Murals and galleries to add a splash of colour to Clancy Festival

Community centres, historic buildings, theatres and shops throughout Carrick-on-Suir will be transformed into art galleries and artistic pop up shops for the Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival over the June Bank Holiday Weekend

Community centres, historic buildings, theatres and shops throughout Carrick-on-Suir will be transformed into art galleries and artistic pop up shops for the Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival over the June Bank Holiday Weekend

This year’s Festival Arts Trail is set to be the most exciting and interesting yet.

Washing machines, tumble driers and microwaves will be transformed into art works that will grace the streets of the town where you least suspect them. Artists involved in the project include Katie Kavanagh, the artist known as iamacosmonaut and Claire O’Regan.

The Ormond Castle, Brewery Lane Theatre, Clancy House, The Friary Gallery and Community Arts Centre, Chapel Street Art Studios and Teresa Moran’s Pop-Up Shop/Gallery will all become gallery spaces for the Art Trail.

There will be arty pop up shops at the Stokes and Quirke, John Murphy Photography and Celtic Bookmakers premises.

Clancy Festival PRO Claire O’Regan said a competition will be run for art exhibition visitors.

“Get yourself a card which will be available at one of the venues and get it stamped at eight of the galleries including one of the pop up shops. By doing this you will be in with a chance of winning a voucher worth €100 which can be spent on any of the art exhibited at the festival.

The Children’s and Youth branch of the Art Trail has expanded to encompass nine local primary and secondary schools and youth groups, who have united to showcase and celebrate creative talents with two exciting art projects that will be displayed at the Friary Gallery and Community Arts Centre.

Creations from one of the youth projects, “On the Record”, will also be displayed at all of the other Art Trail venues.

Something new, fresh and exciting that will be happening this year is “Art by Eoin”. Eoin is an artist from Ennis in Co.Clare, who will be painting a mural at the Glanbia factory across the bridge in Carrickbeg from Friday, June 1 to Monday, June 4.

Some of the art trail artists Louise Flynn, Joe Fogarty, Kathleen Farrell, Patsy Choi and Sheila Wood will brighten up the town with some fantastic outdoor murals.

Louise, Joe, Kathleen and Patsy are working on a mural that depicts Carrick-on-Suir’s rich history of trading and fishing on the River Suir.

It will be on display at the old Texaco garage at the bottom of Kickham Street. Sheila is also in the middle of creating a mural of The Clancy Brothers. This will be on display, aptly, at the entrance to the Clancy House Car Park, next to where the Clancys grew up.

By day you can enjoy these events as well as the the epen air concert on Saturday, June 2 on Kickham Street and the River Festival at Sean Healy Park on Sunday, June 3.

There will also be lunchtime theatre at Brewery Lane.

At night you can enjoy the music and song of De Dannan, The High Kings, John Spillane and The Mandolas.

There will also be plenty of traditional music session in pubs throughout the town too.

“Whether you just want to listen and enjoy the tunes or bring along your own instrument and join in or sing, thats up to you. Everyone is welcome,” said Claire.

For more details log onto www.clancybrothersfestival.org.

Tickets for Festival concerts are on sale at The Hertiage Centre, Carrick-on-Suir, phone number is (051) 640 200, opening hours are 9.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.