Buí Bolg in five pa­rades

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

COUNTY Wex­ford Street theatre com­pany Buí Bolg will trans­form the streets of Dublin into a gi­ant liv­ing room for a ‘Home is Where the Hearth Is’ spec­ta­cle on St. Pa­trick’s Day which will also see the Wex­ford out­fit ap­pear­ing at pa­rades in Cork, Dun­dalk, Derry and Water­ford.

The Dublin pageant en­try due to be seen by thou­sands of peo­ple will fea­ture the largest high-back arm chair ever seen, fol­lowed by a gi­ant mov­ing car­pet and a huge fire­place with in­flat­able flames in keeping with the over­all theme of ‘Home’.

All the floats were made by hand in the Buí Bolg work­shop in Whitemill In­dus­trial Es­tate in Wex­ford and will be brought to life by in­ter­ac­tive per­form­ers from Buí Bolg’s youth group act­ing as danc­ing flames, liv­ing room hosts and cir­cus per­form­ers.

Founded in Wex­ford 23 years ago, Buí Bolg has been tak­ing part in the Dublin St. Pa­trick’s Fes­ti­val pa­rade since its in­cep­tion.

Re­nault Ire­land, the Of­fi­cial Ve­hi­cle Part­ner of the Dublin pa­rade, also com­mis­sioned the lead­ing Wex­ford com­pany to cre­ate a spec­ta­cle to lead the artis­tic sec­tion of the Dublin pa­rade that will in­clude a gi­ant carousel with flow­ers and leaves, sym­bol­is­ing Re­nault’s ded­i­ca­tion to go­ing green.

For the Cork pa­rade, Buí Bolg re­sponded to the theme of ‘Democ­racy for All -100 years of the Vote for Women’, cre­at­ing a mas­sive bal­lot box topped with the Venus sym­bol and a cir­cle for an aeri­al­ist per­former.

A kalei­do­scope patch­work has been made to rep­re­sent a ta­pes­try of fields, forests and bogs, play­ing on the im­age of the land­scape be­ing held to­gether by the ma­tri­archs of the coun­try with the scale of the bal­lot box draw­ing at­ten­tion to the im­por­tance of democ­racy.

Buí Bolg will have two floats in the Dun­dalk pa­rade, spon­sored by Dun­dalk Credit Union which is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary this year, in con­junc­tion with Dun­dalk Cham­ber of Com­merce. The Wex­ford out­fit are also bring­ing their fa­mous Púca to the Dun­dalk pa­rade. The six-me­tres long sea ser­pent is con­structed from linked trail­ers and de­spite its im­mense scale, can make its way down any wind­ing pa­rade route.

Buí Bolg will also be parad­ing through the streets of Derry on St. Pa­trick’s Day, bring­ing with them a gi­ant in­flat­able snake which was sewn at the Whitemill work­shop in 2016.

Buí Bolg will be pay­ing homage to the Vik­ing roots of Water­ford with a tow­er­ing, an­i­mated scu­pl­ture of Thor, the Norse God of Thun­der.

Colm Lowney in the Bui Bolg work­shop.

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