Friday, June 15, 2012

Celebrating the Bealtaine Festival at Croí na Gaillimhe

The Bealtaine Festival, which ran nationwide during the month of May was huge success and here at Croí na Gaillimhe-we were delighted to be able to be a part of it all.

On May 8th, we held our very first 'origami workshop', hosted by the lovely Yoshimi Hayakawa of The Wa Cafe. This was a rare opportunity to learn about the traditional and intricate Japanese art of papermaking.

It was a beautiful afternoon with a big turn-out and we can't thank Yoshimi enough for lending her time and sharing her skills with us.

On May 9th, the renowned Galway poet and writer, Kevin Higgins paid a visit to the centre to give a literary event to remember.
Kevin is the co-organiser of 'The Edge' which hosts a range of diverse literary events throughout the city and also facilitates poetry workshops at The Galway Arts Centre.
Aswell as being the resident poetry critic for The Galway Advertiser, he was the founding co-editor of 'The Burning Bush' literary magazine.
He has won several awards such as the Cúirt Festival Poetry Grand Slam in 2003 and was awarded a literature bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland in 2005.

We were lucky that depsite Kevin's busy schedule, he was able to join us at the centre for a special literary event where he read several reading and excerpts from his catalogue of critically acclaimed work.

The Bealtaine Festival and organisation are co-ordinated by 'Age & Opportunity' which is supported by the National Organisation working to promote greater participation by older people in society.
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