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Abhainn RĂ­ F ESTI VA L 2013

Sunday 28 th July - Sunday 4 th August


FAMILY EVENTS

Festival Programme Welcome Notes Welcome to Callan’s fourth annual Abhainn Rí Festival of Participation and Inclusion. Our eight-day programme is once again jam-packed with exciting events and sure to offer something for all tastes and ages: from visual arts to live performances and from scrumptious food to exciting sports events and walking talks exploring our rich local heritage. Highlighting hidden talents and forgotten corners in the town, the Abhainn Rí Festival is a celebration of the community of Callan. This year’s festival sees the premiere of The Memory Box by KCAT’s Equinox Theatre group and the ever popular Juvenile Hurling Tournament at John Locke’s. We are very much looking forward to our spectacular and locally produced festival finale Who’s Pulling Whose Strings? on Sunday 4th of August, a showstopper of a street theatre spectacle that will put Callan firmly on the map this summer! Join us on the streets of Callan to participate in this visual street spectacle and also enjoy an afternoon of free family activities like crafty workshops, street food, face painting and live music to name a few.

The Abbey Meadow Gathering Field Day on Sunday July 28th will be a day full of family fun, with the ever popular dog show, food stalls, craft displays, old style games and a wonderful collection of vintage vehicles. This year’s special Field Day guest is no less than Ireland’s strongest man, and Callan resident, James Fennelly. With Family Events, Workshops, Music, Food, Theatre, Sports, Art Exhibitions and Talks, be sure to get involved and have a great time in Callan. Volunteering is a great way to experience the festival and a unique opportunity to be part of a diverse, exciting an inspiring event. Volunteers will be needed in several areas including stewarding, invigilating at events, assisting in workshops, performances, concerts, administration and much more. If you would like to volunteer for this year’s Abhainn Rí Festival in Callan from Sunday 28th July to Sunday 4th August, please contact us on 087 6494758 or email info@abhainnrifestival. com. We look forward to having you as part of the team this year. You make it happen!

Rock the Boat at Field Day 2012

Field Day Gathering Sunday 28th July | 1.30pm - 5pm | Abbey Meadow | Adults €3, Children Free Come and enjoy a fun afternoon, full of activities for all the family, in the Abbey Meadow. With old time favourites and new surprises, the Field Day promises to be a summer hit with all ages. This year’s attractions include a display of vintage cars and tractors, the popular wheel of fortune, food stalls, traditional music, the reptile village, pro box gym, Irish dancing. Our special guest is no less than Ireland’s strongest man James Fennelly. Don’t forget to bring your four-legged friends to the Dog Show which will start at 2pm.

James Fennely

James Fennelly


SPECTACLE WORKSHOPS Who’s pulling Whose Strings NEEDS YOU! All through July All Spectacle Workshops are FREE.

Who’s Pulling Whose Strings? Spectacle & Street Entertainment

Sunday 4 August | Street Entertainment Afternoon : 1pm 9pm, Spectacle: 5pm - 6pm | Callan Town Centre | Free Join us for the Abhainn Rí Spectacle and afternoon of street entertainment. We invite you to spend the afternoon enjoying free family activities like crafty workshops, drawing fun, street food, face painting and live music to name a few. As the day turns to evening, let the Abhainn Rí Festival Workshop participants WOW you with their incredible Puppet Extravaganza: Who’s Pulling Whose Strings? The Abhainn Rí Festival Spectacle will bring a burst of energy to the streets of Callan again this

summer. Tiny finger puppets will dance through the streets and lurk around corners, while enormous puppets tower over the crowds in this lively whimsical puppet extravaganza. Who’s Pulling Whose Strings will see music, theatre and visual art ignite the imaginations of all who take part and create memories that will last. WHO’S PULLING WHOSE STRINGS IS FUNDED THROUGH AN ARTS COUNCIL STREET ARTS /SPECTACLE PROGRAMME ACTIVITY FUND AWARD

