Let the games begin in Clonakilty

Posted on: 18th January, 2016

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The streets and venues of Clonakilty once again become a playground for all ages for the third annual Clonakilty Games Festival running from February 19 to 21.

The festival begins at 7pm on Friday, February 19 at O’Donovan’s Hotel when Pirate Pete presents his Magic and Puppet Show. Pirate Pete sailed up the Lee 15 years ago and quickly became Cork’s favorite family entertainer. A skilled magician and a puppet master, his show both entertains and mystifies, mixing classic magic with comedy and slapstick. It is gentle enough for the younger souls, and sophisticated enough for the older crewmates. No matter what the age, they will be entertained and amused. And Pete never arrives alone — the whole crew travels with him, including Oscar the mischievous parrot and Chico the talking monkey.

Between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 20, drop in to a participating venue of your choice to learn, play or watch your favorite game. O’Donovan’s Hotel will host ‘Mind Sports’ such as Chess, Backgammon, Draughts and Tara; along with other favorites such as Monopoly and Sjoelen (Dutch Shuffleboard). The Emmet Hotel will host ‘Word Games’ such as Scrabble and Bananagrams; Card Games such as Canasta; and Irish game, ‘30 Seconds’. DeBarra’s Folk Club will host ‘Alternative Games’ such as Netrunner and Dominion.

In addition, between 12noon and 2pm on the Saturday there will be a special Animal Mask Making Workshop in preparation for Sunday’s Native Woodland Creature Search.

Between 10.30am and 12noon on Sunday is a favourite event; the annual hide and seek around Clonakilty Town Centre. Find and collect a paw print from each of the native woodland creatures hiding around the town: Hare, Toad, Falcon, Wren, Stag and Fox. Come disguised as a native woodland creature and join in the search. The fun starts promptly at 10.30am at Asna Square, ending 12noon at the same place.

All events are free. Twitter @clonakiltygames; Facebook ‘Clonakilty Games Festival’; or www.clongamesfest.com to keep up-to-date.

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An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing schulldramagroup@gmail.com

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