Festival Launch: Little John Nee

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ALLINGHAM FESTIVAL PRESENTS LITTLE JOHN NEE
The Thatch, Ballyshannon, Oct. 19th, 8pm, Free Event.

Don't miss this year's Allingham Festival Launch event with award-winning writer and actor Little John Nee as he performs a selection of songs and stories, comic and eccentric, and all very Donegal!!

Little John Nee is a playwright, performer and musician; a prolific creator of original work for theatre. He is a recipient of an Irish Times Theatre Award, a Helen Hayes Nominee (Washington DC), a Prix Italia Special Mention Award and in 2016 was elected to Aosdána.

Admission Free.

The Frank Mc Guinness Tribute

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This year, the Allingham Festival pays tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest living playwrights, Frank Mc Guinness, with three events over the course of the weekend: two specially commissioned performances of ‘The Bread Man’, and a public interview with RTÉ’s Sean Rocks.

'The Bread Man' by Frank Mc Guinness (Preview)

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Frank Mc Guinness

This year, the Alingham Arts Festival honours the contribution to the arts made by Donegal writer and playwright Frank Mc Guinness. The tribute begins with a preview performance of this specially commissioned production of his play ‘The Bread Man’. The play will also be performed on Friday November the 8th, when the Allingham Festival will make a presentation to Mr. Mc Guinness.

In a border town in north Donegal in 1970, Sinner Courtney struggles to come to terms with family relationships. As his antics become more unpredictable, those around him become increasingly embarrassed and disapproving of his behaviour.

Director:

Keith Robinson

The Cast:

The Sinner Courtney - Michael McMullin

Florence Courtney - Emer McShea

Dan Courtney - Ronan Drummond

Pat Courtney - Farah Bogle

Tommy Courtney - Conor Carney

Rose Kiely - Ailis McIntyre

James Kiely - Mark Kirby

Albert Casey - Ken Monaghan

Niall Wilmot - Niall McKee

Simon Breslin - Diarmuid McInerney

Eddie Rodgers - Sean McLoone

Susan Crilly - Roisin Lee-Fox

George Crilly - Terence McEneaney

Talk: Cathal Gallagher

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The star of RTÉ’s Operation Transformation presents a talk on mental health and wellbeing.

Exhibition: P. J. Lynch

Exhibition: P. J. Lynch

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An exhibition of work by former Children’s Laureate PJ Lynch, artist and illustrator who has worked with the likes of Eoin Colfer, the Abbey Theatre and Opera Ireland.


P. J. Lynch has worked as a children’s book illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in the 1980s. He has won many awards including the  Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions, first for “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” by Susan Wojciechowski, and again for “When Jessie Came Across the Sea” by Amy Hest.

“The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” has sold more than a million copies in the USA alone, and has recently been made into a movie.

In recent years PJ has designed posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre as well as several sets of Irish stamps.

In 2006 Lynch completed two large murals on the theme of Gulliver’s Travels for the new Cavan County Library, and he has recently designed a giant mosaic for the Marian Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo which was unveiled in February 2016.

PJ has lectured on his own work, and on Art and Illustration at the National Gallery of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, as well as at numerous conferences and colleges across the U.S.

He lives in Dublin with his wife and their three children.

The Allingham Lecture with Eamonn Mc Cann: "Power and the People"

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Join us at 7.15pm for a wine reception in the Abbey Arts Centre to mark the Official Opening of the Allingham Arts Festival 2018.

8pm - The Allingham Lecture: Eamonn Mc Cann “Power and the People”

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Eamonn Mc Cann, well-known Derry politician, activist, writer, broadcaster and environmentalist delivers this year’s Allingham Lecture. Mc Cann has been campaigning for social justice for over 40 years. A lifelong socialist and trades unionist, he is a member of the National Executive of the NUJ and of the Northern Ireland Committee of the ICTU. He was instrumental in setting up the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign.

He has campaigned against militarism and war since the days of CND and the Vietnam protests, and was among those who successfully took non-violent direct action against the bomb-makers Raytheon. He is chairman of the Bloody Sunday Trust and a member of Amnesty International and of the Rail lobby, Into the West. He is also a member of the Zero Waste Derry environmental group, set up to raise awareness of environmental issues in the Derry area, and which supports individuals from both sides of the border in their struggle against environmentally threatening council and corporate decisions.



