British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg 2022

 British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg 2022 will take place from 16-24 September 2022, in an in-cinema format.

The film festival provides a unique opportunity for viewers to experience a wide selection of new films from Britain and Ireland. The 9-day event will include 13 feature-length films from a cross-section of genres and representing mainly independent cinema, as well as a couple of short films. In addition, there are three special events being held midweek, including two seminars plus a special “Solidarity with Refugees” event.

Of perhaps special interest to Comhaltas members and supporters are the following documentaries:

Continuing Traditions by Dónal Ó Céilleachair, about blending Indian classical music and Irish traditional music (Saturday 17 September, 19.00 @ Ciné Utopia, followed by a reception with music from Comhaltas musicians);

Steps of Freedom, The Story of Irish Dance (IE, 80 mins) by Ruán Magan, about how Irish dance developed over centuries (Friday 23 September, 18:30 @ Cinèmathèque);

For more detailed information on the programme, please visit


General Meeting, Friday 4 March

We are coming out of a long period of dormancy and picking up activities again.
Dance classes have been taking place since the fall but no sessions until recently.

We are holding a General Meeting on Friday 4 March in Eirelux from 19h00 to restore the committee,  discuss activities and membership.  Volunteers are welcome to join the committee, especially representatives of the dancers.  If you have suggestions or proposals but are unable to attend, feel free to mail us.

We have sessions in Eirelux on the First Friday of each month so the General Meeting will be followed by a session in the bar.

Note that current covid rules will apply

TABLE QUIZ – 16th October

The Ireland Stand of the International Bazar will hold its annual Table Quiz in Hollerich on 16th October 2019. Admission: € 12 (includes 1 drink)

 Table Reservations:   

Annette Power      Tel.  33 98 84 —

Gerri Egan           Tel.  43 26 36 —

Alison Lavender

Ireland’s Top Comedienne to Perform in Luxembourg

Following on from the success of last year’s production of “Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer”, the Irish Club of Luxembourg and Comhaltas Luxembourg asbl are combining forces again to bring Ireland’s top comic, actress and comedienne Deirdre O’Kane to Luxembourg for her new stand-up routine “A Line of O’Kane” on Friday 11 & Saturday 12 October at 19:30 at the Altrimenti Cultural Centre.


Tickets €20 from the Luxembourg Ticket office

“Deirdre O’Kane has really hit her stride. Footloose following a glittering turn on Dancing with the Stars and revelling in her return to stand-up, don’t miss Deirdre at her hilarious best in a straight-talking look at twelve frantic months in the life of this tango-tripping, family-minding, telly-making, house-moving, comedy dynamo.” 

Warm-up: Sundeep Bhardwaj, fresh from his one-man show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival


10th anniversary British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg

The 10th anniversary British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg is taking place from this Friday 13 September until the following Sunday week, 22 September 2019, and features 16 feature films and a shorts programme (Irish films).

Tickets cost €9 from, with a Season Special Ticket at €30 (for 5 screenings), tel: 470895-1.

This year there are six Irish feature films, with the supernatural comedy “Extra Ordinary” opening the festival on Friday evening – the same evening as it opens in Ireland.

Synopses of the Irish Films:

Extra Ordinary (supernatural comedy) on Fri 13 Sep @ Kinepolis Kirchberg @ 19:00: An Irish comedy featuring a sweet & lonely driving instructor with supernatural abilities that allow her to communicate with spirits; however, she is reluctant to use her “talents” as her father died the last time she did. When a widower contacts her pleading for help as he is haunted by his dead wife’s spirit, things take a sinister turn when an aging rock star seeks a virgin sacrifice. Hilarious with twists, turns, ectoplasm and haunted wheelie bins. See,24349/extra-ordinary.html

Rosie (drama) on Sat 14 Sep @ Ciné Utopia @ 19:00 (written by Roddy Doyle): tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless. See,24350/rosie.html

Alcock & Brown, the True Story (documentary) on Thurs 19 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 18:30: 14 June 1919 will remain one of the most important dates in aviation, when John Alcock (from Manchester) and Arthur Brown (from Glasgow) became the first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic, from Newfoundland to Clifden in Ireland. The film recalls the early days of aviation and how the achievement came about. Was screened in Clifden for the centenary celebrations this June. Truly fascinating. The director will attend. See,24359/alcock-and-brown-the-true-story.html

The Man Who Wanted To Fly (documentary) on Tue 17 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 20:30:: Five years in the making, this is a story of never stopping believing in dreams. Bobby Coote, now in his 80s, left school at 13 and spends most of his time fixing clocks and making violins, but he has never lost sight of his lifelong dream to fly. He organises a runway in a field and builds a hangar. Now he must buy a plane with his life savings…  all the time when his brother thinks the whole idea is mad. A fascinating insight into many layers of Irish rural life, but Bobby is determined to get airborne, despite many setbacks. The director will attend. See,24360/the-man-who-wanted-to-fly.html

Note: Documentary Double Bill (€15 for the 2 screenings; with a surprise for all) for “Alcock & Brown, the True Story” and “The Man Who Wanted To Fly”. Tel: 470895-1.

