Arts North West on Ocean FM

‘The Glens Centre is proud to present its very own, inhouse, radio show on Ocean FM.

Arts North West is a new, 30 minute, arts magazine featuring the cream of talent in North Leitrim, Sligo & Sth Donegal.

Tune in to to every Thursday at 9.30pm with a repeat every Sunday.

Podcast will go live from Thursday, immediately after the show.

The Arts Page on the Ocean FM website can be accessed here where you can see access the previous shows!

Episode one featuring Rossa O’Snodaigh, Musician, Louise Kennedy, Writer and Philip Delamere, Leitrim Arts Office

Episode two featuring Johnny Gogan, Filmmaker, Maeve McGowan from the Hawkswell Theatre Sligo and Ciaran McAuley & Steve Wickham.

Episode three featuring Monica Corish, Sean MacDiarmada Summer School and Pat McCabe – “The Galway Spike”

Episode four featuring Hawk’s Well Director, Marie O’Byrne, speaking about the National Campaign For the Arts.(Award-winning ex-RTE journalist, Susan O’Keeffe, gives us a brief on the Yeats Society Sligo and its upcoming festival. Poet Brian Leyden reads his provocative new prose piece, Mansplaining WB Yeats.


Poetry and Story Inspired by Landscape and Myth

Poetry and Story inspired by Landscape and Myth, a community writing project hosted by Monica Corish.

Friday, 8 PM on June 5, 12, 19 and 26 on the Glens Centre YouTube channel,

Featuring poems, stories and song from Shane Leavey, Dermot Lahiff, Paula Lahiff, Maggie Kilcoyne, Tara Baoth Mooney, Margaret Timoney and Tom Sigafoos.

This event is a fundraiser for North West STOP, which provides counselling support for people at risk of suicide. Donations through their website,


Glen Hansard at the Glens Arts Centre

Glen Hansard performs at the Newport Folk Festival 2018.

We are offering a unique opportunity for budding songwriters as part of this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg youth festival. Given the lockdown we are all enduring at present, Academy Award Winner Glen Hansard, has kindly stepped up to facilitate online songwriting workshops for teenagers based in North Leitrim. 12 young people will be afforded the chance to hone their skills with one of Ireland’s most talented songwriters. Hansard busked the streets of Dublin before finding success with The Frames in the 1990’s. He then found international fame when he starred in The Commitments and Once, receiving an Academy Award, with Marketa Irglova, for Best Original Song in the latter.

Under the direction of Hansard, we are privileged to offer this wonderful initiative which will culminate with ‘live performances’ of the completed songs recorded at the Centre for broadcast on June 13th, the national day of celebration for young people. This will be co-ordinated by Kila musician, Rossa Ó Snodaigh, his teenage son Tarach, and film-maker, Róisín Loughrey.

Taking place over the month of May via Zoom, this is a rare opportunity for teenagers to avail of, with one of the shining lights of the Irish music scene. Participation is free with funding from the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council. .


Brendan Murray, The Glens Centre at 086 3325369 or

Across the Lines, Song Lines

Across The Lines Open Mic

The word is out about a truly splendid CROSSING BORDER OPEN MIC happening this Saturday and we are delighted to announce the line-up of Contributors. Showcasing ‘an across the lines ethos’ and celebrating talent and diversity.

Do join us for this event at The Glens Centre You Tube Channel
(Click Link below)


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South, North, East, West #crossingborders(safely)

We are so appreciative of this collective effort countering isolation. #crossingborders #celebratingplace #liftingourspirits

Supported by Across the Lines IFI Programme
Graphics by Phoebe Dick

Across the Lines, Song Lines

Virtual Open Mic Night!

The Across the Lines IFI funded programme has in the past three years supported Open mic nights, cross border creative writing and song writing sessions in Enniskillen, Blacklion and Manorhamilton. The Open mic nights are about connecting ordinary people who like to perform through their music, poetry, readings, etc. Now as we all are focused on keeping well through this global pandemic, with closed/restricted borders and administrative lock-down, the values underpinning our previous Open Mic get togethers are all the more relevant.
This virtual event also presents an exciting opportunity to connect performers and audience who haven’t been able to physically attend previous Open Mics in this region.

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