EVENTS

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Those Hucklebuck Days

Sun 22 Sept @ 3:30pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Info: The third in our Sunday Afternoon Concert series at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Those Hucklebuck Days: the Story of The Showband Years is a heady tribute to pure nostalgia as we revisit those hits that played each day on the radio and dominated the ballrooms of romance. From Tom Jones to Dickie Rock, Eileen Reid to Brendan Bowyer, relive your memories as we pay homage to the heady days of the great showband craze in Ireland. With the Great Singalong Songbook stars Linda Kenny and Damian Smith, MC Alf McCarthy, and our fabulous Songbook Band (MD Alan Carney).

Cost: €19 (includes tea/coffee/biscuits at the interval)

Contact: www.birrtheatre.com or 057 9122911

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Film@BirrTheatre - Float Like a Butterfly

Tues 1 Oct @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Info: 1960s rural Ireland, Frances is a young Traveller who idolises Muhammad Ali. Her life is turned upside down when her father Michael, recently released from prison, decides to take his family on the road again. Amidst this upheaval, Frances must fight against patriarchal traditional values whilst also protecting her family. Warm and celebratory, Carmel Winters has crafted a crowd-pleasing delight. From the producers of Once and Sing Street, Float Like a Butterfly is a powerful and timely story of a girl's fight for freedom and belonging.

Cost: €5 (Friends €3)

Contact: www.birrtheatre.com or 057 9122911

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Cliona Hagan - Dance on Tour

Thurs 3 Oct @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Info: Irish Country Artist and Dancing With The Stars contestant Cliona Hagan embarks on her headline Irish Concert Tour. Cliona will perform hits from her latest album ‘Secret Love’ including all the fan-favourites: Born To Run, 1-2-3, and McCarthy’s Party. A classically trained singer with a degree in Music, Cliona Hagan’s many accolades include “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year”.Cost: €22

Contact: www.birrtheatre.com or 057 9122911

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Dancing at the Crossroads

Fri 4 Oct @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Info: In this concert the Gregory Walkers, Laoise O’Brien (recorder), Malachy Robinson (viol), Eamon Sweeney (early Guitars/Lute) join forces with Irish dancer, Kelsey Schuhle, for a meeting of Baroque and Traditional music and dance from Ireland, England, France and Spain: Hornpipes, Chaconnes, Folías and more..Cost: €16/14

Contact: www.birrtheatre.com or 057 9122911

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Defending the Caveman - Tom O'Mahony

Sat 5 Oct @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Info: Have you ever wondered why men can't multi-task, or why women can’t change a tyre? Wonder no more! Rob Becker’s Defending the Caveman, the longest running one-man show in Broadway history, is back to challenge and demystify the differences between the sexes. Defending the Caveman has won the hearts of millions across the globe and now it has its first ever Irish tour!Professional stand-up comedian, and one of the busiest Irish headline acts on the circuit, Tom O’Mahony brings his energetic and brilliantly funny persona to the stage to take the audience on a unique comedic journey that brings the house down with every performance.

Cost: €25

Contact: www.birrtheatre.com or 057 9122911

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Celtic Tenors

Sun 6 Oct @ 8pm

Tullamore Court Hotel

Info: James Nelson, Daryl Simpson & Matthew Gilsenan

Tickets: €25 available from Reception 05793 46666

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Open Conversation - Creative Edenderry Project

Tues 22 Oct @ 6.30pm

Edenderry Library

Info: Come and spark creative activity in Edenderry, help shape and develop a new local creative network. Edenderry People from all walks of life are welcome. No need to be an artist or a business, just have an interest. Creative Edenderry is a project initiated by Offaly county Council Arts Office, working in conjunction with Kevin Murphy from Voluntary Arts Ireland, and Conor O’Leary, arts consultant. The project is a ground-up arts initiative working with the community of Edenderry to develop a communty network with a focus on bringing the Arts to Edenderry.

Booking: Free Event but as there are limited spaces the public are asked to register on line through the online registration form or to email creativeedenderry@gmail.com.

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2 x One Act Comedy Plays

Wed 23 Oct@ 8.15pm

Scoil Bhride Clara

by PIC Drama Group Clara & Mullingar Variety Group

Info: This is the launch of Trans Finland Project supported by Offaly Local Development Company. Mullingar Variety Group will perform Last Tango in Clara and Clara’s PIC Drama Group will perform Darling you Were wonderful.

Cost: €10 Booking 087 2108227

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Wet Paint by Shane Casey

Fri 25 Oct @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Info: Young Offenders’ Shane Casey returns to the stage with his play WET PAINT.It’s 2005-the country is booming - Jambons are at an all time high at €2. Tony has a fresh tan from the Canaries; Pa is wondering how Liverpool will get on in the Champion’s League and Barry’s got a secret. mSound familiar?Inspired by his time as a painter decorator himself, Shane Casey’s very funny play depicts a day-in-the-life of two painter/decorators and their boss during the Celtic Tiger era, when anything was possible - at least inside your head.Also featuring Michael Sands and Tommy Harris.Cost: €18/16

Contact: www.birrtheatre.com or 057 9122911

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Tullamore Club Sessions Presents

Chris Newman & Máire Ní Chathasaigh

Fri 25 October @ 7.30pm

Tullamore Rugby Club

Info: The celebrated virtuoso partnership of Maire Ní Chathasaigh “the greatest Celtic harper of our age” (LIVE IRELAND) and Chris Newman “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists (fROOTS).Chris and Máire’s performaces are rooted by eclectic, emotional but adventurous; a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque.

Cost: €15 on the door

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Hullabaloo!Offaly's Children's Arts Festival

HULLABALOO! Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival

Birr – Clara – Edenderry

Wed 30 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

Info: Kids get away from the screen and come and have an amazing time at Hullabaloo! Our Offaly festival especially for you. There are fantastic Birr and Clara workshops and performances and this year we have a wonderful Creative Camp in Edenderry. Hurry, don’t be shy book early as places are limited and do go fast.

Booking opens next week ... Check out www.hullabaloofestival.ie for full programme of events and workshops. (ages 3-12)