Ar Chúl an Tí – Site-Specific Play in Tallaght Village

Ar Chúl An Ti Tallaght

Carpet Theatre with  Gaelphobal Thamhlachta by Ciarán Taylor with the compamy

Music by Tim Doyle      Featuring Róisín Ní Cheileachair & Karl Quinn (Photo by Ciarán Taylor)

8 & 9 December 2018Shows 5pm; 6pm; 7pm. Tickets Free

Booking Essential:  (Meeting Point information after booking )


Ar Chúl an Tí is a theatrical mystery tour with music through the historic village of Tallaght. It takes place three times daily on December 8 and 9. You don’t need fluent (or any) Irish to take part in this intriguing 40 minute ‘on location’ experience, featuring live music by multi-instrumentalist Tim Doyle and a surprise guest. The shows are conveniently timed at 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm, so you could even combine it with a shopping trip if you fancied- or use it to avoid the shops! There are very limited places, and you can book your free tickets online at now. The meeting point will be revealed when you book.

Ar Chúl an Tí has been created for the new Tallaght Lár Ionad Gaeilge, Irish Language Centre and café which is due to open early 2019 in a house dating from 1911. You are invited to come on a magical journey, from the nearby centre of the ancient Celtic settlement of Tallaght dating back to 766AD, then through the house, to discover what is ‘ar chúl an tí‘ (at the back of the house). The show is peopled by apparitions that haunt the house during the renovations. Inspired by Seán O’Riordáin’s poem of the same name (which many will remember from school), Ar Chúl an Tí  reveals layers of history, and the traces of half-remembered things which gather in the‘banc dramhaíl’ refuse pile in the back of our minds, where our memories of Irish often linger. Come at this dark time of the year to awaken the ghosts and find out what is in the back of the house!

Carpet Theatre has previously created successful site-specific shows in Dublin Port ferry terminal, Wexford Firestation and Kinnitty Village and Castle, as well as touring shows in Ireland and abroad. Director-deviser Ciarán Taylor is known for his recent Rock to the Top pubic art project where 400 local people helped carry a boulder from Tallaght to Glenasmaole over a year. He also created Sightless Cinema 2018 a surround sound radio drama event in IMC Tallaght with blind people. Actor Karl Quinn is a Carpet Theatre regular, and Róisín Ní Cheileachair was seen recently in a leading role in TG4’s series Eipic.  The cast is completed by local actors from Gaelphobal Thamhlachta Tom Mulraney Noel Skelly and Pól Ó’Meádhra. Taylor says ‘this show brings you on a journey of the imagination where  you’ll discover hidden places in Tallaght Village in a really unusual and surprising way’

Ar Chúl an Tí  is funded by Creative Ireland and South Dublin County Council for Bliain na Gaeilge.

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

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