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I go walking most days around McMahon Park or further afield and into the mountains at the weekends with different groups. It's my way of unwinding and sometimes of thinking in relative silence, except for the birds and the wind or rain.
I set up GOA Claremorris as others were also interested in walking and we're still doing it everyday in our way. Not always together or at the same pace or even in the same direction but that does matter? Not really unless we're trying to create awareness and that's something I'm immersed in.
Awareness of our environment, our heritage, our culture and our sense of identity as part of a local and global community is partly the reason and the other is that it's a healthy exercise and necessary for me to get away from the noise. I don't always succeed as I'm often accompanied by concerns or walking for a reason.
In the last month I've walked for Parkinson's and Pieta House, with GOA Claremorris, The Lake District Hillwalkers, with GMIT Guiding course group, with Pat Keane from Claremorris Historic society and on my own through woods and forest paths in Mayo.
It's good to walk in the company of others and also by myself but what I'm often not aware of is the beauty that surrounds me and I don't know if it's because I'm too concerned about myself or preoccupied with the meaning of it all.
It's Wednesday, which means I'll be walking again with the local group. Some of us were dancing Salsa last night so we may be walking differently this evening to get those bums moving with some rhythm. I'll leave the music for the birds and trees and the sound of our feet to accompany us.
Clive Bright is an artist who lives on his family farm in south county Sligo. Since graduating from NCAD in Dublin in 2003, Bright has proven noticeably prolific. He has enjoyed success in a line of solo, joint and group shows to date.
Bright works principally with oil paint but drawing & line play a constant and major role in his work. He avoids slipping into a process or procedure of creating a drawing or painting: "I constantly try to change how I approach a painting or a subject"
Bright's way of life on the farm, and his painting complement one another perfectly. In fact, it is from his personal connection with the farm that he draws much of his inspiration. His sensitive and intuitive treatment of his subject is unmistakable.
The relationship between Bright and his surroundings is deeply rooted, evoking a sense of history and timelessness. Each piece of work is not only aesthetically captivating, but has the ability to move you out of your current surroundings and into his, perhaps experiencing at least some of his wonderful affinity with past and present.
Bright's paintings have a universal narrative. Through absence, and the use of inanimate objects, Bright creates a sense of human presence, which in turn personifies the objects. His deep understanding and appreciation of his subject evokes powerful sentiments communicating more than just a visually pleasing experience.
Hi folks, Working as a collective is proven to be better for us and I like to consider myself a practitioner rather than a preacher of good practices based on what I believe are our natural values. Through the organisation we're combining arts and environmental activism or "artivism" so I'm networking and learning from others and then weaving these different strands into participatory performances that we share with tourists and locals. We'd like to empower people to become actively responsible for themselves rather than leaving it up to representatives to lead them on a passive cathartic journey.
I believe it's a combination of experiences that shape us: Culture and Environment are at the heart of our phenomenological existence but I feel like we're in the dark about the natural world or the nature of our own fragile existence. Nature will regenerate but we have a finite existence and our dependence on the planet to sustain us is my concern as we increase in numbers and its time we started thinking like John Gray says in Straw Dogs, thoughts on humans and other animals, about the Gaia hypothesis - 'the theory that the Earth is a self-regulating system whose behaviour resembles in some ways that of an organism - embodies the most rigorous scientific naturalism...For Gaia, human life has no more meaning that the life of a slime mould.'
Now I'm not expecting people to be walking and talking existentialism but there is a relationship between the leisure industry and labour and we're often striving to attain things to make us happy when if we slowed down, looked around and took time to smell the roses we may discover we would be happier living frugally and consuming less. I'm as guilty as anybody of being a consumer and finding excuses to buy new toys but I hope that with these toys I can show people some of the beautiful spaces and places in the west of Ireland and take us on participatory performance to awaken our conscience.
I'd like our festival and organisation to be an uplifting performer that moves people to want to be creative and continue striving not to strive too much to make the world a better place.
We need to bear in mind that the majority of people don't sit around writing articles about our performance footprint or discussing poetry or literature unless they're into it and if we want to persuade you or others that the arts is food for the soul then we need to create some of connection to effectively communicate with you. So I guess this is an appeal to you to participate and tell us what you think of our performances.
The Arts are a means of communicating our feelings and also self-discovery. The work that most moves us is simply truthful and often a little risky.There is a sense of intimacy and vulnerability that creates a sense of empathy with the person who is courageous enough to be expose themselves warts and all. It doesn't have to be polished to perfection. Truth shines out and a good storyteller captures that truth, which is beauty.
Truth or Intimacy are themes that interest me because I rarely feel I am honest or intimate with people at the level I'd like to be. A natural reserve grows wild and free and yet remains trapped within me. Though all the world's a stage, the theatrical stage may be the only place to actually perform and discover something new about ourselves in the presence of the spectators or witnesses.
The hardest part is not the delivery but the uncertainty of reciprocity. Living rurally does not prevent one from flourishing or creating the kind of work that may not always be appreciated but the point of performing for an audience whom we interact with daily and who don't necessarily share the same vision can be pretty challenging. But trying to create work to inspire people to see we have a shared responsibility to our community to act accordingly by participating in things that may not be our cup of tea makes it worthwhile.
We do what we do though how many of us really think about the consequence of our actions whether we are performing on stage or picking up a piece of litter in the street or tossing a cigarette butt on the floor. I live with my father who had Parkinson's and his punding drives me crazy at times. This is when he starts gathering things around him or picking things up and putting them in the strangest of places, which frustrates us all and often ends with us shouting at him, what are you doing?
His behaviour or actions are beyond his control as he’s on medication and suffers from a debilitating neurological disease. Not that it’s an excuse for everything he does or doesn’t do but I have less excuse for losing the rag with him when he seems to be willfully resisting his son controlling his actions.
So in this year of re-evolution we’ll be looking at what causes us to revolt for our independence and we’ll start by examining some of the things that lead to dis-ease within our communities. These theatrical performances are more to do with love than hate and our inability to communicate due to our culture and social taboos that force us to cope rather than share our troubles with our community until "the centre can no longer hold." It's only thence discover we are not alone and that we don't have to be all things to everybody but have faith in the strength of our community.
So we’re looking forward to recreating our sense of identity as part of a growing community of artists who dare to be different and explore new and unfamiliar territory for many of us. The only thing I can say for definite is that there will be tears of joy and sadness shed for ourselves. So come along. Joy will be found in our journey together and not only in reaching our destination.
Flooding in its purest form involves forced, prolonged exposure to the actual stimulus that provoked the original trauma.
In the mid-1960s, Thomas Stampfl, pioneered a technique called 'implosion therapy' to treat phobias. He found that phobic patients who were bombarded with detailed descriptions of the situations that they feared for six to nine continuous hours lost their fear of those situations. His research was expanded upon and refined by Zev Wanderer, who used biofeedback machines to monitor patients listening to verbal descriptions of what they most feared. By concentrating on the phrases that sparked the most intense reactions, Wanderer reduced the time needed for the first flooding session from nine hours to about two hours. Patients then returned for further sessions, usually as short as half an hour.
To increase the effectiveness of the therapy and shorten the time needed, Wanderer combined the in-office therapy with loop recordings of the phrases that were most likely to trigger the phobic reactions. His patients would take the tape recordings home and listen to them as 'homework'.
We have all witnessed if not personally experienced the flooding that has occurred this winter and spring and we are now inundated once again with politicians promising to alleviate our pains once we hand over the reigns of power to them to rule our world.
But what about taking a little more charge of our own lives and community by actually doing something ourselves?
We’re born survivors but whether we thrive or not is up to us all. On this Spring awakening 1916 it has dawned on us once again that we are a nation struggling to survive in this climate of change. as Freud or T.S. Eliot poetically put it.
“The way forward is the way back” to what may well be the only way we’ll regain a sense of natural balance with our environment be it political or natural.
I’m talking about re-evolution and rebellion against the same oppressive powers that have dogged humanity since we crawled from the sea and began to breathe and breed and breed.
There’s way to many of us rapacious creatures for nature to contend with so nature is fighting back by culling us once again through the spread of disease amongst us.
Don’t worry this is not all doom and gloom, its evolution and the sooner we learn to accept that, the sooner we’ll learn not to traumatise ourselves seeking solutions to the inevitable demise of our kind. By the way this is way, way, way in the future and by then we won’t even be thinking as we do now.
What we need to do now is live life and believe in the altruistic response of life itself to answer us. Self-belief is more important than wishing things were different. So after our long winter of discontent it’s time to reawaken and fulfil our potential which has been hibernating and waiting impatiently to spring into action.
We're interested in re-evolution in a transnational cultural context . through creative entertainment in relation to resource management and our carbon/performance footprint with everyday experts to shape local and European policy through festival events including live performances; exhibitions; films; documentaries; workshops and post-show panel discussions that address environmental concerns.
