Out and about in Mayo

Documentary premiere in Castlebar

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to launch a new film about Ireland’s greatest naval hero, Foxford born Admiral William Brown whose exploits won independence for Argentina and much of South America. Mr Kenny will attend a special premiere of the hour long documentary at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Monday August 1 from 7.30pm.

The film interweaves Brown’s story with that of Foxford native, the late JJ O’Hara, who elevated the profile of Admiral Brown in Ireland, while forging and enhancing relationships with Argentina.

There is no admission fee to this special premier and all are welcome.

Exhibition in Achill

The Achill artists group will host an extensive exhibition of new works in painting, sculpture, print, and video from July 31 to August 21 at Dooagh, Achill Island.

The exhibition will include works by Ronan Halpin, Mary Lavelle Burke, John McHugh, Amanda Mc Mahon, Margo McNulty, Margaret Morrisson, Camile Souter, Joe Wilson, Frances van Miele, and Antic Ham.

The exhibition will be formally opened by Patrick Murphy, director RHA, on Sunday July 31 at 3pm.

Charlestown Arts Centre

Blas, a selection of artworks from the Mayo County Council collection, will be on show in Charlestown Arts Centre from early August.

The exhibition contains a variety of media including painting, photography, and sculpture and includes works by Selma Makela, Niall McCormack, Maria Tuffy, David Creedon, Yvonne O’Sullivan, Anthony Pilbro, Sheila Gorman, Camille Souter, Margaret Morrison, Maria Clarke, Aidan Mc Dermott, Hughie O’Donohue, and Br Joseph McNally.

Blas will be launched on August 4 at 8pm by Peter Hynes, Mayo county manager, and will be open to the public in the Charlestown Arts Centre from 1pm to 7pm on Tuesdays and from 11am to 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays until August 27.

Tunes in the Church

In the Holy Trinity Church, Westport, the Tunes in the Church series will continue in August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8pm to 9.30pm.

For a programme of events see www.tunesinthechurch.com/westport Linenhall Arts Centre

Are you looking for some comedy sunshine? The ever-popular Beezneez Theatre Company returns to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar with the rollicking summer farce Don’t Dress for Dinner on Wednesday August 10 at 8pm.

Don't Dress for Dinner is a frenetic comedy of mistaken identity with more twists than a corkscrew. Booking is advised. Telephone 094 902 3733.

The Full Irish traditional Irish music series continues at the Linenhall Arts Centre, with top musical combo Julie Langan, Verena Commins, and Pádraig Ó Broin on Thursday August 11 at 8pm. For full details see www.thelinenhall.com Opening on Friday August 5 at 7.30pm at the Linenhall Arts Centre is the latest exhibition by Claremorris-born artist Mary Noonan, entitled The Narrow Limitations of Common Sense and comprising mixed media drawings and sculptural work. The exhibition runs until Saturday August 27.

Chasing Shadows is a fascinating exhibition of black-and-white photographs at the Linenhall Arts Centre by musician and photographer Danny Diamond that celebrates Irish traditional music. The Linenhall Gallery is open to the general public Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm; Saturday from 11am to 5.30pm. Admission to exhibitions is free.

Custom House Studios

From August 4 to 28 there will be an exhibition entitled Fray and Fragment by Betty Gannon at the Custom House Studios, The Quay, Westport.

From the same dates there will also be an exhibition by Rachael Agnew called Flux Drawing.

Claremorris Open Exhibition

From a record entry of more than 300 submissions, a total of 34 artists have been selected to take part in the forthcoming Claremorris Open Exhibition.

The curator of this year's exhibition is Chris Hammond, founder and curator of MOT International. Over the course of the summer months Hammond is working closely with the organisers of COE to ensure the 34 works selected for inclusion are perfectly placed in the various exhibition spaces throughout the town. The full exhibition opens to the public on September 3. More details about the exhibition will follow in the coming weeks.


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