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Ryanair announces four new summer routes from the Costa del Sol

Pilar Martínez

Low-cost Irish airline Ryanair has announced new summer connections from Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport to Menorca, Belfast, Fez and Rabat. The leading operator, by passenger numbers, at Malaga airport will have a flight twice a week to Menorca,



The Irish saint who became the patron of a fino


One of the biggest bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera was named after St Patrick by its Irish founder, William Garvey. Garvey was an aristocrat born in 1756 at New Ross, County Waterford. He came to Cadiz in 1776 in search of merino rams to breed with ... the sheep that his father farmed in Ireland. According to legend, his ship was wrecked in a dreadful storm in the bay of Cadiz and William was rescued by Spaniards. A captain in the Spanish Navy, Rafael Gómez, generously offered to have the Irish man ... looked after by his daughters in his house in Puerto Real. During his recovery, William Garvey fell in love with one of the captain's daughters, Sebastiana Gómez Jiménez, and married her in 1794. The Irish man decided to stay in Andalucía thanks not


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Pigsy, seeking calm and solitude within artistic chaos

Tony Bryant

La Casa Amarilla art gallery in Malaga is hosting a new exhibition by Irish artist Ciaran McCoy from tomorrow, Saturday, until Tuesday 6 April. Born in Dublin in 1972, the established architect and artist, who paints under the alter-ego Pigsy, will



Ryanair announces three new Costa del Sol routes this summer

Pilar Martínez

The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair is betting on the Spanish domestic travel market this summer. The company has this Thursday (11 March) announced “its largest Spanish domestic flight schedule in its history.” A Ryanair statement said, “Spanish ... flights with the lowest fares and with the option of a flight exchange offer in case their plans change,” the Irish airline added. Ryanair said that it will allow up to two free flight date changes on all reservations made before 31 March 2021. “This



Primark announces seven new stores in Spain creating up to 650 jobs


Primark, the Irish low-cost fashion firm, is boosting its presence in Spain with the opening of new stores in San Fernando (Cádiz), Girona, San Sebastián, Madrid, Bilbao, Vigo and Marbella which will create 650 jobs, according to the company. The



Thirteen years with no news of missing Amy Fitzpatrick


The Irish teenager, who was then 15 years old, disappeared on that walk home without a trace. The Guardia Civil, who inspected the route she should have taken, found no evidence of an abduction, which is what her mother Audrey had feared had happened.



Historical tributes at Malaga's English cemetery

Liz Parry

...participants and no 19th century costumes. As part of the commemoration they laid flowers at the grave of Robert Boyd, the romantic Irish hero figure who accompanied Torrijos and was shot alongside him on the beach in Malaga. Shipwreck Tribute was



Lorca's Nerja summer house on the market for three million euros

Eugenio Cabezas They told SUR that there has already been some interest in the house and in particular from potential Irish and Swedish buyers. Nerja's La Volaera association, whose objective is to promote and preserve the town's historical and cultural



UK police investigate case of Irish expat missing for 27 years

Tony Bryant start an inquiry. Strangely enough, this will be the very first police investigation into the disappearance of Irish national Bernadette Cooper, who vanished on her way to Malaga in January 1993. Mistakes were made in the initial private ... investigations carried out, as Bernadette's 61-year-old nephew Leon Moore told SUR in English. "No police force originally investigated the case. The initial investigation was done solely through word of mouth among the Irish community in Spain, the Salvation



The art of improvisation in lockdown

Jennie Rhodes

...dulcimers. Inspired by little-known, yet "mythological" Irish musician Michael O'Shea, who he first stumbled upon in the late 1980s in the UK, Robert set about making his very own instruments. Robert Lawson emulates the only known photo of his hero, ... Michael O’Shea, for his Bandcamp webpage as a tribute.SUR According to Robert, O'Shea made a sitar-style instrument with a wooden door he had found in a skip while travelling through Germany. He went on to appear on Irish television and record an album of ... improvised music with his homemade instrument, which he christened Mo Chara - meaning 'my friend' in Irish. Robert, 52, says he has now made around 12 dulcimer or zither-style instruments of varying sizes. In terms of criteria, he says, "I wanted them to be



