|WEXFORD GIGS, SHOWS ... LATEST
Tonight is Culture Night. Every where you turn tonight you will bump into a cultural happening of some sort. All free.
Wexford People newspaper informs us that Gorey will host the Yellowbelly Comedy Festival in October. Who is behind it? Gig details? Dunno.
Red Books, Peter's Square, Wexford has a weekly Write Club for literary-minded folk - 7pm Thursdays. Adm €3.
Pigyard Gallery has Going Wild, an exhibition of paintings and mixed media by Helen Gaynor. Until Oct 8.
Festival exhibition: RIGHT-OF-WAY – A Solo Exhibition by Laura Fitzgerald, Wexford Arts Centre. Oct 16-Nov 5.
Festival exhibition: SPF-50 - Oonagh Latchford, Creative Mall, Wexford. Oct 14-Nov 6.
Festival exhibition: Hanneke van Ryswyk @ Wexford Library. Oct 14-Nov 5.
Festival exhibition: QUEST – Oils and Collages by Gillian Deeney, Pigyard Gallery, Wexford
Green Acres Gallery in Selskar, Wexford has its Summer Exhibition.
The Blue Egg Gallery, John's Gate St, Wexford has loads of high class art and crafts.
Don't forget the Creative Hub off North Main Street, Wexford where artists craftspeople are busy beavering away. The Makers House in the mall has works by Kristin Gray, Patricia Howard, John Holden, Ann Kenny, Pauline Quigley, Mairead Stafford, Guy Urbin, Gilly Thomas and others.
The Artbank Gallery, Bunclody is a wild and wonderful place leaking colour at every corner. This month's offering comes under the heading "Abstract August".
Wexford Co Co HQ: Wide Open Space - Landscapes from the Wexford County Council and Mairead Furlong Collections (Curated by Eamonn Maxwell). Runs from Oct 19 until December 2.
Wexford County Council art collection online
Rosslare Gallery, Rosslare: An Exhibition of Drawings and Etchings by Margaret Irwin West – An Obsession with Stone & Landscape – From the Solid to the Ephemeral. Oct 20-Nov 6.
Keep an eye on the following sites for happenings at Wexford's top tourist destinations and events at the county's main venues.
Gorey Events Guide
Always something happening at Wexford's libraries. Gorey Library events
Sept 22-26 New Ross Piano Festival, New Ross, Co Wexford. As always, the line-up, under artist director Finghin Collins, is pretty spectacular on both the classical and jazz music fronts. Artists, apart from Finghin himself, include Jonathan Plowright, Tamara Licheli, François-Xavier Poizat, Dmytro Choni, Máire Carroll and The Albion Quartet. With scheduled artist Craig Taborn waylaid by family circumstances, Ukrainian pianist Vadim Neselovskyi stepped in at short notice for the opening concert. Great to be able to call on such talent at short notice. Someone must know someone!
Sept 22 (7pm) Book (Re)Launch: The Story of Wexford, Wexford town library, Wexford. Join local author and historian Monica Crofton for the re-launch of this book. Booking is essential: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/3909709
Sept 23 (9pm) An Audience with Pete Best (formerly of The Beatles), Riverbank House Hotel, Ferrybank, Wexford.Tickets €25 (VIP tickets available). Tel 9123611.
Sept 23 John Molloy (dancing), Carrig Community Centre, Carrig on Bannow.
Sept 23 Culture Night / Oiche Cultúir. Some highlights: old reliables Red Moon with their comic theatrical shows in The Bullring, Wexford (4.30pm & 6pm); Melanie O'Reilly + Celtic Jazz Trio, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford (7pm); history, music and storytelling at Grantstown Daycare Centre, Wellingtonbridge (7.30pm); Ceol Mo Chroí Culture Club at The Book Café, Gorey (7.30pm); Ukrainian opera singer Olga Doroshchuk, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross (8pm); at National Opera House, Wexford there's poetry and Prose with Margaret Galvin (7.15pm) followed by Wexford Factory artists Ami Hewitt and Rory Musgrave with pianist Giorgio D'Alonzo; So Say So is Stephen James Smith + Basciville and friends (spoken word and music), Wexford Arts Centre Annexe (8pm); Music for Wexford has the Banbha Quartet at St Iberius Church (8pm); a performance of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother (pt. 1) by Chris Culloton Trio at Johnstown Castle (8.30pm); Candy Warhol and friends, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy (10pm).
