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Upcoming events

23
Oct
2019
This is the Moment

23 October 2019 7:30 pm

This is the Moment
FRIDAY NIGHT NOW SOLD OUT

Rising Stars Stage School presents their annual show, 'This is the Moment'. Students will perform numbers from new hit musicals and showcase a variety of dance styles from pop, tap, contemporary and hip-hop. This fun filled variety production is packed with song, dance, drama and music for 3 nights only.
 
Date: Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th & Friday 25th October
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: €16

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24
Oct
2019
This is the Moment

24 October 2019 7:30 pm

This is the Moment
FRIDAY NIGHT NOW SOLD OUT

Rising Stars Stage School presents their annual show, 'This is the Moment'. Students will perform numbers from new hit musicals and showcase a variety of dance styles from pop, tap, contemporary and hip-hop. This fun filled variety production is packed with song, dance, drama and music for 3 nights only.
 
Date: Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th & Friday 25th October
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: €16

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25
Oct
2019
This is the Moment

25 October 2019 7:30 pm

This is the Moment
FRIDAY NIGHT NOW SOLD OUT

Rising Stars Stage School presents their annual show, 'This is the Moment'. Students will perform numbers from new hit musicals and showcase a variety of dance styles from pop, tap, contemporary and hip-hop. This fun filled variety production is packed with song, dance, drama and music for 3 nights only.
 
Date: Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th & Friday 25th October
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: €16

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27
Oct
2019
Gentle On My Mind - The Glen Campbell Story

27 October 2019 8:00 pm

Gentle On My Mind - The Glen Campbell Story

J and C Promotions Presents

Gentle on My Mind

‘The Glen Campbell Story’

From the Promotions Company that brought you the Highly Acclaimed Carpenters Story Starring Kim Dickinson and such well known Country Acts as The Three Amigos.

J and C Promotions is Proud to Present ‘Gentle on My Mind, The Glen Campbell Story’, Starring Master Guitarist and Well-Known Country Music Personality, Ciarán Rosney with his 5 Piece Band, Featuring such Well Known Musicians as Billy Burgoyne (ex-Daniel o Donnell) and Fiddle Player extraordinaire Denise Boyle.

 The Show will take you on a Truly Amazing Journey with some of Glen Campbells Best known hits, From Rhinestone Cowboy to Wichita Lineman and unique to this show will be Ciaran’s unrivalled interpretation of Glens Guitar Plating Abilities.

The show will also include state of yhe art Video Projection with tasteful lighting and a Full Live Music Experience.

Tickets €25


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01
Nov
2019
Tom Crean - Antartic Explorer

01 November 2019 8:00 pm

Tom Crean - Antartic Explorer
Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley.
 
Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions: Discovery, (1901 – 1904); Terra Nova (1910 – 1913); and Endurance (1914 - 1916).
 
Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of the Antarctic, his 36 mile, solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades Teddy Evans and William Lashly has been described by Antarctic historians as “the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration”. He was subsequently awarded the Albert Medal for his bravery.
 
This multi-award winning show has now played critically acclaimed sell-out performances throughout Ireland, USA, Australia, Europe and the UK.
 
“a remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre, gives everything and asks nothing.”
Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent Dublin
 
“This magnificent revelation of a fascinating character simply compels a standing ovation”
Gerry Colgan, The Irish Times Dublin
 
“You will go to then end of the earth to find theatre this rewarding
Murray Bramwell, The Australian
 
An unparalleled  portrayal
Gina Bellafante New York Times
 
www.tomcreanshow.co.uk 

Friday 1st November 2019, 8pm
Tickets €19 / 17

On sale Friday 14th June from 10am

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02
Nov
2019
Defending the Caveman

02 November 2019 8:00 pm

Defending the Caveman

Have you ever wondered why men can't multitask, or why women can’t change a tyre? Wonder no more as the longest running one-person show in Broadway and Las Vegas history, Rob Becker’s “Defending the Caveman” is here to challenge and demystify the differences between the sexes.

Starring the “hysterically funny” stand-up comedian, Tom O’Mahony, the Oliver Award winning show, Defending the Caveman has won the hearts of millions across the globe and now tours Ireland for the first time.

