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

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

January Live Night

Tuesday 5 January 2010
Mia Parsons’ Trio

Mia Parsons is a singer whose voice has been described as being like 'chocolate'. A singer/songwriter, her deeply moving music spans jazz/funk and blues. A regular performer at festivals and other musical events, she has worked with many of the great Irish jazz musicians, including Richie, Hugh and Michael Buckley, Greg Felton, Myles, Paul and Anto Drennan, to mention a few.
Mia is joined by the experienced guitarist, Robbie Overson, who is a member of the legendary Irish band ‘Scullion’, with Sonny Condell and Philip King.
Mick O’Neill is the third member of this unique musical venture. A talented musician and songwriter, he brings his keyboard skills to this eclectic band.
The Mia Parsons’ Trio is a fusion of jazz, folk, and Motown.
Not to be missed.

The Two Old Codgers
A Comic Sketch

Frank O’Keeffe and Justin Aylmer are professional actors with a vast number of years experience between them. As the old codgers, their humorous and insightful commentary on life is always entertaining.
Frank is also a playwright and his play ‘The Young Lady Says Yes’ , recently won Category B at the Cork Writers’ Week. Congrats to Frank and all the cast.

Wayne Dunne

Wayne has been playing music since he was a boy, fronting several bands as singer/ guitarist. A talented guitar player with singing voice, he has most recently fronted Feedback, one of Wicklow's most popular bands. Tonight he performs solo, singing songs from Pink Floyd and a host of other greats.
Get there early!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

December Live Night

Paul Sharkey

Paul Sharkey trained at the Brendan Smith Theatre Academy (1975 - 1977) then worked with a number of Dublin based drama groups, including the Dublin Shakespeare Society, playing the title role of Hamlet in 1980.

Moving to Wicklow, Paul continued to study speech and drama and, in 1981, he co-founded Harlequin Players with his wife Liz.

For ten years Harlequin Players provided corporate entertainment (Ghost Night & Murder Mystery) for Tinakilly House Hotel and also Dinner Theatre, including shows based on the works of Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce. During the same period Paul compiled and performed shows for the Synge Summer School.

This festive month, Paul will entertain us with ‘Bob Sawyer gives a bachelor party’ from Pickwick Papers. An occasion not to be missed!


Jazz duo: Frank Gallagher and Gerry Clarke

Frank Gallagher has been playing blues and jazz in Ireland and Europe since the 70s. He has performed regularly with the likes of Don Baker, Red Peters and Johnny Norris, to mention just a few. In the 80s, he formed the Jitterbug Jug Band with Gerry Clarke. Since

then he has mainly performed solo or in small groups with Gerry Clarke. He has also lectured and written about blues and jazz and worked as a music critic for the Grapevine Arts Magazine.

Gerry Clarke has been performing blues and early jazz since the 70s in Ireland and America, where he worked with some of the important figures of the folk blues revival. He is also a music broadcaster, historian and record producer with an international reputation. His radio documentary, The Golden Age of Irish Recording, won the BCI award for best music documentary in Ireland. The third volume of his Old Time Records label, Piping Rarities, will be launched in the Pipers’ Club on 5 December 2009.

A.K. is a singer/songwriter from Waterford. His foray into writing songs started when he was 15 finding himself unable to sing in the key of the popular singers he liked at the time. Since then he has been building up a range of songs, developing his style. Vocally he has been compared to Jack L, Nick Cave and James Hetfield. With a wide range in musical tastes.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

November Live Night

Seamus Byrne - The Manach

Seamus Byrne
- The Manach
Seamus Byrne is a Celtic singer, flautist and international performer. He performs music for meditation and relaxation and his haunting Celtic Music reaches in to move your spirit. Seamus has released a number of CDs, his latest with John Two-Hawks, the master American Indian musician.
Seamus plays Irish flute, whistles, Apache Spirit flute and bodhran, and loves to sing in the melodic Irish style. We welcome him back to our Live Night.

