Roscommon Arts Centre Announces Upcoming Events

Roscommon Arts Centre Announces Upcoming Events

Reel Thing sa cistin summer season in Strokestown Park House. Join Martin Donohoe the Cavan man when he will be cooking up a storm for the Reel Thing sa cistin summer session with a real All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Show which takes place in the galley kitchen Strokestown Park House on Thursday 5th July, 8pm. This concert is part of Roscommon Arts Centre’s Reel Thing programme where trad music where trad music returns to it’s roots – around the hearth in the kitchen and what better way to celebrate our culture and tradition than in one of the counties most historic houses.

Joining Martin Donohoe, accordion player and Shannon Side Northern Sound Radio broadcaster in the kitchen will be Seamus Fay, Cavan Lilter, 4 times All Ireland Champion. Kavan Donohoe Harp /Uileann Pipes with tunes from his CD Kavan from Cavan, Sean Owens Singer and Flute player from Fermanagh, Joao Soares on Mandolin from Portugal, Storytellers and yarn spinners , Eamonn Maguire Cornafean Co Cavan and Liam Butler Co Westmeath .Noel Sweeney ,Flute, Gerry Gorman ,Accordion, John O Sullivan, Fiddle all from Co Longford Savannah Donohoe on Flute Saxophone and Darren Maloney on Banjo. Tickets for this unmissable concert are just €14/€12 and can be purchased in advance through Roscommon Arts Centre’s box office 090 66 25824 or online at Audiences can expect plenty of music and craic and are welcome to join in the frolics!

Raw Bar Collective in Strokestown Park House
Keeping the momentum going with the Roscommon Arts Centre’s Reel Thing sa cistin summer sessions in Strokestown Park House the Raw Bar Collective present a vibrant and excitingly earthy style of Irish trad music with a refreshingly uncluttered approach to playing on Thursday 16th August. Anchored by Conal Ó Gráda (flute), Benny McCarthy (accordion) & Dave Sheridan (fiddle) all long-recognised as among the top instrumentalists in Ireland, The Collective presents a fluid gathering of Irish musicians, each of them an acknowledged standard bearer within the tradition.

Their music, presented with warmth, wit, passion and respect is just the tonic for a warm summer’s evening in the galley kitchen of Strokestown Park House. Look forward to a session of energetic trad that will quicken the pulse and crackle with pure energy. Tickets are priced at €14/€12 and can be purchased in advance through Roscommon Arts Centre’s box office 090 66 25824 or online at

Marcin Pliszka exhibition opens at Roscommon Arts Centre
Roscommon –based artist Marcin Pliszka features in the second of a series of summer exhibitions by local artists in Roscommon Arts Centre. Curator Emer McGarry of The Model Sligo has selected work by Roscommon-based artists and exhibitions this summer include work by David J. Pierce, Marcin Pliszka, Lucy Brennan Shiel, Claudia Keegan, Stephen Bond, Margo McNulty and Emer O’Connor.

The second of these exhibitions featuring work by Marcin ‘BON’ Pliszka opens next Friday 6th July 5.30pm – 7pm. All are welcome to the opening and the exhibition continues until 20th July, where members of the public are welcome to call into Roscommon Arts Centre during centre opening hours. Titled ‘Stencil’s Point of View’ this exhibition asks “Is it possible that the long process of creating gives the artist greater satisfaction than the final effect?” Perhaps the effect on its own is the creation of art in itself. This is an exhibition of artworks where the brush has been replaced with spray paint and a pretty model with fish. You are welcome to an exhibition of works which were created in the stencil technique.

Marcin ‘Bon’ was born in 1985 in Poland, currently living in Roscommon. He paints graffiti by using spray paint in stencil technique. He paints on all materials from canvases and boards to metal plates. One of the most popular series of stencils Marcin has created is that showing the fish. All stencils are cut by him using a scalpel focusing on precision and accuracy.

Members of the public are encouraged to come along and support these artists. Entry to the gallery is during centre opening hours and is always free. More information at

Stagecraft Summer School brings the world of theatre to life!
Monday 9th July - Friday 13th July
10am - 3pm daily
(8 to 16 years
Roscommon Arts Centre 090 6625824

Director: Majella Flanagan LGSM.
Majella Flanagan, artistic director of Centre Stage School is an experienced performer, teacher and director. This July Majella and team welcome 8 – 16 year olds to a fun week-long fun which will include vocal coaching, singing both (solo and choral), improvisation, mime, acting technique and character building.
Material used will be both challenging and suitable to students age. Participants will be offered the oppertunity to share a taste of what they learned with there family/friends at the end of the week. Course Fee: €80. Places are limited please book early to avoid disappointment

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