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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
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
A six week adventure on the island

A six week adventure on the island

by Ciarán Tierney Two Gaeltacht artists, Clare Cashman and Caitríona Ní Conaola, are set to make Inis Oirr their home for the next six weeks thanks to a wonderful new residency in partnership with Ealaín na Gaeltachta. The artists, who are both based in Connemara, successfully applied for the residencies at Áras Éanna when we...

January 28, 2022March 16, 2022
A place that inspires visiting artists

A place that inspires visiting artists

By Ciaran Tierney Can you think of a better place than Inis Oirr to take time out and find inspiration? As restrictions eased last year, we opened up and expanded our artists in residence programme to bring a wider variety of artists to the island. For 22 years now, artists have been coming to Áras...

January 17, 2022January 17, 2022
A stunning location for outdoor shows

A stunning location for outdoor shows

By Ciaran Tierney 2021 was the year when Áras Éanna Ionad Ealaine began to look at the beautiful island of Inis Oirr as a perfect location for outdoor shows. For decades, artists have been coming to the smallest of the Aran Islands to take inspiration from its beautiful landscape, friendly people, stunning views, stone walls,...

January 7, 2022January 7, 2022
A year like no other for Áras Éanna

A year like no other for Áras Éanna

By Ciarán Tierney It was like Christmas morning here on Inis Oirr in July when 21 currachs, from Donegal to Kerry, were unwrapped and unveiled to reveal the spectacular pieces of art which formed the centrepiece of the 21st birthday celebrations for Áras Éanna Ionad Ealáine this year. What an amazing exhibition, with the concept...

December 23, 2021December 26, 2021
A wonderful opportunity for Gaeltacht artists

A wonderful opportunity for Gaeltacht artists

Aras Eanna is delighted to announce two artist residencies on the beautiful island of Inis Oirr early in the new year. Applications are open to artists who are based in the Gaeltacht, from any art form. The two residencies will begin on January 30, 2022 and continue until March 12, giving artists a fabulous opportunity...

November 4, 2021November 4, 2021
Jumping for joy on Inis Oirr

Jumping for joy on Inis Oirr

It has only taken them a year to get here … so we are thrilled to welcome Cikada Circus to Inis Oirr for the start of a one month residency this week. There was huge interest all across Ireland when the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) offered street performaners a chance to...

October 12, 2021October 14, 2021
Magic in the air at Áras Éanna

Magic in the air at Áras Éanna

There is magic in the air at our theatre this week as three theatre companies featuring artists with intellectual disabilities have come together to produce a performance based on the visit of a famous French actor and writer to the Aran Islands in the 1930s. Under the creative direction of Zone Poeme (from Lille, France)...

October 6, 2021October 7, 2021