Triskel Arts Centre celebrates 30 years of being a home and a hub for the arts in Cork city.

In 1978, the people who founded Triskel imagined a place where all forms of artistic works are celebrated.  And it did indeed draw both artists and audiences from the start, as artistic director Tony Sheehan explains, 

There was all this energy out there, particularly during a recessionary period somehow the arts seem to thrive, they thrive on a social level, they play a fundamental part in making peoples’ lives more bearable...

Since then, the Triskel model of bringing all of the arts together under the same roof has been successfully adopted by other arts centres across Ireland.  

There’s another 30th birthday celebration going on here too, as the band Scullion, comprising of Philip King, Sonny Condell and Robbie Overson, rehearse in advance of their four sell-out concerts in Triskel.  Condell, who is a graphic artist in addition to being a songwriter, musician and performer, is exhibiting some of his work in the gallery upstairs.  

Fellow Scullion member Philip King, whose other jobs include that of film maker and broadcaster, explains why arts centres such as Triskel are so important for everyone in the community, 

It is here, as a receiving house, and as a commissioning house that work is commissioned and work is seen, and the public can involve themselves with it.  But outside of the artistic community, to have something like this in the heart of the city is, I think, hugely important.

The celebrations are in full swing, and Triskel will continue to grow.  A new music venue is planned for Christchurch, a former Anglican church building, next door. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 June 2008.  The reporter is Sinéad Crowley.