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clár imeachtaí
Jan - Apr 2015
Welcome to
our WinterSpring Events
Fáilte go dtí ár Imeachtaí
Clár Fómhar-Geimhreadh
January/Eanáir Events
February/Feabhra Events
March/Márta Events
April/Aibreán Events
Classes, Workshops
and Activities
Exercise & Dance
Independent Events
Events at a Glance
Our regular opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm and
later in conjunction with our events.
If you are travelling to get here,
please contact us in advance to
confirm we are open.
All program information is correct at the time
of printing. For the most up to date
information, please visit our website at
www.tseac.ie or contact us on 01-8020898.
Happy 2015 and welcome to our exciting
new programme.
Our New Year’s resolution at the SEAC is to
showcase the very best of local, national and
international artistic talent and we hope you enjoy
what we have in store for you all. The Naul’s finest
arts centre is the perfect place to spend a winter’s
evening or spring afternoon watching a riveting
movie, developing a new painting technique at Dave
West’s art workshop or learning a Sean Nós dance
step with Edwina Guckian. If it’s music you’re after
we have an amazing line up of traditional, folk and
Americana bands all ready to entertain you. The
brilliant Laoise Kelly and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn is a
traditional gig not to be missed. Our arts programme
is growing and getting creatively stronger with such
quality singers and musicians as Hazel O’Connor,
Cormac de Barra, David Geraghty from Bell X1, John
Spillane and (one of our favourite singers) Kimmie
Rhodes all appearing on the SEAC stage in the
coming months. We will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
by inviting the legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band to
perform at our Ceilí Mór and it is sure to be a day
of dancing and craic.
Cinema, art workshops, children’s wood carving
classes, literary events and traditional singing and
music sessions are just some of the great variety
of activities and events on offer within our packed
winter programme. This is all made possible by
the continued support of our patrons and our
substantive funders Fingal County Council and
The Arts Council. Hope to see you soon and all
the best for 2015.
Ádh Mór
Sean Paul O’Hare, Director/Stiúrthóir
January/Eanáir Events
Slow Session
Fish & Bird
Music & Workshop /
Ceardlann & Ceol
Music / Ceol
Event r
Fri 23rd Jan
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
€16/€13 advance booking
€18/€15 at the door
Sun 18th Jan, 15th Feb, 15th Mar, 19th Apr
Commences 8pm
Friends/Members: FREE
Our Slow Sessions are aimed towards 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. A list of tunes which are
regularly played at the Slow Sessions are available
to download from our website www.tseac.ie by
clicking on ‘About Us’. 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.
Hot Canadian five-piece Fish & Bird have received
praise on both sides of the Atlantic for their
refreshingly un-clichéd writing. Live, they will blow
your socks off!
Flown in to the UK for their own exclusive headline
show at Glasgow’s phenomenal Celtic Connections
festival; their last album, 'Every Whisper Is A Shout
Across The Void', established them as a major
inventive force on the roots music circuit. This will
be their one and only Irish date, so don't miss them!
“Hugely enjoyable” The Daily Express
“Their time has come” Maverick magazine
“The bar has been duly raised” Sunday Herald
"Exciting, the way you are on a roller coaster;
all the fun is in the ride" Folk Radio UK
Please book early to avoid disappointment!
January/Eanáir Events
!e 100-Year-Old Man
Who Climbed Out !e
Window & Disappeared
LOL in Naul
Comedy / Coiméide
Cinema / Scannánaíocht
Event r
!ursday 29th Jan
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
Friends/Members - FREE (book in advance)
Non-Members €5/€4 advance booking, €7/€6 at the door
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the
Window and Disappeared is a hugely successful
best-selling book, published in 38 countries, it has
already sold more than six million copies worldwide.
Jonas Jonasson’s witty, feel-good international bestseller proved that it is never too late to let a little
adventure into your life. This eagerly awaited screen
version stars Robert Gustafson as Allan Karlsson who
quietly escapes from the celebrations for his onehundredth birthday and takes to the road. Little
misunderstandings and unfortunate coincidences
soon find him in possession of a suitcase of cash and
being hotly pursued by crooks and criminals. But
Allan is more than equipped to deal with unique
situations after being involved in some of the most
historic events of the twentieth century and shared
meals and more with everyone from Franco, Stalin,
and Truman to Reagan and Gorbachev.
Don't miss this outrageous and hilarious delight!
"Explosively funny!" TV Times
Director: Felix Herngren
Duration: 114 mins
Language: English & Swedish
(with English subtitles)
Cert: 15A
Fri 30th Jan, 27th Feb, 27th Mar & 24th Apr
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
€13/€10 advance booking
€15/€12 at the door
Join us for ‘LOL in Naul’, our
monthly Comedy Night featuring
the best of both up-and-coming
and very special guest comedians!
Our MC is the one and only
Gearoid Farrelly; a regular at Irish
comedy festivals who has toured with
PJ Gallagher, Neil Delamere, Maeve Higgins,
Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne and Rich Hall. His
appearances on television include ‘Stand & Deliver’,
‘Tonight With Craig Doyle’, ‘Dave’s One Night
Stand’ and ‘The Savage Eye’.
"To be an audience member in Farrelly's crowd is
a joy" Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 5 star review
Check www.tseac.ie for details of each
monthly line-up!
Follow us on Facebook at
facebook.com/LOLinNaul for
updates, great laughs and more!
!eatre / Amarclann
Saturday 31st Jan
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
€16/€13/€10* advance booking
€18/€15 at the door
A classic of modern Irish theatre, Catalpa is the story of
the daring 1875 whaleship rescue of six Irish prisoners
from Fremantle penal colony in Australia - all in the
vibrant imagination of a rejected screenwriter, the
best movie never made! Catalpa is about heroes and
visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with
hot romance, conflicted rebels and battles at sea.
An epic adventure story that challenges the nature of
heroism. Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly with
live music by Trevor Knight. Winner of The Scotsman
Fringe First Award, Edinburgh; Best Event Award,
Melbourne International Festival and a maximum four
star rating from The Washington Times.
“A celebration of the power of live theatre lyrical and
passionate, satirical and very funny” The Irish Times
“A masterpiece .. searingly satirical, comic, tragic,
profoundly sensitive” The Scotsman
“Marvellous.. wonderfully varied and passionate”
Herald Sun Melbourne
“Brilliant writing, bravura performance” Sunday Times
“If ever there was a play you should see, this is it.
A true event in Irish theatre” Irish Examiner
“As it ends, one can imagine the film producer
slumped in awe at Catalpa’s magic” Time Out, London
*Reduced School Group rate
Looking for
a venue for
your special
The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre has
undergone extensive renovation and
refurbishment to become a unique
venue for your special occasion or
private function:
Children’s Parties
Charity Fundraisers
Exhibitions & Rehearsals
In-house facilities include; HD projector
and screen, professional sound and
lighting systems, digital audio
recording, WIFI and onsite catering
from The Cottage Café.
Additional facilities and services
can also be provided, please contact
us for more information.
February/Feabhra Events
Launch of Exhibition
by Barbara Craig
Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán
Ó Duinnchinn
Exhibitions / Taispeántais
Music / Ceol
Friday 6th Feb
Doors 8pm
Sunday 1st Feb
Commences 3pm
Many painters lament that their painting style is too
‘tight’. Artist, Barbara Craig will illustrate how she
develops her work to produce spontaneous, loose
acrylic landscapes. Barbara will show her sketchbooks
of source material; pencil, pen, colour sketches and
photographs and demonstrate how a painting
progresses from this vital ‘first hand’ information to
a finished painting injected with her own personality.
