Thursday, 31 March 2011



The current Tony O’Connor exhibition is the first solo show for recently opened art gallery Twenty Twenty on the North Mall. Owner Sheelah Moloney opened first in July 2009 in Ballydehob but, needing a bigger footfall, moved to the Mall last December.

There are plenty of red dots to be seen and Sheelah isn’t surprised. “Yes, Tony’s is our first big solo show, the first of many scheduled for this year. I was confident it would do well. His work has wide appeal and is extremely well executed.”

Tony, born in Kerry and now working in the city, is well known for paintings of horses and has now added some cow pictures to his portfolio.

The horse pictures still have more appeal for me but maybe you’d like the cow works better. Go along and see for yourself before the show finishes up next Friday (April 8th).

Contact details:
021 4391458
Griffith House, North Mall, Cork

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

'Live and Gigging Showcase'

Happy Easter from all of us here at the Cork Arts Theatre!

March was a great month for us here at the theatre. We had our first in-house production of the year (Tom Murphy's Bailegangaire), we welcomed Bruiser Theatre Company back for their excellent production of Othello(they are ones to watch out for the next time they come to Cork: a thrilling show) and Laura Daly brought us some new writing (Cracking Lives) which was a great success. 

For the Lifelong Learning Festival 2011 we have two great events at the Cork Arts Theatre. Enjoy a comic play on Tuesday 12th April from 4:30pm-6pm...Cork Simon Community's Breakaway Theatre Group presents Passing Through - a surreal comedy about a family of undertakers and the supernatural goings-on when one particular client comes through their doors.Passing Through sees actors performing the play they scripted, showcasing both their acting and writing talents. 
Info: Activities Coordinator at Simon, Dave O' Hanlon 087 6501589.

For the week of the festival we have an exhibition of Patrick Galvin's poem Madwoman of Cork printed on lithographs (one for each stanza of the poem). The lithographs are by Kent Jones and we are delighted that they will be displayed in our foyer from 10am-6pm Monday 11th to Friday 15th April. 

Ashton School Players presents
Into the Woods
Tuesday 29th March -  
Saturday 2nd April

Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April @ 7.30pm

Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa's

'Live and Gigging Showcase'

Sunday 24th - Saturday 30th April @ 8pm

'Men Should Weep' -
by Ena Lamont Stewart

Presented by 7:3:1 and Stage Centre

Friday, 25 March 2011


Update from Listowel:

Morning Everyone!

Hope you are all good and well.

We are really excited to let you know that we will be announcing full details of our thrilling 40th Festival Programme on the 6th April.

Listowel will definitely be the place to be between the 1st and 5th June this year!  We have a really impressive programme line up which will include: Richard Dawkins, Alice Sebold, Jackie Kay, David Sedaris, Michael Holroyd, John Lonergan, John Connolly, Rita Ann Higgins, Gerald Celente, Mary Swander, John Boyne, Kevin Barry, Gerry Stembridge, Emily Barr, Catherine Dunne, John Lynch, Thomas Lynch and many many more.

In addition we have a wonderful young people's programme which will feature Judi Curtin, Anthony McGowan, Inbali Iserles, Roisin Meaney, John Connolly, Joe Craig and Sarah Webb to name a small selection.

There are still a few places left of our Literary Workshops, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Novel Getting Started with Aifric Campbell
Novel Advanced with Sean O'Reilly
Creative Writing Getting Started with Adrian Frazier
Creative Writing Advanced with David Park
Poetry Getting Started with John Hartley Williams
Memories Into Memoir with Irene Graham
Short Fiction with John MacKenna
Writing Funny with Jeremy Sheldon
Popular Fiction with Sarah Webb
Writing for Screen with Mark O'Halloran
Freelance Journalism with Terry Prone
History Writing Workshop with Robert Lacey
Songwriting with Mick Hanly

If you have enquiries regarding our Workshops please do hot hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes with lovely Spring weather in Listowel!

From the Team at Listowel Writers’  Week 

Thursday, 24 March 2011


After the hard winter, Marlogue Wood is showing signs of life again, even a little colour. The walk takes you down to the water's edge and the marina. Click on image to enlarge.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011


Cork's ‎2020 Gallery on the North Mall is thrilled to be holding this solo show by Tony O'Connor which opens tomorrow Thursday at 8pm. It's a beautiful show, all the pieces are thoroughly irresistible, a definite MUST SEE!!

Sharon McDaid, Spring in a land of characters


Sharon McDaid
Start Date Thursday 24th of March
End Date Sunday 3rd of April
Opening night is Thursday 24th March 7pm at BUCKLEY FINE ART Clonakilty Gallery. Donegal artist, Sharon McDaid, works in a variety of media and is inspired by the surroundings of her native Inishowen. Her works convey life in Donegal and the diversity of the landscape.Suggestive mark-making and vivid colour makes Sharon's work innovative and distinctive yet leaving something to the viewers imagination.This accomplished artist works primarily in oils and a variety of other media to produce works in comtemporary and more traditional styles.

