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Mórtas an Chabháin Sculpture Symposium

Mórtas an Chabháin Sculpture Symposium ifeatured eight sculptures in various locations around Cavan town and launched in conjunction with Fleadh Cheoil na h'Éireann 2010.


Mórtas an Chabháin temporary sculptural installations were the result of an artist-led symposium inspired as an artistic response to the sense of pride in the county as a result of being awarded Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2010. Wood sculptor Joey Burns initiated the symposium for visual artists to respond to the world’s largest traditional music festival. Participating artists were from Cavan or based in the county. Their work was created with a sense of pride and celebration in the Irish musical tradition of the County and the wider cultural context of traditional music.

Artists: Padraig Cahill, Niamh Smyth, Joe Doherty, Ross Cochrane, Sally O'Dowd, Tina Quinn, Laura O'Connor, Anne O'Reilly, Alan James Burns, Edwin Lynch and Joey Burns, lead artist.


    Dance, Dance, Danse by Tina Quinn, metal structure, papier maché, 2010 


    The Family Group by Edwin Lynch, wicker, lights, various dimensions, Con Smith Memorial Park 2010















  Dancing at the Crossroads by Laura O'Connor, wood, canvas, faery lights, various dimensions 2010









The Four Players by Padraig Cahill, materials, dimensions, 2010











Play by Ann O'Reilly, wood and metal, various dimensions, Cathedral Road, Cavan town 2010




















   The Fiddle by Joey Burns, roundabout on Farnham Street, 2010












   Owen Roe Seat by Joe Doherty, wood, various dimensions, The Old Abbey, Cavan town 2010




















   Shoes by Sally O'Dowd, bunting, wire, sellotape, found objects, Townhall Street Cavan town, 2010


Site-specific urban installation of handmade bunting and celebratory tokens using imagery from
traditional Irish music, song, and dance. Sally O'Dowd used the iconic Irish dancing shoe for this temporary installation. Translucent and draped across the streets amid sheet music, bunting and real Irish dancing shoes. ‘There are associations with shoes hanging over wires that are negative. I want to use the Irish dancing shoes to replace the negative and associate it with tradition and Irish. The Fleadh is all about celebrating our culture and I recognise contemporary urban society and other international cultures as part of us being Irish.’




























   Lyrical Urban Landscapes by Niamh Smyth, series of six works ink on perspex, Courthouse
   Cavan, 2010


We would like to acknowledge the assistance of Cavan-Monaghan LEADER, the Minister and Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, the EU and EAFRD in part-funding this project. FUNDED BY THE IRISH GOVERNMENT UNDER THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, 2007-2013

Is fiontar comhpháirteach é LEADER Cabhán-Muineacháin idir Breifne Aontaithe Teoranta agus Forbairt Aontaithe Teoranta Muineacháin chun an Clár Forbairt Tuithe Éireann 2007-2013 a thoirbhirt i gcontaetha Cabhán agus Muineacháin. Cavan-Monaghan LEADER is a joint venture between Breffni Integrated Ltd. and Monaghan Integrated Development Ltd. for the delivery of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

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