Timothy Kavanagh

Timothy Kavanagh

Timothy Kavanagh is a twenty five year old artist and musician from Wicklow Town. ‘I started playing the drums when I was 10 years old, and picked up percussion instruments, like the bongos and bodhran, during my teenage years,’ he says. He taught himself to play the guitar and has been writing songs ever since.
On the night, Timothy will play some of his own numbers and songs he enjoys singing.

Wicklow Filmmakers Winning Shorts

Wicklow Filmmakers Winning Shorts

Wicklow County Arts Office and County Wicklow Film Commission make available 4 bursaries each year. Last month we brought you the winning short films in this bursary programme and now we bring you the outstanding runners-up.
Best short Film (22-25) Runner-up:
Size 9 – Pink (11mins 27) Dir/Prod: Aisling Gibney
Best short Film (18-21)
Ignorance is Bliss (6 mins) Dir/Prod: Alec Moore

There will be an opportunity to talk with the directors after each film.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

October Live Night

Tuesday 6 October

Siobhan Mac Mahon is an Irish Poet, Performer and Playwright resident in Leeds. The live experience of the Spoken Word is at the heart and centre of her work and she has many years of experience delighting audiences with her vital and often comic performances. Siobhan invokes the magic, myths and mayhem of the ancient Irish Goddesses and their modern day counterparts in a funny, passionate and provocative piece of performance - part poetry, part story telling.

Siobhan’s work explores our mystical, cultural and spiritual connection to the earth, the banishment of the Divine feminine and the resultant repression of a joyful sensuality. She has a diploma in Drama from the Drama Studio London, is a member of Equity and a member of National association of Writers in education (NAWE), B.Arch. from Trinity College Dublin. Check her out at: www.youtube.com/themouthofthecave

And hear her poems at: www.myspace.com/siobhanmacmahon

E mail: s.macmahon@ntlworld.com

Wicklow Filmmakers

Winning Short Films

Wicklow County

Arts Office and County Wicklow Film Commission make available 4 bursaries each year.

For the second year running, we are pleased to bring you the winning short films in thisbursary programme.

Best short Film (22-25) was won by The Fall of the House of Lawrence (10m

ins), Director: T.J. O’Grady-Peyton; Producer: Fan Yang.

Best short Film (18-21) was won by two animation films MY Day and On the Quiet. Director: Eamonn O’Neill; Producer: IADT

Dun Laoghaire

A discussion with directors follows each film.

Al O’Donnell’s career in folk music has had many highlights. He accompanied Luke Kelly on RTE TV on Raglan Road and his two solo album’s spawned two top-ten hits. He appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’ and at various festival, sharing the stage with Emmylou Harris and Rory Gallagher. He toured with Tommy Maken, The Chieftons, The Dubliners and many others.

Al’s latest CD, ‘Ramble Away,’ was released in late ’08. We are delighted to welcome this professional musician back to the Space Inside.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

SPEAK UP! Performance skills workshop for poets and writers

A workshop with Performance Poet, Siobhan Mac Mahon, in association with Space Inside Arts, explores the skills you need to breathe life into your own words. A fun and enabling workshop promoting confidence in writers to read/perform their own work.
Siobhan draws from her drama training and her extensive experience of performing her own poetry to deliver this lively workshop. Bring along a piece/s of your writing and spend the session learning performance skills to do justice to your words at a reading.
Come prepared to move!

Gave me a whole new approach to performing my writing

Has given me confidence and skills which I will use in the future

Date: Wed 7th October
Venue: Tinakilly House Hotel, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow
Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: €45 (includes light lunch)
To reserve your place contact Carol Boland on 0851138367 or email spaceinside@hotmail.com

Visit www.youtube.com/themouthofthecave to see some video clips or
www.myspace.com/siobhanmacmahon to hear some of the poems.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

June Live Night

Tuesday 2 June '09

Elis Taves

Elis Taves is a well-known Brazilian photographer with a special interest in Ireland. During 2003, she came to Ireland to further develop her photography skills. While here, her exhibition ‘Celebrating Easter in Brazil’ was held in the Chapel of Trinity College sponsored by the Brazilian Embassy and The Chaplaincy of Trinity College.
On returning to Brazil, her exhibition “Ireland” was held in
the Irish Embassy, Brasilia. In 2005, she came back to launch her book, City of Children, at Oscar Wilde House, The American College.
Elis is now back in Ireland, living in Bray, working on her new project focused on Irish women,“Behind the Eyes”.
We are looking forward to seeing her wonderful photographs of Brazil.
Visit www.artvitae.com for info on the artist and her photography

