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 Waterville Classic Movies – ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ Thursday 19th December 2013 8pm

‘Miracle On 34th Street’ is many things: a celebration of the Christmas spirit, a heartfelt plea against the “over-commercialism” (even in 1947) of Christmas, an examination of faith itself . . . just to name a few.

It works on every level. Every bit as well today, 54 years after its initial release, as then. Don’t waste your time with the remakes — both on TV as well as theatrical productions (and the less said about an abortive 1963 Broadway musical adaptation, “Here’s Love,” the better). Admission €5. Booking on 066 9478956 /


International Human Rights Day Film Screenings in association with KADE. 

Saturday 14th December 8pm. 

Kerry One World Centre’s annual Human Rights Day Film screenings will take place in Tralee and Waterville. KOWC is pleased to showcase, for the fifth year,  five short human rights films in two Kerry venues to mark International Human Rights Day (December 10). These films formed the shortlist for the 2013 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, and are being screened with the kind permission of the ICCL and the filmmakers. The Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL) was founded in 1976 by Mary Robinson and others to function as an independent human rights watchdog which monitors, educates and campaigns in order to secure full enjoyment of human rights for all in Ireland. The five films shortlisted for this year’s Awards run a gamut of themes from the subjugation of women during armed conflict to the empowerment of people with disabilities. The strength of the human spirit and the capacity of a human rights based approach to protect the most vulnerable members of society is a common thread that runs through all of them. Donation:  €5 [ €1 concession]

 These films formed the shortlist from the 2012 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, and are being screened with the kind permission of the ICCL and the filmmakers. For further information about the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards see . Please note: warning, one film contains accounts of sexual violence which may upset some people, regardless of age and has been rated 15A by IFCO (anyone under 15 should be accompanied).


The Gathering 2013 – an exhibition of work by Kerry artists

Saturday 7th December 2013 7pm

Official opening by world-renowned jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood

As the year of The Gathering draws to a close The Gathering 2013: An Exhibition of Works by Kerry Artists exhibition tour is also coming to an end. An exhibition of several of the wonderful & exciting paintings & art pieces by the Iveragh Penninsula’s most famous & well-known artists – Pauline Bewick, Pam Muller, Jean Usher, Helen Richmond, Diana Muller, Bernadette Kennedy, Christine Bowen & many more in celebration of The Gathering initiative.

The exhibition communicates through the medium of visual art, a strong sense of place and connection to the Kerry identity that it is hoped will resonate with all audiences at home and abroad. This final strand of The Gathering exhibition will be officially opened in Tech Amergin by world-renowned jazz pianist, Laurence Hobgood on Saturday 7th December at 7pm. Among the featured exhibitions are the dramatic landscapes of the Beara and Dingle peninsulas to the magnificent lakes and mountains of Killarney.

(Laurence is a Grammy award-winning musician, composer and producer and will be performing in concert after the exhibition opening at 8pm.)


 Musician, composer & producer Laurence Hobgood

Saturday 7th December 2013 8pm

Once described by Dave Brubeck as “one of the most incredible pianists I’ve ever heard, Grammy award-winning musician, composer and producer Laurence Hobgood makes a seasonal return to Ireland for a series of intimate performances in Counties Kerry, Limerick and Cork.

Well-known to music fans for his 20-year and on-going collaboration with singer and fellow Grammy-winner, Kurt Elling, Laurence will introduce Irish listeners to his extraordinary and multi-faceted talents, both as a composer-arranger and most importantly as a pianist of the highest musical order. Laurence has had a stellar career since moving to the city of Chicago in 1988.  Hobgood was awarded three consecutive fellowships (90, 91 and 92) to perform in the Aspen Music festival where he played with many great artists including Gary Burton, Clark Terry and Bob Mintzer.

In 1993, he met Kurt Elling and their growing friendship evolved into a true collaboration which resulted in six albums for the iconic Blue Note label, all of which were Grammy-nominated.  In 2001, Laurence won his first Grammy for his arranging on Flirting with Twilight.  He has performed both with Elling and his own trio at Carnegie Hall; Lincoln Centre; Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts; Birdland, New York; the Barbican, London and the National Concert Hall, Dublin.  He has also performed at the most prestigious festivals around the world including Montreux, North Sea, Newport and Cork.  He has played and/or recorded with Larry Cornell, Mark Murphy, Buddy Guy, and Eddie Daniels, to name a few.

Laurence’s on-going collaboration with Kurt Elling has gone from strength to strength and has to date resulted in 10 albums, all of which Laurence has co-produced, co-written and arranged.  An impressive body of work by any standards, but he hasn’t been idle when it comes to his solo work.  Laurence has released five albums and has worked with such musical luminaries as Ernie Watts; seven-times Grammy winner, Paul Wertico; Kurt Rosenwinkle and Peter Erskine.

In 2012, Laurence collaborated with American Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky on a CD of music and poetry entitled Poem Jazz, which received rapturous reviews from music critics the world over.  He is currently recording an album of original Christmas music, which he will be performing pieces from during his short Irish stay.

The great Marian McPartland once described Laurence Hobgood as “a pianist and composer of extraordinary talent and unusual ideas.  This, coupled with a brilliant technique, makes his every performance a musical gem.”  High praise indeed from a legend.

