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Saturday 18th December at 3pm

Beat The Blues…Come On & Jazz It Up! (Music Workshop)

Top London Singer and Pianist, Liz Tillotson will lead an afternoon workshop in Gospel, Jazzy and Christmas Songs….

For a fun way to learn some new songs and
spruce up a few we already know. Adults and Children, Men and Women, Welcome…

Tickets: €10/€5.



Friday 17th December 2010

 Waterville Friends of Lesotho  Fundraiser

Please contact the centre for further details.



Wednesday 15th December at 8.00 pm 

‘Voices at the World’s Edge:   Irish Poets On Skellig Michael’ (Book Launch)

Book will be launched by Frank Lewis of Radio Kerry.

The book is a celebration and exploration of Skellig Michael by 12 of Ireland’s

finest contemporary poets with photographs by the legendary photographer John Minihan and introduction by Marie Heaney. Following the Launch there will be a talk by Grellan Rourke on The OPW Work on Skellig Michael.  Fáilte roimh cách.


Sunday 12th December 2010 at 3.00pm 

Centre Stage Theatre Company 

present  ‘Old Mother Hubbard’ ( Pantomime)

Don’t miss the annual pantomime presented by Centre Stage, featuring a new adaptation by Roma Tomelty of ‘Old Mother Hubbard’. With all the usual audience interaction, this is a Christmas treat not to be missed! Early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment!

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



Friday 12th November 2010 at 8.00 pm

‘I’ll live till I die’

A celebration in TALK, STORY AND SONG of the iconic

DELIA MURPHY by niece Carmen Cullen

with Music by Gerry Anderson  & Song by Maureen O’Donovan

A commemoration of a family member by niece Carmen Cullen celebrating renowned  singer of her day, Delia Murphy, who gave the Irish ballad international  recognition and ensured its everlasting appeal.

Music by Gerry Anderson about Delia’s career, drawing on his knowledge of the
singer as the first inspiration of his own development as a folk balladeer and traditional musician, and looking at her place in Irish music and the people she inspired as Ireland’s first lady of song.

Song Some of Delia’s much loved and remembered favourites such as

The Spinning Wheel and If I were a Blackbird, sung by actress and singer Maureen O’Donovan, accompanied by Gerry with a chance for the audience to join in!

Talk The life and times of Delia Murphy by niece Carmen Cullen. This is followed by a dramatised reading from Carmen’s novel Two Sisters Singing inspired by a larger than life Delia.   Carmen is a published poet and playwright and was awarded an M.Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin in February 2009.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.) Booking on 066 9478956


 Sunday 7th November at 8.00pm

South Kerry Astronomy Group presents Science Week 2010

Talk & Slide Show with Dave McDonald

(Chairperson of Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies)



Tuesday 9th November at 7.30pm 

Lecture/Slide Show with Astro-Physicist Kate Arturs

Dave Mc Donald hit the headlines recently with his latest discovery of a new Variable Star.    This has been a great month for Astronomy in Ireland and not the only one for Mr. McDonald ….. this is his third Astronomical discovery. Dave McDonald will open Science Week 2010 with a  talk/slide show on Astronomy in general, his latest discovery, as well as his previous discoveries – which are accredited by NASA.  He will also talk about the rapidly growing hobby of Astro-Photography, of which he is quite an expert.

Also, in celebration of Science week, on Tuesday November 9th  at 7.30 pm, Astro-Physicist Kate Arturs will present a lecture/slide show in Tech Amergin with the title ‘Our Place in Space’ the theme of this year’s Science Week.

 Admittance fee for each talk is €8 or both talks can be pre-booked at a discounted fee of €12.   

Limited number of seats available and early booking is advisable.



