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Triskel pays tribute to late Poet John Montague

Posted on Sun 11 December 2016

Triskel Arts Centre express condolences at the passing of esteemed Poet John Montague who has died aged 87 on Saturday, December 10th.

Triskel’s Artistic Director Tony Sheehan said, “He was one of our most renowned Poets, an active member of the Triskel Board during its formative years and he will be missed by the many writers, artists, poets and musicians who revered him here in Cork.”

John was educated at University College Dublin as well as in Yale and Berkeley. His illustrious career saw him publish over 30 books of poetry. He lectured in UCD, UCC, the Sorbonne and many American Univerisities. He was co-founder of Claddagh Records, became president of Poetry Ireland in 1979 as held membership of Aosdana.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Posted on Thu 15 September 2016



  1. The historic festival didn’t actually take place in Woodstock, but at a hay field owned by a dairy farm in a smalltown called Bethel, 43 miles away from the New York town.


  1. The farmer who rented his land, Max Yasgur, was ostracised and sued by his neighbours for property damage in the aftermath (though he got compensated for the far more serious damages done to his farm!). While he never regretted his decision, he refused to rent out his farmland again for a 1970s revival.


  1. Due to the hay field being a late venue change, festival organisers did not have enough time to fence and ticket the arena. The event was free to its 400,000 attendees.


  1. Rumoured acts that never showed up included The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Those who turned down playing included The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Iron Butterfly were scheduled to appear, but got stuck at an airport.


  1. Several attempts to prevent people from visiting the site include spreading chicken manure on one of the anniversaries, and making a police car and tractor roadblock on another. Since then, however, the town of Bethel have embraced the festival .


  1. The site of the festival had a plaque commemorating it in 1984 and the Bethel Woods Center of the Arts in 2006. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at the center 37 years after their Woodstock performance and Richie Haven, who opened Woodstock, had his ashes scattered on the site in 2013.


  1. Joan Baez was six months pregnant when she performed on the opening night.


  1. People loved the festival so much that it went on an extra day despite no actual gigs being booked!


  1. Namesake events for the festival were held in 1979, 1989, 1994, the infamous 1999 event, and 2009.


  1. The documentary filmed at the event, Woodstock, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1970.One of the film’s seven editors was an early in his career Martin Scorsese


  1. Woodstock’s director was Martin Wadleigh, whose only non-Woodstock related director credit is Wolfen, a dreamlike horror crime movie 1971 starring Albert Finney.


  1. Time Magazine once heralded Woodstock as “the greatest peaceful event in history”

Triskel pays tribute after death of composer John Gibson

Posted on Fri 2 September 2016

Triskel Arts Centre express condolences at the passing of Cork based Composer John Gibson who died unexpectedly Thursday, 1 September.

John Gibson
Triskel’s Artistic Director Tony Sheehan said, “John was a gentle, humorous and talented man, he was also a brilliant teacher. We were honored to have worked with him when we he was specially commissioned to write the new music for the opening night of Christchurch in April 2011.  John’s contribution made this landmark event a momentous night. He will be missed be the arts community in Cork and beyond.”

A Dublin native, John had lived in Cork since 1982. He is considered one of the country’s leading pianist-composers. John informed the careers of hundreds of musicians through his position as a Lecturer in Piano at the CIT Cork School of Music for 29 years.

John’s own performative career spans five decades. He has been played with the National Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra and the Vanbrugh Quartet as well as in a solo capacity.

John is responsible for 90 compositions including a piece commissioned in 2010 by Cork City Council for “Christ Church Music”, which was performed at the official opening of Triskel Christchurch in April 2011.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.





Posted on Tue 21 June 2016

Frankie Whelehan has been elected as the new Chairperson at Triskel Arts Centre the 2016 AGM on Monday 20 June.


Whelehan is a leading figure in Cork business, having worked in hotels since the late 80s. He founded and operated Choice Hotel Group until its sale in early 2016. At its largest, Choice Hotel boasted 24 hotels in its portfolio. In April this year, he purchased the Montonotte Hotel. Whelehan also heads up is First Choice Purchasing LTD, which delivers procurement solutions to its clients. He is on the board of the Fáilte Ireland Business Tourism Forum and is a founder of the Daisychain Foundation, which provides hotel breaks for families of children with disabilities.

Paying tribute to outgoing chairperson Liam Ronayne, Whelehan said “I am very honoured to be taking over from Liam, who chaired Triskel through the most ambitious development in the history of the organisation. I am delighted that Liam will remain on as a board member and continue to offer his expertise to us.

“Cork is known as a city that promises a different experience, and you certainly find that at Triskel Arts Centre with its incredibly concert hall in a beautifully restored Georgian Church.” Whelehan added.

“Triskel has gone from strength to strength since it first opened nearly four decades ago, and has really made its mark in the city as a sophisticated cultural institution. I look forward to the next couple of years where the organisation will build on its enduring success.”

Photo Credit Gerard McCarthy


Posted on Tue 7 June 2016

  1. Bloomsday commemorates the life and work of James Joyce. Its date, June 16, coincides with the day that the events of his novel Ulysses takes place.