Central to the Abhainn Ri Festival is participation – join in with a variety workshops in the weeks leading up to and during the festival that are open to children, youth and adults. Workshops in bunting making, up-cycling, festival float building, puppet making both large and small, stilt walking and interactive theatre and improvisation are just a few of the jam packed workshops we have scheduled. We also need puppet-sitters; face painters; performers and general all round street theatre enthusiasts! We invite you to cook up a showstopper of a street theatre spectacle that will put Callan firmly on the map this summer! For more information look out for the Spectacle workshops brochure and to book your workshop place info@ abhainnrifestival.com / 087 6494758

Time: 12.30pm Ages 8 -12yrs

Materials Playground: Costume making Duration: Week long workshops

Mon 15th – Friday 19th or Mon 22nd - Friday 26th July Time: 10am -4pm Ages 12+

Touching the Sky Workshop: Stiltwalking Duration: Two day workshops

Dates:Mon 29th, Tues 30th , Wed 31st July and Thurs 1st August Time: 11am-2pm Ages 14+

Whimsical Worlds and Performing Puppets Duration: Two week workshop

Thurs 4th until Saturday 20th Time: 10am-4pm Ages 14+

Capture The Magic: Film Documentary Skills Duration: Five day workshop

Weds 31st July, Thurs 1st, Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd & Sun 4th August Time: 10am-4pm Ages 12+

The Giant Puppet Team Duration: six day workshop

Free workshops for all ages include:

Dates: Mon15th, Tues16th, Weds17th July and Tues 23rd, Weds 24th, Thurs25th July Time: 10am-4pm Ages 14+

Finger Puppet Workshop

Creating a Scene: Traditional Puppet Booths

Duration: 2 hour workshops

Wed 24th, Thurs 25th, Fri 26th & Sat 27th July Time: 10am Ages 5 -7 Time: 12.30pm Ages 8 -12

Flashmob Workshop Duration: 1 hour workshops

Wed 31st July or Thurs 1st or Fri 2nd August Time: 11am Ages 5 -7 yrs

Duration: 4 day workshops

Dates: Mon29th,Tue30th, Wed31st July, Thu1st Aug Time: 10am-4pm Ages 14+


LITERATURE Down Memory Lane: reading with Joe Kearney

Thursday 1st August | 9pm | The Big Wheel | Free The festival is delighted to welcome ‘back home’ the award winning Callan poet and documentary maker, writer and broadcaster Joe Kearney. Join us for an intimate reading in the homely setting of The Big Wheel. Many of Joe Kearney’s radio pieces and documentaries were influenced by his early life in Callan. His film on the life of the late fiddler Mickey Finn also from Callan, received an award at the New York Film Festival. The memory box

THEATRE KCAT’s Equinox Theatre presents

The Memory Box Wednesday 31st July, Thursday 1st August, Friday 2nd August, Saturday 3rd August | KCAT Art & Study Centre | 8pm | €12/8 | Suitable for ages 12+ KCAT’s Equinox Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Memory Box.

A dystopian world in which people who are different are feared, persecuted and hunted. Memory Box tells the terrifying tale of an extraordinary man who journeys to escape the regime of oppression shrouding the land, armed only with his memories. Equinox is a bold, beautiful, brilliant and brave ensemble. Artists with learning difficulties and disabilities work in collaboration with other professional theatre practitioners to create work that challenges and delights both its makers and its audience. “…raises the bar for our understanding of the word ensemble…Aristophanes would approve.” Irish Theatre Magazine (On (The Making of) The Frogs After Aristophanes, 2012)

Comedy Night Tuesday 30 July | Scruffy Duffy’s Bar and Restaurant | 9pm | Free An exciting new chapter of the festival is the premiere of a comedy night. The acts will include some of the regular performers of the Callan Variety Club as well as some fresh new faces. So come along, relax and laugh with some of the finest talent Callan has to offer. Punch & Gallagher present

A Practical Guide to Women Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd August | Old Co-Op | 9.30pm | €12/8 Co Written and performed by Damian Punch. Co Written and Directed by Donal Gallagher

A Practical Guide to Women is a darkly comic insight into the psyche of an uncommon Irish bachelor. A self help lecture for the tragically inept, it comes complete with impractical demonstrations. From first date to final fling, Michael McManus will selflessly share his knowledge and wisdom.

