Culture Night

culturenightCulture Night Friday 16th September

This coming Friday 16th September is Culture night around the country and we wanted to take the time to let you know about some of the events happening across the Three Sisters region.  As always, there is a fantastic variety of events to choose from so wherever you are there’s something for you culture vultures to enjoy!

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Three Sisters 2020 – Weekend Event Guide

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What a week! This was the week when Three Sisters 2020 trended numerous times on Twitter -including in the top spot on Wednesday – the day we welcomed the European Union’s European Capital of Culture selection panel to our beautiful region. We brought them on an unforgettable tour of the cultural highlights of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford and we hope that they enjoyed it as much as we did.

Once again, we want to say a huge thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing support you have all shown for the Three Sisters bid. Your encouragement, good wishes and enthusiasm on social media has gone a long way towards us being shortlisted as a European Capital of Culture candidate, and has strengthened our bid. In just one day’s time (Friday July 15th) we will finally know whether the Three Sisters will host the European Capital of Culture in 2020.

While we all wait with bated breath for the announcement, we thought we would take a little time out to give you a low-down of the best events taking place across the region this weekend. As always, there is a fantastic variety of events to choose from.

Eternal summer in Waterford: The amazing Summerval Festival continues apace in Waterford. The festival began on June 24th and will continue on all Summer long until September 4th. Boasting more than 33 diverse events across Waterford city, Dunmore East, Tramore and the Copper Coast – there is something to please absolutely every taste. This weekend, we are loving the artists performing for Art Beat – a feat of free music to keep your spirits high and get that weekend feeling going! Taking place at John Roberts Square on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July, the incredible line-up features Dirty Earl, the Chicken Pluckers and the George Michael show. Gigs take place between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Friday and between 2.45pm and 4.45pm on Saturday. For more information, and to see the full programme of Summerval events, check out

Musical Fish in Kilkenny: Jerry Fish rolls into town on Friday 15th July with his carnival-themed ‘Happy Dog’ tour. Described as one of Ireland’s most enigmatic and entertaining performers, Jerry Fish is famous for his genre-blending music and unforgettable live performances. Surrounded by his new five-piece band, including drummer Jerry Hickey of R.S.A.G., the Happy Dog tour has been meeting with enthusiastic reviews and has captured the hearts of audiences around the country. You won’t want to miss this unique gig at 9pm in the Set Theatre. Limited tickets priced at €21 are still available at

Seafood Extravaganza in Wexford: The mouth-watering Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival returns to Wexford and runs all weekend. Friday 15th July, a fantastic free event will take place from 11am to 7pm in the Marquee at the Marina. There will be food tastings, wine appreciation and cookery demonstrations from award-winning chefs. On Saturday 16th, treat your palettes to delicious seafood platters available all day for just €12 from the Stella Maris Centre on the Quay. You can also engage in some spectator sport with the Saltees Fish Challenge Yacht Race, leaving the harbour at 2.30pm. On Sunday 17th, unwind with a sunrise yoga session at the Playground Carpark, browse through the open-air harbour stalls at the Marina, and listen some great live music from The Submersibles. For more information, see

Fingers crossed we will all have something extra special to celebrate this weekend in the Three Sisters region. We will certainly have some great events to entertain us and keep us smiling, whatever the outcome. We hope you like and share our weekend guide on social media so that all your family and friends can enjoy a great Three Sisters weekend!

Do your #BitForTheBid European Union’s European Capital of Culture selection panel almost here

30/06/2016. FREE TO USE IMAGE. European Capital of Culture 2020 candidate the Three Sisters (Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford) enlisted the help of folk musicians the Carty Sisters to launch a series of free, public exhibitions of the ‘Bid Book’ across the region. The book is being reviewed by the European Capital of Culture selection panel, which will visit the region on July 13th. Pictured in New Ross are Saoirse, Naoise and Ciara Carty. Picture: Patrick Browne


Can you feel the excitement? Across the Three Sisters region there is a definite buzz in the air as we are within days until the visit by the European Union’s European Capital of Culture selection panel! We are planning a spectacular day of culture on Wednesday, July 13th for the two members of the panel, allowing them to experience some of the amazing cultural delights on offer across Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford. Three Sisters is competing against Galway and Limerick for the European Capital of Culture 2020 title. The panel will choose a winner from the three candidates on Friday, July 15th.

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Three Sisters 2020 – Weekend Events Guide



We can hardly believe it, just one weekend to go until the European Union’s European Capital of Culture selection panel touches down in the Three Sisters region! On Wednesday July 13th, two members of the panel will spend a day visiting the cultural highlights across Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford. We’ve put together an action-packed programme for them, much like the action packed event guide we’ve written for you!

Over the next few days, your support and engagement on social media is as crucial as ever. We couldn’t be more proud or grateful for the phenomenal support you’ve already shown, and we’re asking for one last show of support. If you haven’t already done so, ask your family and friends to like our Facebook page and share our posts, follow us and re-tweet on Twitter using #BitForTheBid or use our social media badge.

And of course, we would love you to share our weekend guide on your own social media – and help ensure that everyone across the Three Sisters has a great weekend.

Soulful feet in Wexford:

Invigorate your feet, remove your shoes and feel free to take part in gentle creative movement on the lawns at Colclough Walled Gardens at Tintern Abbey on Sunday 10th July from 2pm to 4pm. Dance artist Dee Grant has devised an artistic and sensory experience in an afternoon programmed with group activities, as well as dance performances by local groups. The focus of this event is on the adult and the older mover. So come along & enjoy the sensations of being barefoot in the grass at Colclough. No need to book, just show up a smile, rhythm in your feet and a cushion in your hand. (The Walled Gardens has an entry fee of €3) For more information, contact Dee on 086 8763552.

