2019 Saint Patrick’s Day Ring of Cork Parades

2019 Saint Patrick’s Day Ring of Cork Parades

Here are some of the photos from the various Saint Patrick’s Day parades in the Ring of Cork today. Share your Patrick’s Day Parade photos with #ringofcork on Instagram or Facebook


The town of Ballincollig celebrated their 10 year parade today.



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Billy Murphy made an appearance in Carrigtwohill at the Parade today, he wasn’t on the bus however.


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Happy #StPatricksday 2019 from #Carrigtwohill #Cork.

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Irish Red Head Convention- Speed Dating for Gingers

Irish Red Head Convention- Speed Dating for Gingers

The 7th Irish Redhead Convention takes place in the beautiful seaside village of Crosshaven in Co. Cork this weekend, 19th- 21st of August and includes Speed Dating for Gingers. They call it a “Conservation Project” ! I love it ! If you are not interested in the dating scene there’s lots more to keep you entertained. Get REDy for an amazing fun filled weekend of freckles and frolics with the Carrot Tossing Championships, prizes for the Most Freckles Per Square Inch, music on the Foxygen and ElectRED picnic stages, seminars and exhibitions on red hair, Redhead only Photoshoots,  Foxy Fitness and lots, lots more! And check out http://www.redheadconvention.com/ for full programme of events.

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Youghal Medieval Festival

Youghal Medieval Festival

Youghal Medieval family fun Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary and it takes place this Sunday, 21st August in the stunning and historic gardens of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church. The Festival is one of the key events funded by The Heritage Council of Ireland and it continues to deliver unique and innovative heritage themed activities each year.

Youghal Medieval Festival will be welcoming back many old friends and favourites, such as , the White Horse Living History Society, with their enthralling battle re-enactments,  Wool Spinning, Coin Striking, Medieval Foods, we even have a hairdresser that will give you a Medieval hair do!   As always a few surprises are thrown into the mix.  A back to basics policy of the organisers sees dozens of children immerse themselves in arts and crafts; with shield making and painting being the most popular.  If you come in medieval costume all the better!
There is a very exciting programme of events for the 2016 Youghal Medieval Festival that is being held within the town walls at St. Mary’s Collegiate Garden. Lots of family fun too.

Youghal Medieval Festival is a FREE family day out. Medieval-Festival-2016-Programme

Youghal Clock Gate will re-open this August

Youghal Clock Gate will re-open this August

Youghal Clock Gate will re-open this August

Excitement builds as works get underway on The Youghal Clockgate Tower Visitor Experience!
Due to open in August 2016, Youghal’s Clockgate will see Youghal become an integral part of Ireland’s Ancient East

“The story of the Clock Gate Tower in Youghal will be told through the lives of some of those who were part of its history over the centuries. These powerful stories of individuals and groups of people from the past will help to visitor to see the iconic tower in a new light and understand its significance in Youghal and the wider area over the centuries.”.

Youghal’s Clock Gate occupies the former site of Trinity Castle, one of the five principle gates of the late 14th /15th century town.  The large, commanding structure of Trinity Castle was the dividing gate between the Maintown and the Basetown.  By the mid 16th Century the Corporation decided to lease out the castle for private use.

“In 1563 the merchant Melchior Bluet leased the building, possibly as a residence; This was replaced in 1620 with a more modern building which included an imposing, distinctive Clock, and the building was to become known as the Clockgate Tower.
The Clock’s function was not only to tell the time of day but to issue warnings, announce events, but peculiarly to broadcast the death of children. Over time the clock became a symbol of the society and shared community of Youghal.   By the mid to late 18th century, Trinity Castle was in a dilapidated condition, and in 1773 the Corporation decided to knock down the building (saving the clock and bell) and replace it with one that had sufficient room for a gaol and gaoler’s house.  The present monument was erected in 1777 and designed by local architect William Meade, who also designed The Mall House, which is now the town’s Civic Offices.  By 1836, the Government ordered the gaol to be closed down until a new one was built.”

The Conservation Plan:
As the business plan was developing it became evident that a conservation plan would be required as the building is a National Monument.   Margaret Gowen & Co. Ltd was commissioned to  carry out a conservation plan for the building.  The plan was funded by SECAD, The YSEDG and Youghal Town Council.  The Conservation Plan sets out what actions need to be taken prior to any proposed future development works, and also identifies the structural and heritage-related constraints to be addressed in the strategic development and financial planning framework for the building.”

