Latest Events

Highlanes Gallery is proud to bring events of all styles throughout the year to the public. From Children's Workshops to special late-night dinner and music, everyone here at Highlanes Gallery puts their full effort into making each and every event as unique and personal as the last. Check back regularly on this page for all of our latest events and ticket booking! - Highlanes Gallery Team 

 

 

Next Event

The Mulligan Family, Ceol le Clapsolas-Love & Independence

Join us in person or online for our first live event to coincide with Margaret Corcoran’s new solo exhibition where the prodigious Mulligan Family from Dundalk present an evening performance of the finest traditional music of the region and within the stunning exhibition.

The Mulligan family name is synonymous with Irish Music extending back five generations. Alphie comes from a family of musicians where a love of Irish music, language and culture was instilled in them by both his father TP Mulligan from Boornacoola Co. Leitrim and his mother Catherine from Beale, Co. Kerry. In a household where regular faces included Séamus Ennis and Tommy Reck, it is unsurprising that Alphie took up the uilleann pipes. His own set was made by renowned pipemaker Leo Rowsome and once owned by Felix Doran. Alphie attended classes in the Thomas Street Pipers’ Club, Na Píobairí Uilleann who also tutored his brother Néillidh Mulligan.

After moving to Dundalk Co. Louth with his brother Tom, Alphie met Barbara Nelson of Lordship, Jenkinstown, a set dancer, with a passion for Irish music that was first instilled in her family through her great-grandmother Mary O’Reilly, a concertina player form Balleagry, Rathconrath, Co Westmeath.

Their children Sabhbh, Tadhg and Sárán all play and attended classes locally with CCÉ Dhún Dealgan and the Armagh Pipers Club. Sabhbh went to Bronagh Needham for the flute and particularly enjoys the Leitrim style of flute playing championed by John Mc Kenna. Tadhg learned the fiddle with Austin Dawe and now plays, pipes, bouzouki and most recently a hardanger fiddle. Sárán plays the concertina and attended lessons with Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh.

Musical gatherings with their extended family played an integral part in the Mulligan children’s musical development with regular sessions in their uncle Tom’s 'The Cobblestone Pub' alongside cousins and uncles alike.

The family are regular attendees at many music festivals and take every opportunity to play music together at home in Dundalk, Dublin and further afield.

Please note - physical tickets are limited due to a reduced capacity following government sanctions regarding spread and containment of Covid-19. These tickets are available only on a first-come basis.

Upcoming Events

August 19th, 7:30pm - In the Footsteps of Gabrielle Ricciardelli, by Historian Brendan Matthews

The two oldest artworks in the Collection are by Gabrielle Ricciardelli, the Italian artist who was born in Naples in around 1690 and who was commissioned while he was in Ireland to come to Drogheda in 1753 to make two panoramic views of Drogheda. The magnificent works, the first, View of Drogheda, capturing a westward image of the great Boyne River, the town and the rural landscape beyond, the second, titled View of Drogheda from Ballsgrove depicting a central & easterly view of the town and, again, the great Boyne River and estuary in the background.

This summer, and during Heritage week season join Community Historian, Brendan Matthews as he leads a Walk ‘n Talk up Lawrence Street, Palace Street, William Street, Church alleys, St. Peter`s Hill and Fair Street, where he will identify and speak about the early to mid-Georgian architecture that adorned the streetscape of the town during Ricciardelli’s time in Drogheda, along with discussion on the fascinating social, economic and the political situation that was taking place during this period in Ireland.

NOTE

The tour will start on Wednesday 19th August at 7.30pm. Please note that there will be a max group of 20 people, and a requirement to socially distance during the event.

Places are charged at €3 and can be booked on Eventbrite or by telephone at 041-9803311.

Please meet in the gallery courtyard of Highlanes Gallery in time for the event on the day.

 

Booking Link - In the Footsteps of Gabrielle Ricciardelli, by Historian Brendan Matthews

 

August 22nd, 3:00pm - Mark Redmond & Eilís Lavelle: Two Chairs-Love & Independence

Join us in person or online for a Heritage Week event to remember to coincide with Margaret Corcoran’s new solo exhibition, where All Ireland winners, and two of the most talented musicians in contemporary traditional Irish music present an afternoon performance within the stunning exhibition.

Co. Monaghan harpist, Eilís Lavelle, a recipient of the Leo Rowsome award for the highest achievement in traditional music, is currently undertaking a PhD in music. Eilís has travelled across the world performing and teaching.

Co. Wexford piper, Mark Redmond, who recently performed on a set of pipes owned by Eamonn Ceannt, one of the signatories to the 1916 Proclamation, at Kilmainham Gaol with the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland, has performed as a soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and performed solo on the occasion of the state visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland in 2011, as well as across the world with Riverdance and the Irish Harp Orchestra.

Please note - physical tickets are limited due to a reduced capacity following government sanctions regarding spread and containment of Covid-19. These tickets are available only on a first-come basis.

  

 
 

August 26th, 7:30pm - The Franciscans of Drogheda, Walk 'n Talk with Historian Brendan Matthews

 The Franciscan Order was first established in Drogheda in the year 1240 and they remained in the town for some 760 years before finally, on Sunday July 30th in the year of 2000 (the New Millennium), the final Mass was Celebrated in their Church at Lawrence St. by Fr. Ulic Troy.

Through periods in history, often having to conduct their Mass Services and Administer the Faith to the local populace in secret, this particular religious order retains an intriguing and significant part of Drogheda`s storied past.

Beginning at Highlanes Gallery, Community Historian, Brendan Matthews will lead a special Walk ‘n Talk outlining & explaining how the Franciscans never really moved very far from their initial foundation on the north-side of the Boyne River along the Mall to their subsequent and discreetly hidden religious houses in the vicinity of the old Bessexwell Lane, Bachelors Lane and Kezer`s Lane area before they moved to Lawrence St. where their final Church was erected in the early 19th century and, following the departure of the Franciscans, the premises became the the now home of the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection, and Highlanes Gallery.

NOTE

The tour will start on Wednesday 26th August at 7.30pm. Please note that there will be a max group of 20 people, and a requirement to socially distance during the event.

Places are charged at €3 and can be booked here on Eventbrite or by telephone at 041-9803311.

Please meet in the gallery courtyard of Highlanes Gallery in time for the event on the day.