SPORT John Locke’s Bank Holiday Juvenile Tournament Sunday 4th August | 1pm parade, 2pm tournament | John Locke’s Park / Fair Green This annual festival of young hurlers (under 9’s and under 12’s) from all over the county is a highlight of Callan’s sporting year. See the future stars of the parish and county trying out their skills and displaying the enthusiasm that makes Kilkenny hurling legendary. A number of the present Kilkenny team have taken part in this tournament when they were young.

RELIGION Festival Mass - Festival of Priesthood

Fr. William Dalton, P.P. - Ruby Jubilarian; Fr. Jim O’ Halloran SVD - Golden Jubilarian. All are invited to special Mass and refreshments in Parish Hall afterwards.

PUB TRAIL Sunday 28th July: Rhythm & Roots | Grogan’s | 9pm Sunday 28th July: Trad Night | Old Charter House Sunday 28th July: Darts Tournament | Cosy Inn Monday 29th July: Castlecomer Minstrels | Keogh’s | 9pm Tuesday 30th July: Comedy Night | Scruffy Duffy’s | 9pm Wednesday 31st July | Pool Night | Mickey’s Bar | 9pm Thursday 1st August: Down Memory Lane: Reading with Joe Kearney | The Big Wheel | 8pm

Saturday 27th July | 6.30pm | Parish Church

Friday 2nd August: Trad Session | Hourigan’s | 9pm

Four priests celebrate jubilees of ordination: Fr. Philip O’Halloran MHM - Silver Jubiliarian; Fr. Jim Greene, White Fathers of Africa - Silver Jubilarian;

Saturday 3rd August: DJ Buns and Tony | Scruffy Duffy’s | 10pm Sunday 4th August | the Steppes Bar | DJ Twister | 9pm


KCAT Studio presents

The Tropics of Callan Declan Byrne, Thomas Barron, Lorna Corrigan, Mary Cody, Jack Foskin, George McCutcheon, Francis Casey, Fergus Fitzgerald, Andrew Pike, Jason Turner, Sinead Fahey, Karl Fitzgerald, Margaret Walker, Eileen Mulrooney André van Schaijk - Slievenamon

André van Schaijk - Slievenamon 2

VISUAL ARTS Visual Art Trail Saturday 3rd August | 3pm - 5pm | Start at Old Co-op The Visual Art strand is a showcase of the vibrant artistic life of Callan and its surrounds.

Join us for a celebration of all of the visual art exhibitions on the Visual Art Trail, from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday 3rd August. Begin at the Old Co-op on Green St, where you will find The Tropics of Callan, and A site of knowing:unknowing and some light refreshments. Follow from here to The Lie of the Land in the Macra na Feirme Hall, and on to Lower Bridge Street for Micheal Holly’s Liturgical Orientation. The trail finishes in Fennelly’s where you will see Holy Bubbles, by Castlecomer artist Lucy McKenna.

Sunday 28th July – Sunday 4th August | 12pm to 5pm | Old Co-Op The Tropics of Callan features large works by 14 artists from the now famous KCAT Studio. The artists have been together for the last 15 years and were the focus of Living Colour, the documentary film shown on RTE. Their artistic development continues and is visible in this latest show. The exhibition gives the chance to catch the first public viewing of the dramatic style developments in Mary Cody’s striking new paintings and catch glimpses of local landscapes in the canvases of Margaret Walker and Eileen Mulrooney.

The Lie of the Land Bernadette Kiely, and André van Schaijk

Sunday 28th July – Sunday 4th August | 12pm to 5pm | Macra Na Feirme Hall A two person show of new work by two Kilkenny artists, Bernadette Kiely, and André van Schaijk, whose practices find synthesis in the character of the local landscape and a consideration of the pace. Taking her impetus from the riverside setting of her studio in Thomastown, Kiely has spent a number of years watching the pace of the river Nore and the slow and steady life around it. Van Schaijk has been living in Ballytobin for the last 13 years, the isolated form of Slievenamon has been looming in the landscape which surrounds his home, and has been the focus of his work. The exhibition curated by Hollie Kearns will continue during the Kilkenny Arts Festival, at the Friary, Callan.

