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Welcome to th e even bigger , even brighter edition of the 9th Craic in Galway magazine. We getting very excit are ed altogether ab out our launch pa on Saturday, Oc rty tober 26th at M onroe’s Live from We have a new 9pm. addition to our line up, as Toy So will now join th ldier e Who Knows fo r a stomping ni music, along w ght of ith a fashion sh ow and food to We hope to see boot. you there, otherw ise this will feel a one sided relat like ionship. As alway s, we are jam pa with news, view cked s, events and ph otos, along with daily diary, to ke your ep you in the kn ow. As I am writ the Miley vs Sin ing, ead debate is sti ll a hot topic, dr further awarenes awing s to world men tal health week the stars speak ou . As t about the stigm a, it is worth notin that there is alw g ays a person behi nd the illness. I enjoyed Sinead quite O’Connor on the Late Late (yes I sta in that night!) an yed d believe if we we re all cut from th same cloth life e would be - well – boring. Galw noted for the ar ay is ts, the artists an d the creative ty and that is what pes, adds to the uniq ue and vibrant fabr of this great city ic and surrounds. Certainly on this we are all a bit cr team, aicers! You can ca tch us on facebo thecraicingalway ok at , where we like to be liked, and on at line m. We look forw ard to meeting all over the bank you holiday weekend. Happy reading. Sure it’s all a bi t of craic.

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Friday 11th Oct 2013 • The NUI Galway Alumni Gathering kicks off today until October 13th. The event was launched by NUI Galway alumni Paul Hession and Olive Loughnane. • 7pm: The Lock and Key charity event takes place at the Westwood Hotel in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. The more locks you unlock in the room, the more chances you have of winning a fantastic prize. Organised by the Keogh Accountancy Group for the cancer and cardiac unit.

Hollywood Icons celebrate

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John Wayne’s son, Ethan, sent a message of congratulations at the unveiling of a statue celebrating two screen icons in Cong.

• 7:30pm: Catch jazz guitarist, Mike Neilson, with at the Nuns Island Theatre followed by Bertha Hope at 9:30pm. • 8pm: The annual Over the Edge fiction slam takes place at The Kitchen, Galway City Museum, with featured reader and judge, Mary Costello. • 9:30pm: ‘You Can Go Your Own Way’ - The Irish Fleetwood Mac play at Monroe’s Live followed by RackHouse Pilfer. • 10pm: Beware of the Dogs from France, and Tamen from Ireland and Spain, play at the Town Hall Theatre Studio as part of the jazz festival. • 11pm til late: The jazz festival club takes place at The Meyrick Hotel – free admission.

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The 7ft statue of The Quiet Man in Conn made from Bronze.

The bronze 7ft statue depicts the character Sean Thornton carrying Mary Kate Danagher in his arms from The Quiet Man film. In a letter read out to the eager crowd, Ethan Wayne said he was delighted that “two good friends will be together for years to come” referring to the relationship between John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Maureen also sent a message on what she described as “a wonderful occasion”, which pays homage to a movie that was “the thrill of our lives”. She said it was the first time the majesty of Ireland was captured in Technicolor and “the real star of the film was


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Ireland herself”. “She was a terrific dame,” she said, and The Quiet Man was the “favourite of all the pictures I made”. “It made Ireland look wonderful,” said Maureen. “The film is a classic 62 years on and the biggest thing that happened to Cong. It is wonderful to have a statue showing the characters forever in love and provides a wonderful welcome to those all over the world who come looking for love in the Isle of Inishfree. The statue is a message of love that will endure throughout the ages,” she said. Extras from the film, who still live locally, were presented with a medal commemorating their achievement. John Moore, John McGrath, Padraig Dowd, Eileen Lufton, Jack Murphy and Micheal Moore are among those who can tell the tale of The Quiet Man first hand. They earned thirty shillings a day for their part in the movie, when the average wage was thirty shillings per week. Sculptor Mark Rode from Swinford said the project is the “biggest thing in my career” and paid tribute to the “wonderful characters in The Quiet Man”.


Saturday 12th Oct 2013 • 8am: The Great Fjord Swim takes place at Killary Fjord, Leenane, Connemara. A course to suit all levels, you can swim 750m or 2k back to land. Wetsuits are compulsory. Race registration from 8am-11:30am. Online registration required. • 10am: NUIG and the Kingfisher Club will host a charity 8K run around the University Campus along the banks of the river Corrib in aid of Jigsaw. • 3pm: One of the most scenic road races in Ireland, the Connemara 10k takes place from Carna village, crossing the islands of Roisín an Chaladh and Muighnis, before reaching the turnaround point at Muighnis graveyard and heading back to Carna. • 7pm: Oktoberfest takes place at O’Connells, Eyre Square, with proceeds going to Angelman Syndrome Ireland. With Bavarian food, beer and a band, there is a prize for the best dressed! • 7:30pm: The NUIG graduating classes of 1973, ‘83, ‘88, ‘93 and ‘03 are invited back to their Alma Mater for a reunion anniversary gathering and gala dinner at the Bailey Allen Hall with music and entertainment in the College Bar. • 8pm: The Olivia Trummer Trio with support by Galway Youth Jazz Orchestra play at An Taibhdhearc, Middle Street. • 8pm: Spear of Destiny play at Fibber McGees, Eyre Square. • 9pm: Covers band Dakota will have the joint jumping at Monroe’s Live.

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They Made It! Macnas have made it! In just two weeks, they have raised over €10K through individual donations for their October spectacle. Hopefully my €25 will buy a cog for a wheel or a hat for a hatter. It was a unique opportunity to give back to the company that has given so much to Galway. They will make their welcome return to the city streets at 4:45pm on Sunday 27th October, and the title has been announced as, On The Night Journey: the world within us will be transformed. It is a story told through the eyes of the 8ft Boy

Explorer, where he follows sacred animals and parades his dreams, his fears, his joys, his ancestors, his present and his future through the streets. It is a celebration of imagination, exploring dreams and nightmares, darkness and light, the familiar and the unknown. Spectators can expect to see some of their favourite iconic Macnas images, new, bespoke, specially designed costumes, towering stilt walkers, masked beasts, smoke, light and fire, and the invigorating performance style for which the company is renowned. The parade departs from Fisheries Field.

