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County Clare Events Calendar 2016

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

October

  • Sunday 2nd October 2016
    ‘A Ramble around Kilshanny with Pius Murray
    Meet at Kilshanny Church (51 R126929 ) at 2pm
    Burrenbeo’s October walk will be around the western edge of the Burren at Kilshanny, The walk will be led by Pius Murray who is a leader with Clare Pilgrim Way. The Clare Pilgrim Way has been marking out a pilgrim route linking ancient monastic sites, holy places and cultural centres around the County and a small section of South Galway. While this will not be a strenuous walk you should wear good walking shoes and bring waterproofs and warm clothes as required. There will be an optional stop at Kilshanny House for tea and scones for an extra donation afterwards
    No dogs allowed. The walk is open to everyone, and will focus on information sharing rather than covering long distances, although a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email aine@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
    Directions
    Kilshanny is located on the N67 between Ennistymon and Lisdoonvarna. The church is reached by taking the turning opposite the Kilshanny house (on the left if coming from Ennistymon or right if coming from Lisdoonvarna).

September

  • 23 September - 1 October, 2016
    Picking Up the Threads: Women’s Lives Remembered
    Remaking the Fabric of Care to Learn from Maternal Deaths

    The Courthouse Gallery
    Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
    This exhibition commemorates the lives of the women who have died in our maternity services. Between 2007 and 2014, there were inquests for eight of these women, all of which ended in verdicts of death by medical misadventure.
    This multi-media exhibition includes:
    - a knitted quilt, made by over one hundred contributors from across the island of Ireland and beyond, many of the small pieces for which came from Donegal women
    - showings of the documentary, Picking up the Threads, which has been made about this project
    - portraits of the eight women who have had inquests following their maternal deaths
    - a framed cross-stitch panel of the names of the eight women, made by local Donegal woman, Louise McCrossan
    - a knit a stitch and keep the thread going work open to all who wish to contribute a row or two or more of knitting
    - yarn bombing contributions from Donegal and Derry
    - a national petition to the incoming Minister for Justice to secure the amendment for a legal inquest in the face of all maternal deaths
    - the chance for groups to meet in the course of the exhibition and chat about what is needed to improve maternity service locally in Donegal
    For further information, contact: Martina Hynan martinahynan@gmail.com
    Jo Murphy-Lawless jlawless@tcd.ie or Doreen Fitzmaurice doreenfitz@hotmail.com
    Find the Elephant Collective at https://www.facebook.com/The-Elephant-Collective-1662667163990925/ and https://twitter.com/el_collective where you can also view the trailer for the documentary: https://vimeo.com/147098420
    The exhibition also has a Facebook Events Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/779112152221562/
    See also the Irish Midwives Association http://irishmidwives.ie/
  • Friday 16th September
    Culture Night: Various events all over Clare
    5pm to 10pm

    Events in Ennis, Shannon & West Clare
    Events in East Clare and North Clare
    See also: http://www.culturenight.ie
  • Friday 16th September
    ‘Twilight over Blackhead’
    Songs, Stories and the Burren with Shane Casey, John Casey & Guests.

    Meet at 7.30pm at Murroghtoohy layby (51 M 150 115).
    Explore the Burren landscape in the twilight and get a new perspective on the area. Led by Shane Casey, the evening will include songs, stories, stargazing and an overview of nocturnal wildlife. Shane is a native to this area but is also the Biodiversity Officer for Dublin City Council. Shane and John are both very familiar with Blackhead, Fanore and the local songs, stories and nature.
    The meeting point will be Murroghtoohy layby, Blackhead (51 M 150 115) at 7.30pm. The start point is marked on this map. Suitable shoes and clothing for walking required, as well as waterproofs, or warm cloths etc as necessary. While we will try to keep light to a minimum it may be worth bringing a small torch or head torch if you have one. Some of this walk is on broken pavement so a reasonable level of fitness is required. The walk is a free event but donations will be gratefully received.
    For more information see www.burrenbeo.com, email aine@burrenbeo.com or call 091 638096.
    Directions:
    From the West (Ballyvaughan)
    Take the R477, the coastal road from Ballyvaughan to Fanore. Shortly after you pass the lighthouse (on your right) you will reach a large layby on the right. This is the Murroghtoohy layby.
    From the South (Lisdoonvarna)
    Take the R477, the coastal road to Fanore and Ballyvaughan. Approximately 1Km to the North of Fanore you will come to a large layby on your left. This is the Murroghtoohy layby.
  • Saturday 10th September
    NYCI Child Protection Awareness Programme for Artists with Tom Kent - Ennis
    Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Clare County Council Arts Office

    10.00 - 14.00 in Ennis
    Have you previously undertaken Child Protection Training? If not, then this is the session will provide you with certified basic Child Protection Training through the National Youth Council of Ireland's (NYCI) Children First Programme.
    This session is aimed at artists who work with Children and Young People through a range of media including visual arts, music, literature, dance, theatre and film. In particular of interest for artists working in schools but also other contexts such as workshops in libraries and community settings and public art projects that involve engagement with Children and Young People. N.B. Places will be prioritised for artists based in County Clare.
    Format The NYCI Children First Child Protection Awareness Programme is the basic awareness course developed for staff and volunteers working with young people, and is the recognised training programme for the youth work sector. The course is delivered through tutor input, group discussion and exercises. The session covers the following topics:
    - Legislation and policy
    - Values and attitudes
    - Reasonable grounds for concerns
    - Dealing with disclosures
    - Code of behaviour – working safely with young people
    - Scenarios
    Tom Kent is Director of Programmes with YMCA Ireland. Tom began his career in the Tourism Industry and went on to join YMCA Ireland in 2006. He has extensive experience in training & development and managing quality control systems. His primary role is running the YMCA STEP programme across 5 centres in the Republic of Ireland.
    To register or for more information email: monica@visualartists.ie
    Cost: €10.00 / 5 VAI Members
  • 4th September 2016
    Burrenbeo Trust September Walk:
    Changing Seasons at Lough Avalla with Harry Jeuken and Family

    Meet at 2pm at Gortlecka Crossroads (51R 304 945).
    Join us on one of the Burren’s most stunning walks around the Lough Avalla loop walk and catch the last of the summer blossoms. Harry Jeuken is the landowner at Lough Avalla and has a wealth of knowledge of the holy wells, the winterage, and the story of the local land. Harry and his family are certified organic farmers and also farm biodynamically. Amongst other things Harry's family make cheese from their own goat herd. The walk will take us on a tour of the land farmed by Harry and his family taking a look at the archaeology, geology, botany, history and agriculture of the area.
    The meeting point will be Gortlecka cross at 1.45pm for 2.00pm start. The start point is marked on this map. As parking is limited we suggest people car share or arrive early and please be mindful or landowners and road users when parking. Suitable shoes and clothing for walking required, as well as waterproofs, sunblock or warm cloths etc as necessary. This is a strenuous walk some of which is on broken pavement with a couple of climbs and descents and will be slightly longer than our usual walks - lasting for 2.5 - 3 hours. There will be tea and cake at the farmhouse afterwards for an extra donation - €5 suggested.
    Due to presence of livestock on the land no dogs are allowed on the walk.
    For more information see www.burrenbeo.com, email aine@burrenbeo.com or call 091 638096.

