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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Hot Time in the Old Town Last Night

Sometimes the view alone is worth the price of admission, and last night was one of those evenings, and all it cost me was a bus ride into Manhattan on a beautiful summer's afternoon.

Noel Kilkenny, Ireland's Consul General in New York, had a reception for Cill Rialig, the artists' retreat founded by my dear friend Noelle Campbell-Sharp. Cill Rialig is a pre-famine village of stone cottages all lovingly restored and now in use by invited artists on retreat. If you want to find Cill Rialig, it's overlooking the ocean at the end of the last road in western Europe.

Poets Sue Hubbard and my buddy Michael Carter both read from work created at Cill Rialig. The setting could not have been more splendid or magnificent -- unless  it had been held at Cill Rialig.

The consul general's residence is a 2 floor penthouse on the 52nd and 53rd floors of an east side high-rise, with a wrap around terrace.

My artist pal Brian Gormley, a Cill Rialig alumnus, was supposed to have some of his prints on display but US Customs had them on hold, despite the ambassador's best efforts to have them released on time.

Nonetheless, a great time was had by all. (And the rumors are true -- Anthony Haden-Guest did dance on the table at the restaurant afterward. How could I not blog that?)

Photos by David Barish.

EDIT NOTE: More photos blogged at 2:35 pm EDT

Noelle Campbell-Sharp, The Unknown Playwright, and Anthony Haden-Guest, 
poet Michael Carter in the background

In the elevator after the party -- visible surrounding the Unknown Playwright -- 
poet Michael Carter, artist Peggy Cyphers, Tara Campbell-Sharp (in white)

Mr and Mrs Noel Kilkenny, the host and hostess

Sue Hubbard reading

 Poet Sue Hubbard, in from London U.K.

Noelle Campbell-Sharp

Self portrait of today's phtographer David Barish with the lovely Naesa.

Guest of honor poet Michael Carter and Peggy Cyphers

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