What’s On in Offaly – February 2014

Damian Moran


Damian Moran

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A list of events to cover all tastes on across offaly in February 2014.

A list of events to cover all tastes on across offaly in February 2014.

Launch of Exhibition ‘Paris’ by Slieve Bloom Photography Club

Tues 4th Feb @ 7pm

Tullamore Library

Description: An exhibition of photographs taken in Paris during the Paris Music Festival in June 2013 by some members of the Slieve Bloom Photography Club. Exhibition on show during normal Library hours and continues until Friday 28th February 2014


TADs Presents: Calendar Girls

Tues 4th – Sun 9th Feb @ 8pm

Tullamore GAA

Cost: €12 & €10 students and OAPs


Birr Film Club – “Love Is All You Need”

Tues 4th Feb @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: Language Danish. A romantic comedy by Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier, about a widower/workaholic fruit-and-vegetable mogul, a cancer survivor weathering her husband’s infidelity. These strangers jet off to sunny Sorrento for the wedding of his son and her daughter, and tumble into a charming drama containing all of Bier’s exemplary character dynamics and meticulous construction.

Cost: €7/€5/€3 - (057) 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com


Ballycumber Drama Group presents Sam Crees comedy “Cupid Wore Skirts”

Weds 5th to Sat 8th Feb at 8.30pm

Tuar Ard Arts Centre

Description: An hilarious comedy by Sam Cree about the responses to a widower’s advertisement for a wife promises a fantastic evening’s entertainment for all.

Tickets are €10 and can be booked for Tuar Ard on 0906482042.


Launch of Assemblage Exhibition

Fri 7th Jan @ 6pm

Áras an Chontae, Tullamore

Description: An exhibition by 6Art – a collaborative of new work by recently graduated midlands artists.


Midland Drama School presents It’s Showtime!

Fri 7th & Sat 8th Feb @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: Midland Drama School returns with another exciting production of their own School Musical to follow the success of last year’s production. With fast upbeat music from the 60’s, packed with comedy, colour and the biggest hairstyles this show is not to be missed – one for all the family.

Cost: €11(057) 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com


Launch of Exhibition Time by Maura Fahy

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Sun 9th Feb @ 6pm

Description: Opened by Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy TD.


Birr Film Club – “The Gatekeepers”

Tues 11th Feb @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: Language Hebrew. In an unprecedented and candid series of one-on-one interviews, combined with never before seen archival footage, six former heads of the Shin Bet —Israel’s intelligence and security agency—speak about their role in Israel’s decades-long counterterrorism campaign; The Gatekeepers is a rare glimpse into the untold history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the point of view of the Shin Bet with unfettered access to the decisions, rationalisations and regrets of Israel’s most powerful homeland security officials.

Cost: €7/€5/€3 - (057) 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com


FilmOffaly Vendor Card Launch

Mon 17th Feb @ 5.30pm

Aras an Chontae, Tullamore

Description: FilmOffaly – Offaly’s Film Commission invites local businesses and the public to the launch of FilmOffaly’s new Vendor Discount Card. This initiative was launched to the film industry in November of 2013 in Dublin. Many Offaly businesses have joined this new initiative to give discounts to film production companies filming in Offaly. FilmOffaly hopes that this vendor card will encourage more film production companies to Offaly and in turn boost the local economy. Come along to find out how your business can benefit or check out www.filmoffaly.ie


Birr Film Club – “Midnight’s Children”

Tues 18th Feb @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: Language English/Hindi. Based on Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize-winning novel and combining historical fiction with dark fantasy, the story centres on Saleem Sinai, born at the stroke of midnight on the eve of India’s independence from Britain. As a child, he discovers he has the power to communicate with the hundreds of children around the nation born that night, and that each of them possesses a magical power. The strongest of these is Shiva, an angry, impoverished youth whose fate is inextricably linked to Saleem – Calgary International Film Festival 2012.

Cost: €7/€5/€3 - (057) 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com


High Street Drama Group presents:- Bookworms – written by Bernard Farrell

High Street Hall, Belmont Weds 19th & Thurs 20th Feb @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre Fri 21st & Sat 22nd Feb @ 8pm

Tuar Ard, Moate Fri 28th Feb & 1st Mar @ 8pm

Description: Book club hostess Ann is determined, and desperate, to have the perfect evening of literary classics and canapés as part of her attempt to become a member of the well-to-do upper social circle. Struggling to stay calm, she has the reluctant support of husband Larry. It is the first appearance of the husbands that brings a new dimension to the evening. The appearance of a mysterious character from upstairs and the revelation of past indiscretions ensure an evening of wine and cheese, mystery and mayhem. A night of heartfelt comedy not to be missed!