2010 Kerry Film Festival  

Tuesday 2nd November 2010 at 10.30am

Senior English Workshop ’32A’  

Director: Marian Quinn

A classic from Fernando Meirelles, starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz in an Oscar winning role. A How does life measure up for a 13-year old girl? A wonderful coming-of-age story set in Dublin. (Ireland  2007)



Tuesday 2nd November 2010 at 8.00pm

‘His & Hers’

Director:  Ken Wardrop

Using his mother’s life as inspiration, Ken Wardrop explores life’s journey. His & Hers is an investigation into the ordinary to discover the extraordinary. It finds comedy in the mundane, tragedy in the profound and provides an original insight into life. The hallways, living rooms and kitchens of the Irish Midlands are used as the canvas for the film’s rich tapestry of female characters. The story unfolds sequentially through young to old with a charmingly unabashed array of Irish ladies, and there’s not a man in sight! (Ireland 2009)


Wednesday 3rd November 2010 at 10.00am


Children’s Shorts


 Wednesday 3rd November 2010 at 11.15am

‘The Ugling Duckling & Me’

Director: Michael Hegner & Karsten Kiilerich

Filmmakers Michael Hegner and Karsten Kiilerich offer an updated variation on Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved classic in this computer animated tale of a tough-luck rodent con-artist who befriends a homely hatchling with a most unusual talent.

Ratso is a traveling scammer who longs to break big into the profitable world of show business, but when he ends up on a duck farm and becomes the caretaker of a distinctively large egg, he findsout the true meaning of friendship! As the egg cracks and a most unsightly hatchling emerges, Ratso nicknames the feathered infant “Ugly” and reluctantly finds himself assuming the role of the chick’s father.

This isn’t your average baby duckling though, because Ugly has a talent that audiences will flock to see!




Wednesday 3rd November 2010 at 8.00pm

‘Pyjama Girls’ 

Director:  Maya Derrington

 Pyjama Girls, focuses on the lives of two charismatic inner-city Dublin teens, Lauren and Tara, as they roam the streets, sporting nightwear for daywear – a curious cultural (and purely female)phenomenon currently spreading the globe! (Ireland  2009)

Tickets €7.


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Tuesday 26th October 2010 at 8.30pm

Award Winning Irish Pianist, Finghin Collins & Soprano, Lenneke Ruiten ( Song Recital)

One of Ireland’s most successful musicians, Dubliner Finghin Collins studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O’Conor and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet. Winner of the RTE Musician of the Future Competition in 1994 and the Classical Category at the National Entertainment Awards in 1998, he went on to achieve major international success by taking first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. Since then he has developed a flourishing international career that takes him all over Europe, the United States and the Far East.

The soprano Lenneke Ruiten studied voice with Maria Rondel and Meinard Kraak in the Hague and went on to study opera at the Bavarian Theatre Academy in Munich.  She also had singing and interpretation lessons from Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Hans Hotter, Robert Tear and Walter Berry. In 2002 Lenneke won five prizes at the International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch, including the first prize and the audience prize.

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– Programme –

Clara Wieck-Schumann (1819-1896): Sechs Lieder op. 13

1.     Ich stand in dunklen Träumen (H.Heine)

2.     Sie liebten sich beide (H.Heine)

3.     Liebeszauber (E.Geibel)

4.     Der Mond kommt still gegangen (E.Geibel)

5.     Ich hab’ in deinem Auge (F.Rückert)

6.     Die stille Lotosblume (E.Geibel)


Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Cabaret Songs, Text:  W.H. Auden

 1.     Tell me the truth about love

2.     Funeral blues

3.     Johnny

4.     Calypso


F. Schubert (1797-1828) Songs

1.     Frühlingsglaube (Uhland)

2.     Gretchen am Spinnrade (Goethe)

3.     Die Forelle (Schubart)


V. Bellini (1801 – 1835) Sei Ariette per Marianna Pollini

–  Malinconia, Ninfa gentile

– Vanne, o rosa fortunata
– Bella Nice, che d’amore
– Almen se non poss’io
– Per pieta, bell’idol mio
– Ma rendi pur content

C. Debussy (1862-1918): Songs from Cahier Vasnier

Clair de lune (P. Verlaine)

Jane (Ch.M.L. de Lisle)

Musique (P. Bourget)
Regret (P. Bourget)
Pantomime (P. Verlaine)

Tickets €15 (€12). 





 Friday 15th October 2010 at 8.30pm

 Duncan Honeybourne (Piano Recital)

A recital by English pianist Duncan Honeybourne, mining an especially rich harvest of composers with anniversaries in 2010. Honeybourne will couple works by bicentenarians Chopin and Schumann with an attractive Suite by Cork composer Aloys Fleischmann, whose centenary is being widely commemorated in 2010. Piano music by Anglo-Irish composer E.J. Moeran, who died in Kenmare sixty years ago, is a special feature.

