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offaly / arts and media / event notice Saturday March 14, 2015 23:44 by Tadhg
The Irish Latin American Film Festival continues to make available to Irish audiences shorts and documentaries pertaining to the most interesting continent on Pachamama – Latin America. Focus on Chile takes place in Birr on Wednesday 8th in The Tin Jug Studio, starting with an arpilleras workshop at 4.00 pm, followed by Chilean Shorts at 6.00 and Chilean documentaries at 8.00
All welcome and free admission. read full story / add a comment
offaly / arts and media / event notice Tuesday July 29, 2014 11:21 by Tadhg
The best of recent Irish Short Films will once again screen in Daingean at the end of the month. The screening will take place in Seery’s, Daingean [www.facebook/seerys bar] on Thursday 31st July, starting at 7.00 pm. The closing short film RUNNER will have local filmmaker, Paddy Slattery in attendance. As always, admission is free to the bilingual screening agus beidh fáilte roimh Gaeilge ar an óiche.

After, the 7.00 screening of Irish Shorts, the night will proceed at 9.00 with a screening of the very stimulating PERIPHERAL VISION, the latest documentary by Donnacha Ó Briain (synopsis below) [www.peripheralvision.co]. read full story / add a comment
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offaly / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Tuesday April 01, 2014 14:36 by LASC - Latin America Solidarity Centre   image 1 image
Cuba is the Country Focus for the 15th festival that will take place in Birr, Dublin, Limerick, and Galway. read full story / add a comment
offaly / arts and media / event notice Friday July 20, 2012 16:00 by Tadhg Ó Cruadhlaoich
These films have either being made by local filmmakers or have a local interest read full story / add a comment
offaly / arts and media / event notice Friday July 20, 2012 15:54 by Tadhg Ó Cruadhlaoich
short films have either being made by local filmmakers or have a local interest read full story / add a comment
offaly / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Saturday March 24, 2012 11:08 by Auld Rotten Hat   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 27, 2012 22:46)
For a number of years now, I have been going regularly to music festivals – everything from Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Life and much smaller independent music festivals which I have always found to be a huge contrast to the often staid, boring meetings and rallies on social justice issues. read full story / add a comment
offaly / arts and media / event notice Tuesday July 05, 2011 19:29 by Tadhg Ó Cruadhlaoich
Taispeántais Gearrscannáin 2011 / Local Short Film Screenings 2011
1. Gearrscannáin 2011 [Irish language short films – sub-titled] at 7.00 pm
2. Local Short Film Showcase – at 9.00 pm

Venue: Seery’s, Daingean.
Date: Wednesday 27th July. read full story / add a comment
Local organising in Tullamore
offaly / miscellaneous / news report Wednesday December 01, 2010 13:38 by Shelver   image 1 image
On Saturday 27th November Shell to Sea delegates travelled to Tullamore Co. Offaly to participate in a “People’s Alliance” march against cuts and the government in general. read full story / add a comment
offaly / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Friday November 06, 2009 22:31 by R.N.U Cill Dara P.R.O
Report Of I.C.T.U Protest Tullamore, Co. Offaly read full story / add a comment
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offaly / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday November 05, 2009 15:23 by Kev   image 1 image
As part of the IPSC's Week of Solidarity Against Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Against the Siege of Gaza, the Tullamore branch of the IPSC are proud to host a public meeting with John Hurson of Free Gaza and John Dorman, IPSC Divestment Officer.

