Friday, October 22, 2010

October Bank Holiday Opening Hours

This October Bank Holiday weekend the Heritage Centre will be open Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm-5.00pm and Bank Holiday Monday 11.00am-5.00pm.

Bonnie's Bouquets Fancy Dress Parade

Bonnie's Bouquets annual Halloween Fancy Dress Parade will be held on Monday 25th October 2010 in Lismore Castle Courtyard.

Registration begins at 2.30pm in Castle Avenue. There are prizes for everyone who takes part. If you don't 'fancy' dressing up never fear there will be games and face painting to keep you entertained... and maybe even a ghost or two lurking in the courtyard!

Entry fees are €10.00 per family, €3.00 per child and €5.00 for the over 13s. All proceeds go to Scallywags, Lismore's Community Childcare Centre.

Steel Magnolias” presented by Lismore Dramatic Society

As part of its winter programme Lismore Dramatic Society will stage Robert
Harling’s classic “Steel Magnolias” from Thurs Nov. 25th-Sun Nov. 28th and also Thurs Dec. 2nd to Sun. Dec. 5th

A quintessential story of friendship and trust, Steel Magnolias serves up a southern slice of life that's as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie!

In the world of Truvy's local-homegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighbourly gossip. From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they share each moment in their lives with grace, determination, and perfectly coiffed hair. When tragedy strikes, it is in the familiar comfort of Truvy's salon that they seek solace and support.

Steel Magnolias was first presented in New York in 1987 where it played off-Broadway for 1,126 performances and was nominated for an Outer Critics’ Circle Award. It didn't gain universal notoriety until it was made into a film starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, and Dolly Parton among others. Roberts earned her first Oscar nomination for the film.

Why not organise a girls night out and see this great play as a group or club!

The play is directed by James Lenane and a great week of theatre is assured.

Admission € 12 Booking at Cahill’s, Lismore on 058-53992 daily and on
086 893 8373 from 6.00 - 9.00p.m.

Monday, October 18, 2010

An Evening of Music and Song in St Carthage's Cathedral

Enjoy an evening of music and song in St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore on Wednesday 17th November. An amazing line up of performers is headed by Cork singer-songwriter John Spillane. John Allen will M.C. for the evening which begins at 8.00pm.

Scarves and gloves are advised for concert goers with mulled wine and hot cocoa on offer to keep the cold at bay.

Tickets cost €15.00 and all proceeds go to The Emer Casey Foundation. Tickets are available from Lismore Heritage Centre on 058-54975

Have you booked your Halloween Camp Day at the Heritage Centre?

The spookiest, gooiest and goriest time of the year is almost here!

There’s just two weeks to Halloween and only one until Halloween Camp at the Heritage Centre broomsticks off to a flying start.

We still have spaces for brave 5- 12 year olds who want to try our witch trials, eyeball relays and pumpkin sweeps. See the science experiments they never told you about at school- make ghoulish hands come to life, hear the screaming cup and learn tricks to amaze your friends.

We have lots of drama, games and challenges all lined up to get you in the mood for the most horrifying Halloween of your life!

Halloween Camp Days run from Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th October. Workshops begin at 10.30a.m and end at 2.30p.m. One day costs €15. Attend all four diabolical days for only €50.

Bookings and enquiries to Arlene at Lismore Heritage Centre.
Tel: 058-54975 Email:

West Waterford Winter Dinner Package

Savour the culinary talents of three renowned chefs in three superb West Waterford locations.

Following on from the successful and very popular WWW - West Waterford Weekend Package The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, The Tannery Restaurant and Cookery School in Dungarvan and O’Brien’s Chop House Restaurant in Lismore, all in Co West Waterford, are delighted to announce their new West Waterford Winter Package.

On Thursday 18th November 2010 dine in The House Restaurant in the Cliff House Hotel, on Thursday 25th November 2010 in The Tannery Restaurant and finally on Thursday 9th December 2010 relax at O’Brien’s Chop House with carol singers to entertain you in festive style. Each evening’s menu will have one course prepared by each chef from each of the three properties.

Price per meal is €55.00 per person to be booked directly with each property. Book all three for €150.00.

