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Skibbereen Arts Festival draws inspiration from its river and the coast

Skibbereen Arts Festival draws inspiration from its river and the coast

New_Bridge_SkibbereenTHE Skibbereen Arts Festival is set to take its festivals goers down a historical path and show them the calibre of the beauty that lies in the town.

 

Skibbereen’s own River Day will be held on Wednesday 30th July. The River Day will be held in celebration of one of Skibbereen’s dearest treasures, the Ilen River.

The day will begin with a trip to the Fastnet, leaving from the Ilen River. Attendees will be joined by Ger Butler, one of Ireland’s last lightkeepers. Now an attendant at the Galley Head Lighthouse, Butler was previously an assistant keeper at the Fastnet, Bull Rock, The Old Head of Kinsale and Mizen Head Lighthouse. The Lightkeeper was an attendant at the Fastnet during the tragic 1979 Fastnet Yacht Race, which resulted in the loss of 18 lives.

 

A kayaking trip will be available for those wanting to see Skibbereen from a different view, and a river dance will take place at the Steam Mill Quay. Skibbereen musicians from Comhaltas Óg will be performing on a boat as they travel through the town, and will stop at the Quay at 7pm to provide music for the dance. Later at 9pm, a Séisiún will be held in the West Cork Hotel. The Séisiún will give a real taste of Irish traditions, providing Irish song, dance and stories.

 

Mark Boyden and Stephanie O’ Toole will be presenting ‘Streamscape Ilen’. ‘Streamscape Ilen’ will be a presentation on the innovative Streamscapes Ilen Enviromental Education Project. Those who attend will learn about Biodiversity and Socio-economics benefits of a healthy river, and will get the chance to be involved in an open discussion afterwards.

 

Finally, the river will be a source of  inspiration for participants of Toma McCullim’s outdoor painting workshop, on Wednesday 30th, so people can paint their version of the Ilen River.

 

For more information please check out the Skibbereen Arts Festival website at www.skibbereenartsfestival.com, or for ticket information please phone 087 1260327.

Women on the Water event in Baltimore in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research

Women on the Water event in Baltimore in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research

Breakthrough Cancer Research pic1Megan and Celina Ryder from Limerick with Amelia Green from London and Alex Nash from Baltimore Pictured at the launch of Women on the Water WOW– a fun event for all types of sailing craft on Tuesday 12th August at Baltimore Sailing Club in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research. Sponsorship cards & registration at the Baltimore clubhouse. www.breakthroughcancerresearch.ie Pic: Gerard McCarthy

Drimoleague – 10th Railway Yard Threshing & Vintage event – in the heart of West Cork

Drimoleague – 10th Railway Yard Threshing & Vintage event – in the heart of West Cork

Drimoleague Railway Threshiing & VintageThe 10th Railway Yard Threshing & Vintage event will take place on Sunday August 31st. Over the years, this hard working community have raised over €85,000 for varying charities, with this year’s proceeds in aid of: Bru Columbanus, RNLI (Baltimore), West Cork Autism Group, Methodist sports halls.

You’re assured that there is something for both young and old to remember, including; vintage cars and tractors, old style traditional arts and crafts , live music, bouncing castle, Wheel of fortune and many more prize winning side shows.

This year’s event will be opened by Ocean s7 swimmer Steve Redmond at 2pm in the Railway Yard Drimoleague.

Food & refreshments available on the day.

Award-winning first play comes to West Cork before making London debut

Award-winning first play comes to West Cork before making London debut

JezebelJEZEBEL by Irish playwright Mark Cantan will play the West Cork Fit-up Festival this August, before making its London debut at Soho Theatre.

An award-winning contemporary farce, Jezebel is Mark Cantan’s first play and is produced by Dublin-based Rough Magic Theatre Company.  Directed by Lynne Parker, this is a fast-paced and surprising romantic comedy for the 21st century.  Jezebel will have 6 performances at the West Cork Fit-up Festival before makings its English premiere at Soho Theatre, London.

Finding their relationship stale after just six months, high-flying couple Alan (Peter Daly) and Robin (Margaret McAuliffe) hatch a plan to come up with new ways to spice up their sex life.  Like 15% of the population, this leads to them to a threesome – and Jezebel (Valerie O’Connor).  What follows is a series of funny and unexpected misunderstandings and complications.  Jezebel is a light-hearted lesson in not what to do when your sex life needs saving.

 

Jezebel was commissioned by Rough Magic Theatre Company as part of its SEEDS programme and premiered at Project Arts Centre, Dublin in December 2012.  The show was revived for a 2014 Irish tour and dates at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris and the Tron Theatre in Glasgow.  Mark Cantan was awarded the prestigious Stewart Parker Trust New Playwright Bursary (given annually to an emerging playwright in Ireland, North and South) for the play.

 

Rough Magic presents?Jezebel by Mark Cantan, directed by Lynne Parker at West Cork Fit-up Festival:

Sat Aug 9th 8pm Union Hall, Community Hall

Sun Aug 10th 8pm Goleen, Community Centre

Unique exhibition of paintings of Union Hall opens in Christ Church, Glandore

Unique exhibition of paintings of Union Hall opens in Christ Church, Glandore

Old Pier Paintings CollageON Wednesday July 30th Dr. Edward M Walsh, the Founding President of the University of Limerick, will open an Exhibition of 25 paintings of the Old Pier in Union Hall in Christ Church, Glandore. All are welcome.

The origin of this unique exhibition dates back twenty years to when a visiting Australian artist gave Paul and Aileen Finucane of Union Hall an oil painting he had painted of the view of the old pier from their garden. Since then Paul and Aileen have encouraged other artists to paint the same view from their garden resulting in this unique exhibition.

Also, as a complement to the exhibition, they have condensed the 25 paintings into book form. The book, The Old Pier at Union Hall, includes a history of Union Hall village, Keelbeg Pier and the bridge and is illustrated by photographs from the Lawrence Collection.  It is available for sale in local book shops and at the exhibition, priced €25.

All book proceeds go to local charities, including the Glandore Church Restoration Fund.

The paintings will be on view Thursday, Friday and Saturday July 31st – 2nd August from 11am to 5pm daily.

Visual Arts BA (Hons) Degree Programme Funding to continue in Sherkin Island

Visual Arts BA (Hons) Degree Programme Funding to continue in Sherkin Island

Graduates on Sherkin Island. Pic: Adrian Legg

Graduates on Sherkin Island. Pic: Adrian Legg

THE Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has confirmed hat the funding for the Visual Arts BA (Hons) Degree Programme on Sherkin Island in conjunction with the Dublin Institute of technology (DIT) has again been awarded for the coming year.

Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington said, “I am delighted that €25,000 has been granted towards the provision of this course for the coming academic year. The BA Visual Art is a community-based, four year, honours degree visual art programme. It is fully accredited, managed and delivered by the Dublin Institute of Technology in partnership with Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS). West Cork Arts Centre (WCAC) are also key partners in the planning and implementation of the programme.  I have been working on the securing of this grant each year and also worked in securing the additional 50% funding with Cork County Council, some years ago.

 

The programme engages explicitly with the community in Sherkin Island and fosters a critical understanding of the community’s cultural and economic relationship with the perceived centre,’ Harrington added.

Funding of €120,000 towards re-furbishment of Cara House in Skibbereen

Funding of €120,000 towards re-furbishment of Cara House in Skibbereen

cara-houseTHE Department of Health has confirmed that Lottery funding of €120,000 has been paid to Skibbereen Geriatric Society Ltd, Cara House, Market Street, Skibbereen, from the Department’s 2014 National Lottery Discretionary Fund.

The funding was awarded towards the cost of converting the existing bedrooms and circulation space into a purpose designed space for the older adults attending the luncheon club.

 

Local TD Noel Harrington said, “This will be a huge boost for the Skibbereen Geriatric Society Ltd. toward the provision of daily services to the senior citizens of Skibbereen and district, which include classes, activities, appropriate advice clinics on for example finance and health.

 

Cara House, in its current state was completely unfit for purpose and this funding will assist those involved towards the provision of a custom built facility for the purpose it will be used for. It is also a welcome boost for the local economy with the provision of jobs during the refurbishment. This is excellent news for Skibbereen and surrounding area and especially to the senior citizens there, who will benefit greatly from the finished project,” he said.

A little bit of Broadway in the heart of West Cork

A little bit of Broadway in the heart of West Cork

skibb-arts??IN a single day, drama enthusiasts will get a chance to sample all that is great about West Cork theatre. On Tuesday 29th July, the Skibbereen Arts Festival is presenting a selection of performances at four landmark locations in ‘4 Plays in a Day’.

To start the day, Wild Productions will wake us up with their comedic play ‘Mrs. Shakespeare’.  Performing at the stately Liss Ard House, Irene Kelleher will play a female patient in a mental hospital, who thinks she is the reincarnation of writer, William Shakespeare. Back to set right her mistitled ‘Hamlet’, she is set on a rewrite for a new play with a more feminine perspective called ‘Ophelia’.

 

Following on from there, Karen Minihan of Playacting Theatre will present her one-woman play, ‘Eileen’ at West Cork Arts Centre. The story of a middle-aged country woman facing the divorce from her farmer husband. The play deals with the stigma of being a divorcee in a traditional, rural town.

