Tuesday, 30 November 2010

SUBURBAN SNOW

Me (boot) and a few other hardy animals out and about in today's light snowfall...click on collage to enlarge

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Sirius Arts Centre Our next exhibition, "People of the Sea" opens Thursday 2 December at 7pm - Tremendous photographs by Gilles Perrin of people working in maritime industries around Cork Harbour - the exhibition is in partnership with West Cork Arts Centre and images were made while Gilles was in residence in 2007 &2008 - Special Guest opening speaker, Tom McSweeney, Marine Correspondent!

SNOW WHITE AT THE OPERA HOUSE CORKABOUT: SNOW WHITE AT THE OPERA HOUSE

AbbeyTheatre Abbey Theatre  by elywinebars The Spring/Summer season at the Abbey has been announced, full details on the website http://tiny.cc/abbey11 #abbey11

the Russell Gallery This Saturday @6pm at the Russell Gallery the launch of Joyce Shee Exhibition 'Timeless Burren'. View ONLINE http://www.russellgallery.net/Timeless_Burren/index.htm

Sirius Arts Centre created an event.
Thursday, December 2 at 7:00am at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh County cork
Exhibition opens at Sirius Arts Centre Thursday 2 December 7.00pm Special Guest Speaker: Tom McSweeney, Marine Correspondent Exhibition opens at West Cork Art...


thegrainstore The Grain Store  by Ballymaloe December Events in The Grain Store Ballymaloe -http://eepurl.com/bI-9T

Corkartstheatre Cork Arts Theatre Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge @the Cork Arts Theatre Dec 1st-11th.Hilarious Christmas show with a host of Cork actors.Book now!

Triskel Arts Centre Strange Love: Breda Lynch Exhibition Fri 19 Nov – Sat 11 Dec
ESB Substation, Caroline Street, Cork

siobhanduggan Siobhan Duggan  by danmorris63 For Classical music lovers RT @CorkSymphony: Looking forward to keeping music enthusiasts updated on the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra!

Cobh Edition Sirius Arts Centre in partnership with Crawford Art Gallery and Culture Ireland | Cobh Edition Sirius Arts Centre announces a weekend portfolio review session taking place in Cobh, Ireland on 5 &6 February 2011. The purpose of this review is to provide both photographers and artists working with photography the opportunity to meet one-on-one with professionals from Europe and Ireland. 

Dublin's independent arts scene is a silver lining in the recession-hit city http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/nov/22/dublin-arts-scene-recession


corkcityarts Cork City Arts by BuckleyFineArt
Upcoming Arts Grants Deadline announced for 10th December. Forms available on www.corkcity.ie

LaurenceMackin Laurence Mackin  by BuckleyFineArt
How will the arts react to the four-year plan?: http://bit.ly/hsLdpz


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Monday, 29 November 2010

SNOW WHITE AT THE OPERA HOUSE

CORK THEATRES


CHEERIOS and Cork Opera House

Announce the 2010 Christmas Pantomime
SNOW WHITE ANDTHE SEVEN DWARFS
From Wednesday 15 December


Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to the panto we go!

CHEERIOS and Cork Opera House
are delighted to announce that for the first time in the 21st century,SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS will be the 2010 Christmas pantomime. 

Cork’s panto with pizzazz opens on Wednesday 15 December under the dynamic direction of Bryan Flynn, returning for his ninth consecutive year.  Bryan has already had an incredible year, having directed WEST SIDE STORY, HONK! and the national tour of FAME THE MUSICAL, all of which raked in glowing reviews.

“We are delighted that CHEERIOS have come on board as our 2010 panto sponsor and we welcome them to the team,” said Cork Opera House Chief Executive Officer, Mary Hickson.  “I am really looking forward to my first panto season here in Cork Opera House.  It is a very important and fun annual outing for the families of Cork including my own. ”

Starring in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS are Frank Mackey as Dame Nurse Nellie; Ben Morris (fresh from his lead role in FAME – THE MUSICAL) as Woody the Woodcutter;  the deliciously diabolical George Hanover as the Wicked Queen; Sinead Sheppard as Fairy Twitter; and Declan Wolfe as Muddles the Manservant. 

Talented newcomer, Maeve Curry, has been cast in the title role of Snow White.

A plethora of panto children will be on stage, as students from local dance schools perform the roles of Grumbly, Snoozy, Loopy, Nerdy, Lucky, Blushy and Snotty.

