Archive for the ‘Art & Literature’ Category

Oh, For a Theatre By the Sea

The splendid Coastguard Cultural Centre.
Coastguard Cultrual Centre could tick a big Tramore box The success of smaller theatrical venues across the locality, be it Central Arts in Waterford city, Gealach Gorm in Kill and Brewery Lane in Carrick-on-Suir begs the question: why has Tramore skipped the board treading beat? It’s incongruous that a town of Tramore’s scale and [...]


Artist ‘Mantra’, (kindly sponsored by the French Embassy in Ireland), putting the finishing touches on his piece on the Michael Street/New Street/Apple Market junction during last weeks' 'Waterford Walls' Festival.  				| Photo: Julien Behal
Waterford Walls brings fresh colour to the city Strolling (and driving) through Waterford last week, watching bare walls being rejuvenated while ‘older’ works were painted over and replaced with new visages, wildlife and patterns, really was a treat. And it really is hard to believe that ‘Waterford Walls’ has only been with us for [...]

Going Wild for the Comeraghs!

From July 12th to the 15th, the Comeraghs Wild Festival returns for its sixth edition, celebrating the incredible scenery, diversity, colour and culture of the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast. Michelle Heffernan spoke with Festival founder Bernadette Drohan on an event which encapsulates the beauty of Waterford here on our own doorsteps… “The Festival was [...]

Spokes Poetry Night at Grimes’

Writer and poet Colm Keegan will be upstairs in Phil Grimes's pub on June 22nd
The year long series of Spokes poetry nights is almost at an end with just two more night events to be held. The penultimate night will be held on Friday, June 22nd marks the Summer Solstice on the Wheel of the Year with very special guest poet Colm Keegan and guest musician, local classical guitarist, [...]

A Celebration of Exploration!

Pictured in Lismore Castle gardens ahead of the festival weekend is Pat Williams (FDC Accountants, Festival Sponsor), committee members Orla Russell, Donal O’Brien, Neill Twomey, Aoife McCabe (Lismore Heritage Centre and festival sponsor, committee members Edward Lynch, Helen Leddy and Paud O’Reilly and Tony Dowd FDI (Floral Distribution of Ireland Ltd, festival sponsor).					 | Photo: Mary Browne
Immrama Festival of Travel Writing beckons in Lismore Michelle Heffernan Reports On a damp autumn evening in 2002, something special emerged around a hotel conference table in Lismore. Business people, civil servants and Waterfordians both native and adopted, came together to discuss the creation of a celebration of both books and the Heritage Town of Lismore, and [...]

Breadwinner Exhibition at Kilkenny’s Butler Gallery

Last Saturday, May 12th, the Butler Gallery Kilkenny, in collaboration with “Cartoon Saloon”, launched “The Breadwinner” a multi-media exhibition of the artwork behind new Irish feature animation. Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon have been Oscar nominated three times since their beginning, and were thrilled to join with Director Nora Twomey for production of the Breadwinner, a [...]

A bevy of Writing and Ideas at Borris!

Actor Cillian Murphy will speak at this year’s event.
Writing Festival among the region’s leading ‘lit’ events Once a year, the unassuming village of Borris in County Carlow becomes a hotspot for Hollywood names. The marvellous Festival of Writing and Ideas, founded in 2012, has invited the likes of Pink Floyd, Dominic West and Cillian Murphy, among countless others, to share a personal dialogue with [...]

Bealtaine 2018 in Waterford

Artist Catherine Drea will run a free “Photography as Memory Making” workshop at Garter Lane as part of this year’s Bealtaine Festival, which runs throughout the month of May.
Michelle Heffernan Reports Celebrating the Arts & Creativity As We Age This May, Waterford City & County will host a range of events as part of the 22nd Bealtaine Festival, which celebrates creativity as we age. Waterford City and County Libraries, along with Garter Lane Arts Centre, are delighted to partner with this national movement to bring almost [...]

Anna Jordan and the “Write Stuff”

Anna Jordan; A Waterford Woman of many words, both spoken and written
Michelle Heffernan Reports Anna Jordan is a literary, and literal, tour de force. Most working single mothers wouldn’t find time to comb their hair, let alone pen plays, run classes and launch major literary festivals and events. Bashfully, she swats away my compliments on her writing and production repertoire, while I quizzed her in a café [...]

Roy Foster on the Legacies of Parnell and Redmond

Pictured attending the launch of 'The Redmonds Of Waterford, A Political Dynasty 1891-1952', a book by Pat McCarthy which was held at The Large Room were organising committee members Bernadette Guest, Ger Crotty and Joanne Rothwell
Waterford born-Professor Roy Foster provided a great resume on how Waterford MP John Redmond advanced the cause of Irish independence. Prof Foster, formerly of Oxford University, was speaking in the city as part of the ‘Redmondite Tradition in Waterford’ event held at the Large Room in City Hall to mark the centenary of John Redmond’s death. [...]