Open Mic at McIntyre's Saloon Bar

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Relax and have fun - music, poetry, song and cráic! This year’s event will feature a short dramatic surprise by local actors Seán Donegan and Troy Devanney.

Exhibition: P. J. Lynch

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An exhibition of work by former Children’s Laureate PJ Lynch, artist and illustrator who has worked with the likes of Eoin Colfer, the Abbey Theatre and Opera Ireland.


P. J. Lynch has worked as a children’s book illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in the 1980s. He has won many awards including the  Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions, first for “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” by Susan Wojciechowski, and again for “When Jessie Came Across the Sea” by Amy Hest.

“The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” has sold more than a million copies in the USA alone, and has recently been made into a movie.

In recent years PJ has designed posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre as well as several sets of Irish stamps.

In 2006 Lynch completed two large murals on the theme of Gulliver’s Travels for the new Cavan County Library, and he has recently designed a giant mosaic for the Marian Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo which was unveiled in February 2016.

PJ has lectured on his own work, and on Art and Illustration at the National Gallery of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, as well as at numerous conferences and colleges across the U.S.

He lives in Dublin with his wife and their three children.

‘From Chelsea to Ballyshannon: Helen Allingham & the Modern Garden’ – Olive Travers & Brendan Little

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Olive Travers presents an illustrated talk on the garden paintings of Helen Allingham, and their relevance to the modern garden, with Brendan Little, renowned gardener and contributor to BBC Ulster’s ‘Gardener’s World’.

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Olive Travers is a writer and gardener whose love of Art was fostered by having the renowned Irish artist T.P. Flanagan as her tutor in college. She now encourages the art of gardening in young people as a volunteer with Foróige and with these young people created the garden based on Willliam Allingham's poem, The Fairies, in Allingham Park, Ballyshannon.

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Brendan Little contributes regularly to BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Gardener’s Corner’ and also works as a freelance gardening advisor and horticultural tutor. Plant collecting expeditions have taken Brendan to Ecuador and the Galapagos, and the Pacific Northwest.

He currently lives with his wife Paula and their two children in Donegal where he has his own two acre garden.

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P. J. Lynch – ‘My Life in Art’

 Former Children’s Laureate and illustrator P. J. Lynch will give a talk on his life and career as an artist. A fascinating insight into the life of a working artist in modern Ireland.

P. J. Lynch has worked as a children’s book illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in the 1980s. He has won many awards including the  Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions, first for “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” by Susan Wojciechowski, and again for “When Jessie Came Across the Sea” by Amy Hest.

“The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” has sold more than a million copies in the USA alone, and has recently been made into a movie.

In recent years PJ has designed posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre as well as several sets of Irish stamps.

In 2006 Lynch completed two large murals on the theme of Gulliver’s Travels for the new Cavan County Library, and he has recently designed a giant mosaic for the Marian Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo which was unveiled in February 2016.

PJ has lectured on his own work, and on Art and Illustration at the National Gallery of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, as well as at numerous conferences and colleges across the U.S.

He lives in Dublin with his wife and their three children.

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Wild Atlantic Writing with Annemarie Ní Churreáin

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Join Annemarie Ní Churreáin as she leads this informal and intimate session of poetry readings by regional writers Denise Blake, Chris Sparks and Charlie Gracie. Always an inspiring and enjoyable event!

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from northwest Donegal. Her debut collection Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland and for the 2018 Julie Suk Award in the U.S.A. She is the author of a suite of poems about Dublin titled Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). 

Ní Churreáin’s poems have been published, read and reviewed widely in Ireland and abroad. The Yale Review has surmised that “Ní Churreáin often captures a whole world of cultural and historical implications in a single, simple, but metaphorically rich image.” 

 In 2016 Ní Churreáin was the recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award by the President Michael D. Higgins on behalf of the Arts Council. In 2018 she was recipient of the inaugural John Broderick Residency Award. Ní Churreáin is the 2019 Commissioned Writer at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Dublin and a 2019-20 Writer in Residence at Maynooth University, Kildare. She is part of a collaborative poetry project titled (S)worn (S)tates which has been awarded a 2019 Markievicz Award from the Arts Council.

