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Happy occasion for Ennis playwright

AT just 20 years of age, Michael Marshall is to have his first play read by Druid Theatre during the Galway Arts Festival. It’s a coup for the young Ennis man, who is studying Performing Arts at Sligo Institute of Technology and has been involved with Clare Youth Theatre. The play, Happy Birthday Jacob, tells the story of 17-year-old Jacob Dooley, who is playing both mother and father to his 10-year-old brother Lucas, while both parents are absent.No one suspects the two are alone, with only Jacob’s girlfriend Terry in on the secret. Things are going fine until their mother returns, which brings a lot of upheaval. Speaking to The Clare Champion Michael said he is delighted that Druid has chosen his play, although the significance of it did not strike him immediately.“When I got the email, first of all it didn’t hit me. Of course everyone else in my course in college would know how big a deal it …

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Chris honoured for contribution to Irish music

LEGENDARY concertina player, Chris Droney from Belharbour, is to be honoured with a national musician’s award, Gradam an Chomhaltais.

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Exploring the War’s other side

TUMULTUOS events in the early part of the last century are the backdrop for (pictured) PJ Curtis’ new novel A Nightingale Falling.

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Top acts for the Galway Arts Festival

MANY Clare people will make their way to the City of the Tribes this week and next for the Galway Arts Festival.

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Deep and meaningless

FILM REVIEW

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On the couch

DVD REVIEW

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September completion date for Clancy statue

A LIFE-size statue of internationally renowned uilleann piper Willie Clancy should be ready for viewing in September. Initially, it was hoped to have the statue of Miltown Malbay’s most famous son ready for the 2013 Willie Clancy Summer School. However, well-known sculptor Shane Gilmore said this arduous task has taken him longer than expected and he now anticipates it should be completed in September. Shane expects the statue will be quite big, considering Willie was 6’2” in height and plans to have him sitting on a stool with his legendary uilleann pipes in his hand. Having been commissioned by Barry Merrill and Judith Spencer Merrill, the sculptor visited Aras Oidhreacht An Chlár (OAC) last April to show a preliminary clay model of the bust of the statue to some of Willie’s old neighbours. The neighbours unanimously approved the likeness achieved by the sculptor. The sculptor’s work is based on a series of photographs in OAC and from Willie Clancy’s family, …

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Expanded programme for Céilí at the Crossroads

THE 17th annual Clarecastle Céilí at the Crossroads Festival takes place this week and this year’s expanded programme offers a rousing concert launching the festival and a fireworks display closing the festivities, with plenty of music in between.

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