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Sunday 6th December 2009 at 3.00pm 

‘Goldilocks & The Three Bears’ (Christmas Family Matinee)

presented by Centre Stage Theatre Company

Few stories can have more instantly recognisable lines than Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and ‘Someone’s been eating my porridge…’ is guaranteed to have hordes of small children shrieking their recognition of these heart-stopping words! When Goldilocks sets off into the forest she has no idea of the magical Christmas adventure that awaits her. There are some very strange people in the forest… and of course there are bears…! But with a little magic and a lot of help from the children in the audience…

Everyone just might live happily ever. The eternal appeal of this classic tale makes this a golden opportunity to present this production from the North’s première producer of Christmas plays, with all our usual values of clean family entertainment, funny and immediate scripts, simple but spectacular effects, memorable tunes and strong performances.

From Centre Stage, whose last three Christmas Shows, The Snow Queen, Little Red Riding Hood, and Snow White and Rose Red have thrilled and enchanted primary school children all over Ireland, North and South.

Centre Stage’s past Shows have regularly played, amongst other places, in Antrim, Armagh, Ballyboughal, Ballycastle, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Bangor, Belfast, Coalisland, Coleraine, Cookstown, Craigavon, Derry, Downpatrick, Dungiven, Kilmallock, Larne, Limavady, Listowel, Lurgan, Monaghan, Mullingar, Newry, Newtownabbey, Newtownards, Omagh, Portadown, Skerries, Springhill, Strabane, Waterville – and of course with the RSC at the Barbican in London …

Tickets: Children €8, Adults €10, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children €30.



Sunday 6th December 2009 from 11.00am – 5.00pm 

In Aid of Lesotho

Ceramics & Textiles. Paintings, Drawing & Photographs.

Cakes & Savoury Foods. Bric-a-Brac & Books & lots more!

Refreshments will also be available.

Win a stunning 80cm x 120cm tapestry worth €750 for just €5 a strip. Raffle will be drawn on the 10th December at 5pm. All proceeds from the rafftle will go to Twinning The Kingdoms projects in Lesotho.

Tickets available now in Tech Amergin.


Friday 13th November 2009 at 8.00pm

‘Home’ (Film)

Written and produced by Alan Cooke

‘Home, a poetic and thought-provoking feature-length documentary written and co-created by Alan Cooke, Dublin actor and writer, reflects on his recent arrival in New York City, exploring such universal themes as nostalgia, the journey and the concept of home. The film features a remarkable series of interviews with quintessential New Yorkers — , Susan Sarandon, Alfred Molina, Fran Liebowitz, Rosie Perez, Colin Quinn — and there are also contributions from such New York-Irish luminaries as Liam neeson and Frank McCourt.

Directing her first feature, New York University Film School graduate Scibilia turns the film into an impeccably shot love letter to the thriving metropolis. Jim Sheridan, who has himself lived and filmed in the city, said that Home “beautifully captures the Irish immigrant’s journey through the myth and mystery of New York.”

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer and co-producer Alan Cooke.
/ Life Magazine

Alan Cooke recently picked up an Emmy for best writing for a documentary for HOME.   HOME was also nominated for 2 other Emmys, Best Cinematography and Best Documentary.

Tickets €5.


Samhlaíocht Kerry Film Festival

Tuesday 3rd November 2009 at 11.15am

‘The Constant Gardener’


Director: Fernando Meirelles.

A classic from Fernando Meirelles, starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz in an Oscar winning role. A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife’s murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

Tickets €5.


Tuesday 3rd November 2009  at 8.00pm
‘Apocalypse Now

Director:  Francis Ford Coppola.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar winning epic is loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Set in the Vietnam War the movie follows Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) who is sent upriver to Cambodia to exterminate the renegade Green Beret Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando, in a role that, by his own
admission, was one of the darkest of his life. The film perfectly encapsulates the madness of Vietnam, in the words of director Coppola, “We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and, little by little, we went insane!” A brilliant movie and one that has to be seen on the big screen.


Tickets €7.


Friday, 30th October 2009 at 8.30pm

‘The Pre – Madonnas

Liz Ryan (Mezzo soprano), Mary Flaherty (Soprano)
& Deborah Kelleher on piano

In the days before Madonna and Kylie there were two girls with Real Voices who sang Real Music.

The years passed and these two girls now………slightly older, grown wiser, sexier & more attractive with limitless
supplies of talent, known as: The Pre-Madonnas.