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'The Bread Man' by Frank Mc Guinness

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Frank Mc Guinness

This year, the Alingham Arts Festival honours the contribution to the arts made by Donegal writer and playwright Frank Mc Guinness. Join us in the Abbey Centre as we make a special presentation to Mr. Mc Guinness, before this production of his play ‘The Bread Man’.

In a border town in north Donegal in 1970, Sinner Courtney struggles to come to terms with family relationships. As his antics become more unpredictable, those around him become increasingly embarrassed and disapproving of his behaviour.

Director:

Keith Robinson

The Cast:

The Sinner Courtney - Michael McMullin

Florence Courtney - Emer McShea

Dan Courtney - Ronan Drummond

Pat Courtney - Farah Bogle

Tommy Courtney - Conor Carney

Rose Kiely - Ailis McIntyre

James Kiely - Mark Kirby

Albert Casey - Ken Monaghan

Niall Wilmot - Niall McKee

Simon Breslin - Diarmuid McInerney

Eddie Rodgers - Sean McLoone

Susan Crilly - Roisin Lee-Fox

George Crilly - Terence McEneaney

Hatchlings

Hatchlings

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Hatchlings, a 5-piece band which includes Ballyshannon's own Eamon Travers, is bound to be one of the musical highlights of the festival. Hatchlings draw from jazz, folk, R'n'B, rock and classical influences to create a fresh alternative sound. Not to be missed!

Tickets available on the door.

Book Fair by A Novel Idea

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‘A Novel Idea’ takes over the foyer of the Abbey Arts Centre all day on Saturday Nov. 10th for their annual book fair. Many titles by visiting writers will be on sale, and many of them will be signed!

Children's Art with Christine Fox

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Local artist , Christine Fox, returns with her ever popular Art Workshop for children. Enjoyment and learning in a child friendly atmosphere is the hallmark of Christine’s style. There is limited availability so early booking is advisable.

Ages 6-10.

BOOK ONLINE OR CALL/TEXT 0863803181.

Workshop: Sketching with Words - Olive Travers

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This fun workshop is an introduction to the concept of “Conscious Creativity”. It explores how we can express ourselves authentically by increasing our awareness of the world within and around us.

It is suitable for all levels of both writers and all those interested in nurturing their core creativity through any medium.

[Tea/Coffee and scones provided. Please wear comfortable footwear as weather permitting, the workshop will include a short walk in the outdoor beauty of nature.

Wardrobe Makeover Workshop

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Wardrobe detoxing and advice on personal style with Mary Kelly-Reid.

Mary Kelly-Reid works full time and has a  job that is challenging and busy, but her key interest is all things related to clothes and style. She is passionate about helping women dress their best, so that they feel good about themselves. Mary spends her spare time providing shopping advice and personal shopping services to family, friends and colleagues (with Instagram account – @thrivefrom45).   Mary completed a course on personal shopping and image consultancy in 2017 at the Dublin Institute of Design. 

 The workshop entitled ‘Wardrobe maintenance’  will cover wardrobe detoxing, style personality, colour and body shapes

Stephens' Family Archive Exhibition

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A treasure trove of historical documents and newspapers, collected by the Stephens family, Ballyshannon.

Literary Lunch, Writing Awards & Keith Corcoran Book Launch

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Even writers have to eat! A sumptuous dining experience in Nirvana Restaurant, The Mall, Ballyshannon.

12:00 – 12:45 Buffet Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 Allingham Poetry and Flash Fiction Awards

1:45 – 2:30 Launch of “Mysteries & Legends of Donegal” by Keith Corcoran

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON DOOR ONLY.

Arts & Crafts Fair

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Arts & Craft Fair: Donna Lynch & Noémie Cattez

Handcrafted art, prints and hats for sale.

Crafter Donna Lynch of Artybird will be joining us again this year in the Foyer of the Abbey Centre show casing and selling her beautiful array of hand felted artwork and other crafted products.

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Creativity has always been part of Noémie Cattez’s day to day life but it is when her daughter was a few months old in 2018 that she started to teach herself how to crochet. She wanted her daughter to wear unique hats and needed something to do in her 'spare time'. Many compliments and many hats made for friends and family later and Noémie is trying to get her small homegrown crochet business off the ground in the local area of south donegal under the moniker Leeloo And Willow Crochet.

