Wednesday 24 January 2018

In brief: Artist recalls colourful memories of long, hot summer days at the baths

AS Blackrock Baths in south Co Dublin gradually disappears into the sands of Dublin Bay, artist Denise Hussey is ensuring that it's not totally forgotten.

A graduate of NCAD in 2004, she is putting on her third solo show, Sleeping Summers, which celebrates the much loved swimming mecca. It will be opened at 6pm by Dave Fanning this Thursday, May 5, at Lost Weekend on Main Street, Blackrock, and runs for four days.

And while Denise Hussey's collection of paintings will be the main focus, she has had a widespread response in prose and poetry from people who responded to her request for memories of their summer days when life revolved around the baths.

Almost as popular as the baths was the procession with wet togs and towel to a chipper on George's Avenue which kept body and soul alive until it was time to head home.

The exhibition will include a series of letters including one recalling Eddie Heron diving from the top board in the baths. If you were one of the thousands who took the tram, train or bus, or merely cycled or walked to the 'Rock for a dip, a visit to the exhibition, and a nostalgic stroll down Bath Place, might be a tonic in these days of more depressing considerations.

Operatic union of love and weather

TWO of the great passions of the Irish -- love and weather -- meet in a new opera written by composer Brian Irvine and writer John McIlduff.

Shelter Me From the Rain, which will be performed on May 5-7 at the GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow, will be the culmination of a large scale community endeavour which has brought together a performance company of over 100 singers from all walks of life, the young voices of Aspiro Choir and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.

Planning chief to address conference

THE retiring chairman of An Bord Pleanala, John O'Connor, will review his 11 years in charge of the country's planning appeals board when he addresses the National Planning Conference in Galway next month.

The conference takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway, this Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6, and delegates will also hear the first major address from the new Minister for Planning, Willie Penrose.

Celebration of 'The Fields of Athenry'

'Celebrating 30 years of The Fields of Athenry with Pete St John & Friends' takes place in the National Concert Hall next Sunday, May 8.

Pete St John, one of Ireland's greatest songwriters, will act as host and compere of this unmissable musical evening, which will see Pete St John joined by his musicians and some very special guests. Tickets are on sale at

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