Date Published: 10-Apr-2013
Teenage patients at University College Hospital are being offered a respite from their illness courtesy of a new art project called Cloudlands.
Under the project, the teenagers, many of whom have to spend long periods in hospital with acute illness, work with artist-in-residence Emma Fisher to create art based on their interests and experiences.
Obviously Cloudlands is designed to be fun, but the idea is also to encourage self expression while improving teenagers’ social interaction and helping them regain a sense of control over their lives, explains Emma, who spends every second Wednesday working in UHG.
Limerick based Emma is a puppeteer, theatre designer and installation artist, who has been devising shows and running puppetry workshops with children and adults since 2005.
She is ideal for a project like Cloudlands as her skills base is a broad one. After qualifying from the University of Wales with a Fine Arts degree Emma did a post-graduate course in set and costume design.
Then she travelled to America in 2006, doing an apprenticeship at Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont before training at the London school of puppetry. Emma’s work as a set designer for the Limerick Hub and Belltable Arts Centre saw her shortlisted for an Irish Times Theatre Award in 2010.
That same year she started working as resident puppeteer in Limerick Regional hospital under the auspices of the not-for-profit arts group, Helium which nurtures creativity among children and families in Ireland’s health system.
Now Emma is artist-in-residence at UHG while two other artists have the same role in Cork University Hospital and Dublin’s Temple Street, also as part of Cloudlands.
“In Galway I usually work with one or two patients a day and we create all kinds of different projects,” she explains. With Emma’s guidance, the teenagers use a variety of methods – storytelling, puppetry, photography, film-making and animation – to make their work, which can range from books to sculptures and paintings.
You might think that a teenager who is sick in hospital wouldn’t have much interest in creative arts, but that’s not so.
“I am always amazed by how they are always open to me,” observes Emma.
Many of the patients she works with are one-off, but others are more regular.
“There are recurring patients so you get a chance to make a lot of things with them,” she explains.
Seventeen-year-old Kayleigh, who has Cystic Fibrosis, worked with Emma during a recent stay at UHG and enjoyed the experience.
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“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”
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Galway have lot to ponder in poor show
Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
FRANK FARRAGHER IN ENNISCRONE
GALWAY’S first serious examination of the 2013 season rather disturbingly ended with a rating well below the 40% pass mark at the idyllic, if rather Siberian, seaside setting of Enniscrone on Sunday last.
The defeat cost Galway a place in the FBD League Final against Leitrim and also put a fair dent on their confidence shield for the bigger tests that lie ahead in February.
There was no fluke element in this success by an understrength Sligo side and by the time Leitrim referee, Frank Flynn, sounded the final whistle, there wasn’t a perished soul in the crowd of about 500 who could question the justice of the outcome.
It is only pre-season and last Sunday’s blast of dry polar winds did remind everyone that this is far from summer football, but make no mistake about it, the match did lay down some very worrying markers for Galway following a couple of victories over below par third level college teams.
Galway did start the game quite positively, leading by four points at the end of a first quarter when they missed as much more, but when Sligo stepped up the tempo of the game in the 10 minutes before half-time, the maroon resistance crumbled with frightening rapidity.
Some of the statistics of the match make for grim perusal. Over the course of the hour, Galway only scored two points from play and they went through a 52 minute period of the match, without raising a white flag – admittedly a late rally did bring them close to a draw but that would have been very rough justice on Sligo.
Sligo were backable at 9/4 coming into this match, the odds being stretched with the ‘missing list’ on Kevin Walsh’s team sheet – Adrian Marren, Stephen Coen, Tony Taylor, Ross Donovan, David Kelly, David Maye, Johnny Davey and Eamon O’Hara, were all marked absent for a variety of reasons.
Walsh has his Sligo side well schooled in the high intensity, close quarters type of football, and the harder Galway tried to go through the short game channels, the more the home side bottled them up.
Galway badly needed to find some variety in their attacking strategy and maybe there is a lot to be said for the traditional Meath style of giving long, quick ball to a full forward line with a big target man on the edge of the square – given Paul Conroy’s prowess close to goal last season, maybe it is time to ‘settle’ on a few basics.
Defensively, Galway were reasonably solid with Gary Sice at centre back probably their best player – he was one of the few men in maroon to deliver decent long ball deep into the attacking zone – while Finian Hanley, Conor Costello and Gary O’Donnell also kept things tight.
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Mervue United advance to the quarter-finals of U-17 FAI Cup
Date Published: 29-Jan-2013
On a weekend when the vast majority of the action fell by the wayside due to the inclement weather, Mervue United U-17 struck late to snatch a winner in Donegal as they qualified for the last eight of the FAI U-17 Cup following a success over Swilly Rovers.
Local League action saw just three games survive as OLBC notched a second half winner to defeat Hibernians to move into third position in the Premier League.
In the lower Divisions, table toppers Mervue United B and Moyne Villa continued on their merry ways with away wins over Bohemians and Naomh Briocain.
Swilly Rovers 0
Mervue United 1
In a game that was switched to a playable pitch in Fanad, Mervue United took a long time to assert their authority before striking late to give the home side no chance to respond.
The 89th minute winner was created by an Andrew Connolly flick on following a Ryan Manning thrown in and Schoolboy International Conor Melody made space for himself in the box before firing past Caolan Bolton.
It was no less than the visitors deserved against a young home side, but they had to work extremely hard for their victory.
While Anthoine O’Laoi missed a good first half opportunity, just a long range Manning free kick tested Bolton otherwise. Substitute John Migel Soler almost made an instant impact on the resumption, but was denied by a smart save.
Connolly, O’Laoi and Paul Healy all threatened a break though for the visitors, before a fine-tuned Melody eventually saved the day and secured the Mervue passage.
Mervue United: P Healy, Barry, Bailey, P Healy, Carroll, Melody, Assagbo, Manning, Cunningham (Soler), Connolly, O’Laoi.
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