a slap in the air in Kelly’s!

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The craic is hanging around on the street!

Irish music is the craic, busking is the craic, drinking is great craic. It’s cold and that’s the craic too.

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The craic is good in the town, walking around and listening to music.

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The craic is good I guess. There is great craic in the Bier House, Blue Note, Salthouse, Neachtains, and Buskers sometimes. Galway is full of great craic!

The craic is to go somewhere where we can Riverdance again! We are on the market now, then we will go to pub - one of the many - and then go riverdancing again.

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The craic is good here at St. Nicholas market selling seaweed

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I’m a professional artist, even someone might say a pissed artist! I’m only joking and I’m enjoying the craic here. The doors are full of craic, the windows, the bars and the women are full of craic too!

I’m doing well, just enjoying the town. It’s Sunday morning and I’m on the way to the marketplace, listening to music.


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Tuesday 12th Nov 2013 • 8pm: Head to the Town Hall Theatre for 51 Shades of Maggie - a hilarious new play full of naughty bits. Join Maggie and her friends on this (slightly filthy) journey of love, booze and whips!

• 9:30pm: Joe O’Neill and Pablo Lee playing at Barr an Chaladh • 10:45pm: Dust off those headphones again for the silent disco at The Roisin Dubh – so good they do it twice (per week!). • Late: Or for something that bit different, check out Sally Longs Rock bar dedicated to all you hard rockers out there. Celebrating 25 years this year, it is not to be missed for a night with a difference.

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Calum Breaks Down By Avril HORAN truck – with the windows rolled down. “I have never had a problem with the jeep,” explains Kevin, “and I was happy to pick Calum up at the airport. As we approached Kilbeggan, first the radio went, then the lights went and the car stopped. We had to pull in to the side of the road as the alternator was gone. I couldn’t believe it! We waited for half an hour in the cold and dark. The driver of the tow truck was delighted as his wife is a big fan of Calum Best! Calum took it in great spirit. There was no more room in the cab and poor Seamus had to make the journey in the jeep with the windows stuck down. He was frozen by the time we arrived in Galway and we had to give him four hot whiskeys in the Clayton to revive him. It was a funny episode!” he says.

eality star and loveable rogue, Calum Best, had an interesting journey to Galway on the night of his celebrity appearance at The Stock Exchange. Determined to make a good impression on the media darling, owner Kevin Morrisey picked him up personally at Dublin Airport in his Range Rover to get him to the gig on time, and in comfort. Sadly, en route to Galway, the jeep broke down at Kilbeggan and – following a half hour wait on the side of the road in the cold - Calum made the rest of the journey in the front of a tow truck, packed in beside the driver and Kevin. While it was far from the glamorous jet setting lifestyle he is used to, spare a thought for fellow passenger Seamus Burke, who was forced to stay in the jeep on the back of the




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Wednesday13thNov 2013 • 9am: Have you considered being part of the cabin crew at a glamorous airline? Emirates are holding a cabin crew open day at the Harbour Hotel today. Dubai anyone? • 10:30am: The Junior Film Fleadh starts today with workshops and screenings for children. Catch Galway born Emma Eliza Regan at The Town Hall Studio as she discusses ‘Acting for The Screen’. • 10:30am: Untouchable will be shown at the Town Hall Theatre as part of the junior fleadh. After a paragliding accident, Philippe, a rich aristocrat, hires Driss, a young guy from the projects recently released from prison as his caregiver - the person least suited for the job. • 1pm: Enjoy shorts from junior film makers at the Town Hall Theatre. • 2:15pm: Gearrscannáin will be screened at the Town Hall Theatre for shorts as gaeilge. • 7pm: Words to Keep Our Hearts Beating takes place at The Secret Garden Café on Sea Road. With hip-hop, song, poetry, stories and mad hijinks, every night is unique.

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50 Shades of David Gray I honestly believe that Galway made David Gray. White Ladder was our college anthem and I would scratch your eyes out to get a ticket to see him again live in our city. And so, as part of a publicity drive, David is heading our way (to Ireland that is), but wants fans to vote whether he will come to their city or not. He is going to play more intimate venues, rather than the likes of the Big Top, in order to try out his new material. Of course, I have already logged on and pledged my interest, and am sure hard earned cash, to ensure the mighty one makes a return to Galway. On November 18th the tour schedule will be announced, and they will randomly select enough ticket registrations to fill each venue. If I have been selected, I will receive a link to buy my tickets. “It’s

been far too long since I’ve been to Ireland,” says David “and at this point it feels absolutely appropriate that I go back to what has always been the heartland for me. I’ve been locked away in the studio doing my creative thing for what feels like an awful long time and I just want to get out and feel some fresh air having been cooped up for far too long. At this moment nothing is booked so it’s all up for grabs”. Well I am grabbing! Let’s get David to Galway. I am sure he will anyway. He wouldn’t desert us. The tour runs from December 2-11 and you can log online and commit to buying a ticket at www.davidgray. ie. I know, it’s a bit weird, but I really want to see him play again here and convince him to dig out one or two of the old classics. ‘If you want it, come and get it, for crying out loud’.

