On this page you will find images, descriptions and dates for past events held at Nenagh Arts Centre.
Friday 19th May - I Hear You And Rejoice - Theatre
Loco and Reckless Productions Presented I HEAR YOU AND REJOICE. Following the sell-out success of The Man In The Woman’s Shoes, Mikel Murfi returned with a new one man show. Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, married the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It was a match made in heaven, in more ways than one.
Thursday 18th May - Jailhouse Rock - Film
Nenagh Arts Centre and Tipperary Arts Council as part of the Bealtaine Festival presented Jailhouse Rock.
Jailhouse Rock centered around a young man named Vince Everett (played by Presley) who was sentenced to prison for manslaughter. While in prison, Vince wass mentored by his cellmate Hunk Houghton (played by Mickey Shaughnessy) who helped develop Everett’s musical ability.
Wednesday 17th May - Lost In Translation - Film
A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), met in Tokyo. Bob was there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte was accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two found escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They formed a bond that wasas unlikely as it was heartfelt and meaningful.
Saturday 13th May - Test Copy - Theatre
We met Louise Fennessy, just one of 89 Transition Year girls and followed her through the corridors and carry on of St Catherine's convent. A black comedy that examined violence and peer pressure set in an all-girls secondary school in Tipperary. Written & performed by Roseanna Purcell, directed by Pat Kiernan.
Wednesday 10th May - Pinocchio - Childrens Theatre
One of the best loved classics for children came to life, literally! Crickets, cats, foxes and of course, the world-famous puppet will sprang out of our collection of dusty, old magic books while Patrick Lynch from CBeebies pulled all the strings and turned all the pages and brought you the true story of Pinocchio, no lie.
Friday 5th May - The Olive Tree - Theatre
A rainy day in Dublin. A jaded supermarket employee ripped a boycott sticker off a bottle of olive oil. And the Palestinian olive tree of history came to life before her... A magic realist journey into the stories and struggles of Palestine, past, present and future.
Wednesday 3rd May - Paterson - Film
Paterson was a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they shared the name. Every day, Paterson adhered to a simple routine: he drove his daily route, he wrote poetry into a notebook; he stopped in a bar and drank exactly one beer; he went home to his wife, Laura. The film quietly observed the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April - 'Aladdin Trouble' - Kids On Stage - Family Theatre
Aladdin, his mammy Widow Twanky and his sisters Wishy and Washy opened a new Laundry business. But the evil Abanezer caused them trouble as he looked for the magic lamp with its powerful genie.
Thursday 27th April - Poetry Day Ireland - Literature
Dromineer Literary Festival in association with Nenagh Arts Centre presented a joint Poetry Day Ireland reading by Martin Figura and Helen Ivory.
Wednesday 26th April - Hell or High Water - Film
Following a series of armed robberies at a number of branches of Texas Midland Bank where very little money was taken, we learned that the motive of unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and his brother -- just released from prison -- was to raise enough money to pay off the reverse mortgage that would forfeit their recently deceased mother's ranch if not paid off.
Saturday 22nd April - Captain Noel Brendan Gill Remembrance Weekend -Lecture
Lecture: The Massie Affair 1931. One of the most notorious murder trials in US legal history and the surprising Nenagh connection. Speaker : Rob Gill
The lecture was followed by a screening of the acclaimed PBS American Experience Film Documentary 'The Massie Affair'
Wednesday 12th April - I, Daniel Blake - Film
A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriended a single mum and her two kids as they navigated their way through the kafkaesque impersonal benefits system. With equal amounts of humour and despair. Heartfelt and emotional until the end. Won Outstanding British Film of the Year at the 2017 BAFTA Film Awards.
Saturday 8th April - The Legend Of Luke Kelly -Music
Dublin singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh was raised on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was three years old. Over the past fifteen years he amazed audiences following powerful sell-out performances in prominent Irish venues such as Vicar Street & the Cork Opera House.
Wednesday 5th April - Viva - Film
When everything is for sale, what's the value of love? Jesus did make up for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreamt of being a performer. When he finally got his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerged from the crowd and punched him in the face. The stranger is his father Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. As father and son clashed over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva became a love story as the men struggled to understand one another and become a family again.
Monday 3rd April - Dr Tony Humphreys - Understanding Teenagers Sometimes Wild Always Wise - Seminar
Adolescence is about becoming an adult. Depending on the teenager’s experiences in infancy and childhood, the teenage years can be a rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows or a relatively smooth ride into maturity. The level of maturity of the significant adults in teenagers’ lives – parents and teachers – is critical to how well teenagers manage the many challenges – physical, emotional, sexual, intellectual, behavioural, social, creative and spiritual
Friday 31st March & Saturday 1st April - Cloughjordan Circus Club - Family Theatre
Everything was ready, the curtain was be raised but ... who stole the Clowns? Without them all the laughter, fun and sparkle was gone! We joined this brave Circus Troupe as they used all their skills to get the clowns and the fun back.
