A host of Culture Night events took place across the southeast and extended well past the hours of darkness, indoors and outdoors, as crowds flocked to many locations.

The weather played its part, which helped to attract people to the various performances and exhibitions that took place.

The County Museum in Carlow presented an exhibition on 90 years of scouting in the area, "On My Honour I Will Try..." while the Carlow Fringe Festival took people on a tour of art galleries, by Made in Carlow, throughout the county town.

These included the Visual Arts Centre, which also showcased a traditional music session featuring some of the area's top exponents that rounded off the night

In Clonmel there was a chance to hear some tall tales of local historical characters through song, from Flogger Fitzgerald under the arches at the Main Guard to star-crossed lovers at Blue Anchor Lane.

Eamon O'Malley brought these and other stories to life through a newly-composed musical score, performed in the true historical locations.

Put together by Clonmel Junction Arts Festival for Culture Night, these songs and stories were commissioned as part of the Open Faoin Spéir programme and four performances took place on the night.

Also in Clonmel there was a pop-up studio by artist Ciara Connolly at The Narrow Space gallery; Friars and Storytellers at Gleeson's Bar and a Big Bang Drumming Workshop at the Tipperary Hidden Histories Museum.

The work of George Du Noyer and 11 of his framed drawings from the Cahir area was the subject of a lecture at Cahir Arts Gallery and Studio and there was a special screenings of historical films at the Excel Centre in Tipperary town.

Kilkenny's MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, which in the past was a union workhouse, hosted the Kilkenny Famine Experience which brought attendees around various notable points and locations as part of a 50-minute tour.

Elsewhere in the city there were special events at the likes of Rothe House, Kilkenny Castle and the Butler Gallery, along with crochet, jewellery design, metalwork, animation and film.

Waterford city's pedestrianised areas, in and around the Viking Triangle but also elsewhere in the centre, were once again lending themselves to outdoor art and culture.

Jewellery makers Sinéad Murphy and Guy Urbin in Wexford
The exhibition in Dunmore East, Co Waterford, of 'Plein Air' painting by artists selected through an open-call competition

Music Generation were playing at the back of the Theatre Royal and there were "big bands" scattered across the area throughout the evening and night.

For sounds of Colombia, it was the Apple Market. Gozadera Tropical were on duty but earlier in the evening, barbershop quartet The Spokesmen sang at the opening of the latest exhibition of work - Portraits: People and Places - at the Waterford Gallery of Art on O'Connell Street.

There were more events throughout the city including breakdancing and skateboarding sponsored by the Waterford Sports Partnership on Michael Street while elsewhere in Co Waterford the occasion included a special photographic open day hosted by Dungarvan Club, and in Tramore violinist Cathy Desmond and pianist Marian Ingoldsby, known collectively as Duo Frizzante, played Melodies of the Silver Screen at the spectacular Lafcadio Hearn Gardens.

Co Wexford is hosting a range of workshops and shows across all districts. The Gorey Musical Society put on a performance to music from the musicals by saxophone quartet Saxology outdoors in Wexford town; a painting demonstration by Eoin O'Connor at his gallery on Gorey's Esmonde Street to street theatre at Wexford's Bullring by the Red Moon group; a showcase of Traveller culture in Enniscorthy to sketching in New Ross Library Park; and a lot more.

Harpists at Wexford Library
Action from Red Moon Theatre company's production of An tOilean in Wexford