‘Bookeens’ To The Future Galway born author, Julian Gough, favours the introduction of ‘bookeens’ as the way forward for the publishing industry. Shorter works of literature, between 5,000 and 30,000 words, are typically tossed to one side by publishers who favour longer novellas. They are also too long for publication in newspapers and maga-

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zines. Speaking to The Guardian, Mr Gough, who is now based in Berlin explains this is a “call to revolution” as if “your perfect story is 50, 70 or 100 pages long – good luck getting it printed anywhere”. The shorter works are being encouraged by Kindle Singles and Julian hopes this will lead the way for the future of ‘bookeens’.

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Life’s a Drag fo By Sunny JUDDY

What and where is the craic in Galway? Well, I might be a bit biased, but I have to say the G bar! I love working there. There is always a great atmosphere and I get to meet different people all the time. What is your dream? My dream would be to continue doing what I’m doing, for my work to take me to new places, meet new and exciting people along the way. I won’t be leaving Galway any time soon though, I have a little home in G bar at the moment and I’m really happy there. What is your favourite music and movie? My music taste always changes. Right now, I’m ob-

sessed with Lana del Rey and Beth Ditto from the Gossip. My favourite movie is ‘Riding in Cars with Boys’ with Drew Barrymore, she is my favourite actor! What is your diet, do you do any sport? (you have an amazing body) Hahahaha! No, I walk a small bit but I don’t have an exercise regime. Honestly, my diet is pretty bad; I just like eating crap food too much. I love everything that is bad for me! What does your regular day look like? A regular day is just college and work really. It’s not your typical 9-5 because I have college part time a couple of evenings during the week and I work at night in the bar. I sup-

pose you could call me a lady of the night! I know you study religion. Why? Are you religious? Ha! People always find that is the strangest thing about me. I was raised Catholic, but not in a strict way. I’m personally not religious or attached to any faith in particular. I found the concept of religion interesting and decided it would be an interesting field to study, but ya drag queens and God, it’s a random mix. When did you figure out you love to dress up as women and where are you getting inspiration for your costumes? The first time I decided I wanted to do drag was at a gay festival in Mullingar a couple

or Kiki St Clair! of years ago. I saw Veda, a drag queen from Dublin, performing on stage and I was in awe. I was like ‘I have to do this’. So I was living in Galway at the time and got myself on the Sunday night show in Dignity. The two queens, Jane and Dusty, were so good to me and gave me loads of support, and that’s where it all started. How did you choose your artistic name? A drag queen friend of mine helped me pick ‘Kiki’. This was before the scissor sisters’ song! And I liked the idea that my stage name would be a Saint’s name. I decided to go with St Clair after the Poor Clares in Galway.

They take a vow of silence and cut themselves off from the outside world. I thought it was slightly eerie so I decided to go with that. Where and when did you have your first show? My first show was in Dignity in February 2011. My first number was s&m by Rihanna. Lots of friends came to see me that night and they were so supportive and nice even though I looked tragic. Are you gay? Yes, underneath the glitz and glamour, wigs and makeup I’m simply a gay man who dresses up in women’s frocks at the weekends to pay the rent! haha!


Thursday 14th Nov 2013 • 10:30am: Children can learn how to Have Fun with Animation as the Junior Film Fleadh continues at the Town Hall Theatre. • 10:30am: Because I Have The Looks will be screened at the Town Hall Theatre – a short tale about illegal immigration into Germany. • 11am: The caps and gowns will parade through the Radisson Blu as the GMIT conferring take place all day. • 12:30pm: The finals of the 2013 Junior Galway Film Fleadh script competition takes place at the Town Hall Theatre. • 1pm: A disability awareness screening of Untouchable and Welcome to Our World will be shown at the Town Hall Theatre. • 8pm: It’s the battle of the bands as heat one of IRocks takes place at Monroe’s Live. €10K worth of promotional and touring assistance is up for grabs. • 8pm: Music For Galway presents Ah Ruem Ahn (Korea) on piano at the Aula Maxima, NUIG. As part of the evening, she will play the world premiere of Jane O’Leary Five Bagatelles commissioned by Music for Galway with funds from the Arts Council. • 8pm: Lucy Spraggan takes her guitar and original musical stylings to The Roisin Dubh. • 9pm: Four Men and a Bass play at the Townhouse Bar.

