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Kilmainham Arts Club is delighted to host the Kilmainham-Inchicore Community Festival 24th – 27th August 2017

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Line-up of Events – Kilmainham Arts Festival November 12th – 16th

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Kilmainham bursts into life with a profusion of  lively, inspiring and fun events. With the kind assistance of Dublin City Council, Kilmainham Arts Club is proud to present the fifth Kilmainham Arts Festival!  Check out our line-up below, come and enjoy one of these intimate and unique events. Events all free of charge (except for Saturday 14th workshops)

 Bookings & information  email festival director : Vawn Corrigan


8PM – 11pm, Glen of Aherlow, Emmet Rd: SONG CIRCLE 

Singers and listeners  welcome to an open circle of songs: poignant, unusual, funny, and beautiful. Share a song, any genre welcome, acoustic self-accompaniment only. No booking required.

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Discover the fascinating stories of this unique place with historian Paul O’Brien.Followed by complementary tea/coffee in The Patriots Inn.  

Booking required email

7.30pm (sharp) – 8.45pm, Patriots Inn, Kilmainham:


A great show, the performance of the talented finalists and selection of winning original song:

Sarah Buckley – ‘Magic Powers’
Kate Dineen – ‘Night Creatures’
Noel Herrity – ‘Who Will Be My Voice?’
Aoife Leigh – ‘Something Right’
Joe Lynch – ‘Refugee’
Luke S – Stones
Rob Sheils – ‘Out With The Tide’
Bryan Walsh – ‘All Is Not Lost’

10pm Patriots Inn, Kilmainham: ZRAZY

unnamedThey’re are back ! with a great new album! Zrazy have won several USA awards for Best Album and Best Song. You will see why when they perform in the Patriots Inn with their new band in a romp through all their music. Expect genre-defying original sounds with soul, jazz and funk elements.  No cover charge. Have a listen HERE

​​8.30pm, Glen of Aherlow, Emmet Rd.: MICHAEL AND LIAM – Inchicore Poets

Two accomplished local poets in an entertaining event:​ Specialities: humour, rancour, anger and jealousy! For more information please follow this link: 


11.30 am – 12.30pm, Insomnia Café, Kilmainham:  ‘GOOD MORNING!’ gypsy jazz

What about a coffee in Insomnia cafe on Saturday morning accompanied by the incredible music of Locoswing and Fintan Gilligan of The Hot Club of Dublin?

Smoking hot guitars & bass  in the gypsy jazz style plus Gilligan’s oooh so sultry voice.  Contemporary numbers reworked with that unique flavour; think Django Reinhard and Cole Porter. Children welcome.

11am – 6pm Hilton Hotel Kilmainham:


We  present our three specially selected workshops with excellent tutors, we ensure a small number of participants  for maximum benefit. These are open to you whether you have experience or not; as long as you’re genuinely interested and up for it … then we want you there!  

Special festival rate of only €12 each. Adults only, wheelchair accessible, booking required. Email asap to avoid disappointment. 

Enda Coyle Greene’s POETRY workshop IMMERSE YOURSELF IN VERSE 11am – 1pm  follow this link:


Mark McAuley’s DRAMA workshop 1.30pm –

3.30pm  follow this link:

 Kathy Henderson’s VOICE workshop 4pm – 6pm please follow this link:

Click to hear  Kathy singing in her role as ‘Carmen’

3pm – 3.30pm Inchicore Library, Emmet Road: STORYTELLING & drawing for kids 3 – 7 years

6pm-7.30pm Patriots Inn:


Only €15 for a 2-course really delicious meal plus a brilliant classic film on the big-screen! this offer is on both Saturday and Sunday 6pm – 7.30pm. Special festival menu see menu.

 8pm – 11.30pm Hilton Hotel: SHORT FILM EVENT

This was a hugely popular event last year, it’s the Kilmainham Arts Festival Selected Short Film Event featuring the Fingal Film Festival Roadshow; in total of nine fantastic short films.

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Selected shorts in a diverse and exciting film event. No booking, arrive early for seats

No booking, arrive early for seats.