Using psychology, sociology and plain old observational comedy, Defending the Caveman highlights the battle of the sexes – the stereotypical and yet, undisputedly true differences between men and women. Why do men greet each other with insults? Why does it take women so long to get ready? Why can’t men talk about their feelings… And why does it seem that women can’t stop?  Defending the Caveman has become a peacemaker and a celebration of differences between the sexes.


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07
Nov
2019
IDA

07 November 2019 7:30 pm

IDA

BLAYNEY FILM @ ÍONTAS PRESENT

IDA

A young postulant about to take her vows in post-war communist Poland takes a journey to meet her only surviving relative. Through her encounter with her unorthodox aunt and her brief affair with a passionate musician, she is forced to ponder what life she may want to lead in future.
Award winning film by acclaimed Polish director, Pawel Pawlikowski.

Tickets €7
Membership seaon tickets are available for all four screenings €25. Call 042 975 3401 to become a BF@I Club Member.


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09
Nov
2019
An Evening With Johnny McEvoy

09 November 2019 8:00 pm

An Evening With Johnny McEvoy

Johnny McEvoy has always been highly acclaimed for his excellent shows and his recent nationwide concert tour received a huge response from his legion of fans.

This nostalgic evening of 'Song and Story' features many of Johnny's Hit Songs, including Muirsin Durkan-Boston Burglar-Those Brown Eyes-Long Long Before Your Time etc. plus songs from his new album. His songs are haunting, evocative and beautifully presented, with many in the folk and ballad style.

Johnny McEvoy has been one of the most enduring and talented singer/songwriters in these islands over the past 50 years. His concert performance is second to none with songs beautifully delivered in truly artistic fashion with story-telling of the finest order.

This a full evening with Johnny McEvoy. No support.

Saturday November 9th 8pm.

Tickets €30 available at Íontas Box Office (042 9753400) and online www.iontascastleblayney.ie

www.tomkellypromotions.com


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10
Nov
2019
Bosco - Once Upon A Time Tour

10 November 2019 2:30 pm

Bosco - Once Upon A Time Tour
Bosco is Bosco, not a boy, not a girl, just a Bosco: a cheeky, lovely, funny, slightly-cracked, irrepressible, eternal five-year-old who lives in a box and who loves nothing more than to just be Bosco and meet all the boys and girls.
After starring on Irish TV for three decades, you'll see why Bosco remains a firm favourite for each new generation.

Enjoy the enchanted story of Sleeping Beauty where an evil Fairy-Knight filled with jealousy tries to harm Beauty but luckily she has very good fairy friends. With its brilliant array of characters, lots of fun and excitement through this completely interactive live experience with the absolute magic of Puppet Theatre.

Sun 10th Nov, 2.30pm
Tickets €12 or €40 Family of Four

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15
Nov
2019
NOISES OFF By Farney Players

15 November 2019 8:00 pm

NOISES OFF By Farney Players
Farney Players celebrate 10 years on the boards this year with Micheal Frayn's 'Noises Off'. 

The play takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high risk adventure. This play -within-a -play captures a touring theatre troupe's production of 'Nothing On' a farce in 3 three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening night, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. The play gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from fluffed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce which will leave you rolling in the aisles.

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16
Nov
2019
NOISES OFF By Farney Players

16 November 2019 8:00 pm

NOISES OFF By Farney Players
Farney Players celebrate 10 years on the boards this year with Micheal Frayn's 'Noises Off'. 

The play takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high risk adventure. This play -within-a -play captures a touring theatre troupe's production of 'Nothing On' a farce in 3 three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening night, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. The play gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from fluffed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce which will leave you rolling in the aisles.

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23
Nov
2019
Preab Meadar @ Tin Church

23 November 2019 8:00 pm

Preab Meadar @ Tin Church
Iontas Arts and Preab Meadar presents ‘Rhythm and Rhyme’, an extraordinary traditional music performance of toe tingling dance songs, that will have your feet twitching and lips humming. This event will take place in the stunning Tin Church, Laragh just outside Castleblayney.
 
Veteran traditional music innovators, Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken, combine with sean nós dancers, Liam Scanlonn and Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin, to create a mesmerising conversation of rhythm; between voice and fiddle, and traditional dance.
 
