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Compassionate Culture Network – Leitrim Part One 

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CCN Leitrim Part One

As part of our expanding Compassionate Culture Network, we joined forces with the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, inviting people to talk and explore what might be created after loss during March and April.

Building from ‘Death Cafés’ which invite people to discuss dying, death, grief, and loss, Irish Hospice Foundation’s Compassionate Culture Network uses creative practice to establish safe places where people can talk about loss. It was started because Irish people reported they wanted more opportunities to talk about dying, death, grief and loss.   

Brendan Murray, Director of The Glens Centre, says:  

“As an arts centre it’s important to support the exchange of life stories, including that epic part of life – death. We look forward to hosting, helping, and supporting Cróna Gallagher and our communities as they find appropriate ways to make meaning and to share this work as it develops.” 

Dominic Campbell, Irish Hospice Foundation’s Arts and Creative Engagement Lead, says:  

“The Glens Centre, in collaboration with Irish Hospice Foundation and supported by Creative Ireland, is creating a beautiful and creative space for those suffering a spectrum of losses. All impactful. None too big or too small to be marked.” 

The successful outcomes of this project led to the commissioning of a second series. However, this time it was an artist-led collective exploration of the intersection of grief and climate change using metaphors from the local landscape.

These projects are part of a larger nationwide Irish Hospice Foundation initiative as the Compassionate Culture Network aims to use creative practice to establish opportunities for people to talk about loss.

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Read more about this initiative in the Leitrim Observer.

About The Glens Centre

The Glens Centre is a gorgeously intimate venue housed in a converted church in Manorhamilton. Its performance space seats up to 130, has excellent natural acoustics, and superb technical facilities. The Glens also houses recording facilities and self-catering accommodation for visiting performers and short-term lettings. They host a wide-ranging programme including the best of contemporary, world, traditional and folk music as well as a feast of theatre, readings, children’s events, Irish language events and cinema. For more visit: 

About Cróna Gallagher  

Cróna Gallagher is an award-winning artist / studio holder at Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Manorhamilton, where she practices printmaking alongside the written word.  Her fine art print work has been exhibited at national and international levels and is held in both private and public collections. Cróna engages regularly with the local community through school workshops and Care Centres.
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