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In Pictures: Culture Night in Laois a huge success with events across the county

Laois Culture Night 2021 was a huge success with a packed programme of 15 events online and offline happening on Friday September 17 all around Laois.

Live events included a wonderful performance of music from top professional music artists Catriona McKay Harp, Chris Stout fiddle and Leonard Barry Pipes on the Bandwagon at Laois Music Centre.

The Dunamaise Arts Centre had the premiere Laois screening of the Bardo award winning ‘And Maps And Plans’ by Portlaoise native Aishling Conroy before the audience were treated to the most amazing concert with Pádraig Rynne, Tara Breen, Jim Murray and Dónal Lunny.

At Kavanaghs Upstairs there was a variety of art forms on show for the Equinox performance art event curated by Rebecca Deegan.

In Rathdowney, a large crowd viewed the amazing new mural titled Stronger Together, at the square that celebrates the people and spirit of Rathdowney, designed and created by ADW of Waterford Walls.

In Mountmellick, audiences enjoyed the Anne Jellicoe Outdoor Projection at Mountmellick Community School and Mountmellick Comhaltas performed at St Vincent’s Hospital.

Laois Arthouse Gallery Stradbally hosted ‘Moving On’ – a wonderful exhibition of Ceramics by artist Monica O’Meara and in Portarlington Art Workshops were held at Mount Henry Art Studios for children teenagers and adults.

Online events included: Weaving Textiles & Poetry –a film made in celebration of “Poetry Town”, and Mountmellick’s rich textile heritage.

Platform 31 winner, artist Ella de Burca in Conversation with Kevin Kavanagh and a virtual tour of ABBEYLEIX Heritage House and Museum and a wonderful film on The art of woodcraft: by sculptor Evgeny Chubatyy.

Castletown native Tony Ferns presented a Comedy and Open Mic event titled Battle of the Axe.

Portlaoise Library hosted two lovely online storytelling sessions for children and Spink Comhaltas held a really enjoyable online concert.

Photographers Alf Harvey and Michael Scully were out at all the events and they captured some great images.

Rathdowney 


Picture: Alf Harvey.

Residents of The Square, Liza and John Delaney; local artist Seamus Morton, local poet Seymour Blundell, Mary Patterson, Erkina House and Muireann Ni Chonaill

Rev’d Richard Seymour Whiteley and Muireann Ni Chonaill
Committee members Mary Prendergast, Kate Handcock, Ella Hayes, Shane Keegan, Jimmy Maher, Cllr John King and Clodagh Kennedy; Donal Brennan, Director of Services, Laois County Council’; Rev’d Richard Seymour Whiteley; Muireann Ni Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer; artist Adam Warren and assistant artist Darren Warren

Mountmellick 

Cllr Paddy Bracken and Ger O’Mahony
Cllr Paddy Bracken with Artist Caroline Conway and Bernie Foran
Historian in Residence Regina Dunne; Artist Caroline Conway and Sinead Holland
Viewing The Anne Jellicoe Outdoor Projection at Mountmellick Community School during Culture Night.

Historian in Residence Regina Dunne with David Dunne.
Joe, Mary, Charlie and Abbie Bland
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Anna Rothwell
Noel Dalton

Bandwagon 

Kavanagh’s 

Dunamaise Arts Centre

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.