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2007 Events

Sunday 16th December at 8.30pm.


A witty, whacky one woman musical romp, where unforgettable characters explore such matters as Marriage, Money and Madness. Priscella Donovan is La Bodi, she has been described as having the versatility of Maureen Potter and the passion of Edith Piaf.

Produced & Directed by Padraig Dennehy.

Fee €15 (conc. €12).



with The South Kerry Rosen Choir

in Tech Amergin, Thursday 13th December at 8.30pm.

The South Kerry Rosen Choir under the direction of Veronica Shanahan-Whitehead with Emma Louise Plain of the Welsh Opera Company and other guests will sing in concert, old and new carols, in Tech Amergin Arts Centre in Waterville.

Admission 10 Euro.


Wednesday 12th December at 2.00pm



Fear a Tí don ócáid
An Amhránaí Cáiliúla
Seán Bán Breathnach Aka Sbb
Aíonna Speisialta
Johnny & Margaret

Bígí Linn agus scaoil amach an bobailín
Tickets €5 each or book of 11 for €50

Tá an crannchur seo eagraithe ag Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uíbh Rathaigh i gcomhar leis an ‘Carers Association’.


Tuesday 11th December, 8.00 – 10.00pm.


with Ann Crowley, ‘All About Flowers’, Killorglin.

Admission €10.

Proceeds in aid of The Children’s Leukemia Association.


Sunday, 9th December, 11am to 4pm

Christmas Craft Fair

Don’t miss this chance to buy all your Christmas presents and maybe something for yourself as well!

20 stalls selling locally made crafts and local produce.

Items for sale will include Christmas decorations, Christmas cakes, knitted and woven goods, prints and pictures, cards, paintings, ceramics, bread and cheese, hemp garments, candles, stained glass, jewellery, honey and much more.

Children’s activities, refreshments available on the day.

The Craft Fair is being run by Waterville Friends of Lesotho in aid of their project in Lesotho.


Sunday, 9th December at 8.30pm.

‘Orange Flower Water’ (Theatre)

by Craig Wright

Such is the interest in this compelling and challenging must-see show that managements from Ireland and the U.K. will be visiting the production on its visit to the Kingdom with a view to booking it onto the international circuit.

Don’t be misled by the healthy ‘feel good’ sounding title – this amazing play by the Pulitzer Prize nominated Los Angeles-based writer and producer of “Lost”, “Six Feet Under”, “Brothers and Sisters” & “Dirty Sexy Money”, Craig Wright, packs punch after punch of devastating and hilarious confrontations between the four characters trying to make sense of the nightmare they have created in their lives.

Brad and Beth, Cathy and David are two happily married couples with young families – but then the demons of extra-marital sexual attraction begin to wreak havoc – who or what survives has spell-bound audiences wherever this dazzling production by Riff Raff Theatre has appeared.

The cast are four of the busiest actors in the business. The last twelve months they have been working non-stop on feature films, t.v. series and stage plays and with film festivals and premieres coming up over the next few months it is only a matter of time before one or all of them become household names. 

Laura Way’s electrifying role as Emer Ryan in “The Clinic” is to be followed shortly with a major new RTE series “Fit”. Amy Hastings has featured recently in “The Tudors” and is currently shooting a new feature film in Galway. 

Steve Gunn appears regularly on television but his recent work on “Anton” and “Hand-held” marks him out as a young Dublin actor with great screen presence and a great future. Both films are due for release in the new year. 

Tim Dillard is an American actor based on this side of the Atlantic. He brings to every performance an intelligence and physicality which has him in constant demand – in the last twelve months alone he has completed or is due to shoot Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto”, “Speed-Dating”, “City of Embers” (with Bill Murray and rising star Saoirse Ronan) and “Body of Lies”, directed by Ridley Scott with Leonardo di Caprio and Russell Crowe.

Directed by Michael Way.

Tickets 15euro (conc. 12euro).


Monday 3rd December at 7.30pm

The Open Door Network Conference


Alongside the conference we are pleased to present:

‘In Her Shoes’

This is a moving and thought provoking exhibitionof 139 pairs of shoes
representing the number of women who have died violently in Ireland since 1996.