Duncan Honeybourne made his Irish debut in 1998, playing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos with Finghin Collins at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and on RTE Radio FM3. He has since played frequently in Ireland, giving solo recitals in Dublin, Waterford, Cork and Limerick. At home in the UK he has played concertos and given many hundreds of solo recitals at major venues in London, Birmingham, most of the principal cities and at several major festivals, and has broadcast as a soloist for BBC Radio 3. He has taken a particular interest in the works of  20th and 21st century British and Irish composers and has premiered many new works dedicated to him by leading contemporary composers. In 2007 he received the honorary award of HonBC from the Birmingham Conservatoire for professional distinction, and in 2008 his double CD, Piano Music from the Midlands, was released. Hegave the world premiere of the Andrew Downes Piano Concerto at Birmingham Town Hall in March 2009  and will return to Ireland in 2010 to present The Piano Music of E.J. Moeran in a recital tour coinciding with the release of his new CD, of piano music by Moeran and Howells.



Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849)

Scherzo in B minor, op.20

Ballade in A Flat, op.47

Ernest John MOERAN (1894-1950)

Two Legends (1923)
I. A Folk Story
II. Rune

Three Piano Pieces (1919)

I. The Lake Island
II. Autumn Woods
III. At A Horse Fair

Theme and Variations (1920)


Aloys FLEISCHMANN (1910-1992)   Suite for Piano

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasy in C, op.17

I.  Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen

II. Massig. Durchaus energisch
III. Langsam getragen. Durchaus leise zu halten

Tickets €15 (€10).




 Sunday 10th October 2010 at 8.30pm

The Five Lamps Theatre Company presents

‘Dear Frankie’ by Niamh Gleeson starring Nuala Hayes as Frankie

Who does an agony aunt turn to for advice?

Dear Frankie is the story of Frankie Byrne, Ireland’s iconic agony aunt.   For over twenty years, Ireland tunes in, as Frankie solves the problems of a nation at lunchtime on Radio Eireann.  Lovelorn teenagers, jealous husbands, concerned mammies, all  write in looking for an answer to their problems.

This by turns, hilarious and poignant play, tracks the life of this glamorous, successful and popular Irish figure as she considers the burning social issues of the time – all the while, concealing deep sorrows in her own life.   Funny, astonishing and moving, with a three-strong cast starring the wonderful Nuala Hayes in the title role, Dear Frankie is not to be missed.

Tickets €15 (€12).




Culture Night Kerry 2010

Friday 24th September 2010 

3 – 2 – 1 !

South Kerry Camera Club Exhibition .

Talk on ‘The Archaeological Monuments and Identity of Iveragh’ by John Sheehan, UCC .
Talk & Slide Show on Astronomy .

On Culture Night, key artistic and cultural organisations in participating towns and cities, extend their opening hours until late in the evening to provide the public with increased access to the various collections, workshops and other events hosted by the organisations.

2010 in Kerry promises’ to be an exciting night – it is the first time Culture Night is being offered on a more countywide basis, the intention is to have a wider spread of activities again in 2011.

Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture & Sport in partnership with Kerry Local Authorities.

To celebrate Culture Night 2010, John Sheehan (UCC) will officially open an exhibition of work, on an archaeological theme, by members of The South Kerry Camera club at 7.30pm  in Tech Amergin Arts Centre. The exhibition will be followed by a talk at 8.00pm on ‘The Archaeological Monuments and Identity of Iveragh’ by John Sheehan. Finally at 10.00pm the South Kerry Astronomy group will host a talk and slide show on astronomy followed by, weather permitting, an outside telescopic viewing.

All culture night events are free. Everybody welcome.

