Three Sisters 2020 Weekend Event Guide

28/05/2015. FREE TO USE IMAGE. launch. Launching the SouthEast’s European Capital of Culture Southeast 2020 Bid website are three sisters Anna, Lucy and Cathy Dillon pictured at The Three Sisters Marina in New Ross. The Three Sisters Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny have teamed up to Bid for the 2020 title. Picture: Patrick Browne. May 28th, 2015 South East’s European Capital of Culture 2020 Bid Team officially launch Having joined forces to Bid for the 2020 title of European Capital of Culture, the Three Sisters Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny today (Thursday, May 28) officially launch their website for the Bid. The South East’s Bid brand and website name draws on the three rivers of the three counties, The Barrow, The Nore and The Suir. It re-affirms the connection amongst the three South East counties and also sets the unique regional Bid apart from the other single city bids. Commenting on the launch of the website Michael Quinn the Bid Director said, “We are delighted to launch the offical website for the Three Sisters 2020 Bid. Our Bid is from the people of three counties of Ireland and while we are leading this as a Bid team our approach to the entire Bid is through the people of the South East region and beyond. The website is an integral part of this, it offers everyone the opportunity to do what we are calling ‘their bit for the bid’. We are asking every person, schoolgoers, community groups, individuals, business people, those already involved in arts and culture and more importantly those who feel they are not, to come on-board and to get involved. The website enables them to do just that through its interactive set-up. I and the Three Sisters team urge everyone ‘do their bit’. We would like to hear everyone’s creative thoughts and even hair-brained ideas for what they would like to see the region create and look

We’ve just about settled down after all the fun at WLR FM’s Three Sisters outside broadcast in Waterford last weekend – and already it’s time for our fantastic Kilkenny outside broadcast with KCLR FM. The crowds were out in force for our event at John Robert’s Square last weekend where live music, free food and even Hollywood celebrities entertained the masses. So make sure you get along to MacDonagh Junction this Saturday to experience the fun all over again – Kilkenny style.


And because we’re feeling extra generous this weekend, we’ve also organised some free tickets for you for two fantastic gigs at the Athenaeum in Wexford. All you have to do is pop over to our Twitter and Facebook pages and get liking and sharing to be in with a chance to win.

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Three Sisters 2020 Nationwide Special

THREE SISTERS 2020 APPEARed ON RTÉ’S POPULAR NATIONWIDE PROGRAMME ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1st, if you missed the programme fear not! You can watch it again on the rte player


If you missed this Nationwide Special you can watch it again by clicking on this link

A number of our fantastic cultural champions were interviewed by the very talented Nationwide and RTÉ presenter Mary Kennedy, about the Three Sisters 2020 bid for European Capital of Culture.

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Three Sisters 2020 June Bank Holiday Event Guide

June Bank Holiday Event Guide




What an amazing week of weather we’ve been having. We’ve really been earning our title of the Sunny South East this week! If you’re anything like us, you’ll have had that Friday feeling all week – so it’s a good thing we have a long weekend to enjoy. And what an absolute cracker of a weekend to look forward to across the Three Sisters region.

Before you get stuck in to our exciting weekend guide, why not take a quick moment to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter using #BitForTheBid. There are just six short weeks left until the European Capital of Culture 2020 panel decide whether we’ve won the title, so we need you to show your support and help us win! And don’t forget to take part in our Instagram competition to be in with a chance of winning tickets for the laugh-tastic Cat Laughs Festival.

So read on to find out how to make the most of your June Bank Holiday weekend!

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Community Spotlight: Waterford Walls

Community Spotlight Waterford Walls




The Waterford Walls Project was founded in 2015, with derelict buildings in Waterford City transformed with beautiful pieces of art by renowned international, national and local artists. Edel Tobin of Waterford Walls talks to Three Sisters 2020 on what winning European Capital of Culture will mean for the region.


Winning the European Capital of Culture for 2020 would be such a wonderful opportunity for the region says Edel Tobin of Waterford Walls. Edel says the bid is a unique opportunity for the three counties – Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford – to work together to show the wealth of creativity existing in the region. “This region has a lot to offer for people both living and visiting here,” she explains. “Winning ECoC would highlight this work, encourage it to expand and develop and promote it to a wider audience.”


Edel is of the opinion that the Three Sisters region sets itself apart culturally due to the fact that it is the “unity of three counties with very different strengths”.


