Welcome to Callan’s 5th annual Abhainn Rí Festival of Participation and Inclusion. We hope that once again, this year’s diverse programme will highlight the beauty and unique built heritage of our town. Join us in a celebration of creativity and community, explore the ecology of a local forest or try your hand at a new craft. Learn about the town at a lunchtime walk or come along for an afternoon of fun - there is something for all ages. We are hugely grateful to all those who have contributed to our festival with commitment and imagination and to all of you for participating in it.
20 - 29 JUNE 2014 Friday 20 7.30pm Midsummer International Dinner & Dance 8pm Cats The Musical
DAY TO DAY FESTIVAL PROGRAMME Callan Golf Course Food Parish Hall Music
3pm George McCutcheon /Exhibition Opening KCAT Art & Study Centre Visual Arts 4pm Bridge Street will be..... /Launch Bridge Street Upper Theatre 6pm Helen Comerford & Caroline Doolin/Exhibition Openings Friary & Macra Hall Visual Arts 8pm DayToNight: little xs for eyes & Rory Grubb Fennelly’s Music €5 Sunday 22 1.30 pm Abhainn Rí Festival Field Day Abbey Meadow Family €3/free 6pm on Sunday Classic Sci-Fi Movies Fennelly’s Film €2 7pm Crazy Football - Callan United versus John Lockes John Lockes /Fair Green Sport 9pm Song & Poetry Evening Hourigan’s Bar Music Monday 23 1pm Lunchtime Talks| Amhlaoibh Ó Súilleabháin meet at Old Co-op, Green St Heritage 2pm Craft Workshop with Julie Friary House Craft €8 3.30pm Cooking with Children led by Nessa Robins Parish Hall Food 7.30 pm Fred & Alice Parish Hall Theatre €10 9pm Comedy Night Scruffy Duffy’s Bar Comedy €5 Tuesday 24 1 pm Lunchtime Talks | Augustinian Legacy meet at Old Co-op, Green St Heritage 4.30pm Bat Box and Bat Habitats with Ulick Workhouse Project Space Ecology €5 2 - 5pm Bridge Street will be..... Bridge Street Upper Theatre 2 - 4pm Age Friendly Garden Design Workshop Bridge Street Studio Ecology 7 pm Forest Walk Garryricken Wood Ecology 8pm Persian Poetry Evening L’Arche Cafe Poetry 9pm 1930’s Pre-Censorship Screenings Fennelly’s Film €2 Wednesday 25 10am-12pm Community Performance Workshop Friary House Dance €8 1 pm Lunchtime Talks | Callan Workhouse meet at Old Co-op, Green St Heritage 3.30pm Origami with Narumi Friary House Craft €8 2.30pm Peter’s Bike Repairs Service Launch The Workhouse Community 2 - 5pm Bridge Street will be..... Bridge Street Upper Theatre 2 - 4pm Age Friendly Garden Design Workshop Bridge Street Studio Ecology 4.30pm Evelyn’s Film/Launch Bridge Street Studio Visual Arts Thursday 26 10am-12pm Decoupage with Geidre Friary House Craft €8 11 - 4.30pm Nimble Spaces Seminar & Workshop Day Parish Hall Architecture €15 1 pm Lunchtime Talks | Callan of the Ructions meet at Old Co-op, Green St Heritage 2 - 5pm Bridge Street will be..... Bridge Street Upper Theatre 12.30 & 3.30pm Storyweavers/Monkeyshine Theatre Workhouse Theatre €6 7pm Here be Dragons Workhouse Long Hall Theatre €12/8 8pm KCAT Animations & Party Fennelly’s Film €2 Friday 27 1 pm Lunchtime Talks | Moat Field meet at Old Co-op, Green St Heritage 2pm Sewing Circle Workhouse Project Space Craft 2 - 5pm Bridge Street will be..... Bridge Street Upper Theatre 2 - 4pm Age Friendly Garden Design Workshop Bridge Street Studio Ecology 12.30 & 3.30pm Storyweavers/Monkeyshine Theatre Workhouse Theatre €6 7pm Here be Dragons Workhouse Long Hall Theatre €12/8 8pm Kilbride Cemetery Mass Kilbride Cemetry Religion 8pm Rockabilly Rumble Fennelly’s Music €10/8 Saturday 28 10am-12pm Community Performance Workshop Friary House Dance €8 12 - 4pm Fennelly’s Creative Family Day Fennelly’s Family €5/€2 2 - 5pm Bridge Street will be..... Bridge Street Upper Theatre 2 - 5.30pm Battle of the Bands Parish Hall Music 12.30 & 3.30pm Storyweavers/Monkeyshine Theatre Workhouse Theatre €6 4pm Artist Talk with Vagabond Reviews Workhouse Visual Arts 7pm Here be Dragons Workhouse Long Hall Theatre €12/8 8pm Callan Pictorial Past Evening Parish Hall Community Sunday 29 3-8pm Children At Play Bridge Street Family 8-10pm Festival Finale: Outdoor Music & Performance Bridge Street Music 10pm The Spook of the 13th Lock Fennelly’s Music €10
S FAMILY EVENTS Abhainn Rí Festival Field Day Sun 22 | 1.30pm - 5pm | Abbey Meadow | Adults €3, Child Free Come and enjoy a fun afternoon, full of activities for all the family, in the Abbey Meadow. Don’t forget to bring your four-legged friends to the Dog Show.
