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[ May 2, 2013 ]

…limited tickets still available for LEITRIM ARTS AWARDS this Friday at The Dock…

The Leitrim Arts Awards will be topped off with a wonderful concert featuring Eleanor Shanley joined by John McCartin on guitar, Padraig McGovern on pipes and Sabina McGovern on harp. The awards will take place at a gala event in The Dock, Carrick on Shannon on Friday  the 3rd May at 8.00pm.

The quantity and calibre of the nominations received was a clear endorsement of the widely held view that County Leitrim is home to numerous individuals and organisations that have attained great achievement locally, nationally and internationally across the whole spectrum of the arts. Five awards in total were made with one award dedicated to achievement in the arts by a young person, and one for lifetime achievement. The recipients are -

· Jackie McKenna, a native of north Leitrim, is known throughout Ireland for her many public sculpture commissions. At home she is also recognised for her work with numerous groups and in particular for her pioneering work over a long number of years towards establishing the Leitrim Sculpture Centre as a nationally important facility for artists to make work.

· A native of Dublin, architect and tutor Dominic Stevens chose Leitrim as the place in which he wanted to live and continue his professional practice. He has won numerous awards for his architectural work and his publications on design and sustainable living, particularly in a rural context, have been equally groundbreaking and recognised internationally.

· One of Ireland’s foremost traditional singers, Eleanor Shanley is renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish songs.  She has recorded with everyone from De Danann and Sharon Shannon, to The Dubliners and Tommy Fleming. She has recorded many solo albums and has featured on numerous others. Over the years, Eleanor has been a constant support to musicians and music projects in her home county.

· David Rawle has been attending drama classes from 4 years old and a member of the Leitrim Youth Theatre Company Carrigallen since 2011. He shot to fame in “Moone Boy” alongside Chris O’Dowd which will begin shooting its 3rd series later this year. In a very short amount of time, David has proven himself to be an actor of considerable talent with delightfully natural comic timing.

· The Lifetime achievement award goes to Angus Dunne for a lifetime of commitment to local and national amateur drama. Angus has been the driving force behind the Breffini Players for many years. A talented director, Aengus has contributed greatly the quality and reputation of the Breffni Players, encouraging members in all roles, the results of which were abundantly apparent this year when they won the All-Ireland One Act Drama Finals in Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.

Leitrim County Council initiated the Awards to acknowledge the vibrant and growing arts scene in the county and to acknowledge the importance of the arts to County Leitrim.  The event itself is a great platform to celebrate what Leitrim artists have achieved over the years on a local, national and international level.

The recipients will receive their awards as part of full night of entertainment at the Dock. The evening commences with a reception before author and broadcaster Vincent Woods, as compère, introduces the first of the awards with film introductions produced by Johnny Gogan and Screen Northwest. Among the performances during the evening, author Brian Leyden will read alongside Jo Holmwood, whose new book Under the one roof, which she wrote during her Spark residency at The Bush Hotel, was published last week. Also on the night singer Gavin Sweeney and Leitrim Village’s Mick Blake will be there. After the final award, Eleanor Shanley will be joined John McCartin, Padraig McGovern and Sabina McGovern to raise the tempo and finish the night on a typically perfectly pitched high note.

Limited tickets are available at €10 and can be obtained through The Dock, Carrick on Shannon on 071 9650828 or online at www.thedock

Fun Night ahead of us! Your D B

Green Door once again!

[ September 14, 2012 ]

Folks, it’s Friday, bunk off early and make the most of our Green Door Weekend, opening its doors for the second time and year! Lots to be doing, watching, listening to, discovering, and never underestimate the fun factor at those events! I still very fondly remember last year, and apart from the obvious fact that a year has passed in the blink of an eye I am very much looking forward to tonight, tomorrow and Sunday!

Check out the programme, call by, pick up the brochure and mark those events you want to join and the houses you want to visit and see for yourself!

The theme this year is Architecture and Art which runs right through our line-up of events and is one I thought you might be interested in looking at. Our opening debate on Friday 14th Sept. is:'The Aesthetics of Ethics' with the fantastic line-up of: Chair Dr Sandra O'Connell and on the panel Mike Haslem, Steve Larkin, Deirdre McMenamin and Dominic Stevens.

Saturday 15th Sept 11-2pm, we have a mini-symposium called 'Practising between Architecture and Art' with Declan Long, Nuala Flood, Adrian Duncan and Marta Fernandez Calvo.

Exhibitions include ‘Made’ at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

The theme continues right through to our film night in Dromahair where we are showing Eames: The Architect and the Painter along with Eames shorts and the alternative: Buckminster Fuller meets the Hippies!

Then of course there are the 35 homes and buildings open to the public for Free over the two days, offering insight and inspiration to the visitors.

Please follow this link to see the full programme of events and open homes

And do call 087 778 1914 for more information any time…

And yes, kids’ stuff too, mudslinging with Kevin Callaghan, building your own home in mud on Saturday morning at 11 at The Dock! I’ll be around for most of it, call by, get inspired, the time is now!

ChatRoom at The Dock

[ August 30, 2012 ]

I got to say, ChatRoom went down a treat, amazing cast our youngsters, brilliant play, and always lovely to get that post-show-talk in, this time with Philip Delamare Arts Officer, Mikel Murfi the Director of the play and of course the young actors. A good few laughs within that dark story of chat rooms, cyber-bullying and mental health, and I have to say if this is how the future generation approaches things I am not worried about the future! Well done guys, what a great summer project! Picture is of the stage without the actors, six orange chairs as a rather intriguing set, I should have asked them where those chairs came from, as they would look the part in my kitchen too! And on the night I never commented on the person doing the lights for the play, sweet job, it was genuinely something else, come back soon with a new play!

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Taking Liberties in Pictures

[ August 8, 2012 ]

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