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The Apprentice | Hawk's Well Theatre.

Tríona O'Donnell

Hi guys!

It feels like an age since I sat down to write. It’s something I kind of abandoned much earlier this year. The big news since my last post is that we got married over the summer. I had thought about sharing some photos and telling you about it, but I think this post is more of a priority! Here’s why…

On Sunday night I went to the Hawk’s Well Theatre to see David Kitt. I was delighted to get a ticket last minute as I was sure it’d be a sell-out. I used to listen to David Kitt in my teens and early twenties and his music always transports me back to special moments growing up; listening to mixed tapes (precious old homemade gifts), which I can no longer listen to in the car; and fond memories of home life.

David Kitt Sligo

I was really shocked and a bit sad to count less than 30 people in the auditorium just before 8pm. I couldn’t believe it. I know I don’t go to the theatre often enough, but when I do, I always really enjoy it, I feel energised and hopeful and promise myself to make more of an effort to attend regularly.

Shortly after 8pm there was probably a crowd of 50-60... lucky for us, sure, as it was such an intimate gig, but a pity all the same that there wasn’t a better turnout. The theatre should have been full! That’s when I knew I had to help spread the word about an upcoming show called The Apprentice - to do my bit - before it’s too late.

Here is the cast of this musical comedy by Shaun Purcell - small in size, but big on personality and projection!

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Directed by Micki Murray, the comic also stars in the show alongside leads Declan Walsh, Elaine Gordon, Luke Devaney, Patrick Ellwood, Vanessa Saunders, Brendan Tierney, Michael Fox, Maggie Curley and Stephen Rushe.

I go to see Shaun Purcell’s show every autumn. All the music in these shows is original. Shaun writes all his own plays and songs and composes his own music; he really is an extraordinary local talent. Over the past couple of years his works have explored darker issues and tragedies, but this year’s production is much more upbeat in the form of a comedy. Expect lots of laughs and a love story.

I normally go to see my friend Vanessa take part, but this year they were looking for some chorus members and I was kinda at a loose end - with no wedding to organise, I needed a new project to channel my energy! Plus, being part of Strictly Come Dancing, a hugely successful fundraiser for Sligo Rugby Club (we helped raise close to €70,000), was one of the most enjoyable experiences in my life (and I don’t use the superlative lightly); I loved the camaraderie, the whole process and the dancing itself, of course. You wouldn’t believe the come-down I experienced after such elation, I knew I had to get involved in something again. Joining me are a few fellow Strictly dancers and friendly faces who have proven to be great singing talents!

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I’m not telling you about this show because I so desperately want you to come see me, by any means. Even Julian can’t get his head around it (quote on quote) : ‘We’re together ten years and I’ve never heard you sing well.’

It’s the truth, or at least that’s what I’ve come to believe, but in my defence, I haven’t sung in 15 years - not since our choir (obligatory) at school. We each have different talents and fortés, right? Variety’s the key - that’s the spice of life! That’s one of the lines from our opening song.

I’m encouraging you to come see the show as, I can assure you, there are so many talented actors and singers involved and not only will you have a great, uplifting evening and share a few giggles, you’ll be supporting a wonderful local facility.

All proceeds Sligo Cancer Support Centre.

You’ll see me dancing in the background - I shied away from any singing. You wouldn’t believe how awkward I can get in certain situations out of my comfort zone. I hadn’t really mentioned the show to anyone until now, but I’ve realised that it’s up to each cast member to get bums on seats and we don’t want to perform to an empty auditorium. Choreography is by Ingrid McLoughlin - my favourite part of rehearsals!

I urge you to please get booking your seats.

The show only runs for 2 nights and it’s suitable for all age groups.

There is also a matinee at 11am on Wednesday 3rd.

Bígí ann! Bígí linn!

Dates: Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd October.

Time: 8pm.

Venue: Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo.

Our community is generally very good at supporting local so we’d like to thank those who have already booked tickets and shown their support.

Book here.

