Murder at Shandy Hall returns to the Cork Opera House

Having sold out on its debut in Cork Opera House, Ireland’s first murder mystery musical starring Patrick Bergin returns in February 2017. A powerful and original period drama based on a true crime in Victorian County Cork in 1887 and a cast of real characters including a cruel killer; a beautiful governess; a betrayed wife; a canny and clever detective, a brilliant pathologist and a notorious hangman. This production is written and directed by Michael Sheridan based on his best -selling book with music and lyrics by Cork men Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly.

This local production will also act as a fundraiser for Sullane Haven – A Macroom Senior Citizens Project. Details and booking at

An Evening with Louise & Norman Morrissey

Louise Morrissey has long been regarded by both folk and country music enthusiasts as one of our vocal treasures. She began her music career together with her brothers as part of the highly acclaimed folk group The Morrisseys . From the mid 70’s through to the late 80’s The Morrisseys enjoyed national and international success. Louise has also enjoyed a stellar solo career and returns to Macroom after a powerful sell out performance last year.

Joining Louise on the night will be her brother Norman, and together they will share with their audience many memories, stories and songs. This special concert at Riverside Park Hotel will be the perfect pick me up after the busy festive period.

Tickets €20 available online at or by calling 026 41917.

Theatre: Circus Pantomonium

2017-01-06-briery-gap-circus-pantomonium-posterA New Year feast of music, comedy and magic is in store at Briery Gap’s exciting Christmas Pantomonium!! Featuring a chorus of over 70 local children as well as the traditional soloists and adult chorus, we are delighted to announce the return of Panto legends Nonie & Donie, a comedic duo without compare. This event is a real Community effort as a cast, chorus, crew and production team of over 100 local people are taking part! Brighten up your Women’s Christmas and New Year with a Circus full of laughter, song and cheer which is suitable for all ages!

Performance dates at Riverside Park Hotel are as follows:

  • January 6th at 7:30pm
  • January 7th at 2:30pm
  • January 8th at 2:30pm

Tickets €12/8 are available online at or by calling the Box Office on 026 41917!

Pat Shortt’s Brand New Show is coming back to the Briery Gap

Fresh from the success of his award-winning show, Selfie (“Dangerously funny.” –, New York) which sold out Briery Gap Theatre last January, Pat Shortt returns with a brand new show called How’s Tings?

In a night of music and mayhem, Ireland’s most popular comedian explores all sorts of tings. Big tings and little tings. Personal tings and tings that are not so personal. Important international tings and tings that only affect the parish. In Shortt, it’s a funny show about tings.

2nd Decemeber at 8:30pm at the Riverside Park Hotel.
Tickets €28 available online at or by calling 026-41917. [read more …] “Pat Shortt’s Brand New Show is coming back to the Briery Gap”

Des Bishop – Grey Matters

des-bishop-1-610x310The fantasy of everlasting youth dyed with Des’s last purchase of Just for Men over a year ago. Now he is embracing the Grey and letting the wisdom of his years inspire his stand up. Grey Matters tackles the issues confronting Des these days, returning to live in New York, being surrounded by other people’s kids, gender and marriage equality, the dangers of snapchat, dating a Chinese woman, the prospect of reaching 40 and most of all, after the documentary-style stand up show about his time in China, Des is looking forward to returning to straight stand up at Riverside Park Hotel where he can riff about whatever is on his mind.

Thursday 10th November at 8:00pm at the Riverside Park Hotel.
Tickets €25 selling fast, to book yours please visit or call 026 41917.


Old Time Dancing with The Lee Sound

Old Time Dancing with The Lee Sound
At Riverside Park Hotel
Friday 4th November at 9:30pm

Dance the night away with one of the areas most loved bands, The Lee Sound, who play all the Irish favourites with a Country flavour!
A very enjoyable night is in store in the comfortable surroundings of the Riverside Park Hotel where you can catch up with friends from near and far. The Lee Sound will not disappoint, don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes for plenty of waltzing & jiving!
For further information, please contact 026 41917. Admission €10 on the door.

