Dinnseanchas II

Bernadette Cotter in the process of creating artworks
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill making the traditional calligraphy pieces
Bernadette Cotter in the process of creating artworks
Snaithín Áine - Bernadette Cotter & Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill Catalogue cover image

"Dinnseanchas II" Bernadette Cotter & Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill 31.10.2009 until 19.12.2009



"Renowned Irish Poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Cork-based artist Bernadette Cotter bring the second phase of their Dinnseanchas project into the gallery space. ‘Dinnseanchas’ is the traditional Gaelic form of the 'naming' of places, and the lore or stories of these places and their names. Throughout the length and breadth of Ireland every community, parish or town-land will herald .endboldDinnseanchas.endbold particular to its area, a beautiful and rich oral tradition that links both the Irish language and its cultural heritage. The first instalment of the project, "Dinnseanchas I", was located in the south of Co. Donegal, and saw Nuala and Bernadette working with members of the community collecting and creating their own responses to local Dinnseanchas This second part of the project sees Bernadette and Nuala create their own distinct response to not only Dinnseanchas but to the creative project as a whole".


Dinnseanchas II - Placelore II



Ceardlann na gCroisbhealaí of Falcarragh is busying itself for a much awaited exhibition opening. The project Dinnseanchas l began in March 2008. Renowned poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill Cork artist Bernadette Cotter assisted a community group from the Teelin – Glencolmcille – Kilcar region of South Donegal to gather and record local Dinnseanchas. By September 2008 these ‘placelores’ had been transformed into visual art works. The results were then exhibited during the Blue Stack Festival. Participants of this work were Caitlín Mhic Fionngaile, Seosaimh Ó Geallachóir, Mick McGinley, Séan Ó Beírn, Séan Ó Bradaigh, Máire Mhic Fhionngaile, Máire Ní Chasaide, Caroline Ní Chasaide, John Matthews, Christina Daly, Carmel Butler, Dymphna Towell and Class 6 Kilcar National School.

Dinnseanchas ll followed on from this when Nuala and Bernadette selected the Dinnseanchas ‘Cnoc Áine’ and developed an extraordinary multi media and multi disciplinary exhibition ‘Snaithín Áine’, or Áine’s Thread’. Included in the show is a newly commissioned poem by Nuala and beautifully accomplished drawings by Bernadette as well as installation work. A commissioned DVD documenting the entire project will also be screened as well as recordings of 10 local Dinnseanchas and a short film entitled ‘Tobar Cnapastún’ developed by Ciaran Fogarty.

There will be a public launch by Minister Éamon Ó Cuív in An Gailearaí na gCroisbhealaí, Falcarragh on Saturday evening at 6.30pm. The exhibition is free and everyone is welcome to attend and meet Nuala, Bernadette and the participants. The project was generously funded and supported by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, The Arts Council of Ireland, Donegal County Council, Donegal VEC, Oideas Gael and The Áislann Kilcar.

As always, the exhibition is free and all are welcome!

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