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TV’s hotel makeover duo, the Brennan Brothers, will be at the service of The New Park in Athenry on October 14th.

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John and Francis, who come to the rescue of ailing establishments across the country, will attend the relaunch of the newly refurbished hostelry.

The stars of the hit show, At Your Service, wave an on-screen magic wand and have helped successive businesses with their midas touch. Now they will be on hand to support The New Park team in Athenry as they launch their new look and revamped autumn/winter menu.

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Down 48.7% from the property bubble peak of late 2006 early 2007, there is some good news as the market is holding steady and the rate of the property price slump is slowing.

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Merlin Goes Batty One of the rarest bats in Britain and Europe, the Leisler’s bat, was detected at Merlin woods, Doughiska, using equipment which can distinguish bats by their different frequencies. The biggest Irish bat, it is a protected species and has international importance, given its scarcity across Europe. For the Friends of Merlin Woods, the find is all the more significant, as they

are campaigning to stop a new bus corridor being run through the woods. They fear for the environmental impact of the road and their online petition at to reverse the decision has reached over 1,000 signatures to date. You can support their cause by signing the petition at

Let Us Prey Galway’s dark and mysterious side has been unleashed, as a spinetingling horror movie has been shot on location in the county. The satanic thriller ‘Let Us Prey’ stars Liam Cunningham from Game of Thrones and was filmed at Solas Studios, Ballinahown and Glasgow, Scotland. It is a tale of Satan as he arrives in a backwater town to

collect the souls of the damned. Set in the cells of a remote police station, a charismatic loner takes over the minds of his fellow inmates and police officers in a crazed night of bloodspilling and carnage. Only one young officer can resist his powers and fight back. The film, funded in part by the Irish Film Board, is due for release in 2014.

My Mad Fat X-Files! A who’s who of writers and directors behind some of televisions’ hit programmes are coming to Galway this month. It’s all part of the Talking TV Drama series by the Galway Film Centre and takes place at the Harbour hotel on October 17th and 18th. They include Bryan Elsley, writer of the popular Channel 4 series

Skins, Tom Bidwell of My Mad Fat Diary, and Frank Spotnitz, writer of Hunter and The X Files. They will be joined by David Caffrey, director of Divorcing Jack and Monarch of The Glen, and Love/Hate actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor among others. This event is supported by TG4, the Irish Film Board/Bórd Scannán na hÉireann and RTÉ.




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affects only one in five million people and, as a result, she has to travel to the USA for expensive treatment. It is so rare that her type of cancer had never been diagnosed in Galway before. Following consultation

with experts in the field, she underwent an operation in Dublin to remove over half of her liver, her gall bladder and 25 lymph node glands. It was the second largest operation to be carried out at St Vincent’s Hospital. After a period of recuperation, Emma was given the joyful news that she was cancer free. Sadly, in April, the cancer returned to her liver, kidneys and lungs. Her only option now is to avail of specialist treatment in America. “On May 26th, we left for New York, where I met with Dr Abou-Alfa, a specialist in Fibrolamellar cancer. His view was that it would be best to start a new treatment only available in the USA. When the results of


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the scan came back they were positive, in that the kidneys were cancer-free, and the liver and lungs had not changed since the previous scan,” explains Emma. “When we returned home, I worked hard on my diet, paid regular visits to Eddie Stone and said lots of prayers. We returned to the USA in late July for another scan, and this one showed that my liver was now clear,” she says. 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 “need all the support we can get” and she has set up a website to help highlight her situation.

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Sunday 13th Oct 2013 • Open House Galway concludes today, allowing everyone to access Galway’s unique architecture as doors are opened across the city and county. • 10am: A storytelling workshop takes place at Brigits Garden, Roscahill, Co. Galway with Clare Muireann Murphy. You can learn the art of storytelling, creating and telling, and developing use of voice. • 1-3pm: The Galway Bay Jazz Band play at Busker Brownes. • 6pm: Enjoy jazz at the Tav at Campbell’s Tavern, Headford for the end of the jazz festival. Admission is free. • 7pm: A fundraising tea dance takes place at Joyces, Cleggan, Connemara in aid of Temple Street hospital. • 11pm: Bernie Mac and The Hot Sausage Band play the best of blues, rock and pop songs, old and new at Monroe’s Live.




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Local Politics “Patients and visitors have to stand on the main road and it is embarrassing and undignified(...)”

TheThinBlue Line By Avril HORAN Forcing patients to smoke outside the ‘blue line’ at University Hospital Galway is cruel, according to local Councillor, Billy Cameron, who has tried to kick the habit himself on many occasions without success. He argues that it has led to “unsightly scenes” where patients in dressing gowns and slippers have been forced out onto the road to have a cigarette. Cllr Cameron is calling on the HSE to reconsider the campus-wide smoking ban and is looking for the backing of the City Council. And he would like a canopy or gazebo to be put back in place at the hospital, to give smokers some comfort, at what can be a stressful and difficult time. Speaking to The Craic in Galway, Cllr Cameron said: “Patients and visitors have to stand on the main road and it is embarrassing and undignified. As a smoker, who has tried to give up, I sympathise with those people, especially anyone of a nervous disposition. Some people have the willpower to stay away from cigarettes in hospital and others do not. It is

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cruel to force people out in their dressing gown and slippers and I feel some allowance should be made. It is a big campus and a small space could be designated for smokers. It’s time to rescind the blue line policy.” The ban was put in place in February 2012 as part of an initiative to stamp out smoking on the hospital grounds. At the time, Tony Canavan, Chief Operating Officer of the Galway Roscommon Hospital Group said: “We are able to grant exemptions to the policy for patients in certain circumstances with the input from their consultant. In this way, we may make exceptions for the most vulnerable patients while also encouraging all other patients to adopt healthier tobacco-free lifestyles in order to decrease the incidence of smoking related disease. Providing a smoke free environment sends a clear message that this hospital is committed to protecting and promoting the health of our patients, staff and all who visit Galway University Hospitals.”

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Monday 14th Oct 2013 • 10am: Galway’s International Children’s Festival, Baboró, starts today. Check out Pictiur at the Galway Arts Centre where you can browse 42 art pieces by 21 illustrators over three floors.

