Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Culture Catch (every Tuesday)

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Ballymaloe Ballymaloe House The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet Weekend at Ballymaloe, series of 6 concerts of classical chamber music, this weekend, Sat/Sun, at The Grain Store

Sirius Arts Centre via Celebrate Local Art: TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences curated by the American private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading" The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, "One Wish to Change the World." Designed to...See More http://www.tedprize.org/congratulations-to-the-2011-ted-prize-winner-jr/


Sirius Arts Centre via BerlinPhotoWorkshops: ...BERLIN, BERLIN, BERLIN...new exhibition at the Ephraim-Palais/Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin addressing the the 'forgotten MITTE'...see link for details...for those who can, recommended...http://www.berlinphotoworkshops.de/newslog/2010/10/21/berlin-berlin-berlin/


Sirius Arts Centre On exhibition NOW new works by Cork Artist Sandra Minchin and Shanghai based photographic Artist Maleonn Ma. Running until Sunday 14 November. Gallery hours Wed - Fri 11Am - 5pm/Sat & Sun 2pm - 5pm/ Mon & Tues closed

Ballymaloe House welcomes Paul Lewin to the Grain Store for his beautiful art exhibition 'Islands and Ireland' running from 1st - 31st October.

Ballymaloe Ballymaloe House Photograhic Exhibition - Travelling through Africa by Mulachy Harty + Niamh O'Riordon at Midleton Libary Co Cork - Throughout October !!!

Ballymaloe Ballymaloe House Dublin Gospel Choir performing at Ballymaloe, Sat. Nov 13th www.thegrainstoreatballymaloe.com for details

Sirius Arts Centre Sirius Arts Centre has nominated Richard Mosse for the 2010 AIB Award. Richard has been shortlisted as a finalist - results will be announced on Friday 5 November in Dublin. We are thrilled that his series 'Infra' has received this recognition! Visit his site to see more on this intriguing project! Richard Mosse | Photography

marcsilber Marc Silber  by marcsilbershow Too many photos make a statement, not enough ask a question. - Joseph Holmes http://bit.ly/am6kMy #fb

MICK O'REGAN - home www.mickoregan.com I'm really pleased to announce a hometown gig at THE SIRIUS ARTS CENTRE, COBH, CO. CORK in December.The date is Friday Dec 3 at 8pm. Tickets will be on sale at the Sirius soon.I really hope you all can make it along for the craic. We had a great night there last year.


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Saturday, 23 October 2010

JAZZ IN THE CITY and MORE!

Clockwise from top: Naval visitors, new Electric bar on South Mall, Jazz, Food Stall on Pana, City Parking, Polish naval supply ship
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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

THE ROYAL GUNPOWDER MILLS

THE ROYAL GUNPOWDER MILLS WALK
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Combine history, exercise and fresh air as you walk on the banks of the Lee in Ballincollig’s Royal Gunpowder Mills. History is a little less accessible these days because the information centre for the Mills closed a few years back.

That section is now all closed off but you can glimpse part of it behind the wire and the greenery. Turn west here and you have quite a long walk to the Inniscarra Bridge. In truth, the single walk isn’t that long but don't forget you must also get back to your car. 

And of course you may start at either end,  in the east (by the old Gunpowder Mills tourist centre) or at the west (by the bridge). Allow at least an hour to do the round trip. See walk starting from the bridge here

Turn in by Aldi’s on the main road and then veer right down to the Powdermills. Walk through the gate facing you at the end and you are on your way. If you then take the grass path down to the right, you’ll be by the river. The path here is studded with tree roots while the main path west is much easier to walk on.

No matter which way you go, and there are a few loops and detours, you’ll pass more of the ruined buildings of the old Powdermills complex and you’ll soon get the impression that it was busy here in the 19th century. The mills once employed over 500 people.

