Culture night in Tipperary this Friday has a magical programme of events

Culture night in Tipperary this Friday has a magical programme of events

Tipperary Culture Night ambassador Roseanna Purcell.


On Friday September 21st hundreds of thousands of people across the country will lose themselves in their imagination and an explosion of creativity as the country comes alive for Culture Night.  

Tipperary is delighted once again take part in Culture Night. The programme of activities in County Tipperary is now available on or printed programmes are available from your local library or Arts venue.

Culture is catching and each year Culture Night brings people together to create unique shared experiences and memories. All for FREE! Culture Night is a great opportunity for families to explore new adventures in the Arts or for groups of friends to enjoy cultural events they might never have experienced before. Highlights of events taking place in Tipperary include:

The Tipperary Excel in Tipperary Town will host an exhibition of Photographic Tipperary Faces and Places courtesy of Tipperary People Magazine. It features multigenerational images of faces from the local area and is combined with a radio documentary running alongside the exhibition, explaining the context.    

The Happy Prince will be screened at 8pm, this film tells the story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humour.  This is the directorial debut of Rupert Everett who also stars in the drama, alongside Colin Firth and Emily Watson.

If you are near Fethard, how about making and painting your own simple "pinch pots" in workshops with local potter, Doírín Saurus in The Tholsel in Fethard.  

Doírín will demonstrate basic pottery techniques and talk about her artistic practice.  The completed pinch pots will be glazed and fired by Dóirín in her workshop before being returned to those that take part, two weeks later.

If Music is your interest, join Cahir Comhaltas' younger members as they celebrate our musical culture and heritage at the Blind Piper, or join Seisiún Ceolta Feasa, Cahir Comhaltas for an evening that is back by popular demand, celebrating traditional Irish music, song and dance. "Tír gan teanga Tír gan anam".

Cahir Castle hosts an evening of songs, stories and poetry in with the Cahir to Sing Choir.

For children the Craft Granary are hosting art classes exploring colour, perspective and distance.

The Brewery Lane Theatre in Carrick on Suir presents a variety of events for Culture Night including The Irish animated film, The Secret of Kells.  Living in Medieval Ireland, Brendan – the nephew of grumpy Abbott Cellah — is a novice at the Abbey of Kells which is constantly under threat from the marauding Norsemen.

When famous illuminator Brother Aidan arrives with a stunning and precious manuscript, Brendan realises his true vocation and, against his uncle’s advice, decides he will help complete the book. Director Tomm Moore creates a truly unique look for this magical story – drawing upon Celtic designs and mediaeval illustration techniques to create an illuminated animation you won’t forget.

Brewery Lane Theatre also presents a talk by Jack Ryan at 8pm, Jack left Carrick on his fourteenth birthday to look for work in England. By definition he became part of the great Irish diaspora that took hundreds of thousands of young Irish children away from home and family to seek a life abroad. Jack will talk about his life as An Irish Emigrant Abroad during which he travelled over six million miles. He looks forward to sharing those years with you.

The evening in Brewery Lane Theatre concludes with music by local youth Band "Aibreán" - Music students in Scoil Mhuire, Greenhill. They started the band in April this year, so they could enter the Clancy Brothers Festival Busking Competition - which they won! They play pop/folk music with a focus on sweet sounding harmonies.

Carrick on Suir Library hosts Different Voices – Live Music in the Library from 6.30 pm or why not catch a film in The Chapel, Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre.

Clonmel hosts a number of events on Culture night consisting of film, talks, music, story times and visual arts events for example classical music under the Arches of the Main Guard with rising stars soprano, Kelley Lonergan, and percussionist, Alex Petcu.  

not spend some time in the museum discovering more about passive architecture, and in particular Quirke’s Chemist in Clonmel, in this talk by architect Paul McNally.  For children come along and meet giants, mermaids and dragons when storyteller Simone from StoryGate weaves her yarn in Clonmel Library.

Also why not check out the Tesco Roundabout in Clonmel where artists Maurice Caplice and Diarmuid Vaughan has installed a community drawing project called “Pillars of colour and crow” which was made in collaboration with the Clonmel public.

Commenting at the launch of this year’s programme of events in Tipperary, “Cllr. Mattie Ryan, Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council congratulated all of the cultural organisations and groups throughout Tipperary who have produced a vibrant and varied programme of events to enjoy across 10 towns and 31 venues in Tipperary.   I encourage people to take this opportunity to make some time to enjoy our local cultural offering with family and friends this Culture Night”.

We are delighted to announce our Tipperary Culture Night Ambassador for 2018 is Roseanna Purcell, actor and writer from Littleton, Co. Tipperary.  Her work includes Signatories at Kilmainham Gaol, Red Rock for TV3, most recently Copper Face Jacks The Musical at The Olympia Theatre and soon to be appearing on RTE's Fair City.   

Roseanna wrote her first play "Test Copy" last year which premiered at Nenagh Arts Centre. She is delighted to be the Tipperary Ambassador for Culture Night this year and to be returning to Nenagh Arts Centre on the night for events there.  We look forward to welcoming Roseanna to some of the events taking place across the county.

As ever Culture Night will be online and the culturally curious are encouraged to explore the website this year with added features to plan their Culture Night adventures and routes in advance. New this year will be the Culture Night Podcast, a series of special podcast episodes with contributions from familiar faces and emerging talents in Ireland’s cultural sphere.

Produced in association with Headstuff Podcast Network, the podcasts will delve into different facets of culture and the arts, with some leading thinkers, doers and makers exploring the ways in which our cultural heritage enhances our experiences. Episodes will be available to download across all platforms and from on the morning of Friday 21st September, helping to whet the appetite for all the fun-filled activity that lies ahead that night.

The full programme of events and participating venues for Culture Night 2018 is now available on and is searchable by County and town.   Follow Tipperary Arts Office on facebook and @TipperaryArts on Twitter for news and updates.

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

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