Culture Night @ Patrick Kavanagh Centre

3 September 2020

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre are delighted to announce a very special bilingual evening of music & poetry as part of our CULTURE NIGHT celebration in the refurbished Patrick Kavanagh Centre on Friday 18th September. We will host performances from Culture Night TRAILBLAZER the composer Michael Gallen, legendary Irish band Scullion alongside the poet Caitríona NiChléirchín amongst other guests.

The event will be broadcast live online by our virtual event partners StreamFox

A very limited number of tickets will be available for this event.
For more information contact the Patrick Kavanagh Centre box office 0429378560 or email


‘I’m down in the city, you know where to find me I’m up on the top floor, just under the moon’

This is the refrain from Sonny Condell’s timeless anthem, Down In The City, and it’s the inspiration for Scullion to head out on the road for evenings of songs, conversations, tunes and stories.

Scullion have been singing and playing everywhere from bar rooms to box rooms the world over for several decades. Scullion was formed in Ireland in the late 70’s at a tim

Scullion has always been a coming together of different musical strands and traditions. The mainstay of the band was and is Sonny Condell. Sonny writes music and songs that are powerful, poetic and soulful. He is one of Irelands most enduring creative artists and along with guitarist Robbie Overson and vocalist Philip King, creates the signature sound of Scullion.e of great musical innovation. Bands such as Planxty, The Bothy Band and De Danann were at their creative peak and legendary Irish label Mulligan Records was releasing The Boomtown Rats, The Radiators, Midnight Well, Sonny Condell and Scullion.


Michael Gallen is an award-winning Irish composer, songwriter and performer. Growing up with traditional Irish music and folk song, his work blends contemporary composition with musical language drawn from an Irish idiom. He is the Artistic Director of new Irish opera company Straymaker.

Michael’s work has been performed by leading ensembles including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Contempo Quartet, Opera Theatre Company, Crash Ensemble, Miroirs Étendus and Chamber Choir Ireland. He has been involved in several high-profile collaborations in dance and theatre, and recently toured Session, a piece made in collaboration with choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Colin Dunne, to major festivals and venues across Europe. His first large-scale opera, Elsewhere, is set to premiere in Ireland and internationally in 2021/22, and a new opera-film project entitled Ways of Disappearing will also go into development in 2021.

Michael is the lead singer with Irish band Ana Gog, and performs as a solo pianist and electronic music artist under the moniker Sudden Wells.


Caitríona is an Irish-language poet, critic and lecturer at St. Patricks College, Drumondra.  She is originally from Monaghan and published her debut collection of poetry in Irish in 2010, Crithloinnir, which won first prize in the Oireachtas competition for new writers. Her scond collection, An Bhrídeach Sí, published in 2014, has won the Michael Hartnett Prize 2015.  She completed her doctorate on the poetry of Nuala NíDhomhnaill and Biddy Jenkinson in 2014. She has published poetry in Comhar, Irish Pages, Cyphers, The Stinging Fly, Ab tUltach and An Guth and others. Liam Carson has compared her work to that of the famous Russian poet, Marina Tsvetaeva. SHe is the new love lyricist writing in Irish today and is strongly influenced by the poetry of Máire Mhac and tSaoi.

Culture Night is brought to you by The Arts Council in partnership with Monaghan County Council

Culture Night @ Patrick Kavanagh Centre