Audiences and critics alike went crazy for last year's pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, and this year’s will be another fully-professional production full of stunning sets, dynamic dancing, top of the chart tunes and hilarity for all.

The Cork Opera House pantomime rivals the most spectacular productions found in Dublin and the U.K., and we are very proud of its quality and "wow" factor. 

Alison Healy, Country Manager of CHEERIOS said “CHEERIOS are thrilled to be sponsoring this year’s panto at Cork Opera House. Nothing spells Christmas family fun and laughter like the panto, and Snow White will no doubt provide plenty of that!”

Join us for SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, another hand clapping, feet tapping, magical tour de force.  Cheerio!

Directed by Bryan Flynn
Script by Killian Donnelly and Bryan Flynn
Musical Direction by David Hayes
Choreography by David O’Connor
Lighting Design by Mick Hurley


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
Date:  from Wed 15 Dec
Performances at 1pm2:30 and 7:30pm
See www.corkoperahouse.ie for complete performance schedule
Tickets: €26, €28.50, €31 (*booking fee may apply)
Family tickets:  €80, €100 (*booking fee may apply)
Book online:  www.corkoperahouse.ie
Book by phone:  021-4270022
(*Telephone and internet bookings subject to a booking fee of €2.50 per ticket.  All tickets include a €1 restoration levy.)

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

IT IS GOING TOP BE A BUSY CHRISTMAS FOR THE CORK OPERA HOUSE
FILMS AND PLAYS AND, OF COURSE, THE PANTO FEATURE IN THE PACKED LIST BELOW....

FILM
CORK CINE CLUB
Thu 2 Dec, 8:30pm
Half Moon Theatre
Lourdes
Dir: Jessica Hausner, Austria/France, 2009, 96 mins, Cert: G, Language: French
A cool and firmly ambitious film, Lourdes is an accomplished work which radiates intelligence. Hausner neither belittles nor reveres her subjects.
Tickets:  €10 or 5 for €45
  

CONCERT
Sun 5 Dec, 8pm
Jimmy McCarthy & Donal Lunny
Celebrating the release of his new album, Hey Ho Believe, Jimmy MacCarthy returns to Cork Opera House accompanied by legendary musician Donal Lunny.

Performing all the well-known hits such as No Frontiers, Ride on, The Contender and Katie’, Jimmy packed the house in April so get in early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets: €31, €36  (Booking fee may apply)


DRAMA
Thu 9 Dec, 7pm
Hamlet
Broadcast live from the National Theatre, London.  Starring Rory Kinnear as Hamlet.
Please note start time of 7pm.
Tickets:  €20 (Booking fee may apply)
Schools concession:  €15 (no booking fee for school groups)

FILM
CORK CINE CLUB
Thu 9 Dec, 8:30pm
Half Moon Theatre
Samson and Delilah
Dir: Warwick Thornton, Australia, 2009, 100 mins, Cert: 15A, Language: Aboriginal, English.  Alove story that begins at a remote outpost – home to a small Aboriginal community – in the Central Australian desert.
Tickets:  €10 or 5 for €45
  
COMEDY
Fri 10 Dec, 8pm
Jason Byrne 2010
The biggest selling comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe festival ... ever!
Tickets: €26, €27.50, €29 (Booking fee may apply)


CONCERT
Sun 12 Dec, 8pm
Man in Mirror – The Music of Michael Jackson
The ultimate tribute to the King of Pop with a full live band and dance troupe.
Tickets: €26, €31 (Booking fee may apply)


FAMILY
From Wed 15 Dec
The Cheerios and Cork Opera House 2010 Christmas Pantomime
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to the panto we go!  Cork’s favourite performers will be back with another spectacular, fun-packed panto.  Directed by Bryan Flynn (Fame The Musical, West Side Story, Michael Collins).
Tickets: €26, €28.50, €31. Family Ticket: €100 (Booking fee may apply)


FILM
CORK CINE CLUB
Thu 16 Dec, 8:30pm
Half Moon Theatre
Micmacs
Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2009, 105 mins, Cert: 15A, Language: French
Nobody beats Jeunet for sheer comic inventiveness and the speed with which he whips ideas into crazy reality. His pacing is fantastic.
Tickets:  €10 or 5 for €45


CONCERT
Sun 19 Dec, 8pm
The Celtic Tenors – Home For Christmas
Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas favourites, along with their usual mix of classical, folk, Irish and pop repertoire.
Tickets: €26, €28.50, €31, €33.50 (Booking fee may apply)


COMEDY
Mon 20 Dec, 8pm
Kevin Bridges
The 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer winner’s sharp one-liners arguably make him the hottest act to come out of Scotland in the last ten years.
Tickets: €26 (Booking fee may apply)

Saturday, 27 November 2010

CHRISTMAS AT THE LAVIT


Called into the Lavit Gallery in Fr Matthew Street for Friday’s private viewing of the annual Winter Show. As you’d expect, there is a massive range of styles, a big range of prices and even  sizes, small squares to huge rectangles, the latter including a topical Cork Winter Morning (with some familiar landmarks).

