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New series explores music of the islands

WORLD-famous musician Sharon Shannon’s love for her home county of Clare is well known, with the accordionist this week being honoured by Clare County Council for her musical achievements. However, next month she will be showing her appreciation for another part of the country when she takes part in a new television series exploring the music of Ireland’s islands. Sharon will be contributing to the TG4 series Ceol na Oileán, where she describes the attraction Inisbofin holds for her. “I always get this great feeling going to Bofin, it’s like going home,” she says.The programme featuring Sharon will be on October 18 at 8pm, repeated again on October 23. Other participants on the show will include Mary Staunton, Dessie and Vincent O’Halloran, Reg Hall, the Inisbofin Céilí Band, Geraldine, Peadar and Liam King.The series of six programmes explores the particular musical culture of Ireland’s islands including The Aran Islands, Inishbofin and Ceantar na nOileán in Galway, The Great Blasket in …

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Oz musicians in charity shows

Four Australian entertainers will visit Parteen in October as part of a series of concerts in Ireland. Former Mayo resident Joe McManamon lives in New South Wales and will be making his 18th return visit to family and friends, performing in Flashes Bar in Parteen on October 10. He will have three friends with him for the three-week visit, which will also see them perform in Belmullet, Ballinrobe and Crossmolina.

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Clare inspiration for Fools exhibition

ARTIST Pauline Goggin may have recently left Clare, her home for 30 years but that doesn’t mean she has forgotten the county. Pauline lived and pained in Aherina, Kilmore for 30 years and much of the inspiration for the work in her new show, which opened in Cork this month, comes from her experiences of living and working in Clare. She has recently returned to live in her native Limerick and the theme of ‘return’ permeates her new exhibition, A Fool’s Dance, which is currently on display in The Cork Vision Centre. She has returned to the large drawings she first showed in Dublin in 1990 and these and other pieces have been incorporated with new works from 2009. The effect is an exciting and thought-provoking visual experience. A small video piece is built in to a three-dimensional painting, with music, entitled, A Fool’s Dance, homage to Aherina, County Clare.Her return to drawing following travels last year to Ennistymon for …

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