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Traditional Irish Music Tour
Music Network


The Living Stream


Jackie Daly (accordion), Matt Cranitch (fiddle)
John Faulkner (guitar, bouzouki, voice)

Sunday 19th September 2010 at 8.30pm


In ancient folklore, three is a magic number, and you can expect the combined talents of Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch and John Faulkner to let loose the Sliabh Luachra genie from the bottle. There’s clearly some draiocht in the waters of the upper Blackwater as this mountainous region on the borders of northwest Cork and east Kerry is renowned for its unique repertoire of slides and polkas as well as its very distinctive style of playing. Though Jackie and Matt are both steeped in the rich musical traditions of Sliabh Luachra, this collaboration with singer John Faulkner is very much a celebration of the here and now, the living stream of Irish music.
An acclaimed songwriter and composer, John is a heartfelt performer who has traded lines with the likes of Ewan MacColl, Dolores Keane, Arty McGlynn and John Prine. Button accordion wizard Jackie needs little introduction to trad fans, and his work with legendary groups such as De Danann, Patrick Street, Arcady and Kinvara is testament to his versatility. Former Fleadh Cheoil winner and master fiddler Matt Cranitch is a founder member of the group Sliabh Notes, as well as a highly respected authority on and teacher of Irish Traditional music.


“Probably the best accordionist in Ireland” The New York Times on Jackie Daly


Tickets €15 (€12). 



Sunday 12th September 2010 at 8.30pm


Starring Michael Collins with Patricia McCarthy

Directed by Mick Rafferty

‘It’s a cultural thing or is it? – A Traveller in progress’ is a revised version of a play first put on in Liberty HallTheatre last March. It is based on the life experiences of Michael Collins, a Traveller, who remembers his childhood through innocent eyes. There is also a running commentary that explains the same events in a different light. The performance sees Michael going from living in the fields of Kilbeggan in a barrel top wagon to living in a tent at the top of Prosperous Hill. He describes his family’s journey to Dublin to join the other Travellers who started the exodus to Dublin as a result of changes in the social welfare system and the end of thetraditional way of life. During the course of the performance he has to convince his daughter to stay on in school. He takes us through his school days and his first real encounter with settled people. It is a fast paced sequence of stories that are a microcosm of the history of the Traveller community over the past 40 years.

Michael Collins as himself with Patricia McCarthy as the narratorEntertaining, enriching and provocative – you could hardly ask for more from a show. These engaging truetales, based on the experiences of former Glenroe actor and Traveller Michael Collins, portray the discrimination and hardship routinely experienced by the Travelling community. They vividly evoke life inencampments and on halting sites- and some good times – from the mid – 1960’s through the Human Rights for Travellers activism of the 1980’s and the beginnings of self development. Extract from the Irish Times Collins is an effective presence and tells his stories with humour, passion and a total absence of self pity. He is ably supported by social worker, Patricia McCarthy, providing historical, political and social context for Collins’s stories. Mick Rafferty’s able direction adds film and music to the script. Excellent. *****

Tickets €15 (€12)



Friday 30th July 2010 at 8.30pm

Godot Company actor, Peter Marinker,

A reading of Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape and Wallace Stevens, The Man with the Blue Guitar.

Accompaniment, Adolph Packeiser on harp.

Tickets €15 (€12).



Wednesday 28th July 2010 at 8.30pm 

Clare Horgan & band (Jazz / Trad)

 Tickets €15 (€12)


 Friday 23rd July 2010 at 8.30pm

A night of story and music with

Seanachaí Batt Burns   Concertinist Sean O’Dwyer

As a youngster Batt Burns experienced the seanachie (storyteller) tradition firsthand when he lived with his grandfather in the Hills of County Kerry, and heard him tell stories by the fire during the harsh winter nights.

Today Burns helps to preserve that Irish heritage with haunting accounts of ghosts, great adventure stories, tales of heroes, farcical stories and witty jokes.

It was winning the All Ireland Teachers’ Talent Competition in 1983, which started him on the road to his second career.In 1994 Burns left his teaching career behind him and became a full-time entertainer in the USA where he has performed at all the major storytelling festivals, including The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee in 1994, at several Irish Clubs and at the college campuses of Harvard, Notre Dame and Northwestern. In 2000 he was a featured teller at The Masterton Storytelling Festival in New Zealand. He performed at The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC on many occasions including St. Patrick’s Night in 2010.

Traditional concertinist, Sean O’Dwyer, hails from the Beara peninsula in West Cork. He belongs to a renowned family of traditional musicians: son of the late concertinist Ella Mae, brother of renowned accordeonist Riobard and Maura (concertina), and first cousin to the famous Dwyer composers and players – the late Michael (tin whistle), John (fiddle), Finbar (accordeon) and Richie (accordeon, fiddle and vocals).