The meeting will take place on Friday 13th November 2009 at 7pm in Fergie’s Bar (upstairs), Market Sq, Tullamore read full story / add a comment
offaly / environment / feature Friday October 09, 2009 13:20 by Dave Donnellan   text 11 comments (last - monday november 30, 2009 10:31)   image 1 image   video 7 video files
The Climate Camp held recently in Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly highlighted the urgent need to address the issue of peat bogs in Ireland and the dangerous effect their exploitation by Bord na Mona and the ESB has on Climate Change. read full story / add a comment
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offaly / environment / feature Sunday August 23, 2009 23:31 by Paula Geraghty   text 29 comments (last - wednesday november 25, 2009 10:53)   image 27 images   video 3 video files
Hundreds participated in Climate Camp at Shannonbridge, which was held under the shadow of the peat burning powerstation.
The Climate Camp organised three events to create better awareness around the industrial use of peat in powerstations. read full story / add a comment
Don't Burn our Bogs! - Climate Camp is the life buoy which can save our bogs and planet
offaly / environment / news report Wednesday August 19, 2009 00:17 by Climate Camper   text 2 comments (last - thursday august 20, 2009 11:56)   image 3 images
Climate campers of all ages at Shannonbridge took a direct action this morning Aug. 18th, on a nearby bog by filling in trenches that are used to drain the bog for cutting. The peaceful demonstrations lasted 2 hours with police curiously onlooking at the hard working activists. read full story / add a comment
Stop the peat-fired powerstation now ! !
offaly / education / news report Monday August 17, 2009 18:32 by Bob Wilson   text 7 comments (last - wednesday august 19, 2009 18:15)   image 5 images
Climate Camp is up and running at Shannonbridge, Co.Offaly - started Saturday 15th August and goes on til Sunday 23rd August.
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offaly / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Thursday January 08, 2009 22:19 by Brendan K
The Vigil will take place at O’Connor Square, Tullamore at 5.00pm on Saturday. We are encouraging members of the public to come along and bring placards or a candle if possible. read full story / add a comment
offaly / miscellaneous / event notice Tuesday November 11, 2008 00:18 by Gregor Kerr   text 2 comments (last - sunday november 16, 2008 15:31)
Part of a series of regional demos against the cuts read full story / add a comment
New Book answers Eoghan Harris's sectarian fantasies
offaly / history and heritage / event notice Tuesday October 21, 2008 16:34 by Pat Muldowney   text 42 comments (last - tuesday october 27, 2009 10:10)   image 6 images
The Aubane Historical Society

Cordially invites you to the launch by Senator Pat Moylan of

Coolacrease: The True Story of the Pearson Executions

By Paddy Heaney, Pat Muldowney, Philip O’Connor, Dr Brian P Murphy, and others

On Thursday, 6th November, at 8pm, in

Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society, Bury Quay, Tullamore read full story / add a comment
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offaly / arts and media / press release Tuesday November 13, 2007 17:57 by John Molloy   image 1 image
Bass-baritone John Molloy returns to his native Birr following a successful year touring Egypt, China, UK and Switzerland and here in Ireland with the RTE Concert Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. He recently completed an Irish tour in the title role of Opera Theatre Company’s The Marriage of Figaro. John is joined by Lynda O’Connor, one of Ireland’s finest virtuosic violinists and Camerata Ireland Musician of the Year. Accompanied by acclaimed pianist Mairéad Hurley, the programme includes the haunting Méditation from Massenet’s Thaïs, Monti’s riveting Czardas, Arias by Verdi and the popular show-tunes of Alan Jay Lerner. The songs of James Lynam Molloy will also feature to mark the forthcoming anniversary of the Offaly born Composers death. read full story / add a comment
offaly / history and heritage / news report Monday October 15, 2007 21:14 by Vercingetorix   text 31 comments (last - saturday july 26, 2014 20:00)   image 6 images
Did you know that in the name of protecting it, The Irish Government have decided to move The Turoe Stone (the most important piece of Celtic stone-art in the world) from its rural home environment in Turoe to a museum in Galway City? read full story / add a comment
People in Offaly suspcious of RTE programme's approach
offaly / history and heritage / feature Monday October 08, 2007 10:13 by Pat Muldowney   text 307 comments (last - friday november 30, 2007 00:51)   image 15 images
RTÉ has announced a programme in its Hidden History series making controversial claims about IRA sectarianism during the War of independence. This is how RTE is currently publicising it:

Guns and Neighbours: The Killings at Coolacrease
“The bloody tale of a bitter land dispute, involving a family of Protestant farmers in County Offaly, which comes to a deadly conclusion during the War of Independence. Featuring interviews with descendants of the men who carried out the killings, this portrait of a forgotten atrocity features substantial newspaper archive research, IRA witness statements and military documents from the period.”

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