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For Immediate Release

St Stephen's Green Celebrations

Dublin 19 July 2005

A free outdoor concert takes place on the Bandstand at St Stephen's Green at lunchtime on 27 July 2005.

This concert is part of a week of celebrations marking the 125th anniversary of the gift of St Stephen's Green by Lord Ardilaun to the citizens of Dublin.

A new work by Irish composer Benjamin Dwyer has been commissioned under the percent for art scheme by the Office of Public Works for this concert. Entitled Enclave it is for large ensemble including voices and will be performed by the new music ensemble VOX21 with conductor David Brophy.

Dwyer's work forms the centrepiece of a varied hour-long programme which includes music and jazz as well as poetry readings. It will be compered by Denis Costello of RTE LyricFM, which broadcasts from the Green on the day. A range of children's activities also take place, and other celebratory events are planned every day from 20 July to 1 August.

Dublin-born composer and guitarist Benjamin Dwyer studied music at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Conservatory of Music and at Trinity College, Dublin. His work is regularly performed in Ireland and overseas. He was elected to Aosdána, Ireland's state-sponsored academy of creative artists, in 2005. Dwyer is a regular broadcaster on national radio and is artistic director of the Bank of Ireland Mostly Modern concert series and VOX21.

This commission was made possible through the percent for art scheme administered by the Office of Public Works. The commissioning process was facilitated by the Contemporary Music Centre.

A CD of the new work will be recorded by RTÉ LyricFM, jointly funded by RTÉ LyricFM and the Office of Public Works.

Notes for Editors

Programme of Events

St Stephens Green Park celebrating 125 years under OPW Management

Programme of Events 20 July - 1 August 2005

Lord Ardilaun secured the St. Stephen's Green Act in 1887 entrusting the maintenance of the Green to the Commissioners of Public Works. The restored Green was opened to the public on 27th July 1880, under the care of the OPW. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the opening of this National Historic Park to the public, the Commissioners are hosting a programme of free events for the public. For further information ring Michael at 01-4757816.

Date Day Time Event
20 July Wednesday 1-2 Army No. 1 Band Bandstand
20 - 29 Mon-Fri 9-5 Photographic Exhibition 'Through a Glass Darkly' by Suzanne Mooney & Historic Photographs from the National Library of Ireland Photographic Archive Atrium - 51 St Stephens Green Commissioned under the 1% for Art Scheme by The Office of Public Works
21 July Thursday 1-2 Manchester University Wind Orchestra Bandstand
22 July Friday 1-2 Garda Band Bandstand
23 July Saturday 11-1 Children's Activities Face Painting, Willie McClown, Punch & Judy Shows, Magic Shows & Balloon Shaping. Beside Bandstand
23 July Saturday 1-2 Gardening Talk with Gerry Daly, RTE Author & presenter of Gardening Programme on RTE. Meet at Bandstand
24 July Sunday 11-1 Children's Activities Face Painting, Willie McClown, Punch & Judy Shows, Magic Shows & Balloon Shaping, Beside Bandstand
3-5 Dublin Concert Band Bandstand
25 July Monday 1-2 West Coast Jazz Bandstand
26 July Tuesday 1-2 Dallamalog Bandstand
26 July 1-2 Historical Tour - Margaret Gormley, Park Superintendent, OPW Meet at Fusiliers Arch by the Grafton St. Entrance
27 July Wednesday 11-1 Children's Activities Face Painting, Willie McClown, Punch & Judy Shows, Magic Shows & Balloon Shaping, beside Bandstand
1-2 World Premier of 'Enclave'. Composed & Performed by Benjamin Dywer & VOX21 Commissioned under the 1% for Art Scheme by The Office of Public Works. Broadcast in association with Lyric FM
9-5 Photographic Exhibition 'Through a Glass Darkly' by Suzanne Mooney & Historic Photographs from the National Library of Ireland Photographic Archive Atrium - 51 St Stephens Green. Commissioned under the 1% for Art Scheme by The Office of Public Works
28 July Thursday 1-2 Niall Toner Band Bandstand
28 July 1-2 Summer Bedding Demonstration with Eileen Brennan, Head Gardener, OPW Meet at Floral Panels in Centre of Green
29 July Friday 1-2 Mulligan Bandstand
29 July 1-2 Wildlife field trip looking at flora & fauna of the Green, with Eanna Ni Lamhna Author, Environmentalist & presenter on 'Mooney Goes Wild'. Meet at Fusiliers Arch/ Grafton St Entrance
30 July Saturday 11-1 Children's Activities Face Painting, Willie McClown, Punch & Judy Shows, Magic Shows & Balloon Shaping.Beside Bandstand
30 July 1-2 Herbaceous Borders with Dermot O Neill, Gardening Expert Author & Presenter & most recent fame on 'The Restaurant'. Meet @ Herbaceous Border, close to the Leeson St Entrance
1-2 Variety Ensemble with Emerald Isle Dancers Bandstand
31 July Sunday 11-1 Children's Activities Face Painting, Willie McClown, Punch & Judy Shows, Magic Shows & Balloon Shaping. Beside Bandstand
3-5 Mary McEvoy Bandstand
1 Aug Monday 3-5 Fodhla Ceili Band Bandstand
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