CULTURE NIGHT: 22 September, 2017.
Katie's is a restored thatched cottage in the Claddagh, Galway. In addition to our heritage & design studio we provide space for community events & live cultural performances.
In association with Galway City Council Arts Office, we have a special line up for you on Culture Night.
3pm: START POINT: Outside Galway City Museum: TALK on the Galway Hooker Boat Tradition, by Skipper Ciaran Oliver, followed by a walk up to Katie's Claddagh Cottage for a narrated tour of pre-1930s Claddagh history with optional tea & scones.
Live Performance by BackWest.
This is not just any four piece band. Music, song and dance with Tyrone's legendary virtuoso PJ McDonald (tin whistle and guitar), Galway's well known brother and sister duo Maureen and Brendan Browne (fiddle and button accordion), as well as Lord of the Dance, Peter Vickers (percussion and dance).
This is why we love Galway!
8pm: MOTH & BUTTERFLY. A night of Storytelling and Improvisation
story telling Theme for September is 'In A Pickle'
Further info can be obtained via facebook / @mothandbutterflystories
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Claddagh life was built around traditional fishing culture.
Community boat tour with skipper Ciaran Oliver, one of the original Claddagh Families.
We provide space in our design studio (free of charge) to the local community, artists, musicians etc. So far, we have had completely free events for the public by Moth and Butterfly, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí, BackWest Music, Dusty Banjo & a fabulous poetry to music event by poet Gerry McDonnell, writer, Margarita Meklina & musicians, Alain Halima & Maja Elliot in collaboration with The Western Writer's Centre and Galway Fringe Festival.
Artists in Residence
We are hoping to provide space for an 'artist in residence' throughout the winter months.
Master Stone Carver, Ray Flaherty visiting Katie's from Galway Salvage Gallery.
We have further free events planned including a Heritage Week event, and an evening of music and poetry for Culture Night.
In addition, we are delighted to be working with content curator & visual storyteller, Anna King, who has a PhD in arts-based social & cultural development. She is currently identifying potential funding for next year to run a number of projects to support community regeneration in the area. Contact Dr. Anna King (086 3952831) for any queries, or if you would like to become a Claddagh Community Heritage Sponsor.
By Órla Mc Govern from moth & butterfly
The sun is out, thank God, so it’s washday in the Claddagh.
Out of small pale houses tumble bundles of colour-
Women with kite tails of children in tow, and piles of cloth in baskets
Mirroring the thick thatch of the rooves.
They take water from the tap on the street and sit on their stools,
Solving the problems of the world
as their fingers knead the wet woolen threads.
Máirin is whitewashing the front of her house on this fine day.
She uses her broom to paint the walls the whitest of white,
Then stands back, proudly, to survey her work.
In one house Seanín is playing in the corner with rocks and stones,
Making little boats and sailors from the shapes in his hand.
A shaft of light in the door!
A giant wave!
The boats crest and fall on their sea of sun.
In another cottage, the dinner is on the boil. A good feed it is today – a kettle full of fish and a spud for all under that roof (and all is many)
The spotty dog’s lively, barking at the steam, and the children chase him outside, down through the streets, laughing.
As the breezes blow in, the shadows fall long on The Shaley Shore.
The women draw their shawls tighter around them, and the last rays of a long sunny day paint each of their faces gold.
To hear this lovely poem clink on video link below:
In addition to being immersed in community activity we are engaged with Breandán Mac Gabhann: Education & Outreach Officer for Galway City Museum to further develop the Cottage Heritage Centre, with a view to raising awareness of the Claddagh's unique social & cultural history.
We are currently applying for funding from the Arts Council / Galway City Council to compile a book of stories dedicated to older original Claddagh families, to help preserve an important part of Galway's rich, yet 'forgotten' history.