Murder at Shandy Hall – The Musical


Briery Gap is proud to announce that this original musical at Riverside Park Hotel will star screen legend Patrick Bergin in the role of Dr Philip Cross and will involve director Michael Sheridan, musical director Alan Kiely with production by Briery Gap.
Against the tranquil rural backdrop- the sleepy County Cork village of Dripsey near Coachford- a sensational Victorian murder is played out with a potent mix of love, lust, betrayal and ultimately naked hatred. The entry of a young and beautiful governess into Shandy Hall, the home of [read more …] “Murder at Shandy Hall – The Musical”

Frankie Gavin & De Danann to open Briery Gap Programme!

fg_dd_rszAfter a turbulent number of months, the outlook is now brighter for Briery Gap as a bumper Autumn/Winter programme will begin shortly. We would like to sincerely thank the whole community and local businesses for their help, encouragement and assistance during this time. This help has enabled us to continue our cinema programme at the Castle Hotel, open a new Box Office just four doors up from the Briery Gap Building and plan an exciting line-up of shows at Riverside Park Hotel.

Our season will kick off on September 17th at 8:30pm with Frankie Gavin & De Danann, a group who thrill audiences wherever they perform with their modern blend of Irish traditional music – from venues all over the world, to performing for numerous American Presidents at the White House. [read more …] “Frankie Gavin & De Danann to open Briery Gap Programme!”

Cinema: Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village

Briery Gap will screen ‘Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village’ this Wednesday 7th September at 8:30pm.

This film is based on the story and people of Knock and explores the big question of faith in a small Irish village.

Admission €5, fáilte roimh cách.
T: 026 41917 | | E: <email>

[read more …] “Cinema: Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village”

New Briery Gap Box Office

“Our new Box Office is now open at South Square Macroom. Many thanks to everyone for their support and good wishes since the fire earlier this Summer. The Box Office is open on Monday & Tuesday from 12-5pm and on Thursday & Friday from 12-5:30pm. Some real treats lie ahead this Autumn, for further info please call 026 41917, email <email> or visit

Many thanks for your continued support,
Aidan Finbarr Vaughan | Box Office Supervisor

Auditions for local production of Murder at Shandy Hall

The Briery Gap will hold Open Auditions for Cast and Chorus on Sunday 7th August at 8:30pm, for their upcoming musical “Murder at Shandy Hall”.

This original musical will open on Thursday 13th October at Riverside Park Hotel and will star Patrick Bergin in the role of Dr Philip Cross and involve director Michael Sheridan.

“Against the tranquil rural backdrop- the sleepy County Cork village of Dripsey near Coachford- a sensational Victorian murder is played out with a potent mix of love, lust, betrayal and ultimately … [read the full background]

Enquiries to Ann Dunne 087 2755080
Briery Gap: email: <email> web:

Briery Gap Relaunching Cinema

Briery Gap is relaunching Cinema in conjunction with The Castle Hotel this coming Monday, 13th June at 8:30pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated as we begin our journey forward after the recent fire in Briery Gap Theatre. The film being shown is the Oscar winning ‘The Revenant’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

We would like to thank The Castle Hotel for their help and support in hosting this event as well as SuperValu Macroom.

Watch this space as more film screenings will be announced shortly on our website as well as on our Facebook & Twitter accounts!