Mezzo soprano Liz Ryan (Dublin) and soprano Mary Flaherty (Galway), together they present a delectable programme of arias and duets from composers such as Verdi, Mozart, Bellini, Delibes and Handel, as well as operetta and Victorian songs and comedy sketches.  And Deborah Kelleher will accompany the girls on piano.  All presented with charm & panache! and no radio mikes. Ladies and Gentlemen we present THE PRE-MADONNAS.

Stunning singing & great fun!

Tickets 15 euro. (12 euros conc.)


Sunday, 25th October 2009 at 8.30pm

‘More Lives Than One – Oscar Wilde & the Black Douglas’

presented by Dear Conjunction Theatre Company

Written & performed by Leslie Clack. Directed by Patricia Kessler.

 & ’84 Charing Cross Road’

by James Roose-Evans adapted from the letters of
Helene Hanff & Frank Doel.
Directed by Trish Kessler & Les Clack.

84 Charring Cross Road: It’s 1949. A struggling New York City writer starts up a correspondence with a London bookseller. This warm exchange of letters has been skillfully adapted into a play.

“An evening of enchantment and charm” Whay’s On London “Sad that Helene Hanff wasn’t alive to see these two actors on the stage”.

More Lives Than One:Oscar Wilde and the Black Douglas. This show is inspired by Michael Mac Liammoir’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.

Fringe Review Edinburgh 2008
“With Wildean excess I would give this show 6 stars if I could, 5 star restraint is the order of the day”.

Dear Conjunction Company Paris is a Professional bilingual troupe of actors, directors and writer founded in 1991. Patricia Kessler born in Chicago but was reared in Paris and lived in Allahies, West Cork. Founder
member of Dear Conjunction. Leslie Clack: Londoner who has been based in Paris since 1980. Committed to bilingual theatre and a founder member of Dear Conjunction Company.

Tickets €15 (€12). 


Wednesday, 21st October 2009 at 7.30pm 

‘Active Retired Dromid’ – Art Exhibition

A mixed media exhibition of paintings by artists:

  • Jane Coffey
  • Dan Curran
  • Terry Briggs
  • Donal O’Shea

Music provided by ‘The Gunas’

Fáilte roimh cách


Saturday, 17th October 2009 at 8.30pm

Book & Website Launch
in association with
Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh

Binneas Project

‘Songs of Iveragh: Amhráin Uíbh Ráthaigh Volume 1′ &
The Binneas archive website

The launch will be followed by a traditional concert.


Saturday, 17th October 2009 at 12.00noon

Highlighting poverty in rural Kerry (EXHIBITION)

South West Kerry Women’s Association

U.N. Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Exhibition will be launched by Deirdre Walsh of Radio Kerry.

Everyone welcome. Refreshments served.


Saturday, 10th October 2009 at 8.30pm

Peter Browne (uilleann piper), Phil Callery (singer), 
& Gerry Harrington (fiddle player)


Peter Browne currently works as Senior Producer-in-Charge of Music Programmes in RTÉ Radio One with a special interest in traditional music. He has played as a session musician on recordings by such people as Paul Brady, Maura O’ Connell, Mary Black, Mick Hanley, The Dubliners, Scullion and Cór Chúil Aodha and has also been part of various ventures in modern experimental music and has played the works of Bill Whelan, Michael Holohan, Roger Doyle and Paddy Meegan. He has featured as soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on their 1997 North American Tour and frequently attends gatherings of Uilleann pipers as guest teacher, lecturer and performer.

September 1999 saw the European release of a stunning new album “From The Edge of Memory” by Phil Callery & The Long Wave Band. This is the first solo album from Phil Callery who is probably best known for his work with The Voice Squad. The album contains 13 tracks including, The Bonny Blue Eyed Lassie, Annan Waters, The Green Linnet and Stolen Child. For this album Phil is joined by “The Long Wave Band” featuring some of Ireland’s finest musicians such as Niall O’Callanáín on Bouzouki, Kevin Murphy on Cello, Colm McCaughey on fiddle, Jimmy Faulkner on guitar and Belinda Morris on oboe and saxophone.

