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Bealtaine at Home

Roscommon County Council Bealtaine Programme 2021

Conversations in Portrait: An online exhibition of virtual portraits in Roscommon by artist Andy Parsons. May 1st – 31st.

Roscommon Creative Conversations: Short creative engagements between artists and participants in a nursing home or a household. If you are interested in taking part in this programme, or would like further information, please contact us at / Telephone (09066) 37271

Midwives of the Nation- Join Carnation Theatre in a performance which follows the women of 1916 Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd May 2021. Online all day Presented by Roscommon County Council Arts Office and Library Service

John Carty Teatime Tunes- Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd May @ 5.30pmtraditional musician, John Carty, will play a tune a day at tea time from the kitchen of his home near Boyle, Co. Roscommon Find them here on John’s Facebook Page:


Bealtaine Festival Roscommon: Celebrating Creativity as we Age

1st to 31st May 2021creativity is contagious

Call Out for Participants for 1 to 1 Creative Conversations

Short creative engagements between artists and older participants in a nursing home or a household

Each session is for approx. 15 minutes. Book before April 16th. To book your creative engagement Email Telephone (09066) 37271. Places are limited.


Creative Gardening with Catherine Kelly Desmond, Visual Artist

Catherine will share drawings through a series of letters or zoom calls discussing the artist and participant’s interest in gardening and nature.


Creative Journaling with Catherine Fanning, Visual Artist

Receive a bespoke artist journal which contains images, text and illustrations. A letter from Catherine and a stamped addressed card will invite the recipient to put pen to paper and let the artist know what sections of the journal you enjoyed most.


Creative Writing with Jessamine O’Connor, Writer

Work with Jessamine on a poem or short piece about your experience of the last year, and relating it to other years. This activity will take place daily during the week of May 24th.


Creative Exchange with Louise Shine, Visual Artist

Artist and participant barter a story or a skill exchange.


Creative Package with Naomi Draper, Visual Artist

Naomi will send send materials to the participant by post and then explore this further through a Zoom call. She will use natural materials found in the landscape, that connect us with traditional craft making processes.


Creative Postcards with Susan Mannion, Visual Artist

Receive a series of creative postcards from Susan and respond by letter, telephone or zoom.


Creative History with Anne-Marie O’Sullivan, Actress

Professional actress Anne-Marie O’Sullivan will share extracts from the diary and letters of Olive Hales Pakenham Mahon, recently discovered in Strokestown Park House & Museum. This exchange can take place by telephone or zoom each Friday afternoon during May.


Roscommon County Council & First Fortnight Festival presents Mental Health Matters for Artists

In 2020, the world was faced with an unprecedented health crisis which left people faced with enormous loss – loss of future, loved ones, health, income, connection and confidence. In this session, Psychotherapist Mary Mullins will outline how important it is to become aware of, and address, our own mental health in these challenging times. She will look at the importance of changing what is within our control - if it is not serving us well - and managing that which is outside of our control. Mary believes that no amount of worry will change the future and no amount of regret will change the past. Mary will present coping strategies which can help towards the development and maintenance of positive mental health. She will do all of this by touching on complex issues such as Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Bereavement and Loss and Stigma surrounding mental health. This session will engage with writers whose works were shortlisted for the New Roscommon Writing Award 2020 and are relevant to this discussion - Anne Byrne (winner), Helen Cunningham (runner-up) and Margaret Deehan.

Presented by Roscommon County Council Arts Office as part of First Fortnight Festival, supported by Healthy Ireland Keep Well Campaign.  Click on the video below to watch in full.

Mental Health Matters Video Preview

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Conversations in Portrait in Roscommon


A call out for Roscommon people age 70+ interested in participating in a virtual portrait sitting with artist Andy Parsons


As part of the government’s ‘Keep Well’ Community Resilience Campaign, Roscommon County Council and artist Andy Parsons are looking for four new participants in our Virtual Portrait Project 2021. We are looking for people in County Roscommon, age 70+ who are in a care home or cocooning at home, missing their social and cultural activities and interested in making new connections at this time. During these sessions, Andy will paint their portrait while getting to know each person and how they have responded to Covid. On completion, the portrait will be delivered to the sitter to keep, and it is hoped that a small number of close family, friends or staff will be invited to view the portrait, depending on Covid restrictions at the time. Portraits will also be exhibited in digital form on Roscommon County Council website and facebook page.


To take part, you would need to have some way to access a computer or phone for a video zoom call for two to three mornings. There are four places available and we are hoping for a balance of people across the county, living at home or in a care home in the county, male and female.


