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No formula for funny

COMEDIAN Conal Gallen is coming to Glór on Friday evening.The Donegal man says his show doesn’t work to a formula, with little if any planning going into what material will be used on a given night.“It’s two hours, there’s about six songs in it, mostly comedy songs, maybe one serious one. I get on the stage at eight o’clock and the audience are wondering what’s coming next and so am I.“I don’t learn off stuff in order, it’s just what comes into the head. Sometimes I’d start a joke and half way through you’d move onto something else. I’ve often started a joke at ten past eight and maybe at 10pm I go back to it.”His songs are all tongue in cheek, with titles like Horse It Into Ya, Cynthia, Do Your Ears Hang Low and Rolling in the Hay and he describes himself as “a comedian who sings songs rather than a singer who tells jokes”.As is often the …

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Snapping up slick photographers

CLARE’S amateur photographers are being encouraged to take part in Top Oil’s annual competition.The theme of the competition this year is ‘fuelling creativity’ and it is open to all amateurs who can capture a shot in keeping with that, which has been taken in Ireland.Twelve winning images will be selected for Top Oil’s 2014 calendar with one overall winner landing the cover image. The overall winner will also receive a €1,000 voucher.New this year is a people’s choice selection and fans of the company’s Facebook page will get the chance to vote for their favourite image, which will be chosen from a selection of shortlisted images.Anyone interested in entering should upload their pictures to topphotocompetition.ie. Each shot should be no lower than 2MB in size and should be of as high a resolution as possible. Entrants must be willing to have their pictures published in the calendar if chosen.The closing date for entries is May 31.  

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Appealling to scriptwriters’ competitive streak

Galway Film Centre and RTÉ have announced two cash awards of €9,500 each under their 2013 Short Film Awards. The awards will be given to the two best scripts submitted to Galway Film Centre and the deadline is 12 noon on Friday, April 12. The best scripts will be short-listed for interview and two winners will be awarded the prize money to produce a short film, as well as the use of equipment and facilities from Galway Film Centre, and a commitment from RTÉ to screen the finished film. Application forms are available on request from info@galwayfilmcentre.ie.The submitted script should be as close to a final draft as possible. The winning scriptwriter will work with the assistance of a professional script editor to finalise and polish the script before shooting. €9,000 will be awarded towards the production costs and €500 will be used to hire the services of a script editor to work with the writer.The Short Script Award competition, …

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€200,000 boost for county organisations

Three Clare arts organisations have received a funding boost of more than €200,000 through the Arts Council. The three beneficiaries are Glór Irish Music Centre, which will receive €86,000, Salmon Poetry receiving €42,000 and Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy awarded €80,000. The Arts Council said it chose to invest a total of €208,000 in these three Clare-based organisations due to their proven track record of delivering great arts experiences for people all over the county and beyond.The funding comes through the Arts Council’s three main annual grants programmes. In addition, people in Clare will enjoy the arts through Arts Council funding for touring, projects and bursaries for talented artists throughout the year.The Arts Council offered the following annual funding for the period to the end of March 2014 to The ever-popular Scoil Samhraidh celebrates its 40th year this year, and is held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy, it is also Ireland’s largest traditional music summer school. …

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WDC offers creative industries chance to get on track

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has launched its second call for applicants under its micro loan fund for creative industries. Following a very successful first call in June of last year, the fund has already disbursed €120,000 to creative businesses in the Western Region and is now looking to increase its disbursals over 2013.Creative industries are defined as occupations and industries centred on creativity, for the production and distribution of original goods and services. There are 12 creative industries that make up the creative sector and businesses from these sectors are eligible to apply: advertising; architecture; art/antiques trade; crafts; design; digital media; fashion; internet and software; music, visual and performing arts; publishing; radio and tv broadcasting; video, film and photography. The fund is designed to support creative industries, which, based on extensive WDC research, is an area of burgeoning growth potential within the region. “Access to finance is an issue for Creative Industries and, as such, the fund seeks to …

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Kilrush enters into the fairytale world of Brigadoon

KILRUSH Choral Society will be clearing their collective throats just before 8pm each evening this week until St Patrick’s night. The group is presenting Brigadoon, in Kilrush Community School. The musical is their ninth annual production. The presentation features up to 50 people on stage, including tenor Joe Kiely and his young grandson, Joe Junior. The show is produced by Ger Rush, while Catherine Tobin is the musical director. Brigadoon is a romantic, tragic and comedy, featuring men in kilts, bonnie lasses, whiskey and bagpipes. Charlie Killeen plays Tommy Albright, Deirdre Browne is Fiona MacKeith, Kevin Shalloo plays Jeff and Cathy Collins is Meg Brockie. The story revolves around two Americans, Tommy and Jeff, who get lost during the first night of their hunting trip in Scotland. They then stumble upon a village, Brigadoon. They learn that the town appears once every 100 years in order to preserve its peace and special beauty. The citizens go to bed at night …

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Brennan brings his Clarescapes to the Temple Gate

ON March 20, Newmarket-on-Fergus painter Philip Brennan will unveil his 20th solo show, Clarescapes, at the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis. The exhibition will be opened by writer and historian Seán Spellissy at 8pm in the Great Hall, where it will be on display until 8pm on Friday, March 22.Featuring over 40 works, Clarescapes marries together Philip’s passion for nature, birds, landscape and his growing enthusiasm for song and music. Most of the paintings are in watercolour but inks and acrylic are also used.In the last year and a half, Philip has taken part in several local group exhibitions, exhibiting at the Sweeney Gallery in Kilkee, the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon as well as participating in the 2011 Florence Biennale exhibition in Italy. He started showing paintings in group exhibitions in the late 1970s and had his first solo show in Ennis in 1983. He felt it fitting to return to where it all started, to showcase his 20th solo exhibition. …

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Working in tandem from across the divide

The Son of the Man who Saves the World is a two-person exhibition, which goes on display at the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon on Friday at 8pm. The exhibit features works that playfully engage with notions of authorship, collaboration, derivative work and pizza by Jim Ricks and Andrew Salomone.  Despite having not worked directly together since 2006, both Ricks and Salomone have pursued similar art practices after attending the Burren College of Art Masters programme. They both use equal parts humour, approximation and appropriation to create work and have much in common as artists, making their own highly fallible versions of things.By coincidence, they both applied, separately, to work with the Courthouse Gallery many years ago and, about three years ago, they were contacted to have a two-person show. The duo decided to work in tandem to create the exhibition, each expressing his own practice, yet responding to one another. The title is a translation of the sequel to a Turkish …

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