Irish filmmaker and all-round decent sort Myles O’Reilly has just made his beautifully shot music documentary The Sound of a Country available online for free. Made without any inhibitions this stunning piece of film, set around Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill’s recent tour of India, sets out only to bring a story to those who wouldn’t otherwise be aware of it and as such, Myles wants to share it with those willing to watch it. We’re sure you’ll enjoy it.
Wrightbus International’s Chennai facility is set to commence operations by April next year.
The North Ireland-based Wrightbus has partnered with Daimler India for manufacturing the bus body for its Bharat Benz range of buses.
Wrightbus will be doing exclusive bus body manufacturing at the plant for Daimler.
The bus body building facility in Chennai will be part of the new bus plant proposed by Daimler India Commercial Vehicle.
The Chennai plant is partly for the domestic market but mainly for exports to South East Asia.
At a business cultural meet in Ireland, facilitator Aine Edwards, showing off her “pidgin Tamil”, was speedily connected with a South Indian businessman who then linked her to Brhaddhvani, Karaikudi Subramanian’s centre for music and research in Chennai. The loop was complete when sarod-player Mattu Noone introduced virtuoso musicians Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, which propelled their India tour. At Bangalore, they spent time with L. Subramaniam. They are currently in Chennai, at a short residency at Brhaddhvani, performing at different venues over the week.
While the city was resonating with Carnatic music, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill – an Irish fiddler and an American guitarist - added a flavour of Irish folk music to the Margazhi festival with their scintillating musical odyssey.
The duo performed at various venues across Chennai as a part of their India tour. For the proud ambassadors of traditional Irish music, who dearly love Indian music, it was a chance to make the two worlds shake hands!
Photographer and cross-cultural projects manager Áine Edwards came to India on her first trip some 16 years ago, volunteering to help a cousin set up his software firm. And then, three years ago, Googling to find connections between India and Ireland, she found there were hardly any. Yet, she knew Indians were going to Ireland. “We have a lot of common history, but it seemed as if it was wafting away.” Fascinated with the idea of fostering cultural exchange and building ties, Áine, a photographer, brought painters Victor Richardson, Maeve Mcmanamon, Dorothee Roberts, Carol Booth and ceramicist Sara Roberts, together for Contrasts. This venture was supported by Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy at New Delhi. Honorary Consul General of Ireland in Chennai, Rajeev Mecheri, optimistic for the two countries coming closer on this platform, said “Art and culture is fundamental to any society.”
"I’ve taught scuba diving in the Maldives, worked in Australia and built schools in India, and now, as I set up a new business linking Ireland and India, I’ve no intention of settling down, says ÁINE EDWARDS
Ireland’s India initiatives are nascent, but there is growing enthusiasm to trade. The opportunities are virtually limitless and have the potential to energise the country’s ailing economy. However, Ireland needs to stand apart from the competition that includes most countries of the developed and developing world. Ireland’s shared history and long-standing friendship with India give it a definite advantage, and an enhanced economic partnership could be mutually rewarding, both economically and socially.