Tickets €15 / €12. Booking on 066 9478956 /



Culture Cinema in association with Access Cinema – ‘Good Vibrations’ Thursday 5th December 2013 8pm

Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an Alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life. – Galway Film Fleadh 2012

Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life. – Belfast Film Festival 2012

Dir: Glenn Leyburn, Lisa Barros D’Sa             2012              UK, Ireland            102 mins  Cert: 15A
Starring: Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Karl Johnson, Liam Cunningham, Adrian Dunbar, Dylan Moran
Language: English

Trailer: . Admission €5. Booking on 066 9478956 /


One-Man show ‘March Away My Brothers’

Written and performed by Brendan MacQuaile.

Friday 22nd November 8pm

‘March Away My Brothers’ is a one man show taken from the Book of the same name by Brendan MacQuaile; it follows the journey of a young Lad, Lawrence Kelly from Bridgefoot Street in Dublin’s Liberties to the Christmas Truce in 1914, somewhere near the Messines ridge in Flanders where many Irish fought and died during the course of this terrible conflagration.

But Larry’s story is not one of hell and damnation, let’s face it, he is already dead, blown to bits at the now infamous Passchendaele and remembered only as an inscription on the Menin Gate. Larry looks back with the excitement of the early call to arms still palpable, the Guinness Pals brigade forming after Kitcheners call to arms and the sheer chaos and melee of new troops arriving in France, gung ho, ready to serve the crown, and do their bit before it was ‘Over by Christmas’.

Many of the popular songs of the time are included as an integral part of this fascinating tale. Songs such as ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and’ There’s a long long trail a winding’ were popular hits for singers such as John McCormack and Stanley Kirby during the war years and they are sung with Gusto in this performance. Some modern reflections in song are also included.
And finally to the Christmas truce, an impromptu meeting of soldiers from both sides, on a bitter cold Christmas Eve in an area known as ‘no man’s land’. Shared cigarettes, and photos. Shared experiences that revealed similarities between the troops, similarities that the Top Brass would rather keep hidden ………

‘What a great show, we enjoyed ourselves immensely’……..Joe Duffy, RTE.
‘Our Members sang along and enjoyed every note’…..Des Byrne, Dublin Fusiliers Assoc.

Tickets €15 / €12. Booking on 066 9478956 /



‘David Syme’ American Classical Pianist

Friday 15th November 2013 8.00pm

David Syme, American piano virtuoso living in Ireland, has had a long and colorful career. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, and in major venues in 17 European countries, Canada and Mexico. An alumnus of Juilliard and Indiana University, he was a protégé of the legendary Jorge Bolet. He has recorded two dozen CD’s with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, and the Czech National Symphony,

Since arriving in Ireland in 2005, he has been steadily forging a reputation as one of the finest pianists ever to grace its shores. He is best known there for his ‘Living-Room Concerts’,  held about 25 times a year in his West Cork home on the Beara Peninsula. This series was profiled by Mary Kennedy on RTE Television’s ‘Nationwide’ in 2011. These concerts are social and musical events, with people driving from all corners of the country to attend. One of David’s biggest fans has been the immortal Maureen O’Hara, who prior to her recent move to the U.S., annually celebrated her birthday by listening to him play. Christy Moore, Ireland’s most-loved musician, has been a loyal supporter as well.

David Syme performs throughout Ireland and the European mainland as well as in the U.S.

In August 2013, he made his Dublin debut at the National Concert Hall, John Field Room, to an oversold house, with people turned away due to fire regulations.

“He’s a fearless player, with a go-for-it, heart on sleeve approach, as his programming of Liszt’s daunting arrangement of Wagner’s Tannhauser overture made clear” –  Michael Dervan, The Irish Times critic

David has been re-engaged for 2 future performances at the National Concert Hall, in January and July of 2014.

For further information on the artists please visit

Tickets €15 / €12. Booking on 066 9478956 /



Culture Cinema in association with Access Cinema – ‘Hijacking’ Thursday 7th November 2013 8pm

A tense and intricately shot drama, writer/director Tobias Lindholm’s solo debut is a powerful and intensely watchable film as it tackles the high-pressure negotiations over a hijacked ship. Lindholm wrote for the award-winning Danish TV series Borgen, as well as scripting Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, while with Michael Noer he co-directed the tough prison drama R.

The film opens with simple sequences of the ship’s cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) going about his work, but never actually shows the hijacking of the Rozen, a cargo ship in the Indian Ocean, instead skipping two days forward to see CEO Peter (Søren Malling) first discover his company’s vessel has been hijacked. Over the coming weeks Peter has to haggle with translator Omar (Abdihakin Asgar), while on board the Rozen, Mikkel and his fellow shipmates are locked below decks and start to lose hope that they will ever escape alive.

Pilou Asbæk (who starred in R) is moving and memorable as the genial chef whose sanity starts to crack, while equally fine is Søren Malling as the shrewd, calm and professional businessman who feels he must take responsibility for the situation, but is not fully prepared for haggling over men’s lives. – Mark Adams, Screen International

Winner – Best Film, Thessaloniki Film Festival 2012

Dir: Tobias Lindholm            2012            Denmark            103 mins          Cert: 15A
Starring: Søren Malling, Pilou Asbæk, Dar Salim
Language: Danish

Trailer: . Admission €5. Booking on 066 9478956 /



 ‘Beatle MAL’ Saturday 26th October 8.30pm.

Funny one-man play about the Beatles closest friend, their roadie Mal Evans. Performed by Nik Wood-Jones. Produced by Mermaid Tavern & presented by Irish Theatre.

