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The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre

Co. Dublin.

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The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre

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Tim Eady at the Séamus Ennis Centre

Tim Eady and Brendan Power

Brendan Power

Chris and Maire

The Parlour Sessions

What’s on at The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre …

Tuesday 17th January - Mindfulness & Positivity Course ~ Workshops & Classes, Independent Event

Mindfulness And Positivity Course 300wGoalGetters - It’s Up 2 U!
6-week course
From January 17th to February 21st
Places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.
For booking and further information, please contact Adrianna on 087 689 8087 or email goalgetterseat4life@gmail.com

Doors Open: 7pm Commences At: 7pm Admission: In advance: €85

Thursday 19th January - Glitz Dance Academy ~ Workshops & Classes, Independent Event, Dance, Children's Event

These weekly classes take place on Thursdays.
Glitz Dance Academy would like to welcome all children aged 3 years to 14 years from 3pm to 4pm and children aged 8 years to 14 years from 4pm to 5pm. Glitz Dance Academy will be teaching many different styles of dance including: modern, jazz, lyrical and hip hop! We will also be specialising in musical theatre and will be teaching drama and singing throughout the term, bringing out the best in every child!
For booking and further information, please call or text Rachel on (087)9420307
Doors Open: 3pm Commences At: 3pm Admission: In advance: SEE INFO

Saturday 21st January - Donal Clancy ~ Music

Donal Clancy 300wDónal Clancy is an acclaimed guitarist, singer and performer. His father and uncles, of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, are often regarded as the first group to bring Irish folk song to a worldwide audience in the 1950's and 60’s.
Dónal grew up in a household and community steeped in music. He spent his early childhood in Canada and the US before his family settled back in An Rinn, Co. Waterford in 1983.
His father gave him his first guitar at the age of eight and he was playing professionally by his early teens. After returning from a residency at Delaney’s Irish Pub in Hong Kong in the mid-nineties, he co-founded the group Danú but left soon after to join a trio with his father, Liam, and cousin, Robbie O’Connell.

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  • In 1998, Dónal moved to New York where he contributed to albums and tours with Eileen Ivers and The Chieftains on their ‘Tears of Stone Tour’ in Japan and the US in 1999.

    From 2000 - 2002 he was a member of the Irish-American super-group Solas and in 2003 he re-joined the group Danú who would go on to become one of the most successful Irish bands today. In 2014, to much critical acclaim, Donal released an album entitled ‘Songs of a Roving Blade’. His latest album ‘On the Lonesome Plain’ features a mix of songs and instrumentals, including two of his own compositions ‘A Strike for Victory’ commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising and an instrumental piece entitled ‘Máirseáil na Conrach’, inspired by the dramatic beauty of West Kerry

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €16 / €13 At the door: €18 / €15

Sunday 22nd January - Slow Session ~ Music, Workshops & Classes

Slow Session Seamus Ennis CentreOur Slow Sessions are aimed towards (adult) musicians who are learning an instrument and are at a stage where they wish to take part in a relaxed informal Traditional Music Session. These Sessions aim to encourage the participants to learn a repertoire of new tunes while playing with other musicians at slow to moderate tempos. All welcome!
Slow Sessions are hosted by Paudie O'Connor, a Button Accordion player well grounded in the Sliabh Luachra tradition as well as being a nationally recognised performer.
A list of tunes which are regularly played at the Slow Session is available to download from our website here.

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8pm Admission: In advance: €5 At the door: €5

Monday 23rd January - Exhibition by Eimear Tynan ~ Exhibition

Eimear Tynan Exhibition 300wTynan’s work explores the landscape as a repository of memory and ritual. In her new body of work, Tynan has created a series of small oil paintings which represent mystical landscapes. The murky images reference the landscape at dawn or dusk, times of magical possibilities. Using oil glazes, Tynan has layered imagery, revealing parts of a scene while obscuring others. In these enigmatic images, there is more going on than we can see. Inspired in part by re-imaginings of the mystical landscapes of Renaissance paintings, the work evokes a sense of artifice and theatricality.
Eimear Tynan’s work will be exhibited in our Easter Snow Gallery until the end of January 2017.
Open daily, from 10am to 4:30pm. Admission is free.
Doors Open: 10am Commences At: 10am Admission: Free

