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Line up announced for an evening of art, spoken word and music at Oldbridge House

In June Solstice Arts Centre announced an extraordinary evening of art, spoken word and music set against the backdrop of the historic Battle of the Boyne site at Oldbridge House, Co. Meath on Thursday, 27th July at 7pm.

This exclusive event promises to be an unforgettable experience for attendees.

‘someone decides, hawk or dove’ by artist Niamh McCann, was commissioned as part of the programme for ART:2023 - a Decade of Centenaries collaboration from The Arts Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. 

This project emerges from the 100-year anniversary of the institutionalisation of a border on the island of Ireland, the establishment of the separation between North and South. 'someone decides, hawk or dove' explores people's relationship with the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Following a themed drink and canapé reception of Boyne Valley produce, guests will be provided with picnic blankets to enjoy the installation by Niamh McCann featuring composition and performance within Ireland's only octagonal walled garden, by The Gloaming's Iarla Ó Lionáird.

With his hauntingly beautiful voice and exceptional talent, Iarla has enchanted audiences worldwide. His performance at Oldbridge House will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the night, showcasing his unique blend of traditional Irish music and contemporary influences.

Joining Iarla on stage is acclaimed sean nós singer Ceara Conway. With her soulful and emotive vocal style, Ceara has become known for her powerful interpretations of traditional Irish songs. Together, Iarla, Ceara and guests will create an enchanting musical experience, bridging the past and present with their mesmerising performances.

Adding to the attraction of the evening, the musical ensemble Tonnta will be performing the chorus for Iarla and Ceara's performance. Tonnta who are known for their unique approach to choral music, will infuse the performance with their distinctive harmonies and expressive vocal arrangements, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Matthew Nolan.

Their collaboration with Iarla and Ceara promises to be a truly immersive experience.

Guests are in for a treat, as Iarla will perform a new piece of music that was composed especially for the event. He will be accompanied by Ceara live on stage for the debut performance. The event will be introduced by Catriona Crowe, Ireland's premier archivist and one of the country's most respected social and cultural commentators.

Director of Solstice Arts Centre, Belinda Quirke said at the launch: “It has been a personal pleasure working with all artists, particularly with Niamh and Iarla in the development of the work. Our sincere thanks to the OPW and staff at Oldbridge House, and The Arts Council, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in recognising and supporting the ambition of this project by Solstice Arts Centre under its ART:2023 award. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Battle of the Boyne Heritage site at Oldbridge House on July 27th".

Tickets are priced at €20 and can be purchased at

Slán go fóill.


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