Christ Church Cathedral
Saturday 2nd July 5.00pm. This will be a multi-denominational service of song and spoken word with a maritime theme. Christ Church Cathedral Choir led by Eric Sweeney will be joined by the Hooks & Crooks will sing a variety of seafaring/maritime hymns.
Art on the Railings, Cathedral Square:
Saturday 25th June – Saturday July 2nd, 10.00am -4.00pm. Featuring works of art by city and county artists.
Monday 27th June – Sunday 3rd July. Floral displays themed around each of the participating nations in the Tall Ships Race.
Monday 27th June – Saturday 2nd July, 11.00am.
Celebrating McClafferty, who circumnavigated the world, 1740 – 1744, with Commodore Anson aboard the Centurion.
‘Fleeting Glimpses’ Exhibition by Terry Murphy:
23rd June to 21st July – Christ Church Cathedral
For photographers, just as for painters, land and seascapes hold a lasting appeal.
No other subject is so accessible. Here in the South East of Ireland we are fortunate that wild mountain scenery and atmospheric coastlines are within easy reach. The essential elements of composition and light form the core of Terry Murphy’s images, shape , form, pattern and texture are also features of his work. This collection mixes monchrome and colour images to good effect and represents a years work for this region’s most experienced photographer.
Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford
“Time & Tide” – An exhibition of new paintings by local maritime artist Ken Smith at Index Gallery, Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford. Running from 30th June to the 15th of July. For further details visit www.kensmith.ie
“Push the Boat out, Whatever the Sea” – A maritime themed exhibition of art and photography work produced during the Bealtaine Festival will be on display on the 1st floor of Central Library, Lady Lane. Running from June 24th to July 9th.
Opening hours 10am to 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday.
The Irish Craft Village
A craft village of 20 – 30 craft stalls will be located in Greyfriars & Catherdral Square for the duration of the Tall Ships event.
Edmund Rice Heritage Centre
Experience this interactive museum and visitor centre dedicated to Edmund Rice. Live the Edmund Rice story through an atmospheric and interactive experience and pray at the tomb of Edmund Rice in a new chapel named for him. Open Mon – Friday 9am – 5pm. Sat 10am – 2pm. Sunday/Public Holiday – by appointment only. Admission applies
Mount Sion, Barrack St, Waterford Tel: 051 – 874 390 www.edmundrice.ie
Exhibition of Atlantic Challenge Vessels
Exhibition of Atlantic Challenge Vessels taking place on Friday 1st July at 11am on the River Suir from Granny Boat Club to Frank Cassin Wharf
Forum Waterford (see image attached)
Tommy Tiernan,’Crooked Man’ Tour:
Forum Waterford, Thursday 30th June & Friday 1st July 2011. Doors 8pm. Show 9pm.Tickets €30 (incl. booking fee) available from: ‘Next Door’, Forum Waterford (051) 871111, open 10.30am – 10.00pm daily and 24hours on-line from www.forumwaterford.com Note: Over 18’s only.
Galway Hookers Photographic Exhibition
Waterford Regional Hospital will host ‘Galway Hookers’, an exhibition of photographs by local artist John O’Connor. The images document the reliving of an old tradition in Galway of bringing turf from Carraroe across the bay to Kinvara.
From 10th June – 6th July 2011 – Waterford Regional Hospital
For more information please contact the Waterford Healing Arts Trust on 051 842664 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Healing Sounds Music Programme
As part of the Tall Ships festival the Waterford Healing Arts Trust Healing Sounds Music Programme presents:
Scheepsfolk, a Maritime folk group who originate from North Holland and Friesland. Their repertoire is a mixture of lively sea songs and beautiful ballads accompanied with an array of instruments such as accordion, guitar violin, bodhran, wooden percussion, harmonica and bones.
Thursday 30th June 2011 at 1.00pm in the Main Foyer, Waterford Regional Hospital
Compass Point, a three piece band who focus on performing Shanties and Songs of the Sea as well as ballads and general acoustic folk music.
Friday 1st July 2011 at 1.00pm in the Main Foyer, Waterford Regional Hospital
Garter Lane Theatre
Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer:
Garter Lane Theatre for one night only on Sunday 3rd July at 8pm. Tickets are €20 (€15 Garter Lane Friends & concs) on 051-855038 or www.garterlane.ie.
Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive three famous expeditions: Discovery, (1901 – 1904); Terra Nova (1910 – 1913); and Endurance (1914 – 1916). Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of Antarctic, his 36 mile, solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades Teddy Evans and William Lashly has been described by Antarctic historians as “the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration”.
The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead :
Garter Lane Theatre, Mon 27th June – Sat 2nd July @ 8pm. Tickets from €10 on 051-855038 or www.garterlane.ie
Set in Anytown, the play tells the story of 43-year old Rhonda Russell. One day, her husband rings to say he is leaving her, after almost 20 years of marriage. Dumbstruck, Rhonda turns to her next-door neighbour, and best friend, Lynette. In the events that unfold in the quiet suburban neighbourhood, some comic, some tragic, friends and strangers are drawn together, and relationships are torn apart.
Produced by the Theatre Project, and starring Lynda Gough, Robert Hewett’s play provides eye-opening insights into a world where relationships are not always what they seem. We are offered different versions of the truth about what happened and must listen closely to find where the truth really lies. Is there such thing as absolute truth, or is fact a matter of perception alone? In the end, the play is not about who might be to blame – it is about who earns redemption, hair colour notwithstanding.
Granary Café – A Photographic Journey 1760’s to 1960’s
An exhibition of photographs spanning over 200 years will be on display at the Granary during the Tall Ships Festival. Come along and glimpse Waterford ’s rich history of shipbuilding, internationally trading merchant ships and visiting tall ships.
Bill Irish and Andrew Kelly have put together a wonderful exhibition that chronicles Waterford’s Maritime Heritage. So stroll down to the Granary, have a cup of coffee and immerse yourself in Waterford ’s Tall Ships history.
The Granary Café, Hanover Street, The Quay, Waterford City, Tel: +353 (0)51 854428
Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery
Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery
To coincide with this summer’s Tall Ships Festival, Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery will host “From Ship To Shore” a maritime-themed exhibition featuring over 30 works from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection, including four 19th century paintings of the “Spencer boats”, and Thomas Ryan (RHA)’s 20th century panoramic view of Waterford. Open to the public on Tuesday 24th May and will run until Saturday 27th August 2011. The exhibition will be officially opened on Wednesday 29th June 7.30pm.
Rhymes of the Ancient Mariners – An Evening of Music, Poetry and Song, featuring Jimmy Crowley (singer-songwriter) and Dave Lorden (poet). Friday 1st July 7pm – 10pm: Admission €5.
Greyfriars opening hours: Daily 11am – 5pm (including Sunday 3rd July)
House of Waterford Crystal
The House of Waterford Crystal in the heart of Waterford city, comprises of a brand new manufacturing facility, visitor experience and retail store. Visitors can enjoy all aspects of the manufacturing process through the factory tour and learn about both traditional and contemporary production techniques through direct interaction with the craftsmen and the audiovisual materials.
The manufacturing facility contains a brand new continuous melt tank furnace that has been tailor-made to Waterford Crystal’s specifications, and produces two tons of molten crystal every day. The retail store and exhibition area display the largest display of Waterford Crystal anywhere in the world and will delight visitors young and old. Come and enjoy a factor tour, some retail therapy during your visit to Waterford at the Tall Ships. Waterford Crystal are proud sponsors of this prestige event.
Factory Tour: Mon- Sat: 9am- 4.15pm. Sun: 10am -4.15pm
Retail Store and Coffee Shop: Mon – Sat: 9am – 6pm. Sun: 10am-6pm
House of Waterford Crystal, The Mall, Waterford City Tel: +353 (0)51 317000 www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com
Jordan’s on the Quay – Booze, Blaas’n’ Banter
An homage to Jordan’s, an early dockside tavern, this event will celebrate the history of this much loved pub in music, poetry, and song. MC’d by a local historian. Admission free. All welcome. Date Saturday 2nd July. Time: 8.30am – 11am. For further information please contact Johnny Cloono: email@example.com
Little Red Dot Art Gallery
Showing exhibitions from emerging and well established Irish artists and Irish hand crafted ceramics, jewellery and crafts. Located 2 minutes walk from the new House of Crystal showrooms at 28 Spring Garden Alley. Directly across from St Martin’s Gate, a 13th Century gate and twin towers in the Old Viking city walls.
‘Out of the Blue’ Exhibition – Bodega Restaurant
30th June – 2nd August, 2011.
Tony Oakey, “Out Of The Blue” exhibition – new paintings inspired by the rugged coastline of Co. Waterford. Bodega Restaurant, John Street, Waterford.
Reginald’s Tower (see image attached)
Opening arrangements during Tall Ships Festival 10.00 – 18.00 last admissions 17.30
Access will be by guided tour only with tours running approx every 20 mins, numbers on tour will be strictly limited. For the duration of the festival (Thursday to Sunday inclusive) admission will be free of charge.
Located near the east end of the modern quays Reginald’s Tower stands proud, eight centuries of existence resting lightly on its massively thick walls. The original tower on the site was a wooden structure built by the Vikings but this was replaced by the current stone tower a short few years after the capture of the city by Strongbow’s Norman forces (an event that took place in 1170). As it now stands Reginald’s Tower was built in two phases, the first two floors dating to the late 12th / early 13th century while the upper two floors date to the late 15th / early 16th century. Primarily a defensive structure and integral part of the medieval defences of Waterford the tower has served many functions down through the ages. At different times in its storied past the tower has been used as a mint, military storehouse, prison, residence and museum.
Tel: +353 (0)51 304220 www.heritageireland.ie
The Bishop’s Palace – opens to the public on June 23rd 2011
The Bishop’s Palace will be a museum of Waterford from 1700 to the 20th century and will give visitors a wonderful insight into the history of what was up to 1750s, Ireland’s second city. The gardens which will surround the Bishop’s Palace are based on a design by the celebrated gardener Diarmuid Gavin. Waterford city boasts the finest collection of 18th century architecture of any city in Ireland outside of Dublin, and its great legacy from the period is its elegant architecture, silverware and of course fine glassmaking. This period of elegance began in Waterford in 1741 when the Anglo-German architect Richard Castles designed the wonderful Bishop’s Palace. Castles built the Palace with its front overlooking the town wall which he had reduced in height so that it formed part of the palace’s terraced garden. Today Richard Castles is celebrated as one of Ireland’s greatest architects having designed most of the great houses of Ireland including the seat of the Irish parliament, Leinster House in Dublin.
Open, 7 days per week. Mon – Sat 9am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm
Admission cost: 5 euro per person. 3 euro concession
The Franciscan Friary (The French Church)
Located off the Quay and within the Viking Triangle this thirteenth century ruin is the final resting place for some of the Cities most notable people. Particular attention is drawn to the burial place of John Roberts, architect and Sir Neal O’Neille, Jacobite soldier.
This monastery was a thriving friary before the Dissloution of the Religious Houses under the reign of Henry VIII. In later years it was the location of the Holy Ghost Hospital as well as a refuge for French Hugenots fleeing persecution in their homeland. Subsequent to the abandonment of the French Church and the relocation of the Holy Ghost Hospital the medieval Friary fell into ruins. In 1903 the building was vested in State Care and is today managed by the Office of Public Works.
Soma Contemporary (see image attached)
SOMA Contemporary presents “Hints of the outside world ”.
A collaborative exhibition between SOMA Contemporary and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, presenting works from IMMA’s collection Opening reception will be held on Thursday June 30th at 6:00 pm. Exhibition runs from June 30th – July 30th, 2011
The Gallery is open Friday 1st of July to Sunday 3rd, 12.30 pm to 5pm and continues for duration of exhibition Thursday – Saturday, 12.30pm to 5pm and also by appointment. Admission is free. The Gallery is located at 6 Lombard Street, former tax office, Waterford City. Contact: SOMAwaterford@gmail.com. Visit: www.SOMAcontemporary.com
Soloarte Gallery (see images attached)
Solo Arte will be holding an online exhibition of works by artist Kenneth Webb of the Waterford Tall Ships, to be viewed at www.soloarte.ie . A number of the works can also be viewed at Solo Arte Gallery, Coolgower, Tramore Road, Waterford. Tel: 051 873 692
The opening hours are 12 noon – 5pm. Sunday’s closed.
