January 04, 2018
Kate O'Brien Award 2018 Shortlist Announced
We are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year's Kate O'Brien Award. The 4 nominee's are Lisa Harding for Harvesting (New Island Books), Maria Hoey for The Last Lost Girl (Poolbeg Press), Andrea Mara for The Other Side of the Wall (Poolbeg Press), and Sally Rooney for Conversations with Friends (Faber).
The winner will be announced on Sunday, 25th February at the Belltable.
December 06, 2017
Kate O'Brien Award 2018 Longlist Announced
We are pleased to announce the longlist for this year's Kate O'Brien Award. The nominee's are Ally Bunbury for The Inheritance (Poolbeg Press), June Caldwell for Room Little Darker (New Island Books), Lisa Harding for Harvesting (New Island Books), Maria Hoey for The Last Lost Girl (Poolbeg Press), Andrea Mara for The Other Side of the Wall (Poolbeg Press), Sally Rooney for Conversations with Friends (Faber), Susan Ryan for The King of Lavender Square (Poolbeg Press) and Eithne Shortall for Love in Row 27 (Corvus). The shortlist will be announced early January and the winner on Sunday, 25th February at the Belltable.
November 30, 2017
Martha O'Brien Announced for The Opening Night
On Friday February 23rd, we are delighted to welcome mezzo-soprano Martha O'Brien on our opening night at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square.
Martha O'Brien is a Limerick-born mezzo-soprano studying under Sinead Campbell Wallace in the
Conservatory of Music & Drama, where she received a First Class Honors BMus degree in vocal pedagogy and was awarded the Nuala Levins Trophy for Pedagogy.
In opera, Martha has played the role of Joacim in a staged production of Handel’s Susanna in Smock Alley Theatre as well as Cherubino in le nozze di Figaro, Zelatrice in Suor Angelica and JouJou in The Merry Widow. Martha recently performed in The Second Violinist by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh with Wide Open Opera at both the Galway International Arts Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival.
Other notable engagements include Opera Theatre Company's production of Don Giovanni with translation by Roddy Doyle and their revival of the 1907 Irish opera Eithne by Robert O'Dwyer. In June 2017, Martha contributed to Lyric Fm’s documentary “An Oriental Romance:Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh with a recital of his lesser known work. In oratorio, performances include Handel's Messiah in Kilkenny Cathedral, Saint-Saens Oratorio de Noel & Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in St. Ann's Church and an Irish premiere of Mata Matsurrat's Requiem in St. Andrew's Church, Dublin. Martha has performed Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer in the John Field Room, NCH as well as a live broadcast with the RTE Symphony Orchestra for their DriveTime programme. In 2016, Martha participated as a Young Artist on the Boyne Music Festival Young Artist Programme, where she worked with Sophie Junker and Deirdre Brenner. Also in 2016, Martha was the winner of both the Showboat and Dermot Troy competitions in DIT and was part of the winning ensemble of the Veronica Dunne competition in the Feis Ceoil. She has had the privilege of singing in masterclasses with Patricia Bardon & Gidon Saks.
Martha is a vocal/pre-instrumental teacher in the Dublin School of Music as well as choral director for Twitterbugs children’s choir. Upcoming engagements include Irish National Opera’s inaugural production of The Marriage of Figaro and, also with INO, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman.
"As Music and Splendour" recital with Martha O'Brien will follow the official opening by Billy Keane at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, Friday 23rd February. Click here for tickets.