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Artwaves Online Submissions now available

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This year’s Artwaves 2016 exhibition is now open for submissions and this year see’s the introduction of the People’s Choice Award.
The Chosen Artist will receive €500 and a solo exhibition at Skerries Mills in 2017!

The exhibition is open to all artists working or living in the Fingal area and all types of art work will be considered in any medium.

The exhibition will run from September 12th util 25th at various locations around Skerries as part of the Skerries Soundwaves festival to display the talents of visual artists within the Fingal area.

Digital submissions are now open and free of charge. Submissions can be found here and will remain open until Friday August 26th at 5pm.

Best of Luck to all Artists who get involved!

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On the morning of the 2014 Festival Launch

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The Launch – The Website – Facebook – This Blog – Next Events – Our Sincere Thanks

Events list finalised, venues arranged, tickets printed? – Check.
Brochures designed, printed, and distributed? – Check.
Website updated, events put up online and overview added? – Check / work in progress.
Twitter and Facebook accounts reactivated? – Check / work in progress.
List of volunteers contacted and people matched to events? – Check / work in progress.

We are ready for the 2014 Skerries Soundwaves Festival!

And in particular, we are ready for tonight’s launch! The Soundwaves banners are ready to be put up in Skerries Mills tonight, the exhibition is ready to be displayed, and the one and only Skerries event of the nationwide Culture Night 2014 , the launch of Skerries Soundwaves 2014 and the opening of Illustrator Ireland’s latest exhibition, “The Art of Superstition,” is ready for you! Do join us from 8 p.m. tonight. Refreshments and good company. What else could you want?

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See what’s on – on our Website

This year, our website has a full list of upcoming events. It shows all events, whether they are free with no need to book (like the Opening Night or the Lego Minecraft & Cookery Competitions & Exhibitions on Sunday)… except for the ones that are already over, so over the next ten days, the list will get shorter and shorter…

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Click on the name of any event to open its description on the Soundwaves website – and you can purchase your tickets there and then on the site (plus a fee which goes to our online ticket handlers, Eventbrite), or even better, go to our designated ticket office, Skerries Tourism, 18 Thomas Hand Street.

If you click on “Buy Tickets” you’ll get to the Eventbrite site, where you can also get the tickets. (By the way, it says “Buy Tickets” even for the free, unticketed events – that’s something we have no control over.)

We also have a calendar – again just showing events that are still to come, so that too will get more and more empty.

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Clicking on an event will open a small bubble with information and a BUY button, which in turn will take you to the Eventbrite website. If you right-click on the event, you’ll get a choice of opening the link in a new tab or window – and either way you’ll see the information on our own website.

Enough of the technicalities! Overall, the integration with Eventbrite offers those who cannot get to the Skerries Ticket Office an alternative, and everyone can see all the information – as up-to-date as our volunteer web master Sabine can manage – in a pretty streamlined way. So – no excuses for not coming to our events!

Facebook and Twitter

You can find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Please do share our posts so others can see them, too – so whenever you read about an event that you like, click like! If you think you’d like to say something about it – post a comment! And if you’d like someone else to see it – share it! 🙂 All these will help our posts to reach more people. The more people know about the events and take part in them, the more fun for everyone!

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This Blog would like your help!

We hope to cover all events and give you a good feel for what is happening during your festival. However, we cannot be everywhere… much as we try… so if you have been to an event and would like to contribute to this blog, do send your impressions, views, thoughts to and we’ll gladly include them!

And if you’d like to keep up-to-date with what’s happening, subscribe to this blog (if you’re looking at this on a PC, the subscription form is on the top right-hand corner just below “About Soundwaves” – on a smartphone / mobile device, scroll towards the end, just before the sections Soundwaves on Facebook and Soundwaves on Twitter), and you’ll get an email every time there is a new blog (every one to two days from now until the end of September).

Next Events

This weekend is going to be fantastic! After the launch on Friday night, there will be no less than four events on Saturday and eight – EIGHT!!! – on Sunday!

We will just give you the list here; the Mindfulness workshop is sold out online, but some tickets are left in the Ticket Office as we speak; Lego Workshops: Sold out except for some online tickets for 8-12-year-olds.