Based on Lorcán and Daire’s  “stunning and incredible” collection of dance-songs, Preab Meadar; and combining with specially choreographed dance steps; this performance presents a truly unique combination of vocal, instrumental, and dance traditions.
 
Preab Meadar is music of newly defined tune rhythms, in new ‘complex-time signatures’. It is based on the poetic meters of ‘strict-time-syllabic poetry’ from a medieval Gaelic tradition known as the ‘Dán Díreach’. From this ancient and mysterious source, a new tradition of electrifying rhythms has been created.  
 
Intrigued? Well wait till you see and hear it! Drawing on inspiration from old and contemporary traditions, and from village dance celebrations which were once common all over Europe; Rhythm and Rhyme will give you a visual feast of toe tingling dance songs that will have your feet twitching and lips humming.

Tickets €15

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29
Nov
2019
Nobody puts Bernie in a Corner!

29 November 2019 8:00 pm

Nobody puts Bernie in a Corner!

Join Bernie Jones on her crazy “Dirty Dancing” themed hen party and get ready to meet her madcap family and friends while you have “The Time Of Your Life!”

Bernie is a single mother to her stroppy teenage daughter and from her living room runs an ironing service called “Let’s Get Steaming.”

When Bernie’s long-suffering driving instructor pops the question she reluctantly agrees and sets the date!

Will she make it down the aisle or will she discover her real-life Johnny Castle?

This high energy, hilariously funny comedy show features 90’s disco classics and some iconic songs from Dirty Dancing!

If you’re crazy for Swayze and fancy a bit of salsa in your Karaoke, then join Bernie Jones for a wild night of fun and laughter and let’s get this party started!

TIckets €21

Fri 29th Nov 2019


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30
Nov
2019
David O'Doherty

30 November 2019 8:00 pm

David O'Doherty
ULTRASOUND

The hairy Enya is delighted to perform at Iontas Arts Centre with a brand new show made up of talking and songs played on the plastic keyboard he got for his Confirmation. 
Once again, he will try to fix everything that is wrong in the world. 
 
SPOILER ALERT: once again he will fail.

Saturday 30th November, 8pm
Adm €20 / 18


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07
Dec
2019
Jim McHugh Album Launch

07 December 2019 8:00 pm

Jim McHugh Album Launch
MY NUCLEAR RADIO ALBUM LAUNCH

Local singer songwriter, Jim McHugh will take to the Iontas stage for his 'My Nuclear Radio' album launch. This show will include a full band line up and will blast out the recent singles 'Marjorie', 'Avenue Road' and 'Everything's Cool', all for which have received repeated national radio play and rave reviews.


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11
Dec
2019
Heart Of Winter

11 December 2019 10:00 am

Heart Of Winter
Christmas is coming and Sally can't sleep – it's far too hot! The weather has gone topsy-turvy. No-one can remember the last time it snowed, or even rained, and her father can't sell any of his umbrellas. To help her sleep Dad reads her a story about the last snowflake.

That night Sally has a dream that changes everything – a mysterious silver spark transforms her bedroom into a glistening, white field where she meets the glowing heart of Winter.

Heart of Winter is Lyngo's magical new musical show which warmly celebrates family, friendship and the good fortune of finding the winter we really need and want…with the precious festive offering of lots of fluffy snow!
 
AGES 3+
€5 (Teachers free)
10am & 12pm shows
For School Group Bookings Call 042 9753401

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12
Dec
2019
Woman At War

12 December 2019 7:30 pm

Woman At War

BLAYNEY FILM @ ÍONTAS PRESENT

WOMAN AT WAR

Halla is a music teacher who leads a quiet, routine life.  She is also a covert environmentalist who disrupts the operations of an aluminium plant  in the Icelandic highlands by committing acts of industrial sabotage.  
When she receives an update on a long forgotten adoption application, she must choose between her activism and her dream of becoming a mother…

Tickets €7
Membership seaon tickets are available for all four screenings €25. Call 042 975 3401 to become a BF@I Club Member

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16
Dec
2019
STARLING BLUE XMAS CONCERTS

16 December 2019 8:00 pm

STARLING BLUE XMAS CONCERTS
Starling Blue are Patrice Doherty, Hannah O Brien, Liebe Kelly and Louise Steele. Their unique accapella vocal sound along with an array of instruments has gained them much attention over the last number of years. Their concerts bring you on a rollercoaster of emotions as they harmonise their way through many eras of music. Listeners are treated to stunning solos, rich ingenious harmonies and banter throughout.
 
