PORTRÁIDÍ CRIATHRAIGH - live online premiere screenings and Q+A session

Monday, 1 March 2021

Free of charge

18.30 – 19.10 (40m) with bilingual Q+A


19.30 – 20.10 (40m) with Irish language Q+A




Join us for the premiere of the short film Portráidí Criathraigh and bilingual Q&A with artist Seán Ó Flaithearta and directors Ríonach Ní Néill and Joe Lee.

The short film by Ríonach Ní Néill and Joe Lee follows the making of Portráidí Criathraigh by Seán Ó Flaithearta, a landscape installation comprising two portraits cut into the bog in Ros Muc. During 2019 and 2020, they worked with the local community, who chose the two people, Bridget Aylward, Queen of Alaska, and Cóilín Sheáin Dharach Seoige, to honour in the portraits.

Portráidí Criathraigh was commissioned by Ríonach Ní Néill for a series of site-specific installations tracing the interplay between Gaeltacht culture, weather and landscape for Turas Chonamara, a project for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

18.30: with bilingual Q&A

19.30: with Irish language Q&A hosted by Oifigigh Pleanála Teanga na Gaillimhe

Just a few miles yet a whole world away from the bustle of Galway city, the Conamara Gaeltacht lies at the meeting of sea and shore. It is a low and rocky land of inlets and islands, sand and coral beaches, and sweeping Atlantic views. One of the last strongholds of Irish language culture, Irish is spoken as the community’s language here. It has a hugely rich and distinctive living tradition of music, dance, literature and craft, passed on from generation to generation, and which have come to define the deep connection between the land and its people. Turas Chonamara invites you to discover this unique language and landscape, from the locals’ perspective. Come explore the beautiful landscape, take part in local events, and meet its people.


Download the TURAS CHONAMARA app and follow the digital and audio map digital and audio map to immerse yourself in the region’s incredibly rich oral and literary culture. Listen to stories, songs and music while you walk the land from which they sprang. Discover hidden gems from locals sharing their favourite places to visit.


Eavesdrop on the secret life of place on the  FAOI RÚN site-specific exhibition in Ros Muc which traces the interplay between landscape, climate and human culture. Portráidí Criathraigh by Seán Ó Flaithearta is a landscape installation artwork that pays homage to two Ros Muc personages, the sean-nós dancer Cóilín Sheáin Dharach Seoige and Bridget Aylward, Queen of Alaska. Ephemera by Paul Kinsella are large-scale site-specific photographic works that explore simultaneous alternatives of Ros Muc’s past, present and future, and question the permanence we take for granted in a place.


Get to know the Gaeltacht’s people and traditions through the SIÚLACH SCÉALACH series of specially commissioned performed tours, workshops, talks and intimate concerts.

Created by Ríonach Ní Néill, produced by Ciotóg, commissioned by Gaillimh 2020, co-funded by the Fisheries Local Area Group Development (FLAG) programme, with support from National University of Ireland, Galway and RTÉ Radio na Gaeltachta