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29
Mar
2019
The Border and Beyond

29 March 2019 6:00 pm

The Border and Beyond

March 29th, 2019, The day when the UK officially are due to Exit the European Union. A day of celebration for some and sadness for others. Nowhere more so than on the border.

To mark the occasion, Belfast Film Festival, Clones Film Festival and Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival have teamed up to present EUROPE ENDLESS, an evening discussing the border and its history, filmic and otherwise.

And where else would we screen it but near the Border itself in Iontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney Co. Monaghan.
This event will feature contributions from writer Pat McCabe, writer Claire Dwyer Hogg and BBC4 journalist Peter Curran.

6pm Start, €10 adm

FILMS

‘Europe Endless’

Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in June 2016, Colin MacCabe visited celebrated writer Patrick McCabe in his hometown of Clones, Co. Monaghan, to discuss his novels, the impact of the referendum on the Irish border, and the Republic of Ireland’s relationship with Europe. Featuring musical performances, the famous DeLorean time machine, and a McCabe clan rally, this fascinating exploration of Irish identity and Ireland’s often troubled history captures Patrick McCabe’s unique and darkly comic perspective at this defining moment in history.

The Director, Christopher Roth, Colin MacCabe and Pat McCabe will take part in a Q&A following the screening.

Brexit: a cry from the Irish border

‘Jacob Rees-Mogg you're right. You don't need to visit the border... you need to have lived here.’ Actor Stephen Rea explores the real impact of Brexit and the uncertainty of the future of the Irish border in a short film written by Clare Dwyer Hogg.

Fiction

The Art Of Border Living

BBC Broadcaster Peter Curran will present an atmospheric extract of new short story about the Irish border (read by Kamila Shamsie Womens Prize for Fiction winner).

Discussion

Filming the Border

Documentarian Brian Henry Martin and Peter Curran take a look at films which feature the border such as ‘Oh Mr Porter’ and ’Puckoon’.

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30
Mar
2019
The Blindboy Podcast Live

30 March 2019 8:00 pm

The Blindboy Podcast Live

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 14th SEPT FROM 10am

Blindboy's increased notability away from his band Rubberbandits, has allowed for him to explore wider avenues and create perhaps outrageously mind-altering brainchildren which can only be described as courageous, yet bonkers.

With a number one selling book under his belt and a podcast that has reached interest not only in Ireland but internationally, the satirist could possibly single-handedly change people's mind set on mental health and the deafening stigma it surrounds.

Outspoken, informed and empathetic, Blindboy engages his audience with an unusual touch of realism. There is a very authentic feeling of "freedom" he exhumes which allows his listeners and participants to openly speak their mind without judgement and no topic off limits - certainly an air of belonging encircling the space you find yourself in when listening or in company of Blindboy.

His latest innovative creation, The Blindboy podcast espouses mental health issues but reaches further into an eclectic spectrum of current topics from gun laws to feminism, racism or a bit of history. Blindboy has it covered.

His uncanny ability to articulate what nearly everyone is thinking is unparalleled and something that is sorely needed in Irish society. - The Daily Edge

8pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Adm: €26 (includes €1 Booking Admin fee)


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05
Apr
2019
Rorys Stories

05 April 2019 8:00 pm

Rorys Stories
SOLD OUT

What’s The Story Rory
Rory’s Stories Debut Theatre Tour

Rory O'Connor is Ireland's favourite online funny man and best selling author, otherwise known through his social media sketches as Rory's Stories
 
Rory's Stories takes a hilarious and frank look at every aspect of Irish life. From the GAA to the Guards and everything in between, Rory's quick comedic wit perfectly captures what it means to be Irish. 
 
Bringing his sketches to life in his stand up shows, he has sold out venues across Ireland, and even as far as Australia and the Middle East. He now brings his new show 'What's the Story Rory' to theatres in 2019

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06
Apr
2019
The Man in The Womans Shoes

06 April 2019 8:00 pm

The Man in The Womans Shoes
A one man show written and performed by Mikel Murfi
 
Set in October 1978 - Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in town.
 
The Man In The Woman’s Shoes follows Pat Farnon as he walks to town and back again. It is a beautifully observed piece, utterly simple and Murfi’s “astonishing acting” has been widely praised.
 
The Man In The Woman’s Shoes is funny, tender and at times downright daft. You might just fall in love with life again.
 