Agony Aunt Candy Straight Talking from the Trailer Trash Mouth of Southern Belle, Candy By Cara LYONS Dear Candy, I’ve been getting these headaches all the time. I work with chemicals from time to time but don’t think that’s what’s causing it. I never used to get them but they are there each night before bed. I know I should probably see the doctor. Is there anything I can do? Candy: What you gotta do is go outside and find a cat. Now it can be your own, or your neighbours. It can even be a stray, but make sure it’s a healthy one. Then, before you go to sleep, rub the cat against the side of your head and I guarantee the headaches will be gone in the morning.

Dear Candy, I feel like I’m overweight. I have tried everything to lose weight but I just seem to pile more on. I really feel like everyone else is able to lose weight except me, and I want so much to be thin. Is there anything you can recommend? Please help. Candy: Dear fatty, I recommend you go join the monks in a far away land and role in the mud of the ancient mud creatures, then take two single berries from some random bush on a mountain and swallow them with some wine. Then come back home and find a horse and let it bite your hand three times, stroke a cat’s hair backwards for an hour and crack an egg upon your head.

Dear Candy, I have this odd obsession where I can’t help but rub against all kinds of household objects. I have never heard of anyone else doing it. I can’t seem to stop and I think it’s getting worse. Please help! Candy: You need to go to some farm where they grow cabbages and turn all the cabbage heads upside down. Then you need to lick the dirt off a bunch of freshly pulled carrots, go back and rub yourself all over the farmer and his tractor and his wife and dogs, then you need to run out and buy a saw. You can get one of these in your local DIY store and then you need to saw yourself in two. Have fun! For more of Candy’s crazy antics catch her and her alter ego from Connemara, Cara Lyons on youtube at Cara’s Good Karma TV.

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Oh What A Night! By Avril HORAN

Thank you to everyone who could make it to Monroe’s Live on October 26th, and to those who couldn’t, here are lots of photos capturing the atmosphere and ambiance of the night. While we kicked off at 8:30pm sharp, it all flowed on Irish time. Isn’t it

always the way? It is often with trepidation that you arrive at your own party, hoping you have enticed enough people to venture out to celebrate with you. There is that moment of tension when the question arises – will anyone turn up at all? The core craic team barely had a chance to share a nod and a wink before we got down to work, meeting, greeting and taking photographs of all of you lovely people. Most were decked out in our shiny new ‘Craic Addicts’ t-shirt.


I however, was unaware of the plan, and had a special dress picked out for the occasion. The t-shirt just wasn’t in keeping with my uber glam but understated and professional outfit. Yes I had it all thought out and worried about in equal measure in advance. It’s amazing the amount of planning that goes into an event such as this. And that’s not just about the outfits, promise! Monroe’s Live looked incredible, with its spooky theme culminating in legs, witches and monsters dangling from the The


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ceiling, cobwebs and pumpkins in every corner. After a rousing set from a great band, the Common Tongues, we had an incredible dance performance by fitness guru, Dara Kelly, who has abs to beat the Britney Spears of old. The Craic Creator, Darius, managed to say a few humble words of thanks, after being introduced by our distribution dynamo and DJ extraordinaire, Gearoid O’ Machain. Darius admitted afterwards

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the floor with fantastic outfits. We ooo’d and ahhh’d at each one, as they showcased clothing from local shops, Carrie Galway, Portobello, PIA Galway, Tommy Hilfiger, Olina Bridal, American Dream Bride, and Halloween Costumes by

At this point, my thumping heart began to relax, as I had been up and down like a yo yo making sure everyone was ok and looked after. At last, I could sit back and enjoy the show, as model after model cascaded down the staircase and onto




that, while he had a speech prepared, it all went out the window when he was faced with a live audience. We think he did very well. Soon it was time for the fashion show, MC’d by our own Rebecca Casserly of Bec Boop Fashionista World.

Sunny Juddy Design. Hairstyling was provided by Sara Gondek and her assistant. The compliment of the night for me was when one of my invited guests turned around and said ‘this is so well organised’. That’s all we could ask for when so many


show, Toy Soldier belted out the tunes and finally we settled in to dance the night away for the fantastic covers band, The Who Knows. We didn’t send out any fancy invitations, just an open invite to all of you who are the fuel behind this new publication. We couldn’t do it without our advertisers. We are employing locally, supporting local business, publishing locally and really want to highlight Gal-

up their ‘pig-on-a-spit’ outside and everyone was invited to share in the delicacy. Looking back, I wonder if we should have brought more of the food in ourselves, but we were so caught up with all that was going on and hope people ventured outside to feast on the free grub. TD’s Brian Walsh and Sean Kyne were also at the launch to support the magazine. Following the fashion




are involved and credit is especially due to the Monroes’ Team. We were delighted to see the Mayor of Galway, Padraig Conneely, who happily posed for photos as many were drawn to that gold chain of office. It must make a great facebook pic. He was on the coffee all night and enjoyed his freshly made roast from Atlantic Hogs. They had set

way in a positive and fun light. It’s a colourful magazine because we are a colourful bunch and a mixed bag of nationalities, age-groups and experience. We see Galway through different eyes but come together for The Craic Mag. And we are online at

Thanks everyone, you have made us very happy craicers!





