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County Clare Events Calendar 2015
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May 2015

  • 31st May 2015
    Guided Walk - Ancient Raheen Oakwoods of Tuamgraney
    Tuamgraney
    Andrew St Ledger will take people on a journey through the ancient Raheen Oakwood, an extremely rare remnant of the ancient wildwood authentic landscape of Ireland. Meet at Tuamgraney Heritage Centre. All welcome, dogs must be on leads. More info: 00353 87 9933157 & www.celtnet.org
  • 31st May 2015
    Bríd O'Donohue's Music School, Miltown Malbay presents Ceol na nÓg
    Glór, Ennis, 7.30pm
    An evening of Traditional Irish Music, song and dance from the pupils of Ceol na nÓg Music School with performances also from Bríd and her family - Seán (flute), Eibhlís (uilleann pipes), Deirdre (harp), Liam (concertina) and Sinéad O'Brien (fiddle). €12.50/€10 Child
  • 30th May 2015
    Charolais
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Charolais is a surreal comedy of love, longing and one woman's rivalry with a Charolais Heifer. The play is set on a farm, and has its heart firmly rooted in rural Ireland with many references to farming, cooking, the ICA, as well as a randy Charolais Heifer who speaks French! The production has been called ‘a John B Keane directed by David Lynch’. Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost €15/€13. Bookings and more information available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769, through Glór Box Office on 065 6843103 or online at www.glor.ie
  • 29th May - 1st June 2015
    Doonbeg International Jazz Festival
    Doonbeg
    A great weekend of performances throughout the whole weekend and an excellent line up of bands and performers. All performances are FREE. More info: 00353 65 9055345 & www.doonbegjazz.com
  • 29th May - 1st June 2015
    Feile An tSamhraidh
    Ballyvaughan
    Feile An tSamhraidh is a community music weekend featuring variety show, BBQ, dance, street music, children’s entertainment and markets. There will be a gala music event with Irish profile act on Saturday. Great family fun guaranteed. More info: 00353 85 574 4792 & www.discoverballyvaughan.com
  • 29th May - 1st June 2015
    The Burren Rocks!
    The Burren
    The Burren Rocks festival combines adventure with geology and the landscape! Get immersed in all that is the Burren - cycle it, hike it, climb it – explore it! More info: 00353 65 7072295 & www.burren.ie
  • 28th May - 1st June 2015
    Tuamgraney Community Weekend
    Tuamgraney
    The weekend will feature music, dance, history, sport, water & fishing activities and will offer many opportunities for people of all ages to get involved. 00353 87 2937479
  • 28th May 2015
    Rise Productions presents The Games People Play, with Aonghus Óg McAnally & Lorna Quinn
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Winner of Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and the sell-out success of Dublin Fringe Festival, The Games People Play is a radical re-working of the Tír na nÓg myth. Niamh and Oisín were sold the dream – the house, the life, the kids. The mounting pressure of balancing family and career takes its toll, and one night a series of games starts to escalate, threatening to unravel their suburban paradise. ‘Riveting... both a timeless story about two people lost inside a marriage, and a very contemporary Irish horror story of debt, desire and emigration’. Irish Theatre Magazine. €16/€14 Conc.
