Moat’s Art Hub

The Moat Theatre hosts a vast range of community and arts based programmes.  Many are weekly events, others slightly less frequent.

Please keep an eye out for new additions to our programmes, and please, if in doubt, ring or email to confirm  


Adult Art Classes

Improve your skills in a relaxed and friendly environment, under the guidance of Fidelma Barton and Sarah Gallagher.

Every Tuesday from 10.00am at the Moat Theatre.
Paint for pleasure ! All levels welcome!

For more information, please contact Fidelma Barton 0872301310 or Sarah Gallagher 0876618505.



Art Class

Humpty Dumpty Baby and Toddler Playgroup

Every second Tuesday 10am – 11.30am

Some free play and meet local parents and guardians for a chat and a coffee.

More information: Jean Rowan 0872992751 or by Facebook (Cuidiú Naas)


Creative Journalling Club

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Every Tuesday from 12-1pm at the Moat Theatre. Relax and take time out with like minded people while you make art or write in your journal or bring along your own craft and create together. Suitable for beginners.

If journaling is not your thing and you are working on some other creative project, please come along and create alongside us. If you don’t want to create at all join us for the chat.

This is a welcome space for all 💕

Mary Power Cooney’s Theatrics

From 3.15pm

Mary Power-Cooney’s Theatrics is based at Naas’s fantastic Moat Theatre.

The theatre group was set up in 2001 to introduce young children to poetry and play-acting. Over the years, it has metamorphosed into a theatrical tour de force. Thousands of children have been stage struck as a result of the opportunities they have been given to take to the boards and perform in their town’s beautiful theatre.

After-school drama workshops are held weekly on Tuesday afternoons in the Moat Theatre as follows:


  • 3.15pm-4.15pm :  Junior, Senior & 1st Class students
  • 4.20-5.20pm:   2nd, 3rd and 4th Class students
  • 5.30-6.30pm:  5th and 6th Class and 1st and 2nd Year students

These workshops explore drama in a fun way using a proven mix of improvisation, theatre games, scripted scenes, process drama, song and dance. Yes, everyone is catered for! And yes, the performance is a highlight of every year.

Summer Camps

Mary is excited to offer another season of drama and musical theatre summer camps at The Moat Theatre in July! For more details and to register, visit Mary’s website.


Messy Play

10.30am – 12.00pm

Only when the weather is too bad to be outside

Rediscover the Power of Play!
Educational, sensory & wooden Toys for all ages.

When DISCOVERY PLAYTIME was born in 2017, founder, Mireia (Mia) was running workshops for babies, toddlers and children with autism with the idea of promoting learning through play experiences where kids could learn and improve basic life skills while parents get to spend quality time with their kids and socialise in a safe and fun environment.

Join our Messy Play session in The Moat Theatre, Naas on Wednesdays. Suitable for babies and toddlers before they start preschool.

Arrive at 10.00am. and don’t forget to bring spare clothes in case they get wet or very messy!

The Moat Writers


The Moat Writers is a writing collective based in Naas, County Kildare. We meet at The Moat Theatre or via Zoom.

The Moat Writers used the months of Lock Down to compile their first anthology. The resulting book, called The Voices, was launched in The Moat Theatre by renowned Kildare author John MacKenna.

The Voices is a collection of work written since the formation of the group in November 2019. The writers, frequent guests with Clem Ryan on KFM, have selected their personal favourites — short stories to intrigue and grip, poems and verses to make the reader laugh and cry, and proses pieces for reflection and meditation.



10.00am – 12.00pm

The Irish name Cuidiú means care and support for all parents with bumps or babes, tots or teens. We are a parent-to-parent support charity run by volunteer parents.

Cuidiúʼs motto is education and support for parenthood. Our aim is to provide information to parents which allows them to make informed choices about pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and to provide a supportive background to empower parents to act upon their decisions.

We help thousands of families each year through pregnancy, birth, early days of parenthood and beyond. We offer antenatal and postnatal courses, local support and reliable information to help all parents.

We meet at The Moat Theatre every Thursday at 10.00am.


Naas Country Market

9.45am- 12.15pm

Naas Country Market established in 1952. Has run successfully in different locations in Naas town. It supplies a large range of products, produced locally. Fresh vegetables as they come in season, free range eggs, crafts, plants and fresh flowers, and home baking savoury and sweet e.g. pizza, quiches, salad produce, cakes, gluten free products, jams and sauces.

Local produce, veg, eggs, flowers, plants, jams, chutneys, honey, breads, cakes, savouries and crafts, 9.45am- 12.15pm every Friday

Olivia's Cakes & Bakes



Naas Craft Market



Naas Record Fair

Step away from the chocolate and please join us for our first fair in the fabulous Moat theatre, Naas, for a diverse selection of traders carrying a wide variety of vinyl records, CDs and tapes.
Free in and all welcome for a fun day out of digging, browsing, trading and banter!
Free parking in Abbey st car park adjacent to venue and coffee shop on-site.
We hope to meet several times a year at The Moat Theatre.

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