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

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Open Mic Night Tues 3 January 2012

It’s traditional that the first cession in the New Year is Open Mic Night so come and strut your stuff – be it singing, dancing, poetry or instrumental

With Special Guest  Mia Parsons

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.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

November 2011 Draw

Congrats to Liam Walsh, winner of our €100 Friends Draw

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Live Night - Tuesday 6 December

Eilis Stanley
Eilis Stanley has been a published poet and prose writer for many years. She  lived in London, New York and San Francisco, before returning to Ireland in 2000. While in California, she wrote a weekly column for the local Irish newspaper.

Eilis was first published in 1987 for her contribution to “ Radical Reforms”. She has also written for a new Women's Ezine called Scarlet. A member of the Airfield Writers Group in Dublin, she won first prize at Listowel Writers Week (Short Poem Originals) 2010.

Quarantine Hill
Quarantine Hill has been evolving over several years. Starting out as Radiowaves in 2003, the band produced their debut album "Keep My Silence". The album received a good reaction, which exceeded their expectations. But changes within the group gave the band a fresh new look and sound, and it needed a fresh new name. So Quarantine Hill was born.

Their latest album, Quicksand was  launched in Wicklow Town in 2011. More recently, the band  recorded a track for the album 'Bands for Boats', a fundraiser for the RNLA Wicklow.

Mickey Lacey: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals.
Rob Rowden: Drums and Backing Vocals.
Luke Lacey: Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals.
Ian Tolan: Bass Guitar.
Derek Treacy: Lead Guitar

Paul Sillery
Paul Sillery lives in Wicklow Town and is 'mad for the music.' He mainly plays saxophone and guitar.  Currently studying music at DIT, he plays Baritone sax with DIT's Big Band. His love of jazz and Frank Sinatra is ledgend.

On the night, Paul will be joined by a few friends. Anything could happen!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Winner of Friends Draw for October 2011

Congrats to Jane Clarke from Rathdrum, who won €100 in our October Friends Draw.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Live Night - Tuesday 1 November 2011

Erin Fornoff
Erin Fornoff hails from the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina and currently lives in a cabin in the wilds of Wicklow. After writing a single poem in college she decided she liked performing more than printing and moved into spoken word.

Called a "story-telling poet," she has performed her poetry on Electric Picnic's Word and Arts Council Stages, at Kilmainham Arts Festival, Caca Milis Cabaret in Wexford, Flatlakes Festival in Monaghan, as well as Brownbread Mixtape, The Glór Sessions at the International, Speakeasy Cabaret, and various locations in the US.

Josh Johnson

We welcome back Josh Johnson to the Space Inside. Josh studied Popular Music in the University of Salford, graduating as a pianist, band leader and composer. He is well-known as a versatile musician. Josh performed on stage and recorded with Kila, Declan O’Rourke, Stewart Agnew, Irish tenor Karl Scully and others. He is the resident organist at the Unitarian Church in Dublin. His latest CD, Asylum Harbour, is available now. He will be joined by SJ McArdle and Keith Mullins on the night.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Win €100 each month with the Space Inside

The Friends Draw has reached limit of 50 members and is now closed until October 2012

Space Inside Friends Draw

To raise funds for The Space Inside, we run nine monthly draws on the last day of the month from October to June.

The number of Friends in the draw is limited to 50—making the odds of winning a monthly raffle extremely good.

How can I enter the Friends Draw?

To be eligible for the draw, become a Friend of the Space Inside and at the same time help The Space Inside to stay alive and kicking.

Annual membership fee is €40.

If you wish to pay the fee in 8 monthly installments of €5, we will try to facilitate you. However, please note that outstanding installments will be deducted from any winnings you have during the year.

To enter the draw, please print off and complet the form below and send to:
The Space Inside, Grove Mill, Hollyfort, Co. Wexford, or any member of The Space Inside team

The Space Inside Arts Club





I enclose my €40 membership fee to The Space Inside,

which makes me eligible to enter 9 monthly cash draws of €100



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Summer Raffle Results

Summer Raffle Results
Firstly, a big thank-you to all who bought and sold tickets for our Summer fund-raiser raffle and to those who generously donated great prizes.

Winning tickets where drawn by members of the Wicklow Writers

1st Prize - Digi Cams by Vivator (Track One, Wicklow Town) - Anne Graham
2nd Prize - Riding Lessons (Maltfield Stud Riding School, Red Cross) - Fergus Finlayson
3rd Prize - Flash Facial (Ruby blue Beauty, Wicklow)      - Kevin Desmond
4th Prize - Meal for two (Healthy Habits Cafe, Wicklow) - Socorro Murphy
5th Prize - Bottle of Brandy  - Ashley Tobin
6th Prize - Bottle of Whiskey - Peter Dunne
7th Prize - Bottle of Chardonnay - John Graham
8th Prize - Box of Chocolates - Wendy Ryan
9th Prize - Bottle of Merlot - Joe O'Reilly
10th Prize - Bottle of Merlot - M. Fallon

If you didn't win this time, why not enter our monthly Friends Draw with €100 prize each month!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


We' re back with a bang supporting the Feeling Good Week run by Wicklow Mental Health.

