What’s on in Offaly – October 2013

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

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As always there is a wide variety of events on in Offaly this month with something for everybody on offer.

As always there is a wide variety of events on in Offaly this month with something for everybody on offer.

Positive Ageing Social Afternoon

Weds 2nd October at 3pm

Darmagh Centre, Clontarf Road, Tullamore

Description: Join Tullamore Active Retirement Assiociatin for an afternoon of music, song, dance and a cup of tea.

Cost: Free

Contact: Ann Tobin 083 3502763

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Book Launch by Patrick Carton – All Ireland Poetry Day

Thurs 3rd October at 6.30pm

Tullamore Library

Description: As part of this national event, Tullamore Library is delighted to welcome back local poet, Patrick Carton. Patrick is from Horseleap and he will launch his debut book of poetry, Growling at the Gate. All are welcome to this free event. We hope that you can join us in celebrating this national festival.

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All-Ireland Poetry Day – Poetry Workshop with Jean O’ Brien

Thurs 3rd October at 2.00pm

Edenderry Library

Description: Jean won the Arvon International Poetry Award in 2010. The prize was awarded for her poem “Merman”. In association with Poetry Ireland.

Contact: Booking essential. (046) 9731256

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Launch of Mapping Towns exhibition

Thurs 3rd October at 8pm

Aras an Chontae, Tullamore

Description: Architectural explorations of Daingean, Banagher, Ferbane, Tullamore and Kinnitty.

Mapping Towns was undertaken in conjunction with local architects, secondary schools and community groups under the guidance of architect Orla Murphy. The project examines streetscapes, occupation and usage of buildings to encourage awareness of contemporary architecture while creating an appreciation of existing buildings. The exhibition is the observations and conclusions of students and community groups . This project is an initiative of the Arts, Heritage and Architecture Sections of Offaly County Council made possible through funding from the Arts Council and Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The ‘Engaging with Architecture Scheme’ was developed as a partnership initiative in response to both the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 Towards a Sustainable Future

Info: On show from 3rd October - 16th October Mon-Fri 9.30-4.30pm

Cost: Free

Contact: Arts Office on 05793 57400

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Cafe Music Nights continues Razoumovsky to Transfigure the Night

Thurs 3rd October at 8pm

Tullamore Rugby Club

Description: Passionate, richly harmonious strings plucked and bowed…beguilingly agile, shimmering silver and breathe…lonely, yet spell-bindingly virtuosic, reeds and bellows - A journey of contrast visiting the treasures of Mozart, Beethoven, Schoenberg and O’Carolanwith short excursions to delights yet unknown!

Artists: ConTempo String Quartet; Bogdan Sofei, violin; Ingrid Nicola, violin; Andreea Banciu, viola; Adrian Mantu, cello;Anne-Marie O’Farrell, harp; Ellen Cranitch, flute; Dermot Dunne, Accordion; Adele O’Dwyer, cello

Cost: €15 Purchased either in advance or on the door

Contact: CafeMusicNights atgmail.com or call 087 6855050

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Foundation 13 & Tullamore Film Club Presents ‘Withnail & I’

Fri October 4th at 8pm

Presbyterian Church, (next to town Hall) Tullamore

Cost: Free

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An Audience with Eugene O’Brien and Wayne Brennan

Fri 4th at 8.30pm

Larkin’s Bar, Edenderry

Description: for one night only, these two Offaly artists collaborate with original music and the spoken word. Both met on the making of the film A Grand Experience, and have had much success with their work nationally and internationally.

Cost: €5 on the door (Organiser’s Charge)

Contact Arts Office Offaly County Council

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Foundation 13 - Free Kids Workshops

5th/6th/12th/13th Oct

Various locations Tullamore

Description: A range of kids art workshops will take place in the Kids Corner Gallery, O’Connor Square & Bridge Centre. Discover, light, sculpture, painting, Japanese kites, shadows and more. For full details on these workshops visit www.foundation-13.com.

