Cashel Arts Festival committee pictured at the launch of festival brochure on the Plaza, last Saturday morning.
Catherine and Saoirse Burke, Eleanor Dwyer, Rebecca Lenehan, (Chairperson) Geraldine Stockil. Back L/R Petronelle Cifton, Browne, Anne Marie O’Donnell, Michael Hickey, Josephine McCan, Patrick Kenneally, Emily Kirwan.
Jimmy MacCarthy coming to Brú Ború.
On Saturday 15th November, the renowned singer/songwriter Jimmy McCarthy will perform in Brú Ború as part of Cashel Arts Fest programme. A wonderful night’s entertainment is promised from this very popular artist, composer of such well known hit songs ‘The Contender’ , ‘Ride On’, ‘Katie’, ‘Missing You’, Nedín and many others.
Tickets are available now from Brú Ború (062 61122) at €20 and are expected to sell very quickly. Other musical events will include the very popular Choral Competition, also in Brú Ború and the festival choir’s performance. This year’s choir is facilitated by Moley O’Sullivan and Noirin ni Riain and is open to everyone who enjoys singing. Rehearsals will take place in Spafield Resource Centre on Thursday 6th and 13th November and culminate with a performance in the finale concert on Sunday 16th which includes performances by Sam Barker, Nóirín and Moley.
The festival, which takes place from Sunday 9th to the 16th November is based on the theme of connectedness. Outreach programmes have already been held with primary school pupils and during the festival will include events for groups in Cashel Day-care centre, St Patrick’s hospital – which focus on the role we play in the community. Craft and other community groups are interpreting this theme through the creation of a range of bunting which will be showcased in the ‘Create Café’ in Cashel Town Centre (Tesco), the Credit Union and other venues. The bunting is really beautiful and has been lovingly made from recycled materials, including wool from traditional natural dyeing processes. Stories and memories abounded among the various groups as they met for this unique collaboration. Transition year students are helping to create and decorate the ‘Create Café’ space with their vision of their own place and which has been co-ordinated by Cher Gleeson. Workshops will be held in ‘The Create Café’ during the festival for adult groups during the mornings and for children each afternoon.
Family Events will include The Food and Craft Fair on Sunday 9th from 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. and the Drumming and Fire Show on Friday 14th at 6.30 p.m. Both of these free events will take place on The Plaza
Mrs’ Shakespeare, the brilliantly funny hour-long one-woman show will be performed in the library on Tuesday, 11th November and tells the hilarious story of how Shakespeare is re-created as a woman and feels that he/she has made a mess of writing Hamlet! Do not miss multi-award winning actress Irene Kelleher’s performance. In addition, playwright Paul Maher, using local talented actors is providing some lunchtime theatre with two short sketches which will be staged in Spearman’s, Feehan’s and The Heritage Centre on Friday and Saturday, 14th and 15th.
The visual arts will feature the work of Yvonne Edwards both in Ardmayle Church and in the Library. As well as a talk on ‘150 Years of The National Art Gallery’ by the Gallery’s Outreach lecturer, the opening of Yvonne’s work and talk will take place on Monday 10th when the festival will officially be opened.
Workshops being held in the Library and in Spafield Resource Centre will give adults a hands-on opportunity to try such crafts as ceramics, repousé, felting and rushwork. These popular workshops sell out very quickly due to the limited number of places so early booking is advisable. Details and booking available on the website www.cashelartsfest.ie or directly with the library for the felting and repousee.
For a complete list of all events and further information, see the website. Brochures available from the 25th October and the Festival Booking Office, at Cashel Heritage and Development Centre, (tourist office) Main Street also opens on Saturday 25th.