Tuesday 12 December 2017

Streets filled with culture and colour as Cruinniú na Cásca springs into life

Workmen making the staging for Cruinniú na Cásca at Dublin Castle. Photo: Frank McGrath
Workmen making the staging for Cruinniú na Cásca at Dublin Castle. Photo: Frank McGrath

Gavin White

CéilÍs, coding, shindigs and sing-songs.

Today the streets will be filled with cultural activities as major new cultural event Cruinniú na Cásca takes place around the country.

RTÉ has partnered with Creative Ireland and will host a range of activities.

These will include live music and dances, coding workshops, pop-up theatre shows, art classes, talks, tastings, readings, and screenings.

Dublin four-piece band The Academic will play a live performance in Smithfield Square alongside Booka Brass band, Loah, Heathers, Jack O'Rourke and We Cut Corners.

There will also be workshops on DJing, illustration, film, TV and radio production in Smithfield Square.

An event on women in Irish society in Dublin Castle at 10.30am, with film-maker Lenny Abrahamson among the guests, will be one of more than 50 talks in the capital. There will also be a talk in the Shelbourne Hotel at 11am entitled Syrian Experiences in Ireland with Syrian journalist Razan Ibraheem.

At the Iveagh House, St Stephen's Green, comedian Colm O'Regan and guests will perform stand-up at 2.30pm.

An interview with legendary music manager Facthna Ó Ceallaigh, who managed Sinéad O'Connor, will be one of four talks hosted by Jim Carroll in Dublin Castle at 1pm.

In Abbeyshrule, Co Longford, an event will take place at dusk at the 12th-century Cistercian Abbey, and will include performances by local artists.

The Lee Sessions will host a session in one of Cork's most famous bars, An Spailpín Fánach, which has been a home of traditional Irish music for generations, at 9.30pm.

The Civic Centre in Athenry, Co Galway, will also play host to a varied programme of music, locally produced film screenings and podcasts, and Irish storytelling.

RTÉ's 'Liveline' will broadcast from Custom House Quay, Dublin, from 1.30pm, featuring World War I reminiscences and the aftermath of 1916.

The lighthouse cinema in Smithfield will screen films including Abrahamson's Oscar-nominated 'Room', Peter Foote's box-office smash 'The Young Offenders', and Jim Sheridan's adaptation of Sebastian Barry's 'The Secret Scripture'.

Irish Independent

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