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County Clare Events Calendar 2015
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March 2015:

  • 29th March 2015
    Sharp Shooters Airsoft Indoor League
    The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna
    Registration 2pm. 3 Categories : Sniper Rifle / Hand Pistol / Sling Shot
    Open to Men & Women over the age of 16 . BB Guns with no live ammunition, all equipment supplied. Further Information, contact: (085) 1637619. Fundraiser for Lisdoonvarna/District Game & Conservation Club.
  • 28th March 2015
    Postscript, Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    POSTSCRIPT, tells the story of actor and playwright Noelle Brown was born into a mother and baby’s home in Cork in the 1960’s and adopted at 8 weeks old. The story begins 35 years later when Noelle embarks on a journey to uncover her true identity and how the system both church and state made every step so difficult. Told through the eyes of a private investigator it is in a poignant and humorous account of an adopted person’s search for identity through a series of letters. Told through a series of letters with Noelle Brown and Brid Ni Neachtain, who played Rose in the original production of Dancing at Lughnasa (which won a Tony away on Broadway) this is a show which has captured the hearts of audiences all over Ireland and the show is very adaptable. The subject is very topical and the only theatre piece to deal with the issue of adoption in Ireland, its both funny and sad and does not set out to apportion blame, Noelle had a happy childhood but would have liked to meet her birth mother. Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets €15/€3 available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769. You can also book through Glór on 065 6843103 or online at
  • 23rd March 2015
    Role of the Workhouse during the Great Famine: a The North Clare Historical Society lecture with Prof. William J Smyth UCC
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    8pm. Admission €5.
  • 10 March 2015
    “The oldest Colonel of all”: Charles Synge (1789-1854) of Mount Callan, an Old Kilfarboy Society talk
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay
    The Old Kilfarboy Society is delighted to announce details of the final in the series of talks for 2014-15, ‘ “The oldest Colonel of all”: Charles Synge (1789-1854) of Mount Callan’, presented by Jane Tottenham. The talk explores the history of Charles Synge, the first of the Synge/Tottenham family to live at Mount Callan, based there from 1842 until his death in 1854. This talk will discuss his family background, military career and what is known about his establishing a home at Mount Callan and life subsequently. Jane Tottenham, originally from Dublin, has lived in County Clare for many years. This information is taken from ongoing wider research into the Synge family history of the nineteenth century. Based on family papers and archive sources, Jane is currently preparing this research for publication. The talk takes place at 8pm, on Tuesday, 10 March at the Malbay, Miltown Malbay and all are welcome. Entry €5 (members free).
  • 9th March - 4th April 2015
    Scenes from West Clare, a joint exhibition of paintings by mother and daughter, Geraldine and Elaine Cowley.
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Gallery, Kilkee, County Clare
    'Scenes from West Clare' is an exhibition of paintings in both Acrylic and Oil directly influenced by the picturesque land and seascapes evident in West Clare. Geraldine and Elaine's exhibition will be open to the public during Cultúrlann Sweeney Library opening hours. For more information about this event, please contact Cultúrlann Sweeney Library at (065)6899091 or contact either artist directly at Geraldine Cowley Elaine Cowley
    ph: 086 2070093; ph:086 8270443. E-mail: E-mail:
  • 1st March 2015
    ‘In-laws & Outlaws in the High Burren’ - a Burrenbeo Trust walk with Robert Cassidy
    Cassidy’s Bar and Restaurant, Carron at 2pm.
    Robert Cassidy’s family have been farming in the Burren since the 1790s. This walk will take us over the Carron hills to listen to stories of the people and the history of the area. Robert and his wife own and run Cassidy’s pub and restaurant in Carron, housed an old R.I.C station and he has many stories of the past both recent and distant. There will be refreshments available in Cassidy’s after the walk. Suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy waterproof footwear recommended. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email or phone 091 638096.

February 2015:

  • 28th February 2015
    Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Crowe’s Mayor’s Charity Banquet in aid of Carrigoran Day Care Centre & Clare Cancer Support Services
    Treacys West County Hotel, Ennis County Clare at 7:30 p.m.
