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Denise Blake – Virtual Artist-in-Residence – January 2021

Denise Blake is 2021’s first RCC Virtual Artist-in-Residence Poetry, amongst so many arts, has played an important role over the past year helping to lift people’s spirits and take their minds off the doom and gloom over everyday news. And so we are delighted to welcome Poet, Denise Blake as the RCC’s first Virtual Artist-in-Residence for 2021. We’re delighted to welcome Denise Blake as our first 2021 Virtual Artist-in-Residence. Denise will be presenting a selection of her work on our social media channels from the 11th – 22nd January. Denise, a successful poet, writer, creative writing facilitator and literary curator based in Ramelton, will present a selection of her work on our social media channels for two weeks, beginning this Monday, 11th January, and continuing on to Friday, 22nd. Denise has broadcast regularly on Sunday Miscellany RTE Radio 1. She has performed in the NCH for three Sunday Miscellany Christmas shows . Her memoir piece “And They All Lived Happily” was recorded in the Project Arts Theatre as part of Miscellany 50 and included in the anthology. A member of Errigal Writers who received an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University through the Poets’ House in Falcarragh, Denise has had two poetry collections, Take a Deep Breath and How to Spin Without Getting Dizzy, published by Summer Palace Press to-date. She has also been published in many anthologies including, This Landscapes Fierce Embrace: The Poetry of Francis Harvey. Denise’s most recent translation work is published in Selected Poems Seán Ó Ríordáin edited by Frank Sewell and An tAmharc Deireannach Colette Ní Ghallchóir. At the beginning of 2020, like so many people, Denise was left uncertain whether or not she would be working much in the near future. But like so often since she began her writing journey in her thirties, poetry brought about a lot of opportunities for her in 2020. “My writing career has been a series of good luck. There have been moments in my life that have been stressful, and good things have come around because of the writing to help me through it. Just like receiving the invitation to do this residency, I am very grateful.” Denise said, over the past year, poetry was used so often to lift the nation’s and people’s spirits during dark times. Seamus Heaney, who struck a chord with Denise very early into her writing career while studying at University of Ulster (Magee), was quoted on many occasions. “If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere. It’s nearly like a prayer of hope and people turned to poetry during these times. It touches something with in you and the poet shares an experience that you can identify with.” While it wasn’t easy to write anything during these recent times, Denise said in her own experience, nature became very strong. “You weren’t out watching people as much, you were out looking at nature, and I would have noticed birds around me much more and how they acted and other things I wouldn’t have paid much attention to before.” The RCC will be posting three videos a week by Denise for the next […]

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Donegal goes online with World Class Culture this Weekend

Donegal can look forward to a packed schedule of online events this May Bank Holiday Weekend. We have teamed up with The Minecraft Gallery and RCC Virtual Artist-in-Residence Joe Fahy to present a ground-breaking group exhibition which opens tomorrow (Friday); Three Lough Swilly-based poets celebrate Poetry Day with us and, of course, our RCC for Kids Youth Engagement Programme will feature activities for the younger generations. We are proud to highlight a number of other events taking place this weekend. Letterkenny Jazz & Blues Festival presents two days of music with Lockdown Live in aid of Donegal Frontline Workers; Donegal County Library presents Spring Into Storytime with Malachy Doyle on Saturday morning and Letterkenny Comhaltas will be streaming live music and song sessions on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. There is something for everyone in there and we hope you have a pleasant and safe May Bank Holiday Weekend. The positive feedback keeps flooding in as new members join in the various initiatives every day and it really lifts our spirits. If you would like to leave us some feedback on Facebook, CLICK HERE The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is proudly supported by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland. THE MINECRAFT GALLERY x RCC GROUP EXHIBITION Curated by RCC Virtual Artist-in-Residence, Joe Fahy THE RCC & The Minecraft Gallery are delighted to present works by 21 Irish and International Artists in an entire ecosystem of a virtual exhibition space built completely inside the open world sandbox game, Minecraft. As part of Joe Fahy’s residency, the RCC and The Minecraft Gallery will co-produce two exhibitions over the month of May, the first of which opens tomorrow (Friday), 1 May. MORE INFO HERE LAKE OF EYES ONLINE POETRY READING Presented by Poetry Ireland & The RCC Emily S Cooper, Denise Blake and Aodán McCardle were busy organising a live poetry event in Ramelton before COVID-19 struck. They’re weren’t going to let that stop them and moved proceedings to an online venue, presented by Poetry Ireland / Éigse Éireann & the RCC. Tonight (Friday), 1st May, at 8pm, they will present the Lake of Eye Poetry Reading, directly to your home via Zoom. For registration details, CLICK HERE! LOCKDOWN LIVE FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS The full line-up for this weekend’s Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival Frontline Workers Fundraiser, Lockdown Live, has been released! We’re excited to see a host of fantastic talent feature over the two days, and don’t forget to make a donation. No matter how small, it will make a difference! DONATE HERE All gigs will be on Facebook Live at the scheduled times listed on the festival’s Facebook Page! MAURA LOGUE – VIRTUAL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE – MAY 2020 THE RCC is delighted to announce actor, director and playwright Maura Logue as a Virtual Artist-in-Residence for the month of May. This partnership is in collaboration with Donegal Arts Office and will see Maura present a number of live streamed performances from her home entitled Through the Red Door – Original Irish Stories Live by the Fire, with music by David Ison. The performances will be streamed live on Wednesday, 6th, 13th and […]

