You must always anticipate the approaching sound of lively traditional Irish music on Inis Oirr, it is an important, even vital part, of our island’s culture and social life.
It might spontaneously come to life, or be heard in celebration of days of obligation, local sporting results, social and community occasions or celebrate the arrival of visiting musicians. It is also an inseparable part of the Irish pub experience one finds on Inis Oirr / Inisheer.
Even with emigration, new musical influences and huge cultural changes, it has remained a vibrant island art form – a sort reservoir of traditional idioms of timeless expression. The old oral cultural past of Inis Oirr / Inisheer is never far beneath the surface of modern island life, and always ready to spring forth in local melody, harmony or in rich patterns of traditional island rhythm.
Concerts and exhibitions are held in the local Arts and Heritage Centre throughout the year.
Be prepared to lose yourself in our musical island sounds.
Handmade arts and crafts on the island include knitted products, willow weaving, quilting, general weaving, carpentry and poetry. Workshops in both willow weaving and crios weaving are generally organised through advance booking see: www.cleas-teoranta.com
Call: +353 (0)99 75979
The island’s heritage and community is an inspiration for many visiting artists.
Cleas, an Inis Oírr company set up in 2002, make and sell traditional and modern willow, woollen and wooden crafts in the Cleas Crafts outlet in Áras Éanna.
By also selling craft products from other Inis Oírr crafters the Cleas craftshop ensures the survival of the island’s traditional skills. Cleas also encourages visitors to tune into their creative side and enjoy the experience of creating an item in a group workshop. Find out more at:
www.cleas-teoranta.com +353 (0)00 75979 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mná Le Chéile (Island Women Together)
Mná le Chéile, began in 2006 with six members interested in learning how to make patchwork quilts. Since then their membership has grown to almost 20. They have held yearly exhibitions of their work at Aras Éanna, Inis Oirr’s Arts and Culture Centre. Mná le Chéile meet weekly throughout the winter months, providing a welcome and enjoyable social outlet for women who share a passion for patchwork quilting.
During the summer months, Mná le Chéile hosts evening classes in patchwork and sewing. Complete a small project to take home with you.
Call +353851699145 for more information.