After a wonderful weekend of scintillating drama and comedy, the West Cork One Act Drama Festival drew to a close with the announcement of the results and awards. Adjudicator Imelda McDonagh was warm and full of praise for the festival and the eleven productions presented.
Inchydoney Hotel was the magnificent backdrop to the hugely successful Three Tenors concert in aid of the “Jeep for Jason” fund, and a very fitting grande finale to the fundraising. The trio, Ray O’Hare, Declan Kelly and Dominic McGorian thrilled the sell out concert goers with renditions of ‘Blaze Away’ and ‘Courting in the Kitchen’, accompanied by Marie Mason on violin and pianist Gillian Saunders.
COMIC Frank Twomey, this year once again steps into the role of the pantomime dame at the Everyman, Cork, as he fills in for Jim Mulcahy who has had to withdraw due to ill health. Frank, well known from TV and radio for his much loved impersonations of the greats of Irish political life, including Mary O’Rourke, says he is thrilled and honoured to be stepping in to the shoes
Nashville-based songwriter Casey Black returns to West Cork next to play De Barra’s as part of his first national solo tour here. The gravel-voiced, literary singer-songwriting son of Charlie Black, NSAI Hall of Fame songwriter of more than a dozen #1 country hits. Casey wrote his first song at twelve years old, released his first “record” three years later (a cassette of songs he recorded in his basement on his father’s hand-me-down equipment), and signed with
The arrival of 2 Springer Spaniel puppies proved to be the catalyst for a new children’s book released in West Cork this Christmas. Áine Boys (10) watched in envy as her neighbour, Maureen Ryan, drove past with Milo and Finn hanging their heads out of the car window on their way to their favourite walk near Bantry. She rang and asked if she could visit the puppies and has been
A UNIQUE new book for children aged 5-10 years, Jackie Dorey Stories was launched recently by Bandon author and artist, Elizabeth Giles. Also known as “Granny Woodfort”, the 82-year-old great-grandmother has compiled a collection of her favourite Jackie Dorey stories, featuring an eccentric family of tiny people who live at the bottom of a beech tree. The stories have been passed down through generations of the Giles family and hark
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To culminate the second successful year of the Blue House Gallery in Schull the curators are presenting a unique exhibition “Tribal India” a collection of contemporary Indian Folk and Tribal art gathered from remote villages of this vast continent. Working together with the Adivasi Arts Trust, a charitable Trust that works with tribal artists to explore new applications for their art and to bring little known ancient traditional practices into
by Stephen Johnson Following the success of its second Choral Festival last year, this year’s Kenmare Choral Festival is extending a warm welcome to all choirs to come and participate in the 2014 Choral Festival from the 28th to the 30th November. Festival organisers want to continue to bring the beautiful art form of choral music to the local public and visitors alike through concerts, competitions and other events
by Stephen Johnson The Irish Film Institute brought its programme “Local films for local people’ to the Carnegie Arts Centre recently. The event was a sell out. ‘Local Films for local People’ is being run by the IFI Irish Film Archive, which travels to different parts of the country showing archived screenings of footage from local areas, bringing the footage back to the communities in which it was made.