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2012 Human Rights Day Film Screening
in association with Kerry One World Centre

Monday 10th December 2012 8pm


Kerry One World Centre’s annual Human Rights Day Film Screenings will take place in Tralee, Killarney and Waterville. The screenings will comprise five short films which formed the short list for the 2012 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards. All are welcome to the event. Donation €5/Concession €1.



Machine Man
Director: Roser Corella

This documentary by Roser Corella is an elegant exploration of the role of manual human labour in a globalised 21st century world. The film follows the lives of various workers in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, where millions of men and women carry out all manner of labour in the streets, factories, building sites and on the sea shore. These “machine men” are the engine that keeps this bustling metropolis running, and this film is a glimpse at the lives they lead.




Hold on Tight
Producer: Zlata Filipovic; Director: Anna Rodgers

Holding hands and kissing in public isn’t for everyone. When it comes to same-sex relationships, showing your love outside of the home is sometimes a complicated personal choice. This short documentary moves between the public and the private spaces in which lesbian and gay couples live, and explores small gestures of human connectedness. These gentle interactions not only carry a huge personal significance, but also the potent power to create social change. Yet for most people, being affectionate beyond the hall door isn’t intended as a political statement – it’s an expression of love.




Padres (Parents)
Director: Liz Lobato

In this charming short film by Spanish director Liz Lobato, we see the emotional struggle of a couple as they attempt to navigate Spain’s bureaucratic adopt54:80/devdescr.xll wracked with doubt as to whether or not they are making the right choice, the adoption agency reveals at the last minute that their prospective adoptee is not alone, leaving the couple with an important choice to make.




Chen Guangcheng – Caged Bird
Director: Kyle Kroszner

Jay O’Callaghan is the captain of the Emerald Warriors, a Dublin rugby club set up in 2003 with the aim of giving gay, bisexual and heterosexual men the opportunity to play competitive rugby together nationally and internationally. In this meditative documentary, Jay talks frankly about his experiences growing up gay in Dublin, his struggle to come out to his family, and his love for rugby.



Leave to Remain
Director: Anna Byrne

Since the late nineties, hundreds of unaccompanied minors have arrived in Ireland seeking refuge. These children are termed Separated Immigrant Children. Up until December 2010, these children were housed in residential hostels in the greater Dublin area. This is one man’s account of his experience in Ireland as a separated immigrant child.




The Centre Stage Theatre Company


Santa’s Sooty Christmas

Monday 3rd December 2012

10.00am – SOLD OUT

12.00noon  – SOLD OUT

2.00pm  – SOLD OUT

It’s the day before Christmas Eve. Cheerful chimney-sweep Rudi is cleaning all the chimneys – to make sure they are ready for Santa – but Rudi gets a very nasty shock! One very big chimney is well and truly blocked… and not with soot… but with toys…! Stuck there by the dreadful witch Fluella the Fluesy! Wicked Fluella loves grunge and grime and wants to stop Christmas by blocking all the chimneys so that Santa can’t deliver the presents.

Rudi manages to free the toys – a beautiful Bride Doll, a Constant Tin Soldier and a very cross Christmas Candle, but the trouble is only starting, for well and truly stuck in the chimney is… yes… Santa himself! Rudi and the Toys take on fearsome Fluella, to try to free Santa in time for Christmas Eve… but she has a mean old mate – Sootabaga…! A horrible grungy thing… and together they are not going to give in! With a little magic… and a lot of help from the children in the audience… Rudi and the Toys might get Santa unstuck… but Fluella and Sootabaga are on the prowl…!

More mischief, magic and merry mayhem! from the company who brought you
Little Red Riding-Hood, Goldilocks And The Three Bears, Old Mother Hubbard & Little Miss Muffet.

Children €5 / Adults €10. Pre-booking essential, 066 9478956 /



Christmas Craft Fair


Saturday 1st December 2012, 12noon – 6pm

Creating Kerry’s smallest but finest Christmas Fair for presents you won’t find anywhere else. Everything individually created by local artists and craftspeople. Come along and browse over 10 stalls with woodwork, cards, candles, pottery, chocolate, jewellery etc… You can also enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee and homemade cakes in our tearoom on the day. The arts and crafts Christmas Fair will include an exhibition of work by Tech Amergin staff & teachers.  This is a fundraising event for Tech Amergin.



