Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Macroom Magic. So much to do and see

Macroom Magic. So much to do and see
Wild flowers in the Gearagh

Macroom is the Centre
Rural Cafe serves Europe on a Plate
New Cafe at Toons Bridge Dairy
Dining Royally at The Castle Hotel
The Gearagh
The Gearagh Revisited
The Many Attractions of Driving the R584
Macroom’s Church Lane Restaurant

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Love, Peace and Robbery. And Laughs!

Love, Peace and Robbery

Lots of real laughter, nothing canned, in the Cork Arts Theatre last evening when Love, Peace and Robbery, first performed in 2009, by local reporter Liam Heylin had its latest opening. But lots of mentions of the can as well as the two main characters, each out on a “programme”, know well the inside of the slammer.

Briefly, Garry and Darren are already on curfew for a couple of dodgy jobs gone wrong. 
They’re determined to go straight. Sort of. But Garry’s young fella needs 360 euro for the school trip to Old Trafford on Saturday week and Darren knows a handy post office just a few miles outa town...

Garry, the veteran of the pair, weakens and the job is on. The robbery doesn't go very well. Darren leaves his mobile at the scene. “You have to make it easy for the fuckers!” The investigating garda could probably nail the two of them but, knowing the case against Garry is weaker and sensing that the veteran may be suffering from crime and jail fatigue, settles for locking up Darren.

As the play closes, Darren (a Liverpool fan) makes arrangements with Garry to look after Heskey his mutt. And Heskey is the earliest character on stage – he comes off it as well, bounding and barking into the howling audience.

Garry (Aidan O’Hare) and the noisier Darren (Shane Casey) are superbly performed but Ciaran Birmingham (who plays everybody else) was perhaps the star of the comedy, a comedy laced with the earthy language of the local criminal, so well observed by author Heylin.  

Ciaran’s first appearance is as Heskey and in one hilarious scene with Darren he assumes an undogly quality (won’t tell you anymore – you have to go and see it!) and the scene itself assumes a surreal air and sends the audience into stitches.

Birmingham plays a whole string of characters including a stern garda, Garry’s long suffering wife (You’re still on probation with me boy) and even Garry’s sour faced teenage son and more!

Well done to the excellent trio on stage and to the background team of Donal Gallagher (director) , Jamie Feehily, Medb Lambert and Cormac O’Connor. The play, which has toured nationally and internationally, has already garnered critical acclaim for Heylin’s writing and all I can do is add my congratulations. Thank you all for a terrific evening at the CAT.

The show, by Cork Arts Theatre Repertory Company, runs until the 26th of January. More details here 

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Mahon to Rochestown Estuary Walk

Harbourside Walk
 Took the opportunity today to do an easy walk. Parked by Blackrock Castle and headed out the flat uncrowded paved pathway to Rochestown. The tide was just about on the way out as I arrived and, as the waters receded, the amount of birds increased. By the time I returned to the castle, the comorants (above) were lining up for lunch.
An Egret

Small waders feed as tide recedes

A Heron keeps an eye out

Cold day (about 6 degrees), so fires were on!

A larger wader. A Curlew maybe?

Thursday, 10 January 2013

See Bowie & The Boss in Cork show this month.

Terry O’Neill exhibits in Cork for the First Time. 

Legendary photographer, Terry O’Neill, brings a major exhibition of his work to Cork in January 2013. The show will run at two venues: CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and Cork City Hall from January 25th to February 22nd. O’Neill himself will be present at the opening at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, 7pm, January 24th.

O’Neill, who celebrates his 75th Birthday in 2013, began his career as a press photographer. He will forever be associated with London of the Swinging Sixties when he photographed the great and the good. Peter O’Toole and Richard Harris were counted in his circle of friends. The exhibition will feature a wide variety of his iconic portraits of the stars of that era, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull and Michael Caine.

Bowie, with Elizabeth Taylor
He later worked in Hollywood and was married to the Oscar Winning actress, Faye Dunaway. The exhibition also features his portraits of Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, Lee Marvin, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Other images in the show include O’Neill’s intimate portraits of Mohammed Ali, Brigitte Bardot, David Bowie, Raquel Welch and Catherine Deneuve. Naomi Campbell, Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss and Bono are captured in some of the more recent work.

This is O’Neill’s first time to exhibit in Cork and it is a very special event for him as he has deep connections with the city. His father was born and reared on Blarney St., and worked in Henry Ford before transferring to their plant in Dagenham. On his retirement, he returned to Cork and is buried there. Visits to Cork were commonplace in his childhood. O’Neill’s mother was from Waterford.

Terry O’Neill has produced several books of photographs. His latest, ‘All About Bond’, celebrates his long association with the James Bond franchise. He will host a book signing n CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery 1pm, Friday January 25th. All prints featured in the exhibition are on sale.

O’Neill’s exhibition in Cork will be curated by Irish Examiner Arts Editor Marc O’Sullivan and arts writer and curator, Tina Darb O’Sullivan.

City Hall is open 9 - 5 Monday to Friday
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery is open 10 - 6, Tuesday to Saturday and open late until 8 on Thursdays.
The exhibition runs from Friday January 25 to Saturday February 23.