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A BIT ABOUT US

The James Connolly festival, (Wednesday May 9-Sunday May 13, 2018) now in its fourth year, is an annual community-centred celebration of music, film, theatre and debate, with a radical twist.

Since its foundation in 2014,  JCF has aimed to bring together fellow travellers, critics and all-comers in a conversation through words, music and performance about where our society is, and where it wants to go.

Last year, we marked the centenary of the October Revolution. This year we remember 150 years since the birth, in the Little Ireland district of Cowgate in Edinburgh, of James Connolly, trade unionist, socialist and Irish republican.  

Connolly was one of the founders of the Irish trade union movement, so one of our main goals will be to highlight the importance of trade unions for workers, especially among the young.

More broadly the festival is also  committed to promoting  art, feminism, culture and politics, embracing progressive Irish theatre and artists in a comfortable space for debate that promotes the exchange of ideas.

An extension of the 'James Connolly Memorial Weekend', in previous years, the festival has hosted Ifta award-winning actor/writer John Connors, comedian and writer and star of RTÉ's Nowhere Fast, Alison Spittle and musician Fiach, For the debate strand participants have included TDs Clare Daly, Mick Wallace and trade unionist Brendan Ogle, among many others.

Acclaimed national and international figures including Catalan nun and activist Sister Teresa Forcades and academics James Petras and Zoltan Zigedy  have all delivered the James Connolly Memorial lecture. 

Every year the lecture is followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Arbour Hill on  Sunday, to mark the occasion of Connolly's execution and to pay tribute to him and to the other leaders of the 1916 rising.

James Connolly Festival 2018, Wednesday May 9- Sunday, May 13, 2018, Connolly Books, The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Ph:  +353 1 6703361

info@jamesconnollyfestival.com, info@thenewtheatre.com

 

 

Is í an aidhm atá ag Féile Shéamais Uí Chonaíle ó bunaíodh í sa bhliain 2014 comhghuallaithe, lucht critice agus cách a thabhairt le chéile i mbun comhrá le briathra, ceol agus stáitsiú maidir le cá bhfuil triall ár sochaí agus cén todhchaí ar mian léi a chur roimpi.

Rinneamar ceiliúradh an bhliain seo caite ar Réabhlóid Dheireadh Fómhair. I mbliana déanaimid
comóradh ar bhreith Shéamais Uí Chonaíle, ceardchumannach, sóisialaí agus poblachtach Éireannach,
150 bliain ó shin, i gceantar Cowgate, a dtugtaí Little Ireland air, i nDún Éadain.

Bhí an Conaíleach ar dhuine de bhunaitheoirí ghluaiseacht cheardcumainn na hÉireann agus is é ceann de
na haidhmeanna is mó a chuirimid romhainn aird a tharraingt ar thábhacht na gceardchumann d'oibrithe, oibrithe óga go háirithe.

Thairis sin tá an fhéile tiomanta do chur chun cinn na healaíne, an fheimineachais, an chultúir agus na
polaitíochta le tacaíocht don amhclannaíocht fhorásach in Éirinn agus d'ealaíontóirí ar láthair a chuirfidh
lucht díospóireachta agus chur chun cinn smaointe ar a suaimhneas.

D'eascair an fhéile as Deireadh Seachtaine Comórtha Shéamais Uí Chonaíle agus sna blianta atá thart
d'fháiltíomar roimh an t-aisteoir/scríbhneoir mórghradaim, an fuirseoir agus scríbhneoir agus réalta de
chuid chlár RTÉ Nowhere Fast, ar na daoine a thug Léacht Cuimhneacháin Shéamais Uí Cchonaíle bhí pearsana a raibh ardghradam bainte amach acu go náisiúnta agus go hidirnáisiúnta ar nós an ghníomhaí agus bean rialta ón gCatalóin

An tSr agus Leagtar bláthfhleasc ag Cnoc an Arbhair Dé Domhnaigh na féile mar chomóradh ar bhású Uí Chonaíle
agus le hómós a thabhairt dó siúd agus do cheannairí eile Éirí Amach 1916.

+353 1 6703361
info@thenewtheatre.com

 

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Why Come


James ConnollyFestival 2018 May 9th - 13th

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Why Come


James ConnollyFestival 2018 May 9th - 13th

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Why Come?

