Mullingar Arts Centre

Comedy and Banksy in Mullingar

On Saturday night, we went to the Foil, Arms and Hog comedy gig at the Arts Centre in Mullingar in Westmeath.  The theatre is housed in a beautiful old building which dates back to 1913 and was originally the County hall building and was renovated in the late 1990’s.  The Arts Centre hosts a varied mix of music, comedy and drama events, you can check out their website here to see whats on.  We are thinking of next going there, to see the play The Unsung Hero about The O’Rahilly.

I loved this theatre with the beautiful curved roof and decorative plaster work detailing on the walls.

Arts Centre stage Mullingar

Foil Arm and Hog are an Irish comedy sketch group, made up of 3 guys, Sean Finegan (Foil), Conor McKenna (Arms) and Sean Flanagan (Hog) and according to their website, they met in college and formed the group.  I first saw them on their YouTube channel.  They write and perform very clever and funny sketches.  The gig feels a bit like musical improv! maybe that’s a terrible way to describe them but they are quite funny and talented.  I wasn’t drinking and I rarely laugh out loud watching comedy but I was at this gig.  The guys seem very personable and were greeting the audience on the way in and handing out badges on the way out.

There are currently touring the country at the moment, going to big and small locations, we also saw they are going to be in Bakers bar in Clonmel and in The Dock Art Centre in Carrick-on-Shannon.  You can check out their website here for a list of gigs.

Here’s one of their videos.

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Before the gig, we went for dinner in JP’s Steakhouse restaurant on Dominick street and passed this copy of the Banksy stencil of Balloon girl on Meeting House Lane.  I’m a big fan of street art and I know its not a real Banksy! but I think it’s cool all the same.

 

Balloon girl Banksy Mullingar