Louis Lovett plays JOHN MCCORMACK Muireann Ahern plays LILLY MCCORMACK  Frank as Shem Sitting Hovel  Dream Joyce on Stage in Spotlight

  1. James Joyce was an early patron of cinema! He founded Ireland’s first cinema, Cinematograph Volta, which opened in 1909. It was demolished in 1948 and long thought forgotten by history, but a memorial plaque was eventually unviled in 2007 marking the theatre site.


  1. The 1987 adaptation of his short story ‘The Dead’ (screening at Triskel Christchurch Tue 14 June) was the final film by legendary filmmaker and actor John Huston. A passion project of Huston’s, he directed the film while wheelchair bound and connected to an oxygen tank.


  1. Joyce was rather famously associated with another celebrated Irish writer, Samuel Beckett. Joyce dictated parts of Finnegan’s Wake to Beckett, and Beckett wrote an essay on Joyce titled ‘?’.


  1. The 1967 Adaptation of Ulysses (playing at Triskel Christchurch Sun 12 June) is contested for being the first ever movie to drop the f-bomb. It is contested with the movie I’ll Never Forget for the honour, both released in 1967.


  1. Ulysses (1967 movie) was also not officially released in Ireland until 2000, though it was played in secret in the Irish Film Theatre throughout the 90s.


  1. Joyce had a rather infamous dinner party with Marcel Proust in 1922, where the two literary legends discussed their ailments and not having read each other’s work.


  1. Correspondent letters to his wife Nora revealed some peculiar interests of the Dublin writer…more info here


  1. Joyce is a well-recorded music lover, and struck a friendship with Tenor John McCormack, a friendship explored in the Cork film Shem the Penman Sings Again (playing Triskel Christchurch Thu 16 June). McCormack encouraged Joyce to take part in the Feis Ceoil in 1904, which he won the bronze medal in.


  1. Joyce gave us the word ‘quark’, the word for an elementary particle. It was taken from Finnegan’s Wake.

Compiled by Daniel Kiniry

Images are stills from Shem the Penman Sings Again

Credit 1 & 2: Karol Kaczmarczyk, Credit 3: Amanda Ferriter

Deep Focus: Women In Film Festival announced for 6 – 8 May 2016

Posted on Tue 8 March 2016

Showcasing the finest feature, documentary and short films from around the world, Deep Focus: Women In Film Festival is a celebration of female directors who tackle a wide range of subjects with unique and distinctive voices.

The Violators LOW RES

Amongst the films which will be screened are The Violators, in which author Helen Walsh makes a striking debut as writer/director with this powerful new British drama set against the backdrop of the grim Cheshire housing estates following teen Shelly as she navigates hard urban realism in the midst of absent parents and scant opportunities.  No Home Movie, which is the final work from, now deceased, avant-garde Belgian director Chantal Akerman focuses on conversations between the filmmaker and her mother Natalia just months before her mother’s death. This intimate video essay serves as tribute to Natalia, a Polish immigrant and Auschwitz survivor who died in 2014 while unpacking the director’s sense of home in the absence of her parent.

Deep Focus: Women In Film Festival is programmed by Fiona Hegarty, Naoimh Ní Luanaigh and Chris O’Neill. Hegarty has previously worked as Programme Development Manager at Cork Film Festival, Ní Luanaigh is a filmmaker whose last short film Kennedy Quay has played to wide acclaim at numerous festivals. Alongside his role as Head of Cinema at Triskel Christchurch O’Neill programmes for Cork Film Festival, the Dundead Film Festival in Scotland and is an independent filmmaker.

Further details announced Monday 21 March

Orson Welles centenary marked by Chimes at Midnight screening 30 May

Posted on Sat 16 May 2015


Orson Welles is one of the incontestable giants of world cinema. His work as both actor and director left an indelible mark on generations of filmgoers.

Citizen Kane (1941), which he directed and starred in at the age of just 26, has been repeatedly enshrined by critics as the Greatest Film Ever Made and its influence on filmmakers of every stamp is widely acknowledged. His success in the role of Harry Lime, the seductively corrupt villain of Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949), ensured him massive popular acclaim. Yet he is still in many ways underappreciated as a filmmaker. Welles remains now, as always, ahead of his time. In this, his centenary year, cinema still hasn’t caught up with the extraordinary verve, freedom and creative innovation of many of his later masterpieces. One of these is coming soon to a cinema near you!

To celebrate a hundred years of Orson Welles, Triskel Christchurch Cinema will be screening a gorgeous new restoration of one of his finest achievements, Chimes at Midnight (1966). Welles made three highly unconventional films adapted from Shakespeare of which Chimes at Midnight is the most highly regarded. They all succeed in the rare, if not unique, accomplishment of keeping Shakespeare’s original language and yet making it seem that he wrote them for the screen rather than the stage. address finder แผนที่ดาวเทียม Adapted from elements of five of Shakespeare’s plays, Chimes tells the story of his recurring character, the rascally Sir John Falstaff and his ultimately tragic father-son relationship with Prince Hal. Hal is torn between sowing his wild oats with Falstaff and loyalty to his father, King Henry IV.

