Bealtaine 2017 in Fingal Libraries

Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on March 29, 2017.

Welcome to the season of ‘Bealtaine’ – the season of early Summer when new hope beckons to all nature. Bealtaine events are taking place during the month of May in Fingal Libraries and all over Ireland.   Music Appreciation with Ted Courtney Here in Ireland, we also celebrate the season of ‘Bealtaine’ with song and […]

Welcome to the season of ‘Bealtaine’ – the season of early Summer when new hope beckons to all nature.

Bealtaine events are taking place during the month of May in Fingal Libraries and all over Ireland.

 

Music Appreciation with Ted Courtney

Here in Ireland, we also celebrate the season of ‘Bealtaine’ with song and dance. We are delighted to welcome broadcaster, lecturer and musician Ted Courtney to four Fingal Library branches this May to give music appreciation talks as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

Ted Courtney will be discussing:

  • The music of O’Carolan and the similarities to Vivaldi in ‘O Straviganza’
  • Irish traditional dance, not the difficult tap dancing we see in ‘River Dance’ but the ‘Walking to music’ with linking arms in the ‘Ceilidhe’
  • Irish Song – The simple and cheerful airs and songs like: ‘Oro se do bhea abhaile’ , ‘A Phadin big’ ‘Beidh Aonach Amarach’, ‘Dile no damhas  no damhas’, ‘Anois ag teacht ‘. Easy to sing and full of joy.
  • The Key of Peace – The role of voice and song in reconciliation, reaching through barriers between alienated people to create mutual trust by cultivating inner harmony and peace; especially now as more and more people who have just become Irish citizens wish to embrace our ancient culture.
Rush Library Thursday 4th May 2.30 – 3.30 pmMusic Appreciation
Malahide Library Thursday 11th May 3 pmMusic Appreciation
Donabate Library Thursday 18th May 3 pmMusic Appreciation
Balbriggan Library Thursday 25th May 3 pmMusic Appreciation

“Noah’s Wife missed the Boat”

We are delighted to announce Carnation Theatre will be performing their play ‘Noah’s Wife missed the boat – she left the washing out!’ in Blanchardstown Library and Malahide Library to celebrate the Bealtine Festival this May.  The principle characters are a couple in their twilight years who, after a lifetime together, know what gets on the other’s nerves.  Music plays a large part, so expect some rousing tunes to blow those rain clouds away. If you just want to put the feet up, sit back, listen and have a lovely afternoon’s entertainment, this is the ticket!

Contact Blanchardstown Library: (Tel) 890 5563 or Malahide Library: (Tel) 870 4430 for further details.

Date

Time Library for Carnation Theatre
Tues 9th May 3 – 4pm Malahide LibraryPh 870 4430
Wed 24th May 2 – 3 pm Blanchardstown LibraryPh 890 5563

Mandala Art & Meditation with Patricia Fitzgerald 

Discover your mindful self through mandala colouring and journaling. Patricia will give a presentation on the fascinating history and philosophy behind Mandala. Each workshop involves a presentation about the history and philosophy of mandala and Patricia’s personal story of how she came to do them and how they have helped her. The workshops involve an element of guided meditations and an art element involving colouring a pre-drawn mandala or creating your own mandala from scratch (using markers/pens/pencils – there is no paint involved!).  See more of Patricia’s work at healingcreations.ie.

Places are limited so booking is essential

Date Time Library branch for Mandala Art
Saturday 6th May 10.30 am – 12.30 pm Baldoyle LibraryTel: 018906793[email protected]
Saturday 13th May 10.30 am – 12.30 pm Balbriggan LibraryTel: 01870 4401[email protected]

Origami Workshop with Yoshiko Watkins

The workshop is designed so that participants get to make about two or three pieces of origami.
The exercise of folding engenders a stillness not unlike meditation.
Participants leave relaxed and content in what they have achieved and that their time has been well spent.

Places are limited so booking is essential

Date Time Library for Origami
Monday 15th May 2 – 3.30 pm Donabate LibraryTel: 890 5607[email protected]
Monday 22nd May 2 – 3.30 pm Garristown LibraryTel: 018355020[email protected]

 Further Bealtaine events in Fingal Libraries include photography classes (Swords & Rush Library), A Mad Librarian’s Tea Party (Blanchardstown Library), film screenings and lots more. Contact your local library to see what events are on in the branch for Bealtaine during the month of May!