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September 2006

 Ken Doherty, World Champion snooker player, will officially open Ranelagh Arts Festival 2006 at an event in McSorley’s pub, Ranelagh on Tuesday, 26 September.

Ken is one of Ranelagh’s best-loved sons and says he became involved in the community-based Arts Festival because he wanted to give something back to the area in which he grew up and lives to this day.

“This is my first time getting really involved in the Festival,” he says. “And I’m delighted to be involved… I’m looking forward to loads of the acts that are playing during the Festival. I’ll certainly be attending as many events as I can!”

According to Terry Connaughton, Artistic Director of Ranelagh Arts Festival, this year’s line-up promises something to suit all ages and tastes. “We have an unbelievable programme for 2006,” says Terry. “Our biggest highlight is the Greenbeat night taking place on Saturday, 30 September. For anybody who loves rock ‘n’ roll – and for those of us who cherish memories of the Beat Club scene in 1960s Dublin – this is a must-attend event. Other highlights include a Mozart evening in Sandford Church, an Open Day and Battle of the Bands in Ranelagh Gardens, the Cinemobile in Beechwood Park and the staging of Flann O’Brien’s hilarious play Thirst in various Ranelagh pubs. Undoubtedly, this year’s Festival promises to be even better than 2005.”

Further information on Ranelagh Arts Festival, the schedule of events and online ticket sales are available from www.ranelagharts.org. Tickets for all events are also available from the Festival Ticket Office in the front snug of Smyth’s pub, Ranelagh from Tuesday, 19 September until the end of the Festival. The opening hours for the Festival Office are: Monday-Friday, 1-2pm and 5-8pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1-6pm.



 Background Information
The first Ranelagh Arts Festival took place in 2005. The festival is organised by residents of the area as a community-centred festival by, for and in the community. It celebrates Ranelagh, past and present, and the importance of the arts in people’s lives. People of all ages and backgrounds are involved in the festival.

 Media Queries
 For further information, contact: Martina Quinn – 087-6522033 or Deirdre McIntyre – 086-1943439, Email: media@ranelagharts.org

The Festival Committee

Ranelagh Arts Festival Committee 2007
Artistic Director: Terry Connaughton
Treasurer: Val Roche


Coordinators of sub-committees:
Administration: Eibhlis Connaughton
Architecture and Local History: Susan Roundtree
Arts/Visual Photography: Gerhardt Gallagher
Communications: Deirdre McIntyre, Rajbir Gosal
Family Open Day: Sheila Griffin
Festival Co-Ordination: Anne O'Donnell
Film: James Kelly
Funding: Valerie Roche
Irish: Peadar Mac Mathuna
Literary and Drama: Charles Crockett
Music: Robbie Foy
Visual Arts: Mello Bleahan


Members of Architecture and Local History sub-committee
Marie Carew, Sally Corcoran, Margaret Coyle

Members of Communications sub-committee
Martina Quinn, Erica Roseingrave

Members of Family Open Day sub-committee
Helen Kane, Oisin Quinn, Eilish Murphy, Anne O'Brien, Ronan O'Donnell

Members of Film sub-committee
Siobhan Condon, Aoife Coughlan, Howard Linnane, Deirdre O'Connell, Lisa O'Higgans

Members of Funding sub-committee
Chloe O'Connor, Marcus O'Connor

Members of Literary and Drama sub-committee
Peter Dargan, Miriam Gallagher, Tony Gilmore

Members of Music sub-committee
Marie Rooney, Niall Woods

Members of Visual Arts sub-committee
Gerhardt Gallagher, Aidan Kelly, Marie Mulcahy, Fiona Slevin, Nella Sygne

A Message From The Artistic Director

I think it would be fair to say that Ranelagh Arts Festival 2006 was a great success.

It is said that it usually takes a new festival four to five years to embed itself in a community, but I hope that I am not being presumptuous in saying we have achieved this in just two years. I think we have created an enormous reservoir of goodwill for the future of the festival amongst the community of Ranelagh.

This year, it was impossible to ignore the festival and we attracted record numbers to all our events – indeed, many of our events were sell-outs. All involved in the festival deserve great credit and I hope the blood, sweat and tears that were shed will not go unrecognised by the community!

Our programme was superb and deserves the highest accolades. A highlight of the festival for me was the Open Day in Ranelagh Gardens, which went ahead despite monsoon conditions – who can ever forget the brave kids of Ranelagh, soldiering through the deluge and the brilliant programme of events that went on following the parade? I also have to mention walking around the village on Sunday afternoon and meeting droves of people on their way to and from festival events.

Our publicity – through distribution of the programme, the AA Ireland brochure and Choice magazine – brought word of the festival to every household in the area. Our posters, banners and bunting gave the village a festive feel and the various mentions we got on the radio and in the press spread the word far beyond local boundaries.

 Great support for the festival came from local businesses, through varying degrees of sponsorship, which we hope all concerned will feel was worthwhile. A special mention must be made of our major sponsors: AA Ireland, Young’s Auctioneers, McSorley’s, our local Credit Union, Morton’s of Dunville Avenue, Choice magazine, Dublin City Council and the Arts Council. To secure this sponsorship, committee members put in a huge effort and, indeed, hard work in all the areas covered by our committee yielded magnificent results.

 Ken Doherty and Ciarán Tourish gave us exceptional support, as did Dublin City Council, who – apart from financial support – was also right behind us in so many other ways. Thank you to Frank Lambe, Leo Fitzpatrick and, especially, Ronan O’Donnell.

 Thank you also to our local schools and churches, who allowed us to use their fabulous facilities, and to the many, many individuals who went out of their way to give us help and support.

We had a long and difficult year, but in the end we produced the goods.