Read more about this historic building by clicking here 

1916 Commemoration around the RoC

1916 Commemoration around the RoC


1916 Commemoration around the Ring of Cork…


Cobh Museum Exhibitions

Two exhibitions will be displayed in the museum; one conveying the Scuttling of the Aud and the Queenstown / Cobh involvement in 1916 and the other showcasing the history of Irish Dance.

Offical Opening of Cobh Museum’s 1916 themed Exhibition:

The Official Opening of an exhibition commemorating the scuttling of the Aud will take place on the centenary date of April 22nd 2016


Series of nightly public lectures at Cobh Library 18-22nd April 2016

Monday, 18th April at 8.00pm   Dr. Michael Martin, historian and creator of the Titanic Trail, speaks on the story of the arms ship Aud

Tuesday, 19th at 8.00pm  John Jefferies, local historian,  speaks on the story of James Connolly, John Dowling and the Cobh socialists

Wednesday, 20th at 8.00pm   Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, public representative, author and historian  on “When Cobh came out – the story of the Cobh Volunteers in the 1916 Rising

Friday, 22nd at 8.00pm  Anchor from the Aud: The Aud has remained submerged in Cork Harbour since its scuttling by Captain Karl Spindler on April 22nd 1916. One hundred years later and for the very first time, an anchor from the Aud will be put on display in Cobh. Interpretational signage will also accompany this display.

Saturday, 23rd April  Reenactment of Easter Saturday in Cobh

At 1.00pm at Tay Road, Ballywilliam (near the old council reservoir) – Re-enactment of the Cobh Volunteers 1916 mobilisation. Unveiling of a plaque at the site.

2.00pm – “Volunteers” begin a march to town centre led by a lone piper from the original Cork Volunteers Pipe Band (this is the band founded by Tomás MacCurtain in 1913).

3.00pm – Unveiling of 1916 monument at West Beach / Pearse Square junction

4.00pm – music and song in the square

Sunday, 24th April

3.00pm – Gathering at site of former RIC Barracks at West View for dedication of Memorial Garden

4.00pm – Reading of the 1916 Proclamation of Independence by Paul O’Sullivan, Cobh 1916 Committee,  outside the Courthouse / Cobh Library

4.15pm – Laying of a wreath at the James Connolly Plaque in Pearse Square (outside the Rob Roy)

Documentary Examines Link between Past and Present Cobh, 28/04/2016

A youth created documentary film entitled “Reflections on the 1916 Easter Rising and past connections to present day Cobh” will be officially screened on April 28th in Cobh

All times are approximate and liable to change slightly

Rostellan Development Association:


Work will commence on the creation of a “Thomas Kent Memorial Park” in Rostellan. The ceremonial opening of this park on April 10th will be followed by a community gathering featuring displays of Irish music and dance.

Centenary Information Board in Rostellan:

A Centenary themed information board describing the lives of the people executed after the Rising will be erected.



“Easter 1916 in Cork – Order, Counter-Order and Disorder”
Monday 18th April 2016 at 20:00
Ballincollig Rugby Club
Most of the action in relation to the 1916 Rising occurred in Dublin. What happened in Cork at this time? Did the Irish Volunteers in Cork contribute to the Easter Rising? What roles did Terence MacSwiney and Tomás MacCurtain play in Cork? Gerry White, co-author of Baptised in Blood, the story of the Cork Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, will answer these and other questions in a lecture on ‘Easter 1916 in Cork – Order, Counter-Order and Disorder’.


Ballincollig Twinning Association

22/04/16 to 24/04/16

A Twin Town Visit Ballincollig will receive a visit from the twinned towns of Mechterstadt in Germany and Saclay in France to join in the centenary commemoration of 1916. The weekend of the 22nd April is scheduled given the German connection with the Aud.



Irish Nature – 100 years on: A conference entitled “Creating a Vision 2016” will be held in Ballincollig to take a look at Irish Nature as it was in 1916 and to then cast the eye on what the future should hold for Irish nature.

Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven: 

22/04/16 to 24/04/16

A Weekend of Lectures: A number of lectures will take place in Camden Fort Meagher on the weekend commencing the 22th of April, the day on which, 100 years prior, the Aud was scuttled in Cork Harbour. Included amongst the talks will be a lecture on 1916 and WWI as well as a talk on the scuttling of the Aud itself, by Barry Keane.

Military reenactments of the Irish Revolutionary Period will take place in Camden Fort Meagher as part of a Commemorative Weekend.

Exhibitions on 1916 and World War I will be put on display in Camden Fort Meagher as part of a Commemorative Weekend.

Military Tattoo: Camden Fort Meagher has organised a 1916 Musical Gathering involving a Military Tattoo and performances of traditional music.


Friday 22nd
2 pm Official opening with the Boys National School singing The National Anthem
3.15pm – Seminar on ‘The Aud’ and its role in 1916 with Barry Keane
4.30pm – Seminar on 1916 and WW1 with Jerry Conroy and the British Legion

7.30pm – Live music Concert with Java Ladies Harmony Chorus Singing Group and Brandy Lane Orchestra

(evenings are tickets only, tickets available from Lynch’s Centra Crosshaven or ProMusica Oliver Plunkett Street €25)

Saturday 23rd
12pm – 5pm Regular public opening times and admissions fee at gate
Re enactors recreate events from 1916
Tom Burnell and the War dead database

7.30pm – Live music concert with Cara O’ Sullivan and Chamber Orchestra and Cork Prison Male Voice Choir.

(evenings are tickets only, tickets available from Lynch’s Centra Crosshaven or ProMusica Oliver Plunkett Street €30)

Sunday 24th
11am – Multi denominational service with Crosshaven singers and flag raising ceremony (open to public)
12 – 5pm – Regular Site opening hours and admissions fee at gate
2pm – Seminar on 1916 (Repeat of last Friday)
Afternoon until 4.30pm – Pipe Bands from Carrigaline, Tipperary and Waterford

Dublin Burning by Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan

Dublin Burning by Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan

Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Concert


Written and Performed by

Brendan Begley (accordion/ vocals) and Mike Hanrahan (guitar/ vocals)

Ballymaloe Grainstore

Sunday 10 April, 8pm (Tickets €20)

Ballymaloe Grainstore honours the Easter Rising Centenary with Dublin Burning, a concert by two of Ireland’s top musicians on Sunday 10 April.  Brendan Begley (accordion/ vocals) and Mike Hanrahan (guitar/ vocals) will tell the story of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising through songs, music, poetry and stories of the era spanning 1890 to 1916.

“It was a momentous time in our history when Dublin burned with desire, passion, anger, sadness and pride,” says Mike.   “Dublin Burning will draw people to the story start a ripple that will send them nd away with an understanding of a poignant, powerful, sad, sometimes gruesome,  heroic and extremely important period of our history.”

Dublin Burning will illuminate and educate – but most of all it will entertain.  The show’s visit to Ballymaloe Grainstore is part of a national tour that has been selling-out venues all over the country.

Brendan and Mike take songs familiar to generations of Irish people and shine a light on their significance.  Well-known tunes include Óró ‘Sé do bheatha ‘bhaile, The Tri-Coloured Ribbon, A Nation Once Again, James Connolly, and A Soldiers Song.  The latter would eventually be translated into Irish and become the national anthem.

They are not historians but just two writers, musicians and singers who happened to read a small library concerning a group of extraordinary men and women who lived in Ireland around a hundred years ago.

“In our reading we discovered songs, stories and incredible characters who took part in an armed revolution  that would change Ireland forever,” continues Mike.  “Their Ireland was a country in a cultural revolution celebrating the rebirth of its language, music, song, art, history and folklore against a backdrop of British rule.  Irrespective of religion or class, they believed that the natural progression of  a cultural revolution could only lead to a free and independent  Republic of Ireland.”

Tickets for Dublin Burning in Ballymaloe Grainstore are €20 and can be booked online at www.ballymaloegrainstore.com or by phone on 021 465 2531.  Sunday buffet at 6pm and ticket are €65. 


Cobh, Tourism Town!

Cobh, Tourism Town!