Fennelly’s Curates As a unique part of the Abhainn Ri Festival, curator Etaoin Holahan has invited three contemporary artists to undertake a residency at Fennelly’s. This series of residencies in the town has resulted in three new bodies of work that respond in different ways to past events in Callan and its surrounds (from the sensational to the incidental) and examining how there may be potential contemporary echoes that still exist in present day. The works are presented in three sites around the town.

Holy Bubbles Lucy McKenna

Sunday 28th July – Sunday 4th August |12pm to 5pm | Fennelly’s In her new artwork Lucy McKenna has researched local stories connected with folklore and belief systems, how these relate to certain structures in the town, and how we interpret these stories today. McKenna is interested in the search for answers, and how natural mysteries and their effects are explained and used in local ways. Her practice analyses the behavioural acts of ‘seeing’ and ‘measuring’ the mysterious.

Liturgical Orientation Michael Holly

Sunday 28th July – Sunday 4th August | 12pm to 5pm | Lower Bridge Street Artist Michael Holly, in association with The Cashen Trust has invested in a new work, Liturgical Orientation that teases out the nuanced histories of Callan. This work represents the result of research made during an artist residency at Fennelly’s in a queasy museum, in a parafictional envelope. His research and visual art practice is concerned with the development of myth by, and within public

Liturgical Orientation, Michael Holly

institutional models, and with the effect that this myth-making has on individual and national identities.

A site of knowing:unknowing Helena Tobin

Sunday 28th July – Sunday 4th August |12pm to 5pm | Old Co-op Helena Tobin presents a mixed media installation of work referencing the burning of Bridget Cleary, which is the focus of a larger body of research by the artist. The work concentrates on a particular period of time (three days) when Michael Cleary (her husband) having killed her, awaited her return at a nearby hill convinced he had killed a changeling. Through this installation Tobin explores the overlap of belief and action through a study of a time where judgment is suspended, where there is uncertainty as to whether the outcome will fall on the side of good or bad, whether the protagonist will be defined as hero or villain.


Kingsriver, Bernadette Kiely

Wednesday 31 July 1 pm

Lunchtime Walking Talk: The Big Chapel

Meet at Old Co-op

Heritage

FREE

7 pm

Filmdinner with Lorcan Finnegan

Fennelly’s

Film/Food

€30

8 pm

The Memory Box

KCAT

Theatre

€12/€8

Thursday 01 August 1 pm

Lunchtime Walking Talk: the Callan Workhouse Meet at Old Co-op

Heritage

FREE

8 pm

The Memory Box

Theatre

€12/€8

9 pm

Down Memory Lane, reading with Joe Kearney The Big Wheel

Literature

FREE

9.30 pm

Peter Brabazon

Fennelly’s

Music

€5

9.30 pm

Town Hall Dancing: Country & Ceilí

Town Hall

Music

€10

9.30 pm

A Practical Guide to Women

Old Co-Op

Theatre

€12/€8

KCAT

Friday 02 August

Festival Programme Saturday 27 July

6.30 pm

Festival Mass

Parish Church

Religion

FREE

Sunday 28 July 1.30pm

Field Day Gathering (Dog Show 2 pm)

Abbey Meadow

Family Event €3(kids free)

