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The Garage Theatre, Monaghan:
Friday  May 17th @ 8pm. Tickets €16/€14. Box Office 047 39777. Dublin based theatre company directed by Rex Ryan, committed to the work of exceptional Irish and International playwrights. We are the Resident Theatre Company of Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre for 2018/2019 IDLEWILD – by associate playwright Jimmy Murphy A gangland tragedy in one act. ‘…a wonderful, important play… with seminal, devastating performances from Rex Ryan and Ruairi Heading’ The Irish Sunday Independent.
Sunday 19th May @ 8pm Tickets €10 Box Office 047 39777. Back by popular demand. Book early to avoid disappointment. Unquiet Graves: The Story of the Glenanne Gang details how members of the RUC and UDR (a British Army regiment) were centrally involved in the murder of over 120 innocent civilians during the recent conflict in Ireland. It reveals how state collusion accommodated the actions of known sectarian murderers in the assassinations of farmers, shopkeepers, publicans and other civilians in a campaign aimed at terrorising the most vulnerable in society. The so-called Glenanne Gang rampaged through Counties Tyrone and Armagh and across the Irish Republic in a campaign that lasted from July 1972 to the end of 1978. This powerful new work, narrated by Stephen Rea, continues Seán Murray’s investigation into the legacy of the Northern Irish conflict though testimony-based documentary.  The work offers an empowering voice to victims and contributes to a new understanding of the complexities of the conflict.
Friday May 24th @ 8pm. Tickets €16/€14. Box Office 047 39777 Lookin’ back now I can still hear his voice sayin’ ‘What about your woman up in the garage? The Pumpgirl? The one who walks like John Wayne and looks like his horse’ “…There’s one in every town, and they call her the Pumpgirl. She works in the garage, changes the oil and thinks she’s one of the lads. She’s sweet on ‘No-Helmet’ Hammy, but he loves no-one but himself. He’s out all night with his racing boys, whilst wife Sinead’s off on a joyride of her own, with an ache that’s about to be cured. A turbo-charged race through the diesel fumes and country music of the Armagh badlands. Abbie Spallen’s explosively comic play takes us deep into the unspoken thoughts and darkest desires of three lives destined to collide.
Thursday May 30th @ 7:30pm. Tickets Adults €10, Children €5, Family ticket 2 Adults + 2 Children €20. Box Office 047 39777. Monaghan town will host this year’s Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann county Fleadh, a four-day celebration of Irish traditional culture starting on Thursday 30th May, running to Sunday 2nd June.  The programme of events will include performances, sessions and of course competition, as talent from across the county come together to compete in music, song, dance and language for the honour of county titles, and the chance to progress to represent themselves and their county at provincial and possibly all-Ireland level. This year’s county fleadh is privileged to host, on opening night, the first public performance in County Monaghan by the Oriel Traditional Orchestra.  This 85-piece orchestra, which includes a range of instruments including harp, uilleann pipes, tin whistle, flute, fiddle, viola, cello, double bass, piano accordion, button accordion, concertina, banjo, mandolin, guitar, bodhrán, piano and percussion, will take to the stage at the Garage Theatre, Monaghan on Thursday the 30th of May at 7:30pm.   The Oriel Traditional Orchestra is a community initiative established in 2017 that brings together musicians from Armagh, Louth, Meath and Monaghan to perform arrangements of Irish traditional music with a focus on this region. Performances by the Oriel Traditional Orchestra to date include joint concerts with Ceolta Sí from Youghal, Co. Cork, as well as appearances at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the Gerry Whelan weekend in 2018, and a joint concert with the DKIT Traditional Music Ensemble, Oirghialla Oscailte, in the Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk.  Under the direction of Noreen McManus, Adèle Commins, Daithí Kearney and Róisín Ward Morrow, the OTO have quickly developed into an ensemble with a significant social, cultural and musical impact on the region and Monaghan Comhaltas are delighted to welcome them to mark the opening of this year’s fleadh.  More information can be found on this exciting orchestral group at www.orieltrad.org.
