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Step into history to help recreate historic photo of 1913 Oireachtas

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The photo of the 1913 Galway Oireachtas, which was attended by three future presidents of Ireland, Douglas Hyde, Seán T O’Kelly and Eamon de Valera as well as by Proclamation signatories Pádraig Pearse, Seán Mac Diarmada and Éamonn Ceannt, and other noted figures such as Cathal Brugha and Countess Markievicz.

The City’s Town Hall Theatre is putting out a call for members of the public to become part of history by participating in the re-enactment of a famous photograph taken on the steps of the theatre during the Gaelic League Oireachtas of 1913.

The re-enactment will take place at Town Hall Theatre on Saturday, June 18. and is part of this year’s Galway Sessions which commemorates 1916 leader and piper Éamonn Ceannt. Anyone interested in participating should contact Siobhan at Galway Arts Centre siobhan@galwayartscentre.ie

This photograph features some of the men and women who went on to participate in the Rising and become the leaders of the new Irish state. Included in the picture are three future presidents of Ireland – Douglas Hyde, Seán T Ó Ceallaigh and Éamon de Valera. Also present were signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, Pádraig Pearse, Seán Mac Diarmada and Éamonn Ceannt, as well as other noted figures such as Cathal Brugha and Countess Markievicz

To commemorate this historical event, 163 people are needed for the new photograph to reflect the Ireland of today. A call has gone out far and wide, seeking descendants of the original figures to come to Galway and stand where their ancestors stood over a hundred years ago – so anybody with a family connection connection is invited to get in touch. Members of the public are also asked to participate and stand in for the relatives who cannot be there.

The recreation of this photograph is a historic moment and will become another and unique chapter in the city’s cultural archives.

The photograph was presented to the Town Hall by members of the Curran family in 2013 and is is now on permanent display at the theatre.

The 1913 Ard Fheis marked an important juncture in the history of the Gaelic League. Internal divisions between the apolitical old guard of the movement and a republican/IRB faction had come to the fore in the preceding months, leading eventually to the 1915 decision by the Gaelic League to revoke its previously politically neutral stance and support separatism.

The iconic photograph was discovered in a box in the attic by the Curran family in Dublin whose maternal grandparents were members of the Keating branch of the Gaelic League. Their grandfather and other relatives are in the photograph. Their grandmother had passed the photograph on to their mother and it lay safe in the attic of the family home for the best part of 50 years. When the family took the photo down from the attic in 2010, they noticed a few famous faces. The more they looked, the more  well-known people they recognised and they were intrigued.  At first, they thought that it was taken at the Gaelic League Oireachtas in 1914 and so spent a lot of time searching for a match for the building in Kerry.

In early 2013, when they finally identified the building as Galway’s Town Hall Theatre, they realised the full significance of the picture and the fact that 2013 was the centenary of the occasion on which it was taken.

”We gave the photograph to the Town Hall Theatre because it is only right that it should return to the place where it was taken to be enjoyed by the people of Galway and the public at large” said a family member.

A team of volunteers helped to identify most of people in the photograph and the family are hopeful that members of the public can help identify the few remaining names.

Contact Siobhan at Galway Arts Centre siobhan@galwayartscentre.ie if you are interested in taking part.

 

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Landmark gig underlines need for designated cultural spaces

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Back at last...James Vincent McMorrow at the Iveagh Gardens.

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James Vincent McMorrow’s Iveagh Gardens performance on June 10 was a landmark moment for Irish music. The pilot gig may have been dry, socially distanced and limited to an audience of 500 – but, for those in attendance and those on stage, it represented an emotional return.

McMorrow’s quote early in his ninety-minute set has been popularised by media outlets in the show’s aftermath: “I didn’t realise how much I needed this until it gets taken away…”

Unsurprisingly, the Dublin singer-songwriter is now acutely aware of the role live music holds for him. And as grateful as he was to be given the opportunity to pioneer the country’s move back into venues, he has been vocal in his criticism of the opportunities afforded to Irish musicians in a live setting. The dearth of artistic spaces, as well as the housing crisis in Dublin and nationwide, is the subject of McMorrow’s new collaborative project Co-Living Culture.

The group is completed by Cody Lee and David Anthony Curley, previously of Otherkin. Their single Renegador is out June 25 on Faction Music Group’s newest imprint Lost Decay.

The song is something of a separation from the indie-folk singer’s personal catalogue. A noisy, anthemic EDM track, it is a tune intended for a bouncing electronic venue – the likes of which, McMorrow and his bandmates suggest, is lacking in the capital.

“Renegador started out as an incredible amount of fun in the studio one day,” they recall. “The more we worked on the song, the more we talked about places in Dublin where you might hear a record like this being played.

“Honestly, we struggled to come up with any. In the last five years so much has changed, we are of the opinion that cultural and art spaces are the beating heart of a city, but so many of them have been taken away and replaced with structures that aren’t meant for those who occupy the city at all.”

If Co-Living Culture is a criticism of the issues facing Irish musicians by way of arts spaces, it is also a celebration of the resilience and adaptability of the good people working in the industry.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Anne’s Roses of Hope for Médecins Sans Frontières

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Kinvara artist Anne Korff has launched an initiative to support the work of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

It’s a new book, Roses of Hope – Meditations, which contains a selection of six reproductions of her artwork, 25×25 cm in size, ring-bound and with a hanging attachment, ready to display on a wall.

Roses of Hope – Meditations was created as a series of paintings during the pandemic in 2020-21. Throughout this period of solitude and isolation, Anne wanted to share her artwork as a way of providing support, inspiration and nourishment for the soul. Each painting is a meditation using energy, colour and shape to bring hope and solace.

According to the Irish Times’ art critic Aidan Dunne, ‘Anne Korff’s paintings vividly reflect her experience of the refugee crisis . . . in a space of what feels like infinite loss, flickers of hope appear’.

Anne, who studied Fine Art in Berlin moved to Ireland in 1977. A decade later, inspired by her passion for history and archaeology she set up her own publishing company, Tír Eolas. Her publications include beautifully illustrated guides and maps of the Burren, south Galway, Lough Corrib, The Shannon Valley, as well as The Book of the Burren.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Film Fleadh’s invitation to pitch a script

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Submissions are now open for the annual Film Fleadh Script Pitching Competition, which will be held next month as part of the online festival.

The competition focuses on the crucial role of good writing in the audio-visual sector and has provided many writers with an opportunity to get Entrants should submit a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end with no cliff-hangers!) and applications are welcome from writers of any skill level. Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered.  Finalists will be chosen to pitch their idea live online as an ‘Elevator Pitch’ of 90 seconds to a virtual panel of industry judges and an audience. The winner will be announced at the Fleadh’s online awards ceremony and will receive a prize of €3,000.

In addition to the money and the opportunity to pitch to industry professionals, there are other benefits to taking part. These includes opening the door to producers; writers having their project optioned by producers; being invited on mentorships to hone their craft; bolstering their confidence and giving them their first opportunity to win over an audience. For the winner, the money can allow them the time to develop and expand their pitch into a full film script.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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