All-Britain champion in 1970 for concertina and lilting, some of Sean’s recordings are to be found in Ladies on the Flatboat, Irish Traditional Concertina Styles, RTE’s Bring Down the Lamp, and the 1981 score for the film The Forgotten Irish. His new concertina CD, ‘Irish Trad Concertina from Beara’ was launched just a couple of months ago.

Tickets €15 (€12)



 Friday 16th July 2010 at 8.30pm

Carmina with Diarmaid Moynihan on uileann pipes (Celtic Folk / Jazz)

Celtic folk/jazz pioneers Carmina have released five albums to date and toured worldwide, appearing at festivals from Europe to Australia. They began in Ireland, and have done over thirty tours here, including countless festivals such as Cork jazz, the World Fleadh, Ballyshannon, Earagail Arts, Wexford Opera, etc.

Their new album ‘My Crescent City’ is their second collaboration with Irish legend Dónal Lunny, who produced and guests on the album. Regarded as a perfect album of its genre, it was hailed as ‘absolutely gorgeous – a masterpiece- (BBC Celtic Heartbeat) and voted Album of the Week on RTÉ 1 (2009).

‘Carmina took the Guinness Festival Club by storm with a superb mix of jazz, folk and celtic crossover music – taking the audience on a bewitching journey full of melodic grace and inventiveness – a brilliant band with superbly fronted by vocalist Pippa Marland and guitarist Rob King’ – Jack McGournan, Director, Guinness Jazz Festival, Cork

‘Whispers of Moving Hearts at their spacious innovative best’ – Irish Times

Tickets €15 (€12).



 Saturday 26th June 2010 at 8.30pm

Con Tempo String Quartet

 Bogdan Sofei (violin) and Adrian Mantu (cello)

Bogdan Sofei was born in Bucharest on 17th of July 1975 and is the leader of ConTempo String Quartet, currently the holder of a residency programme in Galway, since January 2003.

He graduated The University of Music in Bucharest where he studied with Ladislau Csendes and Stefan Gheorghiu.

Bogdan Sofei has toured the world extensively, performing at manymajor international festivals. He also sustains a busy career as soloist, in UK, Italy, Romania.

Adrian Mantu was born in Bucharest and is a post-graduate of the University of Music in Bucharest. His studies continued at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Royal Academy of Music in London, Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sophia in Madrid and European Academy of Music in Aix-en-Provence where he studied with Stefan Popov, Zara Nelsova,Radu Aldulescu, Lawrence Lesser and Marin Cazacu.

Adrian has won many national competitions all over Romania and two prizes in International Cello Competitions in Bucharest and Sofia. Adrian has a busy schedule of more than 80 concerts a year and he has performed, on his own or with the ConTempo Quartet, all over the world.

ConTempo was formed in 1995 when the members were students at the Music University in Bucharest, Romania. Recognised as one of the world’s top string quartets, ConTempo have won numerous international prizes and worked with many celebrated quartets, including the Amadeus, Alban, Berg, Emerson, Hagen, RTÉ Vanbrugh and Tokyo Quartets and other world-renowned artists. They have toured the world extensively – including their New York Carnegie Hall debut in 2008.

Tickets €15 (€12)



 21ú – 23ú Meitheamh/June 2010

Féile na Gréine – Solstice Arts Festival

Tech Amergin

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 Sunday 20th June 2010 at 8.30pm

South Kerry Rosen Choir

under the direction of Emma Louise Plain of the Welsh Opera Company

South Kerry Rosen Choir, formed in 1988 by Dr Hans Waldemar Rosen,  will perform a variety of religious, opera and folk pieces on the night.

Programme will include, Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian BachCantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Faure, Anvil Chorus by Giuseppe Verdi from the opera ‘II Trovatore’,

Huntsman’s Chorus from Der Freischuiz, Danny Boy, I’ll Walk Beside You, Shenandoah and much more.


Tickets €15 (€12).



 Thursday 3rd June 2010 at 8.30pm

Mick Hanly

Singer/songwriter, Mick Hanly, is presently touring his latest album,  Mick Hanly Collected (Doghouse Songs Ltd). His songs have been recorded by artists  Hal Ketchum, Mary Black, Delbert McClinton, Dolores Keane, Christy Moore, etc.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to see Mick in Tech Amergin.

