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Festivals & Events

The Festivals and Events held in Kenmare are diverse and fun, there is something to suit everyone.

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  • Visual Arts May 2017 Exhibition - 'Divergent Perspectives' by Saffron Marriott and Daniel Forrest Smith

    Visual Arts May 2017 Exhibition - 'Divergent Perspectives' by Saffron Marriott and Daniel Forrest Smith Admission Free - All Welcome Both are experienced artists in their own field, Saffron's paintings are inspired by the artistic scene around Cornwall where she spent much of her childhood, while Daniel works mainly with Acrylics, he also occasionally makes some sculptures from twisted wire, cloth and clock pieces which sometimes serve as references for his paintings The artist currently lives and studies in Cork for a BA Honours degree in Fine Art at the Crawford College of Art and Design. While Saffron studied at the Dun Laoire College of Art and Design where she learned draughtsmanship and design. Exhibition runs for May during Theatre opening hours

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  • Kenmare School of English

    Starting tonight, Wednesday 17th May, Kenmare School of English classes will run for 6 weeks at The Resource Centre.

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  • Music: Luka Bloom

    Luka Bloom will take to the Carnegie Arts Centre stage this June. Luka is regarded as one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists who continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do. Having produced 20 albums since the 1970s Luka Bloom is still as important and vibrant as ever. He comes to Kenmare showcasing songs from his latest album 'Frugalisto' as well as songs from his 40 year career. Thursday 1st June 2017 - 8pm Tickets: €15

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  • Drama: "The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh

    The Cripple of Inishmaan is a dark comedy by Martin McDonagh who links the story to the real life filming of the documentary Man of Aran. The play is set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan off the Western Coast of Ireland in 1934, where the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew's arrival in neighbouring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. "Cripple" Billy Claven, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film, and to everyone's surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance.... or so some believe. Friday 2nd June 2016 - 8pm Admission: €15 / €12 (Students)

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  • Film: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (2016)(12A)(133min)( Adventure | Family | Fantasy)

    The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Saturday 3rd June 2017 - 2pm Matinee Tickets: €4

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  • FILM: "The Uncountable Laughter of the Sea" by Patrick Brendan O'Neill & Paris Kain

    The film is a poetic observation on life and landscape, our lives and the layers of cultural riches that can be explored and incorporated into the present time. Our ecology and the art of letting go into a larger sense of self in relation to sharing this world with all living things. Culture as such is not enough anymore, pride in accomplishments is of little use via language, poetry and art without deep roots of humility into a cycle of life and death as the natural presents to us every season and in time we will come to experience ourselves. Wonder is the source motivation for this film, it has no answers, it has no truths, just time and place and presence. Thursday 8th June 2017 - 8pm Further Screenings on 15th, 22nd & 29th June 2017 - 8pm Tickets: €7 / €5 (Students)

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  • Comedy / Drama: "Will it Fit in the Van" by Conor Clancy

    'Will it Fit in the Van?' is a fresh piece of original writing from Waterford playwright Conor Clancy, directed by Al Dalton, and developed and produced by Strive Theatre. This farcical black comedy delves into a world of poorly run drug distribution in a small town in Ireland full of kidnapping, murder, cocaine, biscuits, beloved horses, car batteries, the clergy and a very important chipper. Saturday 17th June 2016 - 8pm Admission: €15

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  • Film: "Moonlight" (2016)(15)(111min)(Drama)

    A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami. Saturday 24th June 2017 - 8pm Tickets: €7 / €5 (Students)

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  • 7th Annual Sisters competition

    7th Annual Sisters competition Two Sisters classic is a golf event in Kenmare Golf Club

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  • Music: Kieran Goss - Home for the Summer Tour 2017 with special guest Annie Kinsella

    Music: Kieran Goss - Home for the Summer Tour 2017 with special guest Annie Kinsella Friday 21st July 2017 - 8pm Tickets: €20 Kieran Goss - Home for the Summer Tour 2017 with special guest Annie Kinsella “One man, one guitar and a voice sent express mail from Heaven”... Time Out Magazine

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  • Kenmare STEAM Summer Camp for Kids - Designer Minds

    Designer Minds Primary Science, Design & Technology Summer Camp 8th August until 11th August 2017 Kenmare Gateway

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  • Small Roads Festival Of Theatre And Dining

    Save the date! This October all small roads lead to Kenmare for this festival. The Small Roads Festival Of Theatre And Dining will highlight the best of entertainment and award winning cuisine that can be found in this beautiful part of Ireland. Eat a delicious meal in one of the many eateries in the town and with in a 30 minute drive, be entertained by the festival plays and relax in one of the quality places stay in the area. During the day why not discover local activities, shopping and breath-taking scenery. Eat, Stay and Enjoy.. This special festival will not disappoint.

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  • Save the date: Dancing with the Shamrocks

    Save the date for: Dancing with the Shamrocks Kenmare GAA Hall 8pm More information to follow on this exciting fundraiser for Kenmare Shamrocks GAA Club

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  • Kenmare Halloween Howl

    Save the date for Halloween Howl 2017. Expect the unexpected at Kenmares's Halloween Howl. Go wild and be prepared to be entertained and alarmed by ghostly things that go bump in the night in the scariest of places in Ireland for Halloween in this week - long festival.

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  • Nollaig Neidin

    The perfect place to relax and spend time over the holiday period. People, food, shopping and enjoyment - Kenmare's passions. Come and join the fun and festivities this Christmas and New year. Santa's grotto, story telling, movies and more. Keep an eye on the Kenmare.ie Facebook page for regular updates.

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