Michel Scott, of TFI French TV, stops by Thoor Ballylee, while filming his story of Ireland’s West Coast.
Watch the film HERE.
Michel Scott, of TFI French TV, stops by Thoor Ballylee, while filming his story of Ireland’s West Coast.
Watch the film HERE.
Enniskillen has been transformed into a giant art gallery and chess board as part of a new interactive tourism initiative highlighting the area’s link with Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett.
The new public art installation will see a live game of chess played across the Co Fermanagh town throughout the year.
It is the next phase of a literary tourism project that aims to capitalise on Enniskillen’s association with Beckett and Oscar Wilde, who both attended Portora Royal School – now Enniskillen Royal Grammar School.
The Beckett Enniskillen Chess Set is a permanent work created by sculptor Alan Milligan comprising 32 1.5ft tall bronze chess pieces representing characters and motifs from the work of Samuel Beckett, and 64 1ft sq steel cubes as chess squares in bronze mounted on wood.
Game for Beckett – Enniskillen’s Gambit. Pictures by Brian Morrison.
Read the full story at Independent.ie.
Courtesy of Independent.ie Jonathan McCambridge
Draiocht (Magic) House in Boyle, County Roscommon, is the perfect breakaway stay for any Harry Potter fan. Located in the heritage town of Boyle, Draiocht House is less than a 5 minute walk to shopping, restaurants, pubs and historical sites such as Boyle Abbey, King house and the award winning Lough Key forest park.
With rooms decorated in the style of the different Hogwarts Houses and lots of other nods to the popular but series throughout the décor, you’ll feel like you’re in one of the movies.
Read more at Her.ie
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Long renowned as the birthplace of literary heroes and authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Muriel Spark, Edinburgh is one of 13 sites in Scotland recognised by Unesco as a place of international importance.
Now the city, along with the nearby Forth Bridge connecting it to Fife, will become part of the world’s first ever Unesco trail.
Designed to help transform Scotland into a world-leading responsible tourism destination, the digital trail connects together for the first time all of Scotland’s Unesco world heritage sites, biospheres, geoparks and cities of culture.
Read the full story at TheGuardian.com
Courtesy of The Guardian.
There was good news for the Yeats Society, Sligo last Friday when The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD visited Sligo.
In the company of Minister Frank Feighan Minister Martin announced that she would be allocating €50,600 in capital funding to enhance exhibition space at the centre based in Sligo town centre.
Read The Full Story HERE.
Courtesy of The Sligo Champion.
Beckett & Wilde – Launch of Fermanagh literary tourism project.
A public art installation in Enniskillen will see a live game of chess played across the Fermanagh town throughout the year
The Beckett Enniskillen Chess Set, a permanent public art installation by sculptor Alan Milligan comprising 32 1.5ft tall bronze chess pieces representing characters and motifs from the work of Samuel Beckett, and 64 1ftsq steel cubes as chess squares in bronze mounted on wood is the next phase of a Literary Tourism Project that is already reaping benefits for Enniskillen.
The pieces will be mounted in 64 different indoor locations across Enniskillen within the four ‘corners’ of Enniskillen Royal Grammar School (Portora site), Forthill Cole’s Monument, Enniskillen Castles Museum and National Trust Castle Coole, forming a chess set that will be played throughout the year with performances at three key times.
The installation is the second phase of an Enniskillen Literary Tourism project, the first of which, The Flight of the Little Golden Swallow, saw the installation of 150 little swallows in gold leaf across Enniskillen Island Town during early summer, on the exterior facades of retail stores and community buildings including its schools. Installed in May this year, already that element of the project is meeting the objective of helping to revitalise the town and its surrounds post-lockdown.
Sean Doran Artistic Director of Arts Over Borders, the organisation delivering the project explained: “The Flight of the Little Golden Swallow over the past few months has been wholly welcomed by Enniskillen’s traders and wider community and has fired the imagination of many who understand exactly what the project aims to achieve and how it can be maximised to the town’s advantage.
“Literary Tourism is an emerging niche sector within the wider cultural tourism sector, where places with literary heritage offer author and fiction-related literary tourism opportunities, along with opportunities arising from literary festivals, trails and book shops. Following the installation of the Swallows, Enniskillen BID (Business Improvement District) has commissioned a mural of Wilde’s the Happy Prince, the Council has agreed to gild Cole’s statue which it is believed inspired Wilde’s story and traders are considering incorporating Wilde into their offering from jewelry design to menu items. All of these things help to build the tourism offering in the area.”
Now the second phase of the project builds on another of the town’s adopted sons, Samuel Beckett. Beckett famously attended Portora Royal School in the 1920s. With chess as one of the central themes in the writer’s work, Doran first commissioned sculptor Alan Milligan in 2013 to produce the Beckett Enniskillen Chess Set for the Beckett Festival held in Enniskillen and its surrounds. With this latest project the pieces will be brought out of storage and will become a living artwork with a game of chess performed each year.
“With all of the chess pieces installed it is our intention to play out a game of chess each year,” said Sean Doran. “We will work with chess masters to establish a game online with the pieces in Enniskillen being moved across our living chess board on the ground in Enniskillen in sync with the moves made by the masters online.
“This set up means that at three key times throughout the year, the public can follow the game online and in performance beginning with the Queen’s Gambit Opening Game on Good Friday (Beckett was born of Good Friday of course), the Middle Game will be played during the annual Beckett Festival which is set to return in 2022 and the End Game will be played out over 1-3 days from the 22nd December, the date of Beckett’s death.”
