Alice Taylor in the frame in In­nis­han­non

Irish Examiner - County - - Front Page - Áilín Quin­lan

Get­ting ready for the Gar­dens and Gal­leries fes­ti­val at In­nis­han­non at the week­end are Alice Taylor with Jim Kil­duff, Gerry Larkin, John Quinn, Peter Fe­hilly and Mary Nolan O’Brien.

A pic­turesque stone Mar­ket House dat­ing from the 1700s — be­lieved to be the only one of its kind in West Cork, if not in the coun­try — is set to re-open in the pic­turesque vil­lage of In­nis­han­non this month.

The iconic stone build­ing with three arches, lo­cated across the road from the well­known Rohu’s Coun­try Mar­ket, was built around 1750 by de­scen­dants of Thomas Ad­der­ley — an army gen­eral gifted the vil­lage by Thomas Cromwell in recog­ni­tion of his loy­alty. The one-storey build­ing was later used as a show­house by a lo­cal car­pen­ter, but has been closed for some 50 years.

How­ever, Mar­ket House is now be­ing re-opened by the present owner to show­case the paint­ings of lo­cal artist, Jerry Larkin, as part of the vil­lage’s Gar­dens & Gal­leries Fes­ti­val, which takes place this week­end.

Alice Taylor, lo­cal res­i­dent, au­thor and one of the or­gan­is­ers of the Gar­den & Gal­leries Fes­ti­val, said: “It will very much be a fo­cal point for our Gar­dens & Gal­leries fes­ti­val — ev­ery­one knows the build­ing, which has been closed for half a cen­tury and is now be­ing re­vamped and opened up. A lot of peo­ple would be very in­ter­ested in see­ing this build­ing. It’s the only sin­gle storey Mar­ket House in West Cork of its kind, and is pos­si­bly also the only one of its kind in Ire­land.”

In the old days, says Ms Taylor, farm­ers would bring their pro­duce — milk, home­made but­ter, eggs and other prod­ucts — to sell at the Mar­ket House.

It’s ex­pected that up­wards of 1,000 gar­den­ing and art en­thu­si­asts from all over the coun­try will visit In­nis­han­non for the week­end fes­ti­val.

This is the third year of the pop­u­lar event, which will this year show­case 10 spec­tac­u­lar gar­dens rang­ing from cot­tage, to ur­ban and wood­land gar­dens, while the work of many lo­cal artists will also be on show at sev­eral venues around the vil­lage. The week­end an­nu­ally raises around €10,000 for two lo­cal com­mu­nity groups, while also bring­ing a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic spin-off for lo­cal busi­nesses.

This year the fes­ti­val fea­tures four very dif­fer­ent vil­lage gar­dens in­clud­ing a town­house gar­den, a com­mu­nal gar­den, and the Garda Bar­racks Gar­den, as well as her own very long-estab­lished gar­den in the cen­tre of the vil­lage. En­thu­si­asts can also visit the tra­di­tional Rose Gar­den at In­nis­han­non Ho­tel, now nearly 50 years old, along with a lodge gar­den at Ship­pool Lodge, a highly cre­ative gar­den in a hous­ing es­tate, and a farm gar­den, which Ms Taylor de­scribes as an “imag­i­na­tive and spa­cious gar­den with many hid­den cor­ners”.

Mean­while, from the gal­leries’ side of things, sev­eral hun­dred pieces of art — rang­ing from land­scapes to tex­tured fab­ric art pieces — from five solo ex­hibitors and two art groups, will be on dis­play ev­ery­where from the Par­ish Hall and the Found Out Café on Main Street to the lo­cal churches.

In­nis­han­non main street will be lively, with a mini-vin­tage show in the fore­court of Bernard’s Car Sales and a gramo­phone recital at Rohu’s Coun­try Mar­ket, while street­fac­ing win­dows of lo­cal houses will be spe­cially dec­o­rated with in­ter­est­ing pic­tures, and arte­facts.

A day-pass to all the gar­dens and gal­leries is €10 — this pass also in­cludes ac­cess to a minibus to dif­fer­ent venues. For more in­for­ma­tion find In­nis­han­non Gar­dens & Gal­leries on Face­book

Pic­ture: De­nis Boyle

Get­ting ready for the Gar­dens and Gal­leries fes­ti­val at In­nis­han­non was Gerry Larkin who shall be ex­ibit­ing at the Mar­ket House. Pic­ture: De­nis Boyle

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