Friday 15th Nov 2013 • 10am: ‘No’ will be screened at the Town Hall Theatre as part of the Junior Film Fleadh exploring Chile in the grip of Pinochet’s dictatorship. • 10am: The Vibe conference takes place at NUI, Galway for all things related to bioinformatics and evolution. • 12:15pm: Intermediate filmmakers will screen their shorts for the fleadh at the Town Hall Theatre. • 2:15pm: Senior filmmakers will screen their short films at the Town Hall Theatre. • 7pm: Launch of The Legacy Project at 126 Artist Run Gallery, Flood Street as part of the Tulca Festival. • 8pm: Sweeney’s Men, who have been described as a major influence on the revival of folk music in Ireland and abroad in the ‘60s, ‘70s and beyond will play at The Town Hall Theatre. • 8pm: Catch Padraig Rynne at Monroe’s Live as he releases his new album, Notify, in November. • 9pm: Jinx Lennon brings his style of raw blues edged punk folk guitar to The Roisin Dubh. • 9:30pm: American folk star, Chris Smither, will play at The Crane Bar, Sea Road as part of his UK and Ireland tour.

• 10pm: The beautiful voice of Sandra Coffey can be heard at Monroes Live followed by The Rolling Stones Tribute at midnight.

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Not So Dreadful for Galway’s Edel Galway girl, Edel Quinn, has landed a gig on a new HBO TV series, Penny Dreadful. The actress and model will make her debut on American screens as part of the series for Showtime in the US, which is being shot in Dublin and Bray, Co Wicklow. The Victorian horror is produced by ‘Skyfall’s’ Sam Mendes and John Logan and includes actors Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green and Billie Piper. Penny Dreadful re-imagines the origin tales of some of horror literature’s best known

characters. Galway’s Little Cinema team sent their congratulations to Edel, who they describe as “amazingly talented in so many ways”. The show will be produced in Ireland until March 2014. Well done Edel!

Splashdown for Galway Mayor Galway Mayor, Padraig Conneely narrowly missed a good soaking, as a water bomb was thrown at him from a window on Dominick Street. The Mayor, who was outside chatting to a group of people, was taken aback as the water cannoned down from on high and landed right in front of him with a splash. A group of Chinese tourists passing by were also hit by the flying water balloon. While it seemed to many to be a targeted splash attack, Mayor Conneely was relaxed about the incident and doesn’t believe he was an intended vic-

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tim. “This has happened to a few people,” he told The Craic in Galway, “and I don’t believe it was meant for me intentionally. I didn’t take it personally!”

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Saturday 16th Nov 2013 • 10:30am: Enjoy an Introduction to Stop Start Animation as part of the Junior Film Fleadh at the Town Hall Theatre. • 11am: Catch the Speedie Telstar Tour from the Fairgreen as it takes you on a journey through Ireland’s information and communication history. The free bus runs again at 12:30pm as part of the Tulca Festival.

• 12pm: Kid’s love a bit of blood and gore and this will be catered to as part of a Special FX workshop at the Town Hall Theatre. • 2pm: A Silent Disco for Kids takes place at the Seapoint Ballroom, Salthill. • 2pm: Join Emma Eliza Regan for an Acting for The Screen workshop as part of the fleadh. • 2pm: Enjoy an Introduction to the World of Visual Effects at the Galway Technical Institute as part of the Junior Film Fleadh. • 3:15pm: Renowned folk singer, John Faulkner, returns to the Galway City Museum for songs and stories. • 7:30pm: World renowned American Motown band, The Temptations, will play live at The Radisson Blu Hotel. • 9pm: These Charming Men play the music of The Smiths at The Roisin Dubh. • 9pm: Fortune Cookie and Oddity play at Monroe’s Live to take you late into the night. • 10pm: The Ghetto Disco takes place at The Townhouse Bar.

