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Launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge

CLARE’S Seachtain na Gaeilge will be launched with a concert by new trad group Re-Seisiún in Cois na hAbhna this Thursday.

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A marriage of stone and steel

Clare artist Barry Wrafter is to unveil his latest masterpiece, as his sculpture, The Cattle Drover, is due to be installed at Cois Daoil, Rathkeale, Limerick.Barry secured the commission from Limerick County Council through their open submission competition. His piece is derived from the Patrick Kavanagh poem, Shancoduff. The poem’s final verse begins, The sleety winds fondle the rushy beards of Shancoduff/While the cattle-drovers sheltering in the Featherna Bush/Look up and say: “Who owns them hungry hills/ That the water-hen and snipe must have forsaken?“I thought a sculpture of what he penned would be apt in an abstract way of honouring him. Instead of a visual statue of the man, my sculpture is a visual statement of the man. It is these lines that I am taking inspiration from. What I am depicting is the moment the farmer decides to move on his stubborn cow, he gently taps his hindquarters in turn the cow raises his head in anticipation of …

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The Greatest portrait goes on show

Portrait artist David Dunne is to open his first solo exhibition in Dublin next month, which will feature a number of household names that have Irish links, including, Muhammad Ali (left) and Barack Obama.David’s mother is a native of Ennis but the family emigrated to Canada before returning and settling in Mullingar in 1995. A self-taught artist, David has honed his skills to portrait painting and for his first solo exhibition, he decided to put together 25 pieces with people both from the USA and Ireland who had connections to each country. He was first struck by the idea around the time Ali visited Ennis and decided to research how many other famous and iconic people had connections to Ireland.  “I was always interested in art and drawing since I was really young. When I was 20, I got into painting and changed from painting to acrylics and to oils. I’ve never been taught. For this exhibition I worked out …

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Ennis artists to exhibit at County Museum

A GROUP of Clare artists will launch a particularly pertinent exhibition in the Clare County Museum this week. Though the exhibition was intended as a Christmas one, it is quite apt for the beginning of a new year and a new decade. The exhibition is called Janus: Duality – looking forward and backward at the same time. It will feature 30 to 40 pieces from four Ennis artists. Its location too is especially apt for the theme. The show will be launched on Saturday with a reception from 2pm to 5pm in the Clare Museum. The show opened last Saturday and continues until Saturday, January 30. The exhibition features paintings and photographs by Kevin Quinlan, Sinéad Slattery, David O’Rourke and Hazel Gilchrist. “We have done an exhibition together each year for the past four or five years. We were due to hold it in the library back in November but we couldn’t do it because it was flooded. So we …

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Cliffs exhibition on view

The latest solo exhibition from Ennis artist, Tomás O’Maoldomhnaigh, entitled The Cliffs, displays his classical skill and use of light.

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Change of aspect for artist with new gallery

TULLA artist and school teacher Tim Moloney will be opening his new studio to the public next Saturday, where art enthusiasts, locals and Christmas shoppers can view his large body of originals and prints in the idyllic setting of Glendree, Feakle. Tim and his wife, Ann, run the studio in a renovated building next to their home at Glendree. Tim provides a wealth of artistic material, while sales-savvy Ann reproduces his talents in print format and packages the finished products for the market. It is a nice system, which has been running smoothly for a long number of years and, following extensive refurbishment work to an outbuilding on their property, the couple have a tranquil studio setting in which to admire Tim’s work. They are equally proud of this recent development and have decided to host an open day so that others might enjoy the work. The open day will run from 11am to 8pm and all are welcome.  Tim …

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London exhibition for Ennis artist

ENNIS artist Ursula Kelly is currently exhibiting her work in London. The exhibition, entitled Intersecting, connecting, manifesting, draws much of its inspiration from the Killaloe area.

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Refurbishment work to commence on new art gallery

THE arts in the Mid-West Region received a significant boost with the awarding of a €250,000 contract to commence refurbishment of the old museum at the De Valera Library in Ennis.Work on the dedicated exhibition venue, which is being developed by Clare County Council in an effort to address the ongoing lack of suitable gallery space in the county, is expected to be completed by next May.The proposed refurbishment was given special consideration to ensure harmony with the existing building aesthetic. New lighting and humidity control systems, as well as a central multi-function space will enhance the architectural ecclesiastical features and provide quality exhibition space to museum standards.Mayor of Clare, Tony Mulcahy noted, “One of the county council’s objectives is to promote access to the arts and to encourage more people to participate in the arts. It is essential to ensure that proper facilities are in place.”The Mayor continued, “Local authorities have been and continue to be instrumental in creating …

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