Denis Buckley performing ‘SEARCHING FOR THE UNIMAGINED CONSCIENCE OF MY RACE’ at Edinburgh Art Festival 2012. Image: Meriel Bunney-Gillies
Denis Buckley and Ciarán Walsh | www.curator.ie pitched the short film ‘Táimse im’ Codladh’ written by Denis and came away with a prize of €5,000. The film now goes into production and will screened at next year’s festival.
FÍSÍN encourages filmmaking in Irish and has a cash prize of €5,000 plus €2,000 worth of film equipment hire. 5 finalists were selected and invited to pitch their project to the panel during the festival this weekend weekend.
Denis Buckley and Ciarán Walsh have been working together for a number of years but this was the first project that they have pitched together. It was written by Denis and its title is taken a the traditional Irish song entitled ‘Táimse Im’ Chodladh.’ It deals with emigration and the experience of economic exile, a recurring theme in Denis’ work. Denis constructed the piece around the premise that, although social media may have made the world a much smaller place, it hasn’t lessened the distance of exile.
Pre-production has started. Denis Buckley will direct, Ciarán Walsh will produce and the film will be screened at Dingle International Film Festival in 2014.
For more on Denis: www.denisbuckley.com
The photograph shows the ‘Headhunter’ exhibition being installed in The National Museum of Ireland | Country Life in Turlough Park, Castlebar. It features a half plate field camera (c 1895 provided by Chris Rodmell) and a skull sitting on top of a display case while members of the museum’s staff hang the photographs of Charles R Browne in the background. The exhibition was developed by Ciarán Walsh of www.curator.ie and Dáithí de Mórdha of Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir,Blasket Centre, Dún Chaoin, with funding from the OPW and the Heritage Council. Séamas Mac Philib of The National Museum of Ireland | Country Life is the curator. The exhibition runs until May 2013.
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‘HEADHUNTERS’ IN TRIM
The ‘Headhunter’ exhibition has been touring the west of Ireland since May, starting in the Blasket Centre and moving through Aran, Connemara and on to Meath where it has just opened in the spectacular building that is the headquarters of the OPW – by architect Pat Boyle of the OPW and worth a look in itself. The Headhunter project was developed with support from the OPW.
It is on show there until the 14 December and this is the last chance to see the exhibition in the Pale. It moves back west in December when it goes on show in the National Museum of Ireland, Country Life in Castlebar.
Seoladh taispeantais ‘Fiagai na gCeann Gaelach’ mar chuid d’Éigse Dharach Uí Chatháín i Ráth Cairn.
Bhí an Éigse Dharach Uí Chatháin ar siúl ag an deireadh seachtaine seo chaite, 5-7 Deireadh Fómhair, in Áras Pobail Ráth Chairn, Co. na Mí. I mbliana bhí taispeántas de ghrianghraif a bhailigh Charles R. Browne (1867 – 1931), dochtúir agus antraipeolaí ó Bhaile Átha Cliath a rinne suirbhéanna ar na pobail sna ceantair ab iargúlta in Iarthar na hÉireann idir 1891 & 1900 atá sa taispeántas, ar a bhfuil Ciarán Walsh ó www.curator.ie agus Dáithí de Mórdha í Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir i mbun coimeádachta. Cuireadh na grianghraif i dtaisce i sraith albaim, sé cinn acu atá i gcoimeád ag Leabharlann Choláiste na Tríonóide, Baile Átha Cliath.
I 1898 rinne Browne suirbhé eitneagraifíochta i gCarna, Leitir Meallain, Gorumna agus Maoinish. I 1935 d’imigh muintir na gceanntar sin go dtí Ráth Cairn i gContae na Mí.
Tá á thaispeáint den gcéad uair riamh le caoinchead Bhoird an Cholaiste agus tá sé maoinithe ag an OPW (Oifig na hOibreacha Poiblí) agus Chomhairle Oidhreacta na hÉireann.
Opening of the ‘Headhunter’ exhibition as part of Éigse Dharach Uí Chatháin
The photographs show the opening of the ‘Headhunter’ exhibition as part of Éigse Dharach Uí Chatháin (a celebration of Dharach Uí Chatháin, traditional singer*) in Áras Pobail (Community Centre) in the Irish speaking community in Ráth Cairn, County Meath, Ireland. The festival took place during the weekend of 5 October, 2012. The exhibition continues until the end of the month.
In 1898 Browne did an ethnographic survey of Carna, Leitir Meallain, Gorumna and Maoinish. In 1935 the people of those districts moved to Ráth Cairn in County Meath.
The exhibition was developed with funding by the Heritage Council of Ireland and the presented with funding from The Office of Public Works (OPW).
*Darach Ó Catháin is one of the acknowledged masters of the Connemara style of sean-nós singing. Sean nós (which means ‘old style’) is a highly-ornamented style of solo, unaccompanied singing in the Irish tradition. In 1975 he released an album titled “Traditional Irish Unaccompanied Singing”(Shanachie) which by wide consent is among the best sean-nós recordings ever made. His rendition of “Sail Òg Rua” particularly stands out. Darach also wrote songs from the age of twelve.
Clár Imeall, the arts and culture documentary programme on TG4, spent the day recording a feature on ‘The Irish Headhunter’ exhibition currently on show in Áras Éanna, the arts centre on Inis Oírr (Inisheer), the Aran Islands. Directed by Maggie Breathnach of Red Shoe Productions and filmed by Andy with contributions by Ciaran Walsh /www.curator.ie, Caomháin Ó Conghaile, Inis Oírr, and Deirdre Ní Conghaile who has just completed a fellowship in the University of Notre Dame. The programme will be broadcast in October 2012.