Tickets €15 (€12)


 Friday 21st May 2010 at 8.00pm

Kerry School of Music presents ‘Salute To Broadway’

Celebrating thirty years in Music Theatre, Aidan O’Carroll has chosen and re-staged his favourite scenes and excerpts from the greatest shows in musical theatre history which he has had the pleasure of directing. ‘Salute to Broadway’ will feature highlights from Oliver, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Fame, Les Miserables, Annie, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, The Merry Widow.

Tickets €15 (€12).



 Sunday 21st March 2010 at 8.00pm

Ariadne Daskalakis & Trio Vintage (Classical)



Music Network Concert

Ariadne Daskalakis ( baroque violin), Markus Möllenbeck (baroque cello)& Gerald Hambitzer (harpsichord)

This season’s classical tour sees prize-winning violinist Ariadne Daskalakis go head-to-head with two of Germany’s foremost early music specialists: Markus Möllenbeck and Gerald Hambitzer. Daskalakis has been playing on period instruments since her time with the acclaimed Manon Quartet in the late 1990s, and often performs without a conductor following the traditions of the time. She has won many plaudits for her soulful playing, dazzling technique and astonishing ability to adapt her sound to suit different composers and periods. A featured soloist with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra, she has performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious chamber music venues.

The perfect foil for Daskalakis’ sparkling sound and rhythmic power, Markus Möllenbeck was for many years the principal cellist of the ground-breaking Musica Antiqua Köln under Reinhard Goebe and has also worked extensively with La Stagione Frankfurt and the Musiciens du Louvre. Gerald Hambitzer is one of most sought-after harpsichordists of his generation and has appeared on over 40 CDs. A long-term member of Concerto Köln, he is perhaps best known for his solo recordings of harpsichord concertos by J.S. Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Francesco Durante.

Tickets €15 (€12)



Sunday 7th March 2010 at 8.00pm

Eden‘  by Eugene O’Brien (Theatre)

with Paul Mekitarian & Hazel McLynn

In a small provincial town, Billy and Breda’s 10th wedding anniversary is looming.  Despite having two young children, their marriage has spiralled into a stale monotony.

The distance between them seems to grow by the day. He spends his time with the lads at the local pub, leaving Breda at home with the telly and the kids. Billy clings to booze, and fantasies about a younger woman, while Breda clings onto an inkling of optimism, believing that their big night out will rekindle the spark that once  was there.

But will it?
Enjoy Eugene O’Brien’s award winning play by Mayos new professional theatre company.
Sure to be an intriguing night of theatre.

 Tickets €15 (€12)




Sunday 14th February 2010 at 8.00pm 

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh & Mánus Lunny (Traditional)

Donegal singer and fiddler Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, best known as singer and fiddler with Irish supergroup Altan, has announced this season’s tour with Manus Lunny, performing from her first solo project ‘Imeall’, released on the Moon label. The 2010 Meteor Award Nominee’s national tour will begin on January 26th in Belfast and will conclude February 26th in Dublin.

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh has been recording and touring worldwide with Altan for twenty five years, and has just returned from the group’s French and Japanese tours. Her recording with String Sisters was this year long-listed for a Grammy award, while her limited edition first solo project, ‘Imeall’, is almost sold out after only months. ‘Imeall’ is an intimate collection of traditional songs and new
compositions from one of Ireland’s most revered musicians andperformers. With its unique and powerful blend of Irish traditional and European folk styles, and strong jazzy elements on many tracks that only a producer such as Manus Lunny (Capercaillie) can bring, ‘Imeall’ is very different from Mairéad’s work with Altan and from her many collaborations.

Performing songs from ‘Imeall’ (Gaelic for ‘Edge’, ‘Rim’ or ‘Threshold’), Ní Mhaonaigh’s nation-wide performances guarantee a mix of traditional and newly-composed gems; as Gaeilge, in English and of course fiddleinstrumentals in the unique Donegal-style, making these rare solo concerts impossible to miss.

Tickets €15 (€12).



 Wednesday 10th February 2010 at 8.00pm   Piano Recital

‘Riches to Rags‘ with  Barbara Gloinson

Including music ranging from Bach, through the romantics, to Spanish rhythms & Ragtime

Tickets €12 (€10).