Please register interest by emailing before Friday 29th January 2021 with the subject ‘Conversations in Portrait’. We will require details of the participant’s name, age, place of residence and a few sentences about their experience of cocooning or living with Covid. Note there will be 2-3 sittings of approx. 60-90 minutes.


Part of the KEEP WELL campaign being delivered in the county by Roscommon County Council and Healthy Ireland, an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Sláintecare fund delivered by Pobal.


Attached are photos of the sitters with their portraits from the Creativity in Older Age Virtual Portrait Project 2020: Rosaleen Callery (above on zoom call with artist), Maisie Lyons, Paddy Horan, Noel Higgins


Ryan Molloy announced as composer for the King House Piano Commission 2020/21


Roscommon County Council Arts Office is pleased to announce that composer Ryan Molloy is the first recipient of this new Award. The King House Piano Commission 2020/21 marks the first in a series of music commissions by Roscommon County Council, in celebration of the grand piano at King House. The Steinway Grand Piano was purchased by Roscommon County Council in 1998 through the Arts Council Joint Purchase Scheme.


The 2020 commission to the value of €8,000 is funded by the Arts Office of Roscommon County Council together with the Arts Council of Ireland, in collaboration with Boyle Arts Festival and in association with the Contemporary Music Centre. 


Accepting the award, Ryan Molloy has said ‘I am honoured to have been selected for the King House Piano Commission and look forward to working on the new piece. I feel that the commission's themes of embracing the traditional and classical worlds, as well as local and national heritage, resonate strongly with my own performance practice and compositional voice. The call for proposals caused me to reflect on the many composer-performers that have emerged from traditional Irish music - many of whom shaped the music for future generations, from Turlough O’Carolan to Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin - and of how challenging one’s own performance can lead to new compositional ideas. I hope to explore this composer-performer duality through the course of this new work and to challenge my fellow musicians as well as myself!”


Announcing the award, Arts Officer Rhona McGrath says she is ‘looking forward to working with the composer, the musicians, Boyle Arts Festival and Caroline Wynne, project manager. King House is a stunning venue, with an array of fascinating exhibitions, in a charming historic and cultural quarter of Boyle. The Main Salon and the Grand Piano are the heart and soul of King House and fittingly all corridors lead there. We look forward to those corridors and rooms being filled again with the sounds and sights of Boyle Arts Festival in 2021. The commission, to be premiered during the festival, will merge the worlds of classical and traditional music, celebrating the history and heritage of the county through uplifting, exceptional music, reflecting the lives of Roscommon people.’




Towards Hospitable Creative Practices

Live Zoom Discussion Event

Friday 27 November 2020, 10:00 - 12:30


Ground Up Artists invite you to an online round table discussion that aims to share and disseminate insights and learning from the Tar Isteach project which engaged with ‘New Irish’ residents and citizens in Salthill, Galway City, Lisdoonvarna Co. Clare and Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon via a series of encounters, meetings and workshops.


Hosted by Bealtaine / Age & Opportunity and Co Hosts: Commission Partners, Clare County Council, Galway City Council & Roscommon County Council Arts Services.


To register see:


As the project reaches its conclusion, the artists now wish to revisit their original questions, informed by the research of their practice.


- Who speaks? Who gains? Who has leverage?

- Can creating a poetic space support wellbeing for some?

- How can artists remain ‘apart from’ as opposed to ‘part of’ the current system of provision?


We welcome artists and cultural workers, those working to further cultural equality and diversity, human rights and social activists, New Irish residents and citizens to attend. 


Chair: Ronit Lentin

Keynote Speaker: Tania Cañas, Arts Director, RISE Refugee, Australia

Ground Up Artist's Collective artists: Maeve Collins, Monica de Bath and Julie Griffiths.


Roundtable Guests:

Tara Byrne, Artistic Director, Bealtaine Festival / Age & Opportunity

Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts & Engagement, CREATE

James Harrold Arts Officer, Galway City Council

Ellie Kisyombe founder, Our Table

Salome Mbugua, Head of Operations and Strategy, AkiDwA

Rhona McGrath, Arts Officer, Roscommon County Council.

Siobhan, Mulcahy Arts Officer, Clare County Council

Vukašin Nedeljkovi, Artist & Researcher

Evgeny Shtorn, CREATE Cultural Diversity Researcher, Writer and LGBTQ Activist

Helene O'Donoghue, Senior Curator, Head of Engagement & Learning, IMMA


Event Manager: Monica Flynn, Visual Art Curator / Bealtaine Festival

Platform 31

Platform 31 is a nationwide artist development scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council of Ireland.


