Music Network Showcase Celebrated French Cellist


Music Network is delighted to showcase the celebrated French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand, winner of a prestigious Victoire de la Musique Classique (a French Grammy) with pianist Pascal Amoyel, voted “Solo Instrumental Discovery of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique in 2005.

The duo have performed together for many years, garnering widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike and in particular for the “wonderful singing quality” of their playing – the nuanced phrasing of Amoyel the perfect foil for the glowing tones and textures of Bertrand’s cello. Unmissable!

ON TOUR 22 – 30 March 2017

Mon 27 Mar Station House Theatre Clifden Promoted by Clifden Arts Society


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Irish Project Wins EU Award

  • mgnjcommissionerCircular Ocean, a European project managed in Ireland by Macroom E (an initiative and wholly owned subsidiary of Cork County Council*) has just won the Public Choice category of the European Commissions RegionStars Awards.  This year’s RegioStars award ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 11, during the 2016 European Week of Regions and Cities and the award was presented to the Circular Ocean team by the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu. 

One of the key objectives of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. Winning this award has put the spotlight on Circular Ocean as being one of this years most innovative and inspiring EU funded projects. 

Circular Ocean is a transnational European project which aims to inspire remote communities to realise the economic opportunities of discarded fishing nets and ropes and help turn this marine waste into a useful resource supporting the move to a more circular economy.  It is funded under the EU’s ERDF Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) programme. 

Led in Ireland by Macroom E, local Irish partners in the project comprise Cork County Council and the Local Enterprise Office South Cork.  European partners include the Environmental Research Institute of the North Highland College UHI, Scotland; The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts, England; the Arctic Technology Centre, Greenland and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway.  

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey stated “Cork County Council has recently launched its Local Economic and Community Plan and in this, one of the key tenets is working towards a circular economy model for Cork County. Circular Ocean has stemmed from earlier work undertaken on the Smile Resource Exchange Programme funded by the Council, the EPA and LEOs and to see an early acknowledgement from Europe of this significance on the work undertaken by the Circular Ocean project is great credit to all involved.”

Head of Enterprise at LEO South Cork Sean O’ Sullivan said “We are thrilled with this award and delighted to be involved in this innovative project.  Not only are we the only Irish project to win an award but we are the only Interreg or NPA project to reach this stage. This award has highlighted the innovative nature of Circular Ocean and I believe the projects research and resources will really support the creation of green enterprises.

As part of the projects research phase, Macroom E is currently connecting with key stakeholders in ports and harbours across the Irish NPA region to research the problem of discarded fishing nets and ropes locally and to look at the feasibility of creating green enterprises around this waste in these areas. The Irish NPA region comprises the following Irish counties: Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.  Stakeholders across these Irish counties include harbour masters, fishermen, fishing net manufactures, business support groups etc. 

Over the next three years the project partners will work with these stakeholders to promote the green economy by finding solutions to re-use waste, driving eco-innovation, generating efficient and environmentally responsible businesses, and diminishing levels of marine litter.  They will develop resources to support the creation of local enterprises around the use of discarded fishing nets and ropes including a ‘Green Business Suite’ targeted at stakeholders who can benefit from this innovative knowledge.

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Fermata – A Pitch Perfect Book

Fermata: Writers inspired by Music
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Described by Niall MacMonagle, editor of Windharp as ‘A pitch perfect book’.

The anthology fermata: Writers inspired by Music edited by Eva Bourke and Vincent Woods will be launched tonight in @civicofficeswoodquay by broadcaster and music aficionado, Tim Thurston.

A fermata in musical notation is a pause or a hold extending the length of the note played, literally a breathing space. This collection of poems and prose writings closely engages with music, from classical to traditional, jazz and blues to rock music. It is a chorus of diverse and lively voices in response to the most beloved of all the arts.

This collection was formed by the editors, Vincent Woods and Eva Bourke, from a passionate belief in the Irish tradition of music and word, a connection embodied in this magnificent and entertaining compilation of writings on music in poetry or prose. Composer and musician, Michéal Ó Súílleabháin, former director of the Limerick School of Music, has provided a wonderful foreword and Christy McNamara’s wonderfully evocative photographs are sensitively employed in the book.

