Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Upcoming events at the Cork Opera House

Upcoming events at the Cork Opera House

Fri 30 November, 11pm, HMT
From the people who brought you PROHIBITION. Expect vintage cocktails, craps tables, burlesque bombshells, hot swing and of course, sizzling hot 1950s noir style.
Tickets: €12.50
Booking fee may apply


Damien Dempsey
Sat 1 December 8pm
Almighty Love, the brand new studio album from Damien Dempsey, was released on 28th September 2012 to great acclaim. The album has been over four years in the making and is Dempsey’s most definitive recording to date.
Tickets: €26
Booking fee may apply

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Gorgeous Autumn Colours at Fota Arboretum

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Cork Jazz Festival 2012

Cork Jazz Festival 2012
The beat on the street..free and easy!
Berlin band Beat 'n Blow (above) play Patrick Street
and (below) the New York Brass Band
(from York in the UK) on
the open air stage by the Opera House.
Sunday October 28th 2012

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Glucksman's Irish Craft Fair

For three days in early November, the Glucksman gallery spaces will be brimming with beautiful gifts and a seasonal opportunity to buy Irish. This year’s Craft Fair features an even wider selection of craft makers than previous years, with leading Irish Craft artists presenting work in textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and woodturning. 

Gallery Director, Fiona Kearney, said, “The Glucksman’s Craft Fair showcases the creativity and quality of Irish Craft as well as supporting Irish artists and the local economy. The displays are always beautiful to look at and I’ve got my eye on some special gifts already!” 

Craft Fair 2012 is now an established highlight in the Glucksman calendar and a fantastic way to acquire unique and distinctive Irish Crafts. The crafts on sale are aimed at a range of budgets and provide you with a wonderful way to buy Irish and give Irish this Christmas. Throughout the weekend, the creative team at the Glucksman will run art workshops in the River Room enabling parents to shop and children to have fun making their own craft masterpieces. 

Craft Fair 2012 takes place from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th November. The entrance fee of €5 supports the Glucksman’s artistic programme of events, educational workshops and activities that run throughout the year. 

Friday 09 November 3pm-6pm, guest speaker opening the Craft Fair at 5pm. 
Saturday 10 November 10 – 6pm 
Sunday 11 November 11-5pm 
€5 euro entrance fee.

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Monday, 22 October 2012

De Profundis

Print Exhibition reveals the fate of Titanic duo Albert & Ernest

'Albert, Ernest & the Titanic', an exhibition by Jamie Murphy will open in CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery Thursday, October 25 at 6pm and will run until Saturday, November 10. Peter Murray, director of Crawford Art Gallery, will open the exhibition.

The exhibition consists of a collection of original black & white lino-cut prints and a substantial artists' book by Murphy about the fate of the Titanic and her on board printers. Film and photographs documenting the development of the project will also be on display.

The book 'Albert, Ernest & the Titanic' is the product of two years of research conducted by Jamie Murphy while studying for his MA in Design at NCAD, it tells the story of the Titanic’s ill-fated on board printers, Abraham “Albert” Mishellany and Ernest Corbin as they embark on the ship’s maiden voyage. They acted as both designers and printers for items produced on board the liner, such as menus, stationery, etc. Today, such items sell for tens of thousands of euro at auction.

Printed at Distiller’s Press in NCAD, Murphy has used only the type of equipment and materials available to Mishellany and Corbin to produce this beautiful limited edition book. All the text for the 36 copies was painstakingly set and printed by hand using traditional letterpress methods. Forty hand cut linoleum illustrations portraying the working men and the vast, luxurious liner, were also created to complement the publication. Murphy said: “One special component is the use of coal salvaged from the Titanic’s wreck site to make an ink for the book. This means there is a little bit of the Titanic in each copy.”

The book has been letterpress printed at Distillers Press, NCAD, Dublin, Ireland. All the text has been set by hand. The book runs to 176 pages with 40 linocut illustrations. A unique adhesive-less binding has been designed for the book and it has been hand bound in a limited edition of 36 copies.

The exhibition will include a display of print tools including: Original linocuts (mounted & unmounted), antique metal type (1907), newly cast metal type (2011), digitally produced magnesium printing blocks, laser cut wooden type, Titanic coal, pestle and mortar, printed Titanic coal ink, two open 'Albert, Ernest & the Titanic' books.

Author Colm Tóibín writes in his foreword for the book: “As we mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, we are reminded of the amazing gallery of prose and poetry prompted by the events of 1912. However, as well as the passengers, we cannot forget the skilled craftsmen who worked on the ship.”

Jamie Murphy is the winner of the NUI Art & Design Prize 2012 and the RDS Printmaker Award 2012. Murphy is a practicing graphic designer based in Dublin. His studio is called Fjord and work can be seen here.

Albert, Ernest & the Titanic will run from 25th October to 10th November and will span Design Week 2012. For further information contact Wandesford Quay Gallery on  021 4335210 or ccad.gallery@cit.ie <http://ccad.gallery@cit.ie>

Thursday, 18 October 2012

The Burren. On a very good day!

The Burren. On a very good day!

