News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
The official opening of the Festival, which is held under the auspices of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, takes place on Sunday, August 1st. and will be performed by Mr. Seamus McCormack, President of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann.
This years Festival sees one of the biggest and most exciting line-ups ever, with a variety of music sessions and other traditional entertainment on offer to the thousands of visitors who are expected to attend.
The spotlight will once again be focussed on the harp events, as the Festival has now become a focal point for harpists the world over.
The Senior Harp Competition will be held on Monday, August 2nd. and the winner will take home a prize of €650 and a crystal trophy.
The Harp Competitions are sponsored by local Arigna Fuels Ltd. This is in addition to the various harp schools, recitals and workshops that will be held over the Festival period.
A Taiwanese lighting company is to establish a manufacturing base in Ballymote, Co Sligo, creating an initial 10 to 15 jobs in the town.
G-LED Lighting manufactures long-life lighting for commercial and industrial businesses aimed at reducing their power consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity costs.
Speaking last night, David Lee, chief executive of G-LED Lighting Europe, said: “We have a lot of friends in Ireland and we think it could be a good place to open up the European market for us.”
Asked if the number of jobs would grow, Mr Lee said: “We will try it here on a phased basis. The first phase will create 10 to 15 jobs by November.
The next time you walk by the Source Arts Centre in Thurles, have a quick look at the ground. You'll find a stone plaque which informs you that a time capsule lies beneath it and instructions to future Thurles citizens not to unearth it until 2060.
The time capsule was buried as a part of the "Tomorrow" workshop and installation. Young people between 11 and 17 years old participated in the week long workshop, where they attempted to predict the future of Thurles over the next 50 years. The workshop concluded on Saturday evening with the unveiling of their installation, which illustrates their expectations for Thurles 2060, and with the burial of a time capsule.
The time capsule holds number of items. The workshop participants and employees of the Source wrote messages and letters to the people of 2060, as well as submitting newspapers, toys, pictures and a book illustrating the 800 things that everyone should know. Attendees at the launch of the installation were invited to submit their own messages for the future, along with these items.
Dublin may have a new-look team this season but the Metropolitans meet an old foe in the shape of Tyrone.
Although there are a lot of fresh faces in Pat Gilroy's side, the likes of Alan Brogan, David Henry and Barry Cahill will have unhappy memories of defeats at the hands of the Ulster side at the same stage in 2005 and 2008.
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