August

  • 11th August 2016
    Book Launch, Flowing Tides, History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape.
    Old Ground Hotel, Ennis at 7pm
    Book Launch of Flowing Tides, History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape by Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin.
    An undisputed mecca of traditional music, County Clare is an isolated soundscape in the west of Ireland. Home to legendary music villages such as Doolin, Miltown Malbay, Lisdoonvarna, Tulla and Kilfenora, Flowing Tides argues that this ancient place has felt the effects of global cultural flows for centuries.
    Despite its isolation on the western edge of Europe, Ireland occupies vast amounts of space on the music maps of the world. Deeply rooted in time and place, Irish songs, dances and instrumental traditions have a history of global travel that span the centuries.
    For the first time, this remarkable soundscape is explored by an insider, a fourth generation Clare concertina player, uilleann piper and an internationally recognised authority on Irish traditional music. Entrusted with the testimonies, tune lore, and historic field recordings of Clare performers, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, reveals why this ancient place is a site of musical pilgrimage and how it absorbed the impact of global cultural flows for centuries.
  • 11th August 2016
    God, Crown & Country: Clare's Soundscape in the Age of Rebellion
    Old Ground Hotel, Ennis at 7pm
    Lecture by Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin
    Although Clare enjoys a singular reputation as a storehouse of Irish traditional music, little has been written about the genesis of this soundscape, or the seminal events that shaped it during Ireland’s prolonged Age of Rebellion. Clare music making owes much to the combined sonic signatures of Irish revolutionary nationalism, the Catholic Church, and the military bands of British garrisons stationed throughout the county in the years leading up to the Rising of 1916. Focusing on the sounds of rebellion, as opposed to the written records of rebellion, this illustrated lecture will examine the eclectic roles of music and music makers in Clare’s transformation from colonial outpost to revolutionary county.
  • 9th August 2016
    Chamber Philharmonia Cologne presents Classics from Germany
    St. Flannan’s Cathedral in Killaloe at 8pm
    Featuring a diverse program ranging from Antonio Vivaldi to W.A. Mozart, Francois Borne, Gioacchino Rossini and Niccolo Paganini. Tickets available at the Church one hour prior to the concert from 7 pm.
  • 7th August 2016
    ‘Above and Below Garryland’ Ecology & underground rivers of Coole – Garryland
    Tierneevin Church at 1.30pm
    Join Burrenbeo Trust for an exploration of the fascinating ecology and underground rivers of the Coole – Garryland turlough complex with Dr David Drew and Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington. This turlough system is unusual in that, though farmed at Garryland, it is surrounded by native woodland that gives it a primeval aspect which is unusual in the east Galway area. David and Micheline will share their respective expertise and shed light on the wonders of this habitat. Formerly a lecturer on karst, hydrology and hydrogeology in Trinity College Dublin, David’s particular interest is in limestone (karstic) regions of Ireland such as the Burren and especially in the underground waters in these areas and is actively involved in research into the groundwater in the Burren. Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington has recently retired as lecturer in Plant Ecology in the Botany Department, NUI Galway, where she taught for 34 years.
    The walk will meet at Tierneevin Church at 1.30pm to allow carpooling to the start location which has limited parking. The walk will last for roughly 2 hours, depending on water levels. The walk start point is marked here. Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs or suncream if needed. No dogs allowed. The walk is open to everyone, and will focus on information sharing rather than covering long distances, although a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.

