Sliabh Beagh Hotel

Sliabh Beagh Hotel

Creative Creatures with Anne Cradden (Visual Art)

About this workshop

In this workshop we’ll be inspired by the animals featured in Ceol na Sióg, from mice and owls to squirrels, crows, herons and dolphins. We’ll be using repurposed materials to make masks, headgear and costumes that make us FEEL like these incredible animals of the Irish countryside. Fur, claws, horns, wings, fangs, paws, feathers, antlers, beaks, hooves …Can you bring out your animal side?

About the Artist

Creative Creatures with Anne Cradden

Anne Cradden is an artist who loves drawing and making things out of all sorts of other things. She also loves sharing this with children, because she has found that grown-ups and kids all have something to teach each other about the joy of unleashing our imaginations. She has facilitated many art workshops, sculpture collaborations, dress-up sessions, and Sellotape-related experiments with children in a variety of settings, while enjoying herself very much at the same time. She is currently artist in residence for Fingal County Council’s Room 13 project at Tyrellstown Educate Together National School, where she collaborates with the students on genius works of art.

Event Details

Time: 12.00pm-1.30pm

Location: Sliabh Beagh Hotel

Age Range: 8+

Duration: 90 minutes

Capacity: 12

Price: Free but registration required. Booking essential


Treetop Tunes Session – Irish Traditional Music Session

with Patricia Cosgrove from Moco Music Academy

About this workshop

It’s time to have a boogie at our Treetop Tunes session at Sliabh Beagh (Knockatallon).  Feel free to bring along your instrument and dancing shoes and join in, or if you prefer, sit back, relax, and listen to some tantalising tunes.  Treetop Tunes session is suitable for beginners. 

Event Details

Time: 1.00pm-2pm

Location: Sliabh Beagh Hotel

Age Range: 8+

Duration: 60 minutes

Capacity: 12

Price: Free but registration required. Booking essential

Pigeon on the Gate

Pigeon on the Gate

Pigeon on the Gate 

a new traditional music series for young children

Have you ever met a pigeon who has their very own TV show? No? Well, now’s your chance! Pigeon on the Gate is an 8-episode traditional music series created especially for young children. 

Live from Clocktower Studios, Pigeon on the Gate is presented by none other than the charming, funny, and relentlessly curious Elfin the Pigeon! Get ready for exquisite music, singalong songs, toe-tapping dance, and delightful banter with Elfin and some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians and singers. 
Elfin loves music and he loves meeting new people.  Every day he looks forward to chatting to musicians who sit on his bench in Clocktower Studios.

“Who who who are you?” he coos when his special musical guest arrives.  Across this 8-episode series of Pigeon on the Gate, Elfin will interview four fabulous musicians – Áine McGeeney, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Síle Denvir, and Barry Kerr – who have composed brand new music and songs for the occasion.

 
Sign-up now to watch all episodes from Monday 8th November (for a limited time only):  https://tradoodletv.thinkific.com/courses/pigeon-on-the-gate

Who’s who on Pigeon on the Gate 

Artistic Director: Thomas Johnston 
Elfin voiced by: Thomas Baker
Musicians:  Áine McGeeney, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Síle Denvir, Barry Kerr
Set design and animations: Emma Fisher-Owen
Puppet design and construction: Thomas Baker
Carpenter and scenic artist: Colin Bartley
Lighting design: Sebastian Pizarro
Sound engineer and mixing: Tomás Donaghy
Animation assistant: Ivan Fisher-Owen
Recorded at: An Taibhdhearc
Videographer: Gary de Búit at Studio 8 Labs

Pigeon on the Gate is a Ceol Connected production for Tradoodle TV.  Developed with the support of Monaghan County Council, Draíocht Arts Centre, and Music Generation Tipperary.  Funded by the Arts Council through the Traditional Arts Commissions Award.

Patrick Kavanagh Centre

Patrick Kavanagh Centre

EVENT: We Are All Stardust – With Andrew Carson (Visual Art)

‘“Even through your hardest days, remember we are all made of stardust!” – Carl Sagan

About this Event

This workshop is inspired by the knowledge that every atom in our body is made from the dust left behind from an exploded star. We are made of all the lights we see in the night sky.

Using a variety of dry media we will colour and create our very own star pods for you to hold your wishes, hopes and dreams in.

About the Artist

Andrew Carson is a visual artist and educator living and working in Dublin. His work is an exploration of the body and interpersonal interactions through the mediums of digital technology. He is interested in the use and effects of digital devices and social media as the primary means of modern contact. He works in a variety of media, including digital sound and image, print, and paper.