He was the shadow that appeared behind the act you’ve known for all these years! A new touching & funny one-man play about the BEATLES closest friend. 50 years ago, in the Autumn of 1963 the Beatles were on a tour that would see for the first time ‘Beatlemania’ unleashed on every town and city, they went. This was true of Ireland, where they performed in Dublin on 7th November, where a near riot was caused by the fervour of fans desperate to see the Fab 4. Similar scenes greeted them the following night in Belfast.
Mal Evans, as well as being the Beatles roadie, was also their closest friend, he toured the world with them, took part on their recording sessions and films. On the crazy ride that was Beatlemania, it’s doubtful they would have survived without him!

In this nostalgic look back, Nik Wood-Jones brings the 5th, or was he the 6th Beatle?! back to life in this play which originally premiered at the Cavern, Liverpool in 2012. “As Mal Nik Wood-Jones, makes such a convincing, loyal & loveable rogue that it’s not hard to see why the Fab 4 wanted him by their side at all times” (The STAGE). 2 act play with interval runs 80mins. Written by Nik Wood-Jones.

Admission €15 (€10 conc.). Booking on 0669478956 /


‘Waterville Movie Museum’ Launch

Probably the smallest movie museum on earth to be launched in Tech Amergin! Thursday 24th October 7.30pm

It’s yellow, it’s on four wheels and it’s filled with rare movie memorabilia. The Waterville Movie Museum is the latest attraction in the South Kerry seaside town and home of the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival. The WAMOMU, as the museum is simply called, opens its two back doors at the Tech Amergin in Waterville on Thursday, 24th October at 7 PM and will be introduced to the public by Róisín McGuigan, Director of the Kerry Film Festival.


followed by

Kerry Film Festival 2013

Screening of Winning Shorts Thursday 24th October 8.30pm

Best Documentary –  ‘NOVENA’. Directed by Anna Rodgers. Novena captures a moment of welcome, acceptance and reconciliation between the rural Catholic community of Dundalk and a man and woman from the gay and lesbian community. Ireland, 2013, 17 mins 39 sec, Colour.

Best International Narrative –  ‘UN PEU PLUS’. Directed by Conor Ferguson.  Proud Madame Rousseau embarks on an epic journey to eat cakes with sweet abandon. But life has some bittersweet lessons to teach her. Ireland, France, 2012, 7 mins, Colour.

Best Animation –  ‘MR HUBLOT’. Directed by Laurent Witz.  Mr Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet’s arrival turns his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion. France, Luxembourg, 2013, 10 mins 30 sec, Colour.

Narrative – ‘ALIA’. Directed by Claire Dix. Alia is an Afghan-Irish girl torn between two lives. When her secret relationship with an Irish boy comes to her sister’s attention it forces the family to make a decision that could ultimately tear it apart. Ireland, 2011, 15 mins 55 sec, Colour.

‘DETECTIVE/NOIR’.  Directed by Fools After School. Winner of a project organised by Kerry County Council Filmmaker in Residence Michael Kelly, Detective/Noir written, shot, and directed over 50 hrs during this year’s festival.  Ireland, 2013, 5 mins, Colour/B&W.

John Moore Audience Award – ‘WINDOWS OF WONDER’. Directed by Maurice O’Carroll.  In a timeless Ireland, a young teacher battles to save her young pupils from a life-time of monotonous drudgery, thereby defying her principal and risking her job. Based on the short story by Bryan MacMahon.  Ireland, 2013, 16 mins, Colour

Admission €5. Further details will be posted soon.



Waterville Classic Movies – ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’ (1944) Thursday 17th October 2013 8pm

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. 118 min  –

Cary Grant should have had his second Academy Award before he filmed Arsenic and Old Lace. After, he should have taken home his third for best Actor in one of his best comedic performances in his amazing career. Arsenic and Old Lace takes place pretty much in one location. A stage comedy, the movie does justice to its original theatrical version. Cary Grant makes you laugh, even an audience 50 and 60 years after its original release. The story of innocent guilt and laughable situations, other movies like What’s Up Doc, Marvin’s Room, and even Lake Placid (with its moments of ignorance and bliss) have all stolen moments of Arsenic and Old Lace. No one but Cary Grant could have starred in this movie. A delightful performance and an over the top comedic talent was showcased in this comedy classic.

Director:  Frank Capra

Writers:  Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play), 1 more credit »

Stars:  Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey




Culture Night 2013 – ‘Songs of Iveragh’ (In association with Heritagh Iveragh) Friday 20th September, 8pm.

An evening of ‘Songs of Iveragh’.

The story of some Iveragh songs & ballads & their singers by Mary Horgan & local singers. Everyone welcome. Admission free.




Drama   1930’s Ireland – Clay, Sex, Soul & Society

The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh                                                                
A Powerful Theatre Performance by Peter Duffy
Sunday 8th September 2013 8.30pm

Kavanagh’s epic masterpiece set in rural Co Monaghan, concerns the life and struggles of anti-hero and small farmer Patrick Maguire, “The mud and mysticism,the poetry and the poverty, go hand in glove”(Brian Lynch poet/critic). As both a seasoned performer and a Monaghan native, Peter has a natural feel for the language, people and sensibility of the text. With an evocative soundscape this is  powerful and entertaining theatre.  Performed all over Ireland to great acclaim : “As one man shows go, this was a treat for the ear, the eye and the imagination” George Fleeton, Down Recorder ,” I would certainly recommend your performance 100% (Tricia Fitzpatrick, Belturbet). Admission €15 (€12 conc.). Booking on 0669478956 /



Art & Craft Exhibition / August 2013

Showcasing our tutors talents covering ceramics, glass, painting, photography & much more… On display throughout the Chaplin Festival.



