CERERE MIND MEITHEAL #1: Portrane, Co. Dublin

Date Saturday, 29th September 2018

Time 14:00 – 16:30

Location Noel McAllister’s field (off the cliff walk beside the car park at Tower Bay beach Portrane). Directions HERE

How can we enhance innovation in how the renaissance of Ireland’s heritage cereals is imagined and practiced? How can we integrate scientific and practical knowledge from seed to fork across the process of food production and consumption? A starting point is bringing diverse people together. Artist Deirdre O’Mahony’s Mind Meitheal brings together a group of people expert and passionate about cereals. On 29th September we will focus on cultivation in North County Dublin. 

The event will  take place in a marquee in a field, which in winter 2018 will be sown with Eicorn and Emmer Wheat. The Mind Meitheal exposition of different actors’ experiences, knowledges, and perspectives will be documented through audio recording and photography.

Light refreshments will be served and there will be a screening of  All Bread Is Made of Wood  commissioned by Fingal County Council & Curated by Anne Mullee, featuring artists Fiona Hallinan & Sabina MacMahon.

Mind Meitheal Panel: Each panellist will speak for 5 minutes.

Deirdre O’Mahony Artist

Dr Áine Macken Walsh, Department of Agri-Food Business and Spatial Analysis, REDP, Teagasc

Larry McGuinness, Farmer

Shane Palmer Scéal Bakery, Dublin

Anne Mullee, Curator/Artist All Bread Is Made of Wood

Michael Melkis Co-Founder Irish Seedsavers

Jessica Gleman UCD Archeologist research Medieval Brewing

Dominic Gryson, Farmer. Gerry Clabby.


Mind Meitheal invited participants:

Sadhbh Gaston, CERERE Commissioned artist

Jenny Haughton, Artworking Public Art

Bridin McIntyre, Department of AgriFood Business and Spatial Analysis, REDP, Teagasc Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create National Agency for collaborative arts Ireland. TBC Noel McAllister, Landowner/Farmer

Zack Denfeld and Catherine Kramer, Centre For Genomic Gastronomy

An Bácús Beag Bakery, Donabate. Livia Paldi, Project Arts Centre


CERERE (Cereal Renaissance in Rural Europe) is a thematic network that puts together scientists with practitioners. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, CERERE is a multi-actor network involving farmers, food scientists, sociologists, agronomists and many others. Its aims are to raise awareness about the value of good food, to identify cereals supply chains which use low inputs, and to empower farmers and those actors who work with alternative food systems.


Led by Áine Macken-Walsh, the Irish partner in CERERE is Teagasc, Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Development Authority. The Teagasc team is responsible for producing guidance to the CERERE network’s multi-actor innovation brokering activities. In this context, a paradoxical challenge is for CERERE to achieve relevance to the multiple, existing realities of diverse actors while also stimulating innovation across those realities through multi-actor collaboration. For innovation to occur, a further challenge is that new ideas must be freighted by scientific, technological, socio-cultural and economic possibilities in the real world.

In the context of all these challenges, artistic praxis is envisioned as a powerful tool for provoking multi-actor and public engagement. Opening up CERERE to society by creating expressions of its multiple scientific, tacit, consumerist facets; using aesthetics to draw the gaze of those uninvolved in cereals to important public concerns; and renaissance of cereal identities through spectacularised gastronomy are examples of the unique contributions of public art in contemporary innovation projects.  CERERE has commissioned Deirdre O’Mahony to work with the multi-actor consortium in delivering a public art project that, although Ireland-based, is intended to provide an example Europe-wide.



Deirdre O’Mahony is an artist commissioned by CERERE to demonstrate the use of dialogical aesthetics in multi-actor processes. Where research output for the CERERE public artwork has taken two forms: Mind Meitheal, a process that provides public space for a multi-actor knowledge exposition, and a commissioned work by artist Sadhbh Gaston. Deirdre’s research took her to farmers, seed suppliers, millers, bakers and scientists. Shaped by the conversations with these different actors, Deirdre has devised two Mind Meitheal multi-actor events in partnership with cultural organisations, the first in Fingal, Co. Dublin and the second at Tulca Visual Art Festival, Galway. Sadhbh Gaston’s artwork uses cross stitch to produce pixelated images of heritage cereal seeds, varieties that until recently were considered irrelevant to modern farming. Four embroidered images of Irish landrace and heritage cereal seeds, accompanied by a narrative of the specific seed in relation to CERERE in Ireland, will be presented in archival box frames for the duration of Tulca’s ‘Syntonic State’.





Bricí Spraoi

Bricí Spraoi.