Amongst the poets/writers included are: Ken Bruen, Moya Cannon, Ciaran Carson, Harry Clifton, Theo Dorgan, Paul Durcan, Peter Fallon, Leonita Flynn, Hugo Hamilton, Eamon Grennan, Kerry Hardie, James Harpur, Seamus Heaney, Rita Ann Higgins, Pearse Hutchinson, Thomas Kinsella, Michael Longley, Joan McBreen, Paula Meehan, John Montague, Sinéad Morrissey, Dennis O’Driscoll, Mary O’Malley, Justin Quinn, Gabriel Rosenstock, Peter Sirr, Colm Tóibin, and David Wheatley.

The writing is inspired by singers, composers, musicians, dancers and the music of ‘what happens’. From Bach, Shostakovich, Saint Saëns, Fauré and other favourite composers, to a lullaby in a dead South African language, from a practice session in a community centre to the melodious litany for a wagtail, from elegies for Elvis and a lament for Johnny Cash, from an old LP found in the barn, the bass roar of the ocean and airborne tunes with a ghostly provenance to young Irish immigrants in 1920s New York visiting the Metropolitan Opera, all this and far more can be found in fermata.
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From Busker to International Acclaimed Musician

Colm Mac Con Iomaire To Play in Connemara This September


Colm Mac Con Iomaire is a Native Irish speaker from Dublin who comes from a musical home which was visited by a plethora of musicians and singers where he absorbed a huge mixture of new sounds and musical styles. The beginning of his musical career centred around the traditional world of Irish dance music with influences from his mother’s side of classical instruments such as the violin and piano which he learned to play as a young child. Barely on the verge of adulthood, Mac Con Iomaire founded the contemporary traditional band “Kíla” when he was still at school where the band members were free to experiment in their spectacular musical abilities.

Clifden’s 39th Arts Festival will take place from the 15th-25th September 2016.  With an eclectic, diverse repertoire of events, this year’s festival promises to enchant and educate people of all ages. Amongst the spectacular traditional Irish music repertoire, in a crowded field of gold-standard Irish Fiddle players, Colm Mac Con Iomaire is beautifully original. A gifted, multi-instrumentalist as comfortable playing banjo, guitar, piano or electric keyboard as he is playing fiddle. He is a top class musician, composer, film score arranger and founder of the Irish Traditional band “Kíla” and member of the internationally acclaimed pop group the Frames.

After busking on the streets of Dublin with his other band members, a friendship with another busker, Glen Hansard, a Dublin-based singer songwriter, gave him a push into the professional world of musicians where he entered as a violinist into the alternative pop group the Frames.

A master of almost all stringed instruments from fiddle and viola through to guitar and bouzouki, his compositions have featured in both film and theatre after the Irish language television broadcaster TG4 offered him opportunities to write scores for films. A master of mood and atmosphere, he has added immense colour and creativity to various scripts and films he has scored crime drama Corp + Anam for TG4, composed music for poet

Theo Dorgan’s Sappho’s Daughter which was performed by Barry McGovern and Olwen Fouéré and has provided music for Marc Mac Lochlainn’s puppet show Bláth.
His music is rich and seductive as well as eclectic in its influences from Irish Traditional to classical music with a flavour of the East and more which has allowed him to produce his very own albums from “The Hare’s Corner” and “And Now the Weather” to “Burn the Map” and “Dance the Devil” with the Frames. His concert will take place at the Clifden Arts Festival on Thursday the 15th of September in the Station House Theatre and you will leave the concert with your pulse racing from this exquisitely expressive music. A concert not to be missed!

Sappy Days

Clifden’s 39th Arts Festival will take place from the 15th-25th of September 2016.  Renowned for nurturing the arts amongst young people, this 10 day, Autumnal festival will inspire and enchant visitors and locals. It features many interesting and educational talks revolving around the arts, human consciousness, aviation, sacred music and many more from some of the world’s most fascinating people. On the 23rd of September, a compelling, nostalgic talk entitled ‘Sappy Days’ will be given by one of Ireland’s finest actors, Clive Geraghty.

