Maria Tanner Cohen presents ‘Ether and Verse’

Maria Tanner Cohen presents ‘Ether and Verse’

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal 12th July – 2019 at 7 pm.      Admission is FREE

Visual artist Maria Tanner Cohen will present ‘Ether and Verse’ ,
a series of 8 large oil paintings that will be exhibited in the glass annex at Mall Arts Centre,

Ether and Verse is a body of work that was developed by the artist over a two year period.
The large scale of the paintings offers an encounter with an originating codice of geometric
forms. The proportional lines of the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron and
icosahedron became a structure for the artist visual contemplations on the austerity,
intelligence and liminal beauty of the geometric form.
In their expression, the paintings are as gestural as they are hard edged and as
representational as they are conceptual. The visual juxtapositions within the work, conjure a
sense of the dimensionality of the geometric forms as they are both physical and ethereal in
nature. As the artist stated – ‘I was subservient to their mathematical dictates, when the
precise measures were drawn, I then played and experimented across the surface structure
of the forms, working with the substance of paint and the nuance of colour to release clues
as to their possible and powerful essences.’

Ether and Verse is presented as an alphabet where each geometric signature resonates in its
own visual autonomy, yet when seen within the context of the greater body of work, it
composes a Verse that speaks of mystical and hidden architecture intrinsic within the fabric
of nature itself.
Maria Tanner Cohen is an Irish artist, based in An Rinn Gaeltacht in Co. Waterford. The artist
received her honours degree in Fine Art from the Limerick School of Art in 2005; in 2010 she
undertook her postgraduate studies with an MA,Vis, at IADT, Dun Laoghaire. A highly
creative individual Maria has work extensively within the arts industry as a visual artist, art
writer and as an exhibitions curator. The artist has been a recipient of a number of
prestigious awards namely Project Award from the Irish Arts Council, Cork Co. Co, Arts
Office Arts Award as well as Youghal CU Community Development Fund, Art and Health
Award – HSE South, Vibrant Ireland funding and the Culture Ireland Travel Award. In the last
three years the artist has returned her full attention to her work as a painter, her most
recent exhibition was held in the Market House Arts Centre in Dungarvan in December
2018. Her paintings are held in both public and private collections, nationally and internationally.

Designer Minds Summer Camp 2019

Designer Minds Summer Camp 2019

Designer Minds The Mall Arts Centre       Youghal 6th – 9th August 2019.

Contact 087 631 0411

You will not find a Summer camp experience like Designer Minds anywhere else in the country! We are not just a science camp, a computer camp, an engineering camp or a LEGO® camp! We are everything combined, offering primary children a true taste of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths). Our activities are interactive and we use many different materials so that children learn the way they learn best, through doing!
So what do kids do at a Designer Minds camp? They get hands-on with the following activities:

• Learn to code using interactive robots!
• Art and science including bacteria, DNA, circuit building and t-shirt design!
• Learn to make an animated movie!
• Fun engineering challenges such as skyscrapers, sensors, machines and architecture.
• Team-building and design-thinking activities!
• Some time for imaginative free-play with the huge variety of materials and equipment we provide.
• We’ll throw in a little Minecraft, loads of LEGO and lots of laughter to make Designer Minds an unforgettable experience for your child this Summer.

We vary our topics each Summer so that children have a different experience every year!

Our junior camp groups are suitable for children starting 1st class to 3rd class in September 2019, and our senior camp groups are for children starting 4th class to 1st year in September 2019. Camps for each age group run concurrently so siblings in different age groups can attend at the same time in the same location. Camps cost €125 for a 5-day camp, and run from 9am to 1pm. In some locations, we may also run an afternoon camp from 2-6pm. You can secure a place by paying just €30 deposit. Sibling discount codes are available on our checkout page.

Chamber Plilharmonia Cologne perform in St Mary’s Collegiate Church

Chamber Plilharmonia Cologne perform in St Mary’s Collegiate Church

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal Friday 9th August 2019 Time: TBC

Yew Wood Venues is delighted to welcome back The Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra once again.

Whether in the Frisian Islands, the Norwegian Fjords, England, Ireland, Spain, the villages and cities of Australia & New Zealand or in the federal capital Berlin, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is at home all over the world. Their goal: “To make classical music accessible to as many people as possible from all nations“. On 9th August 2019 St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal will be just the perfect venue. The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne was founded in 2003 in the city whose name they bear – Cologne. A city that is famous throughout the world for its musical and instrumental teaching. Here the Chamber Philharmonia continuously draws on the talent emerging from the master classes of the professors Viktor Tretjakov, Maria Kliegel, Robert Winn, Frans Helmerson, Zalhar Bron, Ralph Manno and others. In total, over 100 members have now performed in the constantly changing ensemble that is the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. The musicians are carefully selected according to the strictest criteria to form numerous ensembles from the chamber to the symphony orchestra. Following an intensive period of rehearsal, the orchestra heads off across the world on tour, entering into the realms of musical adventure.