Sunday 9th September
Venue; Parish Hall….
Time;10.30am. – 11.30am for 3 – 5 year olds ……
then 11.30 – 4.30….3 – 12 year olds
Children must be accompanied by an adult


Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections Concert
The Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir owes its origins to the St. David’s Society, formed in the late 19th Century to assist indigent Welsh seamen who were stranded in Dublin. The society became the focal point for Welshmen of all professions who found themselves based in Dublin. On 20 October 1966 a group of the regular attendees formed a male voice choir.
The choir is only the second choir from outside Wales  to be invited to sing on the pitch at the (then) Millennium Stadium in Cardiff before a Wales v Ireland Rugby match (2015).
They have been invited by President Michael D Higgins to perform on several occasions at Aras an tUachtarain, including as the sole after-dinner entertainment on the occasion of the visit of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in May 2017.
Their Musical Director is Brian Murphy and their accompanist is John Shera.

The Hit Machine Drummers – Ireland’s premiere drum ensemble. An action packed show of Celtic drumming and Irish dancing.
The Hit Machine Drummers bring the noise and the energy. Invigorating crowds at events  all over Ireland and abroad with their spell-binding drum show.

Flamenco dancer Zambra la Bronce is originally from Motril Granada coast of Spain. She started her career as a dancer when only 7 years old studying in the Royal Conservatory of Music and Dance in Malaga.  She grew up in a Flamenco environment with Flamenco musicians, singers and dancers close by.
When she was 17 years old she started working for an International Flamenco Ballet Company touring the USA and Mexico, Ecuador,Guatemala, Venezuela over 9 years.
Back in Malaga Zambra started touring and performing there and eventually toured in Germany, Italy and France.
Six years ago she moved to Ireland where  she works for the Cervantes Institute teaching Flamenco dance and Spanish dance culture for the last four years, also working as a cultural developer in different schools and civic centres interested in Spanish Culture and dance.

Polish Folk Dance Group Koniczyna was established in 2009 supported by Dominican Polish Chaplaincy in Dublin The group’s programme includes national, regional dances and selected regional folk songs.
Koniczyna are proud ambassadors of Poland’s native folklore on the Emerald Island and they promote the richness of Polish culture to all nationalities.

Eamonn Galldubh is an All-Ireland champion with a teaching diploma from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, as well as Masters degree in Music Performance with First Class Honours. While Irish music is his first love, he has pursued an interest in other music forms, for example playing saxophone while studying jazz performance. Éamonn has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Clannad, Riverdance, Moya Brennan, Cara Dillon, Damien Dempsey, Ragus, Niamh Ní Charra, Celtic Woman, Hazel O’Connor, Rua, Druid Theatre and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as well as writing and recording his own material.
His recent collaboration on a collection of songs arranged with wind instruments and voice with sean nos singer Lorcan  Mac Mathuna was inspired by the experience and reflections of Francis Ledwidge, killed in the 3rd battle of Ypres 1917.

Bollywood Beats.
The ingredients of Bollywood dance include: classical Indian dance, Indian folk dance and western dance styles such as Hip hop, Jazz and Flamenco. Throw in a dash of drama, passion and glamour and you have Bollywood.

Jack and Angela Plunkett

Jack and Angela Plunkett.
Jack and Angela Plunkett are both originally from Glasgow, but have lived in Dublin for more than twenty years. They describe their music as having three strands: traditional Scottish songs, American folk-blues and, increasingly, Jack’s own compositions. Their songs are delivered with close harmonies, deft finger style guitar and a warm genuine feeling for the music.
Jack and Angela perform regularly at singing sessions in the Dublin area and elsewhere. Their ‘home’ session is the Bray Singers’ Circle of which they are two of the organizer’s.
Jack and Angela are recording a CD (slowly). In the meantime, you can hear them on SoundCloud: simply visit soundcloud.com and search for Jack and Angela Plunkett.


Saoirse.The trio “Saoirse” was formed in 2011 by Cliona Ardiff, Jill Kiernan and Donna Wearen, three friends with a love of performing Irish folk music in an a cappella format.  In association with the Irish/Norwegian Society, “Saoirse” have enjoyed the privilege of performing for the official St. Patrick’s Day parade and associated events every year for the past ten years.  “Saoirse” is all about great friendship, a deep love of music and the pleasure of bringing enjoyment and entertainment to people. We are delighted to have been invited to participate in this wonderful Festival and look forward very much to bringing our style of singing to you.

Javier Catalan is a professional musician. He is an expert on melodic instruments (he also play transverse flute) and drums.
He has lived in Ireland for the last 12 years (Galway) where he has played and taken part on different cultural activities in that area and all around Ireland.

Open Mic

The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival and Smyths Bridge House are once again hosting the Open Mic sessions as part of the Festival. This event has gotten bigger and better since we first hosted it in 2013.

5 00pm Performers arrive and sign up & check set up
6 00pm Sharp Open  Mic start.
and continues to.9 00pm
9 00pm Food is Served to all participants & punters!
9 30pm Colm’s Band Plays the night away.

Resort Revelations

We are delighted to welcome back artists engaged on last year’s exploratory Resort Residency for this year’s Resort Revelations Programme which will be live during the annual Bleeding Pig Festival.

