A LANTERN Parade is among the events that will take place in Mountshannon as East Clare celebrates Culture Night on Friday.
Following a large-scale lantern workshop last Saturday, facilitated by Nathalie El Baba, the community is invited to gather at Market House at 8pm for a colourful parade through the town.
Lanterns were also collaboratively made from willow and issue paper, in Lakyle and Iniscealtra national schools, and will be on display in a festive atmosphere.
Anyone planning to attend is invited to bring their own lanterns, in a family-friendly event that will be followed by circus acts and fun at Aistear Park.
The event follows a very successful and popular Lantern Parade in 2021 and there are plans to make it a yearly celebration.
Another highlight of Culture Night in Mountshannon will be a tour through the town of a viking longboat created by local artist and blacksmith, Mark Wilson. The procession will involve stilt walkers and lots of entertainment.
Friday night will also see the launch of ‘The Mountshannon Illustrated Map’, which is being hosted by Mountshannon Arts in association with Mountshannon Community Council. Both groups have extended an open invitation to all to join them at 6pm in Anita’s.
Melanie White, Chairperson of Mountshannon Arts Committee will unveil this brand new digital map which illustrates and showcases Mountshannon’s many artistic and architectural landmarks.
“This map has been funded by Clare Community Council Support Scheme, a support scheme for public area and amenity enhancement and will be a great addition to showcase the village’s many attractions,” Mel said.
“All are welcome to view the map which will also be available as a poster’ ‘We are delighted to be able to host two events on Culture Night and look forward to meeting everyone.”
More details of Culture Night events in Mountshannon are available on Mountshannonarts.ie.
Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald.
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She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway.
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