Wednesday 29th March - The Good Lie - Film
Four Sudanese children were orphaned after their village is massacred in the Second Sudanese Civil War. Consequently, they made an arduous and dangerous trek through the plains, enduring hardship, death and sacrifice all the way until they reached safety in a refugee camp in Kenya. Years later, these youths were among 3600 selected for resettlement in America, only to have the one girl among them sent to Boston, while the three boys made a new life in Kansas City. Together, these young men adjusted to an alien culture even as the emotional baggage of their past haunted them. However, these newcomers, and their new friends like employment counselor Carrie Davis, strived to understand each other in this new home, as they made peace with their histories in a challenge that changed all their lives.
Saturday 25th March - Sean Keane - Music
Seán Keane described as the `greatest musical find of the 90`s` by `The London Independent`. Traditional Irish, folk and even country and blues songs all lend themselves to his unique style and unforgettable voice. Growing up in a family of singers and musicians, Seán learned the sean-nós style of singing from his mother and his aunts by the time Seán reached his teens, he had collected thirteen All-Ireland medals in Fleadh Ceoil competitions.
Thursday 23rd March - Looking Deadly - Theatre
A wedding is the craic; birthdays are...alright. But you can't beat a good Irish funeral. Yeah it's sad...but ya know what'll help with that? Kind words, hang sangwiches, a glass of warm porter, milky tea, a bad ballad, a snog with that cousin you know you shouldn't fancy and a fight over who thought more of the dearly departed. Now you're ready for the three day wake!
Wednesday 15th March - Room - Film
A mother and her 5 year old son Jack were held captive for 7 years, finally escaped and gained freedom from their captor, but escaped to a dramatic homecoming and had to deal with the pressures of the real world in this powerful and suspenseful drama. Based on the novel by Irish writer Emma O’Donoghue.
Saturday 11th March - Andy Irvine In Concert - Music
Andy Irvine has enjoyed a long and successful career as a traditional Irish musician. He has travelled the world as a solo artist and as a member of legendary Irish groups such as Planxty and Patrick Street and more recently Mozaik.
Saturday 11th March - The Big House, Hosted by Tipperary County Council - Seminar
Seminar on the Big House in Tipperary aimed to highlight the rich architectural and historic tradition of the County and shed new light on the people, places and events that shaped this fascinating period in our County's history. With diverse topics from the role of women, to furniture and interiors, to the social life of the family, to the life of servants, and the role of landlords, there was something to interest all
Saturday 4th March - The Humours of Bandon - Theatre
On the eve of the Irish Open championship, we met Annie, a 16 year old Dubliner, as she charted us through the various successes and disappointments of her Irish Dancing life. We shared her mind numbing commitment and burning desire to win the Irish Open title.
Wednesday 1st March - The Theory of Everything - Film
The Theory of Everything was the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age.
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th February - Ariel - Theatre
'Ariel' told the story of the Fitzgerald family over a ten year period, from the ruthlessly ambitious father Fermoy, who, literally made any sacrifice to succeed in the political world, to his wife Frances, a deeply unhappy and resentful woman.
Sunday 19th February - Lisa McHugh - Music
Country star Lisa McHugh took to the stage at Nenagh Arts Centre on the 19th February. Lisa McHugh is one of the few women in the Irish country music scene and she brought her lively and fun style of music, which got fans to their feet for an amazing country dance night.
Thursday 16th February - An Evening With Liverpool Legend Ian Rush - Meet & Greet & Talk
Ian Rush played for Liverpool FC between the years 1980 to 1996 and is the clubs all time top goal scorer. A rare opportunity for football fans where they got to meet one of the great ambassadors of football. The evening opened with a meet and greet where fans got the opportunity to have a book or jersey signed by the man himself.
Wednesday 15th February - Cinema Paradiso - Film
Cinema Paradiso was the beautiful, enchanting story of a young boy's lifelong love affair with the movies. Set in an Italian village, Salvatore found himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso and yearned for the secret of the cinema's magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agreed to reveal the mysteries of moviemaking, a deep friendship was born.
Wednesday 8th February - A Date For Mad Mary - Film
A DATE FOR MAD MARY told the story of 'Mad’ Mary McArdle returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison - for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone had changed. Her best friend, Charlene, was about to get married and Mary was maid of honour. When Charlene refused Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn't find a date, Mary became determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating were a disaster and she wound up feeling more alone… until she met Jess and everything changed.
Wednesday 1st February - Ubu On The Table - Theatre
The critically acclaimed, award winning show Ubu on the Table has taken to the stage in cities & festivals, over 800 performances in more than 15 countries. In 2017 this acclaimed adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi came to Nenagh! All bets were as the fate of Poland was sealed on a tabletop. Two armies of French baguettes faced each other in a stand-off as tomato bombs exploded, an egg beater hovered over fleeing troops and molasses-blood splattered on fork-soldiers.
Saturday 28th January - Fred & Alice - Theatre
Fred & Alice was a quirky love story about 2 amazing mischievous characters who meet in a home. It wasn’t really a home but Fred always called it a home because that was where he lived, and if you are not living at home then where are you? It was love at first sight for Alice. Fred didn’t talk to her again for years but then eventually Fred got used to her and it was love at first sight for him too.
