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2006 Archives

I think it would be fair to say that Ranelagh Arts Festival 2006 was a great success.


It is said that it usually takes a new festival four to five years to embed itself in a community, but I hope that I am not being presumptuous in saying we have achieved this in just two years. I think we have created an enormous reservoir of goodwill for the future of the festival amongst the community of Ranelagh.


This year, it was impossible to ignore the festival and we attracted record numbers to all our events – indeed, many of our events were sell-outs. All involved in the festival deserve great credit and I hope the blood, sweat and tears that were shed will not go unrecognised by the community!


Our programme was superb and deserves the highest accolades. A highlight of the festival for me was the Open Day in Ranelagh Gardens, which went ahead despite monsoon conditions – who can ever forget the brave kids of Ranelagh, soldiering through the deluge and the brilliant programme of events that went on following the parade? I also have to mention walking around the village on Sunday afternoon and meeting droves of people on their way to and from festival events.


Our publicity – through distribution of the programme, the AA Ireland brochure and Choice magazine – brought word of the festival to every household in the area. Our posters, banners and bunting gave the village a festive feel and the various mentions we got on the radio and in the press spread the word far beyond local boundaries.


 Great support for the festival came from local businesses, through varying degrees of sponsorship, which we hope all concerned will feel was worthwhile. A special mention must be made of our major sponsors: AA Ireland, Young’s Auctioneers, McSorley’s, our local Credit Union, Morton’s of Dunville Avenue, Choice magazine, Dublin City Council and the Arts Council. To secure this sponsorship, committee members put in a huge effort and, indeed, hard work in all the areas covered by our committee yielded magnificent results.


 Ken Doherty and Ciarán Tourish gave us exceptional support, as did Dublin City Council, who – apart from financial support – was also right behind us in so many other ways. Thank you to Frank Lambe, Leo Fitzpatrick and, especially, Ronan O’Donnell.


 Thank you also to our local schools and churches, who allowed us to use their fabulous facilities, and to the many, many individuals who went out of their way to give us help and support.


We had a long and difficult year, but in the end we produced the goods.



A Message From The Artistic Director


Official lighting of Ranelagh Triangle's first Christmas Tree took place on Thursday 7th December

Welcome from the Artistic Director

Welcome to the Second Annual Ranelagh Arts Festival!


2005 saw the first ever Arts Festival in Ranelagh, which was a roaring success. The Festival brought together countless residents of the Ranelagh area and contributed to strengthening a sense of community in the village.


Our mission for this year’s Festival is to make it even bigger and better than 2005. In keeping with our aim of creating a diverse programme with something to suit all ages and tastes, we have treats in store for the youngest residents of Ranelagh right up to the Golden Oldies!


Without doubt, the most exciting event lined up for 2006 is the Beat Club night on Saturday, 30th September in Mount Pleasant Tennis Club, when a host of Ireland’s rock stars from the 1960s will reunite to conjure up those heady days when we first heard of rock ’n’ roll! Other highlights this year include a traditional Irish music night, the Open Day in Ranelagh Gardens, an evening dedicated to Maeve Brennan and the return of the Cinemobile, a mobile cinema showing a range of movies.


I would like to pay a special tribute to our sponsors, whose support has made the Festival possible. I strongly encourage the residents of Ranelagh to support those businesses that have partnered with and funded the Festival.


Further details of all events are available on this site. And be sure to come along to as many events as you can and enjoy the community spirit in Ranelagh!


Terry Connaughton

Artistic Director

 Ranelagh Arts Festival 2006


We need volunteers to help with the festival! Please email us at info@ranelagharts.org

Wednesday 27th September 2006


Book Launch - "All in the Blood: A Memoir" by Geraldine Plunkett Dillon

 Illustrated talk by Honor O Brolchain (Editor) Cullenswood House 5.30pm

Oiche Cheoil / A Night of Music

 Our entwined heritage: A talk and demonstration by Brian Mullen and Gary Hastings Cullenswood House € 8/5 7.30pm



