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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.

Connect with IMC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube

Connect with Triskel Arts Centre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube

At Home with Triskel Online Concert Series

In these strange times we’re living in, one thing we’re all missing is beautiful music. So we decided to ask our favourite musicians to take part in a new musical series, At Home with Triskel. Each musician will perform from their home with the performances being broadcast on Triskel’s Facebook page and shared across our other social media platforms. Triskel will continue to employ artists and engage audiences and these programmes of wonderful music will be a welcome distraction from the uncertainty that surrounds us.

Fionnuala Moynihan Friday 27 March 2020
Watch on YouTube or Facebook

  • Sinfonia from Partia no.1 in C minor – Bach
  • Movement no.1 and no.3 from Moments Musicaux op.94 – Schubert
  • Piano Sonata in E minor Hob.34 – Haydn
  • October from Seasons op.37a – Tchaikovsky
  • August from Seasons op.37a – Tchaikovsky
  • Mna na hEireann – arrangement by Fionnuala Moynihan


Aoife Burke Friday 3 April 2020

  • J.S. Bach – Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello in G Major, BWV 1007
  • J.S. Bach – Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello in C Major, BWV 1009


Fiona Kelly Friday 17 April 2020
Watch on YouTube or Facebook

  • Telemann – Fantasia in G minor
  • Debussy – “Syrinx”
  • CPE Bach – Sonata in A minor
  • Dave Heath – “Coltrane”
  • and a surprise!


Mairead Hickey & Yoan Brakha Friday 24 April 2020
Watch on YouTube or Facebook

  • J. Haydn – Duet for 2 violins Op. 99 No. 1 in B flat major
  • R. Glière – a selection from 12 Duos for 2 violins Op. 49
  • J. M. Leclair – Sonata for 2 violins Op. 3 No. 5 in E minor


Keith Pascoe Friday 8 May 2020
Watch on YouTube or Facebook

  • J. S. Bach (b1685 Eisenach. d1750 Leipzig): ‘Gavotte’ from Partita No. 3 in E major BWV1006
  • Tommy Grace (b1987 Kilkenny, Ireland. Based in West Cork, Ireland) ‘Torquere’ (World premiere)
  • Barry Russell (b1956 Hebburn, UK; Based in Huddersfield, UK): Herr Owlglass in Lockdown (World premiere)
  • Matthew Lee Knowles (b1985 Scunthorpe, UK; Based in London, UK): ‘From Opposite Ends of the Universe I can See Myself’ (2012) (World Premiere)
  • Fergus Johnston (b1959 Dublin, Ireland; Locked down in Bulgaria) ‘For Keith’ (World premiere)
  • Rory Dempsey (b1982 Limerick, Ireland; Based in London, UK) ‘The Man Who Drank the Farm’ (World premiere)
  • Siobhan Cleary (b1970 Dublin; based in Boyle, Ireland) ‘Air’ (World premiere)
  • Nicolo Paganini (b1782 Genoa d1840 Nice): ‘Caprice’ No. 11


Patrick Rafter, Maura Duggan Rafter and Paddy Rafter Friday 5 June 2020
Watch on YouTube 

From Europe with Love! A wonderful blend of some of Europe’s most beloved melodies.


Eve Belle Thursday 9 July 2020
Watch on YouTube

Eve Belle is a young singer, songwriter and chronicler of sorrows from deepest Donegal. Her songs and stories are imbued with an uncommon world-weariness seldom found in writers of such tender years.


Little Hours Friday 10 July 2020
Watch on YouTube

Little Hours is the musical moniker for Killybegs multi-instrumentalist and songwriter John Doherty.


Jack O’Rourke Thursday 30 July 2020
Watch on YouTube

Jack O’Rourke is one of those mercurial artists whose musical imagination and personality has made him an intriguing entity to his many fans.

Ways to Support Triskel (and have fun too!)

Triskel on Road to Re-opening

Triskel depends on our loyal audience so much every day. During this time of crisis, here are a few ways to support us:

Invest in a Triskel Cinema Membership – get 15 months for €15 AND a free 90-day subscription to MUBI, the arthouse Netflix!

Donate – we are always grateful for every donation we receive, even more so at this time

Buy a voucher – a treat for you when things get back to normal

Rent System Crasher and/or Cunningham, select Triskel Arts Centre from the dropdown list of cinemas and the distributors will give us 10% back!

System Crasher
On her wild quest for love, 9-year-old Benni’s untamed energy drives everyone around her to despair. She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. The wild 9-year-old girl has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher”. Profoundly affected by childhood trauma, Benni is by turns bright, funny and charming, but can flip at any moment into terrifying violent outbursts. Mrs. Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a permanent placement for Benni, to little success. She hires the anger management trainer Micha as Benni’s school escort and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired?