The festival circuit is a busy one. What the JCF offers is something more intimate. Headquartered in The New Theatre, Connolly Books in Temple Bar, which for decades has been an asylum for thinkers, writers, artists and that 'sinister fringe', you will always feel welcome.

LÉANN AGUS LITRÍOCHT

Tá Féile Shéamais Uí Chonaíle ar aon intinn leis an gConaíleach gur bunghné den ghleic ar son ceartais shóisialta í an bhéim ar oideachas. Ós  rud é go mbíonn an fhéile suite in Connolly Books, an siopa leabhar radacach is sine i mBaile Átha Cliath agus an t-aon cheann sa chathair faoi láthair  bíonn deis agat teacht ar scríbhinní Uí Chonaíle chomh maith le raon leathan de scríbhneoirí polaitíochta, eacnamaíochta agus cultúir. Ar sheilfeanna an tsiopa chomh maith geobhaidh tú irisí, paimfléid agus thréimhseacháin idir bhailiúcháin de shaothar Lenin agus fhoilseacháin Karl Marx agus Friedrich Engels. Tá leabhair ann freisin ar réabhlóidithe ar nós Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez agus go leor eile. Tá foilseacháin Pháirtí Cumannach na hÉireann ar díol ann chomh maith leis an míosachán Socialist Voice, Unity agus paimfléid. Agus tá raon leathan d'fhoilseacháin níos príomhshruthaí ann freisin.

 

Reachtáiltear an fhéile i gcomhar leis an New Theatre. Ó bunaíodh an amharclann, thart fá scór bliain ó shin, tá cáil bainte amach aici mar láthair do scríbhneoirí nua atá ag teacht chun cinn chomh maith le léirithe úrnua.

 

CAIDREAMH

Rud amhain é daoine a thabhairt le chéile le taitneamh a bhaint as léiriú; tá sé chomh tábhachtach céanna, ar a laghad, tabhairt orthu fanacht ina dhiaidh agus caidreamh a dhéanamh lena chéile. Chuige sin bíonn imeacht caidrimh againn ar gach oíche den fhéile inár Seomra Dearg áit ar féidir le daoine a scíth a ligint, sos a ghlacadh, teacht le chéile agus polaitíocht an lae a phlé i dtimpeallacht shuaimhneach agus i gcomhshaol cairdiúil.

 

 

LEARNING AND LITERATURE

In keeping with Connolly's ideals, JCF believes an emphasis on education is a key element in the struggle for social justice. Having the festival hosted in Connolly Books, the oldest and only radical bookshop left in Dublin, you will find all of Connolly's works as well as a wide range of historical and contemporary political, economic and cultural writers. The shop also stocks magazines, pamphlets and periodicals ranging from the collected works of  Connolly and Lenin, to the many publications of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. There are also books on revolutionaries such as Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez and many more. The Communist Party of Ireland's publications are also on sale, including its monthly Socialist Voice and Unity pamphlets. And there is a wide range of more  mainstream publications too.

TO SOCIALISE

Getting people together to share in a performance is one thing, to encourage those people to then stay  and socialise after the event is as important, if not more so. This is why, every festival night, in our Red Room, we host a social event where people can relax, unwind, meet and discuss the politics of the day in a comfortable environment and friendly atmosphere.


EVENTS

All events, unless otherwise stated, take place in The New Theatre, Connolly Books, East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9

EXHIBITION

From Cowgate to Citizen's Army

6-7pm, Free entry

From Cowgate to Citizen's Army: The Life of James Connolly.  It's opening night and to mark it, we will launch this exhibition on Connolly's life and work upstairs in Connolly Books.

The festival is run in association with the New Theatre. Since its foundation, some 20 years ago, it has earned a reputation as a home for new and emerging writers as well as more well known productions.

theatre

Pull Down a Horseman

7.30-9.30pm, €10
Red Room afterwards till late


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A classic of Irish political theatre, Pull Down a Horseman was written for the 50th Anniversary of the Rising in 1966. Based on actual events, Eugene McCabe's play depicts a secret meeting between Connolly, Pearse and other revolutionary leaders  held to take that momentous leap. Although just 40 minutes long, the play is packed with historical detail as their arguments and ideas are pitched against each other. Performed by the Clones Drama Society, featuring Brian O'Harte and James Cleary.