The show was originally created with Sligo County Council Arts Service and The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2012.  In 2015 it toured to Manhattan and Philadelphia as well as a sell out, three week run at the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock stage in Dublin. In 2016 it returned to NYC and has just completed three weeks at the Tricycle Theatre in London

Adm €16/14
 
https://www.facebook.com/TheManInTheWomansShoes

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13
Apr
2019
Fusion 10 Year Anniversary Showcase

13 April 2019 7:30 pm

Fusion 10 Year Anniversary Showcase
Fusion, Castleblayney's only community youth group are celebrating their 10th anniversary. With a cast of nearly 200, their annual showcase is a show not to be missed. This show will take on a very different look to previous shows celebrating all that is good with Castleblayney and its surrounding areas through song, dance and a little drama. The energy, enthusiasm and talent from the cast not to mention the eclectic mix of musical numbers will make you want to get off your seat and start dancing along. Buy your tickets early so as you don't miss out!

TICKETS €12 / 10

BOX OFFICE 042 9753401


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14
Apr
2019
Fusion 10 Year Anniversary Showcase

14 April 2019 7:30 pm

Fusion 10 Year Anniversary Showcase
Fusion, Castleblayney's only community youth group are celebrating their 10th anniversary. With a cast of nearly 200, their annual showcase is a show not to be missed. This show will take on a very different look to previous shows celebrating all that is good with Castleblayney and its surrounding areas through song, dance and a little drama. The energy, enthusiasm and talent from the cast not to mention the eclectic mix of musical numbers will make you want to get off your seat and start dancing along. Buy your tickets early so as you don't miss out!

TICKETS €12 / 10

BOX OFFICE 042 9753401


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26
Apr
2019
NOBODY PUTS BERNIE IN A CORNER

26 April 2019 8:00 pm

NOBODY PUTS BERNIE IN A CORNER

Join Bernie Jones on her crazy “Dirty Dancing” themed hen party and get ready to meet her madcap family and friends while you have “The Time Of Your Life!”

 

Bernie is a single mother to her stroppy teenage daughter and from her living room runs an ironing service called “Let’s Get Steaming.”

 

When Bernie’s long-suffering driving instructor pops the question she reluctantly agrees and sets the date!

 

Will she make it down the aisle or will she discover her real-life Johnny Castle?

 

This high energy, hilariously funny comedy show features 90’s disco classics and some iconic songs from Dirty Dancing!

 

If you’re crazy for Swayze and fancy a bit of salsa in your Karaoke, then join Bernie Jones for a wild night of fun and laughter and let’s get this party started!

Adm €21

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27
Apr
2019
NOBODY PUTS BERNIE IN A CORNER

27 April 2019 8:00 pm

NOBODY PUTS BERNIE IN A CORNER

Join Bernie Jones on her crazy “Dirty Dancing” themed hen party and get ready to meet her madcap family and friends while you have “The Time Of Your Life!”

 

Bernie is a single mother to her stroppy teenage daughter and from her living room runs an ironing service called “Let’s Get Steaming.”

 

When Bernie’s long-suffering driving instructor pops the question she reluctantly agrees and sets the date!

 

Will she make it down the aisle or will she discover her real-life Johnny Castle?

 

This high energy, hilariously funny comedy show features 90’s disco classics and some iconic songs from Dirty Dancing!

 

If you’re crazy for Swayze and fancy a bit of salsa in your Karaoke, then join Bernie Jones for a wild night of fun and laughter and let’s get this party started!

Adm €21

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02
May
2019
MOLL By John B' Keane

02 May 2019 8:00 pm

MOLL By John B' Keane

IONTAS THEATRE PRESENT
MOLL

By John B Keane
Directed by Rose O'Neill

Moll is a hilarious and highly successful comedy about life in an Irish country presbytery.'When a presbytery gets a new housekeeper it becomes like a country that gets a change of government, or like a family that gets a new stepmother'. Moll Kettle would work for no less than a canon for, in her own words, 'Tis hard to come back to the plain black and white when one is used to the purple'.

All proceeds go to the Castleblayney Cancer Society.

Tickets €15

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03
May
2019
MOLL By John B' Keane

03 May 2019 8:00 pm

MOLL By John B' Keane

IONTAS THEATRE PRESENT
MOLL

By John B Keane
Directed by Rose O'Neill

Moll is a hilarious and highly successful comedy about life in an Irish country presbytery.'When a presbytery gets a new housekeeper it becomes like a country that gets a change of government, or like a family that gets a new stepmother'. Moll Kettle would work for no less than a canon for, in her own words, 'Tis hard to come back to the plain black and white when one is used to the purple'.

All proceeds go to the Castleblayney Cancer Society.

Tickets €15

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04
May
2019
MOLL By John B' Keane

04 May 2019 8:00 pm

MOLL By John B' Keane

IONTAS THEATRE PRESENT
MOLL

By John B Keane
Directed by Rose O'Neill

Moll is a hilarious and highly successful comedy about life in an Irish country presbytery.'When a presbytery gets a new housekeeper it becomes like a country that gets a change of government, or like a family that gets a new stepmother'. Moll Kettle would work for no less than a canon for, in her own words, 'Tis hard to come back to the plain black and white when one is used to the purple'.