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• 10am: Red Riding Hood plays at the Town Hall Theatre for ages 3-7 and again at 12pm. • 11am: Dot plays at the Town Hall Studio (and again at 3pm) with Cloud Man at the Druid Lane Theatre and Lifeboat at the Black Box. • 1pm: For some lunchtime classics, Music for Galway presents a lecture and recital on Wagner at the Arts Millennium Building, NUIG, Room AM109 by Paul McNamara and Philip Mayers. • The official launch of the 2013 Galway Science Festival takes place at Medtronic. The festival begins in November. • 2pm: Free-drop in art and science workshops take place at the Exploratorium in the Eyre Square Centre as part of Baboró. • 8pm: Duke Special will play live at the Roisin Dubh on Dominick Street. Duke Special sings the songs of Harry Nilsson, described by John Lennon as the missing Beatle. • 10pm: Check out the fantastic Black Magic Big Band at Busker Brownes – a swingin’ set with top talent and it’s absolutely free!

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By Avril HORAN A Galway native found a novel way to secure a US Visa after landing his dream job – by setting up an online petition at James Mahon (22) from Gort is a television news reporter in the US with Chattanooga station WDEF. The NUIG and BBC graduate applied to 180 TV stations in 12 states and went through 60 interviews before his persever-

ance paid off. Since then, he has become very popular with viewers at the CBS affiliate. James presents a programme entitled ‘Though Irish Eyes’ and believes he is the only Irish man to work on daily TV news in America. He describes it as “the best possible experience”, where he could “hold my own in a country with over 300 television stations” enabling him to “learn and grow”. James was taken off air when

“(...) I spoke to ABC and CBS news, and also did a number of radio show interviews.”

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“When I came off air on CBS in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina, there was a lot of confusion and anger from the viewers,” he told The Craic in Galway. “In response, I spoke to ABC and CBS news, and also did a number of radio show interviews.” His friend, Daniel Gray, created a Change. org petition, US Immigration: Provide a Visa To Irish Reporter James Mahon. And his hard work has paid off. James has been granted a two year stay based on ‘extraordinary ability’ and has gained

a place in wikepedia, such was the support for his campaign. He is delighted that his application has been successful and grateful for all of the support he received. “I have had phenomenal support from my family in Gort, our hundreds of thousands of viewers all across the American South. I am grateful to Senator Bob Corker and Congressman Fleischmann, who understand and appreciate the demands of the viewers here in America. “A petition was started in New York. It was presented to the Governor’s office demanding support be given to bring me back on air and to keep doing the news. I am thankful to the Irish Consulate General in Atlanta, to everyone who believed in me and am finally an o-1 visa alien. They have made my career and my future possible here in America” he said.

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What is your favourite autumn/winter trend this year?

I’m really digging my Guess cowgirl booties they are a great look and their little heel gives me that extra bit of height. My favourite trend this season is fedora hats of all colours and styles, I got this one from River Island. I think burgundy is a great autumn winter colour this year as well as bottle green. My staple A/W piece is a knitted jumper they go with every outfit, jeans, skirts etc. The next edition of Galway Street Style will feature some Galway fashion bloggers so keep an eye out in the next issue.

Don’t call me Dear! Here at the Craic in Galway we love to support local fashion stores and designers so we were very excited to check out the new autumn/winter collection at Don’t Call Me Dear, located on Mill Street, Galway City. Stunning dresses, classic coats and timeless jackets are just some of the offerings from the new collection available in-store now including top fashion labels such as Montique, Moncho Heredia, Seed, Carla Ruiz , Nati Jimenez, Olimara, Arrigdo, Live Forever, Lifetime, Chesca, Deck and many more; along with the Don’t Call Me Dear Exclusives range. The colour range of the new collection features a rainbow of delights which are sure to make you stand out for all the right reasons! Specialists in occasion wear, mothers of

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New Fashion Store Opens in Galway Good news for Galway fashionistas, PIA Galway opens its doors from today, Friday the 11th of October. The new fashion store is located on 6/8 Middle Street, Galway City and the occasion is being marked with a launch party on the same date from 6-9pm in the new store. Browse the gorgeous fashions while enjoying the lovely wine reception and sweet treats. PIA Galway is a fashionable women’s clothing shop with an array of gorgeous clothes and accessories including jewellery and bags. PIA Galway is locally owned by Denise Manning who is dedicated in her mission to ensure that women leave PIA feeling confident and happy in their purchases. We wish PIA Galway good luck in their fashion adventures and hope to see you all at the launch party.

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Tuesday 15th Oct 2013 • 7:30am: The Galway Chamber of Commerce is up bright and early for Horizon 2020 – putting business in the driving seat of innovation. This workshop will look at what it can do locally and takes place at Commerce House, Merchant’s Road, Galway. • Should I Start a Business? A free one-day workshop takes place at the Claregalway hotel for those who are unemployed or underemployed. • 9:30am: Lifeboat plays at the Black Box as part of Baboró (also at 12:30pm). • 10am: Cloud Man takes place at the Druid Lane Theatre (also at 12pm). • 10:30am: Me, Mollser plays at Nun’s Island Theatre (also at 12pm). • 11am: Dot plays at the Town Hall Studio (also 3pm); Red Riding Hood at the Town Hall Theatre; and Tromlui Phinocchio at An Taibhdhearc. • 7pm: Cappuccetto Rosso plays at the Town Hall Theatre; Tromliu Phinocchio at An Taibhdearc. • 8pm: Tenor, Paul McNamara and pianist Philip Mayers present a Music For Galway song recital at the Aula Maxima, NUIG. • 9pm: The Leading Armies, a 6 piece funk, rock and reggae vocal band will launch their EP at the Townhouse Bar and Music Venue, Quay Lane. • 10:30pm: It’s the return of the Roisin Dubh Silent Disco. Headphones, music, dancing – what’s not to love.


When I Grow Up! Tiny Dancer to Lead Crumlin Campaign

Claregalway’s Lily-Mae Morrison (5) has become the first face of the ‘When I Grow Up’ publicity campaign for the Crumlin Medical Research Foundation. The inspiration for the hit single ‘Tiny Dancer’ she is now helping to create awareness for a new charity single for 2014 in aid of the foundation. The Association of Irish Musical Societies are coming together to record ‘When I Grow Up’ from Matilda, by Tim Minchin.

against the rare and extremely aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system, a special EP has been launched of the single Tiny Dancer.

