Culture Night with Charleville Castle & Friends!

Thanks to all who came out to Culture Night at Charleville Castle on Friday September 18th, it was a full house all evening! Special thanks to our performers The Red Embers and special guest Mandy McLoughlin & group, Jacek & Friends and of course Rahan Comhaltas for some great craic to round off the evening. Lots of fun was had by all, nobody went without with all the great refreshments going around too.  Also many thanks to the County Council Arts Office for their support.
Roll on next year!

Culture Night with Charleville Castle & Friends!

CN2015_web_emailbannerCome and experience an awe-inspiring, interactive variety of cultural performances this Friday at Charleville Castle, Tullamore!

Culture Night takes place once a night each year on
September 18th.  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 through the Offaly County Council Arts Office.  This year, over 30 venues will open up their doors and showcase some of County Offaly’s best talent through poetry, theatre, craft, song, dance and comedy; Charleville Castle will of course be right in the middle of the excitement – with an amazing variety of international songs, dance and revelry!

Rahan Comhaltas and friends plan to entertain you with an eclectic mix of Egyptian and Contemporary Dance, Storytelling, Gypsy, French and Polish songs, and some surprise international acts in the gorgeous setting of Neo-Gothic styled Charleville Castle – one of County Offaly’s artistic jems itself.charleville events

The Red Embers and special guests open the evening with a series of Egyptian style and Contemporary dances.  This cultural dance troupe is based out of Charleville Castle, Tullamore and have been entertaining audiences nationwide since 2006 at events and festivals such as Shakefest, Tullamore Arts Festival, Hulabaloo Children’s Festival, Bealtine Festival, Castlepalooza and countless St. Patricks Day Parades throughout County Offaly.

Jacek and Friends will be performing an energetic set of Gypsy Jazz, Classical, French and Polish songs to the spirited sounds of violin, guitar and vocals and will be sure to have the audience hopping. Jacek & Friends have played other local venues on Culture Night in the past but have not had the fortunate opportunity yet to fill the walls of the Grand Ballroom’s perfect acoustics with their music until now.

Following Jacek & Friends we introduce the finale of the evening’s entertainment with Rahan Comhaltas and friends taking to the stage to bring to you the very best of their own Irish traditional culture with a show that both captivates the audience and welcomes their participation. After the initial staged show, light refreshments are served during the short break ‘sos’. Then the wild card part of the show unfolds where guests are invited to join in the Seisiún experience, taking to the floor as they wish … with a step, tune, song, or story which will bring the evening to a fantastic crescendo that will have the audience singing, participating and dancing along.  Music, song, dance and storytelling await the lucky audience on this anticipated night – but who will show up? There is only one way to find out – see you there!

The show starts at 7:30pm – there is no advanced booking necessary but arrive early to get a good seat. Audience members get a double whammy – not only do they get to experience amazing cultural talent in County Offaly’s Culture Centre of the Midlands on the heel of successful Multicultural Dance and Art Festival Shakefest, but they also get to experience it in one of Ireland’s Neo-Gothic Architectural and Artistic Masterpieces – Charleville Castle.

We wish to thank the Offaly County Council Arts Office for supporting this venture.

Culture Night with Charleville Castle & Friends!

Come and Celebrate Culture Night with Charleville Castle & Friends! 

This year at Charleville Castle, the Parish of Rahan presents a variety of cultural acts in the Grand Ballroom which include colourful and captivating Cultural Dance performances by The Red Embers, enjoy an energetic and lively set of French, Polish and Gypsy Jazz music by Jacek & Friends, as well as be surprised by a host of International Drop-In acts and Storytelling brought to you by Rahan Comhaltas. It’s bound to be a great night of entertainment for all ages so don’t miss out!Culture Night is taking place on Friday September 18th and our celebrations at Charleville Castle will begin at 7:30 pm. Check out our Facebook Page for more info!Culture Night events are FREE ENTRY and no pre-booking is necessary for our event.

A full programme on everything that’s happening in Offaly for Culture Night can be found on the Offaly County Council site – Here

Culture Night comprises hundreds of events across Ireland and overseas. From nation’s capital to county town, everyone’s getting involved! Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks & performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy. So get involved!

More information on Culture Night throughout Ireland can be found on

The Second Annual Explorers Museum Film Festival

Explorers Museum CrestWe are honoured to announce The 2nd Annual Explorers Museum Film Festival will be opened on

Friday evening 4th of September 2015 by the Canadian Ambassador, H.E. Kevin Vickers.

Lorie Karnath, co-founder of The Explorers Museum, delivers welcome on behalf of the museum. Dudley Stewart and Bridget Vance welcome guests on behalf of the Charleville Castle.

The evening will start with the Explorers Pennant Ceremony, the teturn of pennant #4 to Lorie Karnath and Mabel Purkerson, director and chair of the pennant committee, by Anne Doubilet. director of pennant #4 and handing over to Mark Terry, direct
or for his upcoming expedition.

The Film Festival was first launched in 2014 in order to promote the development of The Explorers Museum, which will be based at Charleville Castle. The Charleville Castle Heritage Trust will work with The Explorers Museum to develop a world-class museum, which will honour past, present and future accomplishments in the realm of exploration and draw audiences from around the world. A not for profit venture, it will serve to promote exploration through recognition of significant expeditions and discoveries, while also curating special exhibits featuring feats and historical achievements.

Medieval Music and Dance Recital

Newsletter_20Portrait_20LRMedieval Music & Dance Recital 

On Tuesday, December 23rd

Sam Burke from the early music and folk group NUADA will present a set of Christmas songs and music to invoke the spirit of Christmas in Medieval times.  Music will range from carols, sung in Norman French and Old English, to dance tunes and songs from the 17th century, all played on replicas of historic instruments including the Lute, Dulcimer and Hurdy-Gurdy.  Sam will also be joined by local artists including The Red Embers Oriental Dance Troupe and The Tullamore Rhymer’s Club.

Come and enjoy speaking with Medieval Re-enactors, enjoy roaring fires, mulled wine, and sparkling Christmas Trees – come and help us celebrate our musical history and local talent in the Pre-Christmas magical setting of Charleville Castle.

Show Starts 8pm Dec 23rd
Tickets are €10 per person which can be purchased online from!


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