“Cobh has been recognised as a major tourist attraction at an award ceremony in Dublin honouring the leading lights of the country’s tourist industry.
The harbour town was unveiled as the fourth largest tourist destination last Wednesday by Minister for Tourism Michael Ring at the Failte Ireland, Tourism Towns Awards.
Cobh town received a certificate of merit acknowledging, their impressive performance in reaching out to visitors creating the best possible tourism experience.”


You can read the full article on East Cork Journal.

Tourism Ireland: Exceptional +12% growth from overseas for Jan-Sept 2015

Tourism Ireland: Exceptional +12% growth from overseas for Jan-Sept 2015



We’re on track for a record year, as Tourism Ireland continues to roll out its extensive promotional programme around the world. Today’s figures from the CSO (Central Statistics Office) indicate that this was the best ever January to September period for overseas visitors to Ireland, with almost 6.65 million arrivals recorded. Overseas visitor numbers have increased by +12% over the first nine months of 2014 – an additional 737,600 visitors. This is good news indeed, with the increase in visitor numbers from overseas helping to boost economic recovery around the country.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s figures indicate that we are heading for a record year for Irish tourism in 2015, with almost 6.65 million people arriving during the January to September period – an increase of +12%, or an additional 737,600 overseas visitors, when compared to 2014. I am delighted to see that growth has been recorded from all of our markets around the world, with record numbers coming here from North America (almost +14%), Mainland Europe (almost +14%) and long-haul markets (+11%). I also welcome the strong increase in British visitors (+11%), our largest market for overseas tourism.”

  • Overseas visitor numbers are up +12% between January and September 2015 – 737,600 additional visitors.
  • Great Britain: Almost 2.7 million arrivals were recorded from GB, our largest market, representing growth of +11%, about 266,700 extra British visitors compared with the first nine months of 2014.
  • North America: visitor numbers from the United States and Canada are up almost +14%, about 144,800 extra American and Canadian visitors. Ireland now welcomes 10% of all American visitors to Europe – particularly noteworthy given the intense competition from other destinations.
  • Mainland Europe: it’s been another stellar performance from Mainland Europe, with almost 2.4 million visitors (up almost +14% or 284,700 extra arrivals) – with markets like Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Benelux and the Nordic countries all recording really good growth.
  • Australia and Developing Markets (ADM): it’s also been another record performance for arrivals from Australia and developing markets – up +11%, or 41,400 additional visitors.

Niall Gibbons continued: “This was a strong performance and reflects the sentiment we are hearing from our tourism industry partners overseas, including tour operators and carriers, as well as tourism businesses here at home. We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. Upcoming promotions, including a significant presence – with about 70 Irish tourism partners – at World Travel Market in London next week will help to keep this momentum going and deliver further success in 2016 and beyond.” 


Click here to see highlights of our autumn campaign around the world.


EU Prize for Cultural Heritage & Europa Nostra Award for Fota House

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage & Europa Nostra Award for Fota House

The European Commission and Europa Nostra have awarded a 2015 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, considered Europe’s most prestigious prize in the heritage field to Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens.



The team has been honoured for outstanding achievement in the category of education, training and awareness-raising.

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards are considered Europe’s most prestigious in the heritage field. The Fota project was awarded in the ’Awareness Raising’ category.

The Irish Heritage Trust acquired the Fota estate in 2008 and set about planning a schedule of restoration and conservation for the house and Frameyard with the help of teams of volunteers, staff and international experts.

Action Packed Month for Tourism


As well as announcing the shortlist for Ireland’s Top 10 Tourism Towns, we launched an exciting new phase of the Wild Atlantic Way. The release of the latest CSO figures point to a very strong summer and confirm that 2015 is shaping up to be a record year for Irish tourism. We kicked off our Autumn sales blitz and began using Google Trekker to put Dublin on the map by capturing many of it’s hidden beauty spots with a specialised camera. Ireland’s food appeal was demonstrated to Italian media at EXPO Milan held last week and speaking of food -have you heard about ‘Food on the Edge’ – a two day symposium for chefs and food enthusiasts all around the world taking place in Galway the 19th and 20th of October.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with international media starting off with the Wild Atlantic Way which was showcased to some of the most influential travel media in the world. Eight major US group tour buyers were here to learn more about our new tourism initiative, Ireland’s Ancient East . Top lifestyle media experienced the year of Irish design and finally, we hosted a top-level international media group to showcase and document Ireland’s LGBT tourism experience.

