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12 Days of An Grianán: Day 7 Ballet Ireland Summer School

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

For day 7 of our 12 Days of An Grianán we are offering 20% off our Ballet Ireland Summer School in July.

Suitable for aspiring dancers from ages 6 and older, the Ballet Ireland Summer School is a great introduction to classical ballet for beginners and also a superb opportunity for more experienced dancers to further their skills. Over 5 days of workshops, participants will work towards a performance of a specially created ballet under the expert tuition of Ballet Ireland’s education officer Stephen Brennan and professional ballet dancers from our national ballet company.

Ballet Ireland Summer School
Mon 27 to Fri 31 July 2015 Book now!

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

NB: Offer only available for one day only. Only available on online bookings (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart).

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12 Days of An Grianán! Day 6: James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

For day 6 of our 12 Days of An Grianán we are offering 20% off tickets for the James Joyce classic, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

This acclaimed stage adaptation of James Joyce’s iconic novel tells the story of Stephen Dedalus, a young man who tries to break away from the Irish Catholic conventions of his past to become an artist who will “encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”

Directed by Jimmy Fay. Produced by Anthony Fox. Adapted by Tony Chesterman.

‘imaginative and graceful…Jimmy Fay’s direction of this in-house production at the New Theatre in Dublin plays a great part in the success with its quirky and highly visual approach.’ Emer O’ Kelly, Sunday Independent

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Saturday 7 March 2015 Book now!

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

NB: Offer only available for one day only. Only available on online bookings (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart).

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12 Days of An Grianán! Day 5 Stockton’s Wing

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

It’s day 5 of our 12 Days of An Grianán promotion and today we are offering another huge 20% discount, this time for folk music legends Stockton’s Wing.

The Light in the Western Sky Tour features  Tommy Hayes, Maurice Lennon, Mike Hanrahan, Steve Cooney and Paul Roche all back together again!

In this very special concert, Stockton’s Wing reunite to bring a night of nostalgia to An Grianán Theatre, performing some of their eclectic back catalogue and their greatest hits. The music of Stockton’s Wing has evolved into an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music and song, performed with power and precision by some of the finest musicians in Ireland.

Stockton’s Wing
Friday 6 March 2015 Book now!

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

NB: Offer only available for one day only. Only available on online bookings (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart).

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12 Days of An Grianán: day 4 the pbm Summer School!

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

Today’s offer is a fabulous 20% off our very popular pbm Performing Arts Summer School! That means you save a whopping €24!

The pbm summer school is a brilliant one week intensive course in all things musical theatre! From 10am to 4pm every day, participants between the ages of 9 to 21 sing, dance, act and learn about stage craft from a team of seasoned theatre professionals. Then at the end of the week they perform in one of Paul Boyd’s hit musicals. This summer the school will be working towards Paul’s brilliant retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in an uptempo, upbeat version of the Lewis Carroll classic.

The pbm Performing Arts Summer School is on Mon 10 to Sat 15 August 2015. Book now!

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

NB: Offer only available for one day only. Only available on online bookings (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart).

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12 Days of An Grianán! Day 3 – Live! Love! Laugh!

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

No doubt many of you will have tucked into the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special so you might be very interested in saving yourself a healthy 20% on tickets to seeing Winnie McGoogan herself Eilish O’Carroll who presents her autobiographical comedy show Live Love Laugh on Sat 7 February.

Eilish looks back on an eventful life that includes a strict Catholic upbringing, two failed marriages (one of them abusive), and coming out as a lesbian at the age of 50.

A huge hit at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 this is one show not to be missed! It is one of the most life affirming hours you could hope to spend in the theatre!

NB: contains adult content. Not suitable for under 16s,

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

Live Love Laugh – Eilish O’Carroll
Saturday 7 February 2015 Book now! (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart)

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12 Days of An Grianán! Day 2 is for music lovers!

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

It’s day 2 of our 12 Days of An Grianán and this one is for you lovers of folk and trad music! The Sea Road Sessions features traditional music from Sweden, Scotland and Ireland in a new project from Alan Kelly.

