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Cork Christmas Gift Guide

It’s no surprise to say that 2020 has been a strange year. What has been wonderful is the spirit of cooperation it has encouraged among businesses. In Cork in particular, the comaraderie has been heartwarming, none more so than the Cork Christmas Gift Guide put together by Colette and the team at Hotel Isaacs. We’re delighted to be part of such a community (and are also happy that this sorts our presents shopping this year #ShopLocal).

We have gift vouchers available to buy from our website. We even put together a lovely new design so they’re even prettier to give as gifts whether it’s to a loved one or yourself 😉 The vouchers don’t have any expiry dates and can be used for virtual and in-person cinema and music events.

Give the gift of culture and entertainment this Christmas!


Beethoven Online

As some of you are already aware, 2020 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. To continue the celebrations, Triskel and the National String Quartet Foundation are delighted to bring you four concerts, starting on Friday 20 November. These will be streamed online from Triskel.

Tickets are just €10 and will be on sale at 10am on Friday 13 November 2020. Looking forward to welcoming you to our virtual concert space soon!

COVID-19 Update – closed until further notice

In line with the Government’s “Plan for Living with Covid-19” Level 3, Triskel Arts Centre is now closed to the public until further notice.

For customers who purchased concert or cinema tickets for upcoming events, our Box Office staff will be in touch with everyone.

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.


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 Thursday–Sunday 12–4pm. 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 Thursday–Sunday 12–4pm.
  • Our Gallery Space is free but ticketed: there are 20-minute slots available, with a maximum of 4 people per slot.


Arriving at Triskel

  • Entry for screenings and concerts 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/concert 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.
  • Please wear a face covering at all times while in Triskel (including during the performance/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. You may bring a bottle of water with you (in a plastic/reusable bottle). Please note that Scrypt Cafe Bar is currently not open.
  • 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.



  • 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 Opens in Triskel Gallery Space on Culture Night 2020

We are very much looking forward to opening a brand new visual arts exhibition in Triskel Gallery Space! Our first exhibition of 2020, Fiona Kelly’s Overburden, closed suddenly back in March and Triskel Gallery Space has felt very empty since. But on Friday 18 September, Stephen Doyle’s exhibition Numb, will be open to the public.

Stephen Doyle is an artist exploring issues of queer identity through an examination of the relationship between figuration and the politics of representation. He makes paintings in the tradition of realism, depicting subjects within everyday settings in a naturalistic manner, although the painted scenes look staged.

Booking is required for Culture Night – there are 20-minute slots with a max of 4 people allowed per slot. Triskel Gallery Space will open at 2pm with the last booking at 9pm so there are just 22 slots available. Get booking now!

ANNOUNCED: Ye Vagabonds and Cormac Begley

Ye Vagabonds brothers – Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn – are fast earning a ticket on the legend bus. With trademark close harmony singing, lean and tasty accompaniment and the rare ability to tell a good story in song, it’s little surprise that they became triple RTÉ Radio 1 Folk awardees last year. In September they take to the road in a new Music Network collaboration with the superb West-Kerry concertina player Cormac Begley and they’re coming to Triskel!

No stranger to musical acclaim himself, Cormac’s spectacular debut solo album received nine 5-star reviews and was shortlisted for The Irish Times Album of the Year 2018. Weaving seamlessly between traditional and contemporary songs and tunes, this spellbinding trio will remind us just how precious live music is.

Tickets on sale Tuesday 1 September at 10am. There will be two performances, the first at 7.45pm, the second at 9.30pm. Click here for more. 

September at Triskel Cinema

For September at Triskel, we’re expanding our opening hours to include Thursdays! So you’ll have even more opportunities to watch great films.

Juliette Binoche is a bit of a feature this month as she stars in two of the films we’re showing: Who You Think I Am (3-5 Sept) and The Truth (10-12 Sept, co-starring Catherine Deneuve). We’ve screened a lot of Juliette’s films over the years in Triskel Cinema and she is always luminous, troubled, carefree, tortured – all in all, a wonderful actress.