Rockin’ and Rollin’ with Pilates By Avril HORAN unlocking the key to Jennifer Aniston’s toned limbs, Britney’s once fabulous abs or Madonna’s age defying physique. I am too scared to try again. And I was that close to forking out €100 for the Insanity craze. It really seems to work -60 days to the best body of your life etc - but I am far too precious to risk popping anti inflammatory pills and painkillers if I pull a ligament or crack a tendon again. Instead, I made the first step towards pilates, a class dedicated to strengthening your core. Little did I know that lifting your arm and leg slowly while lying down on a mat is a real challenge and unearths any unbalance in the body. I was rockin’ and rollin’ all over the place and really had to follow the instructions of trainer Fiona O’Dwyer to stablise myself. As a personal trainer and aerobics instructor, she soon discovered the benefits of educating her clients and class members of the importance of better posture and core

rying to breathe while lying on a foam roller, sucking your bellybutton in and squeezing a ball between your knees all at the same time takes a lot more effort than it first appears. It’s like patting your head and rubbing your tummy in unison. And yet this is the joy of pilates. They are simple movements, but by the time you have mastered them, the hour has flown by and you are more relaxed than you ever thought possible. I decided to join a beginners course after a self inflicted back injury doing aerobics with the telly. Now I was not literally doing aerobics with the telly as a weight, I was following a high intensity workout that had become my stress relief in recent times. Sadly my energetic ‘one two’ air punching left me out of action for two weeks, and my planner is now full of unwatched episodes




• 11:30am: A secret family screening and shorts takes place at the Town Hall Theatre as part of the fleadh. They are great for their surprise guests. Who will it be?




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Sunday 17th Nov 2013 • 10am: A deep healing Qi Gong and meditation workshop takes place at the Amber Healing Centre, Kilcolgan. • 12pm: The Galway Bay Jazz band play live at Busker Brownes, Cross Street. • 12pm: Head to the Galway Market on Church Lane by St Nicholas Church for the best of local food, crafts and bustling ambiance. • 12:30pm: Enjoy a swingin’ jazz session at the Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square. • 2pm: The Galway East 4 Mile Challenge takes place today in Abbeyknockmoy. • 3pm: Galway’s very own Little Cinema will have a special documentary screening as part of the ID projects for the Galway Film Centre and admission is free!

stabilization. Pilates is the anti boot camp. Relaxing music fills the room and we stretch out to the panoramic view of the Salthill horizon from the third floor of the Galway Business School. It is a little piece of tranquillity in a crazy world. The only thought that passes my mind, as the melodies continue, is – what giant fat feet I have. As a beginner starting out on mat work, we conduct the class without shoes and socks. And there they are, two flat splodges lacking the grace normally associated with pilates movements. Shocking feet blunders aside, pilates has helped me to face some of my very real ham-

string stretching fears and I am starting to see an improvement in just a few classes. We tend to slouch forward all day, whether driving or at a computer, and I am hopeful that one hour per week will counteract some of the damage. My goal is to avoid future back injury and be able to exercise with confidence. I can’t imagine ever giving it up now that I have started. There is a mix of age groups in the class and Fiona even tackles members of The Connacht Rugby squad, who are apparently surprisingly nimble. It is a form of exercise that really caters to all and will get you back on your – er – giant feet.

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begun in the last week of July, 1914 when a small artillery unit of the Austria-Hungarian Empire shelled the Serbian city of Belgrade in retaliation for the assassination of Franz Ferdinand by Serbian extremist. The Balkans had long been the war ground of Europe, with local wars breaking out

in that region in 1912 and 1913. On this occasion though, with tension between the major powers already at near boiling point, the clouds of war gathered over all of Europe. In that last week of July the generals of Europe were griped by near madness; aggression, jingoism, secret treaties and a sheer will for war took hold. Once the great wheels of the war machine started turning, they would not stop, and by the time German troops had left


their own borders there was no going back. In 1914, many had wanted war. A short European war would be an adventure for many young men, whether they be impoverished French peasants looking for a better wage, or jaded German college students looking to escape the humdrum of city life. On all sides, the call ‘it will be over by Christmas!’ went up. They were very wrong. The tide of war spilled out of the BalThe


he 11th of November marks the end of WW I in 1918, making this year the 95th anniversary. It had

kans and drowned all of Europe, and the world followed. The war would last just over four blood filled years. Almost fifty nations would eventually join the fray. The Great War saw the fall of the German, Austrian-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires, and the birth of another, The USSR. Men from America to Siam slung their rifles and marched to this ‘industrial scale’ world war. It is estimated that over the course of just four years, sixty eight

Yet, some men do. The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, is one such man. With 80 victories to his credit he was the top scoring pilot of the war, something which has cemented his legend in popular culture. Less well know, but still quite famous, in some circles is Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock, born in Cork (probably) Mannock was the top scoring British pilot of the war with 61 victories. That Mannock was the top British ace may come as a surprise to some, but it must be


remembered that over two hundred thousand Irishmen fought in WWI, with some thirty thousand losses. One such man was from Roundstone, Galway, Tom Falcon Hazell. He would become the 22nd highest scoring ace of the war, the 5th highest scoring British ace and the 3rd highest of the Irish aces. Undoubtedly though, Hazell’s greatest achievement was surviving the war, a fact which makes him the highest scoring The


million men would eventually fight in The Great War. The war saw death and destruction on an unprecedented scale, developments in artillery and the machine gun meant that whole armies were literally mown down where they stood, leading to almost forty million casualties. In this slaughter, most men died an inglorious unmarked death, forgotten by all but their family. After all, who could stand out against such a blackened background?

