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A CONTINUING JOURNEY

The latest in the series of centenary inspired exhibitions continues at Aras an Chontae Tullamore, this time with local artists providing an artistic response to the centenary.

9th June to 15th July 2016

Continuing Journey opens on Thursday June 9th at 6.30pm and features the work of Louise O’Brien, Tony Coady, Willie Redmond, Caroline Conway, David Fox, Tim Quinlan, Rosemarie Langtry, Aileen Kavanagh, Sibel Ozben Geraghty and Rita Duffy. A volunteers jacket made of paper also features as a project of students of St Mary’s Secondary School in Edenderry. The exhibition has been curated by Gary Robinson, a Longford based artist. 

Belfast artist Rita Kelly (whose mother hailed from Clara) features with work from her current acclaimed exhibition ‘Souvenir Shop’ in Dublin. With ‘produce’ such as ‘Rise Up baking powder’, ‘Black & Tan shoe polish’ the artist bring a domestic and matriarchal twist to the commemorations around the Rising. Referencing Thomas Clarke’s newsagent-tobacconist shops, Duffy examines the Irish preoccupation with identity, exploring how ordinary people and everyday heroes cope with conflict and resolution. Her work are actual and usable foodstuffs, goods and medicines; images of the Rising and its heroes, woven into everyday things. Rita will be the guest speaker on the evening and will talk about her work.

The other work in the exhibition features abstracts, streetscapes, text and portraits which speak of the journey we are still on as a nation. David Fox from Tullamore who now lives in Belfast, exhibits his quiet streetscapes that show how since the Rising there is still so much unresolved on the island, while Willie Redmond’s careful depiction of the O’Connell monument in Dublin focuses on its bullet wounds. Aileen Kavanagh examines the poem ‘The Mother’ by PH Pearse with portraits of Padraig, Willie and Margaret Pearse and Tim Quinlan exhibits portraits of John Hume and Mary Robinson, two leading figures in our continuing journey. Caroline Conway collages the iconic Irish imagery we associate with our coinage while Louise O’Brien and Rosemarie Langtry’s abstract landscapes, reference our nationalism with paintings entitled ‘Shining Land’ and ‘Eire Land’. Tony Coady’s work is a stark reminder of the bloodied past we have come through while Sibel Ozben, captures moments of people from Offaly commemorating the centenary.

The exhibition continues until July 15th and is certainly worth a look. For more information please contact 057 9357400 or arts@offalycoco.ie

MUNDY JELLY LEGS 21
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Lecture by Valerie Moffat, National Gallery
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Time: 26th October 2017 at 6:30 pm


Launch of Head Full of Dreams by St Mary’s Secondary School
Offaly County Council is pleased to host a unique and fun exhibition called Head Full of Dreams by the students of St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. The students have worked maticuously to create spectacular and extremely imaginative hats of all shapes sizes,
Time: 19th October at 2:30 pm to 6th November 2017
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Time: 23rd October at 8:00 pm to 25th October 2017


Launch of Head Full of Dreams by St Mary’s Secondary School
Offaly County Council is pleased to host a unique and fun exhibition called Head Full of Dreams by the students of St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. The students have worked maticuously to create spectacular and extremely imaginative hats of all shapes sizes,
Time: 19th October at 2:30 pm to 6th November 2017
Tullamore Amateur Dramatic Society presents 2 One Act Plays
Enjoy two one act plays - "What’s for Pudding?" by David Tristram & "Babysitting Calvin" by John H. Newmeir. In ‘What’s for Pudding’ Jack and Mary are preparing themselves for yet another stultifyingly boring night in, when the doorbell rings unexpectedly.
Time: 23rd October at 8:00 pm to 25th October 2017


Launch of Head Full of Dreams by St Mary’s Secondary School
Offaly County Council is pleased to host a unique and fun exhibition called Head Full of Dreams by the students of St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. The students have worked maticuously to create spectacular and extremely imaginative hats of all shapes sizes,
Time: 19th October at 2:30 pm to 6th November 2017
Tullamore Amateur Dramatic Society presents 2 One Act Plays
Enjoy two one act plays - "What’s for Pudding?" by David Tristram & "Babysitting Calvin" by John H. Newmeir. In ‘What’s for Pudding’ Jack and Mary are preparing themselves for yet another stultifyingly boring night in, when the doorbell rings unexpectedly.
Time: 23rd October at 8:00 pm to 25th October 2017


Launch of Head Full of Dreams by St Mary’s Secondary School
Offaly County Council is pleased to host a unique and fun exhibition called Head Full of Dreams by the students of St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. The students have worked maticuously to create spectacular and extremely imaginative hats of all shapes sizes,
Time: 19th October at 2:30 pm to 6th November 2017
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Time: 22nd October 2017 at 8:00 pm


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Launch of Head Full of Dreams by St Mary’s Secondary School
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Time: 19th October at 2:30 pm to 6th November 2017
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Launch of Head Full of Dreams by St Mary’s Secondary School
Offaly County Council is pleased to host a unique and fun exhibition called Head Full of Dreams by the students of St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. The students have worked maticuously to create spectacular and extremely imaginative hats of all shapes sizes,
Time: 19th October at 2:30 pm to 6th November 2017
Launch of Head Full of Dreams by St Mary’s Secondary School
Offaly County Council is pleased to host a unique and fun exhibition called Head Full of Dreams by the students of St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. The students have worked maticuously to create spectacular and extremely imaginative hats of all shapes sizes,
Time: 19th October at 2:30 pm to 6th November 2017


Simon Casey, Diarmuid Guinan & Joe Wynne in Concert
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Launch of Head Full of Dreams by St Mary’s Secondary School
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Time: 19th October at 2:30 pm to 6th November 2017
Joint Local Area Plan for Portarlington Consultation
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OFFline Film Festival
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Time: 11th October to 15th October 2017
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