The Arts

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The Yeats mural in Sligo. Photo: Yeats 150 Events

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The first of January will mark the beginning of Yeats2015,  a yearlong programme of cultural and artistic events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Irish Nobel prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats.

This is the first time that Ireland will honour any one individual in this way.

An internationally renowned poet and playwright,  Yeats was cited by the Nobel Academy in 1923, as having  'given expression to the spirit of a whole nation.' He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in December 1923, the first Irish man to do so.

The yearlong programme will feature contemporary, classical and traditional arts events spanning theatre, dance, poetry, literature, visual arts, music, educational events, concerts, readings, talks, exhibitions and festivals all centred around WB Yeats work, life and family.  

The first event takes place on January the 1st, with Senator Susan O'Keeffe, reading a poem at Hargadons, Sligo’s oldest pub, where there will be a poetry reading every day throughout 2015. At the Harp Festival of Moons, a harpist will play as a full moon rises at locations mentioned in the poet's work or connected to his life in some way.  The first event will take place in the house where Yeats was born in Sandymount on the 5th of January with renowned harpist Ruth O’Hara, a harpist at the Royal Irish Academy.

Learn more about the man at the 22nd Yeats International  Winter School that takes place in Sligo between the 23rd and 26th of January.  Guest speakers include Declan Kiberd, Irish Poet Laureate Paula Meehan & Theo Dorgan.    

The Yeats Collection at the National Library of Ireland (NLI) described as “one of the most important literary exhibitions yet staged internationally", is based on the Yeats Collection -  thousands of manuscripts and other items written by or relating to William Butler Yeats. It is the largest collection of Yeats’ material in the world, featuring drafts of the writer’s most famous works, in addition to personal papers ranging from diaries and letters to royalty statements and tax returns; from school reports and news clippings to automatic writing and WBY’s personal library of books.  Join Head of Services Katherine McSharry on Wednesday 28th of January at 1.05pm for a lunchtime talk about WBY's links with the National Library, on the anniversary of the poet's death in 1939.

Key programme highlights of this year long celebration  include a worldwide celebration of Yeats Day on June 13th, an exhibition of John Yeats paintings at the National Gallery, a celebratory music and poetry weekend of events at the National Concert Hall, an expanded Yeats Summer School in Sligo, theatre and dance performances at national arts festivals and widespread literary and poetry events throughout the year.  The National Library will also host a series of events at its award-winning exhibition, the Life and Works of William Butler Yeats, as will the Galway City Museum and The Model in Sligo.

Speaking at the launch, Chair of Yeats2015 Senator Susan O’ Keeffe said, “Yeats’ love of Ireland and of places in Ireland that were of particular inspiration to him in Sligo, Galway and Dublin will also be celebrated as part of the programme.  Every one in Ireland is invited to participate in this year long celebration.   Already there are a huge number of events  planned.  Our National Cultural Institutions, including the National Library, National Gallery and The Abbey Theatre are all programming Yeats themed exhibitions and events in 2015. Visitors wishing to walk in Yeats’ shoes  will be encouraged to visit places like Innisfree, the Sally Gardens,  BenBulben Mountain, Coole Park and Thoor Ballylee.”

For more information on event taking place throughout 2015 see
Summer Camps in Performance Arts coming to Sligo

Added: 09/01/15 : 06:08:37

Children’s performing arts network Starcamp is to host summer camps at Mercy College Secondary School, Sligo Town from 6th - 10th July and Colaiste Muire Secondary School, Ballymote from 17th – 21st August next.

Supported once again by banana importers Fyffes, Starcamp brings what its creator Aileen O’Grady says is ‘a fresh and contemporary approach’ to the process of teaching performance and building confidence amongst children in the age group 4-12 through song, dance, drama and games.

Interested parents can obtain further information on their website where examples of the many television and stage performances in which their students have featured are shown.

January courses at LSC

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Sat 31st January - Sun 1st February 2015
G7 Images On Glass  - Print And Glass
Tutor: Alison Lowry. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €220

By combining the silk-screening procedure with multiple print runs (a different run for each color), it is possible to create elaborate and multi-colored works of art. By using glass enamels instead of traditional screen-printing paints, it's possible to use the screen-printing process to print on glass. In this in-depth and informative two-day master-class you will learn how to create images on glass using screen-printing and other image transfer methods. No experience is necessary. Participants should come with a selection of black and white imagery. Original line drawings, text, or maps etc. will work best. Please do not bring images downloaded from the internet as they are generally pixelated. Remember to dress for mess!

Sat 31st January – Sun 1st February 2015
DM1 Digital Photography
Tutor: Dave Spence. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €140

This course is aimed at participants looking to get the most out of their SLR and compact cameras. They will understand manual camera functions; file formats and production workflows. Setting the camera for different scenarios (studio + landscape); Lighting (including high and low key set-up); Composition and photographic intent dialogue. Students should come with their own SLR, compact or smart phones. For Intermediate level.

Sat 31st January – Sun 1st February 2015
MF2 Blacksmithing
Tutor: Michael Budd. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €170

This course teaches you basic forging techniques to create sculptural forms. Students should come with sturdy boots. For beginners of blacksmithing.

Leitrim Sculpture Centre
New Line
Co Leitrim
Telephone: 071 985 5098

The Fidelio Trio at The Model

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Date: Friday 23rd January 8pm
Venue: The Model, the Mall, Sligo
Admission: €20
Artist Website:

Darragh Morgan – violin, Adi Tal Cello – cello, Mary Dullea – piano


Saint Saens
Trio No2 in E minor Op92
A little blues
Piano trio in A minor

“Ravel’s Piano Trio was a lyric upwelling … the Fidelio players brought it off superbly, and it was a joy” The Sunday Times