One hundred years after the first publication of Grimm’s Fairytales, the Galway Early Music Festival, May 9-12, presents ‘Sonnets for the Cradle’, a multi-media event based on fairytales, directed by Ireland’s foremost recorder soloist, Laoise O’Brien, with original artwork by tapestry weaver, Lorna Donlon.
Inspired by the folk tales collected by the Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, Giambattista Basile and Charles Perrault, this music and art project takes a look at the dark side of fairy tales.
“I gathered music to make a fine story with heroes and villains, kings and queens, monsters and fairies, really as much as I could fit in to 40 minutes of music,” Laoise O’Brien explained.
“These tales didn’t always have the happy endings that they now have. The themes are abandonment, loss, neglect and impossible challenges that are answered by cleverness, humour and hope.
“I was largely led by the stories and the rhymes that my son liked and I found that he loved the stories that were a little bit scary. He loved Little Red Riding Hood (with the original ending – the wolf eats her, the end!) and anything with a deep dark wood in it.”
Tapestry artist Lorna Donlon’s response to the stories, rhymes and music are beautifully crafted collages and imaginative items that highlight the hidden messages in the stories. Although the project is inspired by the fairytales and nursery rhymes of childhood, it speaks to young and old.
The multi-media concert of Sonnets for the Cradle is on Friday, May 10, at 8pm in An Taibhdhearc, Middle St, Galway. The art exhibition runs from Friday, May 10, to Friday, May 17, in the Rehearsal Room, An Taibhdhearc, during opening hours.
The Galway Early Music Festival, “Word Play: What came first, words or music?” runs from May 9-12 with an imaginative and wide-ranging programme. From 17th century Roman music to the performance of Early Irish poetry and a playful look at the dark side of fairytales, join us for a rich tapestry of medieval renaissance and baroque vocal and instrumental music in the liveliest medieval town in Europe!
For a full programme of events and to book tickets visit www.galwayearly music.com
An 18-year-old city has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for a spate of burglaries and related car thefts from homes around the city.
Gary Cronin, of 14 Droim Chaoin, Bishop O’Donnell Road, was due for release yesterday after serving another sentence imposed last March for previous burglaries.
However, he went straight back to prison after he pleaded guilty to five more burglaries and the thefts of cars from some of the homes between last October and January this year.
Gary Cronin, a father of one, who has 53 previous convictions, 26 of which are for burglaries, pleaded guilty to breaking into homes in Dangan, Renmore Park, Tuam Road, Murrough and Sceilig Ard.
Four of the homes were occupied at the time of the break-ins.
Cronin took car keys and stole cars from people’s driveways.
All of the cars were subsequently recovered, but other items such as expensive laptops and mobile phones aswell as money were never recovered.
Defence solicitor, Sarah O’Dowd said Cronin had started taking valium, alcohol and cannabis from the age of 11 and had had a difficult childhood.
Judge Mary Fahy said she knew Cronin well and had given him chances in the past.
She sentenced him to a total of 20 months in prison and disqualified him for six years for driving the stolen cars without insurance.
A group of up to 20 protestors today gathered outside the social welfare office in the city.
The demonstration is organised by the local campaign group against home and water taxes.
As part of the rally, the group burned 50 propoerty tax reminder letters to highlight their opposition to threatened deductions from source.
A free clinic on legal information for people with disabilities will take place in the city this evening.
It's organised by NUIG and will be provided by trained law students who are supervised by a legal practitioner.
The clinic takes place on the first Wednesday of each month and this evening's clinic gets underway at 6 o' clock at the Centre for Disability, Law and Policy at NUIG.
The survivor of a fatal Connemara plane crash in 2007 has settled his case.
54 year old Eugene Holohan of Masonbrook in Loughrea had brought a high court action for damages arising out of the injuries he sustained.
According to the Irish Independent, Mr. Holohan had sued Lancton Taverns Limited of Belgard Square in Rathmines, Dublin and Hennessy Aviation Services Limited of the Naul in Dublin.
These firms were the owners and operators respectively of the Cessna Caravan aircraft.
He had also sued Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA, of Salt Lake city which provides trust facilities to enable non-US citizens to own US-registered aircraft.
Two people were killed in the crash which took place at Connemara Airport in Inverin on July 5th 2007.
Mr. Holohan sustained a number of serious injuries including fractures and broken teeth and also underwent surgery.
It's reported he suffered a range of problems after the incident including depression and anxiety and was limited in his ability to do physical work.
Following talks between legal representatives on the second day of the hearing, the case was settled.
The terms of the settlement are confidential.