Monday, 21 March 2011



The Politics of Memory (curated by Shane Cullen), Crawford Art Gallery, November 20, 2010 – Mid-2011

Too late for the All My Loving Exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery. It was being taken down as I arrived today. Consoled myself with a walk through the Shane Cullen curated The Politics of Memory.

There is some irony now in the fact that the paragraph displayed boldly on one of the walls on which the exhibition is hung (though there are one or two sculpture pieces) is credited to former Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

“Commemoration, of course, is a selective act. We choose what to commemorate…We decide what events are worth remembering…..Others are quietly forgotten.” Mr Cowan was referring to public commemoration; we can all have our private ones. One wonders though how his own public efforts will be commemorated!

One Irish figure commemorated in this exhibition is James Connolly. His 1960 bust, by Seamus Murphy, is prominently placed and unmissable. Must say though that I much prefer the Michael Collins one in Fitzgerald Park, and not because of the politics!
James Connolly and Muriel McSwiney

I remember reading on Twitter recently how those that bring about the revolution rarely benefit from the subsequent changes. The tweet referred to Egypt a few weeks back and I was reminded of it when I came to view the fallen body of The Revolutionary by Sir William Orpen.

And another sir also caught my attention. This was Sir John Lavery who entitled his fine portrait: The Widow, Mrs Terence McSwiney. No sign of her own name which was Muriel. Times have changed. Don’t think that would happen today. Hillary Clinton, for one, would give him an earful and rightly so.

Times change. And still the politics plays its games. But not forever. Memory, even of the brave and the just, fades.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

KILLARNEY March 2011

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Walked quite a bit, for an amateur walker, in three days in the Kingdom of Kerry recently. Was staying in Killarney so most of the walking was done in that area.

Day 1: The sun was shining as we arrived in Killarney. Headed for Torc Waterfall and walked up to the higher car park, following a colour marked trail that took us to a junction with the old Killarney-Kenmare Road. Looped back after a while and back down to the main Killarney-Kenmare main road.

Then took a path, slightly higher than and parallel to the main road, to the entrance of Dinis (pronounced die-nis) Cottage. Oh, by the way, another Kerry correction: Listry is pronounced Lis-try (as in rugby)! It is about 15 minutes further in to get to the cottage but well worth it for the beautiful lake views. Back then along the same way to Torc. Checked into the Hotel and had a stroll around the town before dinner.

DAY 2: In the morning, drove to Muckross House in the National Park. There are many sign-posted walks here but we headed for Dinis Cottage, along a different route from the day before. It is above five kilometres each way. Sometimes you have lake water on your left, sometimes on your right, and even sometimes on both sides as at Brickeen Bridge. We also passed some old long disused copper mines.

Weather was dry and dull but brightened up in the afternoon when we took some time out to watch the Killarney St Patricks Day Parade. This is more or less a community event with many local clubs and schools marching by, also some old tractors and cars.

DAY 3: The walking highlight was to come on the morning of the third day, a beautiful morning. We drove directly to the higher Torc car park, finding it turning left, on the main Killarney-Kenmare Road, by a small sign that says the Old Killarney-Kenmare Road. A herd of the local deer crossed the road in front of us before we reached the car park.

Once the car was parked, we carried on in the same direction, passed a barrier and walked about a mile. By this point, the trees have thinned out, more or less completely and you see mountains on your left (including Mangerton) and Torc is on your right.

At this point, watch out for the beginnings of the path up Torc. You will see a path of flat stones and a small blue sign. Now you really start your way up. The path is made up of stretches of these flat well laid stones and also stretches of railway sleepers. It is not very difficult but you are on a mountain, climbing upwards. You need to have the correct gear and need to be careful.

I didn't time it exactly but most amateurs would need an hour or so going up, maybe ten or fifteen minutes less coming down. There are some mountain views all round as you go up but the best views are from the summit. So don't turn back; take a break and carry on. It is well worth it as you look out over the Muckross parkland, the lakes, the mountains and the town. Fantastic.

The backs of the legs were feeling the strain as we returned to the car park. Just I case they seized up altogether we took a walk around the town in the late afternoon and enjoyed some terrific views of the cathedral under the blue skies. I can guarantee we were well ready for dinner that evening.

To check out where we stayed and dined, go here

Friday, 18 March 2011


This beautiful morning, climbed (over a sleeper and flat stone path) to the top of Torc Mountain and enjoyed a fantastic view over Killarney and the lakes. Click on image to enlarge.

Thursday, 17 March 2011


A selection of head shots from today's St Patrick's Day parade in Killarney, Co. Kerry. Click on collage to enlarge.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Walking in Killarney today, up around Torc and then to to Dinis Cottage, not forgetting to come back. Blue skies all the way 
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Tuesday, 15 March 2011


current exhibition ....

March 15th - April 2nd
SINGERS CORNER at The Lavit Gallery
Patrick Cashin  Sam Curtin  Aoife Layton
Cora Murphy  Jennifer O'Connor  Brian Smyth

For more info, click here



Bruiser Theatre Company Presents :

By William Shakespeare. 
Adapted by Patrick J. O’Reilly
Directed by Lisa May

‘O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.’
Monday, March 21 at 8:00pm - March 22 at 8:00pm

Alma Kickham presents...