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Chef Aid Letterkenny auction, poetry readings & new residencies

Redmond’s last auction and introducing our newest Virtual Artist-in-Residence BIDDING begins today on the last of three sculptures to be created in aid of Chef Aid Letterkenny by RCC Virtual Artist-in-Residence Redmond Herrity. We also introduce our newest artist, Maura Logue. The auctions of Ramelton-based sculptor Redmond Herrity’s piece have been an incredible success raising nearly €1,000 so far, thank you! The RCC is delighted to be partnering with Donegal Arts Office to present our latest Virtual Artist-in-Residence, actor, director and playwright Maura Logue. We continue to highlight our full Spring 2020 Online Programme and keep you informed on the latest developments in our ongoing projects. The positive feedback keeps flooding in as new members join in the various initiatives every day and it really lifts our spirits. If you would like to leave us some feedback on Facebook, CLICK HERE The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is proudly supported by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland. CHARITY AUCTION IN AID OF CHEF AID LETTERKENNY TODAY (Friday), 24th April, bidding begins on the final sculpture created by RCC Virtual Artist-in-Residence Redmond Herrity in aid of charity. As part of his month-long residency Redmond documented the process of creating small pieces which have been auctioned each Friday with all proceeds going to Chef Aid Letterkenny. Last week’s second auction brought the total, so far, to nearly €1,000. As it’s the final piece to be auctioned, we have extended this week’s closing to this Sunday (26th), 6pm. Keep posted on social media. MAURA LOGUE – VIRTUAL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE – MAY 2020 THE RCC is delighted to announce actor, director and playwright Maura Logue as a Virtual Artist-in-Residence for the month of May. This partnership is in collaboration with Donegal Arts Office and will see Maura present a number of live streamed performances from her home entitled Through the Red Door – Original Irish Stories Live by the Fire, with music by David Ison. The performances will be streamed live on Wednesday, 6th, 13th and 20th May, at 7pm respectively. For further details, CLICK HERE! LAKE OF EYES ONLINE POETRY READING Presented by Poetry Ireland & The RCC Emily S Cooper, Denise Blake and Aodán McCardle were busy organising a live poetry event in Ramelton before COVID-19 struck. They’re weren’t going to let that stop them and moved proceedings to an online venue, presented by Poetry Ireland / Éigse Éireann & the RCC. On Friday, 1st May, at 8pm, they will now present the Lake of Eye Poetry Reading, directly to your home via Zoom. For registration details, CLICK HERE! RCC FOR KIDS YOUTH ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMME WHAT started as a ‘simple’ challenge has turned into a full youth engagement programme with nearly 6,000 families now participating. The  ‘RCC for Kids’ Facebook Group and youth engagement programme aims to entertain, challenge and educate young people with a variety of activities, such as ‘Home is where the Art is’, that are sure to bring the whole family joy during this period. Has your family joined ‘RCC for Kids’, yet? CLICK HERE RCC CURATED CONTENT ON INSTAGRAM We have invited artists, curators and poets to take over […]

