Exhibition: Our Irish Chair: Tradition Revisited
16 traditional and modern interpretations of a distinctive Irish chair type feature in this fascinating new exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in Mayo. With its triangular seat and a narrow back that is immediately distinctive. the Tuam or Sligo chair has an enduring appeal that has inspired makers and designers for decades. Collected by the Museum for almost a century, their Tuam/Sligo chairs are on display together for the first time, alongside a number of modern interpretations - find out more here.
Screening: Dublin After Dark
Just in time for Halloween, the Dublin will be Written in my Heart team are back on Friday 29th October at the Circular Bar in Rialto with a program of short Irish films about the capital, this time with a more macabre twist. Dublin … After Dark showcases films which delve into the city's darker corners and explore the lives of those who inhabit its underbelly, from the multi-award winning Five Letters to the Stranger who will Dissect my Brain by Oonagh Kearney to Aidan McAteer's charming short animation Deadly, voiced by Brenda Fricker and Peter Coonan - find out more here.
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Event: The Puca Festival
The spirit of Púca is back, bringing mischief and merriment! From 23 – 31 October, the Púca festival takes place across Counties Meath and Louth and, for the first time, Slane Castle is joining in the fun, alongside the festival hubs of Athboy, Trim and Drogheda, each steeped in Samhain legend and tradition for a week of music and mythology, sideshows and standup, cabaret and and everything else in between, with the mighty Jerry Fish bringing his popular Electric Sideshow to Trim Castle Hotel for a three-night stand from October 29th - 31st - find out more here.
The Puca Festival is back and running at venues across the county until 31st October and, for the first time, at Slane Castle. Here's a taste of what you can expect… pic.twitter.com/16yLiiZmAe— Meath Chronicle (@meathchronicle) October 23, 2021
Book: Disappearing Act by Robert Sheehan
Acclaimed for his TV roles in Misfits, Love/Hate and The Umbrella Academy, actor Robert Sheehan makes the leap to the page with his darkly amusing literary debut, subtitled A Host of Other Characters in 16 Short Stories and informed by the peripatetic life of the travelling actor. He's also coming to The Gate Theatre next February, starring alongside comic Frankie Boyle in a revival on Samuel Beckett's Endgame...
Art: The Map at Rua Red
The Map is a monumental new textile by artists Alice Maher and Rachel Fallon, currently on view at Rua Red Gallery in Dublin. Maher and Fallon talk to RTÉ Arena below...
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Presented as part of The Magdalene Series at Rua Red, the artwork is accompanied by We Are The Map, a text and sound installation by Sinéad Gleeson and Stephen Shannon - listen to an extract:
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