Culture Night 2019 Report



Culture Night Cavan 2019 Programme

- Participating Organisations / Institutions and Events
- Visitor Numbers
- Overall Culture Night experience


Overall Culture Night Experience


The “Wrap Up In Culture” strapline and artwork received extremely positive feedback and defines how immersed people are becoming in our arts and culture. Culture Night 2019 seen increased interest from artists, community groups and event organisers. The Arts Office advertised earlier, streamlined the application process via online application forms and expeditiously supplied the Culture Night Brochures, flyers and posters for each event.

County Cavan added five new locations for Culture Night 2019:  Belturbet, Killinkere, Killeshandra, Mullagh, Maudabawn, Tullyvin. Local media cover proved invaluable, the Anglo Celt ran weekly advertisements in the five weeks prior to Culture Night promoting individual artists and events along. Audience engagement and shares on Social Media help spread the word to a large audience also. The total audience was 2,382, over 26 venues and 48 events.




Colourful Cavan and Beyond by Jim McPartlin exhibition was a treat to behold in Bailieborough Library, an exhibition depicting beautiful locations throughout the County and further afield.



The Open Door Sessions, once again put on a night for all to enjoy, with folk music Hidden Stills, singer/songwriter Faraway Martin, spoken word by Joe Byrne, belly laughing comedy with Ross McCarthy, poet Fidel Walsh and an exhibition of work by visual artist Miriam Fitzgerald Juskova.

Joe Byrne: Credit Suella Holland



The Battle of Coolnahinch and other troubles in the 1790’s drew a crowd of over 60people into St.Marys Hall.

Credit: Moybologue Historical Society


Cavan County Museum

Hosted a variety of events for all to enjoy. The Ballyjamesduff Senior Social Club Exhibition opened at 4pm, where members and visitors enjoyed a cup of tea and marvelled at artwork created with during workshops with facilitators The Artful Badger.


Credit: Kim Doherty


Cavan and Beyond Exhibition by Keith Armstrong opened to a large audience at 8pm. Keith’s vivid paintings brought life to the Eden Gallery.

Credit: Sonja Smith



The night ended on a lively note with traditional music by Mad4Trad, the young band performed well known songs with their own twist.

Credit: Sonja Smith



Cavan Heritage Office supported Song Sisters and Band in Bear Essentials. Crowds gathered from afar to enjoy hits from the 70’s,80’s, 90’s and 00’s. Audience members danced and sang the night away, pausing to taste some of Anke’s popular German snacks. 




An intimate gathering in Tree Frog Yoga Studio where the soothing voice of Fyona Guiheen, serenaded the attendees into a relaxed stupor. Some audience members joined in on the song and chants, while others took comfort in the atmosphere of the night.


Cavan Town

Johanna Nutly’s sound art performance echoed from the front of Johnston Central library, around the Courthouse and street beyond. The strong industrial sound intertwined with interludes of lower tones gathered an inquisitive audience and some intrigued chatter, rousing the Culture Night Cavan audience for an exciting evening of events.


Dotti Was A Deer opened all day and late into the night to give everyone ample opportunity to view the work of Jackie O’Neill and visiting artist Colette Kearney, the studio was packed to the brim that night for the music of Shane Carroll.




PJ Flood Group performed traditional Irish music by much loved Ballyconnell man in the main library space, the billowing music provided a refreshing welcome to the building which is normally a quiet place of study.



Storyteller, journalist, award winning writer and broadcaster Frank Galligan kept the audience enthralled late into the evening, members were reluctant to leave as the library doors were being closed


Digital exhibition “Illumination” looped on the big screen for all to behold, this work was created by artists on residency in Dacia Gallery, New York and featured work by: Cameron Smith, Andrea Monge, Nicole Bricker, Marilyn Gaffney, Monika Rosen, Alex Ortega, Lee Vasu, Marshall Jones and Billy Seccombe.



Artist Amna Kiran opened the door of 112 College Street for Culture Night, the pristine white walls brought to life with Amna’s beautiful bright coloured tapestry’s and painting.


Cavan Town Comhaltas had two wonderful performances, their Esker Lodge Session was a treat to patients, staff and family in the nursing home. Whilst The Music of Ed Reavy entertained audiences at the Meadow View Inn.


Credit: Cavan Town Comhaltas, Esker Lodge


Credit: Cavan Town Comhaltas, Esker Lodge




The Magical Mystery Art Tour Bus arrived back in Cavan Town around 7pm, after their top secret adventure. The bus was jam packed with happy guests a number of whom won artwork while on the tour. Jack Allen Caricature provided visual entertainment while Will Govan’s witty banter and art knowledge added to the cheerful vibe of the night.


Artist Jane McCormick from The Museum of Broken Things, welcomed visitors with open arms to view her exhibition Not Half Right. Guest were made feel at home amongst the art work in the newly refurbished gallery space.

Credit: Joe Keenan



Paul Galligan open studio a treat for Culture Night, with a combinate of vivid landscapes, abstract painting, portraits and murals in a variety of media there was something for all the guests to admire. 


The Mysterious Nuesha captured passerby’s and allowed them a glimpse of her magical world inside the Wonderbox



The beautifully harmonic voices of Cavan sopranos, Eileen Coyle and Niamh McCormack resonated throughout Kilmore Church as they performed duets and solo pieces ranging from the Renaissance, Opera to modern day Musical Theatre.






