Ranelagh Arts Centre

Festival Friday 15th - Sunday 30th September 2012


Mon 17
Tues 18

Wed 19
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Mon 24
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Fri 28

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Sat 15
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Wed 26
Thurs 27

Saturday 22nd

Sunday 23rd


Busking Competition


Kids Writing Workshop

Time: 12pm, Sunday 23rd

Price: €5 entry fee for participants
Location: Ranelagh Village

On Sunday 23rd of this year’s Ranelagh Arts Festival, we’ll be running a busking competition between 12pm and 2pm, at a number of locations around the streets of Ranelagh. The competition is open to all performers, any age, any skill, all welcome! And as it’s a competition there will be a panel of roving judges, looking to give one lucky act a top prize! So whether you’re a ceili group, a singer, a saxophone player or a poet, come along to the arts centre at 11.30 to be allocated your spot in the village.

Time: 1pm, , Saturday 22nd

Price: €5
Location: Market Venue

Writing and Werewolf Workshop by Maura Byrne. Maura Byrne’s first book ‘Bridget in Werewolf Rehab’ has been described by Children’s Books Ireland as “as part Wimpy Kid/ part Scream Street; but then again, it is quite unlike others of its’ genre. There are underlying morals about acceptance, friendship and loyalty, but they take a firm backseat to the fun of the story. It is fast-paced and loaded with humour, adventure and a big ‘who-donewriting tips, Maura will teach you how werewolves eat, prey and live! Raid your Halloween box, dress like a werewolf and come!


Cycling tour of local graveyards

1916 walking tour given by

James Connolly-Heron - 
Ranelagh, Rebels and The Rising

Time: 1pm, Sunday 23rd

Price: Free
Location: Meet at the Arts Centre

Join some of our local historians for a cycling tour of some of the local cemeteries, that boast a wealth of historical interest. We will be visiting the Hugenot Cemetry in Baggot Street, Donnybrook cemetery and Mount Jerome, a talk will be given at each on the history of the graveyard.


Time: 2pm, Saturday 22nd

Price: Free
Location: Meet Outside the Arts Centre

A historical walk of the ranelagh area that
outlines the surprising fact that it could be said that Ranelagh was the cradle of the Easter Rising. From Pearse’s family home on Sallymount Ave to Cullenswood House which was the spiritual home of the celtic Revival, the walk includes houses and buildings that links nearly all the major figures, including Pearse Connolly, Plunket, McDonagh and Ceant to the area. The walk/talk is presented by James Connolly -Heron, great grandson of James Connolly. A respected community activist in Ranelagh for well over 30 years, Jim is now associated mainly for the sterling work he has done in preserving Moore St. and now also is the co-author with Jim Allen of a ‘musical’ ‘Seven Songs for Seven Signatories’ presently touring Ireland. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in the period. James will be assisted on this tour by Honor Ni Bralochain a noted local writer and historian and Arts festival stalwart over the years.Honour is also the great grand neice of Joseph Mary Plunkett.


Robin Hurt

Time: 2pm, Sunday 23rd

Price: Free
Location: Humphreys

Born in Belfast, raised in Scotland and living in Dublin, he plays guitar like a 'demon gadgie'. He also sings like a wee bird, and composes and arranges fine folky music. Not to be missed!

Art Workshop: The Forest of Wishes, Provided by the Magic Turtles

Time: 2pm-5pm, Sunday 23rd

Price: €5
Location: Ranelagh Gardens

Branch Weaving: This workshop consists in inviting people to weave coulourful threads of wool around branches. At the end of the weaving, the participants can hang a special object and/or a message on the woven branch. We will provide a selection of shells, stones, feathers and little gems from the natural world from which people can choose. Once the pieces are finished, the participant can either take it away or hung it to one or more trees around alternately we will find a way to hung the branches and create a colourful forest of wishes. Material needed: branches, wool, objects from the natural world.Drawing: The workshop consists in drawing a tree starting from the person’s arm and hand. People will be invited to place the arm, from the elbow down, on a piece of paper or fabric, and trace the profile of the arm, where the forearm is the trunk and the palm and the fingers are the beginning of the branches. From there, each one will develop a personal tree. Words can be added to the drawing.

Bellydancing Workshop

Time: 4pm, Saturday 22nd

Price: €5
Location: Market Venue

Aliyah was introduced to the mysteries of Eastern dance technique eight years ago and has developed a natural oriental belly dance style performing regularly in Hungary and in Ireland. Come along in loose clothes and learn the exotic ways of bellydancing.


1916 Book Launch

Time: 4.30pm, Saturday 22nd.

Price: €5
Location: The Arts Centre

Following on from the 1916 walking tour will be the Ranelagh launch of books on James Connolly by Lorcan Collins, Joseph Mary Plunkett by Honor Ni Bhraolachain and Michael Mallin by Brian Hughes. The three authors will give short talks on the topics of their individual books. A Q&A will follow.

Cineclub –

Breaking Boundaries


Time: 6pm, , Sunday 23rd

Price: €5
Location: Market Venue

‘Breaking Boundaries’
It is a documentary by Paul Davey, Edwina Forkin & Shimmy Marcus. It is about the Irish being in the Cricket World Cup. A short talk will be given beforehand by one of the members of the Irish cricket team.

African/ Arabian Drumming


Time: 5.30pm, Saturday 22nd

Price: €5
Location: Village Market Venue

Learn or improve on your knowledge of handheld drumming, in particular African and Arabian beats with Des McCarthy. Necessary to bring your own drum.


Ranelagh Players present: A

String Of Pearls II


Time: 7pm Saturday 22nd.

Price: Free
Location: RMDS School

An exciting medley of contrasting monologues
and soliloquies specially arranged for Ranelagh Arts Festival 2012. Come along for an hour of Ranelagh Players will be celebrating their tenth anniversary next year and are seeking new members to perform and to work behind the scenes. There are many opportunities for those interested in being involved in assisting the production, be it on stage, backstage or at
front of the house. We always welcome new
members for cast and crew – no experience
For more information contact: johnstanton@eircom.net


Arabesque Evening


Time: 8.00pm, Saturday 22nd

Price: €10
Location: Market Venue

A night of middle eastern delights with exquisite dance and sensual art from Aliyah and the bellydancers, Fadi and Kifah Hatoum will be performing classic Arabic music and songs, Rhythm rebelled will be performing a fusion of African and Arab Cuban drums. Sami Moukaddam and his band will be performing a fusion of soulful jazz and Arab music and Nigel woods, world music DJ will be performing throughout the night.


Henry McCullough

Time: 9.30pm, Saturday 22nd

Price: €15
Location: The Leeson Lounge, Leeson St.

Ranelagh Arts Festival are delighted to have Henry McCullough back at Ranelagh Arts Festival 2012. Henry is a living legend, the only Irish man to play at Woodstock and with Paul McCartney and Wings, Joe Cocker and The Greaseband, Eire Apparant and Sweeneys Men. Henry will be joined by James Delaney, keyboards, Nollaig Bridgeman, drums, Ed Deane, guitar and John Querney,bass.