Manchán Magan 'bakes sourdough bread while offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language'.

Arán & Im: what's on at Mullingar Arts Centre

Arán & Im by Manchán Magan

We need to find a way of talking about the Irish language, about the sublime beauty and profound oddness of this ancient tongue that has been spoken on the island for 2,500 to 3,000 years, and is now slipping slowly from our grasp.

What can the word for the lonesomeness of a cow bereft of her calf, diadhánach, teach us about our current methods of food production?

Why does one need to orientate oneself to the sun to give directions in Irish?

Arán & Im is a theatrical performance in which Manchán Magan bakes sourdough bread while offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language – exploring potent words of landscape, terms of intuition and insight, and the many phrases that bring to life the mysterious glory of our natural world.

The show is a celebration of language, land and local Irish food.

Arán agus Im is a bilingual show, entirely understandable to Béarlóirí. It is at Mullingar Arts Centre on Friday November 26 at 1pm and at 7.30pm (the running time is 70mins, and the age recommendation is 12+).

Tommy Fleming

His worldwide success has made Tommy Fleming a household name and his fanbase is growing year on year – it’s not hard to see why, as music is a universal language and Tommy is undoubtedly fluent in it.

Tommy turns each song into his own with a unique and powerful style, and while his music is difficult to classify, fans use such words as “deeply emotional, romantic and sincere” to describe the feelings it evokes. One reviewer described his music as falling into a genre of symphonic pop that still awaits a name.

Tommy is famous for his arrangements of ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Isle of Innisfree’ and ‘Hard Times’ – songs that you know and love but have never heard until you hear Tommy Fleming’s versions.

He has long been associated with classic Irish and internationally renowned folk and Celtic songs along with many more contemporary and Irish numbers, and his concert at Mullingar Arts Centre on November 27 will be a night of many of those songs along with the old favourites.

Abba Forever Christmas Show

Abba Forever The Christmas Show, returns to Mullingar Arts Centre on Saturday December 4 for another unmissable Christmas Night out

“After fantastic shows for the last 11 years, we had no hesitation in inviting them back,” said a spokesperson for the arts centre.

“It’s always party time when Abba are about, but when it’s the Christmas Show, then that’s a real excuse for a party.

“This happy sing-a-long extravaganza, celebrates with a loud and proud fanfare AND some stunning audio visuals of Abba seminal moments – it’s the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations Come along and join the party.”

From ‘Waterloo (Again)’ to ‘Dancing Queen’ expect a dazzling, fantastic performance including the most iconic hits – Mamma Mia, SOS, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes All, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and many more.

Tickets at 044 934 7777 and