    Tickets: €70. Dress Code: Semi Formal. Music by Atomic Chicken
  • 26th February - 2nd March 2015
    Russell Memorial Weekend Festival
    The annual traditional festival held in Doolin falling on the last full weekend in February is a remembrance ceremony to the Russell family, Micho Packie and Gussie Russell, the world-famous traditional musicians. The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, one of Ireland's best known and loved traditional musicians, who died in 1994. In 2006 the festival was renamed the Russell Memorial Weekend in memory of the three Russell brothers, Micho, Gussie, and Packie and their two sisters, Bridie and Mary Kate.
    For more info see
  • 26th February 2015
    'Wild Flowers: History, Uses, Science & Ecology' – a talk by Vivienne Campbell
    X-PO, Kilnaboy, 8.30 pm
    X-PO in Kilnaboy will host a talk by well know herbalist Vivienne Campbell on Thursday the 26th of February at 8.30 pm. The talk is entitled 'Wild Flowers: History, Uses, Science & Ecology' and coincides with the start of the flower season. Originally from Scotland, Vivienne Campbell is based in Kilnaboy. She has a first class honours degree in Herbal Medicine. She is passionate about showing people simple remedies that can be made at home from common plants. Vivienne teaches herbal medicine classes and leads wild herb & food foraging walks across Ireland. Her enthusiasm for herbalism is contagious and people regularly return to her walks, courses and talks. Vivienne’s work has featured in national newspapers, radio and in the Irish craft book ‘Hands On’ by Sylvia Thompson. Vivienne co-presented the hit RTE1 television series Corrigan Cooks Naturally along with celebrity chef Richard Corrigan and organic gardener Kitty Scully. She also appeared in Garrai Glás on TG4. Both series featured foraging and natural remedy-making. You can read all about Vivienne's herbal work on her website The X-PO is located in the former post office in Kilnaboy. It is a community hub for social and cultural activities. All are welcome to the talk. More information 087 292 54 87.
  • 24th February 2015
    “Food exports: how much food was exported during the Great Famine whilst Ireland starved?”
    an Aughty Famine Working Group public lecture by Niall Ó Cíosáin, National University of Ireland, Galway.
    Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort 8.00 p.m.
  • 23rd February 2015
    “Construction materials and techniques in the traditional buildings of North Clare” by Fidelma Mullane, a North Clare Historical Society lecture
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Dr Fidelma Mullane is a graduate of NUI Galway where she completed a Masters Degree in Geography on the topic of vernacular architecture. She trained as a Planner at the University of Paris, where she was also awarded a doctorate for her research on Irish traditional building practices. With over twenty years experience in the heritage sector, both as an expert adviser and vernacular architecture specialist, she currently works on heritage research and conservation projects, as well as publishing and lecturing widely on the topic. She is currently a member of the Board of the Heritage Council of Ireland. Fidelma Mullane specializes in the study and conservation of vernacular buildings. In the 1980s, Fidelma did a study of the traditional building practices in North and West Clare. Her talk will concentrate on this study, and she will also consider the state of local buildings and their importance in North Clare today. Time: 8pm Admission: €5 All are welcome
  • 22nd February 2015
    Sharp Shooters Airsoft Indoor League
    The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna
    Registration 2pm. 3 Categories : Sniper Rifle / Hand Pistol / Sling Shot
    Open to Men & Women over the age of 16 . BB Guns with no live ammunition, all equipment supplied. Further Information, contact: (085) 1637619. Fundraiser for Lisdoonvarna/District Game & Conservation Club.