9 pm 9 pm 9 pm

Rhythm & Roots

Grogan’s

Music

FREE

Old Fashioned Games Night

Fennelly’s

Games

€2

Trad Night

Old Charter House

Music

FREE

Monday 29 July 1 pm

Lunchtime Walking Talk: Moate Field

Meet at Old Co-op

Heritage

6 pm

Microgrid Demonstration

Westcourt

Environment FREE

7.30 pm

Brazilian Night

l’Arche Café

Food

€25

9 pm

Castlecomer Minstrels

Keogh’s

Music

FREE

FREE

Tuesday 30 July 1 pm

Lunchtime Walking Talk: John Locke’s GAA

Meet at Old Co-op

Heritage

7 pm

Forest and Nature Walk

Kyledohir Woods

Environment FREE

8 pm

Supper Banquet

Fennelly’s

Film/Food

€15

9 pm

Comedy Night

Scruffy Duffy’s

Comedy

FREE

FREE

10 am 1 pm 8 pm 8 pm 9 pm 9.30 pm 10 pm

Inclusion Summer School

Parish Hall

Inclusion

FREE

Lunchtime Walking Talk: Keogh’s Bakery

Meet at Old Co-op

Heritage

FREE

Book Launch and CBS Reunion

CBS

Heritage

FREE

The Memory Box

KCAT

Theatre

€12/€8

Trad Night

Hourigan’s

Music

FREE

A Practical Guide to Women

Old Co-Op

Theatre

€12/€8

We Cut Corners

Fennelly’s

Music

€12/€8

Saturday 03 August

3 pm 8 pm 8 pm 9.30 pm

10 pm

Visual Arts Trail The Memory Box Laoise O’Brien A Practical Guide to Women

Start at Old Co-op Visual Art FREE KCAT Theatre €12/€8 Convent Chapel Music €12/€8 Old Co-Op Theatre €12/€8

Live Concert with Special Guest(s)

Fennelly’s Music €5

Sunday 04 August

1 pm 1 pm 2 pm 2 pm 5pm 9 pm 9.30 pm

FREE

Juvenile Hurling Parade

Green Street

Sports

Street Entertainment

Green Street

Family Event FREE

Juvenile Hurling Tournament

John Locke’s Park

Sports

FREE

Battle of the Bands

The Old Co-Op

Music

FREE

Who’s Pulling Whose Strings?

Green Street

Family Event FREE

The Juicing Room (Closing Party)

Fennelly’s

Music/Food €5

Come On Live Long

The Old Co-Op

Music

€12/€8


Photography: Brian Cregan

Realised I Could Go Home Backwards’ was released in the UK in March 2013. It was previously released in Ireland and was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year. An intimate gig in the barnyard, by the Fennelly’s fire pits, this promises to be a very special event. Hot Press 4****..lyrics are great throughout, reminiscent of Belle & Sebastian at their most sweetly caustic.”

DJ Buns and Tony Saturday 3rd August | 10pm | Scruffy Duffys | Free Join local Callan DJ’s for a night of house and rap mash ups in Scruffy Duffy’s with drinks promotions and more on the night. This is an over-18s event for the Callan party animals! I Draw Slow, Old Coop Amphitheatre 2012

MUSIC Rhythm & Roots Sunday 28th July | 9pm | Grogan’s | Free Come and enjoy the atmosphere and music from a live Rhythm and Roots band.

Castlecomer Minstrels Monday 29th July | 9pm | Keogh’s | Free Happy go lucky, sing along songs from by gone days. Started in the fifties, the Minstrels reformed some three years ago. A guaranteed great night out.

Peter Brabazon and Friends Thursday 1st August | 9.30pm (doors open 8pm) | Fennelly’s | €5 Peter Brabazon, based in Callan is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, storyteller and poet who, over the years has released CD’s, plays, and collections

Laoise O’Brien of short stories and poetry. Fennelly’s is delighted to welcome Peter Brabazon and Friends and will be serving wonderful Gumbo to warm your cockles.

Town Hall Dancing: Country and Ceili Thursday 1st August | doors open 9.30pm | Parish Hall | €10 inc. refreshments A powerful summer’s evening entertainment awaits you as Callan returns to the era of Town Hall Dancing. The Dancehall, overlooking the town of Callan, boasts one of the finest dancefloors in the Southeast. The Festival Committee proudly presents Dermot Lyons, who hails from the Cork/ Kerry border. This promises to be a fantastic night of dancing to country and ceili music. All welcome.

We Cut Corners Friday 2nd August | 10pm (doors open 8pm) | Fennelly’s | €12 | 18+ We Cut Corners write short songs on drums and guitar. The critically acclaimed debut album ‘Today I

Saturday 3rd August | 8pm | Convent Chapel | €12/8 A Kilkenny-based musician of international standing, Laoise O’Brien has a growing reputation as a versatile recorder player. The Abhainn Rí Festival is delighted to bring her to Callan. With thanks to the Convent of Mercy, Laoise O’Brien will perform in the beautiful setting of the Convent Chapel, one of Callan’s hidden gems.

Battle of the Bands Sunday 4th August | 2pm | Old Co-Op A firm festival favourite is back with local young talent giving their best on the Old Coop amphitheatre stage.