Clive Geraghty will recount the significant moments and the trials and tribulations in his life that resulted in him becoming a sensational actor. He will explain how at the tender age of 17, he joined the Irish Army Air Corps as a mechanic and left in 1965 and entered the Abbey theatre to become an actor and how he eventually became a prestigious member of the Abbey Company. Along the way he will remember the people who had a significant influence on him when he was starting out on his extensive, successful career in the Abbey, which was to last for 43 years. He will also outline his devastation at being sacked one year after starting in the National Theatre, and the impact that this had on his life.

A multi-talented man, he has performed in nearly 200 plays and worked in radio, television and film. Some of his memorable on screen-appearances include ‘The Tudors’, ‘Father Ted’ ‘The Clinic’ and his Screen work 2015, filming opposite Vanessa Redgrave in a screen adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s “The Secret Scripture” directed by Jim Sheridan. He has also written several plays, scripts for Fair City, essays for Sunday Miscellany and A Living Word and has published ‘A Diary of an Abbey Theatre Tour’.

Clive Geraghty has toured extensively with the Abbey dazzling audiences all over the globe with his spectacular acting ability in the US, Australia, UK, France, Germany and Finland. In 2007, he took a break from his acting career to go to University and has a Diploma in Irish and in 2011 he was awarded first class honours degree in modern Irish in Maynooth University.

He will deliver his talk with humorous anecdotes and honest, heartfelt stories all adding spice to this warm account of the early life of an actor. This talk is certainly not to be missed!

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Humble Herb Talk with Dr Nicolas Kats


The 39th Clifden Arts Festival will take place from the 15th-25th September 2016 and will display Ireland’s rich and artistic culture through an extraordinary repertoire of events. This 10 day festival features over 200 diverse events with an exciting programme filled to the brim with artists, writers, poets, theatre, music and visual art spectacles. Once again, the fascinating US Naturopathic Doctor and licensed acupuncturist, Nicolas Kats will give an informative, engaging Herb talk which will enchant all age groups whether you are a nature enthusiast or not.

Not only is Dr Nicolas Kats, a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist who holds clinics in the city and Clifden; he is also a top class sailor and has sailed across the wild Atlantic sea. Dr Kats will discuss in detail the local herbs in the surrounding area, the process of identifying them and how to use the herbs for medicinal purposes for specific health problems. Dr Kats will also discuss tasting, edibility and will recount intriguing stories regarding Gaelic beliefs and various superstitions surrounding the wild herbs.

This herb walk will provide an ideal opportunity to view the Connemara region in all its mythical glory clothed in a variety of rich, Autumnal colours. In one of the most unique, picturesque places in the world there are spectacular rolling valleys, hills and shimmering, black lakes. The soft drizzle of the North Atlantic enhance its savage, vivid beauty and help the growth of its many exquisite wild flowers, grasses, heathers, wild herbs and other delightful wildlife.

This Herb walk will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and takes place on Sunday the 18th of September. It will commence from the graveyard of the Church Of Ireland of which all donations will be given to. For an extraordinary chance to view Connemara in all its beauty and expand your knowledge from an expert who has given Herb Walks at the Clifden Arts Festival for over 10 years, this Herb talk is not to be missed!

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Hermitage Green Concert Confirmed For The Clifden Arts Festival

The 39th Clifden Arts Festival will take place from the 15th-25th September 2016 and will showcase Ireland’s diverse and artistic culture through compelling, breath-taking events. Every year this annual Arts Festival, held in a picturesque, coastal town, hosts an extraordinary repertoire of gold-standard Irish and International musicians who will appeal to the masses no matter where you are from or what your taste in music is. One of the most anticipated highlights of the festival will include electrifying, pristine performances from Irish folk-rock acoustic band, Hermitage Green.

Fronted by former Munster rugby player, Barry Murphy, Hermitage Green are a sultry, folk-pop band that blends an original arrangement of instruments including the bodhrán, djembe, rhythmic guitar and the banjo. This distinctive, unique blend of instruments is combined with gorgeous four part harmonies which create both heart-swelling, poetic ballads and traditional, riotous songs and the result is truly unforgettable.  Their sound echoes the distinguishable sign of a new folk revival and their unique selling point is their polished performances, full to the brim with passion and energy which has left audiences across the globe awestruck.