Launch 3rd of September at Lynders Mobile Home Park with The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival

With new work titled Welcome to Earth by artist Catherine Barragry which will include new choral performance piece which will be accompanied by a cloth sculptural work created artists text created in response to her experience of Portrane as a resident artist. Refreshments served

Thursday 7th 2pm TBC

Vanessa Daws – Boat Trip & Talks at the site of the John Tayleur shipwreck, event to include a collection of artefacts gathered by the artist.

Sunday 10th of September at Lynders Mobile Home Park at 2pm

Deirdre O’Mahony explores the history of  the Lamb family and their innovative approaches to with production with a special talk with Jenny Haughton and Roger Lamb which will reflect the modernity of the Quaker ethos and a strawberry feast which will centre around a new sculptural ceramic work.Peig McManus will read her short story about her time working on Lambs farm as part of this event.Event is free but places will be limited

September 10th, 11th, 12th,13th Alan James Burns returns to the Smugglers Cave with his work entirely hollow aside from the dark.

The work, created and inspired by Portrane and part of Resort Revelations 2016 was awarded the Arts Council of Ireland’s prestigious Touring Award Grant, which sees Alan James Burns adapting his production to a number of cave locations in Ireland, but returning to Portrane, it’s original location as part of the tour.

Limited places will apply and booking details will be  available at




and www.fingalarts.ie


All times and dates subject to change and confirmation please visit www.fingalarts.ie & www.bleedingpig.ie

Resort Revelations is curated and produced by Caroline Cowley – Public Art Co-ordinator

For details please contact

E.caroline.cowley@fingal.ie P.01 870 8449


Mol an Óige


Mol an Óige
The Community Centre is the venue for Mol an Óige, a showcase of talent of the young in Donabate. Last years event turned up a range of styles from the young people attending our schools on the peninsula. Story writers and poets, dancers and musicians and designers. Who knows what this years event will turn up, some star of the future perhaps. Hosted by the ever bubbly Debbie this is one not to miss.

Gala Concert

Join us for the ever popular Gala Concert this year with some new performers joining our established entertainers for a night of music and song.

Gala Concert 2018 Programme and running order

Line Up

  • David Scott
  • Catalin Lazurca
  • Men’s Sea Sharps
  • Skerries Sea Sharps
  • The O’Donnell Sisters
  • Members of Blanchardstown Brass Band
  • Dublin String Quartet

Running Order.

  • David Scott – accompanied by Caroline Cutliffe
  • The O’Donnell Sisters
  • Skerries Sea Sharps Men’s Choir with Musical Director Caroline Cutliffe and accompanied by Maria Cutliffe
  • Dublin String Quartet
  • Catalin Lazurca – accompanied by Caroline Cutliffe
  • Members of Blanchardstown Brass Band
  • Skerries Sea Sharps Choir with Musical Director Caroline Cutliffe and accompanied by Maria Cutliffe
  • Dublin String Quartet.

David Scott studied singing with Emmanuel Lawler in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, graduating with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music Degree. He was the soloist in RTÉ Lyric FM’s Feature “WB Yeats: Words for Music Perhaps” and is also a soloist on the album “Beethoven’s Irish Songs Revisited.”


Catalin Lazurca – tenor -graduated from the University of Oradea with a degree in vocal pedagogy and performance. During his years at the University he performed regularly as a member of the University Choral Emanuel Mixed Choir he sang: the Gabriel Faure Requiem, Handels Oratorio “Messiah” , the St Matthew Passion By J.S.Bach in St.Petersburg  in April 2004, with the Academic Symphonic Orchestra ” Dimitri Sostakovici” conduct  my Ilie Rotila Croitoru.


Skerries Sea Sharps founded Oct ’10 a choir who sing seriously but have lots of fun while doing it Our musical director is Caroline Cutliffe since Sept ’14.




The O’ Donnell Sisters
Teresa O’Donnell is a harpist and musicologist. Although originally from a classical background, Teresa is equally at home in a multitude of genres from jazz, pop and traditional Celtic music to Broadway shows. She has played with ensembles including the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra.

Mary Louise is an accomplished Irish harpist, pedal harpist and singer and, together with her sister Teresa, has performed in Europe, North America and Africa. They have also appeared on B.B.C., R.T.E., TG4, C.N.N. and NHK (Japan) and recently recorded an album of compositions by the Irish composer Charles Egan for pedal harp, portable Irish harp and voice.

Blanchardstown Brass BandBlanchardstown Brass Band was first established in 1826 and this year celebrates 192 years providing musical performances and education inBlanchardstown/Dublin 15 area. Currently with 30 playing members, the Band also has a junior group of 9 and a Training Band of 16 in Scoil Bhride Boys school. The Band
performs about 25 times a year mostly in the Dublin 15/Fingal area and performs a wide selection of music to suit all

Dublin String Quartet: The Dublin String Quartet includes sisters, Jenny and Aoife Dowdall plus friends Siubhán Ní Ghríofa and Sylvia Roberts. The members of the quartet perform regularly with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Wexford Opera, as well as having performed with distinguished artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Hayley Westenra. We also have performed at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Body & Soul and have worked with Michael Bublé, U2, Richard Clayderman, Kanye West and many more.