Friday 8th July, 6:30pm

O’Reilly Theatre

Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1


Join us for the launch of PalFest Ireland 2016 on Friday 8th July!  There is a great line-up of speakers, including Cathryn O’Reilly of the Dunnes Stores Strikers and historian Mark BeaconOfBoycottGaravan who will be highlighting the connection between Ireland, Palestine and the action of ‘Boycott’ – first invented in Ireland in 1880 and which has become a major method of peaceful resistance against Israeli Occupation in Palestine.

A full programme of events will be launched, including theatre, film, literature, poetry, spoken word, talks and family activities. PalFest Ireland is a voluntary-run arts festival organised by Irish Artists in support of Palestine to demonstrate solidarity between the Irish arts community and the people of Palestine.

The Launch will be followed by a gig in the O’Reilly Theatre by Palestinian singer Ruba Shamshoum and David Rooney.


Friday 8th July, doors 8pm

O’Reilly Theatre

Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Tickets: €15

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This years PalFest Ireland festival begins with a special treat – the thrilling live debut of DAVID ROONEY’S upcoming album.
Widely acclaimed as a visual artist, ROONEY is also an exceptional songwriter who’s eagerly-anticipated album has been produced by DECLAN O’ROURKE.
This unique PalFest performance at the O’REILLY THEATRE on Friday JULY 8th promises to be one of the musical highlights of the year.
Rooney’s studio band will be working with him on the night.  It features Conor Guilfoyle (drums), Jay Wilson (piano), Baz Rycraft (bass) and Ruba Shamshoum (vocals).
With his striking illustration work featuring in Hot Press, the Irish Times and in the Titanic Centre, among other platforms, ROONEY’S team are set to incorporate some breath-taking presentation ideas in their show including portraits from the recently published 1916: Portraits and Lives (Royal Irish Academy).
 David Rooney pic
While contributing to Rooney’s set, RUBA SHAMSHOUM will also present her own transcendent repertoire which has been critically-acclaimed for its intoxicating mash-up of jazz harmonies and Middle Eastern musical influences.
Ruba’s involving songs have strong narratives about exile, hope and love. Her distinct jazz influences are allowed space to flourish with a band drawn from the elite of the Dublin jazz scene.
Orlando Molina (guitar), Matthew Jacobson (drums), Barry Rycraft (double bass) Aleka Potinga (cello) will accompany Ruba , with a special guest appearance by rising star RÍONA SALLY HARTMAN._S7A2766
Completing the line-up of what promises to be a sensational evening, will be ROISÍN EL CHERIF, an Irish/Palestinian singer-songwriter who’s work has begun attracting attention internationally. Irish fans may have seen Roisín perform at the Ruby Sessions, Whelans or the Mná Mná gig at the Roisín Dubh in Galway.