July

  • 31st July - 5th August 2016
    Rose Of Clare Festival
    Cooraclare & Cree
    A family festival incorporating field day fun, sporting and heritage events, selection of 2016 Rose of Clare and something for all the community.
  • 31st July 2016
    Ceol Cois Tine Traditional Music Night
    Carrigaholt at 7.30pm
    Enjoy a night of traditional music in Keane’s Pub. www.loophead.ie
  • 31 July 2016
    Old Kilfarboy Society guided walk to Rathborney Valley and Cappanwalla Hill in the Burren North.
    Church carpark, Miltown Malbay at 2pm
    This guided walk will visit the lovely medieval church and graveyard at Rathborney, one or two of the fine cashels that are a feature of the Rathborney valley, and weather permitting will include a walk along part of the Burren Way to see the prehistoric enclosure on Cappanawalla hill. Christine Grant (archaeologist with the National Monument Service, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs) will be our guide.
    All interested should meet at Church Car Park, Miltown Malbay at 2pm, on the day or alternatively, at 3 pm in the car park opposite the church in Ballyvaughan. All are welcome and remember to wear suitable footwear.
    €5 per person.
  • 31st July 2016
    1916 - 2016 Centenary Commemoration Open Air Concert
    Kilrush
    Open air concert in the beautiful settings of the Vandeleur Walled Garden. www.vandeleurwalledgarden.ie
  • 30th July - 1st August 2016
    Kilmihil Festival Of Fun
    Kilmihil
    Ireland’s only festival completely dedicated to fun and making you smile.
  • 30th July 2016
    Jack L in concert
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Jack’s once yearly visit to Cultúrlann Sweeney, always sells out, so you are advised to get your tickets fast! In celebration of The 1916 Centenary Jack Lukeman recorded a beautiful version of “The Minstrel Boy”. The song was originally written by Thomas Moore (1779–1852) in remembrance of those whom had participated in (and were killed during) the Irish Rebellion of 1798. The song gained widespread popularity and became a favorite and a great inspiration for the 1916 Easter Rising. To this day the song is notably associated with organizations that historically had a heavy Irish representation worldwide. International Irish singer songwriter extraordinaire Jack Lukeman is one of Ireland’s most respected and best loved performers and few can match his award-winning powerhouse vocals and inventive live shows. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost €20 and are available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 29th - 31st July 2016
    Doonbeg Seafood Festival
    Doonbeg
    The festival has something for everyone - events include open air fish market, pony & trap rides, face painting, zorb balls, treasure hunt, water golfing and music. http://www.clare.ie/event/doonbeg-seafood-festival/
  • 27th July 2016
    Battle Hymns Of The Republic
    Kilrush
    West Clare 1916-2016 Commemoration Steering Group present “Battle Hymns of
    the Republic” - the rendition of republican anthems, love songs and tributes to those who
    died in 1916, to include poetry readings and dress of the era. www.clarecoco.ie
  • 27th July 2016
    Children’s Film Club ‘ Garfield – A tale of two Kitties’
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Comedy sequel in which the laziest cat in America swaps places with the richest feline in England. Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) is on his way to London to propose to his veterinarian girlfriend, Liz Wilson (Jennifer Love Hewitt), and his unflappable cat, Garfield (voice of Bill Murray), is determined to be there when Jon pops the big question. Of course, Garfield wouldn't go anywhere wihout his old pal Odie, and soon after arriving in the land of Big Ben, the clueless tomcat inadvertently changes places with royal look-a-like Prince. It seems that Prince's owner, Lady Eleanor, has recently passed away, leaving the care of her sprawling estate Castle Carlyle in the capable paws of her devoted kitty companion. The trouble is, Prince has decided it's time for a vacation, and with Garfield in charge there's no telling what kind of trouble will befall Castle Carlyle. Running time 86 minutes. Suitable all ages. Film starts 6.30pm. Tickets €4. Family ticket €15 (4 persons). Tickets are available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 26 July – 19 August 2016
    ‘Claresan’ Art Exhibition by Helen Lowe
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    ‘Claresan’,is the title of the exhibition. The “san” is an honorific used to imply importance of the county Clare. “Clare”, is a sacred place and a source of artistic inspiration for many years. Thought out the county there is a great feeling of beauty and archaeology importance. This exhibition captures the some of the solidarity of seascapes, landscape, and fauna that Clare offers. The selected awe-inspiring paintings are brought to life using classical elements of earth, water, fire and air giving the images a three-dimensional feel. The exhibition is located on the edge of the Atlantic in the beautiful coastal town of Kilkee. The official opening is Saturday 30th July at12pm, all welcome. The exhibition runs from the 26th July to the 19th of August, and will be open to the public during library opening hours.
  • 23rd July 2016
    North Clare Show
    Corofin
    The 67th North Clare Agricultural Show is a fun day out for all the family. www.visitcorofin.com
  • 23rd July 2016
    Frankie Gavin and De Dannan in concert
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Frankie Gavin and De Dannan bring something different and unique to their audiences. The band’s repertoire includes their trademark sets of lively, sometimes furious jigs and reels –– but their choice of material, arrangements and playing style combine to set traditional Irish music in a wider musical and cultural context. This 21st century line-up infuses the band’s inherited music with a bewildering range of influences – from gypsy jazz to contemporary pop music, and from mainstream European classical music to sentimental Irish-American ballads. The band’s latest recordings, the CD Jigs and Jazz II and their recent single which pairs Handel’s The Queen Of Sheba with Paul Mc Cartney’s Calico Skies, illustrate perfectly the fusion of sounds and influences that now characterise their music. Band line-up: Frankie Gavin: Fiddle, Viola, Flute and Whistle, Barry Brady: Accordion, Colm O’Caoimh: guitar and Vocals, Dan Bodwell: Double bass, Bernadine Casserly: Vocals. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost €25 and are available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 23rd July 2016
    Barn Dance At The Farmyard
    Corofin
    A night of live music and delicious food. Prizes for the best dressed cowboy/cowgirl! www.thefarmyard.ie
  • 21st July 2016
    Animal Magic Workshop with Ruth Wood
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Make colourful masks and images of animals using a range of patterns and textures. Suitable for 6-12 year olds. Originally from Killaloe and a Fine Art graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design Ruth Wood has worked as a professional painter in Munster since 1998.She runs a diverse range of collaborative art workshops with children, adults and people with special needs. Recent groups include Ennis National School, Doonaha National School, Kilrush Artists group, and an ongoing weekly session in Bawnmore, Limerick .To enhance her facilitation skills in this area she has recently completed the QQI Award. Training delivery & evaluation, Component Certificate. Level 6, (Distinction). Workshop starts at 3.30pm. Tickets €8 & €6 per child thereafter. Advanced booking required.
  • 20th - 24th July 2016
    Kilrush Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival
    Kilrush
    Music & set dancing festival with workshops and open air céilís. www.kilrushcce.com
  • 20th July 2016
    Children’s Film Club ‘Annie’
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Annie is a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan. But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around. Running time 118 minutes. Suitable all ages. Film starts 6.30pm. Tickets €4. Family ticket €15 (4 persons). Tickets are available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 19th July 2016
    Global Archaeology: digging around the world, a talk by Dr Kate Leonard.
    St Patrick’s Hall Corofin, at 8pm
    The 2016 Summer prehistoric archaeology lecture series, Corofin County Clare, is brought to you by ‘The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology’ and the ‘Department of Archaeology, NUI Galway’. All lectures are open to the public - €5/€3.50 concession. More info at www.prehistoricfieldschool.ie and email info@prehistoricfieldschool.ie
  • 18th - 22nd July 2016
    Music summercamp with Ennis Guitar School
    Westgate, Kilrush Rd, Ennis
    25 hours of class tuition including supervised daily jamming sessions with house band. Fee €90. All summer camp participants will be entered into a free draw for 2 tickets to see Tommy Emmanuel live in the Limetree Theatre Limerick on Sunday, July 24th. Ennis Guitar School, Westgate, Kilrush Rd, Phone 065 6822516 or visit G4guitarmethod.com
  • 17th July 2016
    Clarecastle Regatta
    Clarecastle
    Family gathering on the quays in Clarecastle.
  • 16th July 2016
    Burren Inspirational Walk
    The Burren at 10.30am
    Walkers participate actively in spiritual/inspirational walks in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. www.coisceimanama.ie
  • 16th July 2016
    Kieran Goss in concert
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Long hailed as one of Ireland’s leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss’s music has won him fans across the globe. But if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend. Live on stage is where Kieran Goss really shines. Kieran will perform the first half of the show solo and will be joined on stage in the second half by harmony singer Annie Kinsella. Individually, they are both gifted singers but when they sing together, magic happens… Don’t miss this rare chance to see Kieran performing in this beautiful intimate venue. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost €20 and are available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 15th - 17th July 2016
    Peadar Clancy Festival
    Cranny
    A great weekend of fun assured from cultural parade, treasure hunt, fancy dress themed night to a family fun day.
  • 14th July 2016
    Dorothy Dolittle’s Magical Adventure
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Starring Dorothy DoLittle, Ronnie-Run-A-Lot, Clarence Carrot with a guest appearance by Miss Aubergine (Queen over the Land-of-The-DoLots). CallBack theatre has been touring to theatres, schools, festivals, libraries etc with educational shows for the last 10 years and are back again with this show ‘Dorothy DoLittle’s Magical Adventure’, an educational and fun puppet show about the importance of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. The show uses puppets and actors in a beautiful colourful set. The show encourages interaction from the children as they learn about the importance and methods of healthy eating and physical activity. The show is a fun, enjoyable adventure, whose message is so important for today’s children. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets €5, Family Ticket €18 (4 persons). Tickets available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 13th July 2016
    Children’s Film Club ‘Wallace and Gromit’
