In recognition of the enormous contribution to the county made by people who work in the arts, Leitrim County Council held the second Leitrim Arts Awards in the Dock, Carrick on Shannon in May 2013.
While we all value the plays, concerts, films and exhibitions we go to see, the novels and poetry of Leitrim writers, and the workshops our children participate in, it’s important every now and then to take the time to recognise the people behind the cultural wealth that is provided for us in Leitrim.
The quantity and calibre of the nominations received was a clear endorsement of the widely held view that County Leitrim is home to numerous individuals and organisations that have attained great achievement locally, nationally and internationally across the whole spectrum of the arts. Five awards in total were made with one award dedicated to achievement in the arts by a young person and one for lifetime achievement.
The recipients were -
Jackie McKenna, a native of north Leitrim, is known throughout Ireland for her many public sculpture commissions. At home she is also recognised for her work with numerous groups and in particular for her pioneering work over a long number of years towards establishing the Leitrim Sculpture Centre as a nationally important facility for artists to make work.
A native of Dublin, architect and tutor Dominic Stevens chose Leitrim as the place in which he wanted to live and continue his professional practice. He has won numerous awards for his architectural work and his publications on design and sustainable living, particularly in a rural context, have been equally groundbreaking and recognised internationally.
One of Ireland’s foremost traditional singers, Eleanor Shanley is renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish songs. She has recorded with everyone from De Danann and Sharon Shannon, to The Dubliners and Tommy Fleming. She has recorded many solo albums and has featured on numerous others. Over the years, Eleanor has been a constant support to musicians and music projects in her home county.
David Rawle has been attending drama classes from 4 years old and a member of the Leitrim Youth Theatre Company Carrigallen since 2011. He shot to fame in “Moone Boy” alongside Chris O’Dowd which will begin shooting its 3rd series later this year. In a very short amount of time, David has proven himself to be an actor of considerable talent with delightfully natural comic timing.
The Lifetime achievement award went to Angus Dunne for a lifetime of commitment to local and national amateur drama. Angus has been the driving force behind the Breffini Players for many years. A talented director, Aengus has contributed greatly the quality and reputation of the Breffni Players, encouraging members in all roles, the results of which were abundantly apparent this year when they won the All-Ireland One Act Drama Finals in Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
The recipients received their awards as part of full night of entertainment at the Dock, Carrick on Shannon on Friday 3rd May. Following a reception author and broadcaster Vincent Woods, as compare, introduced the the awards with film introductions produced by Johnny Gogan and Screen Northwest. Among the performances during the evening, author Brian Leyden read alongside Jo Holmwood, whose new book Under the one roof, which she wrote during her Spark residency at The Bush Hotel, was published later that year. After the final award, Eleanor Shanley was joined by a host of musicians to raise the tempo and finished the night on a typically perfectly pitched high note.
For further information, please contact Christine Kelly at the Arts office on 071 96 21694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.