After their summer concert in Íontas, Starling Blue are delighted to return with their successful Christmas show "A Starling Blue Christmas" this December.
 
The girls are looking forward to performing a festive programme along with bringing back a few firm favourites from previous concerts. To kickstart their concert the girls will have their festive mulled wine and mince pie reception to get everyone into the XMAS spirit.
 
Mon 16th & Tue 17th Dec, 8pm
Tickets €20


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16
Dec
2019
STARLING BLUE XMAS CONCERTS

16 December 2019 8:00 pm

STARLING BLUE XMAS CONCERTS
Starling Blue are Patrice Doherty, Hannah O Brien, Liebe Kelly and Louise Steele. Their unique accapella vocal sound along with an array of instruments has gained them much attention over the last number of years. Their concerts bring you on a rollercoaster of emotions as they harmonise their way through many eras of music. Listeners are treated to stunning solos, rich ingenious harmonies and banter throughout.
 
After their summer concert in Íontas, Starling Blue are delighted to return with their successful Christmas show "A Starling Blue Christmas" this December.
 
The girls are looking forward to performing a festive programme along with bringing back a few firm favourites from previous concerts. To kickstart their concert the girls will have their festive mulled wine and mince pie reception to get everyone into the XMAS spirit.
 
Mon 16th & Tue 17th Dec, 8pm
Tickets €20


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17
Dec
2019
STARLING BLUE XMAS CONCERTS

17 December 2019 8:00 pm

STARLING BLUE XMAS CONCERTS
Starling Blue are Patrice Doherty, Hannah O Brien, Liebe Kelly and Louise Steele. Their unique accapella vocal sound along with an array of instruments has gained them much attention over the last number of years. Their concerts bring you on a rollercoaster of emotions as they harmonise their way through many eras of music. Listeners are treated to stunning solos, rich ingenious harmonies and banter throughout.
 
After their summer concert in Íontas, Starling Blue are delighted to return with their successful Christmas show "A Starling Blue Christmas" this December.
 
The girls are looking forward to performing a festive programme along with bringing back a few firm favourites from previous concerts. To kickstart their concert the girls will have their festive mulled wine and mince pie reception to get everyone into the XMAS spirit.
 
Mon 16th & Tue 17th Dec, 8pm
Tickets €20


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18
Dec
2019
ABBA FOREVER

18 December 2019 8:00 pm

ABBA FOREVER

THE SMASH HIT SHOW “ABBA FOREVER”

The Christmas Show Is Coming to Íontas!

“ABBA FOREVER” The Christmas Show, return to Iontas, Castleblayney on Wednesday 18 December. Tickets are now on sale at the box office 042 975 3400 and online at www.iontascastleblayney.ie

It is one of the years’ most popular shows around Ireland and we keep getting requests for it, so here goes!

After sell out tours of this Spanish based Abba show, around Ireland for the past 11 years, Abba fans have been asking for it!

SO “ MAMMA MIA here we go, MY MY how can we resist them” Europe’s very top ABBA show, ABBA FOREVER!

Tickets are on sale NOW !

It’s always party time when ABBA comes to town but when it’s the Christmas Show, then that’s a real excuse to let your hair down! This happy sing-a-long event is pure escapism. It celebrates ABBA’S MUSIC with a loud and proud production and terrific audio visuals of ABBA’S seminal moments on the GIANT screen!

It’s the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations! Bring your special Christmas Party along (Small or Large) and you will have a ball!!

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Their music is the most played on radio stations around the world and the musical based on their life is still packing Theatres from Waterloo (Pardon the pun!) to Timbuktu

MAMMA MIA WAS A HUGH CINEMA HIT AND ABBA STILL ROLLS ON!

It has played to full houses all over Ireland during tours here!

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Abba Forever was formed and is lead by Dennis Scally, a London born musician who has been at the top of the music game for many years.

