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Triskel Gets to Know … Rose McKenna of Scrypt Cafe Bar

Rose McKenna runs our popular and trendy Scrypt Cafe Bar so we wanted to get to know her better (if only to make sure she keeps making that scrummy carrot cake!).

What is your favourite cinema treat?

What is your go-to motivation music?
Anything upbeat and you can dance to!!!! Some Fleetwood Mac songs spring to mind!

What was your favourite book as a child? And now?
As a child I loved all the Roald Dahl ones. Now The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

What is your most listened to radio station?
RTE Gold – they now play golden oldies from my youth (my husband loves it too)

Do you listen to podcasts? Any recommendations?
Yes, West Cork, The Teachers Pet – both real life crime investigations, find them intriguing!

Favourite hidden gem in Cork
Triskel Garden

Is there a band/artist you enjoy that you would describe as a ‘guilty pleasure’?
Kate Bush

Do you have a favourite movie soundtrack?
Beaches (very girlie)

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Weather Girl/TV Presenter

Who are the three people at your dream dinner party? Why?
My Father (he passed away 10 years ago and I have so much to tell him and ask him); the Dalai Lama (he is so full of wisdom and respect for his religion); my husband (because I’d like him to meet my Dad and he would also like to spend time with the Dalai Lama!!!).

Keep an eye on Scrypt’s socials for more information on ScryptSessions and Night Markets.

Triskel Gets to Know … Brigid Carmody

The Cork Traveller Women’s Network made Triskel their headquarters in 2018 and we’ve loved working with them since and learning more about Traveller culture. We wanted to get to know them a bit better so we asked Brigid Carmody, CTWN co-ordinator, a few questions (she’s on the right in the image along with Ann Luttrell of Triskel).

What is your favourite cinema treat?
Working with the Triskel Christchurch cinema to programme films around Traveller culture such as screening Float like a Butterfly for Cork Traveller Pride 2019 last summer.

What is your go-to motivation music?
I love traditional Traveller singers Sharyn Ward, Thomas McCarthy, Mary Francis Keenan and Finbarr Furey.

What was your favourite book as a child? And now?
As a child I could find very few books that I related to because I felt that my culture and my community were invisible in them. Now I love to share books like Paddy the Traveller Boy and Maggie Mays’ Day with my young  nieces and nephews. I am also excited to hear that Traveller activist Oein de Bharduin has a book of Traveller folk tales coming out soon with Skein Press.

What is your most listened to radio station?
Any of them that are willing to give Travellers a fair hearing and treat us respectfully.

Do you listen to podcasts? Any recommendations?
No but RTE Player’s series John Connors Travellers is a great short series exploring Traveller history.

Favourite hidden gem in Cork
Toraig on the Tobar, the Traveller culture exhibit in Cork Public Museum, is free to the public, has a full size barreltop wagon and is the only Traveller curated permanent exhibition on Traveller culture in a public museum in the country. I have been involved with this exhibition from day one so it’s very close to my heart.

Is there a band/artist you enjoy that you would describe as a ‘guilty pleasure’?
Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’.

Do you have a favourite movie soundtrack?

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was very young, I thought about being a teacher but as I got older and thought more about the situation of my community, it was very clear that I would become a Traveller rights activist.

Who are the three people at your dream dinner party? Why?
I would love to invite Nan Joyce, the first Traveller woman to run for election, Michael D Higgins, who has always been a great advocate for human rights and Traveller rights, and Martin Luther King to a dinner with the Traveller women activists of CTWN.

Introducing … Allocated Seating at Triskel

We’re delighted to announce that all music concerts at Triskel will now have allocated seating. Local artist Kim-Ling Morris from Sample Studios created a bespoke design for our beautiful building and we’re so happy with the results.

We hope that allocated seating will make coming to Triskel a much more comfortable experience for our customers. You can now pre-book your favourite seat and then turn up at your leisure, avoiding the queues. We don’t charge any booking fees when booking online/over the phone 021-4272022. And, as we’re all more conscious of being environmentally friendly, when you book online, you can download your ticket to your phone so there’s no need for any print out.

