About Us

The Space Inside is an arts session held on the first Tuesday of each month from October to June, in Wicklow Sailing Club, South Quay, Wicklow Town, Ireland
The sessions provide a platform on which all artists can perform - from poets to actors and from dancers to all forms of musicians.
Admission is free to ensure access to all and doors open 8pm

If you would like to perform, contact us at spaceinside@hotmail.com

Sunday, December 28, 2008

January Live Night

Tuesday 6 January

Martin Swords

‘Standing Naked’
Martin Swords is a member of Wicklow
Writers Group. In this presentation he is
‘coming out’ so to speak, talking about
writing poetry. He will read some of his
own work and that of other poets he admires.
Martin will also talk in a very personal way
about the things that made him want to write
poetry - family, friends, regrets, things not
said and things that should have been said.
Martin is published in Lifelines, New and Collected,
and Wicklow Writers Anthologies. His work can
be read on PoemHunter.com (under poet’s name),
wicklowwriters.blogspot.com and
You can also hear him read three of his poems on
‘Voices from the Shore’, a CD of poems and
stories by Wicklow Writers.
Martin has performed at many venues over the years,
including Tinahely Café, Wicklow Library and the
Space Inside.
We look forward to his performance of ‘Standing Naked’.
Listen carefully, but don’t stare!

Phoenix and Friends

Featuring Thomas Merrigan

Thomas Merrigan is a musician from Wicklow. He has
been playing and writing music for many years and is
know for his performances around the Wicklow area.
His music is Irish and folk based, though his repertoire
also includes some contemporary music. Over the years
Thomas’ band, Phoenix, has had different
line-ups, and many of these experienced musicians have
promised to join him on the night. The evening will throw
up some great surprises with musicians from all corners
of Wicklow joining in the craic.
The cession could go on well into the night!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

December Live Night

Tuesday 2nd December

Eilis Stanley

Eilis Stanley is a poet and prose writer.She has lived

abroad for several years in England and California. A

founding member of a London based Women Writers

Group,Pink Writers, in the eighties, she also wrote a

weekly column for the San Francisco Irish Herald,

and was a monthly agony aunt.

On her return to Ireland in 2000, Eilis set up a Killiney

Writers group and wrote a monthly column for an

Irish emagazine, Scarlet.

In 2006,she and a co-writer set up Kulture Klub to

do readings and encourage other local writers to give

voice and performance to their writings. Over the

years, Eilis has performed at a number of Lesbian

and Gay Pride Events.

She now lives and works in Bray. Co. Wicklow.

Christer Kavanagh

Christer is a musician and singer/songwriter

who lives in Wicklow Town. Wicklow audiences

may know him as a member of Pineto Cats, where

he plays lead guitar and sings. The group will be

recording their first album in the New Year.

Christer will play original music on the night.


Sean Olohan from Wicklow Town and Simon Keogh

from Dublin have been together for a little more than a


They play at home and abroad as a two piece band, but

often extend to a three or four piece as The CANTONS.

Since appearing in Wicklow Sailing Club, they have

toured in Switzerland, Portugal, Germany and Austria,

as well as throughout Ireland.

Sean’s song ‘SAVING LIVES’ has been the bands

biggest success to date, topping the Irish National

Charts and Download Charts for 10 weeks. As well

as the top of the popularity charts for South East

Radio and KCLR. Simon and Sean will perform their

new single, ‘VINCENT AT CHRISTMAS’ in aid of

St. Vincent de Paul, which should launch the

festive season in style!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

November Live Night

Tuesday 4th November 2008


Philip St.John is a prolific writer. His short stories
have been published in New Irish Writing and broadcast
on radio. He has just completed an M. Phil in Creative
Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Philip will read from
his latest novel, Crazy Baldheads, set in Jamaica in 1982.
He will also be happy to answer any questions you might
have on writing a novel.

Photographer & Artist

Jo Callanan, born in South Africa and now living
in Greystones, qualified as a Graphic Designer with
photography as a major interest.
In June this year, she hosted an open Studio Exhibition
day at Stylebawn farm studios, with a number of artists
who share and enjoy the open space of the Wicklow
foothills. Her presentation is not to be missed.

The young Irish Tenors

Tim Scanlon from Wicklow Town, Cormac O’Daly from
Tralee and Billy Kilkenny from Malahide (l to r) make up
The Young Irish Tenors.
In 2006, they embarked on two hugely successful U.S and
European tours, alongside Irish Dancing Troop, Rhythm of
the Dance. Cormac studies with Irish tenor, Emmanuel
Lawler, at the Conservatory of Music Dublin, where Billy
began his singing career under Vocal coach Robert Alderson.
Tim attended the prestigious Music department of Estonia's
Tallinn University, studying vocal training and choral
conducting with Merica Aarme and Pille Saar.
Check out www.theyoungirishtenors.com


Kris Finnerty is a singer/songwriter who lives
in Bray, Co. Wicklow. His latest album, Christy is Dead,
is 10 years of work comprised into one CD. The artwork in
the booklet to the songs themselves are a true showing of
Kris's artistic nature and talent.
His influences include Counting Crows, Band of Horses,
Ben Harper and Bob Dylan. He can be regularly seen at
The Porterhouse on Bray Seafront, Marriot Hotel and
The DungeonFitzpatrick Hotel, Killiney.
Check out www.bebo.com/Chistyfinno

Friday, September 5, 2008

October Live Night

Change of Venue
Welcome to the first Live Night of our 5th Space Inside season, with a lineup that will wet your appetite for the year ahead.
For one night only, join us on Wednesday 1st October in Ernies, Market Square, and help to keep the arts scene alive in Wicklow.

