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Culture Night 2011 at Kennys

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Following the success of Des Kenny's 'Youth Poetry Salons' at Kennys, Gerry Hanberry's Youth Poety Group (Coláiste Éinde) faced off against Skylight Poets in a monster poetry reading. This event was also open to all comers – so aspiring poets brought new work to read.... we were joined by Galway Mayor Cllr.


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How I Escaped My Certain Fate

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Stewart Lee - the 41st Best Stand Up ever, has written a book that brings a new approach to comedy...

I picked up the comedian Stewart Lee's new book, and read it cover to cover in only a couple of days - and it is like nothing I have ever read before, either style or content wise. Lee essentially brings us through selected happenings over a few years of his life, interspersed with the scripts of three stand up shows.


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Tomás Kenny presents new kit to Barna GAA U11 Footballers

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On Saturday last, August 27th, Tomás Kenny from Kennys Bookshop presented the new kit to the Barna GAA U11 Football team.  Pictured is Tomás presenting the jerseys to Team Manager Martin Commins.  Also in the photograph are coaches Tommy Lenihan, Ger Butler and Willie Golden with (front) team members Eoin Forde, Ciarán Saalman and Dara Golden.


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Atwood NUIG Conferring

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is being awarded an honorary Doctor in Literature in NUI Galway next Friday 24 June. The highly acclaimed Canadian author has published over 40 works of poetry, fiction and critical essays and has been shortlisted for the Booker prize five times, winning once with her novel The Blind Assassin.

Author, poet, environmentalist, academic, Atwood has a body of work spanning over 40 years, and encompassing a wide range of genres, including history, romance, feminism and science fiction.

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Language and Literature

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Irish language books are often overlooked -but present a rich tradition in both Gaeilge agus Béarla.

The Irish Language has had a difficult century. With independence came hope that we could become a truly bilingual country, but in the intervening years that hope has been replaced with a quiet pleading that the language can just last on.


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Death of the book?

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   Possibly – Kindle is now outselling books online….but I for one prefer the thought of real books to electronic screens
    Apparently now, Amazon are selling more Kindles than they are books. The much talked about death of the book continues apace, but will it really come to that? And I for one, am not so sure about the virtues of reading off a computer of sorts. I have an iphone, an ipod, I can listen to my music electronically, read my news electronically, but the thought of reading a book in that way turns me off.

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Fishtastic!

Martins Fish Fishy Cookbook Cook Book Shanahan
Tomorrow is National Fish and Chip day! Beginning last year, the now annual event  is the perfect excuse to indulge and ease those mid-week blues. And with selected chippers all around the country offering half price meals, it will be hard to resist. For those of us aiming for a cleaner conscience, however, why not stay at home, avoid the grease, and make your own with the help of Martin Shanahan's Martin's Fishy Fishy Cookbook: Recipes from Fishy Fishy

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Dermot Healy - Long Time No See

Long time no see

Dermot Healy's new book - Long Time No See has just been published by Faber & Faber. It created a storm on its release, with Eileen Battersby of the Irish Times writing a review which in turn led to several letters to the editor in the days and weeks afterwards. The fuss over it has led to detract from the content of the book itself,

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