West Coast Casting are looking for extras for new feature film called ‘Finky’ which will be shot over the next two months – all in the Ballinasloe area.
The producers are looking for 250 to 300 people of all ages, shapes, sizes and ethnicity – particularly those who think they have a special skill or talent.
All are welcome to apply to become part of the Carnival of Chaos’ psychotic symphony.
Mairead Campbell of West Coast Casting described it as ‘the craziest script I’ve ever read’.
It is completely open for anyone to apply regardless of whether you have any previous acting experience or not – but you should mention in your application if you do.
Extras may end up as part of the Carnival of Chaos or just sitting in a café, dancing in a club or walking down the street – and there are also a small number of positions available for children.
The movie tells the story of Micí Phincí Ó Foghlú (whose nickname is ‘Finky’) a musician and puppeteer from the West of Ireland who is recruited by a violent and avant-garde circus and experiences the darker side of life. Micí Phincí will be played by Dara Devaney, who is best known for his roles in ‘An Klondike’ (2015), ‘An Bronntanas’ (2014) and ‘School Run’ (2008).
Micí Phincí is originally from Ballinasloe, which is why most of the filming will take place in the town.
“The town fits the story really well,” said Mairead. “We don’t need to shoot anywhere else, because Ballinasloe caters to the story, as it is a town with hotels, cafés, clubs and all we need.
“It’s a great spot; it has everything,” she added.
The casting team are also looking for bands, rockers, anyone that can play a musical instrument to help bring this crazy and exciting story to life.
As well as general extras, West Coast Casting are also looking for more specific things such as people who are fluent in Irish; people who have Scottish accents – and a one-armed male. Specific casting updates such as these are available on the West Coast Casting Facebook page. And all extras will be paid daily for their work.
The film comes from Galway-based award-winning Abú Media, and is developed and funded through the new Cine4 initiative.
The Cine4 initiative was set up to encourage strong storytelling, visual flair and high production values appropriate for the big screen through Irish – although a small part of ‘Finky’ is in English. That said, you do not have to be fluent in Irish to apply to be an extra.
‘Finky’ is directed by Dathaí Keane and written by himself and Diarmuid de Faoite. It is produced by Eileen Seoighe and Pierce Boyce.
Anyone interested in getting involved and becoming an extra should email a recent photo and contact details to email@example.com
A unique networking event will take place in Ballinasloe Library next week (14th November from 9am to 12:30pm) for established small businesses across the region who want to find out more about the financial options and other supports available to them.
The event is free but Registration is required, see link below for full details
By Colm Croffy
Well done to all Ballinasloe World War One Heritage Group - Book available at Salmons Department Store. Would make a brilliant Christmas gift for anyone with Ballinasloe connections.
A truly historic evening this week in the old Library Chapel which used to stand poignantly enough in Soldiers Row (where the British Militia were quartered, Waterloo Barracks; until Clancarty gave the site to the Sisters of Mercy) for the launch of Ballinasloe Remembers. It was one of the most eerie of evenings. For 100 years our town and its community was not comfortable fully with acknowledging; never mind commemorating the fallen of World War One.
615 men (one for every page of the book) from our town and district went to Flanders Field and Sulva Bay and Gallipoli and Mesopotamia; while some 140 plus never made it back.
The Irish Times writer Ronan McGreevey outlined how if you took all of the Senior, Intermediate and Junior squads of players in hurling, football and the ladies GAA - that's the number of families that were involved!
Pipers from our current defence forces, trumpeters from the Town Band, readings, presentations and speeches peppered a short and well produced book launch. A huge crowd of locals from all political shades and none all were closeted in a tight squeeze to re-engage with our clumsy past. Many had personal family memorabilia - medals, letters, bits of uniforms, death pennies from their Grandparents' generation - almost relieved that this stuff could be taken out from the attic safely.
For a town that had a huge role as a key recruiting post for the Connacht Rangers since the Napoleonic times - our young men from over 200 years back have turned to soldiery. For some it was the call or cause, adventure; for others it was the FAS scheme of its time - a means of putting food on the table for wife and kids back home.
For all those gathered (and the school kids earlier that day to see the exhibits) - the grey haired men and women present are the last living link to the generation who thought they were helping Redmond's aim of securing Home Rule. They remembered the hushed stories of a lost brother, cousin or the neglected part of an grand-uncle's career before he came home to farm or work.
Some extraordinary stories were told - a man wrote home in Summer of 1916, that the German troops were slagging them across the Trenches - poking fun that they were Belgium fighting with the British, while in Dublin at Easter, the Sherwood Foresters were shooting at their countrymen and killing them in droves. The family, a relative told me, "burned" the letter.
Sad to think of all the young lads who would have passed by the convent en route to the train station - for their train to barracks, port and battlefield especially the folks who never made it back to an Ireland that was very hostile to those that did.
Poem by Francis Ledwidge
The silence of maternal hills
Is round me in my evening dreams;
And round me music-making rills
And mingling waves of pastoral streams.
