Siobhan O’Connor: Structural Process & Possibility

Roscommon Arts Centre is pleased to present Structural Process and Possibility by Siobhan O’Connor, Roscommon Visual Artists Forum Award Winner, 2018.

Siobhan O’Connor from Tarmon, Castlerea, graduated from Dublin Institution of Technology in 2017. She has always been fascinated with technical drawing and the construction of architectural structures in building and shaping our landscape. In June 2016 she was awarded the Fire station Sculpture graduate award which granted her a studio (from September-December 2016) to create and investigate sculptural work. She was also recently shortlisted for the Visual Arts Award 2016 and selected to exhibit in the RDS along with 12 other artists in October 2016.

Her latest work explores architectonic construction and buildings or structures that are constantly been built, changed or shifted creating our landscape today. The exhibition will feature sculptural structures created using modern building materials such as concrete, metal, and wood. Through these sculptural works, the material properties of these often unyielding materials will be pushed, reconfigured, resignified. Process and materiality play a central role in O’Connor’s work where she is interested in the potentiality of building from simple lines, basic colours, and simplified shapes. Her work considers how structures hold up one another; tension and suspension weight and balance. Her drawings are presented as almost procedural blueprints that can be executed and further used as a plan for works that don’t necessarily exist.
This exhibition, entitled Structural Process and Possibility consists of a concrete and metal structure and a series of drawings. The structure is made of handmade concrete blocks, some of which are dyed a black and striking blue. Originally exhibited in the RDS as part of the RDS Student Awards in 2016, the sculptural structure is being reconfigured to respond to the architecture of Roscommon Art Centre’s visual art space. The series of drawings consists of ideas of structures that have not yet been built and of structures that have. Central to O’Connor’s process, these drawings function not only as devices to illustrate her ideas but also serve to solve intricate engineering problems.
Through the RVAF Award, Siobhan will also produce a new body of work for exhibition at Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin in September 2018.
Siobhan’s exhibition continues at Roscommon Arts Centre until June 30th 2018.


Youth Centre Lunch Time Drop In

Roscommon Youth Project is opening a Lunch Time Drop-In from 1-2pm in d’Gaff (opposite the Community School)!
The drop in will be starting from Monday, 16th of April! 😄
It would be great to meet some new faces! 😊 Bring your own lunch🥗🥙 and they will provide lots of free tea and coffee ☕🍵Oh and a microwave 😂 #youthwork #youthledservice

Beara Breifne Way Heritage Stamp Launch

Members of the Castlerea Town Team and community groups from over 60 towns and villages throughout Ireland attended the official launch of the Beara Breifne Way Heritage Stamps on Monday in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon.

This new walking route ‘Ireland’s Camino’ is based on the historic march of Irish Chieftan O’Sullivan Beara in 1603 through the heart of Ireland and links 60 villages and towns along the way including Castlerea, Ballinlough, Loughglynn, Ballymoe, Ballintubber and Ballaghaderreen.

It will be a major tourist and economic boost for the area and we look forward to bringing you lots more information over the coming weeks and months.


Teddy Bear Sleep Over

Fun for the little ones. Simply drop your favourite teddy or soft toy into the Library on Friday 6th April and collect him again on Saturday between 11am – 12noon. You will be able to see what all the teddy bears have been up to at their sleepover.



Death Notice: Anna McGowan, nee Galvin

McGowan, Anna (nee Galvin)

Address: No. 4, Ard Di Hide, Church Road, Castlerea, Roscommon  and formerly of Ruan, Co. Clare

Date: 28th March 2018

The death has occurred of Anna McGowan (née Galvin), No. 4, Ard Di Hide, Church Road, Castlerea, Roscommon  and formerly of Ruan, Co. Clare. Peacefully at Mayo University Hospital after a short illness. Predeceased by her husband Tom (Killnaharry, Culfadda, Co. Sligo). Anna will be sadly missed by her loving family Michael, Margaret, Terry, Kieran and Vincent, brother Gerard, sister Brid, daughters-in-law Pauline, Martina, Mary and Patricia, son-in-law Michael, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

May Her Gentle Soul Rest In Peace

Reposing at the residence of her son Kieran, Williamstown Road, Castlerea (eircode F45 PC99) from 4pm on Sunday evening with removal at 7.30pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Castlerea. Removal on Monday morning at 10.30am to the Church of Our Lady of The Rosary, Culfadda arriving for Mass of the Resurrection at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Knockbrack Cemetery.

Condolences can be left in private for the late Anna McGowan by clicking here