Take a look at the seating map and if you’d like us to help you find your favourite seat, please ask.

Triskel Gets To Know … Geraldine O’Doherty

The second concert in the Spotlight Chamber Music Series is on Saturday 5 October at 1.10pm and one of the musicians is harpist Geraldine O’Doherty (she’s the one on the left in the photo). Read on to get to know her a little better.

What is your favourite cinema treat?
Cheesy Nachos.

What is your go-to motivation music?
Earth, Wind and Fire.

What is the most memorable place you have performed?
Radio City Music Hall, New York (dressed in emerald green!).

What is your most listened to radio station?
Lyric FM, it’s the best!

Is there a band/artist you enjoy that you would describe as a ‘guilty pleasure’?
I’ve no embarrassment or guilt about loving all Stevie Wonder’s music so…No!

Do you have a favourite movie soundtrack?
E.T. Thrilling every time I hear it and the first film I saw in the cinema.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Is there a musician whose work particularly inspires you?
My Mum, who apart from being a brilliant musician, has a work ethic to match.

Who are the three people at your dream dinner party? Why?
If ghosts are allowed, I’d invite Ann Mason-Stockton who was known as “The Hollywood Harpist”, so I could listen to her tales of playing on soundtracks from Gone with the Wind right up to Schindler’s List. The conductor and composer André Previn, whose autobiography is the funniest and most fascinating I’ve read. My Grandad, who was born in 1896, because I’d like to hear about his life on the Inishowen peninsula and see what he was like.

How do you get ready for a concert?
The harp is always on stage so it’s usually not possible to warm up, instead, I have a cup of tea and put on even more make up whilst chatting with colleagues to keep occupied. Before and after that, I tune and check the strings in case any are about to pop!

Tickets are on sale now – click here to book.

Please note that all seating is allocated so you can pre-book your favourite seat and avoid the queues! (And we don’t charge any booking fees.)

Triskel Gets To Know … Robin Panter

The Spotlight Chamber Music Series is based on the principle of bringing together some of Ireland’s most dynamic and distinguished musicians to play with one another in small ensembles. Robin Panter (he’s the one in the middle of the pic) will perform during the first concert in the new series on Saturday 7 September at 1.10pm and we got to know him a little better.

What is your favourite cinema treat?
Cuppa T and chocolate

What is your go-to motivation music?
Janacek Sinfonietta, Mozart 40,  Beatles Abbey Road, Gentle Giant

What is the most memorable place you have performed?
Albert Hall, London

Radio or podcasts? Any recommendations? 
Radio Lab Podcast, NPR, Serial (This American Life), Desert Island Discs Radio 4

Favourite place in Cork 
Triskel Arts Centre*

Is there a band/artist you enjoy that you would describe as a ‘guilty pleasure’?
Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Also Giles Appap.

Do you have a favourite movie soundtrack?
I like all the John Williams’ Star Wars and Indiana Jones etc…

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Work with animals

Who are the three people at your dream dinner party? Why?
No idea. With two young children I’d love to just go out for dinner with my wife!

How do you relax after a concert?
A long drive and an interesting podcast!

You can book tickets for Spotlight Chamber Music Series I here (we don’t charge booking fees so pre-book and avoid the queues!).

*We didn’t tell him to say that 🙂

Spook Screen at Triskel on Friday the 13th!

Spook Screen is the horror and fantasy themed film festival which takes place over three days in Cork City, Ireland. There will be a wide array of both national and international films as well as talks and interviews on various aspects of horror cinema!

This year, Spook Screen takes place from 13–15 September at several locations. The screenings on Friday 13th September will take place here at Triskel Arts Centre and include Irish and international short film programmes, an introduction by actor Patrick Bergin to the 1991 film Robin Hood (not to be confused with the Kevin Costner film made the same year), and an appearance by cult movie actress Caroline Munro. Munro will take part in a Q&A after a screening of the Hammer Horror classic Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974) and will introduce a late night showing of the notorious Maniac (1980), in which she co-stars with the late actor Joe Spinell.

Maniac is presented in association with Twisted Celluloid, Triskel’s cinema strand that showcases the weirdest and most wonderful cult movies.

