It’s not just the thousands of Donegal supporters with their ‘Welcome home Sam’ bonfires that will (hopefully) illuminate the Donegal skyline on All-Ireland weekend.
An Cosán Glas, a Gaeltacht based artists collective, promise to get the All-Ireland weekend off to a bright and luminous start by offering the Donegal public a chance to view their beautiful, illuminated sculptures on the Friday night before the game.
As part of the nation-wide Culture Night festival, the group will host two separate exhibitions in Donegal: the ‘Loinnir’ sculpture trail which will take place in Letterkenny Town Park as part of Letterkenny Culture Night; and a smaller, more intimate illuminated sculpture exhibition to be held in a factory unit in Falcarragh as part of the Gaeltacht Culture Night.
This is the fourth year in a row that the ‘Loinnir’ exhibition will be held in the Letterkenny Town Park and over 20 Donegal artists will participate in the exhibitions.
The exhibition proves to be the highlight of the Letterkenny Culture Night every year and attracts over 2,000 people to the park.
As in previous years, a number of illuminated sculptures and installations will be littered throughout the park, creating a trail that the public can follow.
Donegal County Council’s arts office, which organises Culture Night in Letterkenny, is delighted that Loinnir is returning to the park yet again.
Arts Officer, Traolach Ó Fionnáin said: “The Cosán Glas exhibition in the town park promises to be yet another spectacular and it is sure to enthral audiences, especially as this will be the first large scale public showing of this particular body of work.
“We have organised a number of exciting events in Letterkenny for Culture Night and this undoubtedly will be the centrepiece of the night.
“With another Cosán Glas exhibition taking place in Falcarragh, the group are going to set the tone for what promises to be a very colourful and exciting weekend in Donegal.”
Local musicians and artists will perform in Falcarragh on the night, something that is sure to add to the flavour of the occasion. Culture Night in the Gaeltacht is being organised by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, the organisation responsible for the development of the arts in Gaeltacht.
Both exhibitions will be held on Friday, September 19. The Letterkenny event will take place in Letterkenny Town Park from 6pm – 10pm while the Falcarragh event will be on from 8pm to 10pm. This exhibition will also be open on Saturday evening. Both events are free, so, this might be the best way to ‘ignite’ your All-Ireland weekend.