Waterville Cable Station Talk & Walk / Sunday 25th August 3.00pm

A talk on ‘The Story of Waterville Cable Station and how Waterville helped set the clocks of America and Canada!’
followed by a walking tour of the Cable Station area weather permitting. Free admission.


 An evening of Traditional music & song with ArdúThursday 22nd August 2013 8.30 pm

An exciting traditional Irish and folk band consisting of Peter Mullarkey (fiddle), Fionán Casey (guitar and vocals), Rosaleen Mullarkey (accordion and vocals) and Kevin Larkin (bodhrán). Ardú play Irish and celtic folk music in their own unique style.  Fionán Casey has been singing ballads for many years and has now created a new, fresh sound together with Rosaleen.  You can expect an interesting mix of fast and slow, smooth and edgy Irish, Celtic, folk & American played with honest-to-God good humour and also heartfelt sincerity.  Admission €12 (€10 conc.). Booking on 0669478956 /




Archaeo-astronomy talk by Dr. Clive Ruggles / Wednesday 21st August 8.30pm

Regarded worldwide as one of the leading figures in the field of Archaeo-astronomy and also the author of numerous academic and popular works on the subject. He is the former President of the International Society for Archaeo-astronomy and Astronomy in Culture, also a British Astronomer, Archaeologist, Academic and Emeritus Professor of Archaeo-astronomy at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. He will give a general talk in Tech Amergin about Archaeo-astronomy, some of the key controversies, methods and issues, and some of the most exciting recent research including his own work which includes recent research projects at Stonehenge, in Peru (the thirteen towers of Chankillo), and particularly on ancient Polynesian and Hawaiian astronomy.

He is also special advisor to UNESCO’s International Working Group on Astronomy and World Heritage (

Talks suitable for aged 12 upwards.



Swing to Bossa Nova

Polkadots and Moonbeams

Saturday 10th August 8.30pm

Clare Horgan singer, Cian Boylan piano, Dominic Mullan drums & Dave Duffy double bass.

Waterville born singer, Clare, is delighted to reunite with her Dublin trio to bring you a night of the best of swing, ballads, blues
and bossa novas.

Standing in the very location of her old secondary School, Clare will bring you on the journey down memory lane that took her from the quiet roads of Iveragh to the bright lights of the city streets of Dublin, Paris, London, Beirut and Boston. Feel the excitement of the furiously fast swing numbers of Duke Ellington, lose yourself in the romance of Chet Baker and Sarah Vaughan, sway to the South American Rhythms of Jobim and find yourself in the smoke filled cellar bars where Clare first heard the raunchy Blues of Etta James, Koko Taylor and Bonnie Raitt!

Tickets €15 / €12.  Booking on 066 9478956 /



Seisiún Show – CCÉ Barr na Sráide

Thursday 1st August 8.30pm Tech Amergin Arts Centre

Come along & enjoy an informal night of traditional Irish music, song, dance & storytelling from members of the Barr na Sráide Comhaltas Branch. Everybody welcome.

Admission: Adults €10 / Child €5 / Family €25







‘David Syme’ American Classical Pianist

Saturday 20th July 2013 8.30pm

David Syme, American piano virtuoso living in Ireland, has had a long and colorful career. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, and in major venues in 17 European countries, Canada and Mexico.

An alumnus of Juilliard and Indiana University, he was a protégé of the legendary Jorge Bolet. He has recorded two dozen CD’s with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, and the Czech National Symphony,, and these recordings are heard on RTE Lyric  FM.

Since arriving in Ireland in 2005, he has been steadily forging a reputation as one of the finest pianists ever to grace its shores. He is best known here for his “Living-Room Concerts”,  held about 20 times a year in his West Cork home on the Beara Peninsula. This series was profiled by Mary Kennedy on RTE “Nationwide” in 2011. Christy Moore and Maureen O’Hara are among the celebrities who have attended these events. There is another RTE documentary slated for the fall of this year.

David Syme performs throughout Ireland and the European mainland as well as in the U.S. A news article following his October 2011 concert in Brno, Czech Republic, was headlined “The American Miracle David Syme”.

His program will feature works of Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff, favorites such as “Clair De Lune” and “Rhapsody In Blue”, as well as some Irish selections. For further information on the artists pleace visit

US Pianist Syme is at home here in Ireland

Tickets €15 / €12. Booking on 066 9478956 /



 Solo art exhibition

‘Iveragh through the Eyes of an Artist’ by Bernie Kennedy

Official opening on Saturday 20th July 7pm by Frank Lewis (radio presenter & gallery owner)

Exhibition of artwork portraying a strong emotional affinity with the Irish landscape. The variety of the Iveragh landscape is seen in her work – sea, lake, river and also mountain, forest and rolling bog. Her relationship with her subjects grew out of many childhood summers spent in the small village of Portmagee, nestling between the Kerry mountains and Valentia Island. Bernie’s development as an artist was a slow evolutionary process which strengthened the emotional ties between the subject and artist, paving the way for a dramatic shift away from the representation of actuality and a move towards the subjective.

Continuing until Monday 12th August. Free admission.




Waterville Classic Movies

‘The Devil & Miss Jones’ Thursday 18th July 2013 8pm

Department store owner J.P. Merrick finds that several of his employees are unionizing to get more money and better working conditions. In order to find out who the organizers are, he gets a job at the store as a shoe salesman. Not realizing his true identity, he’s befriended by Mary Jones and Joe O’Brien, the two ringleaders, and Elizabeth Ellis, a charming older woman with whom he develops a romance.   Directed by Sam Wood and starring Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings & Charles Coburn. Admission €5.




