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Áisleann Bhéal an Mhuirthead, Belmullet, Mayo

T: 097 81079

Erris Youth Theatre/Amharclann na nÓg Iorrais

Erris Youth Theatre/Amharclann na nÓg Iorrais is a new initiative by Áras Inis Gluaire aimed at young enthusiastic people who want to learn more about theatre making and the dramatic arts.

Erris Youth Theatre will meet on a weekly basis in the Arts Centre in Belmullet every Thursday evenings, starting October 9th. Two age groups are facilitated, 12 -14 year olds (4.15pm – 6.00pm) and 15 – 18 year olds (6.15pm - 8.00pm).

Members get an opportunity to explore and develop their own creative talents with likeminded young people of their own age.

The youth theatre leaders Brendan Murray and Bonita Gaughan are highly qualified and experienced and are available to answer any queries at 097 81079 or at

To register simply drop into Áras Inis Gluaire at the Civic Centre, Belmullet. The fee for each term is €30 which covers 10 workshops. Registration will open on September 15th and run until September the 25th only.


Music Lessons

Music lessons will recommence in Áras Inis Gluaire on Wednesday 17th Sept.

Tuition will be available in Guitar, keyboard, Fiddle, Accordion and Tin whistle.

Beginners from 7pm – 8pm  Past pupils/Advanced from 8pm – 9pm.

For further information contact:  Áras Inis Gluaire on 097 81079.



Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.

T: 094 9023733



Pop-Up Book Making for Adults

Workshop series with Maeve Clancy

Six Fridays commencing 19th September, 11.00am-12.30pm

Explore Pop-Up art in this six week long workshop series with paper artist extraordinaire, Maeve Clancy. During the workshop, participants will have a chance to see a variety of pop-up books, and go on to make their own pop-up book creations.

Maeve will guide you through the various important elements involved including story, design, techniques, making a rough, creating the finished books and then binding. Over the course of the workshops, you will watch your work literally open up in front of your eyes!

Maeve Clancy is an illustrator, animator, and paper artist. She has had a number of solo and group exhibitions including Paper Tales (Linenhall Arts Centre, 2011), Hidden Places and Local Foreigners (Riverbank Arts Centre, 2011, 2013), and Nine (The LAB, 2013). Her pop-up books feature on the music videos of Lisa Hannigan (Lille and I Don’t Know) and a 2013 Samsung advertisement. She has facilitated a number of workshops at the Linenhall Arts Centre, and is working on a graphic novel. See

Pop-Up Book Making For Adults takes place over six Friday mornings commencing September 19th (continuing 26th Sept; 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th Oct) from 11.00pm-12.30pm each day. Cost per head for the workshop series is €60. There are twelve places available, and booking is ESSENTIAL. Booking and further information from the Linenhall. Tel: 094 9023733



The Claddagh & Derrada- Set Dancing Workshop for Adults

Workshop series with Seamus Hughes

Eight Fridays commencing 26th September, 11.00am-12.30pm

Here’s your chance to learn the steps and the fi gures for two sets that are danced regularly throughout Connaught. Seamus Hughes will be joining us at the Linenhall for eight sessions this autumn to deliver a workshop series which will focus on the Derrada

Set and the Claddagh Set. Throughout the series participants will learn the figures of these sets, with plenty of focus on footwork and steps, enabling participants to really engage with the rhythm of the music they are dancing to. A great way to get your Fridays off to a lively start this Autumn!

Set Dancing Workshops for Adults takes place over eight Friday mornings commencing 26th September, from 11.00am-12.30pm (continuing 3rd Oct, 10th Oct, 17th Oct, 31st Oct, and 7th Nov, 14th Nov, 21st Nov). Note no class on 24th Oct. Cost per head for the workshop series is €50. Places are limited and booking is

ESSENTIAL. Booking and further information from the Linenhall. Tel: 094 9023733



The Quay, Westport, Mayo  

T: 098-28735.              



Print courses  at Custom House Studios

Soap Ground/White ground Etching Course

Tutor: Susie Quinn

This course is an introduction to soap ground, a very versatile soft ground which can be applied like paint.  It can give a wide range of tones on one application and one etch.

It is very much a ‘you get what you see’ technique.  The thicker, the whiter the ground, the lighter the etch.  The course is for artists with a basic knowledge of etching.

Day 1: – Friday 19th September: Introduction to soap ground, making up of soap ground and demonstration of making up of Edinburgh Etch.

Day 2: – Friday 26th September: Using of soap ground and etching.

Day 3: – Friday 3rd October: Proofing and Printing.

Day 4: – Friday 10th October: Time to Experiment and work on own projects.

Cost:     €150.00


Abstraction in Print Seminar                                        

Tutor: Virginia Gibbons

Proposed course description:                        

September 13th to November 15th 2014

Saturdays 10.00am  to  1.00pm

This course is an advanced level seminar.  It will include advanced techniques in all areas of printmaking.  The major emphasis will be on group discussion.  The role of abstraction in art will be an ongoing dialogue, discussed as a group and side by side exchanges.   Students will be expected to develop individual projects, supported by group critiques.  Students taking this course must have a wide range of technical skills.  In addition, they will be encouraged to participate in group analysis.  This will take the form of debate concerning abstraction as a method of communication.

The Custom House will provide the basic materials at no cost to students.  Students will have to purchase paper.

Six places for this workshop.

Fee:           €180


Beginning Drawing & Printmaking           

Tutor:                          Virginia Gibbons

Proposed course description:                        

Saturdays 2.00pm  to  5.00pm

September 13th to November 15th 2014

This course will introduce students to the basic fundamentals of drawing and print techniques.

Each class will introduce drawing exercises.  Drawings made during the course will be the basis

for print work.  This class can be a first art experience or a chance to brush up on skills.  Small class size will offer the opportunity for students to receive individual attention.  Students will work side by side exchanging support and insight.

The Custom House will provide the basic materials at no cost to students.  Students will have to purchase paper.

Six places for this workshop.

Fee:           €180


Life Drawing at the O’Dwyer Arts Centre

We are looking to run our Tuesday morning life drawing sessions from 10.30am until 1pm. If you would like to attend can I ask that you txt your name to the O'Dwyer Arts Centre's mobile number, 085 8509385. The session is €10.


Stagecoach Theatre Arts Mayo celebrates their 1st birthday with a junior abridged version of 'Cats'!

The County Mayo centre of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools will perform the junior version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical on December 6th in Sacred Heart School, Westport, 

'Cats' is based on TS Eliot's 'Old Possums Book of Practical Cats' and Stagecoach Mayo students get a unique chance to appear in the show - in the same week it will reopen on London's 'West End' after thirty years.

Principal, Eliz Lucey, said "We were lucky to have 28 of our Galway students be part of the choir for the 25th anniversary production of Cats at the National Indoor Arena, with 2,500 students from around the world. 'Cats' is a magical, timeless musical with a richness from TS Eliot's wonderful poetry that's quite simply adored by children."

The part time theatre schools educate children and young adults aged 4 to 17 in professional dance, drama and singing classes. They take place this 'Autumn Term' each Saturday from September 13th to December 6th. Classes are divided by age into three groups of fifteen. For the first hour, one group learns to dance, the second to sing and the third to act. When the hour is up, groups rotate. The 'Early Stages' classes for 4 to 6 year olds last for 90 minutes.

All groups are trained by experienced teachers who are professional choreographers, performers, directors or musicians. Stagecoach Mayo has two week taster sessions and always welcomes new students to try out thier classes on the 13th. 20th and 27th September. Registration is then closed until the new year. For a prospectus or a 2 week taster session, go online today to or call the office on 091 556274.



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