For 15 years, while based in Los Angles, he was the musical director for The Supremes and toured the world with them. He moved back to Europe 14 years ago and formed ABBA FOREVER.

A virtuoso keyboard player, he really shines at all the great ABBA keyboard parts.

Lead Guitar is Rae Daniel, also from London. Rae has played with various bands and shows down through the years including the London “Mamma Mia” Show.

A feature of the ABBA FOREVER show is Dennis and Rae swapping lightning fast, guitar and keyboard licks, live on stage.

On lead vocals are Lucinda O’Connell and Marie O’Hara. Both girls came through their school and teenage lives starring in Musicals. Lucinda starred in “Jesus Christ Superstar” as Mary Magdalene and Marie appeared in touring productions of “Grease” “Phantom of the Opera” and lots more.

You will not hear better ABBA Voice anywhere. Both girls have Irish family connections and love touring here to catch up with relatives!

From “Waterloo (Again)” to “Dancing Queen” Expect a dazzling, fantastic performance including the most iconic hits, Mamma Mia, S.O.S, Money, Money Money, The Winner Takes All, Gimme Gimme, Gimme, Dancin Queen and MANY MANY more!

Every favourite is here. Not to be missed.

The finest ABBA voices you will ever hear!

Get your glad rags on, brush up on the lyrics, don the dancing boots and come to the best party in town!

You’ll be rockin’ in the isles!!!


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03
Jan
2020
Pat Shortt

03 January 2020 8:00 pm

Pat Shortt
HEY!
NATIONAL TOUR 2020

Pat Shortt brings his acclaimed live comedy stage show called ‘Hey!’ to The Íontas Theatre. Following the sell-out successes of ‘The Hall’, ‘Selfie’ and ‘How’s Tings?’ and fresh from starring roles in the hit play ‘A Skull In Connemara’ and the film ‘The Belly of The Whale’, Ireland’s best loved comedian takes to the road with his latest quirky look at Irish life. Featuring brand new material and sketches, this new show is a rogue’s gallery of odd ball characters, bizarre situations and even a song or two!  "Hey!" delivers a peculiar take on modern life that only the unique imagination of Pat Shortt could conjure up. A show not to be missed. "Hey!" You have been warned!


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06
Jan
2020
Snow White - The Panto

06 January 2020 7:30 pm

Snow White - The Panto
This coming January, Íontas Theatre teams up with Born2Perform Stage School to bring you timeless classic ‘SNOW WHITE’ - OH YES IT IS!

These shows will run over 6 days & nights, so don’t delay buy your tickets today!

Tickets: €16

Evening Shows 7.30pm, Monday 6th - Saturday 11th January
School Shows 10am, Tuesday 7th - Friday 10th January

For school & group bookings contact Iontas Arts office on 042 9753401


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07
Jan
2020
Snow White - The Panto

07 January 2020 7:30 pm

Snow White - The Panto
This coming January, Íontas Theatre teams up with Born2Perform Stage School to bring you timeless classic ‘SNOW WHITE’ - OH YES IT IS!

These shows will run over 6 days & nights, so don’t delay buy your tickets today!

Tickets: €16

Evening Shows 7.30pm, Monday 6th - Saturday 11th January
School Shows 10am, Tuesday 7th - Friday 10th January

For school & group bookings contact Iontas Arts office on 042 9753401


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08
Jan
2020
Snow White - The Panto

08 January 2020 7:30 pm

Snow White - The Panto
This coming January, Íontas Theatre teams up with Born2Perform Stage School to bring you timeless classic ‘SNOW WHITE’ - OH YES IT IS!

These shows will run over 6 days & nights, so don’t delay buy your tickets today!

Tickets: €16

Evening Shows 7.30pm, Monday 6th - Saturday 11th January
School Shows 10am, Tuesday 7th - Friday 10th January

For school & group bookings contact Iontas Arts office on 042 9753401


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09
Jan
2020
Snow White - The Panto

09 January 2020 7:30 pm

Snow White - The Panto
This coming January, Íontas Theatre teams up with Born2Perform Stage School to bring you timeless classic ‘SNOW WHITE’ - OH YES IT IS!

These shows will run over 6 days & nights, so don’t delay buy your tickets today!

