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HAVE FREO FUN BEFORE THE BIG WET TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, growers green markets, Uncategorized by freoview on January 14, 2018

 

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BOM predicts that it will get very wet for a few days from late this afternoon, so make sure to go and enjoy the outdoors while you can today.

Tripl J UNEARTHED winner Stella Donnelly will be performing her emotive songs at the free Fremantle Arts Centre concerts from 2-4pm, supported by Mei Sarawati.

Stella’s emotive song writing and intriguing stage presence make her performances an unforgettable experience.

 

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The homely Growers Green Farmers Market is back at Lefroy Street from 8am till midday, so head out there for yummy breakfasts, coffee, breads, fresh produce, eggs, organic stuff, etc.

And it is the last day of the Fenians Fremantle Festival, so check out the events on their Facebook page. I hope the Hougoumont Street Dinner tonight will not be too wet.

There is a very good exhibition about the Fenians at the Fremantle Prison.

Roel Loopers

HOUGOUMONT, FENIANS, FREMANTLE, FREEDOM

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2018

 

 

The commemoration of the arrival of the Hougoumont in Fremantle started with a smoking ceremony by Whadjuk Noongar people on Bathers Beach this morning and ended in the convict-built Fremantle Prison with Irish music and good speeches.

The Hougoumont was the last convict ship to Australia, and brought with it over 70 Fenian political prisoners from Ireland.

Fremantle Prison is the largest convict establishment in Australia, and the best kept convict prison in the southern hemisphere, Fremantle Prison director Paula Nelson told the audience, among them acting premier Roger Cook, Irish Consul Marty Kavanagh, Minister Simone McGurk, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and descendants of the Fenians.

Fremantle Prison will have a special Convict Tour from late February, so go and join one.

Also at the prison is a very good exhibition about the Fenians and the remarkable Catalpa escape.

It is time for Screenwest to initiate a feature film about the story of the Wild Geese and the Fenians in Western Australia. It would be a great movie!

 

Roel Loopers

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LAST CONVICT SHIP EXHIBITION AT FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2018

 

A new exhibition opened at the Fremantle Prison to commemorate the arrival 150 years ago, on January 9, of the Hougoumont, the last ship to bring convicts to Fremantle.

Among the prisoners was a large group of Fenians, political prisoners from Ireland, of which some became very (in)famous for the daring escape from Fremantle Prison to Rockingham where they boarded the USA vessel Catalpa.

The Fenians Festival is still on till the 14th so check the Facebook page and website for updates and events.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FENIANS FESTIVAL IN JANUARY

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, history, Uncategorized by freoview on December 16, 2017

 

FENIANS festival events calendar

 

The new year is only a fortnight away so here a preview of what will be on at the Fremantle Fenians Festival in January.

Keep up to date with events on their Facebook page and http://www.feniansfestival.com.au

 

Roel Loopers

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IRISH FREMANTLE FESTIVAL

Posted in fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on June 9, 2017

 

 

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The Irish festival planned for Fremantle to commemorate the arrival of the Hougoumont in Fremantle on January 9, 1868, the last convict ship to sail to Australia 150 years ago, is attracting interest from the Irish government.

The Ambassador of Ireland Breandan O Caollai visited Kidogo Arthouse with a group of officers from the Canberra embassy this week.

The Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival will be held from January 5-14, 2018 at locations around Fremantle from Bathers Beach through the West End and Fremantle Prison.

On board the Hougoumont was also John Boyle O’Reilly who escaped some years later on the Gazelle and ended up as the editor of The Pilot newspaper in Boston, USA.

Between 1865 and 1867 the British had arrested members and supporters of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and 62 of them were transported to the penal colony of Western Australia.

John Boyle O’Reilly became later involved in getting funding for the Catalpa that sailed to Rockingham to pick up six Fenians who had escaped from Fremantle Prison. This fascinating bit of history is commemorated on the Rockingham foreshore with the impressive Six Wild Geese sculpture just south of the townsite.

An Irish festival will means music, dance, food, beer and lots of fun, so I am looking forward to it.

The Facebook page feniansfestival will keep you up to date over the next six months.

Roel Loopers

HISTORIC IRISH FESTIVAL FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, history, kidogo arthouse, western australia by freoview on April 10, 2017

Fremantle Kidogo Arthouse owner Joanna Robinson is organising a big historic, culture and art Irish festival in January next year to commemorate the arrival 150 years ago of the Hougoumont, the last vessel to transport convicts from England to the Swan River Colony.

Among the 279 convicts on board was the famous John Boyle O’Reilly. The majority of the 108 passengers was made up of pensioner guards and their families.

The Hougoumont was the last of 37 convict shipments to Fremantle and arrived on January 9, 1868 after a 89-day journey.

That sounds like a fantastic festival to me which the whole Freo community should get involved in, so put your thinking caps on and come up with ideas for events around that day! Major corporate financial sponsorships would be welcome.

