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  • The Show



    Pulses of Tradition is produced by Brian Morrissey, with staging by Pat Kiernan. Featuring world class musicians and singers from bands such as Buille, Liadan, North Cregg, and Nomos, along with breathtaking dancers, including students from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.



    This is an experience not to be missed. With full screen showing the history and beauty of the tradition that pulsates through this great county. A vibrant, authentic celebration of Irish traditional dance, music and song, embracing the traditions of the past in the context of 21st Century Ireland.

  • The Cast


    Pulses of Tradition The Show

    Pulses of Tradition is a wonderful production led by a great team of young musicians, singers and dancers; if you’re looking for something to do on St. Patrick's Day 2018, check out ‘Pulses of Tradition” at Triskel ChristChurch on South Main Street, Cork.


    History and Tradition

    The show brings you through a history of music, dance and song. It looks at the various forms of dance from tap dancing to soft shoe and set dancing, highlights our many Irish musical instruments including the the banjo, tin whistle, flute, fiddle, accordion and the innovative use of percussion with the bodhrán and voice, and it features a mix of sean nos and ballad singing.

  • Music


    Unique Style Variations

    Pulses of Tradition is an authentic, Irish multi-media experience, featuring internationally recognised traditional musicians and dancers. This incredible show brings you on a journey from ancient Irish airs, songs and dances to modern day intercultural music & dance.


    Fresh & Refined

    It is a celebration of tradition in 21st century Ireland, and is a must-see in Cork, for visitors and locals alike! This incredible show brings you on a journey from ancient Irish airs, songs and dances to modern day intercultural music and dance.

  • Tradition


    Musical Styles

    Irish traditional music includes many kinds of songs, including drinking songs, ballads and laments, sung unaccompanied or with accompaniment by a variety of instruments. Traditional dance music includes reels (4/4), hornpipes and jigs. The polka arrived at the start of the nineteenth century, spread by itinerant dancing masters and mercenary soldiers, returning from Europe.


    Celtic Music

    Celtic music is a broad grouping of musical genres that evolved out of the folk musical traditions of the Celtic people of Western Europe. It refers to both orally-transmitted traditional music and recorded music and the styles vary considerably.

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The Lee Sessions

Traditional music has been played in Cork since the dawn of time. County Cork is home to the legendary Chief Francis O’Neill and the iconic Sean O Riada – to name but two. It is home to two third level music schools - the School of Music at Cork Institute of Technology and the Department of Music in University College Cork. This undeniably guarantees the quality of musicianship that you will hear when you come to this city where even the speech of the locals is musical.

Each year the city hosts traditional Irish music sessions in traditional pubs throughout the city from May through to the end of September under the banner The Lee Sessions.

Triskel Christchurch

Triskel Arts Centre was founded in 1978, and moved to its current home in Tobin Street in 1986. As Cork’s principal Arts Centre our mission has always been to commission, present, and promote the contemporary arts in Cork, and to ensure the arts are made available to as wide a public as possible.

In 2009 Triskel began a process of re-invention, partly because Christchurch, a beautiful 18th Century building, was to be restored by Cork City Council, linked to the existing building, and given to Triskel to manage. Triskel also began this process because it is important to continue to be relevant for artists, practitioners and the public at large.

We're delighted to be returning to Triskel Christchurch, Cork for a special St. Patrick's Day performance!

Show starts at 5pm on March 17th.

Tickets €20/€18 concession (OAP's, Students, U-18's).

Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children) €65

Tickets - 0214272022 or click the link at the top of the page.

Additional Information - 0872038823


Best Traditional Irish Show

"This show just stood head and shoulders above everything we've seen before. The authenticity of the music just shone thru and you felt that the show was created to celebrate Irish tradition not just to pull in the tourist. The quality of the musicianship was second to none and the dancing was sublime..."

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Catch it while you can!

One of the best shows I've ever had the privilege of taking clients to see on tour in Ireland. Multi talented, genuine, original and FUN! are the words to describe the show. We really enjoyed the show and it shows a great overview of Irish culture, not only Cork culture, but the whole of Ireland.

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A Must See

So thrilled to see something like this in Cork City - superbly talented musicians, everyone can sing and 3 awesome dancers who give it everything! The location for the show is in a converted church which is an amazing location.

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