What’s on in North Mayo on Culture Night?

Culture Night 2015 takes place on September 18th

culture night in ballina

Culture Night – celebrating culture, tradition, creativity and the arts takes place all around Mayo this Friday September 18th. Here’s a list of events happening in the Mayo North region, starting with Culture Night in Ballina.


Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina

This year’s programme focuses on children’s events, with lots of opportunities to get involved in some entertaining and educational workshops, games and other fun activities. Kids’ Culture Night will run from 4 – 7pm, and all activities are free and open to all.


Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Main St, Ballycastle

Ballinglen Arts Foundation invites you to attend a very special exhibition of works from the Ballinglen Archive, a collection of works from artists who have had fellowships with the centre over the years.

Artist Karen Hendy’s exhibition The Littoral will be featured in the gallery on the night. Karen’s exhibition using paper and board uses unconventional materials such as silage foil incorporated into the painting process.

At 7pm there will be a Bronze Age Casting demonstration, introducing people to this 4,000 year old metal working technique.

That evening Irish and International artists, Logan Grider, Angela Fewer and Vauney Strahan will be opening up their studios to the public to talk and showcase work completed while on residency at Ballinglen.


The Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse St Ballina

On Friday September 18th The Jackie Clarke Collection will host an exhibition showcasing the history of Ballina. One of the highlights of Culture Night in Ballina, ‘Reeling in the Years’, which ran during this year’s Ballina Salmon Festival, returns for due to its overwhelming popularity.

The home of Ireland’s history in Co. Mayo, the Jackie Clarke Collection will be a hub of activity on the night for all those interested in local history. Newspaper articles from times gone by will be on display, along with photographs of some well-known figures from Ballina’s past. This cultural extravaganza has something for everyone.

The exhibition has been spearheaded by Siobhan Leonard and Joan Corry, Community Focus Teacher Advisors with the Jackie Clarke Collection, in conjunction with the Collection’s community volunteer programme. ‘We had hugely positive feedback earlier in the year to the exhibition so it made sense to give people another opportunity to see it’ said Siobhan. ‘It really gives people an insight into the community of Ballina throughout the twentieth century. The exhibition is a trip down memory lane that reflects the proud social fabric and tradition that Ballina has’.


The Mary Robinson Centre, Ballina

Giving Voice to Your Memories on Culture Night

We’re looking for your memories, photographs and stories about Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson transformed the role of President of Ireland, making the position more inclusive and reaching out to young and old across the country and, for the first time, to Ireland’s international Diaspora.  There are lots of treasured memories of this time and Mary’s work on the international stage since.

Now, we’re asking you to share those memories on Culture Night to create a social Memory Box for The Mary Robinson Centre as part of the Giving Voice exhibition at Ballina Library.  Bring your photos, newspaper cuttings and your tales so we can capture them for exhibition in The Mary Robinson Centre.  For those of you who can’t make it on the night, we’re also collecting memories online at www.maryrobinsoncentre.ie and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MaryRobinsonCentre.

Giving Voice to Your Memories takes place at Ballina Library on Culture Night, Friday September 18th from 7:00-9:00pm.


Lahardane Hammer & Tongs Group @ Leonard’s Bar Main St, Lahardane

Over the last number of years the Hammer & Tongs Group have worked hard to preserve traditional craft practice in the Lahardane area. The night will include demonstrations of butter churning and boxty making – with tasters a plenty make sure to get here early! A music session and sing song will round off the night in Lahardane.


Irish Language Ballina Library, Pearse St, Ballina

Ceiliúradh ar an nGaeilge a bheidh in Oíche Chultúir 2015 i Leabharlann Bhéal an Átha. Cuirfidh an leabharlann fáilte chroíúil roimh Manchán Magan, scríbhneoir agus láithreoir teilifíse, chun sleachta a léamh as a shaothar ar an oíche speisialta seo. Cloistear Manchán Magan ag eachtraíocht faoina chuid fánaíochta ar fud an domhain ar The Right Hook ar Newstalk gach Máirt, agus beidh tuilleadh dá chuid scéalta iontacha ilchineálacha le cloisteáil uaidh an oíche seo, scéalta ón seal a chaith sé i ndíseart sna Himiléithe go dtí a thuras timpeall na hÉireann ag labhairt Gaeilge amháin!
Beidh Diarmuid de Faoite i láthair leis ar an oíche chéanna. Tá cáil ar Dhiarmuid mar aisteoir, scríbhneoir agus stiúrthóir – ar an teilifís, i scannáin agus ar stáitse araon; bíonn sé le feiceáil taobh le Maria Doyle Kennedy in Corp agus Anam, agus is clúití é de bharr a chuid oibre trí Ghaeilge. Tá bua na scéalaíochta ag Diarmuid chomh maith, agus ar Oíche Chultúir 2015 inseoidh sé roinnt scéalta dá lucht éisteachta i mBéal an Átha agus léifidh sé sleachta as a shaothar féin.
Tá an imeacht seo ag fáil tacaíochta ó Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Foras na Gaeilge, agus an Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta.

Culture Night 2015 at Ballina Library is a celebration of the Irish language.   The library will welcome writer and TV presenter Manchán Magan to Ballina for a special Culture Night reading. Manchán Magan who opens up the world of travel every Tuesday on The Right Hook on Newstalk will speak about his many adventures – everything from living in a hermitage in the Himalayas to travelling around Ireland speaking only Irish!
The library will also host Diarmuid de Faoite on the evening. Diarmuid is well known as an actor, writer and director – on TV, screen and stage, he stars alongside Maria Doyle Kennedy in Corp + Anam, and particularly through his Irish Language work. Diarmuid, who is also a gifted storyteller will tell a few tales and read from his own work in Ballina on Culture Night 2015.
This event is supported by Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Foras na Gaeilge and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


Mayo Cultre Night brochures are available from August 15th at www.mayococo.ie or www.culturenight.ie .

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