The Juicing Room Sunday 4th of August | Doors at 9pm | Fennelly’s| €5 | 18+ We are delighted to welcome Artist Emma Haugh to present THE JUICING ROOM in Fennelly’s on the closing night of the Abhainn Ri Festival. The evenings celebrations will incorporate an exploration into the identity of a space through music and visuals

Laoise O’Brien

including clips and mashups mined from popular culture that call into question well established and accepted roles of space, object and identity.

Come On Live Long Sunday 4th August | 9.30pm | The Old Coop | €12/8 A special gig in the atmospheric amphitheatre in the Old Co-op to celebrate the end of the festival.

By combining the use of samplers, synths, ukeleles, guitars, keys and percussion Come On Live Long blend a common love for all things electronic with their folk roots to attain a sound that is both energetic and melodic. “An impressive, full-bodied, soaring widescreen sound” Jim Carroll, Irish Times


Photography: Brian Cregan

Photography: Brian Cregan

by Callan Heritage Society and is a follow on from Callan 800 which sold out within a few days of publication in 2007. Joe Kearney of ‘Radio 1 Sunday Miscellany’ fame and a native of Callan, will launch the book at a Gathering event in the school.

ARCHITECTURE Commonage presents

Workhouse Assembly Heritage Talks

HERITAGE Lunchtime Walking Talks Monday 29th July - Friday 2nd August | 1pm Daily | Meet at the old Co-op | Free Our Lunchtime Heritage walks hosted by Callan Heritage Society and Commonage proved to be a surprise hit at last years festival. Join us at lunchtime during the festival to explore the fascinating heritage of the town and meet new faces along the way! Monday: Moate Field Tuesday: John Locke’s GAA Wednesday: The Big Chapel Thursday: The Callan Workhouse Friday: Keogh’s Bakery If you have any accessibility needs please contact us prior to the tours: 087-9912001

Booklaunch and CBS Reunion Friday 2nd August | 8pm | Colaiste Eamann Ris Callan 800 (1207-2007), History & Heritage, Companion Volume contains 19 chapters written by both nationally known and local historians. It is a hard back book of some 380 pages published

Wednesday 31st July to Saturday 10th August | Callan Workhouse Workhouse Assembly is a ten-day research workshop exploring the history and future development possibilities of a semi-derelict wing of the Callan Workhouse. Workhouse Assembly is being developed as a project to inform this work and ensure that it is meaningful to the building, its history, the town and the diverse Callan community. We’re pleased to welcome a number of national and international participants to this project, as well as all the local support and participation. Join us on Thursday 1st August at 1pm, as part of the Heritage Lunchtime tours, when we will discuss the history of the buildings, and the research being done under Workhouse Assembly.

FOOD This year we’re delighted to present our brand new festival strand - FOOD! Enjoy the amazing variety of food stands at the Field Day and diverse street food during the Spectacle. Fennelly’s will have a wonderful array of food available all through the festival with special sit down suppers and late night festival food: gorgeous gumbo, freshly made flat bread and pizza from the outdoor clay oven,

Commonage meal by artist Jennie Moran, 2012

spicy spatchcocked chicken from the fired up jerk pits and delicious foraged tapas. Remember to support our local food producers and businesses when you visit over the festival week.

Brazilian Night Monday 29th July | L’Arche Cafe | Starts 7.30pm sharp | €25 The L’Arche Cafe festival food night has proved a super success in previous years, introducing the culinary delights of our diverse international community living in Callan. Come and taste the delights of a Brazilian summer time feast! Cooked by a Brazilian chef living in Callan, with the help of friends. Meal includes BYOB.

Fennelly’s Supper Banquet Tuesday 30th July | Fennelly’s | 8pm -10pm | €15 Join us in Fennelly’s for a sumptuous 3 course meal brought to you by the amazingly talented Eadaoin

Walsh (Fennelly’s Chef in Residence). A wonderful occasion to meet and eat together on one big long table in the backyard. Doors at 7.30. Sit Down at 8pm sharp. Please book in advance fennellyscallan@gmail.com. After 10pm (18+) admission €2. Screenings, music and fun till late.

