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Friday night at The Dock, what a night!

December 12, 2011

I hope you all enjoyed the lovely Winter Market, the smell of baked goods and mulled wine, the handcrafted goodies. I had a ball for sure, lots of chats, small little presents for my gang, and to put icing on the occasion I caught my beloved sneakily buying the vintage skirt I had looked at beforehand and put away again, being good and all that! I know that he doesn’t know that I know, so I will have to wait till Santa puts it under the tree I guess!

Back to Friday night at The Dock, I so love Open Season, the different colours, textures, and how every one of the artists translates a glimpse of a moment, an idea, a feeling or whatever notion into his or her own piece of work, into art… Looks like the first pictures have been bought already, Christmas pressies are being wrapped, the hustle bustle of Friday night in The Dock was a joyful one, the opening words all about hope during gloomy times, the choir songs resounding through the foyer full of warmth and excitement, well done kids! Familiar faces in the crowd, nice to keep bumping into John Mc Dwyer all the time now after having interviewed him, people staying behind chatter boxing about the new exhibition or taking a second and third look at a particular piece of work.

Good few of the crowd stayed on for Ailie Blunnie’sAND BAND – gig, and I have to say the sisters are getting even more funny by the day, I didn’t think that possible! It’s all about not mentioning the band, Roisin just being there for the sweets anyway, the golden boyfriend getting his bass solo in and the back vocalist being handed a dictionary for the French songs. The stage looked all christmassy and white and glittery, how do the Blunnie’s make even Wispy’s snowmen look beautiful and classy? My daughter thought the whole show most hilarious and almost a comedy as well as unbelievably good and catchy  songs, two for the price of one, even though she was rather embarrassed by her mother clapping for additional songs at the end of the night! All in all, a brilliant night at the Dock, delighted that the bar was open for drinks at the interval, as my Dock Blogger ears picked up concerns about that in the crowd beforehand, and yes, I love my interval drink too, even though you’d probably chuckle at my choice of beverage! Davy and Andy are getting used to it by now though, and it is lovely to feel part of the gang even in those small ways.

As you noticed, the Dock Blogger Identity didn’t get revealed on the night, somewhat due to unforeseen chock-a-block business during the week, but more importantly for the poll results on the blog – the majority of you wants to keep the mystery going for a while, even though it was close nose-to-nose, but nevertheless the mystery callers made it to the top!

Now, all we’re waiting for is for the new website layout to hit our screens, the minute that happens I can press send on this post, upload my pictures from the night and let you in on my secret mystery clip of 23seconds Ailie Blunnie sound-checking before the gig! The light at the end of the video is Keith in the sound box, once you know it it’s obvious, and he didn’t want to be filmed anyway! But yes Keith, brilliant job on the night, mesmerizing lights, as well as sounds, this time Roisin was busier slagging Ailie, so she forgot some of the elaborate praise that you deserve! Keith you rock! On a technical note: Right now the clip needs one rotation clockwise, so you need to adjust your neck and head at 52 degrees  to the left at the moment, till I figure out how it’s done!

Check out the programme for December, there’s smashing performances ahead of us for big and small people, our new website at and the Open Season exhibition in the galleries, foyer and Café Bar! Have a great week,

Your Dock Blogger

ps: I sneak this post in for you due to personal impatience, lets see if it works or gets lost in the process of transferring the website!

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23seconds Ailie Blunnie Sound Checking at The Dock, posted with vodpod

Open Season, Ailie Blunnie and Winter Market at The Dock

December 6, 2011

It’s almost Wednesday morning, I have a handful of more details and news for you, and I am still looking forward to the weekend at The Dock! Ailie Blunnie is not having a support act on the night, so Friday  8.30pm very sharp it is, straight launching into the Blunnie Sisters’ act, I also heard there is a boyfriend on that stage too, and I guess we’d be lost without Keith in the sound box, so let’s welcome the boys also! If the Open Season allows me to pop out in between, I’ll try and take a couple of shots of the Blunnie’s in preparation of the show, I have a feeling they might just let me do that for you! I love the idea of Duke Special meeting Imelda May for a day of feeding ducks in the park and putting that thought into music; and boy am I excited to go to that gig!

