Tuesday, 22 February 2011


Cork Arts Theatre presents Bailegangaire by Tom Murphy
Thursday, March 10 at 8:00pm - March 19 at 11:00pm

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Thursday 10th - Saturday 19th March, 2011 @ 8pm

'Bailegangaire' - by Tom Murphy

Presented by Cork Arts Theatre. 
Directed by Sarah O'Dwyer.

Featuring Mary Healy, Julie La Fontaine and Victoria Kennefick.

There will be post-show discussions on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th with the director and the cast. 

Written in 1984 during a recession this play shows an Ireland that we thought was lost but whose story is yet again unravelling in front of our eyes.

Bailegangaire tells the story of three women who are dependent on, and at war with, one another. Mommo, the dominating and tyrannical grandmother, is bed-ridden and attended by two long-suffering granddaughters.

Tom Murphy's dark, gripping reflection on disconnection, loss, and desperation is set in a rotting thatched cottage where senile grandmother Mommo is cared for by granddaughter Mary. The old woman was once a famed seanchaí (storyteller), and is now driving Mary to the edge by reciting the same yarn over and over again; a tale about a laughing contest in a town which subsequently changed its name to that of the title.

In her unfinished storytelling Mommo has the power to keep the sense of the past alive or finish the story and liberate both herself and her two granddaughters from the chaos and blight that hangs over them all.

"'Bailegangaire' pitches dark fragments of history against the possibilities of the future and the hope that comes with that. It is familial drama, thwarted by recession, grief and the confines of small-town rural Ireland."
- RTE Ten Review

"The speech is beautifully written, drawing on the language of classic Irish fireside storytelling, but almost Joycean in its intricacy."

- Curtain Up Review

Tickets are €15/€12. Group discounts are available.

Monday, 21 February 2011

March in the Cork Opera House

Cork Opera House Listings

Wed 02 Mar  9.45am & 11.30am 
Lambert Puppet Theatre Presents:
Generations of children have looked forward to the Lambert Puppet Theatre's annual visit to Cork Opera House, and they won't be disappointed by Cinderella and the ever popular Bosco! The Lamberts are widely recognised as Ireland's premiere puppet theatre company, and are internationally renowned for their many fine productions in theatres throughout America and Europe.

This is a beautifully produced show with large puppets, colourful sets and exquisite lighting. Suitable for children up to age eight.

Tickets: €13 Schools €11
booking fee may apply

Thu 3 Mar, 8:30pm, Half Moon Theatre
The Maid
Dir: Sebastián Silva, Chile, 2009, 96 mins., Cert: CLUB    
Language: Spanish
Silva questions, without bias, a dusty remnant of class division—the common, Latin American, aristocratic tradition of serfdom.
Winner - Best Actress at Biarritz International Festival of Latin American Cinema 2009
Winner - Best Actress, Best Script Miami Film Festival 2009
Winner - Grand Jury Prize & Special Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival 2009
Tickets: €10 or 5 films for €45
No booking fee 


Thurs 3, Fri 4, Sat 5 Mar, 8pm
Neil Delamere – Implement of Divilment
Let Neil explain why exercise classes are bad for you, how to reconstruct a corpse, and what to do when a man jumps on the bonnet of your car.
Tickets: €26, €27.50, €29 (Booking fee may apply)

Thu 10 Mar, 8:30pm, Half Moon Theatre

Dir: Catherine Corsini, France, 2009, 90 mins., Cert: 16
Language: French
Leaving (Partir) tells one of the oldest stories in the world as a married woman leaves her husband for the arms of another man. We seem to be witnessing the prime of Kristin Scott Thomas as French cinema offers her some of the most demanding roles of her career.

