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Culture Night

22 September 2017



Admission free

Banna Píob Chuan Modh; 18:30

Banna Píob Chuan Modh was established in October 2010 with a view to setting up a Pipe Band in the Clew Bay Area. Banna Píob Chuan Modh translates as The Clew Bay Pipe Band.Des Cafferkey is the Pipe Major of Banna Píob Chuan Modh, which makes him the musical director, and senior instrumentalist. Peter Carney, Principal of Carrowholly N. S.  and Pipe Sergeant, is his deputy, and he coordinates the behind the scenes work and logistics for the group.


Gallery talk  Sean Hardie; 19:00


Sean Hardie,  Exhibition; 18:00 -  21:00

Artist  and writer based in County Kilkenny.   Exhibition painting in oil, mostly landscapes, some figurative, some  more abstract.  The work is generally quite small.  Sean Hardie was born in Northumberland in l947. He joined the BBC as a Graduate Trainee in l968 and worked in TV Current Affairs on 24 Hours, Panorama and Newsnight. In l979 he moved to comedy to co-create and co-  'Not The Nine O'clock News ', -  wrote and directed for Spitting Image. Other TV  includes Channel 4's BAFTA- winning Bremner Bird and Fortune ,  BBC2's The State We're In The Lenny Henry Show (BBC 1, director) , the Barry Devlin/Sean Hughes adaptation of Flann O'Brien's The Signal Box (RTE, director) and has written and directed a number of award-winning films for Video Arts (writer/director) . Worked with and written for John Cleese, Billy Connolly, Prunella Scales, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Clive Anderson, Tony Robinson, Paul Whitehouse , John Fortune, John Bird, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Angus Deayton.


Studios  Group Show; 18:00 -  21:00

Group show of works by artists working in studios at Custom House Studios every day until September 24th  2017.    Exhibition includes works from;  Nickova Behling / Jo Anne Butler  / Pam Gray /  Lucy Hill / Barbara Ann Murray  and Ian Wieczorek.


Open Printmaking Studio; 18:00 – 21:00

Come along and participate  by making  your own drypoint print. Full technical guidance provided by Caroline Masterson and Grainne O Reilly.  Enjoy a fun evening of creativity and walk away with your own original piece of art.


Open Studios; 18:00 – 21:00

Workshop  led by Nickova Behling. Guests are invited to make  art work from a choice of materials and mediums. Parents and children will be able to work together. An opportunity to visit working artists studios. Meet professional artists in their work place and see Art works in progress.


Poetry at the Creel; 20:00

Ger Reidy was born near Westport, Co. Mayo. He has won several national poetry competitions and has been the recipient of a number of bursaries and residencies sponsored by the Arts Council and Mayo County Council.  Dedalus Press published his debut collection, Pictures from a Reservation, in 1998 and his second collection, Drifting Under the Moon, in 2010. His third collection, Before Rain, was published by Arlen House in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize at Listowel Writers' Week.His poetry has been published in many literary journals, both at home and abroad and he has read at numerous literary festivals. Since 2012 Ger has judged the Westport Arts Festival poetry competition. His debut short fiction collection. Jobs for a Wet Day, was published in 2015 and was long listed for the Edge Hill Prize 2016


Kerry Hardie is one of Ireland’s leading poets. Her Selected Poems covers work written over two decades and draws on five collections. Her poetry questions, celebrates and challenges all aspects of life and experience, but ultimately is concerned with the quiet realisation that ‘there is nothing to do in the world except live in it’. ‘Kerry Hardie writes about the here and now, the everyday and the ordinary in an authentic lyric voice. She speaks of God in our secular age without unease or embarrassment. This deeply spiritual book is deceptively immediate and it yields its mystery and depth in each rereading’ – Judges’ citation, Michael Hartnett Award for Poetry, 2005.