Siamsa Tíre

Ráth agus Rince

Celebrating 25 Years of an Iconic Theatre

A scene from Ding Dong Dedero, the show which launched the new Siamsa Theatre in 1991Siamsa Tíre's new theatre under constructionSiamsa Tíre theatre from the outside in 2015Charlie Haughey, the then Taoiseach, arriving to officially launch the theatre at Siamsa TíreThe audience in the theatre on the opening night in Siamsa Tíre May 1991

In May of 1991, the theatre building which houses Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland was formally opened to the public.

In 2016 year, we celebrate this iconic landmark in Tralee which has hosted so much artistic endeavour over 25 years.

Having occupied a temporary home on Staughton’s Row (the old Theatre Royal) since 1978, the company celebrated the move to the long-awaited purpose-built theatre with a performance of a new production, Ding Dong Dedero, Forging the Dance.  Founder members and younger performers joined together, under the artistic direction of Fr Pat Ahern to trace the history of Irish dance from medieval to modern times.

This exhibition celebrates this much loved building, its creation and official launch all those years ago using video footage, memorabilia, and photographs.

A key element of the exhibition is an artist's interpretation of the building commissioned by Siamsa Tíre from Kerry artist, Denis Buckley.  This painting covers a large section of the walls of the round gallery.