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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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Kilkee hosts one-man show preview

A PREVIEW of a new one-man theatrical piece entitled The Mid-Knight Cowboy will be held in Kilkee this Saturday, before it heads to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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