Burrenbeo Business Friends – News & Upcoming Events
|Burren College of Art||INTERPLAY Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award 2018 Exhibition|
Conor Coady | Phoebe McDonogh | Matthew Mitchell | Olivia Normile
January 31 – February 22, 2019
The Gallery | Burren College of Art | Newtown Castle | Ballyvaughan | Co. Clare
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY | JANUARY 31, 2019 | 6-8pm
Burren College of Art is pleased to host Interplay, an exhibition of work by our 2018 Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award recipients: Conor Coady, Phoebe McDonogh, Matthew Mitchell, and Olivia Normile.
Interplay features a display of each artist's explorations and pursuits of the multidimensional facets around their direct environment. Through the extraction of hidden qualities and processes in physical responses, these actions result in the creation of a collective visual dialogue and language.
The Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award is an annual award offered by the Burren College of Art in conjunction with artist-led gallery G126 in Galway. Each year four emerging Irish artists are selected from an open submission and given the opportunity for a focused period of producing work during a one month residency at BCA. This group of artists then work collaboratively with G126 to produce a large scale show that takes place in both galleries at a later date. EIARA started in 2014 during the Burren College of Art’s 20 year celebrations, and was conceived as a way of discovering and supporting emerging talent in Ireland’s contemporary art scene.
For more information please contact Lisa Newman:
lisa @burrencollege.ie +353 (0)65 7077200
|Airmid||Airmid Natural Irish Skincare are delighted to have been chosen by the Local Enterprise Office to represent Clare at Showcase, Ireland’s Creative Expo Trade Show at the RDS, Dublin from January 20-23 2019. Visit us at Stand F41 - Main Hall, Balcony. Meet the maker Kevin Lynch, and hear our story. At Airmid, all herbs & botanicals are grown by organic methods in our Burren Garden. All beeswax used is sourced from local Irish Beekeepers. |
Airmid are passionate about supporting local (where possible) and sourcing the finest ingredients from sustainable ethical sources worldwide. It is the quality of their ingredients that make their products so effective. Pure essential oils are used first for skin benefit and them aroma. There is no compromise on quality and Airmid have full control of all ingredients and production which is essential.
|Burren Perfumery||BREAKING NEWS:|
The Burren Perfumery havewon Best Tourism Experience 2018 in the Clare Business Excellence Awards.
The Burren Perfumery team is also proud to have won the Irish Country Magazine Irish Made Awards 2018 - Best Overall winners and also winners of the Beauty Award 2018, with 45% of the total votes! We are delighted to see so many Irish Made businesses in the Burren and across the country being recognised with these awards for producing high quality products and providing employment in rural communities.
Burren Perfumery winter hours at the shop and gardens are 10am to 5pm every day from October to April. The Tea Rooms are open until 1st November. During the winter months we operate on an ‘honesty café’ basis: customers can make themselves a tea or coffee and are invited to put a voluntary donation in the box for a local charity.
|Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark||The Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark has been included in a new cultural route launching across Europe. The European Atlantic Geotourism Route celebrates outstanding geological landscapes and has been created to support the development of Geotourism in a number of dramatically stunning landscapes in the European Atlantic Area. The destinations span the Atlantic frontier from Ireland and the UK, to France, Portugal, Spain, and over to the Atlantic islands of Lanzarote and the Azores.|
The European Atlantic Geotourism Route guides you through diverse territories, countries, habitats, languages and cultures. These stunning destinations are linked together by one powerful mission – to provide the highest quality visitor experiences; helping to power vibrant local economies and cultural activities and, in so doing, protecting these breathtaking and unique natural landscapes.
Each destination tells a distinctive, dramatic and enthralling chapter of the story of life on the Atlantic frontier. The tale of how, from time’s dawn to present day – natural forces, landscape, people, culture and ways of life continue to interweave to give physical shape, meaning and mystery to these memorable regions. To illuminate and animate these geologically-rich and bio-diverse destinations for the curious, careful and discerning visitor.
The European Atlantic Geotourism Route has been created to support the development of Geotourism in a number of destinations in the European Atlantic Area. With funding provided by the EU Interreg Atlantic Area programme and support from the Global Geopark Network, nine European Geoparks, including three located in Ireland, along with two aspiring Geoparks and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal are working together on this transnational economic, cultural and sustainable tourism development project.
