Stress Control Programme at the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal

Stress Control Programme at the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal


Face your fears, be more active, boost your well being ……

Presented by clinical psychologists and supported by Cork County Council, the  HSE Community Psychology will deliver a  “Stress Control” Programme on Thursday mornings  at The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal commencing on Thursday the 21st of September  through to  Thursday the 26th of October.

‘Stress Control’ is a FREE six session class  devised to help the large number of people who experience stress and who are keen to learn how to tackle the problem themselves.   As this is a class and not therapy no one will be asked to discuss their personal experience.

The program runs each morning from 10 am to 11:45 am with a break for tea/coffee.
Click here for some FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS in relation to this programme

To register for this very worthwhile course, simply e-mail or call 086-7871016 and leave your name, postal address and telephone number.

‘Love and Friendship’

‘Love and Friendship’

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal      Thursday 28th September 2017 at 7.30 pm

Dirs: Whit Stillman    Ireland, Netherlands, France   2016   92 mins  Cert: G

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel

Language: English  

Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica. In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely.



The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal         Thursday 26th October 2017 at 7.30pm

Dir: Jim Jarmusch     France, Germany,USA.   2016   1013 mins       Cert: TBC

Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka

Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey–they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

‘Queen Of Katwe’

‘Queen Of Katwe’

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal         Thursday 30th November 2017 at 7.30 pm

Dir: Mira Nair          USA              2015               124 mins          Cert: PG

Starring: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o

Language: English

“Queen of Katwe” is the colourful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfil her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.

Directed by Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding”) from a screenplay by William Wheeler (“The Hoax”) based on the book by Tim Crothers, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (“The Darjeeling Limited”) and John Carls (“Where the Wild Things Are”) with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe (R) nominee David Oyelowo (“Selma”), Oscar (R) winner and Tony Award (R) nominee Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.




Culture night is an annual public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.  This year, Culture Night will take place on Friday 22nd September between 5pm and 11pm.  On Culture Night, venues all around the island of Ireland open their doors for special and unique events and workshops, all free of charge.

Culture Night 2017, the seventh Culture Night in Youghal will, feature a vast array of free arts, culture events taking place in many venues throughout the town, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Culture Night by its very nature encourages the movement of people from one venue to another. Youghal Community Bus has offered their services for Culture Night acting as a shuttle bus and facilitating the movement of people thought out the town to all events. The buses will leave approximately every 20 minutes from the Culture stop at the Mall Arts Centre. Departure times to follow.

This event is supported by Cork County Council Arts Department and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

ST MARY’S COLLEGIATE CHURCH,YOUGHAL - Celebrates Youghal’s Culture

Youghal Socio Economic Development, Yew Wood Venues presents a celebration of Youghal’s culture with opening proceedings by The Reverend Edwin Hunter; performance by Youghal Choral Society; history of St Mary’s Collegiate Church from Norman McDonald; and a talk on famous Youghal Artists by Mary Roach.  More details to follow. 

Time: 7.30 pm – 9 pm Address: St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Emmet Place, Youghal

TYNTE’S CASTLE - Give us a recitation!

Youghal Celebrates History, Youghal Little Heather an Youghal Men’s Shed present a night of old favourite recitations performed by people who have made them their own.

Many people had favourite recitations ( IF, the Four Farrellys), the Cremation of Sam Magee, Dangerous Dan McGrew, Micheál Mór, the Night before Christmas, the Harpy, and so on) – these will be performed on the night by people who have made them their own. All are welcome. We would appreciate it if those who had a suggestion or a recitation would contact us beforehand.

Time: 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm        Address: Tynte’s Castle, North Main Street, Youghal

THE COLLEGE GARDENS - Marquee in the Garden

Youghal Socio Economic Development Ltd, Yew Wood Venues present Lark in the Park.  A gathering of local musicians who will celebrate the contemporary musical culture of our town in the wonderful medieval garden surrounds.

The program will comprise of 4-5 acts that will each perform a set 20 minutes in duration. More details to follow.

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm         Address:     The College Gardens, Emmet Place, Youghal, Co Cork

YOUGHAL COMMUNITY CENTRE - Gaeilge, Ceol agus Rince

Cur i láthair faoi stair agus bunús damhsa Gaelach; filíocht agus ceol ó Chomhaltas Eochaille. Bí linn agus labhair Gaeilge linn! Faoí cúranh Conradh na Gaeilge agus an Naíonra.

A relaxed evening of Irish conversation, with a talk about the origins and history of Irish Dance, poetry readings in Irish and music from Comhaltas.

An Naíonra, Irish Medium playschool, is based in Youghal Community Centre and was established in 1980 by Conradh na Gaeilge.

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm        Address: An Naíonra, Halla an Chomhphobail, Sráid Mhór Thuaidh, Eochaill (lámh le Caisleáin Tynte) / Community Centre, North Main Street (next to Tynte’s Castle), Youghal

THE MALL ARTS CENTRE – Oíche Chultúir na hEochaille

Tráth na gCeist, seisiún ceoil agus dioscó céilí, dírithe ar dhéagóirí agus á chraoladh ar Raidió Pobail Eochaille! A quiz, music and a céilí disco, directed at teenagers and broadcast on Youghal Community radio!

This event is supported by Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Foras na Gaeilge and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Time: 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm         Address: The Mall Arts Centre, The Mall, Youghal

Guillermo Torrens and Alexandra Wood in the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal

Guillermo Torrens and Alexandra Wood in the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal

                                   The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal       Saturday November 11th 2017       

Cork Tango is delighted to announce the first special event of the new tango season, with a day filled with learning under the tutelage of the fabulous Guillermo Torrens and Alexandra Wood, and a night of dancing, all taking place at the glorious Georgian period Mall Arts Centre in Youghal, Co. Cork, on Saturday 11th November 2017.

