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 Now in its 14th year, Waterford County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting entries for the Molly Keane Memorial Creative Writing Award.   The late writer lived, until her death in 1996, in Ardmore, Co. Waterford.  Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell.  In 1981 ‘Good Behaviour’ became a publishing sensation for which she was short listed for the prestigious Booker Prize.  To celebrate this rich literary life, the County Waterford Arts Office, by kind permission of the Keane family, is inviting entries for a previously unpublished short story to a maximum of 2000 words.  There is no entry fee, no age limit and no restriction on the subject matter.  A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony during the IMMRAMA Literary Festival in Lismore, Co. Waterford in June 2011. The closing date for receipt of entries is 5pm on Thursday 24th March 2011.   Full details and an entry form can be downloaded from or by contacting the Arts Office on 058-41416. 

'Artist Liaison', Dialogue Arts + Health, (AHCI)

Arts and Health Coordinators Ireland (AHCI) wishes to engage the services of an 'Artist Liaison', to develop, lead and coordinate Dialogue Arts + Health – an exciting, regionally based artists’ peer learning initiative in the field of Arts & Health. This project will take place during 2011. Applications are invited from persons with experience of coordinating art projects and/or curatorial practice in healthcare contexts and/or other relevant experience.Dialogue Arts + Health - a regionally based artists’ peer learning initiative - is a project funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, managed by AHCI partnering the Association of Local Authorities Arts Officers. AHCI gratefully acknowledges the significant contribution of Helium, West Cork Arts Centre, Cork Arts + Health Programme, Waterford Healing Arts Trust, the Arts Initiative in Mental Health Sligo/Leitrim, Create, St. Patrick's University Hospital Dublin and the National Centre for Arts and Health at The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Incorporating the National Children's Hospital. Full details: Email queries only to

Applications clearly marked ‘Artist Liaison’ Dialogue Arts and Health should be posted to Director, Create, 10/11 Earl Street South, Dublin 8.The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Thursday 10 February 2011

MOOT VII: ‘INNO-VISION’ Art, Creativity, Education and Innovation

Friday February 4, 2011, Butler House, Patrick Street, Kilkenny, Doors open at 1.45pm Starting at 2pm ,Admission Free.

Kilkenny County Council’s Arts Office in collaboration with the Butler Gallery is delighted to launch the seventh in the series of MOOT discussions, debates and seminars. MOOT is a continuous creative process providing a forum for powerful, focused and inspirational debates and discussion on a variety of subject matters and have included in previous years ‘architectural design : art gallery’, ‘reel to digital : focus on film’ and ‘The Current Climate: Art, Ecology and Sustainability’. These events will, potentially, transform expectations, citing shifts in attitudes, perceptions and beliefs.

MOOT VII ‘Inno-Vision’ is the first event dealing with how arts, creativity and education link to innovation and the business sector. This discussion, like previous events, will be an open format event where artists, curators, academics etc. and the general public are invited to question how arts and creativity can contribute to addressing Ireland’s cultural and economic future. Moot VII will dispel creativity ‘myths’, focusing on how we can harness creative thinking and innovation in the arts and creative sectors in today’s society, channeling it into the right areas to create a country that is not dependent on foreign investment for its livelihood. It will explore conections and overlap between the worlds of the arts, education and business to think about how to make the most of creative talent and change peoples’ ways of thinking about their creativity.

This panel discussion will take place on Friday 4th February in Butler House, Patrick Street, Kilkenny at 2pm. Admission Free. Places limited so please do book at Walk-ins welcome on day if room available.

Panellists include:

·        Chairperson Stephen Kinsella IRL (Junior Lecturer, Dept. of Economics, UL, economist and author of ‘Ireland in 2050’)

·        Dr. Anna Craft UK(Prof. of Education, University of Exeter and author of ‘Creativity and Education Futures?’)

·        Neil Leyden IRL(Director of Calico Media, Chair of Digital Media Forum, and winner of ‘Your Country, Your Call’)

·        Paul Young IRL(CEO and Co-Founder of Cartoon Saloon)

MOOT is jointly organised by Jean Tormey, Education Curator, Butler Gallery,

Mary Butler (Arts Officer) and Niamh Finn (Administrator), Kilkenny County Council.


Chairperson Stephen Kinsella (IRL) is a Lecturer in Economics, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. He is the author of ‘Ireland in 2050: How we will be Living’ and ‘Understanding Ireland’s Economic Crisis: Prospects for Recovery.’ His research spans the area of computable economics, health economics and experimental economics. He currently supervises 3 Ph.D students, Dominic Trepel, Gerald O’Nolan, and Saed Khalil. See for more information.

Dr. Anna Craft (UK) has worked for the Open University from the early 1990s, coming from a background in primary teaching, initial and in service education, and national curriculum development work. Since 2003 she has held a Visiting Scholar appointment at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. In January 2007 she took up a part-time appointment as Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, alongside a continuing fractional appointment as Reader in Education at the Open University, and some freelance work in the area of Creativity in Education. Craft is author of ‘Creativity and Education Futures?’. See and for more information.

Neil Leyden (IRL) is a media consultant, screenwriter and entrepreneur. He is the prime mover behind the International Content Services Centre, an initiative which aims to make Ireland a global content management destination that streamlines the storage, localization, delivery and distribution of content, the associated rights management, clearance and collection to provide a global service for national and international clients. The initiative is now part of the programme of Government for Ireland and set to begin implementation in the latter part of 2010. He is Director of Calico Media, Chair of Digital Media Forum, and winner of ‘Your Country, Your Call’. See for more information.

Paul Young  (IRL) is CEO and Co-Founder of Cartoon Saloon, based in Kilkenny City. He produced the animated feature ‘The Secret of Kells’ (BEST ANIMATED FEATURE NOMINEE: 2009 ACADEMY AWARDS®) and  was Executive Producer of the animated children’s series ‘Skunk Fu!’ which has sold globally to territories including the BBC, Super RTL, Kids WB and Cartoon Network in the US. Paul is also an award winning cartoonist and illustrator. Paul travels a lot to spread the good word. See for more information.

Further details contact:

Niamh Finn, Arts Administrator 056 779 4138

Jean Tormey, Butler Gallery 056 7761106


World Premier of ‘Knock, knock’

By Jimmy Monaghan

Performed by the Erris Performing Arts Group

‘Knock, knock’ is set in modern day rural Ireland, and deals with themes of seclusion, lust and infidelity. It centres around the life of Kate Mangan, a reclusive housewife whose quite lifestyle is turbulently interfered with when she receives a visitor one night. The Erris Performing Arts Group are a student group who are currently studying Performing Arts at the Aras Inis Gluaire arts centre in Belmullet. They are all aged between 20 - 22 and are from Erris in the West of Ireland. This is their first full length production.

The play will run in Aras Inis Gluaire on February 4th & 5th and admission is 10euro. Phone: 09781079

Or visit: www.arasinisgluaire.comThis project has been supported by FÁS.


IABA Exhibition at the Leitrim Sculpture Factory

An exhibition will be held in the Leitrim sculpture centre from the Friday the 4th of March to Wednesday the16th of March. The exhibition will showcase the work of IABA the Irish artist’s blacksmiths association. It will consist of traditionally forged ironwork and contemporary sculptural work, up to 30 blacksmith from all over the country will be displaying their work. IABA and the Leitrim sculpture centre invite you to come and visit this unique event. For further information please visit our website. 

Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

Facebook: Mayo Culture Night

Culture Night 2016

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