Archive for the ‘On My Radar’ Category

Goodbye here! see you … there…!

December 14, 2011

Dear Reader, due to unforeseen technical switch-overs I am losing all my little quirky extras and snowflakes and pictures, but the new Dock Website is there, and with it the Blog Live on the page! I have no clue yet if you’ll be  safely led to the new virtuell paths by all those technical hidden hands and brains at work, but in the case of nobody else telling you, I’ll lead ya to the right place right here and right now! Come on, follow me on, I’ll be busy blogging there as of today, bookmark the new page, get rid of this old one, and after the initial teething problems it should be even cooler there than it was here. Thanks to our loyal readership, Your Dock Blogger in Transition


Open Season, Ailie Blunnie and Winter Market at The Dock

December 6, 2011

It’s almost Wednesday morning, I have a handful of more details and news for you, and I am still looking forward to the weekend at The Dock! Ailie Blunnie is not having a support act on the night, so Friday  8.30pm very sharp it is, straight launching into the Blunnie Sisters’ act, I also heard there is a boyfriend on that stage too, and I guess we’d be lost without Keith in the sound box, so let’s welcome the boys also! If the Open Season allows me to pop out in between, I’ll try and take a couple of shots of the Blunnie’s in preparation of the show, I have a feeling they might just let me do that for you! I love the idea of Duke Special meeting Imelda May for a day of feeding ducks in the park and putting that thought into music; and boy am I excited to go to that gig!

Mella, one of the organizers of the Winter Market filled me in on a few more details too, last year’s market was fabulous already I can give you that, but they are sure to well top that yet! First of all, it more than likely won’t flood or ice-sheet the roads on us between now and Saturday, so allof us get a fair chance in turning up at The Dock this time, and there will be even more stalls than last year to choose from and potter around so I heard. Very importantly  there will be nibbles and mulled wine (did I just  mention the food first … again!?), there will be handmade natural cremes and ointments, handcrafted Teas and Coffee, Christmas Cards, books, Santa’s Lost Buttons, Felt Creations, Ceramics, Knit Kits, paintings, Wellie Trees, hand painted lamp shades, local photography, hats and scarves, vintage clothing, Woodcraft, Christmas decorations… and I think they have a few more things up their Winter Market-sleeves! Sounds great to me, a lovely day out, and many thanks to Mella and crew already, I saw her busily organizing and putting time and effort in all morning today!

So, anybody else  like me waiting for that What’s On Guide turning up in your letter box? I was tossing and turning already, patience is  not one of my virtues yet, but  I found out why we are that bit behind with the post-outs. And yes, that brings me to the sideline of the Volunteer Scheme again too! With the Trade Conference and all, The Dock staff has been so flattened with work all weekend that the What’s On brochure found its way into the envelopes only this morning, and I don’t really know how many of us are on that mailing list, but it looked like a big job to me! So anybody idling around and having time on your hands as little as it may be, call in and let Ciara know that you are interested in volunteering for The Dock, mailing, putting posters out around town, ushering for the odd performance. The perks? If possible at all, getting into the shows you like for free, in times where money is that bit tight this might be worth a lot to a lot of people out there. So spread the word and come along, there is always some nice crowd about in the foyer too… And the What’s On should be in your letter boxes somewhat between today and tomorrow, you can look forward to a neat job on that! I know some people found the last one a bit hard to navigate through, this one has a cooler lay-out, more leight weight, and i love the calendar bit at the side of each month! Glad i put my own calendar bit on the blog days ago already, great minds think alike, now it appears rather streamlined even though it wasn’t!

What else? The galleries are currently and seriously being painted and prepared for Open Season on Friday night, should be great craic to see all the different styles and ways of creativity together on one wall space! Pity none of the artists came forward to tell us a bit about themselves or their work for the blog, maybe I catch some of them on the night, but here the last chance to email me if you want to present your work and yourself  at the last minute in regards to the Open Season exhibition on Friday at 5.30pm!  What delights me a lot is the presence of  children’s art this year, Annaduff and Newtowngore National Schools  have been working with artist Kate Wilson and their self-portraits and an animation made by the children will be on show in The Jury Room Café/Bar throughout the run of  Open Season

And last but not least all comedy fans check out Fred Cooke and Eric Lalor on our website – looks like a night of laughs on Thursday at 8.30pm! I bet you see Davy from the Jury Room there, I figured out that he loves comedy a LOT!