Primary Schools Art and Writing Awards

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Primary School Awards: 12.30 - 1.25, Saturday November 10th

Secondary School Awards: 1.35 - 2.30, Saturday November 10th

A wonderfully uplifting event. In his own inimitable way, Conor Carney presents the prizes and introduces the winners as they read their winning entries. Meet Ireland’s future literary stars!

Craft Workshop: Local Hands - Little Hands - Big Hands

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Local Hands – Little Hands – Big Hands

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Kids, we had so much creative fun last year that the “Little Hands – Big Hands” workshop is back for the Allingham Festival 2018. So bring a big person… (Mum, Dad, Granny, Uncle Pat… whoever) and together we will get Arty and Crafty with things like wood, paint, wool and slate. We’ll make some cool art for you to take home.

The Local Hands Co-Op will create a mini Craft Village for these exciting workshops for kids and grown-ups to have some crafty fun together. Participants will move from one “Craft Station” to the next trying out some cool crafts that you can bring home. Your four workstations should take approx 1 hour in total…but you’re welcome to stay longer if you wish.

To book call Barry on 087 9649654.

Secondary School Writing Awards

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A wonderfully uplifting event. In his own inimitable way, Conor Carney presents the prizes and introduces the winners as they read their winning entries. Meet Ireland’s future literary stars!

Book Launch: 'Outlanders - Stories of the Displaced' by Seán Ó'Tuathaigh

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Book Launch: Seán Ó’Tuathaigh – ‘Outlanders: Stories of the Displaced’

This new compilation of stories offers a glimpse into the lives of the displaced through their own eyes.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO SURVIVE? What sacrifices would you endure for a better life? Would you swim a vast river? Would you trek across a desert or float through a malarial rainforest? How about breaking out of a slave plantation? Boarding a leaky ship? Escaping a siege? Outlanders is a compilation of ten real-life stories from refugees and asylum seekers, whom the author met while working in the field of refugee resettlement in the US and Ireland. They are old people and young, recently arrived and well established, originating from Afghanistan, Burma, Laos, Somalia, Iraq, South Africa, Bosnia and Palestine. Outlanders is the first work of its kind to explore the subject from a creative perspective, setting it apart from previous journalistic work available on the subject. The stories are presented in a style that immerses the reader in the journey of the refugee, the sights, smells, sounds they experienced, how it felt along the way. These unique individual narratives are bound together by recurring themes: daily life, the eruption of conflict and the privations endured to escape it. Outlanders offers a glimpse into the lives of the displaced, not through screen or newsfeed, but through the very eyes of those who survived.



Frank Mc Guinness in Conversation with Seán Rocks

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Part of the Frank Mc Guinness Tribute

The Allingham Festival is delighted to present a conversation between Frank Mc Guinness and broadcaster Seán Rocks (Arena, RTÉ Radio 1). Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of Ireland’s greatest living playwrights reflect on his life’s work.


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Frank McGuinness’ original plays include THE FACTORY GIRLS (Abbey Theatre Dublin 1982, Tricycle Theatre 1990 and Arcola Theatre 2006); BAGLADY (Abbey Theatre Dublin 1985); OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME (Abbey Theatre Dublin 1985, Hampstead Theatre 1986 and 2009, with Awards from London Evening Standard for Most Promising Playwright, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, Harvey’s Best Play Award, the Cheltenham Literary Prize Plays and Players Award, the Ewart- Briggs Peace Prize and the London Fringe Award); INNOCENCE (Gate Theatre, Dublin, 1986), CARTHAGINIANS (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 1988; Hampstead Theatre, London, 1989), MARY AND LIZZIE (RSC, 1989), THE BREAD MAN (Gate Theatre, Dublin, 1991); THE BIRD SANCTUARY (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 1992), MUTABILITIE (RNT, 1997); SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME (Hampstead, West End and Broadway 1992, West End 2005, winning the New York Critics’ Circle Award and Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play); DOLLY WEST’S KITCHEN (Abbey 1999, Old Vic Theatre 2000); GATES OF GOLD ( Gate Theatre, Dublin 2002); SPEAKING LIKE MAGPIES (RSC, Stratford and London 2005/6); THERE CAME A GYPSY RIDING (Almeida Theatre 2007); GRETA GARBO CAME TO DONEGAL (Tricycle Theatre 2010); CROCODILE (Sky Arts Live, Riverside Studios 2010); THE MATCH BOX (Liverpool Playhouse 2012); THE HANGING GARDENS (Abbey Theatre Dublin 2013); and a musical play DONEGAL (with music by Kevin Doherty) (Abbey Theatre Dublin 2016).

