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Triskel Gets To Know … Kieran Moynihan

Kieran Moynihan, flautist

Flautist Kieran Moynihan will be behind an extra screen when he performs during our Mozart Festival – another example of the impact Covid-19 has had on live music events! We loved getting to know him a bit better.

Who is your hero? On a personal level, my mother, Eilín. (I’m a good, Irish man!) She is, in her own words, a strong Kerry woman. On a non-personal level, the inventors of Brillo Pads because there is no dish that they cannot clean.

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? I’ve performed in so many venues but one that I’d love to play in is the stunning Palau de la Música in Barcelona. A beautiful venue in a beautiful city.

What is your favourite thing about your career? Being lucky enough to play music that I like (most of the time) with people that I like (again, most of the time…).

What motivates you to work hard? The people that I play with, the audience and sometimes sheer panic.

What makes you laugh the most? People who can tell a good self-deprecating story.

What would you sing at a Karaoke night? Not really my thing but if pushed, ‘Here You Come Again’ by Dolly Parton.

Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? I’d rather win the Lotto because then I could put it towards a perfect job!

List two pet peeves Consistently late people and littering.

What three things would you take with you to a desert island? My partner, Seán. The last year has basically been a rehearsal for isolated island living so I feel the change wouldn’t be too great. Sun block. Despite Snow White’s reputation I am the fairest one of all and could burn under a 40 watt bulb. A sun-powered mobile phone so I could watch episodes of The Golden Girls and ring for help when I wanted to leave.

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? More live music, of course.

Kieran will perform Concerto for Flute and Harp K.299 in C major together with Geraldine O’Doherty on harp and Musici Ireland on Saturday 3 April. Get your tickets here.

Spring Strings with the National String Quartet Foundation

Triskel partner once again with the National String Quartet Foundation

Triskel and the National String Quartet Foundation partner once again on a series of beautiful concerts. This series will feature two quartets that were founded in 2020 and the long-established ConTempo Quartet.

As we all wait to return to live music performance, the National String Quartet Foundation’s spring 2021 programme presents online performances by three fine string quartets, playing three fascinating programmes full of great music and great contrasts.

Irish composers are represented by Ina Boyle, Amanda Feery and Garth Knox and they sit alongside quartets by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Barber’s Adagio and Caroline Shaw’s Entr’Acte complete the line-up. Galway’s celebrated ConTempo Quartet is joined in this series by two exciting new Irish quartets founded in 2020, the Banbha Quartet and the Spero Quartet.

Tickets will be €10 per concert and will be on sale at 10am on Wednesday 24 February 2021.

Triskel Gets To Know … Fionnuala Moynihan

Fionnuala Moynihan, curator of Mozart Festival at Triskel

One of the best parts of our job is getting to know the amazing musicians who perform at Triskel. Fionnuala Moynihan has performed with us many times and is always charming, interesting and creative. As well as being a wonderfully talented pianist!

Who is your hero? My husband and my family, they are and always will be my heroes because of who they are, their goodness, their kindness and their strength. I admire people who are good, true, courageous and inspirational. I admire those who turn away from being ‘the same as everyone else’ and who follow their dreams. I admire those who do not cause people harm and who respect the hopes and dreams of others. On a purely musical note I admire the great women pianists of the past such as Annie Fischer and Clara Schumann.

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? I was meant to be performing in the Cairo Opera House in Egypt and in both Moscow and Socchi  in Russia last year until they were both postponed due to COVID-19 so I really hope I get to perform in those stunning countries and venues when it is safe to do so. I am looking forward so much to performing to wonderful audiences and to performing some amazing music! To be truly honest I love performing internationally and I am always incredibly excited when I am invited to do so. Where to next…… U.S.A would be lovely and I wouldn’t say no to New Zealand either as I have always wanted to go there!

What is your favourite thing about your career? I love practicing! I love learning and exploring new music. I adore waking up each day knowing I have some concert or performance to prepare for. I have been performing since a very young age. That moment when I step out onto the stage is so special. In that moment you can bring a piece of music to life, you can create a world of dreams, you can communicate in a special way with your audience. I love my career…. it is simply who I am.