Tickets: €16

Evening Shows 7.30pm, Monday 6th - Saturday 11th January
School Shows 10am, Tuesday 7th - Friday 10th January

For school & group bookings contact Iontas Arts office on 042 9753401


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10
Jan
2020
Snow White - The Panto

10 January 2020 7:30 pm

Snow White - The Panto
This coming January, Íontas Theatre teams up with Born2Perform Stage School to bring you timeless classic ‘SNOW WHITE’ - OH YES IT IS!

These shows will run over 6 days & nights, so don’t delay buy your tickets today!

Tickets: €16

Evening Shows 7.30pm, Monday 6th - Saturday 11th January
School Shows 10am, Tuesday 7th - Friday 10th January

For school & group bookings contact Iontas Arts office on 042 9753401


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11
Jan
2020
Snow White - The Panto

11 January 2020 7:30 pm

Snow White - The Panto
This coming January, Íontas Theatre teams up with Born2Perform Stage School to bring you timeless classic ‘SNOW WHITE’ - OH YES IT IS!

These shows will run over 6 days & nights, so don’t delay buy your tickets today!

Tickets: €16

Evening Shows 7.30pm, Monday 6th - Saturday 11th January
School Shows 10am, Tuesday 7th - Friday 10th January

For school & group bookings contact Iontas Arts office on 042 9753401


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18
Jan
2020
The Fureys

18 January 2020 8:00 pm

The Fureys
Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return on Saturday 18th January 2020.
                                   
The FUREYS have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the FUREYS “Green Fields of France” and President Michael D Higgins attended their last concert in National Concert Hall.
 
The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he shared accommodation with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell. In 1969 with his brother Finbar, he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. In 1971 he moved to mainland Europe where he toured for seven years. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.

Tickets on sale from Friday 7th June, 10am

Tickets €31

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25
Jan
2020
Ben Reel

25 January 2020 8:00 pm

Ben Reel

'The Nashville Calling` is the title of upcoming 9th studio album by Irish artist Ben Reel due to be released early 2020. Produced by Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack and featuring Garry W Tallent on bass from the legendary E Street Band. The album contains 11 new tracks all written by Ben Reel which was recorded at Skinny Elephant studio in Nashville. It was all done and dusted in just 3 days with all live takes. Following the critically acclaimed experimental slow burner `Land of Escape' from 2018, this new record has a more Americana, Rock, live band feel.

 

Since his debut album `This Is The Movie' back in 1999, Ben has reinvented himself from album to album, influenced by different styles of music over the years. As one critic saying,  " He's not afraid to throw in some in folk, soul, reggae vibes, which in turn call to mind John Hiatt at his best". Another describing it as somewhere in the middle ground between rock and jazz or a sound that is sometimes reminiscent of Dylan and the Band.

In a solo career which now spans over 20 years Ben has received  worldwide critical acclaim with numerous high profile TV/Radio appearances like BBC, RTE and Dutch NPO radio. Supporting names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3 & The Cranberries and has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum & The Blockheads. He has co written and performed live with his fellow countryman Tony McLoughlin and some of Nashville's finest like David Olney & Irene Kelley.

In the past Ben was selected to play an official showcase at Folk alliance in Memphis TN and has toured as double bill with Tommy Womack (Nashville) in the U.S & UK and also with legendary American folk singer/songwriter Eric Andersen in the UK & NL. While in Nashville he has been invited to play the famous Bluebird cafe on a number of occasions, most recently Sept 2018.

Over the last 10 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Ireland, UK, Europe & U.S.A, receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing loyal fan base. He has graced big festivals such as Jamming@Hippie Jacks (USA), Musiktan festival in Bilbao, (ESP). Haarlem Jazz & Huntenpop (NL), Robin Hood folk festival (UK), Kilkenny rhythm & roots, Cork jazz & Electric Picnic (EIRE). 

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02
Feb
2020
Derek Ryan Concert

02 February 2020 8:00 pm

Derek Ryan Concert
Irish country sensation Derek Ryan’s road to stardom is set to continue with his biggest concert tour yet. Following on from the phenomenal success of his recent TEN tour, Derek Ryan returns with a brand new concert show for 2020. 
 
