Monthly Archives: August 2012

September 3rd Arts Club

Hello everyone and a big thank you for supporting the Kilmainham Arts Festival last weekend – we enjoyed it and hope you did also!

The next Arts Club is on Monday September 3rd, we will be having a screening of A Revel In blue: The Life and Work of Harry Clarke. We are delighted to have historian, researcher and production co-ordinator for the documentary Ray McGovern to present and say a few words about this stunning documentary.
Using enhanced special effects and copious interviews, this documentary captures the life and work of Harry Clarke (1889-1931) in all its uniqueness and colour. Many of Clarke’s stained-glass windows are featured, Clarke created spectacular stained-glass windows for churches and private patrons in Ireland, England, the United States and Australia. Born in Dublin, Clarke developed a unique style and technique in stained glass that combined deep rich colours with beautiful, elongated figures that exuded poise and grace. His deep blues and ruby reds became the hallmark of his work.

After the screening we will have dance performance from Maria Irlanda, songs from Susan Tomelty’s Acapella group who will be performing for the very first time and music to complete this relaxed and enjoyable night. We look forward to seeing you there, we will be kicking off at 8.30pm sharp with the documentary.




It’s HERE! the third Kilmainham Arts Festival: Art-on-the-Rails large outdoor Exhibition, Workshops, Performances and more, bring the kids there is plenty to enjoy! As you will see when you click onto our website link below, the majority of the events are free or have only a small donation. We have worked hard to bring you an affordable and enjoyable weekend, with plenty of interactive experiences.

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For a full line-up and times of all events click onto our website:

A small sample of our MANY highlights include:

Devil’s Glen Records Original Song Contest.

Saturday August 25th2pm. The Patriots Inn.

Exciting event with the cream of original songwriters competing for recording time.

Star Stories & Songs

Saturday August 25th, 7pm. Pearse Connolly Room, Kilmainham Hilton, suggested donation €5. A delightful & insightful and storytelling and music event hosted by ‘Mrs.Nellie Murphy’ Mc and Storyeller. “Mrs. Nellie Murphy is equal parts comedy, pathos, joy, erotica and train wreck!"below is a link for the full line-up at this event!

Artist’s Talks

Sunday August 26th, 12pm – 3.30pm ‘Multi-Media Room’ Kilmainham Hilton,

Check out these great artists who will be sharing their experiences and their work in an informal and enjoyable event.

Mary Duffy Kevin Mcsherry

Sadjo Sissokhe

Sunday August 26th 5pm outside Kilmainham Hilton

Performing African harp with members of Wassawass African drum and dance group, Sadjo Sissokho, born and raised into a Griot family of musicians in Guinae Bissau, West africa. Sadjo became a master of the Kora, (African Harp) at a very early age and has brought his wonderful talent to Ireland

And finally we are delighted to be hosting acclaimed three-man play:

Theatre ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

Sunday, August 26th, doors 6.30pm, play at 7pm in the Pearse Connolly Room of the Hilton Hotel. Tickets are priced at €8 / €5 unwaged, students, seniors

"Someone who’ll watch over me" by Frank McGuinness is the story of three very different men kidnapped and forced to live together in a tiny cell in Lebanon, 1986. It’s a powerful play based on true events in Brian Keenan’s life, it will make you laugh and cry as the men try to combat isolation and boredom with the only tools they have, their imaginations. Directed by Niall O’Higgins and Starring Art Kearns, Conor Delaney and Danny Kehoe.

Let us know if you would be interested in volunteering at the festival – we need LOTS of people to make it run smoothly!

In particular we could do with a number of fit and able bodies to move stuff for short periods morning and evening.

Hope you enjoy the weekend, your feedback is always welcome.

Thank you, Festival Team

August Arts Club

  • Hello All,
    Please put the Kilmainham Arts Festival in your diaries for August 25th and 26th; our programme follows shortly.

    The next Arts club is Monday August 6th 8pm in The Patriots Inn, Kilmainham. Details follow of the line-up in our lively, brimful of talent night. See our Facebook for any additions. We will hold a raffle for artwork on the night.

    As one part of the festival we are organising a MultiMedia Event, featuring audiovisual pieces with spoken word and music audio accompanied by both abstract and represantational visuals. To preview this, we will show a number of pieces by local artists at Arts Club August 6th illustrating the range of material possible with this art form.

    We are delighted to have the talents of Orla Martin for August 6th’s Arts Club, her poems have been published in The Cúirt Journal and The Story Thursday book and short stories broadcast on RTÉ. As a musician and song-writer, Orla won the NUIG Tower of Song lyric competition in 2011 and she will sing a few songs for us also.

    Jim Norton is a poet who has just brought out a collection which includes material written when he lived in Rialto. ‘The Fragrance of Dust: Haiku, Stories, Poems’. Norton’s work has appeared in Poetry Ireland and leading haiku journals. In 1992 he won a BBC Wildlife Poetry Award; also a Peterloo Poets Award; and in 2012 a Genjuan Award in Japan. On August 26th as part of the festival there will be a ‘Gingko’ (Haiku walk) followed by a Haiku workshop in collaboration with Haiku Ireland hosted by Maeve O’Sullivan.

    Artist Martina O’Brien will show her recent work, she has exhibited extensively both in Ireland and internationally including New York [2008 and 2009], London[2012] and Beijing[2012]. Solo exhibitions in Ireland include The Office of Public Works, Dublin, and various other locations around the country including Derry, Northern Ireland.

    Regulars to Arts Club will recall David Thomas Smith’s stunning art featuring Google earth images Anthropocene, David returns to show his new work.

    Musically we have Colin McGill – all Ireland award winning accordian player. Sister Abigail entertain us with their songs, the two have established a brand new recording label Devil’s Glen Records. We look forward to seeing you on Monday!