It wasn't that busy at all this morning as I passed along the river, walked over one or two of the canals (dug for the mills). Didn't go the whole way this time but did a few weeks back. The western end is more by the river and then too you have the football pitches on your left as you head for the Inniscarra Bridge. All in all an interesting walk and you can get more info from photo below. (Click to enlarge).

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

BUCKLEY FINE ART

Nelly looks & listens & never forgets

BUCKLEY FINE ART 

Attracted by Nelly the Elephant, a rather big girl, I made my first visit to Buckley Fine Art in historic Fenns Quay a few weeks back. Made my second visit last week and lingered in an interesting conversation with Ken Buckley.
“We are the last independent commercial gallery left in the city,” said Ken. “Our main business is with houses, hotels and restaurants and also with big public buildings. But I’d say seventy per cent or over is with the general public.”
Last November’s floods were the last thing the gallery needed but they have moved on and are working hard as all commercial units have to in these recession hit days. The big problem for art dealers is not so much the lack of cash, rather “the lack of confidence”.
The answer is to get out and work at it and Buckley are doing just that. You are welcome to go to the gallery and also their main base in Clonakilty. Don't worry if you can’t call in. They’ll call to you with a selection.

Worried about buying a painting and finding later it really doesn’t fit. Then Buckley’s also allow you to do a test run. Hang the painting at home for a few days and see how you feel about it. By the way, the Clonakilty gallery is in an actual house, with different coloured walls and furnishings, with rooms that are bright and some that are less so, and is ideal for trying out a painting for your own home.
Buckley represent a whole range of artists including the likes of Bill Griffin who had an exhibition a few months back at the Vision Centre. Perhaps the best known at the moment is “extreme “painter Phillip Gray, currently on Everest,  painting as he goes. Gray has painted underwater with sharks among the watchers and also under the live volcanoes of Iceland.
Aside from direct sales, Buckley run an interior design service and have commercial solutions for places such as hotels and number Hayfield Manor and the Castlemartyr among their clients. The interior design service is free consultation with customers to help them choose the right artist/piece of art and framing options for the space they are working on.
Have you thought of giving an artwork as a gift, for a christening, a wedding? Here, you can get beautifully hand-bound vouchers or, if the gift is painting, that will be gift-wrapped for you.
Ken sees the buying of art as being better than an investment in the stock market. “The stock market is risky and goes up and down, as we know, but a well chosen art work appreciates in value and you have the pleasure of seeing it hanging there in your house!”
And a good piece of art needn’t be overly expensive. ““We have prints starting at €80.00.” Now that’s something Nelly the Elephant won't forget this Christmas.
2 Fenns Quay, Cork
Mob: 087 9290907 and Tel: 021 4223577.
The Clonakilty address is Convent Road and the phone no: 023 8821929 (Mobile as above).

JAZZ AT THE CAT

CORK ARTS THEATRE
Can’t wait for the jazz? Want a little taster? Then do what I did today and drop into the CAT on Carroll’s Quay to view a photo exhibition which consists of shots of the artists who have entertained us at the Cork Jazz Festival over the years.  Local aces plus some of the big names are featured and nice to see the work of local sports photographer ace Eddie O’Hare as he tackles a different type of action.

That exhibition started yesterday and continues for the week. You got to be quick to catch the other jazz related event here as that takes place this Tuesday evening (8.00) when Greg Felton meets Isa Wiss.

The blurb carries a warning: Brace yourself for a few bombshells as Greg Felton's trio go head to head with the incomparable vocalist Isa Wiss. This is part of the big Jazz Fringe and tickets cost €15.00.

THE ARTS IN CORK

The Grain Store Ballymaloe
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The Lavit's "Editions" will open on Thursday 21st (and not Tuesday which is the more usual opening night.) http://www.lavitgallery.com/

Sirius Arts Centre On exhibition NOW new works by Cork Artist Sandra Minchin and Shanghai based photographic Artist Maleonn Ma. Running until Sunday 14 November. Gallery hours Wed - Fri 11Am - 5pm/Sat & Sun 2pm - 5pm/ Mon & Tues closed

Ballymaloe House welcomes Paul Lewin to the Grain Store for his beautiful art exhibition 'Islands and Ireland' running from 1st - 31st October.

