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W.B. Yeats'Ā - On Baile's Strand

Added: 05/07/14 : 14:56:05

Blue Raincoat Theatre Company


W.B. Yeats'Ā On Baile's Strand
Saturday July 12th
Cummeen Strand

Following the success of their outdoor production of Yeats Purgatory on the top of Knocknarea mountain in 2013, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company will perform Yeats's On Baile's Strand on Saturday July 12th on Cummeen Strand, Strandhill, County Sligo at 1pm.

King Concobar, aware of Cuchulain's bravery and his unruly temper, makes Cuchulainn swear an oath of obedience, forcing the unaware Cuchulain to fight and kill his own son. When informed of the truth, Cuchulainn, mad with despair, runs out to fight the sea.

Regarded as one of Yeats most accessible and dramatic plays this promises to be an exciting theatrical event presented outdoors on Cummeen Strand with Knocknarea mountain as it's backdrop. The cast includes Ciaran McCauley, John Carty, Sandra OMalley, Barry Cullen, Bob Kelly and Brian Devaney with music by Joe Hunt and direction by Niall Henry.

This outdoor performance of On BaileĀfs Strand will be the company's second production this season and the only performance of its kind along the Wild Atlantic Way this summer.

Blue Raincoat will preform Malcolm Hamilton's Brief Taste of Lightening and a film of his play Sanctuary as part of Tread Softly.... Yeats Festival later in the Summer and Synge's masterpiece The Playboy of the Western World later in the Autumn.

No booking is required for this event. It will take place at 1pm sharp on Cummeen Strand, so please arrive by 12.45pm. Access is via the Strandhill Road (R292) taking the turn left for Coney Island on approach from Sligo Town.

Jessamine O'Connor, the founder and organiser of the group. Tales and tunes in Charlestown Arts Centre

Added: 01/07/14 : 17:40:13

By Rose Byrne

On Friday the 4th of July the Hermitís Collective are holding an evening of poetry, prose, art, music and short film at Charlestown Arts Centre at 6 pm. Admission is free. This is a pop-up show for one night only.

The Hermitís Collective, are a recently formed group of writers, artists, filmmakers and musicians who travel around different venues across the country. A mixed bunch of creatives they offer a wide selection of works showcasing whatís on offer in the arts in the west of Ireland.

The group is the brain-child of Jessamine O'Connor, a Dublin born poet now living on the Sligo/Roscommon border. She has been successful in numerous competitions and published widely. Her poems examine a wide range of topics including war, love, technology and humanity. Her latest book, "A Skyful of Kites," has just been released. Her collection of poetry, "Hellsteeth" which was published last year was funded by an arts bursary from Roscommon Arts Centre.

When asked where the inspiration came from to form such a group she said, "The idea came to me one morning over coffee. I thought of the name first, Hermit Collective. Since I know a lot of hermits, or wannabe hermits, who are all extremely creative individuals I thought we should get together and do something."


Conscious of rural dwellers, Jessamine decided to take the show on the road. In so doing, the performances will be available to a wider audience. The group had their very first outing on 1st of May in Boyle library, County Roscommon. The show was a huge success. The room was packed to capacity and people were standing in the hallway to listen. Jessamine and all the artists involved were delighted with the turn out and reaction from the audience.

As the next event is being held in a bigger venue, Charlestown Arts Centre, there will be more scribes and artists offering a whole, new show from the last one. Considering such a wide variety of the written word and music will be performed on the night it is sure to appeal to a host of different tastes.

 Some of the musicians who will be playing on Friday night

Anyone even remotely interested in works of art are in for a treat. There will be numerous paintings, photographs, batik art, textile art and sculptures on display. The short film is well represented with a film by Roisin Loughrey, which was a finalist for the HUMAN RIGHTS SHORT FILMS AWARD in Dublin. It is about Tom Meskell, an artist from the group. The film revolves around patients in The Sacred Heart Hospital, Castlebar, Co. Mayo with acquired brain injuries. Tom Meskill facilitates an art class where he says "Moments of magic happens," with the patients as they tap into their creative side with Tomís encouragement and guidance. The other short film is an animated music video by Paul Thurlow.


The art of the short story is thriving among the story tellers of the group, many of whom are published while others are well on their way. They will draw you into their story worlds with real life characters and well-crafted pieces that will amuse or sometimes cause a tear to well up.

If verse is your preferred piece of literature you wonít be disappointed. There will be rhyming poems along with humorous and thought-provoking pieces of work. UK poet Martin Marriott will be joined by local poets who are also widely published and successful in their field.