  • 27th May 2015
    Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heros
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Albert and the band play Country Rock as a broad term. Albert is double Grammy award winning musician, whose talents continue to be in demand. Albert fronts his own band, Hogan’s Heroes, formed by some of the best known and most respected Rock’n’Roll and Country musicians in Europe. Star names such as Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Don Everly, Gary Booker and Nancy Griffith, have all at one time or another jammed with the band to the sheer delight of both audience and band. Whenever and wherever they appear on stage, the pedigree of the whole group and their rare blend of talent guarantees a magical treat of timeless and powerful music. He is joined by Gerry Hogan, Peter Baron and Dona Oxford. €23
  • 26th May 2015
    Sparks School of Dance Show
    Glór, Ennis, 7.30pm
    Sparks Dance School was created about 17 years ago by Lourdes O'Donoghue and is the longest running and most successful modern dance school in Clare. The show is great value and is always sure to be a great family night out. €11.50 Adult/€7 Child/€38 Family 5/€32 Family 4 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
  • 25th May - 20th June 2015
    Exhibition of Paintings by Sinead Slattery
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    An exhibition of new works by local artist Sinead Slattery at County Museum. More info: sineadart@gmail.com
  • 24th May 2015
    Martin Fennel Memorial Tractor Rally
    Kilbaha
    Charity tractor rally to raise funds for Kilkee Marine rescue. More info: 00353 86 1549402 & www.loophead.ie
  • 24th May 2015
    Fleadh Nua Ennis: Maestro - the music of Bobby Casey
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    In 1969 and 1970, Séamus Mac Mathúna recorded the legendary West Clare fiddle player, Bobby Casey, in London. These invaluable recordings are part of the Comhaltas Archive. A CD of many of these recordings has been produced by the Cois na hAbhna Archive and will be launched at Fleadh Nua, when many musicians, including friends who played with Bobby, will perform and pay tribute to one of Clare's greatest musicians. €5
  • 24th May 2015
    Seol Sionna Traditional Boating Festival
    Kilbaha
    Currach racing and boating at Querrin pier. More info: 00353 86 1549402 & www.loophead.ie
  • 23rd May - 1st June 2015
    Mountshannon Arts Festival
    Mountshannon
    This promises to be a fantastic week in the beautiful lakeside village of Mountshannon, with
    arts events, multi-media installations, exhibitions and entertainment for all ages and interests. More info: 0353 87 2380555 & www.iniscealtra-artsfestival.org
  • 23rd May 2015
    Clare Burren Marathon Challenge
    Ballyvaughan and Fanore
    Clare Burren Marathon Challenge is a road, green road and trail challenge across the beautiful scenic Burren. Enjoy some of Europe’s most unique landscapes while walking or running along The Wild Atlantic Way. More info: 00353 87 7779714 & www.clareburrenmarathonchallenge.com
  • 23rd May 2015
    Fleadh Nua Ennis: Seán Ó Sé and the Turloughmore Céilí Band, with many guests
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Fleadh Nua will honour the legendary singer Seán Ó Sé on this special night. Seán, a native of Bantry, Co. Cork, has an instantly recognisable voice and his performance of An Poc ar Buille in the early 1960's established his reputation as a well-known singer. Seán performed with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann until Ó Riada's untimely death in 1971. Over the years he has toured and recorded extensively, including a recording with the Turloughmore Céilí Band. €15
  • 22nd - 24th May 2015
    Burren Slow Food Festival
    Lisdoonvarna
    Burren Slow Food Festival showcases the very best of Burren local artisan producers, members of the Burren Food Trail, Burren Geopark in a Farmers Market, through talks and cookery demonstrations by local and national Celebrity Chefs. More info: 00353 65 7074432 & 00353 87 8224173 & www.slowfoodclare.com
  • 22nd May 2015
    Fleadh Nua Ennis: Pipers Union in concert, with Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Pipers Union, comprising David Power, Ciarán Somers and their old friend Dónal Clancy, is a tight-knit trio, incorporating traditional and contemporary styles to deliver rousing ballads, soft love songs, lively dance tunes and haunting airs. Award-winning musicians in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh are quickly becoming one of the foremost duets in Ireland today. Their music & dance is rooted in the tradition; full of spirit, soul and life. Together on fiddle, concertina and dance, they breathe fire into traditional tunes - not to be missed! €15
  • 21st May 2015
    Broadway Dance Recital presents Shoot for the Stars
    Glór, Ennis, 7pm
    This show brings together our three dance schools from Doolin, Miltown Malbay & Kinvara, Co. Galway. We will showcase all styles of dance, from jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, musical theatre and contemporary. €12/€10 Child/ €35 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)
  • 19th - 20th May 2015
    Dinan School of Ballet presents Hansel and Gretel
    Glór, Ennis, 7.30pm
    A delightful show for all the family, loosely based on the traditional fairy tale. With a great mix of dance styles, an eclectic musical score, creative choreography and a cast of talented dancers, this promises to be a very entertaining and enjoyable show. €15/€10 (16 years and under)
  • 17th - 25th May 2015
    Fleadh Nua
    Ennis
    Fleadh Nua is an 8 day festival with more than 120 separate events, where there is a welcome for everyone. More info: 00353 65 6824276 / 00353 86 8260300 & www.fleadhnua.com