Biggest turnout yet for Marbella Irish festival

Ash Bolton

A bigger turnout than expected saw more than 5,000 revellers pack a Marbella park for the town's annual Irish International Music Festival last weekend. During the three-day event, a number of Irish and Spanish performers took to the stage in the ... Parque de la Constitución - including popular Irish folk musician Finbar Furey. The event featured music workshops, food stalls, gin bars, street performers and a family day on Sunday. Among the other acts performing were Stone Free, the Art Club ... Band, Spiders from Marbs, Thrifty Malone, Blues Stompers, Fraces Celebres, Colm Fitzpatrick, Ras Tikki and Ciaran Farell. Organised in collaboration with the Irish Association Marbella, Marbella town hall and the Claddagh Irish Bar, the event was the


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The Irish International Music Festival returns to Marbella


Thousands of revellers will pack a Marbella park for the town's annual Irish International Music Festival from 20 to 22 September. During the three-day popular event a number of Irish and Spanish performers will take to the stage at Parque de la ... Colm Fitzpatrick, Ras Tikki and Ciaran Farell. Organised in collaboration with the Irish Association Marbella, Marbella town hall and the Claddagh Irish Bar, the event is set to the biggest yet in its three-year history. One of the organisers Colm ... celebration of Irish, Spanish and international culture. We also aim to integrate ourselves with the people of Marbella. "Our goal is to give the Irish a reason to come out and enjoy themselves, but also to get all the nationalities and the cultures here to



Kick boxers held for mugging Irish tourists in Benalmádena


Two experts in kickboxing were among five people held for attacking two tourists visiting from Ireland and stealing money and a watch. The supposed mugging happened early morning on 31 July on the main road through Benalmádena Costa. The five caugh



Happiness in the form of chocolate

ALEKK M. SAANDERS an Irish resident, Eli McCarthy. She believes that, now more than ever, with a global crisis increasing the need for a boost in spirits, chocolate could provide a much-need dose of happiness. She explains why. First of all, tell us how you


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Piano recitals to mark Beethoven's 250th birthday

Tony Bryant

...promoters Project Music. Completing his artist diploma at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto and a Bachelor degree in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, the young musician went on to work with many of the world's leading



Irish tourist dies in bottle attack in Fuengirola

fernando torres

A 55-year-old Irishman on holiday with his family died on Thursday night after being attacked with two broken beer bottles in a popular Irish bar in Fuengirola. A British man, resident in Mijas, is being held in connection with the killing, which


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Young Irish pianist Peter Regan comes to Marbella

Tony Bryant

Wagner. The London-based Irish pianist - currently considered one of the most individual and developed pianists of his era - has performed at Dublin's National Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts in



Irish ambassador shows support for upcoming Darkness Into Light walk


The Darkness Into Light charity association welcomed Ireland's ambassador to Spain, Sile Maguire, from Madrid this week to support their cause ahead of the group's annual walk on Saturday, 11 May. The Darkness Into Light walk in support of a suicid



Irish family's car crashes into schoolyard after son accelerates away


A father from Ireland got a shock last week as he was loading the car with cases at a property in San Pedro before driving to Malaga Airport. With the motor running in the garage, according to investigators, his 13-year-old son climbed into the dr


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Irish get ready to party

Tony Bryant

Irish communities along the Costa del Sol, as in the rest of the world, are gearing up for the biggest party of the year. St Patrick's Day celebrations will be taking place all along the Costa del Sol next weekend and hundreds of gallons of Guinness ... will be consumed by Irish nationals (plus those who assume the identity for the day) clad in coloured wigs and floppy hats. Malaga will light up the San Patricio Church with green lights again this year as part of the global event in which dozens of ... monuments and emblematic sights are illuminated to commemorate the patron of Ireland. The Irish Association of Spain has organised two events again this year. Benalmádena's popular celebration will begin at midday on Saturday 17, with mass in the



Local Irish bar triumphs at Global Irish Pubs Awards


The Costa del Sol has long been home to a thriving Irish community and there are numerous bars and restaurants spread along the coast that cater especially for them. Most of these bars, of course, will claim to serve the “best pint of Guinness ... outside of Dublin”, be the “most authentic Irish pub in the area”, or offer the “best craic on the coast”, but few of these bars can genuinely live up to their claims. However, one small Irish bar in Torremolinos, which, incidentally, does not claim to ... be anything other than a decent Irish pub, has recently triumphed in the Irish Pubs Global Awards 2017. Pat Murphy's had been nominated in several categories, including 'Best Irish Community PubPat Murphy's Bar in Montemar, Torremolinos, won the



Popular Irish celebrity chef filming in Frigiliana

Eugenio Cabezas

Award-winning Irish celebrity chef, Neven Maguire, was filming in Frigiliana this week for his programme which is aired on prime time Irish television. Frigiliana's tourism councillor, Carmen Cerezo, said that the filming had been made possible



