‘Craft Connections’ should be Arts and Craft centre for the area

6 08 2014

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Following a proposal from Ballycastle SDLP Councillor, Dónal Cunningham, Moyle Council have agreed to explore all the possibilities for the future of the ‘Craft Connections’ building on Ann Street as an Arts and Crafts exhibition centre for the area.

The Ballycastle said he believed that the centre could act as a link for locally based artists and craftspeople, and would further promote the Arts and Crafts sector which exists in Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens of Antrim.

Councillor Cunningham said: “We have such a rich variety of artists and craftspeople. We are home to a huge variety of talents such as potters, painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellery designers and furniture makers and much more.”

“Promoting our local arts and crafts serves also to promote the whole region, and can bring benefits for all year round. Once visitors discover how beautiful our area is and the quality of arts and crafts on offer they will want to keep coming back.”

I believe there is still a huge potential for this industry to grow further by targeting the tourism industry and encouraging visitors to visit Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens to sample art and craft.

“Once we mark Moyle out as being somewhere that nurtures and encourages arts and crafts, we will be sending out the message that it is a great place for artists and crafts makers to earn a livelihood, and the sort of place where young and talented people can build a career”

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Brighter Nights return to Ballycastle seafront

3 07 2014

Brighter Nights 2014

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the return of the ‘Brighter ‘ Street Theatre and Entertainment events which will take place at  Ballycastle Seafront on Friday evenings at 7.45pm (all events are free of charge). The ‘Brighter Nights’ programme is funded by Moyle District Council and Moyle Policing and Community and Safety Partnership and delivered by the Arts Programme.

 The line up of performances is as follows

Friday 4th July

Oisin Charms

This’Great Escape’ has entertained thousands at Edinburgh. Fire juggling, escaping from a strait-jacket on a 7 foot unicycle, comedy and acrobatics from this Dublin-based act

 Friday 11th July

Sharp Dressed Men

New comedy juggling act from this highly skilled duo who perform diabolo, unicycle and more (and they are very well dressed too).

  Friday 18th July

Alice Through The Looking Glass

Watch Alice’s fantastical adventures after she enters the mirror in Lewis Carroll’s famous story. Meet Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Walrus and the Carpenter, The Lion and the Unicorn and the Jabberwock. Adaption by Michael Whitmore. Pacey, humorous, musical theatre accessible to all ages. This is a full length outdoor theatre show (approx 90 mins) with a short interval. Please bring small low backed picnic chairs and/or blankets. Picnics welcome

 Friday 25th July

Tennis Dennis

This plucky Kentucky-born tennis player attempts the impossible- squeezing himself through his tennis racket. Plus juggling, cool dance moves and a jaw-dropping finale

 Friday1st August

Babcock and Bobbins

Slapstick comedy, fire juggling, giraffe unicycle, stilt walking, rola bola amd fire breathing from this well loved comic duo

 Friday 8th August

Miss Shell

This colourful underwater creature sings, plays ukelele, performs a fish juggling routine, exquiste dolphin tricks and a fantastic multi hula hoop final.

 Friday 15th August

Chef Logy

Knife tricks, ear splitting whip cracks, potato juggling. Plus a death defying high balance act in which this wacky chef could be flambeed.

 Friday 22nd August

Journey Man Juggler

Comedy, Juggling, and a dramatic finale of fire juggling.

 

 

 





Deep sadness at death of Seamus Heaney

30 08 2013

Seamus Heaney

SDLP MLA for Mid-Ulster Patsy McGlone has said he is deeply saddened by the news that Seamus Heaney has passed away.
Mr McGlone said:
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Seamus Heaney who leaves a tremendous cultural legacy to the people not just of his native South Derry but to the literary world.
“Seamus Heaney was the voice of this community, a man of the people who knew his community well and reflected the history and cultural richness of that community.
“I remember him calling into my father’s business when I was younger and being struck by his humility. The last occasion I spoke to him was at Anahorish School, a place which inspired much of his poetry.
“My sincerest sympathies go to the Heaney and Devlin families at this time. We will continue to be inspired no doubt by the great cannon of literary work which is his legacy. Sar fhile, duine den scoth, ar lámh dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
SDLP MLA for Culture, Arts and Leisure Karen McKevitt said:
“The news that Seamus Heaney has died will be met with great sadness by people on this Island and across the world who held him in such high esteem.
“His work touched the hearts and minds of people across the globe and culminated in his receiving the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995.
“Only two weeks ago Seamus Heaney attended the Merriman summer school in Lisdoonvarna which showed his continued dedication to his craft.
“I have no doubt that his body of work will continue to inspire and uplift all those who responded to his thoughtful and profound pieces of work.”