As he goes on to explain, Doran has curated the location for each square very deliberately, with a particular meaning behind each place chosen.
“Each location chosen for the chess board and the placement of the chess pieces is of significance,” Sean said. “For instance, the Queens (Winnie and Not I) are at The Regal/Fermanagh Unionist Association and in Maguire’s Keep Enniskillen Castle (the oldest room in Enniskillen) while the Kings are in Magee’s Spirit Store (Krapp) and Rebecca’s Cafe The Buttermarket (Hamm). The Knights starting points are in the Sinn Fein office, Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen Hotel, Portora School Dining Hall and the Bishops are in St.Macartin’s Cathedral (Gogo from Godot), St. MIchael’s Church (Didi from Godot), Saddlers Restaurant (Pozzo from Godot) and Aisling Centre.
In Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland border counties, the potential for literary tourism is particularly rich and unparalleled worldwide through its literary heritage with Seamus Heaney, C S Lewis, W B Yeats, Brian Friel, Jonathan Swift, Flann O’Brien, Patrick Kavanagh and of course Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde school day associations in Enniskillen.
Bernie Mooney, Project Manager said, “significantly, this project is part of a wider European Initiative, the NPA funded SPOT-LIT programme, supporting economic development through the vehicle of literary tourism and Enniskillen will benefit greatly from the additional visibility and growth this will bring to the area.”
A key issue that the project will address is seasonality for Enniskillen and Fermanagh. Those behind the literary tourism project see the Flight of the little golden Swallow which is installed on external walls as particularly appealing in spring and summer while the board and the pieces of the Beckett Enniskillen Chess Set will be located internally and therefore fitting for autumn and winter viewing. Added to this is the performances that will take place at key points throughout the year.
Sally Rees, Project Support, who has worked with local businesses and organisations on the installation of both The Flight of The Little Golden Swallow and the Beckett Enniskillen Chess set, says,” essentially these two contrasting installations are strategically complementary lending themselves to different seasons. Both provide the opportunity for tourist trails that will take visitors across and around the town to places of interest and into community buildings, public buildings, shops, cafes and places of worship and ultimately have a very wide appeal. Added to this of course, is the live performances of the chess game at key points throughout the year.”
Image Credit: Brian Morrison Photography.
Paper Lanterns Literary Journal and Tertulia Books announce the winners of their 2021 short story competition for Irish teens. Young writers from all over Ireland competed for prizes of €250, sponsored by Tertulia in association with Spot-Lit.eu. Acclaimed author Deirdre Sullivan was the guest judge, and there were two categories, 13-15 years and 16-18 years.
Éabha Coghlan (13) from Dublin was the junior winner for her story ‘Waves’.
Eavan O’Keefe (17) from Kildare took the senior prize for ‘Our Footsteps in the Sand’.
Read the full story at https://paperlanternslit.com/news/
Spot-lit Partner Arts Over Borders celebrate the Wilde and Beckett connection to Enniskillen with the launch of two new literary products. Oscar Wilde, with the installation of 150 gold-leaf swallows on buildings around central Enniskillen and close to the new mural of The Happy Prince by Jordan Shaw, and Beckett, with 64 black and white chess board squares in 64 separate indoor locations across Enniskillen.
Oscar Wilde, the playwright, poet and wit spent seven years (1864-71) in Enniskillen at Portora Royal School. His popular fairytale The Happy Prince was inspired by Ennniskillen’s Cole Monument that stands high above the town and that Wilde could see from his dormitory window. In the story the statue of the happy prince pleads with the little swallow to stay and distribute his jewels and gold leaf to town people to make them happy. The Happy prince bestowed kindness,compassion, love and empathy on the community.
Beckett who was facinated with the game of chess , it appears in his plays Endgame and play and the novel Murphy – is being marked with 64 black and white chess board squares in 64 separate indoor locations across Enniskillen. To coincide with Wilde’s birthday, on 16th October, 32 chess pieces sculpted in bronze by artist Alan Milligan were moved in a choreographed sequence across the town by volunteers, inspired by Beckett’s TV play Quad.
Download Follow The Swallow Guide in PDF HERE.
Download Beckett Chess Set PDF http://https://www.spot-lit.eu/wp-content/uploads/beckett-chess-set-map-1.pdf
Spot-lit project are hosting a networking session at the NPA Annual Conference on 27th October 2021 in Sligo. The subject of the session is: Natural and Cultural Heritage: – How can NPA projects protect and develop wider territorial synergies through natural and cultural heritage?.
Time of the breakout session: 27th October, 14:00-15:15 Local time (starts 15:00 CET)
Location: Zoom breakout room. If you have already registered to the online event, you will have already received the Zoom link to join the breakout rooms. Otherwise, you can register at this link.
The session will look at Literary/Cultural Tourism, taking into account the solutions developed by projects including Spot-lit throughout 2014-2020 programme and discuss how future NPA projects can contribute to the objectives of the new programme NPA 2021-2027 .
The Conference will broadcast from The Model, in Sligo, where the conference will take place in person for a local audience.
Register here to participate to the event ONLINE: https://interreg-npa.events.idloom.com/npa2021sligo
Register here to participate to the event IN PERSON: https://interreg-npa.idloom.events/npa2021sligo-in-person (closes on 20th October)
See the Full Programme HERE.
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