Witches and wizards at the Clonakilty Games Festival

Posted on: 17th January, 2017

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The streets and venues of Clonakilty once again become a playground for all ages from February 10-12, 2017 at the fourth Clonakilty Games Festival.

The festival begins at 7pm on Friday, February 10 in O’Donovan’s Hotel with the return of Pirate Pete and his Magic and Puppet Show. Pirate Pete sailed up the Lee 15 years ago and quickly became Cork’s favourite family entertainer. A skilled magician and a puppet master, his show both entertains and mystifies, mixing classic magic with comedy and slapstick.

New for 2017 is Games School: where you can learn to play Backgammon, Tara and Shuffleboard in just one hour. Joining the festival this year is Tabletop Cork – Ireland’s first dedicated late night board game café. Tabletop will host a four-player Team Tournament including the games of Sequence, Codenames: Pictures, Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 Team Asia and 30 Seconds. Meanwhile ‘Paper Pet Shop’ returns with an owl mask-making workshop.

Between 10am and 4pm on Saturday February 11, drop in to a participating venue and play a game; O’Donovan’s Hotel will have Mind Sports Chess, Backgammon, Tara; Word Games Scrabble, Bananagrams, Word-up (last year’s favorite) and Shuffleboard, along with a Lego Exhibition (every entrant wins a prize!). DeBarra’s Folk Club will be hosting alternative games such as Carcassonne, Catan, Risk, Ticket to Ride, Avalon, Seven Wonders and Crooks.

The annual Hide and Seek around Clonakilty Town Centre is between 10.30am and 12noon on Sunday February 12. The theme is Harry Potter. Find the Sorting Hat, Hedwig and the seven Scrolls to win a prize – ask Dumbledore, Snape or Mad-eye Moody if you need a clue! The fun starts promptly at 10.30am in Asna Square, ending 12noon at the same place. Between 12noon and 2pm visit Richy’s Restaurant for the ‘Dress like a Wizard’ brunch.

Follow the festival on Twitter @clonakiltygames; Like on Facebook:Clonakilty Games Festival or visit www.clongamesfest.com to keep up to date. All events are free. Parental supervision is required.

Programme of events:

Fri 7pm – 8pm Magic and Puppet Show;

Sat 10am – 4pm Games School, Play Games, Lego Exhibition;

Sat 12noon – 2pm Owl Mask-making Workshop;

Sat 12noon – 6pm 4-Player Team Tournament;

Sun 10.30am – 12noon: ‘Harry Potter’ Search;

Sun 12noon – 2pm: ‘Dress like a Wizard’ Brunch.

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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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