“Even though the island of Ireland is small, the 32 counties are completely different with their own unique heritage. This is the first time that Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford have come to work and collaborate together on a project of any kind,” she says.

“This puts us in an advantageous position in terms of now being very open to working and collaborating with communities elsewhere.”


Edel adds that in 2020, she expects that culturally across the region there will be a lot of collaborative work going on between groups. “This exchange will allow for a lot more interesting ideas to develop, which will lend itself to much more interesting projects going on, culturally-wise, in the region,” she says. “I also would like to see this region linking in with similar type projects going on abroad, in Europe and the United States. This exchange of ideas and best practices would only be of benefit to the development of the arts in all these countries.


“As well as this, it would be wonderful opportunity to give a voice to the many nationalities that have moved and settled in our region. I would love to see them as having an integral voice in our region’s cultural programme.”


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Three Sisters 2020 Weekend Event Guide

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Phew! What a week. We don’t know about you, but we at Three Sisters HQ are seriously looking forward to the weekend. We’ve just put the finishing touches to our Bid Book which we’ll present to the European Capital of Culture 2020 panel when they arrive in July. So we can’t wait to relax and sample some of the great events taking place over the next three days in the Three Sisters 2020 Weekend Event Guide.

While we were planning our own weekend, we thought we’d be nice and put together some tips for you too. Your support over the past few weeks and months has been invaluable, so to show our appreciation we’ve also got two tickets to give away for one of these fantastic events.

Read on to find out how you can get your hands on this coveted prize!

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Three Sisters 2020 Weekend Event Guide

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Well, it’s been an action-packed week for the Three Sisters team and to ensure your weekend is just as exciting, we’re back with our weekend guide, lovingly created just for you.

With just over seven weeks to go until the European Union’s European Capital of Culture panel makes its final decision, the excitement is building at Three Sisters HQ. In the midst of all our preparations though, we ensured to down tools for a short while to put together some top tips so you can make the most of Three Sisters weekend.

If you like what we’ve done, why not take a few seconds to let us know by liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter and Instagram using #BitForTheBid.

There is a variety of fantastic events for the weekend ahead. You’ll have a chance to sample Polish food and culture, get in touch with your inner artist, and experience what life was like in 1963 ahead of John F. Kennedy’s famous Irish visit.

A Taste of Poland in Gorey: Thousands are expected to turn out for the annual Polske-Eire Festival in Gorey, Co Wexford. The weekend celebration of Polish and Irish culture and communities will begin with a stunning photographic exhibition documenting Poland’s recent history at Gorey Library on Friday May 20th. Movies at Gorey will be the venue for Saturday night’s showing of acclaimed Polish film and Irish premiere of These Daughters of Mine. The highlight of the weekend will be Sunday’s Family Picnic in Gorey Town Park, which will start with a Polish bar-b-que. Not to be missed! You can find out more at


Let your inner artist free at Kilkenny Castle: The Butler Art Gallery hosts its annual, free National Drawing Day on Saturday 21st in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle. This event, which is suitable for all ages, allows everyone to get in touch with their inner artist and take part in one of the many, free drawing and creative activities. Registration takes place at 11.30am at the Parade Tower, where you can pick up your guide to the day and your free T-shirt. Activities will be held inside the castle, as well as in the grounds, so there is no need to worry about grey skies or rain! For more information see


Go back in time in Waterford: John MacKenna’s celebrated Corner Boys is being staged at the Garter Lane Theatre, Waterford on Friday May 20th at 8pm. The play, directed by Marian Brophy, is set in 1963 when the impending visit of American President John F. Kennedy was the main talking point. Not for the corner boys however, who had different, darker concerns on their minds. The play was first performed to rave reviews 10 years ago. Tickets are €15 and you can get yours before they sell out at


There you have it, the perfect recipe for a perfect weekend! Now that we’ve guaranteed you a Three Sisters-tastic time, why not scoot on over to our Facebook or Twitter page and show us the love with #BitForTheBid!

Community Spotlight: Buí Bolg




Wexford-based Buí Bolg transforms and re-imagines spaces through spectacular installations, large scale community events and street art performances. Artistic Director Colm Lowney talks to Three Sisters 2020 on what European Capital of Culture will mean for the region.

The emphasis on engaging the local community in culture is what sets the Three Sisters region apart. According to Buí Bolg Artistic Director Colm Lowney, the arts define our region, who we are, and what we have to offer.    