For further information please contact:
024 87800
058 45420
058 45420

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Fairbrook Collection

You are cordially invited to visit The Fairbrook Collection at the Waterford Museum of Treasures, The Granary, Waterford.

Featuring the work of internationally renowned artists Wout Muller, Clary Mastenbroek and Tamara Muller the exhibition will run until 28th October 2010 as part of the Waterford Imagine Art Festival.

The Fairbrook Collection will be officially opened by Dr Abdul Bulbullia this evening, Friday 15th October at 5.30PM.

The collection comes from Fairbrook Gardens and Museum of Modern Contemporary Art just outside Kilmeaden. Fairbrook Gardens comprise six acres of formal, romantic gardens laid out among the ruins of a former woolen mill. A millpond, hidden garden and maze are among the garden's many special features while unique art can be viewed in the museum.

If you cannot make it to the Granary there is another opportunity to discover Fairbrook's wonderful art at the RDS Art Fair 5th- 7th November where Fairbrook International Art can be found at stand Q10.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tallow Heritage Committee Christmas Market

Tallow's Heritage Committee will be hosting its third Christmas Market in St. Patricks Hall on Sunday November 28th with a variety of foods and crafts. this year there will be an outdoor area so it is hoped to provide hot food. Mulled wine and mince pies will be provided with compliments of Tallow Heritage Committee. it will also see the launch of the third Heritage Calender capturing our heritage with past and present times.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lismore Castle Arts presents Nightmare Before Halloween

Nightmare Before Halloween is an exciting animation workshop for 11-16 year olds. It will be held on Sunday October 31st from 4pm – 7pm.

Visual artist, Aideen Barry will take participants through different animation techniques. The workshop will respond to the theme of HALLOWEEN, HORROR, ILLUSIONS and MAGIC, using humour, comedy and imagination to highlight clever animation techniques and how to make your own animations at home.
The workshop will cover animation techniques such as drawing animation, clay motion and stop motion, influenced by the ‘Masters of Motion’-Tim Burton and The Quay Brothers.

All materials and equipment will be supplied and each participant will get a DVD of the completed animation at the end of the 3 hour workshop.

Bring your digital camera or iPod if you have one.

The course is open to 11 – 16 year olds and limited to 14 places, so book early to avoid disappointment! Workshop cost is €35 per participant.

Contact Maria at 058 54061 or email

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mysterious Disappearances: Halloween Camp Places are Vanishing

Lismore Heritage Centre is having a Halloween Camp but places keep disappearing mysteriously.

Boys and girls aged 5-12 are the main suspects. Witch trials, magic tricks, bat hats and floating ghosts have these normally nice youngsters foaming at the mouth. They are going to gobble up all the gruesome games, art, drama and science that cannot wait for them to come and get them.

Halloween Camp days run from Tuesday 26th-Friday 29th October. Workshops begin at 10.30a.m and end at 2.30p.m.each day. One dastardly day costs €15; attend all four for only €50.

Places at our camp days are strictly limited and more are vanishing every day.
To make a booking or enquiry please contact Arlene at Lismore Heritage Centre…while there is still time!

Tel: 058-54975 Email:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sing: It's Good for Your Health! Lismore Choir Open Rehearsal Sunday 10th October 2010

3rd-10th October is World Mental Health Week and National Choral Singing Week. To celebrate Lismore Choir invites you to join them for an open rehearsal on Sunday 10th October at 12 noon at Lismore Heritage Centre.

National Choral Singing Week intentionally coincides with World Mental Health Week to promote the message that Choral Singing is Good for your Mental Health.

Throughout the National Choral Singing Week choral activities take place at choir rehearsals and in schools, shopping centres, care units, concert halls and workplaces to promote and recognise the positive benefits of choral singing.

The National Choral Singing Week was established in 2008 to promote the positive mental health benefits of choral singing. Choral or group singing can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, has been shown to increase the production of endorphins and adrenaline, heightening feelings of well-being, gives the participant a physical workout and is an enjoyable way to meet new people and make music together.

It is estimated that in excess of 25,000 people take part in choral activity every week in this country – they are a testament to the power of choral music.

