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Carsten takes a new look at Ireland’s Coast

RENOWNED Clare photographer Carsten Krieger has recently released his latest book of photographs.Entitled Ireland’s Coast, it is a celebration of Ireland’s coast with 250 beautiful photographs by the Kilbaha-based photographer.Wherever you are in Ireland, you are never far from the sea. The country’s 3,000km coastline is a place of natural beauty and vibrant history – beaches, fishing villages and harbours, mudflats and salt marshes, lighthouses and promenades. These are the images that Carsten wanted to capture in this book.“I always wanted to make a book on the coast. It’s an obvious theme if you live on an island. After I had finished my first book with the O’Brien Press (Ireland – Glorious Landscapes), we did some brainstorming what to do next and Ireland’s coast appealed most to all.“Where it became difficult was the approach: I had another landscape book in mind. O’Brien wanted a more general approach. In the end, the brief was very simple: include anything related to the …

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Des Bishop Likes to Bang in Shannon

COMEDIAN Des Bishop’s latest show will be staged at the Oakwood Arms this Friday night. The show is entitled Des Bishop Likes To Bang and despite the connotations, the title is actually about learning to play the drums.

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Caitríona’s exhibition inspired by the inner world

AN exhibition of new works by artist Caitríona Jackson is currently on show in the foyer of the County Museum, Ennis and can be viewed until December 21.

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Knitting project attracts Nationwide interest

NATIONWIDE’S Áine Lally visited the Clare Volunteer Centre last Saturday to see how the centre is celebrating the International Day of Volunteering next Wednesday.

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Fahy to exhibit in Scariff Library

AN exhibition of the recent work of Mary Fahy will be going on display in Scariff Library on December 13 and will remain there until December 29.

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Arts Council goes Into the Light

Clare people are being invited to celebrate the Arts Council’s 60th anniversary by attending a series of exhibitions organised to mark the event, entitled Into the Light, from the end of this month. The exhibition taking place in the Mid-West region goes on display at Limerick City Gallery of Art from November 30 and has been curated by Helen Carey. The Arts Council has cited a recently published Indecon economic report saying that the arts are now more important than ever for Ireland in terms of the employment and revenue generated by the sector and the positive impact that Irish artists are having on our reputation abroad. The report shows the arts provide significant direct and indirect employment in Ireland, with the Arts Council’s annual funding supporting some 2,270 jobs. The wider arts sector supports 20,755 jobs and contributes €336m in taxes. The exhibitions will include over 150 works and many have been recalled from loan locations across the country. …

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Oscar nominee calls on creative kids

Two-time Academy Award nominee and co-founder of Brown Bag Films, Darragh O’Connell, is calling on Clare pupils to embrace their artistic side and enter the 2012 Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards. The annual painting competition invites primary school pupils from Clare to unleash their talent by engaging with the competition, using only their imagination to create an individual artwork. The Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards gives youngsters the opportunity to engage with the value of their sight and learn about those children who live without it in the developing world. The winning pupil will receive prizes from the Art and Hobby Store. In addition, for the first time ever, the winning pupil’s school will also win a cash prize. Speaking about his involvement in the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards, the two-time Oscar-nominated animator and filmmaker said, “The only way to get better at something is to keep doing it and that’s the same for drawing and painting. Practise, practise, practise. Look at …

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Discovering the wilds of the peninsula

WEST Clare artist Carmel T Madigan is launching an exhibition at the Terrace Room in Dromoland Castle on Sunday, November 25.

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