“You should never be more than 26 miles from an artistic or cultural event,” a quote from Rosalind Lowry from the Ballymena Arts Partnership echoed the sentiments of those involved in the South Tipperary International Festival of Rural Arts and Culture held last Thursday and Friday in Burncourt Community Hall.
From Wednesday artist Deirdre O’Mahony, staff from South Tipperary Museum and members of STRAG all involved in setting up the Pop Up Museum in the Community Hall. The memorabilia on the walls and in the display cases gave a visual representation of the artistry and expertise involved in the pursuits of fishing and hunting. The use of the shed in the back yard of the community hall as a projection room was a novel but great idea and all were enthralled with the recorded interview with expert fisherman Peter Butler.
The Festival was launched with the opening of the River Culture Pop Up Space by artist Deirdre O’Mahony who gave a talk on the XPO project. The evening concluded with the premiere of a short film made by local young people as part of “The Cut” community film project under the direction of the team from Fragments. The public seminar- “Inspiring Rural Creativity” took place on Friday.
South Tipperary Rural Arts Group would like to thank all who helped to make the festival such a success, particular mention must go to the staff of South Tipperary Museum and County Council for their help and advice, to the fisherfolk, hunters and wild fowlers who responded with such enthusiasm to the project –Eddie O’Brien, Mark Rylands, Jimmy Fitzgerald, Kenneth O’Brien, Kevin Moloney, John Lalor, Willie Cahill, John Pyne, Philip Ryan, Bob Dineen. Thanks to our helpers Shane Fox, Sean Fitzgerald and Kate and Brid O’Brien. A huge thank to Burncourt Community Council for the use of the community hall and also the CES employees, Richard and Tom for their help and cooperation.