When she grows up, Lily-Mae, who is undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma, wants to be a rock star. To celebrate the end of her primary treatment

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If further proof was needed that Galwegians are made of good stock, an Irish nun celebrated her 109th birthday at a New Jersey convent. Sister Mary Victor Waters was born in 1904 in Cornamona and has claimed the title of the world’s second-oldest person born in Ireland. As is tradition, she received a letter of congratulations from President Michael D Higgins and a commemorative coin. Born Bridget Waters, she immigrated to the United States in 1925 to work as a governess in Chicago, joining the Franciscan Sisters in 1931.

County Galway has the lowest percentage of births outside marriage, according to the latest CSO figures. 25% of babies were born outside wedlock in 2011, compared to the national average of 33%. And we are in the midst of a baby boom, as the no. of babies born in Ireland has jumped by 28% since 2001. 74,033 babies were born in Ireland in 2011, with the average age of mothers at 32.


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Wednesday 16th Oct 2013 • 10am: Red Riding Hood plays at the Town Hall Theatre as part of Baboró; Cloud Man at the Druid Lane Theatre; Tromliu Phinocchio at An Taibhdhearc; Tom Chaplin – Baboró on tour at The Mall Theatre. All show again at 12pm. • 10:30am: Me, Mollser plays at the Nun’s Island Theatre (also at 12pm). • 11am: Lifeboat plays at The Black Box Theatre. • 4:30pm: Spotlight on Scotland at the Town Hall Studio. • 7pm: Lifeboat at the Black Box Theatre. • 8pm: Enjoy a night of storytelling and improve with Moth and Butterfly at the Townhouse bar and live venue. • 10pm: Astralnaut play at the Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street.

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Hitting the High Note! Galway’s Coláiste Lurgan is hitting the high note as an Irish language internet sensation. Their latest venture, a tongue twisting rap of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Cant Hold Us’ and a version of ‘Kiss You’ by One Direction, are following in the giant footsteps of their YouTube topping interpretation of Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ as gaeilge. With over 2.3 million views at the last count, and a subsequent Late Late Show appearance by the pupils of the Inverin summer school, it is a tough act to follow. One commenter states ‘I love it, and I don’t understand a thing. I’m

Danish’. It started out as “just something to do” during cursaí gaeilge, according to teacher Stiofán Ó Fearail, who is also the lead singer in the ‘WakeMe-Up’ video with his band Seo Linn. They have raised the bar, not only for themselves, but for the culture of teaching Irish. Two weeks at the gaeltacht is no longer about the odd céilí or two, rather they have stirred the pot and awoken a new way to inspire a love for the language. Enrolment for next year kicked off this month and we are sure they will be inundated with a new ‘gleeful’ group of singing students.

Launch of New Community Garden A new community garden will be launched on the Dyke Road at 12pm on Tuesday, October 15. It is part of the Towards Independence Project, a six bedroom property established to house homeless men who are transitioning from emergency accommodation at the Cope Fairgreen hostel. Residents can stay in the house for up to 4 months and take part in a number of programmes aimed at getting them towards independent living. The garden helps to “reduce the stigma of homelessness,” according

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to Project Manager, Claire Kelly. The official launch will be supported by residents, volunteers and staff and will include a workshop entitled ‘Gardening during the winter months’. “We see the benefits that the garden has for our residents, including reduced isolation, peer support and a meaningful use of time. It has also had a positive impact on the volunteers who support the project and the wider community in many ways including reducing the stigma associated with homelessness and homeless people,” says Claire.

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Thursday 17th Oct 2013 • The All Ireland Open Festival of Dancing Championships take place at the Lady Gregory Hotel, Ennis Road, Gort until October 20th. Come along to enjoy the All-Ireland waltzing, country jiving and rock ‘n’ roll championships; and dances such as the Slow Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz. • 10am: Hands Up! Plays at An Taibhdhearc as part of Baboró; Tom Chapin at the Black Box theatre. (second showing at 12pm) • 11am: Spot plays at the Nun’s Island Theatre (also 2pm); Cloud Man at the Druid Theatre (also 3pm); Human Child at the Town Hall Theatre. • 4:30pm: Talking About Sharing at the Town Hall Studio. • 7pm: Human Child at the Town Hall Theatre. • 8:30pm: A comedy night takes place at the Temperance Hall, Loughrea with a collection of hilarious one-act plays. • 9pm: Four Men and a Bass play at the Townhouse bar and live music venue. • 9:30pm: The Tectonics and Spider Baby are preforming upstairs at the Townhouse. • 10:30pm: WOB! Ireland’s new live electronica band play at Monroe’s Live.

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Angry Birds Less Angry! The Galway city fair parking campaign or ‘angry birds’ have had a successful meeting with Director of Services, Ciaran Hayes, and appear to be a little less angry. A war of words had erupted on facebook as the group continue to challenge the high cost of parking in the city. However, the meeting with the transport top dog at City Hall proved to be “amicable” according to Jimmy Griffin. Jimmy, from Griffin’s Bakery on Shop Street, is the mastermind behind the Galway City Parking Information page, which has become a platform for disgruntled motorists. A letter was presented to Mr Hayes at the meeting outlining the concerns of the group. Mr Griffin also requested that a free parking initiative, from 10am-12pm, Monday to Friday,

November to January be taken into consideration. “He did not knock the idea entirely,” said Mr Griffin, “however he pointed out this was trialed some years ago without much success”. The Director of Services argued that the cost of city parking is competitive, especially factoring free Sunday parking and the €4 daily rate in the Dyke Road and Cathedral car parks. Mr Griffin was “treated with courtesy and professionalism” and says that “the meeting ended on a positive vibe with both of us getting our points across.”

In Search of App-i-ness CodeNinja - an app competition for third-level students in Galway - is back on Galway’s college campuses and is gearing up to give students the skills and knowledge required to create their own apps. CodeNinja is open to teams from NUI Galway and GMIT who want to build an innovative web or mobile app, with prizes to be awarded to the

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top entries in February 2014. The competition has been designed by local businesses and academics to train and encourage students to be creative in the cultivation of their own technology ideas. Students will be encouraged to build web and mobile applications, and will be given a number of tutorials and workshops along the way.

