The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Exciting news for Dance Cork Firkin Crane, and for Ireland! Yvonne Coughlan the Chair of the DCFC Board of directors is not only delighted to be working with the new Executive Artistic Director Laurie Uprichard, but she is thrilled that her passion project Integrated Dance Cork has now begun with artistic Director Rhona Coughlan, under its new name Inclusive Dance Cork. Thanks to The Community Foundation for Ireland this new project has funding from an anonymous donor to create a training beacon for the arts and in particular the dance world that is shining brightly from Cork and out into Europe. The 2-year course is envisaged for academic years 22' and 23' has begun, and will change the landscape for all bodies in dance.
Wishing all the new students of IDC a fantastic experience. Much gratitude to The Community Foundation for Ireland for facilitating an anonymous donor in supporting this groundbreaking new education programme in dance. Many congratulations to Artistic Director Rhona Coughlan, Coordinator Emer Casey and all the IDC faculty. IDC was created by Dance Cork Firkin Crane in partnership with Suisha Inclusive Arts- Cope Foundation, and supported by the Department of Theatre, UCC , and Cork Education and Training Board. Thanks to Tara Brandel, Yvon Bonenfant, Laurie Uprichard, Eoin Nash and the staff and board of DCFC. Exciting times in this 30th year of the home of dance! Click the link for more on dedicated DCFC page.
Embrace the World NUMBER One Video Release!
Kevin has released his video produced and directed by Yvonne Coughlan, with DOP Maurice Supple, and editor David Leen.
See Yvonne here live at the Official launch in Dublin, with actor Roy O'Connor & Vocalist Lisa Curran on screen as the event live streamed and welcomed online guests to hear the news that the single, released April 2022 for World Autism Month, had topped the Irish iTunes Singles Charts and Rock Charts AND entered the Irish Homegrown Charts at #19. Although the song is produced in a multi-vocal construct, Kevin's solo performance on the Six O’Clock Show (Virgin Media) and at the Aviva Stadium for key Irish autism advocates including Adam Harris, Stefanie Preissner and Dervla Burke, as it began its journey to the ears of his new audiences.
Described by MusicNGear as “soaring and symphonic”, the supergroup arrangement features vocal styles such as folk, hard rock and musical theatre, which in Kevin’s words “is designed to aurally reflect the spectrum of Autism as a diagnosis.”
Vocalists: Emma Langford, Ger O’Hanlon, Lisa Curran, Molly Lynch, Rebecca Houlihan, Stephen Gormley, Caroline Kay and Mark Daly. Click the link for out dedicated EMBRACE THE WORLD page.
Yvonne Coughlan's full length play,
Hold on Tight
is ready for production!
The where and when remains to be seen, but if you want to know more, or are interested in becoming part of the production journey, do contact us!!!
Comedy, drama, and elements of dance theatre, depict this story of a life, told holistically, from birth to its very last breath.
Our main protagonist, Jack, a visual artist turned writer is in danger of losing his wife Jo to his primary quest for immortality through art. When a new friend Miguel, a dancer, introduces his own wife Maria, an academic writer, to Jack, he recognises a soulmate and a symbol of 'good' to aspire to.
Jack and Maria are uniquely bonded by their artistic vision of immortality, a shared humour about death, and a need to interrogate life to its esoteric parameters, with a savage, yet beautiful, honesty.
Changemakers, short docu/drama has lost one of its dear creators.
Sadly our beautiful friend Stephen Hogan, one of the on screen narrators of this piece passed away before seeing his work in this film. We will dedicate it henceforth in his memory; RIP Stephen, in loving memory.
Award winning unproduced script REGRET!
Award winning short film An Étude in Art!
"Our film goes out in the continued support of 'Cork Samaritans', with our hopes that someone who needs to, will see it at the right time, and make that call. Art is an exploration of life, just as this creator's life is an exploration of art.’ Yvonne Coughlan
Take link to Weekend Theatre workshops
Visit the beautiful West Cork town of Kinsale, or the fabulous cities of Thessaloniki, Greece, or Warsaw, Poland. Enjoy lunch and dinner in local restaurants Bed & Breakfast in local accommodation
*Professional video and Photographic documentation included with every package
Film Workshops and Song Workshops also available, as well as Team Building Corporate Workshops, and School Special Workshops, each workshop is designed to specific group requirements. Click here for link to further details.
Kinsale Halloween Parade 2022
The committee is back in action for this year.
Write to us directly if you wish to be included.
The 2021 Grand Finale was provided by the Joan Denise Moriarty school of dance run by Sharon Manning in Shandon, Cork. With choreography by her daughter Karena, their 27 dancers aged 7 to 17 kept the Kinsale crowds mesmerised with their beautiful moves and striking costumes.
Sharon describes the performance as, ‘a haunting depiction of a horror movie come to life, a dance off between the Devil and an Angel who tries to rescue all the captured children, but in Halloween style it is the Devil and her army that wins in the end.’
Local businesses are supportive of this important family day on the Kinsale annual events calendar, sponsoring performers each year; the organisers wish to thank Eli Lilly, Kinsale Chamber of Business and Tourism, First South Credit Union, The Armada Bar, The Lord Kingsale, The White House, The Gourmet Pantry, Petra’s Oven, Elite Dry Cleaners, Studio 1, Mylie Murphy’s, The Market Garden, O’Connor’s Pharmacy, Pier House B&B, Supervalu, Kinari, Cllr. Marie O’Sullivan, RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions) 1601 Kinsale, The Blue Haven Collection, Clare Bell, Livy Riordan, Petra’s Oven, Dennis Collins, Niamh O’Connell and Mamukko.
All of the funding for this not-for-profit event comes from donations, and there were special gifts for the best dressed participants, from Musgrave Group, Cork International Hotel, Koko's Kinsale, Cooleez, Jo’s Cafe, Kinsale Sports Store, VIVI Trading, The Flying Poet, Spar, Primm’s Bookshop and The Lemon Leaf Café. Prizes are awarded each year for best costumes, but all the attendees make a fantastic effort.
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In a period of time when the arts seemed to be withering I was so delighted to be offered such a different and inventive chance... More companies should be thinking of productions in this manner. Thank you everyone for such a unique experience.I loved it! !
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