This brand new six-piece features singer/guitarist Kris Drever, accordionist Alan Kelly, guitarist Ian Carr, banjo ace Éamonn Coyne, flautist/singer Steph Geremia and bassist Staffan Lindfors. Having frequently crossed paths in other projects, they now pool their formidable talents and diverse repertoires for this brilliant ensemble show.

As friends and peers for many years, these 6 individuals have performed and recorded with each other in various ensembles. However, this is the first time they will take to the stage together for what promises to be a stunning collaboration, presenting a fresh and exciting body of work including traditional music from Ireland, Scotland and Sweden as well as new compositions both vocal and instrumental.

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

The Sea Road Sessions
Tuesday 13 January 2015 Book now!

NB: Offer only available for one day only. Only available on online bookings (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart),

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12 Days of An Grianán!

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

Our first extra special offer is for Mikel Murfi’s hit play The Man in the Woman’s Shoes. For today only when you book online you will get an automatic 20% discount!

We hosted this wonderful play last Spring and our audience absolutely loved it! One of the true theatrical gems of recent Irish theatre, this show is equal parts funny, heart warming and poignant.

It is written, directed and performed by Mikel Murfi who recently directed the comedy The Far Off Hills and also starred alongside Stephen Rea and Cillian Murphy in theatre hit Ballyturk.

Hilariously funny, tender and at times downright daft, The Man in the Woman’s Shoes will leave you uplifted and in love with life again.

You can find out more about The Man in the Woman’s Shoes right here.

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

NB: Offer only available for one day only. Only available on online bookings (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart).

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Christmas Box Office opening hours

We have free online booking until we reopen on Jan 5! And watch out for our 12 Days of An Grianán special offers – 12 days of fantastic discounts across a variety of drama, comedy, music and summer schools! We’ll have an exclusive online only offer each day starting on Christmas Day.

Sat 20 Dec: 10am to 5pm

Sun 21 Dec: closed

Mon 22 Dec: 9.30am to 6pm

Tues 23 Dec: 9.30am to 6pm

Christmas Eve: 9.30am to 1.30pm

Christmas Day: closed

St Stephen’s Day: closed

Sat 27 Dec: open from 6pm for In Their Thousands gig at 8pm

Sun 28 Dec to Sun 4 Jan inclusive: closed

Mon 5 January: normal opening hours recommence.

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The Shaun Doherty Christmas Eve Show

Highland Radio will be broadcasting live from An Grianán on Christmas Eve morning with Shaun Doherty’s special broadcast 10am to 1pm.

There will be lots of special guests, live music and giveaways!

NB: No prebooking – admission free on the day.

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2015

Just to prove that there is life beyond Christmas we are teaming up with our friends at the Regional Cultural Centre to present Letterkenny Trad Week, a feast of traditional music featuring some of the biggest names in folk from January 10th to 17th 2015.

The line up of musicians reads like a whose who of Irish traditional music in particular, with members and former members of almost every major Irish group of the last 40 years coming to Letterkenny that week. It features the considerable combined talents of Ed Boyd (Flook), Ian Carr (Kate Rusby Band), Karan Casey (Solas), Éamonn Coyne (Salsa Celtica), John Doyle (Solas), Kris Drever (Lau), Steph Geremia (Alan Kelly Gang), Paddy Glackin (Bothy Band), Andy Irvine (Planxty), Alan Kelly (Eddi Reader band), Staffan Lindfors (Sofia Karlsson band), Donal Lunny (Planxty), Mike McGoldrick (Lunasa), Maura O’Connell (De Danann) and Martin Tourish (Altan).

Organised by Donegal County Council Cultural Services and An Grianan Theatre in association with EAF, DMEP and Ceol Na Coille the programme comprises three star-studded concerts. Local audiences have the unique privilege of attending the first ever public performance by new Irish super group Usher’s Island, an intimate preview show at the RCC on Saturday January 10th in preparation for their official debut concert at Celtic Connections Glasgow.