Triskel Arts Centre The brilliant article by Aoife Barry in Irish Times on Cork's wide spectrum music culture. Cork unplugged - The Irish Times - Fri, Oct 15, 2010 www.irishtimes.com They’re making a hell of a racket by the banks of the Lee, where a plethora of venues are playing host to a cabal of musical adventurers. From offerings for ‘weirdos’ to electronica for the eclectica, AOIFE BARRYcasts an insider’s eye over an outsider’s scene

Hayfield Manor Hotel Kick start your Jazz day with our Jazz Brunch on Sunday, October 25th! Book now on 021-4845909! Cork Restaurants, 

Ballymaloe Ballymaloe House Photograhic Exhibition - Travelling through Africa by Mulachy Harty + Niamh O'Riordon at Midleton Libary Co Cork - Throughout October !!!

Ballymaloe Ballymaloe House The RTE Vanbrugh Quartet Weekend 30th + 31st October 2010

ballyvolanehse Ballyvolane House Buy tickets for 'Madame Chavelle' Theatre & Dinner event at Ballyvolane House now available online http://fb.me/BALoN4dT

Ballymaloe
 Ballymaloe House - Mary Coughlan performing in the Grain Store October 24th at 8pm !!!!!!

Ballymaloe Ballymaloe House Dublin Gospel Choir performing at Ballymaloe, Sat. Nov 13th www.thegrainstoreatballymaloe.com for details

BigJazzFringe Big Jazz Fringe JAZZ ON FILM - NINA SIMONE Upstairs @ThePavilion, Carey's Lane (Mon Oct 25th - 3pm) http://on.fb.me/bd0vlK

famron famron  by ElectricCork List of short films for the Cork Film Festival, 7th to 14th Nov,http://bit.ly/9Q9sUn Hopefully @CoronaCorkFilm will start tweeting again.

EoinBearla Eoin English Cork Opera House has appointed Mary Hickson, former mngr of O'Reilly Theatre and Dir of Dun Laoighre's Fest of World Cultures as its new CEO

Sirius Arts Centre Sirius Arts Centre has nominated Richard Mosse for the 2010 AIB Award. Richard has been shortlisted as a finalist - results will be announced on Friday 5 November in Dublin. We are thrilled that his series 'Infra' has received this recognition! Visit his site to see more on this intriguing project! Richard Mosse | Photography

Sirius Arts Centre This week - Sirius Unplugged X2! Thursday 21 October Lynda Cullen and Band with Knights in the Afternoon - and on Saturday 23 October Tomas Murray & friends featuring German A Capella choir Wild Voices and also Oileán - tickets for each event are €5 - that's nothing for a night of top class entertainment!Bottom of Form

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Sunday, 17 October 2010

FOTA HOUSE

FOTA HOUSE 

Here are the two main reasons for a visit to Fota House:
1: The house is now home to one of the finest collections of Irish art in the country.
2: The glorious Neo-Classical architecture and innovative designs.

The 19th Fota House has had its share of ups and downs in recent decades but now the curve seems to be on the up. At the end of 2207, Irish Heritage Trust took over care of the house and there have improvements ever  since.

The house re-opened to the public in April 2009 after a major restoration project undertaken by the Trust during the winter of 2008/9. The Trust is proud that this architectural masterpiece and treasure house of art can now be enjoyed and celebrated by everyone.

Thanks to the generosity of the McCarthy family, AIB and the Irish Government, Fota House is now home to one of the finest collections of Irish art in the country.  Particular highlights of the collection are masterpieces of the Eighteenth-Century Irish landscape school.

For more details of the architecture of the house and the art collection, visit the website http://www.fotahouse.com/  
Click here to see a map of the house and its many rooms.