The exhibition will be officially opened in Siamsa Tíre on Monday the 19th November by Mirriam McGillicuddy and will be launched on the road during the seminar on  Friday the 23rd November by Miriam O’Callaghan.

The exhibition will then travel to two rural areas of Kerry,
first to St. James Church in Dingle from Sunday the 25th to 28th November and then to Tech Amergin in Waterville from Monday the 3rd to the 6th of December.


Sunday, 11th November at 8.30pm

‘One Night Stan’ (Theatre)

Plymouth 1954.

Minutes before curtain-up, Stan Laurel sits backstage – but where is his partner?

Is this the end of Laurel & Hardy?

Pondering his future, Stan revisits memories of his father, Chaplin, and his younger self.

Will the show go on?

( A one man show inspired by real events)

Tickets €15 (concs. €12).


Friday 9th November at 8.30pm.

Mary McPartlan, Tommy Peoples and Tom Moore (Traditional Concert)

The Arts Council touring experiment..

‘Dark Horse On The Wind’ is one of the Traditional Arts tours, featuring Mary Mc Partlan, Tommy Peoples and Tom Moore. This tour will bring together all aspects and delicate intricacies of traditional music and song. These artists will collaborate not only in their shared histories and interpretations of music and song but will bring with them their widely celebrated unique styles. The artists featured are no strangers to the eyes and ears of traditional music and song lovers and each have award winning albums and special recognition for projects and performances in recent years.

Tickets €15 (concs. €12).


Wednesday, 7th November at 7.00pm

Fetac Presentation Night


Kerry Film Festival

Saturday 3rd November at 7.30pm.

As part of the Film Festival Tech Amergin will screen selected shorts on
 Tickets €5.

FRANKIE Ireland 2007 12 mins DVD, 35 mm Colour

Frankie is 15 and preparing for fatherhood he is determined to be the best dad ever, but as his day goes on, he starts to realize how impossible this will be for him. Writer/Director – Darren Thornton

A STRANGE REQUEST Ireland 2007 4mins 25secs DigiBeta Colour

A patient lies helpless in an errie hospital. He asks the cleaning lady for some help. This strange request has unforeseen consequences. Director – Maurice O’Carroll

BLIND EYE Ireland 2007 12 mins 16 sec DVD Colour

Sabina Wisniak, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany packs her case while downstairs in the hallway, an Irish immigration official is waiting to deport her. She makes a moving, last minute appeal to the immigration official, but he remains heartless and escorts her away to the mail boat while Sabina hopes for some trace of compassion. Director – Damien de Burca

BRIGHT IDEA Ireland 2007 5mins 37sec DVD Colour

A group of bored medical students occupy their time with silly games and dares, however they are about to realise that some ideas are not so bright… Director – Vincent Gallagher

NEW BOY Ireland 2007 10mins 52sec DVD Colour

Based on a short story by Roddy Doyle this poignant and comedic short film deftly captures the experience of being the new boy in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine-year-old African boy.  Writer/Director – Steph Green

THE END IS NIGHT Ireland 2007 4mins 35mm Colour

When a farmer discovers an ancient amulet with the power to destroy the world, he does what any of us would do…

Director/Writer – James Cotter

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Ireland 2007 4mins 20sec DVD, Mini DV Colour

Wong, Lucy and Femi, three foreign workers in a shop are frequently subjected to underhanded racism by some of the customers. Jacinta is one of the main culprits. She had little patience for them when they first started working in the shop and has even less now as they repeatedly get her lunch order wrong. She is about to confront them after it happened again; the question is, are the workers going to sit back and take it?

Director – Sean Murray


A ventriloquist’s relationship with his dummy is strained after they lose their job with a traveling vaudeville act. The ventriloquist realizes he is able to scam farmers for money, much to the dummy’s dismay, and loses his conscience so that he can continue.

Director – Bryan Nest

AN CREÁTUR Ireland 2007 19mins 35mm Colour

Uniquely spanning 15 years in as many scenes, “An Creátur” (“The Poor Creature”) tells the story of a young boy and a moment which changes his life forever. Writer/Director – Peter Foott


Tuesday 30th October

Dance Workshops with Catherine Young

(Dancer in Residence with Kerry County Council)

Catherine has worked closely with Siamsa Tire, the National Folk Theatre training their core company of dancers. She has also worked throughout the county with various schools and community groups sharing her skills and dance styles that span the range from contemporary/modern dance to Hip Hop, Jazz and African dance as well as yoga.


