Inaugural exhibition by Galway’s Ryan Lavin

‘just in for the one’
Inaugural exhibition by Galway’s Ryan Lavin

SIAR, The Quay, Kinvara- 9th August 7pm

Irelands newest oil on canvas work comes to Siar in Kinvara on 9 August with an exhibition titled ‘just in for the one’ by Galway artist Ryan Lavin. The show will coincide with the 40th Cruinniú na mBád in Kinvara and will run throughout August.

The exhibition features 22 previously unseen works by Lavin, raised in Ballinderreen, who then lived in Virginia where he spent six years playing banjo. This is his first full show and depicts Galway pubs, music and people, the beautiful hookers (turf boats) of Galway and some of Kinvara’s iconic places and people.

“I think it was my mother who first suggested I should paint pub scenes and my father who actively encouraged it. It was certainly from my mother that I got the artistic gene. I was always keen to return home to Galway. Delighted to be living back here again! If it weren’t for the seagulls I’d give it a nine.”

The exhibition will be opened by dancer, actor, singer and Kinvara native
Stephanie Dufresne at 7pm, Thursday 9 August and will run throughout the month.

For further information please contact Mike Considine on


Community Council Meeting


Everyone is well to come attend our next community council meeting – agenda as follows –


Meeting at 8pm 20th June 2018


  1. Minutes of last meeting
  2. Matters arising
  3. Correspondence
  4. Report on the Community Council Review
  5. Enterprise Towns selection for Kinvara
  6. Upgrade of the N67
  7. AOB
  8. Date of next meeting/AGM

Kinvara Community Council 

Kinvara Community Council will hold their next meeting on Wednesday 20th June at 8pm in the Community Centre – all are welcome. All sub groups who are affiliated to Kinvara Community Council must send a representative to every KCC meeting in order to maintain their benefits.

Kinvara Tidy Towns

Kinvara Tidy Towns are very busy now trying to weed and maintain all the flowerbeds. We welcome all helpers. You can choose a bed or pot and look after it in your own time. Or if you prefer you can work with our group on Tuesday mornings and Saturday mornings. Meet at the community centre at 9 on Saturday and 10 on Tuesday. Or email with your mobile and we will include you on our message to our database.

KAVA (Kinvara Area Visual Arts)

KAVA presents ‘Life Buoy’. Kristy Verenga is an experimental artist. She combines media to explore the question (Who Am I ?) testing the doors of perception through creativity. Her images can be narrative and symbolic. For Ms Verenga, the process of painting itself is a   “Life Buoy”. The images are useful floats or markers for sustaining equilibrium. The KAVA exhibition “Life Buoy” includes works in oil and encaustic, sculpture, photomontage and photographs; each informing the other.

‘Life Buoy opens on Friday 1st June at 8pm at KAVA (Kinvara Area Visual Arts) The Courthouse Kinvara, continuing until 18 June Opening hours 12-5pm Closed Mondays 4th and 11th


Kinvara Alive

On Saturday, the 30th of June 2018, Kinvara Alive is holding a CONCERT OF HOPE in the Kinvara Community Centre. This concert will give you the opportunity to learn more about Kinvara Alive and to enjoy a musical event with several well-known musicians. Please come along for a family night out, have a fantastic evening and support Kinvara Alive. Tickets will be available shortly in different locations in Kinvara.

Burren Biz 

Coming up, the second buy local campaign meeting will take place on the 11th of June in the Merriman at 7.30pm.   All businesses are asked to attend.  Our monthly meeting takes place on the 27th of June at 6.30pm in the SCCUL Santuary in Kilcornan (very close to Educate together school). The main speaker is the Biz Mentor coordinator.  This programme provides access to free business expertise for small businesses (finance, hr, business planning etc.).  So come along to learn more, experience some mindfulness and network working. This event is free.  This promises to be a very enjoyable evening and the last of our networking events until September. Check out Burren Biz Facebook to keep up to date.


This project aims to encourage a group of 10 local teenagers to begin to look at what feature of their immediate landscape/environment appeals to them and also provide them with the knowledge of how best to use their mobile phone to produce a first class photograph. These workshops will be carried out by KAVA member and professional photographer Markus Voetter – Markus Voetter Photography www.markusvoetter.comThere is no cost for taking part.. 10 KAVA artists will each choose a completed photograph and complete a work based on the image. The final framed photographs produced by the group will be hung next to its painted counterpart in an exhibition in the Kinvara Courthouse. The workshops will be held in the Courthouse during the summer. The framed photograph can be sold or kept by the person who takes the photograph. This is a Kinvara Area Visual Arts Project in conjunction with the Galway 2020 ‘Small Towns Big Ideas’. If you are interested or need more information please contact Pam Fleming 087 2803303 or email

Concert in Ardrahan Church

The church of Ireland at Ardrahan will host a concert on Saturday 23rd June at 7.30pm. A range of performers will include Deirbhile Ní Bhrolchain, Labane church choir, Helen Hancock, Frank Hall, Pete Brazier and Eileen Fleming. Admission will be by donation, with proceeds going to Ardrahan Church restoration fund and a donation to our charity of choice Croí. This promises to be a wonderful evening of musical entertainment to which everyone is invited. Come and join us!