Trad concert with Gearoid Keating & Graham Guerin

Playing Banjo & Accordion on Saturday 17th November 2012, 8.30pm

Gearoid is from the music strong hold of Abbeyfeale in West Limerick and has been coming to south Kerry with the last 6 years teaching music in the branch of Comhaltas in Cahersiveen.  He plays in the west Limerick style of nice steady but yet very lively music.  Having won an all-Ireland with the banjo and toured with Comhaltas, he has a lot of experience in performing the arts.

Graham Guerin hailing from the flat landscape of north Kerry is one of the most popular accordion players in the country.  Having won several all–Ireland’s also, he is a very good performer and plays steady lively north Kerry, east Galway style music. Graham is living in Dublin, teaching music to up and coming young musicians.

These two musicians have been playing together with the last five years. They have a common love for the east Galway style of music combined with the north Kerry and west Limerick styles, this makes for lovely steady but lively music which is sure to get the feet tapping.  These two musicians really bounce off each other when playing and you would get a sense of the styles they represent and the style of music the lads are trying to perform as a duet.

Tickets €12 (conc. €8).

Booking on 066 9478956 /




Drama Workshop

in association with

Southwest Kerry Women’s Association

Saturday 13th, 20th October & 10th & 17th November 2012 (4 days) from 10.30am – 2.30pm

Four day drama workshop. The first part of the programme will introduce participants to drama skills and help to boost their confidence  using drama games and fun improvisations.

The second part of the programme will cover topics on women’s issue.  The tutor will use a style of theatre called ‘forum theatre’ to get participants involved and working to come up with solutions to dilemmas and situations. These issues will be tackled in a sensitive way and drama is a great tool for looking at issues from a new perspective and the learning style appeals to most.

Tutor  Joe O’Mahony  Gaiety School of Acting

Pre- booking essential.


Kerry Film Festival 2012 School’s Screenings

Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th October




Rural Women’s Day Seminar – ‘Nutrition’

in association with Southwest Kerry Women’s Association

Tuesday 16th October at 8pm

Why not join us and our guest speakers for a talk on nutrition.

Do you know what is in the food you are eating?
Are you getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs?

Admission €5 ~ Light Refreshments Served
All welcome!



Astro-Photography for Beginners

Saturday 13th October, 11am – 5pm

Astro-photography is simply taking a photograph of an object in space, whether it’s with a point-and-shoot camera, the Hubble Space Telescope or any other type of camera. The subject matter can include anything from the moon to the Milky Way. Weather permitting, the class will go out during the Saturday night to put into practice what they had learned during the day.

A (SLR) or digital single lens reflex (DSLR) is perfect in taking photos of the night sky but combining its use with a telescope pushes the advantages of owning such a camera into another realm. A lot of the older film cameras are also good for this job. If you have an SLR or DSLR and want to further extend its potential, or you are familiar with the digital camera and are thinking of up-grading to an SLR then this is the perfect class for you. The teacher’s name is Jan Casper who now lives in Cork but is originally from Czechoslovakia. He has been an Astro-photographer for many many years and has been involved with the Cork Astronomy Group for over 30 years. Fee: €50. Pre-booking essential. This event is organised by South Kerry Astronomy Group.



Film Night – 1947 Classic Film

The Farmer’s Daughter in original 16mm format

Thursday 20th September 2012 at 7.30pm

Movie magic, they way it used to be

Re-live some of the old movie magic with the classic movie ‘The Farmer’s Daughter‘ from 1947 will be shown in the original 16mm format. It stars Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore and a young Lex Barker. The film was produced by Dore Schary and legendary David O. Selznick of ‘Gone With The Wind‘ fame, it was directed by comedy specialist H. C. Potter.  Accompanied by an introduction with lots of information and followed by a discussion with Swiss movie historian and journalist Eric Langner . Fee: 5 Euros.

The movie tells the story of Katrin ‘Katie‘ Holstrom, a Swedish-American farmer’s daughter, who leaves her parent’s farm to start a new life in the big city. Here she wants to study to become a nurse. Things develop differently, when she is forced into a job after losing her expense money. She accepts the position as a domestic for congressman Glenn Morley (Joseph Cotten). Impressed by her political talent as well as her charms, soon he gets more and more fond of her. And vice versa. But their feelings remain unspoken. Only after Katie speaks up at a party rally and is abruptly thrust into politics herself, things really change. Loretta Young won an Oscar for her portrayal of Katie in 1947.