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    The cheese-loving Wallace and his ever faithful dog Gromit are back in the movie ‘The Curse of the Ware Wolf’. Running time 85 minutes. Suitable all ages. Film starts 6.30pm. Tickets €4. Family ticket €15 (4 persons). Tickets are available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 11th - 15th July 2016
    The Farmyard Summer Camp
    Corofin
    Experience all the fun, excitement and healthy living that a working farm has to offer from milking the cow to farm to fork cookery class. Suitable for 7 - 13 years old. www.thefarmyard.ie
  • 10th - 17th July 2016
    Céilí At The Crossroads Festival
    Clarecastle
    20th annual festival of set-dancing, singing and music in Clarecastle.
  • 10th July 2016
    Kilkee Currach Racing
    Kilkee
    Kilkee hosts a round of currach racing. www.loophead.ie
  • 9th July 2016
    Itri Inis Triathlon
    Ennis
    iTri triathlon will have triathlon and aquathon events at Ballyalla Lake. Our main sprint triathlon event will be part of the Triathlon Ireland National Series. www.ennistriclub.com
  • 8th - 10th July 2016
    Loophead Gathering Festival
    Cross
    A family festival of traditional music, comedy events, cultural events, sport and family fun for all. www.loopheadclare.com/
  • 8th - 10th July 2016
    Kilkee Maritime Festival
    Kilkee
    The Maritime Festival allows you to take part in the many events organised for the weekend from raft
    racing to sand castle building, there is something for everyone. www.loophead.ie
  • 8th - 9th July 2016
    ‘Write, Rap, Record’ summer workshop series for teenagers
    An Grianán, North West Clare Family Resource Centre, Ennistymon
    Music Generation Clare in partnership with the North West Clare Family Resource Centre present ‘Write, Rap, Record’ summer workshop series for teenagers aged between 14 and 18 years of age in the North West Clare area, June 8th to July 29th, 2016, to write produce and video record a new musical work created through sampling, mixing, hip-hop, DJing, and acting. For further details see NWFRC and Music Generation Clare Facebook pages.
  • 8th - 9th July 2016
    Wild! By Evan Placey - Ennis Street Arts Festival in association with glór
    glór, Ennis, 12pm & 2pm
    WiLd! tells the story of 10-year-old Billy, who has been diagnosed with the condition ADHD and brilliantly captures Billy's world from his funny, quirky distracted view of the world.
    Billy lives with his Mum while his Dad and elder brother no longer live at home. Billy decides to look after the bee hive that belonged to his Dad, trying to stop the bees from swarming and hoping his Dad will recognise that he has done a good thing - perhaps this might persuade Dad to return? Tickets €10|€8|€30 Family of 4 - Suitable for ages 8+
  • 8th July 2016
    The Musical Menagerie
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    The Musical Menagerie’ Puppet Show features the story of two zoo-keepers reminiscing about their first days in the job. A tall tail tale is told about a Gibbon that lost his tail, while meeting exotic animals from far and wide, including Sheridan the Sloth, Imelda the Rhino Hornbill, Kevin the Snake and Gilbert – the Gibbon who’s lost his groove. This magical musical is told with all original songs including “I’m a Lean Mean Sleeping Machine”, “The Rainforest Jive” to name but two. The animals combine breath-taking realism with elements of fantasy that have become the trademark of Your Man’s Puppets. The Musical Menagerie Puppet Show delivers a wonderfully imaginative performance which leaves the audience full of memories of a great, shared family experience, suitable for all ages. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets €5, Family Ticket €18 (4 persons). Tickets available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 8th July 2016
    Maria Doyle Kennedy
    glór, Ennis
    Maria is an Irish singer, actor and filmmaker. She has sung live with Snow Patrol and has spent more than two decades performing all over the world before audiences at Glastonbury, Oxygen and the Cambridge Folk Festival, and in small, intimate theatres. She honed her craft as a performer with Hothouse Flowers and The Black Velvet Band before performing in the movie The Commitments and by then, Maria’s reputation was strong enough to earn her a place singing on the album The Lady Sings The Blues alongside Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Tina Turner and Annie Lennox. €20
  • 8th July 2016
    Balloon Modelling with Deirdre Carmody - in association with Ennis Arts Festival
    glór, 11am & 12.30pm
    Have fun creating colourful balloon dragonflies, fish on a rod, swans, bees, hats and lots more. Watch little faces light up as they leave with their balloon creations and a certificate of accomplishment. Tickets €10
  • 7th - 10th July 2016
    Ennis Street Arts Festival
    Ennis
    The streets of Ennis will come alive with fun, art, culture and entertainment. All of this is brought to you by local, national and international artists. www.ennisstreetfestival.com
  • 7th July 2016
    Drawing Workshops with Aidan Courtney - in association with Ennis Arts Festival
    glór, 11am
    Aidan Courtney delivers a bee themed illustration workshop where children will learn how to draw the Queen Bee, her workers, a bee keeper and many other fun bee related things. This will all be step by step drawing for kids. Parents are welcome to accompany their children if they wish. €10 – suitable for ages 5 - 13.
  • 7th July 2016
    Contemporary Dance Workshop with SAAP from Budapest - in association with Ennis Arts Festival
    glór, Ennis, 3.30pm
    Street Art Project Performances is a young Hungarian contemporary dance start-up, performing theatrical dance pieces. These workshops will be an introduction to dance performance and how it can be integrated in public spaces. With classical ballet and contemporary dance skills you will learn how to bring art to people's everyday life. €10 - ages 13+
  • 7th July 2016
    World Tales with Niall de Búrca
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Grab your seat and hang on tight, Niall de Búrca will be performing at Culturlann Sweeney on July 7th. More dangerous than the pied piper, de Búrca will cast a spell on all ages. Join him for a Summer feast of tales from many lands. Raised in the West; Niall emigrated at a young age and has performed on 6 continents in countries as diverse as Denmark, Iran and Romania. Using his voice with a craftman’s skill, Niall shares great tales with tremendous energy, judgement and superb timing. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost €5 and €18 for a family ticket (4 persons). Tickets available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 6th July 2016
    Launch of Community Art Mural designed by artist Michelle Bradley
    West Clare Resource Centre Miltown Malbay 1.15pm
    Launch of LCETB-sponsored Community Art Mural designed by artist Michelle Bradley, based on a reworking of the Pied Piper Story with a female piper leading the children into Spraoi, the Community Creche. The event features music and poetry and is supported by Na Piobairi Uileann. All are welcome.
  • 6th July 2016
    Contemporary Dance Workshop with SAAP from Budapest - in association with Ennis Arts Festival
    glór, Ennis, 12pm
    Street Art Project Performances is a young Hungarian contemporary dance start-up, performing theatrical dance pieces. These workshops will be an introduction to dance performance and how it can be integrated in public spaces. With classical ballet and contemporary dance skills you will learn how to bring art to people's everyday life. €10 - ages 13+
  • 6th July 2016
    Aerial workshop with Outside the box Circus - in association with Ennis Arts Festival
    glór, Ennis, 11am
    Aerial Workshops for children and adults, where you will have the opportunity to learn and explore aerial and acrobatic circus skills. €10.
  • 5th July 2016
    Make your own Puppet with Suse from Branar - in association with Ennis Arts Festival
    glór, Ennis, 11am & 2pm
    Suse has been puppet designer and maker for all of Branar’s productions since 2009. She will work with children and one parent to make and use their own puppet during this workshop. No experience necessary. €10 – Suitable from age 7 – 12
  • 4th - 8th July 2016
    Music summercamp with Ennis Guitar School
    Westgate, Kilrush Rd, Ennis
    25 hours of class tuition including supervised daily jamming sessions with house band. Fee €90. All summer camp participants will be entered into a free draw for 2 tickets to see Tommy Emmanuel live in the Limetree Theatre Limerick on Sunday, July 24th. Ennis Guitar School, Westgate, Kilrush Rd, Phone 065 6822516 or visit G4guitarmethod.com
  • 4th July 2016
    Buzzing with colour with Shone MacGillivary - Workshop in association with Ennis Arts Festival
    glór, Ennis, 11am & 1pm
    Explore the life of bees and the flowers through paint and mixed media. Shona from The Art Box will guide the children through methods of observing, imagining and enjoying the colourful effects of painting. €10. Suitable for age 5+
  • 3rd July 2016
    ‘Rambling on a Burren Butterfly Road’ with Jesmond Harding, a Burrenbeo Trust Walk
    Creevagh/Cloncoose Green Road, Kilnaboy (51R 273 955) at 2pm
    The Burren is home to a remarkable number and range of butterflies and moths. Join Jesmond Harding, one of Ireland's foremost butterfly experts, on the Burrenbeo July walk on a beautiful Burren green road. Jesmond is the author of 'Discovering Irish Butterflies and their Habitats' and the founder of the Butterfly Conservation Ireland group to raise awareness and work towards protecting these species. Jesmond carries out a lot of work in the Burren in training and conservation for the the protection of the rarer local species. The walk will be followed by tea and scones with Nuala Daly for an extra donation. The walk will meet at Cloncoose at 2pm and will last for roughly 2 hours. Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs or suncream if needed. No dogs allowed. The walk is open to everyone, and will focus on information sharing rather than covering long distances, although a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 3rd July 2016
    Summer Craft Fair & Plant Sale
    Kilrush
    Celebrate summer at Vandeleur Walled Garden with a summer craft fair and plant sale. www.vandeleurwalledgarden.ie
  • 3rd July 2016
    Mountshannon 10k Road Race & 5k Fun Run
    Mountshannon at 2pm
    Route follows the stunning scenery of the Harbour & Woodpark Forest Park. www.runireland.com
  • 3rd July 2016
    Carrigaholt Currach Racing
    Carrigaholt
    Enjoy the competition of local currach crews battling out to become Carrigaholt champions.
    www.loophead.ie
  • 2nd - 10th July 2016
    Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy
    Miltown Malbay
    Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is a week long summer school and festival of Irish traditional
    music, song and dance, with classes, workshops, lectures, recitals, concerts & céilithe.
    www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com
  • 2nd - 10th July 2016
    Festival Of Music & Dancing During The Willie Clancy Week
    Armada Hotel, Spanish Point
    10-day programme of céilithe, set dancing sessions and country music dancing coincides with Willie Clancy Week in nearby Miltown Malbay. www.armadahotel.com
  • 2nd - 3rd July 2016
    The O'Brien Summer School First International Symposium, covering ‘The Era of King Brian Boru, 10th-11th centuries’
    Killaloe, County Clare
    http://www.obriensummerschool.com/

