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20th Anniversary Celebrations: Alumni Exhibition Opening, Party & Honorary Conferring

6th Aug 2014

On Friday July 18th colleagues, students past & present, friends from home and abroad gathered at BCA to enjoy the official opening of the alumni exhibition, The Middle of Everywhere, by Prof. Sir Christopher Frayling, and to enjoy the 20th birthday party for the college.  Wine, beer and Guinness flowed, guests enjoyed the BBQ in the courtyard and were entertained by a host of local musicians.  There were a few surprises on the night (for Mary and Robert!) and the party continued in the village until the wee hours.

The following day acclaimed Irish artist Sean Scully was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by Dr. James Browne, President of NUI Galway.  Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty and Professor of the Arts at Columbia University, gave the citation.  After a champagne reception in the courtyard of BCA, guests were treated to a gala 'Burren Banquet' in The Gallery where they feasted on local oysters, smoked salmon, and Burren lamb.  Irish Times journalist and broadcaster Fintan O'Toole noted the significance of the occasion "as a celebration of the impossible" before Ballyvaughan native soprano Naomi O'Connell and pianist Archie Simpson wowed the audience with a wonderful performance of classical Irish ballads and well-known arias.

  • Prof. Sir Christopher Frayling
    Prof. Sir Christopher Frayling opening The Middle of Everywhere Alumni Exhibition
    Prof. Sir Christopher Frayling opening The Middle of Everywhere Alumni Exhibition
  • Guests at Alumni exhibition opening
    Guests at Alumni exhibition opening
    Guests at Alumni exhibition opening
  • Joe Ryan & Simon Bayliss at exhibition opening
    Joe Ryan & Simon Bayliss
    Joe Ryan & Simon Bayliss
  • JP Donnelly and Martin Hawkes at exhibition opening
    JP Donnelly and Martin Hawkes at exhibition opening
    JP Donnelly and Martin Hawkes at exhibition opening
  • Luka Bloom with Mary Hawkes-Greene
    Luka Bloom with Mary Hawkes-Greene
    Luka Bloom with Mary Hawkes-Greene
  • Dr. Aine Phillips presenting Mary Hawkes-Greene with a painting
    Dr. Aine Phillips presenting Mary Hawkes-Greene with a painting
    Dr. Aine Phillips presenting Mary Hawkes-Greene with a painting
  • Mary Hawkes Greene at exhibition opening
    Mary Hawkes Greene listening to Robert's tribute
    Mary Hawkes Greene listening to Robert's tribute
  • Mollie Douthit, Mick O'Dea and Luka Bloom at exhibition opening
    Mollie Douthit, Mick O'Dea and Luka Bloom at exhibition opening
    Mollie Douthit, Mick O'Dea and Luka Bloom at exhibition opening
  • Mary HawkesGreene with Nora Hawkes
    Mary HawkesGreene with Nora Hawkes
    Mary HawkesGreene with Nora Hawkes
  • Students from Northeastern University enjoy the 20th Anniversary Celebrations
    Students from Northeastern University enjoy the 20th Anniversary Celebrations
    Students from Northeastern University enjoy the 20th Anniversary Celebrations
  • Simon Bayliss & Boo at Exhibition opening
    Simon Bayliss & Boo at Exhibition opening
    Simon Bayliss & Boo at Exhibition opening
  • Prof.Sir Christopher Frayling with Maurice & Maire Foley
    Prof.Sir Christopher Frayling with Maurice & Maire Foley
    Prof.Sir Christopher Frayling with Maurice & Maire Foley
  • Veronica Dean Thacker and Kathy Simon from Transylvania University with Anna Downes
    Veronica Dean Thacker and Kathy Simon from Transylvania University with Anna Downes
    Veronica Dean Thacker and Kathy Simon from Transylvania University with Anna Downes
  • Scion Flanagan & Conor Casserly entertaining the guests!
    Scion Flanagan & Conor Casserly entertaining the guests!
    Scion Flanagan & Conor Casserly entertaining the guests!
  • Guests at Alumni exhibition opening
    More guests at the opening
    More guests at the opening
  • Deborah Obalil, Director of AICAD, making a presentation to Mary Hawkes-Greene
    Deborah Obalil, Director of AICAD, making a presentation to Mary Hawkes-Greene
    Deborah Obalil, Director of AICAD, making a presentation to Mary Hawkes-Greene
  • Mary Fitzgerald, Deirdre Hyland, Kathleen Martyn and Madeline Mahon at the exhibition opening
    Mary Fitzgerald, Deirdre Hyland, Kathleen Martyn and Madeline Mahon at the exhibition opening
    Mary Fitzgerald, Deirdre Hyland, Kathleen Martyn and Madeline Mahon at the exhibition opening
  • Fergus Glynn & John McDonnell
    Fergus Glynn & John McDonnell
    Fergus Glynn & John McDonnell
  • The BCA Team
    Some of the BCA Team
    Some of the BCA Team
  • Sean Scully Honorary Conferring
    Sean Scully Honorary Conferring
    Sean Scully Honorary Conferring
  • Mary Hawkes Greene, Sean Scully & Guggi
    Mary Hawkes Greene, Sean Scully & Guggi
    Mary Hawkes Greene, Sean Scully & Guggi
  • Dr. James Browne, President, NUI Galway, Dr. Sean Scully, Mary Hawkes-Greene
    Dr. James Browne, President, NUI Galway, Dr. Sean Scully, Mary Hawkes-Greene
    Dr. James Browne, President, NUI Galway, Dr. Sean Scully, Mary Hawkes-Greene
  • Sean Scully Honorary Conferring
    Sean Scully Honorary Conferring
    Sean Scully Honorary Conferring
  • Sean Scully Honorary Conferring
    Sean Scully Honorary Conferring
    Sean Scully Honorary Conferring
  • Mary Hawkes Greene & Sean Scully
    Mary Hawkes Greene & Sean Scully
    Mary Hawkes Greene & Sean Scully
  • Justus Kewenig, Kelly Grovier, Sean Scully, Guggi, John Kennedy
    Justus Kewenig, Kelly Grovier, Sean Scully, Guggi, John Kennedy
    Justus Kewenig, Kelly Grovier, Sean Scully, Guggi, John Kennedy
  • Champagne Reception in BCA Courtyard
    Champagne Reception in BCA Courtyard
    Champagne Reception in BCA Courtyard
  • Gala Banquet
    Gala Banquet
    Gala Banquet
  • NaomiOConnell
    Naomi O'Connell performing at Gala Banquet
    Naomi O'Connell performing at Gala Banquet
  • Naomi O'Connell & Archie Simpson
    Naomi O'Connell & Archie Simpson
    Naomi O'Connell & Archie Simpson