Thursday 28th September 2006


The Green Green Grass of Home

 Chinese - Irish Karaoke Night, hosted by Znang Ning Smyth's, Ranelagh 10.00pm

Gavin Ryan, Percussionist Ranelagh Triangle 12.30pm

Gavin Ryan, Percussionist Ranelagh Triangle 6.00pm

Book Launch - "Bockety" by Desmond Ellis Birchall's Pub 7.00pm

Celebrating Maeve Brennan

 An evening of music, readings and performance, inspired by the work of Ranelagh-born writer, Maeve Brennan Ranelagh Multidenominational School € 10/5 8.00pm


 By Flann O'Brien Russell's 9.15pm



Friday 29th September 2006


Fanzini Brothers Ranelagh Triangle 12.30pm

Fanzini Brothers Ranelagh Triangle 6.00pm


 By Flann O'Brien Corrigan's Bar 7.00pm

The Republic of Cullenswood: Patrick Pearse in Ranelagh

 Historical Talk presented by Dr. Elaine Sissons Cullenswood House 7.30pm

Speakeasy Poetry Smyth's, Ranelagh 8.30pm

Ciaran Tourish, Arty McGlynn, Sean Og Potts and Guest Mount Pleasant Tennis Club € 15/8 9.00pm



Saturday 30th September 2006


Ranelagh Arts Festival Open Day

 Chinese Dragon, traditional games, face painting, clowns, dress up corner and lots more. Ranelagh Gardens 1.30pm

Irish Corps Pipe Band

 Parade and Recital Ranelagh Gardens 1.30pm

A Taste of Ranelagh Art

 A group exhibition by unique local artists. Sandford Park School 10.00am

Singin' In The Rain (1952)

 Cinemobile Streets of Ranelagh € 5 10.00am

Historical Walking Tours

 With Sally Corcoran and Marie Carew. Meet at Ranelagh Triangle. Ranelagh Triangle 11.00am

Special Architectural Visit: Ranelagh Multidenominational School

 With Sheila O'Donnell Ranelagh Multidenominational School 12.00pm

Cars (2006)

 Cinemobile Streets of Ranelagh € 5 12.00pm


 By Flann O'Brien Humphrey's Pub 2.00pm

Musical Parade Through Ranelagh Gardens

 Flower City Chinese Dragon, Ma Samba Youth Group, Percussion and dance groups from local national schools, The Eymard Choir and many more. Ranelagh Gardens 2.00pm

Historical Walking Tours

 With Sally Corcoran and Marie Carew. Meet at Ranelagh Triangle. Ranelagh Triangle 2.00pm

Local National School children perform Samba dance Ranelagh Gardens 2.30pm


 Cinemobile Streets of Ranelagh € 5 2.30pm

Independent Theatre Workshop Ranelagh Gardens 2.50pm

The Eymard Pilipino Choir Ranelagh Gardens 3.20pm

MaSamba Youth Group Ranelagh Gardens 3.40pm

Battle of the Bands Ranelagh Gardens 4.00pm

Dublin City Workingman's Band Ranelagh Gardens 5.00pm

Irish Destiny (1926)

 Cinemobile. Introduced by a special guest. Streets of Ranelagh € 8/5 5.30pm

An Evening of Mozart

 The Cullenswood Singers, the DSO Chamber Group and Charles Pearson Sandford Parish Church € 8/5 8.00pm

Les Quatre Cent Coups (1959)

 Cinemobile Streets of Ranelagh € 8/5 8.00pm

The Green Beat

 Special guests: Peter Adler, Henry McCullough, Ditch Cassidy, Brian Harris, Noel Bridgeman, Frank Boylan, Jimmy Faulkner and James Delaney Mount Pleasant Tennis Club € 20/12 9.00pm


 By Flann O'Brien Russell's 9.15pm



Sunday 1st October 2006



 By Flann O'Brien Humphrey's Pub 1.00pm

Hen's Teeth Studios

 Studios open to the public to come and view the artists' work and meet the artists themselves. Ormond Lane 11.00am

Historical Walking Tours

 With Sally Corcoran and Marie Carew. Meet at Ranelagh Triangle. Ranelagh Triangle 11.00am

Historical Walking Tours

 With Sally Corcoran and Marie Carew. Meet at Ranelagh Triangle. Ranelagh Triangle 2.00pm

