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The Jig

Kenmare Choral Festival opens Friday, 28th November

by Stephen Johnson   Following the success of its second Choral Festival last year, this year’s Kenmare Choral Festival is extending a warm welcome to all choirs to come and participate in the 2014 Choral Festival from the 28th to the 30th November. Festival organisers want to continue to bring the beautiful art form of choral music to the local public and visitors alike through concerts, competitions and other events

Irish Film Institute screens “Local Films for Local People” in Kenmare

by Stephen Johnson The Irish Film Institute brought its programme “Local films for local people’ to the Carnegie Arts Centre recently.  The event was a sell out. ‘Local Films for local People’ is being run by the IFI Irish Film Archive, which travels to different parts of the country showing archived screenings of footage from local areas, bringing the footage back to the communities in which it was made.

The Carnegie Players to Present Brian Friel’s Comedy “The Communication Cord.”

Since The Carnegie Players were founded in 2009, to help raise funds for the wonderful Carnegie Arts Centre, they have performed to great acclaim masterpieces from renowned playwrights such as John B.Keane, Oscar Wilde, Chares Dickens and Noel Coward to name but a few. This Winter sees the Players’ second Brian Friel production, the hilarious Irish Farce, “The Communication Cord”.

Whiddy Island disaster’s last survivor tells his story in new book

THIS month next sees the launch of a new book that gives a vivid and fascinating first-hand account of Ireland’s worst ever maritime disaster when 50 people lost their lives in the early morning of January 8, 1979, after a fire broke out aboard the Betelgeuse, a French owned oil tanker, at the Gulf Oil Terminal in Bantry Bay. The fire small at first but then spread rapidly to erupt

Sneem Storytelling Festival a great success

by Stephen Johnson THE International Storytelling & Folklife Festival in Sneem this past weekend proved a great success. One of the highlights of the popular event, sponsored by Faile Ireland and now in its third year –was Aidan Dooley’s award-winning Saturday night performance of  “Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer.”

Liam O’Connor to play the Briery Gap, Macroom

“From a very young age, I wanted to be a performer,” says accordion legend and multi-instrumentalist Liam O’Connor. Born in Newmarket, Co. Cork, Liam O’Connor was raised in a family where music was not just a hobby, but a way of life. Cutting his musical teeth at the tender age of four, Liam excelled early and went on to join the family band, The O’Connor Family, at the age of

Declan O’Rourke comes to Kinsale

POPULAR singer-songwriter, Declan O’Rourke will be playing locally in Kinsale on the November 21st at the Seanchai.   This most anticipated event is part of his tour around Ireland, Europe and the US. Declan will also be performing in Dublin and Sligo during the month of November as well as Wexford, Mayo, Waterford, Belfast, Galway, Dundalk and Killarney during December.   Ticket prices range from €20 to €22 and are

Live Love Laugh – Eilish O’Carroll’s one-woman show at Macroom’s Briery Gap

by Christina Cassidy   EILISH O’Carroll, aka Winnie McGoogan from the award-winning Mrs Brown’s Boys, brings her comical and emotional one-woman show, Live Love Laugh to Macroom’s Briery Gap Theatre on Friday, November 14th next.   Live Love Laugh is an emotional, comic tale of growing up in Dublin in the 1950s. Eilish was the second youngest in a family of 10 and always had an admiration for performing since