Event Details

Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm

Location: Library

Age Range: 8+

Duration: 90 mins

Capacity: 12

Price: Free but registration required, booking essential

EVENT: Treetop Tunes Session (Irish Traditional Music Session)

with Seán Walsh

It’s time to have a tune and a boogie at the Treetops Tunes Session with traditional music maestro Seán Walsh. Feel free to bring along your instrument and dancing shoes and join in. Or if you prefer, sit back, relax and listen to some tantalising tunes. Session suitable for beginners.

Event Details

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Location: Main Stage

Age Range: All ages

Duration: 60 mins

Capacity: 12

Price: Free but registration required, booking essential

Family Day at Íontas

Family Day at Íontas

Creative Creatures – with Orla Kelly and Andrew Carson

(Visual Art Workshop)

Join visual artists Orla Kelly and Andrew Carson for a gentle, playful, and joyful exploration of the creative arts for very young children. Young children will be guided in using a range of materials to create their very pieces of art. With the theme of ‘Curious Creatures’, the possibilities are as infinite as the creatures of the forest!

Parents/guardians must stay and are welcome to join in!

About the Artists

Órla Kelly is a visual artist, creative educationalist and arts manager with a specific practice that focuses on working with and for early years children, aiming to stimulate and support the naturally creative, poetic, philosophical and curious intelligences of the young child. She is the founder and director of Early Childhood Creativity, an initiative that promotes creative thinking and activity in early years children and their parents, and supports artists and educationalists to develop specific and creative ways of working with early years children (0-6 years). She has worked with young children for twenty years creating work in Ireland and Europe, with and without a common spoken tongue, using creative understanding to collaboratively create. Her work with children aims to explore a naturally intelligent and free imagination, where real creation is almost always an intelligent action, done with concentration and joy to understand the world and our relationship with it.

Andrew Carson is a visual artist and educator living and working in Dublin. His work is an exploration of the body and interpersonal interactions through the mediums of digital technology. He is interested in the use and effects of digital devices and social media as the primary means of modern contact. He works in a variety of media, including digital sound and image, print, and paper.

Event Details

Time(s): 11-11.45am, 12-12.45pm, 1-1.45pm

Location: Foyer

Age Range: 3-5

Duration: 45 mins

Capacity: 15

Price: Free

Sing me to Seed – with Catriona Clarke

(Music & Nature-based workshop)

Sow your own native seeds, and learn some forest school skills in this workshop that celebrates nature and music

Event Details

Time: 11am – 12pm

Location: Foyer

Age Range: 6+

Duration: 60 mins

Capacity: 12

Price: €5

Ceol Na Síog – with Gráinne Holland

(Music/Irish Language magical fairy-filled family concert)

The fairies are inviting you to visit the magical world around us: the natural world. You’ll find them among the flowers, hiding in tops of the trees, in the shade of the full moon or under the waves. The fairies are waiting to share their magical songs with you.

Singer / songwriter Gráinne Holland, originally from Belfast, now lives in the beautiful Kingdom of Mourne in County Down. She is surrounded by mountains, forests, lakes, rivers and the sea and draws inspiration from this beautiful landscape. Gráinne has recorded 4 albums to date, 1 of which was released on the Gael Linn label. She has recorded both traditional songs and her own original songs. Her latest publication, Book/ CD Ceol na Sióg, meaning the music of the fairies is about the magic of the world around us. Published by An tSnatháid Mhór and illustrated by Mr Ando it is a collection of 13 songs written in Irish by Gráinne and can be enjoyed by all ages. It has been shortlisted for the Réics Carló Irish Language Children’s Book of the Year Award.

Join Gráinne and her band as they perform songs from Ceol na Sióg. You will also have a chance to get a copy of this beautiful Book/ CD. Bilingual event.

Event Details

Time: 12.15pm

Location: Main Auditorium

Age Range: 4+ years

Duration: 40 mins

Capacity: Dependant on restrictions

Price: €7 (family of four €25)

Music Generation Session

with Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan

Join the musician facilitators from Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan for a top-tapping tune and boogie. Feel free to bring along your instrument and dancing shoes and join in. Or if you prefer, sit back, relax and listen to some tantalising tunes. Session suitable for beginners.

Event Details

Time: 1-1.45pm, 2-2.45pm

Location: Foyer

Age Range: All Ages

Duration: 45mins per session

Capacity: 15

Price: Free

Feet TO The Beat – with Edwina Guckian

(Dance)

Experience the thrill of sean nós dancing as you shuffle and stamp in this fun-filled workshop. Parents/guardians must stay and are welcome to join in!