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Poetry Day with Lake of Eyes (Online) Reading

Poetry Day marked by three Lough Swilly-based artists with a live online reading. On Friday, 1st May, at 8pm Emily S Cooper, Denise Blake and Aodán McCardle will feature in the Lake of Eyes Reading. The three poets featured were busy organising a live poetry in Ramelton before COVID-19 struck. They’re weren’t going to let that stop them and moved proceedings to an online venue. Presented by Poetry Ireland and the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, the event will be hosted on the now hugely popular. Zoom App. Emily S Cooper has been published in the Stinging Fly, Irish Times, Banshee, Hotel and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. In 2019 she took part in Poetry Ireland Introductions and was a recipient of the Next Generation Award by the Arts Council of Ireland. She has been granted residencies by the Irish Writers Centre, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Greywood Arts. She is writing a collaborative collection on Picasso’s lovers with Jo Burns and her debut pamphlet comes out with Makina Books this year. Denise Blake is a writer and facilitator. Her collections, Take a Deep Breath and How to Spin Without Getting Dizzy were published by Summer Palace Press. Her third collection, Invocation was published by Revival Press, Limerick Writers Centre. Her poem, And They All Lived Happily, was part of Poetry Ireland’s Poetry Day ‘19 promotion. Denise is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany RTE Radio 1, and her memoir piece, Always Remember was included in the Miscellany50 Anthology. Aodán McCardle’s current practice is improvised performance/writing/drawing. He is Co-editor with VEER Books who have published two of his books, Shuddered and ISing and his PhD on ‘Action as Articulation of the Contemporary Poem’. To register for the Lake of Eyes Reading on Poetry Day, presented by Poetry Ireland and the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, on Friday, 1st May, please e-mail jeremy@regionalculturalcentre.com The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is proudly supported by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland. Be first to hear all the latest news from the Regional Cultural Centre – Sign up to our exclusive newsletter HERE

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Lake of Eyes – Virtual Poetry Reading

Lake of Eyes Reading  Friday 1st May, 8pm  To celebrate Poetry Day, Poetry Ireland & Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny will present a live Zoom reading by three Lough Swilly (County Donegal) based poets: Emily S Cooper, Denise Blake and Aodán McCardle. To register for a place please email: jeremy@regionalculturalcentre.com Emily S Cooper Emily S Cooper has been published in the Stinging Fly, Irish Times, Banshee, Hotel and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. In 2019 she took part in Poetry Ireland Introductions and was a recipient of the Next Generation Award by the Arts Council of Ireland. She has been granted residencies by the Irish Writers Centre, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Greywood Arts. She is writing a collaborative collection on Picasso’s lovers with Jo Burns and her debut pamphlet comes out with Makina Books this year.Aodán McCardle Aodán’s current practice is improvised performance/writing/drawing. Co-editor, Veer Books. PhD on ‘Action as Articulation of the Contemporary Poem’. Two books, Shuddered and ISing from VEER. Online chapbook LllOoVvee, Smithereens Press. Upcoming in Litmus Press; The Lichen Edition, Erotoplasty 6 and on Rte Radio 1 extra: New Normal Culture-Keywords First Episode ‘Distance’. Denise Blake Denise Blake is a writer and facilitator. Her collections, Take a Deep Breath and How to Spin Without Getting Dizzy were published by Summer Palace Press. Her third collection, Invocation was published by Revival Press, Limerick Writers Centre. Her poem, And They All Lived Happily, was part of Poetry Ireland’s Poetry Day ‘19 promotion. She is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany RTE Radio 1, and her memoir piece, Always Remember was included in the Miscellany50 Anthology.

