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County Clare Events Calendar 2014
See also Library Events and Art Exhibitions and Clare Focus - What's On Today (external link)
and Brian Ború Festivals & Events Guide 2014 (PDF)
and Brian Ború National Festivals guide 2014 (PDF)

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November 2014:

  • 15 November 2014
    Jack L: Songs of the Season – Northern Lights
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.
    Jack will sing songs which take him back to winters of long ago and songs which conjure up the atmosphere of winters and Christmases of his childhood! He will also be dipping in to his own repertoire will be giving a potted history of his stunning career to date and will be performing songs from his recent hit shows The 27Club and The Great Wall of China tour and some brand new material from his upcoming album thrown in!
  • 2nd November 2014
    Wader Watching on the Rine - Burrenbeo Trust November Walk with Susan O Donohoe
    1.45pm @ Ballyvaughan Bird Hide 51M 226 084
    Susan is a keen birdwatcher. She is involved with various bird conservation projects and is a bird ringer with the British Trust for Ornithology. She works as an Education Guide in the Burren National Park and in schools around the country on education programmes for BirdWatch Ireland and the Heritage Council. The Rine is a narrow spit of land, just 3km from Ballyvaughan and is a great place for waders and wildfowl and one of the best areas on the west coast for wintering divers. The walk will start at 1.45pm (to accommodate tides) at Ballyvaughan Bird Hide, start point marked here. Waterproofs, warm clothes, good walking shoes etc. required depending on the weather! The walk will last for about 2 hours. The walk is free for members of Burrenbeo Trust. However, the walk fee for non- members has increased to €10. You can join online at www.burrenbeo.com , or you will be able to join on the day. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.

October 2014:

  • 30th October 2014
    Mask Making Workshops with Ana Colomer from Tic Toc Puppets, Glór, Ennis
    Animals, monsters, super heroes... make your own mask this Halloween.
    Using paper, cardboard and other recycled materials, this workshop is fun, crafty and creative.
    For ages 7-12 years. 10.30am -12pm & 12.30pm – 2pm, €8 (materials included)
  • 29th October 2014
    The Architectural Heritage of County Clare – A talk at X-PO Kilnaboy by Dick Cronin
    The first lecture in the X-PO Kilnaboy autumn/winter series is entitled “The Architectural Heritage of County Clare” - an illustrated overview of the architectural "jewels" hidden throughout the county. The guest speaker is Dick Cronin, the Architectural Conservation Officer with Clare County Council. More info...
  • 26th October 2014
    Burren Food Fayre, the Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
    Once again the Burren Ecotourism Network is organising the Burren Food Fayre as part of the Burren Winterage Weekend. Taking place in the Pavillion in Lisdoonvarna, the Burren Food Fayre features scheduled cookery demonstrations (full professional preparation and tasting) and food stall displays with tastings, hosted by food producers and restaurants throughout the Burren. Entry is free. There will also be a Masterchef competition, Taste of the Fayre Award and Best Stall Award. For more details contact Chris O’Neill 065 7074208 or info@burrenpaintingcentre.com or see www.burrenwinterage.com
  • 25th October 2014
    Stories, Poetry and Dreams: An intimate evening with Michael Murphy and his friends, including Emer O’Kelly, Eamonn Lawlor and Eileen Dunne
    Glór, Ennis 8pm,
    Michael Murphy is a broadcaster, psychoanalyst and author. In emotionally powerful readings from his three books At Five in the Afternoon, The House of Pure Being, and The Republic of Love, Michael and his guests share deeply insightful reflections on love and sex, friendship and family. He tells of the cancer journey in the company of two inspiring women in Spain who also survived. Thought-provoking and eloquent, this truthful and open evening which invites your participation, underlines a wise affirmation of life in the midst of difficulty, and a steadfast belief in the transcendence and sacredness of love.
    €16/Pre-Theatre 2 course Evening Meal & Ticket Deal €30 (food by Nolan & Lambe @ glór).
  • 24th - 27th October 2014
    Willie Keane Memorial Festival, Doonbeg
    Held in the village of Doonbeg, this festival celebrates the life of Willie Keane, legendary sean-nós dancer, with traditional music, song and dance. Contact Margaret Dillon
    00353 87 9985427 & www.williekeanememorialweekend.com
  • 24th - 27th October 2014
    Burren Winterage Weekend
    The Burren
    Events will include guided herdsmen pilgrimages across the Burren, a cattle fair, farm and machinery demonstrations, information and interactive talks, music, exhibitions, family fun, a food fayre of local produce, all culminating in a community cattle drive up to the winter pastures. 00353 91 638096 & trust@burrenbeo.com & www.burrenwinterage.com
  • 24th - 25th October 2014
    Killaloe Festival of Light
    Killaloe Ballina
    Traditional festival celebrating Samhain and Diwali. At its core it is the celebration of light, harvest and the preparation for winter. Traditional crafts and workshops, storytelling, music, harvest food festival and light parade. Contact Yvette Hyde 00353 61 622751 & info@killaloefestivaloflight.com & www.killaloefestivaloflight.com
  • 23rd October 2014
    The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, Glór, Ennis
    A one man show written and performed by Mikel Murfi and presented by Loco and Reckless Productions. It’s October 1978. Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in town. The story follows Pat Farnon as he walks the 5 miles from his wee white cottage to town and back again and the marvels that he meets along the way. It’s a charming encounter - an ageing man still with a boundless enthusiasm for life. Hilariously funny, tender and at times downright daft. 8pm, €16/€14 conc./Pre-Theatre 2 course Evening Meal & Ticket Deal €30
  • 20th - 25th October 2014
    Ennis Fashion Week
    Why not visit the wonderful town of Ennis and enjoy shopping in a choice of beautiful boutiques or a therapy in one of the many spas and salons in the town. There will be fashion shows, make up demonstrations, special offers and lots more. Contact Gwen Culligan 00353 65 6821947 & www.visitennis.ie
  • 20th October - 15th November 2014
    Alan Soutar Art Exhibition
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    A native of Co Antrim, Alan Soutar moved to Doonbeg several years ago, having worked for over thirty years at Queen’s University in Belfast, initially as a Television Producer, then as Director of Media Services. The dramatic beauty of his newly adopted home inspired him to concentrate on his long time passion of stills photography, and his mounted and framed prints have proved popular with locals and visitors alike as he successfully captures the unique features, seascapes and landscapes that epitomise West Clare. Having subsequently trained as a picture framer, Alan now runs his photography and framing business, Soutar Images, from his home in Doonbeg. During the summer months his work, and that of other local crafts people, is displayed in the Doonbeg Gallery in the village. Alan's art exhibition will be on view in the foyer of Cultúrlann Sweeney from the 20th October to the 15th November during normal library opening hours. For more information you can contact Cultúrlann Sweeney on 065-9060769.
  • 18th October 2014
    Declan O'Rourke, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Declan O'Rourke takes to the stage in Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee on October 18th at 8 pm. Declan O’Rourke has achieved critical acclaim for his songwriting, singing and performance. Paul Weller said of O’Rourke’s song ‘Galileo’ that it’s possibly the greatest song written in the last thirty years. Declan plays to sold-out crowds in his native Ireland and, more recently, further afield. A consummate and versatile performer, his songs mesmerize regardless of whether performed solo, with a band, string quartet, full orchestra, or as a trio. O’Rourke’s versatility live has resulted in successful appearances in concert halls, clubs and on television. Tickets are now available at the box office on (065 )9060769 or online at http://www.glor.ie Tickets €20 / €18 concession.
  • 18 October 2014
    Grease, presented by The Lions Club Ennis, Glór, Ennis
    The Lions Club Ennis presents a fundraising evening with food [hot dogs, burgers, pulled pork] followed by a screening of Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and all proceeds go to Lions Club of Ennis charities. A wonderful night of entertainment promised. 7pm, €20
  • 17 October 2014
    Mick Flannery & Band, Glór, Ennis
    The Cork singer songwriter makes a much anticipated return to glór. Flannery’s songs usher us into a world which is by times emotional, romantic, dark, insightful and hopeful. 8pm, €22.50/€20 conc.
  • 16th October 2014
    Dervish Celebrate 25 Years, Glór, Ennis
    It started 25 years ago when a group of musicians came together to record an album of local music which was released as The Boys of Sligo. Now, 25 years later fans of traditional super-group Dervish continue to be enthralled by the band as they tour globally. 8pm, €20/€18 conc.all
  • 15th October 2014
    Burren Sub Aqua Club Open Night
    Oakwood Arms, Shannon at 7PM
    with a try a dive at Shannon pool at 8PM. Contact 086 8180044 or burrensubaquaclub.com for details.
  • 15th October 2014
    'Economics of the Forgotten Burren', Burrentrust October Talk with Dr Cathal O Donoghue
    Teach Ceoil, Corofin, at 8.30pm
    Cathal is Head of the Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme, based in Athenry and is an Adjunct Professor in Economics at NUI Galway and Geography at UCD. He was Chief Executive of the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas in 2012-2013. He has studied at UCC, UCD, Oxford University and the London School of Economics. Prior to joining Teagasc Cathal worked at the Department of Economics at NUI Galway, the University of Cambridge and the ESRI. He lives in Ardrahan with his wife Olivia. Cathal has been working with the lowlands Burren group based around the Gort area and his talk will focus on their progress to date. This talk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a suggested €5 donation from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 15th October 2014
    Elio Pace performs The Billy Joel Songbook, Glór, Ennis
    best tribute to the legendary Billy Joel in the world, Elio Pace has even played dates in the USA with Billy Joel's original band. Playing all the Billy Joel hits including Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are, My Life, Piano Man, Tell Her About It, It's Still Rock & Roll To Me, New York State of Mind, Uptown Girl, She's Always A Woman and The Longest Time. 8pm, €20/€18 conc.
  • 14th October 2014
    Eleanor Lucinda Morony, Miltown House: Who was she and what was her legacy?’ – an Old Kilfarboy Society talk by Seán Treacy
    The Old Kilfarboy Society in Miltown Malbay is delighted to announce the first in its series of talks for 2014-15, which will take place on the 14th of October at 8pm in the Malbay. Local historian Seán Treacy will open the series with a talk on the subject of ‘Eleanor Lucinda Morony, Miltown House: Who was she and what was her legacy?’ In his talk, Seán will explore the role of Eleanor Morony in the history of Miltown Malbay during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From the late eighteenth century, the senior branch of the Morony family resided in Miltown House, Spanish Point, as landlords of the Miltown House Estate and in this context are influential figures in the social, cultural and political story of Miltown and surrounding areas.
  • 13th October 2014
    ‘A Horse’s Tale’ - Neville Presho’s television documentary
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    More info...
  • 12th October 2014
    Miles of Memories charity walk in the Burren
    The Miles of Memories charity walk will take place on the Caher Way on Sunday, October 12th at 1pm as a fundraiser for Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare oral history and folklore group. The walk will include talks on the heritage of the Burren, using interviews from the archive, as well as speakers on the day, covering topics like botany, geology, local history and archaeology. Registration from 12pm at the Fanore Beach car park. Veteran walker and local historian, Joe Queally will be leading the walk on the day. More information on www.clarememories.ie
  • 11 October 2014
    Evening of Estonian and Irish contemporary music and poetry
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8.00 pm
    Poetry by Miriam Mcilfatrick-Ksenofontov, contemporary Estonian poetry
    Music performed by Ensemble Resonabilis (Estonia).
  • 10th - 19th October 2014
    Féile Eile, Killaloe Ballina
    Childrens arts festival that incorporates workshops, schools summit, musical menagerie and childrens big gig. Contact Boris Hunka at 00353 87 2104583 boris@musicintheglen.ie, www.killaloemusic.com
  • 10th October 2014
    Traditional Horse Fair, Kilrush
    Contact 00353 65 9051047 & www.kilrush.ie
  • 10th October 2014
    Salmon Poetry reading with Leah Fritz, Jean Kavanagh, Afric McGlinchey & Daniel Thomas Moran
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, 7pm.
    Free entry
  • 5th October, 2014
    'The Fortress at Fiddaun' walk with Rory O’Shaughnessy
    A more fitting interpreter for the remarkable Fiddaun Tower House could not be found than Rory O’Shaughnessy. Rory is a local archaeologist and stone mason and a descendant of the O’Shaughnessy clan that lived in Fiddaun. The castle was one of Ireland’s largest and has one of the best preserved bawns in the country.
    The walk will start at 2pm at Fiddaun House, start point marked here. Waterproofs, warm clothes, good walking shoes etc. required depending on the weather! The walk will last for about 2 hours.
    The walk is free for members of Burrenbeo Trust. However, the walk fee for non- members has increased to €10. You can join online at www.burrenbeo.com , or you will be able to join on the day.
    For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
    Directions
    From the North (Gort)
    Take the R460 from Gort towards Lough Bunny. At the Lough Bunny cross turn left, towards Tubber on the new line road. Take the second left turn, after c. 1.7km. Continue for c. 2km and you will come to Fiddaun House on your left. Park here.
    From the South (Crusheen)
    From Crusheen village take the R458 towards Gort. After c.1.8km take the left turn signposted for Tubber/Boston. Continue for 4.8km and take the right turn in the village. Continue for 1.4km and take the left turn. Fiddaun House will be on your right after 400m. Park here.
  • 5th October 2014
    CELT Guided Walk, Our Native Woodlands as known to Brian Ború

    Tuamgraney
    A guided walk in woodlands near Tuamgraney, home to the magnificent ‘Brian Ború Oak’ thought to have been a sapling when Brian Ború and his army camped in this area. Registration by text or email essential. Contact Bob Wilson 00353 87 6324644 & info@celtnet.org & www.celtnet.org

September 2014:

  • 29th September - 18th October 2014
    Peter Blodeau Art Exhibition, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Having spent the best part of the last two decades living and working in Berlin and Paris as well as travelling in Europe and Egypt, USA and Cuba, Peter Blodeau's experiences of large metropolitan environments and the way in which people live in and interact with these spaces has been the subject both of his visual work as well as theoretical research. Working always in situ, he has produced hundreds of studies, drawings and water colours which consider both how things appear and what lies beneath that appearance. He tries to become one with the subject, observing it in totality, ignoring nothing. He does not select and reject, but delights in the sometimes boring ordinariness, even vulgarity of a scene: litter, street signs, telephone-wires and pylons. Everything is present because it points to humanity. His paintings are true to the enviroment they have come from and allows one to picture the scenes as he saw them. The exhibition will be on display till the 18th October during normal opening hours.
  • 29th September 2014
    From Corofin to Lahinch: Footing it on the West Clare Railway
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    The North Clare Historical Society will commence its new lecture series on Monday, September 29th at 8 pm with a talk by Eddie Lenihan entitled From Corofin to Lahinch: Footing it on the West Clare Railway. In the late 1980s Lenihan accompanied by his son Keith undertook to walk from Ennis to Kilkee along the tracks of the West Clare Railway, the most famous of all the narrow gauge railways. This walk was the subject matter for his 1990 publication- In the Tracks of the West Clare Railway. He will revisit that walk, detailing his journey from Corofin to Lahinch in his upcoming talk to the North Clare Historical Society at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm. If you're interested in the Famine, the Civil War, the Good People, bad planning, mythology and much more this might well be an outing you'd enjoy.
  • 28th September 2014
    Traditional Harvest Day, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty
    See old style threshing demos, vintage machinery, sheaf throwing and lots more! On Harvest Sunday at Bunratty Folk Park you will experience a flavour of rural Irish life of over 100 years ago. Owners of vintage tractors and machinery come from far and wide to proudly display their wares. The Bean a Ti’ (Woman of the House) demonstrates the art of bread baking and butter making and generously offer you delicious tastings. The village school master greets the children and as they hand over their customary sod of turf for the tiny school room fire. Relax with a drink in Mac’s Pub while you soak up the atmosphere of the musicians and the Strawboys performing in the Village Street during the afternoon. All are welcome to enjoy traditional storytelling by the resident Seanachai, the music and dancing, the sheaf throwing demonstrations and the Tug of War. http://www.shannonheritage.com/Events/AnnualEvents/TraditionalHarvestDay/
  • 26th - 28th September 2014
    Mountshannon Trad Festival, Mountshannon
    Come and enjoy a fantastic weekend of traditional Irish music.
    www.mountshannontradfestival.ie
  • 26th - 28th September 2014
    Bunratty Banjo Festival, Bunratty Village
    The Bunratty Business Association in conjunction with Sixmilebridge Folk Club presents the second annual musical event. Aimed at musicians and listeners the festival will celebrate the diversity of the Banjo. Visiting musicians are invited to join in the many “Fleadh Style” sessions which are free to the public from noon on Saturday in Bunratty Village. These will feature, Irish traditional musicians as well as Bluegrass, Dixieland Jazz, Oldtimey, American Roots and folk music. There is an international and national line up of artists and bands from a wide range of music genres. There will be a blend of Traditional Irish, Jazz, Oldtimey, Bluegrass, Folk and much more. http://www.bunratty.ie/events/30-bunratty-banjo-festival-2014
  • 19 September - 31 October 2014
    Absence: An Adam Pomeroy exhibition, Glór, Ennis
    'Absence' is an exhibition of new works by the Clare-based figurative artist Adam Pomeroy. Inspired by the theme of loss, the collection includes figure painting, portraiture, still life painting, and drawings. Pomeroy is probably best known in local art circles for his ‘Annunciation’, which hangs in Ennis Cathedral. It was one of a series of large-scale biblical paintings on display in various cathedrals around the country.
  • 19th - 21st September 2014
    East Clare Walking Festival, Tuamgraney
    This festival will be a 2 day event and will centre aro
    und sections of the East Clare Way, which is a National Waymarked Walking Route. All walks will be guided and will take in some of the great natural wild beauty of East Clare. There will be walks near Slieve Aughty and Slieve Bearnagh including the magnificent scenery of Lough Derg and Lough Graney. All walks will be graded and there will be something suitable for walkers of all abilities and ages. Contact eastclarewalkingfestival@gmail.com & www.eastclarewalkingfestival.com
  • 19th - 21st September 2014
    Ennis Fringe Festival, Ennis
    A festival of arts promoting the work of Clare based artists, it features art forms as diverse as performance, theatre, live music, visual arts, readings and comedy. Contact David O’Rourke 00353 87 6982120 & ennisfringefestival@yahoo.com
  • 19th September 2014
    Culture Night throughout the county of Clare
    A kaleidoscope of events, exhibitions, music, theatre and the arts throughout the county. All events are free of charge and all are welcome. clareculturenight@gmail.com & www.facebook.com/clareculturenight &
    Twitter: @CECultureNight
  • Friday 19th September
    Clare Youth Theatre presents Beckett’s "The Hours", a Culture Night event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 7pm
    Members of Clare Youth Theatre will transform the De Valera Library in Ennis into a mini theatre on Friday 19th September to celebrate Culture Night 2014. They will present an innovative take on Beckett's "The Hours" marrying theatre with literary surroundings. This is a free event and all are welcome. Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.
  • Saturday Sept 13th - Thursday Oct 9th
    Exhibition of the work of the late Clare artist D.B.Twohigk
    The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street - Ennistymon - Co. Clare
    The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon is pleased to present a retrospective of the work of the late Clare artist D.B.Twohigk. This exhibition brings to light a selection of drawings, paintings and sculpture and features previously unseen elements of the artist’s working process including sketchbooks, studio artefacts and photographs. It will also feature an original short animated film based on the drawings of the artist which has been specially created for this exhibition by his son, animator Ruairi Twohig.
    For more information contact exhibition Curator: Ivan Twohig - Phone: +33 (0)6 76 06 77 03 - Email: info@ivantwohig.com
  • 10th - 14th September 2014
    An Post Rás na mBan, Ennis