For more on the EU Interreg Atlantic Area programme see www.atlanticarea.eu
|Burren Programme||“The Burren Programme had its birth as Burren LIFE project in 2005, with 20 farmers, and moved on to the development phase (Burren Farming for Conservation Programme) in 2010 with 160 farmers. The Burren Programme (BP) now includes 330 farmers, farming over 25,000ha of the Burren. It is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) who allocate €2m annually to farmers, and is also supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The Burren Programme team and the farmers were very busy during October and November as farmer training was taking place, this included the Innovation Fair at Gort Mart, as part of the Winterage weekend, and also classroom sessions and site visits to farms in the Burren. For more information on the Burren Programme please visit www.burrenprogramme.com.”||Website link|
|Clooncouse Cottages||Guided farm walks at Clooncouse Farm. For further information, contact John at 0874375809.|
|Hylands Burren Hotel Ballyvaughan||Hylands Burren Hotel, Ballyvaughan, is now offering Winter Midweek Special and Winter Weekend Special deals.|
See the website link for details.
|St. Tola Irish Goats Cheese||St Tola Goat Farm is once again open for tours! Tours include getting up close to our lovely goats, a visit to the milking parlour, a simple cheesemaking demonstration and a tasting of all our award winning cheeses! |
Tour days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until the end of March and then Tuesday, Weds and Friday after that. Tours must be booked in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org but are generally available at 10.30, 12.30 &2.30pm,
Visitors as always welcome to buy cheese direct from the farm Monday to Friday. 9-4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10-12noon.
We will be celebrating 20 years in business this year at St Tola! We will be having an Open Day here on the farm on Friday 22nd February and again one during the Easter Holidays. All details will be posted up on our Facebook and Twitter nearer the time!
|Quinn's Craftshop||John O'Donohue memorabilia are now stocked in Quinn's Craftshop, Ballyvaughan and from their on-line shop (www.craftshop.ie).|
Working with the administrator of John O'Donohue Literary Estate, we are delighted to stock the initial release of carefully selected memorabilia of the late John O'Donohue's work. This initial release contains four greeting cards and four book markers. More are in the pipeline, so join our mailing list on www.craftshop.ie and like our facebook page @Quinncrafts.
General Community News & Events
|Inaugural Mayo History Conference||The Gateway Hotel, Swinford, Co Mayo 1st - 3rd MARCH 2019|
Friday 1st March 2019, 8pm, Official Opening by Charles Bourke, Earl of Mayo
8.20pm ‘Swinford History’ by Breege Rowley, filmmaker, and Michael Comer, local historians
Saturday 2nd March (30 euro for the day inclusive of tea/coffee and lunch)
9.00 am Registration ( You can book and register that morning)
9.30am-11am(a) ‘Introduction to archaeological and historical settlement in County Mayo’ by Bernard O’Hara, author of Exploring Mayo
(b) ‘Irish Rock Art from Cork to Mayo’ by Finola Finlay and Robert Harris, Irish Rock Art researches
(a) 'The Seventeenth-Century Land Settlements in County Mayo’ by Dr John Cunningham, Queen's University, Belfast
(b) ‘The Brownes of Westport’ by Anne Chambers, historical biographer
(a) ‘Ulster Migration 1795/6 to County Mayo’ by Michael Brabazon, Mayo historian
(b ) ‘The People's of Mayo through the Ages: An Overview’ by Dr Nollaig Ó Muraíle, leading Irish scholar and historian
4.00pm -5.30pm A Hedge School Open Forum chaired by Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland
Sunday 3rd March,
11am-1.00pm, A walking tour of Swinford conducted by Michael Comer and Micheál Murphy
NOTE: YOU CAN BOOK AND REGISTER ON SATURDAY MORNING 2nd MARCH AT 9 AM.
BOOKING AND full particulars: email@example.com
(telephone:087-6412785 or 087-2424579)
|Irish Fibre Crafters Working Studio and Craft Gallery studio open day in Ardrahan||“Not Just Spinning Yarns in Ardrahan”|
A new craft studio will open its doors in Ardrahan on Saturday the 23rdFebruary, 10-4pm.
Three local weavers Sandra King, Megan O’Malley and Susan Wilde will be on hand to welcome the public to their new community working studio.
The inspiration for the studio/shop comes from their love of Irish Fibre, wool and alpaca. They hope to share their knowledge and skills by having workshops for adults and children in carding, spinning, weaving and dying.
All are welcome to the open day Saturday February 23rd from 10 to 4pm – Enjoy tea/coffee, refreshments and live music.
contact Sandra King 085-143065
|Oral History Network of Ireland||The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) is arranging a networking event to be held at Milltown, County Galway, on Saturday 16 February 2019, 11am to 1pm||Weblink|
|X-PO Killinaboy||Walking in the Magic of Dysert X-PO Killinaboy field trip. The first X-PO field trip of the year takes place on Sunday February 10th at 2.00 p.m. , meeting at Dysert O’Dea castle.|
Walk highlights will include the authentically-restored 15th century Dysert O’Dea castle of the O’Dea clan, the mainly 12th century Dysert O’Dea Church with its stunning Romanesque doorway, the remains of a round tower and the glorious St Tola high cross.
The walk leader is Dick Cronin. Dick is the Architectural Conservation Officer with Clare County Council. In 1986 using local skills he restored Dysert O'Dea Castle which has been open to the public since as The Clare Archaeology Centre and Trail.
