Edith Collier and Comeraghs Wild on the Copper Coast
"Comeraghs Wild" is a celebration of all that's good about this corner of south east Ireland. The annual event has, for the last three years included several events on the Copper Coast.
This year on the Copper Coast, celebrating 100 years since the important New Zealand artist Edith Collier spent time in the area with fellow artists, we launched a month long exhibition in the Copper Coast Auxiliary Exhibition Space.
The next day Orlaith Hamersley and Jim Cullinan led a walk through Bonmahon to some of the places Edith would have walked, where she lived and where she painted.
Tina Keating, Paula McCarthy, Orlaith Hamersley and Karen Többe put a mountain of work into organising these events and it showed. This included organising permissions and Fine Prints of many of Edith's works – dealing with the Edith Collier Trust in New Zealand – and assembling the exhibition space. To top it all we were joined by Edith Collier's grand nieces, Fiona Horrocks (Chairman of the Edith Collier Trust) and her sister, Miranda. Special days!
Sean and Miranda Corcoran (The Art Hand) hosted "Words Gone Wild", a special version of their regular "Words" event – where participants bring words they love or have written themselves to read to the assembled company – at a "secret location" which turned out to be Tankardstown. Severe competition from a (Mary Black) concert and a Twinning Event meant that the numbers were small but this was nonetheless a special and atmospheric part of the weekend.
In Stradbally there was a Treasure Hunt, organised by Tina Keating, Jim Cullinan and Nicola Blair. Prizes for this were provided by Activate Family Activity Centre and Castle Café (many thanks!).
The very last event of the Comeraghs Wild Festival happened in the Copper Coast Geopark Centre and it was a memorably enjoyable night in the life of the Copper Coast, proving that Geoparks aren't just about rocks! Michael Marrinan brought beautiful music, played by the really talented young musicians of Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach and the voices of Cór Fear na Déise.