  • 16th - 17th May 2015
    High Nelly Bike Festival
    Bunratty
    Enjoy a weekend of high jinks with High Nelly bikes, workshops, costumes, music and much more. More info: 00353 61 369766 & www.durtynellys.ie
  • 16th May 2015
    Summer Blooms - a day's walk over the finest Burren pastures
    A very special, all day addition to Burren in Bloom’s programme for 2015, ‘Summer Blooms - a day's walk over the finest Burren pastures’ takes place on May 16th. Led by local land owners, Burrenbeo Trust and heritage experts, you will spend the day walking in beautiful surroundings and along the way hear the stories of the past, present and future of the Burren and its heritage. The walk will take you over a lesser known Green Road, ideal for spotting some of the Burren rarities that will be in bloom, and along the way you will meet archaeologist Michael Lynch on his farm. Lunch is included at Dalys farm, an authentic mixed Burren farm. Refreshed, the walk will continue to the imposing stone fort at Cahercommaun before continuing over rougher terrain to the Seven Streams that rise from the sacred mountain of Slieve na Glaisé and back to the Jeuken Family farm, which includes a herd of traditional shorthorn cattle, a holy well, ringfort and a goat herd. The Jeuken goats will provide part of the afternoon tea treats that can be enjoyed at that stage. The walk, which includes a light lunch and afternoon tea of locally baked and produced goodies, costs €25. The walk takes place on Saturday the 16th of May and will start at 10am and finish at approximately 4pm, the terrain is rough and uneven in places so a good level of fitness and suitable clothing and footwear are required. The proceeds help ensure the Burrenbeo Trust can continue their work for a sustainable future for the Burren. Booking in advance to 091 638096 or trust@burrenbeo.com. More information on the other walks and events taking place during Burren in Bloom on www.burreninbloom.com.
  • 16th May 2015
    Pat Shortt: Selfie
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    The irrepressible Pat Shortt is back on a nationwide tour with stories and gimmicks that only Pat Shortt could come up with. Selfie tells the tales of a singing undertaker Mossey Burke, along with a host of new characters as he recounts his favourite funeral tales. While his unique, comedic but somewhat universal look at everyday Irish life has cemented his place in the public hearts, along with that his work on stage and screen over the last decade have proved him to be an enduring, versatile and award winning talent. €28
  • 16th May 2015
    National Drawing Day: The Big Draw with Hazel Walker
    Glór, Ennis
    Children Ages 10-12 11am - 12.30pm
    Adults: 1.30 – 3pm
    As part of National Drawing Day, glór presents a drawing workshop exploring ways of drawing, using a range of materials and methods, and illustrating how drawing can be a daily discovery for everyone! €10 including materials. http://www.glor.ie/events#e774
  • 15th - 17th May 2015
    Doolin Harley Festival
    Doolin
    Doolin Harley festival will feature a custom Harley bike show, bike graphics, tattoo artists, stalls, fireworks display, pub sessions, live bands and a Burren ride out on Sunday. More info: 00353 65 7074111
  • 14th May 2015
    The Man in the Woman’s Shoes: written and performed by Mikel Murfi and presented by Loco and Reckless Productions
    Glór, Ennis
    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. Shortlisted for the Irish Times theatre Awards 2013. Shortlisted for the 2013 Stewart Parker Trust Award. Winner of the Stewart Parker/ BBC Northern Ireland Radio Drama Award 2013.
    2pm €10/€8 Students/(Teachers free). 8pm €16/14 Conc.
  • 11 - 17th of May 2015
    Clare Wellness Festival 2015
    Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, County Clare
    with activities including workshops on Mindfulness, Yoga, Homeopathy and Chakra Dancing, and outdoor guided tours of the Burren, trips to Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and foraging walks along the Wild Atlantic Way. Full details at http://www.fallshotel.ie/clare-wellness-festival.htm.
  • 11th - 12th May 2015
    Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts presents Working with Beauty and the Beast
    Glór, Ennis, 7.30pm
    This much-loved story, packed with great songs, magical characters and lavish dance routines, has won the hearts of millions, both young and old, throughout the world. The Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts are putting their magical touch to this all-time favourite and guarantees a great night’s entertainment for children of all ages. Many wonderful excerpts from other hit shows will also be included in the evening. This is a great opportunity to bring the kids along to experience the magic of real live theatre. €13/€11 Conc.
  • 9th May 2015
    Darkness into Light
    Ennis
    Darkness into Light is a symbolic run/walk starting in darkness at the Ennis Courthouse and ending as the dawn is rising symbolising hope. The event starts at 4.15am (Friday night/Saturday morning). This is a flagship fundraising event for Pieta House which is a centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. More info: 00353 87 2430700 & dil.pieta.ie
  • 7th May 2015
    Clare Arts Office presents Hats Off to Clare Written and directed by Paul Brennan
    Glór, Ennis, 2pm
    Gerard Howard Productions presents a hilarious and surreal romp through time with some of Co. Clare's most famous characters - real and fictional - and how they might have interacted, had they ever met. Pile them all into the west Clare Railway and see where they end up. Followed by Music & Refreshments. Free of charge.
