The Arts

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Sligo's Cos Cos Festival 2017 presents Anúna in Concert

Added: 18/04/17 : 06:51:18

A special event this year is the Choral Concert by Anúna in St. Columbus Church, Drumcliffe on Friday, May 5th at 8pm.

Anúna - founded in 1987 by Irish composer Michal McGlynn in an effort to create a physical voice for his compositions many of which are strongly influenced by the history and mythology of his homeland. Ireland has a long and sophisticated history of traditional singing or sean nós which McGlynn uses as the basis for many of his arrangements and compositions. 

The name
Anúna is derived from the Gaelic term An Uaithne, a collective description for the three ancient forms of Irish music - Goltraí (song of lament), Geantraí (song of joy) and Suantraí (the lullaby).  An Uaithne and subsequently Anúna is a uniquely beautiful instrument. The purity and natural techniques that are employed by the singers explore the stories of ordinary people, poets, saints and scholars.

Within these songs are universal truths told through the landscape, the philosophy and the mythology of Ireland and beyond.  See

Tickets on sale at the Fáilte Ireland Office, O'Connell Street, Sligo or phone Brenda at 0861925988.
Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork in The Young Offenders New Irish Directors at The Model

Added: 26/04/17 : 06:31:35

New Irish Directors
20 Apr. – 11 May,
Thursdays, 8pm, €8 / €6

The Model is delighted to present a short season of independent film during April and May. The first in a series of new thematic film programmes curated by The Model, this season called New Irish Directors will focus on works from the country’s emerging filmmaking talent. It is the intention of The Model to provide a platform to new voices in contemporary art and by extension cinema and with these carefully selected films we are bring fresh and diverse Irish stories to Sligo audiences.

The series commenced on Thursday 20th April with Tomato Red, a film that recently premiered at Dublin International Film Festival and is the sophomore feature by Dubliner Juanita Wilson. Not afraid to work outside of Ireland, Wilson has adapting the Daniel Woodrell (Ride with the Devil, Winter’s Bone) novel of the same name, Wilson has shown great ambition taking on this southern country noir, and has crafted an original, funny and moving film about the struggle to get a break and our need to belong.

For the second film in the series the action moves to Cork and the breakout comedy The Young Offenders on Thursday 27th April at 8pm. It was made the joint winner of the Best Irish Film (an honour it shared with A Date for Made Mary) at the 2016 Galway Film Fleadh and broke Irish box office records upon its release. Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The film is a comedy road movie about best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork who dress the same, act the same, and even have the same bum-fluff moustaches. The boys steal two bikes and go on a road trip hoping to find a missing bale of cocaine in the hope they can sell it so as to escape their troubled home lives… The Young Offenders is an auspicious debut from filmmaker Peter Foott in this gag-filled caper.

Changing beat completely for the third film in the series is Further Beyond, a documentary with a Sligo connection from directing duo Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, the expat filmmaking team based in London and this is their first non-fiction effort. Taking as their point of departure the compelling 18th-century figure Ambrose O’Higgins. They attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile. Key locations in O’Higgins’ life – a lake in Sligo, a field in Meath, the port of Cadiz, the sea, and the edge of a snow-covered mountain in the Andes – are visited and reflected upon in the hope that something might be revealed, as if these very locations might contain clues. However, as they speculate on the idea of place and what O’Higgins embodies, the filmmakers continually get sidetracked by a competing story of immigration and displacement. Gradually, and not without humour, these intertwining narratives uncover ideas about the transformative power of travelling, as looked at through the peculiar prism of the Irish experience.

Closing the series is the drama Mammal, a portrait of emotional loss in its various manifestations from second-time director Rebecca Daly, a graduate from the John Huston School of Film, Galway. The film follows the story of Margaret (Rachel Griffiths), a divorced woman living alone in Dublin who learns that her teenage son has been found dead. Enduring her unsettling grief privately, an encounter with a homeless youth called Joe, played by rising star Barry Keoghan leads to an unorthodox relationship. Director Daly delivers a quietly, uncompromisingly complicated film that resists obvious psychological cues at every turn.
The season follows a successful run in partnership with Sligo Film Society, now on hiatus for the summer and returning with a new programme in September.

Yeats By Candlelight

Added: 27/04/17 : 13:53:58

Following on from the huge success of their lunchtime performances of “Yeats By Candlelight” during the 2015 All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo and four subsequent shows that October, Sligo Drama Circle is delighted to announce a further two performances of the show this May. These performances will take place in the Yeats Memorial Building on Thursday May 4th and Friday May 5th at 8pm. Admission for the performance, which lasts approximately an hour, is just €5.

The show details the life and loves of W.B. Yeats with a special focus on the women in his life. The show begins with Yeats’ first meeting with Maud Gonne and proceeds to share stories and anecdotes of his friends and lovers. These stories are given context with reference to the political and cultural life in Ireland at the time, mentioning Home Rule, the Anglo-Irish Literary Revival and, of course, the Easter Rising in 1916.

The show is interspersed with extracts from nineteen different Yeats poems which illustrate the unfolding story. Many pieces of information about W.B. Yeats will be revealed of which many people may be unaware.

Well known historical figures mentioned during the course of the show include Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell, Lady Gregory, Countess Markiewicz, Patrick Pearse, John Millington Synge, Seán Mc Bride, James Connolly, Roger Casement and many more.

Directed by Michael Leyden with technical direction by Fintan Whelan, the show is presented by three actors: Damien Quinn, Orla Mc Sharry and Máire Hynes. With live musicians and projections of the characters mentioned in the show, this will be a treat for Yeats lovers and everybody associated with Sligo. Little wonder that the show was greeted with standing ovations during previous performances.

Booking for the performances is not necessary, patrons can just turn up on the night of their preference.

Writer needs your love (stories)

Added: 28/03/17 : 06:55:16

Award-winning Irish playwright Henry Martin seeks real love stories for his next play, My Irish Love Song, which will premiere in 2018. Stories can be any length and submitted on until August 2017.
Henry Martin: “My Irish Love Song is a celebration of love, music and being Irish. The world is very divided right now and the news is full of stories of woe. I hope My Irish Love Song will be an antidote to this and remind us that more unites us than divides us. There is nothing more universal than love and music, and theatre is a great a way to bring people together and prove this point.” 
“Everybody has a love story. Some end happy. Some end sad. Some never end. This is an opportunity for you to take time out and think about that someone or something special, and to have it immortalized in art. All kinds of love stories are encouraged, and no, you don’t have to have an Irish passport to submit: this project is about being open and encouraging shared stories, not putting up barriers.” 
Stories can be submitted (anonymously, if desired) on The website also includes writing tips, information on the creative team, and terms and conditions. 
Henry Martin is a writer based in Tipperary. He is currently taking part in Belltable:Connect in Limerick, and his work has been performed by Fishamble, Arcola Theatre, Theatre 503, Latitude, and the Roundhouse in London. His biography Agnes Martin: Painter Pioneer Icon is published by Schaffner Press in 2018. 
Twitter: @Irish_Love_Song
Facebook Group: My Irish Love Song