June

  • 30th June - 3rd July 2016
    Féile Brian Ború
    Killaloe/Ballina
    An annual festival commemorating Ireland’s greatest High King in his native place with an exciting programme of events to suit all ages. www.feilebrianboru.com
  • 29th June - 2nd July 2016
    Merriman Summer School 2016 Gallant Allies In Europe
    Ennis
    The 2016 Summer School will explore the Easter Rising in its international context, especially with regard to the British Empire and the continent of Europe and consider Ireland’s relationship with Europe (including the UK) 100 years on from 1916. www.merriman.ie
  • 29th - 30th June 2016
    Village Carnival
    Newmarket on Fergus
    The 6th annual music, arts and heritage festival. www.obair.org
  • 28th June 2016
    Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk
    Killaloe/Ballina
    The Killaloe Pink Ribbon is a 10k walk or running event in the picturesque Killaloe Ballina area raising funds for Action Breast Cancers and welcomes males, females and over 12s to take part. www.pinkribbonwalk.ie
  • 28th June 2016
    Comhaltas Summer Seisiún At Cnoc Na Gaoithe
    Tulla at 8pm
    Enjoy a stage show showcasing the best of local traditional music, dancing, singing and storytelling followed by an informal session with audience participation encouraged. www.cnocnagaoithe.com
  • 28th June 2016
    Going walkabout on the Burren: re-discovering ancestral land-scapes, a talk by Christine Grant (UCD & NMS).
    St Patrick’s Hall Corofin, at 8pm
    The 2016 Summer prehistoric archaeology lecture series, Corofin County Clare, is brought to you by ‘The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology’ and the ‘Department of Archaeology, NUI Galway’. All lectures are open to the public - €5/€3.50 concession. More info at www.prehistoricfieldschool.ie and email info@prehistoricfieldschool.ie
  • 28th June 2016
    Brendan Shine; The Lobby Tour
    glór, Ennis
    Brendan Shine returns to glór with a show of all his favourite and best known songs. Brendan has released over 50 albums and has had 45 hit single in a glittering career that has taken him from his Co Westmeath home to every major concert hall the world over. His hit singles include: O’Brien Has No Place To Go, Where The Three Counties Meet, Abbeyshrule, All My Roads Lead Back To You, How Much Time and, of course, Do You Want Your Oul Lobby Washed Down which Brendan famously performed for Pope John Paul II on his visit to Ireland. Even after all of these years Brendan shows no signs of slowing down and will release a new Best Of CD to coincide with his 50th Anniversary Tour of Ireland and the UK. Tickets €25.
  • 25th June 2016
    Rebel Rebel - The David Bowie Experience
    glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Rebel Rebel are a 6 piece David Bowie tribute faithfully recreating the most popular songs from Bowie’s extensive back catalogue. The band themselves are fans and have a deep respect for the man and his music. The set for this costumed show is built on Bowie’s most loved and enduring songs and the band have worked hard at re- creating the sound and look of a David Bowie concert covering Bowie’s hits from 1969 right up to present day. Lead singer Peter Quinn has always had his voice compared to Bowie’s. “I released an album of original material in 1999 and it was instantly compared to Bowie. It was something I had been told from the time I cut my first demo tape, so when I was looking for a new project a Bowie tribute was the obvious direction.” The band are made up of some of the finest session musicians in the country, the members having previously played with an array of Ireland’s top artists including; Sinead O’Connor, Clannad, Gavin Friday, and Jack L. €20
  • 24th - 26th June 2016
    Lissycasey Music Festival Live At The Marquee
    Lissycasey
    A weekend of music, song & dance for the community of Lissycasey featuring Stockton’s Wing, Mike Denver, a host of local musicians and Sunday is a family day.
  • 24th - 26th June 2016
    Fleadh Cheoil An Chláir 2016
    Kilrush
    A festival of music, song & dance competitions for qualifications to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. www.clarecomhaltas.net
  • 24th June 2016
    Some Like it Hot - Film Food and Music Night
    glór, Ennis
    Dir: Billy Wilder 1959 121 mins Cert: 12
    Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) are two out-of-work on-the-run musicians that hide out by dressing as women and joining Sweet Sue's All-Girl Band. They both become infatuated with lead singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe). High-jinx ensue. Classic comedy directed by director extraordinaire Billy Wilder. €20 – Film, Food & Music, €8 Music only. Food by Raviolo Verde - glór.
  • 23rd June 2016
    The Tale of Ancient Lights & The Whistle
    glór, Ennis, at 8pm
    The Tale of the ancient Lights is a search for destiny in Asian Legend. This is a story told through the skilled movements of the artist. The piece is a non-narrative 45mins show which embodies beauty and poetry, enacted with a deft combination of circus, dance and magic. The concept of The Whistle is almost genius in its simplicity: the performer onstage has a whistle. When he blows it, the audience closes their eyes, when he blows it again, they open them. What if you were at the same time spectator and creator of a piece? A juggler, a whistle and the audience together create a multitude of moments: Time travel – Déjà vu – Glitches – Fast forward – Rewind – Déjà vu. All without technics or special effects. €18|€16 Ages 10+.
  • 22nd June 2016 – 20th July 2016
    Original Drawings by Ruth Wood
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Originally from Killaloe and a Fine Art graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design Ruth Wood has worked as a professional painter in Munster since 1998, celebrating the beauty of Limerick and Clare. She produces limited edition prints from drawings of Limerick and Clare. Presently her work is available in Kilbaha Gallery, Diamond Rocks Café, Kilkee, Wood Brother’s Café, Killaloe and Seoidin craft shop, Ennis. As a recent MA History of Art graduate from the University of Limerick, her academic education has informed and enhanced her creativity. This has enabled Ruth to look at new ways to express and extend her artistic interests. She runs a diverse range of collaborative art workshops with children, adults and people with special needs. Recent groups include Ennis National School, Doonaha National School, Kilrush Artists group, and an ongoing weekly session in Bawnmore, Limerick .To enhance her facilitation skills in this area she has recently completed the QQI Award. Training delivery & evaluation, Component Certificate. Level 6, (Distinction). Voluntarily Ruth does street art, face painting, assisting in many festivals and events in the locality. Most recently, she has participated in the Kicking the Bucket project and exhibition; exploring death and dying through a creative lens. Ruth’s exhibition can be viewed in the foyer of Cultúrlann Sweeney during library opening hours until the 20th July.
  • 21st June 2016
    ‘The origin of the Irish gold gorget – an exploration of the concept of the warrior prince in Late Bronze Age Ireland, a talk by Mary Cahill (NMI)
    St Patrick’s Hall Corofin, at 8pm
    The 2016 Summer prehistoric archaeology lecture series, Corofin County Clare, is brought to you by ‘The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology’ and the ‘Department of Archaeology, NUI Galway’. All lectures are open to the public - €5/€3.50 concession. More info at www.prehistoricfieldschool.ie and email info@prehistoricfieldschool.ie
  • 18th - 19th June 2016
    Summer Workshop Weekend At Irish Seed Savers
    Scarriff
    A range of gardening and self-sufficiency workshops. www.irishseedsavers.ie
  • 18th - 19th June 2016
    Doolin Heritage Weekend
    Doolin
    A Weekend Of Heritage, Culture And Archaeology with talks and outdoor events.
  • 18th June 2016
    Hell Of The West
    Kilkee
    Not for the faint hearted, come and see men and women challenge their endurance ability in one of the toughest events on the peninsula. www.loophead.ie
  • 18th June 2016
    Clockwise Art Children’s Theatre
    glór, Ennis at 8pm
    Clockwise Arts - Children’s Theatre presents and evening of drama & theatre performed by young actors aged 6 – 12 years. Students will present two plays; ‘Don’t shoot the Messenger’ by John Morton a play written for young performers about fantasy, adventure, friendship and ultimately, the importance of teamwork. Also, ‘Granny Red Riding Hood’s Secret Recipe’ by Robert Reed, an energetic play with lots of laughter and surprises! €10|€8|€30 family 4.
  • 18th June 2016
    An Post Tour De Burren
    Ballyvaughan
    The An Post Tour de Burren is a cycling event for all levels of cyclists. Choose from one of four routes around scenic North Clare: 10km family spin, 60km, 100km and 160km. www.tourdeburren.com
  • 18th June 2016
    Burren Sonas Kindergarten Cruise & BBQ Fundraiser
    Doolin Pier at 5.15pm & Hotel Doolin at 6.30pm