Deadlines: The closing date for applications for the National Festivals and Participate Events 2016 closes on Monday October 12th at 12.00 noon. October 15th is the deadline for statutory accommodation sectors to renew their Fáilte Ireland Quality Assurance for 2016.

As always check out our Friday Favourites – a round-up of some of our favourite tourism stories each week as well as our Monday Morning Memo where we share a host of insights from at home and abroad. You can catch these on our website at www.failteireland.ie on LinkedIn or why not follow us on Twitter @Failte_Ireland. 


New Phase of Wild Atlantic Way Launched

A new phase of The Wild Atlantic Way was recently launched by Minister Michael Ring. A 3.5 million programme of works with photo-friendly marker points and internpretation panels will improve visitor experience along the route.

Read on for more information. 

Fáilte Ireland to ‘Trek’ Down Dublin

We are quite literally putting some of Dublin’s more remote spots on the map as begin to use the ‘Google Trekker’ specialised camera to capture some of Dublin’s many beauty spots which haven’t yet been captured by Google Street View. Our Dublin team are gathering images of some of Dublin’s magnificent views and hidden gems over the next number of weeks which will be made available via Google Maps.

To find out more about this click here.

International Journalists were in Ireland to Learn about LGBT Tourism

Following global media coverage of the recent referendum on same-sex marriage, a top level international media group, including The Guardian, BuzzFeed UK and The Huffington Post arrived in Ireland to document the Irish LGBT tourism experience. The group also attended ‘The Outing Lisdoonvarna’ – the world’s first and only LGBT matchmaking and music festival, and took in some of the west coast’s most iconic experiences.

For more information on this click here.

Global Audience for Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way was awash with some of the most influential travel media from across the globe, as they undertook tailored itineraries in an overseas media blitz, designed, hosted and managed by Fáilte Ireland, in collaboration with Tourism Ireland.

For more information on these trips click here. 

Food on the Edge – A Two Day Symposium for Chefs and Food Enthusiasts

Fáilte Ireland are supporting ‘Food on the Edge’ – a two day symposium taking place 19th and 20th October in Galway. The event is a coming together of chefs and food enthusiasts to listen, talk, debate and network over two days on the conversational theme: ‘The Future of Food’.

For more information on this event click here.

Autumn Sales Blitz Begins for Tourism
Over the next six weeks Irish tourism businesses will engage in almost 8,500 one-to-one sales meetings with 275 key international tour operators. This is all part of our Autumn Sales Blitz – a series of six regional events designed to allow Irish tourism businesses to pitch to overseas tour operators.
To find out more click here.

Ireland’s Food Tourism Appeal on the Menu at EXPO Milan

The four Irish finalists of the 2015 European Destination of Excellence (EDEN Awards) joined Fáilte Ireland to demonstrate Ireland’s food appeal to the Italian media at the EXPO Milan.

For more information on this event click here. 

Top Lifestyle Media in Ireland to Experience Year of Irish Design

Eleven travel and lifestyle journalists with a combined reach of over 6 million were in Ireland to explore our rich heritage of craft and design in this very special year of Irish design. The international media undertook a bespoke itinerary, designed by Fáilte Ireland, showcasing the highlights of contemporary Irish design in Kilkenny and Dublin.

Read on for more information. 

Major US Group Tour Buyers to Put Ireland’s Ancient East on ‘Must-Visit’ Itinerary.

Eight major US group tour buyers including arrived in Ireland to learn more about our new tourism initiative, Ireland’s Ancient East. This is just one of a number of events designed, hosted and managed by Fáilte Ireland, in collaboration with Tourism Ireland, to promote our newest tourism initiative.

For more information click here.

Closing Date for National Festivals and Participate Events 2016

The application process for the National Festivals and Participate Events programme opened in September and the closing date for submission of applications is Monday 12th October at 12.00 noon. Only application forms submitted via the online system will be accepted.
For more information on this click here.



Cobh makes it as one of Irelands TOP 10 Tourism Towns

Cobh makes it as one of Irelands TOP 10 Tourism Towns

Cobh has been shortlisted as one of Irelands Top 10 Tourism Towns!