Irish paintbrush, flamenco soul


That day in May 1979 dawned cold and sad in a small Irish town. Only the flowers provided a note of colour in the cemetery. There were numerous wreaths on the grave, but one of them stood out among the others. Its message almost sounded out of ... place, from somewhere that was warm and light at that same time of year: "From your friends in Malaga," it read. Stefan von Reiswitz, Jorge Lindell, Enrique Pérez Almeda and the members of the Palmo group of artists had not forgotten their Irish friend. ... end up with 15 of us, and George at the heart of it all," says Sierra. "He was also an expert on Irish whiskey. He used to drink Powers." Stefan von Reiswitz often accompanied Jorge Campbell on the search for friendship and flamenco, and recalls how



Body of Irish teenager found in beauty spot lake


Police divers on Sunday found the body of a 19-year-old Spanish language student from Ireland who had disappeared the previous day. He was found in a lake in the Las Lagunas de Ruidera, a nature reserve on the border of Ciudad Real and Albacete pro



A sea of Irish green

sur costa del sol

The Irish communities along the Costa del Sol joined the rest of the world last weekend in celebrating the life, and death, of St Patrick, Ireland's most popular saint. Glorious temperatures attracted thousands of revellers dressed in an array of ... Irish costumes, but it was not all Guinness and leprechauns. The Irish Association of Spain organised several events, including the huge parties that were held in Benalmádena and Torremolinos, and they also arranged a religious celebration in the ... parish church in Arroyo de la Miel. More than 300 people attended the special mass to honour the saint's life and this was followed by the traditional parade from the church to La Paloma park. Thousands of people enjoyed an afternoon of Irish singing



Painting the town green for St Patrick's Day

Tony Bryant

Irish communities along the Costa del Sol came out in force last weekend to celebrate the feast day in honour of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Huge street parties were held in the coastal towns, where armies of green floppy hats ... enjoyed live music and entertainment washed down with a copious supply of Guinness. Hundreds of revellers packed the Plaza de la Mezquita in Arroyo de la Miel, and also the Plaza La Nogalera in Torremolinos, for an afternoon of traditional Irish folk ... dancing, music and the typical gastronomy of the Emerald Isle. Torremolinos' event lasted two days and included a performance by Euphoria, a U2 tribute band. Both parties were organised by the Irish Association Spain and the respective town halls.



Malaga's links with famous Irish nationals

Tony Bryant malaga

Malaga's history because two of his daughters married personalities of great importance in the development and future of the city. George Campbell was a renowned Irish painter who had a 25-year love affair with Malaga. Campbell became acquainted with ... numerous Spaniards who had settled in Dublin during the 1940s, and he often painted visiting Spanish dancers in their traditional costume Walter Starkie, the Irish scholar, Hispanist, author, musician and founder and first director of the British ... Institute in Madrid, was seduced by Spain. One of his most famous works, Spanish Raggle-Taggle, is based on his travels through Spain during the 1930s. Robert Boyd is probably one of the most popular Irish heroes connected with Spain. Boyd was one of



Trapiche market - a firm fixture in the Axarquía diary

Jennie Rhodes

...and very international," says Anita, adding that among the current stall holders there are Britons, Germans, French, Italians, Irish and Peruvians. Customers, she says, come from all over Europe and beyond and, even on a cold January morning in the



Finbar Furey headlines weekend of Irish music in Marbella


The Parque de la Constitución in Marbella is going green this weekend with two days of Guiness and traditional Irish music. This Saturday and Sunday, a wide variety of live performances from artists such as 'Celtic fusion band' The Stolen Gnomes, ... Information WhereThe Parque de la Constitución in Marbella, opposite the Skol apartments. WhenSaturday 23 and Sunday 24 September from 12pm to 10pm. (Live music on from 12pm.) WhatA free Irish festival in Marbella with a whole host of live music, food ... Marbella-based Beacon Gastro Bar and drinks supplied by The Claddagh Irish bar. The event has been organised in partnership with The Claddagh Irish Bar and Marbella town hall.



Rare life sentence asked for in Irish fatal shooting case in Mijas

JUAN CANO / ÁLVARO FRÍAS This is the first time in Malaga province that the sentence, which was only brought into law in March 2015, has been called for. The case in question refers to the death from point-blank gunshot wounds of Irish national Gary Hutch on Mijas Costa ... was later found and the attacker had tried to burn it. Police intelligence led to the arrest of another Irish national resident on the Costa del Sol, identified as James Q. Investigators say that the shooting was down to rivalry between criminal