‘South Tipperary Rural Arts Group (STRAG) is currently working on a programme of events with Conor O’Leary of Artlands, Kevin Murphy from Voluntary Arts Ireland, the Arts Office South Tipperary County Council, Peter Gregory from Wales, Deirdre O’Mahony, an artist from Co. Clare and Shane Dempsey from Fragments (theatre and film production company). The purpose of the programme is to host the ‘Inspiring Rural Creativity” Festival in Burncourt from Thursday, June 27 - 30.
The launch of this festival takes place on June 27, featuring a temporary museum of river life in Burncourt Community Hall, an installation by artist Deirdre O’Mahony and a food event based around the River Suir and focused on fishing, hunting and local food culture. Deirdre will also give a talk on the theme of art and culture in rural areas as a catalyst for rural regeneration. This museum will be open at times to be decided until Sunday June 30.
A short documentary film, produced by young people in the area under the guidance of producer Shane Dempsey of Fragments will be screened on the night. The workshops for this film began last Saturday and will continue until June 15. This film will be framed around the river Suir and its role in the community. Both the installation and film are part of the ‘Green and Blues Futures’ project.
On Friday June 28 a seminar will take place in Burncourt featuring guest speakers from Wales, Northern Ireland, community development groups, arts and voluntary sectors, and a panel discussion, lunch will be provided to seminar participants. Registration is at 9.30am and bookings are through South Tipperary County Museum. Cost of seminar is €10.
On Friday 28 a ‘Crossroads Gathering’ event will take place in the Farmhouse Pub near Clogheen in Co. Tipperary with the cream of local talent .
The following items are required for the temporary museum: fishing rods, nets, baskets, equipment, record books, flies/lures, photos, old films, hunting materials, photographs, posters, taxidermied animals/birds/fish memorabilia, notebooks etc.
Deirdre O’Mahony will be at the community hall in Burncourt Community Hall on Thursday June 6 with a scanner and items can be scanned and returned immediately. Super 8mm and 16mm films and VHS videos are of particular interest but will have to be taken to the Irish Film Centre in Galway for transfer onto DVD. They will be returned within two weeks. For further information contact 087 6967661 or 086 6086638.