Mindfulness: Stop, Breathe and Be: Skerries Mills:10 a.m. 20 SEPTEMBER 2014 | 12.00 EUR – sold out online, some tickets left in Skerries Tourism

Magic Show with Colly Jolly: Rugby Club: 3 p.m. 20 SEPTEMBER 2014 | €5

Skerries Got Talent MATINEE: Little Theatre: 6 p.m. 20 SEPTEMBER 2014 | €5

Skerries Got Talent FINALS: Little Theatre: 8 p.m. 20 SEPTEMBER 2014 | 7.00 EUR


Half-Day Lego Workshop for 6- to 10-year-olds: Little Theatre: 10 a.m. 21 SEPTEMBER 2014 | SOLD OUT

Lego Workshop for 4- to 7-Year-Olds: Little Theatre:  10 a.m. 21 SEPTEMBER 2014 | SOLD OUT

Workshop: How to Photograph Your Children: DesignWorks Studio: 11 a.m. 21 SEPTEMBER 2014 | FREE but pre-book online please

Lego Workshop for 8- To 12-Year-Olds: The Little Theatre: 12 noon 21 SEPTEMBER 2014 | 7.00 EUR

Ukulele Concert with the UkuHooligans: Skerries Mills: 2 p.m. 21 SEPTEMBER 2014 | FREE

Skerries Lego & Minecraft & Cookery Competitions and Exhibition: Community Centre 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 21 SEPTEMBER 2014 | FREE

The Nualas at Skerries Soundwaves: Raff’s on the Corner On stage 8 p.m. 21 SEPTEMBER 2014 | 12.00 EUR

Quite a list, huh?

Add to that the Bag Packing in Supervalu on Saturday (if you’d like to help out for an hour or two, do send an email to, it’ll be fun! Over-16s only, please), and we’ll all need to take most of Monday off to recuperate and be back in form for My Name Is Saoirse (Sunday’s Child Theatre Company) in the Mills that night….

Do subscribe to the Blog (see above how) to read about all the events!

Thanks where thanks is due!

Apart from all the volunteers putting together this festival and / or helping out at individual events, Skerries Community Association, of which we are a committee and who have always been extremely supportive and helpful, and of course you, the public, without whom it would be a very lonely thing indeed, we would like to thank our two main sponsors, Fingal County Council and The Arts Council. Without them, we doubt we could run the festival, so our sincere gratitude to them.
Also, we’d like to mention Skerries Camera Club here, who have agreed to take pictures during the events, which will then make the blog posts & website & Facebook & Twitter coverage of the festival so much more enjoyable. Thanks, guys, you are doing a very important job and we cannot say enough how much we appreciate it!

And we’re off! Preparing for Soundwaves 2014

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The Soundwaves committee had its first meeting last night (March 4th, 2014). Eleven of us assembled on the invitation of Gráinne, the new chairperson.  A few more are on the team but couldn’t make it that particular night. (Would you like to join us?) Everyone full of ideas,many well-known  and a couple of new faces, great vibes – brainstorming was the name of the game.

This year’s Soundwaves Festival will take place from Thursday, September 18, to Sunday, September 28, 2014. Mark your calendars!

A calendar marked with the festival dates.

And while it’s way, way too early to name acts or promise anything, we do expect to have a lot of the Festival Favourites again.

Such as the big gig in the Courtyard, the Festival Street Party, a night of classical music, an art exhibition to set the frame for the launch…

Minecraft will be in its third year. Lego workshops will return and hopefully there will be even more than before.

We’re hoping to bring the drumming workshop back, which was a great event, as well as some local music groups who have already indicated they’d love to do another gig.

And Skerries Got Talent will take place again, too!

And then there were new ideas. Brilliant ones. Even the ideas for fundraisers were great!

I won’t go into too much detail about them here, as we can’t tell as yet which ones will be runners, and where logistics or people’s availability will make it impossible.

Let’s just say it’s worth putting those dates into your diary, and don’t forget to follow our blog to be kept updated with any plans!

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The “Follow us by email” box is in the top right-hand corner.

After the Festival is Before the Festival

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Be a part of Soundwaves 2014!

Dear Skerries Soundwaves-Festival friends, spare us a few moments and let us know what you think about our festival! Many have already told us, but we’re sure there are more who’d like to let us know what they’d like to see more (or even less) of in 2014!  Head over to a quick survey on SurveyMonkey. And can we tempt you to join our wonderful team of volunteers for 2014?

Soundwaves in North County Leader

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In case you haven’t seen the current issue of North County Leader yet, do pick it up … or look at it online.

It has a great article about Ernestine, our Festival coordinator, in it.

Click on the picture to go to the online edition with the full article (on page 8).
This is only the top half…. Click on the picture to go to the online edition with the full article (on page 8).

A first look back

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Dear Soundwaves friends,

What a festival we had! Do look out for the current issue of Skerries News – chockablock with articles and photographs about Soundwaves in general, and about Sunday the 29th in particular.  We’ll also post blogs about the events from Thursday to Sunday soon.

That Sunday was a very special day in Skerries – and not just because it was the finale of our 10th festival. The main event of that day was certainly the unveiling of the Sea Memorial. The Chairperson of Skerries Community Association, Martin Russell, expressed that so well when he wrote, in the SCA Newsflash:

SCA LogoThat was the day that was!

Over the years, Skerries has seen many memorable days that highlight the community aspect of our town. Yet none will match the twelve hours between 10 am to 10 pm on Sunday 29th September 2013. It started with  entertainment and some speeches and then the arrival of President Michael D Higgins who came to unveil the Memorial to lives lost at sea off Skerries. The event was eagerly anticipated and even the weather played its part to ensure that everything went well. 