And what a brilliant excuse to drink a lot of Guinness, if we ever needed one. : >)

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S LEGEND C.Y.O’CONNOR ON TRIAL

Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 30, 2014

Legendary Western Australian CY O’Connor is being put on trial this May – in a play that re-imagines his tragic end. There will be a special one-off performance at the Fremantle Workers Club for the Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Irish-born Charles Yelverton O’Connor was most famously responsible for building Fremantle harbour and the Mundaring-to-Kalgoorlie pipeline, known as the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme.

But on March 10, 1902, exhausted by over-work, libellous press criticism and lack of political support, he rode his horse into the ocean at South Beach and shot himself.

The play imagines a different ending, played out in a courtroom, where O’Connor is put on trial to answer the accusations levelled at him during his lifetime and beyond. Director Peter Nettleton said the playwright had allowed him considerable liberty in bringing the dramatisation to life. “The CY O’Connor story is one of the most controversial but seldom told tragedies from WA colonial history,” he said. “Being a history buff and also a practicing lawyer, the idea of testing the story in a courtroom environment was irresistible to me.”

The Trial of CY O’Connor plays at the Fremantle Workers’ Club at 8pm, May 10.  Tickets for May 10 are $20 guests, $15 members – book on 9335 1840 or freoworkers@bigpond.com.

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GREAT IRISH MUSIC AT KIDOGO ARTHOUSE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 3, 2013

Sean Tyrrell with Áine Tyrrell at Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach, Fremantle, on Sat 7th Sept at 8pm. Tickets: $20
Pre-purchase tickets from Kidogo Arthouse (93359636) or http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=59115

You will have the rare chance to hear the legendary Irish singer Sean Tyrell play at Kidogo Arthouse in Fremantle. Sean will be joined by his daughter Aine Tyrell.

It has been over 10 years since Sean Tyrrell’s last tour of Australia. A native of the slower moving West of Ireland, Seán is based in the heart of the Burren, Co Clare. “If you’re lucky you come across a voice like Seán’s once in a lifetime,” Oscar winning actress Brenda Fricker said. Australia is incredibly lucky to have not only Seán, but his daughter Áine Tyrrell join him in tour.

After the concert: Noel Greeny and friends will lead a session of Irish music in the back studio at Kidogo Arthouse. Musicians attending the concert: You are all invited to stay on, bring an instrument, a plate to share and some drinks and have a session. Please let Joanna at Kidogo know if you’d like to do this (info@kidogo.com.au)

Roel Loopers

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BEAT THE ELECTION BLUES AT THE FREO WORKERS CLUB

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 7, 2013

Concerts this Weekend at the Fremantle Workers Club

Sean Roche in Concert    Friday March 8th  8pm
Sean is visiting from Cork and is known for his beautiful singing of  Irish songs. He will be accompanied by Brendan Woods from the Dublin Rogues.     Estelle Blackburn, well-known author and lover of Irish music, will be our MC for the evening.   $10 entry.
The Billy Clare Club Cafe will be open from 5.30-7.30pm and the menu will include Irish stew and mashed potatoes as well as a vegetarian option.

Bluegrass Extravaganza Saturday March 9th 8pm
Mike Compton (USA) Bluegrass Parkway (WA) & Hardrive (Vic)
An opportunistic get together of Australia’s two leading exponents of traditional bluegrass music along with American mandolin virtuoso Mike Compton in Fremantle  will provide Western Australian bluegrass fans with an extravaganza of traditional bluegrass and country blues.  I attach more information on the performers.  The Billy Clare Club Cafe will be open from 5.30-7.30pm with a special menu for you to enjoy before the show.  Members tickets: $20 in advance from the bar
Guest tickets:$25 in advance from the Club & http://www.heatseeker.com.au   $30 on the door

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WHAT’S ON AT THE FREMANTLE WORKERS CLUB

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 3, 2013

My friends Don and Ruth from the Fremantle Workers Club sent me following information to events happening at the club. Go along for great Irish music on Friday the 8th or a bit of Bluegrass on Saturday the 9th, or both.

 

Concerts next weekend at the Fremantle Workers Club 9 Henry St

Sean Roche in Concert    Friday March 8th  8pm
Sean is visiting from Cork and is known for his beautiful singing of  Irish songs. He will be accompanied by Brendon Woods.
$10 entry.  The Cafe will be open from 5.30-7.30pm and will include an Irish dish or two.

Bluegrass Extravaganza Saturday March 9th 8pm
Mike Compton (USA) Bluegrass Parkway (WA) & Hardrive (Victoria)
An opportunistic get together of Australia’s two leading exponents of traditional bluegrass music along with American mandolin virtuoso Mike Compton in Fremantle  will provide Western Australian bluegrass fans with an extravaganza of traditional bluegrass and country blues not to be missed.  There will be TV coverage of the State election results in the games room
Members’ tickets only $20 from the Bar
Guest tickets:$25 in advance from the Club, Bodkins Bootery & http://www.heatseeker.com.au    $30 on the door

Tickets and enquiries for both concerts:93351840 (Wed to Sun) or freoworkers@bigpond.com

Don and Ruth

Don Whittington

President
Fremantle Workers Social & Leisure Club
93351840
0400201441

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