Fairy Door trail

Maps for the fairy door trail are available at customer service in Tesco all weekend.

Four other fairy families still on their way. Some have made themselves comfortable in side buildings. Search high and low!

Big thanks to the kind financial support of Men’s Shed and Toodelou.

    

Oranmore Arts Festival Official Opening

Thursday May 10th, 6.30 – 7.30pm
Oranmore Library, Main Street, Oranmore
FREE event

Oranmore Arts Festival are delighted to welcome three of Galway’s finest sopranos, Delia Boyce, Hildegarde Naughton and Sandra Schalks, otherwise known as Bel Canto, to our Festival.
‘Presented with faultless elegance and glamour, their magnificent voices blend beautifully together, performing trios, duets and arias in their own unique style.’
This trio, comprising of three sensational voices, is sure to be a sensational opening to our first ever festival.

This is a free event. However, please come early as places will be limited.

Art Exhibition “The Captured Palette”

Opening Thursday May 10th, 7:30pm
Armorica restaurant, Main Street, Oranmore
FREE

Armorica Restaurant on Main Street, Oranmore will host an accomplished exhibition entitled ‘The Captured Palette’ displaying pieces from artists such as Siobhan Piercy, Jay Murphy, Kathleen Furey, Leonie King and Dolores Lyne.

The Exhibition runs for 2 weeks but it will be officially opened directly after the opening of the festival at 7.30pm on Thursday 10th.

Acoustic Music Night

Thursday May 10th, 9:30pm
Upstairs in the Porterhouse, Main Street, Oranmore
FREE Event

This event has proven very popular with all slots now filled.
In total there will be about 9 acts playing over the course of the evening from acoustic guitar to a choir so it should be a great night with an eclectic mix of covers and well worth a visit.
And it’s free!

Story & Craft with Toodlelou

Friday 11th May, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Oranmore Library, Main Street, Oranmore
FREE

Come join Toodlelou in the pleasant surroundings of the library for their ever popular Story & Craft session.

Heritage Walking Tour of Oranmore (Fri)

Friday 11th May, 2.00pm
Meet in front of Oranmore Library, Main Street, Oranmore
FREE

Come along on a walking tour of Oranmore with one of the members of the Oranmore Heritage Group as they guide you through the village bringing you on a journey of their recently launched publication, the Oranmore Heritage Walking trail.
Do you know the year the Thatch bar was built? Or the name of the street that Glynn’s bar is on? Join in to discover the hidden meanings and lost treasures of an Oranmore of Yesteryear.

Wine workshop, snacks & wine tasting

Friday 11th May, from 5 pm to 6 pm
Armorica restaurant, Main Street, Oranmore
Tickets: €8 (+eventbrite booking fee) available from http://amoricawineworkshop.eventbrite.ie

Amorica restaurant, together with a representative from Plaimont vineyards,  will hold a wine tasting workshop on Friday evening.
A number of wines opened during the event to illustrate the quality of wine production in the South West of France.

Plaimont has become a leader in wines from South West France over just a few decades.Its plant heritage (parcel of vines registered as a Heritage Site, Ampelographic Conservatory) and built heritage (Château Arricau-Bordes, Château de Sabazan, Château Saint-Go, Saint-Mont Monastery,  Domaine de Cassaigne, etc.) are a testimony to the excellence of Plaimont production.

Four course dinner and wine pairing at Amorica Restuarant

Friday 11th May, 7.30pm (allow 2 hrs minimum)
Armorica restaurant, Main Street, Oranmore
Tickets: €65 (available from the restaurant on 091 388343)

Amorica restuarant, in conjunction with Plaimont, a leading wine producer from the Gascony region in South West France, will be presenting a Four-course dinner and wine pairing event.  The menu on the evening will include a different wine, to accompany each of the four courses. This event will be hosted by the producer in Gascony.

Read more on Plaimont in the post above.

Active in Age Art Exhibition – Péarla Na Mara

Opening 7pm, Friday 11th (runs for 7days)
Péarla na Mara, Unit 10, Howley Square, Innplot, Oranmore
FREE

As part of their participation in the Oranmore Arts Festival, as well as the Bealtaine festival, Active in Age will be exhibiting their artworks in Péarla Na Mara Restuarant.

UNBOXED – Oranmore Arts Festival Fundraiser

Friday May 11th, 9:30 pm
Upstairs in the Porterhouse, Main Street, Oranmore
FUNDRAISER – Tickets: €10 from 
https://unboxedoranmore.eventbrite.ie

Unboxed Oranmore started life during Culture Night in Oranmore in 2017. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, running every second month in The Green Rooms, upstairs in the Porterhouse.

For the first ever Oranmore Arts Festival Unboxed Oranmore are holding a fundraising event to raise money towards the festival. All money raised on the night will help defray the costs of the festival.

