A weekend dedicated to JM Synge will take place in Ashford Community and Heritage Centre on Saturday and Sunday, May 27th and 28th. Exhibition viewing – 10am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday
Drama piece by Paul and Liz Sharkey – Saturday, 27th May, 7.30pm. Admission free.
The weekend will feature an exhibition of images associated with Synge, including photographs that he took during his travels around County Wicklow and an iconic display of Sean Keating’s depiction of scenes from the “Playboy of the Western World ” (below)
On Saturday at 7.30pm there will be a dramatic treat titled “Sunshine and the Moon’s Delight” – a dramatic celebration of the works of J M Synge. This will feature scenes from Synge plays as well as readings and poetry.
On Sunday the Ashford Community and Heritage Centre will host the participants in the Bi-Centenary Celebration of Nun’s Cross Church (founded by Francis Synge) and the Centenary Celebration of Holy Rosary Church.
Edmund John Millington Synge (1871–1909) had very strong connections with County Wicklow and in particular with Ashford and Glanmore Castle which was the Synge Ancestral home.
Not only was he a playwright of world renown, he was a folklorist and musician and also a pioneer of photography. On his frequent travels through Ireland he took photographs, especially of rural scenes. He was mainly interested in the people living in the country and the small towns, their work and conditions of life – subjects to be found in his literary work, hence the title of this weekend – “The People of the Glens a Celebration of Synge.”The exhibition is open both days from 10am to 7pm.
View another article on this website about Synge’s photography