‘Offaly’ good art exhibition launched

AN ‘Offaly’ good art exhibition was launched on Tuesday, August 14 in Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre as part of The Tall Ships Races 2012 – Dublin.

AN ‘Offaly’ good art exhibition was launched on Tuesday, August 14 in Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre as part of The Tall Ships Races 2012 – Dublin.

Writer and brains behind’Pure Mule’ Eugene O’Brien, who attended the launch and penned the short story ‘The Greaser’ as part of the exhibition said he was delighted to launch such an “invigorating” exhibition.

The launch of A Very Grand Canal - an art exhibition focusing on the Grand Canal commissioned by Offaly County Council under the per cent for art scheme and facilitated by Waterways Ireland - is part of The Tall Ships Races 2012 – Dublin programme and will run until September 7.

The exhibition, which features the work of Geraldine O’Reilly, La Cosa Preziosa, Mixed Bag Media, Eugene O’Brien, Veronica Nicholson and Wayne Brennan embraces a range of mediums from prints, sound, film, music, photography and literatureall inspired by the Grand Canal in Offaly.

Work from the exhibition has already been making waves throughout the country, with pundits predicting Roots of These Lands to be an instant hit, after winning the Sean McCarthy Ballad Contest in Listowel and being showcased on RTE Radio One’s Countrywide recently (August 11). The song by Wayne Brennan was released on iTunes pn August 17.

Arts Officer with Offaly County Council, Sinead O’Reilly said: “Our hope with this project is to reach and showcase it to as many people as possible and to be in Dublin and part of Ireland’s biggest free festival this summer is amazing and a great opportunity to highlight Ireland’s canals not only for tourism potential but also their cultural value.”

The Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2 is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm and the exhibition, A Very Grand Canal, will be on display until September 7. Admission is free.

For more information contact:www.waterwaysirelandvisitorscentre.org, Offaly County Council 057 9357400, arts@offalycoco.ie, www.offaly.ie/arts or visit www.dublintallships.ie for a full schedule of events.