Playing with fire at Cashel Arts Fest

The tenth Cashel Arts Festival got off to a flaming start on the Plaza, last Friday evening.

The tenth Cashel Arts Festival got off to a flaming start on the Plaza, last Friday evening.

“Cats and dogs are not our friends/ It’s just a game that we pretend”. Thus ran the lyrics for Realta’s opening fire dance routine, and considering the day that had been in it, we were all lucky that it wasn’t in fact raining cats and dogs. Not to be put off by minor considerations such as the cold, this scantily clad duo (Are you cold with the kilt? No I’m kilt with the cold) came from Galway to kindle the festival spirit. Unfortunately, the ground was wet, and so the promised stilt action couldn’t happen.

A large crowd attended and all were thrilled with the display that brought life and fun to the centre of Cashel that evening

Saturday morning, and most of the day in Cashel, was busy with workshops in all available venues. The science, puppet making and solo singing events proved to be a great success.

Saturday night in the Brian Bru was the place to be to see Garr Cleary preform his own songs from his just released E.P. Garr enjoyed his experience in Cashel and rounded off his night by playing to the volunteers who worked tirelessly on the unique 24-hour sculpture on the Plaza. For all who were very lucky to see and experience this amazing piece of art depicting ‘the Cow’ were blown away by its size and illuminating features.

A big thank you to all the volunteers that turned out in a cold and wet weather and worked through the night to create the ‘HolyCow’ and for Liam Maher plant hire who generously donated one of his tower lights to cast some light on the situation.

The Arts Festival annual food and Craft Fair, on Sunday last at the Cashel Palace Hotel, was buzzing with excitement when all who attended were entertained by the Brass Band, Ceol na Leanai, Anne Whelan’s School of Irish Dance, Vocalize, a new and fantastic band (who are still working on a name) and Dara’s Magic. Children enjoyed Jelly Bean Jullies story and puppet shows,while other decorated gingerbreadmen. Wood turning and basket making demonstrations were some of the craft attractions on the day.

There are still events that you can attend and enjoy at this the 10th year of the Cashel Festival until Sunday 18.

A drama workshop based on ‘A play in a Day’ led by Shane Dempsey of Stagecraft, Clonmel, and Fragments, London, can be booked through the Heritage centre on 06262511.

Life drawing workshop at Killinure Castle, is the setting for this two day workshop led by Sahoko Blake, book your place by phoning the Heritage on 06262511. Places for the graphology workshop, based on hand writing analysis can be booked through Heritage 06262511.

The Dinner theatre on Friday, November 16, at Cafe Teressa, is a guaranteed great treat for all, a night of thrills and comedy based on excerpts from the works of Edger Alan Poe, live music and song will also be part of the performance. Tickets can be obtained on line, Heritage Centre ,062-62511 or at Cafe Terasse.

The ‘Voices’ Concert on the Sunday, November 18, in St John the Baptist Cathedral, at 3pm is an afternoon of poetry, song and the debut of the Cashel Arts Festival Choir. Book at the Heritage centre or on the door.