    Burren Sonas kindergarten is a not for profit childcare facility based in Kilfenora. The kindergarten has been providing local children from 2.9 months to 6 years with a home from home experience for 10 years. Sonas has been actively bringing families and community together with the teachers giving children the best possible start in life. The kindergarten is holding a novel fund raiser of family fun on Saturday evening 18th June. The highlights of the evening are a Cliffs of Moher cruise and a rockin’ barbeque. The 1 hour-long cruise leaves from Doolin Pier at 5.15 p.m. The barbeque, disco and raffle kick off at Hotel Doolin at 6.30 p.m. The cruise costs 15 euros per adult with child at 5 euros. The barbeque tickets are also 15 euro per adult and 5 euros per child. A combination ticket for cruise and barbeque cost 25 euros per adult and 10 euros per child. Booking can be made by visiting “Special Offers” at www.doolinferry.com or alternatively by phoning Deirdre at 087 713 15 90 after 2.00 pm. All proceeds benefit Burren Sonas Kindergarten. Bígí linn!
  • 16th June 2016
    Carlene Carter in Concert
    glór, Ennis
    Carlene Carter returns to glór for one night following her memorable concert here in 2010. The daughter of June Carter Cash and her first husband Carl Smith – Johnny was her stepdad – Carlene nas never shied away from being the heiress to the legacy of country music’s foremost family. “I always include at least one Carter Family song, or one written in the Carter Family spirit,” says Carlene, citing as a pertinent example “Spider Lace,” which appeared on her deeply personal last album, Stronger (2008). She had her biggest hits in the ‘90s, with “Every Little Thing” and “I Fell In Love” both reaching No. 3. The latter was the title track of an album that also included “Me And The Wildwood Rose,” a song that she wrote about being a Carter girl, which she most fittingly revives on Carter Girl, her latest album. €20
  • 15th June 2016
    God Bless The Child
    glór, Ennis at 8pm
    First confessions are the hardest! The acclaimed play based on stories by Frank O Connor. The childhood stories of Frank O'Connor are universally regarded as being classics of their kind. Three of the funniest: First Confession, My Oedipus Complex and The Genius have been brought together within a single full-length play. Richly evocative of Ireland in the early decades of the 20th Century, funny and moving, and featuring memorable performances, God Bless the Child is a must see and marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Frank O Connor in 1966. ‘O Connor’s hilarious childhood stories are beautifully adapted for the stage.’ The Observer. Tickets €18|€16
  • 14th June 2016
    ‘Knowth, County Meath: Exploring a great passage tomb cemetery’, a talk by Dr Kerri Cleary.
    St Patrick’s Hall Corofin, at 8pm
    The 2016 Summer prehistoric archaeology lecture series, Corofin County Clare, is brought to you by ‘The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology’ and the ‘Department of Archaeology, NUI Galway’. All lectures are open to the public - €5/€3.50 concession. More info at www.prehistoricfieldschool.ie and email info@prehistoricfieldschool.ie
  • 13th June 2016
    Taste The Loop
    Kilkee
    An opportunity to taste the products of Loop Head Food Circle. The afternoon is set in front
    of the bandstand in Kilkee, with live music and entertainment for the children. www.loophead.ie
  • 12th June 2016
    Interesting Sites on the Coast Road, West of Kilkee, an Old Kilfarboy Society Walk with Tommy McGrath
    M eet at Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 2 pm
    Local historian Tommy McGrath will guide a walk to a wide range of historical sites around the Coast Road, in Kilkee. Among the sites we will visit are the Spa Well at Fooagh; a former local brick-making business in the same area; Bishop’s Island; St Kee’s Well; Intrinsic Bay; Look Out Cliff; and the former Fooagh Racecourse. Anyone interested in joining the walk, please meet outside Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 2 pm on Sunday, 12 June, and bring comfortable footwear! The cost is €5 per person.
  • 12th June 2016
    Kilbaha Currach Racing
    Kilbaha
    Currach racing and entertainment at the pier in Kilbaha. www.loophead.ie
  • 12th June 2016
    Ruan Gymkhana
    Ruan
    SJI registered show, 3 arenas, all grades of ponies and horses welcome. Show jumping, lead rein competition plus family fun for everyone.
  • 11th June 2016
    Boru Tri Club Boruman Sprint Triathlon
    Killaloe
    A 750m safe swim, 24km cycle and 5km run with epic finish in Killaloe itself. Suitable for beginners and seasoned athletes. www.borutriclub.com
  • 10th - 12th June 2016
    Doolin Folk Festival
    Doolin
    Doolin is famed for its traditional Irish music and this festival brings back to Doolin traditional & folk musicians who have had a connection with the area over the years. www.doolinfolkfestival.com
  • 8th June 2106
    The Jungle Book
    glór, Ennis, 10am & 11.45am
    Tickets €6|Teachers free . Age 4 +
    You may think you know The Junglebook, but Indigo Moon Theatre brings you a surprisingly good story inspired by the poetry & spirit of Rudyard Kipling's original books. Fearless and free, Mowgli the ‘man-cub,’ finds fun and friendship as he learns to live by the Law of the Jungle. Mowgli's wild adventures in the dangerous world he inhabits are brought to life with inventive shadow theatre, powerful original music and colourful digital projections. A contemporary tale: it offers us wisdom in our eternal quest for love, identity and belonging. Find out more about this inspirational and accessible art form and its use of puppets and multiple light sources after the show.
  • 7th June 2016
    ‘Burnt mound structures: prehistoric houses, shelters or sweat lodges’, a talk by Dr Alan Hawkes (UCC).
    St Patrick’s Hall Corofin, at 8pm
    The 2016 Summer prehistoric archaeology lecture series, Corofin County Clare, is brought to you by ‘The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology’ and the ‘Department of Archaeology, NUI Galway’. All lectures are open to the public - €5/€3.50 concession. More info at www.prehistoricfieldschool.ie and email info@prehistoricfieldschool.ie
  • 5th June 2016
    ‘Woodland Wanderings – exploring Attyslaney’ a Burrenbeo Trust Walk with Sean Quealy
    2pm @ Tubber GAA Pitch (52 R389 963).
    Join us for our June walk at Attyslaney wood in the Burren lowlands. Hopefully we’ll be sheltering from the sun under the range of native trees and shrubs in this limestone woodland! Sean Quealy will lead us on an exploration of the woodland. He is Project Manager of Woodland Restoration In Ireland, a programme jointly funded by Coillte and the European LIFE-Nature Programme. The walk will look at the native Irish trees and shrubs at Attyslaney, an important woodland in transition from production forests to priority woodlands in Ireland. The walk will meet at Tubber GAA Pitch at 2pm and will last for roughly 2 hours. Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs or suncream if needed. No dogs allowed. The walk is open to everyone, and will focus on information sharing rather than covering long distances, although a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 4th - 5th June 2016
    Ennistymon Book Town Festival
    Ennistymon
    An annual pop-up celebration of books, reading and the imagination, on the edge of the Burren. www.ennistymonbooks.com
  • 4th June 2016
    Rath/Dysert Heritage Walk
    Dysert O’Dea at 10.30am
    Stroll in heritage rich, tranquil countryside near Dysert O’Dea Castle. www.coisceimanama.ie
  • 4th June 2016
    Launch of Ennis Street Arts Festival
    glór, Ennis, 2pm
    5th class pupils from Knockanean NS will perform the work they have composed specially for the centenary commemoration, called A Soundscape of Easter Monday 1916. Hope features a diverse and varied mix of work from printmakers from the major print studios in Cork, Dublin and Limerick, selected by Mike Byrne of LSAD. Free admission
  • 4th June 2016 8pm
    Puckoon – Spike Milligan
    glór, Ennis
    It’s back by popular demand! The show’s sell-out 2009 and remounted 2011 tour had audiences all across Ireland screaming with laughter at its Goonish blend of theatrical anarchy, musical wit, and impossible plot. Ireland 1922, and the Ulster Boundary Commission has drawn the new border straight through the small town of Puckoon. With the church separated from its own graveyard and drink now thirty percent cheaper in one corner of the pub, life in the newly divided village will never be the same again. Based on the book by Spike Milligan, this comic masterpiece is an irreverent and hilarious story which takes the mick, celebrates the absurd, and paints a picture of a simple life that borders on the ridiculous. Tickets €18|€16
  • 3rd - 6th June 2016
    The Doonbeg International Jazz Festival
    Doonbeg
    A weekend of all things Jazz. www.doonbegjazz.com
  • 2nd June 2016
    Traditional Horse Fair
    Kilrush
    Horse & pony traders position themselves about the Market Square while traders line Frances Street. www.clarecoco.ie

