Monday 18 December 2017

Horslips to perform at idyllic Dunluce Castle on longest day of the year

Horslips will be celebrating the summer solstice by playing at the spectacular setting of Dunluce Castle, Co Antrim, next Saturday night, June 21.

The venue, which is close to the Giant's Causeway, played host to another Celtic legend, Van Morrison, on the same date last year.

Horslips bass player Barry Devlin said that Solstice At Dunluce will be "pre-Christian but post-modernist . . . whatever that means". Support acts include Bap Kennedy, Gareth Dunlop and Fretwear.


AN exhibition of selected works by the late Eamonn O'Doherty, known for his 'Floozie in the Jacuzzi' and 'Bankers Ball' sculptures in Dublin and many other public art works, opens at the Gaslamp Gallery in Gorey, Co Wexford, on Friday, for one week.

The exhibition features paintings and prints and includes previously unseen works from the artist.

Curator John Fitzgerald, of Irish Art, Oslo, will give a public talk on the artist and his work on Thursday June 26.

See for more details.


THE Rossnaree Summer School of Art is now in its eighth year. Starting on June 20 it will host an intensive multi-disciplinary three-day summer workshop. It takes place at Rossnaree House on the historic bend of the Boyne overlooking Newgrange.

It is an exciting opportunity for artists of immediate and advanced levels to enjoy the communal atmosphere of a unique artistic environment combining studio and outdoor sessions.

"Rossnaree Summer School of Art offers young and aspiring artists an opportunity to get a strong foundational base in sculpture, drawing and painting based on the classical principles," said artist Aisling Law.

For more details contact Aisling at 041 9820975, or see www.rossnaree/


THE decision by the Health Service Executive to suspend gastric-bypass operations on dangerously obese patients should be reversed immediately, the Committee on Health and Children has said.

Committee chairman, Jerry Buttimer TD, said: "Our committee is writing to the HSE and the Department of Health to seek the immediate reversal of the decision to suspend these operations which are crucial for people who have developed serious health complications as a result of obesity.

"We are very concerned at this latest development and the impact it will have on the welfare of patients who need this surgery. While we understand that cost controls are necessary in the HSE, patients' lives should not be put at risk as a result of cost saving measures," Mr Buttimer said.


IRELAND is to receive €148m from the EU under the Common Fisheries Policy over the next six years. That's a significant increase in the amount of EU funding available to assist Ireland's seafood industry in implementing the new reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

"Today's announcement is a huge boost for the fisheries and seafood industry which employs more 11,000 people around the country. In towns like Castletownbere, Union Hall and other coastal communities where 80-90 per cent of income is directly related to fisheries," Cork South West TD Noel Harrington said.

Sunday Independent

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