Two special events on Saturday

Two special events on Saturday

One of the images from the ‘Amach’s Amach’ exhibition by An Criu. Photograph by Cormac Coyne.


A “walkabout” theatre show and the opening of an exhibition by a collective of more than 20 artists from Galway are among the highlights of a day of celebration to mark the 21st birthday of Aras Eanna on Saturday.

People on the island are invited to attend the world premiere of ‘It’s A Lovely Day for A Hike’ by Turas Theatre Collective, which starts outside the island’s secondary school at 2.30pm.

Those who join the show, by performers Debbie Wright, Helen Gregg and Daniel Guinnane, will be invited to enjoy an outdoor show which involves a ramble across the island and is suitable for all the family.

The performers play the parts of three avid hill-walkers who bring the audience on a hiking trail across Inis Oirr. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

This special show will end at a magical place called An Ghlean Draíochta just in time for the launch of a special exhibition called ‘Amach’s Amach’ by the Galway collective known as An Criú.

The beautiful setting of An Gairdín Draíochta is the setting for ‘Amach’s Amach, an exhibition inspired by the constraints and disconnections of lockdown. The themes of freedom, getting to explore the world again, and “devilment” are explored.

An Criú’s fourth summer exhibition on Inis Oirr features the work of more than 20 professional painters, sculptors, designer, and performers.

Among the artists featured are Áine Lawless, Bill Wright, Cherie White, Chris Gibbons, Claudia Lamantea, Dave Donovan, Debbie Wright, Emma O’Grady, Eugene Finnegan, Jojo Hynes, Katya Solomatina, Midie Corcoran, Mikey Dawson, Niamh Moloughney, Pete Casby, Róisín Stack, Tommy Casby, and Tom Meskell.

This exhibition runs until Friday, August 20.

An Ghlean Draíochta by Jo Jo Hynes


Members of An Criú gather at Aras Eanna before the launch this weekend.