What's On

Wednesday 13 - Sunday 17 August,

Merriman Summer School 2014

Social historians, creative writers, ethno-musicologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, journalists and critics explore 'Emotional Life in Ireland'. Included in the extensive programme will be a seminar series on the writings of Edna O'Brien and daily poetry readings at mid-day ('Cúirt an Mheán Lae'). The Director of Merriman SS 2014 is Professor Patricia Coughlan of UCC.


  • Merriman Summer School Opening 2014, 7pm, €15  Book here


  • Seiminear 1 with Riona Ni Fhrighil - ‘Tri anam an duine’, 10am, €10  Book here
  • Seminar 1 with Ellen McWilliams, Reading Edna O’Brien 1, 11am, €10  Book here
  • The Unsayable with Carlo Gebler & Nuala Ni Dhomhnall - Role of Literature in Mental Health, 3pm, €15  Book here
  • Emotion in the Irish Song Tradition - Narratives & Performances: L Ó Laoire, M Nic an Airchinnigh and D Ní Chonghaile, 8.30pm, €15  Book here


  • Seiminear 2 with Deirdre Nic Mhathuna - ‘Fear Cliste chun gach gnotha’, 10am, €10  Book here
  • Seminar 2 with Ellen McWilliams - Reading Edna O’Brien 2, 11am, €10  Book here
  • Panel with Brian O’Connell & Theo Dorgan, 3pm, €15  Book here
  • M Leane, S A Buckley P Mac Neela, 8.30pm, €15  Book here


  • Seiminear 3 with Fionntan de Brun - You must have a picture of men before….., 10am, €10  Book here
  • Seminar 3 with Ellen McWilliams - Reading Edna O’Brien 3, 11am, €10  Book here
  • Panel – Angela Bourke and Damien Brennan, 3pm, €15  Book here
  • Panel – Moynagh Sullivan, Paul Ryan, Patricia Coughlan, 8.30pm, €15  Book here


  • I Hear Fish Drowning, 11.30am, €10  Book here


  • Full school ticket €120  Book here
  • Ticket for Thursday, Friday or Saturday events €40  Book here

Check out www.merriman.ie for updates on speakers, themes, and further information.

Classes start on Saturday 6 September for 9 weeks, €90 (Activity book and CD included in class costs)

French For Fun For Kids

presented by La Jolie Ronde tutor Rhona Gomès

An opportunity for 4-12 year olds to learn French through games, songs, rhymes, stories, role-plays and fun!
Classes start on Saturday 6th September and run for 9 weeks.

Please pre-book with Rhona Gomès at 086-8262500 as spaces are limited.

For more information about La Jolie Ronde please visit www.lajolieronde.ie

Term starting Monday 8 September ,

Kindermusik Baby & Toddler Class with Anita - Autumn 2014

For ages newborn to 18 months

Bond with your child as you play, sing, dance (no talent required!), and giggle together. Your child will learn and grow through activities that stimulate brain growth, build motor skills, enhance social-emotional development, and much more.

Parents know instinctively what scientists have proven: young children thrive on music. All over the world, parents bond with their babies through musical sounds and rhythmic movement. They rock and swing their children, put them to sleep with lullabies, make them laugh with nursery rhymes. Kindermusik is the world’s most trusted music movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children.

Home Materials: A picture board book with charming farm animals and the sounds they make—Cock-a-doodle-Moo, a CD of the songs heard in class, a Sunshine Jingle instrument for music-making at home, and a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall.

For more information or to book, contact Anita directly:
Mobile:   089 983 7551
Email:    kindermusikwithanita@gmail.com

From Monday 8 September for 14 weeks, 10.05am - 11.35am, €84 for 7 session

Gentle Yoga with Susie

Suitable for beginners and people with experience of yoga.  This session combines physical movements, breath work and a long relaxation.   Susie is fully qualified to teach in the Satyananda tradition of yoga (recognised by the Yoga Federation of Ireland and the British Wheel of Yoga).

Practical information:

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing in layers. Shoes are not worn during the practice of yoga;
  • Bring a blanket or sleeping bag with you for when you are lying on the floor. Mats are provided, though you are welcome to bring your own;
  • Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach, so try not to eat a large meal for 2 hours before the class;
  • If you have any health problems it is advisable to check with your doctor whether s/he considers yoga to be appropriate for you.

For more information or to book, please contact Susie McNaughton 086 7354461.  If there is sufficient demand, a second session will be run from 11.45am - 12.45pm on Monday mornings, focusing on Gentle Joint-moving Yoga.  This would be especially suitable for older people who want to keep moving, and let their energy flow.  Cost €70 for 7 sessions.

From Wednesday 24 September for 6 weeks, 10.15am - 11.15am, €90

Guided Meditation Workshops

Led by Josephine Sweeney

Beginners and experienced alike are all welcome.  The mornings will cover connecting with your higher self, relaxation & breathing techniques, Mindfulness, Personal Development, and finding the balance in mind, body and spirit. 

Led by Josephine Sweeney, a Certified Louise Hay Practitioner & Heal Your Life® Coach, the meditations will encompass elements from her work based on the philosophy of Louise Hay.  Come along to enjoy a peaceful and harmonious hour with like- minded individuals.

To enrol contact Josephine Sweeney:

Mobile:      087 6926715
Email:       info@serenitywithin.ie
Website:   www.serenitywithin.ie

Payment terms are available.

Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 October, 10am - 3.30pm, €40 for 2 days

Createschool Stop-Motion Workshops

Suitable for ages 8-12 years

Ever wanted to bring your Lego mini figures to life?

Well now you can thanks to Createschool's brand new stop motion workshop. Experienced tutors will share tips and techniques on set building, filming, editing and creating sound scapes. Lego figures will come to life as they walk and talk through a forest landscape.

Participants will work in small groups to collaborate and create the set, storyboard and plan their stop motion movie and then to film and produce it. The workshop is focussed on hands on learning and all participants will receive a certificate of participation and a copy of their movie!

All materials are supplied though we would encourage participants to bring along their own favourite Lego character & a packed lunch.

8 weeks from Wednesday 12 November, 10.15am - 11.15am, €130

Mindfulness through Breathing

Led by Josephine Sweeney

Mindfulness can help clarify every situation by focusing on the breath, allowing space and creativity to experience what is already present, bringing gentle kindness to yourself and others around you.

A prerequisite to attend this course includes participation on the 6 week Guided Meditation course which starts on Wednesday 24th September.

For booking or further information please contact Josephine Sweeney on 087 6926715 | info@serenitywithin.ie   |  www.serenitywithin.ie