Culture Night

Culture Night is back!

On the evening of Friday September 17th Leitrim will come alive once more with a host of free events across the County, showcasing the County’s Culture and Heritage for Culture Night 2021.  Events will be taking place both live and online accross the county from Ballinamore to Glenfarne to Carrick on Shannon so start planning your evening now! Places are limited for all live events so book early.

Ballinamore Writers’ group

’Reflections’ is a compilation of writings from the Ballinamore Writers’ group who continued to support each other’s work throughout the lockdown. The group writes, poetry, short stories, memories, fiction and non-fiction. They strive to involve anyone who writes, be it on scrap of paper on the kitchen table or those aiming to publish. Contributing to this project gave everyone in the group a much-needed boost in the current climate of isolation. Together, they discovered that writing provided a fantastic method mindful observation. The book is beautifully illustrated by local artist, Caoimhe Sweeney. The group will celebrate the launch of ‘Reflections’ on Culture Night in the newly renovated Island Theatre and online. A short promotional film featuring local Ballinamore personalities will be made available on social media whilst the book will be officially launched at 6.30pm by well-known community worker Kay Maguire with music from local traditional musicians. A limited number of tickets can be obtained from members of the Ballinamore Writers’ Group. The book ‘Reflections’ will be on sale at local retailers for €10.

Rainbow Ballroom of Romance - Silent Waltz: Work in Progress

This project explores the experience of dancing and how we remember it; The dances we went too, the steps we learned, the rhythm, the movement, the music and the community. Social dancing has a very important role in Glenfarne and its history over the last 80 years in the Rainbow Ballroom has been the soundtrack to dreams, to friendships, to romances, to and to a community of people supporting one and other for generations. Róisín Loughrey, Michael McLoughlin and collaborators from the local dancing community in Glenfarne are developing audio and filmed work for presentation in the Rainbow Ballroom. 

On Culture Night between 5pm and 7pm Róisín and Michael will give a short talk about the artwork they make and have made in the past, but most importantly, they will give us a sneak preview into how the Silent Waltz project is developing. This is a chance to see what it is all about and to get involved yourself. While all are welcome, there are only limited places available. The Silent Waltz is a work in progress that focuses on dance steps, how they are passed from generation to generation. It also draws on a particular piece of music that features in William Trevor’s short story Ballroom of Romance and danced to in his fictional ballroom based on the Rainbow; The Destiny Waltz by Sydney Baynes. The Destiny Waltz has been danced to by people for over 100 years now by generations of waltzers all over the world and is fitting starting point for this project that explores memories of dances past and anticipation of the dances to come in the Ballroom of Romance.

For more info contact or 071 98 56831

Leitrim Cycling Festival - Kiltyclogher

For Culture Night this year Leitrim Cycling Festival has invited artist and inventor Paddy Bloomer to bring his wandering bandstand to Kiltyclogher. A sight to behold, the peddle powered bandstand will wander through the village with local musicians playing on top. Paddy’s mechanical curiosities and improbable devices are made from recycled materials. This spectacle is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Bring your bike to follow the bandstand around the village.  The event will start at 7pm and run until 8.30pm.  To adhere to current restrictions pods of 4 – 6 people from the same family group can have a go and peddle the bandstand around for a bit. Those interested should contact the festival to book a slot.

Manorhamilton, North Leitrim Culture Night, 2021            

The Manorhamilton, North Leitrim 2021 Culture Night will bring together exhibitions, public demo’s, open studios; live events, music and local food in an evening that celebrates some of the diverse art-forms practiced across the County and the North West. Organised by Leitrim Sculpture Centre (LSC) in collaboration with the Glens Centre and the Fulacht Fiadh Café, based at Manorhamilton Castle, the line-up provides for a fun and entertaining evening for all and includes:

Poetry & Music at the Castle: Filíocht agus Ceol ag an gCaisleán. Á gcur i láthair ag Splódar (1-2pm).

Exhibitions: Residency artists Gail Mahon & Aengus Friel, perform their ongoing sound & visual arts collaboration, entitled Matterflow 00-SNS. In the gallery Christine Mackey presents The Long Field: an exhibition of her research residency exploring the hedgerows of North Leitrim, both at LSC Factory, New Line, (3-6.00pm) 

Family Event: The Glens Centre offers a unique theatrical opportunity for youngsters to feature on camera with The Blacksod Bay 1866 Co award-winning actors Fidelma Doherty and Keith McDonnell. Videographer and photojournalist, Fergus Sweeney, (RTE, TG4, Sky,ITV) is the director who will work with 6-10 year olds exploring pre-recorded stories with the children’s parts filmed on the day and then edited in. Each participant will then get a copy for posterity. And, who knows, it could be the start of a stellar career! The Glens Centre (2-5pm) Must be pre-booked see

Community projects at the Sculpture Centre include, What Gives Me Joy a collaborative video project by the Manorhamilton 24/7 Carers’ Group with artist Róisín Loughrey, LSC Community Pop Up Shop, Main St. (2-5pm) and Discovering the Art of Ceramics, works by members of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre made during workshops with Bairbre Kennedy and Andy Roche, LSC Factory, (3-6pm).