  • 6th - 29th May 2015
    Embrace Exhibition 2015
    Glór, Ennis, 10am – 5pm gallery
  • 3rd May 2015
    ‘Bealtaine Birds on the Dawn Chorus Walk’ a Burrenbeo Trust Walk with Gordon D’Arcy
    5.45am at Village Store, Ballyvaughan
    The first walk of the 2015 Burren in Bloom festival and the May Burrenbeo walk will involve an early start with Gordon D’Arcy leading a group on a dawn chorus walk. Gordon is a Burren resident, natural historian, author & wildlife artist and will point out some of the Burren’s birds in the early morning light – they’ll hopefully put on a good show. The early morning will be made slightly easier by starting with coffee and a croissant from the Village Stores. On return from the walk, Logues Lodge is offering breakfast for the walkers for €13.50 – like the early bird you can catch the tasty worm! Meet at Village Store, Ballyvaughan at 5.45am (!). Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. Also bring binoculars if you have a pair. No dogs allowed. The walk is open to everyone, although a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 3rd May 2015
    Bealtaine Art & Craft Fair
    Vandeleur Walled Garden, Kilrush
    Join us for our Bealtaine Art & Craft Fair in the courtyard of the Vandeleur Walled Garden. We also offer a discount of 20% on all plants. The head gardener will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions. More info: 00353 65 9051760 & www.vandeleurwalledgarden.ie
  • 2nd May 2015
    Choral & Instrumental Festival
    Killaloe
    Adult and children’s’ choirs/instrumentalists will perform throughout the afternoon and evening with a gala concert at 8pm. More info: 00353 61 375132 / 00353 86 1095010
  • 2nd May 2015
    Ireland’s Best Beard & Moustache Championship
    Corofin
    This event is held in cooperation with the Irish Beard and Moustache Association. Categories for Ireland’s Best Beard and Moustache competition will include Best Moustache, Best Partial Beard, Best Full Beard, Best Trend Beard, Best Six Week Beard, and Best Fake Beard. More info: 00353 87 2836296 & www.festivaloffinn.com
  • 1st - 31st May 2015
    Burren in Bloom
    The Burren
    The Burren in Bloom Festival features a series of illustrated talks and organised walks throughout the month of May in the Burren. The festival gives 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. More info: 00353 91 638096 www.burreninbloom.com
  • 1st - 4th May 2015
    Carrigaholt Oyster & Shellfish Festival
    Carrigaholt
    Visit Carrigaholt over the May Bank Holiday weekend and experience delicious seafood and
    compete in our Oyster shucking and Oyster Eating Competition. Book a table for our Craft Beer and Shellfish night or enjoy traditional Irish music in the local pubs while enjoying complimentary oysters. More info: 00353 65 9058102 & www.loophead.ie
  • 1st - 4th May 2015
    Loop Head Walking, Biking & Heritage Festival
    Loop Head Peninsula
    Join us on the Loop Head Peninsula to walk the coastal paths of Loop Head, Kilcredaun and George’s Head. Enjoy stunning wild Atlantic Scenery with experienced guides in this, one of Europe’s EDEN destinations of Excellence (irelandseden.ie). More info: 00353 87 3367022 & www.loophead.ie
  • 1st - 4th May 2015
    Whitegate Bank Holiday Festival
    This year we will have an action packed weekend of events where some of the highlights will include Horse & Pony racing, a 10k road race, local Drama production and nightly entertainment in the pubs - something for everyone! More info: 00353 86 8257229 & burkedromaan@gmail.com
  • 1st - 3rd May 2015
    Burren Law School
    Ballyvaughan
    The Burren Law School is an annual conference that aims to recreate the tradition of legal learning that is associated with the Brehon Law School, allowing the past to illuminate the present in what is characteristically a very stimulating weekend. Mor info: 00353 65 7077200
  • 1st - 3rd May 2015
    Father Ted Festival
    Kilfenora
    A festival of all things Father Ted, there will be location tours, a visit to the Parochial House, Lovely Girls contest, Golden Cleric awards, and loads of craic and musical entertainment. More info: 00353 87 6277000 & 00353 65 7088846 & www.tedtours.com/festival
  • 1st- 2nd May 2015
    It’s the Real McCoy
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Set in rural Ireland in 1964 this production tells the story of Madge Molloy who has lived over forty years of her life wondering why her husband Tom – whom she was married to for just four months – disappeared without trace or reason. Packed with hilarious one-liners, a gormless postman, a nervous curate, a frustrated wife, a worried husband, a timid daughter and Ireland’s two nosiest neighbours, brace yourself for a night of unforgettable Irish comedy as It’s the Real McCoy makes a welcome return to glór. €20/€18 Conc.

