Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Clare Culture Night 2011
On Friday September 23rd 2011, locals and visitors across the island of Ireland enjoyed the unique experience of Culture Night, a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure that took place in a record 28 towns, cities, counties and islands in Ireland. Museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres opened their doors late into the evening welcoming people of all ages to taste and sample their cultural delights for free.
County Clare participated in Culture Night with an array of fine cultural activities around the county. Doing its part on the night Clare County Library hosted a recital in the De Valera Public Library in Ennis at 7.30pm. The recital, entitled Synge Songs was performed by Cathy Desmond (view Cathy’s blog at http://cathydesmond.blogspot.com/2011/09/culture-night-ennis-synge-songs.html ) on violin and viola with accompaniment on piano by Fiona Walsh, leader of the Ennis Gospel Choir. Together they played a selection of airs and ballads popular at the turn of the century in the time of J.M. Synge. The selection included ‘Down by The Sally Gardens’, ‘The Lark in the Clear Air’ and ‘Anach Cuain’ amongst others. Also on the night Saoirse Glennon, who recently played Pegeen Mike in Ennis Players production of 'Playboy Of The Western World', read a poem by Synge's mentor, Yeats, and tenor and Balfe specialist, Tony Murray, sang ‘Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms’ one of Moore’s Melodies. The night was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.