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Owenabue Arts Move To Bridge House

Writes Mary Murphy

Exciting News! The Owenabue Arts Collective is proud to announce that we have found another local building for The Gallery. We had 3 short weeks in the building which used to house O Crualaoi's Butchers shop, had our first Exhibition on Culture Night 2020 and another equally successful event 2 weeks later.

The Carrigaline community public expressed their happiness at such a venture and came out to support the Arts wholeheartedly. 10% of Sales from the Exhibitions was donated to Carrigaline Tidy Towns.

Pic: Siobhan Russell

The search was on to find another building to house the growing Collective and thankfully, we have done just that - We are moving to the Bridge House in the very heart of Carrigaline. Thanks to a local businessman, we have the use of this fantastic building in a prime location prior to extensive renovation works which will be carried out next spring.

We will be working hard altering the internal layout to maximise natural light and creating an open plan layout. We will need lots of paint, painting supplies, new flooring, lighting and alarms repaired and would deeply appreciate any help from local businesses wanting to get involved.

In the meantime the OAC has gone online - why not get ready for Christmas and check out our artists and their work from the comfort of your own home. Just choose what you want, let us know and we will deliver for free! There's lots of creations from local artists and craftspeople or perhaps commission your very own creation from your favourite artist.

Any crafters, textile artists, ceramic or jewellery designers, mosaic Artists, paper crafters and others who may be interested to selling their work at The Gallery, please contact us through our website If you work in stone, leather, glass, wood, knit, weave or crochet, if you make baskets, furniture or sculptures - we want to hear from you.

We want to represent all artists, those working at their kitchen table or garden shed, those grabbing an hour when the kids go to bed, those who shun the limelight and who want to remain anonymous, those who want to shine, the classically trained, the self trained and the professional full time artists. Now is the time to get involved!

Thanks to everyone who believed in us from the start - to Cllr Seamus McGrath who was instrumental right from the beginning in sourcing both premises, to all at the Arts Office Cork County Council and the Heritage board who are grant aiding part of the renovations.

To Cllrs Liam O’Connor, Audrey Buckley, Marcia D'Alton, Aidan Lombard and the County Mayor, Mary Linehan Foley for seeing the potential and backing our dream. Thanks also to Paul, Martin and all the Horan family who made us so welcome at O' Crualaoi's- Here's hoping that their new tenants at O Crualaoi's are as happy as we were!

We open November 1st so why not drop in and say Hi!

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