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Come Home For Your Tea Weekend, Kinsale, 12 & 13 October 2013.

Posted on 29 Aug 2013

Planning a Mid-October break to Ireland?

Join us in Kinsale when Kinsale Arts Festival hosts a weekend of free events in celebration of The Gathering on 12 & 13 October 2013. 

Special Hospitality Offer (12 & 13 October): 

Stay at the beautifully-appointed Friar’s Lodge, a 4- star B&B in the heart of   Kinsale, for just €45 per night per person including breakfast.


To book email Maureen on  or call +353 21 477 7384.

Programme of Events


Banter hosted by Jim Carroll


Celebrating all things food, home and hospitality, Kinsale Arts Festival is delighted to announce the return of Banter with Jim Carroll for two days of conversations and talking shop around the theme Come Home For Your Tea. Banter will feature special guests from the world of Irish arts and culture debating hot topics such as ‘What’s On Your Plate?’ and ‘#Next, What Comes after Social Media?’ Running alongside Kinsale’s 37th Gourmet Festival, it’s a weekend not to be missed for visitors and locals alike.


Saturday 12 October 12-6pm

Sunday 13 October 10.30am-7pm


The Black Pig, The Folk House, The Seanachai, Charles Fort, O’Herlihy’s


Philip King | Darina Allen | Patrick Guinness | Colm Mac Con Iomaire | Una Mullally | Manchan Magan | Caroline Hennessy | Ciaran Fitzgerald | Gerry Godley | Damien Mulley | Tim Magee | Something & Son | Sarah O’Brien

Plus Kinsale Art Studios open their doors to host free tea parties and special Gathering offers.

Event Listings

Saturday 12 October

From Assam to Oolong – Launch Event

Friar’s Lodge

12 noon

Join curator Tessa Fitzjohn and the Kinsale Arts Festival team for a cup or three of chai or tea as we toast the official launch of the Come Home For Your Tea Weekend with a taste of this mighty drink in all its global variety and splendor.

All welcome

What’s on Your Plate?

Darina Allen (Ballymaloe Cookery School), Caroline Hennessy (Bibliocook) and Gerry Godley (Hot Potatoes)

The Black Pig Wine Bar & Café


From celebrity cheffing and annual cookbooks to restaurant hype and bluster, the simple act of eating well has become embued with all manner of connotations and associations. But in a time when many families struggle to feed themselves and food poverty is a real issue, is it time for a back to basics movement?

#Next – what comes after Social Media?

Una Mullally (Irish Times) and Damien Mulley (Mulley Communications)

The Folk House


Facebook and Twitter have been in the dock all year long and as we’ve seen with every technological innovation from MySpace to Bebo, nothing lasts forever. What comes after social media? What will replace our constant tweeting and updates? What will Web 4.0 look like?

A Special Relationship

Patrick Guinness (Historian and Author) & Manchan Magan (Travel Writer)

The Seanachai


A discussion on the relationship between this little island and the big island to the right of us. A group of Englishmen living in Ireland and Irishmen talk about the how and the why of us and them.

Sunday 13 October

Charles Fort

Banter moves to Kinsale’s iconic heritage site, Charles Fort. Enjoy afternoon tea, stimulating discussions and musical interludes in one of Ireland’s most spectacular 17th century settings, with free entry between 10.30am and 4pm.

Something & Son (London Design Practice)

Talk + Q&A


Join design practice Something & Son as they talk about their Compost Tea Bar and other projects exploring the creation of a more sustainable world. The rotting compost Tea Bar was designed for the Victoria & Albert Museum using energy from kitchen waste compost to boil cups of tea. Something & Son is Andy Merritt and Paul Smyth – an innovative collaboration reflecting a passion for social enterprise, environment, engineering and art. Previous projects include the Compost Tea Bar, urban growing cafe Farm:Shop and CARpark, which used basic permaculture principles to turn a scrapyard car into a comfortable communal space.

Other Voices – With Philip King


A conversation with the Dingle-based Corkman about the art and the business of putting music on screen from the most westerly and wildest point in Europe.

Failte – the Irish hospitality industry

Tim Magee (Host & Company PR) and Ciaran Fitzgerald (Blue Haven)


If we as a nation want to put our best face out and are promoting The Gathering as a come-home-to-Ireland initiative, how do we make sure our hospitality industry also comes up to the mark?

Music and Talk with Colm Mac Con Iomaire


A member of The Frames since day one and the violinist with The Swell viagra online Season touring band, Colm will be talking about his life in music. He will also be playing some tunes for us. Expect to hear some magic from his debut solo album “The Hare’s Corner”.


