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2022-09-23 Culture Night - John Hume Building, Maynooth University

Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir celebrates and promotes culture, creativity and the arts throughout the island of Ireland.

Beginning back in 2006 as an initiative between Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Dublin City Council, it started with 40 bars and venues in Temple Bar, before spreading out across Dublin City in 2007. 

In 2008 Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford came onboard and, since then, Culture Night has continued to grow across Ireland. In 2012, Culture Night spread its wings abroad with nights in London, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool.

And that's a brief history of Culture Night.  You can read more about it here.

That all leads me on to last night's festivities in Maynooth University in Kildare.  I was invited along to photograph a night of poetry, prose and music in the John Hume building.

Host for the night was award-winning poet and acclaimed playwright, Colm Keegan.  Joining him on the night were Fiach Moriarty, Béibhinn Thorsch, Tia Burke, Cathal Culliney and Jason McGuinness.

The venue was Theatre 4 in the John Hume Building, possibly the strangest venue yet for a gig, but it all worked out and both sounded and looked great. Most importantly, the audience enjoyed it!

Anyway, enough about all that, just go check out the performers when you can.  See them live, buy their books and music, you know the deal.

Now for the photos:

Colm Keegan

Béibhinn Thorsch

Fiach Moriarty

Cathal Culliney and Jason McGuinness.

Tia Burke

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