Gerry Harrington grew up in Kenmare County Kerry under the influence of some of the great players of the day, Connie O’Connell, Dennis McMahon, Séamus Creagh and Jackie Daly. Gerry’s music was brought to a wider audience during the nineties through the release of two exquisite albums with accordion player Eoghan O’Sullivan, Scéal Eile and The Smokey Chimney. Another perfect match was formed when Gerry recorded The New Road with button accordion master Charlie Piggott. Gerry has recently recorded “Fortune Favours The Merry” with very well known Sligo flute player Peter Horan from Killavil. Gerry met Peter at the James Morrison Festival in Riverstown, Co. Sligo in 2000 and they have been friends and musical partners since.

Tickets €15 (€12)


Thursday, 8th October 2009 at 8.30pm

Playing Burton (Theatre)

Written by Mark Jenkins. Directed by Guy Masterson.

Performed by JOSH RICHARDS

The great Welsh roaring boyo, one of the most powerful actors and personalities of the Twentieth Century, Richard Burton appeared to waste his talent, squander his millions, drink himself to an early death. He was the most nominated actor never to win an Oscar.

From humble roots as the 12th child of a drunken Welsh miner, he rose to become the World’s first megastar. Rarely out of the papers for three decades and infamously married to Elizabeth Taylor, the word ‘paparazzi’ was coined for them… But the real Burton, little Richie Jenkins, was known only to a few.

Presented in Burton’s own words and those of the great writers he admired, Welshman Josh Richards reincarnates both the actor and the myth in a moving, powerfully charming, deeply profound performance. An emotional helter-skelter ride through the life of a flawed genius. And have things changed? As we witness this passion fuelled genius crash to a vodka sodden wreck,

we ask how steep is the price we still demand our idols to pay?

Directed by Burton’s great nephew, Guy Masterson, Mark Jenkins’ play was first presented in Edinburgh in ’94 to huge acclaim. It returned equally successfully to Edinburgh in 1997 and 2007. And has since been produced elsewhere with three other actors taking the role. Josh Richards is the man who created it…   This is the original and… the best.

‘An unforgettable distillation of the essence of Richard Burton’s uniqueness. A shattering portrayal’ The Daily Mail

‘With a mountain shattering presence Josh Richards becomes RICHARD BURTON in an exceptionally powerful and darkly haunting performance. It is riveting and peerlessly acted’ The Scotsman (Sunday Business Post Review)

Tickets €15 (€10).


Saturday, 3rd October 2009 at 8.00pm

Kerry International Chamber Music Festival



Tickets €20 (€15).



Thursday, 10th September 2009 at 8.30pm
Samuel Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’ 


Directed by Sergio Amigo

Never since 1958, when Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ was staged for the first time in Argentina, a local cast has performed a version of ‘Happy Days’ in its original English version.

The director has presented the characters by endowing them with all the nuances and subleties as implied in the text. The total atmosphere of the production effectively depicts all its facets, transitions and tensions
by making visible the aesthetical multiplicity of Beckett’s theatre.

“ excellent production that regales the audience with an unforgettable aesthetic and intellectual experience.”

       For further information on this performance please visit

Tickets €15 (€10).


Sunday, 13th September 2009 at 8.30pm


(Chamber Ensemble)

Both artists are laureates of the Royal College of Music, London, and former Fullbright scholars.

The duo have recently been invited to join the prestigious Music Network Artist roster. Both performers were also individual recipients of the National Concert Hall Rising Star debut recital. This performance will feature much loved cello works by Shostakovich, Debussy, Beethoven, & Chopin.
The recital will also feature the beautiful Mendelssohn cello Sonata in honour of the composers 200th birth year.

This is the first nationwide recital tour, currently touring Ireland from 2nd-13th September 2009, by this exciting new chamber ensemble, and a chance to catch two of Ireland’s finest young performers live in concert!

The Tour is kindly supported with assistance from the Music Network Performace and Touring Award, and is proudly presented in association with RTE Lyric fm.

‘Gerald Peregrine plays the cello as if born to it’ – Irish Times

‘Cathal Breslin-‘Playing with assurance and sparkle’ – Irish Times

For further details see and

Tickets €15 (€10). 


Thursday, 23rd July 2009 at 8.30pm

Skellig Ensemble  (Traditional/Classical)

An evening of music & dance suitable for all the family.

Tickets €10.   


Monday, 20th July 2009 at 8.30pm

The Kiss By Michael Harding (Theatre)

Performed by Tom Hickey

The Kiss is a timely revival of one of Michael Harding’s most incisive comments on the state of Catholism in Ireland. Featuring Tom Hickey it promises to be a riveting experience in the theatre.