Friday May 31st @ 8pm in the Studio. Tickets €10 at the Door. All enquires on tickets contact ComhaltasBM@gmail.com or tex 087-6154579. Friday continues the regional theme as the Garage Theatre once again hosts a much-anticipated performance by local musicians Tiarnán O Duinnchinn, Dónal McCague and Seán McElwain. Tiarnán, described as one of the most influential pipers of his generation, is himself no stranger to the fleadhanna, being a four-time all-Ireland winner. Add to that further achievements in numerous prestigious competitions such as the Seán O Riada Bonn Oir (Seán O Riada Gold Medal) competition in 2013, and the prestigious Oireachtas Piping competition in 1997 in the Centenary year of the event. He also performed as a soloist in the Edward Maguire commissioned orchestral work “L’Epopye Celtique” at Festival Interceltique in Lorient also in 1997. Tiarnán has being touring and performing professionally on a regular basis since 1995 both as a member of various bands and as a solo performer. His music has taken him to Europe, United States, Asia, Africa, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Scotstown’s own Dónal McCague is a renowned and accomplished fiddle player well known for his vibrant, fresh and unique fiddle style.  In 2013 Dónal was recognised for his dedication to the art by winning Young Musician of the Year in the TG4 Gradam Ceoil (Traditional Music Awards). Described by Matt Molloy as “a remarkable musician”, Dónal’s playing is often compared favourably with great fiddlers like MacGabhann, Peoples, Rooney, and Carty.  As well as being an accomplished solo musician, Dónal has substituted for Oisín MacDiarmada in the well-known band “Téada”. He has also performed with the “John Carty Festival Band” and with members of De Dannan, The Chieftains & The Bothy Band as well as with Matt Molloy, Frankie Gavin, John Carty and Arty McGlynn to name a few. Seán McElwain is also a Gradam Ceoil Award recipient (2016) in recognition for his work to shine a new light on the music of the Sliabh Beagh region of Monaghan and Fermanagh, and to reunite this musical repertoire with musicians of the region. A multi- instrumentalist – performing on banjo, bouzouki and guitar – Seán is also a member of the award-winning Irish traditional group Téada. His accompaniment skills within this musical context have gained plaudits from a number of sources, with one reviewer commenting: “the question of whether a tune holds together or falls apart often hinges on how well he plays. A band couldn’t have a better backbone.”  With Téada, he has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals across the globe. To have any one of these musicians perform at this year’s fleadh would be a treat.  To have all three, promises a feast of entertainment and a night not to be missed.  Tiarnán, Dónal and Seán will perform in the Garage Theatre on Friday 31st of May at 8pm.
The Garage Theatre, Monaghan:
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Friday  May 17th @ 8pm. Tickets €16/€14. Box Office 047 39777. Dublin based theatre company directed by Rex Ryan, committed to the work of exceptional Irish and International playwrights. We are the Resident Theatre Company of Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre for 2018/2019 IDLEWILD – by associate playwright Jimmy Murphy A gangland tragedy in one act. ‘…a wonderful, important play… with seminal, devastating performances from Rex Ryan and Ruairi Heading’ The Irish Sunday Independent.
Sunday 19th May @ 8pm Tickets €10 Box Office 047 39777. Back by popular demand. Book early to avoid disappointment. Unquiet Graves: The Story of the Glenanne Gang details how members of the RUC and UDR (a British Army regiment) were centrally involved in the murder of over 120 innocent civilians during the recent conflict in Ireland. It reveals how state collusion accommodated the actions of known sectarian murderers in the assassinations of farmers, shopkeepers, publicans and other civilians in a campaign aimed at terrorising the most vulnerable in society. The so-called Glenanne Gang rampaged through Counties Tyrone and Armagh and across the Irish Republic in a campaign that lasted from July 1972 to the end of 1978. This powerful new work, narrated by Stephen Rea, continues Seán Murray’s investigation into the legacy of the Northern Irish conflict though testimony-based documentary.  The work offers an empowering voice to victims and contributes to a new understanding of the complexities of the conflict.
Friday May 24th @ 8pm. Tickets €16/€14. Box Office 047 39777 Lookin’ back now I can still hear his voice sayin’ ‘What about your woman up in the garage? The Pumpgirl? The one who walks like John Wayne and looks like his horse’ “…There’s one in every town, and they call her the Pumpgirl. She works in the garage, changes the oil and thinks she’s one of the lads. She’s sweet on ‘No-Helmet’ Hammy, but he loves no-one but himself. He’s out all night with his racing boys, whilst wife Sinead’s off on a joyride of her own, with an ache that’s about to be cured. A turbo- charged race through the diesel fumes and country music of the Armagh badlands. Abbie Spallen’s explosively comic play takes us deep into the unspoken thoughts and darkest desires of three lives destined to collide.
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