Leitrim Arts Awards this Friday

In what can only be described as one of the finest trad line-ups you’re likely to see this year, this Friday’s Arts Awards will conclude in a session which will feature Eleanor Shanley joined by John McCartin on Guitar, Padraig McGovern on pipes and Sabina McGovern on harp.

In what can only be described as one of the finest trad line-ups you’re likely to see this year, this Friday’s Arts Awards will conclude in a session which will feature Eleanor Shanley joined by John McCartin on Guitar, Padraig McGovern on pipes and Sabina McGovern on harp.

The awards acknowledge outstanding contribution to the arts in Leitrim. Five awards in total will be made with one award dedicated to achievement in the arts by a young person and one for lifetime achievement.

The recipients are:

- Visual artist Jackie McKenna, a native of north Leitrim, is known throughout Ireland for her many public sculpture commissions. At home she is also recognised for her work with numerous groups and in particular for her pioneering work over a long number of years towards establishing the Leitrim Sculpture Centre as a nationally important facility for artists to make work.

- Architect and tutor Dominic Stevens chose Leitrim as the place in which he wanted to live and continue his professional practice. He has won numerous awards for his architectural work and his publications on design and sustainable living, particularly in a rural context, have been equally ground breaking and recognised internationally.

- One of Ireland’s foremost traditional singers, Eleanor Shanley is renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish songs. She has recorded with everyone from De Danann and Sharon Shannon, to The Dubliners and Tommy Fleming. She has recorded many solo albums and has featured on numerous others. Over the years, Eleanor has been a constant support to musicians and music projects in her home county.

- David Rawle has been attending drama classes from 4 years old and a member of the Leitrim Youth Theatre Company Carrigallen since 2011. He shot to fame in “Moone Boy” alongside Chris O’Dowd which will begin shooting its third series later this year. In a very short amount of time, David has proven himself to be an actor of considerable talent with delightfully natural comic timing.

- The Lifetime achievement award goes to Angus Dunne for a lifetime of commitment to local and national amateur drama. Angus has been the driving force behind the Breffini Players for many years. A talented director, Angus has contributed greatly to the quality and reputation of the Breffni Players, encouraging members in all roles, the results of which were abundantly apparent this year when they won the All-Ireland One Act Drama Finals in Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.

The evening will kick off with a reception in the foyer of the Dock before author and broadcaster Vincent Woods, as compère, introduces the awards with film introductions produced by Johnny Gogan and Screen Northwest. In addition to the stunning traditional music line-up, other artists performing on the night will be author Brian Leyden who will read alongside Jo Holmwood, whose new book Under the one roof, about the Bush Hotel has recently been published and singer Gavin Sweeney from Drumshanbo.

The awards will take place at a gala event in The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday, May 3 at 8pm, and tickets are still available from the Dock on 071 96 50828 or www.thedock.ie.