The Kiss is a tragic tale of one man’s compulsion, blindness and loneliness.
After the heat of the courtroom, a priest sits in silence to reflect on his deeds and to taste a bitter remorse. But he is still ambiguous about his past. Forgetful of all suffering but for his own loneliness, which still blinds him to the consequences, as he turns inward, turns to home – towards mother and
towards the last remembrance of a kiss more treacherous than that of Judas Iscariot. In vivid images and heartbreaking clarity, this old priest tells the truth as he sees it, and his ambiguous mind is revealed for what it is.

’A powerful,important play…should not be missed’’ Irish Independent
‘’a performance of raw power and extraordinary impact’’ The Tribune
‘’ Tom Hickey…has an edgy brilliance…with real dramatic punch’’ Irish Times

Tickets €12 (€10 conc.).


Saturday, 18th July 2009 at 8.30pm

Garry Walsh, Christy Leahy & Donncha  Moynihan (Traditional)


Garry Walsh was born in Manchester of Irish Parents, now living in West Cork. A master of the flute and whistle, taught by his father aged 11. Following his acclaimed debut album “Uncovered” Ossian Records, he has recently released Penny Trumpets, Claddagh Records. Both CD’s feature previously unrecorded music from Co. Louth and Co. Cork, which has been in his family for generations. He has toured around the Country, UK and Europe with some of Traditional Music’s top players.

Christy Leahy is also from Cork and plays with well known band ‘North Cregg’. He has toured Ireland, Uk and Europe and is highly regarded in trad music as one of the best box players.

Donncha Moynihan is from Cork and comes from the well known Moynihan family. A much sought after accompanist, he has played with just about every body. He formed the band “Calico” with well known brother Diarmuid on pipes; releasing two CD’s. He has toured the Country, across Europe and extensively in US. He is also a sound engineer and has recorded some of the best players around.

Tickets €15 (€10 conc.). 


Saturday & Sunday, 18th – 19th July 2009

Waterville Seatrout Festival

A celebration of the resurgence of Waterville as a destination, not only for its magnificent seatrout fishing but also for the beauty of its rich and ancient coastal landscape, its sparkling lakes and streams, its culture, history and folklore.

There will be a wide range of events for the enjoyment of all, including nonfishermen! The Festival will be held in and around Tech Amergin, our
Centre for Arts and Culture, in the centre of Waterville.


Friday, 17th July 2009 at 7.30pm

‘The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas Of The Ring of Kerry’  (Book Launch) 

in association with Cork University Press

The book will be launched by John A. Murphy, Emeritus Professor of History, UCC & John O’Donoghue TD, An Ceann Comhairle

Admission free


Sunday, 12th July 2009 at 8.30pm

A musical journey – Clare Horgan

in concert singing smooth jazz, blues,
contemporary folk & sean-nós.

Tickets €15 (€10 conc.). 


Monday, 6th July 2009 at 8.30pm

Ailie Robertson (Traditional)

One of Scotland’s leading young harpists, Ailie Robertson fronts a contemporary, dynamic trio of harp, guitar, and percussion.  A Live-Ireland Winner and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008 finalist, Ailie plays with outstanding vigour, poise and sensitivity. Jigs, reels and polkas get the feet tapping while her slow airs have been described as ‘heart-achingly beautiful’.  Ailie Robertson’s eloquent, deeply expressive harp playing, combined with the guitarist’s masterful control of harmony and rhythm, and the percussionist’s canny blend of sensitivity and effervescence create a three-way musical conversation that ranges from soulful reflection to exciting, high octane dance tunes.

“This is an incredible debut solo from Ailie Robertson.….I really struggled to find enough words to put across my praise for this magnificent debut. It’s moving, beautiful and totally original. It is a masterful album that combines Irish and Scottish influence as well as an undeniably clever contemporary twist.  Ailie shows that the Celtic harp can be just as at home with guitar, bass, percussion and piano as it can be as a solo instrument. This album will take you to places you have never been before, quite simply it is mind-blowing”.
Folk Radio UK Review

Tickets €15 (€10 conc.).


Thursday, 2nd July 2009 at 7.00pm

Photographic & Video Exhibition

Celebrating Two Kerry Sports Heroes

Legendary Kerry cyclist Mick Murphy  & local mountaineer John Dowd

Official opening by ex footballer and radio broadcaster Weeshie Fogarty Legendary Kerry cyclist Mick Murphy is being honoured in Tech Amergin, Waterville, by an exhibition of photographic and video work by Cork artist Chris Hurley. In the 1950s and ‘60s the Rás Tailteann attracted bigger crowds than any other sporting event in Ireland. To compete was a great achievement, to finish it a greater one, to win it a monumental one. Occasionally a win became the stuff of legend.