Waterville Classic Movies

Educational Workshop

Tech Amergin

Thursday 20th September at 7.30pm

Fee:  €5

To register for a place on this workshop please phone 066 9478956 / .



Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival 2012 August 23 – 26

Day Time Event Venue Price €
Thursday 11am Screening of shortlisted entries Tech Amergin Free
Thursday 4pm Bob O’Cáthail Art ExhibitionOfficial opening. Exhibition will run throughout the festival. Tech Amergin Free
Friday 10am Screen writing workshop Mary Kate o’ Flanagan Tech AmerginCable Room €20
Friday 10am Improvised Music for Film with Morgan Cooke Tech AmerginAuditorium €20
Friday 1pm Screening of shortlisted entries Tech Amergin Free
Friday 3pm Screening of shortlisted entries Tech Amergin Free
Friday 5pm Young Frankenstein Tech Amergin €5
Friday 8pm Astronomy talk with Julie Ormond for families Tech Amergin Free
Friday 8pm Skellig List- An evening of poetry and song with Eugene O’Connell and Clare Horgan. Tech Amergin Free
Saturday 12pm An acting master class with Jack Garfein Tech Amergin €20
Saturday 6pm Legends and Heroes. Speaker, historian Sinead Deignan will explore the wonders that Derrynane has to offer. Tech Amergin Free
Sunday 3pm Waterville- The Hub of world communication. A fascinating history and display presented by Dorothy and Amy Rudd. A walking tour of Cable station to follow, weather permitting. Tech Amergin Cable Room Free


Info on all the other venue events can be  seen on


Traditional Irish music ‘Song, Dance & Storytelling’ evening, from members of the Barr na Sráide Comhaltas Branch

Thursday 26th July, doors open at 7.45pm, concert at 8.00pm in Tech Amergin.

Admission €10 Adults / €5.00 Children.

Booking for arts events: 066 9478956 /


Féile na Gréine:  2012  Solstice Arts Festival

Thursday 21st June

3.30pm       Ceol na nGallán: Music at the Megaliths

A solstice celebration at the Íochtar Cua Standing Stones near Waterville.  This 4,000 years old, spectacularly sited alignment, overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay and Lough Currane, is associated with the winter solstice. But so what? We’ll bring it to glorious midsummer life with the Scottish pipes and the Irish harp, as well as a creative dance piece choreographed specifically for the setting. This will be an event to tell your grandchildren about.
With piper Alan MacDonald, harpist and singer Marina Cassidy and dancer Catherine Young, and whatever else happens!                                ***** Bus leaving Tech Amergin at 3.00 pm.             Admission free – Fáilte roimh cách

7.00 pm                Official Opening of Féile na Gréine and Festival Exhibition –  Through Pauline’s Eyes
Let the sun into your world at a wonderful exhibition of visual art by Pauline Bewick, one of Ireland’s most renowned artists.
Opening by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage agus Gaeltacht.
Admission free – Fáilte roimh cách
8.30 pm                       A Mildly Mad Midsummer Marvel
Music and Stories for mid-summer with literary raconteur David Norris, harpist Marina Cassidy,  composer and pianist Declan Walsh,  Norwegian composer singer and guitarist  Kyrre Slind and piper  Alan Mac Donald in concert. The programme includes a newly composed arrangement, by Declan Walsh, based on The Song of Amergin.
Táille/Admission – €15


Friday 22nd June

10.00 am and 11.00 am                  Clann Lir: Children’s Theatre

Insint nua ar an seanscéal draíochta – seó le puipéadóireacht, íomhánna fuinniúla agus ceol aoibhinn nuachumtha.
Stiúiriú                 Marc Mac Lochlainn
Ceol                     Michael Chang agus Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin
Léiriú                   Branar
Táille – €5 (clann €8)

2.30 pm                Trì Chànan na h-Alba: Poetry, Music and Song in Scotland’s

                                     three languages

Poetry with Liz Lochhead and Aonghas MacNeacail
Music and Song with Alan MacDonald and Gerda Stevenson
Táille/admission €5 (conc.€3)
8.00 pm                    Getting to Know You, a newly choreographed piece by integrated dance company Spoken                                                         Dance, performed by Sultan Kakar and Lisa Cahill.
In Getting to Know You the dancers’ abilities are challenged through a process that explores how they can be at once still and also in motion together with and without wheels. Roles of dependence, independence and interdependence are constantly being exchanged as each dancer gains insight into the other dancer’s experience.
followed by

