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Telstar the Movie Launches at the Belfast Queen's Film Theatre this weekend. It opens on Friday night 19th June and Continues each night until Thursday the 25th June at 6.45pm each night. Actor Con O'Neill with Parents from Dundalk and connections in the Newry area plays an absolute blinder as Joe Meek.

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The Sister Cities Committee of Newry and Mourne District Council launched its request for contribution of photographic images representing the Newry & Mourne area in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre.

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A selection of works by Sean Hillen, an internationally known artist, who is originally from Newry, is on show in an exciting temporary exhibition at Newry and Mourne Museum until 14th November 2010. One of the events arranged to accompany this exhibition will be a lecture and tour of the exhibition by the artist on Thursday 7th October 2010 at 8.00pm at Newry and Mourne Museum.

Born in Newry in 1961, Sean Hillen studied in London at the Slade School of Fine Art in the early 1980s. While living in London in the 1980s, Hillen produced a highly original series of photomontages which he titled LondoNewry, A Mythical Town. Juxtaposing coloured tourist images of London with Hillen’s own black and white photographs of Newry during the 1980s, these works are Hillen’s own personal response to The Troubles in the Newry area. His response to The Troubles stimulated other series of photomontages such as The Professionals, Newry Gagarin and several other works, examples of which are included in the exhibition and will be featured in the lecture.

In the lecture and tour, which is titled, From LondoNewry to Irelantis, Sean Hillen will discuss the background to the creation of the photomontages, his beginning in documentary photography and how he used this medium to capture images of life in the Newry area, stimulating a personal response to the conflict. He will provide an insight into how different types of images and events challenge him and inspire his work, particularly the sources of inspiration behind Irelantis, a critically-acclaimed series of photomontages which focuses on Ireland during the years of the Celtic Tiger.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the public to hear an internationally-respected artist discussing his own work,” says Noreen Cunningham, Curator of Newry and Mourne Museum. “It is rare for an event of this nature to take place and it will be a great chance for the public to meet Sean Hillen and learn more about the background to his art”. There is an admission charge of £5 for this lecture and tour.

If you wish to book or require further information, please contact the Museum at 028 30313177 or email or see

Newry and Mourne Museum is open to the public seven days a week with admission free of charge. For opening hours, information on events and exhibitions, other services and bookings please phone 028 3031 3178 or visit

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Seussical on Stage at Newry Town Hall

Lost for somewhere to take the entire family over the Halloween Mid Term Break?

Well no better place to go than the Town Hall to see one of the most colourful and exciting stage productions on show in recent years.

Seussical the Musical performed by the Bosco drama group starts it's run this weekend in Newry Town Hall and it promises to be a classic.

It opens on Saturday the 30th of October at 7.30pm, followed by a matinee performance on Sunday the 31st of October at 3.00pm and then Monday and Tuesday the 1st and 2nd November at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at the Buttercrane Shopping Centre , Carlins and from the Bosco youth centre.

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 Mavis O'Connor from Warrenpoint, attended Recreational Art Class.  Title of her piece is 'Evening Sail - Carlingford Lough'. Mavis is pictured with tutor Nigel Whiteside and David Vint, Assistant Director Community & School PartnershipsStudents from SRC Newry Campus had the opportunity to showcase their art, craft and photography pieces at the End of Year Show held recently at Southern Regional College, Newry Campus.

There was a wide range of work on display from students who attended

Noel Rodgers from Newry, CCEA Level 2 Award in Creative Craft (Digital Photography). Recreational Art; Level 2 Creative Craft - Photography and Level 2 Creative Craft – Dress Making classes both on campus and at various community locations.


Sadie O'Hare from Newry attended Recreational Art Class.  Title of her piece is 'L'Arche'.  Sadie is pictured with tutor Nigel Whiteside and David Vint, Assistant Director Community & School Partnerships










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The Ring of Gullion in association with Newry and Mourne District Council is hosting a fantastic amateur Photography Competition in the Ring of Gullion for the first time. The theme this year is “Wildlife, landscape and Heritage”, which photographers are free to interpret any way they choose.

Enter now to be in with a chance of winning one of three prizes; 1st prize an overnight stay, breakfast and treatment for two in the Enchanted Spa and Retreat in Mullaghbawn, four ball in Cloverhill Golf course followed by dinner for four in Cross Square Hotel, and 3rd prize is a meal for two in Murphys Bar and Restaurant Meigh. So get out there take a drive, walk, or cycle in the Ring of Gullion AONB and take a few snaps.