Derek and his fantastic band (now rated as Ireland’s leading country band) are back on the road to perform many of Derek’s classic hits from ‘Hold On To Your Hat’ ‘Down On Your Uppers’ and ‘God’s Plan’.
 
Continuing to propel to new heights, Derek Ryan has firmly cemented his position at the top table of Irish Country’s elite with his brand of original, self-penned material and country classics.
 
The Carlow man is a multi-recipient of awards for his performances and songwriting including the Sunday World accolade for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’. But Derek, being at the forefront of this new wave of young Irish country stars, continues to remain ever loyal to his worldwide army of fans.
 
Show time: 8pm

Tickets €31


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08
Feb
2020
Des Bishop

08 February 2020 8:00 pm

Des Bishop
MIA MAMMA 

I am often asked “where do you get your material from?” The truth is really that I try to see the funny in everything. My mother died in March 2019 and of course it was sad and grief can be tough sometimes but I saw a lot of funny in that too. Since death comes to us all and grief is something most of us will experience I thought there must be plenty of people who would like that funny to be shared. Also I did a show about my Dad being sick back in 2010 and I couldn’t face my mother in the afterlife because I know her first question would be “your Father got a show, how come I didn’t get one?”

I think it’s tougher to lose your mum. My Dad was best supporting actor. My mother was the actress in a leading role. You are never ready when the star of the show dies. So this is a show about My mother. It’s a show about motherhood and sacrifice, anxiety and grief, the mistakes you make as a mother and a son and the hard road to forgiveness and finally it’s about loss, grief and the chaos that surrounds it.

Where do I get my material from?

Life and death!

Saturday 8th February
Tickets €25


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15
Feb
2020
Sharon Shannon

15 February 2020 8:00 pm

Sharon Shannon
In June 1989 Sharon was rehearsing and demoing tracks for her first album, when she was whisked away to Glastonbury festival with The Waterboys. In the 30 years that has elapsed since then, Sharon has recorded 10 studio albums; 5 Live albums, 4 Best of compilations and 3 live Concert DVDs. She has received many awards including  being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2009. 

Sharon has collaborated, recorded and toured with everyone from Willy Nelson, Bono, Johnny Depp, Shane McGowan and John Prine to Nigel Kennedy and the RTE Concert Orchestra and had many hit records including The Galway Girl with Steve Earle, Its Christmas time Again with Wallis Bird and Go Tell the Devil with Imelda May.

Sharons Irish theatre tour Jan/Feb 2020 will showcase music from her back catalogue beginning in 1989 right through to the present day.

Saturday 15th February, 8pm
Tickets €25


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21
Mar
2020
Neil Delamere

21 March 2020 8:00 pm

Neil Delamere
END OF WATCH
 
Fresh from a sell-out tour, star of BBC’s the Blame Game, Fighting Talk and the Newsquiz Neil Delamere returns to Iontas Arts Centre with a brand new show.
Time waits for no man, especially one trying to buy a watch. Things always get complicated.
 
“You’ll be hard pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe. *****” The Scotsman
 
“One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine. *****.” The Herald

Saturday 21st March, 8pm
€25

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24
Apr
2020
Farmer Michael & Kathleen

24 April 2020 8:00 pm

Farmer Michael & Kathleen

After only 3 years on the comedy scene, Stevo & Sinéad have gathered a following of over 500,000 people worldwide, and over 100 million views on some of their sketches.

They've sold out sold shows all over Ireland and the UK, including  St George's Hall, Southport Comedy Festival, London, Cork, Belfast, as well as performing in Vicar Street & Goodison Park.

Their videos have been featured in notable press outlets including LadBible, Benchwarmers, WorldStar hip hop, JOE.ie, Irish Independent, The Daily Edge, The Star, The Sun, The Mirror, as well as mentions from international superstars Shaquille O’Neill and Marylon Wayans.

They've also appeared at length on RTE’s Ryan Tubridy Show, Galway Bay FM, iRadio, 4FM and 98FM.

The King & Queen of farming satire may offend some but aren’t planning on quitting any time soon!

As featured on  : RTE, TV3s Six O Clock Show, CNN, FOXtv, SKY TV.

Friday 24th April, 8pm

Tickets €22.50


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