Tipperary prepares to celebrate Culture Night on September 18th

A whole host of free events will take place across Tipperary to celebrate Culture Night on Friday, September 18th.

A whole host of free events will take place across Tipperary to celebrate Culture Night on Friday, September 18th.

Throughout the day and into the night locals and visitors across the island of Ireland will enjoy a wide range of free entertainment.

With events planned by local arts providers and groups in twenty-five venues across twelve towns throughout the day, from family fun art workshops, exhibitions and free concerts to film screenings, there is something for all ages and interests this Culture Night in Tipperary.

Events are planned in Ballina, Cahir, Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel, Clonmel, Cloughjordan, Fethard, Nenagh, Roscrea, Thurles and Tipperary Town. So, check out the programme to see what is happening near you.

In Cloughjordan, Tonos (soprano Róisín O’Grady and baroque guitar Eamon Sweeney) will perform at the Thomas MacDonagh Centre.

Tonos specialise in a unique blend of Irish and European music from the 16th, 17th & 18th centuries; mixing Irish with works by English and Continental masters; highlighting common threads and distinct differences. Tonos’ music appeals to a cross-section of concert-goers, those who enjoy early music, Irish music, vocal music, guitar music and classical music. The night will conclude with oiche ceoil agus rince.

In Clonmel at Tipperary County Museum Dr Barry O’Reilly presents an illustrated talk on the folklore, traditions and beliefs relating to traditional houses in Ireland.

The County Museum will also screen the awarding winning ‘Hands’ films showing throughout the day and will have relevant artefacts on display.

David and Sally Shaw-Smith made ‘Hands’, a unique, multi-award winning series of thirty-seven documentries on Irish crafts for Irish television (RTÉ).

Within sight and sound of the wild Atlantic Ocean, a spinning wheel turns rhythmically in time to the high lonely cry of the sandpiper, echoing the history of a craft which may go back three thousand years into Ireland’s past.

David and Sally Shaw-Smith documented more than forty different traditional Irish crafts, from the weaving of crioses (colourful woollen belts) and the making of pampooties (moccasin-type shoes) on the Aran Islands, to the creation of items as varied as harps and candles, curraghs, drystone walls and Irish lace.

At the Source Arts Centre in Thurles the night will feature stories told by Syrian and Irish storytellers.

Storytelling is an important part in both Syrian and Irish culture. In the Arab world stories (al-Hakayat) have been an integral part of popular culture and a much appreciated form of entertainment. This night of Irish and Syrian stories is an opportunity to build cross-cultural understanding and relationships and to celebrate this traditional art form.

The LIT Campus in Clonmel will host ‘A Celebration of Multiculturalism’.

The aim of this exciting event is to have a lively and thought-provoking event which encourages participants to explore and play with what “culture” and “multiculturalism” means to them. The session begins with a pre-screening of ‘Dreamtime Revisited’ with the Director Donal O Ceilleachair who will lead a discussion on how we perceive culture. The musical performance by Rory Grubb, who makes his own instruments, will provide a reflective space for participants.

There are also many music sessions/oiche ceoil and a range of events planned throughout the county.

These are just a few of the possibilities offered in County Tipperary on Culture Night this year. So, do pick up a Culture Night brochure at your local library, museum or arts centre to see what you can take part in on Friday, September 18th in your area.

Culture Night in Tipperary is brought to you by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Tipperary County Council.

For a full programme of events log on to or news/events or alternatively please contact the arts office on 0761 06 5000.

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