Artists of all disciplines are invited to apply. There are two elements of support for participating artists in the scheme: financial and developmental. Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in an advisory and developmental framework and a peer network. Closing date November 30th 2020. For more info visit

Culture Night 2020

Culture Night Roscommon 2020 1

Culture Night Roscommon 2020 2

Culture Night Roscommon 3

The full programme is available to download at the following link: Culture Night Roscommon 2020.pdf (size 321.9 KB)


Facebook: @roscommonculturenight

Twitter: @culturenightros

New Roscommon Writing Award 2020 - Shortlist

(winners to be announced at an awards ceremony subject to covid-19 guidelines)



poems, song lyrics, flash fiction


Roscommon County Council Arts Office is seeking submissions from poets, songwriters and fiction writers for poems, song lyrics and flash fiction to be included in the forthcoming ROSCOMMON BROADSHEET (working title).


The broadsheet will be published before the end of the year and will include poems, song lyrics and flash fiction by Roscommon poets, songwriters and fiction writers.


The emphasis of the broadsheet will be on unpublished work, however previously published work will be read and considered.


To qualify for submission, writers and poets must have a strong Roscommon connection (born in, living in, working in, parents or grandparents from).


Roscommon poets are being invited to submit poems no longer than 60 lines in length (there is no minimum line length).


Roscommon songwriters are invited to submit song lyrics no longer than 60 lines (there is no minimum line length).


Roscommon fiction writers are invited to submit flash fiction pieces with a maximum word limit of 300 for each story submitted.


Poets, songwriters and fiction writers may submit up to three written pieces in total. This can be three poems, three song lyrics or three flash fiction pieces. Or the submission can be a combination of all three, i.e. a poem, a song lyric and a flash fiction piece.


All submissions must include the writer’s name and contact details, plus confirmation that the work is the original work of the writer. Please also state if the submitted work has been published elsewhere and if so, where and when.


Email all submissions to The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 11th September, 2020.

Enquiries to


A ROSCOMMON BROADSHEET is edited by Roscommon County Council Literary Programme Advisor, Gerry Boland, with guest editor Jane Clarke.

Call for Artists (All Art Forms)

Roscommon County Council will create a new Artist Panel for 2020-2021. Artists and practitioners wishing to work in Arts Participation contexts including Arts & Education, Arts & Health, Arts & Disability, ArtsCall out for artists & Older People, Arts & Cultural Diversity, Arts & Communities, across all art-forms, are invited to apply. There will be two categories - Experienced Artists and Emerging Artists. All artists on the panel will be contacted by Roscommon County Council to submit proposals for arts participation programmes as they arise during 2020-2021.


Arts participation is a core value across all areas of the work of Roscommon County Council Arts Office and Roscommon Arts Centre, aligning with The Arts Council of Ireland’s understanding of arts participation ‘to include a broad range of practice where individuals or groups collaborate with skilled artists to make or interpret art. The practice involves a mutually beneficial two-way engagement that nurtures and values the different ideas, experiences and skills of all involved.’ See



  • Experienced artists must have a track record of a minimum of three years professional practice in any art form in Arts Participation.
  • Emerging artists must demonstrate an interest in Arts Participation. Some evidence of engagement to date is desirable but not essential.
  • Emerging artists must be willing to work alongside an experienced artist for a period of time.
  • Artists must demonstrate a commitment to Arts Participation and to enhancing the lives of participants through arts practice.
  • Artists must be willing to keep informed about current practice and to work in partnership with health practitioners, educators and community leaders.
  • Artists should demonstrate that they combine a sense of fun, joy and collaboration with professional dedication and high artistic vision.
  • Artists must live within reasonable commuting distance of County Roscommon.
  • It is essential that successful applicants undertake child protection/vulnerable adult training and undergo Garda vetting by Roscommon County Council before taking up project placements.


In addition to opportunities to work on Arts Participation projects, artists on the panel will also be informed of training and other artist supports and opportunities offered by Roscommon Council, Roscommon Arts Centre and other national programmes.


How to Apply

Expressions of interest should be emailed to Roscommon County Council Arts Office in the form of a short letter of max 600 words, accompanied by a short bio with links to images or samples of relevant work. The letter should set out:

  1. A brief description of your training and practice.
  2. Why you might wish to work in Arts Participation, with reference      to previous similar work if applicable.

Successful artists will be expected to attend networking and training events in early Autumn 2020.


For further information, email or


Expressions of Interest must be emailed to by Friday 7th August 2020 with the subject ‘RoscommonArtist Panel – Arts Participation

Roscommon County Council |  Áras an Chontae  |  Roscommon  |  F42 VR98

Boyle Arts Festival Open Exhibition


Boyle Arts Festival

On-Line Open Art Exhibition 2020

Boyle Arts Festival is highly regarded for its visual arts and comprehensive programme of events. As part of the Festival the Open Art Exhibition is extremely popular, showcasing the diverse and exciting stylesBoyle Art Exhibition and mediums of art, attracting entries from all over Ireland.

While we are extremely disappointed that the Boyle Arts Festival will not be proceeding this year, the committee has engaged in a new platform to support artists in these challenging times. We encourage artists of all genres to submit a piece of art to be included in our online showcase.

Due to the expected high level of interest, we are limiting only one submission per artist. Please sent a high quality image of your submission (up close, include frame if there is one and avoid glass glare) and send it via email by 5pm on MON JULY 13th to 

Please state in the email :

1. The Title of piece

2. Medium

3. Size (including frame – there is no maximum size this year)

4. Price

5. Artist Website or Social Media (if you have one)

We sincerely hope that this Exhibition will help to further promote artists during these uncertain times.  

Boyle Arts Festival Committee would like to acknowledge and thank the Arts Council of Ireland for their ongoing support.

If your piece is sold, it will be your responsibility to organize the collection or delivery with the buyer.

Connaught Rangers Podcast


Members of the 1st Battalion of the Connaught Rangers in India, 1920. The leader of the mutiny, James Daly, is bottom right. (King House Museum, Boyle)

On 28 June 1920, five men from C Company of the 1st Battalion of the Connaught Rangers led a mutiny in Jalandhar, Punjab, in protest against martial law in Ireland. Following their

surrender a few days later, 88 mutineers were court-martialled, of whom 77 were imprisoned; the leader, James Daly, was executed. The imprisoned mutineers were released

in 1923; they returned to Ireland, and in 1936 were granted State pensions. In 1970 the remains of James Daly and two other mutineers were repatriated from India.

Listen to Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland, discuss the complex web of issues arising from these events and their commemoration both in 1970 and today with

John Gibney, Cécile Gordon, Brian Hanley and Kate O’Malley.

Available on and or wherever you get your podcasts.

Full details of the podcast are available here: Media info Connaught Rangers History Ireland CU Podcast.pdf.pdf (size 4.6 MB)

Writer Mentorship Programme

Roscommon County Council is pleased to announce details of its 2020 WRITER MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME. The annual award is designed to support the development of emerging and established Roscommon writers who have identified particular gaps in their knowledge and expertise. The programme achieves this by providing funding to a professional writer to help the successful applicant make the next steps in their development.


A mentor will provide an objective critique and feedback on the successful applicant’s work and/or assist her/him in the development of a specific writing project. The focus of the mentor can be on short-term objectives, such as completing a manuscript, or it can be on longer-term goals that the mentee may wish to explore. The mentor’s role is to help the mentee resolve issues and find answers to their own questions rather than resolving issues by providing the answers directly.


The programme provides a fee of €500 which is paid directly to the mentor. For this the mentee should expect to benefit from ten hours of mentor engagement, to include at the minimum four hours face-to-face, the remainder given over to review of work by the mentor. How the ten hours is to be divided up will be decided at the outset by both mentor and mentee.



·         The programme is open to writers whose practice is based in Co. Roscommon.

·         The mentorship must be completed before 31 January 2021.

·         Completed application forms must be accompanied by an up to date C.V. plus a one-page outline detailing why and in what specific way the applicant will benefit from being mentored.

 Writer Mentorship Programme - Application Form.doc (size 668.2 KB)

Completed applications should be returned along with additional information by email to or in an envelope marked ‘Writer Mentorship Programme’ to Roscommon County Council Arts Office, Civic Offices, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon. The deadline for receipt of applications is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Friday 04 September, 2020.

 For further information, contact

Cathaoirleach's Awards

Snip of We're in this together

The Cathaoirleach, Cllr Paschal Fitzmaurice, is asking you to capture an image which responds to the theme “My Roscommon - We’re in this Together


Using smartphones or cameras, take a picture and submit it as part of Cathaoirleach’s Award Programme 2020. Images will be selected for publication/exhibition and a number of awards will be made. Entries must be in by the 2nd June 2020.


To submit your entry and for further guidelines go to: 

or to submit online via My Online Services go to Cathaoirleach's Award - Apply Now

The Cathaoirleach’s Award is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-Government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Further information from and


Prize Fund €500

Prizes in 3 Categories:

Child: Up to 12 years

Young Person: 13-17 years

Adult: 18 years and over.