Doors open at 8 pm. Admission free.

Wicklow Young Filmmakers
2008 Winners

Robert Manson was the winner of Category 1 of this relatively new competition, for his film, The Silver Bow (Producer Paul Curren). This gentle, thought-provoking film is about a street performer who meets his son in town for an hour before he goes to work. Duration: 8 mins

Dylan Haskins won Category 2 with his documentary, Roll up your sleeves: The DIY Counterculture. The film is a colourful exploration of the ‘Do-It-Yourself’ counterculture, starting from Dylan’s alternative community and moving onto his European tour with US folk punk band. Independent music features throughout the film. Duration: 27 mins.
Both winners will be available for a brief discussion on their films, after the screenings.

Jimi Cullen Singer/songwriter

If you want to go on a journey from protest songs through love songs to those that squeeze every drop of emotion out of you, then Jimi Cullen is your man.
Jimi is a solo musician from Gorey. He has been writing and performing for over three years and has built a good reputation as one of the hardest working musicians, with over 500 gigs to his credit. His debut album, When the last leaf falls, was released in 2007 and has sold over 1,000 copies, receiving good reviews in Hotpress.
Jimi’s music can best be described as mix between Folk, Grunge, Blues and Rock, mixed with a healthy dose of originality.

Shirley McClure, Poet
Shirley McClure lives in Bray. She has been published in numerous journals including The SHOp, The Stinging Fly and Revival. She won the Western Writers’ Centre/Galway Now competition and was short-listed in Listowel Writers Week competition.
Shirley was awarded a writing bursary from Wicklow County Council and is no stranger to poetry readings, as she has performed at many local events including Tinahely Courthouse Café and The Winding Stair in Dublin.
Shirley’s poem, Astrogeograph, appears on page 7 of our journal.
We look forward to hearing more great poems from this experienced poet.

Also: Grand Raffle

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Grand Raffle

The Space Inside Grand Raffle

In celebration of The Space Inside Arts Club's fifth year in existence, we are running a Grand Raffle. Tickets from Kilmantin Arts Gallery, Wicklow Town or from any of the team.

1st Prize: Landscape Painting by Meta Whittaker
2nd Prize: Holistic Massage (4 sessions) (courtesy Janet Smith)
3rd Prize: Voucher for 100 euro for East Coast Cruising School (courtesy Charlie Kavanagh)
4th Prize: Painting by Ray McGovern
5th Prize: 3 Course Lunch at Healthy Habits Cafe

Plus many more . . .

Raffle tickets 2 euro each or 5 euro per book.

Draw at the first night of the season in Wicklow Sailing Club, Wednesday 1st October '08

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Last Live Night of the season

May 2008 The Space Inside

The final Space Inside Live Night of the
2007/8 season had another great lineup of quality acts.
Due to construction work at the Wicklow Sailing Club, the session was held in the smaller room in the club. The intimate surroundings gave the night a party atmosphere with all the performers really enjoying the experience and asking to come back next season.

The lineup included:

Indiivara are a tribal dance group. They dance
American Tribal Style Ballydance Dance, which takes
its influences, both in its dance moves and dress
code, from tribes from around the world.
The group trains under Wendy Marlett a renowned
teacher who herself trained with the originator
of tribal dance, Carolina Nericcio. The basis of Tribal
dance is a community of dancers coming together in
dance. The dance itself is unchoreographed with the
dancers relying on a variety of cues, move cues or
voice cues to enable the dancers to stay together.
Members are made up of many nationalities including
Irish, Scottish, Spanish, French and American. Two
of the dancers live here in Wicklow.

Colm Lynch
Relentless gigging in the 18 months since the release
of his widely acclaimed debut album ‘A Whisper In A
Riot’, must place Colm Lynch at the forefront of
contenders for hardest working musician in Ireland.
His approach to song writing is firmly based on the
philosophy that a good song should have a strong
melody and meaningful lyrics. Colm has been
bringing this message to an ever-expanding audience
while consolidating his loyal fan base.
Along with his solo performances in pubs and clubs
across Ireland, he has supported acts as diverse as
The Blizzards, Julie Feeney, Kate Walsh, Aslan, John
Power, Foy Vance and Mundy.
His forthcoming appearances include Castlepalooza,
The Button Factory, The Dalkey Arts Festival, The
Bray Summer Fest and The Ballyknockan Festival.
For more info check out
www.myspace.com/colmlynch or

Andrew Boland
Andrew is a vocalist, musician and
songwriter. He spent most of his formative
years in Wicklow Town but spent the last three
years living and studying in Dublin.
Andrew’s influences are Scott Walker, Leonard
Cohen and Morrissey.
Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar,
Andrew will perform a collection of his own
work interspersed with familiar songs from his
wide repertoire.
Check out his music on www.myspace.com/

If you would like to perform for the first time, or for the nth
time, at the Space Inside, contact us at
spaceinside@hotmail.com or phone 0851138367