The Copper Coast Art Group – ‘Diversity’ Exhibition
The Copper Coast Art Group present their latest exhibition DIVERSITY. Established in 2005, a group of artists based at The Coastguard Station, Tramore, enjoy exploring and supporting their individual artistic creativity using a range of media. The group look forward to meeting you at their latest exhibition at The Handmade Furniture Company Limited, 44 The Quay, Waterford
The Recycle Pirates – Street Entertainment
It is the year 2060 and the earth as we know it has been destroyed by decades of littering and waste. The Fordrawtes and the Gernerats, rival new-age pirates, are on the rampage. They are known and feared as ruthless Recycle Pirates, raging through towns and cities claiming waste mountains and slaves who must sort the waste. Their goal is to recycle the mountains of waste and transform them into armour, weapons and vehicles. The journey will take them to the far north, where a portal will allow them to travel back to the year 2011. They have both planned to raid the city of its so called rubbish, turning their findings into weapons and armour, which will be used in a spectacular battle, only one band of pirates will emerge victorious.
Performing at 2pm each day of the festival, leaving from Henrietta street and Thomas Street past the Clock Tower and up Barronstrand Street. Both ships will stop outside the Cathedral, where a short performance will take place over a 20-30 minute duration.
The Theatre Royal
Animated State Dance Theatre Company in association with the Theatre Royal presents Crossing a breathtaking collaboration between dancer, poet, musician and painter.
Crossing captures the spirit of sea voyage; the resilience and fragility of the human spirit; the formidable presence and seductive power of the oceans. Wildly engrossing and wonderfully accessible – a sensual feast suitable for all ages. This cutting edge contemporary dance theatre production promises to be the hit of the Tall Ships Festival. Animated State Dance Theatre Company is supported by Waterford City Council.
Waterford Municipal Art Collection at Theatre Royal (image attached)
A large selection of beautiful and extraordinary artworks from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection is now on semi-permanent display in the public areas of the newly restored Theatre Royal, providing a wonderful opportunity for local people and visitors to the city to view these artworks, many of which are on public display for the first time.
The origins of the collection date from 1934 when the artist Hilda Roberts held the first annual exhibition in Newtown School. A public appeal was launched in 1938 to establish a permanent collection, which was officially opened by the artist Paul Henry in July 1939. Ten years later the Waterford Art Advisory Committee was set up and the collection became the responsibility of Waterford Corporation. Over the years a fine collection of art has been accumulated thanks to private donations, the Haverty and Best Trusts, the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, and Waterford City Council. Free admission.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am – 5pm (10am – 8pm on performance days)
Saturday: 11am – 4pm (12pm – 8pm on performance days)
Sundays and Bank Holidays: closed (open one hour before a performance starts
Jack Burtchaell’s Waterford City Walking Tour
Jack Burtchaell has for years now charmed and informed visitors in his twice-daily, historic tours. The walking tour departs from the lobby of the Granary, Hanover Street. His entertaining tours cover less than a mile of level ground, yet more than a millennium of the city’s remarkable history. Tel: 051 873 711 Operates daily 11.45am and 1.45pm. Other times for groups (min 10 persons) by prior arrangement.
From Vikings to Victorians – Walking Tour of Waterford City
Departs from the Plaza at House of Waterford Crystal
Beginning at the plaza in front of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal, this delightful tour will take you on a fascinating journey of a thousand years of history in a thousand paces. Step back in time as the story of Ireland’s oldest city is revealed. You’ll visit the site where the Irish Tricolour was first flown in 1848 by Thomas Francis Meagher, and stand on the spot where Strongbow and Aoife were married in 1170, changing the course of Irish history forever. Check Tourist Office for departure times, charges apply. Tel: 051 304500.
Waterford Camera Club Photographic Exhibition
Photographic Exhibition to be held in City Square Shopping Centre from Monday 20th June for two weeks.
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway (see image attached)
Experience the beauty of the River Suir as you enjoy a 50 minute trip on a narrow gauge railway through the countryside. Take in the panoramic views of the rolling farmland of Waterford and across the river to County Kilkenny. You will journey through a 40metre tunnel and get a view of the River Suir Bridge. The carriages are partially open so bring your jacket. An enjoyable experience for all ages.
Opening Hours : Monday to Saturday 11am to 4pm, Sunday 12 noon to 5pm.
Trips are on the hour. Monday to Friday : Suirway Bus service at 1pm and 3pm from outside the Waterford City tourist office.
Address: Kilmeadan, Co Waterford Tel: +353 (0)51 384058 www.wsvrailway.ie
Wenches of Waterfordia – Street Entertainment
Red Kettle Theatre Company will deliver performances of their ‘Wenches of Waterfordia’ featuring sword-wielding stunts and impressive choreography.