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Ian Briggs » Anthony Gormley

Enniskillen

Posted by: Ian Briggs on 22nd August 2012 at 6:21 pm

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Just time for a quick blog as we’re spending a couple of days over in Enniskillen and today we visited the Marble Arch Caves. Very busy and slightly disappointing that the usual boat tour wasn’t running but still it is an incredible place to visit…probably up there with the Giant’s Causeway in terms of tourist attractions to see.

After this, we went to the National Trust property at Castle Coole to see an Anthony Gormley art installation dedicated to Samuel Beckett. Tree for Waiting for Godot was a stainless steel tree created in cooperation with an Australian piece to celebrate Beckett.

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I thought it was great and it is part of a whole series of Beckett-themed events around Fermanagh, and in the basement of Castle Coole the rooms had been transformed into a walking storybook, with each room filled with stories, sounds and recitals taken from Beckett’s works Company and Molloy.

Particularly atmospheric was the music room filled with a mixture of a Gilbert and Sullivan recital told by Beckett with Schubert melodies playing over it.  Slightly surreal but the whole event set the senses on alert.

More to come tomorrow with the hope of some water sports thrown in too.

IB

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