Briefly Up Close

Sunday session

Sunday session

Sunday night is shaping up to be great at Cleere’s. Two Kilkenny-born talents, Mick McAuley and Colm O’Caoimh, team up with fiddler Winifred Horan, who’s also one part of Solas alongside McAuley. The trio has been performing together for some time, uniting their passion and skill to create a fantastic sound and experience. The gig starts at 8.30pm and new album Sailing Back to You will be available to buy. Tickets for the night cost €12.

Macra membership

If you’re looking for another social outlet and want to try new activities, there’s a group across the county that is always busy and up for the craic. Macra was traditionally a club for those working in farming but now it’s simply a gathering of interested people who get to participate in everything from debates to cross-country competitions. Mullinavat’s branch is holding an information night this Friday in the Rod Iron from 9-10.30pm at which membership will be reduced from €20 to €5. This particular group also covers Stoneyford, Kilmacow, Hugginstown and Glenmore and is for those aged between 17 and 35.

Niall Mellon Township Trust

Well done to city girl Martina Delaney, who during the week ran a hugely successful table quiz in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust. Martina, who’s taking part in the organisation’s next building blitz in November, organised this latest fundraiser to take place in the Orchard Bar last Friday night. It attracted 26 teams, who between them threw €1,000 into the kitty.


Devious Theatre Company’s back in the city this week, offering up a comedy about new perspectives. Phantasm charts the relationship between a teenage weed dealer and his favourite customer over one particularly stormy night. There’s romance, comedy and a 50 bag of AK-47 but most of all it’s a snapshot of young people in a situation that can be empathised with. The show debuted at Solstice as part of Cork Midsummer Festival in June and played the Abhainn Rí Festival in Callan. Now the crew has five performances over three days at different times this weekend so check out our Gig Guide for details.

Teen disco

Kilkenny’s youngest revellers are set to party again this week. It’s not often that heading back to school would be the subject of a late-night session but the Teen Disco on Friday aims to do just that. The Back to School Disco takes place at the Kilkenny Rugby Club, where DJ Paul Kavanagh will be spinning the hits. It starts at 8.30pm on Friday and runs to 11.30pm.

Table quiz

Slievenamon Macra is doing its bit to help raise money for the South Tipperary Hospice. Members are holding a Mix n Match table quiz this Friday in the Pump House, Grangemockler. It starts at 9pm, admission’s €5 and there’ll be finger food provided.

Theatre talent

We’re coming into the autumn and as the days start to get shorter it’s time to find a new hobby! Barnstorm Theatre Company’s doors are open to those who wish to meet new people, learn new skills and develop drama and theatre skills under the guidance of professional tutors. The group has two youth theatre groups and an adult theatre club, both of which are now open to new members. The youth theatre groups concentrate on drama and theatre skills and are children- and young-people-centred and cater for ages 11-13 and 14-18. Each group runs weekly and produces at least one performance a year. The workshops are facilitated by outreach officer Anna Galligan.

Then on September 5, artistic director Philip Hardy will run a taster workshop for those interested in joining the Adult Theatre Club’s two-year programme, at 7pm at The Barn. The Adult Theatre Club will run on Wednesdays from 7-9pm.

The Junior Youth Theatre runs weekly on Wednesday from 4.30-6pm and caters for ages 11-13. Its starts on September 12. Membership is filled on a first come, first served basis. The Senior Youth Theatre runs weekly on Tuesdays from 5.30-7.30pm and caters for those in secondary school, ages 14+. The Senior Youth Theatre will be holding an open workshop on September 4 (booking is essential). Anna will also be leading training on a 10-week “Introduction to facilitation,” which will introduce the skills of facilitation using group-work and drama methodologies. Anyone interested in any of the groups can contact Anna on 056 7751266 or


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