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Last night.

Pearse Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

Artist Robert Ballagh (above left) launches Scenes Of Moderate Violence, the first volume of long form poetry from poet and ‘sheet ‘ricksmith John Moynes (above right).

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Scenes of Moderate Violence (Unbound)

Pics via Darragh Doyle, Una Minh and Sinead Ryan

Earlier: A Limerick A Day

Artist Robert Ballagh

‘I was not at all surprised to read the open letter signed by more than 300 Irish practitioners that was sent to Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan expressing their deep concern and dissatisfaction with the direction that the Abbey Theatre has taken in recent times.

However, I was surprised that the letter did not raise an obvious question: why is the Irish National Theatre, which has an obligation to reflect Irish cultural values, currently being run by two Scotsman?

I suppose if this disconnect was simply a problem for the Abbey Theatre, the situation would not be so serious, but at this moment in time practically every national cultural institution is being managed by an outsider.

For example, the director of the National Gallery of Ireland is an Englishman, the new director of the Hunt Museum in Limerick is a Welshwoman, the director of the National College of Art and Design is an Englishman, and the director of the Gate Theatre is an Englishwoman.

It seems that when it comes to our cultural institutions that warning experienced by our emigrants in the past still holds sway: “No Irish need apply.”

Robert Ballagh,

Dublin 7


Irish Times Letters

Yesterday: Shabbey



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From top: Robert Ballagh; an image from Eamonn Farrell’s Elements of Nature Project; Elizabeth Cope; Jason Dunne; Eamonn with Robert Ballagh and Rachel Ballagh; nude with giraffe by Elizabeth Cope


Last night.

Crawford Gallery, Cork.

The launch of The Naked Truth: The Nude in Irish Art with 80 flesh-baring works by 30 Irish artists.

From medieval Sheela-na-Gigs to artfully taken photographs, the exhibition, which opens to the public today, includes work from Francis Bacon, Jason Dunne, Robert Ballagh, Elizabeth Cope and photographer Eamonn Farrell, a friend of the ‘sheet and owner of Rollingnews and Photocall Ireland photo agencies

Showing ALL at the Crawford until October 13.

The Naked Truth: The Nude In Irish Life

 Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision


A protest outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin today urging the immediate release of peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy. Ms D’Arcy, who has cancer, is serving a three month sentence for refusing to stay out of “unauthorised areas” of Shannon Airport.

From top:  Robert Ballagh, artist and friend of Margaretta’s, (left);  Zara Starr, Conor Madden and ‘Coco’; from left: Ciaran Garrett, Declan Meenagh, Lisa Connell and Neil Warner of Labour Youth.

Adams To Visit Anti-War Activist D’Arcy In Limerick Prison (David Raleigh, Irish Times)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)