Barbara believes painting should be fun and you need
not worry too much about following rules, go with
the flow and enjoy yourself! All welcome. Please
RSVP by emailing [email protected]
or call 01-8020898.
Barbara Craig is known for her striking landscape
work; bold paintings often influenced by the weather,
of scenes captured in her mind’s eye whilst out
enjoying a ramble. Capturing instances of ordinary
everyday life, there is always humour in her work,
whatever the subject, brought to life with a
spontaneous, vigorous use of media and colour
to captivate the viewer.
Barbara’s work will be exhibited in our Easter
Snow Gallery during February and March.
Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.
Commences 8.30pm
€13/€10 advance booking
€15/€12 at the door
Laoise Kelly (harp) and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn
(uilleann pipes) have been performing as a duet for
two years. The combination and blend of two of
Ireland's emblematic instruments is charged with
musical history, offering a journey into a rich sound
of melodies, coloured by chordal and percussive
accompaniment. Laoise and Tiarnán play a repertoire
taken from the wide spectrum of Irish dance music
and airs from Ulster barn dances to Munster polkas,
airs from 19th century manuscripts to modern
Tiarnán was one of the founding members of Dorsa,
which recorded 'The Wild Music of the Gael' in
1998. The E.P. 'Banks of Red Roses' was released in
2002. He toured extensively with Moya Brennan (of
Clannad) from 1997-2001 and recorded two albums,
'Whisper to the Wild Water' and 'Two Horizons'.
Laoise was a founder member of the traditional
group ‘Bumblebees’ and in 1999 she recorded
her first solo album ‘Just Harp’ to critical acclaim.
Throughout her solo career Laoise has recorded
with many of Ireland’s foremost artists including
The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon, John Hoban,
Dónal Lunny, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Tommy Makem,
Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Kathleen MacInnes as well
as Kate Bush and American country/bluegrass icon
Tim O’Brien. Highly recommended!
Sunday Open Session
Music / Ceol
Cinema / Scannánaíocht
Sunday 8th Feb
Doors 2.30pm
Commences 3pm
Join us for our Sunday Open Session; a great
opportunity to meet up and jam with the many
talented musicians, songwriters and performers from
around the area. This is an informal session where
all participants can perform together in a relaxed
environment. If you prefer just to listen, come along
and enjoy some refreshments from The Cottage
Café. The SEAC’s Sunday Sessions have established
themselves as a great afternoon of music and a
platform for local talent. As always, all musicians,
singers, performers and listeners are welcome.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
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!ursday 12th Feb
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
Friends/Members - FREE (book in advance)
Non-Members €5/€4 advance booking, €7/€6 at the door
Despite being blocked at almost every turn in
pursuit of the sport he loved, Seve Ballesteros
fought against adversity to become the most
spectacular and charismatic golfer to ever play the
game. 'Seve' combines dramatic recreations with
electrifying archive footage to tell his incredible rags
to riches story; from humble beginnings on the
beaches of Spain, where aged six he taught himself
the game with a broken 3 iron strapped to a stick,
to becoming world number one and the greatest
golfer of a generation.
With an original score by Academy Award winner
Stephen Warbeck, Seve is produced by Stephen
Evans with the full support of the Seve Ballesteros
"Seve offers fascinating insights not just into the life
of legendary golfer Seve Ballesteros but into what it
takes to succeed at the highest level." The Express
Director: John-Paul Davidson
Duration: 124 mins.
Language: Spanish (with English subtitles)
Cert: PG
February/Feabhra Events
Hazel O’Connor &
Cormac de Barra
Valentine’s Night
Burns Supper
Music / Ceol
Music & Food / Ceol & Bia
Friday 13th Feb
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
€18/€14 advance booking
€20/€16 at the door
Hazel O'Connor performs with the celebrated Irish
harpist Cormac de Barra, in a captivating and intimate
special performance. 2013 marked the 15th anniversary
of Hazel and Cormac's first collaboration on the
biographical show, 'Beyond Breaking Glass' with
a special one-week run of the updated show at
Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Hazel's autobiography
'Breaking Glass Barefoot' has also just been published
and tells previously untold stories of her rollercoaster
ride through the highs and lows of the music business.
No O'Connor show is complete without her original
classics Will You, D-Days and Eighth Day or her new
classics Rebecca, Driftwood, I'm Still Breathing and
Acoustically Yours.
Cormac de Barra is not only one of Hazel’s co-writers
and musical partners, he has also recorded three of his
own harp-led CDs. More recently, Cormac has been
dividing his time between television work on the TG4
arts series Imeall and the project 'Voices & Harps' with
Moya Brennan of Clannad. The combination of
De Barra’s harp with Hazel’s unforgettable voice
is truly magical.
“Sumptuous songs with a soulful, introspective lyrical
depth. The arrangements are largely traditional in feel,
helped by Cormac de Barra’s exquisite harp... seamless
forays into pop blues and soul, and the familiar silken
gravel of O’Connor’s voice” The Irish Times
Saturday 14 Feb
Doors 7.30pm Commences 8pm
€20 per person (including 3 course supper)
Join us for a Valentine’s night celebration with a
difference, as we toast the Scottish national bard,
Robert Burns, with a night of food, music, song and
stories with special guests, musicians and more.
Delicious food and drink is a key element of any
Burns Supper and the traditional main course of
haggis will be ceremoniously escorted into the room
by a Bag-Piper before the ‘master of ceremonies’
gives a stirring recital of Burns’ ‘To a Haggis’,
finishing by raising the platter above his head
and shouting “Gie her a Haggis!”
Enjoy readings of Burns’ work and performances
of his songs, with humorous speeches, music
and maybe even some ceilidh dancing after you’ve
had a wee dram or two!
Slow Session
Sun 15th Feb,
Commences 8pm
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ZOOM, Films for
Young Audiences Safety Not Guaranteed
Join Me In !e Pines
David Geraghty of Bell X1
Music / Ceol
Cinema / Scannánaíocht
Saturday 21st Feb
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
€16/€13 advance booking
€18/€15 at the door
Friday 20th Feb
Doors 7.30pm
Commences 8pm
“Wanted: someone to go back in time with me. This
is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must
bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed.
I have only done this once before.”Inspired by this
unusual classified ad, three cynical Seattle magazine
employees set out to look for the story behind it.
They discover a mysterious eccentric named
Kenneth, a likeable but paranoid supermarket clerk,
who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel
and intends to depart again soon. Together, they
embark on a hilarious, unexpectedly heartfelt
journey that reveals how far believing can take you.
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Duration: 86 mins.
Language: English
Cert: 15A*
*Films classified 15A have been deemed appropriate for
viewers of fifteen and over. However, they can also be seen by
younger children - provided they are accompanied by an adult
who has deemed the film appropriate viewing for that child. –
IFCO (Irish Film Classification Office) www.ifco.ie
Are you aged 15+ and
interested in film-making?
Find out more about
ZOOM on page 25.
The man behind the moniker is Bell X1’s David Geraghty.
Geraghty released his debut solo album ‘Kill Your
Darlings’ in 2007, to critical and fan acclaim. The album
was also nominated for a Choice Music Prize that year.