Tickets: €10 or 5 films for €45
No booking fee     

Thu 17 Mar  8pm
RTE Cork Proms - The RTE Concert Orchestra with Elizabeth Cooney & Cara O'Sullivan 
A celebration of Paddy’s Day with two of Cork’s finest joining the RTÉ Concert
Orchestra as special guests: virtuoso violinist Elizabeth Cooney will perform
Mendelssohn’s hugely popular Violin Concerto, and our star soprano Cara O’Sullivan (picture)
will sing a programme with an Irish flavour.
Irish films old and new are conjured up with music from The Quiet Man and Far and Away, and to set feet tapping there are selections from Leroy Anderson’s Irish Suite and Ronan Hardiman’s Lord of the Dance.
Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in association with Cork Opera House
Tickets: €26
Limited Early Bird €15 Tickets Available
booking fee may apply

Fri 18 Mar  8pm
Kilfenora Céilí Band
The Kilfenora Céilí Band’s story is the story of Irish music itself. Founded in 1909, the band is still on the road 102 years later. It features fiddles, flutes, banjo, and squeezeboxes, and what Folk Roots magazine calls “one of the tightest rhythm sections in the world”. The Kilfenora have consolidated their position as one of the world’s greatest and longest-running Irish céilí bands.
Tickets: €21
Limited €15 Early Bird Tickets Available
booking fee may apply


 Sat 19 Mar  Half Moon Theatre 8.30pm
This is How We Fly
This contemporary folk band’s music sees Swedish folk rhythms meet the
texture of traditional Irish fiddle, percussive dance from America, and improvised jazz and electronics.

With Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on fiddle & hardanger fiddle, Seán Óg on bass clarinet, saxophones & live electronics, Nic Gareiss on percussive dance, and Petter Berndalen on drums and percussion.
Tickets: €15
booking fee may apply   

Tue 22 – Sun 27 March
To date, STOMP has set feet stamping, fingers drumming, adrenalin rushing and feel-good sensations flooding through audiences. It has toured the globe almost continuously for 15 years and has been seen by over 15 million people in 48 countries across 5 continents.
From a single drum hanging around Luke Cresswell’s neck back in 1991; STOMP has taken on a life of its own. Since those early days, creators and co-directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas have developed a unique, universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance.
With unstoppable energy and toe-tapping exuberance, STOMP takes the clutter and junk of everyday life – everything including the kitchen sink – and transforms it into a pulsating, witty, utterly irresistible theatrical event.
Tickets: €21, €26, €31; Family Tickets €80; Opening night all tickets €21
booking fee may apply

Mon 28 March - Sat 2 April 
Landmark Productions presents the World Premiere of
Ross O’Carroll-Kelly
Between Foxrock and A Hard Place
 Following the success of his first smash-hit play - The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, which was acclaimed as ‘a triumph’ and ‘a wickedly funny play’ - Ross O'Carroll Kelly returns to the Cork Opera House in April for one week only.
Written by Paul Howard and directed by multiple Irish Times Theatre award nominee Jimmy Fay, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place sees the return of Rory Nolan as Ross, Philip O'Sullivan as Charles and Susan Fitzgerald as Fionnuala.  Après Match's Gary Cooke joins the cast, with rising TV star (Love/Hate) Aoibhinn McGinnity as femme fatale Erika.
Ross O'Carroll Kelly was once every boyfriend's nightmare and every girl's wettest dream come true. Now in the midst of a divorce and having piled on the pounds, the closest Rosser can get to a Leinster pitch is taking part in a half-time penalty kick competition (for thirteen-year-olds). 
With his old pair splitting up and selling the family home in Foxrock,  the house's once €17 million value has been butchered not only by the good old R word but by local council re-zoning plans. 
Fresh out of prison, Charles devises a plan involving a lobbyist and a suitcase full of dosh.  Enter a masked Gunman, and audiences will be left wondering whether the O'Carroll-Kellys manage to save their beloved postcode or even make it out of Foxrock  - ahem, Sandyford East -  alive.