Friday 27th January -A Literary Evening with Julian Gough, Roisin Meaney & Michael Durack - Literature
We joined poet Michael Durack and writers Julian Gough and Roisin Meaney – for an evening of literature at Nenagh Arts Centre. Julian Gough is the author of three novels, two radio plays, and a poetry collection. Roisin Meaney (Limerick based) is the author of thirteen adult novels and two children’s books. Michael Durack's poetry has been published in a wide range of literary journals in Ireland and abroad, as well as airing on local and national radio.
Wednesday 25th January - Mr Holmes - Film
In his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faced the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes came to rely upon the boy as he revisited the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searched for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it was too late.
Wednesday 18th January - The Danish Girl - Film
After standing in as a female model for a painting by his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), Danish artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) becames enamored with his feminine identity and begans living as a woman named Lili Elbe. Although their marriage becames strained, Gerda stood by Lili as she explored her true self and eventually underwent one of the world's first gender-reassignment surgeries in the 1930s.
Saturday 14th January - Alex in Wonderland - Family Theatre
The inhabitants of Wonderland were under threat from the Red Queen while a shocked and dazed local teenager was catapulted into Wonderland to go on a quest with Mad Hatter, White Rabbits and their magical comrades to save Wonderland from the evil wrath of the Red Queen. This adventure was filled with music, laughter and the age old 'he's behind you' of the tradition Panto!
Saturday 17th December - Croooning At Christmas - Music
Direct from playing Dean Martin in the West End hit ‘The Rat Pack’, Emmerdale star Liam O’Brien presented his original show “Crooning at Christmas” – a tribute to yuletide swing.Now in its 12th year, this nationwide tour wass packed full of seasonal hits like White Christmas, Let it Snow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and many more.
Saturday 10th December, 2:30pm - Christmas Crackers Puppet Show - Children / Family Theatre
Custard Pie Puppet Company’s colorful Christmas show embodies fully the Christmas mood, featuring Santa's helpers Dong & Ding. Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and other surprise guests!
The show is live and interactive with all the sing-a-long favorites and generates lots of belly laughs from the audience, not to mention little giggles. In a nutshell the Christmas show has everything you want to experience during the festive season - a magical shared experience for friends and family.
Friday 9th December, 8pm - Abba Tribute Band "Waterloo" - Ladies Night Out - Music
One of the most popular Abba tributes in the country, ‘Waterloo’, recreated both the sound and look of the original group with breathtaking accuracy. This carefully crafted show has proved to be consistently popular with audiences throughout Ireland, garnering rave reviews at cabaret and theatre venues. Superb note-perfect vocal harmonies go together to re-create that original Abba party feel, this show is packed with all the fantastic Abba songs you know and love.
Special guest ‘Proud Mary’ is an outstanding Tina Turner tribute act an un-missable tribute to this world famous Rock icon Hits include: Private Dancer, Simply the Best, Riverdeep, Let’s Stay Together, Steamy Windows, Nutbush.
Wednesday 7th December - It's A Wonderful Life - Film
Required viewing during the Christmas period, James Stewart is at his most likeable in It’s a
Wonderful Life as George Bailey, loyal family man and friend whose selfless nature has resulted in his spending his whole life in hometown Bedford Falls. When despotic merchant Mr. Potter seizes an opportunity to ruin George, and thus consolidate his own control over the town, George finds himself preparing to jump from a bridge. However, a higher power intervenes and sends Angel Second Class Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers) to show George what life in Bedford Falls would have been like had he never been born.
Saturday 3rd December - Rebel Rebel - The David Bowie Experience - Music
"Rebel Rebel" - The David Bowie Experience: A fully live 6 piece band faithfully recreating the most popular songs from Bowie’s extensive back catalogue. The band themselves are fans and have a deep respect for the man and his music. The set for this show was built on Bowie's most loved and enduring songs. Rebel Rebel covered Bowie's hits from 1969 right up to present day.
Friday 2nd December - The Importance Of Being Oscar - Theatre
This was a compelling theatrical tapestry that revealed the wit, triumph and tragedy of Oscar Wilde in an explosion of richness, boldness, passion and beauty. It included excerpts from Earnest, An Ideal Husband and a particularly moving Ballad of Reading Gaol. 'For those wild about Wilde or who still needed to be convinced of his genius, this was the perfect sampling platter of his works' Entertainment.ie
Thursday 1st December - Carol - Film
In this adaptation of the novel "The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith, Therese (Rooney Mara), a young department-store clerk in 1950s Manhattan, met Carol (Cate Blanchett), a beautiful older woman stuck in a depressing marriage of convenience. As their bond deepened and they became romantically involved, Carol found the strength to leave her husband (Kyle Chandler).