The Dillon Garden - A World-Class Ranelagh Treasure

 World-famous garden and house The Dillon Garden 2.00pm

Talk and Guided Tour of Sandford Parish Church

 With Dermot James Sandford Parish Church 2.30pm

A History of Dublin South-East Constituency

 Lecture by veteran politician, Ruairi Quinn Ranelagh Multidenominational School 3.00pm

Guided Tour of the Church of the Holy Name

 With Father Paul Freeney Church of the Holy Name 3.45pm

Guided Tour of the Church of the Holy Name

 With Father Paul Freeney Church of the Holy Name 4.45pm


 By Flann O'Brien McSorley's Pub 7.00pm

Day by Day Guide



September 2006


 Ken Doherty, World Champion snooker player, will officially open Ranelagh Arts Festival 2006 at an event in McSorley’s pub, Ranelagh on Tuesday, 26 September.


Ken is one of Ranelagh’s best-loved sons and says he became involved in the community-based Arts Festival because he wanted to give something back to the area in which he grew up and lives to this day.


“This is my first time getting really involved in the Festival,” he says. “And I’m delighted to be involved… I’m looking forward to loads of the acts that are playing during the Festival. I’ll certainly be attending as many events as I can!”


According to Terry Connaughton, Artistic Director of Ranelagh Arts Festival, this year’s line-up promises something to suit all ages and tastes. “We have an unbelievable programme for 2006,” says Terry. “Our biggest highlight is the Greenbeat night taking place on Saturday, 30 September. For anybody who loves rock ‘n’ roll – and for those of us who cherish memories of the Beat Club scene in 1960s Dublin – this is a must-attend event. Other highlights include a Mozart evening in Sandford Church, an Open Day and Battle of the Bands in Ranelagh Gardens, the Cinemobile in Beechwood Park and the staging of Flann O’Brien’s hilarious play Thirst in various Ranelagh pubs. Undoubtedly, this year’s Festival promises to be even better than 2005.”


Further information on Ranelagh Arts Festival, the schedule of events and online ticket sales are available from www.ranelagharts.org. Tickets for all events are also available from the Festival Ticket Office in the front snug of Smyth’s pub, Ranelagh from Tuesday, 19 September until the end of the Festival. The opening hours for the Festival Office are: Monday-Friday, 1-2pm and 5-8pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1-6pm.






 Background Information

The first Ranelagh Arts Festival took place in 2005. The festival is organised by residents of the area as a community-centred festival by, for and in the community. It celebrates Ranelagh, past and present, and the importance of the arts in people’s lives. People of all ages and backgrounds are involved in the festival.




 Media Queries

 For further information, contact: Martina Quinn – 087-6522033 or Deirdre McIntyre – 086-1943439, Email: media@ranelagharts.org

Ranelagh Arts Festival Committee 2007

Artistic Director:  Terry Connaughton

Treasurer:  Val Roche




Coordinators of sub-committees:

Administration: Eibhlis Connaughton

Architecture and Local History: Susan Roundtree

Arts/Visual Photography: Gerhardt Gallagher

Communications: Deirdre McIntyre, Rajbir Gosal

Family Open Day: Sheila Griffin

Festival Co-Ordination: Anne O'Donnell

Film: James Kelly

Funding: Valerie Roche

Irish: Peadar Mac Mathuna

Literary and Drama: Charles Crockett

Music: Robbie Foy

Visual Arts: Mello Bleahan





Members of Architecture and Local History sub-committee

Marie Carew, Sally Corcoran, Margaret Coyle


Members of Communications sub-committee

Martina Quinn, Erica Roseingrave


Members of Family Open Day sub-committee

Helen Kane, Oisin Quinn, Eilish Murphy, Anne O'Brien, Ronan O'Donnell


Members of Film sub-committee

Siobhan Condon, Aoife Coughlan, Howard Linnane, Deirdre O'Connell, Lisa O'Higgans


Members of Funding sub-committee

Chloe O'Connor, Marcus O'Connor


Members of Literary and Drama sub-committee

Peter Dargan, Miriam Gallagher, Tony Gilmore


Members of Music sub-committee

Marie Rooney, Niall Woods


Members of Visual Arts sub-committee

Gerhardt Gallagher, Aidan Kelly, Marie Mulcahy, Fiona Slevin, Nella Sygne

The Festival Committee