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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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.

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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.

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