Perspectives 3: Ballina Open Exhibition 2008

Fri, Oct 31, 2008

It’s that time of year again, when Ballina Arts Centre presents the best of work by local-based artists working in all media, with Perspectives 3: Ballina Open Exhibition 2008 coming in November.

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Excel 08 - Mayo County Council’s Youth Arts Programme

Fri, Oct 31, 2008

Mayo County Council’s Excel 08 is a developmental programme of arts events for teenagers and young adults across the county. With a focus on supporting and developing skills of young people with specific arts interests, the programme includes events covering hip -hop workshops, animation workshops, a portfolio preparation talk, a music panel talk and much more.

Following the previous five years’ very successful programmes, Excel 08 will work directly with a number of groups, including Mayo Youth Orchestra, Cantóraí Umhaill, Mayo Youth Theatre and Achill Pipe Bands among others, providing specialist workshops and masterclasses to support the work of these groups. It is hoped the programme will offer challenging opportunities and fun in equal measure.

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RoolaBoola: A big thank you

Fri, Oct 31, 2008

So, another brilliant RoolaBoola done and dusted! And as that very dust settles and life at the Linenhall Arts Centre returns to business as usual and what we somewhat ironically refer to as “normality”, we’d just like to offer a big vote of thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers for their support: our sponsors: Mayo Leisure Point, Castlebar Credit Union, Lough Lannagh Village, McDonald’s Castlebar, TJ Gaughan Construction Company Ltd, Elephant Bean Bags, Baxter Healthcare; our funders The Arts Council, Mayo County Council, Castlebar Town Council, Fáilte Ireland, Ireland’s West; The assistance of An Garda Síochana, Civil Defence, HSE Rural Training Centre Castlebar, Bata Fada, Mayo Artsquad, the Tweed Centre Castlebar, Fahey’s Hardware, Woodies DIY, TF Royal Theatre and Event Centre, St Patrick’s Boys’ School, Bettina Peterseil and drummers, our Transition Year volunteers, Access>CINEMA, Children’s Books Ireland, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Association for Performing Arts, all those who donated books to the Stories Room, all the volunteers for Lough Lannagh Lights, and all who made this another brilliant RoolaBoola experience! And, last but not least, to everyone both young and old who came along and supported all the events so enthusiastically. Thank you all!

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Rock Ball and Cream Cracker Challenge!

Fri, Oct 31, 2008

By popular request, in association with Finbar Hoban Presents, three bands again aim to provide the finest of music while helping to raise funds for CARI (Children At Risk in Ireland).

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The High Kings ready to roll into the Royal

Fri, Oct 31, 2008

For centuries, Ireland was ruled by High Kings. As their reign came to an end, their deeds and stories merged into the world of legend and myth and the High Kings of Ireland were no more except in story, music and song. Until now. Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, renowned vocalists and musicians, have come together to create the most exciting Irish ballad group to emerge since the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the worldwide folk revival of the 1960s.

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Ragús live at the

Fri, Oct 31, 2008

She has a first class honours degree in theoretical physics from UCD, she is a regular on our TV screens as a panellist on RTÉ’s flagship satire programme The Panel, she is well known for her exploits on Celebrity Bainisteoir with the Kiltimagh GAA club and now Mayo’s multi-talented 2005 Rose of Tralee winner Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin is set to take to the stage as she joins Ragús for their spectacular homecoming tenth anniversary show on November 8 at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar.

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Duke Special to pop up

Fri, Oct 31, 2008

Having been awarded the 2008 Meteor Music Award for Best Irish Male, Duke Special continues to go from strength to strength. Duke Special is a piano-based songwriter with a romantic style and a warm, distinctly-accented voice, he has a distinctive look, with his long dreadlocks, eyeliner and outfits he describes as "hobo chic".

The diminutive Northern Irishman’s music has always been wonderful and in a class of its own but, over the course of the last few years, Duke’s alter ego Peter Wilson has grown in confidence onstage and, as he does, his performances become ever more unforgettable. Highlights include “Portrait”, the deliciously catchy “Last night I Nearly Died (But Woke Up Just in Time)” and the stunning “Freewheel”. Having previously performed at both Glastonbury and the Electric Picnic festivals, Duke Special is bringing his show to the Royal Castlebar Theatre and Event Centre on Sunday, November 30. Tickets are available on www.ticketmaster.ie as well as from the Royal Theatre Box Office on 0818 300000. For further information please check the Royal Theatre website on www.royaltheatre.ie, or www.ticketmaster.ie.

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Roll up, roll up, RoolaBoola is here

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

Shows, workshops, a fireworks spectacular on Lough Lannagh and much more:

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Things are about to get very spooky at Bar Ritz!

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

Next Friday night Finbar Hoban Presents…the very special Hallowe’en Monster Mash fancy dress party with Grand Pocket Orchestra and Music for Dead Birds. After last week’s spectacular show with We Should be Dead, Sons of Gingerbread and Short Notice, the fun-loving music community of Castlebar were treated to a night of different traditions of rock and punk music. The show kicked off with Short Notice playing covers which warmed the heart of the crowd to the lead singer’s voice, and at half ten Sons of Gingerbread took to the stage to a huge round of applause from their GMIT, college friends and played an outstanding set which kept the audience’s attention till the very last song!

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Kick off your Sunday shoes!! It’s Footloose live at the Royal Theatre

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

You instantly recognise the catchy intro, you know all the words by heart, you know the dance moves – now get ready to experience the thrill of Footloose The Musical live in the brand new state-of-the-art Royal Castlebar Theatre and Event Centre from Tuesday October 28 to Saturday November 1, following a sell-out West End season. Prepare to be blown away by the fantastic dancing and to sing along to all the unforgettable 80s hits, including “Holding out for a Hero”, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy”, “Almost Paradise” and, of course, the title track “Footloose”.

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Perspectives 3: Ballina Open Exhibition 2008

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

It’s that time of year again, when Ballina Arts Centre presents the best of work by localY-based artists working in all media, with Perspectives 3: Ballina Open Exhibition 2008 coming in November.

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Mayo Rose to bloom in the Royal

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

She has a first class honours degree in theoretical physics from UCD, she is a regular on our TV screens as a panellist on RTÉ’s flagship satire programme The Panel, she is well known for her exploits on Celebrity Bainisteoir with the Kiltimagh GAA club and now Mayo’s multi-talented 2005 Rose of Tralee winner Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin is set to take to the stage as she joins Ragús for their spectacular homecoming tenth anniversary show on November 8 at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar.

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