Ranelagh Arts Centre
Tel: (01)547 7775
The Ranelagh Arts Festival has, over the years, set out to engage the community of Ranelagh, and its environs in a series of events and activities that cater for all ages. We seek to engage and stimulate all manner of artistic tastes as only a small, voluntary village committee can do. We endeavour to create an old style village arts festival, with an atmosphere that is laid back and easy going, brings the performers and their audiences close together, and provides a pleasant welcoming environment for visitors. While seeming like a monumentous task, visitors to the festival over the years have commended us on the 'Ranelagh Arts Festival Experience' as a whole. This year we intend to continue that tradition.
This year we again concentrate on our core events; walks and talks, lectures on local history and our co-operation with the local schools, the very essence of our 'raison d'être'. A very special event will occur in Sandford Park School, preceding our annual Poetry Speakeasy, when three books about Ranelagh will be launched - R.M.D.S 21, The Living Streets, An Anthology of The Ranelagh Arts Festival and Ranelagh in Pictures - which will make Ranelagh the centre of the Irish publishing world on Friday 25th September, for an hour at least! I cannot think of any similar sized village that has had 3 books launched simultaneously. If any reader can inform me otherwise a prize will await them on the occasion. This is another first for the Ranelagh Arts Festival of which we are inordinately proud.
We must thank those sponsors who have stood by us once again, along with our new and very welcome ones. When shopping, dining or drinking in the area we urge all of our supporters to look for the 'Friends of Ranelagh Arts Festival' sticker that will be on display by those generous businesses who share our appreciation of the Arts and community and are prepared to offer support despite these economically troubling times.
Special thanks must go to Dublin City Council and our friends in the South East Area Office without whose support it is very unlikely that the Ranelagh Arts Festival could take place. Shelbourne Development have graciously given us our new HQ at 26 Ranelagh, which has proved to be such an exciting development for all involved in the Ranelagh Arts Festival and encourages us to pursue our dream of a permanent home for the Arts in Ranelagh.
Finally I ask all the people of the area to come out and support the Festival, pray for good weather for the weekend's events, and extend a cordial Ranelagh welcome to all our visitors and performers. I hope you will agree that this year's Festival will be a pleasant and memorable experience for all concerned!
The Ranelagh Arts Festival
A galaxy of stars, a host of celebrities, a week of magnificent events at Irelands greatest 'little' festival 20-27 September 2009
Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine
Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends
The Ranelagh Players: Murder Monologues
Music for the Four Masters / Na Ceithre Mástrí
The Ranelagh Singers present Schubert at Sandford
Tastes and Sounds of Ranelagh
An Evening with Anne Enright
Family Fun Day with 'Space, the Final Frontier' parade
Interview with the Film Director featuring Neil Jordan
The Haunted Castle of Leap
Meditations on the Art of William Pearse
Photography on the Rails
The Father of Irish Aviation
Culture Night @ Ranelagharts
Street Music Scene
Full details and booking information available soon.
Please contact us for additional information on events listed in this programme. We can be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 085 743 7212
Click here for a full programme listing and get all the low down on who's performing and exhibiting and this year.
The Festival Committee
Artistic Director: Terry Connaughton
Chairperson: Marcus O'Connor
Treasurer: Siobhan Lennon
Secretary: Helen Minnes
Assistant Secretary: Aoife Mulqueen
Charles Crockatt, Brendan Ellis, Rajbir Gosal, Chloe O'Connor
Members of Sub-Committees
Caroline Davin Power
Angel Luis Gonzalez
Dr. Howard Linnane
Aine Nic Giolla Choille
Honor O Brolchain
Myra McAuliffe - PR Co-ordinator
David Murphy - Entertainments Co-ordinator for music events in ranelagh gardens.
Kenny Worn - Ranelagh Arts Shop Co-ordinator