Jerry Fish

Jerry Fish is back in Kilkenny this weekend.

Jerry Fish is back in Kilkenny this weekend.

He’s guaranteed to entertain and quite possibly seduce you with his honey-toned voice and you’re sure to leave the Set Theatre happy this Saturday as he heads up the venue’s Christmas Carnival.

The latest recordings from Jerry and his trusty Mudbug Club is The Beautiful Untrue, which was mixed by Phil Hayes (Cake Sale, Bell X1), recorded by Dick Meaney (The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine), produced by Fish and released on his own record label, The Mudbug Club. It features some extraordinary guest vocal performance from Imelda May and Carol Keogh.

You could see if Santa will add it to your pile this Christmas or you could pop out and get your own copy.

Better still, go see the tracks live, as always it’s a wonderful way to enjoy music and Jerry Fish and the Mudbug crew never fail to impress on the live circuit.

Catch them at the Set Theatre this Saturday for €20.

Schools concert

The Kilkenny Lions Club does a lot of great work for charity, at this time of year in particular.

In the lead up to Christmas each year they run a variety of events with the aim of gathering enough cash to give to St Vincent de Paul to make up hampers for those in need locally.

Their radio auction on KCLR, with the Kilkenny People, has been successfully running over the past two weeks.

This Thursday the annual schools concert takes place in St Canice’s Cathedral. It’s the 19th year of the event, which gets under way at 7.30pm.

Taking part are the CBS Boys Choir, Kilkenny College junior choir, chamber choir and jazz band, Gaelscoil Osrai choir, St John of God School Choir, St Canice’s Co-ed recorder ensemble and jazz band, Castlecomer Community School Choir, Kilkenny School Project Band and Kilkenny Academy of Music.

Admission is €10 for adults and €4 for children.

Life Through a Viewfinder

Our history is something that helps to define us, teaches us (should we pay heed to it) and entertains as well.

It’s also something that’s been known to gather us together.

On Friday night Dalton House in Gowran saw a great crowd do just that for the launch of Life Through Our Viewfinder 11.

It’s been something of a labour of love for a group of people in the area who released the first instalment in 2009.

Then Deputy John McGuinness was on hand to launch the writings and he returned on Friday for the follow-up.

It’s a collection of personal experiences from the lives of the contributors with stories about visits to Russia, school days during a time of war and lots more. Deputy McGuinness commended those who participated in the project while Canon Pat Dalton also addressed attendees.

Tom Brett, as always, was on hand to record the event in photographs and many of the contributors were on hand to extend their stories and chat at length about the project. The book’s available from Dalton House and select bookstores.

Meanwhile, on the same night, Tullaherin Heritage Society launched In The Shadow of the Steeple No 11, journal of Duchas, at The Longman of Kilfane.

There are many local heritage societies and groups, all of which would love your support, so check out the one closest to you. You never know what you could learn!


Graignamanagh gets a little of Roddy Doyle this week.

The town’s Spark Productions delve into the writer’s Brownbread, which tells of three unemployed guys who stumble across a gun while out playing golf. This leads to a myriad of events, not least a decision to rob a bishop and keep him hostage.

Set in Barrytown, Dublin, in 1987, this fast-paced and hilarious comedy has been directed by Kelly-Ann Whelan and stars Thomas Drennan, James Kilbride, Adrian Kavanagh, Mark Bolger, David Behan, Jim Kielty, Jackie Douglas, Edel Bolger, Eoin McNamara and Paul Hickey as The Bishop.

Be advised that strong language is used throughout.
It runs in the Abbey Hall Graignamanagh from today (Wednesday) to Saturday with doors opening each evening from 7.30pm. Tickets cost €7. 

Briefly Up Close

Customer Christmas party

‘Tis the season and many outlets are throwing parties to thank people for their custom during the week. The Left Bank is no different and its bash takes place this Sunday from 8pm. Food and drink will be flowing and it promises to be a great night.

Day of Light and Hope

Today (Wednesday) a Day of Light and Hope will take place in Kilkenny. It starts with a coffee morning at 11am at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. From noon a large bell will ring on the Parade in memory of all those affected by cancer. At 3pm Kilkenny School of Yoga will hold an introduction to mindfulness meditation. Then at 7.30pm Kilkenny Gospel Choir will perform at St Mary’s Cathedral followed by tea and a chat at the Chapter House Tearooms at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

A Musical Portrait

Paddy Hanrahan will be launching his CD A Musical Portrait at the Watergate Theatre. For one night only, this Tuesday, Paddy will be joined on stage by many of his friends Paike O’Dwyer, Billy Baron, and Mog O’Grady, the Rusty Springs will be opening the show. Paddy’s CD has 16 tracks, four of which were recorded in the 1960s, so it’s a musical journey that began many years ago in Kilkenny with the Black Aces.