He says that throughout the counties of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, the world of culture is “very much grounded with the people in mind”.  He commends the Spraoi Street Arts Festival, from neighbouring Waterford, for being an example of such.

“It’s internationally renowned but it is also about the community. This is so important,” says Colm.

Buí Bolg is also a good example of being community-focused. We perform, teach and make installations all over the world, but are grounded in the town of Wexford with everything we do emanating from the local community.”

Colm adds that in major cities, visual arts can often have its own agenda. However, in the Three Sisters region, the emphasis is on an altogether more rounded experience – one that truly finds the right balance. If the 2020 bid is successful, new visitors, curious about what we have to offer, will experience a people-focused approach to creativity in the south east region.

The European Capital of Culture 2020, Colm says, will also ensure smaller companies have a chance to shine on a European stage. It will create a system for smaller community-based arts organisations – from theatre to dance, music to art – to become more involved and engaged.

The European Capital of Culture panel has already decided that the Croatian city of Rijeka is one of the two European Capitals of Culture in 2020. A decision on the winning Irish bid for the European Capital of Culture, an action of the European Union, will be made on July 15th 2016.

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Three Sisters 2020 Weekend Event Guide

ath-pic-2We may be still waiting for that promised heatwave . . but here at the Three Sisters HQ things are certainly heating up. We only have 62 days until the European Capital of Culture 2020 panel arrives and makes its decision on whether we win the title.

Although we’re busy with top secret stuff to wow the panel (we joke, it’s all on Facebook), we have come across some amazing events for you to attend this weekend. We’ve been giving away some great tickets too on our Twitter page all week, so stay tuned for next week when we’re sure to have more great prizes for a top Three Sisters weekend!

Don’t forget to ‘like’ us for our troubles; we’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Why not say hello to us and let us know which of these great events you’ll be attending with the hashtag #BitForTheBid.

So without further ado, go forth and have fun with our snazzy weekend guide!

Singing aloud and proud in Wexford: The 1916 Song Project, devised for the 2016 Commemoration Programme, features some of the country’s most respected traditional singers and songwriters. It takes place on Saturday 14th May in The Anthenaeum in Enniscorthy. The project will launch a new body of songs into the traditional song repertoire for decades and centuries to come. This will be Ireland’s premier traditional song event for the 2016 Commemorations. Thérèse McIntyre will present a public talk at each of the six venues, while Terry Moylan will deliver a once-off presentation in NLI. Tickets are available at the door but can be reserved at: 087 7552593. For more information visit

Circus, comedy and cardboard in Waterford: Enjoy an energetic mix of slapstick, stand-up, sequins and cardboard from the award-winning circus theatre company Tumble Circus. This Sunday, May 15th at the Theatre Royal, their latest show ‘Star Man’ will challenge audiences emotionally and existentially. ‘Star Man’ is the entertaining expedition of a man as he travels through life juggling fatherhood, circus art and his clown persona. Tickets are available at:

Irish folk royalty in Kilkenny: With admirers such as Christy Moore, Mary Black and Dolores Keane, it is no small wonder that Mick Hanly has emerged as one of the faces of Irish folk music. Now fans in the Three Sisters region have the opportunity to see him live with none other than Donal Lunny at the Set Theatre in Kilkenny on Saturday 14th May. The acclaimed duo will be performing as part of their Irish tour before moving on to Dublin. Doors open at 7.30pm Tickets are available at

With all these great events lined up for the weekend, you won’t want to stay home! Don’t forget to shout out to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #BitForTheBid.

Have a great Three Sisters weekend!

Three Sisters 2020 Weekend Event Guide

We’re in for a scorcher of a weekend and we couldn’t be more excited! Oh! Did you think we meant the weather? Well, we can’t promise a sunny day, but we can promise some hot talent across the Three Sisters region. We’ve taken some time out from preparing to wow the European Capital of Culture 2020 panel in July to pick out a selection of great events for you.

This weekend, we’ve selected a variety of indoor and outdoor events for everyone from your baby brother to your Gran! Our top picks include enchanting sounds, creative writing chaos and running with the dawn for a great cause.