Wednesday 25th January - Arts Classes with Noel Manning ~ Workshops & Classes

Noel Manning 300wIncorporating Drawing (Pencil and Brush), Oils, Acrylics, and Watercolour; this course will endeavour to cater to each person individually, to accommodate their personal artistic requirements on a one to one basis so that they might develop and find their own inner voice. Noel is a full-time Artist and has taught in various Secondary Schools in Dublin and Co. Donegal and also in many local Art Groups. He has exhibited in The Oireachtas, The Íontas Small Works, The Royal Ulster Academy, and many solo and group exhibitions, winning awards from the Ulster Arts Club and Boyle Art Festival. Admission: €140 (for 10-week course, materials not included). From 11am to 1pm. Suitable for (both beginners and experienced) adults and teenagers aged 15+. Advance booking essential
Doors Open: 11am Commences At: 11am Admission: In advance €140

Thursday 26th January - Love & Friendship ~ Cinema

Love And Friendship 300wFilmed entirely in Ireland, including Newbridge House, Donabate, Co. Dublin; the early 18th century Georgian estate looks amazing on film and was home to the Cobbe family from 1736 until 1985 when it became the property of Fingal County Council.
This adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan is a rarity: an 18th century period drama with an over-arching sense of fun. With razor-sharp wit and a cunning that can’t be underestimated, the beautiful and recently widowed Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) takes up residence with her in-laws in a bid to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy, her sister-in-law’s wealthy and dashing younger brother. Using merciless tactics, charm and resourcefulness, Susan out-manoeuvres all who stand in her way.

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  • “Breathlessly funny… Beckinsale doesn’t miss a beat.” – Tim Robey, The Telegraph

    “…fizzles with wit, intrigue and creative amorality.” – Donald Clarke, The Irish Times


    “Lady Susan, an epistolary novel that probably dates from the middle of the seventeen-nineties, has been transformed by Stillman into a brisk and cutting comedy of manners.” - Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

    **** - The Irish Times
    ***** - The Guardian
    ***** - The Telegraph

    Director: Whit Stillman
    Duration: 93 minutes
    Language: English
    Cert: G

    SEAC Friends/Members - FREE, advance booking essential

    Concessions and guests of SEAC Friends/Members - €4 in advance, €6 at the door

    Non-Members - €5 in advance, €7 at the door


Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €5 / €4 At the door: €7 / €6

Friday 27th January - LOL in Naul Special - Kevin McAleer ~ Comedy

LOL Kevin McAleer Collage 300wJoin us for the first in a new series of LOL in Naul; our regular comedy night featuring the best of up-and-coming and special guest comedians.
This month features a very special appearance by Kevin McAleer with his new show 'Saying Yes to Yes'.
Join spiritual guru Kevin McAleer for a life-changing hour of living fully in the moment, with meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, tai chi, yoga, bee venom therapy, psychic flower arranging, singing with dolphins and digital photography. Universally acknowledged as Tyrone's leading Zen Buddhist saint, he trained for thirty-three years under the legendary Deepjoy Chakra in Peru, before founding the Institute of Light™ in Strabane in 1972. McAleer will be signing copies of his bestselling 'How to Turn your Negative Voices into Imaginary Friends', which has been translated into more than 37,000 languages worldwide. Wear loose clothing. Be sure to book your tickets early for a great night of comedy!
Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/LOLinNaul for updates and more!

Website: https://www.facebook.com/LOLinNaul
Website 2: http://www.kevinmcaleer.com/yes.html
Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €20 / €16 At the door: €22 / €18

Saturday 28th January - The Artist’s Way ~ Workshops & Classes, Independent Event

The Artists Way 300wThe Artists Way - Recovering your Creative Self.
Do you think “art” is only for artists? Do you struggle to manage your stress, time, energy or money? Does self-care come behind everything else in your life?
Join Anne McDonald for a 12 week program using the works of Julia Cameron to reawaken your creativity, reenergise your life and learn how to take as much care of yourself as you do for others. Each 2 hour workshop will show you how to help you take a step back from your busy life to slow down, achieve more and set goals for your own self-care and creativity. Sessions include discussion and exercises based on Cameron’s book each week followed by a creative activity. No skill required!

