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FRI 22 SEP 2017

Year after year, the cultural momentum bubbles under the surface of communities across Ireland and this year’s Culture Night programme showcases the vast and vibrant arts and creative scene around the island. It includes thousands of participants from all genres including photographers, illustrators, designers, composers, visual artists, dancers, aerialists, researchers, script-writers, conductors, projection mappers, graffiti artists, authors, singers and musicians.

Some of Ireland’s most exciting minds have got behind Culture Night in the past few years, promoting their own genres, new creative industries, as well as our rich history and heritage.



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Formed in 2007 by Dublin twin sisters Ellie and Louise Macnamara,  alt-pop duo Heathers found instant international success with their first album Here, Not There. They went on to sign a worldwide deal with Universal Music Publishing for the release of their Choice Music Prize-nominated second album Kingdom.

2016 continues to be an exciting year for the girls with the release of their brilliant new single Call Home, from their forthcoming third album.

Heathers will perform as part of the Light House Cinema’s Culture Night programme. More info here.

Rónán Ó Snodaigh

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A founding member of Ireland’s most celebrated world music band Kíla, Rónán Ó Snodaigh is recognised as one of Ireland’s best and most innovative bodhrán players and a highly original singer songwriter. He released the albums The Last Mile Home (2007), The Playdays (2005), Tonnta Ró (2004) and the critically acclaimed Tip Toe (2001), as well as ten albums with Kíla.

Ó Snodaigh has published a number of books and composed music for TV and film, including the Oscar-nominated films, Song of the Sea & The Secret of Kells.

Rónán Ó Snodaigh will give a bodhrán workshop as part of the Mermaid Arts Centre’s  Culture Night programme. More info here.

Colin Barrett

Colin Barrett

Colin Barrett is a writer from Mayo. His first book, Young Skins, won the Guardian First Book Award and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. His work has appeared in The Stinging Fly, The New Yorker and Granta.

Colin Barrett will speak at Soap Box, as part of the Irish Writers Centre’s Culture Night programme. More info here.

Pauline Bewick

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Photo: Nina Finn-Kelcey

Self-taught as an artist, Pauline Bewick started to paint at the age of two and has continued throughout her life. On turning 70, Pauline donated 500 pieces of her life’s work to the Irish Nation, accepted by President Mary McAleese. The Seven Ages Collection represents each decade and facet of a woman’s life, and is on display in Waterford and Kerry.

Now based in Kerry, Bewick has written and illustrated many books and is an elected member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and Aosdána.

Pauline Bewick will give a talk on her life and work, alongside her permanent collection at Library Place, Killorglin, on Culture Night. More info here.


Alex Barclay, Author 
Lisa O’ Neill, Song Writer
Robert Ballagh, Artist
Aoife Dooley, Illustrator
Celine Byrne, Opera Singer
Fiona Looney, Writer/ Columnist
Joanne Hynes, Fashion Designer
Joe Caslin, Artist
Le Galaxie, Band
Niamh Farrell, Singer with Hamsandwich
Tara Erraught, Opera Singer



Kate Brennan, Singer/Actress 
Jack L, Singer 
Steve Wall, Singer 
Shania McDonagh, Illustrator 
Julie Feeney, Singer / Songwriter