2009 saw David return with his second solo offering ‘The
Victory Dance’. Both of these albums were written and
recorded between stints in the hectic Bell X1 touring
schedule. Similarly, Dave’s new project, ‘Join Me in the
Pines’ was written and recorded over a year and half
while on and off the road. JMITP is a return to the
somewhat isolated creative process under which his
debut album was made. This time around the process
benefits from a newly built home studio, (which was
tried and tested on the demos for Bell X1’s “Chop
Chop” album). Once again Geraghty displays his musical
skills on the new album by playing almost all of the
instruments, although it was enhanced by some great
talents from the traditional, folk and classical worlds.
Clare Finglass, who appeared on Dave’s first two albums,
again lends her voice to make one half of the backing
vocal duo. The other half being Dave’s Mammy.
“Because apart from being amazing, she works for
free”. Join Me In The Pines released their debut single
‘Joy Is A Lion’ in early 2014 to two sell out shows in
Dublin’s Unitarian Church and Coughlan's in Cork. The
next few months sees the band performing up and
down the country at a select number of venues, so make
sure you jump on those tickets fast not to miss out!
February/Feabhra Events
Writers’ Tales
Cinema / Scannánaíocht
Dermot Bolger in conversation
with John Sheahan
Talks / Cainteanna
!ursday 26th Feb
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
Friends/Members - FREE (book in advance)
Non-Members €5/€4 advance booking, €7/€6 at the door
Anna, an orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to
take her vows when she’s sent to visit Wanda, her
aunt and only living relative. A cynical, hard-drinking
Communist Party judge, Wanda reveals that Anna’s
real name is Ida and that her parents were Jews
murdered during the Nazi occupation. So the two
embark on an unusual journey through the wintry
countryside to unearth their family’s dark history.
The film’s beautiful black-and-white imagery is so
artfully composed that every frame belongs in an
exhibition. Vibrant and intimate, a subtle portrait of
two fascinating, contrasting women: the sheltered
Ida, who is exploring her faith, and Wanda, who having seen the worst of humanity - has no faith left.
"Pure cinematic storytelling at its best." - 5 star review,
The Irish Times
Winner, Best Director - Jameson Dublin International
Film Festival
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, Duration: 80 mins.
Language: Polish (with English subtitles), Cert: PG-13
LOL in Naul
Fri 27th Feb,
Commences 8.30pm
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Saturday 28th Feb
Doors 7.30pm
Commences 8pm
€10 advance booking
€12 at the door
The SEAC presents a new series of intimate
conversations conducted by the novelist and poet,
Dermot Bolger, with leading Irish writers who will read
from their work and discuss the life experiences which
have helped to shape their outlook and their books.
John Sheahan is a Dublin legend. A notable Irish
violinist, tin whistle player and folk musician, he is
the last surviving member of the original and
definitive five man line-up of world famous band,
The Dubliners. He is also a composer in his own right
of such classics as The Marino Waltz and in recent
years acquired a considerable reputation as a poet.
In a public interview with the author Dermot Bolger
he will read from his poetry, reminisce about the
famous friends and musicians with whom he
embarked on a life-long journey through music
and play some of his most beloved tunes.
Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best known
writers. His ten novels include The Journey Home,
The Family on Paradise Pier and, most recently The Fall
of Ireland. His first play, The Lament for Arthur Cleary,
received the Samuel Beckett Award; his acclaimed
Ballymun Trilogy of plays has been staged in several
countries and his works translated into numerous
languages. Bolger writes for most of Ireland’s leading
newspapers and in 2012 was named Commentator
of the Year at the Irish Newspaper awards.
March/Márta Events
Ernest Shackleton by
Michael Smith
Talks / Cainteanna
Cinema & Food /
Ceol & Bia
Friday 6th Mar
Doors 7.30pm (for food)
Cinema commences 8.30pm
Wednesday 4th Mar
Doors 6.30pm
Commences 7pm
€10 advance booking
€12 at the door
Sir Ernest Shackleton was among history’s great
explorers and became a legend on four epic
voyages of discovery to the Antarctic a century ago.
Shackleton’s biographer, the Polar historian Michael
Smith recalls the compelling story of a complex man
from County Kildare who touched greatness on the
ice but struggled to come to terms with home life.
Shackleton marched to within 100 miles of the
South Pole and the led the dramatic battle to survive
against the odds when his ship Endurance, was
crushed by the ice. Shackleton was a charismatic
figure who lived life “like a mighty rushing wind”
but was happiest in the icy wilderness where he
could leave behind his messy private life.
Michael Smith’s new biography of Shackleton
uncovers the man behind the legend. Michael is
the author of the popular biography of Tom Crean
and will be available to sign copies of his books
following the talk.
Friends/Members - FREE (book in advance)
Non-Members €5/€4 advance booking, €7/€6 at the door
Admission not inclusive of food; please book
the ‘pre-event supper’ with your tickets if you wish
to take part in the food event at 7.30pm
Some of the best chef’s from Dublin’s finest
establishments live locally to the SEAC. We’ve asked
them to come along for an informal meet-and-greet,
serve up a tasting plate of some of their favourite
dishes and chat about their food, ingredients and what
inspires their cooking. All of this is in advance of the
wonderful, inspiring and food-y comedy, Chef.
When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his
job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing
to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling
owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s
next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his
ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo)
and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road,
Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion
for the kitchen and zest for life and love.
Director: Jon Favreau
Duration: 114 mins.
Language: English
Cert: 15A
March/Márta Events
Walking !e Road
!eatre / Amarclann
Sunday Singing
Circle Session
Music / Ceol
Saturday 7th Mar
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
€13/€10 advance booking
€15/€12 at the door
Almost 100 years after his death, farm hand, road
mender, copper miner and poet, Francis Ledwidge still
haunts Irish literature. A determined Nationalist; he
was killed by a stray shell while building a road behind
the front line in Flanders just a few weeks shy of his
thirtieth birthday. He looks from old photographs,
condemned to the limbo of being forever young, but
like thousands of fellow Irishmen who died in that war
he was condemned to another limbo, the limbo of
never having their stories publicly told.
Sunday 8th Mar
Performed by Jamie O'Neill and Clare Monnelly,
written by Dermot Bolger and directed by Aaron
Monaghan, Walking the Road is one poet’s reimagining of another poet’s life. Hovering in the halflight of memories, it vividly and imaginatively follows
Ledwidge on one final journey, as he finds himself
once again walking the road that he walked as a shop
boy from Rathfarnham in South County Dublin,
through North County Dublin and on to his native
Slane in County Meath. Alongside him walk the ghosts
of those who touched his life and the ghosts of other
young Irishmen from villages that he passes. Unseen,
they walk alongside him, but where are they walking
to and will any of them ever reach home?
Join us for our new Sunday Singing Circle Session,
where it’s all about the song. All singers are welcome,
especially traditional singers, but we won't turn anyone
away! This is an informal session where all participants
are encouraged to perform and share songs in a
relaxed environment. If you prefer to just listen, come
along and enjoy some refreshments from The Cottage
Café. The SEAC’s Sunday Sessions have established
themselves as a great afternoon of music and a
platform for local talent. As always, all performers
and listeners are welcome.
