Tipperary Bealtaine Festival - a call to ‘Grow Happy’ this May

Pictured at the launch of the Tipperary Bealtaine Festival were (from left) standing: Marie McMahon (South Tipperary County Museum), Emer OBrien (Tipperary Libraries), Matt Shortt (Director of Services, North Tipperary County Council), Melanie Scott (Arts Officer, North Tipperary County Council) & Rosemary Gleeson (North Tipperary County Council). Seated from left: Cllr John Cross (Cathaoirleach, South Tipperary County Council), Ciaran McKinney (Director of Development at Age & Opportunity), & Cllr Michael OMeara (Mayor, North Tipperary County Council).
Ninety-nine arts events will take place in County Tipperary during the month of May to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival.

Ninety-nine arts events will take place in County Tipperary during the month of May to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival.

Bealtaine 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.

The sixth Tipperary Bealtaine Festival was launched at Brú Ború in Cashel on May 1st last by Ciaran McKinney, Director of Development at Age & Opportunity who quoted Gene Cohen, Director of the Centre on Aging, at The George Washington University describing the Arts as being like “chocolate for the brain” and encouraged active participation in and celebration of the Bealtaine Festival across Tipperary this May.

Cllr Michael O’Meara (Mayor, North Tipperary County Council), Cllr John Cross (Cathaoirleach, South Tipperary County Council) and day care centres and active retirement groups from across the county, including the Dean Maxwell (Roscrea), Killenaule Senior Citizens, Portroe Over 60s, Cashel Active Retirement Group, Tipperary Active Group and the Sue Ryder (Holycross), came out to support the launching of an action-packed programme of arts activity for the Tipperary Bealtaine Festival.

The 2013 theme for Bealtaine is “Grow Happy” - a call to celebrate growth, spring and positivity for ourselves and our communities.

In the spirit of this the arts services of North and South Tipperary County Council’s and Tipperary Libraries have co-ordinated a county wide festival with highlights from the Bealtaine Film – The Glenn Miller Story at Nenagh Arts Centre to The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, a theatre event touring nationally for Bealtaine at The Source Arts Centre, Thurles.

The event organisers hope that by the end of the festival participants might have enjoyed a chance to discover new skills and talents in the arts or have enjoyed an event with friends.

Programmes are available from your local library or by contacting - North Tipperary Arts Office 067 44860, artsoffice@northtippcoco.ie, tipperarynorth.ie/arts, South Tipperary Arts Office 052 34565, email sally.oleary@southtippcoco.ie www.southtippcoco.ie.