We’re also showing British film Make Up, which is directed by Claire Oakley who originally wrote it as a short film based on a dream she had. We finish the month with lavish science fiction fantasy adventure Flash Gordon (and we dare you not to start singing that iconic theme song by Queen – “Flash! Ah-ah! Savior of the universe”).

Who You Think I Am is on sale now. Tickets for the other three films will go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 1 September.

ANNOUNCED: Beethoven Autumn Concerts at Triskel

We love partnering with the National String Quartet Foundation because we get to listen to amazingly talented musicians play beautiful music. Earlier this year, we celebrated the birth of composer Beethoven with three wonderful concerts and we will continue this celebration with even more concerts this autumn.

Each quartet will join us for two performances – at 12.30pm and 3pm so there are more opportunities to join them, even with our current limited capacity.

Saturday 19 September  – Lir Quartet – 12.30pm & 3pm
Saturday 3 October – Banbha Quartet – 12.30pm & 3pm
Saturday 17 October – Vanbrugh Quartet – 12.30pm & 3pm

Tickets for these concerts will be on sale at 10 am on Tuesday 1 September and we will be announcing even more concerts soon so stay tuned!

Aoife Burke and Sabine Ducrot – SOLD OUT!

Aoife Burke and Sabine Ducrot will join us this Saturday 29 August at 1pm for a lunchtime concert of all French Romantics favourites. And tickets sold out in a matter of hours! Clearly, everyone is as eager as we are to hear these two talented musicians play beautiful music.

(We have three other classical music concerts coming up and tickets will be on sale on Tuesday 1 September at 10am so put a reminder in your diary now!)

Triskel is on the Road to Re-opening

Triskel on Road to Re-opening

We’re almost ready to re-open and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back. Since our physical doors closed in March, we’ve worked hard to continue to bring you beautiful classical music and inventive movie recommendations.

We know that listening to online concerts and streaming movies from home is not the same as the live experience and we thank everyone who has supported us on this journey by tuning into recitals, renting films and donating to Triskel.

We also want to especially thank the musicians, filmmakers, artists and arts workers who helped us to innovate during these strange times.

Our thoughts are with the wedding couples whose civil ceremonies have been rescheduled and changed. Your wedding days may not be as you envisaged but will be wonderfully happy occasions nonetheless and we look forward to celebrating with you.


Triskel has always been a safe haven for those who love wonderful music, thought-provoking films, inspiring literature and stimulating visual arts. We will continue to be that Sanctuary.

Things will look a bit different when we re-open. And they’ll probably continue to look different every week as we move back to normality.

What won’t change is our commitment to artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers and, of course, you, our loyal and supportive audience.

We’re working hard to clean and disinfect our beautiful building thoroughly to ensure that you feel safe and secure (and relaxed!) so you can enjoy the great films, music, literature and art you have come to know and love in Triskel.

Physical distancing will be a reality for many months to come and we appreciate your patience as we strive to keep everyone safe as we move through our building.


Our programmers are busy organising new shows for you to enjoy and we will keep you up-to-date on all that’s coming up. For now, save these dates: we will open for cinema on Friday 24 July; our first music concert will be on Friday 14 August; and we will have a visual arts exhibition in Triskel Gallery Space from September.

Until we open up again, you can enjoy our At Home with Triskel and Piece by Piece music series on Facebook or YouTube and you can watch a carefully-curated series of video on demand as well as our wonderful storytelling event for Cruinniú na nÓg.

Thank you for your support, patience and kindness. Stay safe and see you soon.

All of us at Triskel

A Fuzion of Talents as Deirdre Waldron Joins Triskel Board

Triskel are delighted to announce the appointment of Deirdre Waldron to the board of the Arts Centre. Founder of Fuzion Communications, Deirdre is one of Ireland’s leading communications consultants with more than 25 years’ industry experience in the UK and Ireland.

