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The Centre is delighted to welcome Father Christmas. Father Christmas will be joined again by Mrs. Claus and his elves.  Entry for Father Christmas’s Grotto is €10, plus a €5 donation to the Simon Community and includes a photo with Father Christmas and a unique gift.

  • Saturday 1st: 12pm – 6pm
  • Sunday 2nd: 12pm – 5pm
  • Saturday 8th: 11am – 4pm
  • Sunday 9th: 12pm – 5pm
  • Saturday 15th: 11am – 4pm
  • Sunday 16th: 12pm – 5pm
  • Saturday 22nd: 11am – 4pm
  • Sunday 23rd: 12pm -6pm

With its beautiful Georgian setting, filled with the most exquisite Irish designers, the Powerscourt Centre is a truly magical location to visit this Christmas with the whole family, so why not join in on the festive fun, enjoy live performances and do some Christmas shopping.

Entry is €15 and includes a photo with Father Christmas and a unique gift, plus a donation to the Simon Community. Tickets available on the Ground Floor.

Mark Grehan of The Garden will host a floral Christmas workshop at Ballynahinch Castle on Saturday 8th December. Whether you are a keen amateur florist or passionate about creating elegant festive arrangements for your own home, this festive floral workshop will inspire and delight you.
 Much of the inspiration for each guest’s festive designs will be found from the surrounding environment, as Mark will lead you on a foraged walk in the morning exploring the estate grounds to forage and gather foliage, branches & wild bounty. Using holly, bracken, fir, and a selection of other yuletide blossoms, guests will return home with their very own piece of Connemara to hang in their home this Christmas.
As the fire roars in the beautifully tranquil Lettery Lodge, relax and get creative during the workshop starting at 11am with a break in the afternoon for festive afternoon tea served in the castle. Returning to Lettery for a further two-hour workshop in the afternoon, finishing at 4.30pm.
Mark Grehan established The Garden located in Powerscourt Townhouse six years ago, beginning his illustrious career as a landscape designer while training to become a florist. Mark says “I’m delighted to be back at Ballynahinch Castle this festive season as Connemara is my childhood home. The walled garden and spectacular surrounding landscape is the perfect inspirational backdrop for this workshop.”
The four-hour floral workshop is priced at €85pp including afternoon tea.  An overnight stay including the workshop and breakfast starts from €175 per person sharing.
To book your place, call +353 95 31006 or email info@ballynahinch-castle.com.

Powerscourt Centre visitors can enjoy Black Friday discounts from French Connection. The brand offers a fashion-forward range of quality products at affordable prices so make sure to pop in store to find lots of great discounts.

Offers include: Up to 50% off selected lines*

This offer will be running in store from Wednesday 22nd – Monday 27th November 2017.

French Connection can be found on the ground floor at Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. 
Website: www.frenchconnection.com
Tel:  01 6708 199

 

Bewley’s Café Theatre @Powerscourt in association with Axis Ballyman is proud to present

BANG BANG by Dermot Bolger

Directed by Mark O’Brien
Performed by Pat McGrath

 A jaunt through Dublin’s streets with one of the city’s best-loved characters!

It’s 1980 and Christmas decorations have appeared in the Home for the Blind where Dublin’s most famous gunslinger, the legendary street character Bang Bang, has finally hung up his holster. But in his heart Bang Bang knows that will be his last Christmas and soon he must face the final shootout he has spent decades preparing for while roaming the streets of Dublin, which became Dodge City in his mind as he jumped down from open-backed buses to fight imaginary gun battles with bushwhackers, using his trusty, rusty key.

This hilarious yet poignant new play takes us inside the mind of one of Dublin’s best loved real-life eccentrics of yesteryear: an irrepressible dreamer who magically transformed Dublin into the Wild West for generations of young Dubliners who encountered him every day.

Bang Bang was commissioned as part of Dublin City Council’s Dublin Culture Connects Initiative – programme of activities and projects seeking to build engagement and connection or re-connection in the city through partnerships that are meaningful to the citizens and connecting Dubliners to their communities, and artists to cultural institutions since September 2016, creating excitement and engaging people.

About Bang Bang:
‘For years Bang Bang had been one of the best-known characters on the streets of Dublin. He was born in 1906, a birth year he shared with his great hero, John Wayne. He would descend on bus and tram passengers in Dublin, point a large brass church door key – his “Colt .45” – at them and shout “bang bang” in the style of the cowboy films.

‘Two years before he died he was immortalised in The Dubliner’s song The Mero which included the line “Bang Bang shoots the buses with his golden key”.
‘People loved his childlike innocence, although it concealed a tragic life. He grew up on Clarence Street, Dublin, the son of John Dudley, a chimney sweep, and his wife, Mary. His father died when Bang Bang was seven. His mother died, too, but it is not clear when. In any case, Bang Bang spent much of his childhood in an orphanage in Cabra.’ IRISH TIMES

Booking Information:

Opens December 6th (previews 4th and 5th) and plays until December 23rd, 2017.

Mon-Sat at 1pm (doors open at 12.50pm)

Tickets: Low-price Mondays €8, Tues – Thurs €10, Fri – Sat €12.

Light Lunch available €4.

BOOKING: 086-8784001 / www.bewleyscafetheatre.com

Bewley’s Café Theatre is on the top floor of Powerscourt Shopping Centre.

Saturday November 11th marks National Harp Day/Lá na Cruite where the recently established umbrella organisation, Harp Ireland, Cruit Éireann, will celebrate all facets of the harp in Ireland. With venues all over Ireland resounding to the sound of harps at workshops, sessions, concerts, talks, and demonstrations of harp making, Powerscourt Centre is delighted to be involved. The DIT Ensemble and harpers including Méabh McKenna, Luke Webb, Tara Viscardi, Sinéad King, Síofra Ni Dhubhghaill and Anna Smozbathy will be performing in the Centre at 2pm. Attendance is free of charge.

National Harp Day is Cruit Éireann’s first major initiative to promote Ireland’s national instrument, encourage more people to learn the harp, attract new audiences and recognise the harp’s unique place in Irish musical and cultural life.

18 10 2017

Behind the Brands

With Lisa Sisk of This Is Knit

Powerscourt Centre is the hub of the creative quarter and is full of the most successful Irish designers and shops. We are thrilled to gain an insight behind some of these wonderful brands.

Next in the series, is Lisa Sisk, owner of This Is Knit,  an independent, family-owned yarn shop that is full of high quality, natural-fibre yarns.

How did you begin your career in craft?

I began knitting while I was back packing in New Zealand after finishing my degree.  I was used to being “on the go” between work and study, so I wanted to fill the down time of travel with something productive.  I had no idea back then that my new hobby would change my life so completely.  The plan had been to come back home and resume studying law in one form or another!

Instead I convinced my Mum to partner with me in opening “This is Knit” and we’ve never looked back.

Describe the This Is Knit brand and aesthetic.

We supply quality yarns and tools for the enthusiast fibre crafter. Our service is friendly, open and helpful, with a strong focus on community.  We provide a tempting array of colourful yarns and plentiful project suggestions, all in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

What are your top tips for someone interested in getting more creative?

If you’re going to take up knitting or crochet for the first time then I would definitely suggest choosing a quality yarn that “speaks” to you.  Find a colour that you love or a texture that you just can’t put down.  You’re far more likely to finish that first project if you are enjoying having the materials in your hands.

You can always pick up a spare piece of yarn to practice new techniques on, but then go back to your “treat” yarn and make something small and simple. When a beautiful wool is used your project will shine (without the need for any complicated stitch patterns).

As for learning new techniques, we stock lots of beginner guides in the shop and we also offer knitting and crochet classes in the evenings and on weekends. There are also a huge number of online resources from You Tube videos and photo tutorials, to discussion groups and paid online courses.

With the colder months approaching, what is the most popular product your customers are making?

Around this time of year there’s a particular design that gets a lot of attention! It’s called the “Herriot Hat” and it’s knit in a chunky yarn made from 100% Baby Alpaca.  We have a sample of the finished hat in the shop and it’s topped with a fake fur bobble.  It’s fast to knit and fun to wear, with the bonus of being kitten-soft and toasty-warm.

We also expect the patterns from the latest Laine magazine to get a lot of attention in the coming months. Laine is a Nordic Knitting and Lifestyle Magazine with stunning photography, refined knitwear designs and long format articles.  It has proven very popular with our customers this year.

What would you most like to knit that you haven’t so far?

I have so many designs in my “queue” so that’s a tough one to answer!

I’d really love to make a giant cabled throw to snuggle under all winter. It’s something I’ve been dreaming about for years but I haven’t quite gotten around to making a reality yet.

On the other end of the scale there’s is a pattern called “Tsumuzikaze”, pictured to the right, which uses a very lightweight yarn blended from Merino Wool, Alpaca, Silk and Linen.  It’s a very elegant layering piece with lace detail on the sleeves and an asymmetric hem.  We have a finished version of it on one of our shop mannequins, but it has to stay there because it gets so much attention!

Who are people that inspire you in the creative world?

We have been fortunate to host some very talented designers in our shop for workshops and events in the past few years.  I’m always blown away by the creative mind of “Woolly Wormhead”. She is constantly innovating and adapting existing knitting techniques to create hat patterns that are both structural and beautiful. I’m always learning something new from her!

What attracted you to base your business in Powerscourt Shopping Centre?

The Centre is a lovely oasis of calm in the midst of the City Centre bustle.  The building itself is beautiful and so many of the tenants are design-led, owner-operated businesses.  The fact that it is based in the “Creative Quarter” makes it an ideal fit for This is Knit too!

What does the future hold for This Is Knit?

We’ve been working away on organising an entire Yarn Festival for May 2018!  “Woollinn” (www.woollinn.com) will feature an exciting array of workshops from many special guest tutors, and a fabulous marketplace of top-quality yarns, fibres and tools for knitters and crocheters.

It’s an exciting new venture and we’re looking forward to welcoming fibre enthusiasts from all over the world to Dublin for the event.

This Is Knit can be found on the first floor at Powerscourt Centre and online at www.thisisknit.ie

03 10 2017

Behind the Brands

With John Adams of Article

As the hub of the creative quarter, Powerscourt Centre is full of the most successful Irish designers and shops and we are thrilled to gain an insight behind some of these wonderful brands.

Next in the series, is John Adams, owner of Article, a unique homewares shopping experience that stocks many of Ireland’s leading contemporary designers.

How did you begin your career in design?  

Really by accident. After I graduated, I took what I thought would be a temporary sales job in David Mellor where we sold his Cutlery and really top-quality Kitchen and Tableware. 5 years later I was managing the branch in Sloane Square in London and then I later moved to Habitat. Though I have no formal design training at all, I’m a retailer with a good eye (hopefully!) first and foremost.

Describe the Article brand and aesthetic.

We focus on ‘items for the home’ and cover tableware, decorative accessories and stationery. I like to keep the selection quite tight and avoid drifting into fashion and personal accessories, but I also constantly update the selection with new things that catch my eye. Aesthetically our look is contemporary and my starting point is, ‘would I have it in my own home’ and then I decide from there if it fits with what we have already.

What trends do you see taking off for homewares in Autumn Winter?

I think the overall feel is very natural with lots of greens and natural wood. Brass is quite a strong look taking over from copper and silver/steel is beginning to be used again.

What one piece from your store, do you recommend people invest in?

Hard to pick one piece, but I really like the range of Kitchen accessories from Danish Brand Rig-Tig.

How do you decide which Irish designers to work with?

It’s a mix between people I’ve found on trips around the country and people who have come into the shop to show me their work. Who I choose is really about the fit and obviously how commercially viable it is.

What attracted you to base your business in Powerscourt Shopping Centre?

When I started the shop in 2010, the economy was very tough but I was able to take a small unit and establish the business before moving to our current unit at the end of 2011. The centre attracts a lovely mix of Dubliners and Tourists and it’s good to build relationships with the other shop owners and feel a sense of community.

What does the future hold for Article?

In 2018, I plan to refurbish the shop, we’ve been in this unit 6 years and it’s beginning to look a little tired though it’s a beautiful space, so we will obviously respect that whilst updating our look. Watch this space..