A 3D cinematic experience about legendary American dancer and choreographer, Merce Cunningham, created through weaving together his iconic dances and never-before-seen archival treasures between 1942 and 1972 – an era of risk and discovery for Merce and his collaborators composer John Cage and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our At Home with Triskel and Piece by Piece concert series and our weekly Triskel Recommends Cinema.

And, of course, until this crisis is over, stay at home, stay positive, stay safe and stay kind!

Covid-19 Update – Triskel Closed until 20 April

Due to further measures announced yesterday (Tuesday 24 March 2020) by the Government, Triskel Arts Centre will remained closed until Monday 20 April at 9am.

All shows that were scheduled during this period are cancelled and tickets will be refunded. Shows throughout May are cancelled, and Shows scheduled for June are under review as circumstances evolve and change.  

We will be working to reschedule as many of these Shows as possible, and any tickets bought remain valid and can be retained. We will process any refunds requested.   

We will continue to work with everyone affected by this continued closure and we appreciate your patience.

Thank you for your continued support of Triskel.

Stay well and safe. 

All at Triskel

Ways to support us at this time

Invest in a Triskel Cinema Membership – get 15 months for €15 AND a free 90-day subscription to MUBI, the arthouse Netflix!

Donate – we are always grateful for every donation we receive, even more so at this time

Buy a voucher – a treat for you when things get back to normal

And, of course, until this crisis is over, stay at home, stay positive, stay safe and stay kind!

COVID-19 Update – Triskel Closed Until 30 March

Triskel on Road to Re-opening

Due to measures announced earlier by the Government of Ireland, Triskel Arts Centre will close from 6pm this evening until Monday 30 March at 9am. All shows during this period are cancelled and tickets will be refunded. We will be in touch with those affected and will process refunds on our return. We appreciate your patience as we deal with this unprecedented and sudden closure and thank you for your continued support of Triskel.

Stay well and safe.
The Team at Triskel

COVID-19 Update

Triskel on Road to Re-opening

Given the current and evolving situation with Covid-19, Triskel will be implementing some new measures from today.

We are introducing allocated seating for all cinema screenings and music concerts with seat separation.  Every second seat will be unoccupied, and seating will be staggered.  While those attending concerts are already familiar with seat allocation, those attending cinema will now be asked to pre-book their seats.

So, we encourage all our customers

  • to book online.  We don’t and won’t charge Booking Fees to book online.
  • to download your ticket to your phone (you can do this even when selecting the print-at-home option). Tap the link at the top of your confirmation email, then pinch the image to expand the barcode so the usher can scan it
  • if you can’t pre-book, to use contactless payment if you can, or card payment,  at Front of House.
  • to sit in your assigned seat
  • to work with us in following guidelines from the HSE on thorough handwashing, coughing/sneezing into a tissue, binning the tissue and then washing your hands, and self-isolating if required.

We thank you for your continued support of Triskel, which we value very much.

Just Winging It with Claire Balding

Claire Balding is known for her honesty and openness on social media about her struggle with alopecia. People came out in their droves to listen to her live the last time she was in Cork and now Claire is coming back for loads of laughs & nuggets of unqualified wisdom!

Join Claire on Saturday 28 March at 8pm. Tickets on sale now. 

Lir Quartet Are Back in Cork

Join the Lir Quartet on Saturday 28 March for a wonderful lunchtime concert featuring a programme of Haydn and Borodin.

Our lunchtime concerts have been growing in popularity due to the sheer quality of the musicians performing and this quartet is no exception.

Tickets are on sale now.

Presented in association with the National String Quartet Foundation. 

Want To Be Part of an Art Exhibition?

For Ofri Cnaani’s exhibition, opening on 3 September, we are looking for electronic waste, and we are inviting you to bring old or discarded electronic items to Triskel Arts Centre. These objects will be used by artist Ofri Cnaani to make new artworks (a performance and an installation) for Triskel Gallery Space. After the exhibition, they will be recycled and/or properly disposed.

We’re looking for laptops, tablets, keyboards, digital cameras, phones, cables, batteries, chargers, adaptors, watches, clocks, flashlights, electric toothbrushes, small kitchen appliances, small toys, small light fixtures and any ‘knickknacks’ – essentially, any small electronic items that are still intact but no longer working.

You can bring your objects to Triskel Box Office, clearly marked ‘e-waste for Ofri Cnaani exhibition’, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11.30 and 1.30pm. If you have any queries, please email

Read more about Accidental Triggers by Ofri Cnaani.