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Emma on the right track in art competition

A PUPIL from Ballyturn National School showcased her talent recently in an Irish Rail-organised art competition held to mark the reopening of the Limerick-Galway rail service.The competition was divided into three age categories. Emma Nester from Ballyturn National School was victorious in the 11 to 12 age group, Ciara Horan, Ballymana National School, Craughwell took the top award in the eight to 10 age group and Kirby Dooley, Ballymana National School, Craughwell was the winner of the five to seven category.On Wednesday, the gifted young artists were presented with their prizes. The theme of the competition was Fun on the Train and judges said they were very impressed with the many entries they received.The prizewinners were presented with their awards by project manager for the reopening of the Limerick–Galway line, Sinéad Clair and Galway district manager, Gerry Glynn at a special ceremony at Athenry Station. The prizewinners and their family and friends travelled by train to the event.“Services on the …

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Groups to present disability research project

CLARE Inclusive Action Research Group have teamed up with fellow researchers, Galway Research into Action to present the All-Ireland Learning Disability Research Project, All We Want to Say in association with the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies and Trinity College.This is a joint research drama and film presentation by two of a new breed of cutting-edge research groups, including people with a learning disability investigating and promoting services of choice. These two groups were prominent contributors to a national survey, gathering information and prioritising issues which emerged from the views, opinions and desires of people the length and breadth of Ireland. Here, they feature select excerpts from the film promoting choice and control in relationships, home life, money and work.The presentation starts with a drama Home Alone, which portrays a young girl, enjoying the new-found independence of her own home but those around her have their own ideas. The short comic play highlights the main research findings and is followed …

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Writers’ bursary up for grabs at the Arts Office

THE Arts Office of Clare County Council has announced a bursary for Clare writers to attend a course at the renowned Dingle Writing Courses this autumn.The aim of the bursary is to promote and foster creative writing in Clare, for both established and emerging writers, by giving them an opportunity to work intensively on a writing course with some of the top Irish and international writers.The bursary covers accommodation, meals and tuition but does not cover travel costs. To be eligible for a bursary, you must be currently living and writing in County Clare.To apply for a bursary, writers must clearly demonstrate their financial need and explain the benefits they hope to get from the course. Would-be applicants need only apply if they would be unable to attend without a bursary. Applicants may be shortlisted or required to attend for an interview, at the discretion of the arts officer.Successful applicants will be required to acknowledge the assistance of Clare County …

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Festival takes to the streets

What A Wonderful Life Underwater is the theme for the fifth Ennis Street Festival that takes place on July 3 and 4 on the streets of the county town.Festival director, Ana Bella Alvarez explained that this year’s festival incorporates original artistic ideas based on folklore and enchantment, with the intention of promoting art and culture in Ennis.“A unique visual experience will be produced with a fanfare of thousands of balloons streaming from the windows of the shops along the main streets of Ennis. We will also have sculptures, paintings, workshops, street performers, musicians and delicious food and crafts provided in the Continental Food and Craft Market, located at Moran’s Car Park, Lower Market Street,” she said.She said that the festival aims to have a family focus. “We want parents to bring their children into the town centre to enjoy free entertainment.  We are in the middle of a recession, so what could be better to raise our spirits than some …

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Kilmartin art students to exhibit in Limerick

THE art students of Kilmartin Educational Services will be exhibiting a selection of their works at an upcoming art show in Limerick later this month.The event takes place in the Kilmartin Educational Services on Lower Mallow Street in Limerick on June 25 at 7pm and will include a selection of the art design and architecture student’s portfolio work.

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Getting to the art of the matter

PAINTERS basked in the sun enjoying the sea breeze as they put their artistic talents to the test in the Burren Outdoor Landscape Painting Competition on Saturday.The competition, now in its fourth year, attracted up and coming artists from Clare, Limerick, Cork, Dublin and Galway, among other places.Chris O’Neill of the Burren Painting Centre said he fantastic weather made the coastal location “very special” but presented its own challenges for the participating artists. “Last year, participants had to wear wellies and raingear and were almost washed out of it; this year they got sun scorched. The heat and wind, however, make painting quite difficult. One of the locations was Fanore Beach and between the wind and sun there, the paint was almost dry dried as soon as it touched the paper, which is quite challenging for an artist. Some of the paintings, upon completion, unavoidably included pieces of sand and the odd fly, which had dried into the paint,” Chris …

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Art workshop at Kenny’s

ACCLAIMED Irish artist Philip Gray will share his creative talents at a one-day art course in Kenny’s, Lahinch Art Gallery on June 12.The artist promises to bring course participants on a journey of creative discovery, where they will learn how to paint in oils and pastels and improve their techniques.“During the day, I will start and finish two paintings with students on the course, one in pastel and one in oil.  I will describe my own techniques and inspire you to create your own paintings under my supervision.  You will leave the day refreshed, inspired, with your own oil and pastel paintings and ready to do it all again,” he said.The artist was born in Cork, where he lived until he was six, before moving with his family to Dublin. His art is influenced by the sea and his interpretation of the sea. “Without doubt my passion for the sea can be traced back to my childhood in Cork. I …

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Kilrush Youthreach murals for hotel front

FOR the second time in two years, murals are going up in Kilrush through the artistry of Youthreach programme learners, this time on the façade of the vacant Inis Cathaigh Hotel.Youthreach students first came to notice for their mural expertise after doing a huge piece on a wall in the grounds of West Clare Adult and Community Education Centre on the Cooraclare Road.The many comments of admiration for the work reached the ears of the Tidy Town committee members, who came up with the idea of having the students do murals for the façade of the vacant Inis Cathaigh Hotel on Francis Street.Owner Anthony Kelly was in favour of the idea when approached. He, like the committee members, saw it as a way to meet one of the recommendations in last year’s Tidy Town report on Kilrush, which had suggested that attention be given to the building’s front as a means of gaining more marks.In consultations between Des Tomlinson of …

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