Whatever way I turn I find
The path is old unto me still.
The hills of home are in my mind,
And there I wander as I will.
Well done and huge thanks are due to: Douglas Rafter, Evelyn Donellan, Damian Mac Con Uladh, Brian Casey, Declan Kelly, Gerry Devlin and Frank Kelly. They have done the men, their families and us all a huge service. Buy the book - ideal Xmas present - available in Salmons Department Store
Well done to the Ardscoil Mhuire girls X7 team that won the Schools Sevens National in Dublin on 7th November.
This is the first time the title has been won by a team outside Leinster!
Better still because Leinster had 6 teams, Ulster had 4 teams, Munster had 4 teams and Connacht had 2 teams. Those two teams got to the final and Ballinasloe won!
To find out more about Ballinasloe Rugby - visit their Facebook Page
Huge congrats to Keller Travel - winners of the Hertz Carpool Karaoke Challenge at the Worldchoice Ireland Conference on 3rd November 2018 in the 5* Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny.
The talent in this town is second to none!
You won’t want to miss this! Come see how they put the music to the movies............a whole new experience for Ballinasloe Town Band in Gullanes Hotel on Sunday 18th November at 3.00 pm.
If you’ve not been to the movies in years, do come!! This promises to be a great afternoon and the Town Band are delighted to present the wonderful St. Patrick’s Band, Galway for your entertainment.
Leeane Swaine from Dublin has started her own new dog grooming service ‘Fairy Dog Mother’ in Croffy’s Yard, Main St. Leeane has been grooming dogs for over 12 years, and recently decided to take her career a step forward by setting up her very own salon. She has Just returned home after seven years in Australia where she met her partner Liam Finneran from Taughmaconnell.
After many years working for other salons, Leeane says that having her own business for grooming has been a dream come through. “Grooming is not just a job for me, it’s my passion. Working with dogs has always been my true love, its something I always wanted to do from a young age, and now my dreams have become a reality”. In her spare time, Leeane competes in grooming competitions all across Ireland, and previously in Australia when she resided there. She enters classes with Terriers, Poodles and Gundogs to name a few, which she learns so much from after multiple 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings. Leeane is fully qualified as a groomer after completing her advanced city and guilds exams, where she learnt to specialise in breed trims.
Doing what she does best, Leeane says that she thinks of every pet as her own in the salon, and that they will always be in good hands: “I’m just an all-round animal lover, and I treat every dog which comes into my workplace with the love and respect they deserve” says Leenane. Fairy Dog Groomers are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 5pm, but they can accommodate bookings outside these hours if needed. Prices vary for grooming depending on the dogs breed and hair length. A small short haired breed is €25, and a small long-haired breed costs €45. Large short haired breeds cost €45, while large long-haired breeds are €75. This includes all hygiene areas of the dog such as their ears, nails, pads, and sanitary area. They get two good washes, a condition and whatever style you would like done for the dog. To book your dog in for a grooming session, or for further information, contact the Fairy Dog Groomers on 087 366 5566. You can also visit the Fairy Dog Mother's Facebook page
1 – Start at the statue known as The Man with the Horse, where Main Street joins St. Michael’s Square. From the crossing near the statue, continue by turning right onto Main Street. The prosperity of Ballinasloe in Georgian times can be seen in the scale and classical style of the buildings here. A fine group of four frontages stand across from the statue of The Man with the Horse. With shops and pubs on the ground floor for the most part, these Main Street premises have several floors above.
2 – Walking along Main Street, lift your eyes above the shop frontages for one of the town’s characteristic sights. There are the Diocletian windows that grace several facades. They are from the years after 1805 when the 2nd Earl was in charge. A window of this sort is formed under a semi-circular arch with two upright divisions so that the whole opening is divided into three parts.
3 – As you stand at the meeting point of Bridge Street and Main Street, you will see the Victorian frontage of a commercial premises, originally the Masonic Hall. Next to it stands a classical looking, beautifully-crafted, early 19th century stone house, currently a guest house. Beside these is a tall, fine stone-fronted classical mansion, which is now the Bank of Ireland. It was originally the town mansion of the Lord of all of Ballinasloe, the Earl of Clancarty. A friend of king George IV, the Earl was one of the architects of the resistance to the emperor Napoleon. It could be said that he was the person to whom most credit is due for the layout, growth and architectural character of Ballinasloe as we see it today.
4 – At the end of Main Street, head along Bridge Street, then turn to the right to the pathway which runs to the riverscape where you can see channels flowing through the several arches of the long stone bridge over the river Suck, one of the town’s most precious monuments. The Bridge has been in continuous use since the 16th century and its extension in 1754 prepared it structurally to carry even the heaviest juggernauts of today.