The idea of the Unboxed format is very simple. If you have vinyl in the attic or shed you dig it out and play it on the night. You unbox it and give it a spin!!
And if you don’t have any vinyl ( due to a sad parting tale ) but you’re the vintage that remembers the crackle and hiss of those classic records, and if you remember slow sets and super tickets then this night is for you.

Join us for three hours of Vinyl music played by the community of Oranmore.

 

Live Cake Build – Brazco Coffee Academy – Carriag Láir

Saturday 12th May (9am – 5pm)
Sunday 13th May (10am to 5pm)
Brazco Coffee Academy, Carraig Lair, (above Lidl), Oranmore
FREE

Oranmore resident, and acclaimed award-winning cake and sugarcraft artist, Corinna Maguire, of Lovin’ from the Oven, will be holding a very special event as part of the first ever Oranmore Arts Festival. She will be joined over the weekend by fellow confectioner, Tanya Ross from Novel-T Cakes.

Over the course of the festival, in ‘The Glass Room‘ in Brazco, Carraig Lair, Corinna and Tanya will build a specially designed cake from scratch, starting with a basic frame. As the audience observe, they will witness first hand the amount of work, creativity and ingenuity that goes into any of Corinna of Tanya’s creations.

We would encourage people to drop back during the festival to see the progress of their work. On Sunday, when it’s finished they might even let you taste it!!

This event is kindly sponsored by Select Ireland fondant & Vera Miklas Modelling chocolate.

Heritage Walking Tour of Oranmore (Sat)

Saturday 12th May, 11.30am.
Meet in front of Oranmore Library, Main Street, Oranmore
FREE

Come along on a walking tour of Oranmore with one of the members of the Oranmore Heritage Group as they guide you through the village bringing you on a journey of their recently launched publication, the Oranmore Heritage Walking trail.
Do you know the year the Thatch bar was built? Or the name of the street that Glynn’s bar is on? Join in to discover the hidden meanings and lost treasures of an Oranmore of Yesteryear.

Live Jazz at Armorica restaurant

Saturday 12th May, From 1pm
Armorica restaurant, Main Street, Oranmore
FREE

Ko Ko Ensemble-named after Charlie Parker’s tune, this Galway based trio takes the best of traditional jazz, bebop and bossanova standards to give them a little of modern touch. Ko Ko Ensemble are: Paul O’Driscoll on bass and vox, Eanna Ryder on keys and Szymon Misniak on drums.

Author reading – West of Ireland Folk Tales for Children by Rab Fulton

Saturday 12th May, 2:00pm
Oranmore library, Main Street, Oranmore
FREE

Who knows the true nature of Knockma? What is God’s new policy? What happened when the boy encountered a pooka? And what became of the soldier wounded in body and soul?
This book contains the most thrilling of the West of Ireland’s tales of immortals, fairies, fantastical creatures, witches, skeletons, spirits and headless bodies. These stories specially chosen to be enjoyed by 7- to 11 year old readers – burst with adventure and excitement, magic and mystery.
As old as the mountains, forests and sea, these well-loved stories are retold in all their mythical glory by storyteller Rab Fulton.

Oranmore Arts Festival presents… Baby Disco!!

Saturday 12th May, 3:00 – 5:30 pm
Keane’s Bar (Kudos Night Club), Main Street, Oranmore
Tickets: €6.00 from 
https://babydisco.eventbrite.ie

Oranmore Arts Festival, in conjunction with Unboxed Oranmore, presents… the first ever Baby Disco for Oranmore.

This is Kudos Night Club as you’ve never seen it before. Those funky moves that adults might have attempted into the early hours will be replaced, on the day, by the free form expression that can, and should, only be practised by toddlers as they react and bop and dance to a selection of tunes played at a reduced volume

Suitable for ages 0-6yrs.

Tickets available from Eventbrite.ie

https://babydisco.eventbrite.ie

Avital’s Young Composers 6.30pm

Saturday 12th May, 6.30pm
Keane’s Bar (Kudos Night Club), Main Street, Oranmore
FREE

Join Avital Dines, a local piano teacher, in Kudos where she will be joined by some of her students on Saturday evening. This will be a great chance to hear some of Oranmore’s talented young musicians playing their own original compositions.

Oranmore Tidy Towns x Oranmore Arts Festival Mural

Sunday May 13th, 10.00am – 6.00pm
Tesco, Innplot, Oranmore
FREE event

Volunteers of all ages required!
Oranmore Arts Festival 2018 together with Oranmore Tidy Towns will this year highlight the presence of our cherished Swans on the river at Innplot and the largest habitation of Swifts in County Galway which are located at Oranmore Castle. Both of these natural beauties have remained in Oranmore as a result of ongoing conservation efforts.
On Sunday 13th May we will be providing materials to paint the hoarding along the riverside in silhouettes of swifts and swans. We welcome all to attend and paint a swift (signatures of masterpieces are optional!).
Please leave your Sunday best at home and join us at any time between 10am and 6pm to take part!