Banshee Makers for the Courthouse Theatre

Stagemad Theatre Company presents Banshee Makers in Lismore Heritage Centre’s Courthouse Theatre on Saturday 6th November 2010.

Written by Ger Bourke and directed by James Power Banshee Makers is a tragi-comedy set in a now run down coal yard on the banks of the river Suir in the 1970's.

The play is a story of love and passion and of the craving that the absence of both can leave in the human heart. Banshee Makers examines the lives of three coal men; Scooter the simple minded youth who dreams of the family he never knew, embittered and world weary Nix, Charlie, the married-Lothario and Kathleen, the lonely and desperate office clerk who works with them.

By unraveling the fabric of those ordinary lives we are reminded that there is often nothing as extraordinary or deceptive as that which is apparently ordinary. It is a story of shadows that can be permanently cast over lives and the damage those shadows can do. Welcome to the ranks of the left behind.

Banshee Makers represents the start of a busy drama season in the Heritage Centre; Lismore Dramatic Society will present Steel Magnolias in the Courthouse Theatre 25th-28th November 2010 and 2nd-5th December.

Tickets for Banshee Makers are available now from the Heritage Centre on 058-54975 priced €10.00.

Hair Raising Halloween Fun at the Heritage Centre

Pssst! Kids We’ve Got a Secret!
Lismore Heritage Centre is holding Halloween Camp Days again and they are going to be ‘deadly’ good fun!

Campers will be mixing potions, casting spells, rattling bones and raising spirits Mexican style. There will be Freaky Fashion, the Bone Bag Challenge and the ultimate game of bobbing apples. It could be gooey, it may be slimy and it will definitely be messy!

Workshops are designed for brave and bloodthirsty 5-12 year olds who want to have some seriously scary fun for their mid-term break. There are ghastly games, spooky science, abominable art and much, much more lurking in wait for them!

Workshops begin at 10.30a.m and end at 2.30p.m. daily. One dastardly day costs €15. Attend all four despicable days for only €50.

Bookings and enquiries to Arlene at Lismore Heritage Centre. Come on…we dare you!
Tel: 058-54975 Email:

Tickets for 'The Chieftains' available from the Heritage Centre

Irish Traditional music legends The Chieftains will play a concert for one night only in the Cappoquin Community Centre on Saturday 20th November 2010.

The Chieftains and guests will play the state of the art 600 seater Community Centre for the first time as part of a four concert mini tour in Ireland in November.

The tour will feature original members Paddy Moloney, Matt Molloy, Se├ín Keane and Kevin Conneff, but will also feature guest performers from around the world including Ottowa Valley Dancers Jon and Nathan Pilatzke, New York-based champion Irish dancer Cara Butler, eight string guitarist Redmond O’Toole, harpist Triona Marshall and a guest singer. The group will be joined by local musicians ‘Canola’, Stephen Mooney accordion and guitar, Dave O’Sullivan flute and tin whistle, Marie Claire singer, Peter O’Connor fiddle and mandolin player, and a local percussionist Seamus Connolly as well as members of the Youghal Pipe Band.

The Chieftains was founded in 1962 and are the world’s most popular Irish Traditional Music Group. The group have collaborated and performed with many legends of music including Sinead O’Connor, Luciano Pavarotti, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton among others.

Paddy Moloney founder and leader plays the uilleann pipes and tin whistle, Matt Molloy flute and tin whistle, Kevin Conneff bodhran and vocals and Sean Keane fiddle and tin whistle. The band has released more than 40 albums, most recently collaborating with acclaimed US guitarist Ry Cooder on the 'San Patricio’ album which celebrates the San Patricios, a battalion of Irish soldiers who switched sides to fight for Mexico against the US invaders in the war of 1846-1848.
The six-time Grammy Award winners play at Limerick University on the 17th of November, Cappoquin Community Centre on the 20th, the Mermaid Theatre in Bray on the 21st and the Tullamore Court Hotel on Wednesday 24th November.

Tickets are €50 available from Cappoquin Community Centre 058 52746 and Lismore Heritage Centre 058 54975

All profit from the concert will go towards the Lismore Music Festival.