Adaptations of classic plays include Lorca’s YERMA; Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS and UNCLE VANYA; Brecht’s THE THREEPENNY OPERA and THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE; Ibsen’s HEDDA GABLER, A DOLL’S HOUSE, PEER GYNT, THE LADY FROM THE SEA, JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN, GHOSTS, THE WILD DUCK and ROSMERSHOLM; Sophocles’ ELECTRA, OEDIPUS and THEBANS; Ostrovsky’s THE STORM; Strindberg’s MISS JULIE; Euripides’ HECUBA and HELEN; Racine’s PHAEDRA; Molina’s DAMNED BY DESPAIR; James Joyce’s THE DEAD; a dramatisation of Du Maurier’s REBECCA and Oscar Wilde’s DE PROFUNDIS. These adaptations have been performed repeatedly at the National, West End, on Broadway, and internationally, with Frank’s adaptation of A DOLL’S HOUSE winning a Best Revival Tony Award and Outer Critics’ Award.

 Television screenplays include SCOUT (1987), THE HEN HOUSE (1989, winning the Prix de l’Intervision and Prix de l’Art Critique at the 1990 Prague International Television Awards), TALK OF ANGELS (1998), DANCING AT LUGHNASA (1998), A SHORT STAY IN SWITZERLAND (2009) and A SONG FOR JENNY (2015). His first novel, ARIMATHEA, was published by Brandon/O'Brien Press, 2013. They will publish his new book, The Woodcutter And His Family, in September 2017. He has published five volumes of poetry from Gallery Press. Frank McGuinness lectures in English at University College Dublin.


Seán Rocks is the presenter of ArenaRTÉ Radio 1’s flagship arts, culture and entertainment programme (Mon-Fri 7pm)

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In that role, Seán has interviewed many major writers, actors, musicians and artists – including Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Edna O’Brien, Martin Sheen, Danny De Vito, Saoise Rónan, John Banville, Brendan Gleeson, Roddy Doyle, Steve Reich and Marina Carr.  He has hosted numerous outside broadcasts from major arts festivals, and anchored Arena’s live three-hour broadcasts from Meeting House Square during Culture Night 2013 and 2014.

He has also hosted public interviews with figures in both the national and international arts world.

The Monaghan man, a former actor, has been working with RTÉ Radio since 2000 and has previously guest presented The Arts Show, Spirit Moves and Rattlebag. He has also produced, written and presented several series for Radio 1. Before that, he worked with RTÉ Lyric Fm, presenting programmes including Lyric Breakfast, Lunchtime Choice, Lyric Pitch and CultureFile.

He recently presented the documentary Soul of Ireland for BBC Radio 4.

He regularly hosts concerts and events at major venues around the country (NCH, Áras an Uachtarán, Cork City Hall, University of Limerick) and was widely praised for his role as MC at the State Banquet in Dublin Castle during the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland in 2011.

Seán previously worked as an actor, appearing at the Abbey, Peacock and Gate Theatres and with many important independent companies including Rough Magic, Druid and Field Day in Ireland, and at the Royal Court, National, Donmar Warehouse and Tricycle theatres in London.

Screening: 'Gaza'

Screening: 'Gaza'

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Screening: ‘Gaza’

Director: Garry Keane & Andrew Mc Connell

The award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary from Garry Keane & Andrew Mc Connell. This elegantly shot and masterfully crafted portrait of Palestinian life offers a rare chance to be immersed in the heart of Gaza.

GAZA brings us into a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict.

Throughout its entire history the Gaza Strip has been witness to conflict and upheaval. From ancient times this tiny coastal territory, located at a crossroads between continents, has been a pawn whose fate rested in the hands of powerful neighbours.