After an impromptu jam session between friends in 2010, Hermitage Green signed to Sony Music in 2015 and since then they have performed sold out shows around Ireland and in the UK. They also have an international army of fans across the world as a result of their mesmerising gigs, playing in South Africa, Australia, Dubai and New York, to name just a few. From “Quicksand” to “Make it better”, their songs will take you from anarchy to serenity and from motion to stillness and the lyrics reflect on much of their own lives as well as reflecting on important issues such as mental health.

Hermitage Green have an electric enthusiasm for creating stadium-worthy music and their purely raw talent will leave you in a frenzy of clapping and dancing as you feel the distinctive beat of the bodhrán pumping through your veins. They will perform at the Clifden Arts Festival in the Station House Theatre on Friday 16th of September and you are sure to leave the concert with your pulse racing and your heart wide open.

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Clifden Arts Festival Visual Arts Programme Promises To Educate, Entertain And Enchant

The 39th Clifden Arts Festival will take place from the 15th-25th September 2016 and will showcase Ireland’s diverse and artistic culture through compelling events which promise to enchant and educate people of all ages. Highlights of the visual arts programme include exhibitions from internationally renowned sculptor John Behan, a spectacular collection from the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and breath-taking aerial performances from the Irish aerial circus company ‘Fidget Feet’.

The festival’s Visual Arts Manager, John Durning, explained that this year’s visual arts programme promises to illuminate the town of Clifden, “The programme is highly educational and aims to enhance visitor’s knowledge and expand their understanding of visual arts. The visual arts programme will include oil paintings, sculpture, photography, installations and film combined with soundscapes and visuals in order to bring the art to life. John Durning, has stated that the festival will act as a “Visual arts mystery tour with extra surprise elements to come which will add to the joy and spontaneity of the programme”. He also added that the exhibitions will show us new ways at looking at our surroundings, “Through the use of sound, music and words, the art work will encapsulate all our senses which allows us to see the creative that is within ourselves.”

The Clifden Arts Trail will transform the picturesque town of Clifden into an art gallery, which will host a variety of group and solo exhibitions resulting in a breath-taking array of colourful and creative displays. The Arts Trail will feature many professional artists and includes exhibitions from Mary Donnelly, Rosie McGurran and Margaret Irwin West. However, the festival will also support many local and amateur artists, giving them well-deserved recognition and an opportunity to express themselves in a local environment.

The well renowned RHA exhibition will showcase various artistic genres and eclectic collections from numerous contemporary Irish artists such as; James Hanley, Una Sealy, Alice Maher, Donald Teskey and Mick O’Dea, to name just a few. Another exhibition on the Arts Trail will include an inspirational art collection from John Behan. John Behan is a firmly established sculptor, and can be credited with playing a major part in the development of sculpture in Ireland over the last 50 years. His stunning collection will showcase a development of his contemporary work over the years and will indicate what impacts him most in society.

Since 2004, “Fidget feet” a pint sized Irish aerial circus company, have grown exponentially and have performed across five continents to thousands of people. “Fidget feet” will once again perform at this year’s festival showcasing their spectacular acrobatics and incredible talent. Through their captivating, vibrant aerial dances they tell stories which appeal to all age groups by using cranes, forests and even swinging from buildings.

Other incredible visual arts events will include puppetry from the local Fíbín Puppetry Theatre Company who create compelling, highly visual theatre for young audiences by using puppets, masks, music and shadows. The Drama “Beowulf: The Blockbuster”, a one-man show written and performed by Bryan Burroughs will also feature at the festival. It achieved an “Acting Experience” award and emerged as the number one show to see at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Pop up cinemas will also feature at this year’s festival. There will be a special event showing the film ‘Mise Eire’. Directed by George Morrison, the film reveals the events that took place throughout the 1916 Rising and also includes original footage from this period. In addition to this, there will be a screening of ‘Fis na Fuiseoige’ (A Lark’s View) an award-winning film, directed by Aodh Ó Coileáin. ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’ explores the connection between people and place as expressed in Irish poetry and local lore.