British or Irish ace to survive the conflict. Hazell was born on the 7th August 1892 in Galway, but attended Tonbridge school in England until 1911. On the outbreak of war, Hazell was eager to see action, and he joined the South Irish Horse, rising quickly though the ranks, becoming a commissioned officer in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. At this point in the war, the aircraft was something of a joke, and was consider an expensive luxury by


and scored the first of his 43 victories by downing a German fighter. The victories came quickly for him after that and by June he had achieved ‘Ace’ status with a total of 8. In that month, he was even involved in a dogfight with Hermann Goering (yes, that Goering) though it is unknown if he ever had the future Reichsmarschall in his sights. After this combat, the victories and awards began to roll in for Hazell and his medals would include the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar and Distinguished Service


Order (DSO) by the end of the war. He was briefly returned to England as a flying instructor, but by July of 1918 he was back at the front. Hazell continued to rack up victories over enemy aircraft, but now also perfected the skill of balloon busting. Observation balloons were some of the most difficult targets for a pilot. They were essential to ground warfare and thus were always well defended by aircraft and flak guns. Many of Hazell’s contemporaries hated balloon busting. They described in The


most commanders. Thus, Hazell spent his time in the muck and horror of the French battlefields, until in 1916 he decided he wanted to fly. His career as a pilot did not start well. Not long after joining the Royal Flying Corps he had a very bad accident in a training mission in June of 1916, and while he fully recovered it did delay his transfer to combat. On the 4th March 1917 Hazell was flying a French Nieuport 17, a small but agile aircraft, it was armed with just one machinegun. Hazell put it to good use on this day

detail how the flack was thick enough to walk on, and that one was thrown around the cockpit from the boom of the explosions. Hazell, however was adapt at this roll and destroyed 10 balloons during the war. Indeed, perhaps his greatest combat came while destroying a balloon. Hazell was now flying the British Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5. Built for speed, it had two machineguns. In this aircraft the Irishman dove through a formation of German fighters, one of whom was the great German ace,

he had bested the Irishman. He turned for home and counted that combat as his 60th victory. Hazell, with petrol streaming into his eyes, made it back to his airfield though, just thirty minutes after he had taken off! It is also interesting to note that Udet was the highest scoring surviving German ace of the war. After the war, Hazell kept flying and had several postings in the Middle East. He returned to England and a desk job in 1927 and, at his own request, was put on the retired list in


July of that year. Little is known of his later years, but it is possible that he commanded a company of the 24th Staffordhire Home Guard during The Second World War. It is also possible that he was the director of an aluminium factory in Neanagh, Co. Mayo. He died, too young, on 4th September 1946 in Mayo. He was 54. Tom Falcon Hazell was not the only Irish ace, nor was he the only ace from Galway, there were at least two others. He does stand out though in many ways. Many of the well know The


Ernst Udet (62 victories). Udet was so enthralled by Hazell’s actions, he wrote about it in his diary, describing how Hazell ignored the German fighters and took out the balloon and then, swinging around, shot down one of Udet’s wingmen before diving for the ground. Udet followed him and was amazed to see the S.E.5 strafing ground troops despite the fact that he was being shot at himself. Udet riddled Hazell’s aircraft with machinegun fire, hitting his fuel tank and propeller, believing

flyers of WW 1 had severe combat fatigue, and it is believed that this was a major factor in the deaths of both von Richthoren and Mannock. Ernest Udet shot himself in the head while on the phone to his wife in 1941. Hermann Goering went on to infamy and became one of the true monsters of history. Hazell though, kept doing what he loved; he kept flying and quietly retired until his untimely death. He was one of 37 Irish aces who had a total of over 430 victories, truly exceptional men in exceptional times.


Monday 18th Nov 2013 • 6pm: If you are looking for mindfulness, a self discovery and transformation workshop takes place at the holistic house of healing on Buttermilk walk. • 8pm: Fishamble Theatre Company presents Guaranteed! at the Town Hall Theatre. Written by Colin Murphy, the play is based on official documents and off-the-record about Ireland’s banking boom and bust – as it was seen from inside the corridors of power. • 9pm: Catch James Low and Drew Landry on their European tour at The Townhouse Bar. • 10pm: The all swingin’ Black Magic Big Band will belt out the tunes at Busker Brownes on Cross Street. A night not to be missed and its free! • 10:45pm: Its Silent Disco Monday at The Roisin Dubh.

