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A model exhibition for international society

THOSE interested in aviation modelling travelled from all over the country to Shannon last weekend for the International Plastic Modellers’ Society (IPMS) Ireland National Scale Modelling event. The event is held in different parts of Ireland and Shannon Atlantic Airventure were proud to host it this year.Originally founded in Britain in 1963 by modellers, the IPMS branched out into an international body, including Ireland since 2007. Society members build anything from standard kits to complicated models mostly from plastic. IPMS Ireland was officially opened in November 2008, and currently operates out of three branches – Cork, Dublin and Shannon.For the Shannon event, models, the majority of which were air jets and planes, were on display for visitors to marvel at. The level of detail was exquisite and IPMS member and overall winner Gerry Hanlon told The Clare Champion his model of a burnt-out Sherman tank took him months of hard work and dedication to create.“There was probably more research that …

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Thanks for the poetry, Sarah

SARAH Clancy needed a break. After a day’s work as a development officer with Amnesty International, the Salthill native’s spare time was consumed with campaigning, including opposing the construction of the Shell gas pipeline in Rossport. The divisions between her professional and personal life were starting to blur. On a week’s holiday in Norway in 2009, Sarah remembered she always wanted to write. She returned to Galway with 10 poems and joined a creative writing class with poet Kevin Higgins.Three years later, she has three books of poetry to her name. Thanks for Nothing, Hippies, published recently by Clare’s Salmon Poetry, burns with the author’s commitment to justice and blends it with blackly funny poems about the obstacles of the everyday and tender explorations of heartbreak.“One of my biggest trip-ups is that I can have my cappuccino life in Ireland and the next I can be in Mexico, where six of my friends happen to have been murdered because they’re …

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Game of Thrones writer to attend Galway seminar

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s Talking TV Drama seminar, non-profit organisation, the Galway Film Centre will be running the event again this October.Bryan Cogman, executive story editor and writer on HBO’s Game of Thrones is coming to Galway and will take part in a seminar focused on writing drama for television.Talking TV Drama 2012 will comprise panel discussions, workshops and public interviews and is run in partnership with GMIT, FÁS Screen Training Ireland and the BAI.Clare writers, film-makers and television drama enthusiasts are invited to attend the event, which also boasts input from Hans Rosenfeldt, writer on Swedish-Danish crime drama, The Bridge. Hans will take part in a masterclass on Scandinavian Crime Writing for TV, along with Richard Cottan, writer of Wallander UK.There will be an array of writing talent from around the world participating in this two-day seminar. Torchwood, Kumars at No 42, Dr Who, Waking the Dead, Raw and Primeval are some of the many shows worked …

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Fringe festival brings art to the public

THE second annual Ennis Fringe Festival takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will see artists of various disciplines bring their artwork to the public.The venue for the festival launch has been changed in the past week and will now be held at Café Aroma. There will be artists across a range of mediums present at the launch including Kevin Quinlan, Marie Connole, David O’Rourke, Dave Donnelly, Tommy Kelly and Patrick Ryan. In addition, there will be a five-minute segment of a theatre performance and Councillor Johnny Flynn will officially open the festival.This year, the festival has broadened the scope of the initial event and has more venues with new performers and art forms, including painting, photography, performance, theatre, animation and live music.Music events include Chris Nash, who will perform in the Diamond Bar on Friday night and The Buzzmonkeys, who will take to the stage in Tom Steeles the same night. Ska/rap/reggae band The Connectors will be in …

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The writing is on the wall for graffiti jam

A YOUTH graffiti jam takes place in Scariff this coming weekend, where young people from across the country with an interest in graffiti art will be invited to put the writing on the wall in preparation for an annual Young People’s Art exhibition.The art exhibition is held each year and showcases young people’s art across a variety of media. This year, in advance of the exhibition, local artist Nathalie El Baba has organised a professional street artist to give a graffiti demonstration for young people interested in the art form.The demonstration runs from 2pm until 6pm at the Riverpark in Scariff, next to the playground and young graffiti enthusiasts will be invited to create their own graffiti masterpiece.Now in its fourth year, the youth art exhibition is open to young people across the country and is an opportunity to see what art forms young people are engaging with.Speaking about the event, Nathalie explained her children are very interested in graffiti …

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