Thu 24 Mar, 8:30pm, Half Moon Theatre
Dir: Götz Spielmann, Germany, 2008, 122 mins., Cert: CLUB       
Language: German   
Revanche (“revenge”), which garnered Spielmann the Best European Film award in the Panorama sidebar at Berlin, is a perfect vehicle for his unique talents--a suspense-filled thriller, full of jarring angularities, perfectly composed scenes and dollops of steamy sex.
Winner - Europa Cinemas Label, Berlin Film Festival 2008
Tickets: €10 or 5 films for €45
No booking fee     

Wed 30 Mar  Half Moon Theatre 8pm
Mathilde 253 featuring
Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith
Mathilde 253 features the pioneering avant-rock drummer Charles Hayward,
London-based improviser Ian Smith and guitarist Han-earl Park.

Trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser, Ishmael Wadada
Leo Smith has been active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. He performs with three ensembles, Golden Quartet, Silver Orchestra, and Organic. Contemporary music ensembles, including Kronos Quartet and New York New Music Ensemble have also performed his compositions. Smith is a Guggenheim Fellow and a long-time member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award.

Tickets: €11 Concession €6
booking fee may apply

Thu 31 Mar, 8:30pm, Half Moon Theatre
Dir: Pascal Chaumeil, France, 2010, 104 mins., Cert: 15A
Language: French
Shot in the glamour and whimsy of Monte Carlo, this charming and unique romantic comedy will have audiences buckling with laughter. Chaumeil beautifully illustrates that love and laughter are the best universal languages.
Tickets: €10 or 5 films for €45
No booking fee


Sun 3 April  8pm 
National Dance Company Wales
Be swept away with a double bill that is taking audiences by storm when National Dance Company Wales return to Cork with new dances from two international choreographers at the top of their game performed by 11 breathtaking dancers.
Marking his choreographic debut with the Company, American choreographer Stephen Petronio’s gorgeous By Singing Light is inspired by the beautiful poetry of Dylan Thomas with an exquisite, original score from fellow New Yorker Son Lux, incorporating Welsh songs.
Gustavo Ramirez Sansano has created a character-filled new dance that is based on the glorious Minkus’ ballet score for Don Quixote. From the physicality of the dance to the beautiful set, the Spaniard delights with a visual feast.
Tickets: €21
booking fee may apply

Cork Opera House booking information
Book online: * www.corkoperahouse.ie
Book by phone:  *021-4270022
*Telephone and internet bookings subject to a booking fee of €2.50 per ticket.  All tickets include a €1 restoration levy.  No booking fee for Cork Cine Club.

For further information or images please contact Jamie Monagan, Deputy Marketing Manager, on 021-4905218 or jmonagan@corkoperahouse.ie.

Irish Examiner – Proud Sponsors of Cork Opera House
Cork’s 96FM and C103 – Media Sponsors
Vienna Woods Hotel – Accommodation Sponsors
Cork Opera House acknowledges the financial support of
The Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council

Sunday, 13 February 2011



Back in December, walked to Glanmire on the ice and snow (see here) ; this morning, it was spring sunshine all the way from Mayfield to Tivoli to Dunkettle to Glanmire to New Inn and back to Mayfield.

Took a shot of that dog (1) that has been guarding the dual carriageway for decades before turning left for Glanmire and taking a few shots of that house by the river(2). Then more of the river bank (3 & 4) and a newly opened up view of Vienna Woods Hotel (4A) from the road.

The dog (my live fellow!) was getting impatient but I still managed a couple of photos of the village (5-10) as I got nearer, including one of the entrance to Glen Mervyn House (11). Left again then and up Church Hill, the church (13/14 and 16/17) being St Mary’s (CoI). Walked around this and shot the stunning view (15) of the Glashaboy River below.

Not so pretty up above with the unfinished housing estate (18) but hope was in the air or at least on the windows of the New Inn National School (19) waiting, like all of us, for Spring to really come!