 

THURSDAY,
MAY 10

music

A Connolly Books/new Theatre presentation with....Ross Breen and October Fires"

Ross Breen

 8.30pm-11pm,Tickets: €13
Red Room afterwards till late

“… fresh, inventive and daring… The Irish music scene’s best kept secret? Maybe it’s time more people were  told.” – 9/10 Drop-d.ie

Kildare solo artist Ross released his debut, self-produced album When I Met The Devil  in 2011 to widespread acclaim.

Ross Breen: One Last Kiss

Since then, Ross has been awarded the title of Ireland’s Best Unsigned Singer-Songwriter by Newstalk FM’s The Tom Dunne Show; his song Monet having been chosen for extensive airplay from over a thousand submissions. Ross’ work has also been featured on various compilation albums and his song Life Support was chosen as the title track for a Delphi Records release in aid of suicide outreach and awareness body, Pieta House.

Ross has consistently impressed live having performed as a special guest with artists including Sinead O'Connor  Bell X1,  Declan O’ Rourke, Damien Dempsey and Oscar-winner Glen Hansard.  As well as completing a successful east-coast tour of the U.S. in late 2011, Ross built his fanbase performing at a number of Ireland’s premier festivals, including Electric Picnic, Body And Soul, Indiependence and Hard Working Class Heroes.

More recent releases from his latest LP, New Born Vibrancy, include Nobody’s Perfect and Idyllic Valley, with the latter reaching number one position in the Irish iTunes rock charts following an appearance for RTE1’s the Saturday Night Show.

 

Ross's special guest tonight

October Fires

October Fires are a genuinely exciting new band with an enchanting, deep and unique style. A tight-knit 4 piece, their music can be described as alternative pop rock.

Fusing their various musical backgrounds, which include choral, classical, pop, folk, soul, funk and rock, their sound is a breath of fresh air in an industry dominated by the generic. 

Their twin lead vocalists Carol Somers and Lisa Bakers' intricate use of harmony, weaves an absorbing vocal sound.

FRIDAY, MAY 11

In Conversation with....Robert Ballagh

Friday May 11, 7.30pm-9.30pm,
Tickets: €8
Red Room afterwards till late

 Robert Ballagh and Ronan Wilmot

Robert Ballagh and Ronan Wilmot

One of our highlights this year will be an in-depth discussion with artist and activist Robert Ballagh hosted by  actor and impresario  Ronan Wilmot. The pair will explore Ballagh's past, future and his views on where art and politics continue to collide. In the past, Ronan has held similar 'in conversations' with others including musician and activist Glen Hansard.

Ronan has worked all his life in film, theatre, TV and music as an actor, director and playwright with The Abbey Theatre, The Project, The Focus and The Royal Shapkespeare Company, where he appeared in several productions, including Trevor Nunn's  award-winning production of Juno and the Paycock. He has also worked with the 7:84 Theatre Company, The Young Vic and the Royal Court Theatre in London.

SATURDAY,
MAY 12

The James Connolly Memorial Lecture, with guest speakerDr Stiofáin Ó Nualláin

1pm, Free

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7.30pm-11pm, Tickets: €10

A musical, artistic and historic Celebration of Ireland's International Brigaders with Jurama, a film about Charlie Donnelly, the Republican Congress veteran and poet. We also present One Way or Another a play on the life of Dinny Cody who was killed at La Rosas 1937, while historian James Durney will give talk on the life of civil war hero Frank Conroy. Finishing up the evening with music from the wonderful Sive.

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One Way or Another

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This box-fresh play by 2016 PJ O’Connor award-winning playwright, Alan O’Brien, focuses on  Spanish Civil War combatant and casualty, Dinny Coady juxtaposing the tumultuous 1930s with the tumultuous 2018."