The finale of the festival will include an explosion of visual arts events such as the Grand Parade which will see acrobats, jugglers, face painters, singers, dancers, live music and the infamous fireworks extravaganza. There will most certainly be something to suit everyone in this year’s visual arts programme.

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Cultural Clifden Catalyses Positive Economy Worth 1.3 Million

Cultural Clifden Catalyses Positive Economy Worth 1.3 Million

Clifden’s Arts Festival to have a significant impact on the local economy

According to a recent Research and Economic Impact Study, the estimated lo- cal economic impact of the festival is €1.3 million and also creates approxi- mately 40 jobs for people working within the festival period.

On the 28th of July, the official line up for the Clifden’s 39th Arts festival, which takes place from the 15-25 September 2016, will be announced. This prestigious festival lures an incredible audience of around 10,800 people annually. 30 percent of these people are locals, 35 percent are Irish visitors mainly from Dublin and Galway and 35 percent are overseas tourists travelling primarily from the US, Great Britain, France and Germany. These tourists from overseas are estimated to stay in Clifden for ap- proximately 6.1 nights with the majority residing in hotels, guesthouses or B&B’s. Overall, the festival generates almost 4,000 bed nights.

Over the years, 75 percent of local businesses have also remarked on how the Clif- den Arts festival has increased their overall sales during the festival period with one local adding that it: “Stretches the season to the end of September’’. Another local noted that sales are 10-15 percent busier than the week before the festival. The fes- tival also drives business at off peak times throughout the year as it creates a profile for the Clifden area and distinguishes the Clifden brand which encourages visitors to return to this charming town.

Creative Director of the festival, Mr. Brendan Flynn has remarked on how he looks forward to the 39th festival with immense anticipation: “This year’s festival promises to be better than ever with plenty of new faces to add to the long line of artists, musi- cians, poets and writers who have been an integral part of the festival for decades”. The 2016 line-up will include spectacular performances from the multi-award winning “We Banjo 3”, the exotic Reggae band, “The Light runners” and the legendary Phil Coulter who has performed his classical arrangements with everyone from James Galway to the London Symphony Orchestra.

According to the Research and Economic Impact Study the average person attends 3.6 events. After attending the Clifden Arts Festival a total of 97 percent of overseas tourists stated that they would come back to this historic festival in one of the most picturesque parts of Ireland.

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Acclaimed Festival Director Receives Honorary Doctorate

Festival Visionary Honoured with Doctorate 


Mr. Brendan Flynn, Creative Director & Founder of Clifden Arts Festival
Mr. Brendan Flynn, Creative Director & Founder of Clifden Arts Festival

Mr Brendan Flynn, Creative Director of the internationally renowned Clifden Arts Festival, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by NUIG last Friday .The honorary degree of ‘Doctor of Laws’ was awarded to Mr Flynn in recognition of his contribution to the community through his tenure at the festival.

Mr Flynn joins previous honorees, including the late Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Margaret Atwood and Enya.

Brendan was vice principal of Clifden Community School in 1977, this was when the festival was first established, primarily with the idea of exposing the students to all spectrums of the arts with a week of cultural education and enlightenment,since then the festival has gone from strength to strength and is now the longest-running arts festival in Ireland.

Mr Flynn’s drive in creating new experiences, as well as diversifying with different forms of creativity is hugely commendable, especially when working with the challenges of developing a new programme of events annually for the past 39 years.

Mr Flynn was also appointed to the Arts Council in 1998 and has edited the ‘Clifden Anthology 1 – 4, which include submissions from literary figures who have been associated with the festival through the years.

Mr Flynn has dedicated his life to creating, curating and producing the festival, with Brendan at the helm there is an extensive programme of high profile acts performing year after year which include; Christy Moore, President Michael D. Higgins, Julie Feeney, comedians Adam Hill and Colin Murphy, along with a long list of acclaimed artists, poets and performers.

Well known and loved Irish poets such as Tony Curtis, Michael Longley, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Michael Coady and the late & great Seamus Heaney, have all made appearances at ‘Arts Week’ as it is known locally.

Today with thanks to Brendan Flynn and his hardworking committee the festival is a community celebration of days filled with arts, music, theatre, exhibitions, literature and many cultural offerings.

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