Celebrate Bealtaine Festival in Leitrim

The Man in the Womans Shoes in The Dock on May 1.
Organisers of Bealtaine are delighted to announce the line-up for May 2013, which will see hundreds of theatrical, cinematic, craft, photographic, choral, dance and other events taking place across Ireland, giving people a chance to celebrate creativity as we age, inviting them to “Grow Happy!” – The theme of this year’s festival.

Organisers of Bealtaine are delighted to announce the line-up for May 2013, which will see hundreds of theatrical, cinematic, craft, photographic, choral, dance and other events taking place across Ireland, giving people a chance to celebrate creativity as we age, inviting them to “Grow Happy!” – The theme of this year’s festival.

Here are details of some of the events taking place in Leitrim:

Award-winning actor and writer Mikel Murfi is bringing his show The Man in the Woman’s Shoes to Leitrim during the festival. Last year Mikel met with older people across Sligo to gather stories for this show. He saw a pattern emerge

of ‘characters’ that inhabit Sligo villages - and probably every village in Ireland.

The show follows Pat Farnon as he walks from his cottage to town and back again and the marvels that he meets along the way. It’s a charming encounter - an ageing man still with a boundless enthusiasm for life. Hilariously funny and tender by turns, the story Mikel wrote asks us to find the common humanity in our fellow man and woman and to show kindness at every opportunity. It also asks us to consider that romantic love is not the preserve of the young.

The show will be on at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon Tel: 071 965 0828 Web: www.thedock.ie on Wednesday, May 1.

The Dock is also hosting an emerging artist’s exhibition, featuring four remarkable people who began their creative lives in their middle age. This exhibition will run 3rd May – 14th June.

In addition the Carrick Active Age Theatre Project will present The Carrick Spicers, a new short play devised by the group. For further information contact Siobhán O’Malley on Tel: 071 9650828.

On the first day of May, The Golden Age Group is hosting May Madness Ball. For details contact Colleen Guckian on Tel: 087 7670788.

Abbeyleix Active Retirement Association have organised a number of events, including a talk on local history by Maura Murphy and Kevin O’Brien, set dancing events, and the showing of a film about Abbeyleix. For details on all these activities contact Kay Butler on Tel: 087 222 8883.

Kiltyclogher Active Age Group will host storytelling, poetry reading and sing-song with young children in local library. Also visit to either Prince Conal’s grave (if access allowed) or ‘Tobar na nAlt’; Yeats country tour.

Intergenerational cultural events. And to celebrate Bealtaine, St Patrick’s Community Hospital will be hosting free music and arts events, open to the public. For details contact Mary Finn on Tel: 0719620011.

Carrigallen Day Care celebrates May with storytelling; demonstration on old farm implements on May 9; an outing to Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh on May 30; talk by local author on a new inspirational book on May 23.

Libraries through the county and the Arts Office also have extensive Bealtaine programmes – to find out more contact your local library or Arts office. Ballinamore Library are showcasing ‘Bantreacht na Tuaithe Taispeantas Seanfhocal’, an exhibition based around Irish proverbs. For further information contact Mary Conefrey on Tel: 071 9645566.

To get involved in Bealtaine 2013 or for more information visit www.bealtaine.com. For full, up-to-date event listings email: Bealtaine@ageandopportunity.ie or call +353 (1) 8535178 Facebook: BealtaineFestival Twitter:@BealtaineFest