Cruinniú na nÓg

Unleash your creative spirit!

Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on Saturday 13th June. It is Ireland’s national day of creative activity for children and young people – and entire families. So get ready to answer the call, to celebrate your creative talents, and to share them with the nation. It’s a day for doing, making and creating.

Check out the fantastic events organised for you by Roscommon County Council Arts Office, Heritage Office and Library Service, Roscommon Arts Centre, Music Generation Roscommon and Roscommon County Youth Theatre at

In order to make the event happen this year, most activities are online and there’s an element of getting out and about too with tutorials to encourage heritage explorations within your own 5km! These are just some of the events which require action before the 13th June.

Cruinniu flyer


This is Me: Children’s Portraiture Exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre

Read details at

Closing Date for entries: Wednesday 3rd June

Brickflicks: Stop Motion with Lego Animation Course with Roscommon Arts Centre

Apply/Register at

Dates: From week of May 25th

One Voice: Virtual Cruinniú Choir with Roscommon Arts Centre

Sign up at

Dates: From May 29th

Digital Photography Exhibition with Roscommon County Youth Theatre

Life in retrospect through the eyes of a young person

Register by emailing

Sign Up by Monday May 25th. Closing date for entries Monday 8th June.

Music Generation Roscommon Zoom Workshops

Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Traditional Flute/Whistle, Jazz, Singing

Register by emailing

Be part of the Roscommon Story. Contact Roscommon County Council to let them know how you get on afterwards. Send a drawing, photograph, poem, story or letter about your day by email to


Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is presented in partnership with RTÉ and Roscommon County Council.



WRAP Fund Development Investment Deadline Announced

Applications are now being accepted by the Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund (WRAP) for development investment for a film, television, animation or game project. Up to €15,000 is available to teams with an eligible project where at least one producer/developer has a company established in the WRAP Region (Clare, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo). The accumulated amount of investment (across multiple projects) to any one production company/developer is capped at €25,000.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 17th June 2020. Applicants are advised to consult the detailed information and updated guidelines available HERE in advance of making a submission.


The Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund (WRAP Fund) is an initiative of the Western Development Commission and Galway Film Centre in association with the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Údarás na Gaeltachta.

#WRAPFund #wraptalent #LookWest




First Prize: €500


The NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2020 is organised as part of the county’s literature development programme. It is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald and by Shannonside FM.


The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €100 each).


Closing date for entries is 15th July 2020.


Enquiries to:


Competition Rules

  • Short stories only will be accepted.
  • The competition is open to anyone over 18. All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in).
  • Previous first prize winners may enter but will not be eligible for the first prize.
  • Writers may enter up to two stories.  
  • Typed entries (handwritten entries cannot be accepted) must be no more than 2000 words. Mark the number of words in your entry on the bottom of the page. Entries over the 2000 word limit will be automatically disqualified.
  • Include your name, address and contact details, plus your connection to the county. INCLUDE THESE ON A SEPARATE PAGE, NOT ON YOUR ENTRY.
  • There is no entry fee. Entries will be accepted from 1st March 2020.  All entries must be received by 15th July 2020.
  • The competition will be adjudicated by Orla Kelly of The Reading Room Bookshop, Carrick-on-Shannon. The judge’s decision is final.
  • Post your entry to: NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2020, Roscommon Arts Office, Áras an Chontae,Roscommon, F42 VR98. You may also email your entry to: .Title your email NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2020.
  • The names of the shortlisted writers will be announced in local media and online at: Shortlisted writers will also be informed directly by the Arts Office.
  • It is hoped to hold the awards ceremony later this year.
Full Details and flyer can be downloaded at the following links:  NRWA 2020 Flyer.pdf (size 160.3 KB)  NRWA 2020 Rules with new dates.pdf (size 52.4 KB)

I N V I T A T I O N: Bealtaine Festival – Celebrating Creativity As We Age

Consider running a Dawn/Dusk Chorus during the month of May. Older people, their families and friends sing songs they love, songs anybody can join in. For further details please email or phone 01- 8057713

This event is co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity which is a national charitable organisation established in 1988 to promote healthy, happy and productive ageing in Irish communities. Each year we coordinate a Bealtaine Festival ( during the month of May, a festival established to encourage and celebrate older people’s engagement with the arts.

