Vice President Joe Biden warmly welcomed at Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

Vice President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar today for a sampling of Ireland's rich arts landscape

While there they took in an exhibition by photographer Alison Laredo ‘Ten Weeks that Changed the World’ and ‘Cabinet of Wonders’ a group show curated by visual artist Ian Wieczorek.

Linenhall Director Marie Farrell welcomed the visiting party.  She said that while the Taoiseach is a frequent visitor and has been during his many years of service as a TD for the area she never thought she would have the pleasure of welcoming the Vice President of the USA.

The Linenhall presented the Vice President with a gift of the recently published arts anthology "Winter Pages 1". The anthology offers stories, essays, reportage, photography and visual arts, along with craft interviews on film, theatre, television, music and much more. The anthology is edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith and they assemble an unprecedented contributor list featuring many of the finest writers and artists working in Ireland and abroad today. The volume also includes two short stories by young Mayo writers Colin Barrett and Sally Rooney. Taoiseach Enda Kenny was presented with Louisburgh native Mike McCormack's novel “Solar Bones” which was published last month by Tramp Press, a cutting-edge Irish publishing house, co-founded by Mayo native Lisa Coen.

Marie Farrell hopes “both the visit to the exhibitions, and the gifts given reflect the centrality of the arts in Irish life, the incredible talent of our many artists who produce outstanding work, and the range and richness of artists living and working in Mayo.”

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