The exhibition takes us back to that time with a film which retells the story by the hero himself, while intimately portraying him through a series of stunning photographs. The exhibition will run until July 14th.

Equally monumental in its scale and achievement was the success of local mountaineer John Dowd, who in 2008 became the first ever Kerryman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Echoing the teak-tough nature of Murphys cycling style, John Dowds feat of endurance and both physical and mental courage marks him out as one of Kerry’s great unsung sporting heroes. Following the exhibition opening John will give an illustrated talk on his experience, with a slide show of photographs he took himself on his grueling climb.


Sunday, 28th June 2009 at 8.30pm

Booth & Li Cello & Guitar Duo

Following her successful tour of Ireland in 2006, the outstanding young cellist Li Lu has received several International Awards, including from the Irish Arts Council and the BBC Performing Arts Fund, both of these being for the first time awarded to a Chinese artist. Her solo and chamber music performances
have taken her across Asia and Europe.

Li Lu will perform in Tech Amergin in collaboration with exciting young British guitarist Andrew Booth for an evening of beautiful acoustic music that straddles classical, folk and jazz. Featuring music from Spain, France, South America and Asia, also include some of the first-rate contemporary works for guitar and
cello, which are still rarely heard in concert. Further informatin on

“Li Lu played confidently and with a particular authority” (the Irish Times).

Tickets €15 (€10 conc.).


21ú – 23ú Meitheamh/June 2009 

Féile na Greine/Solstice Arts Festival

Starting on Sunday 21st June, Midsummer Day and finishing with a traditional bonfire on St. John’s Eve, 23rd June, Féile na Gréine will celebrate midsummer with theatre, music, poetry, visual arts, film, circus and workshops.

Waterville, on the Ring of Kerry among some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, with direct access to mountains, lakes and sea, is an ideal location for this festival. And Tech Amergin, the purpose-built arts
centre with the intimate atmosphere, is the ideal venue.

For further information see


Friday, 12th June 2009 at 8.30pm


Togetherness, a stellar quartet, are one of the most exciting young jazz groups to emerge from the Dublin jazz scene in recent times. Led by pianist/composer Justin Carroll, the quartet forms a captivating sound of original music and features some of the brightest musicians on the Irish jazz scene.  Saxophonist

Michael Buckley has worked internationally with many outstanding musicians. Bassist Simon Jermyn and drummer Seán Carpio have worked together with groups to watch out for such as Red Rocket and Trot A Mouse.
The Group have been praised for their undeniable group chemistry, harmonic & rhythmic flexibility and moments of individual brilliance from all four members.

“considerable ingenuity and imagination”
– CD Of The Week (The Ticket) The Irish Times ****

Tickets €15 (€10 conc.).  


Sunday, 7th June 2009 at 8.30pm


The David Munnelly Band was started in 2000 by Irish button accordion player David Munnelly, who toured and recorded with The Chieftains and De Danann.

With members from Mayo, Dublin, Donegal, Tyrone and, Brighton, England the exciting sextet combines button accordion, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, bodhrán and flute for a high-spirited instrumental sound coloured with a bit of jazz and ragtime, and extraordinary percussive dancing topped with the singing
of All-Ireland champion Shauna Mullin.   They have won special acclaim for incorporating the sound of the 1920s and 1930s and such bands from that era as the Flanagan Brothers with its traditional roots.

Tickets €15 (€10 conc.).  


Sunday, 31st May 2009 at 8.30pm

Jimmy Joyced! (Theatre)

by Donal O’Kelly

Directed by Sorcha Fox

Jimmy Joyced! looks back at 1904 through the eyes of JJ Staines, a stallholder in Dublin’s Rathmines Market with a dangerous obsession for all things Joycean. JJ drives like a man possessed through the full gamut of 1904 James Joyce, from his 22nd birthday on 2nd February to his departure with Nora Barnacle on 9th October.