Cinema: Mise Éire

The second of our special events to celebrate our Irish Culture will be a screening of ‘Mise Éire’. This film is a historic artistic collaboration of George Morrison’s pioneering cinematic work, Seán Ó Riada’s innovative music score, and Gael Linn’s film-making experience. The film uses newsreel and contemporary photographs to tell the story of events surrounding the Easter Rising of 1916. Ó Riada’s inspired musical score brought the images to life and instilled them with emotion. The title track, Mise Éire, instills a tremendous feeling of national pride and is one of the world’s most recognised pieces of Irish music. Those who attend ‘Is Fada Anocht” le Aisteoirí Chúil Aodha on May 19th will be entitled to a €3 discount at the door if they present their ticket from that performance. Fáilte roimh cách! [read more …] “Cinema: Mise Éire”

Briery Gap: Thomas Kent – 1916 Rebel

On May 9th 1916 Thomas Kent became the only man outside of Dublin to be executed on Irish soil in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising. This forgotten story is brought to you by Cork Theatre Company Lantern Productions as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations. The thrilling and heartbreaking story of Cork man Thomas Kent, part of a prominent nationalist family who lived in Castlelyons, follows his journey from his involvement in the land league, to advocating for Irish independence to becoming a well-known member of the Irish Volunteers. Prepared to take part in the Easter Rising, the Kent brothers were devastated by the orders to stand down. This, however, was not to be the end of their fight…

Thomas Kent – 1916 Rebel. Briery Gap Theatre – Thursday May 5th at 8:00pm. Tickets €15. Presented by Lantern Productions (Cork)

Further details and bookings on

Drama: Simba the Lion King

Macroom Children’s Drama Group “Starmakers” present their classical musical, ‘Simba the Lion King’, which will feature all of your favourite characters from this much loved story. Hours of practice are taking place and under the skillful eye of Director Martin Clancy this production promises to be something special.

4th/5th March at 8:00pm & Sun 6th at 3:00pm at the Briery Gap

Briery Gap Players Present John B. Keane’s “Moll”

Briery Gap Players Present John B. Keane’s “Moll”

Briery Gap Players return from 12th to 14th Feb at 8:00pm with the classic John B. Keane Comedy “Moll”, directed by Michael Twomey.

The comedy is a hilarious look at life in a rural Irish parochial house.

Tickets €15 and Concessions €12, available from Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793 or see

Crystal Swing at the Briery Gap

Crystal Swing comprises Mary Murray-Burke and her son and daughter, Derek and Dervla Burke. Since the band’s video of the song, ‘He Drinks Tequila’ was posted on YouTube in January, 2010, they have become a National and International hit and have performed on notable shows such as The Late Late Show, and the Ellen DeGeneras show in America. They have also performed with stars such as Lilly Allen and Bonnie Tyler as well as most of the home-grown Irish stars of the music industry. Crystal Swings show in Briery Gap Theatre is sure to get the audience going as they perform Rock n’ Roll and Showband numbers as well as the big hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, right up to today’s favourites. Derek may also dance the Hucklebuck before the night is through. Tickets are priced at €15, please contact our Box Office on 026 41793 to book. 22nd of January at 8:30pm. Special Guest: PJ Murrihy. | <email> | 026-41793

Cinema: Macroom Town & Countryside 1993 by LTV

We at Briery Gap Cinema are delighted to announce that we will be screening the LTV production ‘Macroom Town and Countryside’ from 1993. Presented by Barry O’ Brien this film explores Macroom Town and it hinterland and is based on interviews with local people. Many interesting topics such as history, crafts and times gone by are discussed. The film was recorded by Dan Joe Kelleher and is 1 hr 55 mins in length.

LTV1 and LTV2, based in Macroom and Millstreet, are much-loved local services that celebrate their respective areas. LTV began broadcasting just over 30 years ago, and with a hardworking team of volunteers the channels produce local uplifting shows which are thoroughly enjoyed and cherished.

“Macroom Town & Countryside 1993 by LTV” will be shown on 18th of January at 8:30pm in the Briery Gap. Admission is €5. [further details]

Cinema: Older Than Ireland

Older Than Ireland is a landmark feature documentary that explores what it means to have lived one hundred years in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of its oldest citizens. Featuring thirty men and women, this remarkable group of centenarians, all born before 1916. These centenarians are our living history and it is through their wit, wisdom and philosophy that the film explores the more universal themes of life. From youth to true love, from loss to regrets, from the meaning of life to the existence of a life hereafter — the centenarians have an opinion on it all. Cert PG – Admission €5.