  Country, bluegrass, folk, Americana and more

‘Gary Ferguson & Kathy Barwick’
Sunday 14th July 2013 8.30pm

Gary Ferguson (guitar, lead vocals) & Kathy Barwick (lead guitar, resophonic guitar, Weissenborn guitar, harmony vocals) is an exciting new acoustic music duo that combines the talents of charismatic singer-songwriter Gary Ferguson and dazzling multi-instrumentalist Kathy Barwick. The team of Gary Ferguson & Kathy Barwick brings together two gifted musicians with decades of wide-ranging musical experience between them, gained from performing at the biggest venues in the country. The two of them have crafted a distinctive and compelling duo sound that blends country, bluegrass, Celtic, folk, Americana and more. Gary Ferguson & Kathy Barwick will tour Ireland in July 2013. The duo is currently working on its first recording.

Tickets €15 / €12.  Booking on 066 9478956 /



The Story of Waterville Cable Station

This exhibition  tells the story of Waterville’s cable station through a series of interpretative panels. Uncover the history of the Commercial Cable Company’s Trans-Atlantic European terminue from its early days in the 1880’s right through to the 1960’s. Waterville was home  to one of the largest cable stations in the world, with cables to England, The Azores, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Le Harve. Discover through this exhibition how the cables worked, the social life of the cable station, how the wartime affected the station and many other topics. The exhibition also comprises a collection of original equipment and artefacts, including a fascinating photographic archive.

Open daily during June & July from 10am – 4pm.
Donations kindly accepted.



Film Screening
‘Wild Atlantic Way’ Stories from County Kerry’s Coastal Wilderness

Daily screenings Monday to Friday 1 – 2pm
A unique and secretive insight into the lives of our local coastal marine wildlife. From Puffins at their nesting site at Skellig, to Dolphins and Gannets fishing outside Ballinskelligs Bay to uncovering the secrets of night-time underwater. This revealing film by local wildlife & underwater filmmaker, Vincent Hyland is guaranteed to whet the appetite! Admission €2, family of four €5.

“Revealatory Images, filmed by County Kerry’s Intrepid Underwater Explorer” Michael Viney, Another Life, The Irish Times



Film Screening in association with Access Cinema

‘The Master’
Thursday 27th June 2013 8pm

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson           USA         2012            132mins         Cert: 16
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Laura Dern, Jillian Bell, Rami Malek, Kevin J. O’Connor, W. Earl Brown, Ambyr Childers, Fiona Dourif, Lena Endre
Language: English

One of the most anticipated films of the year, Paul Thomas Anderson’s tale of an aimless WWII veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who befriends the charismatic founder of a new religion (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a provocative study of male camaraderie, deception, and hubris.

In just five feature films, Paul Thomas Anderson has commanded a position at the very pinnacle of American cinema. His work is debated, studied and adored for its narrative innovation, its dynamism, and most of all for its sheer cinema. To watch the work of Paul Thomas Anderson is to watch movies at their most alive. – Toronto International Film Festival 2012.

(Winner of 4 awards at the Toronto International Film Festival). Admission €7. Booking on 066 9478956 /



Reggae, Jazz, Soul, Samba and West African rhythms

‘PiTAK’ (Ines Khai, Jerome Rimson, Daniel Muyombo, Mbiko Fololo Oscar & Patrick Naughton)

Friday 21st June 2013 8.30pm

Playing a set sung entirely in French-Creole, Pitak are the sound of the French-Caribbean. Combining elements of Reggae, Jazz, Soul, Samba and West African rhythms, Ines Khai’s voice rises above like an eagle soaring on the warm Caribbean breeze. Her emotive songs about the struggles of life and love in Guadeloupe are illustrated by her dramatic stage presence. It is easy to see that every second of her performance comes straight from the heart, you may not understand the lyrics but you will still be taken on the journey. Daniel Muyombo’s West-African Blues guitar style sits very comfortably alongside the voice of Ines underlining the cultural ancestry of the African people from Guadeloupe, mainly from the area between Senegal & The Congo.
Ines Khai’s amazing vocal range is accompanied by a fabulous line-up of seasoned and diverse musicians; including one of Ireland’s top bassists, Jerome Rimson (from Detroit), two Congolese musicians from Ireland’s best traveled African Band (The Lace) Daniel Muyombo & Troca on electric guitar & Drum Kit respectively and Ireland’s Patrick Naughton playing Djembe, percussion & shakers making up the quintet. It is testament to the quality of Ines performance that she has been able to gather such a high quality line-up as her backing band.

Ines, Jerome, Daniel, Patrick & Troca have been busy in the studio re-arranging and re-working the songs of Ines so that they can be played by a quintet and tour the country (then The World). Pitak’s debut Ireland was staged at An Conair in Dingle on 8th June.

“After their 60s heyday, the rootsy French Antillean drumming traditions- Guadeloupean Gwoka and its Martiniquan cousin Bele – were swamped by the cadence and zouk crazes. Early legends such as Anzala, Eugene Mona, Velo and Esnard Boisdur either disappeared, or found occasional studio work with the new horn- and electro-based sound. But with today’s renewed interest and pride of a younger Caribbean generation in Kreyol culture, language and music this unique and thrilling sound is rising from the ashes, with groups like Voudoum in Paris, and others in Gwada, Haiti and NYC. It’s all the more exciting, therefore, to see an authentic and powerful Gwoka outfit -complete with soulful female vocalist- starting up in, er, Ireland! make sure you catch Pitak early -so you can say that you were there first.” JOHN ARMSTRONG

“Exciting fusion of Caribbean styles with some other funky influences can’t wait to hear more excellent music” STEVIE G RED FM CORK


Tickets €15 / €12.  Booking on 066 9478956 /



‘Music In The Garden’ by ‘Glashin’
Friday 21st June 12noon

Mix of trad & baroque including the music of Turlough O’Carolan, celebrating Irish National Music Day.
In conjunction with Tech Amergin Community Garden Open Day from 12noon – 2pm. Free admission. Fáilte roimh cách.