Donal O’Kelly is an actor and playwright. His previous solo plays include the award-winning Catalpa, performed in Tech Amergin in October 2008,  and Bat The Father Rabbit The Son.
In 2007 he toured his Mummer-style 1798 spy thriller Vive La throughout Ireland, and his music-theatre piece Running Beast, performed in Tech Amergin during Féile na Gréine 2008, based on the story of Red
Hugh O’Neill Earl of Tyrone, and has toured to rave notices in Ireland and abroad.

On screen, he is known for his roles in movies such as the recently-released Kings, The Van, Spin The Bottle, I Went Down, and the TV series’ Paths To Freedom and Fair City.

Tickets 20 (conc. 12).


Sunday, 24th May 2009 at 8.30pm

Endre Hegedus (Solo Piano Recital)

The passionate Hungarian pianist and prize winner of ten international piano competitions,  Endre Hegedus, will perform masterpieces by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt in Tech Amergin.

He has already performed two unforgettable recitals in Muckross House, Killarney and two in Waterville.

Hegedus’ exceptional live performances distinguish him as a master of tonal beauty and clarity. International critics and audiences alike have hailed him as one of the most prominent piano soloist in the world.

Tickets €15 (conc. €10).

Further information available on


 Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th May 2009 at 8.30pm

Brendan Grace (Comedy)

Brendan’s material owes more to the best of the traditional stand-up-comics than it does to modern alternative humour and his show is very much a show for all the family.

Tickets €30.


Sunday 10th May 2009, 8.30 pm

Ivan Ilić,  (Solo Piano Recital) 
Paris based pianist performing works by  Bach, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin & Leopold Godowsky.

Recently praised by the New Yorker as an “adventurous pianist” who “likes his music on the brainy side,” Ivan Ilić is rapidly gaining astrong international reputation. A disciple of François-René Duchâble,

Ilić has earned support from the American Foundation in Paris, the Karić Foundation in Belgrade, the University of Illinois, and the Nadia Boulanger Foundation in Paris. He recently completed a one-yearresidency at the Cité Internationale des Arts.

Ivan’s first CD of music by Claude Debussy recently received Mezzo Television Critic’s Choice Award in France. The disc is broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio France, Radio 4 Netherlands, American Public Radio,and Radio Canada, as well as major classical music stations in Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Ireland, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, and South Africa.

“A pianist of real personality, his name is one to remember.”
Le Monde de la Musique

“Fidelity to what the score says is impeccable.”
Classical Music Magazine

Tickets €15 (€10 conc.)


Thursday 7th May 2009 at 8.30 pm

Derek Mahon (Poetry Reading)

Multi Award Winning Poet who wasBorn in Belfast in 1941, he was educated at Trinity College Dublin and the Sorbonne. He has worked as a journalist and screenwriter in Dublin and London, adapting Irish novels for television, and has taught at Barnard College, New York and New York University. His poetry collections include The Hudson Letter (1995), The Yellow Book (1997) and Collected Poems (1999). His most recent collection is Harbour Lights (2005).

He has translated plays and poetry by Sophocles, Euripides, Racine, Molière, Nerval and Philippe Jaccottet; the latter work won the C.K. Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize. His other awards include the Irish Times/Aer Lingus
Poetry Prize, the Irish-American Cultural Institute Award and Lannan and Guggenheim fellowships. He lives in Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Admission €5.


Easter Sunday 12th April 2009 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Craft Fair In Aid of Lesotho

Ceramics, Textiles, Paintings, Drawings & Photographs, Cakes, Savoury Foods,

Bric-a-Brac, Books & lots, lots more.

Refreshments will also be available.


Sunday 5th April 2009 at 8.00pm

Mariettas (Theatre/Comedy)

Following the very successful play (The Telephone Exchange) by Niamh Gleeson.  The Five Lamps Theatre Company presents ‘The Mariettas’, an exciting new  comedy by Niamh Gleeson.

The Marietta Showband is dreamed up while Bernie Brady works on the biscuit factory line in 1968.
She drums up four other young ones and they attempt to burst onto the Dublin showband scene.  They have an inauspicious beginning in Father Finian’s Parish Hall.  Will the unreliable musicians turn up?
Will Assumpta’s gippy tummy get the better of her?  Can ‘The Mariettas’ get the crowds on the dance floor?

Charming and quirky, ‘The Mariettas’ is a trip down memory lane and Hucklebuck shoes are compulsory!

Tickets €15 (€10 conc.)