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  • Anne McDonald has worked for many years with groups and individuals in Ireland and the UK to help them build strong personal and professional boundaries and to prioritise their own self-care and creativity. She believes that whereas we encourage children to play from the moment they are born, we lose the ability to play as adults and in doing so, lose the one thing that will help us deal with the stress of modern day living, our imagination.

    Admission: €50 booking deposit, payable in advance

    For more information, contact Anne on 0868678750 or mcdonaldanne@eircom.net

    Doors Open: 10:00am
    Commences At: 10:00am

    In advance: €40

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/annemcdonaldandassociates

Doors Open: 10am Commences At: 10am Admission: In advance: €40

Sunday 29th January - Saturday 29th April - FAMILY CINEMA ~ Children's Events, Cinema

Join us for a new series of Family Cinema at the SEAC.
There are 7 Events in this Group

Group of Events

Sunday 29th January - Miniscule: Valley of the Lost Ants ~ Children's Events, Cinema

Minuscule Valley Of The Lost Ants 300wOn a beautiful summer’s day, a band of black ants discover a tin of sugar lumps left over from an abandoned picnic. As they undertake the long journey to transport this treasure back to their anthill, they come attack from an army of red ants who want the box of sugar for themselves. A brave little ladybird steps up to help save the day.

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  • Blending animation against a live action backdrop and using inventive sound design instead of dialogue, Miniscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is an entertaining delight. And with nods to films as varied as A Bug’s Life to The Lord of the Rings and Return of the Jedi, this funny and heart-warming tale will charm all ages.

    Director: Thomas Szabo, Hélène Giraud

    Duration: 85 minutes

    Language: No dialogue

    Cert: G

    Recommended Age: 4+

    Admission: €10 (admits a family of 4)

    €5 (admits 1 adult and 1 child)

    All children must be accompanied by an adult


    Doors Open: 1:30pm
    Commences At: 2:00pm

    In advance: SEE INFO


    Website: http://www.accesscinema.ie

Doors Open: 1.30pm Commences At: 2pm Admission: In advance: See Info

Wednesday 1st February - St. Brigid’s Cross ~ Workshops & Classes, Community

SaintBrigidsCrossWorkshopSmall 300wCome along and let Ronan and Elaine from Newbridge Willow Design teach you the traditional art of making a St. Brigid’s Cross and other simple traditional customs associated with the Feast Day of St. Brigid (which is celebrated on February 1st). Many rituals are associated with the making of the crosses, it was traditionally believed that a Brigid’s Cross protects the house from fire and evil. The cross, made from rushes, is hung in many kitchens for this purpose. This workshop is suitable for adults and children aged 9+ - Admission: FREE, but advance booking essential. Places are limited, please book in advance to avoid disappointment
Doors Open: 12pm Commences At: 12pm Admission: In advance: FREE

Wednesday 1st February - Fibre Arts & Crafts ~ Workshops & Classes, Independent Event

Fibre Arts Crafts 300wThis Arts and Crafts Class is designed for those who are interested in learning different ways of creating art pieces using fabric, felt, thread and yarn. It is intended for beginners as well as those who have some experience in needlework. Over 10 weeks you will have an opportunity to learn how to make a variety of projects using needle-felting, tapestry weaving, embroidery, crocheting and so called ‘fabric manipulation techniques’. It is a very relaxed class: you can learn in your own pace and try a bit of each craft or focus on your favourite ones – your choice!

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  • The tutor: Agnieszka ‘Uisce’ Jakubczyk, is an embroiderer and award winning weaver. She combines embroidery and weaving with other needle crafts to create unique art pieces. She has wide knowledge in many disciplines of textile art and she shares it generously with her students.

    All materials are supplied for a €10 fee (to be paid at the first class) and all tools will be lent for the duration of each class. The tutor provides support via email and phone in between classes, so you are never left without help with your projects.

    From 7pm to 9pm

    Admission: €120 (for 10-week course + €10 for materials)

    Suitable for adults & teenagers ages 16+

    For more information and booking contact the tutor: uiscestitch@gmail.com

    Doors Open: 7:00pm

    Commences At: 7:00pm


    In advance: €120

Doors Open: 7pm Commences At: 7pm Admission: In advance: €120

Friday 3rd February - David Munnelly Trio ~ Music

David Munnelly Trio 300wDavid, Joseph and Shane coming from Mayo and Sligo respectively, show great reverence to the old recordings, also blending some new compositions in to the mix.
From Mayo, David Munnelly is widely regarded as one of the most influential Irish accordion players of his generation: he has played with legendary Irish bands De Dannan and The Chieftains, and for 15 years fronted The David Munnelly Band.