Other screenings and events will be taking place on 14–15 September at Spike Island, The Gate Cinema and more. Please visit the Spook Screen website for more details and to purchase tickets.

 International Shorts 1 at 12.00pm

A wonderful collection of short films from around the world:

The Hobbyist, USA

House for Sale, USA

Grave Expectations, Australia

Dead Celebrities, UK

Beyond the Pointy Hat, Australia

Proxy, UK

Hammer Down, USA

The Broken Forrest, Mexico

International Shorts 2 at 1.30pm

A wonderful collection of horror and fantasy short films from around the globe:

The Stay, UK

Heart Eater, UK

Bitten, USA

Significance, Ireland

Esme Winters Master Musician of Magic, USA

IRAE, France

Scapegoat, Taiwan

Finley, USA

 Irish Shorts 1 at 3.30pm

A wonderful collection of some of the best in Irish Horror and fantasy short films:

The Banshee

Guest House


The Usual

The Switch

Mother Father Monster

Robin Hood at 5.00pm

“After all the myths, meet the real Robin Hood!” was the tagline for this 1991 film starring Patrick Bergin, Uma Thurman, Jürgen Prochnow, Jeroen Krabbé and Edward Fox. Brave, bold, willing to risk everything for a fight, a kiss, or a joke, there’s never been a hero like Robin Hood as he battles against oppression and tyranny with his own inimitable brand of swashbuckling good humour, with the help of his band of criminals, rogues and jokers.

Actor Patrick Bergin will introduce this rare special screening of Robin Hood, a film by John Irvin.

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter at 8.00pm

Captain Kronos (played by Horst Janson) is a swashbuckling hero whose mission is to destroy evil wherever and whenever it is found. He fights with two swords (a rapier and a samurai), is amoral and ever on guard to fight evil. His skills are tested in the 19th century when a rash of vampirism causes panic in a small village. Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter is the only feature film that was directed by Brian Clemens, best known for such classic television shows as The Avengers, Thriller and The Professionals.

Actress Caroline Munro will take part in a questions and answers session after the screening.

 Maniac at 10.15pm

Frank Zito (Joe Spinell) is a deeply disturbed man who is haunted by horrific memories of abuse. He prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk innocent young women, and even when Frank begins a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro), his vile compulsions remain. Directed by William Lustig (Vigilante, Maniac Cop) and featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Friday The 13th), Maniac courted controversy around the world and, as a result, was censored or outright banned in many countries. Spook Screen, in association with Twisted Celluloid, presents the film completely uncut in a newly remastered edition.

Actress Caroline Munro will introduce this rare screening of Maniac.

Famous Paintings Workshops Return to Triskel

We’re delighted to announce that art teacher and author Áine Andrews will return to Triskel this autumn for a new series on Famous Paintings and their Hidden Histories.

Each week, Áine will explore the rich and fascinating background of a well known individual piece from an art gallery in Ireland or Europe and bring it to life with stories about the subject, the artist, and the times they lived in.

The series starts on Wednesday 23 October and costs €130. Click here for more.

Peter Broderick & Quiet Lights at Triskel

We’re looking forward to collaborating with Quiet Lights Festival in November when Peter Broderick will perform here. Broderick is an American-born multi-instrumentalist and singer, brought up in a musical household in Oregon. He will be here on Friday 22 November at 8pm and tickets are now on sale!

Quiet Lights is an exciting new small-scale festival with a big heart, which aims to shine a light on the new wave of Irish folk and traditional talent that are quietly forging new paths, recollecting old tales and making new stories.

From Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November, music from the heart and for the soul will fill the city’s nooks, crannies, chapels, and bars. The line-up features established and up-and-coming names like Lankum, Peter Broderick, Ye Vagabonds, Rozi Plain (This is The Kit) and more.

The sound of toes tapping and string plucking will be found across various intimate Cork venues including: Triskel Christchurch, Live at St Luke’s, Coughlan’s Live, Sirius Arts Centre, The Roundy, St. Peter’s, The Chapel at Griffith College and The Kino.