Former SDLP leader and Nobel peace laureate John Hume also has expressed his deep sadness at the death of his lifelong friend
Mr Hume said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of my good friend Seamus Heaney.
“His poetry expressed a special love of people, place and diversity of life.
“That profound regard for humanity has made his poetry a special channel for repudiating violence, injustice and prejudice, and urging us all to the better side of our human nature.
“I have always received great inspiration from his written word and I am deeply grateful for the personal encouragement that I always received from such a warm friend and a wise man.
“My heartfelt condolences go to Marie, Michael, Christopher, Catherine and his extended family at this very sad time.”

From The Cure at Troy,” Heaney’s translation of “The Philoctetes,” by Sophocles. 

Human beings suffer,
They torture one another,
They get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song
Can fully right a wrong
Inflicted and endured.

The innocent in gaols
Beat on their bars together.
A hunger-striker’s father
Stands in the graveyard dumb.
The police widow in veils
Faints at the funeral home.

History says, don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracle
And cures and healing wells.

Call miracle self-healing:
The utter, self-revealing
Double-take of feeling.
If there’s fire on the mountain
Or lightning and storm
And a god speaks from the sky

That means someone is hearing
The outcry and the birth-cry
Of new life at its term.





Ballycastle to host Co Antrim Fleadh

28 04 2013

 Fleadh

 Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has said that he is pleased to see  the  County Antrim Fleadh returning to the town. Events will run over the  period 6th to 12th May 2013. As well as attracting visitors and boosting the local economy, the Fleadh will promote our musical culture and showcase our talented musicians . I congratulate the organisers who have put together a  mix and range of events and competitions for all ages.

FLEADH CONTAE AONTROMA BAILE AN CHAISTIL

Fleadh Opening Monday 6th May

 Dé Luain – Monday 6th May

 @ Approx 10.00 from Cushendun – ‘An tSiúlóid Sheachadta – The Handover Walk’ from Cushendun to Ballycastle with tunes along the way, the Hunger House and Hunter’s Bar, and arriving in Golf Club at approx 4.30pm. Local walkers and walking groups welcome to join in. £4 per entrant, musicians (with instruments, no bluffers!) free.

 @ 1.00 – 3.00 – Street Sessions – 30 designated spots. Great prizes, contact bigmac29a@facebook.com. All CCE Branches welcome.

 @ 3.00 – 4.30 Open air in The Diamond, Ballycastle – Live Traditional music from trad legends ‘Craobh Rua’ featuring some of Antrim and Ireland’s best musicians.

 @ 4.00 – 7.00pm BBQ and session – BBQ agus sessiún ceoil, O’Connor’s Bar, Anne Street – Tí MacConcubhur, Sráid Áine. Fáilte roimh achan daoine.

 Dé Mhairt – Tuesday 7th May

@ 10-11.30 Gaelscoil An Chaistil – 5 Kiln’s Rd, Ballycastle Tachráin is Tuismitheoirí as Gaeilge, Parents and Toddlers in Irish @ 3.30pm McAlister Hall, Ballycastle – Presentation from John Bustard ‘The Irish in Stories’ Myths and legends of the north coast of Antrim via brand new app!! – Taispeántas ó John Bustard ‘The Irish in Stories’ Seanscéaltaí ó Aontroim Thuaidh ar app nua!! Followed by – Presentation of Awards for Art and photography competitions

 @ 4.30 – 5.30pm McAlister Hall, Junior Céili through Irish – Céili na hÓige as Gaeilge Caller Helen O Kane Music: Senior CCE

 @ 7.00pm Rotary Club meeting at Central Bar – Presentation by Gerry McGouran and Baile an Chaistil CCE junior members followed by traditional session

 @ 7.00pm ‘Singing Session’ in Halo Night club. All singers welcome.

 Dé Chéadaoin –Wednesday 8th May

@ 4.00 – 6.00pm – At Oifig na Fleá, Castle Street – Flute Master class with one of Ireland’s premier flute players, Brendan Mulholland. (Booking essential.)

 @ 7.00pm Thyme and Co – ‘The Reiver and the Gael’ Story telling, songs, poetry and stories – Scéaltaí agus Amhráin le Stephen Hall, Michael Sands, Aodhán MacSheaffraidh’

A brand new cultural experience…like the Good Friday Agreement only funnier!