Mella, one of the organizers of the Winter Market filled me in on a few more details too, last year’s market was fabulous already I can give you that, but they are sure to well top that yet! First of all, it more than likely won’t flood or ice-sheet the roads on us between now and Saturday, so allof us get a fair chance in turning up at The Dock this time, and there will be even more stalls than last year to choose from and potter around so I heard. Very importantly  there will be nibbles and mulled wine (did I just  mention the food first … again!?), there will be handmade natural cremes and ointments, handcrafted Teas and Coffee, Christmas Cards, books, Santa’s Lost Buttons, Felt Creations, Ceramics, Knit Kits, paintings, Wellie Trees, hand painted lamp shades, local photography, hats and scarves, vintage clothing, Woodcraft, Christmas decorations… and I think they have a few more things up their Winter Market-sleeves! Sounds great to me, a lovely day out, and many thanks to Mella and crew already, I saw her busily organizing and putting time and effort in all morning today!

So, anybody else  like me waiting for that What’s On Guide turning up in your letter box? I was tossing and turning already, patience is  not one of my virtues yet, but  I found out why we are that bit behind with the post-outs. And yes, that brings me to the sideline of the Volunteer Scheme again too! With the Trade Conference and all, The Dock staff has been so flattened with work all weekend that the What’s On brochure found its way into the envelopes only this morning, and I don’t really know how many of us are on that mailing list, but it looked like a big job to me! So anybody idling around and having time on your hands as little as it may be, call in and let Ciara know that you are interested in volunteering for The Dock, mailing, putting posters out around town, ushering for the odd performance. The perks? If possible at all, getting into the shows you like for free, in times where money is that bit tight this might be worth a lot to a lot of people out there. So spread the word and come along, there is always some nice crowd about in the foyer too… And the What’s On should be in your letter boxes somewhat between today and tomorrow, you can look forward to a neat job on that! I know some people found the last one a bit hard to navigate through, this one has a cooler lay-out, more leight weight, and i love the calendar bit at the side of each month! Glad i put my own calendar bit on the blog days ago already, great minds think alike, now it appears rather streamlined even though it wasn’t!

What else? The galleries are currently and seriously being painted and prepared for Open Season on Friday night, should be great craic to see all the different styles and ways of creativity together on one wall space! Pity none of the artists came forward to tell us a bit about themselves or their work for the blog, maybe I catch some of them on the night, but here the last chance to email me if you want to present your work and yourself  at the last minute in regards to the Open Season exhibition on Friday at 5.30pm!  What delights me a lot is the presence of  children’s art this year, Annaduff and Newtowngore National Schools  have been working with artist Kate Wilson and their self-portraits and an animation made by the children will be on show in The Jury Room Café/Bar throughout the run of  Open Season

And last but not least all comedy fans check out Fred Cooke and Eric Lalor on our website – looks like a night of laughs on Thursday at 8.30pm! I bet you see Davy from the Jury Room there, I figured out that he loves comedy a LOT!

Happy Wednesday to everybody, Your Dock Blogger

New Week, New Season, a new What’s On Guide…

December 5, 2011

Good morning folks, I apologize for the missed post on Friday, there was no internet for me to tap into in Dublin! I heard the TRADE exhibition opening went very well indeed, I am sorry I missed it but I will definitely call by before it closes its doors on Wednesday eve on us! While I am eagerly waiting for the new What’s On Guide to arrive, and very eagerly waiting that is, I am already looking forward to the end of the week, Open Season, Ailie Blunnie on Friday night, the Winter Market on Saturday and Sunday… The market is opening its doors from 12 till 5pm on both days, not starting at 2pm as  suggested in some wrong misprinted place… so make sure you take a mental note of it right now and here and don’t be too late…

I went to the RDS Arts and Craft Christmas Fair over the weekend, looked at lots of arts and crafts from all known and emerging trades, and it was lovely to see that people seem to take the time to take it all in, to wander around and let themselves be inspired, to not get too stressed over the approaching season and the gift-getting that is closely connected to this time of the year!

Let’s make our own Winter market the same, a stress-free weekend where we may pick up a few quirky or handmade pressies, where the smell of mulled wine makes us remember the excitement of Christmas once again, where we bump into people we know and make time to stop for a chat…

Looking at the poll as if to reveal my true Dock Blogger identity, it’s not looking like you’ll get to see my face in next week just yet, more people seem to think the mystery idea of it all is a smart one, despite a lingering curiousness nevertheless…  If you haven’t voted yet, please log on here and make your voice too being counted.

All best, your D B

PS: And last chance to see the ONLOCATION exhibition in the Leitrim Design House this week, check it out, and if you have a cuppa in the Jury Bar say hello to Davy for me!

Lashing rain in Carrick but Ailie Blunnie is a Sunshine!

