Pop-up Deliciousness

We’re all still in awe of chef Mike Clery’s cooking skills today, as we snack on leftover homemade biscotti. The Creative Killeagh Pop-Up Restaurant was a smashing success.


As guests arrived they were greeted with a glass of champagne, courtesy of The Old Thatch. Anna O’Sullivan played the piano in the library, and guests mingled for the first while. Also on offer was a special cocktail, Rhubarb and Revenge, made with generously donated bottles of Bertha’s Revenge gin with homemade rhubarb simple syrup, lime, and tonic.

We sat down to five incredible courses: Gin cured trout with wasabi yougurt, then feta, spinach and cashew parcels and leaves from Greenfield Farm in Knockraha, followed by mackerel with chermoula and hazlenut dukkah. Then onto the main course of slow roasted lamb shoulder with purple potatoes Joe’s Farm Crisps, pomegranate tabouleh, broccolini with snap peas, and a warm mint potato salad.

Dessert was a parfait with homemade stracciatella ice cream with crumbled merengue, and red fruits in elderberry balsamic. Finally, coffee and tea with the aforementioned homemade biscotti. Magnifique!


The Main Course was complemented by a set from local musician Eoghan Keniry, and Jude Duffy played during dessert. We even had some impromptu spoon playing.

We must thank the following for donating raffle prizes, food, drink, or loaning us supplies:

Some of the Raffle winners:

Guests enjoying themselves.

A bit from behind the scenes:

A big thank to our volunteers, especially Mary Collins for helping with the set up over two days. Also, artists Carol Anne Connolly and Sara French for pitching in, Kara Sweeney for taking the photos, Hughie Coogan for manning the bar, Lou Stepney Power for helping set up, and Colm Quinn and Dierdre Duffy for attacking the dirty dishes.

Of course, the biggest thanks of all goes to Mike Clery for masterminding and executing this incredible menu!

Jessica Bonenfant Coogan, CK Project Manager


Irish performance artist Léann Herlihy was invited to partake in an artist-in-the-community residency in October 2017 as part of the Creative Killeagh Project

In the W O O D S H O P workshop, Léann invited locals to use their creativity to reimagine the idea of a rocking chair. Participants gained hands on experience in constructing rocking-furniture from repurposed materials.

Léann also led a talk, accompanied by Patsy Irwin, a Killeagh native, who worked at the Greywood Arts building when it was J.H. HOGAN & SONS. He shared his memories of the sawmill’s operations, and its cast of characters. Léann discussed how unusual it was for a business to be left to the family’s daughter, Priscilla, sharing Ireland’s historical context during the first half of the 20th century.

An excerpt from Patsy’s talk can be heard along with some scenes from Léann’s workshop, where locals created their very own rocking chairs. The chairs were on display on Halloween, as the Creative Killeagh project kicked off with a gripping performance by Léann.

Video Recording & Edit: Kara Sweeney – Twenty4Films
Sound Recording: Éanna Dowling

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 carolanneconnolly@gmail.com or create@greywoodarts.org 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.