Tuesday, May 15, 2012

WEST CORK the premiere of a short film


Friday 18th May at 8.00 pm
Free event

The poem West Cork - Gobnaits' Bed ; Rag Tree ; Holy Well  by the late Seán Dunne is a remarkable homage to an idiosyncratic form of public worship which is still practised in Ireland today - the veneration of holy wells, rag trees and curiously-shaped stones. The poem is set in the magical St Gobnait's monastic site in Ballyvourney in Cork - a great magnet for pilgrims right down to the present day. St Gobnait is the patron saint of bees.
The poet Seán Dunne is a sorely lamented voice of Irish poetry. His premature death in 1995 was a major shock in the Irish literary world. Brendan Kennelly said of him "Dunne constantly pitted his own values against the pain, suffering, violence and futility of the world. And his values are strong, perhaps lasting ones"

Three North Clare based people came together this spring to make a short 5 minute film version of the poem.
 Carles Casasin of Ballyvaughan filmed and edited ; Mick O'Riordan of Doolin provided voice and original soundtrack whilst Tony Kirby of Kilnaboy produced.

There will be a fine cast of North Clare voices on hand on the evening to enrich the event with song, music and thoughts. M.C. on the evening will be John Morgan (Kilfenora) and guests will include Fr Denis Crosby (Liscannor), Phil Gaston (Kilnaboy) and Susan Daly (Doolin) 
The event coincides with Ennistymon's first ever Dylan Thomas Literary Festival which takes place over the same weekend. All are welcome for what promises to be a memorable evening. More information 
065 707 1630.

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