November 26, 2011

I am just back from my little trip into town to interview Ailie Blunnie, brilliant; I just loved every minute of it! She is funny and open, quirky and lovable, and she definitely told us a few things we didn’t know about her yet, so I can’t wait to get the interview up and running! This time we have Gordon on the team from the start, it looks like the technical side of things will be well looked after and we may even get a secret distorted Dock Blogger voice out of him! That brings me one last time to the subject of voting if the Dock Blogger should reveal her secret identity or not, it’s a close nose to nose at the minute and it can still turn either way very much so! So make sure you vote as well, a handful of posts down from here you find a blue windowed poll where there is voting made easy for you, no login etc. required. So now it’s only waiting to get the video up here, but I am rather sure I don’t need my Under Construction sign this time…

Have a good weekend, Your Dock Blogger

Another Week at The Dock and a little inspiration for life

November 21, 2011

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One of the BEST Motivational Videos I’ve ever s…, posted with vodpod

A little inspiration for all of us, and for all who consider putting some of their work into the Open Season exhibition, go for it! All artwork has to be here by the 2nd of December to be ready for the opening on the 9th, and it promises already to be a great night out, but that will be a story for a later post!

And then… Ooops, I gave you the Rio Grande preview last week already, but it is only on THIS Tuesday the 22nd! Sorry about that, somehow I must have skipped a week in the diary! I hope nobody tapered to The Dock in vain, so far I heard nothing such like, fingers crossed… That means  a bit of a copying/cutting&pasting job is due to tell you once again, this time with the right date attached!

It is again time for our Classic Film Club on Tuesday morning, our final film with Maureen O’Hara, this time alongside John Wayne in Rio Grande, another well-remembered classic by John Ford. Same as always, complimentary tea or coffee and bickies, and if my little camera arrives before that I will show you the buzz of the place on Tuesday at 11am! And make sure you don’t forget to tell the seniors in your life about it too, the Club turned out to be such a success, but the more the merrier all the same! Ah look, that is what I call a good kiss!

Saturday is Family Fun Day again; I heard that Laura will be making Christmas decorations with the kids, so feel free to walk in from 2pm onwards.

On the same day we have another little gem for you, IMRO will host a song-writing workshop for 12-18 year-olds in The Dock on Saturday, 26th November from 12pm till 6pm.

The one-day workshop is provided to young songwriters free of charge and will be hosted by singer/songwriter Luan Parle and songwriter/producer Gavin Ralston. The workshop will focus on song writing, production, performance, touring and the latest developments in the music industry. By the end of the workshop, the budding songwriters will have written, performed and recorded an original song collectively. This is a unique opportunity for young people to get hands on experience of the day-to-day work in the music industry, whether they aspire to be performers, songwriters, and producers or work in music administration. Bookings for the workshop can be made through The Dock Arts Centre box office on 071 965 0828, and further information can be found at our website Participants may bring musical instruments along to the workshop…

Well, what more can I add? If I’d be in that age bracket, I’ll be heading for that amazing workshop, but it looks like I’ll be bringing the kids to the decoration-making instead, there is a time for everything in life it seems…!

Have a good week folks, make sure you vote re the revealing of the Dock Blogger Face – three posts down, no login etc required, the poll is on for one more week only! If the Yes Votes succeed your Dock Blogger will be officially introduced at the opening of Open Season on the 9th of December, just before Ailie Blunnie will cast her spell on us again the same night at 8.30 in the performance space! If the No Votes succeed, well, I’ll be in the crowd as usual, trying to catch some news behind the scenes for you too!

United at The Dock

November 19, 2011

So I had my birthday night out, we went along to United by JohnMcDwyer and the Beezneez and I’ll tell you a bit about it.

The Hawkswell announced this play as his most serious work so far, and that it may be, but I found myself laughing at the hilarious bits throughout the whole play too, sometimes laughing at the recognition of weird but familiar human behaviour at that. The story follows a family over 3 generations, there is a room set in the past and the same living room in mirror image set around now, the fireplace more modern and carpet covering the initially bare wooden floor.

The story unfolds slowly and rather gently, only to chop down on you in the second part without any warning or the chance to catch your breath at the revelations made. Only at the closed doors of everybody’s hidden shame and painful experiences, the characters are able to speak truthful to one another for once and make a real connection from heart to heart again. And with their darkest secrets on their sleeves – and with that not expecting any compassion – they learn that the truth can bring about understanding and forgiveness and a certain tenderness and love for one another. Sometimes the things left unsaid  can hurt more than the things spoken about, and in casting a light into one of the darker corners of Irish history the writer redeems a whole generation with his ending the blame, and on stage we see feelings like anger, rage  and contempt turning into forgiveness and charity. After having interviewed John McDwyer last week it was an extra joy watching him personally being on stage and acting, I felt I was let in on a secret of this play, and that there will be layers upon layers to unpick long after the curtain fell… Here I just about caught him on the way out, while Brendan tried to make him laugh…

When the family at the end is once again united, there is a person missing in that picture, and yet, we all knew he was there, with them in unity, which made for a rather interesting ending, especially if you saw the poster of the play before.