Chaos and Harmony

Chaos and Harmony, formerly Song Circle, is a natural voice workshop which meets weekly in Greystones for the sheer joy of singing together. Led by Eileen and Anna, the group will perform a selection of inspiring music and, as a special treat, they will be joined on the night by Eleanor Dawson, an exceptional flautist. Eleanor's unique presentation includes various flutes and their music down through the ages. Chaos and Harmony always welcome new members to their group.


Sean Olohan and Simon Keogh have been very busy. They had a top 10 hit in the Irish and download charts with their song ‘Saving Lives’ in aid of the RNLI. Since their last visit, they have toured Switzerland twice, releasing 2 songs there. Sean’s recent compositions include songs about local heroes: Charles Barrington, a Bray man who was the first to climb the Eiger mountain in Switzerland, and Wicklow Town’s Robert Halpin, whose claim to fame was the laying of undersea cables. Both these songs are in their final editing. Later this month, the 2 lads will perform at an International Festival in France which will coincide with the release of another new song ‘A French Connection’, to celebrate Wicklow Town’s twinning with Montigney. Always a pleasure to hear them perform.

Monday, April 13, 2009

May Live Night

Tuesday 5th May - Our Festival Live Night

Every year, the Space Inside takes part in The Wicklow Arts Festival, which runs over the first two weekends in May. Check out www.wicklowartsfestival.ie for more great events

Al O’Donnell

Al O’Donnell’s love of folk music began during the revival of story telling songs during the 60s, while he was an art college student in Nottingham. He started playing gigs in local nearby folk clubs and became a singing regular at the Nottingham Folk Workshop. His career in folk music has had many highlights. He accompanied Luke Kelly on one of his finest performances of Raglan Road on RTE TV. His two solo studio album’s spawned two top ten hits, ‘Spanish Lady’ and ‘Sammy’s Bar’. He appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’ and at Lisdoonvarna festivals, sharing the stage with Emmylou Harris and Rory Gallagher. He toured with Tommy Maken, The Chieftons, The Dubiners and many others.

His latest CD, ‘Ramble Away’, was released in November ’08. Check out his website at



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.

We welcome the dancers back to the Space Inside and look forward to their colourful and entertaining performance.

Carol Boland

Carol Boland
is a published author and poet. She spent her formative years in Dublin, with the following 25 in the UK where, as a mature student, she obtained a degree in Media Studies from Sussex University. In 2000, Carol moved to Wicklow Town and became involved with various writers’ groups, including the Wicklow Writers, Shed Poets and Wicklow Poetry Reading Group. Carol performs her poetry, with the help of a Conga drum, in various venues, and these have included the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Kilruddery House and the Courthouse CafĂ© (Tinahely). She now lives in Gorey, Co. Wexford.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

April Live Night

Tuesday 7 April '09

Hedda Kaphengst

Hedda Kaphengst is from Germany and now lives in Ireland. She has a Master’s degree in acting and teaching, trained in Project Management and the Optimus Programme by FAS. She is the founder and Artistic Director of “Serendipity Theatre”, which brings The Arts into Residential Homes. Hedda is currently touring in Europe. We are delighted to have her join us at The Space Inside where she will entertain us with folk songs from Germany and France.

Peter McNiff

Peter McNiff took to journalism to make a living and to hone his craft as a writer. Along the way, he painted in oils and developed as a photographer and film maker. He freelanced as a photo journalist in London for the BBC and ITV and his career in broadcasting and journalism and photography emerged and received a television award for investigative journalism. In the eighties and nineties, Peter wrote a short fiction which was published in the Irish Press, and for which he received a Hennessy Award for New Irish Writing. His work later appeared in a number of international anthologies and was broadcast by RTE and BBC. In recent times, Peter published three books of non fiction. Stories from a Small Town and Railway Encounters concern life in Greystones from Victorian times to the present day. Last year he published Small Town Reporters. For the past four years, he has been chair at Kilmantin Arts. When not writing he concentrates on photography, digital art and acrylic painting—which is the subject of his presentation.

