Summer magic in great outdoors

    Pic: Donal Foley

    BRILLIANT award-winning Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Kilmanagh has a super programme for the summer season.

    Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Brady will headline in July, bringing his music spanning almost 50 years to the Ballykeeffe stage.

    Over the season, Irish soprano and Kildare native Celine Byrne will serenade  with her velvety vocals, while energetic five-piece HamsandwicH make a welcome return.

    Monaghan’s Marty Mone, will make his debut appearance.

    Beautiful Ballykeeffe will play host to critically-acclaimed brother duo Hudson Taylor in late summer, before the astounding Jack L rounds off the season.

    Children and families will be well catered for with Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s Little Women, as well as an open-air adaptation of Sinbad the Sailor by Off the Ground Theatre Company.

    Over €150,000 in funding from Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny Leader Partnership has been invested in upgrades at Ballykeeffe.

    Works will see the tiered limestone seating extended to facilitate circa 1,000.

    A dedicated wheelchair-accessible area has been added, along with wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities.

    The Amphitheatre was recognized nationally with a Special Award at the Pride of Place Awards 2017.

    Nestled at the foot of the old Ballykeeffe Quarry, Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, entirely

    volunteer-run, brings the authentic atmosphere of an open-air Italian theatre to our quaint rural countryside.

    Matt O’Sullivan, Chair Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre told The Reporter:

    “We’re thrilled with another stellar line-up for 2018, which goes from strength to strength each year.

    “It’s been a busy year at the Amphitheatre as thanks to our county council and local Leader Partnership we have been able to carry out significant upgrade work.

    “Continued thanks to volunteers, sponsors and supporters who make it all possible year after year.”

    Tickets: Eventbrite.ie local outlets. Information from  www.ballykeeffeamphitheatre.com .

    Diary dates:

    June 29: Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Little Women; July 7: Paul Brady; July 14: Celine Byrne;  July 28: HamsandwicH; August 4: Marty Mone;  August 17: Off the Ground Theatre Company presents Sinbad the Sailor; August 18: Hudson Taylor; August 25: Jack L.