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Brough to you in partnership with the Green Ember Arts movement

 

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Jarama

Jarama tells the story of Juanan , a trumpet player who played in a jazz group before the war and is now fighting for the Republic. The musician is located on the second line of the front, in the trenches located next to the Valencia road, next to the Jarama. We are in February 1937 seven months after the military uprising, after failed attempts to reach Madrid by the Francoists, now the battle is concentrated in the valley of Jarama, the Republican army holds and defends the attacks with the help of the  Brigades Internationals , which ended in a military feat that would end with more than 20,000 wounded, missing or dead, among them about a thousand brigadistas of more than 30 nationalities.They go hungry, cold, full of fleas, but morality remains high, they have help from international brigadistas, they make friends with some Irishmen, a poet,  Charlie Donelly  and O'Connor , at night their lives are told, especially After  Juanan got him a mortar, he starts having strange visions, the reality will not be the same anymore.

music

Sive

Sive: Turn Down the Silence

Songwriter, singer and community musician, Sive has a voice of extraordinary beauty. In the past,  has shared a stage with Kila, Mick Flannery and Gemma Hayes and in 2014, was voted viewer’s choice to appear on RTE's  Other Voices.

SUNDAY, MAY 13

ARBOUR HILL

Sunday, May 13th, 2pm-4pm

Arbour Hill annual James Connolly Commemoration

 

Sunday, May 13th, 4pm-6pm, Free
Cobblestone, Smithfield

poetry/music

Confessionals by Victoria McNulty

The wind-up of the festival will be a session for all-comers in the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield,  featuring  rapper/performance poet Victoria Mc Nulty

A Scottish woman of Irish descent, Victoria has taken her recent show Confessionals on tour and has kindly agreed to celebrate James Connolly’s birthday with us with a performance of the work, accompanied by folk musician, Abi Normal.

Confessionals is a multi-disciplinary spoken word show. Written by  McNulty, with music by Abi Normal. Visual Art by Caireen Stewart and Kirsten Boyle. Abi Normal is a folk musician and promoter also from Glasgow. She is the founder of a Fail Better, a literary and independent music night in Glasgow.

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Keep an eye on the site for more act announcements

IMEACHTAÍ

 

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TAISPEÁNTAS

From Cowgate to Citizen's Army

Seo oíche oscailte na féile agus len é a chomóradh seolfaimid an taispeántas seo faoi shaol agus shaothar Uí Chonaíle thuas staighre in Connolly Books.

Amharclann

Pull Down a Horseman

Léirithe ag Cumann Drámaíochta Chluain Eois, ina bhfuil Brian O'Harte agus James Cleary.

DÉARDAOIN, 10 BEALTAINE

ceol

Léiriú nua de chuid Connolly Books/New Theatre le .... Ross Breen agus October Fire

Ross Breen

Sheol Ross, ealaíontóir aonair as Cill Dara, a chéad albam féintáirgthe When I Met The Devil i 2011 agus ghnóthaigh sé ardmholadh.

Ó shin i leith bhronn The Tom Dunne Show de chuid Newstalk FM an teideal Ireland's Best Unsigned Singer-Songwriter ar Ross; roghnaíodh a amhrán “Monet” ó bhreis agus míle iarratas le craoladh go forleathan. Tá saothar Ross ar fáil freisin ar albaim dhíolama éagsúla agus roghnaíodh a amhrán “Life Support” mar theidealraon d'eisiúint Delphi Records ar mhaithe leis an gcomhlacht teagmhála agus feasachta i leith féinmharaithe, Pieta House.

Téann Ross i bhfeidhm go mór ar an stáitse tar éis dó a bheith ina aoí speisialta le hoirfeadaigh mar Sinéad O'Connor, Bell XI, Declan O'Rouke, Damien Dempsey agus an buaiteoir Oscar, Glen Hansard. Chomh maith le turas rathúil a chur de ar chósta thoir na Stát Aontaithe déanach i 2011, chuir Ross go mór lena lucht leanúna agus é ag canadh ag cuid de phríomhfhéilte na hÉireann, Electric Picnic, Body And Soul, Indiependence agus Hard Working Class Heroes san áireamh.

Ar eisiúintí óna LP is déanaí, New Born Vibrancy, tá “Nobody’s Perfect” agus “Idyllic Valley”, a bhain an chéad áit amach i roc-chairteacha Irish iTunes tar éis dó a bheith ar an Saturday Night Show de chuid RTÉ 1.

October Fires

Banna fíorspreagúil é October Fires a bhfuil stíl dhraíochtúil leithleach acu le fuaim tholl. Is ceathrar iad atá an-dlúth le chéile ar féidir malairt poproc a thabhairt ar a gcuid ceoil.

Comhthaithíonn siad a gcúlraí ceoil éagsúla ar a bhfuil ceol córúil, ceol clasaiceach, pop, ceol tíre, soul, func agus roc agus is faoiseamh í an fhuaim a thugann siad uathu i dtionscal atá faoi smacht an chineálachais.