  • Anticipation is starting to build ahead of the 2015 Fáilte Ireland Tourism Towns Awards as the top ten highly commended tourism towns shortlisted for the award were announced today at the National Tidy Towns Awards in the Helix, Dublin.

    The overall winners will be announced at a ceremony in The Morrison Hotel on Wednesday 25th November where two overall winners will ultimately share the accolade of Ireland’s top Tourism Town – for the Best Large Town and the Best Small Town.           

Best Small Town

Adare, Co Limerick

Ardmore, Co Waterford

Clonakilty, Co Cork

Kenmare, Co Kerry

Lismore, Co Waterford

Sneem, Co Kerry

 Best Large Town

Cobh, Co. Cork

Killarney, Co Kerry

Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny

Tralee, Co Kerry

What’s on at Fota House

What’s on at Fota House

Fright at Fota House 


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Have you ever wondered what happens at Fota when the sun goes down?!

Join us for a unique Halloween experience for all the family.

28th – 29th October

Prices: Tickets €7/ Family Ticket €25 (2 Adults, 2 Kids)

From 5.30pm to 9pm both evenings:  pre-booking advised.

The Dustbusters Light Orchestra

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The twenty-two strong collective play with a passion which communicates the versatility of their repertoire, which spans two centuries of popular music.

November 6th 2015


Price: €20.00


The Frameyard Christmas Fair

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November 28, 2015, 11:00 am

Come and visit the beautiful Victorian Frameyard Garden, all decked out in twinkling lights and festive cheer! The Frameyard Fair will host stalls offering yuletide goodies and crafts, an event run by our Volunteer team here at Fota House & Gardens.

The fair runs from 11am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Carols by Candlelight with the Carrigaline Choral Group

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The ever popular Christmas celebration with The Carrigaline Choral Group returns to Fota for 2015.

December 6, 2015

8:00 pm

Price: €25.00

The Magic of Santa at Fota House


The Magic of Santa at Fota House is a truly unique, traditional Christmas experience. All proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the running of Fota House & Gardens by the Irish Heritage Trust Charity.

Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December

Prices: €15 Per Child, €7.50 Per Accompanying Adult


Symphony of the Soil, Screening of Documentary Feature Film

Symphony of the Soil, Screening of Documentary Feature Film

Followed by Q&A with the director, Deborah Koons Garcia

Ballymaloe Grainstore

Shanagarry, Co. Cork

Thursday 8 October, 8pm


“Unfolding with gentle joy and an unexpected beauty, this ode to the miracle of the Earth’s topmost layer gives us a newfound respect for the ground beneath our feet.”  – New York Times Critic’s Pick
Ballymaloe Grainstore and East Cork Slow Food present Symphony of the Soil,  a documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil, on Thursday 8 October at 8pm.  It will be followed by a question and answer session with the director, Deborah Koons Garcia.

Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story.


“Deborah Koons Garcia is one of my food heroes,” says Darina Allen. “‘Her work has helped in no small way to raise awareness of one of the most pressing challenges facing mankind – the diminishing fertility of the soil.


“We are thrilled that Deborah has chosen to show Symphony of the Soil at Ballymaloe Grainstore,” continues Darina.  “Don’t miss it – it will be life changing.”


Using a captivating mix of art and science, the 104-minute film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth.  Yet most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems.


There are two Symphony of the Soil screenings in Ireland – Ballymaloe Grainstore  on 8 October and the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin on 10 October.


2015 is the United Nations International Year of the Soils.


The film’s Irish premiere is particularly timely as Teagasc are on the cusp of launching their National Nutrient Management Planning System which will support up to 50,000 farmers in planning the long-term development of their soil.  According to Teagasc research only 11% of our Irish agricultural soil is of ‘optimum’ quality and this figure is rapidly decreasing.


The five-minute film, Potatoes with Purpose: The Story of Spuds, will be shown before the feature.