Technical demonstrations and participation include Gaelic stone letter-cutting, jewellery, ceramics, metal casting, printmaking and a display of natural-fibre sculpture by artist Anna Macleod. LSC Factory and Sheehan’s Print Studio, Main Street (3pm – 5pm)

Local food cooked in a middle eastern style is served free of charge in the gardens of the Fulacht Fiadh Café at the castle (open to all). This will be accompanied by music from Wildfire, an americana-folk trio, courtesy of the Glens, both from 6.00pm onwards.

Psychedelic rock band TUATH from Donegal will complete the days celebration from 8pm against the atmospheric backdrop of the Castle Grounds. Commissioned by Leitrim Sculpture Centre this event must be pre-booked as numbers are limited. See & check out Fulacht Fiadh Cafe events page for Culture Night tickets.

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Leitrim Library Service - Leitrim Local Studies Session

Are you interested in the history, archaeology, genealogy, literature, culture and heritage of your county? Why not join us for a Culture Night event on Friday September 17th at 7.30pm via Zoom? Leitrim Library Service has an enviable local studies collection and we want to tell you all about it and make it accessible to you. For further information and to book a place please email

Leitrim Library Service - Get Your Book Club Back on Track

Has your book-club halted or been postponed indefinitely as a result of the pandemic? - Maybe you have not met in quite a while and would like to re-start? - Or would you like to set up a book club? Why not join us for a Culture Night event which will address ways of  re-engaging, joining or setting up a book club? For details on how to join the events, please email

Music Generation Leitrim - Music Technology for Teens

An exciting opportunity for teenagers to explore and see a live demonstration of the possibilities in creating songs and music using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). During the workshop participants will compose and create their own piece of music using built in loops. Suitable for 14 – 17 year olds.

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Music Generation Leitrim - Traditional Irish Music Performance

Join us from The Glens Centre for Traditional Irish tunes and airs from the directors of the Music Generation Leitrim’s Youth Trad Orchestra John carty, Lorraine Sweeney, Aidan Shannon along with guest artist renowned composer and performer Michael Rooney. Suitable for all ages.

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Áirc Damhsa

Join Áirc Damhsa Culture Club’s Open Stage on Culture Night Friday September 17th, 2021, at the Danú Outdoor Amphitheatre in Drumshanbo. Áirc Damhsa Culture Club members showcase performance pieces that have been developed over the past year and a half and in the lead up to Culture Night 2021. Our club members have shown exceptional resilience and creativity despite lockdowns since March 2020 and have used this time to develop their own practices and individuality. Audience members are also encouraged to participate on the Open Stage on the evening.

In addition to this, 6 specially commissioned performance pieces will premiere on the evening from professional artists Ryan Mulligan (singer, dancer, musician) and Tara Noone (singer, dancer, musician), Ryan Owens (dancer, musician) and Lillie Crossley (dancer), Aaron Glancy (dancer, musician) and Ava Glancy (dancer, musician), Catherine Cullen (dancer, musician, lilter) and Ellen Langton (dancer), Caoimhe Mooney (singer, dancer) and Ryan Sheridan (dancer, musician) and Aisling Clarke (musician, storyteller) and Karen Tansey (dancer). Come along and get involved this Culture Night, we can’t wait to see what you create! This event has been curated by Lillie Crossley, Edwina Guckian, Ryan Mulligan, Tara Noone and Karen Tansey for Áirc Damhsa Culture Club members and their families. Please note in line with Government recommendations this will be a ticketed event with limited capacity.

Tickets will be allocated in pods of 6 and must be pre-booked online. See for booking information.

Rabbits Riot Theatre Company

‘I felt stuck and ignorant and useless and I watched them tie women like my sister to a stake and light the match. They wanted to see us all burn.’ Tara gets ready to return home to Ireland after living in Australia alone. She packs her bags, she finds her passport, she checks off her to do list and she ignores the voicemails on her phone. She only has a few hours before she must board her flight. She is running away. She is running towards something. She is finally ready to tell you her story.

Sugar, Sugar is a one woman show about emigration, loneliness and raising money for abortion rights through unconventional means.This online event will be streamed on YouTube at 7pm on Culture Night and will be available for viewing and ordering a ticket for until Sunday the 19th. Tickets can be pre-ordered through Eventbrite.The script of Sugar Sugar was commissioned by the Leitrim Abortion Rights Campaign in Spring 2021 and written by playwright Treasa Nealon. It is performed by Rebecca Malone, directed by Sonia Norris and the film is created by Jonas Dellow. It is produced by award-winning The Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company and was filmed in The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton. The Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company have produced over 25 different projects, most recently the experimental audio show The Five Stages written and performed by Treasa Nealon.

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Rossinver Youth and Community Project

Welcoming all local adults to join us for the first session of the new ‘North Leitrim Art Club’! This is an outdoor art session at the state-of-the-art New Rossinver Community Centre in Leitrim for a gentle early evening art workshop this Culture Night; the event is suitable for complete beginners or those with a little experience and the focus is on an hour’s enjoyment in the great outdoors flexing your creative muscle without pressure of performance or producing anything. All materials will be provided along with some subtle guidance from an experienced arts facilitator. Why not chill out at the start of your weekend? All adults of welcome but spaces limited so get booking!