Saturday, 12 February 2011


Listowel Writers' Week Newsletter
February 2011

Only Two Weeks Left to enter our Literary Competitions

Only Two Weeks Left to be in with a chance of Winning €30,000!

  Closing date for the Listowel Writers’ Week literary competitions is fast approaching. With €30,000 in prizes, 15 competitions to choose from, entries must be in by Friday 25th March.  It's time to get creative!
Competition                                                Prize            Entry/Fee
Bryan Mac Mahon Short Story                  €2,000           €10
Duais Foras Na Gaeilge                               €1,200           €10
Eamon Keane Full Length Play                   €1,000           €20
Writers Week Originals                               €750              €10
Single Poem                                                 €700              €10
Poetry Collection                                        €700 +          €25
“Tell Your Story”                                       €1,000           €10
Kerry County Council Writing for Youth €1,500         FREE  with 6 Categories to Choose From.
Irish Post/Stena Line New Writing Competition Open to UK Residents Only

Literary Workshops

We are currently taking bookings for our Literary Workshops which are fast selling out, Poety Advanced with Harry Clifton and Theatre with Marina Carr are booked out!  So don’t delay too long as places are limited to 15 in each workshop.

If you are interested in the History Writing Workshop with Robert Lacey, please note that we will need to receive a copy of your submission as soon as possible.

Preview of Authors Guesting during the festival!

Finally, we take great pleasure in giving you a sneak preview of who will be appearing at this year’s festival, these include Robert McCrum, Thomas Keneally, John Lynch, Jackie Kay, Gerald Celente, Thomas Lynch, Richard Dawkins, Edward St Aubyn, Jackie Kay, John Connolly, David Sedaris, Alice Sebold, Blake Morrison, Catherine Dunne,  Michael Holroyd, John Lonergan, Kevin Barry, Rita Ann Higgins, Cathy Kelly, Judi Curtin, John Boyne, Dr Robyn Rowland, Mary Swander, Denis Sexton, Ali Sparks and Joe Craig.

Full details of our festival programme will be announced in April 2011!
If you have enquiries regarding Workshops or Competitions for 2011 please do hot hesitate to contact us.
From the Team at Listowel Writers’  Week


Tel: +353 68 21074

E: info@writersweek.ie
W: www.wr

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Triskel reopens on Tobin Street

Triskel reopens on Tobin Street, Sat Feb 12th with a host of free events!

Saturday, February 12 · 10:00am - 11:30pm

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Plugd Records reopening, Theatre Workshops, an Art Exhibition and Live Music all on one day!

PLUGD RECORDS will move into Triskel and will reopen on Sat 12th in the first floor of the refurbished building. Doors open at 11am.

THEATRE: Corcadorca will present the new ‘Theatre Development Centre’ at Triskel on Saturday 12th. To celebrate its opening, there will be two great workshops and a rehearsed reading all for free. At 11am there is a ‘Making Voice Art!’ workshop with Jack Healy of Theatre Makers.

From 2pm to 3.30pm people can attend ‘Making Theatre /Living Out Loud’, a fun workshop on the process of making original work run by Hilary O'Shaughnessy. Then from 4pm to 5pm, there will be a rehearsed reading of Enda Walsh's ‘Bedbound’, performed by Louis Lovett and Mary Louise McCarthy.

There will also be a chat desk from 10am to 5.30 if people want to come to talk about ideas or projects they would like to bring to the new Theatre Development space.

EXHIBITION: The Black Mariah and Triskel will present ‘Community Thunder’, a one person exhibition by British artist Mike Ballard on the occasion of Triskel’s reopening at Tobin Street. The exhibition opens 6pm on Saturday evening and ALL are welcome.