Tickets for Symphony of the Soil are €8 and may be booked on www.ballymaloegrainstore.com or 021-465 2531.  Pre-screening dinner in Ballymaloe House (6pm) is available for €45


CATALPA at Ballymaloe Grainstore

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Sunday 11 October, 8pm


 “Exhilarating, magical, a triumph, a joy and a delight” – Irish Times  

Ballymaloe Grainstore presents Catalpa on Sunday 11 October at 8pm.  A classic of modern Irish theatre, it is based on the true story of the daring 1875 whale ship rescue of six Irish prisoners from Fremantle penal colony in Australia.


Catalpa is about heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with hot romance, mixed-up rebels and battles at sea.  A celebration of the power of live theatre, The Washington Post calls it “a soaring rip-roaring one-man adventure.” The Irish Times says it is “exhilarating, magical, a triumph, a joy and a delight.”


Since its premiere 20 years ago, Catalpa has toured the world to high acclaim, including New York, Chicago, Paris, Geneva, Helsinki and Harare.


Catalpa is written and performed by Donal O’Kelly with live music by Trevor Knight.


“A masterpiece…searingly satirical, comic, tragic, profoundly sensitive.” –  The Scotsman


“Inspired creativity… should not be missed.” – Sunday Independent


Tickets for Catalpa are €20 and may be booked on www.ballymaloegrainstore.com or 021-465 2531.  Ticket and pre-show dinner in Ballymaloe House (6pm) is available for €65.

Voce di Donna & “You’d be Surprised” at Fota House,  16th October

Voce di Donna & “You’d be Surprised” at Fota House, 16th October

On Friday, 16 October, Fota House is delighted to welcome Voce di Donna for a return visit following their outstanding success of “Disarming Divas and Spicy Roles” in 2014.  Voce di Donna is a unique group with a shared passion for transforming opera into an exciting accessible and affordable theatrical event.   They came together because of their shared passion for opera and the desire to bring it to a wider audience than it currently enjoys

“You’d Be Surprised” is an exciting new production, an extravaganza of song, featuring gems from some of musical theatre’s greatest, including Gershwin, Sondheim, Berlin, Lloyd Webber and many of our modern songwriters.   The timeless lyrics of these songs echo something of our own story, our own experience, our frustration and longings – songs to make us laugh or cry, or simply reminding us of the sheer joy of living.

Meet the Divas and the Darlings, the Bad and the Sad, the Funny girls of the magical musical stage and enjoy hearing songs you know and some that you’ve never heard before…”You’d Be Surprised”.  


Fiona O’Reilly, Christina O’Flynn & Bethan Lee

Directed by Mary Curtin.



Fota House, Carrigtwohill

Date: Friday, 16th October

Time: 8.00 pm

Tickets:          €20.00

Prebooking advisable.

To book contact Fota House,

Tel No. 021 4815543.

Strange Attractor

Strange Attractor

Durational live performance
Saturday 3rd October 2015, 1.00 – 4.00pm
Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh
Admission free, all welcome.


Strange Attractor is a durational, improvised live performance by Anthony Kelly, Danny McCarthy, Irene Murphy, Mick O’Shea and David Stalling. They will be joined by special guest Jed Speare (Sirius artist-in-residence).  Strange Attractor is a multi-dimensional, collaborative venture that experiments with sound, movement, technology, combined media, text and found objects.
The artists will explore creative possibilities resulting in an experience that offers multiple points of entry for the audience.  The audience is welcome to come and stay as long as they wish, sit down or walk around to experience the performance from different viewpoints.

The collaboration began in 2010 and was curated in partnership with Dawn Williams of the Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland. It consisted of a series of monthly durational performances with invited guests that led to a gallery-based residency during April 2011. Further performances including RHA Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, Cafe OTO & Pigeon Wing Gallery, London, Studio Soto, Boston, Harvestworks, New York

Strange Attractor’s live performances with invited guests have opened new cross-disciplinary relationships between sound, visual art and music and have featured internationally renowned artists, such as David Toop, Mary Nunan, Stephen Vitiello, Rhodri Davies, Alessandro Bosetti, Steve Roden, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Lee Patterson, EL Putnam, Jed Speare, Sven Anderson, Mike Bullock, James Coleman, John Godfrey, Derek Hoffend, and Jane Wang. A full colour Strange Attractor book with DVD, and a PDF publication with live recordings and many contributions by the guest artists was published by Crawford Art Gallery and Farpoint Recordings.
It is available via farpointrecordings.com

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