April 2015:

  • 30th April – 18th May 2015
    Burren in Bloom Festival
    The annual arrival of the Burren’s world famous wildflowers is truly spectacular - the Burrenbeo Trust’s Burren in Bloom festival is a celebration of this, opening the magic of this landscape to all. Running from April 30th to May 18th in venues around the Burren, Burren in Bloom will feature a wide variety of events including walks, talks and cultural events, with a choice for all age groups. Organised by the Burrenbeo Trust, a charity for the region, the events are sure to enhance your appreciation of the unique and beautiful Burren landscape. ‘Every year the amazing Burren floral bloom arrives to delight locals and visitors to the region. The Burren in Bloom festival gives people a greater appreciation for and knowledge around this natural phenomenon. This year’s festival promises to be the best yet, with events for all the family’, says Brigid Barry, Burren in Bloom coordinator. With events during the month on topics ranging from dawn chorus to coastal blooms and wolves to grasses there is plenty to attract the outdoor enthusiasts. There is also a day long walk over the winterages and a family art event. The Burren in Bloom Festival is coordinated by the Burrenbeo Trust with support from Failte Ireland. To download the festival brochure visit www.burreninbloom.com and for more information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096.
  • 30th April - 4th May 2015
    The Festival of Finn
    Corofin
    From the opening recitations on Thursday till the sun sets Monday evening, there’s a large
    programme of events from which to choose. More info: 00353 87 6383988 & www.festivaloffinn.com
  • 30th April 2015
    Vardens Ennis Guitar School Show
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Vardens Ennis Guitar School are proud to present their annual end of year concert, showcasing our students of all ages playing guitar, piano/keyboards and singing. In styles such as pop, rock, blues, and many more, this is sure to be an entertaining evening that you won’t want to miss. €12.50/€10 Conc./€40 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)
  • 29th April 2015
    Apples of the Golan
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Irish Made Documentary. Q&A afterwards with Directors Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth.
    Apples of the Golan tells the epic story of Majdal Shams, one of five remaining Arab villages in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Irish film-makers Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth spent five years among the people of the village and have woven together, from the interlocking lives of the apple growers, rappers, salsa dancers, holy men, traitors, and freedom fighters that make up this unique community, a film that is a complex portrait of a place, a people, and the apple trees that root them to land. €8
  • 28th April 2015
    ‘The greatest famine? The Great Famine in perspective’, a talk by Terri Shoosmith, Ph.D.
    Aughty Famine Working Group Spring Lecture Series
    Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, 8 p.m.
  • 27th - 28th April 2015
    BreakThrough Dance Company presents Dance Fusion 2015
    Glór, Ennis, 7.30pm
    Sit back and enjoy a variety of contemporary, commercial and ballet dance as the students take to the stage. An evening for all the family to enjoy. €12/€10 Conc.
  • 26th April 2015
    Ballyvuaghan Fanore Walking Club are walking Burren National Park Perimeter Walk.
    Meet at Kilnaboy at 10.30
  • 26th April 2015
    Clare Garden Festival
    Ennis
    Visitors can expect an impressive programme of expert talks, children’s entertainment and plenty more garden-related attractions at the easily accessible Ennis showgrounds just off the M18 in Ennis town. More info: 00353 87 6117538 & www.claregardenfestival.com
  • 25th April 2015
    Corofin Dramatic Society presents The 39 Steps
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have an intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy. The show hurtles a notorious fugitive and a spellbound blonde from a London music hall to Scotland’s most remote highlands.
    A cast of 4 plays over 50 characters in this fast-paced tale of an ordinary man on an extraordinarily entertaining adventure. The 39 steps contains every single legendary scene from the award-winning movie. Be prepared to laugh out loud! €15/€12 Conc.
