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County Clare Events Calendar 2016
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1916-2016 Centenary Events, County Clare: Chronological listing 2016 (PDF)

April

  • 29th April 2016
    ‘Memory Triggers – 1916 and its aftermath’
    Clare Museum at 10 am and 11.30 am
    For Primary Schools. Guns, Medals, Memorabilia and Memory – a tour of Clare Museum which utilizes real objects from the museum to tell the history Clare during the period 1916-1923. Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara has shaped tours that meet the curricular aim of exposing pupils to the ‘work of a historian’. It will also enable the development of the relevant key skills and concepts including Time and chronology, Change and continuity, Cause and effect, Using evidence, Synthesis and communication and Empathy. These workshops will also will also assist in addressing a number of the key strand units which are included in the history programme, including ‘Myself and my family’, ‘Story’, ‘Life, society’, ‘culture in the past’ and ‘continuity and change over time’. These workshops are FREE to schools. Bookings for groups of up to 25 students can be made by emailing Clare Museum at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie
  • 15th April 2016
    ‘Memory Triggers – 1916 and its aftermath’
    Clare Museum at 10 am and 11.30 am
    For Primary Schools. Guns, Medals, Memorabilia and Memory – a tour of Clare Museum which utilizes real objects from the museum to tell the history Clare during the period 1916-1923. Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara has shaped tours that meet the curricular aim of exposing pupils to the ‘work of a historian’. It will also enable the development of the relevant key skills and concepts including Time and chronology, Change and continuity, Cause and effect, Using evidence, Synthesis and communication and Empathy. These workshops will also will also assist in addressing a number of the key strand units which are included in the history programme, including ‘Myself and my family’, ‘Story’, ‘Life, society’, ‘culture in the past’ and ‘continuity and change over time’. These workshops are FREE to schools. Bookings for groups of up to 25 students can be made by emailing Clare Museum at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie
  • 14th April 2016
    ‘How to be an Archaeologist’
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    Clare Museum has organized a number of workshops for Transition Year Students for Secondary Schools providing information on how Archaeologists carry out their work. An Archaeologist from TVAS Archaeological Consultancy will give a power point presentation to students. This will be followed by some practical experience and students will carry out a dig in excavation boxes, allowing students to learn about archaeological excavation, sectioning, and recording an archaeological excavation. Where it is possible, real archaeological objects will be used in the excavation boxes.

