The Tayman, The Tomcat and Others – The Stories of Eamon Kelly

The Tayman, The Tomcat and Others – The Stories of Eamon Kelly

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal     Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 8 pm.

The stories of Eamon Kelly, the Seanachaí as told by Jack Healy.  

Come and hear Jack Healy bring to life a compendium of Eamon Kelly’s most comic and colourful characters. Carpentry, drink, hat-wearing, emigration and devilment weave their way through these marvelous stories. We hear about runaway fillies, Ned Connors, who was “fierce for the drink”, Bridgie and her curious request to the carpenter, the three-in-a-bed escapade of the Tayman, and Mick the Fiddler with his adventures in New York. Running Time – 65 mins.

Tickets €12/€10 are available online at or telephone 087 9593276.  Tickets will also be available at the door on the night.

‘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.


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

The Orpheus Choir and The Munster Youth Choir Concert

The Orpheus Choir and The Munster Youth Choir Concert

 Fund – raising Concert to support the Youghal RNLI and Youghal Community Bus      

The Mall Arts Centre       Saturday 18th November at 8 pm

The Orpheus Choir, Co. Cork with its Musical Director Hilary Reynolds, are delighted to be returning to Youghal to perform in a fund-raising concert to support the RNLI Youghal Lifeboat Station and Youghal Community Bus. The choir’s first visit in 2011 was to the Mary Collegiate Church, but this time the concert will be held next door to the Lifeboat Station in The Mall Arts Centre.

The Orpheus Choir is an adult, mixed-voiced, regional, community choir based in Fermoy, that sing a highly varied programme of  folk, classical and contemporary choral music. It was formed in 2005 and has members hailing from North and East Cork to West Waterford. Since its inaugural concert at the opening of the 2007 North Cork Classical Music Festival, it has given many very successful concerts in and around Fermoy, amongst others, Cappoquin, Castlelyons, Castletownroche, Conna, Kildorrery, Kilworth, Knockanore and Mitchelstown and in 2015 celebrated its 10th. Anniversary with an Opera Gala Concert in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork City.

Mixed with iconic and much-loved Irish folk melodies in scintillating fresh choral arrangements, The Orpheus Choir under the direction of Hilary Reynolds, will also be bringing contemporary music from American composers together with Hilary’s newly-formed Munster Youth Choir. As special guest, an instrumental soloist of high calibre will join them, providing a highly varied and entertaining evening of music.

Tickets €12.50 concessions €10.00.  Tickets are available online at

Telephone 087 9593276 or at the door on the night of the performance.


“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.

Happy Christmas Everyone

Happy Christmas Everyone

We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year !


We look forward to presenting a great programme of events for 2017.

Youghal Cine Club – 2016

Youghal Cine Club – 2016

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Youghal Cine Club 2016 Autumn screenings are cancelled.

Youghal Cinema Club  Season 6   -   2016   Autumn /Winter
Youghal Cine Club has a great line up for our Autumn/ Winter season 2016, with an interesting selection of films coming your way soon.  Details to come !!

Admission: Members – €5.00           Non-members – €7.00   Membership is free!


Youghal Cine Club Screening of ‘THE WAY’

Youghal Cine Club Screening of ‘THE WAY’

Youghal Cine Club Screening of “The Way” – 30th August 2012

A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El camino de Santiago,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.”


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