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  • Shane Mc Gowan (guitar), from an area in south Sligo known as Lavagh (his father, Harry is a well-known flute player from the area), comes from a musical family and started at an early age, giving his first public performance at the age of 5. Playing Irish music as well as rock, swing and Jazz, he joined Dave and the band having previously toured with Lunasa, Zakir Hussain, Sean and Dolores Keane, Blas, Slide, Geraldine Mc Gowan, John Carty and At the Racket, among others.

    Joseph McNulty is an accomplished musician on both fiddle and bodhrán. He credits a lot of his success to having spent years in the company of Peter Horan R.I.P. who was regarded as one of Sligo's finest musicians. Joseph has toured with Ragús in mainland Europe and has spent time working in the National Folk Theatre of Ireland.

    Highly recommended!

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €13 / €10 At the door: €15 / €12

Saturday 4th February - Pierce Turner ~ Music

Pierce Turner 300wThere is no one in the whole wide world of music quite like Pierce Turner; a unique visionary, the owner of a voice that drips emotion, a consummate lyricist and the creator of tunes which are both complex and accessible. Born and raised in Wexford town, Pierce’s musical journey began as a boy soprano in his school choir and regularly sang in the local festival, an experience he describes as “Like living in a Catholic version of Pet Sounds” (The Beach Boys classic album).

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  • Spells in various beat groups, and folk rock groups ensued before he and long-time friend, (and future Black 47 singer/guitarist) Larry Kirwan set off for New York “Just to escape the restrictions of Ireland and my own self-inflicted restrictions.” They had a minor radio hit as a duo before forming a new wave band, The Major Thinkers.

    Since then Pierce has released four numerous albums including 1996’s live ‘Manana in Manhattan’ the following year’s superb ‘Angelic Language’, 2001’s ‘Three Minute World’ which was voted “One of the hundred greatest Irish albums of all time” and 2004’s The Boy to be with” to great critical acclaim.

    Record companies and record stores have problems categorizing Pierce (one Irish shop currently stocks his releases in the Sean-Nos section!), but the man’s talent is unstoppable and deserves a far wider audience.

    Highly recommended!


    Doors Open: 8:00pm

    Commences At: 8:30pm


    In advance: €16 / €13
    At the door: €18 / €15

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €16 / €13 At the door: €18 / €15

Sunday 5th February - Launch of Exhibition by Aidan Flanagan ~ Exhibition

Aidan Flanagan Exhibition 300wAll welcome, but please RSVP by emailing info@tseac.ie or call 01-8020898.
Aidan Flanagan is a Meath based printmaker who specialises in creating original prints of the landscape of Ireland, real and imagined. For this exhibition, he has created a new body of work using and combining the various printmaking techniques. The resulting work is a combination of editioned prints, monoprints and monotype prints.
Some of these prints were influenced by, and commenced during recent residencies at the Cill Rialaig Art Project in Co. Kerry. His landscape works are also inspired as a result of his 34 years of service in the Irish Air Corps. During that service, he was privileged to have the opportunity of viewing the landscape of Ireland from a “bird's eye” perspective.

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  • Aidan learned the art of screen-printing on his own during late 1990's, learning further printmaking techniques through a series of workshops in Graphic Studio Dublin during 2012. He creates all his work from his home-based studio in Ratoath, Co. Meath.
    This is Aidan's third solo exhibition of prints, having previously exhibited at Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne; RHA; RUA; Graphic Studio Dublin; Solstice Arts Centre; Dunamaise Arts Centre; Carlow Visual; International Print Center, New York; Manhattan Graphics Center; Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut and Taller Galeria Fort, Cadaques, Spain.

    Aidan Flanagan’s work will be exhibited in our Easter Snow Gallery until the beginning of April 2017.

    Open daily, from 10am to 4:30pm. Admission is free.

Doors Open: 3pm Commences At: 3pm Admission: Free

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