VISUAL ARTS Retrospective, George McCutcheon Sun 22 - Sun 29 | 12pm - 5pm | KCAT Art & Study Centre An exhibition of paintings, sculptures and mosaics, spanning more than twenty years by founding KCAT studio member George McCutcheon.
Monkeyshine Theatre presents Story Weavers Thu 26 - Sat 28, 2 performances daily | Workhouse | €6 Thur 26: 12pm & 3.30pm Fri 27: 12pm & 3.30pm Sat 28: 12pm & 3.30pm A magical camp has arrived in the Workhouse meadow, it’s a busy place where stories are made. Bring your imagination and join the Story Weavers in their work, as they make preparations, gather inspiration and weave a brand new story. Story Weavers is an immersive, outdoor, intuitive storytelling experience for children and adults. Fennelly’s Creative Family Day Sat 28 | 12pm - 4pm | Fennelly’s, Bridge Street | €5/€2 A creative afternoon for all the family with animation, theatre and food bought to you by Cartoon Saloon, Fregoli Theatre Company and Fennelly’s.
Dormant Structures, Helen Comerford Sun 22 - Sun 29 | 12pm - 5pm | Macra Na Feirme Hall A solo show of new work comprising of smallscale drawings of the structure of trees, not from observation so much as from images left in memory.
Children At Play Sun 29 | 3 pm - 8pm | Bridge Street The 6th Class students of Bunscoil McAuley Rice invite you to occupy Bridge Street with them in a festive atmosphere of street games and food. A special project for the Abhainn Rí Festival devised by London based architects Studio Weave as part of the FORECAST Project. THEATRE CallBack theatre presents Fred & Alice Mon 23 | 7.30pm |Parish Hall | €10 A blistering head wreck played at a hilarious pace! From their days in care, to independent living, Fred and Alice negotiate the perils and pitfalls of life and love. Come see this joyous celebration of individuality. **** Whirling Comedy - The Irish Times.
mirror source | ghost pulse, Caroline Doolin Sun 22 - Sun 29 | 12pm - 5pm | The Friary Explores the translation of natural space and place via various forms of rational and non rational interface. An exhibition with video, sculpture and narrative retelling. Curated by Etaoin Holahan. Evelyn’s Film, Evelyn Morrissey & John Conway Sun 22 - Sun 29 | 12pm - 5pm | Bridge Street Studio Evelyn is a student at WIT and KCAT, she is also a wheelchair user. Made in collaboration with artist John Conway this film installation is a visual account of Evelyn’s experience of moving through Callan. HERITAGE Lunchtime Walking Talks Mon 23 - Fri 27 | 1pm Daily, 1 hr | Meet at old Co-op Mon: Amhlaoibh Ó Súilleabháin - led by Margaret O’Grady Tues: Augustinian Legacy Wed : CallanWorkshouse Thur: Callainn an Chlompair (Callan of the Ructions) Fri: Callan’s Moat Field: an undiscovered archaeological treasure - led by Coilin O’Driscoil Join us at lunchtime during the festival to explore the fascinating heritage of our town. If you have any accessibility needs please contact us: 087-9912001
