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‘The Tinker’s Curse’ returns

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Date Published: 02-Jun-2011

Michael Harding’s acclaimed play, The Tinker’s Curse returns to the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10.

Telling the story of a travelling man who climbs Croagh Patrick to do penance for the sins of a lifetime, this play is performed by the writer, accompanied by musician Finbar Coady. The Tinker’s Curse is a rare insight into the joys and sorrows that make up the life of an Irish Traveller, and as a result is both funny and poignant. The play was first produced by Livin’ Dred Theatre Company in 2007 and was nominated for Best New Play in The Irish Times Theatre Awards.

Harding plays Rattigan, a Traveller old enough to remember the old days when Travellers in Ireland had a place in the scheme of things, fixing pots and pans. However “plastic killed the Travelling People” he explains, and much of the traditions and lore have been lost.

Harding breaks many of the conventions of the theatre as he embarks on Rattigan’s story, and his need to tell people who he is. Along the way the audience meets his wife Julia, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, who has “been in the audience of The Late Late Show”; his daughter Michelle, who is blissfully unaware of the effects her blossoming sexuality has, and Johnny Reilly, a ‘buffer’ or settled man who comes a courting.

Theatre critic of The Sunday Independent Emer O’Kelly was deeply impressed by the production and by Harding’s performance, describing the play as “a heart-searing, heart-searching piece of work, provoking tears and haunting the soul” and Harding’s performance as “nothing short of glorious – a piece of sustained dramatic economy that is performance art of soaring, incandescent strength”.

Booking is now open at the Theatre on 091-569777 or on the web at www.tht.ie

 

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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