Tag Archives: There May Be Tay


So you didn’t have to.

From the man who gave you Guaranteed!

Playwright and Colin Murphy writes:

These (above) are some of the key secondary sources for Bailed Out! [a new docu drama for the Dublin Theatre festival at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin] – add to that a pile of Banking Inquiry transcripts, reams of Dáil reports and a green bin’s worth of newspaper cuttings, and off-the-record briefings from some of those directly involved.
We start tonight, with opening night on Saturday. Nicely in time for the bank guarantee 7th anniversary “celebrations”, next week.

Bailed Out! at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire (Dublin Theatre Festival)

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This Friday.

Chris Maher writes:

For everyone not going to the Electric Picnic….No Tent Required at The Grand Social [Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1]  on Friday – SIX bands for just €5 and all proceeds go to the Musical Youth Foundation ‘Guitars for Kids’ programme (helping vulnerable children access all the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument)…

Musical Youth Foundation (Facebook)


A fete in Cork.

For craft beer hounds.


Noel Finn writes:

We’re running a new Beer Festival at the Franciscan Well Brewpub [North Wall, Cork]  this year – our Summer Fete kicks off next Friday July 3rd and will see a host of summer beers and ciders, beer cocktails, fruit cocktails, sangria and summer fruit cups.

We’ll also be launching our newest Limited Edition Beer a Belgian Farmhouse Ale which we have yet to name and are running a competition on our Facebook [link below] to find a name for it

Fransiscan Well (Facebook)

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The Le Chéile Arts & Music Festival.

Ireland’s “longest-running Independent music and arts” festival.

Now it’s 18th year in Oldcastle, Co Meath.

Feestival director Fergus Govern writes:

We have a line up that includes ASH, HamsandwicH, Damien Dempsey, Travis Oaks, Big Generator, Corner Boy, Preachers Son, plus over 60 more acts. There will also be a full weekend of kids activities, Art, History, Workshops and theatre over the August Bank holiday weekend.

La Chéile 2015

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Free Friday week?

A rare night in Dublin with guitar and mandolin-wielding bluegrass singing legend Niall Toner at the DC Music Club on Camden Row, on Friday, June 19.

Niall is noted for his dextrous plucking as witnessed (above) performing with his band an original composition Burren Backstep. He also remains the only Irish bluegrass artist to have their music appear in the Grand Theft Auto series.

The night celebrates the launch of of Niall’s fifth album, Working on Love. Tickets via  tickets@musiclee.ie

Niall Toner (Facebook)




Cork Harbour.

This September.

Siobhan Howe writes:

‘Wave Movements’ – a new composition by Bryce Dessner (The National) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) – will be the focal point of Sounds from a Safe Harbour. It will be performed at Cork Opera House by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and accompanied with film by the celebrated Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

This festival centrepiece was the nucleus of the idea that has evolved into Sounds from a Safe Harbour. Cork Opera House will also present a performance by The Gloaming, as well as a collaboration between Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner….

Tickets on sale from next Thursday.

Sounds From A Safe Harbour


Bernadette McAliskey in 1969


J Sully writes:

This Thursday night sees a Special screening of the IFTA-winning film Bernadette ‘Notes on a Political Journey’ (2011) followed by Q and A with the film’s director Lelia Doolan afterwards as a fundraiser for The Countess Markievicz School. Tickets €10 at The Mart, Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Event is BYOB.

The Countess Markievicz School was founded in 2011 by a group of graduates of the School of Social Justice in UCD who were ‘concerned about the declining number of women in public and political life in Ireland’.  The school provides a discussion forum on women in honour of Ireland’s first MP and Cabinet Minister….

Markievicz Film Fundraiser (EventBrite)




Free in Cork on Sunday afternoon?

Stephen Kelly, lecturer in percussion at CIT Cork School of Music write:

I know you normally don’t do this but if you wouldn’t mind giving this concert a plug I’d be most grateful! There’s a fundraising concert this Sunday (29th March) at 2pm for in the Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork City. Suggested donation €10

Éabha O’Mahony (top) was born two years ago with a very rare condition called Aicardi syndrome – she was born without the corpus callosum which is the part of the brain that allows the left and right side communicate. As a result she needs 24 hour care & has already undergone many operations.

This fundraising concert will feature the Senior & Junior Percussion Ensembles of the Cork School of Music. The students will play a wide range of music from classical to samba (Ravel’s “Bolero”, “Sevilla” by Albeniz and arrangements of jazz and samba tunes by Nat Adderly, Quincy Jones and Antonio Carlos Jobim.) It’s a family event so everyone is welcome! There will also be a raffle…

Shine On Éabha

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Maybe bring a flask to be on the safe side.

Ten Thousand Miles Away.

A performance that celebrates “the connection between Ireland and America, exploring ideas of emigration and identity through a combination of poetry and song”.


Stephanie Dickson writes:

I’m dropping you a line about “Ten Thousand Miles Away”, an unprecedented collaboration between New York’s Juilliard School (alumni Kevin Spacey, Jessica Chastain, Miles Davis, etc etc) and two Irish institutions, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Lir Academy.
The work, which is an interweaving of song and poems (WB Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Yeats, Paul Durcan) will premiere at the Lir [at Trinity College] at the end of this week (13 and 14) before going to New York for performances at the Juilliard around St Patrick’s day.

The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin. Friday March 13 at 8pm and Saturday March 14 at 3pm & 8pm.

Tickets here