Bealtaine Festival features over one hundred fantastic events

Over one hundred arts events will take place in County Tipperary during the month of May to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival which kicks off this week.

Over one hundred arts events will take place in County Tipperary during the month of May to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival which kicks off this week.

The Bealtaine Festival is a national arts festival run throughout May each year in association with Age and Opportunity. All over the country older persons groups and individuals are actively involved in arts events, workshops and activities.

Just some of the highlights this week include: Tipperary Bealtaine Festival 2015 and Poetry Ireland present award-winning poet Paul Durcan and Tipperary senior hurling manager and poetry lover Eamon O’Shea in conversation on Thursday, May 7th. Professor of Economics at NUI Galway, with a special research interest in gerontology, Eamon O’Shea will explore themes of sport, literature and creativity in life with Paul Durcan who will read some of his much loved GAA poems, together with startling new work from his latest collection ‘The Days of Surprise’. 

Join Paul and Eamon in what promises to be an inspiring event to kickoff the 2015 festival which re-inforces the aims of Bealtaine in encouraging enquiry, creativity and expression at all stages of life.

Meanwhile at the Clonmel Library on Wednesday, May 6th author Catherine Dunne talks about the social history of Irish immigrants in London at 7pm. Catherine Dunne will also facilitate workshops at other venues - please see brochure for details.

Bealtaine Films will screen ‘The Quiet Man’ and ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ at the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre in Cloughjordan on Sunday, May 10th 8pm.

A concert by Tonos, who specialise in a unique blend of Irish and European music from the 16th, 17th & 18th centuries’ mixing Irish music with works by English and Continental masters, will feature at the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre on Tuesday, Tuesday 12th at 1pm and at the Cashel Library at 7pm.

For a full programme of events see: tipperarycoco.ie.