From Stove to Studio – with artist Sarah O’ Brien

O’ Herlihy’s, The Glen


An evening of musings upon the relationship between food and art  production. Join Kinsale artist Sarah O’Brien for a light-hearted  lecture exploring the historic love affair between food and art, from  the fervent cafe culture of Paris and Barcelona, to the contemporary  projects of Rirkrit Tiravanija and Cork-based artists, The Domestic Godless.

All Weekend


Artists Giles Norman, Hilary Hale and Louise McKeon invite you for tea. This is a unique opportunity to meet with leading Irish contemporary artists in their galleries and find out more about their work. Special Gathering offers will apply to artwork sold during the weekend.

Giles Norman Gallery

45 Main Street, Kinsale

Hilary Hale Gallery

Rincurran Hall, Summercove, Kinsale

Featuring work viagra for sale by wood turner Hilary Hale & artists Hilary Nunan, Ralph Pickles, Sara Roberts, Roser Perez i Barrett and Peter Wolsternholm.

Louise McKeon Gallery

Castlecove House, Castlelands, Kinsale

Visit to plan your Autumn trip to Ireland. 

Come Home for Your Tea Day, Sunday 7 July

Posted on 9 May 2013

On Sunday 7 July Kinsale Arts Festival is holding a full day of Gathering events titled ‘Come Home for your Tea Day’.

This will be a Friends and Family Day incorporating street performances, free live music, a street party and Bake Off Competition, children’s workshops, and free fun for all ages!

Come Home for Your Tea Day includes:

Come To Our House for Tea

Look out for Our House at various locations across town from 12-6pm. Call in for a cuppa and record your homecoming message as we ask ‘why did you come home’ to visitors and locals alike.

Afternoon Tea at the Mill with Darina and Rachel Allen


Serious about baking? Then join us for a late afternoon tea at The Mill with very special guests Darina and Rachel Allen from the Ballymaloe Cookery School.

Budding Bakers everywhere are invited to submit entries for the Come Home for Your Cake competition. Judged by our wonderful hosts, an overall winner will be crowned Kinsale Arts Festival Bake Queen (of King), with spoils shared amongst loyal festival subjects. Entry spaces are limited with a free ticket for each submission. Tea and cake for all, followed by the chance to put your baking queries to our hosts.

see for more details about the event and submission email for the Come Home for Your Cake competition.

The Scientist and the Chef

Martin Shanahan

The worlds of the food scientist and that of the chef are today coming ever closer as food companies employ chefs for innovative product development and chefs apply scientific principles and ingredients in their kitchens. But how well do these two cultures really understand each other?

Martin Shanahan (renowned chef from Fishy Fishy Cafe in Kinsale) and Alan Kelly (Professor of Food Science at UCC) engage in a debate about the nature of food, to be opened to the audience for an open public exploration of the issues. Including an opportunity to see some sample products which illustrate where the laboratory and kitchen collide.


Ireland’s Got Mammies

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Do you have a son working in something to do with computers?

‘Had you to ask the young one in the shop to put the credit on the phone’?

Did you ‘have the pavlova’?

Colm O’Regan brings the world of the Irish Mammy to life in a unique and dotey way. Warning – this show may be best accompanied with tea and a bun. Make sure you bring along your own Irish Mammy to this hit comedy show. After touring his show Dislike! to critical acclaim, Colm created the Twitter sensation @irishmammies and introduced the world to the gentle wisdom of Irish Mammies everywhere. In just six months he gained nearly 40000 followers including famous author Marian Keyes and Hollywood star Minnie Driver.

Sounds on the Square

SOTS Papazitas

Free live music on the stage in Short Quay with our pick of the best local and Irish talent.

Kinsale Farmers’ Market

Fresh, organic and locally-produced food from 12-6pm at Short Quay.

Plus facepainting, activity trails and much much more.

Check in with us soon again for details of our October Gathering Events

London Gathering Tea Party

Posted on 15 Apr 2013

The Ireland Funds of Great Britain patron Peter Sutherland hosted an intimate tea party with Kinsale Arts Festival chairperson Mareta Doyle and guests at The Marylebone Hotel last Thursday. The Come Home for Your Tea party was held in conjunction with Kinsale Arts Festival in preparation for the festival’s Gathering events and promotions aimed at encouraging friends old and new to visit Kinsale and enjoy the festivities in July 2013.

Marlybone Hotel Event London

Kinsale schools letter writing project

Posted on 19 Mar 2013

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with a few of the local schools for a special Come Home For Your Tea letter project. Students are putting pen to paper to invite friends from near and far to visit Kinsale in 2013.

So far, six different classes from cheap viagra have penned 43 letters to Belgium, France, Austria, Netherlands, England, Scotland, U.S.A, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany and Australia.

Here’s some of the students with their letters ready for posting and a group who garnered special mentions for their letters on the trip down to the post office.