All posts by Avril Horan

A Wee Bit of Magic as St. Patrick’s Day Nears

“When you are old and gray and full of sleep  And nodding by the fire, take down this book,  And slowly read, and dream of the soft look  Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;” –William Bu… Source: A Wee Bit of Magic as St. Patrick’s Day Nears Advertisements

Galway, Or How I Learned To Pace Myself

Galway Cathedral (November, 2015) Ahhhh, yes. The Galway Cathedral, surrounded by a haze during my last full day in the city. Am I sad that this is my only picture of the city? Maybe. Unlike Lisbon… Source: Galway, Or How I Learned To Pace Myself

DruidShakespeare sweeps the boards at Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards – Druid Theatre Company, Galway, Ireland

DruidShakespeare sweeps the boards at Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards Druid won 5 awards for DruidShakespeare at tonight’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards: Best Production Best Director – Garry Hynes Best Actress – Derbhle Crotty Best Actor – Marty Rea Best Costume Design – Doreen McKenna and Francis O’Connor Marie Mullen spoke on behalf of DruidShakespeare director Garry Hynes: ‘It is a privilege to accept these awards for DruidShakespeare. Many people came along the road with us on this production, from the very early stages to the final curtain and I would especially like to thank our co-producers, Lincoln Center Festival, our associate producers, Kilkenny Arts Festival, our funders the Arts Council […]

Knights in Singing Armour for Galway Simon

The A Capella Knights invite all of our Craic in Galway readers to their concert ‘White Christmas: An Eclectic Mix of Festive Favourites’ at 7.45pm on December 4 , 2015 at the Galway Cathedral in aid of the Galway Simon Community. The local group has gathered some of Galway’s best voices for an evening of Christmas and traditional festive music in a colourful mix of cappella vocals, instrumental, soloists, and choral music. Joining them on the evening are guest groups The Bluebirds, Galway Baytones, Gospel Wedding Choir and The Tribal Chamber Choir. “The current crisis is driving a lot of people into homelessness, many of which never thought they would find […]

Supply and Command by The Deans – Available!

Galway band, The Deans, are set to launch their new EP, Supply & Command, in Paris on December 1st, 2015, London on December 19th and back home to Roisin Dubh in Galway on December 27th.  It’s the next step for the all-terrain rock band, who won the US based Unsigned Only music competition in 2013 – judged by the likes of Iggy Pop, Tom Waits and Black Francis. We caught up with Gavin Dean (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards and harmonica), Ronan Lally (bass and vocals) and Gari Keon (drums and vocals) to find out more about this made in Galway band. By Avril Horan     Name: The Deans. Age: Combined […]

The All Blacks at The Abbeyglen!

Family Ties: Paul and Brian Hughes – Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden

The Problem with “Galway Girl” | Jess & Jana

If you’re lucky enough to have visited the Irish town, you’ll understand the way we’re feeling. (To any Newfoundlanders & Labradorians reading this, […]

The Island – Inishbofin is an island haven

Inishbofin goes to sleep over the winter and the hotels close, “Yet the pub remains the central hub of the community”

She Is Lovely And Fair – Best of luck to the Galway Rose Tonight

By Avril HORAN The tea will be made and the prayers will be said before Moycullen’s Olga Lee (25) steps out onto the stage in the Dome, as she represents Galway in this year’s Rose of Tralee, taking place from August 14th to 18th. Olga comes from a large family, with five sisters and, following a stint in Trinity, she will return to NUIG this September to complete a master’s degree in business psychology.  We had to find out more about this cake loving beauty with our own Q and A before she faces presenter Daithi O’Sé live on RTE tonight. How has the Rose of Tralee experience been so far? […]

Feeling Like Calling The Omnibussman!

all i was asking for was a loan like… typical customer servrice these days!! honestly like… where is Ronda Rousey when u need her! — feeling like calling the omnibussman! THE FABULOUS LIFE OF PHYLLIS DALY    

All Ghosts Sound A Bit Welsh in ‘Rubby Room’ – The Craic with David O’Doherty

By Avril HORAN For comedian David O’Doherty, all ghosts “sound a bit Welsh”.  We uncover this fascinating tidbit at a comedy show held in the King’s Head Ruby Room as part of the Galway International Arts Festival. His unique style of stand-up has won him international acclaim, and we had an opportunity to chat with him before he took tested out new material on the “lab rats” at this lunchtime event.   Naturally I open with the question what’s the Craic? “It’s a tricky word,” he says, “and its very often used to describe terrible things – ‘we were only having the craic’ when someone has just taken your bed and […]

The CRAIC in Galway, August 2015, Edition 48, @AnPucan

Welcome to the 48th edition of the Craic in Galway magazine.  Isn’t it just fantastic when someone has the opportunity to meet their hero.  Elena Tully from Renmore managed just that when she met Hollywood icon Bette Midler at her concert at the O2 in London.  Overwhelmed with the emotion of it all, Elena managed to squeeze three hugs out of the star following an amazing performance.  She has the memories, and of course the photo, to last a lifetime.  Another Renmore beauty, Tirna Slevin, is following her dream in the hope of becoming Miss Ireland, while Moycullen’s Olga Lee, will battle it out on prime time TV for the chance […]