Frankie Whelehan, Chair of the Triskel Board, said, “Triskel Arts Centre is a dynamic multi – disciplinary Arts Centre servicing both the Arts Community and the broader general public for many years. To guide Triskel Arts Centre, a Board of Directors that share an ambitious development programme is essential. To this end, we are delighted to announce that Deirdre Waldron of Fuzion Communications has joined as a Director. We look forward to embracing Deirdre’s energy and experiences to further our artistic goals.”

Deirdre, who specialises in Strategic Communications and Reputation Management, said, “Cultural activities play such a vital role in the overall Cork proposition and it is so important that these institutions are supported. Triskel is such a major part of Cork’s DNA and I was honoured to be invited onto the Board. It’s such a vibrant and vital cultural hub for the city and I look forward to working with the Board and the management team on many exciting projects going into the future.”

In 2016 Deirdre was appointed President of Network Ireland, an organisation driving the personal and professional development of women.  She is also on the board of Cork Chamber and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.

Triskel Arts Centre was founded in 1978 and has served as Cork’s Contemporary Arts Centre since then. Triskel has, over the years, developed its reputation as an eclectic cultural venue, and has featured the work of, or in some cases launched the careers of, several generations of artists, musicians, writers and composers.

Triskel & IMC Present Piece by Piece

Triskel in association with Improvised Music Company presents

Piece by Piece

Triskel and IMC are coming together to host a weekly sequence of online solo performances featuring leading Irish improvisers beginning on Friday 10 April at 8pm.

Each artist’s input performance will influence or inspire the next performance in this musical chain. Piece by piece, artists will create new improvised work, based on the preceding work. Improvising musicians are uniquely skilled at interpretation and spontaneous creation allowing for fresh creation of the highest calibre.

These eight sequential solo performances in the new ‘Piece by Piece’ series will bebroadcast via IMC’s YouTube channel, as well as IMC’s and Triskel’s social media platforms on Fridays at 8pm, beginning on Friday 10 April with a ‘live’ solo performance from acclaimed guitarist and electronic improviser Shane Latimer.

Other artists commissioned in this series include woodwind instrumentalist, composer and producer Seán MacErlaine, world-class improvising pianist Izumi Kimura, virtuoso trombonist and composer Paul Dunlea, composer, pianist and arranger Cormac McCarthy, improvising violinist, violist and composer Cora Venus Lunny, harpist and sound artist Úna Monaghan, and a duo input from couple saxophonist/composer/producer Nick Roth and vocalist/composer Olesya Zdorovetska.

Enjoy fresh new music, influenced in real-time, from world-class Irish improvising musicians, telling the story of these strange times through new music and live performance, piece by piece.

Piece by Piece is an exciting new initiative from Triskel and IMC, which brings an entirely new meaning to the term ‘online influencer’.

IMC and Triskel are committed to continuing to employ artists and engage audiences, particularly during these challenging times.

Friday 10 April: Shane Latimer – guitar/electronics (watch on Facebook | YouTube)

Friday 17 April: Nick Roth – saxophones & Olesya Zdorovetska – vocals (watch on Facebook | YouTube)

Friday 24 April: Seán MacErlaine – clarinet/reeds/electronics (watch on Facebook | YouTube)

Friday 1 May: Cormac McCarthy – piano (watch on Facebook | YouTube)

Friday 8 May: Cora Venus Lunny – violin/viola (watch on Facebook | YouTube)

Friday 15 May: Paul Dunlea – trombone (watch on Facebook | YouTube)

Friday 22 May: Izumi Kimura – piano (watch on Facebook | YouTube)

Friday 29 May: Úna Monaghan – harp (watch on Facebook | YouTube)

‘Piece By Piece’ is a new online initiative from Triskel and IMC to support and sustain the Irish artist community. Additionally, Triskel are hosting online classical music recitals, At Home with Triskel, as well as supporting various promotions by film distributors such as 606 Distribution who will give 10% of every rental of System Crasher to local cinemas, and arthouse film streaming website MUBI who have given Triskel Cinema Members a free 90-day subscription to their service. IMC are currently promoting online music lessons, promoting album releases in the place of live concerts as well as a number of useful career focused articles in their website’s Resource section.

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