Photos of Valentyn Silvestrov Drogheda






Concert in Anaverna House by the Vanbrugh Quartet Concert who will be playing music by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin on Sunday 11 October at 3pm.

Contact Vere at or 042 9371490


The Hilliard Ensemble performed in St.Patricks Dundalk on 1 Oct 2009




Oriel Cultural Centre – Dundalk

Invitation to Tender Oriel Cultural Centre invites artists from the Louth Meath Cavan, Monaghan and Armagh areas, to submit their ideas for a piece of art for permanent display at the Old Gaol, Carrick Rd. Dundalk.

Project Title : Oriel Cultural Centre

Organisation : Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

Location: West Wing, Old Gaol, Carrickmacross Rd. Dundalk, Co Louth


Project Aim

To serve as a Regional Cultural Centre for the north eastern region serving the counties of Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, Meath and Armagh.  The primary focus of the Centre will be the support and development of traditional arts initiatives within the region as well as strengthening the work of Comhaltas within the region.
Development of the Centre has been resourced by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and through the support of Louth County Council.

Description of Building

Detached 13 bay 2 story over basement. Former gaol built circa 1850.  Rectangular in plan, with square –plan full height tower to North West.  Pitched slate roof (pyramidal to tower) with clay ridge tiles.  Stone corbelled chimneystack and tooled limestone quoins and string course.  Moulded cast iron gutters on limestone corbelled eaves course with circular cast iron down pipes.
Hidden from the street by tall walls this former gaol is a valuable and interesting piece of social history.  Part of a complex of 4 buildings, its situation radiating with its twin building to the south, from the axis of the east main building signifies the quality of it s design.  Retaining much original fabric, it stands as a memento of 19th century penal building.


A piece of art in either 2D or 3D format.
The selected piece should be a permanent piece of work, which will reflect the history, current usage and /or a future vision for the building.
Tender to include the following information – design documents /sketches; description of materials; breakdown of associated costs.

Proposed Location of Piece

Internal or External


8,000 euro (inclusive of vat) Budget does not include the installation of the artwork.

Completed proposals To Be Returned to

Ms. Kay Webster,
Oriel Cultural Centre,
Dundalk Gaol,
Carricik Road,
Co. Louth.

Closing date for applications by 5.00pm Monday 30th October 2009
Further Information Available by contacting
Kay Webster at  086 8521395.



For Immediate Release.

Drogheda Borough Council shortlisted for two Excellence in Local Government Awards

Drogheda Borough Council has been nominated for two awards in the sixth annual Excellence in Local Government Awards to be presented on October 28 by Chambers Ireland in association with the Department of the Environment, Heritage, Local Government.

The Council is shortlisted for the Arts & Culture Award in recognition of its organisation and support of Drogheda Arts Festival while a further short-listing under the Waste Management Award arises from the Council’s work with Drogheda Breakfast Club on the ‘Big Hog’ food waste recycling project in Rathmullen.

Held over six days in early May each year since 2004, the Drogheda Arts Festival features exhibitions and performances across a range of genres by local, national and international artists. Driven by Drogheda Borough Council and Louth Local Authorities, the festival involves a partnership with local arts organisations including Droichead Arts Centre and Highlanes Gallery while the business community is also increasingly involved through active engagement with Drogheda & District Chamber.

Welcoming the double short-listing, Cllr Michael O’Dowd, Mayor of Drogheda said: “Local authorities face particular challenges in service delivery given the current state of their finances. This recognition of Drogheda Borough Council for two particular strands of work is particularly welcome given the ongoing need to work in partnership with communities and business to deliver at a local level. It is all about building lasting relationships that deliver for all the parties involved and this Council is committed to continued innovation in how we work with external partners.”

Des Foley, Town Clerk, Drogheda Borough Council added: “The elected members and staff of the Council work hard to deliver a wide array of services efficiently and cost-effectively. This short-listing for two national awards is welcome acknowledgment of some of the work done in serving the local community. There is no doubt that – in common with other public bodies – this and other local authorities face pressures at this time but that only makes us more determined to continue working to deliver for Drogheda.”

Commenting on the arts and culture short-listing, Patricia Rooney, President, Drogheda & District Chamber said the Chamber is “delighted” to see the Council’s work recognised. “The commitment to the arts in Drogheda is exceptional. The annual arts festival goes from strength to strength and is now well established. The Council is to be commended for committing resources and finance to the arts – especially at a time of straitened finances when it can perhaps seem a soft target.”

Media contact: Brian Nolan, Bance Nolan Ltd – (086) 819 1730.


