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Feast of amateur drama in Kilmurry McMahon

THE first amateur dramatic society to form in Kilmurry McMahon in living memory puts on its debut performance in the West Clare parish in the new year.Last Tango In Kilmurry McMahon, a one-act comedy written by David Tristram, will be presented on January 4 by the newly formed Rambling House Players and will introduce four new Kilmurry McMahon actors. Also taking to the stage on the same night is the Kilmurry McMahon ICA with their production of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?Originally called Last Tango in Little Grimley, Rambling House Players decided to change some of the names and references to make it more accessible to a local audience.Michael Coughlan plays Gordon, Sabrina Keogh stars as Margaret, Francis Downes plays Bernard and Yvonne Baumann plays Joyce. This is the first time the four actors have performed on stage since their days in school.The play is about the local drama group, who have hardly any members and struggle to attract …

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Carsten takes a new look at Ireland’s Coast

RENOWNED Clare photographer Carsten Krieger has recently released his latest book of photographs.Entitled Ireland’s Coast, it is a celebration of Ireland’s coast with 250 beautiful photographs by the Kilbaha-based photographer.Wherever you are in Ireland, you are never far from the sea. The country’s 3,000km coastline is a place of natural beauty and vibrant history – beaches, fishing villages and harbours, mudflats and salt marshes, lighthouses and promenades. These are the images that Carsten wanted to capture in this book.“I always wanted to make a book on the coast. It’s an obvious theme if you live on an island. After I had finished my first book with the O’Brien Press (Ireland – Glorious Landscapes), we did some brainstorming what to do next and Ireland’s coast appealed most to all.“Where it became difficult was the approach: I had another landscape book in mind. O’Brien wanted a more general approach. In the end, the brief was very simple: include anything related to the …

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Christy plans second Glór show

DUE to popular demand, Christy Moore has added a second concert at Ennis’ Glór Theatre. Hailed as Ireland’s greatest living musician, in RTÉ’s People of the Year Awards, Moore will play the Ennis venue on Friday, February 22 and again on Saturday, February 23. A busy 2012 saw the Kildare native continue a series of sold-out shows and TV appearances and this coming year promises to be yet another milestone in a packed and eventful career, that has spanned over 40 years. Christy began 2012 with three sell-out shows at Dublin’s Grand Canal Theatre, followed by a televised performance at the BBC Folk Awards in February. Last spring, he appeared in a series of dates around Ireland, before embarking on a 10-day tour of the UK, which included two triumphant gigs at London’s Royal Festival Hall.On his return to Ireland, he kicked off the summer with an appearance at the Live at the Marquee concert series. This marked the folk-singer’s …

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Up Close and Personal with Frankie Gavin and De Danann

THE Island Music Club Presents Frankie Gavin and De Dannan as part of their Up Close and Personal Tour on Saturday, December 29 in Minogue’s Bar, Tulla. The event kicks off in the backroom of Minogue’s from 9pm. Frankie Gavin and De Dannan return to Tulla in the middle of their 32-county tour of Ireland. Their tour is taking the band to a variety of venues and locations, which would not ordinarily play host to such a well-known band or, in some cases, events of this type. According to Frankie, the move is largely motivated by the band’s wish to “lift the hearts of the Irish people during this extraordinary economic climate in Ireland”.As a result, the band is, for the most part, bringing its music to local communities throughout Ireland.The current De Dannan ensemble is led by Frankie on fiddle, flutes and whistles and he is joined by Barry Brady on accordion, Colm O’Caoimh on guitar, Paul O’Driscoll on …

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TV treats for seasonal sit-ins

IN preparation for the Christmas special of Downton Abbey (no, wait, sorry, suppressing fits of laughter) ITV’s The Making Of A Lady was a rather curious affair on Sunday night. A much-changed adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1901 novel The Making of a Marchioness, it begins as quite the sweet Cinderella story. Emily Fox-Seaton (Lydia Wilson) the wide-eyed innocent girl of good parentage but no cash becomes the helpful sort to a cranky aunt (a tragically wasted Joanna Lumley) of loaded Lord James Walderhurst (Linus Roache). One matter-of-fact “I need a sensible woman” proposal later and a rags to riches tale is on the cards for Emily.  That’s when two roads diverged so to speak and the horse and cart veered wildly off the romantic period drama track and into Victorian thriller territory. His Lordship absconds to India with little in the way of an explanation as to why. So the now pregnant Emily gets his Lordship’s wayward cousin (James …

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