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The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre

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The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre

Naul,
Co. Dublin.
Ireland.

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The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre

The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre

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 …

Friday 22nd February - Launch of Séamus Ennis Centenary Celebrations A year-long series of concerts and presentations in honour of Séamus, curated by piper Ronan Browne ~ Music, Talk

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Venue: The Atrium, County Hall, Swords, Co. Dublin. A year of Séamus Ennis’ Centenary Celebrations, will be launched by its curator, Ronan Browne along with special guests. Born 100 years ago, Séamus Ennis transformed the lives of those lucky enough to have known him. A world-class musician, singer, raconteur, mimic and linguist, he was unique as a folklore collector in that the culture-bearers he visited felt as honoured as himself.

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  • In a society rapidly becoming culturally indifferent, where the collection of surviving folklore was of paramount importance, the 23-year-old Séamus embarked on his first field trip for the Folklore Commission with little more than pen, paper, tin-whistle and bicycle. He continued to collect (and broadcast) songs and music from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall, firstly for the Folklore Commission (1942-47), then Raidió Éireann (1947-51), the BBC (1951-58) and finally intermittently as a presenter on the newly-founded Teilifís Éireann. Séamus continued to perform in public up to his death in 1982.

    “Séamus Ennis is my mentor. He made me realise music is magic and a spiritual experience. It cannot be taught in any university. It is beyond that.” - Tony MacMahon

    **Admission is Free, but advance ticket booking (via our website or by calling 01-8020898) is essential**

     

    Doors Open: 6:30pm
    Commences At: 7:00pm

    Admission:
    In advance: FREE

Doors Open: 6.30pm Commences At: 7pm Admission: In advance: FREE

S.E.A.C. GROUP OF EVENTS

Saturday 23rd February - Kevin McGahern The Solo Pollo Tour ~ Comedy

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The star of RTE’s Republic of Telly brings his brand new show to the SEAC. With the Solo Pollo Tour, the silver tongued Cavan native promises a mix of traditional stand up, character based comedy and lovely funny songs. Kevin talks about his first year of marriage, dying with flatmates, avoiding getting shot in America, how to get away with drunk driving and how to survive a terrorist attack.

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  • Known as the host of Republic of Telly, Kevin McGahern’s America and Sim Card in RTE’s Hardy Bucks, Kevin’s laid-back, straight-faced delivery elevates the absurdity of his subject matter in his own entirely unique way. As well as being a regular in the top Irish comedy clubs, in particular the Laughter Lounge, he has performed in a number of festivals including the Vodafone Comedy Festival, Galway Comedy Carnival, Body and Soul, Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit and at the Edinburgh Fringe.

    “Brilliant!” - Hot Press

    “Sharply written, brilliantly performed” - Totally Dublin

    “Gas Bastard” - The Rubberbandits

    “Made me laugh out loud” - Charlie Brooker

    Doors Open: 8:00pm
    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €13 / €10
    At the door: €15 / €12

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €13 / €10 At the door: €15 / €12
Sunday 24th February - Slow Session ~ Workshop & Classes, Music

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Our 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 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. Hosted by Paudie O'Connor, a Button Accordion player well grounded in his local 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: 7.30pm Commences At: 8pm Admission: At the door: €5

Monday 25th February - Painting & Sculpture Exhibition by Artists John Cullen & Conleth Gent ~ Exhibition

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John Cullen lives in the Ox mountains, Co. Sligo. He studied fine art at Sligo IT, graduating with Hons. in 2009. Since then he has developed his practice, and has exhibited widely across the island of Ireland, in both group exhibitions and a number of solo shows. In 2011, he was awarded a residency in Belmont, Co. Offaly, and was also artist in residence at King House, Boyle. He paints mainly in oils, inspired by a number of motifs, including the mystical landscape around Sligo.

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  • We are delighted to have our first sculpture exhibition ‘Touch Wood’ by artist Conleth Gent. Touch Wood is an exhibition of small to medium sculptures by this award-winning sculptor. As the title suggests it is an invitation to touch and experience the work on a multi-sensory level. The saying “touch wood” comes from ancient times when it was believed that wood possessed magical fairy spirits which needed to be appeased in order to keep good fortune on one’s side. From 4pm to 6pm. All welcome.

Doors Open: 10am Commences At: 10am Admission: At the door: FREE

Thursday 28th February - The Wife ~ Cinema

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Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) has spent forty years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to support her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his stellar literary career. Ignoring infidelities and excuses made in the cause of his art, she has put up with his behaviour with undiminished grace and humour. The foundations of their marriage have, however, been built upon a set of uneven compromises and Joan has reached a turning point. On the eve of Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel rewarding a spectacular body of work, Joan will confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and some long-buried secrets.