The admission charge is just six euro and it is well worth it.
House Opening Hours:
Daily (7 days) from April - end October
10 am - 5 pm (Last Admissions 4 pm)
Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Cork    Tel: 021 481 5543 
Here be oranges and lemons

Thursday, 14 October 2010

FOTA HOUSE ABORETUM and GARDENS 12.10.10

FOTA HOUSE ARBORETUM and GARDENS
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This week, I went back to the Arboretum and Garden of Fota House for the first time in decades. Both were transferred to state care in 1996 and are now in the care of the Office of Public Works in conjunction with the Irish Heritage Trust.

This is a world class visit and, amazingly, it is free to enter. This just can’t last so get there while you can. Must say though, if an entry fee here is applied, there should be no cribbing. Similar venues on the continent, many of them nowhere near the same class as Fota, charge around ten euro entry.

There are some splendid specimens here. The amateur like me can just look in awe but anybody interested in trees and plants will get so much more out of a visit. Quite a lot of the items are labelled and I came across a Lawson Cypress that was planted here in 1847 and a towering Japanese cedar, without a planting date, but which had reached 4.2 metre in diameter in 1966 and 4.5 by 1984.

It is a not a very long walk but there are quite a few paths that loop back into one another and magnificent vistas, including water, open out as you wander round. The odd time you will see a piece of sculpture or maybe you will glimpse the big house through the greenery.

Eventually, you come closer to the house. My first stop in this area was the Orangery where lemons and oranges (still green) were hanging from the glass walled and roofed enclosure.

Then it is on to the Pleasure Garden which encloses big borders and also a rose garden and one little buildings where you may sit and take it all in. The entrance is through an arched doorway where a fig tree grows.

Big displays of dahlias caught the eyes in the borders but they were just one of so many flowers and grasses. The roses, enclosed by sharply cut hedging, still looked good considering how late in the year it is.

“In the 1840's, John Smith-Barry showed considerable foresight in generously spacing the trees, enabling them to thrive as they do today with stunning seasonal displays of colour. The (Smith-Barry) family also recorded the plant collections throughout the 19th century and this important work of cataloguing, conservation and development continues today. Many of these plant collections are arranged in association with the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, and other botanic institutions such as the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Scotland.”

After the walk, you have the opportunity of visiting the house or taking a meal in cafe or both.
Fota arboretum and gardens Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Cork    Tel: 021 481 5543 
http://www.fotahouse.com/details to follow....

Fig plant adorns entrance to Pleasure Garden
The Rose Garden (within the Pleasure Garden)
The Water Garden
The Water Garden
Lawson Cypress planted 1847, all the trunks from one root
View on exiting house from the east
Cordyline X scillionensis Tresco hybrid
In the border of walled garden
In the border of walled garden

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

FOTA WILDLIFE PARK

FOTA WILDLIFE PARK
Went through the smashing new entrance to Fota Wildlife Park yesterday and enjoyed a great stroll in the sun. The animals too enjoyed the extra heat and seemed to be even livelier than usual. The new entrance was hardly tested at all yesterday as the season winds down. There are also new toilets, with sinks at just the right size for the kids to wash their hands. The new café and shop also looked well and work continues around the parking areas.
Great spot for a visit. If you are a local, you should consider becoming a member. For just over the price of a couple of visits, you’ll get a pass for the full year. I find it invaluable as I vary my visit times and, without fail, see some action or animal in a situation that I haven't seen before. Quite a lot of activity yesterday morning but perhaps the highlight was the sleeping red panda baby Rua, born just about a month back.
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Monkey Islands
Ceol na Gibbon
Where do I go from here?