Contact or 07198-32970 for more info and booking.

Solas Gallery - Ballinamore

Solas Gallery will once more host an exciting event as part of national Culture Night on Friday September 17th. from 8- 9.30 pm. This year, our invited exhibiting artist Elizabeth Kinsella will share some insights on her practise and her life as an artist and lecturer. Elizabeth Kinsella is a visual artist based in Sligo. Kinsella graduated with BA and MFA from the University of Ulster, where she received the Spectrum Painting Prize and a Peter Moore's Foundation Scholarship for Postgraduate Study. She lectures at Sligo Institute of Technology and is Programme Chair for Fine Art. “The work I make is abstract and plays with colour, form and patterns which are breaking up or collapsing. The work in each medium uses simple geometric forms, often reversed or repeated through a piece to build up layers and rhythms. I love to play with art historical references. Fragments from early Renaissance, Modernism, Cubist and early 20th century domestic scenes may suggest a form, a scrap of fabric from clothing or furniture may give a starting point for a pattern or a colour reference for building a palette for a work. I combine these historical snippets with memories of forms and details of abstract forms or patterns from around the house or ground level, floors pathways, distortions or reflections in puddles or windows and lots of other stuff.” 

Richard Nelson and Philip Tierney will provide music on the night.“If you’ve heard any pedal steel guitar swells on any Irish country tracks over the past 30 years, chances are it was Richard Nelson’s skilfully crafted lines that permeated the somewhat generic sound of that particular genre. Richard is the guy that everyone has heard but no one has heard of (outside of the top-tier level of Irish musicians). His credits include Van Morrison and Paul Brady, but his discography is even more impressive. When asked how many albums he has played on, he smirked ‘I gave up counting after it got past 1,200.’ A typical answer from a modest, yet quietly confident Ulsterman with an exceptionally droll sense of humour. Philip Tierney started playing drums at 17 before switching to guitar and banjo performing with various bands such as JUST- IN and Barbra and the New Affair. In recent years he’s mixed blues and Americana music with Irish trad playing with The Rob Strong band amongst others.

Culture Night at Solas Gallery will be held in the walled courtyard at the back of the Four Seasons (access through the side entrance) with access to the gallery space in small groups as Covid restrictions allow. Any minors should be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served. To book your seat, please phone the gallery 071 9644210. See for more info.

Cornmill Theatre – Carrigallen

Dip your toe into the world of playwriting with The Corn Mill Theatre’s Page To Stage Script Writing course. Aimed at complete beginners, participants will be able to attend free master classes with the best playwrights from Leitrim and nationwide. Facilitators will include: If you have always wanted to see your stories on stage, dreamed of putting your name to a play or are interested in developing any sort of written theatre work, this course is for you! It will be delivered over 5 sessions on Zoom and in The Corn Mill Theatre (restrictions permitting). One to one mentoring will be available also for anyone wishing to write a piece during the programme. The programme is open to anyone over the age of 18. The aim of the programme is to develop writing talent in Leitrim specifically for theatre. The Corn Mill Theatre aims to promote and encourage theatre, particularly theatre created by the group. The Theatre would be delighted to be able to stage productions based on plays and pieces written by members and locals. While there is no obligation to produce a piece during the programme, we hope a number of people will use what they learn to produce work. 

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The Dock

For Culture Night 2021 The Dock will open its doors to the public with a free outdoor screening at 6pm of the award-winning film by Abbas Kiarostami The Wind Will Carry Us (Bad Ma Ra Khahad Bord) The film which won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival is a gently comic fable that contemplates the unpredictability of life through the observation of a community’s simplest existence. In addition to the film we are offering free guided tours of The Dock galleries where visitors can view work in a new exhibition that features the work of three artists; Jackie McKenna, Bassam Al-Sabah and Atoosa Pour Hosseini. The tours will be available form 5pm to 7pm There is no requirement to book in advance.

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'Crafting the Light' at Leitrim Design House

A short film titled Crafting the Light developed by The Leitrim Design House & funded by Creative Ireland, showcasing the rich vein of creativity that lies within County Leitrim’s creative sector, capturing a response from the craft community during a time of reflection, growth and creativity. The film aims to draw out and capture what has been created, or what creative processes have occurred during this time and to shine a light inward, on the minds, thoughts, inspirations of creative practitioners. Revealing that something beautiful can occur in a time of darkness, how creating something that never existed before is an act of hope, revealing how creativity pushes us forward to begin again.

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Poet Laureate Premiere

Finally, as part of the national Poetrytown programme, Leitrim's 2021 Poet Laureate Vincent Woods will premiere a new poem that he has been commissioned to write that honours and reflects Carrick on Shannon and its people. Alongside the first public reading of this work, we will also have poetry written and read by Leitrim's own Stephen Murphy and Róisín Kelly as well as music and song by the wonderful Ailie Blunnie.


  • EU Sturctural Fund
  • European Union