8.00 pm              Saoi no More

World première performance of a new play written and performed by the much-acclaimed Donal O’Kelly.
Upwardly-mobile, wheeler-dealer Keogh tramps on a crazed development crusade through modern Ireland, a journey that bring him face to face, through night-sight lenses, with an old school acquaintance at a Shell compound on the Sruwaddacon estuary in Erris.
Táille/Admission – €15


Saturday 23rd June

11.00 am         Braveheart

A screening of the popular film  in association with Kerry Film Festival, starring Mel Gibson, introduced byGerda Stevenson, who played the part of Mother MacClannough, Braveheart’s mother-in-law in the film.
Táille/admission €5
2.30 pm           Beyond the Here and Now
John F. Deane, James Harpur and Paddy Bushe, three writers whose poetry is informed by widely varying beliefs, read from work.
4.30 pm                Filí Chorca Dhuibhne
Filíocht dhátheangach ó cheann dosna ceantracha is bisiúla filíochta sa tír. Bilingual poetry by some of the poets from what is probably Ireland’s liveliest poetry scene.
Táille/admission €5 (conc.€3)

8.00 pm           The Boys of the Lough: a Legend in Concert

Kevin HendersonCathal Mc Connell and Gary Ó Briain belt out a couple of hours of top-class traditional music and songs.
Táille/Admission – €15

leading us to the grand finale of this midsummer festival


10.30               Tine Chnámh na Féile Eoin: St. John’s Eve Bonfire

The traditional midsummer bonfire. An Saol Mór is a Mháthair are invited to join in the ceol agus craic with Ardú and local musicians.

Check out the website for details of workshops during the festival


South Kerry Astronomy Group

Friday June 8th 2012
Doors open at 7:30 film starts at 8:00









See this amazing Academy Award winning film in Tech Amergin
Entry fee of €7 includes a door raffle ticket for a specially sourced Apollo 13 medallion
containing metal actually flown to the Moon on Apollo missions and other memorabilia.







Don’t miss out on a chance to win this truly amazing prize.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Phone: 087 7845688 / 087 2912394m or Email:
PG rating. Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult!




 Thursday 26th April at 8.30 p.m

LIME KILNS IN IVERAGH : A Heritage Iveragh illustrated talk on ‘ Lime Kilns in Iveragh ‘  will be given by Tom Horgan in Tech Amergin.  Everyone welcome!

Please check back later for further event listings!


Saturday 17th March 

Céilí Lá le Pádraig – Tech Amergin Fundraising Dance
Music by Gerald O’Donoghue & guests
Door Prize, Raffles & Spot Prizes on the night
This Event is being held at Tech Amergin Community Arts & Education Centre
Tickets €10 (including refreshments)


Friday 9th March at 8.00pm









1981 by Tony Devlin
with actor Tony Devlin & musician Barry Kerr
‘1981’ was written by Tony Devlin of Brassneck Theatre Company Belfast to commemorate the
30th anniversary of the Hunger Strike in the Maze Prison by Bobby Sands and
9 Republican colleagues/volunteers.
This 2-Act play presents a deep and moving insight into the personality and character of
each of the 10 hunger strikers who died in their protest for political status while being
Tickets €15 (€12 conc) Couples €25 Children €5


Thursday 8th March at 7.30pm










Southwest Kerry Women’s Association are celebrating International Women’s Day

Come and join us in Tech Amergin Waterville for a crepe or two… then relax and watch
the hit film “The Guard” starring Brendan Gleeson. Crepes will be served  @ 7.30pm
followed by the film @ 8pm. Admission €10. This is a fundraiser night to support SKWA’s
counselling service which is in existence with the past 10 years.



Coffee morning in aid of Irish Cancer Society.





Thursday 1st March at 10.30am – 1.00pm
Coffee morning in aid of Irish Cancer Society.
Your support would be appreciated


An Evening with Brendan Shine

with his daughter Emily & drummer Johnny Dawson 

Sunday 26th February at 8.00pm







Part of an immensely musical upbringing, Irish born vocalist and accordionist Brendan Shine is one of Ireland’s
most respected and enjoyed performers, releasing a number of hit singles, presenting a handful of television
specials and delighting audiences for more than 30 years.