Little has changed today. Blockaded on every side by Israel and Egypt, it has witnessed three wars in the past decade alone. The Islamic resistance movement Hamas came to power in free elections in 2006 and after defeating rival Fatah in a short conflict, began governing the territory in 2007. In the same year Israel imposed its blockade, completely sealing Gaza’s borders.

The effect of this siege has been devastating. Almost two million Palestinians now live in poverty. Unemployment sits at 50%, electricity is available for only four hours each day, and the water is now largely undrinkable. The United Nations has publically said that the Gaza Strip will be unlivable by 2020.
Facing the serene Mediterranean Sea, 19 year old Karma Khaial stands at the water’s edge and senses freedom. But in Gaza, the sea is yet another wall restricting the lives and dreams of its inhabitants.
This elegantly shot and masterfully crafted portrait of Palestinian life offers a rare chance to be immersed in the heart of Gaza, as we glimpse behind the walls of this misunderstood land to get to know the real people who inhabit it. Inside a Gaza City taxi, we meet a teacher, a student and a barber, who all share their dreams and daily predicaments with the driver, Ahmed, using surprising humor and candor. Ahmed could take them anywhere except that a decade old blockade makes it nearly impossible to leave the enclave.
Like its people, Gaza’s landscape feels kaleidoscopic: colorful yet pained, fragile yet resilient, ancient while looking to the future. Memory plays heavy on its consciousness. But life moves in cycles in Gaza and in spite of everything, joy and humanity can be found in every corner of this mosaic of life.




History Ireland Hedge School

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‘Mobilise the poets’— art & culture in the Irish Revolution

So exhorted Arthur Griffith from his Gloucester Prison cell in January 1919. But how did the arts (literature, film, the visual arts, music and song) affect the Irish Revolution? How in turn did the Revolution affect the arts? Join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, for a wide-ranging discussion with Paul Delaney (literature), Ciara Chambers (film), Roisín Kennedy (visual arts) and Fintan Vallely (music & song).

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Kevin Mc Aleer: Guru

Kevin Mc Aleer: Guru

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Tyrone's biggest living lama Kevin McAleer has just been voted 'Ireland's Most Humble Guru' by Mindfulness Magazine for the eighteenth year running. To celebrate this modest achievement, he has a spectacular tour of the universe, including the sun, the moon, the stars, and his home planet Earth.

It's almost fifty years since Guru McAleer first coined the word 'mindfulness', and he is still coining it today.His latest bestseller is the hugely populist 'Be Your Own Brexit', and he has appeared dozens of times on 'Celebrity Zen Master Chef' and as an outspoken judge on 'Tibet's Got Talent.'

McAleer's Advanced Awareness Seminars promise total self-discovery on the night, or your money back. An evening of divine light entertainment not to be missed.

'Immaculate mastery of language' The Scotsman
'Will leave your head spinning and your cheeks hurting' British Comedy Guide.

Rhythms and Rhymes - Monica Corish and Gráinne Mc Menamin

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Poetry and song with Monica Corish and Gráinne McMenamin in The Thatch Bar, Ballyshannon (immediately following ‘Gather Again: Stories and Songs’).

Film: "EXTRA ORDINARY"

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A horror/rom-com hybrid that somehow manages to blend its ingredients without losing their flavor, Extra Ordinary more than lives up to its title.

The Irish comedy, written/directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, has been receiving both critical acclaim and audience praise since its release.

The film stars comedian/writer/actress Maeve Higgins (Naked Camera, Inside Amy Schumer), Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall, MAZE), Will Forte (Nebraska, Run & Jump, Last Man on Earth), and Claudia O’Doherty (Trainwreck, Love, Inside Amy Schumer) and tells the story of Rose, a sweet and lonely small town driving instructor who must use her supernatural ‘talent’ to save the daughter of a local man from a washed up rock-star looking to use her in a satanic ritual that will reignite his fame.

The quirky and irreverent Irish comedy has won praise from critics and audiences alike. The Sunday Times called it ‘A standout Irish film’, which is ‘special in its pure daftness; it's hard to resist falling under its quirky spell’. Variety’s critic noted that it is ‘Consistently funny in a pleasingly off-kilter way’.

A quick trawl of Twitter reviews shows Irish audiences appreciate the particular brand of humour:



Sunday Night Concert in St. Anne's

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The annual concert at St Anne’s Church, Ballyshannon, bringing the festival to a close.