May

  • 31st May 2016
    The Holy Wells of County Clare – a talk by Michael Houlihan for the Kilrush & District Historical Society
    Teach Ceoil, Grace St., Kilrush at 8pm
  • 31st May 2016
    ‘Isolated togetherness – Life on a Burren hilltop in the Bronze Age’ a talk by Dr Stefan Bergh (NUIG).
    St Patrick’s Hall Corofin, at 8pm
    The 2016 Summer prehistoric archaeology lecture series, Corofin County Clare, is brought to you by ‘The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology’ and the ‘Department of Archaeology, NUI Galway’. All lectures are open to the public - €5/€3.50 concession. More info at www.prehistoricfieldschool.ie and email info@prehistoricfieldschool.ie
  • 29th May 2016
    The Torch Players present ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    The director, Maurice O’Sullivan, has assembled a cast of nine to take on Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy. The play is set on the rural island of Inishmaan in 1934. In a place where news is currency, the inhabitants, through village gossip Johnny Pateen, learn of a Hollywood film crew’s arrival on the neighbouring island of Inishmore. McDonagh’s comic masterpiece tells the story of the eccentric islanders but centres around “Cripple” Billy Claven, a young man trying to escape the boredom of the island and make sense of who he is. This play will have audiences crying with laughter as well as empathising with those less fortunate characters. Making their return to the stage for Torch Players this year are Mary Harvey, Edel Heaney, Mícheal O’Dubhghaill, Peter Hayes, Joanne O’Brien, Dan Mooney and Antoinette Portley. Torch Players are also delighted to welcome Oisín Gogarty as well as James Corr who will be taking on the role of Billy Claven. Award winning team Tara Doolan and Pius McGrath will tie the entire production together with lighting and sound. Starts at 8pm. Tickets cost €12/10. Book on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 29th May 2016
    Ceol Cois Tine Traditional Music Night
    Carrigaholt at 7.30pm
    Enjoy a night of traditional music in Keane’s Pub. www.loophead.ie
  • 28th May 2016
    Clare Burren Marathon Challenge
    Ballyvaughan & Fanore
    Clare Burren Marathon Challenge is a road, green road and trail challenge across the beautiful scenic Burren. Enjoy some of Europe’s most unique landscapes. www.clareburrenmarathonchallenge.com
  • 28th May 2016
    Barn Dance At The Farmyard
    Corofin
    A night of live music and delicious food. Prizes for the best dressed cowboy/cowgirl! www.thefarmyard.ie
  • 22nd - 30th May 2016
    Fleadh Nua
    Ennis
    An 8 day festival of concerts, singing, sessions, set dancing and much more. www.fleadhnua.com
  • 21st May 2016
    Burren Inspirational Walk
    The Burren at 10.30am
    Walkers participate actively in spiritual/inspirational walks in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. www.coisceimanama.ie
  • 15th May 2016
    'The Edge of Moher and Beyond' - an Old Kilfarboy Society summer walk with Martina McCarthy
    Meet at Church Car Park in Miltown Malbay at 2 pm or, alternatively, at 3 pm Moher GAA Pitch, Moher, Liscannor
    The first in our summer season of walks will take place on Sunday, 15 May. 'The Edge of Moher and Beyond' will be lead by Martina McCarthy and will visit the townlands of Kilconnel, Ballylane and Ballyherragh (the edge of Moher). Meet at Church Car Park in Miltown Malbay at 2 pm or, alternatively, at 3 pm Moher GAA Pitch, Moher, Liscannor, Co. Clare and the cost is €5 per person. Appropriate footwear is advised! The guided walk will start at the Napoleonic Signal Tower at Hags Head and while taking in the best view of the Cliffs of Moher, local folklore and tales will be told about this site and Kilstapheen - the lost “Atlantis” of Liscannor Bay - which can be viewed from Hags Head. Stories of village life and death in the past will be discussed during a short walk from Hags Head through the townlands of Ballylane and Kilconnell where the local Cillin or Children’s Burial Ground is located. A quick detour will be made to Ballyherragh to view the site where the Zuniga (Armada Ship) is reputed to have taken shelter from the great Gale of September 1588. Stories of kelp harvesting, hag chasing, with a bit of geology, archaeology and codology thrown into the mix should make for an interesting tour!
  • 14th May 2016
    Cultúrlann Sweeney presents ‘Atlantic’ by Inver Films
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    'Atlantic’ is the latest documentary film from the makers of the award winning documentary ‘The Pipe’. ‘Atlantic’ follows the fortunes of three fishing communities united and divided by the Atlantic ocean, as they struggle to maintain their way of life despite mounting challenges within their own industry and environment, and an increase of oil exploration activities in their fishing grounds. On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, new hydrocarbon frontiers are moving out into deeper water, and further north into the Arctic, pushing the boundaries of risk and technology in the race for the last great oil fields. The film charts the politics of resource management of the North Atlantic; from strong State control in Norway, mixed fortunes in Newfoundland, to a more liberal, privatised system in Ireland. ‘Atlantic’, through the experience of these coastal neighbours, poses the questions: who will benefit from the exploitation of these resources, and what are the consequences for the communities and the enviroment? Starts at 8pm. Tickets cost €5. Book on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 13 May 2016 – 16 June 2016
    ‘Monsters and Us’ Exhibition by Fionn Crombie Angus
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    ‘Monsters and Us' is an exhibition of works by Fionn Crombie Angus, with help from his father Jonathan Angus. Fionn is interested in mythology and the stories of the peoples of the earth, modern and ancient. He loves outsiders, outliers, and one-of-a-kind originals. In the world of stories, those we call monsters often live on the dimly lit margins of society, cast there by the majority, who is made uncomfortable by what these ‘others’ say about homogenous, mainstream culture. In the political world of today, people who are labelled ‘Disabled’ are sometimes cast in a similar cultural role. People who consider themselves ‘normal’ are fearful of or take pity on those who carry this label. Our art explores this parallel. We work to identify ways in which, although only one of our two-person team has a disability label, we are both disabled (particularly though isolation) while at the same time made completely able by working together. We see this dynamic also in all people around us. The monsters in the shadows reside as well in our hearts. We cultivate relationships with these monsters wherever possible.This exhibition is part of the work of Fionnathan Productions, a not-for-profit Social Enterprise. Fionnathan exists to have fun and change the world, to trouble your understanding of ability, to reveal superstars in our midst, and to prove that, in fact, we are the people we've been waiting for. Through music, live presentations, videos, and visual arts, we seek to collaborate with diverse people who are passionate about what they do. The exhibition can be viewed during library opening hours.
  • 13th - 18th May 2016
    Cliffs of Moher Seabirds Festival
    Please join us and marvel at more than 60,000 seabirds who reside at the Cliffs of Moher during the breeding season. Events taking place every day at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
    Visitor Centre Opening hours: 9.00am – 7.30pm Sat & Sun 9.00am – 7.00pm Weekdays
    Download the Seabird Festival Flyer (pdf)
  • 13th May 2016
    The Boruma Trio
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Andrew MacNamara is from the east Clare village of Tulla and is one of the leading exponents of the C#D accordion style. Eileen O’ Brien is from Nenagh and has been influenced greatly by her father, Paddy, who established the B/C accordion playing style in the 1950’s. Eileen says herself she plays the fiddle in the B/C style and when these two get together, sparks fly and Geraldine Cotter acts as referee and establishes the ground rules with her lovely piano accompanyment. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost €15 and €12(concession). Tickets can be purchased at the box office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 12th May 2016
    An evening of Film, Chat and Song to commemorate the centenary of the death of James Connolly (1868-1916)
    Friel’s Pub, Miltown Malbay
    Special screeninng of The Death of James Connolly, with guest speaker Kevin Higgins (Poet).
  • 12th May 2016
    Peadar Clancy: Clare’s Easter Rising Hero - a North Clare 1916 Centenary Group lecture by Cormac Ó Comhraí
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 7.30 pm
    Public lecture by author and historian, Cormac Ó Comhraí on the life and times of Peadar Clancy from Cranny, Co. Clare. Peadar played a leading role in the 1916 Rising and the Irish War of Independence. Born into a Fenian family in Cranny, west Clare, Peadar Clancy was one of the most significant revolutionaries to emerge from Clare during the twentieth century. He became involved at a young age with both Sinn Féin and the Gaelic League. A draper by trade he moved to Dublin in search of work. There he joined “C” Company, First Battalion of the Irish Volunteers. He fought in the Easter Rising, distinguished himself because of his bravery and was promoted in the field. Clancy was one of those sentenced to death after the Rising. He was spared, however, and was imprisoned in Britain. From then on he became an increasingly significant figure within republicanism. He was highly respected by the leadership and popular among the rank and file members of the IRA. He was also one of the militants who were determined to force a revolution and counted Dick McKee, Michael Collins and Dan Breen among his close friends. By 1920 he was Vice-Brigadier of the Dublin Brigade of the IRA. By the autumn of 1920 he was IRA Director of Munitions and a key planner of the attack on British intelligence agents on Bloody Sunday. Clancy was arrested hours before the Bloody Sunday attacks were to take place. Controversially he was killed in British custody the following day. Official reports alleged that he attempted to escape but republicans challenged this alleging torture and murder.
  • 6th May - 2nd June 2016
    Changing Shadows - an exhibition of recent work by Gerry O’Mahony
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Gerry O’Mahony is a graduate of LSAD Limerick. He has lived in Ireland, Israel and Malawi. On returning from Africa he became a member of one of Limerick’s first artist collectives (All + 10 sorts), and exhibited at length with the group. His first solo exhibition was in the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, and subsequently he has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. His work is in private and public collections in Ireland and abroad, including Limerick County and City Councils, Government buildings, Dublin, and Berlemonte Buildings, Brussels. His most recent show was at Draiocht, Blanchardstown Art Centre, Dublin in 2015. O’Mahony lives in County Clare and has been a member of Contact Studios, Limerick, since 2005. His upcoming solo show “Changing Shadows” is a combination of sculptural work and paintings, and the exhibition will be opened at 8pm on the 6th of May by Helena Close, a writer from Limerick.
  • 6th May – 2nd June 2016
    Beyond the Lines - photography & digital art by Gerald Dunne
    Red Couch Space, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Gerald Dunne is a photographer, digital artist and fine art printer based in Quin, Co. Clare.
    His current exhibition "Beyond the Lines" aims to stir the subconscious in the same way as a flame or lapping water. A visual distraction allowing mental contemplation. Nature is at the core of the work, often the neglected details around us, brought to life by exploring the colours and forms just beyond our normal perception.
  • 5th - 7th May 2016
    VOLTage
    glór, Ennis
    Clare County of Culture and glór in association with Age and Opportunity BEALTAINE 2016 are hosting a national event called VOLTage. The event will platform the many extraordinary projects and creative activities which bring together artists and older people from Clare and throughout Ireland. For full details click here (PDF). For bookings contact glór: E: boxoffice@glor.ie or info@glor.ie T: 065 6843103 www.glor.ie
  • 1st May 2015
    ‘Bealtaine Birds Dawn Chorus Walk’, with Gordon D’Arcy, a Burrenbeo Trust May walk
    Village Store, Ballyvaughan at 5.30am
    The first walk of the 2016 Burren in Bloom festival and the May Burrenbeo walk will involve an early start with Gordon D’Arcy leading a group on a dawn chorus walk. Gordon is a Burren resident, natural historian, author & wildlife artist and will point out some of the Burren’s birds in the early morning light – they’ll hopefully put on a good show. The early morning will be made slightly easier by starting with coffee and a croissant from the Village Stores. On return from the walk, Logues Lodge is offering breakfast for the walkers for €14.50 – like the early bird you can catch the tasty worm! Meet at Village Store, Ballyvaughan at 5.30am (!). Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. Also bring binoculars if you have a pair. No dogs allowed. The walk is open to everyone, although a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.

