Workshops for Adults

Advance booking required for all workshops. Registration 10 minutes before start


For Adults


Saturday 23rd July

10.30am -12.30pm Shibori Indigo Dye workshop with Susan Boyle, €20 includes materials

Abbey Community College

In this workshop we will explore the beautiful resist patterns we can create using indigo. Indigo dye has been used for thousands of years, a natural plant bases dye, indigo develops it’s distinctive blue colour when the dye is exposed to oxygen in the air. In this workshop we will dye some test pieces of fabric and either a scarf of a cushion cover


Saturday 23rd July

2pm Poetry workshop with Kate Dempsey ; Memory, €10

Boyle Enterprise Centre

Poetry’s oldest duty is preservation. The life we live eludes us as we live it, and when we are old we cannot credit what we have lost — measured by the fragments that we keep – Donald Hall

Memories are increasing disposable in our throwaway society of soundbites and changeable fashion, process, ideas and images. Too many things are about speed up, speed up, newer, better, shinier. But these very memories we have are potentially a rich source of inspiration for writing. We can preserve the moments, places, people, thoughts and relationships, be they beautiful, mundane or uncomfortable, by capturing them in poems, to hold and to keep. This workshop is for anyone who would like to begin to write poetry or for those who already have some memories captured on paper. It will be a safe, supporting environment so you can leave with the draft of at least one piece of writing with energy and confidence


Thursday 28th July

8pm – 9.30pm Boyle Singers Workshop with Rita Gallagher

Dodd’s The Crescent Bar €5 (includes admission to singers night)

Rita Gallagher is from Ballymacahill, Frosses in County Donegal, and is noted as one of the finest traditional Irish singers.

She is a three-time winner of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All-Ireland title for female singing in English and regularly participates in festivals, workshops, and singing events throughout the country. Rita has also toured throughout Britain, Canada and the U.S. with Comhaltas.

Rita comes from a family of wonderful singers, including both her parents and her siblings. Although she always sang, she only came to traditional singing in her early twenties. She credits the great traditional singer Paddy Tunney among her most significant influences.

Rita’s recordings include The May Morning Dew, a collection of 20 traditional songs in English released in 2010, and her 14-song collection, Easter Snow, recorded in 1997. Her low, beautifully rich voice, eloquent ornamentation and restrained delivery make Rita a compelling and much admired singer.


Saturday 30th July

11am – 1pm Poetry workshop with Gerry Boland – Finding Your Poetic Voice, €12

Boyle Enterprise Centre

Do your poems have a distinctive voice? Have you discovered yours?

The workshop will look at a range of poems by different poets and will endeavour to identify the poetic voice contained therein through a close reading of each poem. What are the poets writing about, what kind of language are they using, how distinctive is their voice? Workshop participants will be given writing exercises the purpose of which is to help each poet find their own poetic voice


Saturday 30th July

2.30 – 4.30pm The Secrets of Writing Fiction with Patricia O’Reilly €12

Boyle Enterprise Centre

How to: * create plots * build page-turning characters * choose settings / locations * and know the writing secrets of award-winning authors.


Workshop for Children & Adults

Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th July, 11am – 1pm

Sean Nos workshop with Edwina Guckian  7yrs – adult

Abbey Community College

Learn old style Sean Nós dancing with dancer, teacher and choreographer Edwina Guckian. You can attend one or both of the sessions