People on Sunday – silent cinema with live music

The silent film, People on Sunday, was a major hit when it was released in Germany in 1930. Five of the people who worked on the film went on to direct films in Hollywood: Curt Siodmak, his brother Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann and Billy Wilder.

For one night only, on Saturday 28 September, it will have a new, original live score by Matthew Nolan (guitar and electronics) and Rachel Grimes (piano and electronics), with guest Mary Barnecutt (cello).

Tickets are on sale now.

Julio Victoria Live Band

Presented by UCC, Cork City Council and the Embassy of Colombia, this will be an electric night of music.

Julio Victoria embarked on his LIVE project in 2014, with the goal of transcending the dance floor. Merging electronic rhythms with indigenous instruments, he crafted experimental new sounds; a sonic ride that goes from 80 to 126 bpm, across multiple musical genres and cultures.

Having researched traditional rhythms from Colombia’s diverse roots, Victoria was inspired by the sounds of the pacific coast and eastern plains. Afro-colombian instruments, such as the marimba, have been blended with the harp, a staple of joropo country music. With these, Victoria performed with resounding success at Estéreo Picnic, the largest private festival in Colombia; and at BAUM, the biggest electronic music festival in Bogotá. He has also taken these experimental sounds to places in Bogota not accustomed to electronic music, like the Planetarium and Teatro Colón.

Tickets for the gig on Saturday 21 September are free and you can register here.

Opening of Fragments of San Borondon by Kevin Mooney

Kevin Mooney’s new exhibition, Fragments of San Borondon, traverses boundaries between history and myth. His paintings and sculptures originate from his curiosity about the histories of migration of Irish people to Caribbean islands in the 17th and 18th centuries and also his interest in the culture making actions of migrants in general. Chosen as part of an Open Call by Triskel in 2018, the exhibition will open in Triskel’s Gallery Space on Thursday 5 September at 6pm.

Fragmentary, historical and anarchic, these works challenge perceived notions of native folk cultures. The work flourishes in Mooney’s broad reimagining of what it might mean to be a cultural emigrant. Rooted in his own migratory experience, this fantastical proposition of the imagined iconography of San Borondon becomes a kind of retrieval of a “lost” art history in the complex encounter between an emigrant and the native “other”.

Mooney’s materials are both established and fresh but he always plays with the notion of time. He continued, “I use clay, sticks, oil paint, rough jute, nails and varnish to echo the 17th century artists working across mainstream European, African and folk art idioms so as to connect with them, conceptually and idiomatically.” Mooney’s works appear both in this contemporary moment, and outside of time. Some appear aged and slightly broken down, as artefacts from an unknowable era. The works play with imagery and languages from historically and temporally disparate cultures, compressing time and history into the immediate space of the canvas or the sculpture. This immediacy and urgency brings an aliveness to the fore in Mooney’s deeply felt and historically informed practice.

Drawing from the power of fetishes of indigenous art such as N’Kisi power figures and Mexican votive paintings, as well as John Hinde’s postcards, Paul Henry’s paintings, and Prehistoric Stone Art from Newgrange or Loughcrew, Mooney reveals to us his own new language of filtrated influence and urgent response to his own experience of the living world. This exhibition traces his personal trawl through cultural memory. By mapping and re-tracking his route through loss, retrieval and renewal, in this exhibition he reclaims his own cultural migratory past, and re-imagines an iconographic future.

Fragments of San Borondon by Kevin Mooney is on display in Triskel Gallery Space from 5 September – 31 October 2019.

Triskel ECM Weekend at Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

The Triskel ECM Weekend has become a must-do on every jazz fans’ calendar. In 2019, Triskel will celebrate ECM’s 50th birthday with a specially curated weekend of cinema and concerts during this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 25–27 October.

Here’s the lineup:


Friday 25 October

6pm Open Land – Meeting John Abercrombie

8pm Sounds and Silence – Travels with Manfred Eicher

Saturday 26 October at 8pm:

John Surman with Vigleik Storaas

Sunday 27 October at 8pm:

Double Bill – Elina Duni with Rob Luft/Arild Anderson 

Tickets on sale now! Click here for more information.