Photograph of the President
Photograph by Michael F McKenna, Skerries Camera Club

The oration made by the President impressed and moved all who were present. President Higgins took time to view the plaques on the Memorial and to engage with the relatives of those who perished, despite his usual busy schedule for the day. This was greatly appreciated and will be cherished as a memory.

Of course this would not have occurred but for the vision and hard work of Shane Holland and Carl Duff. Shane is a noted sculptor and designer who took ownership of the project. He and Carl organised fundraisers to generate the finances necessary to see the project through to completion. The project was approved and supported by Fingal County Council. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone involved.

Photograph: Shane Holland

Over the past two weeks the Skerries Soundwaves Music & Arts Festival has given much joy, not only to the people of Skerries but to people on holidays and from adjoining counties. The design of the programme and the talent within were superb and a big thanks to everybody involved. The street entertainment was yet another success, thanks to all the stall holders, artists and volunteers who made sure we had a good day and that everyone stayed safe.

Photograph by Lawrence J Breen
Photograph by Lawrence J Breen

And if that was not enough, we finished the day with the biggest festival parade ever. School children, parents and entertainers marched along and the crowds along the way joined in. When the parade got to its destination at the harbour, we were entertained by the marvelous fire dancer and drummers. The day finished with a spectacular fireworks display that was better than ever. So my thanks to Ernestine and her committee for making this magic happen for all of us.

I would also like to congratulate the Tidy Towns committee for all the work they do for Skerries and especially, for ensuring that our town looked its best on this amazing day.

Martin Russell, Chairperson, Skerries Community Association

Soundwaves are delighted to have played a part in that day, and in the fortnight beforehand.  We are now looking back over the two weeks of festival events, tying up loose ends, sorting out our material for the blogs we hope to publish soon, adding photographs to the reports on the events, and so on… Subscribers to this website will receive updates when these come online, so remember to subscribe if you haven’t already done so (i.e. if you didn’t receive this article by email). It’s as simple as entering your email into the box on the top right of this page – and don’t worry, the only purpose we’re using the email address for is notifying you of website updates!

If you would like to be involved in planning next year’s party, do contact us!

Festival Gig Tonight & Street Party Tomorrow!

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The Festival Without Mud continues!

Our blog has kept you up-to-date with the events from the Festival Launch last Friday up to and including Wednesday.

Thursday and Friday will follow ASAP, and we’ll be adding more pictures to many events (so subscribe to the blog if you haven’t done so already!), but we wanted to give you a very quick preview of the next day-and-a-half.

Just to say, very, very briefly, that the events were just great. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration was sold out!  Words and Music was received very well, it was a wonderful, thought-provoking, lyrical and musical evening that will be long remembered by those who were there. Friday’s Skerries Got Talent went fantastically well. Sell-out Finale, very well-attended matinee, and stars in the making, all of them! Skerries will swamp all of Ireland with its talent! A huge talent in a different genre of music graced Holmpatrick Church on the same night: In the piano recital in candle-lit Holmpatrick Church, Thérèse Fahy  awed her audience with Débussy and  Ravel, Granados and Liszt, with her beautiful playing and her lovely way of introducing the pieces. The cccSkerries Digital Art Jam went great, the kids enjoyed it, and the pictures will be posted in the blog! Ryan O’Shaughnessy and band loved the venue and the atmosphere – and the crowd loved Ryan O’Shaughnessy (in the Mills earlier today). They also really enjoyed the local support acts, Eva Campbell, Fergus Grant, Hannah Hawkshaw and Sarah Enright.

So on we go to the main gig of this year’s festival: Ham Sandwich with support  from Cat Dowling, Mojo GoGo, Liz Seaver and Gun Runner. Food and drink available, including delicious Farmers’ Market fare. Gates open 6.30 p.m., support music starts at 6.45 p.m. or so, the Sambos should hit the stage at around 9 p.m.

Tomorrow then … For Goldilocks  there are just a few tickets left, available at the door. Show starts at 11 a.m. (a few tickets were printed with a wrong time, so please make sure you’re there at eleven). Then we take a break to be able to watch the Sea Memorial Pole being planted in the presence of the President of Ireland himself! Céilí outside the church at 12.45; another puppet show (sold out, alas) 1.30 p.m. and then the Street Party  with the Rock Trailer, an Art Exhibition  of a special kind, the Musical Oasis and the Skerries Community Association Volunteer Corner! All that from about two to five (check individual event links for details).

And then it is time for:

The Grand Finale & Fireworks!

Starting at 7 p.m., the parade will make its way from the Community Centre to the harbour, showing off the work the children from all Skerries primary schools have made as part of our Schools Programme.

And then… the fireworks. See you all next year!