Irish Chamber Orchestra is performing in Rathkeale


The Rathkeale Community Arts Group is delighted to be welcoming back the Irish Chamber Orchestra as part of their summer tour.

The orchestra with director Katherine Hunka have agreed to play in St Mary’s Church, Rathkeale on Sunday, July 19. The recital will begin at 8pm and tickets cost €20. However, the Arts Group is offering a big saving with two tickets for €30.

This concert will be a treat for music lovers. But it will also be a chance for people who have not attended an ICO concert before to do so, close to home and at a very reasonable costs.

Buying a ticket or tickets would also make a lovely present for someone… a birthday present, an anniversary present or simply a thank you gift…

Another good thing about this concert is that it will help two local charities: The Butterfly Club which provides fun and respite to children and teenagers with special needs and their families and The Street Children of Bucharest, a charity headed up by Brian Geary which offers support and help to youngsters get off the streets and into accommodation and education.

The concert is called Four Seasons….Twice and will feature Vivaldi’s Four Seasons followed by Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has long enjoyed immense popularity and never fails to enchant with its freshness and musical brilliance. Each of the four seasons features three short movements and it is amazing how accurately Vivaldi portrays each, without losing the overall quality and balance of the work.

Piazzolla’s variations gives each season only one movement but within it are depicted different moods. Spring is exciting, Autumn is melancholy, Winter slow and sultry and Katherine Hunka’s virtuoso playing gets full exposure.

You can book tickets in advance now by ringing 086-1249955.


2nd Christopher Lynch Singing Bursary


In offering a bursary, the Rathkeale Community Arts Group intends to offer support to a singer, male or female, aged 15 upwards with a genuine talent and interest in formal, classical singing. The bursary of €1000 will be awarded for the purpose of facilitating further development and voice-training.

Closing date for applications and material is 3rd October 2014

What are you doing this Thursday?


Remember! This Thursday, March 29 sees the Arra Group make their debut in Rathkeale. The group been performing with great success in Newcastle West and they are hoping to get a good reception in Rathkeale also. They will perform three one-act plays. The performance begins at 8pm sharp in Rathkeale Arts Centre which is located above the library on the Ballywilliam Road. Tickets at the door.

Deadline approaches


If you are considering entering for the Christopher Lynch Singing Bursary, please note that there are just a few days left until the deadline, which is next Friday, March 30. And remember, along with the application form, you have to submit three copies of a tape or CD. The tape or CD must be no longer than ten minutes. Get in touch if you are having any problems. Our email is

A treat for drama lovers


Rathkeale Arts Centre will be a hive of dramatic activity at the end of March. On Thursday, March 29, the Arra Players will make their debut in Rathkeale with three one-act plays. The hope is that on their first visit to the town, there will be a lot of support for this group, who have only been up and running a little over a year.

Then, the following Sunday and Monday, April 1 and 2, the Ardagh Drama Group is back – this time with two one-act plays. Full details will be available shortly and will be posted. Just keep it in mind.