Happy Wednesday to everybody, Your Dock Blogger

On My Radar 5.2 – Engage Artist Collective – Talk About Fracking, Preparing the Exhibition

November 30, 2011

… and once more  20 seconds of preparations… Thank you Stephen and David for showing me around! Unfortunately I can´t upload everything into one neat post, so here you go, one last time for Engage Artist Collective

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Engage Artist Collective – Talk About Fracking,…, posted with vodpod

On My Radar 5.1 – Engage Artist Collective – Talk About Fracking

November 30, 2011

Stephen Rennicks and David Spence getting the place ready for the opening of the exhibition of work by the four artists selected for the Trade residency program 2011. Featuring group work undertaken as Engage Artist Collective as well as individual work featuring David Spence, Brigitta Varadi, Stephen Rennicks, David j and David Michalek. To be opened by Declan McGonagle and there will be a presentation by Dr. Aedín McLoughlin of Glenwood Research. Part of the Trade 2011 conference at The Dock.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Engage Artist Collective – Talk About Fracking,…, posted with vodpod

On My Radar 5 – Engage Artist Collective – Talk About Fracking

November 30, 2011

No green light from Paul regarding my competition idea yet, so I am holding my breath for a minute, but another On My Radar for you, a subject that will affect all of us around here one way or another, so check out the link to see what is happening on Friday afternoon in Carrick-on-Shannon!

An approach to look at hydraulic fracturing through artistic eyes and research, what stays behind in the landscape when we dig too deep, which elements of our lives will be at risk if we follow the path of promises and money, and which consequences may be impossible to undo for our lifetime to come. Or the lifetime of our children and theirs. A fresh  look at a pressing issue, four artists sharing ideas and working on the exhibition collectively, hence the title. Unfortunately I am not able to be there on Friday eve for the actual opening, so I had to peep my Dock Blogger camera into the exhibition space today and get a first glimpse of the work… I am sure the guys will spend all day to get ready for us on Friday, but I let you in on the preparations, Stephen Rennicks and David Spence getting the job done…  and while the video uploads, here the first picture!

John McDwyer at The Dock – talking about ‘UNITED’

November 10, 2011

Well, that was easy! The people from funding must have read my ‘camera bit’, looks like there will be some sort of equipment in my blogger hands soon, now we are talking! But in all earnest I have to acknowledge Claire in all that, she definitely helped stating my low technology case! Once you see pictures getting up here on the page you know a little Dock-Blogger-camera has arrived! But while all this happened without my further doing I was busy as well, interviewing John McDwyer regarding his new play United, coming to the Dock next week! This was my very first ever little mini interview, so it was a bit trial and error for me, but I was delighted to meet him, and hear some of his amazing little details… my daughter will laugh at the question about his favourite food, who would have thought? I am most certainly looking forward to the show next week, especially now knowing a tiny bit more about the behind the scenes! Look at this and find out what’s  it all about…

Ouch, … Well, give us a minute; we are actually having a little downloading situation here, look at us!

 So we just get on with getting the video on-screen, bear with us for few minutes, sorry Gordon for dragging you in as well, but you have to help us downloading for once!!

Meanwhile, this is the official version about the play, something to read till we get the clip up and running! …

Based on his well received RTE radio play, John McDwyer’s new play, United, charts the lives of a rural Irish family over fifty years from the Munich air disaster in 1958.   When the matriarch passes away, her remaining children congregate for her funeral and over the funeral day’s dark secrets are revealed which lead to conflict until eventual reconciliation is reached and the family is, once more, United.

 This is a moving and life enhancing play from the author of Lovely Leitrim, Callaghan’s Place and Unforgiven and given the usual Beezneez production values, a richly rewarding evening of theatre is guaranteed.

Beezneez Theatre Company presents United by John McDwyer

Wednesday 16. – Saturday 19.November 8.30pm in The Dock!

… 3 hours later… aaarrrgggghhhhh …

So yeah, ahem, this is embarrassing! Poor ole Gordon and Claire spent all this time downloading and working it out, it eventually worked, just at the moment when the battery went flat. The charger is, ahem, somewhere. Slight technical difficulty, but it will be solved shortly, and you’ll see John McDwyer (and a bit of me) in action soon! I let you in on his favourite food already – Magnum Almond if my memory serves me right! Thanks John McDwyer for a lovely interview, it’ll be up here in almost no time! John  seems to like my Under Construction sign quite a bit, looks like I can put it up one more time and a bit just for him (as he patiently met my busy parental schedule and came out for this interview on  a very short notice!), till we get a replacement charger and this interview up and running on the page!