  • 20th February 2015
    Hats Off To Clare, Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    This one man show performed by Gerard Howard and written and directed by Paul Brennan is based on a hilarious and surreal romp through time with some of Clare’s most famous characters – real and fictional – and how they might have interacted had they ever met. Pile them all into the West Clare Railway and see where they end up! What will Mr de Valera make of Percy French? And how will the famous clown Johnny Patterson and submarine
    inventor John Phillip Holland get on? Show starts at 8.30 pm. Tickets €12/€10 available from Kilkee Box Office on
    065 9060769. You can also book through Glór on 065 6843103 or online at
  • 19th February 2015
    Hanging with the Elephant, an evening with Michael Harding, Glór, Ennis
    Following his hugely popular nationwide tour of venues in Ireland in the autumn of 2013, Michael Harding, author, playwright and Irish Times columnist, is on his travels again in his unique one man show, talking with great honesty and wit about life, love and growing old. Coinciding with the publication of his latest book Hanging with the Elephant, he will once again enthral audiences with a night of storytelling, musings and readings from his very best work. Hilarious yet poignant, homespun yet profound, down-to-earth yet prone to amazing flights of fancy, there's nothing quite like an evening with Michael Harding. 8pm. Tickets €16 at 065 6843 103 or
  • 18th February 2015
    The Burren’s Underworld – Caves and other things that go bump in the dark! A Burrenbeo Trust February Talk with Colin Bunce
    8.30pm at Teach Ceoil, Corofin
    Colin works as a senior instructor at the Burren Outdoor Education Centre with key involvement in providing field study programmes for secondary schools. His background is in geology and he is an avid caver. He has run numerous geology courses and teachs at the Caherconnell Summer School. He has lived and worked in the Burren for many years so knows its cave systems very well. This talk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a suggested €5 donation from non-members. For more information please email or phone 091 638096.
  • 13th February - 12th March 2015
    Imirt Le Do Thoil! (Play Please!): A multi-disciplinary exhibition by Amanda Jane Graham, Myra Jago and Nicole Tilley.
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Imirt Le Do Thoil (Play Please) is a group exhibition by artists Amanda Jane Graham, Myra Jago and Nicole Tilley, exploring through print, drawing, painting and sculpture recent dramatic shifts within contemporary society and the resultant extreme impact upon childhood experience.
  • 13th February - 12th March 2015
    ‘Compostela - Field of Stars’: Mixed media works by Marianne Slevin
    Red Couch Space, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    The work features improvisations and explorations of chance in ink and oil paint on various surfaces. They are mainly 2 dimensional drawings, but some found and everyday objects are turned into art objects with her use of ink. The drawings are experimental and made using a combination of chance, intuition and feeling.
  • 12th February 2015
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Glór, Ennis
    Presented by The New Theatre Dublin in association with Richard Ryan Promotions. Following its national and Parisian tour, this classic tale of Stephen Dedalus follows the young man during his formative years as he breaks away from the Irish Catholic conventions of his past to become an artist who will "encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race." 8pm, €20/€16 conc. Directed by Jimmy Fay. Produced by Anthony Fox. Adapted by Tony Chesterman.
  • 10th February 2015
    ‘A natural and cultural history of wolves in Ireland’ – an Old Kifarboy Society talk
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay
    The Old Kilfarboy Society is delighted to announce details of its next talk, 'A natural and cultural history of wolves in Ireland', which will be given by Dr Kieran Hickey, Senior Lecturer in Geography at University College Cork. The talk will take place on Tuesday, 10th February at 8pm at the Malbay, Miltown Malbay. Published widely, Dr Hickey will be familiar to many through his wide research and expertise on storms, natural disasters and climate change in particular. He has also undertaken more specialised research on changing patterns of Atlantic storminess, hurricanes and the climate/coastal interface. Among his many publications is his volume on wolves in Ireland (2011). We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a fascinating presentation. Non-members, €5.