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shines in Vogue By Avril HORAN Galway’s Edel Quinn (20) was delighted when her image appeared online in Italian Vogue after a nude shoot with Brazilian photographer, Ana Momm. We caught up with the actress and model, whose father owns Richard Quinn jewellers on Dominick Street, following her stamp of approval from the international fashion bible. Place of humble abode: Dublin.

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Edel Takes the Next Step Avril: Tell me what happened with Italian Vogue?

Edel: It was my first nude shoot. I was a bit apprehensive about it as I didn’t want it to look sexy. I just wanted it to come across really bare and expressive. I saw other work by Ana Momm and loved it - so I decided to go ahead. I wanted to get away from doing the normal types of photo shoots and do something a bit different. She has an online portfolio with Vogue Italia and it just so happened that they picked 3 of the ones from our shoot together. I always wanted one of my pictures to have the Vogue Italia watermark. The next day, a picture I did with Peter McCabe also got into his online portfolio with Vogue.

A: What do you miss about living in Galway? E: I miss my friends and family, but also I’ve come to miss

how small Galway is. Dublin is so big. It can be scary at times and the transport is quite expensive. In Galway, you can just walk or cycle everywhere, so there’s no real need to take the bus or a taxi.

A: What’s ambition?


E: To be a great actor. I’d love to, one day, be really proud of myself and my body of work as an actor. To be able to say I’ve finally grasped a good understanding of human emotion and expression. I’d love to be a part of a great television series or movie. Something with really smart, witty writing, and I’m a sucker for things that look good. Some movies look fantastic, the writing is just not there, yet you still love them because of their cinematic quality.

A: When did you realize you were a more creative type?

E: I always knew I was creative. From a young age, I was painting, dancing and performing. I’ve always loved making things and acting, watching movies, even people watching. There’s something really fascinating about certain people you encounter, and it’s always great to learn from that.

A: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things (or people) would you bring? E: Well, I’d have to bring someone along because I sure as hell ain’t getting stuck there alone! I think they know who they are. I’d bring factor 50+ so I don’t get sun burned and finally a suitcase full of the essentials like blankets, food, cleaning products, things like that.

Happiest when… That’s a tough one, but I’m probably happiest when I’m chilling with friends or family, watching TV in my pjs eating doritos and salsa. God, I love doritos and salsa!


Are ye the ones in the high vis jackets? By Avril HORAN

I had forgotten how nerve-wracking it can be to join a new club. It was a cold autumn day, with wind, sunshine and showers, and I could easily have backed out of my new adventure by blaming the weather, but for a sheer will to try something new. That and I had posted it up on facebook. And so it was with trepidation that I attended the Fit4Life club, by Galway City Harriers, complete with unflat-

tering leggings, a vivid pink hoodie intended for Electric Picnic and a baseball cap with some sort of foreign writing on it. I was a vision. I had that ‘rabbit in the headlights’ look as I was guided into the waiting room at the Westside library by numerous people in illuminous yellow jackets. I was full of butterflies, similar to how I feel when visiting the doctor, or dentist.



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You know it’s good for you, but really, you don’t want to be there. It didn’t help that I arrived early, without the comfort of the group of friends who promised, they too would take the plunge. I anticipated there would be a handful of newbies for the inaugural introduction. As I settled in and chatted to those beside me, we watched as the room filled up with wannabe walkers, joggers and runners. My mouth dropped. In total, 112 women turned up and we were lead out onto the roads by our leader and volunteer, Bernie Kelly. To witness that many women, bobbing, bending and stretching along the city out-

skirts must have been a sight to behold. It was the best craic. I often walk/jog along the prom in the hope that no-one will see my attempts at fitness. It can be a lonely endeavour and often without any real motivation. But there is something about a group dynamic that just makes it a heck of a lot more fun. Before we knew it, we were back at the library, bursting with pride that we had taken the first step towards a new fitness regime. On the way, we met other groups travelling at different directions and different speeds, and we felt part of the gang. It’s a fantastic way to meet new people and I can’t wait to go back.

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Friday 18th Oct 2013 • The Connemara Four Seasons Autumn Walking Festival begins today until Oct 20th. Guides Michael Gibbons and Gerry McCluskey provide a unique insight into the rich cultural, archaeological and historic heritage of this most beautiful and wild part of the country.


The Mick Lally Theatre

• 10am: Paperbelle plays at the Druid Lane Theatre; Hand’s Up! at an Taibhdhearc; Tom Chapin at the Black Box Theatre; Human Child at the Town Hall. All show again at 12pm. • 10:30am: Me, Mollser plays at the Town Hall Theatre Studio (also at 12pm); Spot at Nun’s Island Theatre (also at 2pm). • 3pm: Catch another showing of Paperbelle at the Druid Lane Theatre. • 8pm: Today is the start of Connemara Sea Week 2013 in Letterfrack. The official launch is at 8pm at Letterfrack Church with a Mol an Oige concert. • 9:30pm: Gypsy Rebel Rabble will launch their album at the Townhouse. • 9:30pm: Enjoy a trad session with Connemara’s finest - Johnny Connolly on box, Marcus Hernon on flute and Oireachtas winner Gearoid Devaney - sean nos dance at Molly’s Bar Letterfrack. • 10pm: Canadian singer/ songwriter Amelia Curran will take to the stage at Monroe’s Live.

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It’s been part of Galway since 1979 and now the Druid Theatre, on Druid Lane, will be renamed after founding member, Mick Lally. It is an amazing tribute to the late actor, given that the Druid name has grown to become synonymous with world-class performances around the globe.

Druid was founded in Galway in 1975 by NUIG graduates, Garry Hynes, Mick Lally and Marie Mullen. They established their own auditorium in 1979 and the city centre theatre is the birthplace for all of Druid’s work. It will be officially named The Mick Lally Theatre during an event in November.

Surprise! – It’s the Manic Street Preachers It was the best kept secret in town. Revellers at The King’s Head in the city had the shock of their rock lives when legendary band, The Manic Street Preachers, took to the stage during the Guinness Live festivities. Only the owner, Paul Grealish, knew of the surprise guests. He had to keep quiet for a number of months in advance of the gig – even keeping it from staff. The band was ushered into the venue through the back

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door and announced just before they appeared on stage to the excited crowd.