Confessions of a Great Mind in Waterford:

Following its previous sold-out run in Waterford, the Garter Lane Arts Theatre is bringing back the smash-hit God Bless the Child, inspired by the short stories of Frank O’Connor. Marking the 50th anniversary of his death, this feature length play brings together the best of O’Connor’s short stories, most notably First Confession. The production is a truly uplifting and unforgettable night of theatre, featuring actors Ciaran Bermingham (Game of Thrones) and Shane Casey (The Wind that Shakes the Barley). Adapted for the stage and directed by Patrick Talbot, this is a not-to-be missed Summer evening experience. Performances take place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. Tickets priced at €21 and €16 available from

Whet your Whistle in Kilkenny:

The Craft Beer Festival returns to Kilkenny for a second year following on from last year’s success. Focused on growing the Irish Craft Beer Industry, the highlight of the week-long event is sure to be Ireland’s biggest Craft Beer Tasting on Friday 8th July. Over 300 micro-brewed beers will feature in the tasting. The celebrations continue on Saturday 10th, with the Craft on Draught Festival, featuring more than 20 breweries – with all the trimmings! And if that’s not enough for you, get into the European spirit by watching the Euros 2016 final on Sunday, while sampling native beers from the two participating countries at Billy Byrnes. Further details and tickets from


So there you have it, another great weekend of varied and entertaining cultural events to enjoy. If you like our weekend guide, why not share it on your own social media and encourage your friends and family to share too. From everyone here at Three Sisters HQ, we wish you a great weekend.



Cultural heroes back Three Sisters 2020

Wexford window at Kilkenny Design Centre

Massive thanks to the local businesses who  are supporting the Bid with creative window displays

Three well-known personalities from the Three Sisters region are displaying their support for the bid by channelling their creative talents into window dressing. Goresbridge Grand National winning jockey David Mullins; Waterford playwright and theatre director, Jim Nolan; and Wexford potter, Mairead Stafford are decorating windows of popular shops in their respective counties, inspired by their interpretation of culture.


The project is a call-to-action for businesses across the region to create their own cultural window display, ahead of the visit of the European Union’s European Capital of Culture selection panel to the Three Sisters region. Three Sisters is competing against Galway and Limerick for the European Capital of Culture 2020 title. The panel will choose the winner of the title on July 15th.

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Weekend Event Guide



We are well and truly in countdown mode here at Three Sisters HQ, with just two weekends to go until the European Union’s European Capital of Culture selection panel arrives for its all-important visit. And on July 15th, we will finally know whether Three Sisters will be crowned the European Capital of Culture 2020.

We couldn’t have made it this far without you, and we are hugely grateful for the support you have shown for the Bid. Now that we are in the last few crucial days before the decision, we are still counting on you to help us win!

Spread the good news about the Three Sisters and encourage your friends to like and share our posts on Facebook, use our social media badge on their profile pictures and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, using #BitForTheBid.

Even with all the final preparations going on here, we are still concerned about you enjoying your Three Sisters weekend, so as usual, we’ve put together our top pick of the region’s best events.

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Weekend Event Guide




There are just three weekends left until the European Union’s European Capital of Culture selection panel makes its decision on whether we will be the 2020 European Capital of Culture. And we can hardly wait for July 15th when the announcement will be made. We might be in full-on countdown mode at Three Sisters HQ, but we haven’t forgotten that we still have three great event guides left to prepare for you.

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Success for Three Sisters 2020 Your Move discussion Europe’s eyes on the region for winning culture-led regeneration talk

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What an amazing round table discussion we had last Friday on how to develop new approaches to innovative culture-led regeneration. The successful Your Move talk at WIT School of Architecture, led by Three Sisters – candidate for European Capital of Culture 2020 – was designed to seek responses to issues around sustainable culture-led development and regeneration in rural and semi-rural areas outside of a metropolitan core. The talk took place just four weeks before the European Union’s European Capital of Culture panel make their final decision on who will be the Irish winner of the 2020 title.

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Weekend Event Guide


Weekend Event Guide
It’s hard to believe we are into the final countdown in our bid to become the European Capital of Culture 2020! It’s all hands on deck here as our Bid Book was sent off to the printers earlier in the week, and will be officially submitted on Friday 17th June. Then it’s just four short weeks until the European Capital of Culture’s panel  visits the Three Sisters region!

We’ve still managed to find a little time to let you know about some of the weekend’s hottest happenings, despite all the action at Three Sisters HQ. You’ve all been doing a great job of showing your support on social media – but don’t stop now, these last four weeks are crucial! So as always, to thank us for planning your weekend, we’re asking you to like and share our Facebook posts, follow, like and re-tweet us on Twitter using #BitForTheBid and like our great fantastic images on Instagram.

Now, let’s get talking about the superb events taking place throughout the Three Sisters this weekend.

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Stories of the South East – Jean Maskell



Jean Maskell


Artist and writer


The Slaney.  The river runs through my family history, and when I catch my first glimpse of it on a visit, I feel home.


It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot


There are so many, it’s difficult to choose, but recently Tara Hill near Gorey and the  Ballymoney coastline have been an inspiration for my art and writing.

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