Book Launch

Book Launch

Creel Café Westport Quay.

Wednesday June 13th 8.00pm. 2018

CROSSING THE SOUND

Gerald Dawe Poems from the west of Ireland

Pádraic Reaney Paintings

Crossing the Sound is a collaboration between poet Gerald Dawe and the artist Padraic Reaney. They met back in the mid 1970s in Galway where Gerald had moved from Belfast to study at UCG, as it then was, and eventually settle down and spend the next twenty years before moving to Dublin in 1992.

Here poet and artist comment on the genesis of Crossing the Sound.

Gerald: ‘On a return to Galway as a visiting fellow at The Moore Institute (NUI,G) the early years returned to me along with some new poems. During several conversations with Padraic we decided to collect a representative sample of the poems I had written out of the west – Galway, but also Mayo – and include alongside these thirty poems, a series of images which Padraic had been working on from his various and long-established fascination with the smaller islands of the western seaboard, including Inishark. We will publish a volume of the poems and Padraic’s images, images which do not illustrate the poems, but have their own raison d’être culminating in an exhibition of his paintings and graphics in the Kenny Art Gallery, Galway on 12 October 2018.’

Poetry and Art in aid of Pink Ribbon

“Crossing the Sound”, a collaboration between poet Gerald Dawe and the artist Padraic Reaney, will be launching in Achill at the Heinrich Boll weekend on Achill and in Westport later this summer, in aid of Mayo cancer charity, Pink Ribbon.

“Crossing the Sound” will be launched in Achill at the Heinrich Boll weekend in the Cyril Gray Hall, Dugort, Achill Island on May 3rd at 3.00pm. A further launch will take place in Westport in June.

The book, a limited edition of just two hundred copies, features poems written over forty years by distinguished poet Gerald Dawe, alongside the Connemara-based artist, Padraic Reaney. It celebrates and illuminates the beauty and history of the west of Ireland landscape through a curated selection of work inspired by and connected to the region and introduced by Hugo Hamilton.

Dawe and Reaney met in the mid-1970s in Galway, where Gerald had moved from Belfast to study at UCG, as it then was, and eventually settle down and spend the next twenty years before moving to Dublin. ‘This is a project we’ve been talking about for years. We’re delighted to see it finally in place in such as beautiful edition. It’s an apt way of offering a helping hand to the Pink Ribbon Charity in Mayo. Finding ways of overcoming cancer is the big picture; this is just a small step.’

 

Gearrliosta Ghradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, 2018 ainmnithe agus Duais Aitheantais Pheadair Uí Fhlatharta seolta.

Gearrliosta Ghradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, 2018 ainmnithe agus Duais Aitheantais Pheadair Uí Fhlatharta seolta.

Shortlist for Ghradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh has been announced & Duais Aitheantais Pheadar Uí Fhlatharta announced

The shortlist for Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh was officially announced by the Mayor of the City of Galway, Cllr. Pearce Flannery at a press event in Téatar Uí Chearbhalláin, Áras na Gaeilge, NUI Galway.

At the event, President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán ó hÓgartaigh launched, ‘Duais Aitheantais Pheadair Uí Fhlatharta’ on behalf of Bord Stiúrtha Gaillimh le Gaeilge in association with ‘Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge’, DCU.

Peadar was the first Cathaoirleach and founding member of Gaillimh le Gaeilge and he laid down the foundation for the growth and success of the organisation.

Speaking at the press event, Bernadette Mullarkey, Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge said:

“Bord Stiúrtha Gaillimh le Gaeilge are proud to commemorate Peadar here today and the time he generously spent with us in Gaillimh le Gaeilge.“He was a deep thinker, with foresight who always had a long term goal in mind. He steered the organisation prudently and was always a loyal friend.”

Tá an píosa dealbhóireachta don Duais Aitheantais deartha go speisialta ag an ealaíontóir cáiliúil Pádraic Reaney, sean-chara é Pádraic le Peadar.   