What motivates you to work hard? I appreciate all the wonderful opportunities I have had and do have in my life, the wonderful gift of music and music lessons my parents gave to me, the beautiful places I get to perform in, the wonderful colleagues I get to work with, the beautiful life I have with my husband and the wonderful musical family that I am a part of. What motivates me? I want to make them proud, I want to be the best that I can be and I want to never let this amazing world of music be forgotten.

What makes you laugh the most? Gifs !!!! Especially ones with smiling dogs, muppets or sheep!

What would you sing at a Karaoke night? In truth you probably would have a difficult time to get me to stop singing. I love singing and if I were not a pianist that would have been my next choice! I love songs by David Gray, the Eagles, songs with a good tune!

Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? I work in the perfect job! But I do not believe anyone who says they would not like to win the lotto. I think my husband would like me to win the lotto too!!! If I won euro millions I would buy a beautiful piano for some of the most wonderful music venues in the country that currently do not have one. If I won the lotto we would visit every country in the world and have a beautiful  home in the Mediterranean.

List two pet peeves Hmm… I don’t like when people are not punctual, when they are loud, messy or badly behaved! And I really dislike when music is too loud in cafes or bars making it difficult to have a nice chat! 

What three things would you take with you to a desert island? I would take my favourite people and leave all the technology behind!

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? I am not sure where to start. The world is very unfair and I think a great many changes have to occur in society to make it in any way fair, safe and wholesome.

Fionnuala has curated our upcoming Mozart Festival and will perform some beautiful pieces 2 and 3 April – get your tickets here!

ANNOUNCED: Mozart Festival Online from Triskel this Easter

Mozart Festival at Triskel Easter Weekend 2021

We’re delighted to announce that we will be joined by an amazing group of musicians this Easter Weekend for a celebration of Mozart.

Dr. Fionnuala Moynihan, Geraldine O’Doherty and Kieran Moynihan with musicians from Musici Ireland, Beth McNinch, Lynda O’Connor, Lidia Jewloszewicz-Clarke and Yseult Cooper Stockdale, will perform some of Mozart’s most loved and treasured compositions online from Triskel.

The first concert will go live at 8pm on Triskel’s Digital Stage on Friday 2 April, the second at 8pm on Saturday 3 April. Both concerts will be available for ticketholders to watch until 8pm on Monday 5 April. Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday 10 February at 10am.

For more on the programme and on the musicians involved, click here.

Brook Foods Win Tender for Café Bar at Triskel

Brook Foods Win Tender for Café Bar at Triskel

Triskel are delighted to announce that Brook Foods won the tender to run our popular and vibrant Café Bar (previously Scrypt Café Bar). The facility encompasses the café and external courtyard and is intended to provide catering services to patrons, artists and tenants as well as servicing cinema, concerts and meetings.

“Brook Foods are a Cork-based national Food Service and Catering Group.” said Frankie Whelehan, Chair of Triskel’s Board. “The Organisation founded and led by Kieran Callinan will prove an excellent Operator for our Cafe and Food Service Outlet at Triskel Arts Centre – we are delighted to work in partnership with Brook Foods in the years ahead.”

Kieran Callinan, Managing Director with Brook Foods, said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the iconic café at Triskel Christchurch. It is very exciting to be part of this amazing centre right in the heart of Cork City. We look forward to working with the team to create a warm, friendly café, providing a great food offering that will support local and become a much loved meeting place for all our customers.”

Triskel and Brook Foods are eager to welcome customers to the café soon and are working together to plan for the reopening once it is safe to do so. Expect more exciting announcements in the near future.

Triskel Video on Demand – The Short Film Edition

Short Films Avalable to Rent on Demand from Triskel Vimeo

During the first lockdown, when Triskel Arts Centre was unable to screen movies as a collective experience and people were staying at home in self-isolation, we decided to highlight quality films which we thought our patrons would enjoy. Each week we mixed movies to rent and movies which were free to view, international and national cinema, and links to streaming sites and content that we curated ourselves.

And we’re doing it again! We know the Christmas break isn’t a lockdown but people are still cosying up at home and we wanted to suggest a few short films for you to rent and enjoy. Some were screened at Triskel Cinema, one appeared as part of an exhibition in 2016 and one is a world premiere.