Cost: High Street Hall – Tickets on the Door / Birr Theatre €11/€9 (057) 9122911 - www.birrtheatre.com / Tuar Ard Arts Centre, €10 (090)64 82042 – www.tuarard.ie


Oxmantown Singers –Songs for Your Pleasure

Sun 23rd Feb @ 4pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: Join us for an afternoon of song with the Oxmantown Singers junior ensemble with performances from senior members under the guidance of Deirdre Hanniffy (accompanied by Marie Power).

Cost: €10/€8 (057) 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com .


The Fureys and Davey Arthur

Sun 23rd Feb @ 8pm

Bridge House Tullamore.

Tickets: €25 - 05793 25600


Andrew Maxwell – Banana Kingdom

Weds 26th Feb

Tullamore Court Hotel

Tickets: €18 from 05793 46666


Offaly Workshops


Offaly Youth Theatre – Birr/Edenderry/Tullamore

Birr: Oratory Buildings, St Brendans Community School on Friday @ 7pm

Edenderry: Public Access Arts, JKL Street, Edenderry on Friday @ 7pm

Tullamore: Charleville Centre, nr Charleville National School – starting Sat 1st Feb @ 1pm

Description: Offaly Youth Theatre is open to all young people aged 13- 20, and offers the opportunity to learn about stage and screen craft, acting, improvisation, developing characters, devising scripts and to take part in a live performance. It is facilitated by local theatre professionals, with many years of training and experience in all aspects of theatre development from acting to directing to developing productions. Check us out on Facebook.

Contact: Contact 05793 57400 for more information.


Public Access Arts Workshops

Public Access Arts, JKL Street, Edenderry

Introduction to Digital Photography with Veronica Nicholson

Tues 28th Jan 7-9pm

Description: An eight week course in beginners digital photography with renowned photographer Veronica Nicholson.

Cost: €80.00

Contact: Veronica on 087 9480498 - Places limited so book early to avoid disappointment


Pre-Instrumental Music Classes

Tuesdays 10am - 10.45am

Description: For Age Group 3 to 5 year olds

Cost: €5 Per Child Per class Beginning January 14th 2014

Contact: For bookings call Sharon 087-6295647

Music Theory Classes

Mondays 6:30pm-7:15pm

Description: From 8 years to adult. Beginning January 13th 2014 Learn the basics of music theory or study for a RIAM music theory exam

Cost: €8 per person per class (Books and exam fee extra)

Contact: Bookings call Sharon 087-6295647


Ballet for Adults

Presbyterian Church, Church Street, Tullamore

Monday Nights @ 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Description: Beginners Ballet for Adults with Ruth McDermott School of Dancing. Great way to get in shape. Starts Monday 20th January 2014.

Cost: €10 per session of €40 for 5 week term.

Contact: Ruth McDermott on 090 6627033


Comhaltas Ceóltoirí Éireann Music & Dance Classes

For details and list of classes in Offaly please click here to see our dedicated Ceili & Trad events page


Birr photography group

Every Thursday

Craughwell’s Pub, Castle Street, Birr.

Info: Find out about cameras and learn how to use them.

Cost: Call Joe on 087 6574820 for further information.


Slieve Bloom Photography Club

Last Wednesday of Every Month

Tullamore Court Hotel 8pm


Offaly Exhibitions


Time by Maura Fahy

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

On Show Until 30th Mar 2014

Description: Official Launch Sunday 9th February at 6pm Birr Theatre & Arts Centre opened by Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy TD. Having worked as an art teacher for twenty years, Maura Fahy made the decision to change career and become a full-time artist in 2001. Since then she has developed her own studio “Papillon” in Durrow and has exhibited widely throughout Ireland and abroad. Blending influences from her spirituality with those from nature and with sensitivity and harmony, the inspiration for this exhibition stems from a childhood fascination with the Dandelion flower – it’s shape, softness and it’s magical ability to disappear in a second.

Open Mon-Fri 1.00 – 5.30pm and during performances.


Exhibition ‘Paris’ by Slieve Bloom Photography Club

Tullamore Library

Tues 4th– Fri 28th Feb

Description: Official Launch Tuesday 4th February Tullamore Library @ 7pm. An exhibition of photographs taken in Paris during the Paris Music Festival in June 2013 by some members of the Slieve Bloom Photography Club. Exhibition on show during normal Library hours and continues until Friday 28th February 2014


Famine Textiles

Public Access Arts, JKL Street, Edenderry

Weds 29th January –12th March 2014

Historical show curated by Mary O’Connor


Lynne Hoare Window Exhibition

Kilroys Shop windows, east side of the High Street, Tullamore

February 2014

Description: Featuring aspects of the Struwwelpeter book by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman.

One is the Great Tall Tailors shop and the other a dining room.