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Film remembers the ‘Forgotten Maggies’

BRINGING to light the harrowing stories of four women who spent time in the Magdalene Laundries, the documentary The Forgotten Maggies generated massive public interest and media attention on its debut at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year.Directed by Steven O’Riordan, the documentary will be shown in Glór this month and Steven will be in Ennis for the screening.Speaking about the film, Steven said, “The documentary film itself is no Hollywood blockbuster. It’s very raw and sometimes emotionally challenging. However, what it does do is show and tell the sincere understanding we had for these women and the willingness to fight against both Church and State and the impact this has on a wider audience, which is something a lot of documentaries sometimes miss.”

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Quartet’s exhibition with a difference

TWO Ennis artists will form half of a quartet of visual artists who will be featured in a new exhibition at Limerick City Hall over the next week and, reflecting the current economic times, four works of art will be raffled free of charge on the night.

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Open day at Tulla Stables Arts Studios

THE Tulla Stables Arts Studios in East Clare will be holding an open day on Saturday from 1pm to 6pm, which will coincide with the Tulla Traditional Music Festival.Located in an old building, which dates back to 1817 when it was originally used as stables by families of the local Church of Ireland congregation, the refurbished studios were part of the County Arts Development Plan to address the needs of local artists.

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Book reading initiative for MS

CHILDREN across Clare are being encouraged to participate in the upcoming MS READaTHON, as the sign-up period for the event kicked off on Tuesday.

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At the movies

Movie Reviews

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Not too Late for Ryan to come of age

TV Review

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On the Couch

DVD Review

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Cork talent comes to Crusheen

THERE aren’t many musicians you can describe as ‘out of this world’ without it sounding like a bold claim. But for Cork singer songwriter  Ger Wolfe, who performs in Crusheen this month, this description is literally true.His new single A Song from Earth, taken from his new album No Bird Sang was specially written as a birthday present for American astronaut Dan Tani last year, and the song was beamed on board the International Space Station. Dan had been stuck on board the station after technical problems grounded the space shuttle. The astronaut is married to Cork woman Jane Egan and in February last year, a special celebration was organised at Cork’s Blackrock Castle Observatory for Dan’s birthday so he could speak from space with his in-laws, local schoolchildren and others. As part of the celebrations, Ger was approached by the observatory to create a song to mark the occasion. “When I tell people at gigs my song was beamed …

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