    An Post Rás na mBan is Ireland’s premier bicycle stage race for women which takes place over five days with six separate stages. This year's Rás na mBan will once again take in the beautiful scenery of County Clare. The race takes place between Wednesday 10th and Sunday 14th September 2014. Race headquarters will be the Inn at Dromoland. http://www.rasnamban.com/
  • 8th September 2014
    John Spillane in Concert at the Russell Gallery
    Concert starts at 8.00pm (doors open at 7pm)
    Ticket €15.00 and can be bought onlihne at www.russellgallery.net or at the door.
  • 7th September 2014
    A Burren Pot-Pourri with Dr Sharon Parr, a Burrenbeo Trust Walk
    2pm at Slieve Carran/Eagles Rock 52M 331 033
    The first Burrenbeo walk of Autumn will be ‘A Burren Pot-Pourri in the Slieve Carran National Nature Reserve' with Dr Sharon Parr. Sharon has been working in the Burren since 2003 and is currently the Project Scientist with the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme. Sharon is a natural historian with wide-ranging interests that span plants, insects, birds and mammals. She is the joint Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland vice county recorder for Co. Clare and regularly contributes bumblebee, butterfly and mammal records to the National Biodiversity Data Centre. The walk will start at 2pm in the car parking area for Slieve Carron Nature Reserve. Waterproofs, warm clothes, good walking shoes etc. required or sun cream – depending on the weather! While the walk will not be strenuous, it will be over limestone pavement and uneven surfaces. The walk will last for about 2 hours. The walk is free for members of Burrenbeo Trust. Please note that from this month, the walk fee for non- members has increased to €10. You can join online at www.burrenbeo.com, or you will be able to join on the day. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 6th September 2014
    Declan Hayes Memorial Half Marathon & 10k Run/Walk, Doonbeg
    The 10k walk/run takes place in a scenic looped route overlooking the White Strand beach & Doughmore sandhills. The half marathon route is made up of the 10k loop & a 2nd loop which includes Doonbeg golf course. http://www.westclare-walkingclub.com/
  • 5th - 7th September 2014
    Crotty Galvin Traditiona Music Festival Weekend
    Moyasta, Kilrush
    Traditional music, song and dance weekend honouring three fantastic musicians (Ellen Nell Galvin, PJ Crotty and Peadar Crotty) from the same little village that is Moyasta. To have one icon of the traditional genre from the townland of Moyasta known all over Ireland is absolutely great, to have three is just unbelievable. So we invite you one and all to Moyasta on the weekend of September 6th 7th and 8th to experience the festivities of this wonderful weekend to celebrate the legacy of these three wonderful musicians. All musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and you the public are very welcome at Moyasta on this weekend.
    www.nellgalvin.com
  • 5th - 7th September 2014
    Killaloe Water Festival
    Promoting water activities on Lough Derg and the River Shannon, the Killaloe Water Festival celebrates all forms of water sports surrounded by a carnival atmosphere of music, food and games. www.killaloewaterfestival.com & www.facebook.com/killaloewaterfestival

August 2014:

  • 31st August 2014
    Aviation Show, Shannon
    The Aviation Show is a fantastic day out for aviation enthusiasts of all ages. There are ‘build your own model’ workshops for kids - see aircraft and cockpits including the iconic Spitfire, find out about aviation careers, and even try landing a Boeing 737 NG Flight Simulator. Contact Jane Magill 00353 61 363687 info@atlanticairventure.com & www.atlanticairventure.com
  • 31st August 2014
    Guided Walk of Scattery Island
    Departure time from Marina in Kilrush: 3pm
    A walk from the Scattery Island Visitor Centre to the Battery via the existing path at the back of the village on to the shoreline and up to the outside of the Battery moat. cmgcuire@clarecoco.ie & 087 4128536 & www.clarecoco.ie
  • 31st August 2014
    Victorian Heritage Walk of Kilkee
    Meet at Kilkee Library at 3pm
    A historical walk of the seaside town of Kilkee highlighting the towns Victorian period influences. Once known as ‘The Brighton of the West’, the town boasted many famous visitors during this period. Adult: €10.00, Children Free. info@thelongwayround.ie & 086 4099624 & www.thelongwayround.ie
  • 31st August 2014
    Historical Spa Wells and Tour of Lisdoonvarna's Famous Waters.
    Pavilion Theatre, Lisdoonvarna 14:00 to 16:00
    Lisdoonvarna is famous all over the world for its restorative waters! Join us as we walk through all the well sites to view and taste the waters -a tradition that dates back 300 years. lisdoonfailte@eircom.net & 086 1250111
  • 31st August 2014
    John P. Holland Commemoration
    Liscannor Harbour 12:30 to 16:00
    Unveiling of a commemorative stone at the Harbour featuring a talk on John P. Holland’s life, a film of his achievements, music and songs of the Sea, photographs and a children's art-exhibition. Contact Liscannor Development Committee princeblake@eircom.net
  • 30th August 2014
    An Introduction to the Birdlife in the Burren National Park
    Meet at Mallaghmore Crossroads, Gortlecka, Kilnaboy 08:00
    This is a 2km walk on road in the Burren National Park. We will be looking in the hedgerows and wetlands for warblers, sandpipers, egrets and more. Please bring your own binoculars if possible. burrennationalpark@ahg.gov.ie & 065 6827693 & www.burrennationalpark.ie
  • 30th August 2014
    A celebration of Ennis Friary in music and song
    Ennis Friary (OPW) 17:00 to 18:00
    Musical celebration reflecting Ennis Friary's royal and religious origins. Harp recital by Nora Casey and Lorraine Kelly, followed by evening prayer sung by members of the local Franciscan community. ennisfriary@opw.ie & 065 6829100 & www.heritageireland.ie/en/ennisfriary
  • 30th August 2014
    Tour of Quin Friary
    A look at this important site through its building and its historical figures. 10:30 to 13:00. Starting in the 13th Century and ending in the 19th Century. Contact Joseph McCooey 065 707 5993 & seosamh33@eircom.net & ennisfriary@opw.ie
  • 29th August - 5th October 2014
    Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival 2014
    The 2014 festival kicks off with the Country Music weekend on the 29th of August. The next four weekends are the traditional matchmaking weekends with music and dancing all over town from 12 noon ‘til late. The festival closes with theouting.ie. Contact Robert Hurley 00353 65 7074696 rhurley@eircom.net & www.matchmakerireland.com
  • 29th August 2014
    Clarecastle Village - History Trail and Quay Area Wildlife
    Church carpark, Clarecastle 19:00 to 20:30
    Historic walk through the village of Clarecastle, taking in the Church, Old School, Main Street. marieclaregorman@gmail.com
  • 29th August 2014
    Eleanor McEvoy plays Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Ireland’s internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy released her latest album ‘STUFF’ in May, 2014. The collection is the result of a purposeful mission by the Wexford-based singer to find and release the ‘stuff’ the fans wanted but couldn’t find. Eleanor says, “After I’d tracked down single mixes, audiophile tracks and songs I’d written and performed on other artists records, the project soon took on a life of its own, with more tracks recorded and everything re-mastered. The album named itself STUFF. ” An eleven-track miscellany, Stuff’s tell tales of unrequited love, lust and eloquent farewell; a heady brew of caustic observation laced with wit and wry self-deprecation typical of multi-instrumentalist McEvoy, all delivered in the Irish star’s rich, lilting voice. Eleanor’s performances are intimate, emotional, uplifting affairs in which she explores soul, love and humour, using own compositions and interpretations from other songbooks, with her unique voice and beautiful playing. Show starts at 8 pm at Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee on the 29th August. Tickets are €16/€14 and may be got at the Kilkee Box Office on (065) 9060769 or at Glór on (065) 6843103. Tickets may also be bought online at http://www.glor.ie.
  • 28th August 2014
    Lecture: The Round Towers of County Clare
    Teach Ceol, Kilrush. 19:30 to 21:00
    Free public lecture by historian Padraig O’Ruairc on Irish round towers with a particular focus on the surviving round towers of County Clare. scatteryisland@opw.ie & 087 9958427 & www.heritageireland.ie/en/scatteryislandcentre
  • 28th August 2014
    Lecture: 'Salvation In Stone' - religious sculptures at Ennis Friary
    Ennis Friary 14:00 to 15:30
    Public lecture by Dr. Jill Connaughton on the iconography and medieval figure sculpture of Ennis Friary. ennisfriary@opw.ie & 065 6829100 & www.heritageireland.ie/en/ennisfriary
  • 27th August 2014
    A talk on Jack O’Reilly The “Flighty” Boy from Clare by Tony Kinsella
    Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks 2014, Kilkee Bay Hotel at 8 pm.
    The adventurous life of a swashbuckling Kilkee man. Admission free. www.kilkeecivictrust.org
  • 27th August 2014
    Burren National Park Bat Talk and Walk
    Burren National Park Information Point, Corofin 20:00 to 22:00
    An illustrated presentation about the bats of the Burren National Park followed by a bat walk along the Orange Trail in the National Park. burrennationalpark@ahg.gov.ie & 065 6827693 & www.burrennationalpark.ie
  • 27th August 2014
    When Horsepower Ruled, A Forgotten Era Recalled
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon 20:00 to 22:00
    Screening of Nevil le Presho’s ‘A Horse’s Tale’, a documentary on the last days of the farm working horse in the locality, with children watching Joe Garrihy and ‘Doonbay’, plus evocative photographs. Contact The Old Ennistymon Society info@thecourthousegallery.com & 065 7071630 & www.thecourthousegallery.com
  • 27th August 2014
    Bat Talk and Walk, The Inn at Dromoland - Former Clare Inn
    The Bat Talk is designed for all ages, aged 5-99. 19:30 to 20:30. A great introduction through an Audio Visual to the bats of Ireland and beyond and will be followed by the Bat Walk in Dromoland Castle at 21:00. clare.antaisce@gmail.com & 086 3497946
  • 27th August 2014
    Dysert O'Dea Guided Walk & Heritage Trail
    Dysert O'Dea Castle 19:00 to 20:30
    Guided Walk in the wonderful landscape of Dysert O'Dea including castle, church with famous Romanesque door, 12th Century High Cross and other features on the heritage trail.
    Contact Risteard Ua Cronín ruacronin@clarecoco.ie & 087 2905122 & www.clarecoco.ie
  • 27th August 2014
    Quin Friary and Earthworks Outing
    Quin Friary, Quin Village, Co. Clare 19:00 to 20:30
    Graham Hull of TVAS (Ire.) Ltd will show us the earthworks outside Quin Friary. These may represent a deserted medieval village. Joe McCooey (OPW) will give a guided tour of the beautiful friary. Contact Clare Archaeological and Historical Society emgreene@eircom.net & 0879165916
  • 27th August 2014
    A Walk with a Difference in The Burren
    Meet at Carron National School, 11:00
    A walk in the Burren for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility organised by
    Burrenbeo Trust in association with the Irish Wheelchair Association. rjdmorrison@yahoo.com & 087 2074205 www.burrenbeo.com
  • 26th August 2014
    Talk & Walk on Natural Heritage of Lough Derg
    Community Creche in Mountshannon, 20:00 to 22:00
    Talk on the natural heritage of Lough Derg with an outing afterwards to Mountshannon Pier to view the White-tailed Sea Eagles. cmcguire@clarecoco.ie & 087 4128536 & www.clarecoco.ie
  • 26th August 2014
    Lecture: Skellig Michael - Monastery at the edge of the world
    Ennis Friary 19:30 to 21:00
    Free public lecture by OPW Architect Grellan Rourke on the archaeology, history and architecture of Skellig Micheal, Kerry - one of Ireland's, and the world's, most unique heritage sites. ennisfriary@opw.ie & 065 6829100 & www.heritageireland.ie/en/ennisfriary
  • 26th August 2014
    Seaweeds and Shore Fauna Forage
    Bridges of Ross Car Park, Loophead, 11:30 to 14:30
    Exploring and identifying up to 80 seaweed species and 70 fauna species at Ross Beach, with insights into what to forage, historical usage etc. Adult: €15.00, Children: €8.00 ctmadigan@eircom.net & 065 6842884 & www.carmelmadigangallery.com
  • 25th August 2014
    Lecture: Raiders & Traders: Scattery Island in the Viking Era
    Teach Ceol, Kilrush, 19:30 to 21:00
    Free public lecture on Scattery Island during the Viking era, by author and historian Dr. Cathy Swift, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. scatteryisland@opw.ie & www.heritageireland.ie/en/scatteryislandcentre
  • 25th August 2014
    Lecture on Seaweeds and Shore Fauna Forage, Loophead
    Bridges of Ross Car Park, Loophead 11:00 to 14:00
    Exploring and identifying up to 80 seaweed species and 70 fauna species at Ross Beach, with insights into what to forage, historical usage etc. Adult: €15.00, Children: €8.00. ctmadigan@eircom.net & T: 065 6842884 & www.carmelmadigangallery.com
  • 24th August 2014
    The Home Front' - Life in Ireland during World War One
    Ennis Friary (OPW) 18:30 to 20:00
    Free public lecture by historian and author Cormac O Comhrai on life in Ireland during World War One, and how the conflict in Europe impacted every day living, politics, sport and society here. ennisfriary@opw.ie & 065 6829100 & www.heritageireland.ie/en/ennisfriary
  • 24th August 2014
    Victorian Heritage Walk of Kilkee
    Meet at Kilkee Library at 15:00
    A historical walk of the seaside town of Kilkee highlighting the towns Victorian period influences. Once known as ‘The Brighton of The West’ the town boasted many famous visitors during this period. Adult: €10.00, Children Free. info@thelongwayround.ie & 086 4099624 & www.thelongwayround.ie
  • 24th August 2014
    Killaloe Heritage Walk
    Meet outside Killaloe Tourist Office
    Take a guided walk with Úna Kierse around historic scenic Killaloe and follow Brian Ború's trail (15:00 to 16:30). Hear Brian Ború's story in his home place. Did you know Killaloe was once the 'Capital of Ireland'. unakierse@gmail.com & 086 8035157
  • 24th August 2014
    Whale Watch Ireland 2014 at Black Head Lighthouse
    Black Head Lighthouse, Ballyvaughan 14:00 to 17:00
    This event forms part of All-Ireland Whale Watch day, which invites the public and visitors alike to join the experts in IWDG for a free and guided land-based whale watch at a local headland. springersabine7@gmail.com & 091 637621 & www.iwdg.ie
  • 24th August 2014
    Whale Watch Ireland 2014 at Loophead Lighthouse
    Loop Head Lighthouse 14:00 to 17:00
    This event forms part of All-Ireland Whale Watch day, which invites the public and visitors alike to join the experts in IWDG for a free and guided land-based whale watch at a local headland. simondberrow@gmail.com & 086 8545450 & www.iwdg.ie
  • 24th August 2014
    Tour of interesting sites in the Kilmurry Ibrickane Parish
    Meet Crosses of Annagh Pub Car Park, Mullagh, 14:00
    Visits to St Conall's Well, Mountscott Crannóg, Rath Ringfort, and Cillíns at Moyglass and Tiermanagh. Contact Old Kilfarboy Society banshans@iol.ie & 087-1264527
  • 24th August 2014
    Following in Their Footsteps: A Walk to the Mass Rock & Cross on the Black Mountain
    Meet at Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 12.45 or Killeinagh Graveyard, Ennistymon at 13.00. Joe Shannon will lead a walk through his land to the Mass Rock & Cross on the Black Mountain while relating penal times folklore at Gleann na hAltóra and the history of the Holy Year Cross. Contact Old Ennistymon Society/North Clare Historical Society info@thecourthousegallery.com & T: 065 7071630 & www.thecourthousegallery.com
  • 24th August 2014
    Tour of local towerhouses in the vicinity of Shannon Town
    Meet at Lidl Carpark, Shannon 13:00 to 17:30
    Tour of local towerhouses in the vicinity of Shannon Town, including Smithstown, Drumline, Clenagh, Rossmanagher, Ralahine. Learn about the architectural features and history of the towerhouses. occarey@eircom.net & costello.rita@googlemail.com & 0857107581 & 0868206543 & www.clareheritage.org & www.duchasnasionna.ie
  • 23rd August 2014
    Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny Lecture, Teach Ceoil, Kilrush
    A memorial lecture marking the centenary of the death of much-decorated Kilrush-born General Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny (1840–1914), given by his great-great-nephew Colin Keane, preceded by an exhibition. 18:00 to 19:00 kilrushhistoricalsociety@gmail.com & 087 2547230 & www.kdhs.ie
  • 23rd August 2014
    Uilleann Pipe Recital by Matt Horsely, Ennis Friary
    A recital of traditional Irish tunes on the Uilleann Pipes played by renowned piper Matt Horsely at the 700 year old Franciscan Friary - the oldest building in Ennis.17:00 to 18:00 ennisfriary@OPW.ie & 065 6829100 & www.heritageireland.ie/en/ennis friary
  • 23rd August 2014
    Cup of Tea, Songs & Stories, Kilkishen Heritage Centre
    Come and listen to our stories and songs whilst having a 'Cup of Tea' 16:00 to 18:00 . We will be displaying
    images of our locality, covering our bog walk, 12 O'Clock Hills, and our Amenity Park by the lake. joe.m.meaney@gmail.com & 087 2545537 & www.kilkishen.com
  • 23rd August 2014
    Tours of the Merchant's House, Sir Thomas Kelly Kenny Exhibition
    The Merchant's House, Market Square, Kilrush, 11:30 to 15:00
    The Merchant’s House Open Day will involve tours of the house and its history, along with an exhibition of artifacts on the life & times of Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny (1840-1914). pg30kensington@gmail.com & T: 0876831587
  • 23rd August 2014
    Village Carnival Heritage and Biodiversity Day, Newmarket on Fergus
    Heritage and Biodiversity Day takes place in various locations in the Village, 10:00 to 18:00. Fun family
    walks and biodiversity talks. siobhan.odriscoll@obair.org & mooghaunproject@hotmail.com & 061 368030 & www.villagecarnival.com
  • 23rd August 2014
    The Music Makers of West Clare.
    Aras Oidreacht an Chláir 10:00 to 18:00
    A unique visitor attraction, telling the story of traditional Irish music, song and dance and featuring a 14-minute video of a musical session by some of our renowned local musicians and dancers. Adult: €5.00, Children: €5.00. eolas@oac.ie & 065-7085785 & www.themusicmakers.ie
  • 23rd August 2014
    Mini Beast Hunt for children aged 4- 10
    Burren National Park 10:30 to 12:30
    Be a nature detective and join us in a hunt for insects amongst the meadows and
    woodlands of the Burren National Park. burrennationalpark@ahg.gov.ie & 065 6827693 & www.burrennationalpark.ie
  • 23rd August 2014
    Loop Head Heritage Trail walk
    Meet at Loop Head Lighthouse Car Park
    A guided walk of the nature and history of the tip of County Clare (10:00 to 12:00). The walk includes a visit
    to the breathtaking Hanging Gardens for a picnic of tea & scones looking out over the
    Shannon estuary. Adult: €15.00, Children: Free. info@thelongwayround.ie & 086 4099624
    & www.thelongwayround.ie
  • 23rd - 31st August 2014
    Clare to host 75 events during National Heritage Week
    Co-ordinated by Clare County Council and The Heritage Council with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland, the annual initiative will once again focus on Clare’s built, natural & cultural heritage. Some of the highlights of Heritage Week 2014 include a commemoration of the life of submarine inventor and Liscannor native John P Holland, a tour of towerhouses around Shannon Town, a lecture on the life of Kilrush-born Boer War General Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny, a Victorian Heritage Walk around Kilkee, a tour of Lisdoonvarna's famous restorative waters, and a recital of traditional Irish tunes on the uilleann pipes by Matt Horsely at Ennis Friary. The centenary of the outbreak of World War I is also being marked with a lecture by historian Cormac O’Comhrai on life in Ireland during the Great War, while Killaloe will also be marking the millennial anniversary of the death of one of its most famous citizens, Brian Ború. Meanwhile, annual festivals such as the Tulla Week of Welcomes and the Dan Furey Weekend in Labasheeda are holding heritage events as part of the weeklong celebration. Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union. Download the free "National Heritage Week" App for iPhone or Android smartphones at www.heritageweek.ie. For further information contact Congella McGuire, Heritage Officer, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis, County Clare, Tel: 065-6846408 Email: cmcguire@clarecoco.ie.
  • 22nd - 24th August 2014
    Dan Furey Weekend 2014, Labasheeda
    The Dan Furey Weekend of Set-Dancing, held in picturesque Labasheeda, promises a great weekend of Irish traditional music and dancing on the banks of the river Shannon. Fun for all the family with the best of traditional Irish bands playing all weekend. A full weekend of set dancing to the best of Irish music from The Abbey Céilí Band, Mícheál Sexton, Johnny Reidy Céilí Band and the Five Counties Céilí Band. Contact Liam Woulfe liam_woulfe@eircom.net
  • 22nd August 2014
    Jack L plays Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    "The Great Wall of China" is his latest single, a powerful self penned balled, it shows the man's voice off to stunning effect. In this show, Jack will be giving a potted history of his incredible career to date and will be performing songs from his recent smash hit show "The 27 Club". Last year in the USA he did a run of shows, the highlight being a performance at the Lincon Centre for Performing Arts, the home of the New York Philharmonic, where he sang as lead vocalist with the legendry Nelson Riddle orchestra, to an ecstatic reception. Show starts at 8 pm at Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee on the 22nd August. Tickets are €20 and may be got at the Kilkee Box Office on (065) 9060769 or at Glór on (065) 6843103. Tickets may also be bought online at http://www.glor.ie.
  • 21st August 2014
    'We'll Meet Again' presented by Crack'd Spoon Theatre
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    'We'll Meet Again' presented by Crack'd Spoon Theatre group is a show of songs and memories from World Wars 1&2. Think Music Hall, War Marches, Flanagan and Allen, Dad's Army, together with poems and personal collections to take you on a journey down wartime memory lane. Show starts at 8pm on Thursday Aug 21st at Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee. Tickets cost €10/€8. Contact Kilkee Box Office for bookings and information 065-9060769 or book online at www.glor.ie
  • 20th August 2014
    A talk on Scattery Island by Rita McCarthy
    Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks 2014, Kilkee Bay Hotel at 8 pm.
    A huge repository of medieval history on our doorstep. Admission free. www.kilkeecivictrust.org
  • 15th August 2014
    Sean Tyrrell plays the Russell Gallery New Quay, Burrin, County Clare
    at 8pm. Limited Tickets available to purchase at the Gallery
    or online http://www.russellgallery.net/Sean_Tyrrell.html
  • 15th August 2014
    Martin Bourke Presents: Stephan Foster – Songwriter and Father of American Music
    Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Music 2014, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee at 8 pm. Admission: €10. www.kilkeecivictrust.org. All proceeds from the Stephen Foster Show on 15th August are being donated towards a memorial of the 32 Kilkee men who died in the 1914-18 War. Foster was composer of over 200 popular songs including, My Old Kentucky Home, I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, Camptown Races etc.
  • 15th August 2014
    Helen Houlihan Lunchtime Recital, Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Helen Houlihan will perform a selection of light classical songs for this lunchtime recital. Some of the pieces that will be included are by G.B. Pergolesti, R Schumann R. Quilter and A. Scarlatti. Show starts at 1pm on Friday 15th August at Cultúrlann Sweeney. Tickets €7/€5 and may be got at the Kilkee Box Office on (065) 9060769 or at Glór on (065) 6843103. Tickets may also be bought online at http://www.glor.ie.
  • 13th – 17th August 2014
    Merriman Summer School 2014, Glór, Ennis
    This year's theme is 'Emotional Life in Ireland'. It is a timely topic for a country which has yet again been dealing with the aftermath of trauma as we listen to stories of hidden pregnancies, secret births and unacknowleged deaths. How do we deal with our emotions and their consequences? Are we better at it now than we have been? What legacies have been left by our difficulty in understanding and reluctance to deal with our emotions? These are some of the areas for discussion at this year's Merriman Summer School. The full programme and details about speakers are available on www.merriman.ie. Most events take place in Ennis' cultural venue, Glór, with tickets and reservation available through www.glor.ie.
  • 13th August 2014
    Limerick Quakers: History, Business, Religion 1655 – 1900, a talk by Hiram Wood
    Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks 2014, Kilkee Bay Hotel at 8 pm.
    Their influence on Kilkee was immense. Admission free. www.kilkeecivictrust.org
  • 10th - 16th August 2014
    Kilmurry Harvest Festival & All Ireland Vintage Rally, Sixmilebridge
    Kilmurry Harvest Festival is a week long fun-packed event with attractions for all the family. The event includes the all-Ireland vintage rally, a field day, monster vintage show, show-jumping competition, carriage driving and sheep racing, to mention just a few. Contact Sean O’Reilly, 00353 87 9671623 festival@kilmurry.com and
    http://www.kilmurry.com/tag/harvest-festival/
  • 9th August 2014
    Jaskane Café Trio Band, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Music 2014, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee at 8 pm. Musical Event provided by Jaskane Café Trio Band. Admission €10. www.kilkeecivictrust.org. All proceeds from the Jaskane Café Trio Band on 9th August are being donated towards a memorial to the 32 Kilkee men who died in the 1914-18 War.
  • 6th - 10th August 2014
    Kilrush Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival
    Includes three open air céilís in the town square with the Johnny Reidy Céilí Band, the Five Counties Band and The Star of Munster Band, set dancing classes, a singers club and numerous music sessions. There will also be a musicial boat trip to Scattery Island. A Festival not to be missed. Contact Anne Hayes. 00353 87 2663718. hayesanne@eircom.net & http://www.kilrushcce.com/
  • 6th August 2014
    A Kilkee Man in the First World War 1914 – 1918, a talk by Michael Nolan
    Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks 2014, Kilkee Bay Hotel at 8 pm. Admission free. www.kilkeecivictrust.org
  • 5th - 30th August 2014
    William's Mirror - An exhibition of photography by William Glynn
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    August sees the return to the gallery in Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee of the popular local photographer, William Glynn. William's Mirror is an exhibition of photographs generally of aspects of the Loop Head peninsula, but with the odd one or two from other places as well. It reflects the casual beauty of the natural forms and patterns all around us and which often go unnoticed. An ancient Greek philosopher said that everything flows, nothing is still. Even the weathered stones and the cliffs round about us change from day to day, from moment to moment, and of course the sea is perpetual motion. These photographs try to capture something of the mood and feel of living here. Born in Kilrush and brought up in Kilkee, Co. Clare, William spent most of his working life teaching in the UK. Returning to Ireland on retirement his hobby, photography, became a serious pursuit. He loves the stark beauty of the West Clare coastline with its ever changing sea and sky and abundance of wild life.
  • 4th August 2014
    Doonbeg Regatta, Doonbeg
    The regatta takes place at the pier, Doonbeg. A great day of rowing is guaranteed including fun activities for kids. Contact Shaunie Honan , 00353 87 6188701, www.doonbeginfo.com
  • 3rd - 4th August 2014
    Lughnasa Festival, Craggaunowen, The Living Past, Quin
    Featuring costumed re-enactors from the Bronze Age to Medieval times.
    00353 61 360788 reservations@shannonheritage.com & www.shannonheritage.com
  • 3rd August 2014
    ‘August at the Lough’ With Harry Jeuken, a Burrenbeo Trust Walk
    2.15pm @ Gortlecka Cross 51R 304 945
    Join us for a ramble in the Burren along 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. While not strenuous, this can be challenging terrain - walking on limestone pavement which can be slippery when wet. The walk will take c. 2 ½ - 3 hours and will be followed by an optional trip to the farmhouse for tea and cake (for an extra donation - €5 suggested). Due to presence of livestock on the land no dogs are allowed on the walk. Meeting time of 2.15pm at Gortlecka Cross or you can take the 2pm NPWS bus from Corofin and meet us there. This walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €5 is suggested from non-members. Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 2nd August 2014
    Open-air Art Exhibition in Temple Gate Car Park, Ennis
    between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
    The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Ennis Street Festival and follows the success of last year's collaboration with the Street Festival. "Art for All", the brainchild of local art student Ann Cronin, was piloted in 2012 when Ann, along with a group of artists from the Ennis-based Vincent Killowry Art Group, added a splash of colour during the Fleadh Nua Weekend with their open air exhibition in the Friar’s Walk Car Park. To register, contact the Arts Office, Clare County Council on (065) 6899091 or arts@clarelibrary.ie.
  • 2nd August 2014
    The Sweet Power of Song at Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee at 8pm
    Two local sopranos will raise the roof in Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, this bank holiday weekend as they perform 'The Sweet Power of Song', a special collection of light operatic favourites as well as a selection of music from some of the greatest musicals. Based in Quin, Helen Houlihan has enjoyed a busy career in the singing world performing regularly in concert, recital, opera and oratorio and in venues such as the National Concert Hall, the John Field Room and the Fortune Theatre in London. Edel O'Brien comes from Kilrush and has an Honours Masters Degree in Music and Performance from NUI, Maynooth. After winning the Margaret Burke Sheridan Cup at the Dublin Feis Ceoil, she went on to study singing at Trinity College of Music, London where she was awarded a scholarship winning numerous scholarships and prizes. Helen and Edel will be accompanied by Irina Dernova on piano. Irina is the organist in St. Michael’s Church (Limerick) and the organ scholar in St. Mary’s Cathedral, studying the organ in Limerick School of Music under the tuition of Trevor Selby. Jane Hughes will accompany on cello. She has worked with the RTE Concert Orchestra and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra amongst others and has performed with such international artists as Ronan Keating, Rod Stewart, Westlife, Sarah Brightman, Charlotte Church, Kiri te Kanawa, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Careras and Placedo Domingo. Tickets are available from 065 9060769 or www.glor.ie. Tickets €18/€16. For further information contact Clare Arts Office at 065 6899091.
  • 1st - 31st August, 2014
    Doolin Garden Sculpture Exhibition
    Ballyvoe, Doolin
    You are invited to come and view the garden sculpture exhibition at the at the Doolin Garden Nurseries. Showing daily during the month of August from 10am to 6pm – closed Mondays. Entry is Free. There will be various pieces by different artists scattered throughout the garden. They are all weather resistant but can of course also be used indoors. The garden is open to the public and plants are for sale. For more information Tel: Doolin Garden Nurseries at 087-9147725
  • 1st - 8th August 2014
    Rose of Clare Festival, Cooraclare
    Come and enjoy the annual Rose of Clare Festival. Contact Gerard Kelly, 00353 86 2876402
    gerarddangan@gmail.com
  • 1st -7th August 2014
    Kildysart Cultural Festival, Kildysart
    Kildysart Community Gallery is a community run space where visitors can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee while browsing local artists work and handmade quality crafts and wares at their leisure. Contact Bernie O Gorman 00353 87 3160544 & kildysartcommunitygallery@gmail.com
  • 1st - 4th August 2014
    Kilmihil Festival Of Fun, Kilmihil
    Four days of events to make you smile and laugh including the famous All Ireland Pig races!
    Something for all ages and tastes. Contact Stephen Reynolds 00353 87 6680043 &
    stephen.reynolds910@gmail.com
  • 1st - 4th August 2014
    Scariff Harbour Festival, Scariff
    A varied programme of activities including arts, live music, pizza oven, childrens games, cookery demonstrations and lots more. 00353 61 921536 & eastclarecoop@gmail.com, www.eastclarecoop.com also www.scariff.ie

July 2014:

  • 31st July - 3rd August 2014
    Scariff Harbour Festival, Scariff
    Multi-disciplinary street festival combining music, entertainment, arts, children’s activities and outdoor pursuits, celebrating Lough Derg and the East Clare countryside. Launched in 2003, the annual Scariff Harbour Festival is an open-air, street-based event showcasing the many attractions and amenities accessible from Scariff. Its aim is to promote the leisure and pleasure potential of Lough Derg, the inland waterways and the East Clare countryside both among local people and visitors from further afield. Contact Harry O’Meara, 00353 87 2308974, harryomeara@eircom.net & www.scariff.ie
  • 30th July 2014
    Manuel, a life less ordinary, a talk by Manuel Di Lucia
    Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks 2014, Kilkee Bay Hotel at 8 pm.
    Admission is free. www.kilkeecivictrust.org
  • 27 July 2014
    The Old Kilfraboy Society guided walk of Spanish Point
    A guided walk of Spanish Point will take place on Sunday, 27 July. The history, maritime history and archaeology of the area from the Bellbridge to the Cross Sea will be outlined on the walk by Seán and John Treacy. We will meet in the car park outside the Spanish Point Golf Club at 2:00 pm. All are welcome. Cost is €5 per person. Contact Maura at 087-1264527.
  • 26th July 2014
    The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Kilkee Civic Trust presents The Irish Chamber Orchestra at Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 8pm. Tickets €20. The Irish Chamber Orchestra has a reputation second to none both at home and abroad. Katherine Hunka directs this exciting performance of exceptional diversity that offer a kaleidoscopic range of music, combining old with newer sounds. Gidon Kremer’s arrangement of Alfred Schnittke’s Polka is racy but quite funny. His comical Moz-Art à la Haydn grew from Schnittke’s extraordinary ability to fragment and reassemble diverse music in new and unexpected ways. Two colliding worlds, from the clarity of Mozart to the chaos of Schnittke, make for one great parody. Haydn’s seldom heard duet demonstrates great virtuosity from the soloists. Mozart’s Divertimento in B is full of sparking and dramatic themes, a shining example of the young composer’s most enchanting string music. Tchaikovsky wrote his Serenade on impulse “from the heart”. As one of the all-time great tunesmiths and masters of dance music, these talents radiate in his effervescent and much loved Serenade. Tickets can be purchased from the box office (065) 9060769 or online at Glór www.glor.ie
  • 23rd July 2014
    The Marquesses Conyngham: a great Irish Landed family, a talk by Dr. Matthew Potter
    Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks 2014, Kilkee Bay Hotel at 8 pm.
    A talk on The Marquesses Conyngham: a great Irish Landed family. One of the leading Irish families for over 300 years, the Conynghams, who owned vast estates in Counties Clare, Donegal and Meath. They were also among the leading landowners in Kilkee. Admission free. www.kilkeecivictrust.org
  • 23rd July 2014
    'Seasons, Species & Patterns of a North East Atlantic Rocky Shore' Book Launch
    Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Professional Artist, Author, Habitat Researcher and Proprietor of the Leisure Learning Loophead Summer Hedge School in West Clare, Carmel T. Madigan is set to shortly launch her new book ‘Seasons, Species & Patterns of a North East Atlantic Rocky Shore’. This book is based on a research and photographic journey at Ross Beach, Loophead, which is adjacent to the famed tourist spot of the Bridges of Ross. Her parents, Mai and PJ Magner together with at least ten ancestral generations of the family have lived adjacent to Ross beach, and were coastal farmers, fishermen and victims of the ocean. In the book Ms Madigan reflects on the history and uses of the beach through time, as handed down from one generation to the other, including the fact that during the Famine era, both Limpets and Periwinkles had become extinct here. Together with her son James, they researched the beach at low Spring Tide throughout the year over a period of five years, in response to the fact that although living so close, so little was locally known as to the beach’s inhabitants, its flora (including seaweeds) and fauna. During the course of this research, they unearthed more than eighty shore living creatures together with over one hundred seaweeds, lichens and flora species. The book is due to be officially launched at Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee on Wednesday July 23rd next at 6.30pm. The book will be launched by Dr. Prannie Rhatigan – author ‘Irish Seaweed Kitchen’ The book will be available from Culturlann Sweeney and online at www.carmelmadigangallery.com
  • 19th - 20th July 2014
    The Doonbeg Seafood Festival
    This two day festival in the heart of Doonbeg is a must. Come along and enjoy wonderful seafood, cookery demonstrations, music and family fun. Events include Heritage Walk, Dog Show, Currach racing, Duck Race, Farmers Market and Vintage Rally, amongst other activities. The festival has something for everyone from foodies to families, couples to children. Children can enjoy pony and trap rides, children’s activities, Treasure Hunt, Children’s Sport and much more. The Festival, for the first time, will include a Queen of the Sea Competition. The festival, which is organized by the residents of Doonbeg, reflects the great local fishing tradition with the emphasis on seafood in the local restaurants in the area. The festival also includes history lectures of Doonmore and Doonbeg castles and explores the relevance of Brian Ború. Contact Tommy Comerford, 00353 87 9090345 & doonbegseafoodfestival.com/
  • 19th July 2014
    Los Paddys De Las Pampas “The Fall Of Man” music video premiere and live concert
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery at 8.30pm

    A cultural and musical exchange between traditional musicians, artists and dancers of North Clare and Buenos Aires, Argentina, with James Sheppard, Ennistymon based songwriter, Flamenco Dancing with “The SAS”
    Sonia and Sandra, and Irish Dancing with Lenka Hoffmannova. Admission 5 euro. https://www.facebook.com/events/1445669162359087/?fref=ts
  • 19th July 2014
    Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin play Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Dónal Lunny has been at the forefront of the evolution of Irish traditional music for more than 35 years. He was part of Planxty and the Bothy Band in the 70's with the likes of Cristy Moore and Liam O'Flynn. He then went on to form Moving Hearts in the early '80's with Christy Moore and Davy Spillane and for years has been regarded as one of Ireland's great music performers and producers working with national and international musicians. Our concert brings him together with his long time musical collaborator, fiddler Paddy Glackin. Paddy's fiddle style reflects his family's Donegal roots. Glackin is considered one of the leading Irish fiddlers and was an original member of Bothy Band along with Donál. Glackin performs regularly throughout Ireland and abroad and he teaches annually at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Clare. Tickets €17/€15 and may be purchased at the Kilkee Box Office on (065) 9060769 or at Glór on (065) 6843103. Tickets may also be bought online at www.glor.ie. Show starts at 8pm.
  • 18th - 29h July 2014
    Skadoonvarna Festival, Lisdoonvarna
    Ska and reggae music festival. Contact Peter Curtin, 00353 87 8300069
    roadsidetavern@gmail.com & https://www.facebook.com/Skadoonvarna
  • 18th July 2014
    Helen Houlihan Light Classical Music at Lunchtime, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Helen Houlihan will perform Schumann's Frauenliebe und leben song cycle at Lunchtime. The music cycle tells the story of a young womans life from the time she meets and falls in love with her husband until his death. it journeys through her emotions, awakening love, admiration for her beloved, proposal, marriage, motherhood and breavement. The cycle ends with her sorrow and despair at the loss of her husband and is made deeply poignant with the reprise of the opening song 'the music of new love', as a piano postlude. Show starts at 1pm on Friday 18th July at Cultúrlann Sweeney. Tickets €7/€5 and may be got at the Kilkee Box Office on (065) 9060769 or at Glór on (065) 6843103. Tickets may also be bought online at www.glor.ie
  • 16th July 2014
    Seasons Species & Patterns of a North East Atlantic Rocky Shore, a talk by Carmel Madigan
    Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks 2014, Kilkee Bay Hotel at 8 pm.
    A presentation based on a research and photographic project through time (5 years) and space at Ross Beach Loophead. Admission free. www.kilkeecivictrust.org
  • 14th July - 1st August 2014
    ‘Nature Spirit – A Collaboration’, Aan Exhibition of New Works by Carmel T. Madigan.
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Having grown up at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at Loophead, coupled with the continuous household discussion on the area and its social and economic history, generated by her parents who between them have spent 190 years living here, Carmel T. Madigan nee Magner’s artworks have continuously been influenced by Loophead, its wild elements, rugged rocks, windswept territory. Her new batch of works have departed from the elements and the landscape somewhat, and have been infiltrated by social and economic history from the area, her own recent research and educational endeavours and her travels. This mix of new work , created in a spirited, ethereal style, combines stories like the ladies travelling to Biddy Gallery’s House for their T-cup readings, which yielded outcomes that may have suggested an impending parcel from America, or an impending match, or the birth of twins. The works are reflective on her current research work, free floating, abstract yet familiar, and reminiscent of Loophead in its bygone days as handed down by Mai and PJ Magner. The works are created on paper and canvas. Tel: 065-9090769, kilkeeboxoffice@clarelibrary.ie & www.clarelibrary.ie/arts.htm & Facebook: Cultúrlann Sweeney
  • 12th July 2014
    Free Open Air Broadway Show in Ennis
    Friendship Ambassadors Foundation proudly presents the internationally-recognized American performance troupe, Morningstar Performance Troupe for Youth on a goodwill, 2014 concert tour throughout the Republic of Ireland. MORNINGSTAR from Sacramento, California will be perform its signature program “Broadway USA” which includes high-energy song and dance routines from Broadway musicals, including performances of Newsies, Chicago, Oklahoma, South Pacific, All Shook Up, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, and Wicked. All are welcome to this free outdoor show taking place at the Temple Gate Plaza at 6pm. Brought to Ennis by Clare Arts Office and Ennis Street Festival.
  • 12th July 2014
    Tale of the Ancient Lights by Riuchi
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee Saturday July 12th at 8pm.
    Riuchi and The tale of the Ancient Lights was born and developed in Cork City in 2012. It is the brain child of performer Guillaume Cousson and artistic director Fernando Tunon Hernandez. They both share a love for Asian culture. The 45 minute solo performance encompasses circus, dance and magic with a strong ancestral Asian-legend theme. The story is told without narration; solely through the artistic bodily movements of Riuchi. Through the use of modern LED Technology the solo light performance awes and stuns, taking the audience away to another land, in another time. This atmospheric multidisciplinary piece is suitable for all people of all ages. (Contains strobe lighting) Tickets €7/€5 Family ticket €22 (2 adults 2 children). Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office on (065)9060769 or online at www.glor.ie
  • 11th July - 1st August 2014
    Fictitious Realities - group exhibition, Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    with artists Carolyn Wall – ceramist, Diane Reid – ceramist, Sinead O'Connell – ceramist, Emma Donaldson – mixed media, sculpture, Betty Gannon - drawing. The title for the exhibition 'Fictitious Realities' came from themes that the five artists use in their work, some of these themes are: memory, storytelling, fictional world.
  • 6th July 2014
    ‘Tracing Poulnagollum Cave’ with David Drew, a Burrenbeo Trust Walk
    2pm at Faunarooska, Fanore (51M 138 047)
    Join David Drew and the Burrenbeo
    Trust for a walk along the surface of Poulnagollum – Ireland’s longest cave. Not a part of the Burren that many get to see – the cave system under our feet is truly remarkable and David will share some of the secrets of this hidden world. 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 and the adjacent areas of lowland limestone in Counties Galway, Roscommon and Mayo. Meet at Faunarooska, Fanore at 2pm – location marked on map here http://goo.gl/maps/Xs9cU. 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 €5 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 5th - 13th July 2014
    Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Miltown Malbay
    The Willie Clancy Summer School of Traditional Music is a week long summer school in traditional music and set dance held annually at Miltown Malbay with a programme of classes, workshops, lectures, recitals and concerts devoted to the study and practice of Irish traditional music, song and dance.The first and biggest of such events, it commemorates the town's best-known uilleann piper, Willie Clancy, and has been running since just after his death in 1973. The idea was initiated by Clancy himself, and implemented within six months by teacher Muiris Ó Rócháin in collaboration with CCE's timire ceoil Séamus Mac Mathúna and local musicians Martin Talty, Paddy Joe McMahon and Junior Crehan. The school is focused around the teaching of instruments and set dancing in formal classes, but stresses the value of the oral/aural tradition. In its fleadh-style volume of music-making in bars it has become something of a Mecca in the music, its retinue of up to a hundred and fifty teachers, and hundreds of improving and competent musicians, dancers and singers drawing in thousands of listeners. Contact Harry Hughes 00353 65 7084281 or 00353 86 8773747, scoilsamhraidh@gmail.com, www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com
  • 5th July, 2014
    Open-air art exhibition

    Temple Gate Car Park in Ennis between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
    The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Ennis Street Festival and follows the success of last year's collaboration with the Street Festival. "Art for All", the brainchild of local art student Ann Cronin, was piloted in 2012 when Ann, along with a group of artists from the Ennis-based Vincent Killowry Art Group, added a splash of colour during the Fleadh Nua Weekend with their open air exhibition in the Friar’s Walk Car Park. To register, contact the Arts Office, Clare County Council on (065) 6899091 or arts@clarelibrary.ie.
  • 5th July, 2014
    Launch of "Play the Companions" by Astrid Adler
    The Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe at 6pm
    Official launch by Siobhán Mulcahy, Clare County Arts Officer of the book "Play the Companions" by Astrid Adler, bass for Brian Boru's harp, the only application for the -ne cawlee- strings. Followed by a talk about Brian Boru's Harp presented by Erui Harpbuilder and Astrid Adler and a short demonstration of this harp, Complimentary wine. €10 pp Booking is essential - Tel: 086-238 7088. Long Nails welcome
  • 5th July 2014
    Mundy, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, at 8pm
    Irish singer/songwriter Mundy is one of a number of artists to successfully make the transition from street busking in Dublin to international stardom during the '90s. Mundy's mainly acoustic, folk-based pop/rock has been compared to Damien Rice and Josh Ritter; however, his style is more upbeat and celebratory than either, and his jangle pop influence and tendency to experiment with unconventional sonic textures and beats further distinguishes him. He more recently performed for President Obama, and played sup
    port with Imelda May and Emmylou Harris. With huge radio hits like July and Mexico, Mundy promises a great evening’s entertainment. There will be new songs as well as lots of favourites!
  • 4th - 6th July 2014
    Ennis Street Festival, Ennis
    This Arts Festival will offer more than 60 different events and our festival finale includes a fireworks display in commemoration of the death of Brian Ború and the Battle of Clontarf. The Ennis Street Festival’s objective for 2014 is to have a 21st century interpretation of the ancient custom of ‘Dancing at the Crossroads’ through participation in moderm Arts and Dance. The multi-cultural nature of Irish society has seen different art forms, music and dance, flow onto the streets and into the consciousness of the wider community.Contact Ana Bella Alvarez 00353 65 6893966 & info@ennisstreetfestival.com & www.ennisstreetfestival.com & www.facebook.com/Ennis Street Festival
  • 3rd - 31st July 2014
    ‘Burren Connections’, Russell Gallery, New Quay
    ‘Burren Connections’ is the latest exhibition opening at the Russell Gallery, New Quay, County Clare on Thursday 3rd of July at 6pm by artists Carole Shubotham from Dublin and Gillian Turner from Australia. It will be launched by Deborah Evers, Failte Ireland Food Ambassador and Journalist and will bring a unique vision to the rare and beautiful landscape of the Burren. The Exhibition will run until the 31th of July. Open every day, for more information www.russellgallery.net or call 065 7078185
  • 1st July 2014
    Cormac O’Caoimh, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Cormac O’Caoimh is a singer-songwriter and classical guitarist from Cork. His intimate vocals and exquisite guitar playing is attracting the attention of musicians and music lovers alike. His new series of videos attracted the attention of Godin Guitars and he is now an official Godin Guitar endorsee. Booking: 065 9060769 Email: kilkeeboxoffice@clarelibrary.ie

June 2014:

  • 30th June - 25th Aug 2014
    Deesigner Balloons Twisting Workshops, Cultúrlann Sweeney Library
    Have fun creating colourful balloon dogs, swords,octopus, flowers, bees and more. Watch everyones face light up as they leave with their balloon creations and a certificate of accomplishment"
    Cost per child is €7 and €5 for subsequent children and the workshop will take place in Cultúrlann Sweeney Library building Kilkee during the summer.
    Dates: Every Monday afternoon from 2 – 3pm from Monday 30th June to 25th Aug. Suitable for children from 5 to 13 years.
    Booking in advance is required and may be done so by ringing Kilkee Box office on (065) 9060769
    Note: There is no workshop on Monday, 4th August but it will take place on Tuesday, 5th August, instead.
  • 29th June 2014
    Kids of the West Triathlon, Carraigaholt
    Every year the Limerick Triathlon Club teams up with the Clare Sports Partnership & West Clare Tri Club to organise a Junior Triathlon in Carrigaholt. Carrigaholt is less than 10 mins from Kilkee, and it is a picturesque town, with quiet roads and a very safe beach. This race is age - distance tailored (8-16 years) and we invite any Junior Triathlete (or budding enthusiast) to enter the race. We accept kids from 8yr to 16yrs to compete in individual and relay events. Contact Mark Kennedy or Kristi Hogan kilkee_director@limericktriathlon.com or kilkee_race_secretary@limericktriathlon.com. See http://limericktriathlon.com/?page_id=44 for more details.
  • 28th June 2014
    Hell of the West Triathlon, Kilkee
    This event is an Olympic Distance Triathlon and 2014 will mark the 30th year of the event. The Kilkee Hell of the West Triathlon is an Olympic Distance Triathlon which is up and running since 1985 – making it one of the longest running triathlons in Ireland and in the World. Organised by the Limerick Triathlon Club this race falls annually on the last weekend in June. Hell of the West starts with 1500m in the relatively calm waters of Kilkee’s horse shoe bay, but with a 44km cycle against the winds of west Clare and a 10km hilly run along the rugged coastline of Loop Head – this race is one for your calendar. During the cycle portion of the race, a kids Splash and Dash takes place on the beach. Contact Mark Kennedy or Kristi Hogan kilkee_director@limericktriathlon.com or kilkee_race_secretary@limericktriathlon.com and http://limericktriathlon.com/?page_id=42
  • 27th - 29th June 2014
    Féile Chnoc na Gaoithe, Traditional Music Festival, Tulla
    A weekend of Traditional Irish music, song and dance with a particular emphasis on Fiddle music. The event includes workshops, competitions, a céilí each night and sessions in all the pubs. Contact Breda McNamara 00 353 87 8350996 and cnocnagaoithe@gmail.com and www.cnocnagaoithe.ie.
  • 27th June 2014
    Mary Coughlan: The Whole Affair. Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    A lot has been written and a lot has been said, whispered, recounted, alleged, supposed and presumed. It’s all quite forgotten now and the songs remain the same, they remain a testament to Mary Coughlan’s seemingly timeless and endless talent. Her smoky, bluesy, boozy drawl has always been a seduction, no matter what the subject. The vocal marrying of sardonic wit, visceral rage, orgiastic between the sheets passion, the tenderest of sorrowful regrets- this is Mary’s talent. Regardless of the elements she chooses to manipulate with flawless ease, Mary’s voice has always been an unforeseen, sudden seduction. This is why she is so loved. Tickets cost €16/€14 and are available from Kilkee Box Office on (065)9060769 or you can book online at www.glor.ie. The show starts at 8pm.
  • 25th June 2014
    Riches of Clare concert in the Clare Museum, 1pm
    A free lunchtime Traditional Music Concert, featuring Siobhán Peoples, Michelle O’Brien & Elaine Hogan
  • June 23rd - July 12th
    Senan O'Brien's Scattery Island Oil Paintings Exhibition Kilkee
    Cultúrlann Sweeney is hosting a very special exhibition of oil paintings by Senan O’Brien, featuring images of Scattery Island.
    Senan’s work is held in high regard and some of his commissions include A.I.B. Bank and Mary McAleese.Some of his solo Exhibitions include; Tinahely Courthouse Centre, Tinahely Co. Wicklow. Wexford Opera Festival and the American Women’s Club of Brussels, Belgium. Since 2011 Senan has had many of his works, including the Scattery Island Series on display in the Riverside Art Gallery in Tinahely.
    Exhibition on from 23rd June - July 12th in Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee during normal library opening hours.
  • 22nd - 23rd June 2014
    Spancilhill Fair
    Free fun and entertainment including face painting and a multitude of other activities for all the family to enjoy. The first charter for this historic fair was granted by King Charles over 300 years ago. In the past the fair lasted for a week or more with people coming from all over the world. In recent times it has evolved into a one day show and fair where the leading horses in the country are presented.Buyers from all over Europe are still attending and purchasing horses who go on make their name on the international stage in both the showjumping and pony circles. All welcome. Contact PJ Hassett or Michael Duggan 00353 65 6840555 or 00353 87 2940988 and info@spancilhillfair.com and www.spancilhillfair.com
  • 21st June 2014
    An Post Tour de Burren, Ballyvaughan
    A Sportif cycle which is part of a series sponsored by An Post. The event includes four routes around scenic north Clare; a 10k family spin, a 60k, a 100k and a 160k. Full details for the event including online registration will be available on the Tour de Burren web site. Contact Catherine Ryan 00353 65 6865434 and info@claresportspartnership.ie and www.tourdeburren.com and www.facebook.com/claresports
  • 21st June 2014
    Brian Ború Inauguration Re-enactment, Tulla to Magh Adhair
    On mid summer’s day 2014 an open-air re-enactment of the inauguration ceremony
    of Brian Ború on Magh Adhair in 1002 will follow a walk from wells associated with St
    Mochulla of Tulla. Contact Maura Egan 00353 87 1264527 and banshans@iol.ie and clarepilgrimway.ie and www.facebook.com/ClarePilgrimWay
  • 21st June 2014
    Love Live Music Day
    Free music events, concerts and performances taking place throughout County Clare to celebrate International Music Day. Contact 00353 65 6899091 and arts@clarelibrary.ie and www.clarelibrary.ie/arts.htm
  • 20th June 2014
    Riches of Clare concert St. Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe, 1pm
    A free lunchtime Traditional Music Concert, featuring Hugh Healy, Noel O'Donoghue, Paul O'Driscoll and Pat Marsh.
  • 19th & 20th June 2014
    The Bachelor of Kilkish, Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Commissioned by Limerick City of Culture, Bottom Dog Theatre company’s new production is the long awaited follow up to Myles Breen’s debut play, Language UnBecoming A Lady. Reuniting with director Liam O’Brien, this new heartwarming production tells the story of a small town barber in the mid-west seaside resort of Kilkish. Over the course of one summer the arrival of a young man leads him to question secrets that ultimately define his life, and now threaten to change it forever. A veteran of stage and screen Brendan Conroy leads the cast of six as the Bachelor and is well known to Limerick audiences as Tommy Clocks from Pigtown. Brendan won an IFTA for Best Supporting actor for his acclaimed performance in the film Kings with Colm Meaney. Bottom Dog make their debut in Kilkee for a limited run this June with their centrepiece production for 2014 which guarantees to be another must see production from Limerick city's most exciting theatre company. Tickets cost €16/€14 and are available from Kilkee Box Office on (065)9060769 or you can book online at www.glor.ie. The play starts at 8pm on both nights.
  • 18th June 2014
    Riches of Clare concert in the Clare Museum, 1pm
    A free lunchtime Traditional Music Concert, featuring Carmel, Brian & Teresa O’Dea & Seanie McGrath
  • 17th - 22nd June 2014
    Clare Fleadh Cheoil, Killaloe
    Music, song and dance competitions, informal sessions and open air music. This vibrant celebration of traditional music and dance through competitions, music and cultural events brings people from all over the county to our villages. Contact Cois na hAbhna 00353 65 6824276 and www.coisnahabhna.ie
  • 16th June - 12th July 2014
    Inis Artists Exhibition, The Gallery, Scariff Public Library
    Inis Artists are delighted to announce their upcoming Exhibition. Over thirty original paintings will be on display by the fifteen Clare based artists in a myriad of styles and painting mediums. Tranquil scenes from everyday life feature and include titles such as “Cottage Garden”, “Natures Bouquet” and “Spring Meadows” the latter a watercolour by Alan Shoosmith. The power of the sea and ruggedness of the rock formations along the seashore have been captured on canvas include “Pollock Holes” and an energetic piece entitled “Wild Waves” both in oil medium by Fionnuala O’Connell. Happy childhood memories of summer holidays spent swimming and building sandcastles on the beach are stirred for one and all with titles such as “Sunny Beach” and “Fortress island”. The Exhibition is well worth viewing with something to suit all tastes and pockets.
  • 15th June 2014
    Old Kilfarboy Society outing to Deer Island
    Deer Island (Inishmore, Inchmore) will be the destination of the next Old Kilfarboy Society outing, which takes place on Sunday, 15 June. Deer Island is the largest of the Fergus Estuary islands and remains of a former private school, in addition to a church ruin can be seen on the 462 acre island. Those attending are asked to meet at Roscliff Quay, Ballynacally at 5.30pm for departure and we will return at approximately 7.30 pm. The quay is at the end of the Ballynacally N.S. road, about 1 km from the village. Cost is €10 per person and all are welcome. Contact Maura, by text, at 087-1264527.
  • Sunday, 15th June 2014
    Killaloe Chamber Music Festival at 3 pm
    J.S. Bach[/b] Musical Offering
    F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy String Octet
    Performers:
    Bill Butt; Anna Cashell; Mia Cooper; Diane Daly; Rudi de Groote; Katherine Hunka; Yonit Kosovske; Lynda Lee; Joachim Roewer; Hugh Tinney
    The Killaloe Chamber Music Festival brings international quality classical music back to Killaloe over three days this June. The theme for the 2013 festival is The Viennese Phenomenon. Tickets (€20 per concert or €50 for festival ticket) available from the University Concert Hall box office at www.uch.ie or 061 331 549 or book on line at http://www.nch.ie. See also http://www.killaloemusicfestival.com
  • Saturday, 14th June 2014
    Killaloe Chamber Music Festival at 8 pm
    M. Ravel String Quartet
    J. Brahms 2 songs for voice, viola and piano
    F. Poulenc Banalités for voice and piano FP 107
    R. Schumann Piano Quintet op. 44
    Performers:
    Bill Butt; Anna Cashell; Mia Cooper; Diane Daly; Rudi de Groote; Katherine Hunka; Yonit Kosovske; Lynda Lee; Joachim Roewer; Hugh Tinney
    The Killaloe Chamber Music Festival brings international quality classical music back to Killaloe over three days this June. The theme for the 2013 festival is The Viennese Phenomenon. Tickets (€20 per concert or €50 for festival ticket) available from the University Concert Hall box office at www.uch.ie or 061 331 549 or book online at http://www.nch.ie. See also http://www.killaloemusicfestival.com
  • 13th - 15th June 2014
    Doolin Folk Festival
    Some of the biggest names in the Irish music scene will play over the weekend. The festival will also feature food stalls and a farmers market and a traditional crafts fair. Contact Donal Minihane at 00353 65 7074111 and dminihane@hoteldoolin.ie and www.doolinfolkfestival.com.
  • Friday, 13th June 2014
    Killaloe Chamber Music Festival at 4 pm
    W.A. Mozart[/b] Divertimento in E flat major for String Trio
    A.Schnittke Moz Art for two violins
    E. Chausson Concerto for Violin, piano and string quartlet
    Performers:
    Bill Butt; Anna Cashell; Mia Cooper; Diane Daly; Rudi de Groote; Katherine Hunka; Yonit Kosovske; Lynda Lee; Joachim Roewer; Hugh Tinney
    The Killaloe Chamber Music Festival brings international quality classical music back to Killaloe over three days this June. The theme for the 2013 festival is The Viennese Phenomenon. Tickets (€20 per concert or €50 for festival ticket) available from the University Concert Hall box office at www.uch.ie or 061 331 549 or book online at http://www.nch.ie. See also http://www.killaloemusicfestival.com
  • 11th June 2014
    Riches of Clare concert in the Clare Museum, 1pm
    A free lunchtime Traditional Music Concert, featuring Seanie O’Gorman, Ron Kavanagh, Kevin Finnucane and Connor Keane
  • Sunday 8th June 2014
    Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk - 10km Sponsored Walk
    The Lakeside Hotel, Ballina

    We are now entering our fifth year and so far the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk has witnessed two and a half thousand people, bedecked in pink t-shirts, walk 40 kilometres and raise almost €280,000 for Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society.
    Start Time: 1pm. Registration Fee: €20. Registration On-line at www.pinkribbonwalk.ie.
    Each participant is encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as they can and have FUN doing it, by hosting a Pink Party, or have a 'Wear Pink to Work' day, by selling pink cakes and goodies, or holding a jumble sale. There are lots more fundraising ideas on our website. Every penny raised in sponsorship goes towards services such as the National Freephone Helpline (1800200700), counselling, night nurses, financial assistance through grants, the Reach to Recovery Programme and vital research, some of which is in The University of Limerick.
  • 8th June 2014
    Victorian Day by the Sea, Kilkee
    This fun event includes music, a picnic at the band stand on Kilkee promenade and a dip
    in the sea in 19th century bathing costumes. Fun for all the family. Contact Laura Foley
    00353 86 4099624 and info@thelongwayround.ie and www.loophead.ie
  • 7th - 28th June 2014
    ‘What’s Left Behind’ - An Exhibition of Artwork by Nathalie el Baba & Emma Stewart-Liberty.
    Clare Museum, Ennis

    Taking as their theme “what’s left behind” this exhibition brings together the work of two Clare based artists, Nathalie El Baba and Emma Stewart-Liberty. Nathalie’s work looks at the narrative of people’s lives, re?ecting on the physical evidence of emigration represented by the empty bedrooms and left objects of Ireland’s young generation. Emma’s work is about the close observation of the minutiae of plants, in particular those parts that often are dismissed and overlooked once the ?ower has died. Both artists work from the found objects they come across in their daily activities, Emma’s work being drawn from a variety of natural forms, such as seaweed roots from the hightide line, discarded twigs or fallen petals, while in her collection of work Nathalie combines both the ‘found’ objects and ‘left’ ones.
  • 5th - 9th June 2014
    Burren Rocks Festival, The Burren
    This year the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark together with Doolin Cave and the Burren Eco-tourism Network are hosting the Burren Rocks Festival on June 5th - 9th. The Burren Rocks will be an action packed festival including bicycle rides to the Burren geosites, schools quiz and school art competition, antique rock show, Burren Rocks Fair and Rock Concert at the Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna.
  • 4th June 2014
    Riches of Clare concert in the Clare Museum, 1pm
    A free lunchtime Traditional Music Concert, featuring Damien and Padraic O’Reilly, Caoilfhionn Ni Fhrighil, James Cullinan
  • 1st June 2014
    Liz Carroll plays Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Hot on the heels of the release of her most recent album, On the Offbeat, the Grammy nominated traditional fiddle-player, Liz Carroll, has teamed up with two of our most respected musicians to undertake a short Irish tour this May. Chicago native Liz will be joined by guitarist Seán Óg Graham who plays with the band Beoga and Cookstown-born bass player Trevor Hutchinson, known for his work with Lunasa and, previously, The Waterboys. Liz has had a remarkable century. Her 2009 recording with John Doyle, Double Play, was nominated for a 2010 Grammy, which made Liz the first American-born artist nominated for playing Irish music - ever! On St. Patrick's Day 2009, Liz travelled to Washington, D.C., to play for fellow Chicagoan Barrack Obama at the annual St. Patrick's Day luncheon. In 2005, Liz became a member of String Sisters, a sextet of fiddlers from America, Ireland, Shetland and Norway. Their 2009 Live album was shortlisted for a Grammy. Liz's first duet album with John Doyle, In Play, caused Sing Out! Magazine's Rob Weir to claim "Liz Carroll's recordings induce joy and admiration that exhaust this reviewer's feeble descriptions". Previous to that were two solo albums, Lake Effect and Lost in the Loop, which drew on Liz's homeplace of Chicago as the influence for an extraordinary outpouring of new compositions. The 2000 Lost in the Loop album saw the Irish Echo proclaim Liz as the Traditional Musician of the Year. Liz has been awarded a National Heritage Award Fellowship as a "Master Traditional Artist who has contributed to the shaping of American artistic traditions and preserving the cultural diversity of the United States". Show Starts 8pm on Sunday 01st June at Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee. Tickets €18 /€16 concession. For more information and tickets call Kilkee Box Office on (065) 9060769 or alternatively book online at www.glor.ie.
  • 1st June 2014
    “Insects of the Burren”, a Burrenbeo Trust Burren in Bloom Festival Walk led by Brian Nelson.
    meet at Gortlecka Crossroads, Kilnaboy, at 2.15pm. Burrenbeo walks are free to Burrenbeo Trust members but a €5 donation is suggested for non-members. Walks will last 2-4 hours and adequate clothing and footwear are required.
  • June – August 2014
    Emma Campbell presents The Rainbow Collection Exhibition,
    The Old Bakehouse Restaurant, Milltown Malbay
    Internationally acclaimed Irish artist Emma Campbell brings her unique work to Clare for The Rainbow Collection Exhibition. Running throughout the Summer at The Old Bakehouse Restaurant, Milltown Malbay, this stunning exhibition features Emma's most recent works from her 'Rainbow' range of paintings. Each piece contains individual character making every painting one of a kind. The exhibition runs from June until August. It is free entry and all are welcome. Come and sample some of Eddie’s fine dining and take in the colour and excitement of “The Rainbow Collection”. http://www.emmacampbellart.com/, https://www.facebook.com/EmmaCampbellArt , emmanizeart@gmail.com for more information.

May 2014:

  • 31st May - 1st June 2014
    Wavemasters Surf & Music Festival, Spanish Point
    The event features a spectacular surf exhibition with some of Ireland’s top surfers
    in attendance. Following the success of last year's Wavemasters Classic Expression Session we are delighted to announce that this year's competition will be a unique open invitation format where we will be looking to mix Ireland's top surfers with some of the country's best up and coming. Line-up: We are delighted to announce some of Ireland's best live acts. For more info go to - www.facebook.com/WavemstersSurfAndMusicFestival. Tickets go on Sale Friday 28th February exclusively at www.tickets.ie/events.aspx/search. Contact info@wavemasters.ie and www.wavemasters.ie
  • 31st May 2014
    Life of Brian Ború Symposium, Tuamgraney
    A one day symposium on the life and times of Brian Ború. Speakers include Dr Lorna
    Moloney, Dr Paul McCotter, Terri Shoosmith and Ruth Minogue. Later that evening East
    Clare Heritage will be launching a special journal celebrating Brian Ború. All welcome,
    places limited. Contact Dr Lorna Moloney or Ruth Minogue 00353 87 9215715 or 00353 86 6026043 and eastclareheritage@gmail.com and www.eastclareheritage.com and www.facebook.com/pages/East-Clare-Heritage/
  • 30th May - 2nd June 2014
    Féile An tSamhraidh, Ballyvaughan
    The Burren Summer Arts Festival is a family fun-filled weekend of activities, arts, music
    and dance entertainment. Contact Tom O’Donnell 00353 85 1744792 and info@discoverballyvaughan.com and www.discoverballyvaughan.com/events/feile-an-tsamhraidh/
  • 30th May - 2nd June 2014
    Doonbeg International Jazz Festival 2014
    A jazz packed weekend of Jazz, Dixie, Swing featuring performers and bands
    from Ireland, the UK and Europe with a non stop programme of performances. All
    performances free. Contact Philippa Siegrist 00353 65 9055345, skazztenor@gmail.com and
    www.doonbegjazz.com and www.facebook.com/pages/Doonbeg-Jazz
  • 30th May - 1st June 2014
    Father Ted Festival, Kilfenora
    A festival of all things Father Ted, including a Ted Tour of the locations, a Lovely Girls
    contest, prize for the best fancy dress, Father Ted quiz and treasure hunt and much much
    more. Contact Janet Cavanagh, 00353 87 6277000 and info@tedtours.com and www.tedtours.com/festival
  • 29th May 2014
    ‘Pre Farming Hunter-Gatherers in Fanore over 6000 years ago’ a Burren in Bloom talk with Michael Lynch
    The Burren Centre, Kilfenora, at 8.30pm. www.burreninbloom.com
  • 28th May 2014
    “Finding Flowers in Nature's Finest Rockery”, a Burrenbeo Trust Burren in Bloom Festival Walk led by Zoe Devlin.
    Meet at Slieve Carron Nature Reserve, Kinvara, at 2pm. Burrenbeo walks are free to Burrenbeo Trust members but a €5 donation is suggested for non-members. Walks will last 2-4 hours and adequate clothing and footwear are required.
  • 27th May 2014
    ‘Village and Ceathru: Farming in the limestone landscape of the Aran Islands’ a Burren in Bloom talk with Mary Laheen
    Kilnaboy School Hall at 8.30pm. www.burreninbloom.com
  • 26th May - 21st June 2014
    Gerry Fenniman Exhibition, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Gerard Fenniman was born in New York and raised in Barefield, Ennis, Co Clare. He attended Limerick School of Art and Design where he graduated in 1992. He moved to London and then New York after graduating before eventually settling back in West Limerick in 2008. Since then, he has exhibited regularly, using wood as his main material. He choses to explore various concepts and ideas through his woodworking process, including furniture making and wood turning. His work is based on spirituality and belief, some pieces relating to literal practices and expressions, others more contemplative in their origin. Each work, however, is explored through visual language and metaphor. The central piece on display in this exhibition relates to a particular inscription often found on penal crosses.He held his first exhibition in Clare in 20 years last year in the Clare Museum before going on to exhibit in the Gallery at Scariff Library. This exhibition is supported by Clare Arts Office and can be viewed in the foyer of Cultúrlann Sweeney during opening hours. For further information contact: gfenniman@yahoo.com & http://gerardfenniman.com/
  • 25th May 2014
    “Lisdoonvarna - a spa town”, a Burrenbeo Trust Burren in Bloom Festival Walk led by Mary Angela Keane.
    Meet at the Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna, at 2pm. Burrenbeo walks are free to Burrenbeo Trust members but a €5 donation is suggested for non-members. Walks will last 2-4 hours and adequate clothing and footwear are required.
  • 25th May 2014
    The Shaughraun by Dion Boucicault, Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Torch Players present Dion Boucicault's famous play. It is a tale of honour, love bravery and betrayal providing cheerful entertainment with damsels in distress and swashbuckling heroes saving the day. If its a little light entertainment and merriment you are after, a great night is guaranteed. The story centres on Robert who has returned to Ireland after escaping transportation to Australia. A detachment of English troops and some villains are out to capture him but Robert escapes their clutches with the help of Conn, the Shaughraun. For more information or bookings contact Kilkee Box Office on (065)9060769 or alternatively book online at www.glor.ie. Tickets €12 /€10. Show starts at 8pm.
  • 25th May 2014
    Sun 25th Burren in Bloom Book Launch ‘Wildflowers of Ireland’ & ‘Insects of Ireland’
    with authors Zoe Devlin, Eugenie Regan and Stephen McCormack. Refreshments provided. Cassidys Pub, Carron, at 8pm.
  • 24th May, 2014
    Ennis hosts open-air art exhibition in the Temple Gate Car Park
    The Clare Arts Office, supported by Ennis Town Council, has announced that an open-air art exhibition will take place in the Temple Gate Car Park in Ennis between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday the 24th of May. The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Fleadh Nua and follows the success of previous year’s events. "Art for All", the brainchild of local art student Ann Cronin, and was piloted in 2012 when Ann, along with a group of artists from the Ennis-based Vincent Killowry Art Group, added a splash of colour during the Fleadh Nua Weekend with their open air exhibition in the Friar’s Walk Car Park. As someone who regularly attends the Fleadh, Ann proposed the provision of visual art to accompany the music during the Fleadh to the Clare County Arts Office and Ennis Town Council. Registration is now open for the event, with a limited number of pitches available. To register, contact the Arts Office, Clare County Council on (065) 6899091 or arts@clarelibrary.ie. More info...
  • 24th May 2014
    “Butterflies of the Burren”, a Burrenbeo Trust Burren in Bloom Festival Walk led by Jesmond Harding.
    Meet at Creevagh Green Road, Kilnaboy, at 12pm. Burrenbeo walks are free to Burrenbeo Trust members but a €5 donation is suggested for non-members. Walks will last 2-4 hours and adequate clothing and footwear are required.
  • 24th May 2014
    Clare Burren Marathon Challenge, Ballyvaughan
    Full, Half & 10k Mini Marathon. All details and entry available from 087 7779714 or www.clareburrenmarathonchallenge.com
  • 23rd - 25th May 2014
    Burren Slow Food Festival, Lisdoonvarna
    The Burren Slow Food Festival celebrates food, helps local producers sell and promote their products, and presents demonstrations by local chefs, showcasing the unique and excellent variety of local produce in the area. Contact Birgitta Hedin Curtin at 00353 65 7074432 & slowfoodclare@gmail.com. See www.slowfoodclare.com
  • 23rd May 2014
    Riches of Clare concert in the Clare Museum, 1pm
    A free lunchtime Traditional Music Concert, featuring Joe and Aidan Rynne, Jack Talty, Seamus Hynes and Peter Griffin
  • 22nd May 2014
    Riches of Clare concert in the Clare Museum, 1pm
    A free lunchtime Traditional Music Concert, featuring Anthony and Marie Quigney and Mark Donnellan
  • 22nd May 2014
    ‘Bats of the Burren’ a Burren In Bloom walk & talk with Kate McAney
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan at 8.30pm www.burreninbloom.com
  • 21st May 2014
    “Wildflowers through the Bog to the Burren”, a Burrenbeo Trust Burren in Bloom Festival Walk led by Stephen Ward.
    Meet at Gregan's Wood, Lisdoonvarna, at 2pm. Burrenbeo walks are free to Burrenbeo Trust members but a €5 donation is suggested for non-members. Walks will last 2-4 hours and adequate clothing and footwear are required.
  • 19th - 25th May 2014
    The North Clare Happiness Project, Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
    The North Clare Happiness Project has come together to promote happiness in this area. The project will run a week-long series of events from Monday 19th May 2014 to Sunday 25th May 2014. The week will include various activities inspired by the United Nations International Day of Happiness such as a screening of the documentary 'Happy', Loving-Kindness Meditation, Laughter Yoga, Salsa dancing, Singing Evening, children's traditional music session, and a one day children's festival. Most events will run in Ennistymon at the Courthouse Gallery. More information from Barbara Ó Conchúir, Community Development Worker, 065 7071144
  • 18th - 26th May 2014
    Fleadh Nua, Ennis
    This year, 2014, marks the 40th anniversary of the first Fleadh Nua in Ennis and since 1974 it has developed from a 3 day event to a festival spanning 8 days, with more than 120 separate events, where there is a welcome for everyone. There are many Irish traditional festivals organised throughout the summer months but there are few people who will dispute that Fleadh Nua which started in Dublin in 1970, is the forerunner of them all. The concept of bringing together concerts, céilithe, music, song and dancing workshops, street entertainment, and much more was innovative in its time. However, it's still a winning formula today as evidenced by the thousands of visitors who flock to the festival every May for a week of unsurpassed traditional entertainment. Contact 00353 65 6824276 & ceoltrad@eircom.net. See www.fleadhnua.com
  • 18th May 2014
    “Follow in the footsteps Dr Patrick B O'Kelly in the valley of his childhood”, a Burrenbeo Trust Burren in Bloom Festival Walk led by Conor Fahy/Stephen Ward.
    Meet at Daly’s Pub, Bellharbour, at 2pm. Burrenbeo walks are free to Burrenbeo Trust members but a €5 donation is suggested for non-members. Walks will last 2-4 hours and adequate clothing and footwear are required.
  • 18th May 2014
    Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club walk: Flaggy Shore & Martello Tower.
    Meet at Newquay Church at 10.30am
  • 17th May 2014
    Salmon Poetry presents a poetry reading during the Ennistymon Book Fair with authors Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Nicola (Nicki) Griffin and Paul Casey at Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery at 7pm.
    Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born, in 1952, in the village of Moyvane, Co. Kerry where he still lives. He is author of more than forty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish as well as several collections of verse for children. Nicola (Nicki) Griffin has lived in East Clare since 1997. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as The Sunday Tribune, The Stinging Fly, Orbis and The SHOp. Her first collection of poetry, Unbelonging, was published by Salmon in 2013. Paul Casey was born in Cork, Ireland in 1968. He grew up between Ireland, Zambia and South Africa, and has worked primarily in film, multimedia and teaching. While employed as scriptwriting lecturer at the Nelson Mandela University, he convened the greater Port Elizabeth Poetry Competition in three languages and four age-groups. His poems have been published in journals and anthologies in Ireland, the US, China and South Africa.
  • 16th - 18th May 2014
    Art Workshops, Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
    From May 16th to 18th the College will host a variety of short workshops, delivered by a team of established artists. One of Ireland’s foremost botanical painters, Susan Sex, will again deliver her hugely popular Botanical Painting course. Opportunities to hone one’s Life Drawing skills can be difficult to come by so we are hosting a Life Drawing workshop with Conor McGrady, Dean of Burren College of Art. The class is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. For those looking for something a little different, the workshop How To Be Creative (In Anything You Do) will appeal. Photographic Memories is a three-day workshop exploring how photography can be used to visually build family histories and stories. The second photographic workshop, Digital Narratives and Storytelling, explores basic techniques for using digital technology to record and share stories. Both digital photography workshops will be led by Martina Cleary, Head of Photography at Burren College of Art. Contact Julia Long at Burren College of Art at julia@burrencollege.ie or tel: (065) 7077200. Full course information is available at www.burrencollege.ie/programmes/5dayworkshops
  • 15th May 2014
    ‘An exploration of Botanical Art’ a Burren In Bloom talk with Susan Sex
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan at 8.30pm. www.burreninbloom.com
  • 15th May 2014
    Frank McDonald chairs a hustings for Save Ennistymon’s Heritage Blake’s Corner project
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon.
    Doors open 8pm. All welcome.
  • 14th May 2014
    “The Prehistoric Archaeology of Turlough Hill”, a Burrenbeo Trust Burren in Bloom Festival Walk led by Stefan Bergh.
    Meet at Gleann Ciosog GAA pitch, Bellharbour. Burrenbeo walks are free to Burrenbeo Trust members but a €5 donation is suggested for non-members. Walks will last 2-4 hours and adequate clothing and footwear are required.
  • 13th May 2014
    'Just A Song At Twilight' - Fil Campbell, Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Fil Campbell presents an affectionate tribute to the Irish folk songs that generations of Irish grew up with – songs that were recorded by women like Delia Murphy, Bridie Gallagher and Mary O’Hara whose lives Fil documented in her RTE documentary series Songbirds. The songs from her most recent CD, A Place Of My Own as well as from her earlier recordings – Songbirds and Farewell To Cold Winter - are guaranteed to have you singing along in chorus on songs like the Old Maid in the Garrett and The Spinning Wheel, Love’s Old Sweet Song, Let Him Go Let Him Tarry and many more old favourites. Fil is joined by Tom McFarland on vocals and percussion. Show starts at 8pm, Tickets €10 /€5 students and OAP's. For more information contact (065) 9060769 or kilkeeboxoffice@clarelibrary.ie
  • 11th May 2014
    A walk in the footsteps of Brian Boru – Old Kilfarboy Society
    The next outing in the Old Kilfarboy Society's summer walks series will take place on Sunday, 11 May 2014, when we will travel to East Clare to walk in the footsteps of Brian Boru. Magh Adhair, near Quin and the inauguration place of the O’Briens, will be our first stop. From there we will travel to Killaloe where Úna Kierse will take us on a tour of the local sites associated with Brian Boru. We will meet in the Church Car Park Miltown Malbay at 12.45pm for carpooling, if required. A nominal fee of €5 applies and all are welcome. Any inquiries, please contact oldkilfarboysociety@gmail.com.
  • 11th May 2014
    “Revisiting the Winterage: a ramble though flowers, farming and...anything!” A Burrenbeo Trust Burren in Bloom Festival Walk led by Sharon Parr.
    Meet at Fanore Chrurch, Fanore, at 2pm. Burrenbeo walks are free to Burrenbeo Trust members but a €5 donation is suggested for non-members. Walks will last 2-4 hours and adequate clothing and footwear are required.
  • 8th May 2014
    ‘Dr O’Kelly 1852-1937: From Burren farm to international Botanist’ a Burren In Bloom talk with Conor Fahy
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, at 8.30pm. www.burreninbloom.com
  • 7th May 2014
    “Summer Flora of the National Park”, a Burrenbeo Trust Burren in Bloom Festival Walk.
    Meet at Gortlecka Crossroads, Burren National Park, at 2.15pm. Burrenbeo walks are free to Burrenbeo Trust members but a €5 donation is suggested for non-members. Walks will last 2-4 hours and adequate clothing and footwear are required.
  • 6th – 24th May, 2014
    ‘Look and See’ photographic exhibition, Clare Museum, Ennis
    Local award winning photographer Josephine Glynn is currently exhibiting a photographic display of Ireland in the museum. Over the years Josephine's experience as a National Tour guide has given her the opportunity to know her country well. In this exhibition she returns to many scenic places and observes many aspects of Ireland some of which are not well known. Josephine is a committed photographer whose fervent wish is to "let us continue to observe and record our own country Ireland".
  • 6th May 2014
    ‘Wild about the Garden’ a Burren In Bloom talk with Carl Wright
    Burren College of Art Ballyvaughan at 8.30pm www.burreninbloom.com
  • 4th May 2014
    Ballyvaughan Fanore walking club walk: East Burren – Cahercommaun Loop.
    Meet at Kilnaboy cemetery at 10.30am leave at 10.45am sharp. Contact PJ Lee 086 0669444.
  • 4th May 2014
    Pop goes Lismorahaun Singers!
    Lismorahaun Singers fundraiser in Ballyvaughan Church at 8pm
  • 4th May 2014
    “Bealtaine Birds on the Dawn Chorus Walk”, a Burrenbeo Trust Burren in Bloom Festival Walk led by Gordon D'Arcy.
    Meet at Villages Stores, Ballyvaughan, at 5.45am. Burrenbeo walks are free to Burrenbeo Trust members but a €5 donation is suggested for non-members. Walks will last 2-4 hours and adequate clothing and footwear are required.
  • 3rd May 2014
    Choral Celebration & Gala Concert Hosted by Ború Singers, Killaloe
    This Choral event at St Flannan’s Cathedral will be a most memorable one with children’s choirs performing during the afternoon. Adult choirs will feature in the early evening and a Gala Concert will take place at 8.30pm. Contact Sadie Scanlan 00353 86 1095010 or 00353 61 375132, & sadiescanlan@eircom.net.
  • 2nd - 29th May 2014
    ‘Luxury Goods’ - a mixed media installation by Sue Morris, Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery (Main Gallery)
    ‘Luxury Goods’ is a mixed media installation comprising of floor and wall pieces using familiar household materials and ephemera in alternative mise-en-scenes. In this new body of work, Morris inverts notions of domestic necessity and luxury in the context of the public rhetoric of austerity. Sue Morris is a contemporary visual artist from London and has practised in Ireland since 1992. She has exhibited in Ireland, the UK, the USA and, most recently, in Vienna as part of the International Cultural Programme for Ireland’s Presidency of the EU.
  • 2nd - 29th May 2014
    Ennistymon; Place and Space - An exhibition of paintings by Tracy Fitzgerald
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery (Red Couch Space)
    The theme of the exhibition is Ennistymon; Place and Space. Fitzgerald has been stalking Ennistymon for a while now in preparation. She has been gathering images from the Internet, visiting Ennistymon and chatting with locals to gain inspiration to translate into paintings. Fitzgerald’s interest is in those quieter, often uncelebrated spaces, which, while small and utterly un-famous, sit at the heart of our personal realities.
  • 2nd - 5th May 2014
    Loop Head Walking Festival, Loop Head Peninsula, County Clare
    May Bank Holiday. Join us on the Loop Head Peninsula to walk the beautiful coastal paths and roads of Kilkee, Kilredauna and Loop Head. Enjoy stunning wild Atlantic scenery with experienced guides in this, one of Ireland’s Eden destinations of Excellence , and the ‘Irish Times Best Place to Holiday in Ireland’. Not one but two beautiful lighthouses to be viewed on these walks. More info at http://www.loophead.ie/events/loop-head-walking-festival/
  • 2nd - 5th May 2014
    Whitegate May Bank Holiday Festival, Whitegate
    This fun-filled family festival will also celebrate Brian Ború. On Saturday, 3rd May at Williamstown Quay local historian Tommy Holland will provide an interesting insight into the relevance of Brian Ború and Islandmore. Contact Pat Burke 00353 86 8257229 & burkedromaan@gmail.com.
    See https://www.facebook.com/WhitegateMayBankHolidayFestival
  • 2nd - 4th May 2014
    Burren Law School 2014 - Theme: "Twenty-First Century Justice? ? A Contemporary & Brehon Perspective "

    Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan.
    Close by Newtown Castle, seat of the O’Lochlainns, chiefs of the Burren, is the site of the O’Davoren Law School, one of the three law schools that were situated in the Burren. Between the years 1563 and 1569, Domhnall O’Davoren and his pupils compiled the manuscript now known as Egerton 88, containing an invaluable glossary of Brehon Law and a variety of law texts, one dating back to the 8th century. The Burren Law School aims to recreate the tradition of legal learning associated with the Brehon Law Schools, allowing the past to illuminate the present in what promises to be a stimulating and entertaining weekend. It will be of interest to the public at large as much as to members of the legal and caring professions, historians and relevant interest groups. Burren Law School is facilitated by the Burren College of Art Ltd., a charity dedicated interalia to the heritage and cultural development of the Burren. Directors : Ivana Bacik, Anne Connolly & Aengus Ó Corráin. The Burren Law School aims to recreate the tradition of legal learning that is associated with the Brehon Law School. It is of interest to the public at large as much as it is to members of the legal/caring professions, historians and relevant interest groups.
    For advanced booking and further information contact: Intl : +353 65 707 7200. IE: 065 707 7200 and info@burrenlawschool.org. More info at http://www.burrenlawschool.org/
  • 2nd May 2014
    “Carron - A five thousand year walk”, a Burrenbeo Trust Burren in Bloom Festival Walk
    Meet at Old Carron Church 10.30am. Burrenbeo walks are free to Burrenbeo Trust members but a €5 donation is suggested for non-members. Walks will last 2-4 hours and adequate clothing and footwear are required.
  • 1st - 31st May 2014
    Burren in Bloom, The Burren
    The Burren in Bloom Festival features a series of illustrated talks and organised walks
    in the Burren. The Festival will give people an understanding and appreciation of the Burren and its formation, and how it continues to be a source of great botanical, archaeological, and cultural wealth with its unique wild flowers and ancient sites. Contact 00353 91 638096 & communications@burrenbeo.com. See www.burreninbloom.com
  • 1st - 31st May 2014
    Embrace Exhibition - Glor, Ennis
    Embrace - a colourful exhibition of new work from local artists with disabilities that includes
    paintings, mosaics, textiles and many other kinds of artwork. Contact Alan Shoosmith at
    00353 86 8398832 & arts@clarelibrary.ie. See www.clarelibrary.ie/arts.htm
  • 1st - 4th May 2014
    The Festival of Finn, Corofin
    Fun-filled programme including the World Stone Throwing Competition, Ireland’s
    Best Beard & Moustache Competition, Garden Fete at the Farmyard, the Anglers
    Paradise Fishing Competition, Lark at the Lake and lots more. Contact Pauline Bradley
    00353 87 6383988 & paulinebrad@eircom.net. See www.festivaloffinn.com
  • 1st May 2014
    ‘Learning Legacies – the past and the future’, a Burren In Bloom talk with Maryangela Keane & Minister Ciaran Cannon
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan at 8.15pm. www.burreninbloom.com

