Cashel Arts Festival - Playing With Fire

The tenth Cashel Arts Festival got off to a flaming start on the Plaza at 6.30pm on November 9th. “Cats and dogs are not our friends, it’s just a game that we pretend”. Thus ran the lyrics for Realta’s opening fire dance routine, and considering the day that had been in it, we were all lucky that it wasn’t in fact raining cats and dogs.

The tenth Cashel Arts Festival got off to a flaming start on the Plaza at 6.30pm on November 9th. “Cats and dogs are not our friends, it’s just a game that we pretend”. Thus ran the lyrics for Realta’s opening fire dance routine, and considering the day that had been in it, we were all lucky that it wasn’t in fact raining cats and dogs.

Not to be put off by minor considerations such as the cold, this scantily clad duo came from Galway to kindle the festival spirit. Unfortunately, the ground was wet and so the promised stilt action couldn’t happen. A large crowd attended and all were thrilled with the display that brought life and fun to the centre of Cashel that evening.

Saturday morning and most of the day in Cashel was busy with workshops in all available venues. The science, puppet making and solo singing events proved to be great success. Saturday night in the Brian Boru was the place to be to see Garr Cleary preform his own songs from his just released E.P. Garr enjoyed his experience in Cashel and rounded off his night by playing to the volunteers who worked tirelessly on the unique 24 hour sculpture on the Plaza. For all who were very lucky to see and experience this amazing piece of art depicting ‘the Cow’ were blown away by its size and illuminating features

A big thank you to all the volunteers that turned out in a cold and wet weather and worked through the night to create the ‘Holy Cow’ and for Liam Maher plant hire who generously donated one of his tower lights to cast some light on the situation.

The Arts Festival annual food and Craft fair on Sunday at the Cashel Palace Hotel was buzzing with excitement when all who attended were entertained by the Brass Band Coel na leanai, Anne Whelans School of Irish Dance, Vocalize, a new and fantastic band (who are still working on a name) and Dara’s Magic. Children enjoyed Jelly Bean Jullies story and puppet shows, while other decorated gingerbread men. Wood turning and basket making demonstrations were some of the craft attractions on the day. There are still events that you can attend and enjoy at this, our 10th year of the Cashel Festival, until Sunday the 18th. A drama workshop based on ‘A play in a Day’led’ by Shane Dempsey of Stagecraft, Clonmel and Fragments, London, can be booked through the Heritage centre on 062-62511. Life Drawing workshop, Kilinure Castle, is the setting for this 2 day workshop led by Sahoko Blake. Book your place Heritage Centre 062-62511. Places for the Graphology workshop based on hand writing analysis can be booked through Heritage 062-62511. The Dinner theatre on Friday 16th at Cafe Teressa is a thoroughly great treat for all. A night of thrills and comedy based on excerpts from the works of Edger Alan Poe, live music and song will also be part of the performance. Tickets can be obtained on line www.cashelartsfest.com, Heritage Centre 062-62511 or at Cafe Terasse, Cashel Shopping.

The ‘Voices’ Concert on the Sunday 18th Nov in St John the Baptist Cathedral, Johns St., Cashel at 3pm is an afternoon of poetry, song and the Debut of the Cashel Arts Festival Choir. Book at the Heritage centre 062 62511 or on the door.