Sunday 27th November - FANTASMAGORICAL Magic Show - Children / Family Theatre
Joe is a professional full time magician for the last 12 years. He fell in love with magic at the age of six after seeing magician Paul Daniels perform when Joe was on a family holiday. From then on he was hooked!! He has appeared twice on the Late Late Show, Six One News, Ireland Am, Xpose. He appeared for 2 sell out runs in the Abbey Theatre and a following summer run in London's West End playing the role of a magician.
Saturday 19th November - Overshadowed - Theatre
Imogene used to be sparkly, vivacious and outgoing. She used to fancy lads ,have curves and love chips. Recently however she had become withdrawn,gaunt, obsessed with exercise. The reason? Caol, her new ‘best friend’, who’s cast a dark shadow over Imogene’s life.
Thursday 17th November - Against The Odds - Film
Irish sprinter horse 'Gordon Lord Byron' captured the imagination and hearts of many. Bought as a foal and unsaleable as a yearling, the two year old was put into training. This is the story of 'Gordon Lord Byron' the horse that won against all the odds. Produced By Nicholas Ryan-Purcell from Cloughjordan.
Wednesday 9th - Sunday 13th November - Don't Dress For Dinner - Theatre
In a stylishly converted English farmhouse, Bernard was hoping to entertain his London mistress, Suzy, for the weekend. He had arranged for a cordon bleu cook to furnish the gourmet delights, was in the process of packing his wife, Jacqueline, off to her mother, and had even invited along his best friend Robert as a suitable alibi. It was foolproof, what could possibly have gone wrong........?
Saturday 5th November - Louise Morrissey - Music
Louise Morrissey has long been regarded by both Folk and Country music enthusiasts as one of our vocal treasures. Multi award winner Louise was joined by her brother Norman, who was an integral part of the Folk Group The Morrisseys, who from the mid 70’s through to the late 80’s were highly regarded both on the Irish and International Folk scene.
Sunday 30th October - Dermot Byrne Trad Trio - Music
Dermot Byrne is one of Ireland’s finest traditional accordion players. Throughout his career he has worked with Donal Lunny, Stephane Grapelli, Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, and The Stunning. On a nationwide tour he was be accompanied by Steve Cooney (Stockton's Wing) and Trevor Hutchinson’s (The Waterboys).
Saturday 22nd October - Against the Odds - Racing with Gordon Lord Byron - Film
Irish sprinter horse 'Gordon Lord Byron' captured the imagination and hearts of many. Bought as a foal and unsaleable as a yearling, the two year old was put into training. This was the story of 'Gordon Lord Byron' the horse that won against all the odds. Produced By Nicholas Ryan-Purcell from Cloughjordan.
Sunday 16th October - Christine Bovill - Music
After a hugely successful Ireland tour in 2013 and again in 2015, Christine Bovill returned for a third time with her award winning show. No glamour. No gimmicks. No pretence. Nothing but a voice, singing of life’s triumphs and tragedies.
Saturday 15th October - Brendan Grace - Comedy
It's a funny old world when seen through the eyes of Brendan Grace. Brendan's material owed more to the best of the traditional stand-up-comics than it did to modern alternative humour and his show was very much a show for all the family.
Friday 23rd September - Kris Kristofferson Tribute - Music
Pat Mulcahy (vocals) backed by the 251 club, Sean O’Connor (Guitar), Shay Spain (Drums), Joe O’Brien (Keyboards) narrated the life story of Kris Kristofferson and performed his popular recordings. This show was a must for all Kris Kristofferson fans and lovers of great country music.
Saturday 20th August - American Country Legends - Music
American Legends was a celebration of the very best in American country music. It featured fabulous tributes to US music legends Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Neil Diamond, as well as a host of other well know hits from Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, Hal Ketchum, and Roy Orbison.
Wednesday 10th - Friday 12th August - Movie Maker Workshops - Children
Over 3 days, facilitated by CreateSchool, the participants collaborated with other creatives to plan, script, storyboard, film, edit and learn how to effectively add audio to produce their own short films. Using mobile digital devices and a selection of apps they gained skills and tips that they took home and mastered with your own projects.
Saturday 2nd July - Maleficent - Limerick Milk Market - Outdoor Movie
Maleficent had an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rose up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardened her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engaged in an epic battle with the invading king's successor, then cursed his newborn daughter, Aurora -- realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom.
Saturday 18th June - Joe Dolan Tribute - Music
Paschal Brennan, together with his superb live band recreated the magic of the music of Ireland’s greatest show band performer, Joe Dolan, with passion and style. Coupled with his incredible stage show, Paschal delivered powerful renditions of all those great floor filling classics made famous by the Mullingar man. Don’t forget what all the critics used to say “There was no show like a Joe Show”.
Wednesday 15th June - Still Alice - Film
Happily married and with three grown children, Alice was in the prime of life and at the top of her professional game. However, the pleasure she takes in her work was replaced by mounting anxiety as middle-aged memory lapses gave way to the discovery that she had early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Friday 10th June - Freddie White - Music
Freddie White has long been synonymous with music of the highest quality. Freddie’s live performances are nothing short of legendary. Freddie put on a fantastic performance in front of a wonderful crowd at Nenagh Arts Centre. He kept us thoroughly entertained and singing along.