March

  • 25th March 2016
    Dublin Burning – a show by Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan have created a show called Dublin Burning, which tells a story of Ireland’s 1916 rising through songs, music, poetry and stories of the era spanning 1890 to 1916. They have taken songs so familiar to generations of Irish people and shone an extra light on their significance for example songs such as Oro se de Bheatha Bhaile, A Nation Once Again and A Soldiers Song. They are not historians but two writers, musician and singers who happened to read a small library concerning a group of extraordinary people, men and women who lived in Ireland around a hundred years ago. Ireland was a country in a cultural revolution celebrating the rebirth of its language, music, song, art, history and folklore against a backdrop of British rule. They believed along with many other Irish men and Irish women, irrespective of religion or class, that the natural progression of a cultural revolution could only lead to a free and independent Republic of Ireland. In their research they discovered songs, stories and incredible characters who took part in an armed revolution that would change Ireland for ever more. In a week, Dublin burned with desire, passion, anger, sadness and pride. It was a momentous time in history and through the show Dublin Burning the hope is it will draw people to the story, educate, entertain and start a ripple that will send them away seeking more information and understanding of a very poignant, powerful, sad, sometimes gruesome, heroic and extremely important period of history. You can see the show Dublin Burning in Culturlann Sweeney Kilkee on Friday the 25th March 2016 at 8pm. Tickets cost €20 /€18 concession and can be booked on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 15th March 2016
    ‘Memory Triggers – 1916 and its aftermath’
    Clare Museum at 11.30am
    For Primary Schools. Guns, Medals, Memorabilia and Memory – a tour of Clare Museum which utilizes real objects from the museum to tell the history Clare during the period 1916-1923. Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara has shaped tours that meet the curricular aim of exposing pupils to the ‘work of a historian’. It will also enable the development of the relevant key skills and concepts including Time and chronology, Change and continuity, Cause and effect, Using evidence, Synthesis and communication and Empathy. These workshops will also will also assist in addressing a number of the key strand units which are included in the history programme, including ‘Myself and my family’, ‘Story’, ‘Life, society’, ‘culture in the past’ and ‘continuity and change over time’. These workshops are FREE to schools. Bookings for groups of up to 25 students can be made by emailing Clare Museum at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie
  • 10th March, 2016
    ‘How to be an Archaeologist’
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    Clare Museum has organized a number of workshops for Transition Year Students for Secondary Schools providing information on how Archaeologists carry out their work. An Archaeologist from TVAS Archaeological Consultancy will give a power point presentation to students. This will be followed by some practical experience and students will carry out a dig in excavation boxes, allowing students to learn about archaeological excavation, sectioning, and recording an archaeological excavation. Where it is possible, real archaeological objects will be used in the excavation boxes.
  • 8th March 2016
    Clare ‘Herstory’ - International Women’s Day
    Clare Museum
    To mark International Women’s Day, Clare historian Dr Tomás Mac Conmara will give two workshops that will shed light on the hidden role that Clare women played in events in Clare that will be commemorated during the Decade of Centenaries. Workshops are at 10 am and 11.30 am and places are limited to a maximum of 35 per workshop. Bookings can be made by email only: claremuseum@clarecoco.ie
  • 4th-6th March 2016
    10th Ennis Book Club Festival
    In 2016 the Ennis Book Club Festival runs from March 4th-6th and will celebrate its 10th anniversary, having attracted some 30,000 attendees to Ennis over its ten year history. The Festival aims to promote and celebrate reading. Each year, readers both from Ireland and further afield, come to Ennis to share the joy of reading. Audiences include avid readers, those who haven’t had the time to pick up a book in some years, those with a keen interest in current affairs, those who are simply looking to be inspired...the aim is to meet each of their different expectations! Not only does the Festival include author readings and discussions, it also offers discussions on topical affairs, workshops, poetry readings, theatre and walking tours through the historic streets of Ennis. This year some of the highlights include an evening with Marian Keyes and Fiona Looney; sublime music with the Vanbrugh Quartet; poets Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Leanne O’Sullivan; the hugely popular '10 Books You Should Read' session with Diarmaid Ferriter and Catríona Crowe; why not join the versatile Happy Pear team for some enticing healthy-eating tips for the year ahead; topping the bill on Saturday evening, special guests poet Lemn Sissay and BBC correspondent Kate Adie and the Sunday Symposium double-bill – 'A Nation and Not a Rabble' with Diarmaid Ferriter and the provocatively entitled 'Do It Like a Woman!'. As you can see, there’s loads to choose from and great value ticket packages on offer. Special accommodation offers are available through many local hotels. Book early to avail of Festival deals and great hospitality. Full details on the festival website www.ennisbookclubfestival.com with tickets on sale through glór Box Office: www.glor.ie Tel: 065 6843103
  • 3rd March, 2016
    ‘How to be an Archaeologist’
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    Clare Museum has organized a number of workshops for Transition Year Students for Secondary Schools providing information on how Archaeologists carry out their work. An Archaeologist from TVAS Archaeological Consultancy will give a power point presentation to students. This will be followed by some practical experience and students will carry out a dig in excavation boxes, allowing students to learn about archaeological excavation, sectioning, and recording an archaeological excavation. Where it is possible, real archaeological objects will be used in the excavation boxes.

February

  • 12th -14th February 2016
    4th Annual Oidhreacht an Chlair Concertina Cruinniú
    Miltown Malbay
    Events include concertina classes, lectures, recitals and repair workshops. The weekend caters for all levels including adult only beginner and a master class with Noel Hill. There is also a free concertina trail in the pubs throughout the town during the weekend. Tickets available online at www.oac.ie. Early bird registration €50 until January 31st 2016
  • 9th February 2016
    ‘The Priest and the Submarine man’ - an Old Kilfarboy Society talk by Michael Conneely
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay at 8pm.
    The Old Kilfarboy Society is delighted to welcome Michael Conneely as the next speaker in this series of talks. In 'The Priest and the Submarine Man', Michael will discuss the contribution Liscannor native, John Philip Holland, made to the development of the submarine. Michael will also trace Holland's influence on the Wright Brothers and their historic flight. Holland started out on his journey of discovery by studying bird-flight at the Cliffs of Moher and his interest in flight allowed him to make his seminal contribution to aero/hydro dynamics. Michael Conneely is a graduate of NUI Galway, an Associate of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and a contributor to newspapers, magazines and radio on the subject of maritime archaeology and history.
  • 7th February 2016
    'The Hill is Red, The Wood is Damp; Cooloorta and its famine landscape’, a Burrewnbeo Trust Talk with Tony Kirby
    The Famine Road, Coolorta at 2pm
    Tony Kirby is a Limerick city native. He lives in Kilnaboy and works as a walking tourism operator in the Burren. He is the author of the book “The Burren and the Aran Islands A Walking Guide”. Tony blogs about Burren life at www.heartofburrenwalks.com. He is particularly interested in the pilgrimage landscape of the Burren. The walk will include commentaries on the remarkable Famine landscape of Cooloorta, the ancient festival of Imbolg plus the crag lands and wet lands of the south-east of the Burren. This walk, while not strenuous, will last for about 2 hours and will be on limestone pavement so please wear good walking boots/shoes, warm clothes, waterproofs etc. Please note the start point can be reached from Kilnaboy, Carron or from the Gort/Corofin road - see directions below. However access from the Gort/Corofin road is prone to flooding so please check this beforehand. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. In case of bad weather which may affect the walk please check our website or Facebook page for the latest updates. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096. The start point is marked on Google Maps here or can be found by searching the coordinates 53.016899, -8.981327.

