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Nowhere to Hide at Sea

Nowhere to Hide at Sea

One of Ireland’s most famous expressionist artists, Mick Mulcahy, will unveil a retrospective of his work – and new paintings from a recent residency on Inis Oirr – in the Áras Éanna art gallery from Friday July 8, to Sunday, July 31. Mulcahy was the first artist ever to hold an exhibition in the building...

Inis Oirr school issues video appeal for new students

Inis Oirr school issues video appeal for new students

  By Ciaran Tierney The principal of the secondary school on the smallest of the three Aran Islands has issued an appeal for new students from the mainland to come and live on Inis Oirr to help maintain student and teacher numbers. Coláiste Ghobnait has collaborated with the island’s arts centre, Áras Éanna Ionad Ealaíne,...

June 27, 2022June 27, 2022
Joy on Inis Oirr as Bríd wins national Best Actor award

Joy on Inis Oirr as Bríd wins national Best Actor award

By Ciaran Tierney In a first for an Irish language production, Brid Ní Neachtain won the Best Actress award for her role as Winnie in ‘Laethanta Sona’ here in Inis Oirr at the 23rd Irish Times Theatre Awards in Dublin last night. The remarkable vision of theatre producer Sarah Jane Scaife to stage an Irish...

June 13, 2022June 13, 2022
Máirtín O Connor Trio

Máirtín O Connor Trio

By Ciaran Tierney One of the best-loved musicians ever to emerge from the West of Ireland, Máirtín O Connor, is headlining a special free outdoor show on Inis Oirr this Saturday, June 11 (8pm). Accordion player Máirtín will be joined by Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo) and Kevin Doherty (guitars, vocals) for what promises to be...

June 8, 2022June 8, 2022
Two national nominations for Inis Oirr play

Two national nominations for Inis Oirr play

by Ciaran Tierney The superb vision of theatre director Sarah Jane Scaife to stage an Irish language version of a Samuel Beckett play at an outdoor location at the back of Inis Oirr is reflected in two nominations for ‘Laethanta Sona’ at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards next month. Sarah Jane used a month...

May 11, 2022May 11, 2022
Bringing ‘The Pirate Queen’ to Inis Oirr

Bringing ‘The Pirate Queen’ to Inis Oirr

By Ciaran Tierney The story of a fierce feminist leader, seafarer, and mother from the West of Ireland will be brought to life in a special 50 minute stage production at Áras Éanna Ionad Ealaíne, Inis Oirr, on Wednesday night, May 4th (8pm). This family show, which is mostly ‘as Gaeilge’, tells the story of...

April 28, 2022April 28, 2022
An Criú artists embrace island life

An Criú artists embrace island life

By Ciaran Tierney A collective of Galway-based artists known as An Criú are planning to stage a major community event on Inis Oirr next year after seven of them completed a wonderful ten day stay on the island in partnership with Áras Éanna this week. An Criú, former performers and production people with Macnas in...

March 31, 2022March 31, 2022
Enjoying Inis Oirr at the quietest time of year

Enjoying Inis Oirr at the quietest time of year

  By Ciaran Tierney Exploring the striking landscape of Inis Oirr during the quiet and dark winter months provided huge inspiration to Connemara-based artist Clare Cashman during a recent six week residency at Áras Éanna. Clare came to the smallest of the Aran Islands thanks to a partnership with Ealaín na Gaeltachta and says she...

The ‘mad, bad, and dangerous’ women of Ireland

The ‘mad, bad, and dangerous’ women of Ireland

By Ciarán Tierney A series of four documentary films celebrating the lives of older Irish women who have been “mad, bad, and dangerous” will be screened at Áras Éanna, Inis Oirr, on Sunday. The screenings of the films, which were created and directed by Emma O’Grady, is part of our celebration of International Women’s Day...

March 10, 2022March 10, 2022
Curacha – the exhibition that inspired

Curacha – the exhibition that inspired

By Ciaran Tierney It was the exhibition which captured the imagination of thousands of visitors to Inis Oirr last summer and now you can celebrate it with a superb new colour poster which has gone on sale online. Áras Éanna has teamed up with Charlie Byrne’s bookshop in Galway City to sell copies of the...

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