‘Comhaltas Tour of Ireland’ comes to West Cork in October

Posted on: 9th October, 2016

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The Clonakilty branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann has announced that the annual Comhaltas Tour of Ireland will visit West Cork this October, with an impressive line-up due to perform in Rossmore Theatre on Wednesday, October 19 (8pm start). This annual tour will be held at 14 venues throughout the country, from October 9-22 and will showcase the best of traditional talent drawn from all four Provinces of Ireland.

Each year the tour assembles a variety of established artists and up-and-coming young talent. Together the group produces a fast paced and colourful show which incorporates traditional music, dance and song that appeals to both connoisseurs and new fans alike. This year, the show has a strong West Cork connection with ‘Fear-a-tí’ Dick Beamish from the Lisavaird area and Skibbereen-based Sandra Walsh both featuring. The show will begin at 8pm sharp with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets at €10 are great value and can be reserved by calling the Rossmore Theatre box office 086 448 1086 or by calling 087 7414763 / 086 3756030.

The Comhaltas Tour marks the start of a third year of activities for the Clonakilty branch of Comhaltas, which has been promoting Irish music and culture in Ireland since 1951 and now has branches all over the world. The branch have been very active since 2014 in providing the opportunity for local musicians, dancers, and singers to come together and perform at various cultural events and historical ceremonies, as well as providing classes to advance the musicianship of younger musicians. This year has been particularly busy with performances on the streets of Clonakilty for the West Cork Special Events Scheme and various commemoration ceremonies associated with the 1916 commemorations. Members of the branch also take part in the county, provincial and All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competitions, providing a great opportunity for performers to mingle with the best as was seen in the highly successful All-Ireland Fleadh held at Ennis this year.

The branch also hosts a very popular set dancing class on a Tuesday evening at 8.30pm in the Clonakilty Hotel, as well as a number of very popular Ceilí during the year. Classes will be starting again in the coming weeks and the branch will host a Ceilí in Pike hall Lisavaird on Saturday, October 22, so get your dancing shoes on!

The branch always welcomes new members and performers so please get in contact if you are interested in performing with others or are considering learning a new instrument for you or a family member. For further details of branch activities, checkout the facebook page (Clonakilty Comhaltas) or email clon.comhaltas@gmail.com or phone 087 7414763 / 086 3756030.

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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

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