This is the third year we'll host The Non Prophet Festival 19=28 August 2016, as well as the ongoing events of a similar nature, such as films, talks, practical workshops, etc. throughout Mayo. The creative personnel involved are made up of various groups and organisations, involved in community arts, heritage and culture as well as full-time performing artists from our European community.
Apart from our Arts Council additional funding is being sought from Claremorris Municipal District, Mayo Arts Office, Foras Na Gaeilge and our Finnish guests are seeking a travel grant in Finland as well as benefit in kind in the form of venues for exhibition, screenings & workshops from Clar IRD & Clar ICH.
This year's festival promises to continue to develop our growing community of participants and everyday experts in the many fields that interweave to make up our community.
Culture Night on Friday evening began much as it ended; with waves of greetings and laughter with our wonderful storytellers Colman O'Raghallaigh and Pat Keane, educating and entertaining us with their historic tour through the origins of the town and our ancestry.
Recording the event for posterity makes it difficult to participate and be present when viewing the proceedings through a tiny screen, though no footage can capture the atmosphere of a place and time than to actually follow in the footsteps of those who can talk of the history of these streets from personal experience. However well scripted and prepared our storytellers may be there is nothing like a live audience to offer their anecdotes and some spontaneity on our journey through the streets of Claremorris and how they have been transformed over the centuries.
Thanks to all those who participated. We're glad you appreciated our efforts, shown by your presence and the generosity of your praise, which makes it all worthwhile. Time flew or perhaps we were beguiled by the history, the music and the poetry of our community, delivered with wit, and so eloquently that if ever we needed a reason to revive our native language into our everyday speech we need look no further than what we witnessed within our own rural community on tripping tongues and harp strings that touched ours hearts and offered us hope for the future of our town and its family.
Long may it continue le cúnamh Dé.
Friday 18th September, Culture Night & Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September 2015, Claremorris community The Non Prophet Festival: For all the family and nearly all free, so join in our homespun fun.
Teacht le chéile: Carrchlós an stáisiúin. Colman O’Raghallaigh - Conradh na Gaeilge & Padraig O’Cathain - Claremorris Historical Soc. historic bi-lingual tour of the town departs promptly from Claremorris Railway Station at 6pm.
Culture Night - Friday 18TH September: G
6 PM Historical Bilingual Tour of Town with Colman O’Raghalleigh & Pat Keane Claremorris Historical Society (booking required)
Teacht le chéile: Carrchlós an stáisiúin.
1. Stáisiún traneach Chlár Chlainne Mhuiris / Claremorris Railway Station
2. An Chearnóg & lár an bhaile / The Square and Town Centre
3. Eaglais N. Eoin - An Leabharlann / St. John’s Church – Town Library
4. Séipéal N. Colmán – St. Colman’s Church
5. Leacht Cuimhneacháin Theach na mBocht – Poorhouse & Infant Memorial
6. Críoch / End
7.30 PM Non Prophet Festival Opening Reception - in Claremorris Library:
Saturday Sept. 26th: A Forum Theatre Workshop (12-5pm) with Ala Participatory Theatre is an introduction to community empowerment through theatre and drama. Workshop cost of 20€ includes ticket for The Claremorris Players A Wake in the West at 8.30pm in the Town Hall Theatre. Book your ticket at http://townhall.ie, Tel: 094 931 0999 for this festival fundraiser and opportunity to see this hilarious and final production with its stellar cast of local performers, guaranteed to bring tears of laughter to your eyes.
Family Fun Day with Performance Picnic:
Sunday Sept. 27: 2-5pm in McMahon Park is a family fun day with pageantry, bouncy castles and playful activities for young and old: Chris and Lynda Huxley from Mayo Naturalist's Field Club with will lead a guided walk around the park to discover the flora and fauna of Ireland. There will be an orienteering natural treasure hunt for the more intrepid through The Land of the GIANTS!
Mac Tire Bushcraft will be teaching families how to survive in the wild forest.
will round off the festival weekend with @ 8.30pm in the Town Hall Theatre. And the festival after party begins at the town hall bar!
Presence is participation and we greatly appreciate welcome your support to help sustain the thriving community spirit, natural talent and beauty of Mayo.
Cost: All events are Free (except Festival Fundraiser: A Wake in the West) (Sponsorship/Donations graciously accepted)
Organiser: The Non Prophet Organisation
Tel: 085 7506104
Is it my imagination of were we more colourful and carefree before we became more concerned about health and safety? Where are the banners and streamers and barrels of laughter and guinness gone?