Cork Arts Theatre presents Bold Girls from the 10th - 20th August. Tickets are available from Cork Arts Theatre box office 021 4505624. Ticket price €15 & €12 concession. Special; Monday-Wednesday two tickets for €20.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
AUGUST AT THE OPERA HOUSE
Dates: Opens Tue 2 August
Time: 2.30pm & 8pm
Presented By Bill Kenwright, Written By Willy Russell
The international smash hit musical returns to Cork from 2nd August for 3 weeks! After a number of sell-out runs during the nineties and noughties, Cork audiences can’t get enough of this musical masterpiece, and what would Blood Brothers be without the first lady of Irish musical theatre, Rebecca Storm?
Tickets: Mon-Thurs eve & Sat/Sun mat: €26, €33.50, €41. Family ticket: €100 Wed mat: €29.50.
Family ticket: €80 Sat/Sun eve: €31, €38.50, €46. Family ticket: €110 Limited Early Bird Tickets Available.
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Limited Early Bird Tickets Available
Fri 26 8pm
The Gloaming is a collective of remarkable individual talents who share a musical aesthetic. The five came together to explore new music at Grouse Lodge Studios is West Meath in early 2011. At once they made music that is at once both ancient and utterly new. New York pianist Bartlett, sean-nos singer Ó Lionaird, Chicago guitarist Cahill, fiddler and hardanger innovator Ó Raghallaigh and fiddle master Hayes is a group of virtuoso musicians yet it is a band with a sound all of its own. Sparse and beautiful. Authentic and tune- filled. And capable of raucous power.Tickets: €26
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Limited Early Bird Tickets Available
BLACKROCK RAILWAY WALK
Once up a time you could get a train from Albert Road to Passage/Monkstown via Blackrock and Rochestown. These days you may walk the line.
The rails of course are long gone and the walk starts at the eastern and of the Atlantic Pond though you may of course, for old time’s sake, start at the site of the old station on Albert Road, probably best known to many of you as the place where Carey’s Tools now do business. The line opened in 1850 and closed in 1932.
If you join by the Atlantic Pond as I did last week, you will come across some remains (watch for red brick) of the railway furniture. The path will take you through Blackrock and out over the ring road, west of Mahon Point, and soon you’ll meet another path (that comes from Blackrock Castle).
From here, you may continue for as long as you wish, to Rochestown or further, or you may go back via the Castle, or just walk back directly to Atlantic Pond. This is quite a network of walks and it is a popular one. Also a clean one as the part that runs along the old railway has been paved over.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Many of you already know that Bantry is a terrific base for a holiday. Great scenery, terrific food, helpful people at every turn.
Sometimes, more often than you’d think, you get the sunshine as well. I got it last week on a day trip that included stops at Mannings Emporium and the Ewe Sculpture Garden . The final visit was to Bantry House, with its centuries of history, its magnificent gardens, lovely woodland walks and splendid views, all for a tenner.
|From top of the 100 steps|
Started with a walk through the lower gardens. Here there are 14 large round beds, cannons, statues and large pots and terrific views over Bantry Bay. Then at the other side of house, we found the 100 steps which take you up through a series of terraces to an even more magnificent view, out over the house. Back down then by a wood land walk, this named The Old Ladies, a walk that you can also take up from the house if the 100 steps are too much.
After a long period of neglect (from the 1930s to the 1970s), restoration began. It is still a work in progress. Much remains to be done but do go there now and visit this splendid place.
Bantry House is the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry, still lived in by their descendant Egerton and Brigitte Shelswell-White, and their family. The Queen Ann house has been in the family since 1820. Not alone can you visit, you may also stay here and indeed you may get married here in the Gobelin Drawing Room, go out to the gardens for the photos and come back in for your reception.
Upstairs, there is a magnificent library room and some of the bedrooms (and their adjoining dressing rooms) are also open to the public. Here too you will see a fascinating Doll’s House (I had to drag someone away from it!) and again, from the big windows, enjoy the views over the bay.
The house, containing its important collection of furniture, tapestries and objets d'art has been open to the public since 1946. It also hosts various literary and musical festivals and next up is the Master of Tradition (9th to 14th of August 2011).
But even if your visit doesn't coincide with a festival, the house and gardens are well worth a trip, even a long one. In the past few years, I’ve seen some of the big chateaus in France and can tell you that Bantry House is a match for many of them.
Monday, 18 July 2011
EXPERIENCE THE EWE
There have always been quite a few good reasons to visit Glengarriff in West Cork. One, that some of you may not know, is The Ewe
Basically, the Ewe experience is a sculpture garden set mainly around a small lively river running down through a forest a few miles west of Glengarriff on the Kenmare Road. It is well signposted and easy to find.
You get a clue of what you’ll encounter even in those signs and certainly at the entrance where you’ll see the first of the sculptures. Many of them, including the hand pointing to the way in, will raise a smile, some even a laugh.
But there is something serious going on here too. If you read all the information panels on the walk, you will be well educated on mother earth and nature and on man’s part in it. But always that touch of humour. Dare to open a door in a rock to see the world’s most destructive creature and......
Sustainable living is also a theme here. And it is seen in the sculptures, many of them made out of used materials. Take the choir of Milk Maidens for example. They are all created from plastic milk cartons, their prominent red lips from the caps!
There are huge dinosaurs and a massive spider, fish jumping (one cycling even), grim faced bugs all over the place. If you get taken short and need to use the loo, don't worry. There is a pink one provided, with a phone in the tree alongside. All the comforts of home!
You have to be wide awake walking around here and not just because the paths are rough enough. Keep those peepers open and you’ll see a big spotted cat prowling through the trees. And a man’s head, a big one, lying there.
Humour abounds but questions are asked in a subtle kind of way. Sculpture and nature to nurture the soul. Good for the kid in you and hopefully the kids of today will dial in to the wisdom so that the kids of the future will enjoy this fragile place we call earth.
But don’t let me finish on a serious note. If you take a kid to Ewe, there are games scattered all around for them. And you! Play Solitaire on a stone “board”, also Noughts and Crosses and more. Visit. Enjoy.
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
FOTA HOUSE & GARDENS
Had an hour or two to spare on Sunday morning so I headed down to the Fota House and Gardens for a stroll around. There is a new car park there now, separate from the Wildlife Park, though it shares the same entrance and costs the same three euro. When you walk in from the car park, you will see, on your left, a magnificent specimen: a huge 1847 Monterey Cypress.
The house was looking well and I enjoyed my walk around the arboretum. Perhaps the most colourful tree at the moment is the 1960 Chinese Cornus.
The one disappointment on this occasion was that the walled gardens were closed up. They don't open on Sundays until 2.00pm – so keep that in mind! Entry is free though there is a charge if you want a tour of the house, There is also a restaurant in the house.
Monday, 4 July 2011
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Saturday, 2 July 2011
|See Wedding Blitz at Cork Arts Theatre|
The Lunchtime Theatre Season is in its second month and it's going fantastically well.
For details on this and all the other CAT events click here