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Government confirms name change for Department of Arts

Arts aspect of department returned to start of title after criticism of reconfigured role

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has confirmed that the name of her reconfigured department will be the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Ms Humphreys was recently forced to reject claims her new range of departmental responsibilities represents a downgrading of the status of arts, culture and heritage in the Government’s priorities.

Ms Humphreys, who was previously minister for arts, heritage and the Gaeltacht, said her expanded department would not see current arts funding being diverted elsewhere. The arts account for half of her department’s spending.

An online petition calling for a reversal of the decision secured thousands of signatures.

“We’re all really surprised by how much this has taken off,” said the petition’s organiser, John O’Brien, who added that the decision to launch the campaign had been driven by “a combination of disappointment, frustration and anger”.

Ms Humphreys had been given the role of Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht.

In a statement on Tuesday, Ms Humphreys said the new name “reflects the broader remit of the reconfigured department, which retains all of the responsibilities of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with additional responsibility for a wide range of programmes relating to rural and regional affairs and development”.

Placing “arts” at the start of the title, she added, “reflects the fact that the arts division accounts for the biggest portion of my department’s budget”.

July Events Around Ireland 

West Cork Chamber Music Festival
July 1st-9th
This nine-day festival sees more than 100 top international chamber musicians gather on the shores of Bantry Bay for a series of intimate concerts and recitals. Plus violin and bow-making workshops and a composition competition.

Clonmel Junction
July 1st-10th
Theatre, circus, dance, rock, world music and comedy meet on the banks of the Suir in Co Tipperary. Clonmel’s festival cafes are a special feature, with artists converting the town’s disused shops and offices into a range of vibrant workshop spaces.

July 2nd-3rd
Music and fun for all the family in the salubrious grounds of Kilruddery House, just outside Bray, in Co Wicklow.

Loughcrew Opera Festival
July 2nd-3rd
Pack a picnic, explore the gardens, then enjoy the opera in the reception rooms of Loughcrew House, near Oldcastle, in Co Meath. And if you want to indulge in a spot of cosplay by togging yourself out in some suitably historical threads, that, too, is positively encouraged.

Guitar Festival of Ireland
July 3rd-6th
Dublin’s annual festival of all things string, from classical to flamenco and pretty much everything in between.

Galway Film Fleadh
July 5th-10th
This festival aims to bring those who make films together with those who watch them – in an open, friendly environment. The programme includes Irish films, world cinema, documentary, animation and shorts, plus the junior fleadh, which is a complete festival in itself.

Laya City Spectacular
July 8th-10th and 16th-17th
Spectacular is the word, for this is the festival that has brought us 14,000 people dressed as Wally, from Where’s Wally, a custard-pie-throwing championship, and street performers from all corners of the globe. Begins in Merrion Square, Dublin, before moving to Fitzgerald Park in Cork.

Live at Iveagh Gardens
Various dates, July
What with John Grant bringing his cool tunes and sassy lyrics to Earlsfort Terrace on July 9th, Wilco throwing some guitar shapes on the 10th, Richard Hawley doing his snazzy Sheffield thing on the 22nd and Little Green Cars pulling up on the 23rd, this is one of the coolest places to be in Dublin come the summer.

Galway International Arts Festival
July 11th-24th
From awe-inspiring visual arts to tantalising theatre, giant puppets snaking through the medieval streets to late-night musical parties in the Big Top, this Galway festival is fabulous from start to finish.

Earagail Arts Festival
July 14th-28th
Making the most of Co Donegal’s peerless landscapes, this bilingual arts festival creates some unique cultural experiences in all sorts of places, from theatres and galleries to village halls, forests and beaches. Incorporates Donegal International Folk and Roots Festival from July 14th to 17th.

July 15th-17th
Marlay Park’s easy-going selection of summer sounds has put this session firmly on Dublin’s festival map.

West Cork Literary Festival
July 17th-23rd
A lively selection of visiting writers bring readings, discussions and week-long writing workshops to beautiful Bantry Bay.