Kilkenny Choir Christmas concert

The Kilkenny Choir invites you to join them for a candlelight concert evoking the age of Wolf Hall and The Tudors this Sunday from 4.30pm. The group will present Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices in St John’s Church, Dublin Road, Kilkenny, where they’ll be conducted by Phillip Edmondson and accompanied by a quartet of trumpets and trombones and by Malcolm Proud on harpsichord. The concert will be about one hour in duration, admission is €8/€5 concession.

Le Havre

Kilkenny Film Club has another movie showcase this Tuesday from 8pm. Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre is the latest offering. Set in the harbour town of the title, it features a young African refugee on the run. It begins at 8pm at the Set Theatre and it’s €8 to view.


Two great acts are planned for Egan’s Bar this Saturday. Busking for Tea and Samuel Moylan team up for the gig. It starts at 9pm so get there early.

Moths Against Glass

Moths Against Glass, an anthology of stories from students of the creative writing for publication course at NUI Outreach Campus, will be launched this Friday. From 8pm NUIM Kilkenny Outreach Campus at St Kieran’s College will host the event, which will include readings and a wine reception. The publication features new Irish writing from participants who hail from Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary, Laois and Kildare. It’s already available in local bookshops retailing for €10.

Sharon Shannon

She’s one of the biggest names to come out of Ireland’s music history and this weekend Sharon Shannon will perform at Kyteler’s Inn. You’ll find the box-player there this Friday for what promises to be an amazing show. She’s been here before and every time has crowds baying for more. This is one you’ll definitely not want to miss.

Cois Nore art exhibition

A wonderful art exhibition in aid of Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre Kilkenny continues to run beside Tynan’s Bridge House Bar at John’s Bridge. It runs until Sunday with works by participating artists Catherine Barron, Phyl Cleere, Laurence O’Toole, Ross Stewart, Brock Butler, Andrew Small, Brian O’Loughlin, Darlene Garr, Paul Christopher Flynn, Paula Minchin, Tom Watson, Eileen Meagher and Karen Wilson. All support is welcome.

Skype session

With many regular customers now living abroad, one city bar has set up Skype to allow people to connect with friends this Christmas. The Pumphouse has set it up with a video camera in the smoking area. So, if you’re out and enjoying the festive cheer and want to include those no longer based here, why not swing by and avail of the service?

K Team Christmas session

The K Team surfaced a couple of years ago as supporters of the Kilkenny senior hurling team. They’re back this week to run their Christmas Session, which will double as a fundraiser for The O’Neill Centre. Paris Texas hosts the bash this Saturday from 8.30pm with live music, raffle, spot prizes, finger food and lots of craic. Tickets, €5, can be bought on the door on the night.

12 Days of Christmas

As the big event draws nearer, one city venue’s very much getting into the swing of things. Billy Byrne’s will launch its 12 Days of Christmas this Thursday. The indoor Christmas market will run at the John’s Street outlet until Sunday then again from December 20-23, each day from 11am to 6pm.

Liam Lawton concert

Liam Lawton will be performing at St Patrick’s Church, Clogh, Castlecomer, this Thursday from 7.30pm. Special guests are Moneenroe and Clogh folk choirs. Tickets cost €20 with proceeds to benefit parish funds. Liam is known to pack out venues so advice is to get your ticket early.

Santa Run

Kilkenny Charity 5km Santa Run is back and takes place this Saturday from noon. Again participants will don the famous red and white Santa outfits and take to the city. All proceeds this year will go to Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre Kilkenny. Registration’s open from 10am at the Left Bank with the event itself starting on the Parade. You’re asked to please come dressed as Santa and there’ll be a prize for best costume. If you’re not in a position to take part, then please turn out and support where possible.

No Impact Man

Future Proof Kilkenny returns with another Green Screen offering this Thursday from 8pm. The Hole in the Wall again hosts flick No Impact Man by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein. It follows Colin Beaver, who decided to eliminate his personal impact on the environment for a year and his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshiping wife Michelle and their 2-year-old daughter. For Colin it means eating vegetarian and only locally bought food. It also means turning off the fridge and saying no to elevators, television, modern transport, toxic cleaning products, electricity, material consumption and garbage. Could you do it? Could he? Find out this Thursday from 8pm.

Christmas party dance

The Rising Sun in Mullinavat this Monday night hosts a Christmas party dance with John O’Shea of WLR. Music’s by Checkers and you can choose to either enjoy the dance part for €8 or go for a two-course dinner beforehand for €20. It’s sure to be busy so booking’s advised.

Christmas Eve

The Watergate Theatre gets festive this week with a special show aimed at those aged 4 years and over. Today (Wednesday), Thursday and Friday you can enjoy Christmas Eve from 10am or 11.45am and on Sunday from 3pm. It’s from Watergate Productions who last year staged the very successful Christmas Eve at the North Pole. This time around Captain Hook, Frosty, Barnacle Bill, Santa and Mrs Claus will appear on stage and all are welcome.


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