Highly recommended.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Doors 2.30pm
Commences 3pm
Cinema / Scannánaíocht
John Spillane &
Ger Wolfe Music / Ceol
Saturday 14th Mar
Doors 8pm
!ursday 12th Mar
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
Friends/Members - FREE (book in advance)
Non-Members €5/€4 advance booking, €7/€6 at the door
From Irish writer and director (of the acclaimed 'Small
Engine Repair'), Niall Heery, comes 'Gold'. Featuring
note-perfect performances, this offbeat comedy and
unconventional love story delights in the hilarity of
everyday life. Twelve years ago, Ray (David Wilmot)
left town after his childhood sweetheart, Alice (Kerry
Condon), dumped him, taking their daughter away
from him in the process. With his ailing father
requesting to see his granddaughter for the first time,
Ray must return home to reunite with his daughter
Abbie (Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams). But Ray
Discovers that his daughter and her mother have built
a new life with his former PE teacher Frank (a hilarious
James Nesbitt)! After Ray is found sleeping in his car,
Alice feels guilty enough to invite him to stay. But from
his first bumbling efforts to get close to his daughter to
the catastrophic effect his presence has on Frank, Ray
manages to create chaos all around him. - Galway Film
Fleadh 2014
"Rewriting the rules of quirky indie Irish comedy."
The Guardian
Commences 8.30pm
€20/€16 advance booking
€22/€18 at the door
We are delighted to announce an evening of music
and song by two of Ireland’s finest singer/songwriters,
who are also two of the finest ambassadors for the
Irish language, John Spillane and Ger Wolfe. In John's
own words, "two Cork mystic misfits, chanters
ranters, poets dreamers, come together 20 years after
they first met in Carrigrohane woods, sing their little
hearts out at a special concert..." Don't miss a night
of ceol, caint agus craic, as part of Seachtain na
Gaeilge 2015. Having sold over 100,000 albums in
Ireland, John has also been awarded with two Meteor
Irish Music Awards for ‘Best Act Folk’ and ‘Traditional’
act. His songs have been covered by many Irish folk
lumineer’s such as Christy Moore, Sean Keane, Karan
Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Solas, Mary Black, Méav,
Sinéad Lohan and Sharon Shannon. Described by
others as a genius and a poet among other great
things, Cork singer-songwriter Ger Wolfe possesses
a rare ability to capture the hearts and minds of his
listeners and carry them away in an ethereal haze.
Ger is currently celebrating the release of his seventh
CD ‘I Have Been Loved’.
Slow Session
Highly recommended!
Sun 15th Mar,
Commences 8pm
Director: Niall Heery Language: English
Duration: 84 mins. Cert: 15A
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March/Márta Events
St. Patrick’s Day Céilí Mór
with !e Kilfenora Céilí Band
Music & Dance /
Ceol & Rince
Poetry Open Mic
As part of UNESCO
International Poetry Day
Talk & Community / Caint & Pobal
Tuesday 17th Mar
Doors 4.30pm
Commences 5pm
€13/€10 advance booking
€15/€12 at the door
Refreshments will also be available.
Join us for a Céilí Mór on St. Patrick’s Day when our
new courtyard will be transformed into a big dance
floor for three fun and dance-filled hours under
the cover of a marquee. No previous Céilí dancing
experience is required; there will be plenty of people
here who will be more than willing to show you how
it’s done! So come along to sing and dance your St.
Patrick's Day away in the company of the legendary
Kilfenora Céilí Band.
The world-renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band are seen
by many aficionados as the quintessential Irish
céilí band. Their core repertoire of dance music,
punctuated with an incomparable lift and rhythm,
defines an unbroken tradition that dates from the
beginning of the twentieth century.
Advance booking is strongly advised as tickets
are limited.
Saturday 21st Mar
Doors 1.30pm
Commences 2pm
Are you a poet, but nobody knows it? All peoples
throughout history have developed and practiced
forms of poetry, so as to pass on their knowledge,
history, myths, express feelings, talk about daily life,
to withstand trials and of course, to entertain. As
part of UNESCO’s International Poetry Day 2015,
our MC (and one of Ireland’s best known writers)
Dermot Bolger will be on hand to invite you to read
your work in a relaxed and supportive environment.
The purpose of the day is to promote the reading,
writing, publishing and teaching of poetry
throughout the world.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
Kimmie Rhodes
Music / Ceol
Cinema / Scannánaíocht
!ursday 26th Mar
Doors 8pm
Saturday 21st Mar
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
€16/€13 advance booking
€18/€15 at the door
Singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes is a native Texan
who calls Austin home. Kimmie’s multi-platinum
selling songs have been recorded by such stellar acts
as Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood,
Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Joe Ely, John Farnham,
Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler
and Emmylou Harris. A creative and prolific artist,
she has recorded and released a total of sixteen solo
CDs, written and produced three musical plays and
a catalogue of hundreds of songs, and published a
novella/cookbook. Kimmie is currently serving as an
associate producer for a documentary, ‘They Called
Us Outlaws’ to be presented by the Country Music
Hall Of Fame, Nashville; a trilogy of feature length
films to be dedicated in memory of Joe Gracey and
Waylon Jennings, produced and directed by Eric
Geadelman. Currently writing and recording a new
CD of all new original songs titled ‘Cowgirl Boudior’,
due for release in the Spring of 2015, don't miss this
opportunity to hear Kimmie's new material up close
and personal at The SEAC.
Always a sold-out show, please book your Kimmie
Rhodes tickets early to avoid disappointment!
Commences 8.30pm
Friends/Members - FREE (book in advance)
Non-Members €5/€4 advance booking, €7/€6 at the door
Norway's most expensive screen production to date
is a visually striking re-creation of Thor Heyerdahl’s
daring trip across the Pacific on a primitive wooden
raft. Norwegian explorer, Heyerdahl, together with
five men, crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947 to prove
that South Americans back in pre-Columbian times
could have crossed the ocean and settled on
Polynesian Islands. This masterful account of the
staggeringly brave journey is unerringly faithful to
the original story; following Heyerdahl gathering
finance for the trip before setting off on an epic
101 day-long journey across 8,000 kilometres, all
while the world was watching.
Oscar nomination - Best Foreign Language Film
"A rousing and thoroughly enjoyable Old
Hollywood-style adventure." NPR.org
Director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sand
Duration: 118 mins. Language: English & Norwegian
(with English subtitles) Cert: PG-13
LOL in Naul
Fri 27th Mar,
Commences 8.30pm
See page 4
March/Márta Events
Music / Ceol
January - March term
now enrolling!
Saturday 28th Mar
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
Catering for complete beginners
to advanced players, our weekly
music classes take place in Naul National
School on Monday evenings from 5pm
throughout the academic year.
€16/€13 advance booking
€18/€15 at the door
Classes are available in Guitar, Banjo,
Button Accordion, Bodhrán, Tin Whistle,
Flute, Fiddle & Uilleann Pipes.
Lumiere’s debut album brought together two distinct
voices cut from the same geographic cloth.
Our January-March term (10 classes)
will commence on Monday, January 12th
at Naul National School.
One is Éilís Kennedy, whose sound has ready access
to the soul without need for scaffolding or spotlights.
The other half of the musical whole is Pauline
Scanlon, an award-winning singer from the same
Kerry town of Dingle. With Lumiere, the song and
t’s delivery are the primary focus, technical concerns
gives way to feeling as song and singer effortlessly
merge. Since their debut launch, the duo have toured
their distinctive sound from the cosy snugs of their
native Dingle to international concert halls including
Carnegie Hall in New York and The Barbican in
London. A worldwide audience has connected
with their offering of real music by real singers
communicating real emotions. As a duo, Lumiere
takes something that is sacred and age old and
re-imagines it simply and beautifully, reclaiming
beauty, truth and trust, for the modern age.