Educating Rita (drama) on Thurs 19 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 20:30: Cinémathèque’s Screening (Vintage Print). Shot in and around Trinity College Dublin, set in London; 27 year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband. She joins an open university literature course and is tutored by a middle-aged alcoholic and debauched professor from the upper-class whose life has left him emotionally drained, without self-esteem. Rita’s humour and determination to improve herself is contagious; she gives motivation to Frank who helps prepare her for the exams to join the university… See,24372/educating-rita.html

Never Grow Old (western; IE/LU/BE/FR) on Fri 20 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 20:30: An Irish undertaker profits when outlaws take over a peaceful American frontier town, but his family comes under threat as the death toll rises. See,24374/never-grow-old.html

Irish Shorts Programme on Sun 22 Sep @ Kinepolis-Kirchberg @ 13:30, preceded by a Walking Brunch at 12:00 (€40 includes film ticket). The shorts programme includes, amongst others, “Triúr a Bádh” (in Irish with EN sub-titles) with Máire Ní Nuanaín (90 years old who will be in attendance). See,24440/shorts-programme-%2b-walking-brunch.html (brunch & short films) &,24376/shorts-programme.html  (short films only)

For full details, see,  ticketing online at


Trip to Tenneville – Sunday 8 September 2019

Trip to Tenneville – unveiling of plaque to Matthias Barnewall

We are organising a bus to attend the unveiling of the plaque and will put on an exhibition of Irish music and dance.

If you are interested in joining the trip, can you please contact us at to reserve a place.

Tenneville 2019

Tenneville is a village in the Ardennes, midway between Luxembourg and Namur on the N4 that was previously the main road to Bruxelles. Less than two kilometres away is the site where the Battle of Ortheuville took place on 10 September 1692. It was a minor confrontation that was part of the Nine Years War that lasted from 1688 to 1697 between France and a European Coalition of Dutch, German and British armies. General D’Harcourt led a force of 3,500 men including Irish cavalry against a similar sized force of Germans from Brandenburg. It was a brief encounter, Harcourt ordered his cavalry to charge before the Germans had established their lines and they routed the enemy. From an Irish perspective the victory had a bitter taste as amongst the fallen was Matthias Barnewell, Lord of Trimleston, county Meath. Aged only 22, he was already a veteran who had been present at the Siege of Limerick where he was an exchanged hostage and who had left Ireland with Sarsfield and 20,000 other soldiers after the infamous Treaty.

Barnewall was buried at the Church of St Gertrude in Tenneville and a large tombstone was laid to commemorate him. The belfry of the Church had been refurbished in 1682 and the Church was a new edifice at that stage. In the centuries that followed, the church fell to neglect and was finally deconsecrated in 1957. The church was classified as a national monument in 1985.

On Sunday 8 September, as part of the National Heritage day celebrations, a plaque will be unveiled to explain the significance of the tombstone. From a local perspective, the tombstone highlights how that part of Belgium was once the front line of a pan-European conflict. From an Irish perspective, the tombstone represents the start of a terrible decline as the young officer that died was part of an elite who left Ireland in the hope of returning to reclaim their country. Instead, the Wild Geese were to fight and fall at many battles around Europe. Sarsfield too died a year later and was buried at Huy.


Irish Club Events

The Irish Club is holding two upcoming events in July.  For the wine tour & tasting, Comhaltas members will not be charged:

Irish Club Announces July Events: Art in the Grund, Sunday Roast Lunch; Bernard-Massard Tour & Tasting

Following the AGM last month, the committee of Irish Club of Luxembourg (ICL) has met to plan a series of events over the coming months, with July seeing the club attend the Art in the Grund event, followed by a Sunday Roast Lunch, and also a private guided tour of the Bernard-Massard winery in Grevenmacher.

  • Sunday 7 July: Art in the Grund & Sunday Roast Lunch

On Sunday 7 July, the Irish Club of Luxembourg will enjoy another Sunday Roast Lunch, this time back at Oscar’s in the Grund (9 Bisserweg) from 12:30. The date has been chosen to coincide with the monthly “Art in the Grund” event happening along the nearby bridge over the River Alzette, which takes place between 10:00 – 18:00 that day – held on the first Sunday of the month from May to October. This open-air art gallery presents the opportunity for visitors to meet with international artists who will be displaying their sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs. To register you place at the lunch, contact Fiona at (there is no charge except what you order for lunch; members and non-members are welcome).

  • Saturday 20 July: guided tour of Bernard-Massard in Grevenmacher

Meet at 10:15 at the Bernard-Massard winery (Route du Vin entrance) in Grevenmacher for a 10:30 start. We will have a guided tour by the CEO, Antoine Clasen, followed by a wine tasting (90 minutes in total). Members free-of-charge, non-members €10. To attend, email Geoff at If you would like to stay for lunch (probably at the popular La Taverna), please mention this in your reservation email.


Dance Against Cancer – 2nd February

To mark World Cancer Day (on 4 February 2019), and to raise funds for the Luxembourg Cancer Foundation, a Scottish/Irish Cèilidh is being organised on Saturday 2 February 2018 from 19:00 at the Centre Cultural Altrimenti (5 Avenue Marie-Therese, Luxembourg-ville).ceilidh-flyer 2019.jpg

The 2019 Dance Against Cancer Cèilidh is the third such event held in the Grand Duchy, with €2,051.60 raised in 2018 for the Luxembourg Cancer Foundation.

Following the success of previous events in 2017 and 2018, the traditional Irish band Kitchen Quartet will again provide the music, with a dance caller organising those on the dance floor who may not know the various dances. The Luxembourg Pipe Band will also perform.

A cash bar will be in operation. All money raised will be donated to the Cancer Foundation.

Tickets €12 from or at the door (subject to availability)