Slieve GullionThe 12 best images will be published in a Ring of Gullion 2012 calendar and each of the top 12 winning entries will receive a complimentary calendar. The top 100 images will be on public display in Newry’s new GAP Gallery in the newly refurbished library from 3rd October until 8th October.

You and your winning entries will enjoy a wealth of publicity on our website, the calendar and on Twitter and Facebook. So what are you waiting for?!

We have been honoured that the competition will be judged by Newry and Mourne District Council’s Mayor, Charlie Casey’s wife, photographer Bridie Casey with over 30 years experience, Assistant Director, Newry and Mourne District Council (Arts & Culture), Aisleain McGill, and the Ring of Gullion Officer Darren Rice.

For more information, rules of entry and an application form visit or call Darren Rice on 02830868900.

The closing date for the competition is 12pm 27th September 2011.




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An exhibition of locally inspired paintings by artists, Aileen Parker from outside Newry, and North Antrim’s Deborah McConaghie opened last Saturday in “the GAP” gallery, Newry City Library, and continues to the end of the month.

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Not the kind of party you would want to be at! Mercury Fur performed by Silken Thomas Players. Photograph: Columba O'Hare"Powerful, gut wrenching theatre that will stay with me for a very long time" were the words of Newry Drama Festival's Adjudicator Geoffrey O'Keefe as he gave his thoughts on last nights Mercury Fur performance from Silken Thomas Players.

Kildare based Silken Thomas are just one of the wide selection of Drama groups performing at this years Festival which, with five performances over has just reached past the half way stage with Blood Brothers from Holywood Players tonight; Taking Sides from The Clarence Players tomorrow night; God of Carnage from Bart Players on Friday night and Dancing at Lughnasa from Ballyduff Drama Group bringing the festival to a close on Saturday night.

Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur was set in a derelict flat in London where two brothers staged 'parties' that clients could pay to realise their wildest fantasies. It was difficult but compelling viewing with raw language and sadistic violence being the order of the day.

The Acting was impressive though and Naz who just happened to be a neighbour in the squat was played exceptionally by James Murphy as a happy go lucky chap with a difficult past. Brothers Elliott and Darren played by Conor O'Connell and Colin Malone certainly had more than their fair share of issues and challenges as well.

Rozencrantz and Guildenstern performed by Newpoint Players discuss their complicated life or should that be death? Photograph: Columba O'HareA lot of the action was suggestive rather than visual with the audience only able to guess how 'Party Piece' played by Martin Barber was being 'prepared' for the client and later frantic loud screams coming from an adjoining room leaving you in no doubt that this was no ordinary party.

Overall a very un-nerving performance and certainly not the kind of party you would want to find yourself at!

Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias performed on Friday night by Bangor Drama Club was certainly a lot lighter on the audience. Film Mogul David O'Selznick has shut down production of Gone With The Wind and he has taken on a couple of assistants to rewrite the entire production in five days - not a problem ...

The play is based in a single room in an office the participants are locked into until they come up with the goods. Ben Hect played by Sean Greer and Vic Fleming played by Tim Campbell are kept to the grindstone by David played by Michael Ievers who keeps them fed with peanuts and bananas so no wonder things get increasingly jungle like. Adjudicator Geoffrey O'Keefe commented on the play's great comic touch's but did suggest that vocal clarity was lost a few times with the Actors accents.

Paid peanuts and going bananas! -Moonlight and Magnolias. Photograph: Columba O'HareNewry's own Newpoint Players presented Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead on Monday night, a play that concentrated on the musings and interactions of Rozencrantz and Guildenstern two minor characters from Hamlet. Guildenstern played by Michael Murphy and his sidekick played by Killian Foy were exceptional in their performance and their musings were the centrepiece of the play while other characters came and left. Comic moments included the 'death' of one of the Tragedians who still managed to get a last gasp out of his flute as he passed away.

The Adjudicator complimented the lighting crew of Russell Kane, Sarah Smith, Tom McGeown and Paul McParland on their exceptional use of lighting on the set as well as their magnificent set design which although minimalistic for most of the performance included a very impresive ship towards the plays completion.

Tickets are still available on the door from 7.30pm for the rest of the weeks performances with curtains up at 8pm.


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