Good afternoon all!

I'm writing to let you know about the Ranelagh Arts Festival October 8 -13, for which I was responsible for programming this year. It was a very short lead-in and quite challenging to organise since, you may or may not know, but Ranelagh Arts, like many artistic ventures in the city, lost its home this time last year at No. 26 Ranelagh Rd, where it had been for nearly 10years.

But, thanks to the generosity of local community and spaces I have programmed a range of events and artists in a way that, I hope, honours the rich historic, literary, musical, and artistic culture of Ranelagh, and its environs, while also bringing something new. One thing I'm concerned with is access and engagement in art for people with disabilities and so we have an inclusive dance workshop, Dance for All with Laura Sarah Dowdall, creator of

And an amazing concert series in grateful collaboration with Sandford Church:

  1. Thursday 10 Oct, 8pm.Ciaran Tourish & Kevin Doherty

  2. Poetry Reading: Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin & Michael O'Loughlin, Friday Oct 11, 6;30pm

  3. Karan Casey in Concert! Friday Oct 11, 8:30pm

  4. An Evening of Song with Judith Mok Saturday, Oct 12, 7pm

  5. Johnny Taylor Trio Sunday, Oct 13, 2;30pm

  6. The Savage Five Live! Sunday Oct 13,7pm

This programme ranges from musicians at the vanguard of Irish traditional music music with Ciaran and Kevin, through to Karan Casey's blend of folk, Irish and originals, to contemporary jazz with Johnny Taylor, to classical and contemporary art song with Suzanne Savage and as far as Sephardic music with soprano, Judith Mok. And blues with the Ben Prevo Blues Band, Thursday, Oct 10, 9pm Birchals.

There are familiar family favourites with the Dog Show,and a historic walk with Ranealgh's own Sally Corcoran. And a short film screenings event in collaboration with the Devlin , co-ordinatted by local film-maker PJ Moloney on Saturday, October 12, 12-4.

The literary component of the festival is honoured to have the doyen and Chair of Irish Poetry (2016-2019) and Ranelagh resident Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Michael O'Loughlin Poetry Reading on Friday Oct 11. There is also a poetry slam, Thirst for Verse, with the up and coming poets of the spoken word scene on the launch night, Tuesday Oct 8. And, a literary forum on Sat Oct 12 with a range of local writers, Michael O'Loughlin, Ailbhe Smith, Erin Fornoff, Oisin Fagan and more.

Attracting community participation with a jazz set from award winning Dublin vocalist, Emilie Conway and her quartet followed by jam session. There's also an open mic with local visual artist and singer-songwriter, Eoin Byrne Sunday Oct, 13. And a solo set from up and coming Danny Carroll of Shruglife, whose songs were noted by the Guardian to have conscience pricking lyrics.

Ranelagh Arts Festival is also privileged to have Teresa and Mary Louise O' Donnell present a history talk and musical event on the Sisters of the Revolutionaries, Mary and Margaret Pearse Lios na nOg, Wednesday Oct, 9, 7pm.

For the full programme list please see attached. Please click on the links above for information. More information on Facebook here :

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