Welles uses this drama as a frame in which to embroider a vivid, rambunctious and ultimately elegiac personal vision of medieval England. Built around a towering performance by Welles himself as the lovable rogue Falstaff, the film features an exceptional supporting cast that includes Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, and John Gielgud as the ageing King Henry. A famous highlight of the film is its powerful staging of the Battle of Shrewsbury, which set a new standard for grittily realistic depictions of historical warfare.

Don’t miss the rare opportunity of seeing the film of which Welles himself declared “it’s my favourite picture” on the big screen!

Text by filmmaker and writer Maximilian Le Cain who will introduce the screening 8.15, Saturday 30 May.


Hamlet is Triskel’s premiere theatre screening Saturday 11 April

Posted on Tue 7 April 2015

maxine peake hamlet


Saturday 11 April Triskel Christchurch Cinema will host it’s first ever theatre screening: Manchester Theatre’s production of Hamlet starring Maxine Peake. Recorded last October at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, director Sarah Frankcom’s groundbreakign stage production was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade.


“Maxine started her acting career in our youth theatre. Her performances have thrilled our audiences and the Royal Exchange is her local theatre. HAMLET is a massively exciting challenge for any actor and director. I am certain Maxine will be a compelling and extraordinary Hamlet for our time.”
Sarah Frankcom, Director

Peake’s delicate ferocity, her particular mixture of concentration and lightness, ensure that you want to follow her whenever she appears…. **** Guardian Review 

TICKETS: €9.50 + 50c guest membership / €8.00 annual membership

Triskel regrets passing of former Artistic Director Penny Rae

Posted on Wed 25 March 2015

Triskel Arts Centre expressed regret today at the passing of former Triskel Artistic Director Penny Rae, who died on Sunday in England.

Tony Sheehan, Artistic Director of Triskel said, “Penny Rae was Artistic Director of Triskel during Cork’s tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2005, where she contributed significant International Projects to the Year including ‘New Young Europeans’ and Sebastião Salgado’s first ever exhibition in Ireland. She will be deeply missed by all here at Triskel and by many in the Arts Community in Cork”

Chairman of Triskel Liam Ronayne said “Penny Rae transformed Triskel in her time as Artistic Director and created meaningful partnerships across various sectors in the City, most especially in the local community and in the whole area of Arts and Health”

Penny Rae was at the helm of Triskel Arts Centre for two and a half years between 2004 – 06. Born in East Yorkshire, Penny attended university in Leeds. After a short time as professional dancer she entered arts management and developed an interest in outreach work. As well as Triskel Arts Centre, Penny Rae served as Director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Director of the Humberside Dance Agency, Dance Officer for the Scottish Arts Council, Development Director of Tumbuka, Artistic Director of Dance City in Newcastle upon Tyne and developed arts projects for the British Council.

Triskel Christchurch Third Anniversary

Posted on Thu 15 May 2014

It’s our birthday here at Triskel Christchurch on Thursday, May 22 and to celebrate we have scheduled a day of free events.

Third Anniversary

Director Tony Sheehan is delighted to host an ‘open house’ to mark the third anniversary of the Triskel Christchurch venue. He says “Triskel’s dream for over 25 years was to expand into Christchurch. Three years ago this became a reality when we launched a signature concert hall in April 2011 and a full scale digital cinema in May 2011. Thanks to the support of the people of Cork, our partners Cork City Council, That Arts Council, Corcadorca, PlugD, GulpD, and The Black Mariah as well as the hard work of everyone on the team of Triskel Christchurch we can look forward to another exciting year of world class programming in the arts.”

A duo of films by British director Joanna Hogg will screen as part of the celebration – admission free, tickets available at Triskel Christchurch box office from 5.30 on May 22. Unrelated at 6.15 is the tale of Anna who feels she is living her life on the peripheries. A quarter life crises is the starting point of Archipelago at 8.45, which inspires Edward’s plans to travel to Africa to do some volunteer work but mother brings the family together for a fraught holiday before his departure.

Exhibition is a new release written and directed by Joanna Hogg which will run at Triskel Christchurch Cinema May 25 – 28. Exhibition traces the anxieties and insecurities of a professional artists couple set in the stunning backdrop of a modernist building which was once the actual home to its real-life architect, the late James Melvin.

Heritage curator David Ryan will lead a tour around Triskel Christchurch at 2pm. The Christchurch site can be traced to the Viking settlement in Cork in the 900s and the current building is one of the oldest in the city, the foundation stone was laid in 1718. The tour takes in the medieval and early modern history of the church, the building’s distinctive features, its historical characters, the graveyard and the crypt.
Alchemical Invocations is a solo exhibition by Gavin Hogg currently running in Triskel Christchurch. Open 10 – 6 the paintings are new works which reflect Hogg’s interest in Jungian psychology and his ongoing interest in the nature of visual language and it’s expressive possibilities. Artist Gavin Hogg will give a guided tour of the exhibition at 4pm.

A late evening at The Black Mariah until 9pm will give evening visitors a chance to see Hermes Techno Idyll, a group exhibition featuring work by Doireann O’Malley, Helen Horgan and Emma Haugh.