MUSIC: New Zealand psychedelic noise project ‘Our Love Will Destroy the World’ will perform in the theatre space. Campbell Kneale’s intensely physical one-man show veers between austere electronics and elating, ferocious noise. To finish off the evening Juju & Jordash will play anything from Thelonious Monk to Cabaret Voltaire and no doubt some of their own highly acclaimed productions.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011



    Brideview Drama presents

    The Clearing by Helen Edmundson

    Cork Arts Theatre 24th - 26th February at 8pm each evening

    Tickets €15/€12 concession 

    Cork Arts Theatre box office 021 4505624

    Brideview Drama's big historical drama was very well received in Tallow and the show is now settling in very nicely. The three night run in the Cork Arts Theatre will give everyone the chance to see a love story set in one the most important periods of Irish history.

    Jan O'Sullivan, John Baldwin and George Peet lead a big cast. Written by Helen Edmundson, The Clearing is set in seventeenth century Ireland, as Cromwell's men systematically transport women and children, and force royalists off their lands. Robert Preston, a Cromwellian sympathiser disinherited in England but possessed of lands in Ireland, is married to Madeleine, an Irish woman. When Madeleine's childhood friend, Killaine, is taken by English soldiers she pleads to the English governer, Sir Charles Sturman, for her release. Sturman's cold response is to order Madeleine and Robert to be transplanted to barren Connaught, in the west of Ireland. The cast also includes, in very fine form, Colm and Sean Ahern, Donal Howard and Alison Lewis, Caitriona Howard and James Lenane.

    Throughout the show (suitable for all ages) Jack Aherne, the director, explores the themes of conflict and how cultures differ from each other, even as they try to share the same land. The prosperous landowners of the play quickly become refugees when the English take over, and suddenly find themselves with their lives at risk. It is the inherent differences in the culture and upbringing of Robert and Madeleine that strain everyone's relationship. Also, we see how fear drives people into choices and actions that appear to offer a short-term solution but, in the long run, have terrible and permanent consequences for all.

    The Clearing is a rollercoaster of action and emotion and the cast and crew are very much enjoying the ride. The show sees a great addition to the crew in Martina Cullinane, who has taken on sound very professionally. She is also an accomplished photographer and it's great she's able to juggle school and theatre so well.

    This is Brideview Drama's 'Festival play' for 2011 and is being taken on tour to 7 competitions around Ireland next month. Romance, passion and treachery enhance this riveting work right up to its breathless final curtain as Englishman Robert Preston and his Irish wife, Madeleine, have a tempestuous relationship that leads to questions of patriotism and family loyalty.

    With humour, love, drama, fighting, all sorts of action, a wonderful set with beautiful lighting, costumes absolutely right for the era, tight direction and a exciting story, The Clearing is a great night out.
    The Clearing will play at the Cork Arts Theatre from February 24th - 26th at 8pm each evening.

    Tickets are €15/€12 concession are available from the Cork Arts Theatre box office 021 4505624 

    Tuesday, 8 February 2011

    Culture Catch (every Tuesday)

    Cork happenings
    Latest from the net
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    Cork Opera House lots of great press coverage of DIDO AND AENEAS which opens to-night...everyone's excitement about the show shines through!...Tue & Wed at 8, Thu at 1:30pm and 9pm

    All My Lovin and other Photographic in Cork Feb 2011 THURSDAY NIGHT 10 FEBRUARY in the CRAWFORD ART GALLERY - A GALLERY TALK WITH PHIL TOLEDANO AND DOUG DUBOIS - FOLLOWED BY A BOOK SIGNING!!!! Admission is free! Unfortunately Jenny Matthews has been called to cover some work in Uganda but her talk will be rescheduled for 10 March.

    croninspub Cronin's Pub Exhibition by Cork Printmakers : All In This Together The Mad Fish Restaurant at Cronin’s Pub,... http://fb.me/v62dIjl7

     KinsaleArtsWeek Kinsale Arts Week Rather excited at the prospect of this event.... http://fb.me/SoZrUg5X

    Croninspub Cronin's Pub Looking for a great Valentines gift? Unique paintings by Rebecca Davies, exhibition now on in Mad Fish until feb 13. Very reasonably priced.