SPORT Crazy Soccer - Callan United Versus John Lockes Sun 22 | 7pm| John Lockes Park / Fair Green Join us in a fun game led by teams from Callan United and John Lockes GAA. Bridge Street will be..... RELIGION Sun 22 - Sun 29 | 2pm - 5pm daily | Bridge Street Re-energising Bridge Street with a caffeine hit! Kilbride Cemetery Mass Equinox Theatre Company invites you to - “come to our Fri 27 | 8pm | Kilbride Cemetry new pop-up Café for a cup of tea or coffee on us. In Callan’s annual Kilbride Cemetery Mass. exchange we want you to share your thoughts of Bridge ECOLOGY Street how it was, how it is and how it could be.” Forest Walk Here be Dragons Tue 24 | 7 pm | Garryricken Woods Thur 26 - Sat 28 | 7pm| Workhouse Long Hall | €12/8 Jimi Conroy, Wildlife Ranger of National Parks and Everybody has a story to tell. This year I invite you to be Wildlife Service, will lead a walk through the little part of my story. My name is Fintin Kelly. I am an acknown Nature Reserve in the Garryricken Woods. tor. Callan is my home. You and I walk the same streets COMEDY every day. What do you see? I’ll tell you what I see! But Comedy Night be warned.... “HERE BE DRAGONS!”. A multi-media Mon 23 | 9pm | Scruffy Duffy’s Bar | €5 production that incorporates both live action and film. Special guest Eleanor Tiernan from RTE’s Irish Humourous, imaginative, fun and in your face. Pictorial Weekly joins an evening of local comedy talent. bookings: KCAT Art & Study Centre - 056 77551115
Midsummer International Dinner & Dance Fri 20 | 7.30pm | Callan Golf Course | €20 Join the Abhainn Rí Festival for a very special evening. A three course Italian, Korean and Ukranian meal followed by music with the Highway Men.
Nimble Spaces Seminar & Workshop Day Thur 26 | 11am - 4.30pm | Parish Hall | €15 (lunch included) An inclusive seminar and workshop day to imaginatively explore how we share, shape and design our homes and living spaces. Booking: 085 229 2973 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Persian Poetry & Music Tue 24 | 8pm | L’Arche Cafe Readings from the book of Prison Poems by Iranian poet Mavash Sabat. The readings will be interspersed with Persian music and chant. Film & Food Nights at Fennelly’s - till late | Fennelly’s | €2 Sun 22 Sunday Classic Sci-Fi Movies (from 6pm) Tue 24 1930’s Pre-Censorship screenings (from 9pm) Thur 26 Celebrate KCAT’s 15th Birthday with animations from KCAT’s archives and delicious food. (from 8pm) MUSIC
WIT Student Architecture Exhibition Sun 22 - Sun 29 | 12pm - 5pm | Bridge Street Studio Exhibition of WIT Architecture students projects based on Abbey Field River Walk and Building in Context (cohousing in Callan centre).
Cats the Musical Thurs 19, Fri 20, Sat 21 | 8pm | Parish Hall JPR Productions/Starlight present their 10th Anniversary production live onstage in Callan with a cast made up of over 70 talented local children. Booking: 083 118 7801/ email@example.com
DayToNight: little xs for eyes & Rory Grubb Sat 21 | 8pm | Fennelly’s | €5 We welcome back little xs for eyes and Rory Grubb for a truely upbeat midsummer night of tunes in the courtyard of Fennelly’s. Song & Poetry Evening Sun 22 | 9pm | Hourigan’s | Free An evening of song and poetry led my musician Peter Brabazon and Philly Lynch. Rockabilly Rumble Fri 27 | 8pm | Fennelly’s | €10/€8 Step back in time to the 1950’s with the help of the Rockabilly Rumble crew - costumes, movies and dance COMEDY lessons! Battle of the Bands Sat 28 | 2pm-5.30pm | Parish Hall | €2 Unexpected new sounds from youth bands and solo musicians. All welcome to participate. The Spook of the 13th Lock Sun 29 | 10pm | Fennelly’s | €10 A very special gig in the courtyard at Fennelly’s. The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock match Irish folk and traditional sounds with more modern experimental rock.