One of the core events of the Bealtaine Festival is its Dawn/Dusk chorus which is a choral project where older people and choirs learn songs together and sing them at dawn/dusk on the first Sunday in May or at any other day/time during the month of May if that suits better. (It is regarded that involvement with choirs is one of the most established and effective means of artistic and community involvement). For further details in running a choir please email or phone 01- 8057713

The Model presents Cairde Visual. Submissions Open / Deadline June 10th

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fifth annual open submission exhibition, Cairde Visual, is now accepting submissions from visual artists. The submission forms are available to download via or to collect at front of house at The Model. Submissions will be accepted up to Sunday June 10th. Cairde Visual will take place at the Model in Sligo from Wednesday the 11th- of July to Sunday 19th August 2018.

A significant, international open submission exhibition for the North West., Cairde Visual was established in 2013, by a group of Sligo based artists together with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival. The first annual submission took place in The Hyde Bridge Gallery in 2014. The fourth annual exhibition took place at The Model in 2017 and boasted over 100 artworks from local, national and international artists, featuring a great diversity of media.

The move of Cairde Visual to The Model for 2017 was an exciting development for all concerned. The exhibition has, in a short space of time, become a much-anticipated feature in the arts festival’s programme and in the cultural calendar of the region, not to mention an increasingly important fixture for artists all over Ireland and abroad. 

2018 sees the return of The Model Cara Award, The Hamilton Gallery Award and the Cosgrave’s Delicatessen Award. Introduced in 2017, the Cosgrave’s Delicatessen Award offers a €500 cash prize to the selected artist. The Hamilton Gallery, a pioneering contemporary art gallery in the heart of Sligo, offers the winner a solo exhibition in the gallery's calendar of exhibitions in 2018. Clive Bright was the recipient of this award in 2016 and Daniel Chester was the recipient in 2017. Recipients of the Model Cara award - a short-term residency in The Model’s artist studio - to date have been Helen Blake in 2015 and both Daniel Chester and Selma Makela in 2016, and and Anna Spearman in 2017.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is very grateful to have such exceptional partners and would like to thank all of these organisations for their incredible support. 

Strokestown International Poetry Competition Shortlists Announced.

 Shortlists for two of the Strokestown International Poetry Competition 2019 have now been published.

 See who got to the finals for the Percy French Comic Verse Competition here:

and for the Duais de hÍde here: 

 The shortlist for the main International Poetry Competition will be out in February. 

Meanwhile, any writers with Roscommon connections are encouraged to try for the annual Roscommon Poets’ Prize, this year judged by Iggy McGovern. Eligibility has been extended to poets who went to school in the county, as well as people resident, in education or attending a writers group here. The deadline is February 15th. Details here:


Roscommon County Youth Orchestra currently has openings for beginners in Brass & Strings. We are also seeking new affiliate members in all sections.

Beginner lessons take place every Saturday in Roscommon Town (Strings) and Ballaghadereen (Brass).

Affiliate members are musicians who have reached grade 2 and who attend orchestra rehearsals & performances. For full information please visit…/roscommon-youth-orchestra.html

To sign up or to find out more please contact Oli McHugh by email: or phone: 091 874 557



The Wild Words Children’s Book festival, Carrick on Shannon, is currently looking to hear from writers and artists from all disciplines with extensive experience of working with children and young people that are interested in delivering either one-off readings or workshops with reference to books and literature with budgets starting at €200 to more long-term programmes lasting a number of consecutive days or regular visits over a number of weeks with budgets rising to €1,500. Existing partner client groups include primary schools, pre-schools, youth groups and secondary schools. However we are also seeking to extend the range of groups we work with to include parent and toddler groups,  family support groups, youth arts groups and where possible, to develop new partnerships in other settings. Planning for all activity between the festival, artist and group will occur from March to May with all contact hours happening within the month of June. If you are interested in taking part, please contact us or send us your CV along with a proposal indicating the following for each different type of group you would like to work with - 

  1. the nature of the group you would like to work with including type, size, age range, necessary skill levels etc;
  2. a description of the workshop or programme you are proposing 
  3. timeline, duration of workshops and time of the month
  4. Your fee any other costs you have
  5. any other costs or materials that the group must provide
  6. Any other requirements or info


The final date for receipt of proposals is Friday 1st March. All participating artists will be required to provide the requisite information for Garda Vetting. Artists should also indicate if/when they most recently completed child protection and welfare training as part of their CV. 

For further information or to submit your proposal, contact Christine at or 071 96 21694.



ART WORKS the Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow Annual Open Submission and Art Award, sponsored by Hotron is open for submissions. 

Artists are invited to submit their work in any medium for selection. The 2019 exhibition will be presented entirely in VISUAL’s Main Gallery, Carlow from 4 June – August 31. All artists will receive an artist's fee. This year’s Art Works Open Submission invites artists to submit work that responds to the song lyric: 

“Dearly beloved, 

We are gathered here today  

To get through this thing called life” 

Let’s go crazy, Prince. 1984  

There will be two awards, sponsored by Hotron for outstanding work presented:  

The ART WORKS Award of €3000, will be presented for the most outstanding work in any medium. 

