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    Aoibhinn and Company Sunday 27 October 2013

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    Aoibhinn & Company Dorothy and Tom Cross

    This week, Aoibhinn interviews brother and sister artist Dorothy Cross and her older brother Professor Tom Cross.

    They were both born in Cork and recall their childhood, particularly their Summer holidays at Fountainstown on Cork Harbour. Their parents met while yachting in West Cork and the family loved the sea, boats and swimming. They recall their seaside holidays and learning to swim.

    Swimming was a very important sport to them both. Tom became a coach and coaches swimmers to this day. Dorothy was an accomplished swimmer but failed to qualify for the 1972 Munich Olympics by point one of a second. They reflect on this disappointment.

    Dorothy doesn't regret the hours spent swimming as a young person. Tom experienced health difficulties in his thirties when he had a benign brain tumour removed. Dorothy believes that his background in training and his fitness from swimming stood to him in making his recovery.

    Dorothy is an artist but doesn't paint. She explains to Aoibhinn how her art is made with found objects. They discuss a piece from her most recent exhibition Connemara called Shark Everest. She also explains why she uses family heirlooms in her work. Tom gives his reaction to Dorothy's work. 

    Dorothy explains how she staged the opera Stabat Mater in a slate quarry on Valentia Island, County Kerry. And they have another Valentia connection.  Tom and Dorothy worked together on a project on jellyfish, funded by the Wellcome Trust, designed to encourage scientists and artists to collaborate and learn from each other.  This work on jellyfish was inspired by an Edwardian naturalist called Maud de Lapp.

    About The Show

    Starting on July 14th Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will be joined each week by a guest will talk about their life, passions and influences, as well as choosing their favourite music.

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: The Swimming Song
      Composer: Loudon Wainwright Iii
      Performer(s): Kate And Anna Macgarrigle
      Performer(s):
      Album: Kate And Anna Mcgarrigle , Warner Bros , 9362-45677-2
      Duration: 0:02:26
    • Title: Imagine
      Composer: John Lennon
      Performer(s): John Lennon
      Performer(s):
      Album: Imagine , Emi Records , CDP 7 46641 2
      Duration: 0:03:15
    • Title: Stabat Mater - Duet: Quando Corpus Morietur - Amen
      Composer: Pergolesi
      Performer(s): Andreas Scholl And Barbara Bonney
      Performer(s):
      Album: Pergolesi 300th Anniversary Collection - Abbado / Orchestra Mozart , Archive Produktion , 4778464
      Duration: 0:02:00
    • Title: Ashokan Farewell
      Composer: Ungar, Jay
      Performer(s): Gregory Harrington (Violin)
      Performer(s):
      Album: Reflections - Gregory Harrington , Estile Records , 783707248905
      Duration: 0:05:23

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