Film Dinner Special with Lorcan Finnegan

Wednesday 31st July | Fennelly’s | Doors 6.30pm. Start 7pm sharp | €30 Etaoin Holahan invited Lorcan Finnegan (film maker) to screen one of his short films and also a feature film that has influenced his practice in our cinema in the back of Fennelly’s. Eadaoin Walsh will prepare delicious cinema snacks and an amazing four course meal inspired by the films to sit down to after watching them. The films are ‘Foxes’ by Lorcan Finnegan and chosen Feature ‘Safe’ by Todd Hayne. Please book in advance as numbers are limited fennellyscallan@gmail.com.


Photography: Brian Cregan

Directions: From Callan, drive towards Clonmel (N76) and take the Mullinahone Road (R692) to your right, Take the second right turn and then the first to your left. Kyledohir is on your right hand side after about a mile.

Demonstration of DC Micro Grid Innovation Project Monday 7th July | 7pm | Camphill Westcourt Farm

INCLUSION Inclusion Summer School Friday 2nd August | 10am - 4pm | Parish Hall Recognising both the diversity of people in Ireland today, and the importance of being a valued member of society, inclusion is one of the central aims for improving life in the 21st century. Social Inclusion champions a society in which minorities with differences are celebrated. What does it feel like to be elderly in Callan? Or an immigrant? Or gay? How do people with disabilities hope to be supported in Ireland? In Callan? Come and share your experiences, values and hopes with all kinds of interesting people!

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY Forest and Nature Walk Tuesday 30th July | 7pm | Kyledohir Nature Reserve With both wildlife awareness and fitness walking being more popular than ever, the annual Forest and Nature Walk has been a highlight of the Festival. This year’s event will take place in the Kyledohir Nature Reserve, led by Ranger Jimi Conroy, with thanks to the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

ArCogen International has been developing a radical new energy model for the under-developed world, where 1.2 billion people live without basic electrical energy: An affordable, sustainable, safe, modular, rapidly deployable energy solution that will empower communities. A small pilot of this system will be on display, with commentary by pioneers Rick McGrath and Tom Birney.

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS The Butterfly Project with artist Tunde Toth

Monday 29th - Wednesday 31stJuly | 1-4pm daily | Fennelly’s Take an active part in this interactive installation project, making striking, colourful butterflies while learning silk fibre papermaking and simple origami steps in a workshop setting with Tunde Toth, artist and papermaker. Participants will contribute to the ongoing, gradually growing installation as well as making a butterfly to take home. Workshops are run continuously, outdoors and/or indoors, weather permitting. Minimum participation time: 25 min. Suitable for all age groups (children from 5 years of age) Origami: €5 / participant Silk Papermaking: €9 / participant, including all art materials and your own piece to take with you.

Holy Bubbles, Lucy McKenna

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS Coolagh Cultural Evening to Celebrate the Gathering Saturday 20th July | Coolagh | 7pm All roads lead to the gentle sloping hills of Coolagh on Saturday July 20th to celebrate ‘The Gathering ‘as Ireland welcomes home all emigrants to celebrate with locals our historical and cultural values. The weekend before the Abhainn Rí Festival kicks off at Callan, the Coolagh Committee welcomes you for an evening of prayer, music, food and song. Bishop Seamus Freeman will lead visitors and locals to remember all deceased Coolagh people at the burial site surrounding the medieval ruins on Coolaghmore Hill. Afterwards you are invited to celebrate and meet with returned emigrants and visitors with an evening of food, music and song.

Newtown Cemetery Mass Friday 26th July | 7.30pm Annual gatherings have been part of life in Newtown from medieval times right through to the present day. The annual mass commenced in 1991. It is celebrated each year on the last Friday of July with refreshments served afterwards in the cemetery, reminiscent of ancient, pre-Christian Roman customs. It is a most popular event and an annual gathering for people with connections in Newtown.


