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Friday, December 12, 2008

Xmas Party 2008

Pictured at the Staff Xmas Party!

Party Night in Hannon's Hotel, Roscommon, with Mike Denver.

L-R: Pauline Cogan, Admin. Mike Denver, Super Star. Lora O'Brien, Manager. Mary McGann, Hygiene Services. Bernadette D'Alton, Information Officer.

Arts Evening - featuring Cathy Carman & Kieran Furey

Cruachan Aí Centre, Tulsk, Co Roscommon
presents the first in a monthly series of Arts Evenings

From 5pm to 8pm, on Thurs 18th December 2008
Wine Reception, Art Exhibition, with Poetry Reading (at 7pm) in the Coffee House @ Cruachan Aí


Exhibition Opening: Works from The Nine Icons of Oweynagat, by Cathy Carman
Literary Reading: Excerpts from The History House, by Kieran Furey

The Nine Icons of Oweynagat, by Cathy Carman

Oweynagat is a modified limestone cave said to be an entrance to the Otherworld, with associations to fertility and rebirth. The work in this exhibition is based on photographs I took in the Cave of the Cats, Uaimh na gCait. The nine icons gather up the cave’s mystical and psychic energy, while the photographs examine the same space from an empirical point of view.

Cathy Carman is an artist and sculptor who is widely acclaimed for figurative work in wood, stone and bronze; while more recent projects using digital imaging, natural materials, found objects, and sound. She is currently developing artwork as a response to the rural landscape and our emotional connection to it. This combines digital print and mixed media, in a form that embraces both sculpture and print. A member of the Arts Council’s Aosdana, and represented by Hillsborough Fine Art Gallery in Dublin; she continues to exhibit regularly both nationally, and internationally.

The History House, by Kieran Furey

A collection of poems centered on Strokestown House and the Irish Famine, but drawing also on life in modern Ireland; as well as on the poet's experiences of Africa, India and Latin America.

Kieran Furey was born in county Roscommon, and has been writing poetry, with a little prose, for three decades. Having spent his life between rural Ireland, provincial Irish towns, Dublin, and abroad - in Latin America, Africa, India, Greece, the UK and the United States - he now lives in Longford, with his wife and son. Kieran’s first book, Nobody's Neighbours, was published by Veritas in Dublin in 1979. He went on to self-publish twenty books or booklets of poetry, short stories, travel experiences and humour, and his work has featured in Irish and international media. Prizes include the overall Poem of Europe Award in the 2006 Feile Filiochta, and the Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award (Traditional Category).


All featured works are available to buy at the Cruachan Aí Centre, Tulsk, Co. Roscommon. Tel: 071 9639268 Email: