June 2024 Exhibitions & Events

kwaidan exhibition

Upstairs Gallery

Kwaidan Exhibition

1st June – 7th July 2024

Kwaidan, by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), was first published in 1904. This exhibition features the works of 40 artists based in Ireland and Japan who have been inspired by these strange and ghostly tales. Their interpretations are presented through a diverse collection of contemporary fine art printmaking and photography. 

The exhibition is organised by Irish artists Stephen Lawlor, Kate MacDonagh and Ed Miliano, who formed the working group Blue Moon Projects in 2019 and began to develop an exhibition inspired by the writings of Hearn.  

Growing up in Ireland Lafcadio Hearn absorbed the tradition of storytelling, honed his skills as a young writer in the United States, and wrote his most renowned works in Japan. Of his writings Kwaidan is widely considered to be Hearn’s masterpiece and the culmination of his literary output. Some of these tales are ancient, some just local folklore, but Hearn has woven them into a language that can joyously be translated into visual form.

Each individual artwork in this exhibition expresses the beauty, fear and inevitability of death and interprets these eerie and macabre stories through a variety of highly skilled print media. 

May 2024 Exhibitions & Events

low tides green grass

Upstairs Gallery

Low Tide/Green Grass Art Exhibition

29th April – 29th May 2024

This exhibition showcases the work of Micheal O Fearghail (water colour) and Ann Brennan (oils).

Micheal is a self-taught water colour artist based in Kilkenny. For this exhibition he has chosen a selection of work that represents his love of the sea, the south east and the Waterford coast.

Ann Brennan is also a self-taught artist working from her home base in South Tipperary. She focuses on the natural beauty of our mountains and coastlines. Her inspiration comes from regular hikes on the west coast, and nearer her home in the Comeragh Mountains.

Cafe Gallery

Anna Lesisz

28th April – 1st June 2024

Anna is a artist and illistrator born in Poland. Having graduated from the Institute Of Visual Arts at the University of Jan Kochanowski in Kielce, Poland she is trained in a dirverse variety of traditional media. The majority of her work is produced digitally or using coloured pencils and acrylics. She describes her style as realistic, entertaining and pleasant to the eye.Anna specializes in producing wedding invitations and illustrations with friendly caricatures.  

Evening Entertainment

The Life & Songs of Bruce Springsteen

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th of June 2024

Bruce Springsteen is a musical icon whose songs have spanned over five decades. Now – following sold-out shows featuring Leonard Cohen, Fleetwood Mac, and Simon and Garfunkel – Derek Flynn turns his attention to the Boss!

In an intimate solo show, Derek charts Bruce’s rise from humble beginnings on the boardwalks of New Jersey, to global stardom and beyond, and performs some of his most iconic songs.

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April 2024 Exhibitions & Events

Upstairs Gallery

Woodlands Studio Artists Exhibition

4th  – 27th April 2024

This exhibition showcases the work of both a group of artists as well as a group of students from the ww.etb.The artists have been coming together under the guidance of Waterford artist, Berna Lawton at her country studio, ‘Woodlands’.
Over many years they have gathered together to share ideas, inspire and encourage each other.
The students who attended art classes with Berna  have been developing their creative skills & talents and are ready to showcase their work.This eclectic show will include artwork in a variety of mediums, such as watercolour, acrylic and oils, and range from representational to experimental and abstract pieces.The show will run for the month of April, with an official opening on Saturday April 13th , from 2 to 5pm.
Anne Deere Cafe Art

Cafe Gallery

Anne Deere

2nd – 27th April 2024

My name is Anne Deere and
painting is one of my main passions in life. I work from my own studio at my home in Carlow. I love to paint seascapes and
landscapes, with turbulence of the sea and the colour of the land
as inspiration for my work. I love the outdoors and bringing the
colours of nature to my canvas.
My works can be viewed on my Facebook page “Anne Deere Artist”.

Evening Entertainment

The Life & Songs of Simon & Garfunkel

Friday 12th & Saturday 13th of April 2024

Following sold out Leonard Cohen and Fleetwood Mac shows, Derek Flynn continues his LIFE & SONGS series with a show featuring one of the greatest duos of all time: Simon & Garfunkel.

Joined by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Dean Flynn (Bana Rua, The Formorians), Derek will tell stories and anecdotes about Simon & Garfunkel and preform some of their most popular songs including “The Boxer”, “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “Bridge over Troubled Water”.

March 2024 Exhibitions & Events

Upstairs Gallery

Aislinn & Roisin Duggan Art Exhibition

4th March – 31st March 2024

Twin artists Aislinn and Roisin work in acrylic and watercolour from their little studio in the countryside of south Kilkenny drawing inspiration from the wildlife, farm animals and the beautiful nature that surrounds them.

Aislinn & Roisin Duggan Art

Cafe Gallery

David Walsh

4th March – 31st March 2024

David Walsh is a local Tramore artist. He has developed a unique pen and ink style over the past few years which incorporates hatching and crosshatching to achieve strong visual imagery. David lived in South Korea in 2018 and Japan from 2019 to 2021. He was able to visit art museums here and observe the culture of these different countries. Upon returning home to Ireland in 2021, David realised the importance of his own local culture. This inspired him to
create an exhibition dedicated to both Tramore and Ireland of
years gone by.

David Walsh Art

Evening Entertainment

Misery

Friday 8th March 2024

Theatre Vamps are thrilled to announce that their next production will be an adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel/movie MISERY!!
After a car accident, best-selling novelist, Paul Sheldon, wakes up in the remote mountain home of his rescuer, Annie Wilkes. The good news is that Annie was a nurse and has pain-killing drugs. The bad news is that she has long been Paul’s Number One Fan. And when she finds out what Paul has done to her favourite character, Misery, she doesn’t like it. She doesn’t like it at all . . .
Misery Tramore Coastguard

February 2024 Exhibitions & Events

Upstairs Gallery

Jenny MacGearailt’s Solo Exhibition – Mná ár n-oidhreachta

4th February – 2nd March 2024

Cafe Gallery

Monika Plazuk

4th February – 2nd March 2024

monika plazuk exhibition

Evening Entertainment

The Boys of Summer

Friday 2nd February 2024

The Boys of Summer is a compelling and heartwarming play about an unlikely friendship. Tickets available at http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-boys-of-summer-tickets-799979820177

Evening Entertainment

The Life & Songs of Neil Young

Friday 23rd February 2024

Following sold-out Leonard Cohen and Fleetwood Mac shows, Derek Flynn continues his LIFE & SONGS series with a solo show featuring one of the greatest legends of rock music: Neil Young.With a career spanning over 50 years – and a life filled with both tragedy and triumph – the show will feature stories and anecdotes of Neil’s life as well as some of his most popular songs, including “After the Gold Rush”, “Heart of Gold”, “Comes a Time”, and “Rockin’ in the Free World”.

THE LIFE & SONGS OF NEIL YOUNG – Friday Feb 23, Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore. Book your tickets now: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/822616306517

January 2024 Exhibitions & Events

Upstairs Gallery

Ard Scoil Na Mara

12th – 27th January 2024

Cafe Gallery

Mary Molumby

6th January – 3rd February 2024

Evening Entertainment

The Life and Songs Of Fleetwood Mac

Friday 12th January 2024

Saturday 20th January 2024 

DECEMBER Events & Exhibitions

The Coastguard Cultural Centre Tramore is delighted to
announce that our annual Christmas Lights display returns this
year from Saturday 9 th December 2023.
Our ‘Star of Hope’ is back in its place of prominence in the
gardens after a slight revamp and will be joined by a unique
Metal Man light filled sculpture to celebrate his 200th birthday
this year!
There will be several opportunities in the garden to take a
seasonal photo with the family and to post that all important
letter in Santa’s post-box.
The Centre will stay open late on the following evenings for
some seasonal drinks and treats, along with the chance to buy
a gift from our crafts shop, which includes stock from Isabel’s
Place Dungarvan
Late Openings until 8pm will be on Saturday 9th, Friday 15th,
Saturday 16th and Friday 22nd December 2023. Subject to the
weather of course.
Why not drop into the Coastguard Centre this Saturday
afternoon, 9th December at 4pm when we’ll have the formal
switch on of the lights. We are delighted to say that local
musician Brendan McCarthy will be with us to provide some
much-needed entertainment and get the event off to a good
start!
Happy Christmas from The Coastguard Cultural Centre Team
and the Directors of Tramore Development Trust.

NOVEMBER Events & Exhibitions

Cafe Exhibition

Avril Morrissey Artist

Gallery Exhibition

STAGEMAD THEATRE presents MID-TERM BREAK.  A Play by Noel Kelly.

November 24th, 25th & 26th

Set on the Anniversary of a husband’s death, as arrangements are finalised for the disposal of his ashes at a seaside bathing cove, MID-TERM BREAK by Noel Kelly, features three women at a pivotal moment in their lives.

Two years after the death of her husband, Maura’s friendship with Julie has become a relationship, but their commitment to each other is ambivalent and uncertain. Over the weekend, Maura assess the scars of an unhappy marriage, the nature of her new relationship with Julie and the deteriorating relationship with her daughter Fiona, as all three women are forced to confront some unpalatable truths about their lives.

Three outstanding actors, Delia Lowery as Maura, Clare Smith as Julie and Lauren Cardiff as Fiona give memorable performances in a warm, engaging and adult-themed drama.Directed by multi award-winning director James Power

Directed by: James Power
Lighting by: Andrew Dunphy

Tickets: €15 + booking fee
Time: Doors Open 7.30pm, Show Starts 8pm

Tickets available at: www.gr8events.ie

SEPTEMBER Events & Exhibitions

FINAL OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT @ THE COASTGUARD

Friday September 8th at 8pm

Join us in the Gardens with the Pop Up Movie Club for our final night of singing and (hopefully) dancing to this absolute classic!

Bring your seats or enjoy a blow up chair with a Premium ticket. Snacks, Ice Cream & Soft Drinks available on the night from our cafe window.

Gates open at 8pm and the film will start at 8.30pm.

Tickets available at www.thepopupmovieclub.ie

WHEN HARRY MET SALLYSaturday September 15th 8pm

A chance meeting between two strangers on a train to New York eventually develops into a friendship. But can it become something more? Based on the classic romantic comedy, “When Harry Met Sally” asks the eternal question: “Can men and women ever be just friends?”

Presented by the always funny and ever talented Theatre Vamps Derek Flynn & Nicola Spendlove, this promises to be a very entertaining night of fun, innuendo and yes….that memorable scene. 

Tickets available on Eventbrite : 

When Harry Met Sally Tickets, Fri 15 Sep 2023 at 20:00 | Eventbrite

THE LIFE & SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN – Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September 8pm

Derek Flynn is proud and excited to present two nights of song & stories along with the very talented Paula Weldon & Lauren Cardiff – performing some of his most popular songs including 

Bird On a Wire, Suzanne, So Long Marianne, and of course Hallelujah.

Tickets available on Eventbrite 

The Life and Songs of Leonard Cohen Tickets, Fri 1 Sep 2023 at 20:00 | Eventbrite

The Life and Songs of Leonard Cohen Tickets, Sat 2 Sep 2023 at 20:00 | Eventbrite

 
 
 

VISITING ARTISTS FOR SEPTEMBER

MAIN GALLERY – “THE LANGUAGE OF SALT & WATER”

September 4th to 30th

A contemporary exhibition of works by Yvonne Leon, Tasneem Khan, James Horan, Evelyn McNamara and Sile Walsh

CAFE GALLERY – “FISH TALES”

September 4th to 30th

Mary Joy

Vitamin Sea Festival Tramore - Sept 15th to 17th

Join us for this growing celebration of everything Tramore has to offer. We are delighted to be a part of the 2023 Vitamin Sea Festival organised by Taste Tramore. Check out www.vitaminseafestival.ie for all weekend events on in Tramore.

EVENTS HAPPENING AT THE COASTGUARD

Saturday 16thWellness by the Sea Workshop – ease into the weekend with Katie Duggan as she moves through some very gentle and nurturing practices to help you relax the body and mind. This workshop is in our upstairs gallery with beautiful sea views. Tickets available on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/wellness-by-the-sea-workshop-at-the-coastguard-centre

The ever entertaining Kitti Caboodle will keep the kids happy with her Seafaring Stories and then we celebrate 200yrs  of The MetalMan with local historian Paul Brent. Both these events are FREE to attend.

Sunday 17thMeet the Artist – see the amazing artist Kiki Roosli at work on her easel in our gardens and watch the magic happen. This is also a FREE event.

Garden events are subject weather conditions and may be moved indoors, 

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August 2023 - Events & Exhibitions

The Colours of our Land & Sea by Carlow artist Anne Deere

Main Gallery – August 6th to September 3rd 

Changing Tides by local artist Lillian ‘O Sullivan

Cafe Gallery – August 6th to September 3rd

Special Event - August Outdoor Cinema @ The Coastguard

Relax in the gardens or dance your heart out while watching these summer classics on the big screen. Premium Tickets include a pop up recliner and blanket. Food and drink available on the night. Tickets and further information available at 

www.thepopupmovieclub.ie
AUGUST 12TH @8.30PM – SOLD OUT
AUGUST 18TH @8.30PM – SOLD OUT
AUGUST 20th @ 8.30PM – SOLD OUT
AUGUST 13TH @8.30PM – SOLD OUT

July 2023 Events & Exhibitions

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A Perfect Stranger – Friday July 21st  / Sat 22nd at 8pm – SOLD OUT

Married couple Mark and Sally Driscoll are living a life of luxury in the coastal town of Tramore. One hot summer’s day – when Sally is home alone – a stranger arrives at their door claiming to be someone from their past. The stranger eventually gains Sally’s trust, and she lets him in. Shortly afterwards, Mark arrives home for work, and from there a tense thriller unfolds with twist after twist, leading to a shocking finale.