A beautiful piece of sculpture was especially designed by the renowned artist Pádraic Reaney, a good friend of Peadar. It will be presented to a person or an organisation who have made a great effort to use the Irish language but who are not primarily involved with the work of Gaillimg le Gaeilge or indeed Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh.

 

 

Book Launch Annual Heinrich Böll Weekend

May 4th – May 6th 2018

Achill Island

15:00 Crossing the Sound. Poetry and Paintings: Gerald Dawe and paintings by Padraic Reaney. Launch.

Crossing the Sound is a collaboration between poet Gerald Dawe and the artist Padraic Reaney. They met back in the mid 1970s in Galway where Gerald had moved from Belfast to study at UCG, as it then was, and eventually settle down before moving to Dublin in 1992. ‘On a return to Galway the early years returned to me along with some new poems and during several conversations with Padraic we decided to collect a representative sample of the poems I had written out of the west – Galway, but also Mayo – and include alongside the poems, a series of images which Padraic had been working on from his various and long-established fascination with the smaller islands of the western seaboard, including Inishark’. Padraic’s images, some of

which will be on display during the Böll weekend, feature in an exhibition of his paintings and graphics scheduled for Kenny Art Gallery, Galway on 12 October 2018. The highly regarded novelist, Hugo Hamilton has contributed a preface to Crossing the Sound. Gerald Dawe is a distinguished poet with over twenty books published since 1978. He was professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin until his retirement in 2017. Padraic Reaney is one of Ireland’s most distinctive visual artists. His paintings are in numerous individual and institutional collections and art galleries throughout Ireland, Europe and the US. He lives in his native County Galway. All profits from the sales of Crossing the Sound will be donated to Mayo-based cancer charity, Pink Ribbon.

Pádraic Reaney was born in Carraroe, Co. Galway in 1952. He studied Fine Art at Galway, Regional Technical College encouraged by the sculptor Oisín Kelly and has been a full-time artist since leaving college. He painted for several years in Galway; later he built a studio in Moycullen, where he now lives and works. He has exhibited extensively in Ireland, Scotland and Wales and his work is in public and private collections in Ireland as well as in Europe, Canada, USA, Brazil, Japan, South Africa and Australia. His work is held in collections such as the Modern Irish Art Collection; Dublin Writers Museum, Ireland; Irish Embassy, London; Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, USA; Siena Art Institute, Italy; Urawa Wood-Cut Prints Association, Japan.

Coming Home Famine Exhibition Dublin Castle

The photograph was taken at the opening of the Coming Home (famine exhibition) in Dublin Castle 8 March 2018 one of the paintings also appeared on the Late Late show in early March

 

The exhibition is on in Dublin Castle the Coach House from March 8 to June 30, 2018 open daily 10 AM to 5 PM.

Pádraic Reaney exhibits in Bulgaria

Galway artist Pádraic Reaney is among the featured artists included in the 16th Lessedra World Art Print Annual — Mini Print 2017 Sofia, Bulgaria.

Opening on the 22th June. Pádraic is showing two Giclee prints. Inishark No. 1 and No.2 both pieces are from the project Pádraic has been working on to do with the houses on Inishark. He first started doing drawing and colour studies of the houses on the island for this project in 2002 and has visited the island many times since. He is now using this information for painting and graphics for his upcoming exhibition in Kenny’s art gallery in October 2018.

Pádraic was invited to show one of his paintings from the Crazy Jane serious in a group exhibition in the Hamilton Gallery in Sligo. The exhibition opened on the 13th of June to the 2nd of September.

Info from the gallery:
“Crazy Jane” is the third iteration of Hamilton Gallery’s annual invited artists exhibition series themed around the works of W B Yeats. Ninety two visual artists from all over Ireland bring their own contemporary visual reflections to bear on Yeats’ most potent and visceral female foil Crazy Jane. Through her they revisit and comment afresh, with the perspective of an artist’s eye, on the themes of culture, sexuality and religion that spurred Yeats into writing these poems almost 85 years ago”.