Sept 23 (7.30pm) Artbank Open Mic, Artbank, Bunclody, Co Wexford. Fundraiser for Support Ukraine, Wexford Homeless Housing Action Group and Artbank. 20+ acts. Adm €9. Tel 087 3119647
Sept 23 (7.30pm) Culture Night Special, Grantstown Daycare Centre, Whittyshill, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford. Local history talks with the Bannow Historical Society, musical recitals with harpist Shelly O’Grady. And more. Tel (051) 561 016.
Sept 23-25 Write By The Sea 2022, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. One of the country's top boutique literary festivals, WBTS, is back with a bang. A strong Wexford representation includes author Claire Keegan, whose award-winning Booker long-listed novel 'Small Things Like These' is set in New Ross. The home team also includes Caroline Busher, Imelda Carroll, AM Cousins, Margaret Galvin, Fintan Murphy, Jan Doran, Fidelis Power, Kathleen Tierney, Simon Bourke, Celestine Murphy and Hazel Percival. They join a galaxy of acclaimed literary figures of the calibre of Roddy Doyle, Lucy Caldwell, Manchan Magan, Peter Cunningham, Fiona Scarlett, Robert Gogan, Martina Devlin, Hillary Fannin, Ronan Hession, Liz Nugent and Professor Derek Hand.
Sept 23 (9pm) An audience with Pete Best, former member of The Beatles, plus Back2Back play The Beatles, Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford. Tickets €25 or VIP €40 (audience with Pete Best + hospitality). Tel 053 9123611.
Sept 24 (11am) War of Ind. & Civil War Walking Tour with historian Barry Lacey, Bunclody Library, Bunclody. Tel 053 9375466.
Sept 24 (1pm) Blackwater Vintage Club Threshing & Field Day, Blackwater, Co Wexford.
Sept 25 (11am) Wexford Psychic & Holistic Fair, Talbot Hote, Wexford. FREE
Sept 25 (7pm) The Bar of Lough Band + Larx, Colfer's Pub, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Adm €10.
Sept 25 The Absolute Eagles, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Sept 26 (9.30pm) Acoustic Session (every Monday), Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey.
Sept 29 (7pm) Claire Keegan, Wexford Town Library, Mallin St, Wexford. Claire will talk about writing fiction read from her recent novel ‘Small Things Like These’. Booking is essential: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/3913709
Sept 30 Philip English (dancing), Carrig Community Centre, Carrig on Bannow.
Oct 1,2 Rathangan Country Fair, Rathangan, Co Wexford. Traditional farming methods - threshing, stone-crunching, wood-turning, butter-making, egg-sucking ... Live music in evenings.
Oct 1 Mike Denver and guests Marc Roberts with Terry Byrne, St Mary's GAA, Tagoat, Co Wexford. MC Alan Corcoran. Tickets €30 (eventbrite).
Oct 1 Abuse Your Illusions: Guns n' Roses Tribute, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 3 (9.30pm) Acoustic Session (every Monday), Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey.
Oct 7 (8.30pm) Pilgrim St., Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Expect to hear a mix of bluegrass, old time country fused with trad and folk. Tickets €25/22.
Oct 7 Phelim Drew and the Drew House Band: Remembering Ronnie with guests Dublin Gospel Choir, St Aidan's Church, Ferns, Co Wexford. Tickets €15 - eventlightingsolutions.com
Oct 8 (8pm) Tones of Autumn: a musical evening with Gorey Musical Society, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tickets €20. www.gr8events.ie
Oct 13-16 Eugene O'Neill International Festival of Theatre, New Ross, Co Wexford. [Who is actually organising this event? PR is a tad slack.]
Oct 13 (8pm) Welded by Eugene O'Neill (directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes), St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Tickets €20
Oct 13-16 (8pm nightly) Women on the verge of HRT by Marie Jones, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Directed by Linda Hynes.
