March on

Posted on: 8th March, 2016

Category: Music

Contributor: Mark Holland

Hunky Dory Music Shop in Spillers Lane, Clonakilty stocks a huge range of instruments, accessories, CDs and vinyl. Contact Mark on 023 8834982 or pop in to have a listen.

Seasons changing are so stimulating; each one prepares you for the next, there is joy, delight and dread in all of them and not like we have any choice but you wouldn’t swap one for the world. As a ‘scorpion’, i.e. born in October, I always thought that the Autumn was my season, but I was quite taken aback the first time someone said to me how much they were looking forward to the winter?  A big long excuse to cut the short day short, get the stove or fire going, stay in and snuggle up, or head out early for a bit of craic.

As the days get longer everything starts happening a bit later, and around here later becomes so late — we are so far north of the equator that our time change from deep winter to deep summer is so extreme that I think its remarkable that we are all, subsequently, quite as sane as we are. I know the seasons also change for our continental brethren but not even close to the same degree — it’s got to do with the twilight, dusk, or whatever you might call it.

But now March is coming upon us with a vengeance and it’s all happening. For us here in Ireland the whole Patrick’s weekend thing is the major turning point, equinox for daylight balance, hopefully temperatures doing something similar, tourists coming back and us all thinking about going out again.

Since last we were talking, Levis’s corner house in Ballydehob has won the IMRO Munster Live Music Venue for 2015; we all love a winner, and well done to Joe, Caroline and the crew down there and well-deserved for the imaginative effort they have put in to reinventing the place. They are all over the space with a Patrick’s weekend special on March 19 with Cork stalwarts Stargazers, Jazz/Swingin’ around the place since the 1980s with their vocal harmonies and acoustic set of 20s/30s inspiration.

Connolly’s in Leap are building on what has surely been a phenomenal reopening season for them with a mid-month visit on Saturday, March 12 by Cork duo Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson collectively known as Fish Go Deep with their awaited ‘Fish Go South’ set of House treats bringing us back to the to the heydays of Sweat in Sir Henry’s and beyond.  The production duo have been releasing on their own label since 1997 with two albums and a rake of EPs under their belt, it will be fun.

In the meanwhile De Barra’s, with respect to every other music venue on the planet, is literally on fire! Packing in the goods in anticipation of the Patrick’s day session they’ve got The Vincents launching an album, supported by local bad boy Arty P. on March 11, Strange Attractor on March 12, with loads more for the following weekend with the Bruce Unger Band on March 18 and my favourites Jester on March 19 — we are truly spoiled.

Having had a difficult December and January to deal with, we had the terrible news on February 2 of the loss of Fergus O’Farrell, so passionately regarded here in his West Cork home, but also so highly regarded farther afield.

With his band Interference, Fergus launched the very first of the Other Voices gigs in Dingle in 2003, and what a wonderful recording, listen again and again if you get the chance. Aside from his music, his visual art was also so unique, powerful…words fail. We could do with a break, March on…

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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.

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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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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Vikings talk in Clonakilty!

“The Viking Gold and Silver Hoards from County Cork” is the topic of the next Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage lecture on Thursday 22nd at the Parish Centre starting at 8pm.

It will be delivered by John Sheehan, senior lecturer in the Archaeology Department, UCC and a former member of the Heritage Council and the Board of the National Museum of Ireland.

The Vikings were an important presence in Ireland for over two centuries. As well as inflicting great terror they were also responsible for introducing urbanism and new economic systems to the country.

In this talk the focus will be on the economy, looking at the gold and silver hoards that were buried in Co. Cork. It will also explore how these hoards were discovered, what happened to them, and where they are now!
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Bandon Toastmasters is a club that helps people overcome Glossophobia, a fear of public speaking. The club is holding a night of inspirational and motivational speakers on February 22 that is a must for anybody wishing to overcome this phobia.
Tickets can be purchased either on the club's facebook page or through eventbrite.
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