  • 7th February 2015
    Paddy Casey, Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    After a five year hiatus, Paddy Casey returned last year with his fourth album The Secret Life Of. It was recorded, produced and mixed at home in Paddy’s kitchen by Paddy and Pat Donne. Paddy finished touring his third
    album Addicted To Company in mid 2009 and decided then that it was time to make an album on his own, without a label. He wanted to let the songs come naturally, but found that, almost immediately, they came along in droves. So he began recording them all over the next few years, and in the last 6 months he chose the 11 tracks that make up the new album The Secret Life Of. Paddy will be here in Kilkee singing songs from his new album on the night. Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets €20 available from the Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769. You can also book through Glór on 065 6843103 or online at
  • 6th February 2015
    Ensemble Eiru at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Ensemble Eiru are an exciting group of young musicians from a wide range of performance backgrounds. They were formed in 2011 by Jack Talty and Neil O’Loghlen with a view to developing new conceptualisations of arrangement and ensemble playing in Irish traditional music. Focussing specially on the traditional musicians and repertoire associated with west and north Clare, the group perform contemporary interpretations of Irish traditional music by drawing on an eclectic range of artistic influences. Featuring Jack Talty (Clare Memory Orchestra) on concertina, Neil O’Loghlen ( Louis Stewart Quartet, Clare Memory Orchestra) on double bass and flute, Matthew Berrill (Clare Memory Orchestra) on clarinet, Jeremy Spencer on fiddle, Maeve O’Hara (CNAG) on marimba. Paddy Groenland (Leafzang) on guitar, and Matthew Jacobson (ReDiviDeR) on drums, Ensemble Eiru bring together some of Ireland’s most exciting and experienced young musicians. Admission €10 – Tickets at door. 8pm.
  • 3rd February 2015
    'Between Clare and Ayr', a talk on the life and times of Ennis poet Thomas Dermody by Dr. Michael Griffin
    The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
    A joint initiative by the Clare Archaeological Society and the Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society
  • 2nd - 27th February 2015
    'Interpreting Life Through Art' an Exhibition of Paintings by Fiona Faulkes
    Scarriff Gallery, Scarriff Public Library
    Fiona Faulkes studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford University and graduated with Honours in 1996. Originally from the New Forest in England, she now resides in Ennis, County Clare. As an International Artist, images of her paintings have had views from over 60 countries on the World Wide Web. For more information contact Fiona at:
  • 1st February 2015
    ‘Taking a Turn over Turlough Hill’ with John Connolly, a Burrenbeo Trust February Walk
    2pm at Burren Walking Centre, Oughtmama
    John Connolly is a farmer, walk leader and Burren local. John’s walk will take in an introduction to his farm, some Burren archaeology, mythology, folklore & folk traditions, Poteen distilling and much more. John was awarded a B.A. degree in Irish Heritage in 2003, and his walks have featured on BBC and TG4. An added treat on this walk is the possibility to purchase some Hazel Mountain Chocolate, Tea and Cakes in the Burren Wild Café before or after the walk. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email or phone 091 638096.

January 2015:

  • 27th - 30th January 2015
    St Bridget’s Day Stories and Cross making for schools
    Clare Museum, first floor gallery
    Local storyteller Ruth Marshall will hold Free workshops for primary schools of stories, songs, poems and cross-making to mark St Bridget’s Day and the traditional beginning of spring. Workshops will be held twice a day from 27th – 30th January and will start at 10 am and 11.30 am respectively. Each will last about an hour and 15 minutes. Booking is essential: contact John at 065-6823382 or email
  • 26th January 2015
    Forgotten Placenames and Landmarks, a North Clare Historical Society talk
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, 8pm
    The North Clare Historical Society commences its 2015 lecture series on Monday 26th January with a talk by Colm Hayes entitled Forgotten Placenames and Landmarks of Ennistymon. In this illustrated talk the placename changes and the landmarks which have disappeared over the past 250 years will be outlined. Colm Hayes is a native of Ennistymon and comes from an old Ennistymon family. He has operated a printing and stationery business in the town for over 40 years. He has had a lifetime interest in local history and was a founder member of the Old Ennistymon Society in the 1990s. He has edited a number of local publications including the popular Ennistymon Parish Magazine from the 1980s to 2002. Admission: €5
  • 21st January 2015
    “Burren bats, their habits and habitats” a Burrenbeo Trust talk with Dr Kate McAney
    Teach Ceoil, Corofin, County Clare, 8.30pm
    Kate McAney works for The Vincent Wildlife Trust in Ireland and has done so since 1991. Before joining the Trust she graduated from NUIG in 1987 with a PhD, the subject of which was the summer activity of the lesser horseshoe bat in County Clare. She currently manages 13 lesser horseshoe bat reserves located along the west coast, from Mayo in the north to Kerry in the south and edited a recent publication on the species produced by the Irish Naturalists’ Journal. An increasing feature of her work is producing educational information and supporting research on other mammals, including the Irish stoat, pine marten and pygmy shrew. This talk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a suggested €5 donation from non-members. For more information please email or phone 091 638096.