The real appeal of the programme lies in the meeting of popular and unknown works from a wide variety of musical epochs. This sees familiar greats like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi in dialogue with works from people like Sergei Prokofieff through to the “King of Tango” Astor Piazzolla. This special mix guarantees diverse entertainment of the highest order.

Certainly a date for your diary.
Tickets are available from Youghal Tourist Office, Market Square, Youghal. Telephone 024 20170.

Frances Black in Concert

Frances Black in Concert

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal      Friday 16th August 2019      8 pm(doors open at 7.30).

When Nanci Griffith called Frances Black “the sweetest voice of Ireland,” she was paying tribute to someone who has been one of Ireland’s best-loved and most enduring artists since the late 80s, with a string of best-selling albums, awards and other accolades behind her.  Now Yew Wood Venues is absolutely thrilled to welcome Frances to Youghal and St. Mary’s Collegiate Church for her first ever concert in this historic town.  Frances, of course, is a member of the well known musical genious familty “The Black Family” and began singing with her older siblings when she was only 17 years old.

The extent of Frances’ popularity and talent has been reflected in the awards and accolades that she has received for her albums and live performances. She has twice been the recipient of one of the highest honours in Irish music, the prestigious Irish Recorded Music Association’s Best Irish Female Award, and was also delighted to receive a National Entertainment ”Personality of the Year” award, as it has always been vitally important to her to connect with her audiences during a performance.

Tickets €30 are available online at or telephone 087 9593276

Eric Patrick Nolan in Concert

Eric Patrick Nolan in Concert

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal       Saturday 24th August       Tickets: €15.00 On sale soon!!

Eric Patrick Nolan in concert – Listen To The River – Debut Tour & Album

Join one of Irelands finest and upcoming artists for an evening of breathtaking vocals and captivating songs.
Eric will take you on a musical journey of bewitching Irish favourites and uplifting anthems from his newly released album “Listen to the River”.

Eric, a native of Cork has demonstrated a passion and natural ability for music and singing since a young age.

His love of all genres of music led Eric to being successful in winning many competitions displaying his vocal versatility.

From winning Scor for Celtic/folk singing to being awarded the Gold Medal From the Royal Irish academy Of Music for highest marks achieved for classical and Musical theatre singing. In his teens Eric played many leading roles for the Fermoy Choral Society and Cork Opera House receiving praise from the local Cork press who described him as a “Remarkable singer and entertainer”.

Eric was fortunate to have received a full Scholarship to The Guildford School of Acting and Graduated in 2010 with BA honours. Upon Graduating Eric secured a mandate as lead vocalist on the world famous Queen Mary 2 and laterally, Aida cruises, where he fulfilled one of his other passions, that of world travel.

When Eric was not travelling the world as lead vocalist, he spent several Christmas seasons at the biggest Christmas show in Europe “Thursford Christmas Spectacular” in the UK.

Having spent the last decade expanding his vocal repertoire, Eric has turned his attention to focusing all of his energy on his debut album of Celtic and Irish songs which will resonate with his ambitions to become one of the leading voices coming out of Ireland in recent times.

Blind Poets

Blind Poets

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal      Saturday 7th September at 8pm      Tickets: €10.00

Cork’s very own Celtic Folk ensemble, Blind Poets, starting their second year together, have just released their EP and are currently finishing their debut album, launch planned for September.

Beautiful song-writing, skillful musicianship and five exceptional voices form the Blind Poets.  They are Niamh Murphy (piano and vocals), Karen O’Doherty (violin and vocals), Katie O’Neill (vocals), Leo Mullane (guitar and vocals) and Tom Jordan (clarinet and vocals).  When combined, they result in gorgeous traditional arrangements, which are rooted in Celtic Folk but unafraid to cross genres without compromising their ethereal tone.  It is no exaggeration to say Blind Poets are doing something wonderful and new in the world of Irish music.  Picture a cross between Fleetwood Mac and The Gloaming.

2018 saw the band impress audiences across the country, including prominent slots at All Together Now, The Cork Fold Festival and Galway’s Fringe.  They have released three singles to date (Arrow Shot, Balulalow and Luna Solera) which have been popular on RTÉ Radio 1, 2FM, Lyric FM and Today FM as well as numerous local stations.