Al O'Donnell
Al O'Donnell developed his interest in folk music while attending Art College in Nottingham, listening to Ewan McColl and Peggy and Pete Seeger.

The Irish folk scene was just developing at that time (1960's), and over the last 40 years he has become "one of the great voices in our singing tradition". He also was one of the members of Sweeney's Men. If you missed him at Americana and Roots festival, now’s your chance to see him at the Space Inside.

Phil Lynch
Phil Lynch has been writing poetry “off and on” for many years. His poems have appeared in a number of publications and magazines, some were also featured on RTE radio.
Phil is a member of the Dalkey Writers’ Workshop. He has performed on the Word Stage in the Mindfield at this year’s Electric Picnic Festival. Earlier this year, he recorded a piece for Dublin Poetry Week on Balcony TV and was featured in the ‘Scrapbook’ series on Liffey Sound FM.

Keith Moss
IMRO Unplugged Winner Keith Moss will appear for the first time at The Space Inside showcasing songs from his critically-acclaimed sixth studio album What Eludes You Moves You.
He has been described by The Irish Times as ‘a curious mixture of Bernard Butler and Loudon Wainwright III..An instinctive performer...Someone to keep a judicious eye out for.’ His music is so unique that ‘influences prove difficult to pin - a touch of acoustic REM, Smashing Pumpkins, Billy McKenzie…Fantastically odd’ Blank.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Donated prizes

A big thank-you to the following people who have donated prizes for our Summer raffle:

Track One, Wicklown Town
Maltfield Stud Riding School, Redcross
Ruby blu beauty, Wicklow
Healthy Habits Cafe, Wicklow
Boland Press, Gorey

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Space Inside Raffle - 1st Prize Digi Cams by Vivator (Track One)

Hi everyone,
Not to be daunted by yet another cut in our funding, the Space Inside team have been busy organising a raffle to raise funds to keep our journal and Live cessions FREE! But we need help to sell the tickets.

We will be sending out envelopes to our regulars, enclosing three books of raffle tickets - €2 a ticket or €5 a book - and we would be grateful if you could sell them for us. Stubs and unsold tickets with money should be returned before 1st October 2011. No questions asked!

If you would like to help us raise these much needed funds, email us at spaceinside@hotmail.com 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Grand Raffle

After an excellent Open Mic night, we are taking our usual summer break. During that time, we will be running a grand raffle to raise funds for our next season and our quarterly arts magazine.
If you would like to help us sell these tickets - €2 each  or book of three for €5 - we will send you an envelope with three books enclosed.
Any unsold tickets can be returned, no questions asked.
We are currently asking local businesses to donate prizes and tickets will be available early August 2011.

The Space Inside - still keeping it live in Wicklow!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Open Mic 'Up On the Roof' Tuesday 7 June 2011

Update 7/6/11: Due to bad weather forecast the Open Mic will be held inside around a BIG fire! Same starting time of 7pm.

The last session, before we close for the summer, will be held 'Up On the Roof' of the Wicklow Sailing Club - weather permitting.

It's Open Mic night so come along and strut your stuff - be it poetry, music or dance, or whatever floats your boat.

Some special guests will be there on the night.

IMPORTANT: Doors open early at 7pm so as to avoid frost bite later on in the evening.
Bring warm clothes, even if the sun is shining. If it is raining, we will be downstairs in front of the fire!

Look forward to seeing you for the last night of the season - it's sure to be buzzing.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Live Night Tues 3 May 2011

Liz O Riordan & Pat Connery

We welcome for the first time to the Space Inside, a musical duo who brings us newly-composed, traditional Irish and classical music and song.

Pat Connery is a singer and plays uilleann pipes, concertina and guitar. Liz O’Riordan is a composer, singer and pianist who is inspired by language and poetry. She arranges beautiful harmony for well-known Irish songs, and has composed musical settings of her own and other people’s poetry. She also plays fiddle and bodhran. www.patconnerylizoriordan.com

Conor O’Donnell

Hailing from Wicklow Town, Conor comes from a musical family. He’s toured the states several times with various acts and plays a lot of shows now with his current band, The Big Muddy.
He also is the visionary founder of one of Ireland’s hottest music festivals, the Americana Roots Weekend in Greystones, on the June bank holiday.

Conor will give us his lively version of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

Tim Kavanagh sings Tim Buckley

Tim Kavanagh is a singer from Wicklow Town who spends most of his time busking on the main street, now that the good weather is back.

Tim will sing a selection of songs by the great Tim Buckley, who was a prolific singer songwriter throughout the 1960s, releasing nine studio albums and touring America and Europe. With an eight octave range to his magnificent Irish tenor voice, Buckley is loved around the world for his legacy, which crossed all musical genres from simple folk music of the sixties through to experimental free form jazz and white funk music.

‘My voice has nowhere near the power Buckley had, but I hope that in singing some of his songs it will give people an interest to buy his recordings and listen to a very rare and beautiful singer,’ says Tim.