Wednesday 8th June - The Lady In The Van - Film
A witty and insightful adaptation of Bennett’s play. It’s the late 1960s and Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) has just moved to leafy Gloucester Crescent in Camden. No sooner has he arrived than he encounters Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a destitute and irascible lady of an indeterminate age who resides in her van up the street.
Sunday 5th June - Jungle Book - Children's Theatre
Jungle Book told a good story that harkened back to the poetry & spirit of Rudyard Kipling's original books. Fearless and free, Mowgli the 'man-cub' found fun and friendship despite learning to live by the Law of the Jungle. His daring adventures were brought to life by Indigo Moon Theatre, one of the UK’s leading children’s theatre companies, with inventive shadow theatre, original music and colourful digital projection.
Saturday 28th May - “The Trip to Nenagh” Leeds CCÉ in Concert - Music
This was the centerpiece of the inaugural Nenagh Tradfest, Leeds CCÉ presented"The Trip to Nenagh" - a show which included poetry of Sigerson Clifford, a reflection on Easter 1916 as well as plenty of traditional Irish music, dance, singing and recitations. Leeds CCÉ have many strong connections with Nenagh Town and were joined on-stage by local musicians and art
Wednesday 25th May - Roman Holiday - Film
Nenagh Arts Centre as part of the Bealtaine Festival presented ‘Roman Holiday’, the 1953 classic with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Roman Holiday was as funny as it was beautiful, a delightful, captivating fairy-tale romance shot entirely on location in Rome, and produced and directed by one of Hollywood's most skilful, distinguished, and eminent directors - William Wyler.
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May - Proclaim Again 2016 - Literature
2016 for most was a year of reflection, but was also an opportunity to look forward in a creative and participative way and against that background of The Proclamation, #ProclaimAgain2016 offered citizens the opportunity to participate in discussion, debate and general conversation.
Wednesday 18th May - A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence - Film
Sam and Jonathan took us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy: a sing-along at a 1940s beer hall, a randy flamenco teacher, a thirsty King Charles XII of Sweden en route to battle, and a diabolical metaphor for the horrors inflicted by European colonialism.
Saturday 14th May - Mary Coughlan - Music
Mary Coughlan is one of our greatest female singers. At over ten albums she’s made the most mature, uncompromising, wholly personal and utterly universal music. She has taken the classic standards of jazz balladry and the recent gems of rock and Irish songwriting, shaken them and offered them up new. She put on a fantastic show at Nenagh Arts Centre and we were delighted to have her here.
Wednesday 11th May - Atlantic - Film
In Norway, fishermen and their resource have historically been aggressively protected by a series of shrewd governments. But as reliable oil fields dwindle and the country now looks to add to its reserves, Arctic cod fisherman Bjornar Nicolaisen is campaigning against constant seismic testing by the oil explorers who are criss-crossing his fishing grounds to find the riches beneath.
Sunday 8th May - Bake - Theatre
You were all cordially invited into the action of the busy royal palace, as the story unfolded into recipes, revenge and revolution. BAKE! took the traditional ritual of a birthday celebration and transformed it into an adventure.
Saturday 7th May - The Gallant John-Joe - Theatre
A successful revival at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin last year, Tom Hickey was back performing his celebrated role in Tom MacIntyre’s ‘The Gallant John Joe’. It received multiple award nominations and critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic when it first premiered back 2001.
Wednesday 4th May - Brooklyn - Film
This film was set in 1952 and told the story of a young Irish woman's (Saoirse Ronan) immigration to Brooklyn, where she quickly fell into a romance with a tough Italian plumber. News from home sends Eilis back to Ireland, where she faced temptation from another man, she had to choose between two countries and the lives that existed within them for her.
Saturday 30th April - Patrick O'Sullivan - Music
Patrick O’Sullivan is an Irish Country Music singer, musician and songwriter originally from Dunmanway Co.Cork. Patrick shot to fame after winning TG4’s talent show ‘Glor Tire’ in 2009 and has had great success ever since!
Thursday 28th April - All Ireland Poetry Day - Literature
Dromineer Literary Festival, in association with the Nenagh Arts Centre, celebrated the All Ireland Poetry Day with readings by Tipperary poets Michael Coady, Paddy Moran and Seamus Hogan, and with recitations of their favourite poem by four women from Dromineer and Nenagh.
Saturday 23rd April - Sean O'Connor - American Folk Songbook - Music
Sean O’Connor, folk singer, musician, poet and writer returned to Nenagh Arts Centre to perform his American Folk Songbook after a very enjoyable show here in June 2015. The show featured songs from Woodie Guthrie to Bob Dylan and covered a range of American folk genres from traditional, country, gospel and bluegrass.
Friday 22nd April - Small Plastic Wars - Theatre
Inspired by real events just as the Irish economy imploded. Joe was made redundant, and he had been kicking around the house too much and was starting to get under his wife’s feet. This was an amusing account of how one man turned to an unfilled dream to bridge that void. On his wife’s advice, he started to build some of the many unbuilt model kits he has accumulated.