  • The Printer: This documentary looks at Field Printers in Youghal, Co. Cork, a unique printing house and shop dating back to 1850, now run by Bill Field, the last in the family line.
  • 121The world premiere of a new film by Cork-based experimental filmmakers Aisling O Connell and Maximilian Le Cain.
  • Everything Alive Is In Movement: This is a film about movement. It is a film about pain. It is a film about joy. It is a film about survival. Most of all, it is a film about being alive.
  • Q4L [quest for love]Q4L [quest for love] sees Eve (Kerry Condon) and her young son Max move to Paris: but does Eve want motherhood or freedom?
  • Inner ChildA woman’s inner child knows why she hurts herself and others around her. Is she ready to listen?

These are available to rent for just €2.50 each between Monday 21 December and Sunday 3 January. The rental period is 72 hours. Click here for more information.

Merry Christmas from all at Triskel

Triskel is closed for the Christmas holidays until 7 January, however, we have some exciting short films available on demand over on our cinema page – check them out! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

In the meantime, please enjoy this classic Christmas song, a favourite of our Marketing Manager, Gillian.

Christmas at Triskel – keeping traditions alive

Christmas at Triskel - keeping traditions alive

The restrictions have been lifted, Christmas trees are sparkling everywhere and Triskel Cinema is re-opening! We have just two weekends of cinema left in 2020 with limited capacity for screenings so book your tickets fast!

For our first week back, we’re showing A Girl from Mogadishu, based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed who, having made the extraordinary journey to escape war-torn Somalia, emerged as one of the world’s foremost international activists against Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation. Thurs 10 – Sun 13 Dec at 3.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets will be on sale Friday 4 December at 10am.

And, because Christmas Movies at Triskel have become an important tradition for so many people, we showing Triskel Cinema favourites, The Muppet Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life.

A real treat for the younger audience The Muppet Christmas Carol is also back due to popular demand. Offering a zanier version of Charles Dickens’ much-adapted story, the film manages to capture the sincerity and atmosphere of the tale while also keeping the irreverent, self-referencing humour that makes the Muppets so popular. With wonderfully memorable songs and a great turn by Michael Caine as Scrooge, it is a laugh-filled outing with a lot of heart. Thurs 17 – Sun 20 December at 1.30pm & 3.30pm. Tickets will be on sale Tuesday 8 December at 10am. We will have some family pews available.

Beloved classic It’s a Wonderful Life returns to our screen for the 10th Christmas in a row, an enduring hit. Watching this film has become an annual fixture in the festive calendar. Frank Capra’s Christmas staple looks at an idea we’ve all had: what if we were never born? Fantastically performed by Jimmy Stewart and offering a powerful message on humanity, there’s a reason people mark this as a classic. Thurs 17 – Sun 20 December at 7.30pm. Tickets will be on sale Tuesday 8 December at 10am.

Our Window on the World – Irish Cinema Tribute

Christchurch became part of Triskel Arts Centre in April 2011 and has become the main auditorium for our arthouse cinema. Prior to 2020, we hosted over 600 screenings every year but this year, our doors have been closed more than they’ve been open. We miss showing thought-provoking films and we miss our audiences (who, if it’s possible, seem to love film even more than we do!). visited us earlier this year and have put together this ode to Irish cinema. They asked great names in Irish filmmaking and the arts why cinema is so important to them.

Things to Note when Visiting Triskel

Triskel on Road to Re-opening

We are delighted to welcome audience members back again to Triskel Arts Centre.

As part of our commitment to the continued well-being of our audience members, team members, and in ongoing efforts to assist our community in preventing the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented enhanced protocols and procedures you will notice before and during your visit. We continue to monitor all guidelines and will update and revise below accordingly.

We are committed to the Health & Safety of our staff and audiences. And we are operating under the agreed protocols described under “Guidance documents for the Safe Operations of Cinemas during COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021”, a copy of which can be found here.


Opening Hours

  • Our Box Office staff will work remotely for the foreseeable future and so our Remote Box Office will open for phone calls only Tuesday & Wednesday 11am–4pm and Thursday 10am–12pm. There will not be a physical Box Office at the venue and you will not be able to collect or check tickets at the Box Office.
  • Scrypt Cafe Bar is currently not open.