Booking: Workshop places are limited so call the Box Office on 087-0557684 between 10am-1pm.or visit www.foundation-13.com

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Self publishing workshops with Oscar Duggan

Sat 5th October at 2.00pm

Tullamore Library

Description: Workshop on E-Publishing and the Rise of the E-Book

Cost: €5 per workshop

Contact: For booking and further information call Tullamore Library on 05793 46832

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Positive Ageing Social Afternoon

Sat 5th October at 3pm

Central Hotel, Tullamore

Description: An afternoon of music, song, dance and a cup of tea.

Cost: Free

Contact: Declan Costello 087 6991226

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Auditions, Zoe’s Audition

Sat 5th October at 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: An uplifting comedy. Meet Zoe, a back stage worker who dreams of landing an acting job. Her senile agent sends her on an assortment of inappropriate auditions ranging from “Riverdance” to “Spiderman”, to being shot from a cannon for a touring circus! As she gets farther from the job, Zoe just might be getting closer to herself. Hilarious…Powerful serious investigation, told through comedy, of, well, the meaning of life. Irish Examiner

Cost:€16/14 (also suitable for children 9yrs and up) (Friends €14)

Contact: Box Office 057 91 22911 www.birrtheatre.com

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Birr Film Club Presents: I Wish

Tues 8th October at 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: Language: Japanese this is a deeply considered Japanese family drama – moving, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, often mysterious..

Cost: €7(Birr Film Club Members/Friends €3, Friends of Members €5)

Contact: Box Office 057 91 22911 www.birrtheatre.com

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SlieveBloom Storytelling Festival

Weds October 9th - Sat October 12th

Slievebloom Villages & Castles

Description: A festival in Castles & Great Houses of the Slieve Blooms. Featuring Jack Lynch and Paddy O’Brien. Accompanied by local storytellers, singers and musicians.

Programme:-

Weds 9th: Rambling House Open Session,Slieve Bloom Bar, Kinnitty, Free.

Thurs 10th: Roundwood House near Mountrath, Co Laois at 8pm | €15

Fri 11th & Sat 12th: Leap Castle,Clareen at 8pm | €15 (By Ticket Only)

Contact: 0862789147 / E-mail: info atslievebloom.ie for further information

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OFFLine Offaly Film Festival

Weds 9th -Sun 13th Oct

Birr Co.Offaly

Description: The unique experience of Drive-In Cinema is OFFLine’s highlight this year. The programme also includes screenings, the Filmmaking Competition, the Short Films Competition, Workshops/ Q&A with visiting directors.

Cost: €7-10 per screening (concessions & group rates available)

Contact: 085 2389416 www.offlinefilmfestival.com for full programme.

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Belmont Mill – A Beit Bequest

Thurs 10th October at 7pm

Belmont Mill Belmont, Ferbane

Description: Last in a series of talks given by an Art Historian from The National Gallery in Dublin

These talks are informative, entertaining and always accompanied by a slide show and followed with a cuppa and cake and an opportunity for questions and answers.

Cost: €5 per talk

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Foundation 13 - Broken Promise Land Theatre by Mirjana Rendulic

10th - 12th Oct

The Fridge Venue, O’Connor Square, Tullamore

Description: 10th /11th at8pm and 12th at 7pm. Performed by Stones Throw Theatre. Sick of life in her war-torn country, guided by MTV hits and Hollywood sitcoms, Stefica takes on a new name and embarks on a quest for an American education, and ends up in a Dublin lap dancing club. With frankness and humour, she teaches us the tricks of the trade--and shares secrets she can’t tell anyone else. Based on performer Mirjana Rendulic’s own experiences, and directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks (The King’s Feet, The Yellow Wallpaper), this piece dispels easy preconceptions about exotic dancers.

Info: visit www.foundation-13.com

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Mini Movies

Fri 11th October at 11am

Birr Theatre and Arts Centre

Description: A series of mini stop motion movies created and filmed by students of Crinkle, Rath and Carrig National School under the guidance of Michael Fortune. Funded by Offaly County Council

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Foundation 13 & Tullamore Film Club Presents: ‘Amour’

Fri October 11th at 8pm

Presbyterian Church, (next to town Hall) Tullamore

Cost: Free

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Self publishing workshops with Oscar Duggan

Sat 12th October at 2.00pm

Tullamore Library

Description: Workshop on Building and Managing your Web Presence,

as an author

Cost: €5 per workshop

Contact: For booking and further information call Tullamore Library on 05793 46832

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Birr Film Club presents: Come as you are

Tues 15th October at 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: Three guys in their twenties love wine and women. Wine they have savoured abundantly, but they have never had a woman.

