Ranelagh Arts Centre
Tel: (01)547 7775
Date: Starts Tuesday 23rd September 2008
Venue: At locations throughout Ranelagh Village
Tickets: Can be purchased Online or at the Festival Office
It’s a great pleasure to announce the programme for Ranelagh Arts Festival 2008. Once again, a totally voluntary committee has done a remarkable job in producing a festival that we feel sure will entertain and stimulate. This year, the emphasis is on the village, with loads of events around Ranelagh, making the festival hard to ignore. Walking tours, cycling tours, comedy circuits, an art exhibition that will loop around the village, street art and a magnificent engine puffing away on the Triangle – yes, folks, you are going to see plenty of activity.
Thanks to Dublin City Council and the Gardaí, our Family Fun Day and Children’s Pirates Parade to Ranelagh Gardens will make an even bigger impact than in previous years. Children of all ages are encouraged to get the old pirate costume down from the attic and join in the festivities.
Resident cultural groups, the Cullenswood Singers and the Ranelagh Players, have magnificent productions. And Helen Dillon once again opens her beautiful garden.
You can drop in to Humphrey’s Pub to see Kate Horgan’s exhibition of photographs and to Morton’s and Superquinn to see a film with Ranelagh residents reminiscing about yesteryears.
Lá Éigin in Scoil Bhríde celebrates 100 years of Pearse’s connection to Ranelagh – Liam Ó Maonlaí, Áine Ní Dhubhghaill and other musicians promise a very special tribute. Other music events include the Ranelagh Arts Festival Ball in Smyth’s Pub, featuring Pugwash and friends playing booty-shaking jive, and TriAngle in the Sugar Club in Leeson Street.
A very special visitor this year is Magnum photographer Martin Parr. Sports fans will enjoy David Scott’s lecture on The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing and an event on racing will be held in a bookmakers. The Cinemobile and Minicinefest return to Sandford Park School.
I would like to thank all our sponsors and friends, and take the opportunity to ask the residents of Ranelagh to support those businesses whose generosity makes the festival possible. I call on all residents to support the festival, join in the festivities and give a warm Ranelagh welcome to all performers and visitors at the Ranelagh Arts Festival 2008.
The Festival Committee
Artistic Director: Terry Connaughton
Chairperson: Anne O'Donnell
Treasurer: Val Roche
Secretary: Kate Dunne
Festival Sub-Committees Members
Ann Marie Hourihane
Peadar Mac Mathúna
Maeve Anne McHugh
Honor O Brolcháin
The 4th Ranelagh Arts Festival was a great success. The number of events, the numbers taking part in the festival and the attendance’s at festival events were all the biggest so far.
For the second year in a row Ranelagh was bathed in sunshine, that ‘secret’ ingredient so necessary for the enjoyment of our open-air events. The Pirates Parade and the Family Fun day attracted record numbers to Ranelagh Gardens, perhaps the biggest crowd since Richard Crosbie’s historical flight. How fitting it was that the Commemoration Statue in his honour was unveiled that day. It was great tribute to all in the festival and those in the locality who worked so hard over the years to make it happen.
The Battle of the Bands worked like clockwork, the walks and talks, tours and lectures, poetry readings and ‘gigs’ were once again outstanding. It’s a great pleasure walking around the village during the festival and seeing so much activity going on, so many happy people of all ages engaged in Festival events.
World-renowned photographer Martin Parr brought people to Ranelagh from far and near. Liam O Maonlai with Aine Ni Dhubhghaill, and Ciaran Tourish gave us an unforgettable concert in School Bride; Brendan Ellis’s production of Under Milk Wood was hugely enjoyable for the many participants and the enthusiastic audience. The Under Milk Wood production and the Cullenswood Singers performance made Sandford Parish Church a most ‘in’ venue. The stories of local involvement in World War, brought to the festival by the Ranelagh Players, were a ‘rip- roaring’ success. On a lighter note, the comedy circuit brought fun and laughter to the villages bars.
The 2008 programme of films at the cinemobile in Sandford Park School was as usual most rewarding for children and adult film enthusiasts.
I can’t forget Fiacc’s Engine on the triangle and the’ buck leap’ it made on Sunday morning; nor the great Anthony Cronin reminiscing about Patrick Kavanagh in Boyles Bookmakers; Honor and Wilma (her guide dog) on their lecture trail; Nicola Gordon Bowe’s late arrival at St. Philips, following a cross city dash from the airport; eco-taxis plying their trade up and down the village; Frank McNally’s witty speech in Ranelagh Gardens; and John Keogh doing his ‘thang’ at the launch of Kate Horgan’s ‘Keeping the Beat’ photo exhibition in Humphrey’s Pub.
The festival, I am happy to relate got an amazing amount of national coverage and even happier to relate all of it was positive. We can say we are doing something right. I don’t think there is a voluntary committee anywhere in Ireland who could have produced such a wonderful festival with such limited resources.
It’s time for all involved to take a bow. Bravo Ranelagh Arts Festival Committee 2008.