Their last performance at The SEAC was a sell-out,
so please book early to avoid disappointment!
Fees for the term are €90,
payable in advance.
Save money by availing of the
discounted 'Early Bird' rate of €80
if fees are paid before the 1st class
of the new term, January 12th.
Discounts are also available for
additional family members.
We also provide an Instrument Loan
Scheme, please contact us for more details.
If there are any other instruments
you wish to learn, please let us know
and we'll see what we can do.
We look forward to hearing from you!
a Friend
Show your support for
!e Séamus Ennis Arts
Centre and save yourself a
small fortune by joining
our Friend’s scheme.
Our Friend’s membership
fee for 2015 is €85.00
This will entitle you to:
• A discount of up to 20% on the admission
price of one ticket at most events
• Two complimentary tickets to an event
of your choice up to the value of €32
• Free admission to our twice monthly
Cinema screenings as well as other
special Cinema events
• Advance notice of our events via our
website up to ten days before events are
made available to the general public
• Exclusive invitation for two to all
exhibition launches and special events
• Free entry into our monthly draw for CDs
• Free entry into our annual draw for our
‘Gold Membership Card’ which entitles
the lucky winner to free admission to all
events at The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre
for a year
• Free admission to our Slow Sessions.
April/Aibreán Events
Shadows & Light
Launch of Exhibition
Music / Ceol
by !omas Ryan PPRHA
Exhibitions / Taispeántais
Event rs
Sunday 5th Apr
Saturday 4th Apr
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
€13/€10 advance booking
€15/€12 at the door
Shadows and Light are captivating audiences with
their intimate show on the iconic singer-songwriter,
Joni Mitchell, receiving a standing ovation at their
recent Culture Night performance in the magnificent
St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. Their stunning
interpretations are performed by vocalist Maura
Vambeck, Dave Mulligan, guitar and Paul Enright,
keyboard. The show features songs from the huge
Joni Mitchell repertoire, including classics from her
landmark ‘Blue’ album, along with some lesserknown numbers like 'Hejira', 'Secret Place' and
'Hissing of Summer Lawns'. Their hypnotic
performance of the lyrics and life of Joni is truly
special, bringing you Joan Anderson, the poet, artist
and mother.
If you like Joni, you will love this.
Doors 2.30pm Commences 3pm
Friends/Members Event
Born in 1929. Thomas Ryan attended the Limerick
School of Art, then the National College of Art in
Dublin, where he studied under Seán Keating and
Maurice McGonigle. In 1957 he first exhibited at
the RHA and became an associate member in 1968.
He has had many commissions for portraits and he
is also well known for his sensitive still-life paintings
and for his Irish historical scenes, especially those of
the 1916 Rising. He has exhibited at the Municipal
Gallery of Modern Art in Dublin and was President
of the RHA from 1982 to 1992.
We are delighted that Thomas Ryan PPRHA will be
in attendance to officially open his exhibition, which
continues at our Easter Snow Gallery until the end
of May.
Open to the public daily, from 10am to 5pm.
Admission is free.
!e Musical
Puppet Show
Maeve Gilchrist
& Nic Gareiss
Music & Dance / Ceol & Rince
!eatre & Children’s Event /
Amarclann & Imeachtaí Leanaí
!ursday 9th Apr
Doors 1.30pm
Commences 2pm
€10 advance booking €12 at the door
Presented by 'Your Man's Puppets' & Boris Hunka,
'The Musical Menagerie Puppet Show' features the
story of two zoo-keepers reminiscing about their first
days in the job. A tall tail tale is told about a Gibbon
that lost his tail, while meeting exotic animals from
far and wide, including Sheridan the Sloth, Imelda
the Rhino Hornbill, Kevin the Snake and Gilbert - the
Gibbon who’s lost his groove.
This magical musical is told with all original songs
including "I’m a Lean Mean Sleeping Machine”,
“The Rainforest Jive” to name but two. The animals
combine breath-taking realism with elements of
fantasy that have become the trademark of Your
Man’s Puppets. The Musical Menagerie Puppet Show
delivers a wonderfully imaginative performance,
which leaves the audience full of memories of a
great, shared family experience, suitable for all ages.
We are asking all children to bring along their own
favourite cushion to sit on during the performance.
Friday 10th Apr
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
€13/€10 advance booking
€15/€12 at the door
Michigan-born percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and
Edinburgh harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while
teaching at the Shasta Fiddle Summit in Northern
California. They continued their musical relationship
with spontaneous collaborations at festivals and
chance meetings and later toured together as part of
Darol Anger's band, 'The Furies', finally making their
duo debut at the Celtic Connections festival in
Glasgow, Scotland. Sharing a deep respect for
traditional music and culture while drawing on
contemporary elements of music, movement, rhythm
and improvisation, Nic and Maeve have emerged
from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in
their fields. The percussion and drive of Nic's
footwork combined with Maeve's melodic and
improvisational sensibilities make for an explosive
duet sure to delight both the ears and the eyes.
You can also join Nic & Maeve earlier in the day
for a 'Dance the Tune' Workshop. See page 29.
April/Aibreán Events
Leslie Dowdall &
Mike Hanrahan
Sunday Open Session
Music / Ceol
Music / Ceol
Sunday 12th Apr
Saturday 11th Apr
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
€16/€13 advance booking
€18/€15 at the door
This April sees the beginning of a much-anticipated
national tour from two of this Island's most
acclaimed Singer/Songwriters. With legendary
histories behind them of hard earned status, Leslie
with her earlier career with 'In Tua Nua' and Mike
with the famed 'Stockton’s Wing' combine to
present a powerful and innovative force on stage.
Between them to date, they are lauded for
retrospective classic hits such as 'Beautiful Affair',
'Walkaway', 'Freedom' and Leslie's signature tune,
'Wonderful Thing'.
Their replication of collected and intriguing tunes
combined with dynamic originals never fail to
enchant their audience. Partners in crime since 2009,
they recently recorded a version of Anthony and the
Johnston’s compelling composition 'You Are My
Sister' which will be available for download this year.
Leslie and Mike take to the stage at The SEAC this
April to showcase their songwriting and performing
talents in an intimate setting, featuring songs from
In Tua Nua, Stockton's Wing, solo projects and
recent collaborations.
Doors 2.30pm
Commences 3pm
Join us for another Sunday Open Session; a great
opportunity to meet up and jam with the many
talented musicians, songwriters and performers from
around the area. This is an informal session where
all participants can perform together in a relaxed
environment. If you prefer just to listen, come along
and enjoy some refreshments from The Cottage
Café. The SEAC’s Sunday Sessions have established
themselves as a great afternoon of music and a
platform for local talent. As always, all musicians,
singers, performers and listeners are welcome.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
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& Mum
Cinema & Food / Scannánaíocht & Bia
ZOOM, Films for
Young Audiences
We Are !e Best!
Cinema / Scannánaíocht
Friday 17th Apr
!ursday 16th Apr
Doors 7.30pm
Commences 8pm
Doors 7.30pm (for food)
Cinema commences 8.30pm
Friends/Members - FREE (book in advance)
Non-Members €5/€4 advance booking, €7/€6 at the door
Admission not inclusive of food; please book the
‘pre-event supper’ with your tickets if you wish to
take part in the food event at 7:30pm.