Brendan Shine started his band with school pal Johnny Dawson as a drummer and singer over 30 years ago and
in that time Brendan has performed worldwide at prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall NY City, Albert Hall London, Opera House Australia, Concert Hall Dublin and Opera House Cork.

He has a new Single out this week ‘Where Did You Meet Her’ about a Dublin man living in London who
rambles into the Galtymore, Cricklewood (which was built by the Byrnes from Kerry) one night where he met his
wife. The song brings back memories of where you met your loved one!

Booking 066 9478956 / 
Tickets €15, €12 (conc.), Couples €25 & Children €5.



Thursday 23rd February at 8.00pm

The Way (Film)







USA, Dir. Emilio Estevez.

A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the El Camino de Santiago,and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. Starring Martin Sheen.

Tickets €5



Friday February at 24th 7.00pm
A Concert of Musical Experiences







The Life Skills Programme of Kerry Parents & Friends in Cahersiveen has again brought together an orchestra of individuals with different musical abilities under the leadership of John Billing, an international lyre player and conductor.

Proceeds of the concert will go towards the community garden in Tech Amergin.
Tickets €5



Sunday 19th February at 8.00pm

The Velvet Revolution by Mick Donnellan. (Play)






Fyodor and Shelly are a young couple living in an undisclosed town in the rural Ireland. We enter the play at a point where Fyodor has lost an incredible amount of money and is now in the dangerous debt of loan shark, Kevin. Anything could happen!

Tickets €15 (Conc €12) Couples €25 Children €5



Sunday12th February at 2.30pm

Active Retirement Tea Dance
Music by Gerald O’Donoghue






Refreshments served

Tickets €10 (Couple €15)



Sunday 5th February at 8.00pm
Beckett X3






Three short plays by Samuel Beckett and performed by The Godot Company London.
1) Rough for Theatre 2: 2 observers who may or not be officials discuss a man contemplating suicide.
2) That Time: An Irish labourer after years in Britain looks back on his earlier life and his disappointing career before he dies.
3) Rockaby: An old woman,sick of life, rocks herself into the next life.

Tickets €15 (Conc €12) Couples €25 Children €5


Saturday 4th February – Éigse na Brídeoige
10.00am: Sherpa curtha i láthair ag Seán Mac a’ tSíthigh, scannán faoi chuairteoir ón Himalaya ar a chéad turas go dtí an Sceilg, Cnoc Bhréanainn agus Uíbh Ráthach. (a new TG4 documentary)

11.00am:Thíos Seal agus Thuas Seal, ó Ghleann go Beann le Dermot Somers (the renowned mountaineer and documentary presenter gives an illustrated talk on his mountaineering from Iveragh to the Himalaya)

11.45am: Ag Sealbhú na gCnoc, léacht leis an saineolaí Breandán Ó Cíobháin faoi ghnéithe éagsúla de logainmneacha sléibhe in Uíbh Ráthach. (an exploration of the mountain placenames of Iveragh )

7.00pm: Dhá sheoladh le Bríd Ní Mhóráin

• Picturing The Hills: taispeántas griangrafadóireachta An exhibition mounted by the South Kerry Camera Club







• My Lord Buddha of Carraig Éanna – A new collection of poetry from Paddy Bushe.









8.15pm: Ceol na gCnoc; The High Note; The Éigse Concert – Ceolchoirm agus buaicphointe na hÉigse le Seán Garvey, Seán Óg Garvey agus Niamh Ní Charra le Matt Griffin.


Sunday 5th February 2.30pm
Turas Sléibhe: Bus/Walk mountain trip.
Experience the mountains at a level that suits you.

All abilities will be catered for.

Meeting at Tech Amergin.

Léachtaí €5 Ceolchoirm €15

Ticéad Deireadh Seachtaine €25
Éigse events are bi-lingual. Simultaneous translation available.

Further information on



Thursday 2nd February at 8.00pm

St. Brigids Cross Workshop




Learn the traditional art of making a St. Brigid’s Cross with Mary McGarvey & Denis Connor.

Admission Free


Saturday 28th January 2012 8pm

Reelín in Tradition
Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy






For those who really know their traditional music, the Mulcahy Family must rank as one of the most impressive musical families in Ireland today. Their musicianship is of the highest order and their ensemble playing is flawless.

Booking on 066 9478956 066 9478956

Tickets €15 (€12 conc) Couples €25 Children €5





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