Before your visit



  • We are frequently cleaning and disinfecting throughout the building, particularly of high-touch point areas.
  • Additional training and PPE have been provided for all employees.
  • Additional hand sanitiser dispensers are placed at key points throughout the building.
  • Additional signage to promote hand washing and best hygiene practices has been posted throughout the building.


Booking tickets

  • Online booking is required for all audience members to ensure safe and comfortable capacity and limited contact admissions. You will not be able to purchase tickets at the venue as our Box Office is being operated remotely. We do not charge booking fees.
  • You will find the link to your e-ticket in your purchase confirmation email. You will need to show this e-ticket when you arrive. Alternatively, you can print the e-ticket at home and bring that.
  • If you have any queries, our Remote Box Office is open (phone calls only) on Tuesday & Wednesday 11am–4pm and Thursday 10am–12pm.
  • Our Gallery Space is free to visit and booking is not required: open Thursday–Sunday from 2–6pm (from Thursday 3 December 2020); maximum of 4 people in the Gallery Space at any one time.


Arriving at Triskel

  • Entry for screenings is through Triskel Christchurch on South Main Street.
  • Entry for Triskel Gallery Space is through the gates on South Main Street. Take the stairs to the left of the church building and go through the glass doors, down the stairs and then up the main stairs. Turn to your left and the Gallery Space is at the end of the hall.
  • Doors will open 30 minutes ahead of the screening time. Please arrive with enough time to get through the entry process and reach your seat.
  • Please note all performances in Triskel Christchurch begin at their stated time. Latecomers may not be admitted.
  • You must wear a face covering at all times while in Triskel (including during the screening).
  • Please have your e-ticket open on your phone so that it may be scanned by a member of staff. Or, if you choose to print the ticket at home, please show that.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the building, except for water (in a plastic/reusable bottle). Please note that Scrypt Cafe Bar is currently not open.
  • You must remain in your allocated seat throughout the screening/performance. This is to ensure adequate social distancing between audience members.
  • We may ask you to allow us to check your temperature. If your temperature is above 37.5˚C, you will not be admitted to Christchurch. We will refund your ticket in this case.


Social distancing and queues

  • Markers have been placed at 2m distance for social-distanced queuing. Anyone with mobility issues: please contact us ahead of time or speak to a member of staff at the gate and we will arrange entry through our Tobin Street entrance.
  • We are promoting a one-way experience that reinforces social distancing guidelines.
  • You are reminded by signage to ensure you are socially distanced from others while in Triskel.
  • We will endeavour to keep queues as short as possible.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat throughout the screening/performance. This is to ensure adequate social distancing between audience members.



  • Use of the lift/elevator will be limited to one person only (and a carer).



  • The maximum number per bathroom is 4 people in the ladies’, 2 people in the men’s and 1 person in the accessible toilet, and therefore queueing at busy times may be necessary. This is supervised and a maximum number will be allowed to queue to ensure that we can implement social distancing. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.


What can you do to help us promote a healthy environment?

We are doing all we can to promote a healthy environment, and in doing so, we also rely on you to keep recommended self-care in mind for your safety and the safety of others. Throughout your experience, please be mindful of current Government and HSE guidelines as well as public health recommendations:

  • If you or a member of your party has a temperature or is feeling unwell, please visit us another time. We will refund your order up to 48 hours before the event date.
  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Help us promote social distancing by remaining at least two metres away from others who are not part of your party and do not shake hands or hug.
  • Please keep your party together to help maintain social distancing with other audience members.
  • If you must cough or sneeze, please do so into your elbow, not into your hand or into the air.
  • The wearing of face coverings is recommended while in an enclosed space as per the Government guidelines.


Our staff are here to assist you with a safe journey through the building. We look forward to seeing you all again.

Stephen Doyle’s Numb Re-opens in Triskel Gallery Space

Stephen Doyle Numb exhibition

We’re delighted to re-open Stephen Doyle’s Numb in Triskel Gallery Space this Thursday 3 December. The Gallery Space will be open Thursdays to Sundays from 2-6pm. No booking will be required and we look forward to welcoming you all to view Stephen’s show in the run up to Christmas.

To whet your appetite, read this review of the show by Sarah Long in The Paper.

Click here for more information on Stephen’s show.