Wednesday 20th April - Manuscripts Don’t Burn - Film
This highly charged political thriller draws on real events to tell an unfortunately common tale of repression in contemporary Iran. Kasra, an Iranian author who’s been secretly writing his memoirs, is under strict monitoring by the country’s security service.
Tuesday 12th April - A Terrible Beauty - Film
A Terrible Beauty was the story of the men and women of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, Irish and British, caught up in a conflict many did not understand and of the innocent men and boys, executed because of what transpired in The Battle of Mount Street Bridge.
Saturday 9th April - The Springsteens - Music
The Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band “The Springsteens” are a six piece band formed to play the fabulous songs of Bruce Springsteen. The band are dedicated to enjoying and sharing the Boss's music in a live setting. We enjoyed a magical night listening to the music of Bruce Springsteen played by the band endorsed by Bruce himself.
Wednesday 6th April - Mia Madre (My Mother) - Film
Mia Madre, Nanni Moretti’s film about a director shooting a film while her mother is dying in the hospital, showed the Italian filmmaker in a serious, subdued mood, but was enlivened by the absurd comic clash between protaganist Margherita Buy and her lead actor John Turturro.
Sunday 3rd April - Inside Out - Film
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it was no exception for Riley, who was uprooted from her Midwest life when her father started a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley was guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions lived in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they helped advise her through everyday life.
Saturday 2nd April - Swing - Theatre
This theatre production was a comedy about dancing and music and love and not settling and feeling like an eejit and being brave and having doubts and trying your best and trying new things and thinking outside the box and seeing things clearly and living as well as you can and giving it a lash.
Wednesday 30th March - Older Than Ireland - Film
Older Than Ireland is a landmark feature documentary that explores what it means to have lived one hundred years in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of its oldest citizens.
Wednesday 23rd March - Magpies on the Pylon - Theatre
Magpies on the Pylon, written and performed by Michael Collins, was set in a tiny bedroom belonging to Jim, a Traveller father who struggled to cope with the suicide of his 23-year-old son. After his son’s death, Jim became isolated from other family members and was misusing alcohol.
Sunday 20th March - Punch and Judy with special guests Ding ‘n’ Dong and Easter Bunny - Theatre
Renowned puppeteer Conor Lambert entertained us with his unique (Dublin) adaptation of ‘Punch and Judy’. A very naughty Mr. Punch was left with the task of minding the house while Judy was busy with other important chores, Mr. Punch’s inability to take on the simplest of chores led to hilarious consequences involving the Gardai!
Saturday 19th March - Frances Black - Music
A pure vocal tone and an energetic stage presence has made Frances one of Ireland’s most popular singers. In 1992, Frances really took the music scene by storm, when the lovely “Wall of Tears” and the rousing “After the Ball” were placed on the album A Woman’s Heart, the biggest-selling Irish album ever.
Wednesday 16th March - Marshland - Film
The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters - both detectives in the homicide division - to investigate the cases.
Sunday 13th March - Rince Phádraig - Music
Cairde an Chaisleáin - Friends of Dromineer Castle presented Rince Phádraig. It was an afternoon of dance and included traditional dancing, set dancing, jazz, rock and roll and tango. This proved to be an entertaining Sunday afternoon for dance lovers.
Saturday 12th March - Ómós Phádraig - Music
Cairde an Chaisleáin - Friends of Dromineer Castle presented 'ÓMÓS PHÁDRAIG' -- Ceolchoirm Traidisiúnta celebrating the season around St. Patrick's Day, by way of a traditional concert, showcasing both established and emerging artists at Nenagh Arts Centre / Ionad Ealaíne Aonach.
Friday 11th March - The Ormond Octaves - Music
The Ormond Octaves performed in Nenagh Arts Centre on Friday 11th Márta. This event catered for all music tastes including pop, traditional and classical. The Ormond Octaves Musical Director: Niamh Ryan.
Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th March - Me Mollser - School Educational Theatre
Me, Mollser was part of the Abbey Theatre’s Priming the Canon series which introduced classic Irish plays to a younger audience. This performance retold The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey through the eyes of its youngest character Mollser.
Friday 4th March - Ormond Branch: Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann - Easter Rising 1916:
A Celebration of Irish Culture - Music
Ormond Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann presented a night of music, story-telling, poetry and song to commemorate the Easter Rising 1916 and the re-emergence of Irish culture.
Wednesday 2nd March - '71 - Film
Set in 1971, with escalating tensions in Northern Ireland, Gary Hook is one of a group of young English soldiers sent to keep the peace on the streets of Belfast. Hook is sent out on a routine patrol which quickly descends into a chaotic riot.
Friday 26th February - Sharon Shannon - Music
The accordionist has achieved legendary status throughout the world. Sharon Shannon is renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres. Traditional Irish music is her background but she has been fearless in her musical exploration having defied genres and woven her unique style through country, French-Canadian reggae, hip-hop, dance and classical.