January

  • 30th January 2016
    Benefit concert in aid of Irish Seed Savers
    Ryan’s Pub, Scariff
    On Saturday the 23rd of January 2016, a special evening of world music featuring musician Frank Bouchier will take place in Ryan’s pub in Scariff. Organised by Irish Seed Savers Association, all proceeds will go towards building a new education building and launching an Elearning course. This will allow us to continue to empower people both locally and globally to have their own food security and to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity for our planet’s future. €10 tickets are available in Ryan's Centra, The Grainey and Irish Seed Savers.
  • 16th January 2016
    Oidhreacht an Chlair presents Séan Keane and Band along with many special guests including PJ Murrihy
    The Armada Hotel, Spanish Pointat 8:30pm.
    Tickets available online at www.oac.ie, at the Music Makers of West Clare and various locations in Miltown Malbay.
  • 14th January 2016
    The excavation of a wedge tomb on Roughan Hill, the Burren, County Clare - an illustrated talk by archaeologist Ros O’Maolduin
    X-PO KILLINABOY at 8.30 pm.
    The densest concentration of wedge tombs in Ireland is on the Burren in Co. Clare and the densest cluster in that concentration is on Roughan Hill. This talk will describe the results from the first excavation of a wedge tomb in this significant cluster and discuss its relevance to our understanding of Early Bronze Age society in Ireland. 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.
  • 12th January - 6th February 2016
    Compostela - Field of Stars
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    Marianne Slevin’s mixed media works ‘Compostela-Field of Stars’ can be viewed in the Clare Museum from January 12th – February 6th, 2016. Her work features improvisations and explorations of chance in ink and oil paint on various surfaces. They are mainly 2 dimensional drawings and paintings, 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. In some cases Marianne uses the elements such as the wind or a leak in the kitchen window to create the drawings. She also uses the ‘accidental’ in her work, such as an ink spillage on the stone floor. Other times she devises games of chance, rolling objects that hold meaning for her, like a fortune teller, and drawing around them to reveal a visual map. She often works in ways where she has very little control, and the environment she is in, her own body and intuition have a chance to play, rather than the decisions being made only using her head.
  • 12th January 2016
    'Kilrush and County Clare recruiting committees during the First World War', an Old Kilfarboy Society talk by Paul O’Brien
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay, at 8pm
    This talk is based on the Glynn family papers, and includes an examination of diaries, government propaganda and letters penned by Kilrush men from the Front. As part of the Glynn collection relates to the Glynn family's role as recruiters for the British Army during the First World War, Paul's illustrated talk will examine that role and focus on some of the West Clare enlisters in the army. The role of Fr. Hannon, Parish Priest of Miltown Malbay, is also examined. From Kilrush, Paul O’Brien recently completed his doctoral thesis at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. The talk takes place on Tuesday, 12 January, at 8pm, in the Malbay, Miltown Malbay. All are welcome. €5 non-members.
  • 3rd January 2016
    Welcome in the New Year on Blackhead - a Burrenbeo Trust Walk
    Meet at St Patrick's Church, Fanore, at 1.30pm
    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 2016 will be an energetic walk along the green road at Fanore up to Cathair Dun Irghus. The walk begins at the earlier start time of 1.30 pm from Fanore Church. Please wear strong walking shoes, warm waterproof clothes and bring water / snacks - this will be a strenuous walk - No dogs allowed. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. In case of bad weather which may affect the walk please check our website or Facebook page for the latest updates. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.

See http://www.glor.ie for events at Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis
See http://www.burrencollege.ie/ for events at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
See http://www.burrenpaintingcentre.com for courses at O'Neill's Burren Painting Centre, Lisdoonvarna
See http://www.burrenpaintingcentre.com and http://www.artatthepark.net for courses at Art at the Park, Killanena

See also: Events Calendar 2015, 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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