Athlone: The birthplace of Count John McCormack, the home of the annual All-Ireland Drama Festival. The town of Athlone plays host to a vibrant multi-disciplined arts community. Each year the Goldsmith festival is held locally. Athlone has an active writers group as well as many published writers, four drama/theatrical groups, a plethora of working artists, and an energetic and lively arts scene.
Find out about arts in Athlone, on our weekly 60 minute programme For Arts Sake. Every Wednesday, 3pm-4pm
Get linked with the Arts officers from counties of Westmeath and Roscommon to ensure all information such as grants etc.
Bringing you the work of local artists, featuring activities within the local Arts community, and the people responsible for its progression.
BOOK TO SHARE
A regular 15 minutes segment where community members recommend one of their favourite books which can be found in the local library. Get reading with us, for art’s sake.
Philomena is a local author who has been with Athlone Community Radio since February 2018. As well as helping to produce our daily current affairs programme, Athlone Today, she can occasionally be heard reading the news, and she also produces and presents the arts show, For Arts Sake. She is very passionate about this programme, and enjoys nothing better than getting out into the community to meet writers, visual artists, musicians, actors, and all the other artists that call Athlone their home. When Philomena isn’t busy at the station, you’ll find her writing, getting stuck into a good book, taking care of her son, or fulfilling her duties as Assistant Secretary of Making Space Artists Collective.
I am a musician and occasional filmmaker. I’ve got a big interest in art in all of it’s forms. I first volunteered with Athlone Community Radio in 2009 where I’ve presented music programmes and worked behind the scenes on multiple other programmes and documentaries.
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