A Letterkenny portrait by Declan Devlin and BANYAH’s RCC Sounds

Thursday May 7, 2020
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THIS week we introduced our social media followers to the latest artist to join our Virtual Artist-in-Residence programme, Declan Devlin.

The Letterkenny photographer has already shown some of his work, and we’re excited to see the final results of this residency.
Fellow May RCC Virtual Artist-in-Residence, Maura Logue had a very successful opening night, and looks forward to you joining her online next Wednesday for her second performance.
The Open Group Show presented in association with The Minecraft Gallery is still on display, attracting new visitors every day.
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 RCC is delighted announce Declan Devlin as one of our May RCC Virtual Artists-in-Residence.

Photographer, Declan Devlin is documenting the Letterkenny area during COVID-19 restrictions and has already taken some wonderful portraits with residents in the Cathedral town.

Keep posted on further developments of Declan Devlin’s residency on the RCC social media pages.


As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, how have you all been coping with the Lockdown?

We’re thrilled to partner with Rathmullan Film Festival for #LockdownRathmullan – a film project that will capture how the community in Rathmullan Donegal experienced this difficult, but historically important, period and leave our story for future generations.

Films will be showcased in Rathmullan at a special event (when it is safe again). Fore more information on the project, CLICK HERE


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 opened on Friday, 1 May and is currently on exhibition. MORE INFO HERE



RCC Virtual Artist-in-Residence, Maura Logue performed her first of three live streamed performances on Wednesday with great success with nearly 2,000 people watching worldwide.

This partnership is in collaboration with Donegal Arts Office and will see the actor, director and playwright 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 next performances will be streamed live on Wednesday, 13th and 20th May, at 7pm respectively. For further details, CLICK HERE!


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


We have invited artists, curators and poets to take over our new RCC Curated Content to present their work, thoughts and ideas. Each artist will present curated content for seven days.

This week, we welcome Ramelton printmaker Laura Buchanan. Exhibiting at venues across Ireland, Laura’s work has been acknowledged by local and national publications, as well as the country’s most-respected art institutions including the Royal Ulster Academy, The Glebe Gallery and the RDS Dublin’s Visual Art Exhibition.

Internationally Laura’s surface pattern designs have been exhibited at the Indigo Textile Show in New York and following one successful appearance were purchased by US retail giant Target for their homewares department. FOLLOW HERE


We tasked a mix of local and national musicians to each curate a playlist under a theme of their own choice.

This community mixtape, lovingly selected by musicians to help keep us company during this period of unknown, will be released at least twice a week.

Today’s RCC SOUNDS 012 has been compiled by BANYAH, a crunchy pop duo from Dublin consisting of brother and sister Aisling and Paul Jarvis whose roots are firmly rooted in Donegal and its music.

Working as independent musicians and music producers for years, the duo has supported their mother Moya Brennan, solo and with legendary Irish family group Clannad, from a very young age.

Having released their debut single (Nothing Free), little over a year ago, BANYAH officially release their newest song, Stuck Under, this Friday, 8th May.

The RCC was delighted to invite the duo to bring us some of their favourite songs, a tribute to their musical influence, heritage and the Irish music scene entitled These People That We Like, in this latest edition. SEE ALL EDITIONS OF RCC SOUNDS HERE

Click below HERE all playlists to-date by John O’Neill (The Undertones), Maria McCormack, Tommy Callaghan, Áine Ní Bhreasláin and more.

Curated by The Glebe House and Gallery

The RCC asked the The Glebe House and Gallery in Churchill to curate an art challenge for adults.

Every Tuesday The Glebe posts photographs of a still life set up using items from the Derek Hill Collection on its Facebook page.

At the end of the week it posts photos of your artworks on The Glebe House and Gallery Facebook page.

This week’s still life challenge comes from the Rose Bedroom in the Glebe House. The Victorian scrap work screen in the background is a favorite with our visitors. There’s a lot of detail in in this photograph so it’s a real test.

Use any medium you like, have fun with this and be adventurous – e-mail jpegs of your drawings to glebegallery@opw.ie


We’re asking Donegal residents to help us document their experiences during COVID-19 isolation in Donegal.

A selection of submissions made during the challenge will be printed and exhibited at the RCC in the near future.

Join the Remote Inspiration Challenge by clicking on the button below and start posting your photos in the group (please limit it to one submission per day).

If you do decide to leave the house please remember to observe social distancing at all time and stay local. If you arrive at a busy area, turn around and either go somewhere quiet, or go home.


With so many people sharing their talents online, the RCC team created the ‘Ceol agus Quarantine’ group on Facebook aiming to help promote musicians, storytellers and poets doing live streaming sessions during.

The team would be delighted to hear from you if you have any ideas or would like help promoting content!

Come join the other over 1,000 members in Ceol agus Quarantine!

For further information on the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny’s Spring 2020 Online Programme, click on the above links (headlines), browse our website and follow the RCC on social media!

The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is proudly funded by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland.