Tuesday 20 August 2019

Blackwater Valley arts centre launch

Bill Browne

Situated in the former Ulster Bank premises on Fermoy's Pearce Square, the Blackwater Valley Makers Arts Centre has breathed new life into the building since in opened earlier this year.

This coming Friday (12th) at 5pm the junior minister at the Department of Finance, Patrick O'Donovan TD, will cut the ribbon to officially open the centre, which has rapidly become a vibrant hub on the banks of the River Blackwater for the creative arts in North Cork.

Formed in 2018 the Blackwater Valley Makers has drawn together artists from the Fermoy areas and its hinterlands under a single umbrella group, offering them the opportunity to showcase their unique creations across a variety of artistic disciplines at the centre. 

It also home to their Gallery and Craft shop, which managed and run by members and offers and is packed with a wonderful array of creations. 

Groups spokesperson Lorna McDonald said they are also committed to providing a wide range of cultural events at the Fermoy centre. 

"These will include a wide and exciting array of events such as visual art exhibitions, artists talks,demonstrations, performances, book launches and poetry/prose readings," said Lorna. 

"We are inviting the public to come along to the centre on Friday to see for themselves what it is we do, meet some of the members and explore the pieces on show." 

The centre is open Thursday to Saturday from 10am - 6pm and on Sunday's from 11am - 5pm. For more information about the Blackwater Valley Makers and its members visit or visit them on Facebook or Instragram. 

Works at Ballymaquirke pavement repair works will commence on the N72 at Ballymaquirke, Banteer on Monday, 29th July. Works are due to progress daily (excluding weekends) from 8am and are due to finish on Friday, 8th August at 6pm.