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Culture Night – Rahan Comhaltas and Friends of Charleville Castle go Online

Rahan Comhaltas preforming outside Charleville Castle for Culture Night

Culture Night takes place on one night each year in September. Originating in Temple Bar, it has now extended to hundreds of venues that host free events which take place throughout the whole country in the majority of towns and cities in Ireland. Its purpose is to celebrate international creativity in this country, and also for each county, town and city to be aware of and appreciate its multicultural, talented citizens.

Venues in Tullamore, Co. Offaly also host a variety of Culture Night performances each year in various venues throughout the town.. Normally, over 30 venues open up their doors and showcase some of County Offaly’s best talent through poetry, theatre, craft, song, dance and comedy;  however many physical events have been waylaid because of the threat of Covid-19.  Charleville Castle has been no exception and is currently closed – but that will not stop it, or Rahan Comhaltas from being at the online epicentre of the Culture Night excitement – with an amazing variety of international songs, dance and revelry!  They will take to the internet, alongside many other venues and organisers this year, and present a wonderful mix of cultural and creative talent as well as their own trad song, dance, stories and craic!

Meghana Rao

Culture Night takes place this year on Friday, September 18th.  Rahan presents ‘Faces of Culture and Creativity’ – an online video show that will be broadcast  from The Charleville Castle Facebook page at 9pm, as well as appearing on the Rahan Comhaltas Facebook Page, and   The video will show various performances from artists at Charleville Castle, home of our regular night of revelry. Expect an opening of the festivities by long-time Volunteer and Poet Roseanna Tyrell, followed by amazing performances by The Celtic Blondes dancing  Irish Trad with a modern twist, Aparna Shukla dancing Bollywood, step into the exploratory world of visual art and sound with Tracy McEvoy, Terri Dale-Kearney and Darrendajourney, wander through the Neo-Gothic art history of Charleville Castle through a classical JS Bach performance with Adriana von Runic, and  finally a special Indian Classical Dance by Meghana Vashist, intertwined between the wonderful talent and inspiring acts of Rahan Comhaltas at Charleville Castle or from their homes to yours.

Rahan Comhaltas bring to you the very best of their own Irish traditional culture with a show that both captivates the audience and still welcomes their participation through their tv, computer, tablet or phone all are invited to join in on the Seisiún experience, taking to their floors as they wish … with a step, tune, song, or story which will bring the evening to a fantastic crescendo that will have you singing, participating and dancing along. Music, song, dance and storytelling await the lucky virtual audience on this anticipated night!


Double your fun – experience amazing cultural talent in County Offaly’s Culture Centre of the Midlands on the heel of successful Virtual Multicultural Dance and Art Festival Shakefest, but they also get to experience it through one of Ireland’s Neo-Gothic Architectural and Artistic Masterpieces – Charleville Castle – ONLINE.

Check out Culture Night Offaly Facebook page for official Facebook Event info aswell as or