If you are intrigued come along  to the very last night of the play

Beezneez Theatre Company presenting United by John McDwyer today, on Saturday 19.November 8.30pm in The Dock!


The crew playing the family from 1957/1958, just on their way home after a successful night on stage.

Woo Hoo, We’ve got it! – John MC Dwyer at The Dock!

November 16, 2011

Whatever they did, Claire and the IT guys, THEY DID IT! Watch John McDwyer answering my Dock Blogger questions on vimeo, here you go!

(and yes, Claire, you ROCK!)

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John McDwyer at The Dock, posted with vodpod

John Mc Dwyer, I am keeping my word re that ice cream nevertheless!


November 16, 2011

My midweek post for you now, I saw that a good few people voted their opinion on if to reveal my secret identity soon, but we’ll need a few more of your voices to get a fuller picture! So scroll down three posts and cast yer votes if you haven’t done so yet!

Re the interview clip: The open wound is, yeah, still there, our little interview with John McDwyer is still not post-able here on the site, Claire did so extra well in shooting in very HIGH definition, quality is all after all (!), but the IT guys are scratching their heads at the size of the file now and although haven’t officially surrendered yet, I have to say it doesn’t look too uphill as I am typing right now! BUT what IS happening – the interview is running in a loop on the Laptop in the foyer of The Dock, all the more reason to tag along, have your cuppa in there and listen to it anyway. After that you’ll more than likely buy a ticket for one of the evening shows of United, starting tonight and running through till Saturday. And John McDwyer, after coming out and talking to me about the play and all that, all I can think of is buying you a Magnum Almond to say thanks, you on for that?

And now, finally what I really wanted to tell you! Open Season is upon us once again, meaning everybody and anybody can hand in his or her own pieces of work till the 2nd of December, and the work will be hung and the whole exhibition opened on the evening of the 9th.

And any of you Open Season Artists who is willing to talk to me a bit for here on the blog please let me know and, I’ll be in touch with you shortly! We’d love to give you your 15 minutes of fame, and it won’t ever be in high definition again, I promise! This is the official Dock Info re the Open Season, so if you are interested in seeing your own work on our walls please feel free to pick up a short and sweet submission form at The Dock and get the ball rolling for yourself! Now some official details:



Technical Requirements must be emailed by Friday the 25th of November. All emails to

Deadline for all other work to be submitted is 1pm Friday 2nd of Dec 2011.

Only 2 pieces of work per artist can be accepted

Entry Fee is €5 per item

Work needs to be clearly marked OPEN SEASON

An entry form (to be picked up at The Dock) must be securely attached to each piece.

Where possible please give an Email address

All wall-mounted work must be ready for presentation with hooks

and cords or suitable hanging hardware.

Works of a fragile nature must be properly packaged.

All 3-Dimensional works must be submitted with handling instructions, if necessary.

Hanging/placing arrangements are at the sole discretion of The Dock.

While the utmost care will be taken with all works submitted, The Dock cannot be held responsible for loss or damage.

The Dock will act in an agency capacity for all artists exhibiting and a commission of 20% will be charged on all works sold.

The Dock reserves the right to refuse works that do not comply with terms and conditions, or, in the event of there being too many works submitted, The Dock reserves the right not to hang / exhibit all works.


To enable as many sales as possible work purchased for Christmas presents will be available for collection before the end of the exhibition. This can be arranged by calling into The Dock on Thursday 22nd or Friday 23rd December between 11am and 6pm.


Unsold work can be collected from The Dock on Friday, Jan. 27th, 2012, between 11am and 6pm or on Saturday Jan 28th, 2012, 10am-1pm.


You are invited to a mulled wine reception with carol singing by the Marist National Girls School to celebrate the opening of Open Season 2011 at 5.30 – 7.30PM on FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER

I am most certainly very excited about this annual project, I heard that a number of  youngsters handed in some amazing work already; I can’t wait to see those walls covered with your own work from all walks of life…

John Mc Dwyer, Families, and the Distortion of Beauty

November 14, 2011

Well, nobody of you knows, so I have to say it to myself, its Dock Blogger Birthday, happy birthday to me!

