Cloughjordan - Thomas McDonagh Weekend Programme of Events
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR THE THOMAS MACDONAGH WEEKEND
Friday 4th May
10.00am-4.00pm Painting Workshop
An opportunity to paint under the guidance of Jock Nichol who is highly skilled in both drawing and painting. Born in Scotland, he moved to Ireland in 1992. His work appears in several collections in the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada. Booking is essential for this workshop, phone 087 648239.
6.30 pm Opening of Charity Art Exhibition and Sale
Doors of the MacDonagh Schoolhouse open at 6.30 pm for the official launch at 7 pm. Professional artists Mary Pickering, Grainne Watts, Thomas Wollen, Siobhan Bulfin, Hazel Green, Lean Callaghan and other invited artists will have work on display.
8.00pm Book Launch Cloughjordan Heritage Volume VII
The seventh and largest book in the Cloughjordan Heritage series contains a compilation of material relating to the parish and surrounding areas. It includes articles of historical interest, profiles of personalities, local heritage including families of Kyle, and a variety of reports and photos. The launch takes place in GAA Complex.


Saturday 5th May
9.00am-1.00pm Cloughjordan Street Market
Come early for best selection of home-baking: bread, scones, tarts and cakes. Jams and chutney, vegetables and plants, fancy goods, books and lots more are available at the market.
Enjoy the art work by pupils of the local schools, based on a poem by Thomas MacDonagh, on display along the entrance to Cloughjordan’s Eco Project.
11.00am-6.00 pm Opening of Heritage Flower Display
Working on a Heritage theme, floral displays will be arranged throughout the Methodist Church which opens with a Service of Dedication. There is also an Art exhibition and Tea and Coffee is available all day. Admission €8. There will be two other events during the day:
II.30am Portrait Painting
Demonstration of Portrait Painting will be given by renowned artist, Julian Friers
3.00pm Musical interlude with violin and tenor.
11.00am-6.00pm Charity Art Exhibition and Sale
This is an extensive collection of artworks, by professional and amateur artists. All works in this exhibition are available for sale, with proceeds going to local charities.
3.00pm Guided Tour of Cloughjordan’s Eco Project
Residents of Ireland's first Eco-Village will bring visitors on a walk through the site. The ideology and technology behind the development will be discussed on the tour.
4.00pm Poetry Hour
Leo Cullen, writer, poet and regular contributor to RTE Radio programme, Sunday Miscellany, will present poems to reflect upon in Sheelagh na Gig Bookshop. This event will bring together some of MacDonagh's poems with works by modern poets on similar themes.
8.15pm Rambling House
The Rambling House, in the Parochial Hall, is presented by the popular Fear an Tí, Seamus Costello, who encourages all to join in sharing music, songs and stories. There's tea with home-bakes and a fáilte isteach. This year, in celebrating the centenary of the birth of Donagh MacDonagh, his short work, An Easter Christening, will be performed by Cloughjordan Drama Group.


Sunday 6th May
12 noon-6.00pm Charity Art Exhibition and Sale
The Exhibition and sale continues today in the MacDonagh Schoolhouse. Artists supporting local charities have created this very special exhibition.
2.00pm-6.00pm Heritage Flower Display
The Methodist Church hosts this event which continues today. Admission €8
3.00pm Musical Entertainment
Mary O'Meara and friends presents musical entertainment. Refreshments are available during the afternoon.
3.00pm Guided Tour of Cloughjordan's Eco Project
A resident of the Eco-Village will be your guide and meet you at the Village Office.
4.00pm Cloughjordan Writers Group Writings of Leo Cullen
On a return visit to the Thomas MacDonagh Weekend, Leo Cullen, author of Clocking Ninety on the Road to Cloughjordan, will read a selection of his own writings with musical interludes and inimitable wit. Visitors are welcome to bring their writings along, to Sheelagh na Gig Bookshop.
3.00pm Family Fun at Django's Hostel
Join in the fun in the Eco Project with lots of treats for all ages and a barbecue, rain or shine. Cloughjordan Circus Group display their skills in street carnival. Come along and visit the Children's Book Fair in Django's Hostel.
4.30pm MacDonagh Pipe Band
Thomas MacDonagh Pipe Band will march along Main Street and join in the Family Fun with a recital at Django's Hostel. This year the band is especially welcome as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
8.00pm Sunday Lecture
John O'Callaghan, History Department University of Limerick, is guest speaker. His talk will focus on social history from 1913 to 1923, covering the Woman's Suffragette Movement, the Great Lockout, Recruitment for WW1 and a general look at society pre and post 1916.


Bank Holiday Monday 7th May

11.00am-6.00pm The Heritage Flower Display
The Flower Display and Art Exhibition continues, admission €8, with two special events: 11.30 am Flower Arranging Demonstration with Maura Lovelock. Maura is a professional florist, working in Leeds Castle in Kent.
3.00pm Recital Recital by Patrick Rowley Brooke on Trumpet.
2.30pm Knocknacree Wood
This will be a guided walk with a visiting expert on woodland vegetation. Three MacDonagh poems will be unveiled, as permanent fixtures, along the woodland paths.
4.30pm Film: Countess Caitlín
The Cine Club present Patrick Bergin's adaptation of the W.B. Yeats' dramatic story, set in famine times. It was filmed locally and many Cloughjordan residents appear in the film.
7.00pm Kilruane MacDonagh Hurling Club
Final of U.14 Hurling in the Billy O'Meara Trophy takes place in Thomas MacDonagh GAA Park.
9.00pm Oíche Ghaelach
Under the stewardship of Roche Williams and Seamus Costello, musicians, seanachaí and an assortment of artists will provide entertainment – all culminating with the traditional ‘Cupán Tae’ at Grace's pub. Tá cuireadh agat bheidh linn agus beidh fáilte romhat.