7th December at 8:30pm at the Briery Gap.

Once upon a time in Macroom……

Sleeping-Beauty-370x590_rszBriery Gap are delighted to announce Christmas Pantomime 2015 “The Sleeping Beauty” from Saturday, December 12th. This is the first time this well-loved fairy-tale has been staged at Briery Gap and celebrates their 16th Panto Production with a cast and chorus of over 120 talented adults and children.

Steeped with humour, music and a sprinkle of romance, this year’s Panto features all the traditional characters of the story with a few surprises sure to entertain anyone that believes in a little magic at Christmas time!

The cast includes Kelly Ann Healy “The Sleeping Beauty”, Luke Horgan as “Prince Philip”, Jim Leahy as “Dame Marge”, Maureen O Brien as “The Wicked Fairy – Maleficent”, Conor Dinneen as “Foxy – Maleficent’s Assistant”, Pat O’Connell as “Lord Chamberlain”, Pat Kelleher and David Lucey as “Matt and Batt”, Finn Brady as “Tiger- The Palace Cat”, Con Foley as “The King, Anita Gallagher as “The Queen”, Ava Rose Gallagher as “The Story Teller” and Theresa Dineen as “Monica”. Not forgetting the Three Fairies – Carmel Mc Carthy as “Flora”, Mary Lynch as “Fauna” and Padraig O’Driscoll as “Merryweather”.

Matinees at 3:00pm: Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th and Evening Performances at 8:00pm: Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th. Ticket prices are €16 for adults, €12 for Children/OAP’s – group rates are also available.

Don’t miss the most magical fairy-tale in the land at Briery Gap, Macroom this Christmas season! To book, contact Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793, or see for further information.

Drama: Callaghan’s Place

Update – 20th Nov: Unfortunately the show has had to be cancelled due to a bereavement associated with the drama group. The show has been rescheduled for January 2016.

Killorglin Drama Group present their new production of “Callaghan’s Place”. A two-act play by renowned Sligo-born playwright John Mc Dwyer, (works include ‘Unforgiven’, ‘You’ll never walk alone’, ‘Love is’ and more), it tells the tale of a family struggling to cope with economic and social life. An only daughter is about to leave home. Her father is besotted and bereft at the thought; her mother is ignored and unhappy. Enter an Englishman of unknown reputation or origin into “Callaghan’s Place”, and the tale follows the community’s fascination and curiosity. Who is he, where has he come from and what did he do? The intrigue builds into a crescendo through lively scenes of rich dialogue. This interpretation by Killorglin Drama Group brings the setting to a rural Kerry scene and the storytelling is punctuated throughout with heartfelt truths and hilarious metaphors, guaranteeing a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment!

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st November,  8pm at the Briery Gap.
Tickets: €15 / €12 / €10 please. Bookings: 026 41793

Local Cast of Sullane Players guarantee laughs a plenty this Autumn!

2015-11 Briery Gap - Pretend Sick - posterSullane Players will bring their unique comedic talents back to Briery Gap on Friday 6th& Saturday 7th of November with “Pretend Sick”. A rip-roaring three-act comedy, written by Michael J. Ginnelly. The manipulative Katie pretends to be sick in a bid to ensure her daughter, Mary, stays at home to look after her and Mary’s brother Seán.

Mary struggles to cope with the abuse, hoping that someday her boyfriend of many years will finally pop the question and whisk her away from her mundane life at home!

Ticekts are priced at €12 / €10. To book please contact Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793 or see for further details.

