Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Great News from Cork Arts Theatre

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.

Cork Arts Theatre's Artistic Director Dolores Mannion will be at the helm of this production. Dolores has previously brought us a wealth of productions including: The Cage, Knowing Cairo and Over The Pub to name 3 of the 86 plays she has directed.  read more 

CRAICHOUSE RETURNS TO ROB ROY


Saturday, July 30 at 9:30pm - July 31 at 12:30am


The Rob Roy, 28 Cook Street, Cork




Damo Clark has been confirmed as our first headliner. We have one of the best comedians in the country to headline this awesome new

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

AUGUST AT THE OPERA HOUSE


AUGUST AT THE OPERA HOUSE

MUSICAL
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.
Booking fee may apply
Limited Early Bird Tickets Available

CONCERT
Fri 26 8pm
The Gloaming
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
Booking fee may apply
Limited Early Bird Tickets Available

WALK THE LINE


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

BANTRY HOUSE VISIT


BANTRY HOUSE
Front gardens

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.
Dining Room

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

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

FOTA HOUSE & GARDENS


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, 11 July 2011

UPDATE: THE REICH EFFECT


FESTIVAL
Wed 27 – Sun 31
The Reich Effect
Cork Opera House is proud to present The Reich Effect, a five day festival marking the 75th year of the Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Steve Reich. See more information at www.reicheffect.tumblr.com.
Exclusive festival tickets, a special package of 5 shows for only €100,  will also be available from Cork Opera House.

REICH EFFECT: FILM - INTERVIEW
Wed 27 July 8pm
STEVE REICH PHASE TO FACE SCREENING
(a film by Eric Darmon & Frank Mallet)
Followed by Steve Reich public interview with John Kelly
Tickets: €20
Booking fee may apply

REICH EFFECT: CONCERT
Thu 28, Sat 30 & Sun 31 July, 7pm
THE QUIET CLUB
The Quiet Club are Mick O’Shea and Danny McCarthy, pushing the boundaries of sound making and listening by employing a wide range of devices ranging from theremins to homemade instruments and stones.They will be joined by a number of special guests, including Kate Ellis, John Godfrey and more.

REICH EFFECT: CONCERT
Thu 28 July, 6pm
COUNTERPOINT 
The opening concert of The Reich Effect brings together some of Ireland’s most talented musicians to perform four classics from the Reich canon. Counterpoint is a series of works for soloists accompanied by pre-recorded layers of themselves with the live player participating in the on-going counterpoint as well as more extended melodies.
Tickets: €20.00
Booking fee may apply

REICH EFFECT: CONCERT
Thu 28 July, 8pm
KRONOS QUARTET
After winning the Polar Music Prize Award 2011 and also the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, Cork Opera House are thrilled to have such esteemed musicians in our midst to be part of what promises to be a remarkable festival celebrating the work of Reich.
Tickets: €38.50
Booking fee may apply

REICH EFFECT: CONCERT, CLUB
Thu 28 July 10pm The Half Moon Theatre
KALEIDOSCOPE FOLLOWED BY DONAL DINEEN
Kaleidoscope Night is curated by Kate Ellis and Clíodhna Ryan and has quickly become a hot ticket event on the musical calendar in Ireland.
Kaleidoscope Night will be performed by some of Ireland's finest musicians, including Kate Ellis & Clíodhna Ryan themselves, Deirdre Moynihan, Linda Buckley, Marja Gaynor, Malachy Robinson, James Taylor, Owen Gunnell and a whole host of other Irish talents. This special event will be followed by DJ extraordinaire Donal Dineen.
Tickets: €20
Booking fee may apply

REICH EFFECT: CONCERT
Fri 29 July, 6pm
Drumming
This performance features musicians O Duo, (Owen Gunnell & Oliver Cox), Stephen Kelly and Alex Petcu Colan. Cork Opera House has commissioned Nic Gareiss to choreograph and perform Clapping Music as part of this concert.
Tickets: €20
Booking fee may apply
  
REICH EFFECT:  CONCERT
Fri 29 July, 8pm at City Hall
RTÉ CORK PROMS - RTÉ Concert Orchestra
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra explore the Reich effect at work in composers Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Rós and Nico Muhly, as well as performing Eight Lines by Steve Reich himself. 
Tickets: €30
Booking fee may apply

REICH EFFECT: CLUB
Fri 29 July 10pm at The Pavillion Club
Reich Festival Club
This evening is presented in association with Electric Underground and features performances by Boxcutter and Toby Kaar, and the finalists of the REICH DRUMMING REMIX COMPETITION.
Tickets: €10
Booking fee may apply

REICH EFFECT: CONCERT
Sat 30 July, 6pm at The Firkin Crane
Phases
Featuring performances by Ciara Moroney, Micheal Joyce and Lizabeth Cooney, with dance commission by Nic Gareiss. Phases sprang from Steve Reich's 1965 experiment with recorded tapes of a Pentecostal preacher’s voice. 
Tickets: €20
Booking fee may apply

REICH EFFECT: CONCERT
Sat 30 July 8pm
LONDON SINFONIETTA AND SYNERGY VOCALS
One of the world’s most influential contemporary music ensembles, the London Sinfonietta, perform Reich’s seminal Music for 18 Musicians. They are joined bySynergy Vocals for the iconic blend of voices and instruments, filled with recurring phrases and gently shimmering harmonies and regularly shifting patter.
Tickets: €38.50
Booking fee may apply

REICH EFFECT: CONCERT
Sat 30 July 10pm at the Savoy Theatre Club
EFTERKLANG WITH DANÍEL BJARNASON AND THEIR MESSING ORCHESTRA
Efterklang + Daniel Bjarnason & Their Messing Orchestra is a special 17 piece band that debuted at the Cross Linx festival tour in February earlier this year. It is Efterklang with Daniel James (of Canon Blue) on guitar, Heather Broderick on piano and Peter Broderick on vibes and steel drum.
They will be joined by the brilliant Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason on Rhodes.
Tickets: €25
Booking fee may apply

 REICH EFFECT: CONCERT
Sun 31 July 6pm at Triskel Christchurch
JOHANN JOHANNSSON WITH THE ISKRA STRING QUARTET
Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic musician, composer and producer.  Firmly t the forefront of adventurous music in Iceland, Johann’s stately, slow-building and hauntingly melodic music has been quietly bewitching listeners for years.
Tickets: €20
Booking fee may apply

REICH EFFECT: CONCERT
Sun 31 July, 8pm
CRASH ENSEMBLE
Ireland’s foremost contemporary music ensemble perform a magnificent programme with Íarla Ó Lionáird and Gavin Friday. Since 1997, Crash has attracted enthusiastic audiences to its ground-breaking new music concert experiences, engaging the most adventurous music of today
Tickets: €25
Booking fee may apply

Saturday, 2 July 2011

CORK ARTS THEATRE

See Wedding Blitz at Cork Arts Theatre
The Cork Arts Theatre have a packed schedule for July--

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

MALLOW HOME and GARDEN FESTIVAL

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