 Deardaoin – Thursday 9th May

@ 7.00pm Beach walk with Óg Ógras all welcome – Meet at Marine Corner

 @ 7.00pm – Treasure Hunt starting at Marine Corner, hosted by Danny Morgan and Maura O’Loan. Prizes for the winners. All welcome

 @ 8.00pm O’Connor’s Bar – Tí MacConcubhur, Sráid Áine – ‘The Gathering’ session – Sessiún mór ceoil ‘An tOireachtais’

 @ 9.00pm O’Connor’s Bar – Tí MacConcubhur, Sráid Áine – Senior Session with Dominic, Leo, PJ and friends. The longest running session in Ireland! 35 years and counting.

 Dé hAoine – Friday 10th May

@ 8.00pm – Cross and PassionCollege, Fleadh Concert with local Branches special guest Len Graham. MC PJ Hill.

@ 9.30pm The House of McDonnell – Teach Tom The Friday night session – Sessiún ceoil oíche Aoine

 Dé Sathairn – Saturday 11th May

@ 9.30am Cross & PassionCollege, Moyle Road, Ballycastle Competitions – Comórtais

 @ 6.00-8.00pm Session in ‘The Boyd’. All welcome.

 @ 7.00 – 9.00pm Len Graham, renowned singer and storyteller in Harbour Bar upstairs. Talk on Frank Mc Collam (local musician and former founder of the Baile An Chaistil Branch)

 @ 9.30pm -Sessiún mór i dTí Tom – The Big Fleadh session in Tom’s – The House of McDonnell

 Dé Domhnaigh – Sunday 12th May

 @ 12.00am Cross & PassionCollege, Moyle Road, Ballycastle Competitions – Comórtais Céili Band, Grúpa Cheoil and Dancing Competitions

 @ 2.00pm – 4.00pm Wheel Works presents Live Electronic Music Workshop for all the family

 @ 5.00pm Closing Concert with local CCE branches

Ballycastle Sea Front stage – Ardán na Mara, Baile an Chaistil

Many impromptu sessions taking place. Please enjoy the fleadh and enjoy Ballycastle.

Go leor seisiún spleoracha i rith an deireadh seachtaine. Bainigí sult as Baile an Chaistil

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Councillors welcome funding for “Old Cushendun Church” project

13 11 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moyle SDLP Councillors Catherine McCambridge and Dónal Cunningham have welcomed the news that an award of £4,500 has been approved from Moyle Council’s Community Infrastructure Fund to Cushendun Building Preservation Trust.

Councillor Cunningham who sits on the grant panel explained that the award followed an application for assistance with technical costs, as part of an overall project to restore and refurbish the disused “Old Church” in Cushendun into a Community Arts Centre.

“I am delighted that this group have been rewarded for their vision. The group hope to deliver a Community Arts Centre which will act as a venue for exhibitions, performances, classes and other community arts activities.  We have such a rich variety of artists and craftspeople in the area and are home to a huge variety of talents such as potters, painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellery designers and furniture makers and much more.  I believe there is still a huge potential for this type of centre  to grow  by targeting the cultural tourist markety and encouraging visitors to visit the Glens to sample art and craft.

Promoting our local arts and crafts serves also to promote the whole region, and can bring benefits for all year round. Once visitors discover how beautiful our area is and the quality of arts and crafts on offer they will want to keep coming back.

“It is important to mark Moyle out as being somewhere that nurtures and encourages arts and crafts, by doing so we will be sending out the message that it is a great place for artists and crafts makers to earn a livelihood, and the sort of place where young and talented people can build a career.”

“A Community Arts Centre in Cushendun can be a focal point for cultural tourism”





Make Moyle the Arts and Crafts centre of the North

15 09 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor, Dónal Cunningham has called for local based artists and craftspeople to link up in a bid to further promote the Arts and Crafts sector which exists in Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens of Antrim.

Councillor Cunningham said: “We have such a rich variety of artists and craftspeople. We are home to a huge variety of talents such as potters, painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellery designers and furniture makers and much more. Many have already come together for the Ballycastle Community Markets but I believe there is still a huge potential for this industry to grow further by targeting the tourism industry and encouraging visitors to visit Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens to sample art and craft.

Promoting our local arts and crafts serves also to promote the whole region, and can bring benefits for all year round. Once visitors discover how beautiful our area is and the quality of arts and crafts on offer they will want to keep coming back.

“Once we mark Moyle out as being somewhere that nurtures and encourages arts and crafts, we will be sending out the message that it is a great place for artists and crafts makers to earn a livelihood, and the sort of place where young and talented people can build a career.”





Rathlin Island Drama Group at Carey Hall

31 08 2012

 

Rathlin Island Drama Group are presenting their two One Act Comedy plays entitled  , entitled “The Cuckoo” & “A Bit of Land”,  in Carey Hall this  Saturday 1st September at 8 p.m.

Admission is £5 adult and £3 under 14.

Please support this event and enjoy an evening of fun and laughter.