Children’s Art Exhibition
Thursday 20th June 7pm

Local primary school art exhibition based on Charlie Chaplin. Official opening by Mick O’Dwyer. Free admission.




The South Kerry Camera Club
Photographic Exhibition celebrating ‘The Sea’

Admission free. Continuing until Monday 17th June.






Classical recital

‘An evening of music from the movies with stills & movie projections’ by the Finlay Consort

Lucy Tanner & Dovile Baltoniene (Violins), Stephen O’ Halloran (Viola), Orla O’ Carroll (Cello) & Aidan O’ Carroll (Piano)

Saturday 15th June 2013 8.30pm

The Finlay Ensemble perform an evening of Movie Magic – themes from the movies with stills & movie projections performed by the  Finlay Ensemble – leader Aidan O’ Carroll. The programme offers something to everyone and is particularly suitable for families. A host of classic film scores are represented from Mary Poppins to Disney Classics such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean. Even Mamma Mia gets a look in.

The Finlay Ensemble is Kerry’s only resident professional classical music ensemble. All members are closely associated with Kerry School of Music where Aidan is founder and current Director and Lucy and Dovile are Violin and Piano teachers. Stephen is an up and coming barrister with a passion for the Violin and Viola and Cellist Orla, Aidan’s daughter, who has just this graduated from the UCC medical school, is a pianist and Cellist and former Kerry School of Music Student of the Year.

The idea of basing recitals around film music came from movie buff, Stephen. It occurred to the other members of the ensemble that such programmes might also make an ideal way of introducing children to classical music. The first movie night at Kerry School of Music’s Fleischmann Studio in Tralee proved a sell-out as did Christmas at the Movies some time later. So the idea of touring the concerts was born. Tech Amergin in Waterville is the first venue outside Tralee.

Tickets €15 / €12.  Booking on 066 9478956 /




Re-instatment of the ‘Longitude & Latitude Stone’ at Waterville Cable Station

Saturday 1st June 5pm

This ceremony will be performed by Minister Jimmy Deenihan (Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht). A reception in Tech Amergin & tour of the Cable Museum will follow the ceremony. All welcome. Free admission.



Film Club Screening in association with Access Cinema


Thursday 16th May, 8pm

Move over Jean Dujardin and The Artist: France’s most talked-about performance and film this year comes in the shape of this comedy that’s become the country’s second-biggest box-office hit of all time with its portrait of friendship across the racial and economic divide. Paralyzed from the neck down after an accident, gloomy millionaire Philippe (François Cluzet, Tell No One) finds little in life worth living for, until the arrival of his new assistant, Driss (Omar Sy), a Senegalese rowdy from the downtrodden banlieues. Not quite on doctor’s orders, Driss takes Philippe as far out of his comfort zone as possible and into a world he never knew existed—or rather always tried to avoid. A slapstick, gleefully incorrect throwback to ’80s culture-clash comedies like Trading Places, only played out across contemporary France’s ever-palpable racial and class tensions, Untouchable hit a nerve with French audiences, critics hailing it as a cultural milestone and Liberation asking, “Is this the new Amélie?” – Jason Sanders / San Francisco International Film Festival 2012

Dir: Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache            France          2011            112mins         Cert: 15A
Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet, Alba Gaïa Bellugi, Cyril Mendy, Christian Ameri
Language: French

Admission €7. Booking on 066 9478956 /




 Film Club Screening in association with Access Cinema

‘What Richard Did’ (Test Screening)

Thursday 18th April, 8pm


Subject to interest Tech Amergin would like to establish a Film Club in association with Access Cinema, Dublin. In order to determine if there is enough interest in a local film club the Tech will screen ‘What Richard Did‘ on Thursday 18th April at 8pm. Discussion relating to club membership, fees, dates etc. will take place on the night .

Lenny Abrahamson has convincingly depicted the world of Dublin junkies in Adam and Paul and of a desperate loner in a rural backwater in Garage.
His latest is a portrayal of affluent Irish youth that is as compelling as his previous work, and confirms Abrahamson is emerging as a filmmaker of genuine significance. Richard (Jack Reynor) is seeing out the end of his summer holidays after his final year at school. A promising sports star with a bright future ahead of him, he spends his time hanging out with mates, proving himself a decent and popular lad who looks out for the younger members in his crowd, inspiring loyalty and respect from those close to him. Suddenly, a single, uncharacteristic incident changes everything for Richard, and his plans for the future could be derailed. With a script adapted by Malcolm Campbell from Kevin Power’s novel Bad Day in Blackrock, What Richard Did perceptively examines weighty moral issues with calm and integrity, and the young cast of relative unknowns put in exceptional performances. – Michael Hayden / BFI London Film Festival 2012

Dir: Lenny Abrahamson – Ireland / 2012 / 87mins / Cert: 15A
Starring:  Jack Reynor, Róisín Murphy, Sam Keeley, Lars Mikkelsen
Language:  English

Booking on 066 9478956 / . Tickets:  €7.