Artist Talk with Vagabond Reviews Sat 28 | 4pm | Workhouse Project Space A presentation considering the history of labour and confinement, from the Hôpital Général in Paris in 1650, to Dublin Lockout in 1913, through to Vagabond Reviews current work, the (In)Visible Labour Factorium. WORKSHOPS Adult Craft Workshops Friary House | Mill Street | € 8 Mon 10am-12pm Nature Crafts with Julie Tue 3.30pm - 5.30pm Origami with Narumi Thu 10am-12pm Decoupage with Geidre Fri 2pm - 5pm Sewing Circle (at The Workhouse) Children’s Craft & Ecology Workshops 4.30pm - 5.30pm |Workhouse Project Space, Prologue | € 5 Monday Craft Workshop with Geidre Tuesday Bat Boxes & Habitats with Ulick Wednesday Craft Workshop with Geidre
(children must be accompanied by an adult)
Children’s Cookery Workshop Mon 23 | Parish Hall | 3.30pm - 5pm | € 5 Children’s cookery workshop with Nessa Robins (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Home Place: A Community Performance Workshop Wed 26 & Sat 28 | 10am - 12pm | Friary House Using theatrical devising techniques to generate movement and text that reflect the local landscape of Callan. Led by dancer Jessica Bonenfant Coogan. Age Friendly Garden Design Workshop Tue 24, Wed 25, Fri 26 | 2 - 4pm| Bridge Street Studio Collaborative Design Workshop with a group of 8-12 older people, a first stage of the development of an Age Friendly Garden to be built in the Abbey Meadow. COMMUNITY
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Peter’s Bike Repairs Service Launch Wed 25 | 2.30pm | The Workshouse Peter Lawlor launches his new bike repair workshop and in celebration invites you to join him and his friends for a cup of tea.
Festival Finale: Outdoor Music & Performance Sun 29 | 8-10pm | Bridge Street Celebrate the closing of the festival with music, food and performance on and around Callan’s medieval street.
Callan Pictorial Past Evening Sat 28 | 8pm -10pm | Parish Hall An evening to share pictures and stories from the recent and distant past.
THE ABHAINN Rí FESTIVAL COMMITTEE WOULD LI KE TO SINCERELY THANK ALL OF THIS YEAR ’S SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS: Keogh’s Bakery, Callan Co-op, Lyons Florist/Greengrocers, Food for Life, Strathmore Lodge, Aoine Landweer-Cooke, Riversdale B&B, Expand Now Print, Excel Security System, SuperValu, Campion Pumps, Callan Dental Practice, McDowell Pharmacy, Madigans Pharmacy, Costello Pharmacy, Kerwick’s Newsagents, O’Brien’s Drapery, Callan Post Office, 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, 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, Steppes Bar, Grogan’s Bar/B&B, Doheny Crash Repairs, Barry’s Lawnmower Repairs, Murphy’s Butchers, Vaughan’s Chip Shop, Callan Montessori, F.B.D. Insurances Kilkenny, Avonmore, Iverk Produce, Celtic Stone Craft, Tobin’s Bakery, Mc Corry Construction, Kilkenny Welding Supplies, Doheny Wheelie Bins, Eamon Maher Bus Hire, Excel Security, Springhill Court Hotel, King T.V., Frank Kealy, Josie & Nelly Lynch, Civil Defense, Fergus Horgan, Mary Butler, Barry Henriques, Jimmy McCormack, Callan Variety Show, Callan Parish Hall Committee, Callan Heritage Society, John Lockes G.A.A., Callan United, Macra na Feirme, An Garda Siochana, Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny Leader Partnership, Arts Council of Ireland, KCAT Art & Study Centre, Camphill Community Callan, Bunscoil McAuley Rice. The Abhainn Rí Festival is administered by Callan Community Network and programmed and delivered by a volunteer committee. Abhainn Ri Festival Committee 2014: Paul Bokslag, Teckie Brett, Mary Byrne, Sean Butler, Antoinette Crotty, Etaoin Holahan, Hollie Kearns, Seamus Kelly, Anna Kennedy, John Lennon, Patrick Lydon, Joe Lyons, Rosie Lynch. We would like to thank the amazing generosity of the people of CalWe 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. A special thank you to our group of core volunteers, Mella Cahill, Rachel Runswick and Sinead Phelan. You can visit our festival box office from Friday 20th of June. Festival Box Office OldCo-op, Green Street, Callan
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raft. Learn about the town at a lunchtime walk or come along for an afternoon of fun - there is something for all ages. We are hugely grateful to all those who have contributed to our festival with commitment and imagination and to all of you for participating in it.