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Saskia was snapped by Bec Boop at the Pandoras Box flea market in Galway. We love her unique look, all of which is thrifted. with the exception of her ripped jeans from Warehouse and Shoes from TK Maxx. If you would like to be featured in the Craic in Galway street style section get in touch: becboopfashionistaworld@gmail. com

Fashion Diary Date! tions, it will raise funds for Jigsaw and Western Alzheimers. There will be great bargains, a raffle and a star guest to keep you entertained. Admission is €5. Money raised will be divided between the charities.

December 4th is an important date in your fashion diary! Style in the City is a unique charity event taking place at The Stock Exchange from 5:30pm onwards. With stalls, goodie bags, makeovers and consulta-

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TheCRAIC at HALO PhotosBy Darius IVAN


Tuesday 19th Nov 2013 • 8am: A free breakfast briefing for small and medium enterprises takes place at the Pillo hotel on the Headford road. Find out what government supports are available if you are looking to recruit a new employee. • 7pm: Getting hitched? An enchanted winter wedding evening takes place at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill.

• 8pm: Head to Le Petit Rouge on Dominick Street for a salsa night complete with a salsa dance class. Learn new moves before hitting the dance floor to the best of latin beats. • 9:30pm: Joe O’Neill and Pablo Lee playing at Barr an Chaladh • • • • • •


Marty Walsh wins Bonston’s mayoral race TG4 have been in situ in Boston tracking the story of Marty Walsh as he fights to become the next Mayor of Boston. The neck and neck race with John Connolly has reached it’s climax as voters hit the polls on November 5th. With his late father, John Walsh and his mother, Mary (O’Malley), hailing from Connemara, Marty has been counting on the luck of the Irish - and their support - to gain the powerful seat at the top table, in the first election of it’s kind in over a decade, replacing the longstanding Thomas M Menino. His parents emigrated from Connemara in the 1950s and the Boston Globe reports there were ‘tears and hugs’ as Marty brought his mother Mary (71) to the polling station. In an emotional interview, she told the eager reporters how her thoughts were of her

husband, John, on this proud day for the family. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 82. The Globe continues that the media scrum included “an Irish reporter who interviewed her in Gaelic”. Here at the craic we are wondering if that was Connemara journalist, Mairtin O’Cathain!

• • 10:45pm: It’s Silent Disco time again at the Roisin Dubh – so good they do it twice in one week!

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Cover Star Galway model, Ivan Fahy is featured on the front cover of the November issue of GCN, Gay Community News, Ireland’s No 1 gay publication. It is the first time a young person from Galway has been on the cover and he also stars in the main feature of the magazine. Ivan specialises in androgynous modelling, experimenting with the male and female gender.




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KT Tunstall at Seapoint

By Avril HORAN the piano, or play the melody on her guitar, as she recreates her new songs and classic tunes that have made her an international star. All the while, the backing track she has developed, live, adds that extra dimension traditionally made by a full band. And her vocals are powerful, deep, soulful and sweet in the one package. She joked with the crowd that Galway was like ‘mordor’ as the wind howled and pounded the waves on the prom. She is sleeping on her tour bus and watched the flags as they flapped thunderously to the power of the gusts blowing that day. It was the perfect duvet day. And yet, out of the corner appeared – runners. “This is an extreme sport!” she joked, as we saw Galway on a gusty day through the eyes of a Scot. She spoke of how she often generalises her audience, believing that in Nashville, everyone can play the guitar and in Ireland, everyone can sing.




ell that was some concert! K T Tunstall took to the stage in Seapoint, Salthill and rocked the crowd for an hour and a half on a dark November Saturday night. Who knew that one woman and a guitar could keep a packed ballroom entertained. But K T is a songstress with a difference. Not only is she pitch perfect, but she creates her own backing track from scratch live in front of us. I have never seen the like of this before. She begins laying down her own drum beat using only her guitar. This is recorded and played out through the speakers. With the bass keeping the rhythm, she might record a guitar riff, a backing vocal, or simply some fingers clicking, and that too plays out on the speakers. Once the mood has been set and the atmosphere created, she will then take you through her song from beginning to end. She might jump on

And sing we did, as she encouraged us to join in adding yet another new dimension to her songs. Her new CD Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon has a deliberate pause between songs 6 and 7, representing her love for the old ‘b’ side of a vinyl album, where you “really get to know the artist”. It is not as rousing and raucous as her old hits, and shows a gentler if darker side. While she brought us through her new album, she didn’t disappoint with her crowd pleasing Black Horse and The Cherry Tree. “I’m going to take you on a horse ride,” she exclaimed, as everyone joined in for the iconic ‘No No, You’re not the one for me’ chorus. She left ‘Suddenly I See’ for her encore, which had everyone on their feet. With the crowd firmly in the palm of her hand, she went out on a new song, the haunting Chimes, for which she created a three part harmony of her own voice. Like the singer herself, it was beautiful.