THE ABHAINN Rí FESTIVAL COMMITTEE WOULD LIKE TO SINCERELY THANK ALL OF THIS YEAR’S SpONSORS: Keogh’s Bakery, Callan Co-op, Lyons Florist/Greengrocers, Strathmore Lodge, SuperValu, Callan Dentists, Mc Dowell Chemists, Madigans Chemist, Costello Chemist, Food for Life, Kerwick’s Newsagents, O’Brien’s Drapery, Callan Post Office, Oasis Beauty Salon, The Make-Up & Beauty Studio, The Edge Hairdressers, Brett Bros. Callan, Brett’s Hardware/Undertakers Mullinahone, Molloy’s Monumental Sculptors , Brett Memorials Mullinahone, The Cross Café, L’Arche Café, Crystals Chinese Restaurant, Hackett’s Grocery, Daybreak Supermarket, Hennessy’s Garage, Meagher’s Garage, Callan Credit Union, A.I.B, Mack Cleaners Clonmel, Red Mills, Kilkenny Crystal, Callan Veterinary Clinic, Ormonde Veterinary, Farmacy, O’ Donovan Accountants, Callan Tyre Co., Vokera, Unecol, Callan Tool Hire, Pristine Cleaners, J. Butlers Sweet/Grocery Shop, Callan Auto Services, Fennelly Auctioneers, Grace Auctioneers, Just Men Barbers, Brothers Barbers, The Cosy Inn, The Big Wheel, Hourigan’s Bar, Keogh’s Bar, Scruffy Duffy’s, Mickey’s Bar, the Steppes Bar, Grogan’s Bar/B&B, The Old Charter House, Doheny Crash Repairs, Barry’s Lawnmower Repairs, Camphill Community Callan, Murphy’s Butchers, Vaughan’s Chip Shop, Callan Montessori, F.B.D. Insurances Kilkenny, Avonmore, Tobin’s Bakery, Mc Corry Construction, Kilkenny Welding Supplies, Doheny Wheelie bins, Eamon Maher Bus Hire, Excel Security, Springhill Court Hotel, King T.V., CRESCO, Gabbett Firewood, Frank Kealy, Sean O’Sullivan A special word of thanks to: Josie & Nelly Lynch, Colm Lydon, Eadaoin Walsh, Liam Rice, Sean Bryan, Inga Schmager, Mark Roberts, Sisters of Mercy, Colaiste Éamann Rís, Civil Defense, Callan Parish Hall Committee, Coolagh Committee, Callan G.A.A., Macra na Feirme, Camphill Communities of Ireland, KCAT Art & Study Centre, John Lyons, Kyleathera, Brian Cregan

Festival Team Spectacle/Festival Coordinators: Carrie Lynam, Marie Barry Box Office Manager: Sinead Phelan
 Spectacle Artistic Director: Jean Conroy
 Spectacle Production Coordinator: Arly Croft The Abhainn Rí Festival is administered by Callan Community Network and programmed and delivered by a volunteer committee. Abhainn Ri Festival Committee 2013: Paul Bokslag, Teckie Brett, Mary Byrne, Antoinette Crotty, Etaoin Holahan, Hollie Kearns, Seamus Kelly, Anna Kennedy, Joe Kennedy, John Lennon, Patrick Lydon, Joe Lyons, Rosie Lynch. We would like to thank the amazing generosity of the people of Callan and environs in volunteering their time and lending their support to make this festival happen. Front cover image: Colum Lydon Programme Design: Mark Wickham


The Friary, (detail) SinĂŠad Fahey

How can I book tickets? Online: You can book online for some events. Visit www.abhainnrifestival.com In person: You can visit our festival box office from Friday July 19th to buy tickets. How can I get involved? You can take part in our many free family events, participate in workshops, visit exhibitions, enjoy theatre and talks, get involved in music, sports and food. You can also volunteer to be part of this diverse and exciting event. Volunteers will

be needed in a variety of areas including stewarding, invigilating at exhibitions, assisting at events, admin and much more. Join our exciting team! Festival Box Office Co-op, Green Street,Callan Phone: 087 339 5917 Opening hours: 12pm - 7pm Workshops/Volunteering Phone: 087 649 4758 Visit us on facebook & Follow us on Twitter

Abhainn Rí Festival Programme 2013  

Welcome to Callan’s fourth annual Abhainn Rí Festival of Participation and Inclusion. Our eight-day programme is jam-packed with exciting e...

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