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Performance of "Cannon in Sea" at Old Coastguard Station, Streedagh

Cannon in Sea

Cannon in Seais a production inspired by the discovery and recovery of the nine magnificent bronze cannon from the seabed at Streedagh, Grange Co. Sligo in 2015. They had lain there since thee ships from the Spanish Armada had been wrecked in the bay in September 1588, some 427 years ago. 

And there begins the story of Cannon in Sea, or Canon in C, if you prefer to think in instruments and not in weapons. The newly written script placing the cannon in the context of the Armada is delivered through a mix of storytelling and narration, and is interspersed with a wide range of music in keeping with the diaspora and diversity of those who equipped and sailed in the Armada. Some of the music has been composed for the event, but the programme also features European music and music contemporary with the Armada, Irish traditional, as well as group and individual singing.

Embedded in the performance is footage from the Irish Underwater
Archaeology Unit (UAU), National Monuments Service, Department of
Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, shot when archaeological recording and excavation was carried out and nine cannon were brought to the surface. 

The performers hail from a mix of musical, theatrical, local, international, amateur and professional backgrounds: a mix guaranteed to bring an unusual dimension to the event.

After the performance, the audience is invited to supper in keeping with the Spanish theme of the evening, plus dessert and a glass of wine.

This heady mix of history, film footage, narration, music, song food and storytelling at Streedagh takes place for two nights only, and places in the marquee are limited, so pre-booking is advised – booking information available below.

Written and directed by Catherine Rhatigan, this production will most likely bear her hallmark fusion of fact, entertainment, insight and history. Her recent work has included similar productions for the Dept of Foreign Affairs staged in The Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria and Slovakia on the themes of 1916 and WB Yeats.

The musical line-up includes Ray Coen and Felip Carbonell, ( No Crows),both of whom have toured extensively with the band in addition to very busy local solo careers. Also on stage is classical flautist Robert Tobin whose musical career has taken him all over Ireland, Europe and the US, and bassist Dave Aebli, and Prannie Rhatigan on percussion, all of whom have performed widely in Europe with Tale of the Gael.Seamus Gallagher from Ballyhannon also brings his percussive talents to the stage. 

Grange has no shortage of singers, and local group The Tinsellators step away from their normal repertoire and deliver pieces in Gaelic, Latin and English to complement the overall theme.

The main narration of the piece is in the capable hands of Tricia Keane from the award winning Ballyshannon Drama Circle. With several onstage and behind the scenes awards to her credit, she is joined by another Ballyshannon veteran of the theatre, Conor Kearney, currently studying drama in Galway University. Isabelle Hauser, whose storytelling expertise has gained her international acclaim is joined by Grange’s own Anthony Brennan, whose powerful acting skills will certainly breath vibrancy into any part he undertakes.

The audience is invited to a Spanish themed supper and wine, kindly sponsored by The Irish Seaweed Kitchen, Streedagh & Eithna’s by the Sea from Mullaghmore.

The event is part of a weekend filled with events revolving around Irish-Spanish history of events in the Grange locality, with a particular focus on the Armada ships. All of the events, including Cannon in Seaare managed by the local Spanish Armada Ireland committee and in addition to running several events over the weekend, will again welcome Spanish dignitaries to the village, including members of the Spanish Marine Corps and a diplomatic contingent.

Cannon In Sea

Friday, September 20thand Saturday September 21st, 

In the The Old Coastguard Station, Streedagh ( Marquee)

( Beside the monument)

8pm start, doors open 7.30

Tickets available from:

 Tricia’s Hair Salon, The Bridgend Ballyshannon, 071 98 51140

Vintage Lane Café, Branleys Yard, Rathcormac,

Grange Pharmacy

Online through Eventbrite

Performance, cooked supper and wine

Ticket 25 euro / Senior Citizens / Students/  20 Euro

The production team would like to acknowledge the support of Creative Ireland for this venture, and to state that all imagery and video clips were supplied by the National
Monuments Service solely for use in this project.