Beat the Blues Minus the Booze with Music, Performance and Film

Feeling the need to get out this month to beat the blues, but sick of the thought of eating and drinking after overindulging at Christmas? No worries—there are plenty of other ways to spend an evening out in Waterford. Here’s what’s on this month to get you out of the house and entertained if you’re sticking with a Dry January (or even if you’re not).

Music at Luca Records & Decks

This Thursday (January 12), Luca Records & Decks, 23 Michael Street, hosts Niall McCabe as he plays a lunchtime acoustic set. Drop by, browse some records and listen to some tunes from Niall. Niall’s third single, The Ritual, was released last week ahead of his solo album, Rituals, which will be released on February 3. Don’t miss this talented singer/songwriter in the intimate setting of Luca Records at 1 p.m.

What’s on in The Theatre Royal

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On January 14, Foster and Allen’s We’ll Meet Again Irish tour comes to the Theatre Royal for a night of all their musical hits like Bunch of Thyme, Old Flames and After All These Years. They will also perform new music from their latest album—We’ll Meet Again.  

January 17-19 sees the MacBeth Review come to the Theatre Royal. Invaluable for Leaving Cert students, this interactive performance selects key scenes from Shakespeare’s MacBeth to help them decide how they understand and respond to the play’s central characters. Students will have the opportunity to ask the characters questions to better understand what they say and why they say it, what they do and why they do it. The director is artist in residence of the Theatre Royal, Jamie Beamish, who also plays the title role. He’s joined by fellow Waterford actors Michael Quinn, Anne O’Riordan, Andrew Holden and Jenny Fennessy.

The Blindboy Live Podcast

In case you’ve been living under a rock—here’s some info about Blindboy. He’s a bestselling author, television writer, songwriter, mental health activist and academic. His storytelling podcast is hugely popular, intertwining history, fiction, culture and politics. Blindboy is coming to the Theatre Royal on January 21. He has delivered his podcast shows all over the world and they consistently sell out, so get your tickets fast.

To buy tickets and see what else is on in the Theatre Royal, see here.

Waterford Film For All at Garter Lane

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Waterford Film For All at Garter Lane is showing the delightful film Roise and Frank on January 17. The film is about a widow who has given up on life and becomes convinced that a stray dog is the reincarnation of her hurling-loving husband. There won’t be a dry eye in the house with this heartwarming tale.

Waterford Film For All is also screening An Cailin Ciuin in Garter Lane on January 20. This beautiful Irish film is adapted from Claire Keegan’s book Foster and has been shortlisted for an Oscar. Catherine Clinch’s performance as the quiet girl is remarkable, as she portrays the neglected nine-year-old Cait, who is sent away by her family to live with relatives for a summer.  The farm where Cait goes to spend her summer is set in Waterford’s Rinn Gaeltacht and also stars Waterford’s Carrie Crowley. For more information on these films and more happening in Garter Lane, click here.

Odean and Omniplex Cinemas

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Avatar: The Way of Water

A once-in-a-generation movie event exclusively in cinemas, AVATAR 2 tells the story of the Sully family and the lengths they go to to keep each other safe.

A Man Called Otto

A Man Called Otto tells the story of Otto Anderson (Tom Hanks), a grumpy widower who is very set in his ways.


Till tells the heartbreaking true story of the historic lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, for whistling at a white woman, through the eyes of his mother.

Empire of Light

Empire of Light is a love story set in and around a beautiful old cinema on the South Coast of England in the 1980s.

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody

I Wanna Dance with Somebody is a powerful and triumphant celebration of the incomparable Whitney Houston. For more, see and

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