    johnfoley John Foley Call for submissions: @Solstice2011 16—19 

    Kinsale Arts Week Calling all local bands! If you're interested in being part of Kinsale Arts Week 2011 as part of the Sounds On The Square lineup, then drop the lovely Ed a line at edoleary@kinsaleartsweek.com.

    noiseblog wearenoise.com  by StevieGrainger
    We have a new feature on Cork band Ladydoll http://bit.ly/foui15

    CorkBilly Billy Lyons RT @JeanLucBoulin: Visit the world's great museums on Google. Impressionnant! http://ht.ly/3OHS9

    CorcadorcaCork CorcadorcaCork  by CorkMidsummer IN CONVERSATION WITH CORCADORCA Corcadorca is 20 years old. To celebrate we are hosting a series of public...http://fb.me/CSIqjeLA

    MaritimeBantry The Maritime Come to "John Spillane " Saturday, May 21 from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am. One of Cork's great singer song writers - not...http://fb.me/DduqAyjE

    Pat "The Picket" Allen Exhibition featuring the photography of Doug DuBois
    running until 25th February http://corkandabout.blogspot.com/

    Twenty Twenty Art Gallery, Griffith House, North Mall, Cork - Under the shadow of Shandon Bells, on one of Cork's most historic quaysides, North Mall, 2020 Art Gallery offers an ideal oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you will find a vibrant selection of works by local and national artists which aims to inspire and tempt all art lovers. The perfect place to invest in a treat for yourself or someone special. All enquiries always welcome! CONTACT US

    Wandesford Gallery Opening hours: Wednesday  to Saturday, 10 to 6.

    MaritimeBantry The Maritime Come to "Hot House Flowers" Saturday, May 28 from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am. Tickets: €20. Don't miss this rare... http://fb.me/udZ50PX2

    School Days: the look of learning – now at The Glucksman http://corkandabout.blogspot.com/2011/01/at-glucksman.html?spref=tw

    All My Lovin and other Photographic in Cork Feb 2011 French photographer, Carolle Benitah will also be featured in All My Lovin with a body of work titles "Just the Two of Us" a lovely portrait of her and her son over a period of years....home www.carollebenitah.com

    Triskel Arts Centre Theatre Forum is holding its next ‘Open Space’ meeting in Cork on Wed 9 Feb, from 10:30am – 4pm at the City Hall. They’d love as many theatre makers and practitioners as possible to attend but would ask people to commit to the full session. It’s FREE and you don't have to be a Theatre Forum member to attend. Lunch included. RSVP in advance. Details in the link below:

    Open Space Cork | Notice Board | HOME

    Sirius Arts Centre via All My Lovin and other Photographic in Cork Feb 2011

    Opened at Sirius Arts Centre Friday 4 February 7pm - Two Works by French Photographer Charlie Jouvet. "Geheimnistrager" and "The Pier" Special Guest Opening Speaker Krzysztof Candrowicz, Director of the Lodz International Festival of Photography, Poland. Mueki - Geheimnisträger www.mueki.com

    Cork Arts Theatre are now accepting submissions for our One Act Playwright Awards 2011. Also at the CAT: A Lady of Letters runs from Monday 7th - Saturday 12th February at 8:15pm each evening. All tickets are €10 and are available from our box office. For bookings, call 021 4505624 or call 
    into us at the theatre.

    KinsaleArtsWeek Kinsale Arts Week Introducing the KAW team for 2011: http://tinyurl.com/68zotqh.

    CometoCork Steve Cox RT @bosca: Cork Spring Literary Festival: If you find yourself in the People's Republic this February then... http://bit.ly/fBDEbS

    CelticRossHotel Celtic Ross Hotel - Come to "Phantom and The Musicals" Sunday, May 1 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Phantom and The Musicals will be...http://fb.me/zEJSEqxN

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