 

Schull Drama Group will present five revue sketched by Harold Pinter. Written in the late 1950s, these are all early works by Pinter. They all focus on an aspect of an incident which may or may not have happened. The five sketches are ‘Special Offer’, ‘Request Stop’, ‘Last to Go’, ‘The Black and White’ and ‘Trouble in the Works’.

 

To finish off this rather dramatic day, the award-winning Kilmeen Drama Group will present their production of JM Synge’s ‘The Playboy of the Western World’. Winner of the 2013 RTE All-Ireland Drama Finals, and performed at the Abbey Theatre, Kilmeen are now bound for America where they will tread the boards in October. Make sure you see it here first!

 

Each performance is individually priced but for the hardcore theatre buff there is a special day ticket for all of the performances at €20.

 

For more information and booking please check out the Skibbereen Arts Festival website at www.skibbereenartsfesitival.com , or phone the box office at 087 126 0327 for ticket information.

Mick Flannery and Martin Stephenson among musicians to perform at Skibbereen Arts Festival

Mick Flannery and Martin Stephenson among musicians to perform at Skibbereen Arts Festival

Mick Flannery

Mick Flannery

Mick Flannery and Martin Stephenson will be among the artists and musicians set to perform at this year’s Skibbereen Arts Festival.

 

Cork singer songwriter Mick Flannery, who has just released his fourth album, will perform his best known songs in the acoustic surrounds of Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen, on Saturday August 2nd. 

Martin Stephenson will be playing in Baby Hannah’s Beer Garden on Thursday July 31st. The British musician, whose career spans over thirty years, has gained critical acclaim alongside his band ‘The Daintees’, and has a discography amounting to an impressive 40 albums.

 

Other music events to take place in the festival include ‘The Annual Canon Goodman Concert’, which will be held on Sunday 27th July. The concert which is held every year in recognition of influential Irish piper and music historian Canon James Goodman, will see musicians Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin, and Alexander Suarez Mendez play their mastered instruments.

Uileann Pipe player Liam O’Flynn is seen as one of Ireland’s leading musicians. O’Flynn has played with the likes of Irish folk group, Planxty, whose members consist of Christy Moore and Andy Irvine, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

 

Paddy Glackin is Ireland’s leading fiddle player. The Dubliner was the first fiddle player in the traditional music group, The Bothy Band whose original line-up included Matt Molloy and Tony McMahon.

 

Cuban Galician Pipe player, Alexander Suarez Mendez will be playing along on The Sunday night. Alexander’s passion for uileann pipes began in 2011, after Gay McKeon from Na Píobairí Uileann held workshops in Havana.  The 23 year old musician now teaches the uileann pipes and tin whistle back in his home town.

 

A Sean Nós session will bring the craic agus ceol to the festival on Friday August 1st at Abbeystrewry Church with music from Nell Ní  Chróinín, Caoimhín Ó Feargahil and The Sean Gnóstics. The Vespertine Quintet are set to bring a flare of Chamber Music to the Festival on Friday August 1st, at Liss Ard. While four part acapella group, The Cork Sacred Harp singers are back to perform again this year at the Abbeystrewry Hall on Saturday August 2nd.

For more information on the festival, its events and bookings, please check out the Skibbereen Arts Festival website at www.skibbereenartsfestival.com, or for ticket information please call 087 126 0327.

A seahorse in the trees, a hill figure maze, and a dragon at additional open day of The Sculpture Trail Walk

A seahorse in the trees, a hill figure maze, and a dragon at additional open day of The Sculpture Trail Walk

dragonTHERE will be an additional open day of The Sculpture Trail walk on Saturday August 2nd, the trail is just under a mile long, a walk through the nature reserve at An Sanctoir, Ballydehob, and, as many have discovered, is a great way to get off the beaten track and right out into some stunning West Cork nature and scenery.

Sculpture and installation work by local artist Wendy Miles is blended into the the landscape along the route. Many veiwers earlier in the year spoke of their delight at finding the artworks blended into the landscape along the route.

A 10 feet high mirrored seahorse swims leisurely through the trees, deer watch from the bracken, and a huge willow dragon tries to blend in with the lakeside scenery.

While out in a mountain field walkers find and follow a 25 metre Hill Figure Maze. The sculptures are all made from natural and found materials and the trail travels through meadow, woodland, lake, riverside and rocky mountain landscapes, with stunning veiws of the West Cork countryside all around.

 

seahorseThe trail is open for the day on Saturday August 2nd, 11 am until 8 pm, and costs €5, children free. All are welcome; wellies or waterproof footwear is advised. An Sanctoir is first left turn 1 kilometre from Ballydehob on the N71 main Bantry road.