Balming off in the sun
Relaxed
Mother and child
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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Culture Catch (every Tuesday)

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Cork's legendary DJ and presenter Stevie G is coming to the Glucksman to discuss How Music Changed My Life. Stevie G is one of the country's best known club DJ's, and has twice finished runner-up as best Irish DJ in the Smirnoff national DJ awards. His Black on Red radio show won best weekly music radio show at the PPI National Radio ...See More Perspectives: How Music Changed My Life with STEVIE G

Barry's Tea  This October sees the second in the series of Banter + Barry's Tea, a creative talk series exploring the world of music, arts and culture. Jim Carroll hosts these monthly events in Bodytonic's Twisted Pepper club, interviewing home grown and international guests over brimming cups of Barry's Tea. This month's discussion will be with thr...See More Banter + Barry's Tea No.2

cobhedition.com SIRIUS ARTS CENTRE presents, this Friday, 15th Oct - An Evening with ELEANOR MCEVOY - Celebrating the launch of her new album “I’d Rather Go Blonde” - Tickets €18 - Tickets still available - For more information or to purchase tickets contact Sirius Arts Centre at: 021 481 3790

Sirius Arts Centre On exhibition NOW new works by Cork Artist Sandra Minchin and Shanghai based photographic Artist Maleonn Ma. Running until Sunday 14 November. Gallery hours Wed - Fri 11Am - 5pm/Sat & Sun 2pm - 5pm/ Mon & Tues closed

Ballymaloe House welcomes Paul Lewin to the Grain Store for his beautiful art exhibition 'Islands and Ireland' running from 1st - 31st October.

Hayfield Manor Hotel Kick start your Jazz day with our Jazz Brunch on Sunday, October 25th! Book now on 021-4845909! Cork Restaurants, Restaurants Cork City, Hotel Restaurants Cork, Fine Dining Cork Restaurants www.hayfieldmanor.ie

Sirius Arts Centre Presents | Cobh Edition SIRIUS ARTS CENTRE PRESENTS In conversation with 2010 World Press Award winning photographer Marco Vernaschi Thursday 14 October 6:00pm In the Lecture theatre of St John's College Sawmill Street, Cork City Admission FREE **Special thanks to St. John's College** Information. please contact Sirius Art...

Ballymaloe Ballymaloe House Photograhic Exhibition - Travelling through Africa by Mulachy Harty + Niamh O'Riordon at Midleton Libary Co Cork - Throughout October !!!

Ballymaloe Ballymaloe House The RTE Vanbrugh Quartet Weekend 30th + 31st October 2010

ballyvolanehse Ballyvolane House Buy tickets for 'Madame Chavelle' Theatre & Dinner event at Ballyvolane House now available online http://fb.me/BALoN4dT

Ballymaloe
 Ballymaloe House - Mary Coughlan performing in the Grain Store October 24th at 8pm !!!!!!

Triskel Arts Centre Japan Nights: Workshop on Japanese brush calligraphy - Wed 13 Oct :: 8pm :: The River Lee Hotel, Western Road. This informal class is a wonderful introduction to the techniques of the ancient art of brush calligraphy. From Zen Buddhist masters to samurai warriors, calligraphy has for centuries been integral to the spiritual and artistic...See More Japan Nights: Workshop on Japanese brush calligraphy

Ballymaloe Ballymaloe House Dublin Gospel Choir performing at Ballymaloe, Sat. Nov 13thwww.thegrainstoreatballymaloe.com for details

BigJazzFringe Big Jazz Fringe JAZZ ON FILM - NINA SIMONE Upstairs @ThePavilion, Carey's Lane (Mon Oct 25th - 3pm) http://on.fb.me/bd0vlK

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Monday, 11 October 2010

SUNNY SOUTH CHANNEL 11.10.10

 Wise Monkeys
 No 6 Lapps Quay
 Bend in the River
 BoI South Mall
 Parliament Bridge
 Cafe Gusto
 College of Commerce
 Electric in blue
 College of Music Door
 Clarion Hotel
 Side by side: bank and union
 Man on steeple of Trinity Church
Man on steeple of Trinity Church

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

BALLYCOTTON CLIFF WALK

Exhilarating walk along the cliffs at Ballycotton today. Sky above, sea below and head-clearing wind. Read more at http://www.ballycotton.com/leisure_walking.htm