‘Stone Sculpture’ seminar

with Sculptor DJ Garrity

Saturday 27th April, 10am – 3pm



The artist who served as Sculptor-In-Residence of Mount Rushmore National Memorial presents
a two-part seminar, a morning session titled ‘Monumental Sculpture of the American West’, unfolds within the
magnificent backdrop of the American West and offers the artists’ perception of colossal art with a behind the scenes presentation
that delves into the creation of both The Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, a work-in-progress.

Garrity’s work is defined by an artistic concept referred to as the “process aesthetic”, an approach with hammer and chisel
that allows a likeness and essence of personality to emerge from within the ancient patina and subtle contours of natural stone.

In the afternoon session, the artist leads a discussion based on his book ‘The Rhythms of Stone’, a creative journal derived
from his hand carved portrait in stone of  Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi created insitu at The Berry Botanic Garden of
Portland, Oregon.
 During the course of the presentation the artist walks through the transition from a rough block of Columbia River Basalt to the finished
portrait and offers an understanding of basic stone carving techniques, the art of portraiture and his unique approach to carving the human face in stone.

Fee €25. Pre-booking essential on 066 9478956 / . / /





Waterville Classic Movies No. 4

‘And Then There Were None’

Thursday 25th April, 8pm


Waterville Classic Movies will screen Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’  on Thursday 25th April. Directed and produced by French filmmaker René Clair in 1945 with a cast of celebrated characters Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston & Louis Hayward.


The ten main characters of the story are all invited to Indian Island by U. N. Own, who never appears himself but starts off the mysterious happenings with a recording, on which all of the guests and staff are accused of having commited a crime sometime in their lives. Following the nursery rhyme of ‘Ten Little Indians’ one after the other is murdered. But by whom? By the invisible Mr. Own? Or is one of the 10 guests the

The screening will be conducted by Swiss movie historian and journalist Eric Langner. The black & white movie is shown in the original movie format of 16mm. Before the main feature the introduction also includes a very rare production short of the 1980 movie of ‘The Mirror Crack’d’, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and Angela Lansbury (of ‘Murder, She Wrote’-fame). Admission €5.

Booking on 066 9478956 / / / /




Cyclone Rep in partnership with The Everyman present

‘The Merchant of Venice’

Tuesday 9th April, 9.30am


 The Cyclone Shakespeare Sessions have been highly lauded as an ideal way to present curriculum plays to learners:

“Excellently done – both acting and audience participation.  Themes regarding prejudice particularly sensitively and quite thoroughly
explored by cast raising relevant and contemporary issues for the young audience.”

Eileen McNulty, Donegal Teacher reviewing The Merchant Session




St. Patrick’s Weekend in Tech Amergin


‘Step it out Paddy‘ evening of music & dance with Ger Donoghue

Sunday 17th March 2013, 8pm


Celebrate St. Patrick’s evening in style with music by local musician Ger Donoghue playing a selection of music from waltzes, old time, sets, jiving, céili dancing…

Tickets: 10€. Light refreshments provided. Raffle on the night.

This is a fundraising event for Tech Amergin. Booking on 066 9478956 / .



Award Winner Michael Brunnock in concert

Bank Holiday Monday 18th March 2013, 8pm



Michael Brunnock established his solo career when he relocated to New York City a decade
ago, having performed through the 90s in Ireland with the bands Little Palace and The
Van Winkles as well as with Dead Can Dance’s Brendan Perry. Since then he has toured
extensively in the States, opening for the Frames and The Swell Season on recent sold
out American tours, has shared a stage with many big names, Foy Vance, Paddy Casey,
Mundy, STAND, The Saw Doctors, Declan O’ Rourke, and Ari Hest, to name a few. His talent
holds its own with any caliber of musician and he knows how to get the best out of his playing
experience with other artists. Michael has appeared on TV shows such as FOX 5′s
‘Fearless Music’. Brunnock, though a native Irishman, does not perform traditional Irish
music, but rather his sound can be described as folk rock meets singer/songwriter. He often
employs Irish themes or traditional instruments which gives his music an Irish flair.

Brunnock possesses an extraordinary voice, and his songs mine the
profound. So it’s not surprising that David Byrne cast him to sing the role of
an Irish musician on the brink of success whose voice guides Sean Penn
through an emotional journey of self-discovery in This Must Be the Place
(2012). The score by Byrne with lyrics by Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy)
called for a distinctive vocalist, which Brunnock is.

Michael won the prestigious award for Best Original Song at the 2012 David
di Donatello Italian Acadamy Awards. The winning song ‘If It Falls, it Falls’
is from the movie soundtrack for This Must be the Place [2012].
Brunnock released his new album, The Orchard, a collection of gorgeously
crafted songs featuring guest performances from Glen Hansard (Swell
Season), Julia Stone, Ari Hest and Joe Sumner. The album is Brunnock’s
third since Live in New York (2009) and So I Do (2007). Mixed by triple
Grammy winner Patrick Dillett.

“Michael Brunnock’s voice simply soars. His performances and song
writing absolutely wowed our audiences in Boston. I am keenly awaiting
more from this intriguing artist.” – Brian O’Donovan, 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s
NPR Station

“…with a masterful skill, Brunnock takes the idea of a singer/songwriter to
another level” – Alice Goodwin, Goldenplec
“With ‘The Orchard’, Michael Brunnock has made not just an album, but
one of the strongest personal statements one is likely to hear ,this-or any
other- year.” – Oliver P.Sweeney. – HotPress

“[He has] an absolutely gorgeous quality to [his] voice. It’s beautiful. It’s really soft
and gentle but it rips your heart apart. I have to say it’s gorgeous.” – Edwina Grace,
The Edwina Grace Show, KCLR


Bookings 066 9478956 / Tickets 12€ ( 10€ conc.).