The music is in great hands with the fantastic South Sligo style traditional music with Jimmy Noctor, and friends. There will be singers, guitarists, and saxophone players.

Pop-up shows of travelling artists are pretty unusual. Another rare trait of the Hermit Collectiveís is each show they put on will be different from their last. Their first show went down so well that the group have been invited to take part in the Bundoran Fringe Festival in Bundoran on the 20th of July. This show will be suitable for all ages.

Donít miss out on a great nightís entertainment on Friday the 4th of July. Admission is free. Works of art and books from participating artists will be on sale on the night. Jessamine OíConnorís new book, "A Skyful of Kites," will also be available to buy.

For further information contact Jessamine at:

Jack B Yeats - Johnny Patterson Singing Bridget Donoghue (The Singing Clown). Jack B Yeats; The Music Has Come

Added: 05/06/14 : 12:23:08

Sat. 31 May Ė Sun. 30 Sep. 2014

The Model is delighted to present The Music Has Come, a new exhibition by Jack B Yeats that looks at his interest in song, and also at the way in which he used music and itís performance as a key device to interrogate ideas in his painting.

Colloquial song that aimed to stir political, patriotic and romantic sentiment in the listener held a particular fascination for Yeats, and as a painter he often sought to capture this emotional power in his work. His lyrical canon included political ballads of resistance and heart-rending celebrations of executed heroes. Such songs had the power to spark an intense emotional reaction in the listener and Yeats often borrowed themes and titles from such works to explore whether this emotional intensity could be successfully rendered on canvas. Paintings such as Eileen Aroon, 1953 and Patriotic Airs, Republican Airs, 1923, tap into the collective memory of Irish people as a postcolonial nation, and have contributed to the ongoing debate regarding the politicization of Yeatsí practice as an artist among art historians.

In other works Yeats used song to explore concerns such as mortality, grief and loneliness. In paintings like Johnny Paterson Singing ĎBridget Donoghueí, 1928; and Singing ĎUnder the Canopy of Heavení, 1950 he sought to consummate the moment when people sing. In this briefand ultimately elusive moment, time stands still and the present becomes forgotten in the song. Such works indicate the painterís increasing awareness of mortality and death.

Born in 1871 Jack B Yeats was one of a group of painters who sought to establish an Irish 'school' of painting in the early twentieth century. Initially they chose an approach that had much in common with Realism, as promoted by the Slade School in London. However over time Yeats evolved his own highly personalised and expressive style. His themes became more allegorical and mystical in parallel with new developments in his painting technique. His late works are emblematic of a range of human emotions, but are often bleak and despairing - charting the solitary journey of the human soul.

This exhibition features works drawn from The Niland Collection as well as The Irish Museum of Modern Art and The National Gallery of Ireland. A number of works from private collections rarely exhibited in public are alsoincluded.

On the occasion of Fleadh Cheoil na h…ireann, The Model has commissioned musicians Jack Talty and Neil OíLoghlen of Ensemble …riu, pictured below, to compose a suite of new music in response to this exhibition. The piece will be premiered at The Model on Friday 15 August.

Each Saturday at 3pm a member of our learning team leads a guided tour.

Contact The Modelís reception for more information on tours, performances and associated programming. For further information, please visit
The Berlin Philharmonic The Berlin Philharmonic Live from Berlin to Sligo

Added: 10/06/14 : 11:33:53

CAIís 2013-2014 live events programme comes to a glittering end on Wednesday the 18th 6:30pm when the great pianist Daniel Barenboim comes to Berlin to joining forces with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, and the concert is relayed live to The Gaiety Cinema as part of a Europe-wide event.

He will play Brahmsí towering first piano concerto, one of the greatest pieces ever written for the instrument, a magnificent vehicle for the greatest musicianship and astonishing levels of keyboard virtuosity. The programme also includes ĎThe Unanswered Questioní by Charles Ives and the sublime Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings by Richard Strauss Ė two contrasting pieces guaranteed to demonstrate the extraordinary quality of this great orchestraís playing .

With tickets at a small fraction of the cost of tickets to the event itself, this magnificent event also has great value ticket prices for families, and half-price student and childrenís ticket in most venues.

The worldís greatest orchestra, one of the worldís greatest pianists and conductors, and some of the greatest music of all time Ė LIVE to Sligoís doorstep.

Full details of the production and all venues can be found on


Sligo Gaiety Cinema - 12 Screen Multiplex  CLICK HERE