Friday, March 11, 2011


The Zoryanna
The Zoryanna are a Dublin-based Tribal and Modern bellydance troupe.
With members from all four corners of the world, The Zoryanna has developed their only style of Improvised Tribal Bellydance. They also mix-and-match many other styles into their dance. 
The group love to experiment and create, and every time they take to the stage you can expect to be surprised and mesmerized.

Frank Gallagher
 Frank Gallagher
Frank Gallagher is a singer and a regular acoustic and a slide guitarist.  He has been playing blues and jazz in Ireland and in Europe since the 1970s. Over the years, he has performed regularly with the likes of Don Baker, Red Peters and Johnny Norris, to mention just a few.  In the 1980s, he formed the Jitterbug Jug Band with Gerry Clarke.  Since that time he has mainly performed solo or in small groups with Gerry Clarke. 

Frank has also lectured and written about blues and jazz, both in Ireland and abroad. He is co-founder and the chairman for many years of The Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely. 

Colm Nolan runs workshops with diverse groups, from Yoga classes to special needs, schools and businesses. He explores the voice and connects with the deeper, authentic self.

His unusual sessions find audiences joining in with vocal exercises, releasing inhibitions, and tuning the voice by singing Indian and Sanskrit words. He also offers his unique performances at intimate gatherings and festivals around the country.

E: nolancolm@gmail.com Tel: 087 6836688

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Live Night Tuesday 1 March 2011

Siobhan Doyle
Siobhán Doyle sings Percy French

Soprano, Siobhán Doyle, is a familiar face at the National Concert Hall. She has won numerous awards for her singing, including the Gold Medal for Soprano Solo, The Operatic Cup, Thomas Moore Cup, The Fitzgerald Trophy for Operatic Singing (three successive years) and the title Singer of the Year. She studied under Sr Mary Agnes Cecilia, St Mary’s College, Arklow, and later with Dr Veronica Dunne at the College of Music.

An accomplished singer and actress, she has appeared in over 40 musicals and operettas, among them Anna in The Merry Widow, Margot in The Desert Song, Saffi in The Gipsy Baron, Rosalinda in Der Fledermaus, Nancy in Oliver, and Julie in Showboat. She has played principal boy in pantomime at the Olympia Theatre and The Gaiety Theatre.

Siobhán has performed in The Percy French Story throughout the country and tonight will celebrate Percy French’s life and work through his songs.

William Percy French is one of Ireland’s best loved songwriters and his list of famous songs includes ‘The Mountains of Mourne’ and ‘Phil the Fluter’s Ball’.

 Rory O’Sullivan lives in Wicklow Town. He is a young, up-and-coming poet whose influences are two of the greats: Yeats and Kavanagh. ‘There is a stillness 
 in music and words that captures me. Music and words come hand in hand, let them help you, let them heal you, for that is their purpose, and that's why I write,’ says Rory.

Winner of the Xmas Factor ’09 Writing competition held in Wicklow Library, Rory is also a keen songwriter and musician and plays in the band, ‘Rebel Diamond’.

Colm Lynch
Colm Lynch is a South Dublin singer-songwriter who has been tirelessly gigging, both at home and abroad, over the last few years. He’s a powerhouse live performer, capable of summoning up the kind of fiery passion reminiscent of Springsteen, Van Morrison or The Waterboys.
He is also a great songwriter, as his album A Whisper In A Riot testifies.
A rare opportunity to see this musican perform Live in Wicklow. Check him out here

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Live Night Tuesday 1 February '11

Mealla Tarrant
Check out Mealla on YouTube to get a flavor of this great singer. She was the opening act for popular Cork band, Fred, and since then has been playing at a variety of venues.

Mealla writes her own material and sings cover songs accompanied by acoustic guitar. If you missed her last performance at the Space Inside, make sure you don’t miss this one. Word is she is rapidly going on to bigger things!


Catch the Moon

Postponed due to snow, our four writers are now ready and waiting to present their poetry performance. The reading flows between their unique voices, addressing the vibrant themes of love + sex; men and women; nature and home; body + soul.

Each poet introduces one of the themes, which is followed by 2 poems by each performer.

We look forward to Kathy D’Arcy, Jane Clarke, Tina Pisco and Shirley McClure’s unique performance.


Oltremara's vision is to introduce the Mediterranean's musical and folk heritage to a new audience and to create a cultural fusion of the traditional music, song and dance of Southern Italy and Ireland.

The 5 band members met in Ireland by chance and all of them come from different musical and dance backgrounds. Inspired by traditional dance and ancient folk tales, all of the band's songs reflect their cultural heritage while experimenting with new sounds to bring a fresh and exciting experience to their audience.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Jan Open Mic Live Night Update

Eva O'Gorman
A big thank-you to all those brave souls that strutted their stuff at our Open Mic Live Night:
Tim Kavanagh, Martin Swords, Edward Ryan, Conor Bowman, Celine, Carol Boland, Robert Cooper, Ganesh and Rachael Kerrigan.

Thanks also to our Special Guest, Eva O'Gorman - wonderful harpist - who comes back in June '11.