All proceeds go to the Castleblayney Cancer Society.

Tickets €15

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09
May
2019
Philomena Begley & Ray Lynam

09 May 2019 8:00 pm

Philomena Begley & Ray Lynam
Known as the Queen of Irish Country music, Philomena Begley has made a firm imprint on the Irish, British and European markets. Begley has regularly toured with Ray Lynam since 1975 and they have recorded many duets together, their most popular songs being "My Elusive Dreams", "You're the one I can't live without" and “She sang the melody”. After the ‘Simply Devine’ and ‘Two of Us’ tour proving to be an incredible success, the pair are back with special guest Andrea Begley - 2013 winner of The Voice UK.

Tickets €26

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11
May
2019
CROWMAN

11 May 2019 8:00 pm

CROWMAN

Jon Kenny is touring with a new play CROWMAN and will be performing it at a theatre near you shortly. The play received standing ovations every night during a run in Cork Midsummer festival at the Granary. 
In it Jon plays numerous characters but the primary one is Dan, a man in his 50s who is living alone. He is a loner and feels himself an outsider looking in on the community but he discovers during the play that he is not as much an outsider as he thinks. 
When he hears about the passing of a dear friend, he is forced to look back on his own troubled youth and face up to his demons. The play is at times poignant and tragic but also has a warmth and humour as Jon slips seamlessly in and out of the many uproariously funny characters. 
The people he depicts are surreal and humorous but tinged with tragedy and Jon plays each with his amazing ability of character acting and hilarious humour.

 

Review of 'Crowman' by Colette Sheridan 
Irish Examiner 23 Jun 2018 

Set in a sparsely decorated kitchen, this intimate one-man show starring Jon Kenny (D'Unbelievables) feels like a window into the soul of a lonely bachelor, Dan. A crow-hating man who noisily tries to shoo the blighted birds away, Dan measures out his life by the amount of funerals he has to attend every week. They are social occasions with the added bonus of refreshments. 
Dan, who vacillates between high comedy by mimicking TV celebrity chefs; and pathetic admissions, including attending Mass just to connect with another human by shaking hands, is a master at distraction, But one day, hearing a death announcement on the radio. his world is shattered. 
Kenny is brilliant in the role, conveying the gamut of emotions. Katie Holly's script is strong, conjuring up a life of quiet desperation.


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18
May
2019
Starling Blue

18 May 2019 8:00 pm

Starling Blue
Starling Blue are Hannah O Brien Liebe Kelly Louise Steele and Patrice Doherty. Their unique acapella vocal sound has gained them much attention over the last number of years. Their shows bring you on a rollercoaster of emotions as they harmonise their way through many eras of music. Listeners are treated to stunning solos, rich ingenious harmonies and banter throughout. Earlier this year after releasing their arrangement of Every Breaking Wave Starling Blue have since recorded more arrangements in a live accapella setting and will be releasing shortly. Later this year Starling Blue hope to release their original material while also taking their shows around the country.

Check out their facebook page and instagram account @StarlingBlueMusic 

Tickets €20

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25
May
2019
Wake Up! YOU'RE HERE!!

25 May 2019 8:00 pm

Wake Up! YOU'RE HERE!!

Spend a relaxing evening with author and psychologist Shane Martin as he engages you through his stories, humour and some of his poems. The focus will be on what science has shown to make people happier, what gives them more meaning and purpose in life, and what measures they can take to lead to overall greater health.

'...inspiring, engaging and great belly laughs.'

'Empowering and entertaining'

' A rare opportunity for the general public to access his practical advice and no-nonsense ideas'

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21
Sep
2019
The Bon Jovi Story

21 September 2019 8:00 pm

The Bon Jovi Story
The Bon Jovi Story details the band’s history from their breakthrough album Slippery When Wet up to their present day inclusion into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. The story is told through live performances of their most poignant and iconic songs, coupled with a series of video montages, and costume/ set changes which replicate the band’s best loved concerts.
 
BON JOVI’S MANAGER LIKES US!!!
On Jan 13th 2019, Patti, wife of Paul Korzilius, manager to Bon Jovi, messaged us via FB to say “the show looks amazing and sounds incredible. Even Paul was fooled by the vocals. Amazing talent!
 
What the fans from recent shows said:
 
“Fantastic show from start to finish..vocals and music were outstanding... had a brilliant eve and certainly will go to see these guys again..surpassed all our expectations.”
 
“absolutely brilliant. My voice was gone at the end of the night from singing along.”
 
“...brilliant from start to finish.”


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