And last but not least: Enjoy tonight’s show When Jolie met Christie, where The great Christie Hennessy is brought to life, featuring live music and starring RTE’s Aonghus McAnally (RTE Radio 1 ‘Mooney’ & former RTE TV ‘The Lyric’s Board’ & ‘Anything Goes’) for one night only at The Dock today, Friday 11th November! Having sold-out venues with standing ovations throughout Ireland since it opened this spring, this brilliant show by Cork-born playwright Seán Mc Carthy, is compelling cabaret-theatre inspired by the life and music of Christie Hennessy… A quirky, funny and sometimes dark meditation on the price of fame… I know Davy from the Jury Room Café is going, Davy, take a couple of pictures and let us know how you liked it!

Have a great weekend ye all, chat ya Monday morning for a cheerful welcome into a new good week!

 Your Dock Blogger

Leitrim Laughs hosts Neil Delamere ‘Restructuring’

November 7, 2011

Sunny Monday morning again, but getting cold in my little houseen by now, I know winter has kind of come when I need to scrape the ice of my car in the mornings…

My super duper radar took up a secret message on Facebook this morning, looks like the Blunnie Sisters will be back to The Dock in December for sure, I am missing Roisin on the poster, but I guess we all knew it would be Ailie and Band one of the days sooner or later, so sooner it is, but I am very much looking forward to Roisin’s clever wit all the same!

… Nevertheless, if you haven’t heard of the Blunnie Sisters yet, you just ought to; and if you heard them playing, I am sure you’ll be back for more!  It’s still half a month till the new programme will be out, but take this as a sneak preview straight from the horse’s mouth, ha … even The Dock doesn’t know that I am letting you in on that one! Yep, and that reminds me, The December 2011 to February 2012 What’s on Guide for Co Leitrim will be going to press shortly, meaning: If you have an event you would like to include please send details to as in NOW!

This weeks highlight is Neil Delamere at the Bush Hotel on Thursday the 10th and the show starts as usual at 8.30 pm.

 Phone 071 9671000 to book your table for 4-Course Dinner + Neil Delamere ticket (all for €39), or if you can laugh without food the tickets will be 20Euro, and 18 for Comedy Club Members. The Irish Times claims ‘No TV camera could accurately measure the lightning speed of Delamare’s wit’, all the better for coming out on Thursday night and seeing this 5 star comedy maestro LIVE! Have a quick look at what to expect!

All the best, Your Dock Blogger with cold hands,

looks like the gloves have to come out soon!

Elevens at The Dock Tonight

November 4, 2011

Oh, sorry, wrong picture, … try again!

Here we go!

Elevens playing here at The Dock this eve, on Friday from 8.30pm! Their new single Torn at The Seams will have you asking for more, and we can’t wait for the band to bring their atmospheric blend of acoustic music and visual responses to The Space tonight! Laid back surroundings, hauntingly beautiful music and images, we’ are in for yet another treat! I think the bean bags are coming out too again!

And if you get here this evening for about 7.30 there will be a glass of wine for you at the launch of Jo Gray’s  photography exhibition … might  be nice to make an evening of it! Pictures looking good, just googled him! Wide range of stuff he’s putting in front of his lens!

Enjoy the night, Your D B

Elevens pushing the Boundaries

November 2, 2011

ELEVENS are interested in meeting visual artists based in the Northwest… and talking about the possibility of forming a collaboration. In the past they have worked with visual artists using projections, photography, film and video.
This is an opportunity to come and see the guys play and have a think about what you could bring to the project.
The Dock hope to form a relationship with ELEVENS over the next while … during the collaboration you will be able to use The Dock as a space to develop and play with your ideas … any guidance and equipment we can offer will be available to you … all in a creative and professional environment.
You never know where it might lead ….
The Space @ The Dock presents ELEVENS Fri Nov 4th 8.30pm til late. €10.
Excellent acoustic music and live video art in a laid back atmosphere.
Check out their new single Torn at the Seams here:

Paul Durcan Poetry Reading at The Dock

November 1, 2011

Folks, that reading tomorrow night is selling up pretty fast, insiders will know that he is an excellent reader besides being a brilliant writer… I wouldn’t chance it if  I were you! Book your tickets now on 071 9650828, and get as excited as we are here!

Your D B