Briery Gap: The Real McCoy

The play, set in 1964, focuses on the life of 68 year-old Madge Mulloy who has spent more than 40 years struggling to survive on a small farm with her only daughter Maura. Sadly, Madge has had to live with the fact that her husband Tom simply vanished without a trace within five months of marrying her! The play centres on Tom’s homecoming and explanation of his disappearance. With two love stories, a dominant wife, a frightened husband, a confused curate, a gormless postman and two pedigree gossips, this production has all the ingredients for an unforgettable night of entertainment!

The Real McCoy, by the Sullane Players, will be held at the Briery Gap on the 30th & 31st of October at 8pm – Tickets: €12 / €10

Comhaltas Macalla na hÉireann

2015-10-20 Comhaltas Macallas na hÉireann at the Briery GapEach year the National Tour assembles a fine mix of established artists together with up-and-coming young stars drawn from all four Provinces of Ireland. These are blended together into a fast-moving and colourful show which appeals to both the connoisseurs and peripheral fans of Irish traditional entertainment.

Macalla na hÉireann brings over two hours of the best of traditional entertainment to a wide range of venues and a wider range of audiences. These concerts illustrate the scope of the various traditional art forms- all aspects of solo and group virtuoso instrumental music, songs as Gaeilge and traditional ballads, various forms of traditional dancing and the art of storytelling and recitation. Fear A’ Tí for Macallla na hEireann 2015 is the legendary singer and raconteur Seán Ó Sé who needs no introduction to audiences throughout Ireland and the world over. Alice Fitzgerald, singer and narrator is a tour veteran who hails from Dungarvan. The line up of musicians includes many reigning All Ireland Champions and previous All- Ireland prize-winners are as follows: Séamus Tierney (flute/whistle) from Cavan, Vincent Murphy, Wexford (button accordion), Paul Clesham from [read more …] “Comhaltas Macalla na hÉireann”

Cinema Night for The Hope Foundation

A charity film screening of “The Impossible” will take place on Sunday 4th October at 7.00pm at Briery Gap Cinema, Macroom. “The Impossible” tells the story of close-knit family Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons as they begin their winter vacation in Thailand in December 2004, but the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of the sea, followed by a wall of black water that devours everything in its path. Though Maria and her family face their darkest hour, unexpected displays of kindness [read more …] “Cinema Night for The Hope Foundation”

Briery Gap: Cookie and the Vaudevilles

A five piece Cork based band playing original music in a Hybrid-Retro-jazz style. The Band is fronted by COOKIE (aka Caitriona Fallon ) who has previously toured worldwide as lead vocalist with the RIVERDANCE phenomenon. COOKIE is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork and has been singing all her life, receiving classical training in voice at the Cork School of Music. THE VAUDEVILLES consists of accomplished musicians with many years of national and international experience. Dave Barry – Double-Bass and mandolin, John McGrath – Guitar, Alan Carney – Piano,flute and melodica, and Marc Anderson – Drums. Together with Cookie, the band write all the original material performed in concert.

2nd October at 8pm at the Briery Gap

See more at:

[read more …] “Briery Gap: Cookie and the Vaudevilles”

Jim Murray & Seamus Begley In Concert

Jim Murray & Seamus Begley In Concert

Briery Gap, Macroom on Friday 18th September

Tickets €15 available from 026-41793



Below are samples of the lads in action

[read more …] “Jim Murray & Seamus Begley In Concert”

Conal Gallen – A Laugh & A Half!

“Conal is back with what promises to be his best show yet, jam-packed with over 2 hours of hilarious jokes, stories and songs which will have you in stitches from start to finish! He has been writing brand new material along with some firm fan favourites to give his audience, what he considers, “His Best Show Yet”. Loved by audiences young and old, Conal has proved time and time again why he is Ireland’s funniest man with his hilarious, side-splitting brand of comedy.”

Conal Gallen – A Laugh & A Half!
Saturday 12th September at 8:00pm
Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom

Tickets €25 available now from Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793 or see