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TheCRAIC at The KING’S HEAD PhotosBy Darius IVAN


The Apples, the Oysters and the Broken Bones By Avril HORAN “I love the Amazing Apples” They are one of my favourite Galway bands - a spark that ignited on a dark night at a small gig in Fibber McGees on Eyre Square. Since then, they have scaled the heights of Electric Picnic, recorded their own album and opened for the likes of Mumford and Sons and Damien Dempsey. Their high paced and rousing tunes always have the crowd on their feet and they have discovered the formula for top class entertainment while being true to them-

selves as musicians. Their talent was showcased to a global audience during the Saturday celebrations at the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival marquee. And they were rockin’. Tourists from across the globe were bopping to the lively mix of covers and original music with a distinctive Irish twist. They even started a conga line such was the jubilance created between the folds of the giant tent. Only the final minutes of the Cork and Clare All Ireland final could distract from the crowd thumping melodies.

A television was set up especially for the game, and drew the less dancing inclined and sports fans alike to the screen, as the countdown to Clare’s victory commenced. It was the heady heights of the oyster festival, where not even broken bones would deter one competitor from fighting for the shucking crown. Norway’s Heini Peterson, fell during Saturdays’ proceedings, fracturing his foot. And yet he made it back from A&E within minutes of the final. Despite his determination, the overall winner was Denmark’s Jesper Knudsen, who

opened 30 oysters in 2.17 minutes. It was the first world title for the 29-year-old Dane. There was a 25% increase in the number of international visitors, part of the 30,000 revellers who joined the weekend celebrations. Amongst them, was former Miss World, Rosanna Davison, who came especially for the festival with a group of friends. Jennie Frost, from girl band, Atomic Kitten was also spotted in the crowd. Chairperson Cian O’Broin, said they are “delighted” at its success and the feedback has been “overwhelmingly positive” for the city.




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Saturday 19th Oct 2013 • 10:30am: C’est Dans La Poche – It’s In The Pocket plays at the Town Hall Theatre Studio as part of Baboró (also at 12pm). • 11am: Ireland Reaching Out will host an open day today at their new offices on 58 Main Street Loughrea. It will be officially launched by Town Mayor, James Regan. The event is open to all who are interested in volunteering with the programme. • 11am: Paperbelle plays at the Druid Lane Theatre (also at 1pm and 3pm). • 12pm: Spot plays at the Nun’s Island Theatre (also at 2pm). • 3pm: Hand’s Up! at An Taibhdhearc (and again at 5pm).

Rural Life

The Plough and The Vintage Cars By Avril HORAN

Traditions of farming past are brought to life at rural shows across the county, and this was the case at the Tullykyne Vintage Show on Sunday, September 29. Organised by the local community in aid of Galway Parkinsons Association, it is a throwback in time to the agricultural era of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Young children climb aboard tractors and ponies, and test their skills with a digger by manoeuvring the giant mechanical arm. Adults meander around chatting with a cup of tea in hand, as the tug o war teams take up their positions, and dig their

heels in for pride of township. Events such as this are hugely important, especially for young people who grow up in a semiurban environment. They help us to understand our past, with horse ploughing and vintage thrashing machines, and are a reminder of old traditions within our community. Farming has changed so much, from horse and plough to modern less labour intensive methods. It is a great opportunity to bring us back in time and a great day out for the family.

• 6pm: Tom Chapin at the Black Box Studio. • 8pm: Enjoy the jazz stylings of the five-piece Equinox band at the Town Hall Theatre. • 8pm: Anthony Previte will officially open the Small Works Art Exhibition, showcasing the work of established and emerging artists with the theme ‘A Memory of the Sea’ at the Connemara National Park. • 9pm: Walking On Cars play at the Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street. • 10pm: The Kaye Twins Power House Brass perform classic hits from the ‘80’s to now with a sax and trumpet twist at Monroe’s Live.

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Sunday 20th Oct 2013 • 10:30am: C’est Dans La Poche – It’s In The Pocket plays at the Town Hall Theatre Studio as part of Baboró (also at 12pm). • 11am: Paperbelle plays at the Druid Lane Theatre (also at 1pm and 3pm). • 12pm: Spot plays at the Nun’s Island Theatre (also at 2pm). • 12pm: Hand’s Up! at An Taibhdhearc (and again at 2pm). • 1pm: Enjoy a family fun day with a difference with Kite Flying at the Connemara West Centre, Letterfrack. • 2pm: The Q club takes place at the Town Hall Theatre. • 3pm: Connemara’s biggest book fair takes place at Ellis Hall, Letterfrack. • 3pm: Enjoy the Silent (But Deadly) Disco at the Sea Point Ballroom as part of Baboró. • 3:30pm: Embark on the Killary Challenge as part of Sea Week at the Connemara West Centre, Letterfrack. • 5pm: Tom Chapin at the Black Box Studio. • 8pm: It’s Open Mic night at the Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street. • 8:15pm: The Galway Film Society presents Renoir at the Town Hall Theatre. • 9:30pm: Naymedici play upstairs at the Townhouse Bar.

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Valuable Irish Book Collection Presented to NUIG An extensive collection of Irish language books has been presented to NUIG by the daughter of writer, Deasún Breatnach. His valuable collection of 750 books, ranging from history to literature and culture was donated to Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge’s Centre in An Cheathrú Rua. Born in 1922, Deasún Breatnach was a well known writer, journalist, republican and activist. His passion for the Irish language was such that, in 1966, he went on hunger strike to draw attention to the lack of progress on Irish language education. Both Luci, his wife, and Deasún formed part of the

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original group that founded the first all-Irish secondary school, Scoil Lorcáin, in Monkstown. Breatnach wrote a wide variety of books and material in the Irish language including novels for teenagers, children’s stories, and research books about our oral tradition, poetry, short stories and journalism. “This is a very generous act and our heartfelt thanks go to the Breatnach family,” said Dónall Ó Braonáin of Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge. “He plied his craft very capably and added greatly to the national and cultural discourse. This is a quality that we seek to instill in our own students and they will benefit greatly,” he said.

