Bloomsday to be celebrated in Clonakilty with a Joycean breakfast for all

Posted on: 8th June, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

June is going to be an exciting month for Clonakilty’s fans of The pSoken Wrod. The guest speaker at the June 2 meeting in de Barra’s Folk club is Ian Wild, playwright, novelist, composer and actor, famous for his award-winning play ‘Mrs Shakespeare’. Ian will present a selection of his work from 8.30pm onwards.

June 16 is celebrated worldwide as Bloomsday and in Clonakilty The pSoken Wrod and de Barra’s Folk Club will be similarly remembering Ireland’s most influential poet and novelist, James Joyce. ‘Ulysses’, considered to be one of the most important works of modern literature, tells the story of one day in the life of Leopold Bloom – Thursday June 16, 1904 — the year Joyce met Nora Barnacle. The day was first celebrated in Ireland in 1954, the 50th anniversary of the first Bloomsday, when writers Flann O’Brien and Patrick Kavanagh visited various locations in Dublin mentioned in the book.

Celebrations will begin outside Clonakilty Post Office on Bloomsday at 11.45 am. Suitably attired in period costume and straw boaters, if one wishes, the party will saunter down Pearse Street to de Barra’s where a hearty, Joycean breakfast of blue cheese, liver, kidneys and such will be provided. There will be readings from ‘Ulysses’; among the readers will be Hennessy Award-winning poet, Afric McGlinchey and poet Brendan McCormack (the brains behind the day). Printouts of extracts from ‘Ulysses’ will be available for those who wish to read a little Joyce and savour some extracts of the day, both literary and gastronomical.

De Barra’s itself has already won the ‘James Joyce Pub Award’ as an authentic Irish pub; a plaque outside bears the inscription ‘A good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub’. The same might be said of Clonakilty.

The pSoken Wrod is indebted to Ray Blackwell, de Barra’s, Clonakilty and O’Neill’s Butchers who are sponsoring the Joycean breakfast.

Also in June, The Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival takes place from Friday to Sunday, June 19-21. Taking part in the many artistic activities planned for that weekend will be writers and poets from the pSoken Wrod – Friday June 19, de Barra’s Folk Club, 5-7pm and Saturday, June 20, the Emmet Hotel from 10pm onwards in the beer garden. For a full list of the participants see psokenwrod.blogspot.com. For a full schedule of the events visit Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival on Facebook and local press.

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SuperValu and AsIAm host unique exhibition in Clonakilty

SuperValu and AsIAm.ie will host a unique exhibition which will enable the entire town of Clonakilty to experience what it is like for people with autism to deal with the world around them. The exhibition, which is free to visit, will be hosted in the Clonakilty Parish Hall from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 27th September. The exhibition represents the final part of the four month journey the town has been on to becoming Ireland’s first ever fully accredited Autism Friendly Town and guests are invited to join on a ‘pop-in’ basis.

The exhibition uses an engaging “questions and answers” format as well as a series of activities to answer people’s questions and enable visitors to step into the shoes of those with the condition. This includes using sound, smells, touch and sight experiments to bring neurotypical (those without Autism) people into the world of those with the condition.

“People with autism often experience a sense of being overwhelmed and confused by what others see as normal life, and this exhibition will allow those attending to understand this more than they have done before,” according to the CEO of AsIAm Adam Harris. “Through visiting this exhibition we believe people will be much better equipped to engage with people with autism who they meet regularly in their day-to-day lives.”

Visitors are given an MP3 player which gives them an audio guide through 15 stages which allow them experience different aspects of life with autism.

Under SuperValu and AsIAm’s guidance, the town of Clonakilty has undertaken a commitment to become fully Autism Friendly – a first for anywhere in Ireland. Over the last four months Adam Harris, founder of AsIAm, and his team have been working with the entire community to receive official Autism Friendly Accreditation.

To do this the town as a whole must deliver:

Engagement and training 25% of businesses and voluntary organisations
Engagement and training of 50% of public services
Engagement and training of 50% of school communities
Engagement and training of 50% of healthcare professionals
Engagement of 3 employers
Reaching 25% of the town’s population
The town has almost reached these targets with this exhibition representing the last piece of the journey reaching and educating as many of the community as possible.

The exhibition was developed by the AsIAm Youth Leadership Team, a group of young people with Autism who act as advocates for the organisation. It is part of a larger campaign to engage young people in Autism issues which includes a social media campaign and a website, youthhub.asiam.ie

Around 1 in 65 people in Ireland live with Autism and are to be found in every community and school in the country. They apply for every type of job but are often misunderstood, excluded or left behind due to a lack of understanding in society.
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