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  • Based on the bestselling book by Meg Wolitzer, The Wife is a poignant, funny and emotional journey of self-discovery and liberation, featuring a stunning cast that also includes Max Irons, Harry Lloyd, Annie Starke, Elizabeth McGovern and Christian Slater.

    Director: Björn Runge

    Duration: 100 minutes

    Language: English

    Cert: 15

    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

    BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT

    Doors Open: 8:00pm
    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €5 / €4
    At the door: €7 / €6

    Website: http://accesscinema.ie

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

Friday 1st March - The Johansons & Krista Citra Joonas with Neillidh Mulligan & Friends Estonian & Irish Traditional Music Celebration ~ Music

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Thirty-one years ago, a small group of Irish musicians made their way to Estonia to take part in one of the most extraordinary, not to mention one of the first, albeit unofficial recognitions of Estonia as a (potentially) independent nation. Join us at the SEAC as some of the Irish Artists reunite with their Estonian counterparts for a celebration of this unique musical collaboration. Jaak Johanson has been the leader of the folk movement in Tallinn, Estonia for years. Krista Citra Joonas is a saxophonist and flute player, who added to her skills in India and Switzerland playing the Indian bamboo-flute.

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  • Featuring Jaak (guitar, vocals), Kärt (vocals), Mart – (guitar, vocals), Ants – (bouzouki, vocals);
    The Johansons' music, but even more their way of thinking, their way of living has been influenced on the one hand by Estonian traditional songs, by the choir-singing activities of their parents and themselves, and on the other hand by the folk and traditional music revivals that have spread in waves over the world since their childhood in 60’s and 70’s.

    Along with Néillidh Mulligan (Uilleann Pipes), other Irish Artists taking part in tonight’s celebrations include Séan Ó Broin (Flute), Vincent Woods (Poet), Peadar Ó Ceannabháin (Singing) & Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin (Fiddle and Seán-nós Dance).

    Doors Open: 8:00pm

    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:

    In advance: €13 / €10

    At the door: €15 / €12

     

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €13 / €10 At the door: €15 / €12
Monday 4th March - Painting & Sculpture Exhibition by Artists John Cullen & Conleth Gent ~ Exhibition

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John Cullen lives in the Ox mountains, Co. Sligo. He studied fine art at Sligo IT, graduating with Hons. in 2009. Since then he has developed his practice, and has exhibited widely across the island of Ireland, in both group exhibitions and a number of solo shows. In 2011, he was awarded a residency in Belmont, Co. Offaly, and was also artist in residence at King House, Boyle. He paints mainly in oils, inspired by a number of motifs, including the mystical landscape around Sligo.

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  • We are delighted to have our first sculpture exhibition ‘Touch Wood’ by artist Conleth Gent. Touch Wood is an exhibition of small to medium sculptures by this award-winning sculptor. As the title suggests it is an invitation to touch and experience the work on a multi-sensory level. The saying “touch wood” comes from ancient times when it was believed that wood possessed magical fairy spirits which needed to be appeased in order to keep good fortune on one’s side. From 4pm to 6pm. All welcome.

Doors Open: 10am Commences At: 10am Admission: At the door: FREE

Thursday 7th March - The Camino Voyage as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge ~ Cinema

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A 2,500km Modern Day Celtic Odyssey. A crew including a Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain. This intimate documentary charts the trials and tribulations of a voyage that in the words of the poet and crew member Danny Sheehy, took “sweat, blood and blisters to complete while deepening and renewing friendships, creativity and spirituality in the process”.

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  • Setting sail in their own handmade traditional boat, called a ‘Naomhóg’ against the backdrop of the vast ocean, Danny and his crew (Brendan Begley, Liam Holden, Breandán Moriarty and Glen Hansard) share music, stories and wise words. Joyously adventurous and profoundly ennobled by the task, this eclectic crew shared a remarkable journey.

    Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature – Dingle International Film Festival

    Director: Donal O Ceilleachair

    Duration: 98 minutes

    Language: English & Irish (with English subtitles)

    Cert: Club

    Admission: SEAC Friends/Members: FREE, advance booking essential

    Non-members: €5 in advance, €7 at the door

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

    BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT

    Doors Open: 8:00pm
    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €5 / €4
    At the door: €7 / €6

    Website: http://accesscinema.ie

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

Saturday 9th March - Two Divas and a Piano ~ Music

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Take one part jazz diva, one part true rock chick, add a generous measure of gentleman of jazz, and the result is a cocktail of love songs, jazz standards, ballads, garnished with a twist of dry humour. For the past year, Carmel McCreagh, Flo McSweeney and Fiachra Trench have been bringing their show, Love And All That Jazz, to audiences throughout Ireland to great acclaim. Songs by Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Sondheim, Joni, Jacques Brel and more are all presented with style and sass by this trio of renowned Irish musicians.

