Volunteering can have a number of personal and professional benefits

We all love a random act of kindness. It makes everyone, whether giver or beneficiary, feel good – and, if caught on smartphone, might earn sever(...)

Blue Teapot and Sanctuary actors Kieran Coppinger and Charlene Kelly. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The cast and crew of Sanctuary have been on a long and exciting journey. One year ago, Len Collins’s touching film, a serious comedy featuring actors (...)

Róisín Lavelle (15) at the end of a drama class session in her home with Michelle O’Grady of the Realta School of Speech and Drama in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The summer of 2016 wasn’t a good time for Galway teenager Róisín Lavelle. “She had a bit of a blip,” is how her mother Marian puts it. Having Dow(...)

Graduate Maitiú Quinn watches Aoife King tying Damien Graham’s tie ahead of the  ceremony. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

WHEN student Aoife King applied for a place on a performance arts course three years ago, her family had no idea how much it would transform her life(...)

Robyn Dann-Cooney, Oni McNamara, Aoife Harrison and Aileen Palmer with their cake at the birthday party to launch the 18th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Ard Bia at Nimmos at Galway’s Spanish Arch yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

  Ireland’s international commitment to the importance of culture and creativity for the very young is a theme of this year’s Baboró Inter(...)

Ballyturk, playwright Enda Walsh’s latest collaboration with actors Cillian Murphy (above), Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, has been sold out for weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Acrobatics as a flight of fantasy and mythology as a map of the human psyche are themes of this year’s Galway International Arts Festival which open(...)

Sarah Fitzgerald (30), her husband, John Paul (31), both with cerebral palsy, and their daughter, Alison (2), who was born without any disability

For Valentine’s Day today, the centres where people with intellectual disabilities gather will be full of cards and gifts, says Frieda Finlay, the (...)

Charlene Kelly and Kieran Coppinger in Blue Teapot Theatre’s Sanctuary
Alone at last

SanctuaryBlue Teapot Theatre, Galway ***“Now that I’m here,” Sophie tells Larry when they are alone at last, “I don’t know what I want.” As with many (...)

Sanctuary, a story of young love and romantic seclusion starring (from left) Charlene Kelly, Frank Butcher and Patrick Becker

A young couple, unable to escape the watchful eyes of their family, friends or guardians, decide that they would like some time alone together. They b(...)

Smoke breathing dragons roaming through Eyre Square in Galway for the opening of the Galway Arts Festival. Dragons is presented by one of Europe’s most exciting outdoor theatre companies, the world famous Sarruga from Barcelona. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Demonic dragons, flying trapeze and trampoline artists and a “dream engine” heliosphere envelope the streets of Galway over the next fortnight as the (...)

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