Must say, for some reason, I liked a couple of paintings that featured bikes by Carmel Creamer and Oonagh Hickey and also the atmospheric work of Tom Climent.  I’m sure you’ll find something, either in the paintings or sculptures, to suit your own taste and don't forget you may also buy gift vouchers here.
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Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 10.30am-6.00pm; Sat 10.30-5.00.
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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

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Closes today- http://themeatcentre.com/wordpress/?p=843 She does all this in the Halcyon Days while Aeolus forbids his winds to sweep across the waters…



Corkartstheatre Cork Arts Theatre 
Writers' Week is upon us!We are launching it this TUESDAY night @7pmwith wine and nibbles and 2 great shows afterwards!Performances Tues-Sat @8pm
Corkartstheatre Cork Arts Theatre 
WRITERS' WEEK at the Cork Arts Theatre 23rd-27th Nov.New writers,new directors,new acting talent all for €10/€8 conc.Brilliant plays!!!!!

EverymanPalace Everyman Palace Dancing at Lughnasa opens this Tuesday as a part of national tour. Friel's masterpiece still relevant 20...http://fb.me/FDO5GAFr

Sirius Arts Centre FRIDAY NIGHT 26 NOVEMBER An evening with the great PRESTON REED - tickets still available - tickets €15 start time 8pm.


Whazon City Guides TIPS FOR CORK
Swan Lake. November 24 to 27. Cork Opera House.
Dancing At Lughnasa. November 23 to 27. Everyman Palace Theatre.
Abandoned Ireland. October 30 to November 25. Cork Vision Centre.

Triskel Arts Centre Strange Love: Breda Lynch Exhibition Fri 19 Nov – Sat 11 Dec
ESB Substation, Caroline Street, Cork

See Colette O'Brien's sculpture along Waterford's Copper Coast in the Copper Coast Geopark.
The sculpture, entitled Ice, Fire and Water, is designed to represent the common forces that shaped the Copper Coast and the other European Geoparks in north west Europe. http://www.communicatescience.eu/2010/11/science-snapshot-one-copper-coast.html

Cobh Edition The Wilson Collection - Pictures are Available to Order and 'The Journey' book can also be purchased at The Cobh Tourist Office, Christys @ the Heritage Centre, Cobh Museum. or email us at info@thewilsoncollection.com - Also see the Online Exhibition at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=9381&id=127598830615279&ref=mf The Online Exhibition

siobhanduggan Siobhan Duggan  by danmorris63 For Classical music lovers RT @CorkSymphony: Looking forward to keeping music enthusiasts updated on the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra!

Cobh Edition Sirius Arts Centre in partnership with Crawford Art Gallery and Culture Ireland | Cobh Edition Sirius Arts Centre announces a weekend portfolio review session taking place in Cobh, Ireland on 5 &6 February 2011. The purpose of this review is to provide both photographers and artists working with photography the opportunity to meet one-on-one with professionals from Europe and Ireland. Review

http://themeatcentre.com/wordpress/?p=843 She does all this in the Halcyon Days while Aeolus forbids his winds to sweep across the waters…

Open  11am – 6pm…Otherwise, by appointment by contacting Catherine phone: 087 2021351 or email: tomkinscat@gmail
Dublin's independent arts scene is a silver lining in the recession-hit city http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/nov/22/dublin-arts-scene-recession

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Sunday, 21 November 2010

THE BURNING OF CORK'S CARNEGIE LIBRARY 1920

THE BURNING OF THE CORK LIBRARY
It was a hot day yesterday – on paper that is. I’d just left the Abandoned Ireland exhibition in the Vision Centre, many of the abandoned houses featured there having been burned down, not all accidentally, and my next call was to the Central Library to see the Rising from the Ashes Exhibition, the Burning of Cork’s Carnegie Library and the Rebuilding of its Collections.