April 2014:

  • 27th April 2014
    Old Kilfarboy Society Guided Walk - Loop Head Lighthouse trail.
    The Old Kilfarboy Society will have its first outing of the 2014 season to the tip of West Clare. We will meet at Loop Head Lighthouse Car Park at 2pm on Sunday, 27 April, for the Loop Head Lighthouse trail. Laura Foley will retell the folklore and the history of the area pointing out the Victorian Swing Crane used to transport tourists to Diarmuid and Grainne’s Rock and the Victorian Hanging Gardens of Henry Keane. She will also include geology, history of the lighthouse, the World War 11 Lookout Post and related EIRE sign. The tour will take approx two hours to complete. The walk is moderate to easy and is off road mostly walking on soft heather. Other possible locations depending on group interests and time are: Bridges of Ross, The Church of the Little Ark, Graves of the Yellow Men and the Holy Well of St Cuan. The cost is €5 per adult and all are welcome. Enquiries to oldkilfarboysociety@gmail.com.
  • 27th April 2014
    The Pop-Up Garden Community Challenge at Clare Garden Festival 2014
    The Pop-Up Garden Community Challenge at Clare Garden Festival 2014 aims to support Community Organisations, Charities, Community Gardens, Tidy Towns Groups, Youth groups, School groups/classes, Horticultural Student Groups and similar groups in their promotional and fundraising work. The group/organisation will create a garden based on their interpretation of the theme ‘Protecting the Environment in my Garden’ to be displayed at Clare Garden Festival on 27th April 2014. A prize of €500 is available and of course all groups will be promoted at the festival. Application deadline is 28th February. Full details from http://claregardenfestival.com/Competitions.html
  • 25th - 28th April 2014
    Kilfenora Traditional Music Festival, Kilfenora
    The festival includes sessions with some of Ireland´s finest traditional musicians and singers, a gala concert, evening céilís, mass with traditional music and a Sunday open-air céilí with the world-famous Kilfenora Céilí Band in its 105th year. Contact John Morgan, Andy Lambert at 00353 87 6896600 and jvmorgan1@eircom.net and andrewlambert@eircom.net and www.kilfenoraclare.com
  • 23rd April 2014
    The Boróimhe Suite performed by the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland, St. Flannan’s Church, Killaloe
    The Boróimhe Suite, commissioned by CCÉ to mark 2014, the Millennium of the death of Brian Ború, was composed and directed by Michael Rooney and will be performed by the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland in St. Flannan’s Church, Killaloe on the 23rd of April. Killaloe was home to Brian Ború and the ‘Capital of Ireland’ one thousand years ago during his reign as High King. This promises to be a fantastic experience and the show will open with a performance of Kincora Call, a tribute and call to arms for Brian Ború, performed by students of St. Anne’s Community College, Killaloe, who have performed to a national audience including the Launch of the National Brian Ború Millennium Commemorations at Trinity College Dublin. This once in a millennium opportunity is not to be missed. Tickets €20 are available locally in Killaloe and Ballina at Heaney Cost Cutters, The Green, Killaloe; Jimmy Whelan’s, Church St. Killaloe; and Mc Keogh’s Hardware, Ballina; and online at: www.coisnahabhna.ie. More information from Úna Kierse 086 8035157.
  • 20th April 2014
    Our Native Woodlands as known to Brian Ború, a CELT Guided Walk
    Tuamgraney
    A Centre for Environmental Living and Training guided walk in woodlands near Tuamgraney, home to the magnificent ‘Brian Ború Oak’ thought to have been a sapling when Brian Ború and his army camped in this area. Registration by text or email is essential. Contact Bob Wilson at 00353 87 6324644 and info@celtnet.org and www.celtnet.org
  • 13th April 2014
    Clare Youth Theatre perform in Glór, Ennis
    Clare Youth Theatre’s annual production takes place in Glor on Sunday 13th April at 3pm when 30 young people from all over the county will perform on stage. Many will star in Kohl, set in a New York Speakeasy in the early 1930's. A story of intrigue and espionage, glamour and tears, longing and laughter, Kohl takes us on a journey through the smoky, bourbon-soaked streets of 1930s New York, where cover-ups are commonplace, and mystery lurks at every street corner. From the seedy streets of New York, the Youth Theatre will then bring us deep into our imagination as 'Hester Hunts the Night Wolf'. Devised and directed by Clare Youth Theatre member Tess Hughes, it explores the works of fables such as the Grimm's fairy tales and and uses their common motifs to tell a story of love, fear and courage. Clare Youth Theatre is an initiative of the Arts Office of Clare County Council. This performance provides a wonderful insight to the work that Clare Youth Theatre does all year round. It will be of particular interest to those who may be interested in joining Clare Youth Theatre next September as it will give both parents and interested young people a good feel as to what can be achieved when a group of like minded individuals gather together in a safe and creative environment. Tickets from Glor at Tel: 065 6843103. For further information on Clare Youth Theatre contact the County Arts Office at 065 6899091.
  • 11th - 13th April 2014
    Brian Ború Millennium Commemorations, Killaloe Ballina
    Come along and enjoy re-enactments, pageantry, clan gatherings and the launch of the National Brian Ború Trail featuring the key Ború sites of Killaloe Ballina, Cashel, Clontarf and Armagh. Contact Úna Kierse 00353 86 8035157 and 2014@killaloeballina.ie and www.killaloeballina.ie/festivals-events/ and www.facebook.com/killaloeballina.ie
  • 11th - 13th April 2014
    Consairtín, The National Concertina Convention, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
    Consairtín 2014 is a celebration of the concertina in traditional Irish music. This event provides a platform for enthusiasts of all ages to gather in an environment that will encourage learning, discussion, performance and fun. Contact Áine Hensey / Tim Collins 00353 86 2612127 and ainehensey@gmail.com and timncollins@eircom.net and http://www.consairtin.ie/programme/4578617099
  • 10th – 24th April 2014
    Source - Ennistymon Vocational School FETAC Art Exhibition
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon

    The Ennistymon Vocational School Exhibition (FETAC Level 5 & 6) sheds light on the creative processes of the current students. The variety and exploration of the media and subject matter is explored through Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture and Installations. These unite to make an exciting body of work.
  • 8th April - 2nd May 2014
    People and Places art exhibition at the Clare Museum
    Ennis artists, Sinead Slattery and David O’Rourke will hold an exhibition of work entitled People and Places at the Clare Museum. The two artists are members of the Clare Art Collective, and have worked together on a number of occasions before, as part of the group shows. Their latest exhibition features portraits, streetscapes and landscapes. David’s work features a collection of paintings, some new and some previously painted, which are united by the common theme. Among the places featured are Ennis, Kilkee and Sydney, Australia.
  • 6th April 2014
    ‘Heading out over Blackhead’ With Mary Howard, a Burrenbeo Trust walk.
    2pm at St Patricks Church, Fanore.
    Join the Burrenbeo Trust at Blackhead for a chance to explore the green road, the fort at Cathair Dhuin Irghuis, views of Galway Bay and much, much more led by Mary Howard, local walking guide, heritage enthusiast and Burrenbeo Trust Director. Please wear strong walking shoes, warm waterproof clothes and bring water / snacks. 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 €5 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 4th - 6th April 2014
    2nd Kincora Traditional Weekend, Killaloe Ballina
    Concerts, recitals, workshops on traditional Irish music, song and dance. Contact Mike Hackett, 00353 86 0529278 and mikehackett@live.ie and www.kincoratradweekend.com

March 2014:

  • 31st March - 16th April 2014
    Tim King Art Exhibition, Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Tim King is a self-taught artist living in West Clare. He is originally from Limerick and moved to West Clare ten years ago with his wife and family. He always had an interest in drawing and in art in general, but it was not until later in life that he found out that he was good at drawing. His paintings are mostly landscapes in watercolour and mostly of the surrounding area where he lives in West Clare. He likes to work out in the open from sketches, and then when he gets back to the studio do a full painting of the sketch he has just done. He mostly works in watercolour but since he has started an adult education in Kilrush he has recently started using chalk pastels, charcoal and biro. His watercolours are all framed and mounted professionally and come in a range of sizes. He has also done a few pastel copies of the famous paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec which he found very interesting. His paintings range in price from €200 for the watercolours and for the bigger pastels €250. He also has copies of the original watercolours in mounts only for €35. Contact: timothyking271@gmail.com
  • 29 March - 25 April 2014
    ‘Metamorphosis’ Exhibition by Lori de Cartret Sheehan, Scariff Public Library
    Lori de Cartaret has been working on these paintings for the last 5 years since she started taking her passion for art more seriously. It has been a cathartic journey of soul searching, self-expression, tears and joy, and a huge learning curve in the methods of creating art. She has looked into her past, her memories, dreams and fears, confronting a few ghosts on the way, but having done so she has felt free and able to step out of the shadows of the past to look ahead. Her latest paintings are of the beauty and light which she is lucky enough to observe in the wild West of Ireland and on her many travels to France. She now wishes to share them with you. Website: http://loridecarteretartist.weebly.com
  • 28th - 30th March 2014
    Doolin Writers’ Weekend, Doolin
    Following on from the success of the inaugural Doolin Writers’ Weekend, The 2nd Annual Doolin Writers weekend will take place on the weekend of the 28th-30th March 2014. The weekend will consist of workshops in short story writing, poetry and novel writing, lectures and readings by some of Ireland’s leading writers, as well as some great traditional music and theatre It is a great opportunity for aspiring writers as well as literary fans & published authors to get together and celebrate everything that is good about Irish Literature. Many artists and writers spent time in Doolin, including J.M. Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John and Oliver St. John Gogarty. This spring we look forward to welcoming back some of Ireland’s best writers for what we hope will become an annual literary event in North Clare. Contact Donal Minihane, 00353 65 7074111 and dminihane@hoteldoolin.ie and www.doolinwritersweekend.com
  • 24th March 2014
    Seán Mac Mathúna 1876-1949: Diarist and Dedicated Recorder of Clare Tradition
    by Pádraig Ó Héalaí - A North Clare Historical Society lecture.
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Time: 8pm Admission: €5
  • 21st March 2014
    The Voice of Joyce: An Exile Sings
    The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon presents Noel O’ Grady’s one man show at 8pm. North Kerry born Noel is a five time Oireachtas na Gaeilge winner for traditional singing in Irish. He believes that music should move from the throat to the diaphragm to the heart, and home to the soul - where it belongs. He has performed this show in London, Berlin, Trieste and Russia. Noel will paint James Joyce’s life, loves and works in song, poetry and story, including his friendship with John McCormack and the great love story of his roller coaster life with Nora. Some of McCormack’s songs will feature as well as those of Thomas Moore.
  • 21st March 2014
    The WhistleBlast Quartet, Family Classics Tour
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    The WhistleBlast Quartet - Ken Edge (Saxophones and Clarinet), Mary Curran (French Horn), Síle Daly (Oboe and Cor Anglais) and Andrew Synnott (Piano) - will perform for all ages in this fun filled, informal and informative Family Concert . Music will include Saint Saen’s Danse Macabre, Bizet’s Carmen Medley, well known Irish Tunes, a new work by Composer John Buckley, Film Themes and more! The Quartet’s exciting and diverse programming, with musical arrangements by the acclaimed Kenneth Edge, will appeal to all and help to inspire the interest of young people and their families in live music. The Quartet prides itself on making live classical music accessible to all so please do come along for some Fun and Great Music! Tickets €10 / €5 children / €25 families (2 adults, 2 children). Show starts at 7.30pm. For more information and bookings contact Kilkee Box Office (065)9060769, or email kilkeeboxoffice@clarelibrary.ie. Alternatively book online at www.glor.ie
  • Thursday 20th March 2014
    Happy - The Movie
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon from 10.00pm - 12.30pm.
    Happy takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy, exploring human happiness thorough interview with people from all walks of life in 14 different countries, weaving in the newest findings from leading scientists of positive psychology. Happy explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion. Admission free.
  • 19th March 2014
    Happy - The Movie
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon from 6.00pm - 7.45pm.
    In celebration of The UN International Day of Happiness, the Courthouse Gallery, in association with the North Clare Happiness Project, is screening “Happy –The Movie”. Happy is a 2011 feature documentary film directed, written, and co-produced by Academy Award nominated film-maker Roko Belic. It explores human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in 14 different countries, weaving in the newest findings of positive psychology. Admission free.
  • 19th March 2014
    Put the Kettle on - We are having a chat about tea! A Burrenbeo Trust talk with Juanita Browne at Tubber Village Hall at 8.30pm
    The Burrenbeo Trust finishes up its 'Tea and Talks' in Tubber series with an apt subject matter, Tea! Join us for the last in the series for this season at Tubber Village Hall. Juanita Browne is a Zoology graduate who migrated into print media and television after university. She published her first book Ireland’s Mammals in 2005. Besides wildlife, one of her other great loves is a nice cup of tea. Neither an addict nor connoisseur, she simply enjoys plain Irish tea and, most importantly, the chat that comes with it. Through her new book ‘Put the Kettle On – The Irish Love Affair with Tea’, Juanita investigates our tea habits and the rules, the warmth, the comfort and the craic in every brew across Ireland. We will be reminded of tea rationing during the war, tea drunk from bottles in the hayfield and sweet billycans on the bog. We hear about tea after childbirth, football matches and card games, tea at the office canteen, hospitals and wakes. Tea as the centre of many community events. More information on her book can be viewed here. Juanita would be delighted to hear any tea-related stories from the crowd. This talk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a suggested €5 donation from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 14th March 2014
    Rice College Fashion Show at Treacy’s West County Hotel
    Rice College Secondary School will host a fashion extravaganza ‘shop & style’ at Treacy’s West County at 7pm, the proceeds of which will go towards the provision of additional facilities and classrooms in the newly acquired school building. Local businesses and community groups have all rallied to sponsor the show, which promises to be a fantastic evening for all fashion-conscious ladies & gents featuring Spring/Summer collections from Freya Boutique, An Binsin Luachra, Pamela Scott, Kymari, Ela Maria, County Boutique, Nadine House, Carraig Donn, Willow, Frocks & Frills, Nozomi Shoe Boutique, Breda’s Evening Wear and Manix Menswear. Tickets are available from Rice College; Treacy’s West County and Lynch’s Centra, Gort Road, Ennis.
  • 7th - 9th March 2014
    Ennis Book Club Festival, Ennis
    The festival includes author readings, discussions, workshops and walking tours through the narrow streets and lanes of Ennis. The programme is wonderfully varied and includes fiction, poetry, social comment, literature and drama. Contact Ciana Campbell 087 9723647 / 085 7842822 and info@ennisbookclubfestival.com and www.ennisbookclubfestival.com
  • 7th - 9th March 2014
    Sets by the Sea, Spanish Point
    Sets, sessions, songs & a lot of fun throughout the weekend. Workshops and
    social dancing also. Contact Tina Walsh 00353 87 2988005
  • 6th March 2014
    One Two Three! Woodwind music for Solo, Duos and Trios – flute, clarinets and bassoon
    The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon at 8 pm
    More info and contacts: info@thecourthousegallery.com & http://thecourthousegallery.com/
  • 2nd March 2014
    ‘Walking on the Edge - The Doolin Cliff Walk’, with Pat Sweeney
    Meet at 2pm at O’Connors, Doolin.
    The Burrenbeo March walk will be guided by local historian and farmer, Pat Sweeney who will follow the trail route along the spectacular coast and above the Doolin cliffs. The walk will be an ‘out and back’ exploration of the cliff path taking approximately 3 hours. The walk is weather dependent and dogs must be on a lead. 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 €5 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 1st - 10th March 2014
    Three Act Drama Festival, Doonbeg
    The 53rd Doonbeg Drama Festival will take place from 1st – 10th March 2014. The adjudicator will be Michael Twomey. Doors open at 7pm and Curtain up at 8pm. Admission: Adults: €10; Children: €5; Season Ticket: €60. http://www.doonbeginfo.com/3actdramafestival.html

February 2014:

  • 28th February 2014
    Rock 'N' Roll Music Bingo in Aid of St. Enda's N.S.
    The Ritz Hotel, Lisdoonvarna at 8pm.
    For further information Call Pat Dowling at 086 0714753.
    Come along for a great nights entertainment.
  • 25th February 2014
    Gardening talk by Irish Seed Savers Association at Rowantree Café Bar, Ennis.
    In 2014, Clare Garden Festival wants to become more than a one-day event and offer garden enthusiasts a calendar of events in the run-up to the festival.
  • 24th February 2014
    Pledged as a rebel, an exploration of Cumann na mBan’s role in the Irish War of Independence
    by Tomás Mac Conmara, - a North Clare Historical Society lecture.
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Time: 8pm Admission: €5
  • 24th February – 2nd March 2014
    Corofin Trad Festival
    Traditional Music with various sessions in the local pubs and a Concert nightly in Teach Ceoil, Corofin.
    e-mail: corofintradfest@gmail.com; Website: www.corofintradfest.com
  • 22nd and 23rd February 2014
    Doonbeg Drama Festival presents "The Cavalcaders" at Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee.
    Set in a small town cobbler's shop, four shoe-makers make the mundane marvellous as they transform themselves nightly into The Cavalcaders, a singing quartet that prides itself on harmony, comic patter and romantic sentiment. The Cavalcaders is a wistful memory play, blending music and comedy with a brutally honest depiction of emotional warfare and personal betrayal, as we witness the group, and particularly its leader Terry, disintegrate before our very eyes. Starts 8.30pm. Tickets Adults €10, Students €5. For more information and tickets contact kilkeeboxoffice@clarelibrary.ie or ring (065) 9060769. Alternatively book online at www.glor.ie
  • 22nd February 2014
    7 km Walk and 10 km Run in support of Corofin National School & Corofin Christmas Lights and Crib.
    Registration: GAA Hall Corofin at 12pm. Walk and Run will begin at 12.30pm. €10 per entry, free for kids.
  • 22nd February 2014
    Making a willow bench – outdoor furniture making with Veerle Claeys
    at X-PO Kilnaboy, 10.00am
    Veerle Claeys will facilitate the construction of a willow bench at the X-PO community hub in Kilnaboy overlooking the river Fergus on Saturday the 22nd of February. Meeting time is 10.00 am for anyone interested in taking part. There will be a lunch break and the living willow bench should be completed by 3.00 pm. Please bring packed lunch, plus loppers and secateurs if possible. The event is free of charge and it offers people an excellent opportunity to learn the skill of working with willow. More information 087 292 54 87.
  • 21st – 24th February 2014
    Russell Memorial Weekend Festival
    Doolin, County Clare
    The Russell Memorial Weekend is a traditional festival held in Doolin on the the last full weekend in February each year. The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, the world-famous traditional musician, who died in 1994. In 2006 by request of the Russell family the festival was renamed the Russell Memorial Weekend in memory of the three Russell brothers, Micho, Packie, and Gussie.
    More info: http://www.michorussellweekend.ie/festivalnews.html
  • 21st of February 2014
    Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey, a film by Lelia Doolan at Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
    Made over a period of nine years, this is the first full-length film on Bernadette McAliskey’s work and ideas since John Goldschmidt’s pioneering documentary in 1969. It will be screened in the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon on Friday 21st of February 2014 at 8pm. More info...
  • 20th February 2014
    Heroes of the potato revolution, a talk by Deirdre O Mahony
    at X-PO Kilnaboy, 8.00pm
    Artist Deirdre O Mahony will give a talk entitled Heroes of the Potato Revolution at the X-PO in Kilnaboy on Thursday 20th February at 8.00pm. The lecture will focus on some of the heroes of the Potato revolution who came to her notice while researching the SPUD project at X-PO. Deirdre will discuss some of the individuals who have changed our perception of the potato including Antoine-Augustin Parmentier. He was responsible for the widespread adoption of the potato into the French diet. Mention will also be made of botanist Nicolay Ivanovich Vavilov who began the Soviet seed-stock breeding program in the wake of the famine that killed millions after the First World War. The Sarvaris family, who introduced the blight-resistant Sarpo varieties, are building on the legacy of Vavilov. These people and more will be the subject of the talk. Deirdre O’Mahony is an artist, writer and lecturer at the Centre for Creative Arts, GMIT. All are welcome to the event and admission is free. More information 087 292 54 87.
  • 19th February 2014
    Casting Call for “A Minutes Wait, The West Clare Railway” with Junkshun Productions
    Venue: West Clare Railway station at Moyasta at 7 pm
    Following the success of “Laughter in Court”, Junkshun Productions are now staging an adaptation of “A Minutes Wait” based on the John Ford’s film, shot in 1956 in Kilkee. The first performance will take place in June with further performances throughout the summer months. For those that haven’t seen this comedy, the entire film is about getting on and off the train to the bar with unforeseen consequences. The speaking parts are few and short but many extras are needed. The speaking roles will be double-cast to lessen the commitment. Technical, backstage and front-of-house volunteers are also required. If interested, please attend the West Clare Railway station at Moyasta on Sunday 16th February at 1 pm or Wednesday 19th February at 7 pm. The 20 minute original film will be shown and our plans fully explained. Richard 086 366 7000
  • 19th February 2014
    The Holy Wells of the Burren - Pilgrimage, folk medicine & old-fashioned fun
    Burrenbeo Trust February Talk with Tony Kirby
    Tubber Village Hall, 8.30pm at (OS52 N395 W956)
    Tony Kirby, a Limerick city native, has been operating a walking tourism business in the Burren for the last ten years. He is the author of The Burren and the Aran Islands - A Walking Guide (Collins Press 2009). Last year Tony produced the short film West Cork set at St Gobnait’s holy well in Ballyvourney, County Cork. He is currently carrying out research on a number of holy wells in the Burren. This talk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a suggested €5 donation from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096. Link for Tubber Village Hall...
  • 19th February 2014
    Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer
    Glór Irish Music Centre, Causeway Link, Ennis, County Clare, 7pm.
    Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions. Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of the Antarctic, his 36 mile, solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades Teddy Evans and William Lashly has been described by Antarctic historians as “the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration”. He was subsequently awarded the Albert Medal for his bravery. This multi-award winning show has now played critically acclaimed sell-out performances throughout Ireland, USA, Australia, Europe and the UK.
    Phone: 065-6843103 Email: patrick@glor.ie Web:http://www.glor.ie/events#e444
  • 18th February 2014
    Gardening talk by Bloom silver medal winner Lisa McKnight at Rowantree Café Bar, Ennis.
    In 2014, Clare Garden Festival wants to become more than a one-day event and offer garden enthusiasts a calendar of events in the run-up to the festival.
  • 17th February 2014
    A Visual Artists Ireland common room cafe event with Aideen Barry at Glór in Ennis
    This is an informal event at 1:30pm for artists re networking and information exchange. Participants will contribute to conversations, share ideas and propose future professional development training workshops in the county of Clare.
  • 16th February 2014
    Clare Branch Alzheimer's Society Annual 10K Walk, Fanore
    Registration for the walk starts at 9.30am until 1pm at Donoghue’s Pub at Fanore, with free refreshments, music and dancing after the walk in Donoghue’s.
  • 16th February 2014
    Casting Call for “A Minutes Wait, The West Clare Railway” with Junkshun Productions
    Venue: West Clare Railway station at Moyasta at 1pm
    Following the success of “Laughter in Court”, Junkshun Productions are now staging an adaptation of “A Minutes Wait” based on the John Ford’s film, shot in 1956 in Kilkee. The first performance will take place in June with further performances throughout the summer months. For those that haven’t seen this comedy, the entire film is about getting on and off the train to the bar with unforeseen consequences. The speaking parts are few and short but many extras are needed. The speaking roles will be double-cast to lessen the commitment. Technical, backstage and front-of-house volunteers are also required. If interested, please attend the West Clare Railway station at Moyasta on Sunday 16th February at 1 pm or Wednesday 19th February at 7 pm. The 20 minute original film will be shown and our plans fully explained. Richard 086 366 7000
  • 15th February 2014
    Sketchup workshop for artists and art practioners
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Parliament St. Ennistymon from 1-5pm
    3D models can revolutionise the way you work, from design to grant application to installation & layout. The workshop, led by Cathal Murphy, is four hours long, and will cover Templates, Measuring & Drawing, Manipulating 3D objects, Textures & Colours, Adding Dimensions to Drawings, Exporting Images and 3D models, Importing a floor-plan or image, Using MagicPlan etc. Bring your own laptop (Mac or PC) with Sketchup installed: go to http://www.sketchup.com/. Workshop fee €15
  • 14th - 16th February 2014
    Oidhreacht an Chláir presents Concertina Cruinniú
    Miltown Malbay, County Clare
    More info at http://oac.ie/site/content/cc 202014 details
    Email: eolas@oac.ie, Phone: 00353 65-7085785
  • 13th February 2014
    “The Clash of the Ash” feature film to be shown at the X-PO Kilnaboy
    “The Clash of the Ash” is regarded as one of the masterpieces of 1980s Irish cinema. The film will be projected at the X-PO community hub in Kilnaboy on Thursday February 13th at 8.00 pm. The film is autobiographical and is set in Fermoy, County Cork in the 1980s. Fergus Tighe made the film and he will be in attendance for the screening. Admission to the event is free and all are welcome. More information 087 292 54 87.
  • 4th February - 6th March 2014
    On the Edge of a Blue Sky - an exhibition by Fiona Kelly and Lorraine Walsh
    Main Gallery, Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon
    On the Edge of a Blue Sky is a multi-disciplinary exhibition by Fiona Kelly and Lorraine Walsh. The artists' enquiry into abandoned and waste ground opens a conversation which considers the legacy and also the potential of these increasingly familiar environments.
    Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 4pm
  • 4th February - 6th March 2014
    “Imram”, an exhibition by Josephine Geaney
    Red Couch Space, Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon.
    This exhibition “Imram” features sculptures made from bog oak, printed decayed canvas, and ashes, accompanied by paintings using images of boats crossing through boundaries to approach new partially visible dimensions.
    Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 4pm
  • 4th - 28th February 2014
    “Emerge” - an exhibition bringing together the work of four emerging artists.
    Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Nathalie El Baba Phyllis Haran, Elaine Quinlan and Emma Stewart-Liberty met while studying Fine Art at GMIT Galway, graduating in 2012. Each artist explores their own particular interpretation of the drawn or painted image, creating a divergent, interesting and engaging exhibition spanning the genres of abstraction to representation, in a variety of media. This exhibition has been kindly assisted by the Clare Arts Office. Opening reception Saturday 8th Feb 12.00 - 13.30pm, all are welcome. Exhibition runs from 4th Feb - 28th Feb and can be viewed in the foyer during library opening hours. For more information contact Emma Stewart-Liberty (065) 7077997 or email emmastewartliberty@gmail.com
  • 2nd February 2014
    ‘Walking the Wetlands’ to celebrate World Wetlands Day, With Stephen Ward
    Burrenbeo Trust February Walk, 2pm at Rinecaha (52R 364 942)
    The theme for the 2014 World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture' as 2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming. The slogan for the day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth,' placing a focus on the need for the wetland, water and agricultural sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes. Dr Stephen Ward, botanist and founder of the Clare Botanical Recording Society, will lead an exploration of some of the Burren’s wetlands to mark international world wetlands day. Please wear strong walking shoes and warm waterproof clothes. Start point for the walk is marked here http://goo.gl/maps/G4xVo. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €5 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.

January 2014:

  • 27th January 2014
    Sporting activity and wagering in 18th century Ireland
    by Kieran Sheedy - a North Clare Historical Society lecture.
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Time: 8pm Admission: €5
    Click here for more info...
  • 25th - 26th January 2014
    Energy Festival at The Boghill Centre, Boghill, Kilfenora
    This two day festival will include a range of energy generating taster activities - yoga, chakra balancing, djembe drumming, ceramotherapy, tai chi, singing, belly dancing, meditation and lots more. Contact Sonja O’Brien 00353 65 7074644 boghill@eircom.net and www.boghill.com and www.facebook.com/boghillcentre
  • 25th January 2014
    Corofin Tradfest concert with Mick, Michelle and Louise Mulcahy & Cyril O'Donoghue
    Teach Ceoil, Corofin
    Corofin Tradfest will be running a concert at 8.30 p.m. where Mick, Michelle and Louise Mulcahy will be joined on the night by Cyril O'Donoghue. This multi talented family have not played at the Teach for some time so don't miss out on this opportunity. It promises to be a great night of music and song. Tickets are €15. To reserve your ticket just respond to this email or text Damien O'Reilly on 0863727738.
  • 18th January 2014
    Oidhreacht an Chláir Gala Concert
    Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, County Clare, 8.30pm.
    The concert is headlined by Liam O'Flynn, Paddy Glackin, Dónal Lunny and also features Edel Fox, Neil Byrne, Con 'Fada' Ó Drisceoil, The Four Star Trio as well as the Eugene Donnellan Set Dancers.
    More info at http://oac.ie/site/content/gig2014
    Email: eolas@oac.ie, Phone: 00353 65-7085785
  • 18th January 2014
    “Calling all poets” - Winter Music Festival Poetry Readings
    Sixmilebridge Courthouse, 2pm.
    With guests The Clare Three Legged Stool Poets, Clare Sawtell, Louise McMahon, Mary Ellen Fean, Bernadettee Nesbit Shiel, and featuring St. Finnachta’s School Poetry Competition Winners, followed by an Open Mic Session. Admission Free.
  • 17th January 2014
    Stagecoach Clare taster session, Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Stagecoach Clare, part of the world's largest theatre school network, have announced a two week taster session for new children on Friday 17th January at 4.30 p.m.. The schools, which are complementary, yet independent of normal academic study, train children and teenagers in quality classes each week in dance, drama and singing. For a prospectus, call 091 556274 or enrol online today at www.stagecoach.ie/clare. Places are strictly limited and some classes are now nearly full for this term.
  • 16th - 20th January 2014
    Shannonside Winter Music Weekend
    Sixmilebridge & Bunratty, County Clare
    You’re in for a treat of great music, great food, great hospitality and exceptional talent at the 15th Shannonside Winter Music Weekend, celebrating musical diversity. You don’t need a weekend ticket to enjoy yourself. There are FREE “fleadh” style sessions along with poetry, singers' sessions, and pub gigs all weekend in Sixmilebridge, and an extensive selection of ticketed events including set dancing, intimate concerts and the concert trail in Bunratty Folk Park. The choice is yours. All you have to do is turn up!
    http://www.wmw.ie/
  • 15th January 2014
    “…and then it goes to the sea”: Bell Harbour as an example of the complexity of coastal karst catchments, with Dr Tiernan Henry, 8.30pm @ Tubber Village Hall.
    The Burrenbeo Trust winter talk series is in full flow (!) and carries into the new year with a talk on hydrogeology. The diverse series of winter talks is on every third Wednesday of the month in Tubber Village Hall until March so pop it in your diary. Tiernan Henry is a hydrogeologist with more than 20 years of experience in Ireland and the US. A graduate of TCD he completed his MSc in the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After working on a number of US EPA-funded projects he returned to Ireland where he worked in consultancy dealing with a large range of surface and groundwater issues and problems. He joined Earth & Ocean Sciences at NUIG in 2003 and his research work has focused on better understanding of coastal karst catchments and on the importance of fractures and faults in controlling groundwater flows. This talk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a suggested €5 donation from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 14th - 31st January 2014
    All that is Solid Melts into Air - an exhibition of photography by Pip Sides and paintings by Cathal Butler.
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee.
    For further information contact: Pip Sides info@loopyhouse.com or Cathal Butler butlercathal@gmail.com
  • 13th - 31st January 2014
    “Wood Sculptures Exhibition” by Gerry Fenniman
    Clare Museum Foyer, Ennis
    For further information contact: gfenniman@yahoo.com & http://gerardfenniman.com/
  • 11th January 2014
    Monster Céilí in Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Hosted by Tulla CCÉ - Dancing 9:30 -12:30 pm
    Tulla Comhaltas would like to thank you for your support
    Music by Five Counties Céilí Band. Adm: €10.00
  • 11th January – 1st February 2014
    ‘Traces’ by Robert Dunne and Cormac O’Neill
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
    Official opening on Saturday 11th January at 4pm.
    Robert Dunne's work is mainly about growing up in a small mining village in north Kilkenny. It explores issues about identity and the uncertainty which comes with it. Robert has created a site specific piece especially for this show, the piece involved working with schools kids from Kilkenny and Ennistymon, to create brown paper bag houses, which will be on show en masse, and this piece is about hiding and exposing parts of one’s identity. Cormac O’Neill is a painter. His painting is intuitive and expressive.
  • 11th January – 1st February 2014
    'Who Am I?' – a series of self-portrait paintings by Kris T. Verengafficial
    Red Couch Space, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
    This exhibition by Kris T. Verengafficial opens on Saturday 11th January at 4 pm. The question 'Who Am I' is a provocative one and a question that the artist has been addressing as a life pursuit.
  • 7th January 2014
    John Francis O'Reilly (1916 - 1971), the "flighty" boy from Clare
    Clare and Shannon Archaeological and Historical Societies' joint lecture series continues next Tuesday evening, January 7 with a lecture entitled John Francis O'Reilly (1916 - 1971), the "flighty" boy from Clare. Historian Anthony Kinsella will discuss the life and career of O'Reilly who grew up in Kilkee. He was working as a farm labourer on Jersey when the Channel Islands were occupied by the Germans in July 1940. He collaborated with the invaders before going to Berlin in September 1941 having worked in a steelworks at Braunschweig in Germany. He joined the staff of Irland-Redaktion, the Irish section of the German broadcasting service, and made his first broadcast to neutral Ireland in October 1941. In September 1942 he joined German Military Intelligence and was involved in planning his return to Ireland by submarine. In December 1943 he parachuted from a German aircraft landing at Moveen. O'Reilly was arrested at his family home in Kilkee and was held in Arbour Hill Military Detention Barracks, Dublin from where he escaped in July 1944. He was re-arrested at the family home and returned to Arbour Hill until released in May 1945. The lecture starts at 8pm at the Civic Rooms, Drumbiggle, Ennis. All welcome.
  • 5th January 2014
    ‘Blow off the Christmas cobwebs at Cathair Dhuin Irghuis’ with Mary Howard.
    A Burrenbeo Trust Walk. Meet at 1.30pm at Murroughtoohy Layby.

    Join the Burrenbeo Trust for a chance to burn off some of those Christmas excesses. The first monthly walk of 2014 will be a climb to Cathair Dhuin Irghuis above Blackhead with Mary Howard. The walk begins at the earlier start time of 1.30 pm from Murroughtoohy layby at Fanore. 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 €5 is suggested from non-members. Memberships and renewals available on the walk. 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 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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