Monthly Archives: October 2013

Beowulf : An ancient Viking saga that tells of brave warriors

Waterford Living History Society Presents


An ancient Viking saga that tells of brave warriors and dark, mysterious monsters that lurk amongst the shadows.

We, therefore, welcome you to our feasting hall, to sit amongst Viking warriors and cheer on Beowulf as he does battle with the beast ‘Grendel’.

If you dare!

At: Copper Coast Geopark Centre, Bonmahon

Thursday 31st October 2013 @ 7pm €5

Refreshments from 6:15pm

Prize for best Knight /Viking and Maiden Fancy Dress.

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Paula McCarthy
Copper Coast Geopark
Co. Waterford

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Japanese Cultural Evening

Japanese Cultural Evening at The Coastguard Cultural Centre Tramore.

Friday, October 25th at 8.00pm. Doors open 7.30pm


Patrick Lafcadio Hearn was an international writer, known best for his books about Japan. He spent part of his childhood in Tramore, Co. Waterford with his Irish relatives who were central to the childhood and character formation of this revered chronicler of 19th-century Japan. Hearn became a Japanese citizen and married into Japanese society, taking the name Yakumo Koizumi. His flight from Western materialism brought him to Japan in 1890. His search for beauty and tranquillity, for pleasing customs and lasting values, kept him there the rest of his life.

To commemorate Lafcadio Hearn’s links to Tramore, it is proposed to remodel the gardens at Tramore House as a sequence of Japanese gardens symbolising different stages in Hearn’s life.  A committee, headed by Agnes Awlyard, already have a design for the gardens and funding.

Here at The Coastguard Cultural Centre, we are delighted to host a Japanese evening, bringing to bear some of the great customs of high Japanese culture that had enamoured and seduced Patrick Lafcadio Hearn throughout his life, and some interesting facts about the developing garden project. This is an evening you won’t want to miss. Our sincere thanks to the gracious Michiko, and serene Sonomi, the unflappable Esprit de Coeur of Liz Walsh, and the soft acoustic sounds of Dave Walsh.


Programme of Events.


Introducing The Japanese Gardens by Liz Walsh.


Ikebana or the way of flowers. This is a highly disciplined art form, adhering to age old techniques of construction, culminating in an exquisite arrangement of blooms which reflect not only a supremely balanced aesthetic, but ultimately; humanities relationship with nature. Watch Michiko effortlessly combine flowers and foliage in a breathtakingly beautiful composition, with the refined narrative of Sonomi, taking you into the heart of Japanese Ikebana, as you might never experience it again.


The Tea Ceremony. Watch this gloriously meditative and elegant ceremony that contains the very essences of harmony and tranquillity. Michiko will bring you with her, on this tea journey, through centuries of tradition and discipline, into a flawlessly executed performance of balletic movement that is synonymous with the fascinating philosophy of Japanese high culture. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


The Duet. A flawless repertoire performed by Sonomi and Michiko, of songs you may just recognise.


The Dances. Michiko now “crowns the night” in two unforgettable classical dances, interpreting and enhancing the courtly love poetry of Imperial Japan , through a dazzling display of refined movement, restrained elegance, and consummate poise. Michiko “becomes the words” by employing her fan, kimono, and bearing, to express the sentiment of love at its most potent. These dances will transport you to another time and place.



Please bring your own wine on the evening if you so wish, and sample some authentic sushi. Admission is 8 Euro per person.


We look forward to seeing youJ


Please call us if you have any questions.


Coastguard Cultural Centre


The Grand Hotel, Tramore Racecourse & Ladbrokes Grand Promotion


Tel: +353 (0) 51-381414



The Grand Hotel, Tramore Racecourse & Ladbrokes Grand Promotion


Tramore Races – Thursday 10th October


Over night, Bed and Breakfast at The Grand Hotel, Tramore

Evening Meal in Award Wining Doneraile Restaurant

FREE Upgrade to Renovated Sea View Bedrooms

FREE Ticket to Tramore Racecourse for 10th October

FREE €5.00 betting voucher for Tramore Races on 10th October


All for only €59.00 per person sharing.


Offer subject to availability