Tramore based theatre company Theatre Vamps return to us with their new play for one night only. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

A Perfect Stranger Tickets, Fri 21 Jul 2023 at 20:00 | Eventbrite

Main Gallery – Marcella Meagher Exhibition July 3rd to August 5th

Marcella Brennan Meagher is a Visual artist and Award-Winning Artist, living and working in Waterford City. Primarily focusing on oil painting Marcella explores landscape, equine, portrait and still life. Marcella captures a moment and shares this with her audience pausing the everyday. 

Guided by the Old Masters Marcella is interested in the use of lighting and the display of the object using contrasting backgrounds and textures to create movement utilizing light and shadow. Marcella has her working studio artist in Garter Lane Arts Centre. 

Isabels Place opens Pop Up Giftshop @ The Coastguard

We are delighted to welcome Isabels Place to Tramore – from July 3rd

Bringing her best selling Irish made gifts & crafts to us here for the Summer. The pop up shop will compliment the range of locally made gifts already available instore. Open from 9am – 4.30pm weekdays and 10am – 4.30pm weekends and Bank holidays ….. make sure to call in and have a browse with your coffee!

June 2023 Events & Exhibitions

Patrick Conynghm exhibition piece for the Coastguard Cultural Centre Tramore
Main Gallery – On the Shoreline of Being by Partick Conyngham                                  May 29th – June 30th

Patrick was born in Drogheda, Co Louth in 1959. He lives and works in County Monaghan as an artist poet and writer, with his wife Siobhan also an artist and a painting conservator.
My exhibition of paintings is entitled ‘On the shoreline of being’, because the Coastguard Gallery is physically situated so very close to the sea. The sea with its openness and expansiveness is an indicator in my mind at least, of the subconscious.

The very nature of my work serves to show the blurred lines between being and non being, between imagination and the spirit of a thing, with the aim perhaps of stimulating an enquiry in those looking at the colourful mixed media paintings. Hopefully this gives rise to a feeling of being on the edge of something else, even something unknown and mysterious. The paintings hover between abstraction and figuration, using colour and tone to describe what is often from an intuitive source

Cafe Art – Fleeting, Vanishing and Returning by Siobhan Conyngham May 29th to June 30th

The work is about the land, the earth, the cosmos and our place as humans in that. It attempts to explore the elements around us and the feelings they inspire. Themes that reoccur are the cycle of nature and all that encompasses, the changing and fleeting nature of everything.
The exhibition includes some landscape based panels and canvases as well as some more abstracted ‘calm’ paintings which act as a pause or meditation. 

They are mostly fairly small and are glimpses or snapshots of our constantly altering environment . The cyanotypes on watercolour paper are a contrast in their intense blue, and are all important and symbolic as they are created using earth and grasses, then developed in the sun which feels really appropriate as it is yet another poignant cycle.

May 2023 Events & Exhibitions

A blue bird artwork from an irish artist
 
Upstairs Gallery

Linda Condon Exhibition 

Making Your Way Home May 1st – 30th

A dual exhibition of screen printed images exploring places of “Home” in the Waterford & Wexford areas near the river Suir. Plus a series of images journeying through what a sense of home means on a personal level.

Cafe Art

Sean Walsh Exhibition

Flights of Fancy April 30th – May 27th

An exhibition of Acylics on canvas and Leaded Painted glass that is structuralist in nature, that is to say the core of each work has at its base a skeleton of lines & curves carefully chosen and and placed in an age old system called Phi D’Or.


April 2023 Events & Exhibitions

Upstairs Gallery

Maggie Chapman & Betty Power contine their March exhibition “All Kinds of Everything” in the Upstairs Gallery

Cafe Art

Svetlana Tchaikovskaya-Dunnes Watercolours, Pencil Sketches and Prints remain our Cafe Art focus for April

Evening Entertainment

Another exciting local drama production planned for the end of April – full details below ……..

When Harry Met Sally
Friday April 28th  8pm SOLD OUT

The hilarious classic 80’s rom-com is back! Presented by the always funny and ever talented Theatre Vamps Derek Flynn & Nicola Spendlove, this promises to be two very entertaining nights of fun, innuendo and yes….that memorable scene. 