Saturday 27th October at 8.30pm

‘Ard Cughainn’

Traditional song, dance and music All-Ireland Champion Musicians

Ard Chughainn are a West Limerick based traditional group consisting of two

All Ireland Champion Musicians and local runner up all Ireland singer.
Tickets € 10 (conc € 8).


Sunday, 14th October, 8.30pm

Shirley Valentine (Theatre )

by Willy Russell

“No one thought she had the courage. The nerve. Or the lingerie”

You will rarely see a better solo performance than Nicola Hollinshead gives in this very funny, beautifully observed and occasionally moving one-woman play by Willy Russell. (The Irish Mail on Sunday)

Shirley is a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, stuck in a rut. But when her best friend wins an all expenses paid trip for two to Greece, she begins to see the world, and herself, in a very different light.

Brimming with forthright comedy and pithy observations, Willy Russell’s landmark play about a woman reclaiming her identity and self-confidence reflects many of the challenges of modern life in Ireland today.

Tickets €12 (conc. €10)


Friday, 5th October 8.00pm

Liam Ó’Maonlaí  (Traditional Concert)

Following on from fame with the Hothouse Flowers, Liam Ó’Maonlaí has carved out a successful career as a solo artist drawing on his love for the Irish language and traditional music whilst embracing contemporary music and song from around the world.

Tickets €12 (conc €10).

Singing workshops with Liam on Thursday October 4th, 7 – 9pm.


Sunday 30th September, 3.00pm

‘Oidhreacht trí gig: The Wicked Reign’ – Seán Ó Laoghaire   (Family Puppet Show)

Sean is a native art smith who has grown up with a great interest in local culture, its heritage and the environment. He has translated this interest into his performing, creative and educational work.


Saturday 22nd September, 8.30pm

Syrius Trio (A Music Network concert)

The trio comprising of Elizabeth Cooney (violin), Jane O’Hara (cello) and Bobby Chen (piano), were awarded a place in 2006 on Young Musicwide (Music Network’s development programme for selected young professional musicians).


Tuesday 18th September, 8.30pm

Fiddle and concertina player, Niamh Ní Charra (Concert)

Niamh who toured for eight years with Riverdance is currently doing gigs nationwide to publicise

her dubut album “Ón Dá Thaobh/From Both Sides” which has achieved much critical acclaim.


Saturday 15th September, 8.30pm

Ceolchoirm ( Concert)

As part of Kerry’s 10th International Chamber Music Festival,

‘Music in Retreat Lodges’ performed pieces by Elgar, Schubert and Grieg and also featured poet Paddy Bushe.


 Sunday 19th August, 8.00 pm

Kevin Burke (Traditional)



Kevin Burke is a leading figure in the world music scene.

This was a great opportunity to hear the legendary Bothy Band & Patrick Street fiddler playing solo with support group Ardú.


Saturday 18th August, 7.45 pm

A double bill presentation of two plays by Connor McPherson.

‘Rum and Vodka’ the first play, is a study of how deep a hole one man can dig & what it might take for him to get out of it. The play has some hilarious dialogue & promises to be appealing & entertaining.

9.00 pm, the second Conor McPerson play ‘The Good Thief’ chronicles the story of the unnamed thief, who has a gripping & engrossing yarn to spin. Over 15’s.


Friday 17th August, 8.30 pm


The Galway Theatre Company, Heart ‘n Crown will perform ‘This Lime Tree Bower’ by renowned playwright, Connor McPherson. The production got rave reviews at it’s recent production in Galway. Over 15’s.


Thursday 16th August, 9.00 pm 

Traditional Concert with The Kerry Orchestra – see 2nd August.


Thursday 2nd August, 9.00 pm

The second of three concerts by The Kerry Orchestra playing traditional music and dance, sets, céilí, etc. Audience participation is greatly appreciated as it helps to make it a wonderful evening of entertainment for both adults and children. Tickets €10 (conc.)