The Éigse Prize of €1000 will be presented for work by a recent graduate (2017/2018/2019) selected for the most outstanding work in any medium.  

More information at 

Carlow Arts Festival

083 - 4006112                       


The Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund (WRAP) is delighted to announce the details of its Development Support for Games. The scheme is open to teams (where at least one Developer has a company established in the WRAP region) with a game that they wish to develop or co-develop.  

For the full guidelines and details on how to apply, please visit our website

DEADLINE for applications is: 5pm, Friday 08th March 2019.Please note that a new deadline for WRAP Development Funding (Film/Television/Animation) will be published shortly.  

WRAP is an initiative of the Western Development Commission and Galway Film Centre in association with the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Údurás na Gaeltachta. 

#WRAPFund #wraptalent 

Artists Bursary Programme 2019


This month sees the first of the open calls for artists for funding for 2019 from the arts office in Roscommon County Council. The annual Artist Bursaries programme has re-opened, along with the opportunity to apply for the much coveted Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency bursaries.

Both bursary programmes are aimed at professional artists either currently living in the county or who were born here.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Awards provide opportunities for artists to spend a period of time at the world-renowned artists retreat in Annaghmakerrig County Monaghan. The residential workplace for artists  is dedicated to supporting and facilitating creativity within a home-like environment. Here artists can find peace and quiet to develop their work, together with the stimulation of living alongside other artists from all disciplines, enabling a rich cross-fertilization of ideas.

These two bursary programmes are the first of the 2019 announcements, with the Artists in Schools call out and the New Roscommon Writing and Chapbook bursaries also to be announced later this Spring as part of Roscommon County Council’s on-going commitment to supporting artists. All enquiries may be made to Breata Coyle, Tel: 090-66-37235 or email:

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm, Friday 15th February 2019.

Late applications will not be considered.

Tyrone Guthrie Application Form 2019

Tyrone Guthrie Centre Information Sheet 2019

Individual Artist Bursaries Application Form 2019

Individual Artist Bursaries Information Sheet 2019


21 artists were awarded Individual Artists Bursaries in 2018.

3 artists were awarded a Tyrone Guthrie Bursary in 2018.



The upcoming Arts Council & Local Government joint conference PLACES MATTER will take place on Thursday 28 March 2019 in the Bailey Allen Hall in NUI Galway.

The conference theme will explore how we can create diverse participation in the arts. Places Matter is the second biennial joint conference between the Arts Council and Local Government and will address the theme of our rapidly changing demographic and ask how can we be more responsive to this transformation through public service provision and the arts.

The conference should be of interest to local government management and staff (arts, community development, libraries, culture teams), arts organisations, artists and academics.

More details will follow.

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Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries for its annual poetry competition

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries again for its annual poetry competition. The poetry competition is run in conjunction with the Poems For Patience series as part of Cúirt International Festival of Literature which runs from April 8th – 14th in Galway. The Poems For Patience Competition 2018 winning entry, Ruth Quinlan’s poem ‘Small Acts of Anticipation’ is included in our permanent poetry collection, on display throughout Galway University Hospitals. Ruth Quinlan also won the 2014 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award and the 2012 Hennessy Literary Award for First Fiction.  She has been shortlisted or runner-up for other competitions such as Cúirt New Writing, the Francis Ledwidge Poetry Awards, and Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Other previous winners include Jane Clarke, Sheelagh Meehan, Liz Quirke, Rachel Coventry, Lorna Shaughnessy and Marie Cadden. We are now inviting poets to enter the 2019 competition with the closing date of Friday February 22nd. 

The prize as part of the annual poetry competition includes: the winner will have his/her poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of the 2019 Poems For Patience series. Poems For Patience is a long running series which over the past decade has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Jane Hirschfield, Michael Longley, Naomi Shihab Nye, Vona Groarke, Tess Gallagher and many more. The poems, after exhibition on the Arts Corridor, are then displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway University Hospitals. The winner will also be invited to read his or her winning poem at the launch of the 2019 Poems For Patience at Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April 2019;  given a copy of their poem printed and framed as a Poem for Patience poster and invited to submit six poems for consideration to be a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

Margaret Flannery Arts Director: ‘Poems For Patience is one of our long running projects as part of the arts programme. Each year we receive a high volume of entrances to our poetry competition and look forward to welcoming all new participants. Poems For Patience is a firm favourite for many patients, staff members and visitors’.