If you’re travelling to Sligo for our show, The Glasshouse is kindly offering the following special rates: Standard Single: €70, Standard Double: €80, Deluxe River Facing Single Room: €90, Deluxe Double/Twin: €100. Each includes breakfast.

Call +353 71 91 94 300 or email info@theglasshouse.ie to make your booking. Just mention the show (The Apprentice) to avail of these special offers.

We hope to see you very soon.

Love,

T xo

5 Spring Suggestions 2018

Tríona O'Donnell

Hey everyone!

Spring is here at last and I thought it was high time I said hello!

I'd been hibernating the past month and really enjoyed my time-out offline. I think we can all get a little disillusioned with social media and it can be difficult to keep all sides going. I was very busy before Christmas and really welcomed the break.

I'm finalising some new designs and hope to share all with you very soon. I took advantage of the break last month to plan for our wedding; There always seems to be some decision to make, something that keeps me awake at night or more to the point some deposit or another to pay! We're getting there I think. The countdown is on and I really hope it all comes together.

Some recent copies of Galway Now Magazine where you can read my monthly 'Trend Bytes' column.

Some recent copies of Galway Now Magazine where you can read my monthly 'Trend Bytes' column.

I'll share more details at a later stage, but for now, I wanted to share some products I'm enjoying and some upcoming events I'm involved in. I still write a monthly column for Galway Now Magazine where I talk about everything from fashion, design and beauty to my bid to become fitter and healthier.

FIT BIT

I got my very first Fit Bit Alta HR for Christmas and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. It’s a great motivator for getting active as it tracks my steps, workouts, calorie burn, heart rate and sleep. Fit Bit is a lot more accurate than your smart phone for monitoring your daily activity as it’s strapped to your wrist. I’m much more conscious now of reaching my daily goals like walking 10,000 steps, increasing my heart rate during workouts and trying to get to bed a little earlier (I’m a real night owl). It’s like a game you play against yourself. I would highly recommend a Fit Bit. 

SILVER LININGS FOR PIETA HOUSE

My colleague and friend Saoirse Faughnan is organising a Charity Valentine’s Ball in aid of Pieta House on Saturday 10th February at 7pm. The event takes place at McGettigan’s Hotel in Letterkenny with a champagne reception, four-course meal, guest speakers and music on the night. It's a really worthy cause and it promises to be a fantastic night. The last few tickets are available here. I will be exhibiting my designs and donating 20% of all sales of my Silver Linings Collection to Pieta House. 

'Trend Bytes', February 2018. Galway Now Magazine. 

'Trend Bytes', February 2018. Galway Now Magazine. 

AIRBRUSH

Two products that I’m really enjoying lately are Soleil Tan de Chanel for its sun-kissed, velvety finish and Benefit’s Boi-ing concealer for its flawless, ‘airbrush’ effect. 

HIGH STREET

Gone are the days that brides splurge on bridesmaid dresses. I fell in love with the Jenny Packham No.1 range at Debenhams - one dress in particular, but in the end opted for something a little more youthful and flirty. Plus, I bagged them during the Black Friday sales! When planning a wedding, there's always something to pay out for, so it helps when you spend less than you'd anticipated on certain things. 

GOK WAN

Did you hear that leading UK stylist and TV personality Gok Wan is bringing his Fashion and Beauty Collective to Ireland? It’s all happening on Sunday 4th March at Clayton Hotel in Sligo where there will be catwalk shows and makeup demos, afternoon tea, prosecco and goodie bags, and one audience member will be picked for a Gok Wan Makeover on the day. Tickets are available on his site here.  His team contacted me to be the exclusive jeweller to showcase and sell at the event. I'm looking forward to revealing my new designs for Spring/Summer 2018. If you want to be the first to know about my new work and upcoming events, you can sign up to my newsletter via www.bytriona.com.

So, there's a quick update on what I've been up to. I apologise if you've been missing my blogs. I hate to think I'm bombarding people with content and so, I sometimes just don't post at all. I know I should really be more active online to share images of my products; I'll try.

Have a lovely week!

Love,

T xo