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A leap of faith – First Freefall for mental health
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A leap of faith – First Freefall for mental health

By Cian Murray (Twitter @CianMur) Confucius said: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Although my research is not extensive, I am pretty sure the Chinese philosopher was not referring to tandem skydives when he shared this wisdom. Today (September 13) several volunteers will hurl themselves out of a plane in the middle of the Irish Midlands....

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12 Sep 2014
It’s A Table Quiz!
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It’s A Table Quiz!

Those of you who attended the Best Table Quiz of All Time last year will be happy to know that besides working away on programming First Fortnight 2015, we’re also in the midst of working on some fundraising projects. It’s A Table Quiz being one of them. On August 14th get yourself and three of your smartest mates down to dTwo on Harcourt Street where...

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08 Aug 2014
A message from Lewis Kenny
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A message from Lewis Kenny

We work hard to make First Fortnight happen. We work long hours in our so-called real jobs and then work longer in our so-called free time to keep this thing afloat and keep our message out there. It’s hard at times. In fact it’s hard a lot of the time. And I have no problem admitting that quite often I wonder why I still do...

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28 Jun 2014
Win a Canon Camera with First Fortnight & Conns Cameras
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Win a Canon Camera with First Fortnight & Conns Cameras

First Fortnight and Conns Cameras are offering you the opportunity to win a Canon Ixus camera.All you have to do to enter this great competition is come along to and of our Happy Clouds events around Dublin and Cavan, take a photo of a Happy Cloud and post it to Twitter mentioning @firstfortnight and using the #FFfest14 tag. It’s that simple!

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03 Jan 2014
2014 Promo Video
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2014 Promo Video

Here’s a quick look back at some of our previous events as well as a sneaky peek at some of what’s to come in 2014. We hope you enjoy it, and we hope to see you all in January 2014. For a full list of what’s to come in 2014 click here. And if you would like to get involved and volunteer to help out...

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20 Dec 2013
Line-up for Ireland’s First Fortnight festival 2014 unveiled
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Line-up for Ireland’s First Fortnight festival 2014 unveiled

AN ACCLAIMED art installation involving pink smiley faced clouds, some of Ireland’s finest musicians, poets and storytellers, an Oscar-winning film and three acclaimed plays feature among the line-up of the 2014 First Fortnight line-up, which was announced today. Now in its fifth year, the mental health themed arts festival, which takes place over January 2nd-11th will once again stage live music, film, theatre and visual...

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27 Nov 2013
Are You Content?
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Are You Content?

‘Are You Content?’ Eoin – “As with much of my works, ‘Are You Content?’ tackles the issues of depression, darkness, and the light at the end of the tunnel – That glimmer of hope, that everything is not really as bad as it seems!” The image and question are a mark to directly confront each individual viewer personally, to ask themselves, is everything really ok?...

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06 Jan 2013
Guest Post by Ana Reynolds: “It’s Good To Talk”
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Guest Post by Ana Reynolds: “It’s Good To Talk”

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength”- Criss Jami Those who know me well know that I talk a lot but I find speaking from the heart, really talking honestly about my fears and problems, very difficult, as a lot of people will understand and share. I hide behind my jokes, my subtleties and...

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30 Dec 2012
Joe Pantoliano Confirmed For First Fortnight 2013
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Joe Pantoliano Confirmed For First Fortnight 2013

We are delighted to announce that Joe Pantoliano (him of Sopranos, The Matrix, The Goonies, Memento and a whole heap of amazing movies) has been confirmed as a speaker at Make Some Noise for Mental Health as part of First Fortnight 2013. And as if that wasn’t enough, we will be screening his documentary “No Kidding?!! Me Too!” in The Sugar Club on Jan 12th...

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27 Dec 2012
VerseChorusVerse – Six Songs
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VerseChorusVerse – Six Songs

Our good friend Tony Wright (aka. VerseChorusVerse) has always been a great supporter of First Fortnight and has done great work for us not only by performing at our events, but by being an ambassador for the project. He has spoken on our behalf, appeared in our promo videos, played numerous times on radio and in The Workman’s Club and in The Button Factory, and...

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27 Jul 2012
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