Sligo Jazz Festival
July 19th-24th
Part festival, part summer school, this gathering of jazz enthusiasts is packed with workshops and master classes. The nightly festival club has been the scene of some memorable sessions every year.

Dublin Horse Show
July 20th-24th
National and international showjumping, food and drink stands, the RDS craft and student art awards exhibition, and lots more at the annual equestrian extravaganza.

Happy Days
July 21st-August 1st
The Enniskillen lakelands form the glorious backdrop to – and, indeed, are central to the programme of – this suitably quirky celebration of the life and work of the playwright Samuel Beckett.

July 22nd-24th
Indie festival brings up-and-coming bands to the Blessington lakes, in Co Wicklow, for a weekend of special sounds. Galway Races July 25th-31st If heart-stopping finishes and breathtaking fashion are what you’re after, you’ll find them by the bucketload as Ballybrit gets into top gear for the Galway Races.

July 29th-31st
The scenic Galtee Mountains rock once again as music – plus comedy and spoken word stages – returns to Deer Farm in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

July 29th-31st
Waterford city is a riot of colour and energy as its annual street-arts festival gets under way. All music events are free, both indoors and out.

July 29th-August 1st
This boutique festival brings music to the oak woods of the 17th-century Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Plus film screenings, art exhibitions, a day spa and lots more.


Barry Jay returns to St. Peter’s as part of the ‘Tried & Treasured’ tour. Barry will be joined by members of his band on the night.

Admission at door is €10 for adults and €5 for children. Limited seating in this venue. First come for served. When it’s full it’s full! Support by Kildare based singer songwriter PECO

Inspire galerie

Join us on Thursday July 28th for the opening reception of “Drawing Breath”
Featuring the works of local Artist Denise Mc Cabe.

Ink Drawings by Denise Mc Cabe

My practice stems from an interest in an investigation of drawing, the processes involved and the histories associated within it. Interested in the process of drawing, I have created an experimental procedure to introduce controlled chance and unpredictability in my work. In contrast to traditional pencil and paper contact techniques, where the artists’ motions are limited to hand and arm movements. I create drawings independent of my own hand, using my breath to propel the ink to introduce a wide range of lines and shapes into my drawings. A whole life is manifested in a single breath. Each line in my drawings is formed by one single breath, making visible the essence of life force. My breath becomes a medium of recording life as such. The resulting drawings offer shapes and lines that no human hand could achieve. I want to push the medium of drawing to new extremes, questioning the definition of drawing.


This Little Studio is the studio home of Niamh O’Connor. A self taught artist and lover of all things Encaustic, Niamh uses her love of wax medium to make “real” her portrayal of the world. Her personal take is represented in her one of a kind cannibalized encaustic collages, paintings, 3D works and encaustic hot wax monotypes in a way that is both intuitive but measured and often emotional in its content.

Niamh’s works are currently held in private collections here in Ireland, the UK, USA, & Europe. She works primarily from her garden Studio, lovingly called “This Little Studio” in County Monaghan, Ireland, and teaches Encaustic technique workshops by request.


As previously announced, Fianna Fáil have called a Dáíl debate on the Arts which will take place on Wednesday 22nd June from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. The motion is very comprehensive, you can read it below.

We need the visitors’ gallery at the Dáíl to be packed with artists and arts workers for the debate. This was very effective back in June 2012 when we fillled the gallery – it means other TDs will speak and acknowledge the presence of the people who are there.

Can you please contact all TDs that you’ve previously been in touch with, as soon as possible, and urge them to be there to represent you, their constituents, at the debate.

If you can be in Dublin for the debate, ask your TD to arrange visitor passes for the Dáil so you can attend.

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jazz piano concert at Camphill on Wednesday 21st June


Steinway Piano Artist

Kayo Hiraki - SAIPAF 2015

Contact Camphill on (042) 974 8197 for further details

Interested in becoming a Movie Extras – CASTING – Teenagers 15 – 17 for Lead Model Roles click link below


What’s on: The festival guide for June 2016

Casting call for young male and female actors to star in new film



Exhibition PERMUTATIONS open from 7th of June to 7th of July at the Íontas with some kind of “event” planned for the week of 13th of June