An evening of French food and film, with our Cottage
Café serving classic French dishes and wine in advance
of our screening of the hilarious French comedy, 'Me,
Myself & Mum'. A clever adaptation of Guillaume
Gallienne’s stage play, the writer and actor plays
himself from a child to a teenager to a young man
as he charts his awkward life with a domineering
mother. In drag, he also plays his own mother,
creating sensational two-handed scenes by himself.
Gallienne’s life is presented in a series of fast-paced
and funny vignettes that detail the most embarrassing
moments of his life, with a great supporting cast and
a script full of clever misdirection. See it because it
won Best Film and Best Actor at the French Cesar
awards, see it for the novelty of a man playing himself
and his mother, see it because it's laugh-out-loud
funny or see it because it's a great story. Just see it!
Director: Guillaume Gallienne,
Duration: 85 mins.
Language: French
Based on a graphic novel by the film director’s wife,
We are the Best! is about three young misfits growing
up in early '80s Stockholm. Pixie-ish, mohawk-sporting
Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels
looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments
or musical talent, the two put all their energy into
forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy,
classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedvig as the third
wheel. Neglected or taken for granted at home and
school, the three girls react by making themselves
un-ignorable, and when they’re mocked for looking
different, they demand centre stage. Impressed by
their performances, their school music teachers offer
them a spot at a Christmas concert.
What in the world could three, smart, middle-class,
13-year-old girls growing up in Stockholm in 1982
have to rebel against? Well, as Marlon Brando once
memorably shrugged: “whaddaya got?”
Director: Lukas Moodysson, Duration: 101 minutes
Language: Swedish (with English subtitles), Cert: 15A*
*Films classified 15A have been deemed appropriate for
viewers of fifteen and over. However, they can also be seen by
younger children - provided they are accompanied by an adult
who has deemed the film appropriate viewing for that child. –
IFCO (Irish Film Classification Office) www.ifco.ie
Are you aged 15+ and
interested in film-making?
Find out more about
ZOOM on page 25.
April/Aibreán Events
Writers’ Tales
Record Fair
Dermot Bolger in conversation
with Deirdre Purcell
Community / Pobal
Talks / Cainteanna
Saturday 25th Apr
Doors 7.30pm
Commences 8pm
€10 advance booking
Sunday 19th Apr
11am - 4pm
Following a hugely successful Record Fair at The
SEAC last year, 'Irish Record Fairs' return with an even
bigger collection of dealers selling everything from
CDs, DVDs, rare CD Box Sets to Vinyl LP's from the
50's to the present. Rock'n'Roll, Metal, Jazz, Soul,
Indie, Rock and Country, Blues, Dance, Folk,
Traditional, World Music, Hip-hop, Rap and much,
much more.
Get here early to bag yourself a bargain!
Slow Session
Sun 19th Apr,
Commences 8pm
See page 3
LOL in Naul
Fri 24th Apr,
Commences 8.30pm
See page 4
€12 at the door
The SEAC presents a new series of intimate
conversations conducted by the novelist and poet,
Dermot Bolger, with leading Irish writers who will read
from their work and discuss the life experiences which
have helped to shape their outlook and their books.
Deirdre Purcell enjoyed careers in broadcasting with
RTE, in journalism as an acclaimed feature writer and
in acting with the Abbey Theatre before she became
the best-selling author of many celebrated novels,
including A Place of Stones, Falling for a Dancer
(which was filmed, starring Liam Cunningham),
Love Like Hate Adore (which was short-listed for the
Orange Prize), Tell me Your Secret, Pearl and most
recently the bestselling The Winter Gathering. In 2006
she published her acclaimed memoir, Diamonds and
Holes in My Shoes and her vivid explorations of Dublin
life, Follow Me Down to Dublin appeared in 2007.
She now lives in Meath. In conversation with Dermot
Bolger, she discusses the twists and turns in her life
which led her to becoming an much-admired author.
Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best known
writers. His ten novels include The Journey Home,
The Family on Paradise Pier and, most recently The Fall
of Ireland. His first play, The Lament for Arthur Cleary,
received the Samuel Beckett Award; his acclaimed
Ballymun Trilogy of plays has been staged in several
countries and his works translated into numerous
languages. Bolger writes for most of Ireland’s leading
newspapers and in 2012 was named Commentator of
the Year at the Irish Newspaper awards.
In Order Of
Cinema / Scannánaíocht
!ursday 30th Apr
Doors 8pm
Commences 8.30pm
Friends/Members - FREE (book in advance)
Non-Members €5/€4 advance booking, €7/€6 at the door
Norway, winter, introverted and hard-working Nils
(played by Stellan Skarsgård) drives a powerful
snowplough that keeps open the roads and mountain
passes of the inhospitable frozen landscape where he
lives. He’s just been named citizen of the year for his
efforts when he receives news that his son has died
of a heroin overdose. Refusing to believe the official
version of his son’s death, he begins a covert search
for the boy's alleged murderers. A surprising turn
of events causes him to become a tough-as-nails
and feared underworld hero - one whose identity
nobody knows. An action-packed, black comedy,
full of impressive images of an endless, wintry-white
landscape which Nils knows how to use to his
advantage. Winning a blood feud isn't easy, especially
not in a welfare state. But Nils has something going
for him: heavy machinery and beginners luck.
"Like 'Death Wish' set in 'Fargo' but funnier...
and bloodier!" - **** The List
"A blackly hilarious rampage of revenge." Indie Wire
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Duration: 116 mins.
Language: Norwegian (with English subtitles)
Cert: 15A
Arts week
This year, Voluntary Arts Week takes
place from 15-24th May.
Last year’s event was a huge success; a large
number of people kindly volunteered their
time to knit and crochet squares and scarves
to decorate the SEAC’s landmark red
chestnut tree. This year, we are again
looking for knitters and we hope to
decorate the tree, the old telephone box
and more. The Cottage Café is kindly
offering a scone and tea/coffee for only €2
to all participants who get together on
Monday mornings at 10:30am in the Café
from March 2nd. If you are interested in
taking part please contact us by emailing
[email protected] or call us on
(01) 8020898 for more details.
Last year’s knitted scarves were donated
to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Get involved! We look forward
to seeing you.
Classes, Workshops & Activities
Weekly Classes: Exercise & Dance
Ballet Fusion
Tuesdays (from 6th Jan)
Tuesdays (from 20th Jan)
Improve flexibility, attention and relaxation.
These simple stretching, breathing and
balancing exercises are suitable for beginners as
well as more experienced students. Both male
and female students are welcome and classes
are tailored to individual needs and abilities.
You will feel calm and grounded as well as
learning a valuable wellness tool for everyday
life. For booking and further information,
please call or text Carmel on (087)2429489.
Irish Dancing
Fridays (from 9th Jan)
Ballet Fusion offers weekly ballet classes
throughout the academic year, catering for
children from 3yrs up to 18yrs. Tutor, Hilde
Van den Bergh, is a registered, qualified Royal
Academy of Dance Teacher with 13 years
teaching experience. Ballet is fun and creative
while increasing physical performance, coordination, general fitness, strength and
excellent postural training. Children are invited
to dance in Costumed Festivals and Shows to
increase confidence and performance skills.
For booking and further information, please
call or text Hilde on (087)1264483.
Glitz Dance Academy
The McFadden O’Shaughnessy School of Irish
Dancing hold classes every Friday from 3pm for
boys and girls of all ages. Why not bring your
child along on Friday for dance, music and fun.