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  • Fiachra Trench is a composer, arranger, producer, keyboardist and musical director whose credits include Altan, Paul Brady, The Boomtown Rats, The Chieftains, The Corrs, Phil Lynott/Thin Lizzy, Paul McCartney/Wings, Van Morrison, The Pogues and Wet Wet Wet.

    Carmel McCreagh has appeared at festivals and venues throughout Ireland, entertaining audiences with her soulful interpretations of songs from the Great American Songbook as well as contemporary and original songs from her critically acclaimed albums, Nice Girl and Skylark. She recently released a third album, 13 Stories.

    Flo McSweeney has toured extensively with Moving Hearts and The Commitments; she is a regular guest vocalist with the Hot House Big Band and has been a part of many projects with Bill Whelan of Riverdance fame (including the Yeats/Beckett Festival at the Abbey Theatre and An Evening with W.B. Yeats at the National Concert Hall). Her new album, Picture in a Frame, is set for release in early 2019.

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    Doors Open: 8:00pm

    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:

    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
Monday 11th March - Painting & Sculpture Exhibition by Artists John Cullen & Conleth Gent ~ Exhibition

Joint Exhibition Collage 300w

John Cullen lives in the Ox mountains, Co. Sligo. He studied fine art at Sligo IT, graduating with Hons. in 2009. Since then he has developed his practice, and has exhibited widely across the island of Ireland, in both group exhibitions and a number of solo shows. In 2011, he was awarded a residency in Belmont, Co. Offaly, and was also artist in residence at King House, Boyle. He paints mainly in oils, inspired by a number of motifs, including the mystical landscape around Sligo.

  • read more
  • We are delighted to have our first sculpture exhibition ‘Touch Wood’ by artist Conleth Gent. Touch Wood is an exhibition of small to medium sculptures by this award-winning sculptor. As the title suggests it is an invitation to touch and experience the work on a multi-sensory level. The saying “touch wood” comes from ancient times when it was believed that wood possessed magical fairy spirits which needed to be appeased in order to keep good fortune on one’s side. From 4pm to 6pm. All welcome.

Doors Open: 10am Commences At: 10am Admission: At the door: FREE

Thursday 14th March - The Man Who Wanted to Fly ~ Cinema

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Bobby Coote left school at 13 and says his reading and writing isn't great. He fixes clocks and spends a lot of time in his back shed making violins from old furniture. But he’s never lost sight of a lifelong dream to fly. His neighbour Sean has also caught the bug. Setting aside their own field of dreams they have cut out a runway and even built a hangar in a small Co. Cavan rural border community. And now Bobby has used all his savings to buy a plane! He’ll get no encouragement from his brother Ernie. Ernie thinks the whole thing is mad but Bobby says he’ll make this happen … even if it’s the last thing he does.

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  • A charming and timeless documentary about never giving up on your dreams and how age really is only a number!

    Winner of the ‘Best Feature Audience Award’ at the IFI Documentary Festival 2018

    Director: Frank Shouldice

    Duration: 82 minutes

    Language: English

    Cert: Club

    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

    BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT

    Doors Open: 8:00pm
    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €5 / €4
    At the door: €7 / €6

    Website: http://accesscinema.ie

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

Sunday 17th March - St Patrick’s Day Traditional Music Session ~ Music, Community

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Join us for an afternoon of great tunes and craic from 2pm to 4pm to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Featuring local traditional musicians and special guests. All musicians and listeners welcome.
Be sure to get here early to grab a good seat!
Doors Open: 1.30pm Commences At: 2pm Admission: At the door: FREE

Friday 22nd March - Chris Kent Looking Up ~ Comedy

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Cork comedian Chris Kent returns to the SEAC with his 6th solo show 'Looking Up'. Chris has spent the past year balancing comedy with being a stay at home dad and trying to grow a beard. He has also removed the word “mate” from his vocabulary as it takes too much effort to say in an Irish accent. TV appearances include the RTÉ 2 panel show Next Year’s News, The Craig Doyle Show and Conor's Dad in the hit series The Young Offenders.

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  • In the UK, he has appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central for Comedy Central. On radio he has been a regular panelist for the RTE Radio 1 show The Second Republic and a guest panelist on BBC’s The Blame Game. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Comedy Smack Down Award at the Galway Comedy festival, and Winner of the Bulmer’s Nuttin’ But Funny Comedy Award 2009. Following on from being listed as “One to Watch” in The Dublin magazine’s “Red Hot and Rising” for 2012, Chris Kent was voted as one of the Top Five Irish Comedians by Hot Press Magazine in 2013.
    'Among the best acts I’ve seen' ***** The Mirror
    'Fresh and original material, extremely endearing performer' **** Broadway Baby
    'Unequivocally talented raconteur' **** EdFest Magazine
    'Compelling storyteller, truly surprising, beautifully delivered' The Scotsman
    'Carefree comedic bulls-eye' Dubliner Magazine

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

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