The competition judge is Kevin Higgins. Kevin is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events, teaches poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre, Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute, and is Creative Writing Director for the NUI Galway Summer School. He is poetry critic of The Galway Advertiser. His poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry and features in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed. Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, April 2014). Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, & Portuguese. In 2014 Kevin's poetry was the subject of a paper 'The Case of Kevin Higgins, or, 'The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire' presented by David Wheatley at a Symposium on Satire at the University of Aberdeen. He was Satirist-in-Residence at the Bogman’s Cannon (2015-16). '2016 - The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins' was published by NuaScéalta in early 2016. His most recent book Song of Songs 2.0: New & Selected Poems was published last year by Salmon and includes a substantial number of new poems as well as selections from his six previous poetry collections. 

For full details in regards to criteria and entry fee contact: Bridget Cheasty, Arts Assistant, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, Galway University Hospitals, University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway Tel: +353 (0)91 544979 Email:    

About the organisation:

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust run the west of Ireland's leading Arts and Health programme as a means of improving the hospital experience for patients, staff and visitors. The arts trust believes access to the arts promotes well-being and enhances the hospital environment. We provide a multi-disciplinary programme of events and activities, including exhibitions, participative workshops, music, theatre and poetry.  GUHAT is a registered Charity (CHY17964).


Margaret Cousins Commission awarded to visual artist Eimear Walsh

Roscommon County Council funded through Creative Ireland is delighted to award The Margaret Cousins Commission to artist Eimear Walsh. This marks the first in a series of visual art commissions for County Roscommon celebrating our extraordinary citizens through exceptional and unexpected visual art projects. Artists across the country were invited to submit their ideas for exceptional ways of commemorating extraordinary people.

Margaret (Gretta) Cousins, theosophist and feminist, was born Margaret Gillespie, daughter of a law clerk, in Boyle, Co Roscommon, and lived out her commitments on two continents.

Cousins was an Irish-Indian educationistsuffragist and Theosophist, and among her many achievements, she established All India Women's Conference (AIWC) in 1927. Cousins co-founded the Irish Women's Franchise League with Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington in 1908, serving as its first treasurer. In 1910 she was one of six Dublin women attending the Parliament of Women, which attempted to march to the House of Commons to hand a resolution to the Prime Minister. In 1916, she became the first non-Indian member of the Indian Women's University at Poona.  In 1917 Cousins co-founded the Women's Indian Association with Annie Besant and Dorothy Jinarajadasa. In 1919–20 Cousins was the first Head of the National Girls' School at Mangalore. In 1922, she became the first woman magistrate in India. In 1927, she co-founded the All India Women's Conference, serving as its President in 1936.

Eimear Walsh is an artist, writer, educator, and two-time Research Fellow at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

In response to Cousin’s great achievements and influence on the feminist movement, Eimear Walsh will be recording a radio play audio and producing a small publication comprising the play script and two specially commissioned essays. The radio play centres on Margret Cousins as an international figure, incorporating Cousin’s theory, biography and musical work. The text will focus on the subject of marriage, both as personal element of Cousin’s life, and a subject of her political writing and campaigning. It will hold sensitivity to the context of Cousin’s own background in county Roscommon, and as a white woman working in India. The radio play will be written in consultation with two key collaborators, Maisie Gately, the artist’s grandmother and former ICA member, and Dyuti Chakravarty, a PhD student at the school of Sociology in UCD.

The commission will be completed in early 2019.

For further information contact Roscommon County Council curator in residence, Linda Shevlin.

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Film Collaboration Bursary

As one of the principal aims of the project is to support the professional development of those working in the sector and to support the development of new work, this new bursary for a filmmaker and writer to collaborate in the development of a new project. The purpose of this is to encourage practitioners to work together and learn from each other and to seed the development of new ideas that may be made into films in the future. Concepts for film projects in any context or genre will be accepted.

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Film Completion Award

This new award is for an individual filmmaker or film company to apply for funding to complete a project already commenced. The purpose of this is to support the careers of ambitious filmmakers, particularly emerging filmmakers and to support work with a strong cultural or progressive impact and filmmaking that takes risks on talent, form and content, where the more commercial sector cannot.

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Chapbook Bursary Award

The recipient of the 2018 Chapbook Bursary Award is Kevin Hora. The Roscommon Chapbook Bursary was established to assist Roscommon writers with the costs associated with publishing a modest collection of poems or a compact collection of short stories. The Bursary Award recipient decision was made by an independent adjudication panel.

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