Siamsa Tíre’s venues comprise our theatre and arts centre in Tralee, County Kerry and two Tithe Siamsa in Finuge (North Kerry) and Carraig (West Kerry).
In addition to a full range of theatre, visual arts and education events in Tralee, our Tithe Siamsa operate as as venues for events, occasional training spaces, and as creative spaces for artists.
THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE, TRALEE
Our principal venue in Tralee includes a 350 seater auditorium, a rehearsal space, exhibition spaces and a meeting room which is also suitable for talks or workshops.
Our theatre and arts centre was designed by local architect Paddy O’Sullivan with considerable input from founder Fr Pat Ahern and former General Manager, Martin Whelan. It was formally opened in 1991. The building draws on iconic elements of Irish architecture and is based on the design of a traditional Irish ring fort.
Tithe Siamsa – Carraig and Finuge
The first building dedicated to Siamsa Tire, was Teach* Siamsa Finuge in North Kerry which was opened to great fanfare in 1974. In creating the first home for Siamsa Tíre, Fr Pat Ahern aimed to preserve traditional Irish culture in the areas of dance, music and song, especially those peculiar to the Kerry region (such as the Munnix style of dance) which were in danger of disappearing.
The Teach, built with huge involvement from the local community in Finuge, is based on the design of a traditional Irish cottage with a large performance space at its heart and an inglenook fire place. Both of the Tithe Siamsa contain three additional smaller spaces suitable for small classes or workshops.
Teach Siamsa in Carraig (Teach Siamsa na Carraige) was built the following year (1975) in the heart of the West Kerry Gaeltacht. The design is identical to that of the Teach in Finuge. Refurbishments of both Tithe Siamsa were recently completed, funded under the ACCESS II funding scheme administered by the Department of Arts, Heritage & The Gaeltacht.
If you wish to hire any of our venues, please contact the Executive Director on firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Teach means house in Irish and is pronounced ‘Tyok’
How to get to Teach Siamsa, Finuge from Tralee:
From Tralee take the N69 road for Listowel. Approximately 22 kilometres (or 14 miles) along this road, there is a turn to the left for Finuge village. Teach Siamsa is on the left hand side in the middle of the village, almost opposite the Sean McCarthy thatched cottage.
How to get to Teach Siamsa na Carraige from Tralee:
From Tralee, take the N86 road for Dingle (approximately 40 kilometres). Drive through Dingle and at the roundabout on exiting Dingle, take a left turn over Milltown bridge. On the other side of the bridge, take a right turn for Baile ‘n Fheirtéaraigh or Ballyferriter. Follow this road (R559), over the hill and down into the village of Muiríoch, turn right here and approximately 1 mile further on you will enter the village of Carrig, with an unusual stone church on the right hand side. Pass the shop on the right and Teach Siamsa na Carraige is on your left hand side.