Classic ‘Movie Magic’  in original movie format of 16mm

Cary Grant and Myrna Loy: The Perfect Match

‘Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House’, Thursday 21st March, 7.30pm

& ‘The Bachelor And The Bobby Soxer’ Thursday 28th March, 7.30pm

conducted by Swiss movie historian and journalist Eric Langner

After the successful first movie workshop last September, Easter time sees the return of ‘movie magic’ at Tech Amergin. This time two well-known legends from
Hollywood’s Golden Era are being celebrated: Cary Grant and Myrna Loy.

Cary Grant needs no introduction. Almost 30 years after his death at 82 he is still one of the best loved and most popular actors from Hollywood’s Golden Era. The elegant star of such films as ‘Bringing Up Baby’, ‘Arsenic And Old Lace’, ‘North By Northwest’ or ‘That Touch Of Mink’ is still a household name all over the world. Myrna Loy (1905 – 1993) on the other hand is mainly know for her part as Nora Charles in “The Thin Man”-series, co-starring William Powell. Together they were the most popular movie couple in the 30s and early 40s. Today Myrna Loy is frequently seen on TV in movies like ‘The Best Years Of Our Lives’ or ‘Cheaper By The Dozen’.

Cary Grant and Myrna Loy starred in three films together. ‘Wings In The Dark’ (1935) is largely forgotten today, but both ‘The Bachelor And The Bobby Soxer’ (aka ‘Bachelor Knight’) (1947) and ‘Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House’ (1948) are still TV favorites. They were both produced under the banner of RKO Radio Pictures, the studio that was most famous for the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers pictures, ‘King Kong’ or ‘Citizen Kane’.

Both RKO-titles starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy will be shown during the two workshops at Tech Amergin. Before the films there will be introductions that feature the two stars as well as RKO the studio and Shirley Temple, who also stars in ‘The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer’. After the movie screenings there is time for discussions. Both films are shot in glamorous Black & White, shown in the original movie format of 16mm.

Admission for each workshop is 5 Euros. Booking on 066 9478956 / .




Film screening
in association with The South Kerry Astronomy Group

‘THE CITY DARK’ is a feature documentary about the loss of night.

Friday 8th February in Tech Amergin at 8.00 pm

No admission fee – donation box at door

After moving to NYC from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question – do we need the stars? – taking him from Brooklyn to Mauna Kea, Paris and beyond. Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights – including increased cancer rates from exposure to light at night and a generation of children without ever having glimpsed the universe above. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.

Suitable for accompanied children aged 11 +

Duration 55mins.approx. Booking on 066 9478956 / .



Musical Concert

in association with the Lifeskills students in Tech Amergin

Lifeskills annual music & social evening

Friday 15th February, 8pm

After last year’s success before a very appreciative audience, Lifeskills will have their 3rd  concert of musical experiences, with traditional tunes and contemporary songs on Friday 15th February.
This year the Life Skills Programme of Kerry Parents & Friends, in Cahersiveen has again brought together an orchestra of individuals with different musical abilities.
The performance will see the fulfilment of a weeklong workshop under the leadership of John Billing. As in recent years there will be involvement by local musicians
both participating in the orchestra and contributing with their own talents. Proceeds of the concert will go towards a film camera which the group
would like to purchase for training purposes and for producing a film.





Playwriting workshop with Mick Mulcahy

Friday & Saturday 22nd & 23rd February 2013, 10am – 4pm

This two day workshop is aimed at people who have a love of theatre/story/film and who would like to free their creative side.

Mick’s debut production Beyond the Brooklyn sky opened in Garter Lane Theatre in Waterford in September 2012. The Red Kettle production then toured to Pavilion, axis, civic, and Draoicht theatres as part of Dublin Theatre festival 2012. Beyond the Brooklyn sky is directed by Peter Sheridan and designed by Ben Hennessy.

Mick won the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award at the Listowel Writers Week Festival for his play Waves in 2010 (Waves is part of the a Trilogy which includes The Mountain and  Beyond the Brooklyn Sky) The Mountain was also short listed for the same award in 2009 as well as the Maguire international playwriting award in the U.S

Public play readings include: Beyond the Brooklyn sky (Project Cube) Waves (New Theatre) directed by Peter Sheridan. The Mountain (Ramor Theatre, Cavan) as part of Livin’ Dred Theatre Company’s Festival of New Writing and was directed by Padraic McIntyre.

As an actor Mick has performed in various roles at Siamsa Tire, Everyman Theatre, Garter Lane Theatre, The Abbey Theatre and The Gaiety Theatre.  Most notable roles include: Jimmy Brady in Billy Roche’s A Handful of Stars, Ned in Philadelphia Here I Come, Lellum in John B Keane’s The Crazy Wall directed by Barry Cassin, Christy in The Playboy of the Western World  and Paris in Romeo and Juliet directed by Alan Stanford. He also appeared in several episodes of Fair City and has just finished filming a short movie ‘Skint’ which was filmed in Dingle recently.

Mick completed The Fishamble Playwriting Course, Writing for Theatre with Billy Roche and Writing a Play with Ursula de Bruin at UCD. Beyond the Brooklyn sky was recently given a two day workshop as part of Fishamble’s new play clinic scheme. He has also completed a new one man play ‘Sarah Miles and me and the deep blue sea’.

To book a place on this workshop please phone 066 9478956 / .  Course fee is 75€.

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