Oct 13 Larry Kirwan, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 14-Nov 6 Wexford Arts Festival, various venues, Wexford town. Supported by Wexford C.C. Arts Department and Wexford District of C.C., WAC will present a full programme of the arts for three weeks in tandem with Wexford Festival Opera. www.facebook.com/wexfordartsfestival
Oct 14 (8pm) Eugene O'Neill Festival: O'Neill Family Gathering with the band Green Road and guest singer Clodagh Kinsella, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Tickets €20
Oct 14 Three one-act plays with Camross Drama Group, Camross Hall, Camross. The plays: Glacier Bay by Frederick Stoppel, Fourteen by Alice Gerstenberg, A Bit Of Land by Agnes Adams.
Oct 15 (8pm) Eugene O'Neill Festival: 2 one-act plays: Recklessness and Shell Shock, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Tickets €20
Oct 15 Karma Police: Tribute to Radiohead, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 16 How to get the menopause and enjoy it with Anne Gildea, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Tickets €20
Oct 20 (7pm) On Writing Librettos, with Laureate for Irish Fiction Colm Tóibín and composer Alberto Caruso, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford.
Oct 21-Nov 6 Wexford Festival Opera
Oct 21 The Beat UK, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 21 Borderline, Crown Bar, Monck St, Wexford
Oct 22 (8pm) A Night of Comedy with Ballycogley Players, Lady's Island Community Centre, Ladies Island, Wexford. Tickets €10. The plays: A Ticket for Trouble by Jimmy Keary, Walter's Bad Day by Paul Maher. Plus comedy sketches.
Oct 22 (8pm) Paddy Casey and guest Rachel Grace, Rathangan Church, Rathangan, Co Wexford. Tickets €15 - www.eventlightingsolutions.com
Oct 22 The Academic, Wexford Spiegeltent, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €35.
Oct 22 Cash Returns: Tribute to Johnny Cash, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 23 (8pm) Oct 22 (8pm) A Night of Comedy with Ballycogley Players, Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. Tickets €10. The plays: A Ticket for Trouble by Jimmy Keary, Walter's Bad Day by Paul Maher. Plus comedy sketches.
Oct 24 (8pm) Bird On The Wire: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Wexford Spiegeltent, The Quays, Wexford. From the title, one might be inclined to put this one down as just another tribute band. No, no no! This group of musicians may be paying homage at the Temple of Cohen. However, they know better than to turn up sartorially attired, ready to slavishly follow his every utterance and musical note. That acclaimed trad/folk singer Pauline Scanlon (of vocal duo Lumiere) and The Whileaways (Noelie McDonnell, Noriana Kennedy and Nicola Joyce) are running affairs lets us know from the off that we are in safe hands. For me, Noelie is one of Ireland's quiet musical heroes. The accompanying big band includes bassist Will Merriman (ex The Harvest Ministers), Dave Clancy (keys), Matthew Berrill (saxophone) and Eamon Murray (drums). Tickets €30.
Oct 25 The Matchmaker by John B Keane, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. With Jon Kenny and Norma Sheahan. Tickets €23.
Oct 26 - Nov 4 Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford
Oct 26 (7pm) Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas: discussion with Jackie Hayden, Wexford Library, Mallin St, Wexford.
Oct 26 Three one-act plays with Camross Drama Group, Rathangan Hall, Rathangan. The plays: Glacier Bay by Frederick Stoppel, Fourteen by Alice Gerstenberg, A Bit Of Land by Agnes Adams.
Oct 26 (8pm) Wexford Spiegeltent Festival: Joanne McNally: Prosecco Express, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €33.
Oct 27 (7pm) Seoladh Leabhair: Is Deacair an Drochrud a Mharú (Its Hard to Kill a Bad Thing) by Colm Mac Confhaola, Wexford Library, Mallin St, Wexford
Oct 27 (8pm) Wexford Spiegeltent Festival: Lyra, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €23.
Oct 27-Nov 5 (8pm nightly) Lights Out by Hannah McNiven, Wexford Arts Cenetre, Wexford. Directed by Ben Barnes.
