Do the (Irish) haiku and other words of nature

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

David Jackson & Paul Ó Colmáin

Was it the energy, the words, the magic apple tree at the back of DeBarra’s in Clonakilty, or simply the crisp West Cork night air? Whatever the source, Moze M. Jacobs says that poet David Jackson’s strong performance sure put a spell on the audience at Bespoken Word on February 6.

Originally from Ireland’s second city and currently living beyond Bantry (amid ancient trees) David celebrated the birth of his new collection, Good Morning New World, with a mini book tour. It started in The Roundy House (Cork) and ended in Levi’s Bar (Ballydehob), with Clonakilty as the pivot as fans of David Jackson and spoken words came in left, right, and centre.

But it is not about popularity. Jackson is a messenger; the words just pass through naturally. A relaxed attitude that inspired some gifted and charmed poets and singers (Sarah Kelly, Rosie Cargin, Nick Smith, Anton Floyd, Sacha Maire Ni Mhurchu, and Alison Ducker) to step up to the open mic. As well as two young Italians, Alessandro and Carla, who were joined by an impromptu choir of their friends.

The next Bespoken Word session on March 6 is in the capable hands of another force of nature. Paul Ó Colmáin is a musician, printmaker, author, poet, and the driving force behind the Working Artist Studios (WAS) in Skibbereen, together with his wife, artist Marie Cullen. Paul has published a number of CDs and sings in Irish as well as English. His latest offering is a collection of (mainly) Haikus, The Silence Unravelling (published by Eblana Press,).

Haiku is a poetic style that originates in Japan. It piqued Paul’s interest 11 years ago when he wanted to give a small book “as a Christmas present, a haiku for each month. It is a very condensed form; there are strict rules.” Since then he has publish a weekly haiku on his website. As he explains, “The haiku is normally used to write about nature and gives a hint as to what season it is. However, rules – particularly rules for any artistic endeavour, are made to be broken!”

Paul has discovered connections between Irish and Japanese poetry, “and folklore stories, which are almost identical”. On March 6 the session in DeBarra’s (Clonakilty) will start with a one-hour haiku workshop at 8pm (free; donations welcome), followed by a stand-up interview and open mic.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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8th March, 2018  ·  

Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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20th February, 2018  ·  

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17th February, 2018  ·  

Check out this new upbeat indie-folk track Edges, released today from Inni-K with a video by Myles O'Reilly. Inni-K will be performing at Levis’, Ballydehob on Saturday 24th February, with support from Sam Clague.
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