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Well-known surgeon celebrates Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way

A WELL-KNOWN Donegal-based surgeon’s love of photography and poetry as led to a new publication being launched next month. Dr Michael Sugrue’s new book, Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, will be officially launched at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Saturday, 5th October. A labour of love compiled by Michael over eight years, it is a 208-page coffee table photographic book of over 200 images capturing’s Donegal’s beauty combined with a new collection of 25 poems and will raise funds for three charities. The three charities to benefit from the sale of the book are Donegal Mind Wellness, Donegal Hospice and Breast Centre Northwest Research and Development. The pictures tell a story of the unfolding of the day from dawn to dusk and beyond in Donegal’s hinterland in the northwest of Ireland. The poems are for most part -inked to the photographs. Photos featured in Michael’s book are already on exhibition in the RCC and can be viewed, free of charge, during the multidisciplinary centre’s opening hours. With Pauline, his other half of 36 years, Michael has walked, cycled, climbed, crawled or kayaked nearly every part of Donegal. Originally a Galway man and known to speak a ‘cúpla focal’, Michael is forever torn trying to bypass beautiful locations to get to an end photographic destination in Donegal. “Luckily living in Donegal and being originally a Galway man, I love the West of Ireland and I love, Donegal, Connemara and Kerry and to be able to go out and sit in the wilderness, almost by yourself, and just appreciate nature’s beauty, is just remarkable. “The advantage of a camera is, you can capture that. And over the last years, when I started making this book, my photography has improved a little bit, so I have been able to capture things a little bit better than when I started and I’ve got to know some of the nicer spots to go to, from a photographic point of view.” Michael was inspired by the North West Words Poetry Group to put pen to paper and is grateful to many who have helped on this eight-year journey, including his literary editor Gerard Beirne and photographic mentors Eimhear Collins and Rodney O’Callaghan. The book launch will be marked in a special ticketed celebratory event featuring music by renowned fiddle player Dr Seamus McGuire and the phenomenal Clann Mhic Ruairí, a harmonising family group from Rann na Feirste steeped in the Irish singing tradition. Michael said: It will be a fantastic evening of culture with both Clann Mhic Ruairi and Seamus McGuire the musical highlights. “Camilla and Kieran of DNK Media Productions have spent nearly a week with me out on the hills, on beach and in the trenches to capture some behind the scenes shots. Gerard Beirne, Author, Poet and Literary editor, will formally launch the book and read a poem. There will be reading from Eamonn Bonner from North West Words, and recorded readings from Denise Blake, Daniel and Majella O’Donnell and Professor William Campbell.” Dr Michael Sugrue’s new book, Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, will officially launched with a Celebratory Concert on Saturday, 5th October, […]

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Book Launch of ‘Donegal’s Atlantic Way’ by Dr. Michael Sugrue

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT A night featuring Donegal Imagery, Poetry Recitals and Music featuring .. Gerard Beirne Denise Blake* Eamonn Bonner Professor William Campbell* DNK MediaProduction Seamus Maguire Clann Mhic Ruairí Daniel O’Donnell* Majella O’Donnell* (* Linked Recordings) VERY LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE Donegal’s Poetic Atlantic Way will be formally launched on October 5th 2019 at the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny. The 208-page coffee table book showcases Donegal’s natural beauty, through stunning photographs combined with a collection of poetry. The poems in the most part are linked to the imagery, light, and lines, with lyrics fusing to make this book a must for those who love nature. Michael is probably better known as the Breast Surgeon from Sydney where he worked for 20 years until he reconnected with Donegal 11 years ago. The evening will form part of the Donegal Connect event and there will be music and song with both Seamus Maguire and Clann Mhic Ruairí. There will be recorded poetry readings from Denise Blake, Professor William Campbell, Daniel and Majella O’Donnell and live reading by Eamon Bonner from North West Words. DNK Media production will share behind the scenes video footage on how some of the images were captured. Income from this book goes directly to three charities Donegal Hospice, Breast Centre Northwest and Donegal Mind Wellness.  

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The Conwal Singers & Friends

Friday 13th May, 8.00pm The Conwal Singers present an evening of summer song, poetry and music. They will be joined by Ramelton based poet Denise Blake, Letterkenny based group ‘Mind your Quavers’ and Castlederg based choir ‘The Derg Valley Choir’. Admission Free – Advance booking advised Booking – 074 91 29186

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