THIS week there is an open invitation to visit the historic Lora Marie 68M Barge on its journey from Shannon Harbour to Edenderry.
On board is writer Eugene O’Brien (Edenderry), musician Wayne Brennan (Daingean) and photographer Veronica Nicholson (Rhode), along with a film crew and Ronan Kelly of RTE Radio One’s Curious Ear.
Together they are making a film documentary about three artists, with differing and distinct disciplines, and how they are inspired to make new work in response to the canal they navigate.
The documentary, which is being made by Martina McGlynn and Garret Daly of Mixed Bag Media in Daingean, will capture their experience, and record the formation of what will be their presented art work once their personal journey has been completed.
The project is one of three being funded by Offaly County Council under the percent for art scheme, all of which are aimed at placing a national spot light on the Grand Canal in Offaly as a Cultural Corridor.
Tuesday, March 20 – Depart Belmont 10am, arrive Pullough 3pm.
Wednesday, March 21 – Rahan (10am 2pm) arrive Tullamore 5pm.
Thursday, March 22 - Tullamore until 1pm, arrive Ballycommon 6.30pm.
Friday, March 23 – arrive Daingean 11.30am.
Saturday, March 24 - arrive Edenderry 3pm.
This is a great opportunity for community groups, school children, retirement groups and the general public to come along and share a story, a cup of tea or even just to wave at the barge as it passes by.
If you feel there is a member of The Grand Canal community that we should meet along the way, then email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page A Grand Experience