Branar Téatar Woolly’s Quest / Tóraíocht Woolie 12.30pm Show

Sunday, May 13th, 12:30 – 1:15 pm
Keane’s Bar (Kudos Night Club), Main Street, Oranmore
Tickets €7.00 ( + Eventbrite booking fee) available from:

http://woollysquest.eventbrite.ie

Tickets also available on the door at the venue (subject to availability)

This is the epic story of Woolly, the bravest of all sheep. Woolly was the first sheep who dared to be different, she dared to be adventurous, she dared to discover what happens to her wool. Join Woolly in her audacious quest to reclaim her shorn fleece, marvel at her sheer bravery on a journey fraught with peril to learn what life looms beyond the gate.

A rip-roaring yarn, Woolly’s Quest has it all, Branar weaves together storytelling, music, song and puppetry in a pulsating show that will have audiences of all ages hooked!

The show, suitable for children aged 4 years and older (and not 6+ as previously advertised) will visit Oranmore during the National tour as part of the first ever Oranmore Arts Festival.

The running time of the show is 45 minutes.

Branar Téatar Woolly’s Quest / Tóraíocht Woolie 2.30pm Show

Sunday, 13th May, 2:30 – 3:15 pm

Keane’s Bar (Kudos Night Club), Main Street, Oranmore
Tickets €7.00 ( + Eventbrite booking fee) available from:

http://woollysquest.eventbrite.ie

Tickets also available on the door at the venue (subject to availability)

This is the epic story of Woolly, the bravest of all sheep. Woolly was the first sheep who dared to be different, she dared to be adventurous, she dared to discover what happens to her wool. Join Woolly in her audacious quest to reclaim her shorn fleece, marvel at her sheer bravery on a journey fraught with peril to learn what life looms beyond the gate.

A rip-roaring yarn, Woolly’s Quest has it all, Branar weaves together storytelling, music, song and puppetry in a pulsating show that will have audiences of all ages hooked!

The show, suitable for children aged 4 years and older (and not 6+ as previously advertised) will visit Oranmore during the National tour as part of the first ever Oranmore Arts Festival.

The running time of the show is 45 minutes.

Art Exhibition – ‘The Captured Palette’

From Friday May 11th for 2  weeks (Opens Thursday 10th at 7.30pm)
Armorica restaurant, Main Street, Oranmore
FREE

Armorica Restaurant on Main Street, Oranmore will host an accomplished exhibition entitled ‘The Captured Palette’ displaying pieces from artists such as Siobhan Piercy, Jay Murphy, Kathleen Furey, Leonie King and Dolores Lyne.

This Exhibition opens Thursday 10th May and runs for 2 weeks.

Photography Exhibition – Brazco Coffee Academy, Carraig Láir

Friday 11th – Sunday May 13th
Brazco Coffee Academy, Carraig Lair, Carraig Láir (above Lidl), Oranmore
FREE

Tom’s work explores the beauty of the Irish landscape and the dignity of the Atlantic coast. This collection is the results of ten years service in Marine Science.

Most of the pictures have been taken while on sea surveys and others on the narrow roads along the Irish shore. Challenged by the waves, wind and the luck of sunlightTom has managed to produce a unique and captivating set of photographs.
For further information or to purchase an exhibited piece please contact Tom Szumski at tomszum65@gmail.com.

Reflections by Cindy Lund

From 10th May
Maldron Hotel, Oranmore
Free Entry
This work is a response to the landscape and history of Cindy’s homeland in South County Galway. Her paintings capture the essence of a moment or place in an intuitive way. Textures and colour inspire her. Through the use of mixed media and layering techniques she produces rich and interesting surfaces. The use of metal leaf is inspired by sacred art and is a symbol of light and the spiritual realm.

Shoes with Stories at Sheneil Shoes


Friday 11th – Sat 12th May
Upstairs in the Oran Town Centre, Oranmore
FREE

Do you have a pair of shoes that you just can’t part with? Maybe they hold a special meaning. Maybe they connect you in some way to a time or a person that has been.

This year, as part of the first ever Oranmore Arts Festival, Sheneil Shoes are inviting people to share the stories, and the attachment they have to their unworn footwear.

Active in Age Art Exhibition – Péarla Na Mara

Sat 12th May for 7days (Opens Friday at 7.30pm)
Péarla na Mara, Unit 10, Howley Square, Innplot, Oranmore
FREE

As part of their participation in the Oranmore Arts Festival, as well as the Bealtaine festival, Active in Age will be exhibiting their artworks in Péarla Na Mara Restuarant.

Reflections on Colour – Exhibition by Belinda Fair

From 10th May
The 53 Coffee House, Oranmore Business Park 
Free Entry
Belinda Fair is a local Music Teacher and Artist. She works mainly in oils, acrylics, mixed media and occassionally ceramics. Her exhibition “Reflections on Colour” is a mix of photorealistic, painterly and abstract styles. Her subject matter is diverse, but the running theme is a wonderful use of colour.