Áras Éanna, our local arts centre has launched it's summer 2019 schedule.
We are privileged to have a great arts centre in Inis Oírr. The management there have been doing fabulous work and continue to attract artists and performers of great renown. Aras Éanna is a multi functioning arts space that includes an artists studio space, a 75 seat theatre, two galleries and a café. There are also various rooms for workshops or classes. It provides a rare opportunity to see some of these local, Irish and international acts in an intimate venue.
You might come to Inis Oírr especially to see a particular act or artist, or just happen to drop to the arts centre as you pass by. Either way, you are sure to find it a unique experience. You can see the current schedule on their website here.
To find Áras Éanna, just continue on past Cill Ghobnait (number 12 on our map) up the hill for about 150 yards.
The Burren Slow Food festival begins in Inis Oírr this year. We are big fans of the slow food movement. Its philosophy of Good, Clean and Fair food complements our belief in sustainable low impact tourism. This festival is organised by Slow Food Clare which has peen promoting local and traditional food for 15 years.
The festival kicks off with a seafood supper in Tigh Ned on Friday 10th May. This is a great endorsement of the quality local fare that they have been serving in Tigh Ned for a number of years. Their crab salad and fish battered in the craft beer Inis Beer are so sought after you may need to book ahead!
Indeed the foodie culture in Inis Oírr has been steadily establishing itself for several years now. Teach an Tae serves homegrown produce and was included in the Top 100 Places To Eat in Ireland by the Irish Times in 2017 & 2018.
With an ever increasing number of quality food options there is even more reason to visit us in Inis Oírr!
The Inis Oírr Cleasathon 10k and 5k road runs take place on 13th April this year. By now a well established annual event, it has been kindly handed over to our local secondary school Coláiste Ghobnait to organise. The students will develop and promote the event as a business project.
Thanks to the cleasathon team for their great work to date, and the best of luck to the students and all involved. Ná lagfidh Dia sibh!
This year Inis Oírr Currach Races will be held on the last weekend of July (28/7/19) -subject to the weather conditions. The festivities include Tug O'War, weight throwing, kid’s races and other competitions as well as music and craic. For the latest updates check out their facebook page.
A currach is a traditional Irish boat with a design which is unique to Ireland & Scotland. It has evolved over time, and there are many regional variations. A modern currach is constructed with a timber frame, a canvas is stretched over the frame and it is then coated in tar. This makes a lightweight and versatile boat. In good hands, it is capable of handling surprisingly heavy seas.
The currach was an integral part of island life for centuries. It was a working boat, used for fishing, cargo and transportation. The tradition of currach racing has been kept up on each of the islands and most seaside towns around the west coast. For more information check out this article about its history.
Our favourite event "Féile na gCloch" is back again this year and it is getting bigger and stronger each year! This unique stone festival consists of workshops and talks around all aspects of stonework.
The main areas of focus are dry stone building, carving and letter carving. There will be world renowned masters of their art available to instruct and talk about each one.
Féile na gCloch runs from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th September 2018. Click below for full details of the events and biographies of the instructors.
This year we have expanded our family range of bikes to include tag-alongs. These are perfect for younger family members who may not be up to cycling for long on their own. They get to cycle or coast as they wish, while feeling like they have their own bike. Tag-along bikes have been such a hit that we have already ordered more!
The recommended age group for the tag-alongs is 4 to 10 years up to a maximum weight of 75lb (34Kg)
Alexandra has created some stunning pieces of commemorative stone sculpture here on Inis Oírr.
In 2015 she created the memorial for Caomhán Seoighe. The work was commissioned by the Irish Defence Forces, in collaboration with his surviving family. Caomhán served with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon in 1981 and never returned. The memorial is in the graveyard at Teampall Chaomháin.
In 2013 she carved 'An Chloch' about which you can read here.
Alexandra's gift is an ability to listen and observe until she gains an understanding of people and place. She infuses her art with this essence to produce beautiful works uniquely suited to their locale.
The exhibition is at the Rob Schouten Gallery, Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island. We wish her the best of luck!