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CarrigAlive For Culture Night September 23

Writes Leo McMahon

Carrigaline is the place to be on Culture Night, Friday, September 23rd with a fantastic line-up of free events for all ages including a railway sculpture unveiling, a food market, arts and music of every kind.

Carrigaline Pipe Band will get proceedings underway at 4pm with a march from the Band Hall to the new bandstand in the Community Park where, said Music Trail co-ordinator Paul McCarthy, there will be a great evening of outdoor fun and entertainment.

A special highlight for Culture Night will be the unveiling of a commemorative Train Sculpture in the green area near the traffic lights at Bothar Guidel at 6.30pm.

The project spearheaded by Tidy Towns and supported by Cork County Council, is a half life-sized street structure by Mick Wilkins, Fountainstown of a train engine that serviced Carrigaline on the Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway to Crosshaven from 1904 to 1932.

Meanwhile, the line-up of entertainment at the bandstand in the park includes:

4.15 – Spanish dance act.

4.30 – Carrigaline Men’s Shed Choir (Liz Scott Hall conductor)

5pm – C’Ukes Ukelele Group

6pm – Umoja West African Drummers

7pm – Richard O’Farrell and Eist.

8pm – Danny Dineen.

Over at the overflow section of the car park in Carrigaline town centre, there will be a food market and various music artists, including One of Us and Carloz Paz performing from 4 to 9pm.

Various locations in Carrigaline will feature free entertainment from a variety of music acts, mainly on the street. The line-up includes:

Full O Beans Coffee – Shannon Murphy, 4pm.

The Stable Bar/Carpe Diem Coffee Shop – It’s a Shame, 5pm.

Owenabue Arts Collective Gallery – Jack Ahern, 6pm.

Mabel Lane – One of Us, 7pm.

Carrigaline Court Hotel - Carrigaline Pipe Band, 8pm.

Carrigaline GAA Pavilion bar – Richard O’Farrell and Eist and Ceili in hall from 8pm.

There will also, said Barry Cogan, a Pop-up Gaeltacht in the community park; a community ceili, and traditional Irish session in the GAA pavilion plus storytelling and poetry in the library.

Also due to take place in the library from 9.30am to 5.30pm, we’re told, is an exhibition by the South Asian Community who have created Celtic motifs in indigenous stitches to make a tapestry.

At the time of writing, Carrigaline Musical Society and other groups were also planning to take part. The programme for Culture Night, which is supported and promoted by Cork County Council, is subject to change so check the website.

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