Time to lim­ber up for Ti­na­hely Trail­walk­ing

‘SHEEP FLOCK’ TO GATHER FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT

Bray People - - NEWS - DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

A WON­DER­FUL week­end packed with trail­walk­ing and art takes place in Ti­na­hely over the May Bank Hol­i­day as the sec­ond an­nual Ti­na­hely Trail­walk­ing Fes­ti­val gets un­der­way.

The fes­ti­val will see a num­ber of guided walks on pop­u­lar lo­cal routes which are al­ready firm favourites with lo­cals and vis­it­ing walk­ers alike.

A new el­e­ment to this year's fes­ti­val comes in the form of a large scale art pro­ject cour­tesy of Ti­na­hely Arts Group ( TAG) which co­in­cides with the trail­walk­ing events.

The ' Ti­na­hely Sheep Flock' will com­prise ap­prox­i­mately thirty two di­men­sional metal sheep ( al­most one me­tre in length and more than half a me­tre in height, with some smaller lambs), each of which will be cus­tomised by in­di­vid­ual artists in a va­ri­ety of styles and ma­te­ri­als. The flock will cel­e­brate Ti­na­hely's his­tory as a vi­brant mar­ket town and will be un­veiled at a cen­tral lo­ca­tion on Fri­day April 29 in time for the fes­ti­val.

Each sheep will fea­ture a tag iden­ti­fy­ing its de­signer and the flock will make a strik­ing vis­ual dis­play for this busy week­end.

For the sum­mer months, the eye-catch­ing flock will be sit­u­ated out and about around Ti­na­hely for the en­joy­ment of vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike. In the au­tumn they will re­turn to the Mar­ket Square be­fore re­turn­ing to be over­win­tered with their artist own­ers.

It is hoped that they will in­crease and mul­ti­ply over the win­ter months and will re­turn again to the hills and roads around Ti­na­hely each sum­mer.

On Sun­day May 1 a craft fair with work­ing stalls hosted by lo­cal artists and crafts peo­ple will be set up where vis­i­tors will have an op­por­tu­nity to see the artists at work and per­haps pur­chase some of their craft­work. The evening will also in­clude a pa­rade of vintage cars and ma­chin­ery led by The Michael Dwyer Pipe Band. This year's fes­ti­val also in­cludes a pho­tog­ra­phy competition with all en­tries on dis­play in the Court­house Arts Cen­tre dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

Full de­tails of the fes­ti­val, are avail­able on www.ti­na­hely.ie

De­tails of TAG and mem­bers can be found on the group's web­site at http://tina­hel­yarts­group.word­press.com. For more in­for­ma­tion you can e-mail the com­mit­tee at: tina­hel­yartists@gmail.com. In­di­vid­ual bios and pho­tos can be made avail­able through the com­mit­tee, and the Ti­na­hely Sheep Flock pro­ject will be doc­u­mented in im­ages, words and video.

A group pic­tured at the launch of this year’s Ti­na­hely Trail­walk­ing Fes­ti­val.

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