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TheCRAIC at MONROE’S Live PhotosBy Darius IVAN


Queen of the Castle For One Night Only

It’s not often I have the opportunity to sit and enjoy a warmed goats cheese tartlet with a sweet pear sorbet and vine tomatoes in tangy balsamic, as the moonlight makes a stone castle glimmer and reflect upon the calm inky waters. A lone boat laps gently in the breeze as the majestic Ashford Castle soars into the navy of the night. I was fortunate to win a voucher to stay at the luxurious 5-star hotel, located less than an hours’ drive from Galway City. For one night only, we were in a cocoon typically reserved for the rich and famous, many of whom were photographed for the gallery wall. With great food, a magical atmosphere and stunning surroundings, it is cleverly designed to ensure you never want to leave again. After checking in, we took a walk through the oak panelled rooms. We were like

two children as we ooo’d and ahh’d at the antique furniture and glistening chandeliers. Large windows framed the picture perfect landscape. We weren’t regulars, and you could tell. To counteract our delectably posh surroundings, we opted not to dine at the swanky George V and chose the cosy companionship of Cullens, a thatched cottage just a short walk through the archways and over the bridge. Stuffed

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to the gills after a three course meal with a splashing of wine, we wandered merrily back to, what one local described, as the house with 40 chimneys. We were drawn into the lounge by an enchanting voice, and I don’t say that lightly, where we sat and enjoyed the music of Una and Peter with a mix of Irish, American, Canadian and UK tourists. Upon booking, I had visions of staying up ‘til the wee hours, with a

small glass of whiskey warming the cockles, before a roaring fire. But sleeping beauty herself must have been intoxicated by the charms of an Irish castle. We couldn’t keep our eyes open and were asleep before the clock struck midnight. In the morning, we were stuck to the folds of the most comfortable bed in the world. Only the appeal of a freshly cooked breakfast would move us out of our slumber.

Natalia and Michal’s engagement photo-shoot at Ashford Castle

A walk around the grounds uncovers hidden gardens and winding woodlands by the water, lacking only an appearance by the odd fairy or leprechaun. The sprawling Ashford estate spans two counties, Galway and Mayo.

It is for this reason that any failing in the castle interior is forgiven. One entry in the visitor book stated that it was in need of a make-over and certainly our room, while pleasant, didn’t take our breath away. It is for this reason that the castle will

close after Christmas for two months as new owners, The Red Carnation Group, breathe new life into the old gem. With everything from falconry, fishing, boat trips, beauty rooms, golf and horse-riding, there is a lot more on

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Monday 21st Oct 2013 • 8pm: The Red Kettle Theatre Company presents Beyond The Brooklyn Sky at the Town Hall Theatre. Described as a “terrific production” by The Irish Times. • 8:30pm: The Rambling House takes place at Mary Ruddy’s House Letterfrack. The rambling house was a big feature in Irish rural life – these were houses in which people gathered on a regular basis to swap tunes, gossip, tell yarns and meet up with friends in a warm convivial atmosphere, over a cup of tea and a good fire. Recapture the spirit of these rambling houses with storyteller Nuala Hayes, musicians Johnny Connolly and Marcus Hernon for some great tunes, a few songs, some stories and maybe the odd lie! All welcome. • 10pm: Check out the fantastic Black Magic Big Band at Busker Brownes – a swingin’ set with top talent and it’s absolutely free! • 10:30pm: The Silent Disco returns to the Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street. • Or enjoy a night with a difference at Sally Long’s rock bar, celebrating 25 years this year. You can’t miss it, thanks to the giant mural outside and the even bigger hard rock beats.

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Galway United


Fans of the beautiful game were no doubt delighted to see that the Galway soccer club have been recently reinstated after several years in hiatus. Rebranded as ‘Galway F.C.’, the club will still host games at the Terryland stadium next season. The new club will have access to players from both Salthill Devon and Mervue United, drawing the best and brightest in to some sort of super team, we can only hope! In theory, the structure of the new club is between the management and the very loyal supporters trust, who funded the teams for the last 18 months, before its closure in 2011. Soccer has always found a home in Galway, despite the county’s, understandable love of football and hurling. This will not be the first name change for the Galway team; they were known as Galway

Rovers on their founding in 1937. The Rovers made their first foray into the League Cup in 1976. There was no fairytale victory though and, that year, the Cup went to Limerick, who thumped four past Sligo Rovers. Galway had by no means been embarrassed however, and the club was invited by the FIA to join The League of Ireland for the following season. Early seasons were quite tough for the Rovers with no titles; change came in 1981, when they faced off against the might of Dundalk F.C. (who won the League of Ireland the year before and in 1981). The Galway Rovers came out hard and, in a tense game, they held The Lilly Whites to a nil all draw. Alas, it was not Galway’s day and they lost at the Russian roulette of penalties! Perhaps as a knee jerk reaction, the name of the »


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Tuesday 22nd Oct 2013 • 8pm: The Red Kettle Theatre Company presents Beyond The Brooklyn Sky for the final night at the Town Hall Theatre. • 8pm: Its Comedy Festival time, presenting stellar comedy headliners in multiple venues in Galway city and tonight, Stuart Lee will hopefully tickle your funny bone at the Roisin Dubh with ‘Much a Stew About Nothing’. • 8:30pm: It’s time for The Rambling House again at Mary Ruddy’s House Letterfrack. A fantastic idea reigniting the storytelling traditions of old with music and song, gossip and craic. • 9pm: Catch The Yeti Suite at the Townhouse Bar and Live Music venue.







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was changed to Galway United at the end of the season. The next number of years saw Galway improve, they climbed the ranks of Irish soccer and finally made it to Europe in the 1985-86 season. Dutch phrase book in hand (for the curse words!) and with their brightest colours on, the Tribesmen swept in to The Netherlands and on to the European stage - where they were soundly beaten 8-2 by FC Groningen! Licking their wounds at home, Galway got revenge on Dundalk by beating them to the League Cup. United had their first major win. Five years later, Galway United were firmly entrenched in the top flight of Irish soccer. They faced off against one of the greatest teams in Irish soccer in the 1991 final of the FAI Cup, Shamrock Rovers F.C. The Hoops were looking for their 25th victory! Galway, were looking damn nervous! A tight and hard fought game followed, the clock counted towards 90 and it was nil all. It looked as though Galway were once again going to face the lottery of penalties! Then, with five minutes to go, Johnny Glynn tapped in a late winner,

and the Galway seats exploded. Champions again! That victory was arguably the high point of United’s history. They were once again trounced in Europe, 7-0, this time by Danish team, Odense. The club went into a slow decline over the following decade with several relegations and promotions. Despite getting promoted back up to the premier division in 2006, the team struggled, and never finished higher than 7th. Fans remained loyal though and the club had a very strong core in the supporters trust. It was a spirited effort but in 2011 the club shut its doors. The supporters trust kept the good fight going and gathered enough money to apply to the FIA for a license. This was blocked twice by the FIA, despite the fact that supporter’s trusts of Cork, Derry and Shamrock Rovers had all been given a license after the closure of those clubs. Nonetheless, it seems now that all parties are in agreement, and Galway will have a soccer club again next season. Hopefully there will be a rally of the fans to support this new Galway F.C. and who knows, we might all get a day out in The Aviva Stadium!