Thursday 9th August, 9.00 pm

Classical piano recital, with pianist, Santa Ignace. 

Santa is from Latvia and has won many awards in Latvia and France.
She is currently giving master classes in the Kerry School of Music, Tralee.

She will play music by Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninov & Liszt. Tickets € 12 (conc.)


21ú – 23ú Meitheamh/June 2007

Féile na Greine/Solstice Arts Festival

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Monday 18th June, 8.30 pm

Letters of a Match Maker by John B. Keane

presented by the ‘Call Back theatre’


Sunday 27th May8.00 pm


One-woman show with Joan Sheehy. The play won an Ozzie Whitbread Award in 2000 as best one-act play.

Since then it has been developed onto a 70-minute play and opened to great reviews in the Andrew Lane Studio in Dublin prior to its current tour.


Saturday 26th May, 8.30 pm

‘Music & Song’

Music and Song with Alex Finn, of Dé Dannan fame, on bazouki, Mary Saunton, singer & accordionist & Seán Garvey, singer.


Sunday 20th May, 8.00 pm

Recital by internationally acclaimed pianist, Ivan Ilić.

A rising star on the Parisian music scene, 28 year old American pianist Ivan Ilić is gaining international recognition for his “unique blend of a Gallic touch, a Slavic soul and a mathematician’s precision.”

A disciple of the legendary François-René Duchâble, Ivan is supported by the American Foundation in Paris, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the Karić Foundation (Belgrade), and the Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists (San Francisco). Ivan recently completed a one-year residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts; he is currently supported by the Nadia Boulanger Foundation in Paris.


Saturday 28th April, 8.30 pm

Traditional Session with Paul Brock & Enda Scahill

Master musicians Paul Brock & Enda Scahill have just released their new CD “Humdinger”, a recording of Melodeon and Banjo Music drawing its influence from the Golden Era of Irish Music in the Music Halls of America in the 1920’s and 30’s. The music is full of exuberance and flair and mixes modern virtuosi playing with the repertoire of the early pioneering recordings. Paul and Enda are joined on this recording by Ryan Molloy, a pianist and All-Ireland Champion fiddler player from Co. Tyrone, and Tommy Hayes from Co. Clare on percussion.


Sunday 8th April, 8.00pm

‘From the Shoulders Down’

One-man show, written and acted by Richard Lynch. The play chronicles the life of P.J. Mulpeter, forced to finish school at Primary Level and spend his working life ‘soldering’ on building sites in England. 

The show has been touring nationally to great critical acclaim.


Tech Amergin 17th March

Lá le Pádraig ’07 – Concert of traditional music and song

featuring Tim Dennehy, Ardú, Sean Garvey and Coney Joe


Waterville / Friends of Lesotho

Twinning the Kingdoms – Kerry and Lesotho

As part of the United Nations Millenium Development Goals, the Kingdoms of Kerry and Lesotho are involved in a twinning project to aid development and exchange culture. ‘The Waterville Friends of Lesotho’ group was set up in February 2007, following the visit of HE Mannete Ramaili , Lesotho Ambassador to the Tech for the opening of a Photographic Exhibition by Eileen O’Leary. A group of interested people got together to form a support group to forge links with a village in Lesotho and to work directly with the village committee. We will work with Eileen O’Leary who regularly visits Lesotho, to ensure that all money raised is spent directly on the priorities of the village people. Whether the money is used for education, health, the care of Aids orphans or the production of food, it will be well spent. By the end of March 2007

we will have formed links with the village and know exactly where the money will be spent.

The first of our fund-raisers will be a sponsored walk on 16 th March from the Tech to St. Fionnán’s Well in Caherbearna at 1.30 pm, this will coincide with the feast of St. Fionnán and hopefully will help revive the pattern tradition of making rounds at the holy well.



Éigse na Brídeoige 2ú, 3ú, 4ú Feabhra

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Tuesday 5th December.


The Kingdom of Lesotho’s Ambassador to Ireland
H.E. Mannete Ramaili
opening an Exhibition of Photographs from Lesotho by Eileen O’Leary
in Tech Amergin, Waterville

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