Music video created by Raven for Reverend JM’s Panic Worship ‘The Man Who Climbed Walls’
Conor Ferguson’s award winning short film ‘Atlantic’
Brian Cronley’s ‘An American Comedian in Dublin’ featuring Comedian Tom Rhodes
‘An Ode to Love’, an animation produced by Suzie Belton of Brownbag Films.

‘The Hiding’ (Best Student Film) Dir: Sean Donellan
‘Brenda’ (Best Fingal Newcomer) Dir: Matteo Bertoli
‘Deadly’ (Best Animation) Dir Aiden McAteer
‘Solitaire’ (Best Short Film) Dir: Gerard Walsh
‘Where My Ladies’ (Best Documentary) Dir: Eimear Howard/Kinga Grabarczyk.


MaSamba Samba School, 25-27 Bow Lane, Kilmainham: SAMBA DRUMMING WORKSHOPS

Fun, free samba with experienced Masamba tutor in new samba school in Kilmainham. Authentic Brazilian instruments provided

1pm – 2pm (children 10+) 2.30pm – 3.30pm (adults)  Booking required, email
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6pm-7.30pm, Patriots Inn, Kilmainham. FESTIVAL DINNER & CLASSIC FILM

(same as Saturday)

 12047111_10208420041604982_2694864820608825190_nsunday 7.30pm – 10.30pm Patriots Inn, Kilmainham: EXPLORING THE DRAÍOCHT OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC

​ Interesting and fun night exploring the magic of trad. through various multi-media presentations: photos, short film, music, chat. 

Including photos taken at sessions over the decades by Colm Keating and the presentation of Tony Kearns’ beautiful book Music & Light:Ceol & Solas,  special guests,​ followed by an open ​seisiún led by famous fiddler Porky Murphy and other  top traditional musicians. Join in!

For more information please follow this link:             


8pm, seats at 7.30pm. Patriots Inn, Kilmainham:


A fun and inspirational event which is the highlight of the festival; unique, engaging and lively short presentations on big-screen interspersed with performances. No booking required.

We will screen Ode to Love (directed by Matthew Darragh and produced by Suzie Belton of Brownbag Films). It’s an animation that tells the story of a man on a desert island who falls in love with a stick!


Kathy Henderson, the mezzo soprano, who played Carmen for many years, has a love of world music and Edith Piaf, she will perform for us. Kathy is also teaching the 2 hour singing workshop on Saturday 14th November  as part of the festival also. (see above)

Our featured poet is PHIL LYNCH (co-Director of the Lingo Spoken Word Festival) Phil is published in a wide range of print and on-line poetry magazines and anthologies, too numerous to mention! Among other awards he was awarded third place in the 2015 Doolin Writers’ Festival Poetry Competition and short listed in the Red Line Festival Poetry Competition. Phil’s first full poetry collection is forthcoming with Salmon Poetry in 2016.

PAINTER MARY DUFFY has exhibited in a great number of solo and group IMG_4981exhibitions including the Royal Hibernian Academy. She has gathered a high number of awards, including no less than four medals – Mayoral Award Wexford Art in the Open – and Mary has also been awarded three major bursaries by Belfast-based Arts & Disability Fund (funded by both arts councils on the island of Ireland). Mary will be present her paintings and chatting about her approach.

WILDLpaulIFE PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL HUGHES has spent almost a decade travelling the world in search of the perfect wildlife photograph. Upon returning home however, he was amazed to find that there was a world of wildlife on his door step in the heart of urban Dublin. He’ll be presenting images from  Doorstep Wilderness: A Wilder Side Of Dublin. (Collins Press, 2014)

Our featured musician is singer-songwriter COLM LYNCH. His two studio albums: A Whisper in a Riot (2006) and Tickety Boo (2008) received hugely favourable reviews. Colm was awarded “Best Newcomer” at the Meteors in 2009. His new musical project – Watson ACE – has produced the album “Backbone” which will tour Ireland this year.colm lynch


And that’s it for now folks…we look forward to seeing you!

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