Tickets available on Eventbrite : 

When Harry Met Sally | Eventbrite

March 2023 Events & Exhibitions

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

The Midnight Hotel
3 NIGHTS SOLD OUT

March 31st & April 1st @8pm / April 2nd @ 7pm

Tickets: The Midnight Hotel Tickets, Fri 31 Mar 2023 at 20:00 | Eventbrite

Written by Derek Flynn of Theatre Vamps and directed by James Power of Stagemad, The Midnight Hotel tells the story of a musician who arrives to perform in the small Irish village of Carraig Dubh. He discovers some ghosts that the locals would rather stay dead and realises that small towns never give up their secrets!

UPSTAIRS GALLERY

Maggie Chapman & Betty Power
“All kinds of Everything”

A collection of Oil on canvas & board

March 5th – April 1st

CAFE ART

Svetlana Tchaikovskaya-Dunne

A selection of watercolours and pencil drawings with prints available

March 5th – April 1st

February 2023 Events & Exhibitions

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

Sarah McQuaid

February 11th @8pm

SOLD OUT

Sarah McQuaid’s lush, chocolatey voice combines with her endearing personality, “subtle mastery onstage” (Huffington Post) and “brilliant musicianship” (fRoots) on acoustic and electric guitars, piano and (occasionally) drum to create a truly immersive experience.

THE TUG OF THE MOON                                    Sarah McQuaid @ the Coastguard Cultural Centre reviewed by Liam Murphy

I first heard the Cornwall-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid in the Theatre Royal over a decade ago, and her distinctive soprano voice had a celestial quality. She shapes words as if giving them new meaning with her gentle and evocative style. Her contemporary folksongs echo a beautiful sense of being at one with her landscape, her journey, and her inner harmony.
She finished her Irish tour at the Coastguard Cultural Centre, a wonderful, intimate venue, and her rapport and empathy tugged at the hearts of an appreciative audience. Outside, the darkness settled on Tramore Bay, and the moon was shrouded, but musically you could feel the elemental tug of the moon, a sharing and reaching out across a crowded venue.
The stage was set, and her manager and tour audio, Martin Stansbury, eased down the lights, and the room was filled with ‘Sweetness And Pain’ and walking into a coastal mist with ‘Walking Into White’. The folk tune ‘Sprig Of Thyme’ echoed universal myths and foolishness. Her family stories and her children’s inspiration struck a chord with her audience. 
She plays acoustic and electric guitar, tomtom and keyboards, and for ‘One Sparrow Down’, she got the audience to sing out animal noises. Her version of Micahel Chapman’s ‘Rabbit Hills’ was a beautiful introduction to an eccentric folk artist who produced several of her CDs. It is worth looking  Chapman up on your choice of platform.
‘So Much Rain’ was a topical end to the first part.
After the interval, the ‘Silence Above Us’ was a meditation on ‘what is this world coming to’. Another song, ‘Yellowstone’, about volcanoes and earthquakes, reminded the audience how lucky we could be in our sheltered bubble of happiness. Finally, ‘The Tug Of The Moon’ reminded us of our life’s journey around the sun and how we are slowing down each year, if only by milliseconds.
Bob Dylan’s ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ was beautiful at “keep on, keeping on”. There is a lovely sense of change in this song, “There was music in the cafes at night, and revolution in the air’.
Her version of John Martyn’s ‘Solid Air’ was achingly beautiful, and her voice trembled in the air. The Ewan MacColl song ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ was sublime, and her encore after a standing ovation was a tender lullaby, bridging three generations – ‘Last Song’.

CAFE GALLERY

Emma Power

Oil on Canvas

February 6th – March 4th

“There is so much beauty in this world of ours, crashing waves backlit with sunlight, a small child hunting in rockpools, shadows cast by clouds scudding across fields. Every scene is there but a moment and then gone. To capture these transient moments on canvas so that the memory of them is preserved is the challenge.”

January Exhibitions

UPSTAIRS GALLERY

Students of Ardscoil na Mara

January 11th – March 3rd

Officially opened by MEP Grace O’Sullivan, the students of Ardscoil na Mara present their colourful art and ceramic pieces for the months of January & February. Showcasing a wide variety of art styles and forms curated by Head of Art Ms Sinead Driver, this exhibition will excite you with it’s energetic emerging talent.

FOYER GALLERY

Katie Gaudig Ceramics

January & February

Katie’s series of framed ceramic art is colourful, whimsical and more than a bit fishy! But in such a good way……