5 – Walk through to the far end of the park; you will approach St Michael’s Church (1852-58) that stands in a commanding position over the Square. Its architect was J.J. McCarthy, a follower of Augustus Pugin (famed for other Neo-Gothic churches in Ireland) – and the design is said to have been revised by Pugin himself. Inside are many fine stained glass window. Of particular quality are those of St. Patrick and St. Rose of Lima, of 1925, by the renowned Dublin Stained glass artist, Harry Clarke and The Raising of the Daughter of Jairus by Patrick Pollen, inserted in 1958.
6 – From St. Michael’s Church now walk up St. Michael’s Square back towards the Man with the Horse Statue. Take a left into Dunlo Street, an important street in the history of the town, which contains, together with other buildings of about the same date, the late-Georgian Garda Station. The Station is towards the far end of the street, on the right hand side. Also on this street, over Dolan’s Electrical Shop, you can see another fine example of Diocletian windows
7 – Halfway up Dunlo Street, turn right up Duggan Street, which will take you to St. John’s Church (Church of Ireland, 1843). It dominates the vast Fair Green which becomes a hive of activity during one week every year when up to 100,000 people throng to the October fair. Look out over the Fair Green and admire one of the grandest freestanding classical monuments in the region. Dedicated to Charles Le Poer Trench, it was designed in the Neo-Greek style by the English architect George Papworth (1781-1855). A mile past this monument on the Main Galway road, South West of the town, the Earl of Clancarty’s former country house is situated, where imposing gates mark the entrance to Garbally Court. It has been a school since 1923.
8 - Walk down Church Hill onto Society Street and turn left, arriving at the Courthouse on the right. Society Street, like Main Street, was the 19th century location for the professional classes. As well as The Courthouse, it contains the former Bridewell (or gaol) from the 1840s. Further along this street, Ballinasloe Railway Station is a must. Constructed in 1851, it is a Neo-Gothic limestone tour-de-force and a fine example of the quality of rural Irish railway architecture in the mid-19th century.
Karen Breen recently held an afternoon concert in the Town Library for the Social Services. Karen, who is from Kilgarve, is well known around town for her great musical talent, by playing numerous instruments which were self-thought. She plays music every Tuesday for the elderly patients in the Social Services and has played for crowds of locals in the past few years. For many years Karen has attended the Viewpoint Resource Centre, which she gets great enjoyment out of. Karen was born with Edwards Syndrome, but it hasn’t stopped her from doing what she loves most. Her mother Anne and staff of the Resource Centre are amazed and proud of how far she has come with her talent.
During the concert, Karen played the keyboard along with many local Talents such as Eleanor Shanley, students from Scoil an Croi Naofa, Frank Hession and Friends from Social Services, Hannah Moore and James Murphy. Overall Karen raised a total of €300 during the event. Acting Team Leader of the Centre, Carol Pender, says that the Concert was a huge success, and is hoping for another one just like it very soon. “We all have to take our hats off to Karen and applaud her work, it takes a very brave person to host a show like she did. She put on an amazing performance along with her supporting acts, and on behalf of everyone in the Resource Centre I would like to give her a massive thank you for the great concert and congratulations for her fundraising”.
Hogarty Enterprises of Birchgrove (on the old Athlone road), recently unveiled their new showroom of carpets, floors and rugs to the public, which has doubled the size of their retail space. There are now eight full time staff members employed in the store, with two sub-contracted carpet fitters working along with them. Founder Sean himself is still active within the outfit, along with the rest of his family.
The newly renovated showrooms compromise of 40,000sq ft of paints, wallpapers, carpets, vinyls, wood/laminate flooring, rugs, lighting, sundries and much more. Personal service is always guaranteed at Hogarty’s with advice on all products offered by each staff member, who have gathered a lot of experience in the flooring and décor industry over the years. The store is main stockists of Fleetwood Irish made paints, with a complete range from exterior to interior as well as a full complement of primers. A full range of furniture paints, waxes and oils are also available.
There are over 700 patterns of wallpaper in stock, ranging from Italian vinyls, contours, feature wallpapers, blown vinyl’s, borders etc. Over 200 rolls of carpet and vinyl covering along with 100 patterns of flooring are available and ready for either immediate delivery or installation by a professional, competent installer. Near to 1,000 rugs of all colours and sizes are on show for purchase to suit every style taste and budget. Finishing touches are also catered for in the shape of lighting, lamp shades, artworks and frames.
In 2015 Hogarty’s opened a sister branch store in Terryland, Galway City, which has been very successful in trading carpets, rugs and flooring direct. “It's great to see our business develop the way it has done over the past few years, and our new 40,000 sq foot show room really is the highlight of it all” states Manager Edward Hogarty “We would like to welcome everyone to come and check out all of our brand-new stock which is on display, and hopefully we will have what’s suited to your home or business layout” exclaims Sean. The store is open from 9am – 6pm Monday to Saturday. Free parking is also available to the public, with over 20 spaces available. For further queries please contact 090 9643109, and be sure to follow Hogarty’s on Facebook for all up to date offers, news and giveaways
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