VOX POP Where’s the CRAIC?

Joe Puliafico

If you really want to have good craic, you have to head to Connemara. Morans is very nice place and Kilkerrin also.

Patrick Dunne

I’m in Galway for few days only, but I had great craic at McCambridges. I’ve met a few friends and we were speaking Irish.

Sigita Gudelyte

Nolleen Keane

In Galway, I’d be looking for the craic in Monroe’s, the Roisin Dubh and other places around.

Gernot Isola

I’m looking for it for a few days.

The craic is in Prestige Salon. You will find the best staff, the best services and anything you really need.

Nicola Mc Nulty

Paula Mullany

The craic is definitely night time on Quay Street because there are great pubs and Galway is very good for traditional Irish music. During the day, there’s great shopping here.

The craic is in the city centre, mainly on Quay Street and around the King’s Head - that’s where the main craic is.

Jay Bratten

The craic is at Fallers Sweater Shop on High Street! For the craic at night, I like the Crane bar, where there is always great fun; definitely The Quays, with great live music, Busker Brownes, the Front Door and where I live in Bohermore is great craic too.

Patrick Molloy

The craic is wherever I can meet with my friends. Now I’m trying to find The Craic in Galway!


Wednesday23rdOct 2013 • 8pm: Gretchen Peters will play at the Town Hall Theatre, described as elegant, touching and articulate. • 8pm: Stuart Lee plays again tonight at the Roisin Dubh with Much a Stew About Nothing as part of the Galway Comedy Festival. • 7:30pm: The After The Light Spectacle takes place in Letterfrack village, Connemara, transforming it into a space where the underworld comes to life in an amazing parade involving some 300 children of all ages. • 8pm: Catch comedians Lee Mack, Russell Howard, Mike Wilmot, Eric Lawlor and Phil Jupitus at the Seapoint Ballroom.




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SHOWCASING GALWAY’S MOST TALENTED Coyote Factor returns to Galway city this November for it’s sixth year running, and will be held in Coyotes plush new venue on 34 Shop Street every Thursday night. The singing competition is reknowned as a fantastic night out to be had by people of all ages, and displays the talent of the West. The contest allows those involved, whether soloists or duos, to build up their confidence in relation to performing live for large crowds. It also offers people the chance to meet new people, get their name out and meet industry professionals. The previous winners have gone on to work in the music industry

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professionally, and truly valued the opportunities given to them after the finale. The prize fund this year is 10,000 euro. 1st Prize: €5,000 & Premium Recording Package, 1st Runner Up : €2,000, 2nd Runner Up: €1,000, Audience Favourite :€2,000. An additional €1,000 is available to a Business/Society/Social club if the winner has been entered on behalf of them. Contact the team to get an application form and set audition date. Email info@ or phone 086 794 3460. Must be 18 and over. No previous experience required.

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Thursday 24th Oct 2013 • 6:30pm: Steve Bennett presents In Bits at the Town Hall Theatre Studio. • 8pm: Comedians Lee Mack, Phill Jupitus, James Walmsley and John Colleary will have you laughing out loud at the Roisin Dubh. • 8pm: At the Town Hall Theatre, catch comedians Russell Howard, Mike Wilmot, Eddie Brill and Barry Murphy. • 8pm: The ever popular Nualas will have you in stitches at An Taibhdhearc with their show One Night of Dignity. • 8pm: The Mad Hatters Tea Party takes place at Kellys, Bridge Street, as part of the comedy festival.


Craicin’Good Beat! There is no better way to enjoy fitness than to dance. No matter what style: céilí, disco, hip hop, swing, waltz, ballet, Zumba or your own unique moves - if you break a sweat, you’re doing it right! Get your feet moving, your heart pumping and your whole body swaying.

• 9pm: If you are not up for comedy tonight, catch 4 Men and A Bass at the Townhouse Bar. • 11pm: Jemson Green will have the joint jumpin’ at Monroe’s Live.

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It’s impossible to feel grumpy while dancing, so it’s good for the mind and soul as well as the body. There are dance classes of every genre on offer in Galway if you fancy meeting new people, or just go to a club or pub with your friends. There’s no need for alcohol; in fact, the salsa, swing and kizomba parties in Galway are not for big drinkers

• 8pm: The stars of Father Ted will be at The King’s Head.


Bealach iontach chun sult a bhaint as an aclaíocht ná damhsa. Is cuma cén cineál damhsa; céilí, dioscó, hip hop, salsa, swing, válsa, bailé, Zumba nó léim thart ar do stíl féin - má chuireann tú allas tá tú á dhéanamh i gceart! Bíodh na cosa ag imeacht, an croí ag bualadh agus an corp ar fad ag bogadh. Ní féidir a bheith gruama nuair a bhíonn tú ag damhsa, mar sin déanann sé maitheas don intinn freisin. Is iomaí rang damhsa atá ar fáil i nGaillimh má tá fonn ort


and nobody gets funny looks if they’re on the water. And don’t forget to visit the best dancefloor in the world: your own kitchen. Grab your partner, your kids, or just by yourself - turn up the volume and let loose!

bualadh le daoine nua, nó téigh chuig teach tábhairne nó club le do chairde féin. Ní gá a bheith ag ól ach an oiread. Go deimhin, ní bhítear ag ól mórán ag na cóisirí salsa, swing nó kizomba nó ar fud na cathrach, agus ní chuirtear brú ar bith ar éinne nach bhfuil ag iarraidh a bheith ag ól. Agus ná déan dearmad cuairt a thabhairt ar an gclub damhsa is fearr dá bhfuil ann - do chistin féin! Le do chéile, do ghasúir nó leat féin, ardaigh an ceol agus léim thart!

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