13.00-14.30 hrs – Workshop 1 – Intermediate level.
Vals (Waltz) with shared axis, incorporating turns, voleos and leg wraps. This workshop is designed for more established dancers who have moved beyond beginners and are looking to build on their repertoire of moves with technical precision in the context of the vals rhythm.

14.45-16.15 hrs - Workshop 2 – Advanced level.
Milonga Lisa and Traspie with single and double beat steps and giros. This workshop is designed for experienced dancers who love the challenge of milonga’s varying rhythms and are looking to hone their technical precision.

16.30-18.00 hrs – Workshop 3 – All levels (for leaders and followers).
Tango technique in couples, including posture, walking, embrace, and incorporating giros and planeos. This workshop is designed for beginner to advanced students who recognise the importance of technique in the support and on-going development of their dance. There will also be a strong emphasis on adornments for followers.

21.00- 1.00 hrs – Milonga Ball with performance by Guillermo Torrens and Alexandra Wood, in the fabulous Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, overlooking the sea.

Please contact the organiser, Mary Lavery with any enquiries at

Youghal Celebrates History Annual Conference 2017

Youghal Celebrates History Annual Conference 2017


The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal          September 29th to October 1st          2017 Conference Programme of Events

This is the 15th Annual  conference and this year Youghal Celebrates History will showcase Youghal in the 20th century – and what a fascinating place it was! The trains bringing loads of people to the beach, the show bands, Perks, the changing pace of the town, coping with the World Wars, the arrival of radio, television and electricity, the artists working in the town, the carpet industry, the claymen, net fishing on the river Blackwater and more …

An added bonus to the conference this year will be “A Night at the Flicks” with three photographic collections presented on the Friday night and a selection of old video footage of Youghal – Claud Cockburn, William Trevor etc. The three collections featured will be the Horgan Collection, the Roche Collection and the Kelly Collection. This will be a wonderful night of nostalgia, of memory sharing and enjoyment.

All contact details are available on the 2017 Conference Programme of Events


“Green & Blue”  by Laurence McKeown

“Green & Blue” by Laurence McKeown

Feb 7th 2017   –   “Green & Blue” by Laurence McKeown  -  The Mall Arts Centre  -  8.00pm

Directed by: Paula McFetridge
Produced by: KABOSH
Cast: Vincent Higgins and James Doran.

Third presentation in Youghal of the 2017 Blackwater Valley Fit-Up Theatre Fesival,  ”Green & Blue”  explores the painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict.  “At one point we took on a role that became an identity and that identity now defines us. We’re a uniform, not real people  and rightly or wrongly we now view the world from that perspective.”
Based on an oral archive of serving RUC and An Garda Síochána officers, the production fuses theatre and film to look at the person behind the uniform and the different experiences of two individuals on either side of a line in the ground.
Each performance will be followed by a facilitated discussion.

What is striking is the power of the play to engage with the audience with reflections on the border and identities” – Northern Ireland Foundation
A drama of substantial insight and revelation… a life affirming celebration of the end of the dark days of a hard border” – The Reviews Hub
Green & Blue is a thoughtful, challenging and entertaining dramatisation of an oral history, casting light on police officers lives as they saw it” – Culture Northern Ireland

Admission: Adult – €15.00.  Concession:  Student & Senior – €12.00/
Booking available online at / tel: 087 9593276 or at the door on the night.

Refreshments Served.

Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival 2017 returns to Youghal

Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival 2017 returns to Youghal

Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival 2017.

Blood in the Alley in association with the Arts Office of Cork County Council present the 2017 Blackwater Fit-up Festival. The Fit-ups were very popular in the 1940s and 1950s when actors as popular as Harold Pinter and Anu MacMaster would regularly visit small villages in Ireland and perform theatre plays in a tent or on the back of a truck.

In 2009 Blood in the Alley, with financial support from Cork County Council, revived the old tradition of the Fit-ups in West Cork and since then have brought 36 productions to 16 different locations in that area. In 2016 the Festival was extended to cover the Blackwater Valley region and the Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival was introduced.

The Festival was an unqualified success with audiences flocking to see The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, Those You Pass On The Street and the classic Under Milk Wood.

This year’s programme opens in Youghal on the 31st of January with a double bill of two one-woman shows; Tara McKevitt’s Grenades and Noni Stapleton’s Charolais. Grenades won the RTE Radio P’J O’Connor Award for new plays while Charolais was awarded the Bewley’s Little Gem Award and the Stewart Parker Prize for new plays 2015. ( 31st January-5th February)

After the success of Those You Pass on the Street in 2016 Kabosh theatre company, from Belfast, return to present Laurence McKeown’s new play Green& Blue, which explores the painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict. ( Feb7-12th)

Eoin Colfer is best known for the Artemis Fowl series of children’s books but the festival is delighted to present his new play My Real Life to Blackwater audiences. Starring the very talented Don Wycherley the play was a huge hit with audiences at the West Cork Festival last year.  ( Feb 14-19)

The festival runs in seven different venues on the river including Youghal, Charleville, Mallow, Fermoy, Rockchapel,Watergrasshill and Dromtarriff.

Tickets 15 euro 12 euro concession.

Tickets are on sale at the venues on the night. Doors open at 7.30pm.

The productions are suitable for 14+ Audiences.

Further information from Geoff Gould . 0860454458.

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

The Yew Wood Venues Team wish everyone a Happy New Year !!




The Yew Wood Venues team have moved offices ! If you are interested in staging an event or hire of The Mall Arts Centre or St Mary’s Collegiate Church , Youghal please contact us on mob 0879593276 or our new office tel no. 024 20769. Our new office address is Upstairs at Youghal Tourist Office, Market House, Market Square, Youghal.


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