In December 1920, the library, on Anglesea Street, was one of a big number of important Cork buildings torched by the British Crown Forces (after an ambush at Dillon's Cross). This particular act of barbarism provoked an astonishingly helpful response across the civilised world, including Britain.

Bit by bit, the story spread across the world – no internet in those days. City Librarian James Wilkinson and the Lord Mayor Donal Og O’Ceallachain (who was smuggled abroad to avoid the wave of military arrests that Christmas) led the effort to get the word out.

Books and donations flowed into Cork to replace the volumes that had been lost. Mrs George Bernard Shaw led the way with no less than 1,283 volumes, followed by Mrs McKee (London) with 1149. James Coleman of Cobh, Mrs T.W. Rolleston and Mrs Mary Louise Dring of Glanmire were big contributors as were the Birmingham City Library  and the Republic of France.

Thomas McCarthy, a poet and a current librarian here, has written a book entitled Rising from the Ashes. It costs just a reasonable seven euro – you wouldn’t buy a cocktail for it – and between its covers you’ll get all the fascinating details.

The exhibition itself, in the foyer of the library, is rather low key, just about ten information panels and an oil paginating of the burning. Thought there might have been some old books on view, even newspapers or other artefacts.

But then I don't know what budgetary considerations or other restrictions were in operation. I am now looking forward to reading the book and if you want a copy hurry on down to your local library as I was informed yesterday (Saturday) that they were flying out the door.

The burning didn't begin or end there of course. We burned down quite a few of the great houses ourselves during the War of Independence and later during the Civil War. Collateral damage is a modern term. We lost a lot of heritage then. Imagine what a tourist attraction we'd have in Kinsale had Charles Fort not been torched during the Civil War. There are many more like that.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

ABANDONED IRELAND AT THE VISION CENTRE

ABANDONED IRELAND 

I have to tell you about this worthwhile exhibition- fast- just a couple of days to go. It is Tarquin Blake’s three year project at the Cork Vision Centre in North Main Street. The photographs of Ireland’s abandoned buildings, mainly the big houses, are top notch and so too is the research, fantastic pictures and stories.

The first one I saw was Affane House (Co. Waterford). Here Sir Walter Raleigh planted the first cherry tree in Ireland. Did you know that?

Then on to 16th century Bunowen Castle ,once home to Donal O’Flaherty and his wife Grainne Ni Mhaille who would become the pirate queen.

Some of the houses have been used in films like Galway’s Ardfry House (Mackintosh Man, with Paul Newman) and Dromore Castle (High Spirits, with Peter O’Toole).

The Cork interest is very strong. There are photo essays on places such as the Magdalen Laundry (Good Shepherd Convent) and on Fort Camden. There are even more on the project’s website.

Some have stories of ghosts and some, such as the Gate House of Castle Oliver, look ghostly. Sometimes the photos are not of the buildings as a whole but of a part, such as The Drawing Room (from Co. Limerick) and The Face (from Glebe House in Wexford).

Excellent exhibition but get there quickly as it closes on the 25th. The website is www.abandonedIreland.com 

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

THE SOUTH PARISH WALK

THE SOUTH PARISH WALK

This morning - wasn't I lucky the way the weather turned out in the afternoon - I did the South Parish Walk, from Daunt’s Square, down along the Parade, into Tuckey Street, down South Main Street, into French’s Quay, around the Cathedral, back into Barrack Street and Elizabeth Fort, the Nano Nagle Grave, the Red Abbey, the Holy Trinity, the Assembly Rooms and the monuments at the Western End of the Grand Parade.

The start for this walk, and also for the Shandon Walk, is in Daunt's Square where an information panel (for both walks) is mounted. See photo. Leaflets are available from the tourist office in Grand Parade.

The Queen’s Old Castle, which now houses Argos and the Director’s Cut, is on one of the most historic and interesting sites in the city centre. Confusingly, it was originally the site of the King's Castle, one of the two fortresses guarding the entrance to the medieval port of Cork. The original Queen's Castle was further to the north near present-day Castle Street and Cornmarket Street. Both castles are shown on the Pacata Hibernia map of Cork from the late sixteenth century. (Most of above info from http://www.corkpastandpresent.ie )From Daunt’s Square, made my way down the Grand Parade, stopping first at the entrance to Bishop Lucey Park, opened in 1985 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Cork’s first city chapter.  The impressive gates here once formed the entrance to the old Corn Market that was on Anglesea Street to the rear of the City Hall. There is an information plaque here.