  • 16th January - 5th February 2015
    ‘VARIANT’, an exhibition of recent work by John Hanrahan
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Official opening Friday 16th January at 8 pm
    John was a founding member of the Ennis Arts Initiative, a former member of the Tulla Stables Studios and is currently a member of the Ground Up Artists Collective. He has studied and exhibited in Ireland and Australia and his work features in private and public collections.
  • 16th January - 5th February 2015
    ‘The Wonders of Clare’, an exhibition of paintings by Michel Riand
    Red Couch Space, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Official opening Friday 16th January at 8 pm.
    MICHEL RIAND is a self-taught native French artist. Since 2005 he has taken up residence in Ennistymon. While he painted regularly in France, moving to Ireland influenced him to create a range of paintings inspired by the beauty of North Clare sceneries, its people and its wildlife. He thrives in colourful environments which is reflected in his candid representations of simple moments of daily life in the West of Ireland.
  • 15th - 31st January 2015
    Art Project of recent works by Chris Brigdale.
    County Museum, Ennis
    Chris Brigdale a native of Ennis Co Clare has teamed up with Peter Fluck of (Spitting Image Fame) to poke fun at Fat Cat Bankers and Irish politicians. They hope to sell these prints by Caricature Artist Charlie Everett aka (Demonpen) to help raise funds to make a Simpsons type animation of these bankers. Further details on the project can be found at or by contacting Chris directly at 083-1972692
  • 14th January - 7th February 2015
    Sirens - A collection of Artists Photographs by Pip Sides
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Museum, Kilkee
    This is a collection of artistic photography from Clare Artist Pip Sides. According to Pip “Siren was the name given to some sea nymphs who lived on an Island. Contact details: Pip Sides. E-mail: Tel.00353 873624277
  • 13th January 2014
    'The Excavations at Fanore More', an Old Kilfarboy Society talk by Michael Lynch.
    The Old Kilfarboy Society is delighted to present a talk on the excavations at Fanore More (Later Mesolithic/ hunter gatherer sites) at 8pm on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 at the Malbay, Miltown Malbay. Presented by Michael Lynch, an archaeologist living in Killinaboy, County Clare, with a particular interest in the prehistoric archaeology of the Burren. He is also the Field Monument Adviser for County Clare. The talk will give an up to date account of the excavations (2009-2014) of two prehistoric shell middens at Fanore More, County Clare. These are the earliest known habitation sites in County Clare and date to the Mesolithic period over 6,000 years ago.
  • 4th January 2015
    ‘Blow off the cobwebs on Mullaghmore’ with Burrenbeo Trust & Friends
    1.30pm at Mullaghmore base on Crag Road
    Join the Burrenbeo Trust and friends, including various Burren experts, for a chance to burn off some of those Christmas excesses. The first monthly walk of 2015 will be climbing the iconic Mullaghmore. The walk begins at the earlier start time of 1.30 pm from the base of the Mullaghmore more on the Crag Road. Please wear strong walking shoes, warm waterproof clothes and bring water / snacks - this will be a strenuous walk - No dogs allowed. There will also be an option suitable for children to enjoy. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email or phone 091 638096.

See for events at Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis
See for events at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
See for courses at O'Neill's Burren Painting Centre, Lisdoonvarna
See and for courses at Art at the Park, Killanena

See also: Events Calendar 2014, Events Calendar 2013, Events Calendar 2012, Events Calendar 2011, Events Calendar 2010, Events Calendar 2009, Events Calendar 2008, Events Calendar 2007, Events Calendar 2006, Events Calendar 2005, Events Calendar 2004, Events Calendar 2003, Events Calendar 2002 and Events Calendar 2001

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