Sean Nós Dance is all about dancing exactly how you want to; showing off your unique personality and character which is right up a toddler’s street! Edwina Guckian will have toddlers and parents throwing shapes on the dance floor through her lively rhythms and stories of traditions she was raised with.

About the Artist

Edwina Guckian hails from outside the village of Drumsnain Co. Leitrim. Coming from a family steeped in the tradition of music and dance, her style is greatly influenced by the style of localmusic she grew up with across Leitrim and Roscommon. Having started teaching dancing at the age of 16, Edwina has now taught her steps and shared the stage with some of Ireland’s most influential acts such as Altan, De Danann, Dervish, Mairtín OConnor, Frankie Gavin, Kíla, Martin Hayes, Séamus Begley, and Laoise Kelly to name a few. She setup Áirc Damhsa Culture Club for youths in her area to have a space to be immersed in traditions and cultures from home and all across the world in a fun and non–competitive environment. Now in its 18th year, the club has over 500 members in 9 counties in Ireland and 1 in New York.

Event Details

Time: 1pm – 2pm

Location: Meeting Room

Age Range: 3+ years

Duration: 60 mins

Capacity: 12

Price: €5

Spin A Yarn – with Aideen McBride

(Storytelling and Story Creation Workshop)

Develop your storytelling talents in this workshop with one of Ireland’s finest storytellers Aideen McBride. Inspired by well-known folktales and legends, children will not only experience the magic of storytelling, they will also be actively encouraged to develop their own storytelling talents in a fun-filled and imaginative learning experience where both the teller and listener create something truly special. Children will also have an opportunity to share the stories that have each created at the end of the workshop.

About the Artist

Aideen McBride is a native of County Carlow and daughter to storyteller Jack Sheehan. She has been telling stories in schools, libraries and festivals with children, adults and family groups for over 20 years. Of special interest to her is the collecting and preservation of stories and she has collected stories from her home county to add to the archives of the National Folklore Collection in UCD. Publications include Folktales of Carlow and Folktales of Tipperary both published by History Press.

Event Details

Time: 1.30pm – 3pm

Location: Conference/Meeting Room

Age Range: 8+ years

Duration: 90 mins

Capacity: 15

Price: €5

Earth Songs – with Eithne Ní Chatháin

A singing workshop that will introduce children to the rich world of traditional song.

Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K) will be teaching a couple of songs from the tradition bilingually in this fun workshop for little ones. Named by RTÉ.ie as, “One of ten fierce women defining Irish culture”, singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Inni-K (Eithne Ní Chatháin)draws on her extensive background in folk and traditional Irish music even as she ventures into new musical territories. Her music combines ethereal vocals, deft musicianship, and evocative lyrics (bilingual at times). “The Hare & the Line (2019) reconfirms her status as one of Ireland’s most exciting artists” The Irish Times

Event Details

Time: 2pm – 3pm

Location: Conference/Meeting Room

Age Range: 8+ years

Duration: 60 mins

Capacity: 15

Price: €5

ÉADAOIN

Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín

Hailing from Balla, Co Mayo, EADAOIN is a Multi-award winning Multi-instrumentalist who has played all over the globe and holds a staggering amount of world titles on all instruments. Learning her trade through achieving a first class Master’s degree at the University of Limerick she launched EADAOIN, who in the space of two months had two world music number #1’s on the iTunes Charts in Ireland.

She has appeared on world learning stages such as Croke Park, RDS, Marlay Park, National Concert Hall in Dublin and in The Barbican Theatre in London to name a few. Not to mention travelling around the world to China, Kazakhstan, mainland Europe, Canada, North America and on occasion to the Áras an Uachtaráin to perform at the invitation of President Michael D Higgins.

In 2014 Eadaoin made history by becoming this first Irish person to win the ‘Trophée desHarpes Camac’ at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France which attracts upwards of 1million visitors. Éadaoin also performs with fiddle virtuoso and Musician of the Year, Frankie Gavin in ‘The Provenance’, who debuted at the Gradam Ceoil Awards in the Waterfront Theatre, Belfast. As well as this she plays with the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland and has appeared on numerous national and international radio/television stations such as RTÉ, BBC, TV3 andTG4.

As players goes, she is definitely one to keep your eye on. Eadaoin is accompanied by Dallahan’s Jack Badcock on Guitar and the 2019 BBC Northern Ireland Traditional Young Musicians’ Platform Award winner, Martha Guiney on flute

Event Details

Time: 3pm

Location: Main Auditorium

Age Range: All ages

Duration: 45 mins

Capacity: Dependant on restrictions

Price: €7 (family of 4 €25)