Pull Down a Horseman

Pull Down a Horseman

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A classic of Irish political theatre, Pull Down a Horseman was written for the 50th Anniversary of the Rising in 1966. Based on actual events, Eugene McCabe's play depicts a secret meeting between Connolly, Pearse and other revolutionary leaders  held to take that momentous leap. Although just 40 minutes long, the play is packed with historical detail as their arguments and ideas are pitched against each other. Performed by the Clones Drama Society, featuring Brian O'Harte and James Cleary.

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General Admission: €10.00 incl. booking fee

 

By Eugene McCabe

 

Duration - 2 hours

Latecomers may not be admitted

Ross Breen with special guests October Fires

Ross Breen with special guests October Fires

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Kildare solo artist Ross released his debut, self-produced album When I Met The Devil  in 2011 to widespread acclaim.

Since then, Ross has been awarded the title of Ireland’s Best Unsigned Singer-Songwriter by Newstalk FM’s The Tom Dunne Show; his song Monet having been chosen for extensive airplay from over a thousand submissions. Ross’ work has also been featured on various compilation albums and his song Life Support was chosen as the title track for a Delphi Records release in aid of suicide outreach and awareness body, Pieta House.

Ross has consistently impressed live having performed as a special guest with artists including Sinead O'Connor  Bell X1,  Declan O’ Rourke, Damien Dempsey and Oscar-winner Glen Hansard.  As well as completing a successful east-coast tour of the U.S. in late 2011, Ross built his fanbase performing at a number of Ireland’s premier festivals, including Electric Picnic, Body And Soul, Indiependence and Hard Working Class Heroes.

More recent releases from his latest LP, New Born Vibrancy, include Nobody’s Perfect and Idyllic Valley, with the latter reaching number one position in the Irish iTunes rock charts following an appearance for RTE1’s the Saturday Night Show.

Ross's special guest tonight

OCTOBER FIRES

October fires : Haunting : Harmony : Alternative Pop Rock

Fusion of Musical Influences : Choral music : Classical : Pop: Folk : Soul : Funk: Rock.

Carol Somers: Piano, Vocals and percussion
Lisa Baker: Piano, Vocals and percussion
Eoghan O'Neill: Bass
Eric Somers: Guitar

October Fires released their debut track in October 2017 entitled 'Traces'. Their next single is due for release in May 2018.

https://www.breakingtunes.com/octoberfires

https://www.facebook.com/OctoberFiresband/

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General Admission: €13.00 incl. booking fee

  

Duration - 2.5 hours

Latecomers may not be admitted

Ronan Wilmot in conversation with Robert Ballagh

Ronan Wilmot in conversation with Robert Ballagh

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One of our highlights this year will be an in-depth discussion with artist and activist Robert Ballagh hosted by  actor and impresario  Ronan Wilmot. The pair will explore Ballagh's past, future and his views on where art and politics continue to collide. In the past, Ronan has held similar 'in conversations' with others including musician and activist Glen Hansard.

Ronan has worked all his life in film, theatre, TV and music as an actor, director and playwright with The Abbey Theatre, The Project, The Focus and The Royal Shapkespeare Company, where he appeared in several productions, including Trevor Nunn's award-winning production of Juno and the Paycock. He has also worked with the 7:84 Theatre Company, The Young Vic and the Royal Court Theatre in London.

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General Admission: €8.00 incl. booking fee

  

Duration - 2 hours

Latecomers may not be admitted

Tres Billboards for the Republic

Tres Billboards for the Republic

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A musical, artistic and historic Celebration of Ireland's International Brigaders with Jurama, a film about Charlie Donnelly, the Republican Congress veteran and poet. We also present One Way or Another a play on the life of Dinny Cody who was killed at La Rosas 1937, while historian James Durney will give talk on the life of civil war hero Frank Conroy. Finishing up the evening with music from the wonderful Sive.

THEATRE

One Way or Another

This box-fresh play by 2016 PJ O’Connor award-winning playwright, Alan O’Brien, focuses on  Spanish Civil War combatant and casualty, Dinny Coady juxtaposing the tumultuous 1930s with the tumultuous 2018."

FILM

Jarama

Jarama tells the story of Juanan , a trumpet player who played in a jazz group before the war and is now fighting for the Republic. The musician is located on the second line of the front, in the trenches located next to the Valencia road, next to the Jarama. We are in February 1937 seven months after the military uprising, after failed attempts to reach Madrid by the Francoists, now the battle is concentrated in the valley of Jarama, the Republican army holds and defends the attacks with the help of the  Brigades Internationals , which ended in a military feat that would end with more than 20,000 wounded, missing or dead, among them about a thousand brigadistas of more than 30 nationalities.They go hungry, cold, full of fleas, but morality remains high, they have help from international brigadistas, they make friends with some Irishmen, a poet,  Charlie Donelly  and O'Connor , at night their lives are told, especially After  Juanan got him a mortar, he starts having strange visions, the reality will not be the same anymore.

MUSIC

Sive

Songwriter, singer and community musician, Sive has a voice of extraordinary beauty. In the past,  has shared a stage with Kila, Mick Flannery and Gemma Hayes and in 2014, was voted viewer’s choice to appear on RTE's  Other Voices.

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General Admission: €10.00 incl. booking fee

  

Duration - 3.5 hours

Latecomers may not be admitted

 

Friends of the International Brigades Ireland with Sive – Film, music and drama in honour of the Irish who fought in The Spanish Civil War.