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Cast members from ‘Take off your Cornflakes’.

Cast members from ‘Take off your Cornflakes’.

Cast members from ‘Take off your Cornflakes’.

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May is the month for celebrating the arts and creativity among older people with a host of events taking place around the country.

Here in Dundalk, one of the keynote events sees Show in a Bag Productions bringing their acclaimed production of 'Take Off Your Cornflakes' in The Studio Theatre, An Tain Arts Centre on Saturday night.

This moving play about the effects of Alzheimer's disease on a married couple was devised by Fair City and Father Ted actress Rosemary Henderson, whose own father had dementia, for the Dublin Fringe Festival. She is joined in the performance by fellow Fair City actor Pat Nolan in this tender love story, which demonstrates the power of laughter and true meaning of love.

Rosemary said when the play was first staged that she hoped that by telling her parents' story and showing their daily reality and courage, would help to remove the stigma and to humanise the disease.

Tickets available from www,antain,ie or 9329281.

Dundalk Library is the venue for what promises to be an extremely popular event this evening, Tuesday, at 6.30pm when Harry Lee and Larry O'Hagan present an evening of photographs and memories of old Dundalk .

The Bealtaine Table Quiz for retired people takes place in the Library on Thursday May 10th at 2.30pm while Dundalk Men's Sheds Choir will be giving a performance on Thursday May 24th at 12pm.

Create Louth is once again funding a series of concerts bringing music to communities of older people throughout the county. 'Musical Memoires' brings professional musicians from the concert stage into local care settings, hospitals, nursing homes and senior citizens clubs.

The Musical Memories Ensemble, featuring Gráinne Hope on cello, uilleann piper Brendan McCreano, and Liam Merriman on vocals and guitar, will bring a programme of specially selected music into six settings throughout Louth, including Dundalk and Carlingford.

The programme will include popular classical pieces and Old Time favourite ballads and songs. It is planned so as to bring music into more intimate environments, allowing each resident and service user to experience live music in their familiar surroundings. Research has shown that music can have a positive effect on the physical and emotional well-being of patients/residents in all healthcare settings.

Dundalk cinema advertisements from the 1930s are included in 'A Look at Louth, the IFI Local Films for Local People, which comes to the Droichead Arts Centre, this Tuesday afternoon at 2pm as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival

Featuring films from the IFI Irish Film Archive, it includes a host of stories made in and about Louth from 1897 to more recent times. From the earliest flickering images of Drogheda taken from a moving train by the frères Lumières in 1897; Bridge of the Ford, a documentary about Drogheda commissioned by the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1948; a host of short films made by Gael Linn in the 1950s and '60s showing news stories all around the county - ICA HQ; pirate radio ships; beauty contests, dog shows, and mystery cinema fires; and a particularly exciting All Ireland Football Final from 1957.


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