Talks & Readings

Friday August 9th, 1pm
Artist’s Talk with Cormac Boydell
Beara Coast Hotel

Cormac Boydell will present an illustrated talk on his artwork and its influences, from his childhood in a Dublin musical family, living in the Australian desert as a geologist, and making art in Beara since 1972.

Saturday August 10th, 12pm
Artist’s Talk: John Eagle: A Personal and Artistic Appreciation by Tim Goulding
Beara Coast Hotel

Artist Tim Goulding has lived and worked near Allihies since 1969. He was a founder and the first Chairman of Beara Arts Festival, at which the late John Eagle was a regular exhibitor.

John was best known as a photographer, but – with Tim’s encouragement and that of the late Maurice Henderson Fry – he developed his interest in oil painting, producing hundreds of landscapes and seascapes inspired by the hills and harbours of the Beara peninsula. John had several solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows, and his paintings are in collections all over the world.

On this, the closing date of the exhibition, Landscapes of a Life: The Paintings of John Eagle, Tim will discuss his decades-long friendship with John and their shared interests as visual artists.

Sunday August 11th, 1pm
Poetry Reading with Roisin Kelly
Venue: Cormac Boydell and Rachel Parry’s house and studios at Reentrisk, Allihies*
All welcome

Roisin Kelly is Beara Arts Festival’s Artist-in-residence for 2019, working at Dinny’s Place, North Allihies for the duration of the festival.

Roisin was born in west Belfast and raised in Leitrim. After a year as a handweaver on Clare Island and an MA in Writing at NUI Galway, she moved to Cork city where she currently lives and writes. Her first chapbook of poetry, Rapture (Southword Editions, 2016), was reviewed in The Irish Times as ‘fresh, sensuous and direct’ and described in the Los Angeles Review of Books as ‘one of the greatest collections of poetry that the Irish literary canon has to offer.’ Her first full-length collection of poetry, Mercy, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in 2020.

From Allihies Village take the R575 (the coast road towards Eyeries). After 3k the broken yellow lines on the sides of the road cease. 50 metres further there is a high visibility orange painted fence post on the left. Opposite this is our access road. Please park on the main road and walk up. The house is the one with the green garage and sycamore trees. GPS 51.656448,-10.064832.