8pm Church of Ireland Collon

Dunedin Consort Bach Motets
Neil Metcalfe Consort Director

Collon Church provides the venue for Saturday evening’s concert where the Dunedin Consort make their Republic of Ireland debut.  Winners of the 2008 Midem Baroque Award and the 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Vocal Album for their recording of Handel’s ‘Dublin’ Messiah (Linn CKD 285), the Dunedin Consort, under the combined Artistic Direction of John Butt, Susan Hamilton and Philip Hobbs, have performed throughout Scotland and Europe.

The Consort has appeared at festivals in Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, and the Channel Islands as well as at Edinburgh International Festival. It has worked in collaboration with ensembles including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia 21, Scottish Ensemble, Mr. McFall’s Chamber, Paragon Ensemble, Florilegium, La Serenissima and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, has appeared on the major BBC television channels, and been broadcast on Radio 3 and BBC Scotland.

For their inaugural concert in this part of the world, Dunedin Consort will perform a programme entitled “Bach’s Motets and his Forefathers”.  J.S. Bach’s motets were seen as the pinnacle of virtuosic and expressive choral writing even in the late eighteenth century – a time when most of the composer’s output was entirely forgotten. Mozart famously enthused about ‘Singet dem Herrn’ and avidly studied its vocal parts, on a visit to Leipzig in 1789. Bach himself seems to have taken particular pride in the genre, distinguished by its use of singers on every line of music, with texts exclusively from the Bible or the Lutheran chorale tradition. Motets seem to have been cherished by the Bach family, and Sebastian was largely responsible for preserving the works of his elder relatives (it is likely that he requested J.C. Bach’s ‘Lieber Herr Gott’ to be sung at his own funeral). By hearing three of his greatest motets side-by-side those of the previous generations we can hear how the family craft developed towards what later commentators saw as the type of art that somehow transcends its original context and use. All the works are superbly crafted, but we can also hear considerable expressive character in the music of the earlier Bachs, such as Bach’s cousin, Johann Michael (who was also his father-in-law) and particularly in the motets of Michael’s brother, Johann Christoph. He was the organist in Eisenach at the time Sebastian lived there, and his music sounds almost Romantic in its extraordinarily direct expression.

Tickets €20 Concessions €15

For Box Office, contact Nicola on 087 6115679, or call into Ardee Town Council Offices on the Fair Green, Ardee.


A talk by Donal Hall, author of “The Unreturned Army: Co Louth War Dead in the Great War 1914-1918 with following Q+A
Letters & stories from the Front
Readings/ Selected War Poetry, including Tom Kettle and Francis Ledwidge

The event will last approx. 90 mins and will include refreshments. Time: 8 pm Adm €8. All welcome. Poster attached………..

Boyne Books
56/57 West St
041 987 3835



5th November – 27th November 2009

Opening Night 5th November 7pm -9pm

Open Mon – Fri  10am -1pm & 1:30pm- 5pm

Basement Gallery,Town Hall, Dundalk, Co.Louth


Basement Gallery is proud to present the work of Dundalk-based graffiti artists Kube and Omin. Painting commercially and as a passionate hobby, Kube and Omin have been painting the countries walls for the past 13 years, bringing graffiti art to their hometown and nationwide, as well as being established on the international scene.

Using a wide range of media, including spray painted canvas, acrylic and oil paintings, photographic pieces, steel etching prints and sketches to fully showcase the vibrancy, movement and technical skill that comes with this very new and rapidly moving art form.

Kube and Omin have painted for a vast array of major companies, brands, festivals and arts organisations. Working commercially doing commissions and brand promotion the pair have been submitting their artwork to internationally circulated magazines for the past 10 years, gaining them work overseas aswell as representing the Irish Graffiti art scene on an worldwide platform.

Graffiti art by its very nature is something that the public see and admire but yet mystery surrounds the rhyme and reason to why and how it is done. Since its beginings in the 70’s, Graffiti art has been a voice for young artists to display their talents on a public stage without reward, whilst risking prosecution in some cases to express themselves.

Using such a wide range of mediums – Kube and Omin hope to visually demonstrate the essence of Graffiti art through their own styles and skills. From sketches used on past murals, to photographs of walls, to graffiti art on canvas – all facets of the artform will be displayed and will give a visual narrative to their 13 years of non-stop graffiti art exploits.

This is the first show of its kind to be held in Dundalks’ basement gallery and promises to be one of most animated and interesting uses of the space to date.  Kube and Omin will be displaying unseen original pieces for this show in addition to painting some of the gallery walls and creating a more unique, open and engaging atmosphere to the space.

This show promises to be fresh on every surface.