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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.

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.

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.

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!)