Wednesday20thNov 2013 • 8pm: Bet your bottom dollar that Annie will be on stage at the Town Hall Theatre presented by the 9 Arch musical society.

• 8pm: Catch Michelle Lally jazz live at Le Petit Rouge on Dominick Street for a night of music with your favourite wine. • 8pm: Enjoy a night of storytelling and improve with Moth and Butterfly at the Townhouse Bar.

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Awards nod for Monroe Popular Galway horse trainer John Monroe has been nominated for Galway Sportsperson of the Year after a hugely successful year on the track. It’s been a memorable 2013 for the Monroe stable, with their grey standard-bearer, Muzak, emerging victorious on no less than four occasions, including a memorable victory on home turf at the Galway September race meeting. In recognition of this, he will receive an award in the horse racing category of this year’s awards in addition to his nomination for Sportsperson of the Year. The well-known city businessman said he was “delighted and surprised” to be nominated for the award, his first such recognition, and admitted he had enjoyed a “great” year. “I was delighted and surprised, really, because I would just operate in a small way here... but what we do, we do it well - at least I think we do it well!” he said. “We only have a small amount of horses and it’s not easy to win because there are so

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many horses in the country and so few tracks,” he added. Despite this disadvantage, Muzak romped home to four victories in 2013, with wins at Sligo and Ballinrobe – twice – to add to his Galway success. And though winter is setting in, Mr Monroe added that the indomitable grey may have a few more successes in him this year, “He may not be finished yet this year, we’ll get another run or two into him, then we’ll take it easy for a while”. The Galway Bay FM Sports Awards take place in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, on Saturday, 16 November. Mr Monroe’s fellow nominees include Galway Camogie captain Therese Maher and kickboxer Gary ‘Slick’ Manogue. “There will be other guys that will be more deserving, I’m sure,” added Mr Monroe. To votefor John Monroe as the 2013 Galway Sports Personality of the year, text ‘sport’, followed by the number 5 to 53133, or call 1513-999330 to cast your vote.

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TheCRAIC at CARBON PhotosBy Darius IVAN


Thursday 21st Nov 2013 • 6:30pm: If some of your friends are missing, then they might be lucky enough to be at the 7th annual NUIG Gala Dinner in New York City! Brian Enright, CEO of Syncreon and graduate of the university will be honoured at the event taking place at the Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street, NY in support of medical research. • 8pm: Back home, catch, Annie, at the Town Hall Theatre presented by the 9 Arch musical society.

• 8pm: The fantastic and talented Keith McDonald will play live at Le Petit Rouge on Dominick Street. •


Carpe diem! Many people will take advantage of the next five weeks to embark on a diet and fitness regime to “drop a dress size” for Christmas. This is a great idea. It’s a short-term goal so it’s doable: just make sure to choose your programme wisely (from a qualified trainer who will give you a fat loss diet as well as workouts) and make every day count. If you’re not a gym member, search online for a fitness package you can do at home: an intense 15-minute workout per day will make a difference, as will moving,

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walking, even standing as much as possible. Key point; be very strict with your diet! Changing your body is 20% physical activity and 80% nutrition. Go for it!

• • • • • • 9pm: Enemies and the Atrocity Exhibit will keep you entertained at The Roisin Dubh on Dominick Street. • 9pm: Four men and a bass will play at The Townhouse Bar. • 9:30pm: Enjoy live jazz and blues by Benny and the Good Men at McSwiggans, Woodquay.

• 10pm: Its heat no 2 of the I Rocks battle of the bands. With €10k worth of promotional and touring assistance, the pressure will be on as bands compete for the coveted prize at Monroe’s Live.

As go brách leat! do bhall i giom, cuardaigh an t-idirlíon do phacáiste is féidir a dhéanamh sa bhaile - dhéanfadh 15 nóiméad in aghaidh an lae difríocht mhór, chomh maith le bheith ag gluaiseacht, ag siúl agus ag seasamh fiú, oiread agus is féidir. Pointe tábhachtach: bí an-dian ort féin maidir leis an aiste bia! Braitheann athrú colainne 20% ar aclaíocht agus 80% ar aiste bia. Ar aghaidh leat!

Bainfidh go leor daoine leas as na cúig seachtainí amach romhainn chun tosú ar aiste bia agus plean aclaíochta chun meáchan a chailleadh in am don Nollaig. An-smaoineamh é seo. Tá an tréimhse sách gearr go bhfuil deis mhaith ann go gcloífear leis an bplean. Bí cinnte go roghnaíonn tú clár maith ó dhuine cáilithe a thabharfaidh aiste bia ceart duit chomh maith le seisiúin aclaíochta. Mura bhfuill tú i Photo by Oskar Boral

Dara Kelly winner of Female Fitness over-35 at Fitness Extravaganza 2013 (3rd right)








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The CRAIC in Galway 11 edition