 Friday 5th February – Sunday 7th February

‘Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire’

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Friday 29th January 2010 at 8.00pm

Mantautas Katinas (Piano Recital)

Born in 1984 in Vilnius, Lithuania, Mantautas Katinas has shown a natural gift for music since early childhood. He gave his first public piano recital at the age of 11 and was successful in several national and international piano competitions (Estonia, France, Ukraine and Lithuania).

Katinas studied with the renowned pianist Sulamita Aronovsky at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he gained Master’s Degree in performance in 2009. Since then he has been studying with Aronovsky privately. He also obtained Master’s Degree from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Among his Lithuanian teachers he lists Juozas Simulynas, Grazina Landsbergiene, Natalija Kosenko, Aldona Dvarionaite and Veronika Vitaite. He also acknowledges the inspirational influence of eminent Russian pianist Vladimir Krainev.

Programme for the evening will include

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata in D minor Op. 31 No. 2

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) Sonata-Reminiscence from the cycle “Forgotten Melodies”

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) Ballada in G Minor Op. 23
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Spanish Rhapsody

Tickets €12 (€10).




Sunday 24th January 2010 at 8.00pm

‘Away with Words’  (Theatre)

with film, television and theatrical actress  Nuala FitzGerald

 Words have emboldened nations, inspired musicians, discouraged wars, animated peace processes, heartened love affairs, animated entrepreneurs, sunk politicians, and made people cry with laughter.

“Away with Words”,  performed by Kerry resident and international actress Nuala FitzGerald, is a bold, brave and sometimes bodacious entertainment.. a journey through the wonder of words… of Roosevelt, O’Casey, Marin Luther King, Spike Milligan, Dorothy Parker, John Lennon, even Bertie and Bush… among many others.

Nuala FitzGerald has performed as a leading actress in feature films, working with film directors David Cronenberg, Daryl Duke and Jules Dassin, and opposite lead actors such as Richard Burton, Christopher Plummer, and Elliot Gould. Nuala’s theatrical drama credits include dozens of productions in theatres from across Canada, including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Shaw Theatre Festival.


“…. like a tender, touching and often hilarious get-together with some of literature’s most inspiring writers and entertainment characters. Nuala’s “Away with Words” is a triumphant and an ‘unmissable’ one-off”.
Philip Watson, Feature Writer, The Telegraph, London; Editor-at Large, Esquire Magazine

“…. a scintillating celebration of the written word, spoken from the heart…she certainly has a way with words.”
Donald MacSween, former Director General, National Art Centre, Canada

Tickets €12 (€10 conc.).





 Friday 15th January 2010 at 8.00pm

‘The Homecoming’ – Traditional Irish Music Tour

Susan McKeown (voice), Paddy O’Brien (accordion),

Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes, low whistle) & Aidan Brennan (guitar)

Forget all the hype about the Irish Brand – Aidan Brennan, Susan McKeown, Paddy O’Brien and Cillian Vallely are the real deal. All four left Ireland to ply their musical trade in the United States in the 1980s and 90s. They went, they played and they conquered.

Where to start? Famed for his encyclopaedic knowledge of trad tunes, accordion maestro Paddy made his mark with the legendary Shanachie trio and continues to spread the Gaelic gospel with his highly-acclaimed groups Chulrua and The Doon Céilí Band.

Vocalist Susan McKeown hit the ground running with her debut album Bones in 1995. Eleven albums on she has a Grammy under her belt and list of collaborators that reads likes a who’s who: Natalie Merchant,

Pete Seeger, Linda Thompson, Billy Bragg, Arlo Guthrie, The Klezmatics and Andy Irvine.

Fellow Dubliner Aidan Brennan is a go-to guy on the Portland, Oregon trad scene who’s also worked with the likes of Martin Hayes, Emer Maycock, Johnny Cunningham, Loreena McKennitt as well as touring with Riverdance,

while Armagh-born piper Cillian Vallely has appeared with fiddler Seamus Connolly, New York-based band Whirligig and on Tim O’Brien’s The Crossing. Oh yes, and he’s also a member of Celtic supergroup Lúnasa.

The music. Button box wizard Paddy O’Brien gets it. Really gets it.”  Irish Music Magazine

A singer of passion, grace and striking presence; she seems to personify both past and present.”

Irish Examiner on Susan McKeown

Music that lives and breathes in the wider world.” Q MAGAZINE

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.).


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