Cost: €7(Birr Film Club Members/Friends €3, Friends of Members €5)

Contact: Box Office 05791 22911 www.birrtheatre.com

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Alex Barclay – author visit

Thurs 17th October at 7.00pm

Tullamore Library

Description: Alex Barclay is the author of several bestselling thrillers. She studied journalism in college, and went on to work as a journalist and copywriter before writing her first novel, Darkhouse, a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller featuring Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards for her third novel, Blood Runs Cold. Her latest book—Curse of Kings is an epic fantasy adventure for children.

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Launch Slievebloom Photography Club - Paris 2013 Exhibition

Fri 18th at 12pm

Aras an Chontae, Tullamore

Description: Exhibition of Photographs taken by the Slieve Bloom Photography Club on a visit to Paris. On show until 15th November 2013

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Foundation 13 & Tullamore Film Club Presents ‘Nosferatu’

Fri October 18th at 8pm

Presbyterian Church, (next to town Hall) Tullamore

Cost: Free

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Lunch with Geraldine O’Neill

Sat 19th October at 1.00pm

Tullamore Library

Description: Geraldine grew up in Scotland and moved to Daingean in 1991 to work as a primary school teacher. She helped to start up a local writers’s group and it is currently in its’ 20th year. In 1999, Geraldine strated the Book Circle in Tullamore—a monthly book club. One of their meetings was broadcast live on National Radio from Geraldine’s own home. She has written various books including the Tara trilogy. ‘irresistible warmth and spellbinding storytelling’ .

Cost: Booking essential. Booking fee: €5 05793 46832

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Bernard O’Shea

Sat 19th October at 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: Comedian, Bernard O’Shea from Durrow, Co Laois, is no stranger to stage having studied Theatre and worked in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Nowadays we know him as the star in The Republic of Telly and more recently for co-presenting The Irish Comedy Awards with Jennifer McGuire. His Edinburgh Fringe debut received a five star review from The Scotsman in 2008.

Cost: €15

Contact: Box Office 05791 22911 www.birrtheatre.com

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Equinox Jazz Quintet

Sun 20th October at 8pm

Birr Theatre and Arts Centre

Description: Equinox is co-lead by Guitarist Dan Nicholas(New York City) and bassist Johnny Daly (Dublin). Joining Equinox are three of the country’s top jazz musicians; saxophonist Sjoerd Dijkhuizen,pianist Bob Wijnen and master drummer Marcel Serierse.

The band plays a mix of vivid original pieces, personal arrangements of standards and classic jazz repertoire.

Cost: €16/14 (Friends: €14)

Contact: Box Office 05791 22911 www.birrtheatre.com

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Birr Stage Guild Presents: One Act Drama Festival

Fri 25th - Sun 27th October

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: 3 Plays per night for 3 nights. One of the most sought after Festivals in Ireland for award winning drama groups as they compete for a place in the All Ireland One Act Drama Finals, with Birr festival winners taking top awards in the past.

Cost: €13/11 (3 night rate €26)Fri/Sat at 8pm/ Sun at7.30pm

Contact: Box Office 0579 91 22911 www.birrtheatre.com

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Hullabaloo! Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival

Weds October 30th - Nov 2nd

Birr, Clara, Edenderry

Description: This delightful and very popular children’s festival takes place Birr, Clara and Edenderry during the mid-term break. There is a great selection of workshops, events and performances for ages 3-12 yrs! The brochure will be launched in the next week. So keep an eye on www.offaly.ie. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Cost: See brochure and individual events.

Contact: www.offaly.ie/arts www.birrtheatre.com

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Puttaghaun Drama Project presents ‘Brain Teasers’

Thurs 31st October at 4.30pm

Tullamore Library

Description: Puttaghaun Youth Drama presents a play that they have written and performed themselves under the guidance of Angela Ryan and Cabrini Cahill.

Cost: Free