Sníonn a gcomh-phríomhamhránaithe Carol Somers agus Lisa Bakers fuaim ghuthach thar a bheith suimiúil lena gcomhcheol mionsaothraithe.

 

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I gcomhrá le .... Robert Ballagh

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Robert Ballagh

Ar ár mbuaicphointí i mbliana beidh mionchíoradh leis an ealaíontóir agus gníomhaí Robert Ballagh á chur i láthair ag an aisteoir agus impresario Ronan Wilmot. Déanfaidh an bheirt acu cíoradh ar chúlra agus todhchaí Ballagh agus a thuairimí ar theacht le chéile na n-ealaíon agus an pholaitíocht. San am atá thart bhí comhráití ar an dul céanna ag Ronan le daoine eile ar nós an cheoltóra agus gníomhaí Glen Hansard.

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Léacht Cuimhneacháin Shéamais Uí Chonaíle

leis an Dr Stiofáin Ó Nualláin

The Continued Relevance of Karl Marx

tRes billboards for freedom fighters: (á chur i láthair ag Friends of the International Brigades Ireland, (FIBI)).

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Seo dráma úr le Alan O'Brien, an drámadóir a bhuaigh Gradam PJ O'Connor 2016, dráma a dhíríonn ar dhuine de throdairí agus íobartaigh Chogadh na Spainne, Dinny Cody, ina bhfuil cur síos ar chorraitheacht na 1930í taobh le taobh le corraitheacht 2018.

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Scéal, trumpadóir a bhí páirteach i ngrúpa snagcheoil roimh an cogadh agus atá anois ag troid ar son na Poblachta. Tá an ceoltóir suite ar an dara líne den fhronta, sna trínsí atá taobh leis an mbóthar go Valencia, taobh le Jarama. Mairimid i mi Feabhra 1937, seacht mí tar éis thús an éirí amach mhíleata, tar éis do lucht Franco Maidrid a shroisint, agus anois tá an ghleic lárnaithe i ngleann Jarama, seasann arm na Poblachta an fód in aghaidh na n-ionsuithe le tacaíocht ó na , ach a d'fhág 20,000 duine gonta, ar iarraidh nó marbh, ar a raibh breis agus míle briogáidirí ó 30 náisiún. Tá na saighdiúirí ocrach, fuar, cráite le drancaidí, ach tá meanman ard orthu, bíonn cúnamh acu ó briogáidirí idirnáisiúnta. Déanann siad cairdeas le roinnt Éireannach, ar a  bhfuil an file, agus Peter  éis do

Tá glór álainn thar na bearta ag an scríbhneoir amhrán, amhránaí agus ceoltóir pobail, Sive. San am atá thart bhí sí ar aon stáitse le Kila, Mick Flannery agus Gemma Hayes agus i 2014, roghnaigh an lucht féachana í le dul ar Other Voices RTÉ.

 

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CNOC AN ARBHAIR

Comóradh Bliantúil Shéamais Uí Chonaíle, Cnoc an Arbhair

 

Óráidí le Gearóid Ó Machail (Ard Mhacha, ball d'Fóram Poblachtach Sóisialach Pheadair Uí Dhónaill)  

agus le Alex Homits (Ard-Rúnaí Ógra Uí Chonaíle)

filíocht/ceol

Is é a bheas i gcabhsúr na féile seisiún do chách i dtábhairne an Cobblestone i Margadh na Feirme ar a mbeidh an gceoltóir rap/taibhfhile Victoria McNulty

Albanach de bhunadh Éireannach í Victoria a bhfuil a seó úr Confessionals ar chamchuairt agus ba mhór uaithi lá breithe Shéamais Uí Chonnaíle a cheiliúradh linn leis an léiriu seo in éindí leis an gceoltóir tíre, Abi Normal.

Briatharsheó ildisciplíneach é Confessionals.. McNulty a scríobh le ceol ó Abi Normal, le healaíon físe ó Caireen Stewart agus Kirsten Boyle.      Ceoltóir tíre agus tionscnóir ó Ghlaschú í Abi Normal.. Is í bunaitheoir Fail Better í, oíche neamhspleách litríochta agus ceoil i nGlaschú.

 


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