The event is free of charge. Donations to X-PO welcome. Booking in advance not required. More information 087 292 54 87.
X-PO is a community hub located in the former post office in Killinaboy.
|X-PO Killinaboy||GAEILGE AT THE X-PO IN KILLINABOY|
A six week long Irish language course in the X-PO Killinaboy from Monday February 4th at 7.00 p.m. Each class will last 90 minutes. Doolin-based Mick O’Riordan is the múinteoir. Mick has many years experience teaching the language.
The class atmosphere will be relaxed. Craic is guaranteed as well as learning. The classes are aimed primarily at lower intermediate level. They are free of charge and donation to X-PO is voluntary.
Registration on the first evening. Tuille eolais (more information) is available from phone number 087 216 23 51.
|KAVA||‘Wild Atlantic Winter’ is a celebration of winter on the Wild Atlantic Way. The exhibition is part of an ongoing collaboration between KAVA and The Merriman Hotel and aims to showcase the work of local professional and up-and-coming artists and also to connect visitors to their surroundings. The show will remain in situ in The Merriman dining room until next Spring.|
|Coole Park||Coole Park Autumn Opening Times|
October opening hours at the Visitor Centre will be 10am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Coole Park Tea Rooms will be open Thursday to Sunday 11am to 5pm throughout October to the end of December. The Tearooms will be serving daily specials, teas, coffees and cakes.
Coole Park Visitor Centre contact details: telephone 091 631 804; email firstname.lastname@example.org , website www.coolepark.ie or follow us on facebook.
|Deserted Schoolhouses of Ireland|
By Enda O'Flaherty
|Book release. |
'Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way,
With blossomed furze unprofitably gay,
There, in his noisy mansion, skill'd to rule,
The village master taught his little school'
- Oliver Goldsmith, ‘The Deserted Village’
Schoolhouse ruins are a common sight in the Irish countryside, wherever populations are in decline and the fabric of what was once a vibrant community is slowly perishing. Within their collapsing walls, friends were made and lessons were learned. Belief systems, traditions and moral codes were imprinted on young minds. These schoolhouses had a significant impact on generations of pupils, whether they still live nearby or have emigrated to faraway lands. However, little or no research has been undertaken into the social and cultural significance of these institutions. Only some are recorded in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, and they are afforded varying degrees of protection on architectural merit only. Once pivotal to their communities, they now lie abandoned.
Enda O’Flaherty’s work as an archaeologist has brought him to the most isolated parts of Ireland, where he noticed and grew ever more intrigued by these ubiquitous features of the landscape. He began actively seeking them out, photographing over 240 in total, researching their histories and interviewing those who attended them. In exploring the buildings, he was also collecting a treasury of childhood memories. A former student from the now uninhabited island of Achill Beg recalled a teacher called Mr McNamara who was ahead of his time, using the building in the 1940s as a night school to teach adult islanders to read and write.
After setting up a blog to record his discoveries, the compelling material O'Flaherty had uncovered began appearing in national outlets such as The Irish Times and TheJournal.ie, as well as international publications like Lonely Planet and Atlas Obscura. More and more locals came forward to share their stories. Each empty building has a story to tell, and gathered in this thoughtful collection, they whisper a poignant narrative of a disappearing Ireland – of changing needs, desires and ways of life.
|Burren National Park||The Burren National Park Information Point in Corofin is now closed for the winter season and will reopen in April 2019… |
The National Park and its walking trails are accessible all year around. Maps and directions can be found on www.burrennationalpark.ie
For any enquiries between October and March, please contact Coole Park Nature Reserve at email@example.com or 091 631 804.
We look forward to having you around next year... In the meantime, enjoy the Burren in its autumnal beauty and winter glory.
|Galway Walking Club||The Galway Walking Club was established in 1994 and has gone from strength to strength since then with a strong membership base of close to 300 walkers. Their website outlines the grades and nature of walks for every Sunday and sometimes Saturdays (C Hill Walks) in the year. Some of the hill walks and rambles take place in the beautiful Burren - see the website for further details. Social events also play an important part in the club's activities and there are at least 3 European trips organised yearly as well as walking weekends in Ireland. The yearly marathon in August is a well established event and is organised voluntarily by members. The Galway Walking Club is a vibrant dynamic organisation and is the largest walking club in Galway city. All its members share a common love of nature, the environment, walking, rambling and hill climbing.||Website Link|
|Recycling Ambassador Programme Workshops||VOICE Ireland is offering free recycling Workshops nationwide, to help people improve Ireland's recycling rates and reduce levels of contamination in household recycling bins. |
The programme is available to community groups, businesses and at events, with each workshop between 15 and 45 minutes, and aimed at 20-30 people. We can help you promote the event if needed and can come to whatever location suits you.
VOICE is funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and REPAK, with regional waste offices as project partners.
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