Oct 28 (8pm) A Night of Comedy with Ballycogley Players, Ballycogley Hall, Ballycogley, Wexford. Tickets €10. The plays: A Ticket for Trouble by Jimmy Keary, Walter's Bad Day by Paul Maher. Plus comedy sketches.
Oct 28 The Whistlin' Donkeys, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €30.
Oct 28 Divine Invention, Crown Bar, Monck St, Wexxford
Oct 29,30 Oktoberfest Wexford, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. The blurb says: "Enjoy the slice of Bavaria" and little else. One presumes there will be mounds of crispy pork and very large glasses of frothy headed lager served up by smilling and flirtatious peasants in traditional Teutonic garb, all to the sound of joyous oumpah music.
Oct 29 (7pm) Wexford Spiegeltent Festival: Neil Delamere (comedy), The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €27.
Oct 29 Makem & Clancy (part 2!), Colfers, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Featuring Rory Makem and Doinal Clancy.
Oct 29 (10pm) Wexford Spiegeltent Festival: Gavin James, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €45.
Oct 30,31 Lantern Presents Dylan Moran (comedy), Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
Oct 30 (8pm) A Night of Comedy with Ballycogley Players, Community Centre, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Tickets €10. The plays: A Ticket for Trouble by Jimmy Keary, Walter's Bad Day by Paul Maher. Plus comedy sketches.
Oct 30 (10pm) Dec Pierce’s Block Rockin’ Beats. Tickets €23.
Oct 31-Nov 3 Hits from the Musicals with WLOS, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. Tickets €25 from National Opera House. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 1 (1pm) The Wexford Whale, a short film by artist David Begley, Wexford Library, Mallin St, Wexford.
Nov 1 The Ragdolls: Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €27.
Nov 2 Wexford Spiegeltent Festival presents Robert Plant & Saving Grace, featuring Suzi Dian. Tickets on sale Fri, 22nd July. Lordy, what to say about this one. 'In My Time Of Dying', 'Dazed And Confused' or 'The Rover' given the strings and harmonies treatment? Or deny their existence and move further back into the traditional folk songbook? Truth be told, the main man could take to the stage and run his fingers through his once- golden long tresses and the faithful would melt on the spot. Check out this review then get in line for tickets that will, by this time next week, be rare as hens' teeth.
Nov 3 (7pm) Art and the Rural – Karla Sánchez, Wexford Library, Mallin St, Wexford
Nov 3,4 (8pm) Lantern Presents Tommy Tiernan: TOMFOOLERY, Wexford Spiegeltent, Wexford. Tickets €35. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 3 (9.30pm) Bay City Rollers, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford. Tickets €30. For those of a certain age this will be a must-see show even if, like those other perennial favs, Smokie, original band members are in a minority of one! BCR'ers were, for a time, the hottest most in-demand pop act. Then something happened: someone snapped their fingers, the rug got pulled and the magic was gone. And it was "move along, nothing to see here". But, oh, what wonderful songs for young ears. This is one rabbit-hole worth revisiting. Tartan garb essential!
Nov 4 (12 noon ) Barking Dog Theatre Company presents The Teddy, The Witch, & The Pumpkin, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Tel 053 9233000.
Nov 4 (2pm) The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Tel 053 9233000.
Nov 4 Prohibition Party, Wexford Spiegeltent, The Quays, Wexford
Nov 4 Point Blank, Crown Bar, Monck St, Wexford
Nov 5 (7pm) Blindboy, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €25.
Nov 5 (10pm) Hudson Taylor, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford. Tickets €27. There is a reason Lantern keeps on bringing these boys back to Wexford: they are bloody good. Simple as.
Nov 6 Kristian Grey: Comedy Magic & Illusion Show, Wexford Spiegeltent, The Quays, Wexford.
Nov 12 Lantern Presents Wallis Bird, Crown Live, Wexford
Nov 12 The Legend of Luke Kelly, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 12 The Kilfenora Céilí Band, National Opera House, Wexford
Nov 16 Phil Coulter, Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey. Tickets €35 (from reception).
Nov 18 Lantern Presents Gearoid Farrelly, Crown Live, Wexford
Nov 19 Whiplash: Tribute to Metallica, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Nov 24 Jazz trio: Flanigan, Lawlor, Kockott, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.