Also visiting Letterkenny prior to a major Celtic Connections show is Sea Road Sessions a brilliant new six-piece ensemble from Ireland, Scotland and Sweden, led by Alan Kelly, who play An Grianán on Tuesday January 13th. The final concert of the week is another stellar line-up featuring the first collaboration of legendary Irish singers Maura O’Connell and Karan Casey at the RCC on Saturday January 17th. All concerts commence at 8pm and tickets can be booked at An Grianan Theatre Box Office on 00353 7491 20777 or online at www.angrianan.com.  Usher’s Island tickets are priced €18, Sea Road Sessions are €18/€15 and Maura O’Connell tickets are €12/€10. There is a special 3 for 2 Offer for all 3 concerts for €36, a perfect Christmas gift!

Usher’s Island

Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle are among the biggest names in traditional music and they’ve combined their talents to form a new band, Usher’s Island. Musician, singer and songwriter, Andy Irvine has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his 45-year career. From Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s and then from Patrick Street to Mozaik, Andy has been a world music pioneer. Dónal Lunny has been central to the renaissance of Irish Music over the last four decades. He has been involved in some of the most innovative bands to emerge from Ireland since the 70’s including Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, and more recently Mozaik. As a co-founder of best-selling Irish instrumental outfit Lúnasa and current member of Scottish/Irish favorites Capercaille, flautist and piper Michael McGoldrick is one of the most influential musicians of his generation. He has also contributed to albums by such acclaimed artists as Kate Rusby, Sharon Shannon, Afro-Celt Sound System and Youssou N’Dour. A founding member of the Bothy Band, fiddler Paddy Glackin left to pursue a solo career shortly before the band launched their professional career. He has continued to explore the Irish fiddling tradition ever since, as a soloist and in collaboration with the likes of uillean pipes player Robbie Hannon, guitarist Micheal ÓDomhnaill and fiddler Paddy Keenan. Guitarist and singer John Doyle is a founding member of Irish American group Solas and recently served as band leader for Joan Baez. He received a 2010 GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional World Music album with fiddler Liz Carroll.

Sea Road Sessions

The ‘Sea Road’ designates the maritime route historically linking Sweden, Scotland and Ireland, the home countries of a brand new six-piece line-up comprising singer/guitarist Kris Drever, accordionist Alan Kelly, guitarist Ian Carr, banjo ace Éamonn Coyne, flautist/singer Steph Geremia and bassist Staffan Lindfors. Having frequently crossed paths in other projects, they now pool their formidable talents and diverse repertoires for this brilliant ensemble show.

As friends and peers for many years, these 6 individuals have performed and recorded with each other in various ensembles. However, this is the first time they will take to the stage together for what promises to be a stunning collaboration, presenting a fresh and exciting body of work including traditional music from Ireland, Scotland and Sweden as well as new compositions both vocal and instrumental.

Maura O’Connell and Karan Casey

Music fans have the chance to see the first collaboration of two of Ireland’s finest singers Maura O’Connell and Karan Casey, who are joined by accordionist Martin Tourish and guitarist Ed Boyd as part of a Music Network Irish tour, at the RCC on Saturday 17th January. Blending Irish and progressive American folk singing styles, O’Connell burst onto the trad scene in the 1980s as vocalist with De Danann. The Ennis singer’s career has brought her international acclaim, two Grammy nominations and collaborations with everyone from Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith and Dolly Parton to Alison Krauss, The Chieftains and Van Morrison. Former lead singer with Solas and a highly-acclaimed solo artist, Karen Casey is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in folk music, performing with such luminaries as James Taylor, Liam Clancy, Peggy Seeger, The Dubliners and Imelda May.

Usher’s Island, Sat 10 January, RCC Book now

Sea Road Sessions, Tues 13 January, An Grianán Book now

Maura O’Connell and Karen Casey, Sat 17 January, RCC Book now

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