‘This year the theme is Irish seaweed’,  Birgitta Hedin-Curtin, chairwoman of the Burren Slow Food Festival.

Two great reasons to head west next month: the Connemara Mussel Festival in Renvyle, Co Galway (May 3rd-5th), and the Burren Slow Food Festival in Lis(...)

‘Out of the Wild Sky’ passes by Galway Cathedral on Sunday evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Lightning struck and demonic drums banished blues across Galway city on Sunday night as a winged prophet was pursued by an illuminated mannequin named(...)

Bram Stoker Festival: the Dublin event runs from Friday until Monday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

The final bank-holiday weekend before we give up the ghost for the year has, happily, plenty of ghostcentric events – and a whole lot more besides, ri(...)

Róisín Tyrell, James Riordan and Johanne Webb of Macnas ahead of the Halloween parade ‘Savage Grace’ in Galway. Photograph: Declan Monaghan

Silver-haired witch of the west Baba Yaga and her riotous troupe of souls and spirits took to the streets of Galway on Sunday evening to mark the Mac(...)

Macnas presents its pop-up theatre spectacle on 6th Street in Austin, Texas sponsored by IDA Ireland during SXSW

The Taoiseach may not have been present at this year’s South By SouthWest (SxSW) Interactive festival but the Queen of Ireland was an appropriate sub(...)

Macnas ghouls stalk the streets in Galway city centre during the Halloween parade ‘Symphony for the Restless’ this evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Corpulent Crom, Galway’s new giant, released his rage on the city’s streets today as Macnas marked the festival of Samhain.Small firstlings shivered(...)

Flying the flag for Macnas yesterday were artistic director Noeleen Kavanagh (left) and general manager Sharon O’Grady at the launch of their fundraising drive for their 2014 Halloween Parade. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Macnas artists staged a “pop-up” carnival in Galway City Museum yesterday evening to highlight a new fundraising drive for this year’s parade.The stre(...)

Feeling the pinch: Macnas performers Maighread Ní Chonaigh and Hillary Kavanagh in 2002. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Couples conversing in four parked vehicles in Neil LaBute’s Autobahn. Diarmuid de Faoite interacting with wheelie bins in Colm Corless’s The Fairgreen(...)

Macnas performers  draw a huge crowd on to the streets of Galway city during their On the Night Journey parade  yesterday evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ragged- trousered philanthropists, waifs and misfits ran amok in Galway last evening, as Macnas street theatre troupe braved southwesterly gales with (...)

Some of the performers during rehearsals for the eagerly awaited Macnas October parade, ‘On the Night Journey’ which will set the streets of Galway alight with its unique performance style on Sunday October 27th. From left: Declan Jones, Victoria McCormack, Conor Burke Kennedy, Helen Gregg, Miquel Barcelo and Sam Wright as the hare. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Outsiders and misfits, nightmares and dreams will be the stuff of Macnas’s first parade this year through the streets of its home city of Galway. Arti(...)

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