Thursday 2nd April 2009 at 8.00pm

Johnny McEvoy

Johnny McEvoy has been writing and performing songs for over 40 years and he is just back from yet another very successful mini tour in America. He took most of the last year of from performing live

concerts to concentrate on writing and recording a new album. He regards his latest album “Never Smelt The Roses” which came out on the 6th of March this year to be his best work to date and very few could argue when they hear it. The title track “Never Smelt the Roses” has been getting great reviews in the United States and the Album itself shows us that Johnny is back at his very best not only vocally but also in his song writing.

Tickets €20 (€18 conc.)


Friday 13th March 2009 at 8.00pm

Mary McPartlan & Thom Moore (Traditional/Folk Music)

Mary is one of Ireland’s finest vocal performers & interprets with spirit, passion & an intense love of the songs she sings. Thom, American/Irish singer, songwriter ‘Train to Sligo’, ‘Carolina Rua’ etc

& member of 70’s group ‘Pumpkinhead’ & later ‘Midnight Well’.

Singing workshop with Mary & Thom on Saturday 14th March from 11.00am – 1.00pm.
Workshop fee: €20. Contact the centre for further details.

Concert tickets €15 (€10 conc.)



Sunday 8th March 2009 at 8.00pm

The Truman Capote Talk Show
With Bob Kingdom as Truman Capote

presented by Richard Jordan Productions Ltd

Bitchy, Glitzy, Chic, Unique, Heartbreaking….

No one looked, or sounded, like Truman Capote. A five foot four terror, with a high-pitched, Southern drawl, he wrote as he spoke, like a surgeon with a scalpel; made by words,  destroyed  by  words,  drugs  and alcohol.  Capote, recreated, lays bare both sides of this classic American tragedy.

Winner of the Fringe First Award The Truman Capote Talk Show has enjoyed sell-out seasons at the Lyric Hammersmith London and Off-Broadway.

 “Bob Kingdom’s beautifully gauged and eloquent performance underlines the nature of Capote’s dilemma”.

Nicholas deJongh, Evening Standard, London

“By recreating the style, elegance and poetic tragedy of Truman Capote, Mr.Kingdom, in one of the crowning achievements of the acting profession, has created new poetry of his own”  Rex Reed, New York Observer

Tickets €15 (€10 conc.)


 Friday 6th March at 8.00pm

Syrius Trio (A Music Network concert)

Bobby Chen, Elizabeth Cooney and Jane Cords-O’Hara

The Syrius Piano Trio is fast making an impression on the international stage after winning a place on Music Network Ireland’s Young Musicwide Scheme in 2006, following which the trio performed an all Shostakovich programme on tour in Ireland and at the Weill Hall at Carnegie in New York.

The trio, comprising three young exciting talents formed two years ago. Bobby Chen, piano and Elizabeth Cooney, violin, both studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music respectively. Jane Cords-O’Hara, cello, studied at the Royal Northern College Manchester before
moving to New York where she is now based.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)




Sunday 22nd February 2009, 8.00pm

Endgame (theatre)

This was Beckett’s favourite play in that it was the one he disliked least. It has never achieved the same popularity as Waiting For Godot but it has as much poignancy, great speechs and poetic intensity. The Godot Company forthcoming Production intend to bring out the humanity,humour and the power of this extraordinary work.

Woolf is described as “a living icon of the theatrical avant-garde, an actor who throughout the 1960s  would appear in any play that broke new boundaries“.

His film credits include Marat/Sade (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), Steptoe and Son (1972), Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Gorky Park (1983), Superman III (1983).

A great night’s theatre where comedy and tragedy are intermixed with great dramatic moments.

Only performance in Kerry

Tickets €15 (€10 conc.)



Friday 30th January – Sunday 1st February

‘Sceilig Revisted’

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 Sunday 25th January 2009 at 8.00pm

Slide (Traditional Irish Ensemble)

A Music Network concert

Slide features vocalists and multi instrumentalists Daire Bracken (fiddle/guitar), Éamonn de Barra (piano/flute/bodhrán/whistle), Aogán Lynch (concertina/whistle), Mick Broderick (bouzouki/mandolin) and Dave Curley (vocals) who will perform music from their CD, Overneath.

Described by Donal Lunny as “a band of real conviction”, Slide was awarded a place on Young Musicwide 2005 – Music Network’s professional development scheme awarded to Ireland’s brightest young musicians.

“Slide… the future of Irish Music”                          RTÉ Radio 1

“…a powerhouse quartet of traditional musicians with attitude ”    Irish Times

Tickets €18 (€15 conc.)

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