Paddy goes to Petra’ written and directed by Aine Ryan, Actor Brendan Dunlea, photography by Steve Gregson, Nenagh Arts Centre Tuesday, May 30, at 1.30pm.

Busy programme continues for Tipperary Bealtaine Festival

The Bealtaine Festival, Irelands national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age, is being celebrated throughout the month of May in Tipperary and the Tipperary Arts Office together with the Tipperary Library Service are delighted to wrap up another busy and successful festival in the coming days.

Across the library service, writer and director Gerard Stembridge will look at a selection of famous mature roles in Irish Drama beginning at 10.30am on Friday, May 26, at Thurles Library. It will be an opportunity to see from a variety of angles how Irish playwrights have depicted characters in the older age category with participants encouraged to offer observations and read/perform speeches from these characters.

Artist Lynn Kirkham will lead two workshops this Friday, introducing participants to natural materials and weaving skills, beginning at 10.30am in Roscrea Library and 2pm in Templemore Library.

Melissa Ryan hosts a two-hour beginner acrylic still life workshop at Nenagh Library at 10.30am on Monday, May 29, giving participants a chance to understand basic painting skills and create their own painting.

Over at Clonmel Library on Wednesday, May 31, at 6.30pm, The Michael John Ryan String Trio will perform a programme of classics from Bach to Handel and contemporary music of the 20th century.

The Tipperary Bealtaine Festival culminates in two exciting live events this year. The Write Minds group will bring their Return of the Light poetry and wellness initiative to The Main Guard in Clonmel on Friday at 7.30pm for an evening of spoken word with special guests Belle Voci Choir and some light refreshments. Rural Ireland meets the middle east in a play written and directed by Upperchurch theatre maker Aine Ryan, at 1.30pm on Tuesday, May 30, at Nenagh Arts Centre. Ticket price includes a selection of sandwiches with tea/coffee to be served from 1pm.


The Tipperary Bealtaine Festival brochure can be viewed at or pick one up from your local library. Most events are free but pre-booking is advised. For further information contact or