An Invitation to a Sensory Party!

My name is Lisa Cahill and I’m one of the artists involved in Creative Killeagh.

Following a creative movement session with the Monday Club in February, I noticed how intrigued and excited I felt in the act of listening. Listening to personal stories and reflections about May Sundays gone by, but also about the place of Glenbower Wood.

I felt drawn to Glenbower Wood and wanted to get to know this place a little more.

I had a need to spend time in the Wood myself, at different times of the day, listening, exploring, walking and climbing, feeling, sitting, looking closely, smelling and a little tasting.

I had a need to spend time with others in the wood – spending time, noticing, sensing, exploring together and alone. The development of the sensory trails evolved from these curiosities – a sensory trail – a meeting along a path, to engage with this place and environment in playful and sensorially delightful ways.

Selected images 1 sensory trail

I am interested in expanding the possibilities of how we feel, see, hear, touch and taste this place. I am interested in meeting this Woodland in ways that might offer the opportunity to meet and experience this environment through the fullness of our body (senses), mind (our thinking brain) and heart (the enjoyment of play amongst the trees).

Through my artistic practice, I engaged not only with the five traditional senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight, but also kinaesthesia and proprioception – which are the senses related to the movement of our bodies. I also include the heart as a sensory organ. (Mark Chandlee Taylor, Senses and Perception, 2017)

The sensory delights continue with a return indoors to Greywood Arts for some ‘made with love’ baking.

Returning indoors to drinks and buns at Greywood Arts
Following the trail outside, the senses delight in a warm drink and a delicious blueberry bun.

Upcoming Sensory Trails take place on Saturday 7th April at 10.30am and Wednesday 11th April at 5.30pm. Please book your place, as it is really useful and helpful to know who will be attending.

Sensing Place 3


Glenbower Talks – Carol Anne Connolly

“Walking . . . is how the body measures itself against the earth.”

Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

I am organising a series of engagements for the Creative Killeagh event on the May Bank Holiday Weekend that explore ideas relating to Glenbower Woods. I am interested in the fact that Glenbower Wood is community owned and want to research what this means for the village of Killeagh today? The woods itself has existed for centuries and is a central figure within the community.  My project, Glenbower Talks is a series of public exploratory walks that speak of the history, culture & biodiversity of the woods. I would like members of the community and from further afield who use the wood to join; wanderers, dog owners, flower pickers, strollers, runners, hikers, cyclists, foragers- to take part and discuss the future possibilities of the woods. 


Botanical Walk in Glenbower Woods

Sat 5 May 2018

11:00 – 13:00

Finbarr Wallace and Edwina Cole from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) will hold a walk in Glenbower woods looking at plants large and small, wild and cultivated that are found in this charming woodland. People with all levels of botanical interest welcome.


A Woods Through the Ages

Sat 5 May 2018

14:00 – 16:00

Join local historian Paudrig Lee in Glenbower Woods on a walk of the woods through the ages. Paudrig will give an overview of the long history of the woods and its relationship with the village of Killeagh through the centuries.


Mapping under Trees

Sunday 6 May 2018

11:00 – 13:00

Visual artist Carol Anne Connolly will lead an exploratory creative walk for families. Participants will use drawing, mark making and text to illustrate their observations of the woodland and create a collaborative map of Glenbower; documenting sights and sounds from the smallest detail to the largest tree.

Arboreal Book Club

Wednesday 6 June 2018


Meet at Greywood Arts for the first session of the Arboreal Book Club to explore ideas and writing on trees and nature.

To book a place for these events you can go to the following links

Contact or to book for Mapping Under Trees or the Arboreal Book Club

Notes on Walks:

Walks will go ahead rain or shine. Please bring suitable footwear for a variety of terrain and rain proof outerwear.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.




What represents your connection to where you live?

I was reading about an exhibition in the UK where people in a particular community were asked to pick something that represented their relationship to nature. Some picked natural objects, other plastics or rubbish that don’t belong, and others yet selected items with more esoteric connections to their item. Not only did this create a fascinating collection of artefacts, but originated a beautiful collection of stories where participants explained why they chose their item.

So I thought, why not here? And why not our village / home / site / place – this place here and now? 

For me, my greatest connection is Greywood. The house is why I ended up here. It’s a physical representation of my dreams, and a structure beneath which people can create and community can interact. What better place to hold this exhibition?

It’s not an easy question. Especially if you take it seriously – really think it through. But the answer might be poignant or humorous, beautiful or astounding. We want to know – what thing could symbolise a relationship – specifically a relationship to HERE RIGHT NOW? 

And once you’ve thought it over, bring that “thing” or “item” or “object” or “artefact” over to Greywood Arts. Help us create a visual representation of emotional threads. Tell us your story. We promise we’ll keep it safe – whatever it is. And on the May Sunday/Bank Holiday Weekend, we’ll put your object on display – alongside your story. 


Drop off times:
Saturday April 7th 2-4pm
Tuesday April 10th 7-9pm
Can’t make those? No problem – just email or ring 083 845 1750

When you visit Greywood Arts, we’ll do a short interview about why you selected this artefact, and take your photo with it. You leave your object with us (or if you’re not comfortable with that, you can bring it back for the exhibition). We promise we’ll take great care of anything left in our possession. We will then write up you story and display it alongside your object. You can be credited, or remain anonymous.

Exhibition Opening – Friday May 4th.
This will be followed by a lantern making workshop and torchlight procession up to Glenbower Wood at dusk. A beautiful way to kick of the festival.

The exhibition will be open Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th.

Participation is open to anyone old enough to answer “why did you pick this?” We hope to get a great range of ages involved!

neck of the woods 2


Pop-up Restaurant Fundraiser for Creative Killeagh!

Greywood Arts invites you to a special event:
The Creative Killeagh Pop-Up Restaurant 
with Comida chef Mike Clery

Join us for a range of food from the local land, wood and sea.
CK Pop-up Resto

Enjoy a drink and some music to raise funds for the Creative Killeagh Community Arts Project and the revival of Killeagh’s May Sunday Festival.

Comida is a collective of different cooks and promoters who have been cooking local, tasty and seasonal grub in and around Cork for the last few years – with pop-ups and tapas nights in the Sirius Arts Centre (Cobh), Cork Cricket Club, Levis’ of Ballydehob and beyond.

Limited places!
Tickets €30 
Includes 3 courses & a drink

Purchase via Eventbrite link
or by contacting
or 083 845 1750