Triskel Arts Centre’s new courtyard concert programme kicks off today at Cork’s newest outdoor venue. Photo: Dominik Kosicki

Triskel takes Cork to court(yard)

Cork’s newest outdoor venue has just announced its first ever programme of events, and it starts today (Thursday)!

Earlier in the summer, the Triskel Arts Centre announced the conversion of its truly lovely courtyard into a covered outdoor space that can seat up to 50 people.

Musicians Mike Hanrahan and Lorraine Nash and comedian Colm O’Regan are amongst the acts scheduled to appear at the new venue.

Other acts include comedians Sinead Quinlan, Laura O’Mahony and Emma Doran, and musical acts Greenshine, Torcán and Little Hours.

Comedians Chris Kent and the often divisive David McSavage are also booked to appear with more acts still to be announced shortly.

The programme, which will run three shows a day from Thursday to Sunday, was created by Triskel in collaboration with Verdant Productions, Cork Folk Festival and the National String Quartet Foundation.

Marking the start of the programme, Tony Sheehan, Artistic Director at Triskel said: “We are delighted that the Arts Council and Cork City Council have invested in the creation of this exciting outdoor space for the summer.

“For three weeks, we will have 21 acts across 38 shows, including our popular Summertime Concerts series, which will take place in Triskel Christchurch. All other shows will be in Cork’s newest outdoor venue.”

Converting the courtyard into the new outdoor venue was made possible due to funding from the In the Open/Faoin Spéir award operated by the Arts Council, along with funding from Cork City Council who are also partners in the initiative.

In The Open/Faoin Spéir is an Arts Council initiative that encourages a curated programme of multi-disciplinary, inclusive arts activity in public or open spaces in towns and communities around Ireland.

Tickets are now on sale on a phased basis. For bookings and more information, visit

There will also be picnic packages available from the Triskel Café to suite all tastes.