The sound of Bohann the community drum of Cavan Youth Reach bet methodically throughout Market Square as All Under One Universe live painting performance took place in front of the Post Office




The Farnham Arms Hotel treated visitors to a marvellous multicultural intergenerational performance with performances by LBC Dance Group’s Sienazitis and Varaviksne along with NYAH Comhaltas and the Munterconnaught Set Dancers with their facilitator Helen Henry.



The doors of newly refurbished Townhall Cavan opened to an excited and curious audience, commencing with A Day in the Life of A Border Town Exhibition, PEACE IV project, facilitated by Marie Smith. The clay figurines were the focal point of the exhibition space, their quirky counter parts dotted around the room on plints and on the windowsills.

Credit: Céin O'Brien




Followed by the launch of A Cavan Convergence Broadsheet, a PEACE IV Townhall Cavan Project. Participants travelled near and far to be apart of this special night, with readings by Kate Ennals, Anthony J.Quinn, Elena Duff, Noel Monaghan plus  inaugural screening of the short film recorded by Paul Farnan during the creative process.



Tongue a Peace IV Townhall Cavan project, directed by Robbie Perry, cinematography by Nuria Roldos brought life to the small room on the second floor of Townhall Cavan, a short film capturing the adventures of musicianers travelling above, below and beyond our borders. Through forests, over bridges and across water to gather on the island of Lough Oughter. 



Monumental Shifts outdoor performances perfectly encompassed over 100 of history of the beloved Townhall Cavan, from the very first sod turned to the closing of the doors for the recent refurbishments, audiences watched silently at the poignant historic performances and laughed heartily at the comedic fond memories, then danced continentally to the “massive street party”!


Culture Night Cavan ended on a high in Blessings Bar, Cavan Town, with music by the newly formed trio The Undecided.



Uisca Anam exhibition by Janet Pierce, Aosdána created great excitement in Cootehill, the library and art space were packed with admirers of Janet’s paintings inspired by Annaghmakerrig Lake. Janet read a poem by Sudeep Sen and there were performances by Michelle NicPháidín Sean Nós Singer, Gaoth Dobhair.


Credit: Sinead McArdle


Aisteoirí Muinchille livened up the library with their performance and poetry in response to Uisca Anam Exhibition.


Credit: Sinead McArdle


All Shook Up, a fun filled night in Tullyvin, singing, dancing and pop up performances by Tullyvin Musical Society, lively music, karaoke for all to join in and an Elvis or two.

Credit: Tullyvin Musical Society



Credit: Tullyvin Musical Society


The latch is off, you’re welcome in. A relaxed night of entertainment the way it used to be in Gallonray House, with storytelling, song, traditional music, dance and craic.



Dowra Courthouse once again hosted a very successful Culture Night event for all age groups with Children’s Cabert, pottery workshop, traditional music by Sean McManus, self-composed songs by Breege Flynn, poetry and prose with local artists.



A full KCC Resource centre for the inaugural viewing of “Talking Heads” and oral reminiscence film, with fond memories from long ago and more recent times featuring Paddy Conaty, John Conlon and members from an active community in Killeshandra.

Credit: Jago Studio


Traditional Irish Music filled the lounge of the Lough Bawn Hotel, with performances by the young and young at heart members of Killeshandra Comhaltas, the music provided a warm backdrop as notes delicately seeped through the ceiling upstairs to the exhibition space, which had work by Freda Young, Martin Fuller, Jimmy Devine and Shirley Pratt on display.


Credit: Jago Studio


Credit: Jago Studio



Community Showcase provided a night of entertainment for the whole community of Killinkere, with inter-generational performances by local musicians, céilí dancers and raconteurs. There was something for all the family to enjoy.



Grease The Musical, Kilnaleck Youth Drama Society performed to a group aged from 11 to 92, this musical proved to be one performance everyone could enjoy. The performers enthusiastically re-inacted every song from “Hopelessly Devoted” through to the final “doo-wop she-bop’



Celebrating our culture and heritage in style at St.Killians, Derek McGinely, award winning Accora Orchestra, local musicians and Irish Dancers performed late into the night to a delighted audience who were reluctant to leave.

Credit: Madeleine Uí Mhéalóid




The Active Virginians Choir performance provided a delightful evening’s entertainment at the Virgina Show Centre. This was followed by an intergeneration music making workshop facilitated by music tutor Clara Raybould McCabe. Audiences were also given the opportunity to view over forty unique painting on exhibit by Margaret Hopkins and Teresa Abbott.

Credit: Ian McCabe


Credit: Ian McCabe




The Exhibition Space in the Ramor Theatre bustled with admires of Caroline Farrell’s A Twilight Evening Exhibition. Inspired by the beautiful park and around the lakes of Virginia each painting connected with members of the community and generated inquisitive chat from visitors.


The evening at the Ramor ended with a full auditorium for the fantastic performance by Steve Blount and Anna Sheils-McNamee in “My Dad’s Blind” writte by Anna Sheils-McNamee, directed by Gemma Aked-Priestley.



Cavan Arts Office would like to thank The Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Cavan County Council, PEACE IV SEUPB, Cavan Libraries, Museums, venues, photographers, videographers, event organisers, artists, participants and facilitator, our 2019 Culture Night Ambassador Joe Keenan and most importantly audience members who continue to engage and support the arts in the county of Cavan. 




21 Nov 2019

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