“Mujeres revolucionarias”, dance performance to play tribute to 1916.

On June 29th at 6:15pm, St. Peter’s on North Main Street (formerly Cork Vision Centre) will host a very special dance performance inspired by the events around 1916. The performance, entitled Mujeres revolucionarias, choreographed by Inma Pavon will take place around and utilise the physical structure of the the current exhibition on display in St. Peter’s entitled “Rebellion!”

Inma Pavon in collaboration with Eimear Reidy, Carolyn Collir, Claire O’Brien, Orla Kelly-Smyth, Maria Sinnecker, Elna Coderoni, Leanne Foxwell and Ewelina Dombkowska invites Cork’s public to engage in a new site specific dance-theatre performance inspired by important work that women of the Irish Revolution carried out during this historical period in Ireland. Through a combination of dance, music and theatre this piece wishes to acknowledge their voices and their stories which might have been unheard before now.

This is a free event as part of Cork’s 1916 Centenary Programme. The performance is will run from 6:15pm to 7pm on Wednesday the 29th of June in St Peter’s Church on North Main Street, Cork. Please arrive early to avoid disturbing the show.

Inma Pavon had this to say about the event.

“This performance wish to invite Cork’s Public to engage in a new site-specific dance-theatre performance inspired by the  important work that women of the Irish Revolution carried on during the early 20th Century in Ireland. Through a combination of dance, music and theatre this piece wishes to acknowledge their voices and their stories which might had been unheard before. This performance has been created specially for St Peter’s Church, North Main st. Cork.

There will be a series of durational performances which will emphasise some of the  work that some women did during the revolutionary period in Ireland.This is also an opportunity for the Public to see the visual art installation created specially for this project by Inma whose choreographic and directing visions developed side by side with her visual art work.
This project is my response in the shape of a dance piece to a series of public lectures, art exhibitions, history talks, etc etc that I went to and it is open to the viewer to create their own ideas and to interpret it in their own minds.
I am delighted to have been giving this opportunity to know about those women that did everything they could and more. I hope this project will open a new window  for more people to  know more about these women.”

St. Peter’s was reopened in 2016 as Cork’s 1916 Centre of Commemoration. The venue has played host to a variety of key 1916 events and exhibitions throughout the year. St. Peter’s is a public exhibition space open free of charge Tuesday – Sunday. For more information on opening times and upcoming events go to www.stpeterscork.ie  or phone 021 4278187

The Vagina Monologues

June 2016 – Sinéad Dunphy is proud to present her production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June at 8pm in St. Peter’s Church on North Main Street, Cork (formerly the Vision Centre). Based on author Ensler’s ‘Vagina Interviews’ conducted with women from all around the world, and including some local stories, this hilariously witty and moving collection of tales gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave and thoroughly human stories.
This production sees Ensler’s writing mixed with stories from local women bringing the audience on a journey of hysterical and equally touching journeys where we remove the mysticism of the all-too terrifying word – the Vagina and allow people to discover the truth behind the myths associated with the original twinkle box!


The Vagina Monologues addresses women’s resiliency, sensuality and the social stigma surrounding abuse and violence against women and girls. The show will feature volunteer cast members from the Montfort College of Performing Arts Advanced Adult Acting Class and hopes to raise awareness of and ending violence against women. Helena Sheridan, Carol Cashman, Áine McLatchie, Pamela Kiely and Lucy O’Connell will thrill audiences with a plethora of characters brought to life as they share these women’s stories in the intimate setting of St. Peter’s Church.
With all proceeds going to Mná Feasa and Cuan Lee in support of domestic abuse victims, this is the ultimate night out and for an amazing cause. Grab your bestie, your mother, your granny and bring the boys too to have your minds opened – just like a flower!


Tickets are available both on the door and from Eventbrite.ie at the tiny price of €15, however fees may apply online.



Sinéad McCoole’s talk on her exhibition, Women of the Rising.

On Tuesday the 7th of June from 1-2pm, Sinéad McCoole will be delivering a free talk focused around the role of women during the Rising with a particularly localised focus on Cork.

Sinéad McCoole is an Irish historian, author, broadcaster, script writer and exhibition curator. Ms. McCoole is curator of Women of the Rising, one of St. Peter’s current exhibitions here in Cork. The exhibition is part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme based on new information from the collections of the Military Archives, the National Cultural Institutions and private collections. This exhibition on the Women of 1916 gives an overview of the events of Easter Week and features some of the 300 women who took part in the Rising. Women of the Rising will be on display until June 21st.

Ms. McCoole is also a well known author. One of her works, No Ordinary Women: Activists in the Revolutionary Years 1900-1923 is of particular interest as it currently features in the other exhibition on display upstairs in St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s will be home to this exhibition from June 1st to July 4th. This exhibition called Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Times is curated by the Shandon Area History Group.

Considering the relevance of both current exhibitions on display in St. Peter’s, Ms. McCoole’s talk will be a timely and fascinating insight into the role of women during this momentous period in Irish history.

Ms. McCoole had this to say about her talk and exhibition: “Cork’s St. Peter’s showcase’s Ireland 2016 women’s exhibition in spectacular fashion, the space becomes alive with the youthful faces of Ireland’s women who were politicised one hundred years ago, local, national, international, it is the story of 32 counties and a selection of the ‘titled ladies who took part’ the Foley sisters of Cork are among those featured.”

St. Peter’s Cork, holds the title of Cork’s 1916 Centre of Commemoration for the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. The public exhibition space is open all year round free of charge on Cork’s oldest street, North Main Street. For more information, call 021 4278187 or find them online at www.stpeterscork.ie.