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Beckett's play Laethanta Sona [Happy Days] will be performed as Gaeilge on Inis Oírr from August 30th to September 5th. This translated version will be in the unique setting of Creig an Staic, providing a "Surreal and existential" backdrop for the performance.

The play is being brought to Inis Oírr by Company SJ and Abbey Theatre in association with Dublin Theatre Festival and Galway International Arts Festival. It directed by Sarah-Jane Scaife who has been holidaying on Inis Oírr for many years. Sarah-Jane is renowned for her works on Beckett across the globe including Beckett in the City. It is supported by Aras Éanna

In this setting, the central character Winnie is buried in a stone mound (naturally!). It was specially constructed out of the surrounding limestone by local stonemasons. There is a supporting exhibition in Áras Éanna documenting the background and the making of this unique adaptation.

Constructing the Mound by Cormac Coyne

a photo of the memorial stone with the sun shining through it
Sun shines through the Memorial Stone

Our favorite event "Féile na gCloch" is back again this year and it going online! This unique stone festival covers many aspects of stone work including stone carving, dry stone walling, lettering, carving, sketching and working with lime.

Féile na gCloch live events run on Fri 18th and Sat 19th September 2020. For this virtual experience log onto:



This year also includes international competitions, open to all ages:

  • miniature dry stone wall building
  • online sketching

For full competition details and information visit the DSWAI site here.

Closing date for entries is Friday 25th of September 2020.

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