Tickets €10.00 are available online at or telephone bookings 087 9593276

Vagabones by Raymond Deane

Vagabones by Raymond Deane

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal      Thursday 12th September      Tickets: €20/€18 concession

An opera by Raymond Deane in association with Crash Ensemble
Based on the play “Trespasses” by Emma Donoghue

Following the outstanding success of The Return of Ulysses at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018, Opera Collective Ireland presents the World Premiere of Raymond Deane’s Vagabones. Based on Emma Donoghue’s stage adaption of her 1996 radio play Trespasses, the opera with a libretto by Renate Debrrun is a fictionalization of the judge’s own account of the case of Florence Newton in Youghal – one of only a handful of witch trials that ever took place in Ireland.  Set in the small Co Cork town over three days in 1661, the opera works as a moving tale of conflicted human emotions and stratagems, while deftly touching on issues of gender, fundamentalism, imperialism and the clash of cultures.

With a stellar cast of Irish talent, directed by Ben Barnes and the musicians of Crash Ensemble, Vagabones will be a culmination of great writing, superb theater and thrilling music.

“Dean’s music was forceful and dynamic … I suspect nothing on Ireland’s opera stage, north of south, this year will equal the remarkable achievement.
The Sunday Business Post on Raymond Deane’s opera “The Alma Fetish” (2013)

The author Emma Donoghue writes:

“In the mid 90s, when I came across the 1661 trial record of Florence Newton, the ‘Witch of Youghal’, what seized me was how rare a situation it illuminated – it’s one of only a tiny handful of Irish witch hunts – and how interesting the details were. The case grew out of Protestant/Catholic and settler/native misunderstandings and tensions that still affect the Northern Irish peace process (as well as the politics of other colonized nations) today. This story of a kiss that makes someone violently ill also asked questions about powerless women, what they might have to resort to for survival, and whether solidarity and tenderness might be possible between them. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible was one helpful reference, but also Brian Friel’s Translations.

               The first incarnation of Trespasses was as a radio play for RTE, because my concept was “voices in the dark”:  I wanted to see if I could explore Florence Newton’s persecution not in the dramatic spotlight of the courtroom drama but through three days of her imprisonment, so I gave her a fictional boy cellmate to talk to. I tried to make sense of the experiences that motivated the accuser, Mary Longdon, in terms both of epilepsy and her isolated position as an immigrant servant. When Trespasses moved on stage as a two-act theatre production, the story took on a more complex social quality as well as a vivid physicality. With this adaptation into the chamber opera Vagabones*, I am absolutely delighted that the tangled story of this troubled town is coming to life again in a whole new form.”

*Libretto by Renate Debrun.

Tickets are available to purchase at or telephone bookings at 0879593276
Early booking is advisable.

Ruairí de Leastar

Ruairí de Leastar

St Mary’s Collegiate Church,Youghal     Friday 13th September at 8 pm     Tickets: €15/€12 U18

Yew Wood Venues is absolutely thrilled to welcome Ruairí de Leastar to St Mary’s Collegiate Church for his first ever concert in this unique and historic Church and concert venue.

A Clonmel native, Ruairí has been honing his craft and enrapturing countless audiences for the past fifteen years with his elastic, soulful voice. He has been an accomplished songwriter from a young age, Ruairí has fronted multiple successful band and duos. He has also shared the stage with acts such as, Duke Special, Lisa Hannigan and Jerry Fish.

Ruairí is a musician of true passion, with a voice to truly rival the greats.  This is sure to be a spellbinding  gig.

Tickets are available online at or telephone bookings at 087 9593276

Culture Night – Youghal Choral Society, Evening Recital

Culture Night – Youghal Choral Society, Evening Recital

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal      Friday 20th September at 7.30      Admission is free!

Culture Night is an annual public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.   On Culture Night, venues all around the island of Ireland open their doors for special and unique events and workshops, all FREE of charge.

In conjunction with National Culture Night – Youghal Choral Society, once again, will captivate and beguile us with their magical choral voice and harmonies.   This will be an enchanting evening in the delightful  and historic St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, with its exceptional natural acoustics, Youghal Choral Society always enhance our annual Culture Night.

During the course of the evening there will be a talk given about the historical figures, Catherine Jenkins and Edith Blake the diarist and artist and one time occupant of Myrtle Grove, Youghal. More details to follow.

Fandango Duo

Fandango Duo

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal      Saturday 21st September at 8pm   Tickets €15/€12 concession

We are very excited to welcome back the wonderful Fandango Duo to St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal.  The duo, David Keating and Colin McClean, famed for their sense of fun as well as their super duper musicianship, will bring their energetic and soulful music to the concert platform here to us in Youghal.
Whether it is the relentlessly rhythmic tangos of Astor Piazzolla, the fiery Spanish dances of de Falla, or the fascinating chord combinations and pop sensibilities of the Beatles, Fandango Duo makes every live performance a memorable event.    This concert promises to be a fantastic night of guitar virtuosity for all ages.

Programme details to follow.

Tickets are €15.00/€12.00 concession are available at 087 9593276 or online at or at the door on the evening of the concert.


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