If you want to thank us for sorting out your weekend, just like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram using #BitForTheBid



  1. Sublime Songstress in Wexford: Internationally renowned Irish Mezzo-Soprano Sharon Carty will be joining Musici Ireland, one of the leading chamber groups in Ireland, for a spectacular night of song this Friday 6th May. Sharon will be joined by Musici’s own Beth McNinch on viola and award- winning Lance Coburn on piano. A trio of dazzling technique, they will perform pieces by Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Michael Head to name but a few. Hosted in the beautiful St Iberius Church in Wexford Town, tickets will be available at the door. The concert takes place from 8-10pm. Read about Musici here:
  1.  Literary Madness at Waterford: Welcome to the wonderful literary world of the Waterford Writers Weekend, The highly anticipated event is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is better than ever before. Following on from last year’s epic programme, this year sees a host of free and ticketed events for everyone from tiny tots and budding authors to avid readers. Co-create the encyclopaedia of imaginary creatures with Eimear Cheasty, meet the renowned Dr Eibhear Walsh, explore the Haunted phantoms of Ireland with Tarquin Blake or discover your inner wellness with Andrea Hayes of TV3. And to make it even more enjoyable for you, we have two tickets to give-away to Dr Eibhear Walsh and Tarquin Blake’s events. Just watch out for the post on Twitter and simply re-tweet to be in with a chance to win! This jam-packed literary festival is a feast for the imagination and not to be missed! It runs all weekend from 5th-8th May. Discover more free events or buy your tickets now at:
  1. Running Wild in Kilkenny: This weekend will see runners, walkers and joggers coming together for a great cause in Kilkenny. The annual, national Pieta House ‘Darkness into Light’ event takes place on Saturday 7th May. The self-harm and suicide crisis centre Pieta House is raising money for their professional, free, therapeutic services by asking the public to register and join them in this worthy cause. Starting at 4.15am, participants will cross the finish line just as dawn is breaking. Everyone is encouraged to smile and say hello to their fellow runners as they complete the 5k together. Register online at


That’s it folks! Three fantastic events from the Three Sisters 2020, helping you create some great stories for the office on Monday. So why not say thanks by sharing your awesome pictures with us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter and Instagram using #BitForTheBid.

Three Sisters 2020 Bank Holiday Weekend Guide

IMG_0751 - CopyWe hope you are as excited for the Bank Holiday weekend as we are in Three Sisters headquarters! Even though we are busy planning the cultural programme for the European Capital of Culture 2020 jury visit in July, we’ve put some time aside to help plan your long weekend for you.

As usual, there is a wide-range of fantastic events across our region to choose from. So we are here to help with our best picks to guarantee you a fun and culturally-rich weekend.

And all you have to do to thank us is like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram using #BitForTheBid.

Your support on social media will be a big step to convincing the jury on July 15th that Three Sisters should win European Capital of Culture 2020. So don’t waste any time showing the love on our social media!

Without further ado, here are our top choices for a fab Three Sisters weekend.

Waterford gets Intergalactic:  The fantastic Le Galaxie arrive in Waterford for an intimate gig at Central Arts this Friday, April 29th. The band has just announced a support slot with global superstars Faithless at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, so this is a rare chance for Waterford audiences to catch them in more cosy and informal surroundings. The four-piece act has a unique blend of electronic experimentation, indie, dance and synth pop, all fused together with a ‘modern retro’ sound. Tickets are priced at €15 (plus booking fee) and are available from Get yours while you still can!

Kilkenny goes back to its roots: The Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival 2016 takes place from Friday April 29th to May 2nd. The popular festival features a mix of Irish and International acts from the USA, Canada and the UK. Since 1998, the event has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots canon, including Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne and Alabama Shakes. The medieval streets will play host to a huge range of music in 30 plus-venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts. With over 60 free shows and more than 20 ticketed events from early afternoon until late into the night, everyone is catered for. There are too many unmissable performances for us to possibly mention, so check out for the full line-up.

The joke’s on (in) Wexford: Top comedians like Neil Delamere, Deirdre O’Kane and Jason Byrne, among a whole host of side-splitting others, return to the streets of Wexford for JestFest. Wexford’s comedy and street-theatre festival is bigger and better than ever for 2016. This year’s Festival sees the launch of the Comedy HUB, a state-of-the-art 500 seat venue, specially constructed on the Wexford Quay front. This venue will be a unique experience for audiences, and will see comedians take to the stage each night, as the sun sets in the background. The Viking streets will ring loud with the sound of revelry as street jesters, acrobats and contortionists entertain the crowds during the day. For tickets, and more information, see

Now that you have a cracking Bank Holiday weekend all planned out for you thanks to us, why not take a moment to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter with #BitForTheBid. Now, you can’t get fairer than that!