April

  • 29th April - May 1st 2016
    ‘The Power of Vested Interests & the Law: A contemporary and Brehon perspective’
    Burren Law School, Ballyvaughan
    More info...
  • 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
  • 28th April 2016
    Poetry Readings in Kilkee
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Poetry Ireland is presenting Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 28 April 2016. With this year's theme of Revolution, they have invited everyone to rebel, revolutionise and organise to make poetry inescapable and irrepressible for a day.Clare Arts Office is delighted to host a free poetry reading in Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee at 8pm on Thursday.The event will feature well known Clare poet Patrick Stack, one of the main poets involved in The Poetry Collective. Deirdre Carr, visual artist and poet, will also read her poem 'Tweet Tweet Mothertongue -Fatherland Teanga Dhuchais-Talamh Athair Snapchattin' which accompanies her exhibition currently on show in the gallery in Culturlann Sweeney which explores 1916 and looks back at the events marking the foundation of the state so as to renew a collective sense of direction for the future. All are welcome to attend this free event and we welcome other poets who may wish to join our Revolution and read from their work on the night. For further information contact: arts@clarelibrary.ie 065 6899091
  • 25th April 2016
    The North Clare Historical Society presents “The Macnamaras: Landlords of Doolin and Ennistymon, 1700 to 1922”, a talk by Colm Hayes
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm
    This illustrated talk will recount the story of the Macnamara family who rose from being transplanted Catholics during the Cromwellian conquests to become one of the biggest landowners in County Clare at the beginning of the 20th century. 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 April 2016
    Annual end of year Art Show by the PLC students of Ennistymon Vocational School
    Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon
    The annual end of year Art Show by the PLC students of Ennistymon Vocational School is opening this Thursday April 21st at 7pm. The exhibition will be running until April 28th in the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon, and will be open every day from 12 noon to 4pm, except Sundays. The exhibition is a culmination of the students’ years work. The title and theme of the exhibition is 'Leap' which represents the many ways the students looked at their art this year. The collection demonstrates the self expression and skills development of the course participants and this is clearly seen in the variety and exploration of media and subject matter, culminating in an artistic ‘leap’ of discovery towards new horizons, and the sharing of ideas and inspiration. Ceramics, sculpture, textiles, painting and drawing unite to make an eclectic, bold and exciting body of work reflecting the breadth of the course. The QQI/FETAC Level 5 and 6 Art course in Ennistymon are full time one year courses running from September to May each year. They are open to anyone who has an interest in, and wishes to expand their knowledge and skills in art. The course is always well subscribed and appeals to both mature students and school leavers who wish to explore their creativity or embark on art as a career. The recent move of the group to the old Blue Frog Cafe building has afforded the group greater creative space and is a real asset for future groups. If you are interested in joining the group this September contact Ennistymon Vocational School on 065 7071375 http://www.artroomennistymonvs.blogspot.com/
  • 16th April 2016
    After ‘16
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    AFTER ’16 is a once-off initiative from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board with a view to commemorating, celebrating and ruminating on 1916 and how the events of Easter Sunday and beyond forged the landscape of the century that followed. The Irish Film Board commissioned filmmakers to give their response to 1916 and the hundred years since. The result is a series of stories, both fact and fiction, which illuminate, surprise and provoke - on the wide subject of 1916 and what it has left in its wake. These films are ambitious and imaginative, a mix of contemporary and period, live action and animation, and both English and Irish language. This is a free event but with assigned seating. Starts at 8pm. Ring the box office on 065 9060769 to reserve your seats, or reserve online at www.culturlannsweeney.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

  • 29th March to 2nd April 2016
    Kilrush Choral Society presents The King & I
    Kilrush Community School
    This year in its 12th production, it is an all local cast, which includes 21 Primary School children, 16 Secondary School Teenagers, plus 14 Main Principles. Tickets go on sale On Monday next 21st March from 11am to 4pm, at a box office in Henry Street, (next to Gypsy Girl shop).
  • 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
  • 23rd March 2016
    North Clare Links to the 1916 Rising - A North Clare Historical Society Talk
    The Courthouse, Ennistymon at 8pm
    Colm Hayes will talk on Irish Republican Brotherhood and Volunteer Activities in North Clare prior to 1916 while Mick O’Connor will narrate the story of Gaelic League man, Eamonn Waldron’s arrest in Ennistymon in the days after the Rising. More information...
  • 18th March - 14th April 2016
    'Hem' by Fiona O'Dwyer
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Since graduating in Fine Art /Sculpture from Limerick School Of Art and Design in 1989 Fiona O'Dwyer has spent over twenty years developing a distinctive practice in multi-media utilising film and drawing in her work which deals with notions of time, memory and displacement. She works from a studio in Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland, which she built herself.
  • 18th March - 14th April 2016
    'Neither Rhyme Nor Reason' - Art work by Patsy Ricks & Aoife Murray
    Red Couch Space, Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    This collaboration between mother and daughter Patsy Ricks and Aoife Murray is about where our minds take us. Patsy sees the beauty in the everyday things that would probably go un-noticed, and tries to capture that on paper or canvas. Aoife is a freelance SFX makeup artist, interested in fantasy and the surreal and is currently training in prosthetic and postiche.
  • 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.
  • 08 March - 01 April 2016
    Chasing The Light
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Shannon Camera Club members are delighted to exhibit a selection of their work at Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee from the 8th March to 1st April 2016 under the exhibition title 'Chasing the Light'. There will be 40 images exhibited from 20 of the clubs members, some recently enrolled but others who have been with the club for many years.
  • 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
  • 8th March 2016
    Old Kilfarboy Society presents ‘The Brig St. John’ by John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaile
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay at 8pm
    The final talk in the Old Kilfarboy Society winter series will be given by John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaile and is titled ‘The Brig St. John’. The talk will discuss the tragic events of the sinking of the famine ship the Brig St. John off the coast of Massachusetts in October 1849. Many of those lost were from County Clare and original research by John Bhaba Jeaic will also reveal other Clare connections. John Bhaba Jeaic is a local historian, from Connemara, who is centrally involved in the Lettermullen & Garumna Heritage Centre. Non-members €5. All are welcome.
  • 6th March 2016
    'Spring awakening on Glencolumbkille’- a Burrenbeo Trust walk with Patrick McCormack
    Meet at the layby of Glencolumbkille Hill, on Carron-Boston road (OS51 N309 W998) at 2pm
    Join us for March’s Burrenbeo Trust walk led by Patrick McCormack who has an in-depth knowledge of the folklore, history and the culture of times bygone in the Carron Hills. Patrick himself is a poet and an organic farmer. The walk will continue down to his house, better known as the ‘Father Ted’ house where people will have the chance to have a cuppa after a good walk. There will be a €5 charge per person for the optional tea and scones. Walk starts at 2pm from the layby of Glencolumbkille Hill, on the Carron-Boston road (OS51 N309 W998). This walk is off-road and will include some significant declines and climbs, so please wear appropriate footwear, be of reasonable fitness and bring waterproofs if needed. 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. The start point is marked on Google Maps here or can be found by searching the coordinates 53.04264, -9.02902. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 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

  • 29th February 2016
    North Clare Historical Society presents “Life in a North Clare townland in the 19th century” by Martin Barry
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm
    This lecture will look at life in a North Clare townland in the 19th century. Some of the issues that will be dealt with include landownership and land tenure as well as a general discussion on landlord tenant relationships. The lecture will also focus on population, educational, emigration, cultural and social patterns in the townland during the 19th century. Martin comes from the townland of Drinagh about six miles from Ennistymon. He has had a lifelong interest in history and particularly local history. Recently he returned to education and qualified from the University of Limerick with an honours degree having majored in history. He has conducted tours to local areas of historical interest and has also contributed a number of articles to the historical journal The Other Clare. Currently he works as a tour guide at the Cliffs of Moher advising visitors on the history of the local area. Admission €5.
  • 19th February - 10th March 2016
    ‘Traces & Treks’ - Artwork by Antonio Lopez and Declan Kelly
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
    The Courthouse Gallery is delighted to present the joint exhibition “Traces & Treks” – ‘Artwork by visual artists Antonio Lopez and Declan Kelly’. “Traces & Treks” features a selection of works that focuses on the journey made by the artists, the places remembered and changed by their personal experiences through reflection, observation and investigation. Antonio Julio López Castro was born in Madrid and moved to Ireland in 1996. He currently lives and works in Co. Cork. Declan Kelly currently lives and works in Drogheda. He works as a secondary school teacher, a visual artist and is also a founding member, co-director and curator with NeXus Arts.
  • 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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