 Enjoyed a spectacular circuit of the Burren the other day, sunshine all the way. I’ve been lucky with the weather these past few months, striking it just right in West Cork, the Glen of Aherlow and now in County Clare.

Aren’t we lucky to have such enormous attractions as the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, world class wonders of nature, right on our Irish doorstep? Which is your favourite? You don’t really have to choose as you can visit both in the one day. If I had to pick, I would go for the Burren on a good day, the Cliffs on a bad one and see those waves crashing in!
 On our day trip to the Burren, we drove up from our hotel in Lahinch (or Lehinch as you see in many signposts around here). Which is it? While I'm at it, what is the correct spelling for the neighbouring town: Ennistimon or Ennistymon?

Spellings were far from my mind as we left Doolin Pier and its dolphins behind and headed into the Burren proper, taking the coastal road north past the beach of Fanore with views of the Aran Island to our left and the grey stone formations of the Burren on the right.

Stops galore but soon enough we were on the Black Head with the sea views now widened out to take in much of Galway Bay while still the Burren’s grey almost sparkled in the sunlight to the right.
 Not just on the left though as there is quite a strip of the flat rocks between the road and the sea. Amazingly, at the water’s edge, there was a tiny field, hardly half an acre, and there were nine or ten cattle grazing away down there. Wonder how their meat would be described on a restaurant menu?

We weren’t the only travellers on this marvellous day. The viewing point was well populated and we noticed that many of the tourists were from abroad. No less than three full size Paddy Wagon buses were parked on the roadside and quite a few more from other companies as well, not to mention the cars.
 Leaving the head behind, we motored eastwards, getting great views of Galway Bay, both to our north and east. Soon, and for the first time in a while, the views were being hindered by hedges as the vegetation became more plentiful as we approached our stopping point of Ballyvaughan.

If ever you are on a trip in this area and need a “pit-stop”, don’t hesitate to call into the beautiful Tea and Garden Rooms that face the harbour here. The minute you enter this lovely building and gardens, you’ll be hooked by the desserts and cakes piled across the groaning table.
 After the replenishment, you have choices. You may retrace your steps on the coastal route but we decided to go inland through the heart of the Burren. The sea is now out of sight but still these fields and hills of grey stone are unreal and you’ll also have towns such as Lisdoonvarna and Kilfenora to call to.

Indeed quite a few people start and stop at Kilfenore and it is a good idea as there is a Burren Visitor Centre www.theburrencentre.ie here.
 Also visited: Cliffs of Moher  The Burren Brewery Wild Honey Inn  St Tola Goat Cheese Lahinch area Ballyvaughan Tea and Garden Rooms

Monday, 8 October 2012

Cliffs of Moher. Spectacular!

Cliffs of Moher
Struck it lucky weather-wise on a recent visit to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. It is now more organised but also much safer than some of our early visits when, without a care in the world, we sat out on the ledge over-looking the massive drop to the sea below! Paths are now walled off but at a level that allows you to view the cliffs comfortably.

Look closely and you'll see the Aran Islands in the distance.
It is no longer possible to sit out on that apron of rock or even lie out on it as this gentleman may have done in 1835. “To lie down on these airy heights, and project the head beyond the edge of the precipice, is an act, simply though it may seem, that requires no little resolution. The watery depth below is an awful gulf to gaze into.” (Jonathan Binns 1835, quoted in the Visitor Centre).

Admission costs a reasonable six euro, four for seniors while, in a family friendly move, U16s go free. Your fee includes parking and entrance, both to the cliff walks and the visitor centre. There is also a large cafe there, toilet facilities and various shops, all built into the hillside.

As the sun was shining, we decided to make the cliff walk before going indoors. When you reach the cliffs, you can go left or right, or vice versa. Doesn't really matter. We took the right first and went up to the top of O’Brien’s Tower (built 1835), regarded as the best viewing point but one that will cost you an extra two euro. Back down the steps then and  up the walk to the south where again we got brilliant views, this time looking north of course.

With lot of photos taken, we headed for the Cliffs Exhibition in the Visitor Centre. Must say I was very impressed with the exhibition, even though some of it is quite technical. One of the highlights for me was the Ledge Experience, a three screen five minute video of the 600’ cliffs, mainly shot from a bird’s point of view, though the cameras go underwater as well. Brilliant.

Entering the Visitor Centre
A local treat!
Lots of other information around the cave like structure, an eco friendly building by all accounts. Did you know that John Phillip Holland, who invented the submarine, was born in nearby Liscannor in 1841? Or that Guillemots lay pear shaped eggs? They are less likely to roll of the narrow ledges on which they are laid!

All in all, quite an experience, both inside and out. Now for the boat ride across the base of the cliffs!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Down by the river

Down by the river
Reflections on Cork's River Lee 03/10/12

Sun kissed! South Gate Bridge

Morrisson's Island

College of Commerce

No 6 Lapps Quay

Lapp's Quay

Lapp's Quay: Clarion Hotel (right) and No 5.

City Hall and Clontarf Bridge

Boy with Boat (Joseph Higgins) in pool in Fitzgerald Park

University Bridge

Parliament Bridge