From Oriel to Brexit launched
The Oriel Centre in Dundalk's Old Gaol provided a fitting backdrop for the launch of the From Oriel to Brexit Project recently.
The hallowed prison walls, which housed many who of those who were involved in Ireland's fight for independence, echoed to the sounds of traditional music from some of the area's finest players as project co-ordinator Laurence McKeown outlined the year long programme of events planned for the north Louth and south Armagh region.
He explained that over that time 'there will be numerous workshops conducted, a number of concerts performed, a book of poetry/prose published plus filmed readings from the publication by the participants, and a new play written, and performed in five venues.'
He said he was delighted to be working with such talented people as Paula McFetridge (Artistic Director, Kabosh Theatre), Elaine O'Sullivan (musician, Traditional Arts Partnership), Kenny Qua (musician) Zoë Conway (musician), John McIntyre (musician), and Zoë O'Reilly (visual ethnographer).
The project will see Zoe and John working with young 24 young people from Cooley to compose and perform their own piece of music, while Elaine O'Sullivan and Kenny Qua will be working with schoolchildren in South Armagh.
Paula McFetridge and Kabosh Theatre will work with a group of young people to devise a new play which be staged in five venues.
Laurence and Zoë O'Reilly, visual ethnographer/photographer, will facilitate workshops on creative writing and photography for women only groups.