Anne Graham

Anne Graham is currently studying for a MA in Creative Writing in UCD, which she says has been "one of the best experiences of my life". Writers such as Kate Chopin, Truman Capote and Charlotte Bronte have made a big impact on her writing. But first and foremost, music is her main outlet of creativity. She has many influences and recent likings include Sleater-Kinney, Bat For Lashes, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Super Furry Animals, Bon Iver, Alice in Chains, ALWAYS The Beatles and even a bit of Britney!
Tonight Anne will perform a selection of her own songs with some covers. She will also read one of her short stories. Always a pleasure to see her perform.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

March Live Night

Tuesday 3rd March '09

The Nonaynevernomoores

We are delighted to welcome The Nonaynevernomoores, three dedicated musicians who are currently on a tour of Ireland.Max Bruel on accordion, is a native of Aveyron SW France and has had people dancing to the sound of his music since the age of 14. A native Ocitan speaker, he is well up on the local folklore.Leonard Zandstra on violin, is a classically trained violinist who hails from Amsterdam and is a prize winning student of the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. He loves Irish music, especially reels.Nicky Purpora on guitar and banjo, was born in Connecticut but spent his early years in Wicklow. He is a compelling entertainer and a very talented singer/songwriter with a wide ranging repertoire. Check them out on YouTube. It’s Irish music like you’ve never heard before!

Kris Finnerty

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 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 performing in The Dungeon

Fitzpatrick Hotel, Killiney. www.bebo.com/Chistyfinno

The Kilmagig Players

The Kilmagig Players are an up-and-coming drama group. They have performed various One-Act plays in different venues, including the Glenealy One-Act Festival in 2007 where they received 2 awards, and in 2008 where they received 7 awards."A Faceful of Flannel" written by Brian Langtry, is a lighthearted comedy set in the gym of a Leisure Centre. Two young women meet up at their weekly attendance at the posh gym where they mostly indulge in verbal rather than actual exercise. The arrival of a 'fit hunk' throws them a little off balance, but not for long.We welcome the Kilmagig Players back to the Space Inside with this very funny play.

Friday, January 23, 2009

February Live Night

Tuesday 3 February '09

Grace Wynne-Jones

Grace Wynne-Jones is the author of four highly intimate, humorous and poignant novels. She was born and brought up in Ireland, spending her early years in a big rambling rectory in the Irish countryside. Her feature articles have appeared in many magazines and national papers in Ireland and in England, and her radio play Ebb Tide was broadcast on RTE 1. Her short stories have been published in magazines in Ireland, England and Australia, and have also been broadcast on RTE and BBC Radio 4. She recently produced and presented a radio documentary about the land, legends and legacy of the Hill of Tara, which was broadcast on Newstalk. Ordinary Miracles, Wise Follies, Ready Or Not? - described as 'one of the best Irish novels this year' - and The Truth Club are available from Accent Press.
Grace will read from her work and talk about writing – the fun and frustration, the mysteries and magic of writing.

Martin Esseen
Originally from Wales, Martin Esseen has lived in Wicklow Town for the last 8 years. He has a varied amateur musical background, which includes singing at the Governor’s Ball in the Falkland islands, a guest appearance with the local band in Zanzibar and being a member of an all female choir in Wales! This will be his first public appearance in many years, and, providing his voice holds out and his 12 string guitar stays in tune, will mostly be a selection of Bob Dylan songs (and possibly a few others).

Wayne Dunne

Wayne Dunne has been playing music since he was a young boy, fronting several bands as singer/ guitarist. A very talented guitar player with a great singing voice, he has most recently fronted a band called Feedback, one of Wicklow's most popular bands. Tonight he performs solo, as he often does, singing songs from Pink Floyd and a host of other greats.