Article can be found on the first floor at Powerscourt Centre and online at www.articledublin.com 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. At 12 noon on Saturday, December 3rd, we are delighted to welcome back Dublin City’s most authentic Father Christmas. Arriving to the joyful melodies of the Piccolo Lasso Children’s Choir, Dublin’s most popular Father Christmas’, alongside Mrs. Claus and the playful elves, will welcome families and shoppers with triumphant delight.

Filled with 18th century charm, Father Christmas’s workshop and grotto is a must see for all the family. From the moment, you enter families will feel as if they have landed in the North Pole and children will get a real winter wonderland experience. Greeted by a toasty fire and twinkling lights, the whole experience will be a truly magical experience for big and little kids alike. Entry is €15 and includes a photo with Father Christmas and a unique gift, plus a donation to the Simon Community.

Hosting a series of magical Christmas events that will fill the Centre, with Yule tide spirit, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is truly the place to visit this Christmas. From the first week of December, the Centre will be packed to the rafters with joyful activities from stunning live lunch time Opera with leading Irish sopranos, children’s face-painters and complimentary entertainment for all.

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The Culwick Choral Society is excited to celebrate Christmas with what will be a truly wonderful night at the National Concert Hall featuring special guest soprano Cara O’Sullivan on Monday Dec 5th at 8pm. Also joining them for their jam-packed programme of seasonal music will be the Dublin Concert Band conducted by Fergus O’Carroll, the women and girls of the award-winning Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, and our own David O’Shea, organist and pianist. Their compère for the evening is the celebrated broadcaster Olivia O’Leary.

Amidst a bounty of familiar seasonal favourites, old and new, their highlight will be the first performance in Ireland of On Christmas Night, a beautiful Christmas cantata by the English composer Bob Chilcott. Written in 2011 for choir, chamber ensemble and organ, it’s based on a delightful sequence of eight carols and offers a charming celebration of the Christmas story.
Other highlights include the Christmas music from Handel’s Messiah, and sing-along Christmas carols and songs
Cara O’Sullivan, soprano Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath Dublin Concert Band, conductor Fergus O’Carroll Olivia O’Leary, compère David O’Shea, organ/piano Bernie Sherlock, conductor

Tickets: €13 – €25.00 (concessions available) National Concert Hall Box Office Tel. 01-417 0000 Online booking www.nch.ie (no booking fee) For further information, please contact The Hon. Secretary: secretary@culwick.org

Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Culwick-ChoralSociety/212299545505554 

Or our website: www.culwick.org

BEWLEY’S CAFÉ THEATRE @ POWERSCOURT is proud to present…
IT’S A WONDERFUL bleedin’ LIFE
Written and directed by Gary Duggan
Starring Stephen Kelly and Gerard Byrne (Fair City)

A re-imagining of the original heart-warming story set in our very own Dublin city!
This familiar festive story by Philip Van Doren Stern tells the tale of a good man driven to the brink of suicide on Christmas Eve, when a guardian angel approaches and shows him a world without his existence.
This December, Gary Duggan brings his trademark contemporary style to this adaptation of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. We find ourselves at The Summit Inn in Howth where we meet Georgie Travers, on edge at last orders on Christmas Eve. The barman has disappeared to pull down the shutters, leaving Georgie with just one other straggler. Oddball Laurence won’t let Georgie finish his last pint in peace, working hard to convince his new bar buddy that Georgie’s life till now has not been one monstrous disappointment for all involved. And there’s a better possible future for Georgie than his own planned moonlit stroll to the cliff walk.
Gary Duggan is the award-winning author of MONGED, and SHIBARI (Abbey Theatre) as well as a successful screenwriter with work including AMBER and FAIR CITY for RTE.

‘Duggan’s hometown touch makes it entertaining and moving… Byrne’s bravura performance as the angel… (carries) the show along to its triumphant conclusion’
IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE

BOOKING for all shows: www.bewleyscafetheatre.com or 0868784001.

BOOKING INFORMATION
December 1st – December 21st, 2015.
Mon-Sat at 1pm (doors open at 12.50pm)
Tickets: Low-price Mondays €8, Tues – Thurs €10, Fri – Sat €12.
Light Lunch available €4.
BOOKING: 086-8784001 / www.bewleyscafetheatre.com


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