The streets are alive with art!

Amazing, talented, vibrant and inspirational are the words that come to mind after attending the opening of the Cashel arts fest’s visual arts exhibition on Friday last in the Library and council chambers.

Amazing, talented, vibrant and inspirational are the words that come to mind after attending the opening of the Cashel arts fest’s visual arts exhibition on Friday last in the Library and council chambers.

It was opened by artist Eamon Colman, who remarked on the exceptional variety of media and techniques used by the artists.

The window fronts that have installations in them are all unique and created by well know artists in their field and have brought the unused shops to life especially by night! Exhibitions are open until Sunday, November 20. Catalogues and art trail maps can be picked up in the Heritage Centre or the Library.

The Town of Cashel oozed arts in many forms the last few days as the Cashel arts Fest opened and ran a number of their events with great success. Mighty craic was had by the participants of the Literary Pub Trail on Saturday night, While Nite Club goers of Brian Borus were treated to fire eating dancers and stilt walking at the black and white themed night. While the children slept soundly after partaking in the painting, pottery and animation workshops in the Library and the Spafield resource centre last Saturday.

Last Sunday saw the very successfully annual food and craft fair stage the opening of this year’s festival by Peter Alley. Young and old were entertained by puppet shows, a wish giving stilt walker, decorating gingerbread men, the Tipperary Gospel Choir, the Cashel’s Brass Band, and the very talented Coel na Leanai. Bellies were filled by what the tasty food stalls had to offer, which they could burn off with a little bit of Chiseling with Philip from Stonemad or at the Sean nos dancing workshop.

And if that has wet your appetite don’t worry there is still more to come.

O’Brien’s Lodge at 8pm will be the setting for an informal evening celebrating the Centenary of the Irish Girl Guides, an evening of chat and sharing of one’s experience of the guides is the agenda. Tea and light refreshments will be available.

Also on the Wednesday evening in Ardmayle church, a talk by Orla Murphy, (U.C.D Architectural lecturer) on town planning and alternative ways of designing and planning towns and living spaces .Starting at 8pm.

Thursday the 16th in the Library, Gerard Stembridge will attend and his novel ‘Unspoken’ will be the topic of the night starting at 8pm, phone the Library on 062 63825 to book your place.

Jack Wise is the highlight of the comedy evening on Friday, November 18, at 7.30pm, which includes a three course meal in Cafe Terrasse, Cashel Shopping Centre. To attend this unmissable evening full of laughter and a couple of spot prizes thrown in, book on line www.cashelartsfest.com Or purchase tickets from the Cashel Heritage Centre on 062 62511 or in Cafe Terrasse .E25 each, or avail of our six tickets for the price of five offer.

Saturday, November 19, will be another day of children, adult and teenage workshops. Many of these workshops are sold out, but places are still available on the following:

Mould and cast two-day workshop in Kilenure Castle phone the Heritage centre on 062 62511. This workshop will interest leaving cert students or people with an interest in the 3D form and plaster casting.

A free African Drumming show with take place in Cashel Shopping Centre at 1 pm, followed by workshops at 2.15pm for families and beginners and 3.15pm for teenagers. Pre booking advise able but joining on the day is welcome. Phone 062 62511.

A fly tying demo and workshop will take place in the Library on Saturday, Children must be accompanied by an adult, call the Library to book your place 062 63825.

Bru Boru will be all a buzz with the solo singing and Choir competitions. From 10pm, spectators are free and welcome.

While later that evening the talent will continue as Irelands Leading Barbershop Quartet, 4in a Bar will take to the stage, supported by the wilcolane singers from Cork, the Ursuline chamber choir and the Cashel community school choir. What a Feast of Choral Music this will be! Tickets on sale at the Heritage Centre or on the Night.

Sunday the 20th will see the last of the children’s workshop with the Archeological dig in Halla Na Feile, check with the library for availability of places. 062 63825.

At 4pm in the Cashel Palace Ian Fox will give a talk on the famous composer Franz Liszt and his visit of Ireland, with recordings of his music, book through the Library or come on the day.

Feehans Pub, upstairs at 8pm is the venue for our Irish Film Night, a series of short Irish made films will be screened .this is another free event with refreshments available.

For a full listing and more information on events at this year’s Fest log onto www.cashelartsfest.com, pick up a brochure or call the Heritage centre 062 62511.

Some great news: Cashel Arts Fest is one of three finalists in this year’s Cashel Enterprise an award, voting is only on line, so pop on to our web site to vote before November 21.