For that I’ll be on a girly night out to watch John McDwyer’s United, looking forward to it big time! The little interview with him will be up here in, ahem, no time, definitely before the play starts on Wednesday night! I have asked him if there was one particular subject re-surfacing in all his work over the years, and yes, there is: Family. What families are and are not, what they are expected to be, the dynamics and hopes and patterns we grow to understand over time… What a brilliant theme, no matter what the plot of the play may be; an eternal matter that will keep him writing for years to come! Watch out for it – and the interview here on site, and come along to the Beezneez Theatre Company presenting United by John McDwyer on Wednesday 16. – Saturday 19.November 8.30pm in The Dock!

I’ll send you into the week with one little clip that will open your eyes wide, it is more for the girlz but then again no harm in the guys seeing how much we are all being tricked into believing what is real, beautiful, important… the clip may not be art, but this is my own little mission of nudging all of us towards being comfortable, kind and gently happy in our own skin. Please share this with our fellow sisters, daughters, mothers, aunties, and all the girls… and have a great week!

all best,

John McDwyer at The Dock – talking about ‘UNITED’

November 10, 2011

Well, that was easy! The people from funding must have read my ‘camera bit’, looks like there will be some sort of equipment in my blogger hands soon, now we are talking! But in all earnest I have to acknowledge Claire in all that, she definitely helped stating my low technology case! Once you see pictures getting up here on the page you know a little Dock-Blogger-camera has arrived! But while all this happened without my further doing I was busy as well, interviewing John McDwyer regarding his new play United, coming to the Dock next week! This was my very first ever little mini interview, so it was a bit trial and error for me, but I was delighted to meet him, and hear some of his amazing little details… my daughter will laugh at the question about his favourite food, who would have thought? I am most certainly looking forward to the show next week, especially now knowing a tiny bit more about the behind the scenes! Look at this and find out what’s  it all about…

Ouch, … Well, give us a minute; we are actually having a little downloading situation here, look at us!

 So we just get on with getting the video on-screen, bear with us for few minutes, sorry Gordon for dragging you in as well, but you have to help us downloading for once!!

Meanwhile, this is the official version about the play, something to read till we get the clip up and running! …

Based on his well received RTE radio play, John McDwyer’s new play, United, charts the lives of a rural Irish family over fifty years from the Munich air disaster in 1958.   When the matriarch passes away, her remaining children congregate for her funeral and over the funeral day’s dark secrets are revealed which lead to conflict until eventual reconciliation is reached and the family is, once more, United.

 This is a moving and life enhancing play from the author of Lovely Leitrim, Callaghan’s Place and Unforgiven and given the usual Beezneez production values, a richly rewarding evening of theatre is guaranteed.

Beezneez Theatre Company presents United by John McDwyer

Wednesday 16. – Saturday 19.November 8.30pm in The Dock!

… 3 hours later… aaarrrgggghhhhh …

So yeah, ahem, this is embarrassing! Poor ole Gordon and Claire spent all this time downloading and working it out, it eventually worked, just at the moment when the battery went flat. The charger is, ahem, somewhere. Slight technical difficulty, but it will be solved shortly, and you’ll see John McDwyer (and a bit of me) in action soon! I let you in on his favourite food already – Magnum Almond if my memory serves me right! Thanks John McDwyer for a lovely interview, it’ll be up here in almost no time! John  seems to like my Under Construction sign quite a bit, looks like I can put it up one more time and a bit just for him (as he patiently met my busy parental schedule and came out for this interview on  a very short notice!), till we get a replacement charger and this interview up and running on the page!

And last but not least: Enjoy tonight’s show When Jolie met Christie, where The great Christie Hennessy is brought to life, featuring live music and starring RTE’s Aonghus McAnally (RTE Radio 1 ‘Mooney’ & former RTE TV ‘The Lyric’s Board’ & ‘Anything Goes’) for one night only at The Dock today, Friday 11th November! Having sold-out venues with standing ovations throughout Ireland since it opened this spring, this brilliant show by Cork-born playwright Seán Mc Carthy, is compelling cabaret-theatre inspired by the life and music of Christie Hennessy… A quirky, funny and sometimes dark meditation on the price of fame… I know Davy from the Jury Room Café is going, Davy, take a couple of pictures and let us know how you liked it!

Have a great weekend ye all, chat ya Monday morning for a cheerful welcome into a new good week!

 Your Dock Blogger