Wednesday 24th February - Nebraska - Film
American black-and-white comedy-drama of an aged boozed and confused man, intent on walking 750 miles from Montana to Nebraska in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes marketing prize. Returned home by the police, Woody set straight out again on his pilgrimage.
Saturday 21st February - FANTASMAGORICAL Magic Show - Theatre
FANTASMAGORICAL was a children's magic show like you have never seen. It was a rollercoaster ride of hilarious magic and jaw dropping illusion that the kids (and adults) loved. Forget everything you think you know about children's entertainment. This show re-invented it!! This show was a sell out event and we thoroughly enjoyed having it at Nenagh Arts Centre.
Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th February - The Miracle Worker - Theatre
Set in 1880s Alabama this production told the true story of Helen Keller, who was rendered blind, deaf and mute from an illness as an infant. Her parents appointed Anne O’ Sullivan as governess and teacher. Anne teaches Helen discipline through persistence and language through hand signals.Neruda.
Thursday 11th February - Il Postino: The Postman - Film
Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, is exiled to a small island for political reasons. On the island, the unemployed son of a poor fisherman is hired as an extra postman due to the huge increase in mail that this causes. Il Postino (The Postman) is to hand-deliver the celebrity's mail to him. Though poorly educated, the postman learns to love poetry and eventually befriends Neruda.
Wednesday 10th February - The Bridges of Madison County - Film
National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid meets Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson on a regional assignment. Neither are looking for love, but their mutual attraction leads to a four-day passionate affair.
Sunday 7th February - Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Film
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: is a blend of live action with animation, stars Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant, a private detective, and Charles Fleischer as the voice of Roger Rabbit, a second-banana cartoon character.
Saturday 6th February - FullSet - Music
FullSet are one of Ireland’s most accomplished and sought-after bands in Irish Traditional Music today. This young and exciting group performed at Nenagh Arts Centre and created a sound that was full of energy & innovation, whilst all the time it remained true to their traditional roots.
Friday 5th February - Forgotten - Theatre
Forgotten was a solo piece of theatre which revealed the interconnecting stories of four elderly people, living in retirement homes and care facilities around Ireland, who range in age from 80 to 100 years old. 1943 was a curious year for this quartet – their lives have never been the same since.
Sunday 31st January - Illustrated Talk on Saint Brigit and her Folklore Tradition by Kate Walsh - Literature
There was an illustrated talk on Saint Brigit and her Folklore Tradition by Kate Walsh on the eve of St. Brigit at Nenagh Arts Centre on Sunday 31st of January at 2pm. This was followed by a an opportunity to make your own St. Brigit’s Cross, under the guidance of artist Hanna Van Aelst.
Saturday 30th January - Bagatelle - The FINAL YEAR Tour - Music
Bagatelle, who first formed in 1978, are known for their popular pop hits such as 'Second Violin', "Leeson Street Lady" and ‘Summer in Dublin’, which has entered the Irish charts almost every summer since 1980. This sold out performance was the bands farewell tour and a night not to be missed in Nenagh.
Thursday 28th January - Public Lecture: Celebrating the Struggle for the Irish Republic - Literature
Dr Ruán O'Donnell, Senior Lecturer in History at University of Limerick, presented a public lecture on Celebrating the Struggle for the Irish Republic. Dr O'Donnell discussed Patrick Pearse and the 1916 Rising. Following the lecture, there was a questions and answers session.
Wednesday 27th January - The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie) - Film
Francois Ozon's humorous psychological drama The New Girlfriend stars Anais Demoustier as Claire, a young woman whose closest friend since childhood, Lea, passes away leaving behind a husband, David (Romain Duris) and a newborn baby.
Wednesday 13th January - Jimmy’s Hall - Film
Based on the true story of Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman ever to have been deported from his own country as an “illegal alien”. Jimmy’s Hall focuses on the dance hall, Gralton opened in rural Leitrim at a time when Ireland was on the brink of Civil War. His venture came to the attention of the Church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.
Saturday 19th December - In Tune For Life Orchestra - Christmas Concert - Music
Fresh from their recent success in the INEC Killarney the “In Tune for Life Orchestra” is a traditional music orchestra of musicians aged from 8 to 19/20 years old, primarily from the Ballycommon and Killea areas of North Tipperary. They are led by the renowned Tipperary box player Ned Kelly. They were joined by the Silvermines Folk Choir for a Christmas concert to round off their year.
Wednesday 16th December - Elf - Film
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole.
Saturday 12th December - The Snowman - Film
Nenagh Arts Centre screened The Snowman downstairs every 40 minutes from 12pm to 4:30pm.
This half-hour film faithfully recreated author Raymond Briggs’ classic children’s Christmas tale, in which a young boy’s snowman magically comes to life and whisks him away to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December - Christmas Craft and Food Market
This festive season, we hosted our very first Traditional Christmas Craft and Food Market. We had an exciting mix of local fine art, design, artisan crafts and delicious homemade foods. The Market took place outside the Arts Centre. Inside, we had storytelling and screened a Christmas movie. Plus, over the weekend, you were able catch a ride on the Nenagh Polar Express with stops all over town.