For booking and further information, please
contact Ann on (087)6648428.
!ursdays (from 15th Jan)
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
Independent Events
A Day Out To
Journey Within
Pop-Up Art
Exhibition Fundraiser
Sat 28th Feb - Mon 2nd Mar
Sun: 10am - 5pm, Mon: 10am - 4pm
Pop-Up Art Exhibition, by local artists, in aid
of the refurbishment of St. Canices Church,
Damastown, Naul, Co. Dublin
Sat 7th Feb
10.30am - 4.30pm
€75 per day (or €65 for
previous participants)
Join us for the Grand Opening
Saturday 28th February at 3pm
All Welcome! A raffle for paintings and
various prizes will also take place.
The Soul Sanctuary & Ahimsa come together to
share with you the wonderful energies of Reiki
& Sound Healing (with Tibetan singing bowls).
Due to demand we are delighted to be adding
an extra date!
East meets West in this one day workshop with a
seamless blend of ancient eastern traditions to help
us navigate our way through modern life. Take a
day for yourself to experience deep relaxation,
healing & well-being through Reiki, Sound Healing,
Meditation & more in the unique and cosy
surroundings of the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre.
The day will have everything you need to restore
you back to a 'wholistic' you! As we like everyone
present to receive some individual Reiki & Sound
Healing throughout the day, places are limited so
please book early. Cost: €75 (or €65 for those
who we have been lucky enough to have welcomed
at previous workshops!). To book or for further
information contact Marie on (086)8629815 or
Beth on (087)1216655. You can also connect
with us on Facebook under Reiki SoulSanctuary
& Ahimsa SoundHealing (www.ahimsa.ie).
Are you aged 15+ and interested in filmmaking? Here’s your opportunity to get
involved; have your say on which films you
would like to see; learn about the language
of the movie makers and take part in filmmaking workshops with special guests from
the film industry. To get the ball rolling, we’ve
chosen films for February and April, but after
that, it’s up to you! See pages 9 & 21 for
more details. Come along, bring your
friends and let’s hear what you have to
say about ZOOM.
Classes, Workshops & Activities
Art Classes
with Dave West
St. Brigid’s Cross
Workshop / Ceardlann
Workshop / Ceardlann
Sunday 1st Feb
2pm - 4pm
Suitable for adults and children aged 9+
Wednesdays (from 14th Jan - 11th Mar)
10am - 12noon
Suitable for adults & teenagers aged 15+
€125 for 9 weeks (including all
materials except paint brushes)
Advance booking essential
These classes will cover a broad range of disciplines
and media from drawing with pencil and charcoal
to pastel and paint. Dave is an experienced art tutor
who has taught both privately and in public art
centres. He is also a practicing artist who has
mounted numerous solo exhibitions as well as
exhibiting at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal
Ulster Academy, Royal West of England Academy,
the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal
Society of Oil Painters. He is a regular exhibitor at
the British Pastel Society where he won the 2013
Schminke Award for pastel.
Places are extremely limited; please book early to
avoid disappointment.
€6 advance booking €8 at the door
Come 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+
Younger children are also welcome, but must
be accompainied and supervised by an adult
at all times.
Booking essential as places are limited.
Sean Nós
Willow Basket Making
Workshop / Ceardlann
Suitable for beginners & improvers
Workshop & Dance /
Ceardlann & Rince
Children’s Workshop
Sunday 8th Feb
11am - 12.30pm
Suitable for aged 8+
Adult’s Workshop
Sunday 8th Feb
1.30pm - 4pm
Edwina Guckian comes from outside the village of
Drumsna in Co. Leitrim. Edwina has taught her steps
and style all over the world sharing the stage with
some of Ireland’s most influential acts such as De
Danann, Dervish, Cherish the Lades, Sliabh Notes,
Martin Hayes, Séamus Begley etc. Most recently,
Edwina worked as choreographer on director Ken
Loach’s latest film, Jimmy’s Hall, nominated for the
Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. In 2013 Edwina
could be seen sean nós dancing at the Rose of Tralee
when she represented the Rose of Leitrim. As Edwina
says herself, “There’s no right or wrong in sean nós
dancing. It’s all about how you want to dance,
finding your own style, dancing with the musician,
interpreting the music that flows out of him and
spontaneously illustrating the tune through
Sunday 22nd Feb
10am - 4pm
Suitable for adults & teenagers aged 16+
Following the success of the last Willow Basket
workshop held during Autumn, we are delighted
to run another for those of you who missed out last
time round. Learn the basics of weaving and how
to make a willow basket with Ronan and Elaine of
Newgrange Willow Design.
Starting with a pairing weave to make a round base,
you’ll be instructed how to “stake up, weave on the
upset, weave the sides using waling and ranging,
and how to finish the top with a five rod border”.
After all that, if time permits, you can also add
a handle to your basket!
Advance booking is essential as places are
extremely limited.
Classes, Workshops & Activities
Wood Carving
for Adults
Easter Pottery
Workshop / Ceardlann
Workshop & Children’s Event /
Ceardlann & Imeachtaí Leanaí
Sunday 22nd Mar
10am - 4pm
Suitable for aged 16+
€50 (including all materials)
Tuesday 7th Apr
€11 (book in advance)
11am - 1pm
Suitable for children aged 7-13
Learn the art of woodcarving with Craft Worker
Terry O’Brien.
Wood carving is a form of working wood by means
of a cutting tool (knife) in one hand or a chisel by
two hands or with one hand on a chisel and one
hand on a mallet, resulting in a wooden figure or in
the sculptural ornamentation of a wooden object. In
this full-day workshop you will carve a beautiful leaf
shaped bowl which is picked from a number of
All materials provided.
Places are extremely limited, please book early to
avoid disappointment.
Join Christien Van Bussel for a fun pottery workshop
and make a Hen/Bird Money box or an Easter Bowl
using clay. The finished items will be fired, glazed
and brought back to the SEAC for collection.
All materials provided.
Wood Carving
for Children
‘Dance !e Tune’
with Nic Gareiss
Workshop & Children’s Event /
Ceardlann & Imeachtaí Leanaí
Workshop & Dance / Ceardlann & Rince
Wednesday 8 Apr
€12 per session
Session 1: 10am - 12pm
Session 2: 1pm - 3pm
Suitable for Children aged 10+
Learn the art of wood carving with Terry O'Brien.
In this two-hour workshop you will learn how to
carve a beautiful, small, leaf shaped bowl.
All materials provided.
Fri 10th Apr
€10 (book in advance)
Doors: 2.30pm
Commences: 3pm
Suitable for aged 12+
Please note, to participate in the workshop, some
percussive dance experience (tap, flamenco, Irish
dance, sean-nós, etc.) is required.
Utilizing improvisation, organic movement, and
drawing from a myriad of percussive dance styles
including Irish step dance, Appalachian flat-footing,
and Quebecois gigue, this class explores the sheer
musical potential of your feet.
Michigan-born dancer, musician, and dance
researcher Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish
Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable
lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and
expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston
Herald. His choreographic work re-imagines
movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as
medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss
draws from many percussive dance traditions to
weave together a dance technique facilitating his love
of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and
musical collaboration. He has performed with many
of the luminaries of contemporary traditional music
and dance, including The Chieftains, The Gloaming,
Dervish, Buille and Liz Carroll.