Nov 26 (7.30pm) Ballet Ireland: Nutcracker Sweeties, National Opera House, Wexford. All you need to know is that "It’s a magical Christmas Eve ..."! Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 27 (7.30pm) Music Network presents Resonate featuring Niall Vallely (concertina), Kate Ellis (cello) and Kenneth Edge (soprano sax), National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €15/12. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 29-Dec 2 (8pm nightly) The Addams Family presented by Oyster Lane Theatre Group, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25-15. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 3 Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €32.50-€25. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 3 Glory Days: Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Dec 4-5 Abba Forever, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 5 Dirty Dusting, National Opera House, Wexford (rescheduled from earlier in the year). Tel 053 9122144
Dec 9 Mack Fleetwood - Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 9 Qween: Tribute to Queen, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Dec 14 Aslan: 40 years, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 16 (7.30pm) Handel's Messiah, National Opera House, Wexford. Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Choir Ireland Peter Whelan. Tickets €25-20. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 17 Essentially Cher, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Dec 18 (2pm, 7pm) Wexford School of Ballet & Performing Arts presents 'The Nutcracker Kingdom', National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €22/€18. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 6 Nathan Carter, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 14 The High Kings: XV Tour, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Thomas Moore Tavern, Cornmarket, Wexford
Regular gigs featuring local acts - trad/folk, contemporary, jazz.
Maggie May's, Monck St, Wexford
Regular gigs featuring local acts - folk/trad, contemporary, rock.
Katie Daly's Bar and Restaurant, Gorey, Co Wexford
Lively spot with fairly regular gigs featuring both local and visiting acts. www.facebook.com/katiedalys
The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
New multi-purpose arts centre with a 160 seat theatre ... which now appears to be closed! What's going on Enniscorthy??
Wilson's Bar, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
Find them on Facebook.
Dbar, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Tel 053 9237798
Neville's Bar, Fethard-on-Sea. Tel 051-397160.
The Vine Restaurant, North Main St, Wexford
Occasional gigs. Great food.
The John Barry, The Quays, Wexford
Nice little pub on the south end of The Quays, Wexford. Does not appear to be hosting its music sessions any more.
The Bailey, Enniscorthy
The county's newest bar and music venue. Details under "Wexford Gigs ... latest" in "News" section.
National Opera House, Wexford, ph 053 9122144
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St Iberius Church, Wexford
Check "Wexford Gigs - Latest".
Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola
Occasional gigs. Check "Wexford Gigs - Latest".
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey. Tel 055 80500
Music in bar Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun.
St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Tel 051 421255
St Michael's Theatre hosts top class concerts, theatre, exhibitions, film.
For upcoming music and theatre see "Wexford gigs - Latest".
Talbot Hotel, Wexford. Tel 053 9122566
Live music in bar Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat.
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Benedict's Nightclub, Treacy's Hotel, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy. Tel 053 9237798
Benedict's nightclub every weekend. Live acts Sundays.
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Ferrycarrig Hotel, Ferrycarrig, Wexford. Tel 053 9120999
Music in the Dry Dock bar weekends.
Macken's, The Bullring, Wexford. Tel 053 22949
Thurs, Fri, Sat: live acoustic music
Sundays: Joe Keeling
For latest check "Wexford gigs - Latest".
Riverbank Hotel, Wexford. Tel 053 9123611
Occasional visits by top bands.
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Riverside Park, Enniscorthy, Tel 053 9237800
Music in bar Sundays, Wednesdays.
Occasional visits by big names.
See "Wexford Gigs - Latest".
Colfer's, Carrig-on-Bannow. Tel 051-561159
Good spot for live original music, especially Americana. Not hosting so much live music of late. Check "Wexford Gigs - Latest".
Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764
A very busy programme of music, theatre, art. See "Wexford gigs - Latest" or go direct to Wexford Arts Centre.
The Sky & The Ground, South Main Street, Wexford. 053 9121273)
Consistently Wexford's top pub for original music (aned craft beers!) with the Tuesday night Candlelight Sessions being particularly worthy of mention.