Sunday 6th December - Goldilocks & the Three Bears - Theatre
Sing-along with Goldilocks and The Three Bears. For the first time ever, the much loved Fairy-tale came to life on stage in an unforgettable live stage production of song and laughter. Goldilocks and the three bears, Ruff The dog! and Mr Bunny, performed live on stage, in this exciting and fun filled musical production.
Friday 4th December - Abba Tribute Band “Waterloo” - Music
One of the most popular Abba tributes in the country, ‘Waterloo’, recreated both the sound and look of the original group with breathtaking accuracy. This carefully crafted show has proven to be consistently popular with audiences throughout Ireland, garnering rave reviews at cabaret and theatre venues.
Thursday 3rd December - Dromineer Castle: Remains To Be Seen - Film
Cairde an Chaisleáin / Friends of Dromineer Castle
DVD launch and screening of "Dromineer Castle: Remains To Be Seen" featuring highlights of "Ómós Phádraig" fundraising concert.
Thursday 26th November - The Man in the Woman's Shoes - Theatre
The Man In The Woman’s Shoes followed Pat as he walked the five miles from his white cottage to town and back again. He met unforgettable characters along the way, including GAA enthusiast extraordinaire Kitsy Rainey and Kemp, a man whose idea of a good time is to direct traffic wherever he may find it.
Wednesday 25th November - To Kill a Mockingbird - Film
Nenagh Arts Centre presented To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the best-selling novel by Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird, set in a small Alabama town in the 1930’s, focuses on attorney Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) and his efforts to defend a black man (Brock Peters) who is being falsely charged with the rape of a white woman.
Monday 23rd November - Dr Tony Humphreys - Whose Life Are You Living? - Theatre
Dr Tony Humphreys, one of Ireland's best known Clinical Psychologists, will present the seminar "Whose Life Are You Living?" in the Nenagh Arts Centre on November 23rd at 7.30pm. He is renowned for his engaging, thought-provoking and informative talks.
Wednesday 18th - Sunday 22nd November - Cash On Delivery - Theatre
The Nenagh Players presented the hilarious Cash on Delivery by Michael Cooney and directed by Irene O'Meara, from 18 - 22 November in the Nenagh Arts Centre. Cash on Delivery was a farce with plenty of laughs guaranteed.
Saturday 7th November - Frankie Gavin and De Dannan - Music
Frankie Gavin and De Dannan bring something different and unique to today’s music audiences. Their choice of material, arrangements and style of playing combine powerfully to set traditional Irish music in a wider cultural context. It is this special blend which enables Frankie Gavin and De Dannan to thrill audiences wherever they perform.
2nd-6th November - Shakespearian Schools Programme - Theatre
The Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland - offered English classes in Nenagh and the surrounding area in a unique opportunity to experience the best of Shakespeare.
Saturday October 24th 2015 - The 4 of Us (Acoustic Show) - Music
The Newry-born brothers have a critically-acclaimed back catalogue spanning 20 years and six Top 20 albums, including hits such as ‘Sunlight’ - voted No 4 in a Today FM poll of Best Ever Irish Singles, and ‘Mary’ - one of the most played Irish tracks on national and regional radio.
Sunday October 4th 2015 - ‘Puss in Boots’ - Theatre
Puss in Boots did full justice to the adventure and depth of the original story. The magical story was a perfect 50 minutes. The production developed a stand-alone sloping mini-stage that allowed the show to surprise and delight the audience with drawers, trap-doors, puppets and shadow-play.
Saturday October 3rd 2015 - Mindfulness - A Meditation with Mary McEvoy, Fr. Columba McCann, Mary O'Callaghan, Chaired by Pat Kelly - Literature
In an exciting departure from the Meet the Authors event, on Saturday night, October 3, the Dromineer Literary Festival presented Mindfulness - A Meditation with Mary O'Callaghan, Mary McEvoy and Fr Columba McCann. The event was chaired by Pat Kelly.
Thursday October 1st 2015 - 44 Seville Place - Theatre
As the 1960s begin, so does this wonderful, funny, warm and poignant portrait of a Dublin working-class family. The story brought us into their lives and relationships in an unforgettable way. Through the journey of young Peter, it showed us an individual and a society on the cusp of profound change.
Saturday September 26th 2015 - Christy Moore - Music
Christy Moore one of the greatest Irish folk singer, songwriter of all time performed a sold out night at Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday 26th of September.
Saturday September 19th 2015 - Charolais - Theatre
Written and performed by Noni Stapleton, ‘Charolais‘ takes the age old story of female jealousy and gives it a new twist: the other woman is a cow, a literal one, a purebred Charolais heifer.
Friday September 18th 2015 - Culture Night - Literature
'The work of angels’: Illustrated talk on The Book of Kells
This illustrated talk looked at the history of the Book of Kells, how it was made and the technique and possible meanings of the decoration.
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