As I now head towards the junction with Tuckey Street, the Berwick Fountain catches the eye but you have to look for the “bollard” – see photo. It seems that this could well have been part of an old gun and may also have been used as a bollard to tie boats up when the parade was part of the waterways of the city (up to the 2nd half of the 18th century).

Into Tuckey Street now and the first building on your right is the Masonic Lodge. At the junction with South Main Street there is an interesting looking building in which the Oval Bar (right) operates. From some of the signs, it looks as if this was once a “tied” Beamish house
Which wouldn't be all that unusual considering that the neo-Tudor offices of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery (above) are opposite you on South Main Street. Turn left now for French’s Quay, named after a wine merchant and former mayor of the city. There is an information panel here and more or less opposite is medieavl Keyser’s Hill (Right)

On the right, you will see an arch in the river, a half bridge. When Proby's Quay was a waterway, this bridge served a useful purpose. You are now entering Bishop Street and the view is dominated by St Finn Barre's CathedralSt Finn Barre’s Cathedral 

In the streets around the cathedral (Info panel), there are quite a few buildings associated with it, including Carrigbarre House and the Choristers House (left). Having visited the cathedral, go into Dean Street and on entering Fort Street you see will the walls of Elizabeth Fort (info panel). Unfortunately, due to long drawn out unfinished restorations, you cannot get up on to the walls and take in the fine views over the city.




There are some restored buildings opposite the fort on Barrack Street and in the fort itself is a memorial plaque to General Daniel Florence O’Leary, born on the street and a South American hero for his part in fighting for independence from Spanish rule.

Now turn right into Evergreen Buildings and go past the old neat house and turn left into Industry Street from where you can see the rear of the former St Nicholas Church of Ireland standing on a site that has been occupied since the 12th century. The church, the third on the site (the first built in 1177), is now used by the Probation Services according to the panel at junction with Evergreen Street.


But you don't go up Evergreen. Instead you take the road down past South Presentation Convent, Abbey Street, which leads to Douglas Street. Three major figures of local history were associated with this area: the sculptor John Hogan, the Apostle of Temperance Fr Matthew and Nano Nagle whose well signposted tomb may be seen in the grounds of South Pres
Go down Mary Street and turn right into the Red Abbey area (info panel). Just one tower remains and it s the oldest piece of architecture in the city, dating to the 14th century. 


Now you walk to Dunbar Street to see the South Chapel, the oldest Catholic Church in Cork (1766). There is another info panel here on an outside wall and, inside, you will Hogan’s sculpture of the dead Christ. 


The church, built in penal times, went on to play a leading role in Catholic emancipation and twice was visited by Daniel O’Connell, the Great
Liberator. 


Leaving the church you turn right down to the river and then right onto George’s Quay. If you wish, you may continue into South Terrace where the 1915 Synagogue stands. Then you walk over the Trinity pedestrian bridge to visit the Holy Trinity Church.

On Fr Matthew Street you will see Fr Matthew Hall (host to the annual Feis Mathiu) and just beyond a building that once housed a church for Scottish Presbyterians. Now you enter the South Mall, yet another of the city’s former waterways.

Turn left here and you soon come to No. 22 where the decorative frontage is all that remains of the old Assembly Rooms, opened in 1861 and a venue for all kinds of events and meetings and also the city’s first cinema.

War Mem.
At the western end of the Mall, there are two monuments. In the little park on the left stands the World War 1 memorial and just beyond is the much larger National Monument unveiled on St Patrick’s Day 1906 to commemorate the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848 and 1867. 

Hungry and thirsty now, you could do worse than head into the nearby English Market, opened in 1788 but still going strong and worth a visit even if it is just to have a look and listen, faces and accents from all over.

Information mainly from the South Parish booklet of the Cork Walks series (by Cork City Council) and also from the information panels on the walk. The other booklet so far is the Shandon Walk and both should be available in the Tourist Office on Grand Parade. Many of these photos are thumbnails and will not enlarge.
Panel at An Realt indicating its age and that the dukes of Wellington and Marlborough called here.
Presentation graveyard

Old City Wall Lucey Park

Houses (orig 1702)  restored

Nagle Tomb
Enterprise Bar

Nagle tomb

St Finn Barre's

Old City Wall in Lucey Park
Nano Nagle's tomb

Walkway but no walking allowed in Elizabeth Fort
The Oval, once a tied house
The weeds take over in South Pres