Booking is essential, as there are limited places
Events at a glance
Sun 18 Workshop
Fri 23 Music
!u 29 Cinema
Slow Session
Fish & Bird
!e 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed
Out !e Window And Disappeared
LOL in Naul
Fri 30 Comedy
Sat 31 !eatre
Launch of Exhibition by Barbara Craig
Sun 1
Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn
Fri 6
Sunday Open Session
Sun 8 Music
!u 12 Cinema
Hazel O’Connor & Cormac de Barra
Fri 13
Valentine’s Night Burns Supper
Sat 14
Slow Session
Sun 15
Safety Not Guaranteed (ZOOM, Films for Young Audiences)
Fri 20 Cinema
Join Me In !e Pines
Sat 21 Music
!u 26 Cinema
LOL in Naul
Fri 27 Comedy
Dermot Bolger in conversation with John Sheahan
Sat 28 Talk
Ernest Shackleton by Michael Smith
Wed 4 Talk
Cinema/Food Chef
Fri 6
Walking !e Road
Sat 7
Sunday Singing Circle Session
Sun 8 Music
Fri 13
John Spillane & Ger Wolfe
Sat 14 Music
Slow Session
Sun 15 Music
St. Patrick’s Day Ceilí Mór
Tue 17 Music/Food
Poetry Open Mic
Sat 21 Talk
Kimmie Rhodes
Sat 21 Music
!u 26 Cinema
LOL in Naul
Fri 27 Comedy
Sat 28 Music
Shadows & Light
Sat 4
Launch of !omas Ryan PPRHA Exhibition
Sun 5 Exhibition
!e Musical Menagerie Puppet Show
!u 9 !eatre
Fri 10 Music/Dance Maeve Gilchrist & Nic Gareiss
Leslie Dowdall & Mike Hanrahan
Sat 11
Sunday Open Session
Sun 12 Music
!u 16 Cinema/Food Me, Myself & Mum
We Are !e Best! (ZOOM, Films for Young Audiences)
Fri 17
Slow Session
Sun 19 Music
Record Fair
Sun 19 Event
LOL in Naul
Fr1 24 Comedy
Dermot Bolger in conversation with Deirdre Purcell
Sat 25 Talk
In Order Of Disappearance
!u 30 Cinema
Classes, Workshops & Activities
Tues (from 20 Jan)
Exercise & Dance
Fri (from 9 Jan)
Exercise & Dance
Irish Dancing
Tues (from 6 Jan)
Exercise & Dance
Ballet Fusion
!u (from 15 Jan)
Exercise & Dance
Glitz Dance Academy
Sat 7 Mar
Independent Event
A Day Out To Journey Within
Sat 28 Feb
Independent Event
Pop-Up Art Exhibition Fundraiser
Wed (from 14 Jan)
Art Classes with Dave West
Sun (from 1 Feb)
St. Brigid’s Cross
Sun (from 8 Feb)
Sean Nós Dancing Workshop
Sun 22 Feb
Willow Basket Making Workshop
Sun 22 Mar
Wood Carving for Adults Workshop
!u 7 Apr
Easter Pottery Workshop
Wed 8 Apr
Wood Carving for Children Workshops
Fri 10 Apr
‘Dance !e Tune’ with Nic Gareiss Workshop
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• The Lonesome Highway Tour
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• Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson
• The Railsplitters
• Gemma Hayes
...and much more!
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Drop in, or call us on (01) 8020898 from 10am to
5pm, Monday to Friday, and during the time of
most events.
Most major credit and debit cards accepted.
Tickets cannot be reserved without payment.
The Cottage Café &
Pre-Event Supper
The Cottage Café at the SEAC is open 7
days a week, 10am - 5pm serving all day
breakfast and fresh, home-cooked lunch
specials. Late opening is in conjunction
with all SEAC events, serving a range of
evening meals and wine menu.
At most, but not all events, concessions are
available to under 12s, our Friends/Members,
those in receipt of state pension, students and
those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance/Benefit.
Proof of entitlement for concession tickets must be
presented when collecting tickets from the Box
We do not offer refunds or exchanges on tickets
unless a performance has sold out, in which case
we will do our best to resell your tickets for you.
For further information call The Cottage
Café directly on 01-8419005.
In an attempt to reduce our environmental impact,
tickets will only be printed for collection or
delivered by post when requested. Your booking
details will be held at our Box Office and ticket
holders can check-in upon arrival at the venue.
Avail of a Pre-Event Supper deal when
you’re booking tickets for any evening
event at the SEAC.
We do not have numbered/allocated seating.
Seating is available on a "first-come, first-served"
Main course, dessert & tea/coffee, only
€15 per person. Book online or call the
Box Office on 01-8020898.
We operate an "All Ages Welcome" policy at most
events. Please check event details. At performance
events children must be seated and accompanied
by an adult.
Once an event has commenced, you will be asked
to wait for a suitable break in the performance
before entering the venue.
"Doors Open" times and event start times may
vary. Please check your ticket, or our website, to
confirm the times for a particular event.
The SEAC is fully wheelchair accessible. If you have
any special access requirements, please inform the
Box Office when making your booking to ensure
that we can assist you.
The arts are a key part of our
culture and are vital to our health,
social and economic development.
Would you like to participate in arts
and cultural activities in Fingal? Get
involved and meet new people!
There are a variety of volunteering
opportunities at the SEAC. Contact
us with your details by emailing
[email protected]
and we'll be in touch.
How to get here…
By road
Take the M1 Motorway and get off at
Exit 6 (sign-posted for Balbriggan and
Naul). When you take Exit 6, follow
the signs at the top of the Exit ramp
for ‘Naul’. The Village is approximately
5km from the M1 Motorway exit.
When you reach Naul village, we are
housed in the Thatched Cottages
immediately on your left-hand side.
By train
The train station closest to the SEAC
is Balbriggan, approximately 8.5km.
Please visit www.irishrail.ie for details of
train services to and from Balbriggan.
Taxis are generally available from
Balbriggan town to the SEAC.
By bus
By bus; unfortunately there is no
direct bus route to Naul. Please
visit www.dublinbus.ie or
www.buseireann.ie for details of
bus services to surrounding areas.
Dedicated to the memory of Séamus
Ennis, the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre is
a multi-disciplinary Arts Centre, which
aims to develop and maintain Arts &
Cultural activities in rural Fingal. We
hope to add to our collection of
information for a new Séamus Ennis
Archive over the coming months;
please contact us on (01) 8020898 or
[email protected] if you
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Arts Centre
Séamus Ennis, Master Uilleann Piper,
Storyteller and Folklore Archivist was
born in 1919 at Jamestown Lodge in
Finglas, North County Dublin in the
area traditionally known as Fingal.
His family however came from the
village of Naul, to which Séamus
returned to spend the last years of
his life. Although best known as an
Uilleann Piper, Séamus dedicated
much of his life to collecting and
recording traditional music, song
and folklore throughout Ireland and
Britain for a variety of organisations.
Dedicated to the memory of Séamus
Ennis, the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre
is a multi-disciplinary Arts Centre,
which aims to develop and maintain
Arts & Cultural activities in rural Fingal.
The SEAC runs year round activities
including Concerts, Theatre, Traditional
Irish Music Sessions, Cinema, Comedy,
Talks, Music Tuition, Craft Workshops
& Art Exhibitions.
We are here
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The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre
Naul, Fingal
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!e Séamus Ennis Arts Centre is owned and funded by Fingal
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of Ireland and the kind support of our Friends and patrons.