Bealtaine 2009, an Irish National Festival celebrating creativity in older age. A month of activities is co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity and includes events organised by hundreds of partner organisations.
There are simply loads of great crafts activities going on around the country in the month of May, from workshops to exhibitions. Check out the Bealtaine website to see what's going on in your area. Here are a few we like...
Mise agus Oileán Chléire: Stitching Together; Cape and I – stitching together’,
23 May - 6 June,
West Cork Arts Centre, North St, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Tel: + 353 28 22090 - Justine Foster
'The Universe: Yours to Discover’; opening the door to new worlds & celebrating the International Year of Astronomy.
Ballyphehane/Togher Community Arts Network
c/o Ballyphehane / Togher CDP.
Tel: 021 431 9085 - Siobhán Dowd
‘Art of Hats’; display of colourful hats, hand-knitted by residents of the Deerpark Nursing Home will be part of the library art exhibition
Tel:027 52 711 - Bernie Cronin
Re-enactment of Waterford’s medieval Fair of St Peter ad Vincula: all welcome, come in medieval costume;
Waterford Museum of Treasures
Tel: 051 304 500 Rosemary Ryan
Exhibition including silk painting and Venetian masks.
Milford Care Centre
Tel:061 485 800 Sheila Stone
‘Late Blooming – but not bloomin’ late’, workshops & demonstrations of craft work, knitting, tapestry, crochet, embroidery.
Knocknacarra Active Retired Association
49 Clybaun Hgts
Tel: 091 524 782 Pat Lally
Ladies Day at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History
Tours of the museum’s collections; exploring Mayday Traditions, and a tour of the Neilli Mulcahy exhibition. (See here for more detail)
tel: 01 648 6453