'Cracking Lives' - Written and Directed by Laura Daly

'Cracking Lives' is the story of Mark, a normal boy, from a normal family whose everyday life is a chilling reminder that bad things can happen to normal people. His family have learned to cope with his drug addiction, but just how well is Mark himself coping? His mother and father are united in their love for each other and for him, his sister Louise, has fought to save her own life and the love of his life Sarah has come to terms with the fact that they can never be together. 'Cracking Lives' is a snapshot of a family in crisis and as their story evolves we learn that nothing is ever just black and white.

Written and directed by Cork native Laura Daly, with an array of some of Cork's finest established and up and coming actors, 'Cracking Lives' is not to be missed.

Cast: Alma Kickham, Karol Mann O Connor, Caroline Murphy, Kieran O'Leary and Eadaoin Looney.

Wednesday 23rd - Saturday 26th March @ 8pm

Monday, 14 March 2011


Cork Singers' Club Festival
Friday, April 8 at 8:00pm
Location: An Spailpin Fanac

Michael Dwyer trad Fest benefit gig in Cork
Thursday, May 5 at 8:00pm
Location: An Spailpin Fanac

 Singers' Club Festival

William Hammond

Wednesday, 9 March 2011


L to R., John X Miller and Brian Lougheed , Pictures Editor Evening Echo who opened the Cork Camera Club Exhibition at the Cork Vision Centre. picture, Tony O'Connell Photography.

The photographic skills of the Cork Camera Group  are illustrated through a series of evocative and striking images in the Group’s annual exhibition, now on at the Cork Vision Centre. The show was opened last week by Brian Lougheeed, Picture Editor of the Evening Echo, and will continue until March 29th.

Called in there today to have a look. There are quite a few very good pictures as you'd expect, and virtually every kind of subject is covered. There seems to be less on show than last year, which is no harm, though they are still a few (very few) photographic clichés on view.

Hard to pick a favourite from the dozens on offer but I must say I did like the portrait entitled Sanliurfa by Shane O'Sullivan.

There is also one wide format picture that many of you might like. It by Donal O'Doherty and was taken while the snow was on the ground. From the high viewpoint of Audley Place, up above the top of St Patrick's Hill, he takes in a huge panorama from the southside to the northside of the city. The northside is of course nearer the lens and landmarks such as Shandon and the North Cathedral stand out.

There is still plenty of time to check it out for yourself and see what you like!

Cobh Events March/April

Cobh Events March/April

Tuesday, 8 March 2011


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Took advantage of this morning’s sunny patch to walk from Timoleague to Courtmacsherry and back. This walk uses parts of an old railway line. The communities of Timoleague and Courtmacsherry co-operated with the County Council to develop it and you may read more here. 

I parked alongside the ruined abbey in Timoleague, walked over the old bridge nearby and was on my way. There is a path, a clean concrete path, level all the way from one village to the other, with a good share of seats if you want to take a break and watch the elegant birds of the estuary as they go about their daily activities.

About halfway along, there is another ruined abbey called Abbeymahon. Very little is left of this compared to the one in Timoleague. It was very quiet in Courtmac as I walked in about 11.00am, I was alone on the pier as I took a few photos.

Needed a little refreshment and called to Rita’s shop and started the walk back. The sun was going behind the cloud at this stage. Not sure what the total distance is but it is somewhere around nine kilometres. Hope you enjoy the pics (click on collage to enlarge).

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Cailíní Gránna

An Cumann Drámaíochta UCC :

'Cailíní Gránna'                              
Cailini Granna

Thursday 3rd @ 8pm 

'Ar chuala tú cad a dúirt an freak sin leat?! xxx'

Tá Cáit Ní Chonchúir tar éis teacht go cathair Chorcaí, tar éis saol a chaitheamh agus oidechas ag baile a fháil ae an oiléan arb as di. An dalta nua sa scoil, feiceann sí go bhfuil dúshlán ollmhór roimpi ó thaobh saol sósialta de. Tádeighilt mhór idir na daltaí ar fad agus scartar i measc grúpaí iad. Idir a beirt chairde- na ' geeks': Donnachadh agus Sorcha, agus na 'plastics'-
cailíní álainn ach gránna- an bhfuil Cáit in ann a bheith dílis di féin agus do gach rud a chreideann sí agus í ag iarraidh cairde nua a dhéanamh ag an am céanna?

Cáit Ní Chonchúir has just arrived to Cork city after being homeschooled on an island her whole life. Being the new student at school presents challenges in a new social system where popularity divides students into cliques. Torn between her 'geek' friends- Sorcha and Donnachadh, and the beautiful popular 'plastic' girls, can Cáit keep true to herself while striving to fit in?

Irish Language/ As gaeilge
Costas ticéadaí/ Ticket price: €7 conc/ €10
For bookings, call 021 4505624 or call into us at the theatre.