  • 24th- 30th April 2015
    ELEMENT’, An exhibition by FETAC -The Ennistymon Vocational School (FETAC Level 5 & 6)
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    The PLC FETAC Art End of Year Exhibition ‘ELEMENT” is to be held at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. The exhibition will be officially opened on Thursday April 23 at 7pm by Siobhan Mulcahy, Clare Arts Officer. The exhibition will continue for the week running until Thursday April 30. This event is held annually to celebrate the emerging artistic talent within the art course. The Post Leaving Cert courses in Ennistymon Vocational School comprise of a one year multi-disciplinary art programme leading to a FETAC Level 5 Award and a more advanced one year art programme culminating in a FETAC Level 6 Art Award. Students range from school leavers to mature applicants and come from many backgrounds and nationalities. The course is suitable for those who wish to explore their creativity or pursue an independent art career. Equally the course is designed for people who wish to pursue art at a third level institution and intend to create a portfolio of work. The exhibition will display a selection of work from the students in a variety of media including painting, sculpture and ceramics. All are welcome. For any queries please contact: Ennistymon Vocational School 065 7071375 or email artbeat1@eircom.net. The Courthouse Gallery is open from 12 - 4 pm each day. Also on Monday 27th April, during this exhibition. Closed on Sunday.
  • 24th - 27th April 2015
    Kilfenora Traditional Music Festival
    Kilfenora
    Kilfenora Traditional Music Festival will include concerts, set-dancing and the legendary Kilfenora pub sessions. Headlining are Frankie Gavin’s De Dannan in concert, the Kilfenora Céilí Band playing open-air, and céilís with The Star of Munster and Four Courts. More info: 00353 87 6896600 & www.kilfenoraclare.com
  • 24th April 2015
    Join Me in the Pines, with David Geraghty of BELL X1
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    It’s been an incredible first year for Join Me In The Pines who unleashed four beautiful videos for tracks from their debut album Inherit. JMITP’s front man is Bell X1’s David Geraghty who released his debut solo album Kill Your Darlings in 2007, to critical and fan acclaim. 2009 saw David return with his second solo offering The Victory Dance. Both of these albums were written and recorded between stints in the hectic Bell X1 touring schedule. €16
  • 23rd April 2015
    Weighing In, written by Ger Gallagher and directed by Caroline Fitzgerald, with Isobel Mahon & Rose Henderson
    Glór, Ennis at 8pm
    Easi-Slims new member Pam McGowan has it all. A fabulous home, two perfect kids and a successful husband. Pam is only attending meetings to maintain her svelte figure. Breda has been struggling with her weight and is thinking about abandoning the diet - until Pam takes her in hand and power walks her into a new way of life. Both women open up to one another as they pound the pavements every evening. However, when Pam's mask begins to slip, Breda is reminded that things aren't always what they appear to be. €16/€15 Conc.
  • 22nd April 2015
    Actors + Reactors Drama School Show
    Glór, Ennis, 7.30pm
    An evening of dramatic extracts, poetry, mime, drama and recitals presented by talented young people aged from 4 to 15 years, introduced and stage managed by senior Actors + Reactors students. Actors + Reactors will showcase a term’s work in aid of The Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic. €10
  • 19th April 2015
    Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club (incorporating the Michael Dunleavy Charity Walk) are walking Bones Bay to Donagore.
    Meet at The Pier, Doolin at 10.30; walk at 11.00.
    Donation to charity on the day. Contact Paddy Power 087 7401509
  • 19th April 2015
    Historical walk of the West Clare seaside resort of Kilkee, an Old Kilfraboy Society Guided Walk.
    The first outing of the Old Kilfarboy Society 2015 season of summer walks will be a historical walk of the West Clare seaside resort of Kilkee. Local guide, Laura Foley, will retell the history and folklore of the area as she guides the group through the town. The emergence of the resort began in the early nineteenth century when Kilkee became known as the “Brighton of the West.” Laura will trace the development of the resort from Victorian times to the present. The influence of the property owners McDonnells and Conynghams will be discussed and St Senan’s Well and sites of past and present churches will be visited. The walk will be approximately two hours duration. Meet outside the Stella Maris Hotel, Kilkee, on Sunday, 19 April at 2 pm. The cost is €5 per per adult. All are welcome.
  • 18th April - 1st May 2015
    MFA Exhibition
    Burren College of Art , Ballyvaughan
    The exhibition features work of the 2015 MFA graduates of the Burren College of Art. More info: 0353 65 7077200 & www.burrencollege.ie
  • 17th - 19th April 2015
    Kincora Traditional Weekend
    Killaloe/Ballina
    A weekend of live traditional Irish music sessions, concert performances, workshops and recitals. Traditional music river cruises, children’s sessions, Pipe Band parades and more. More info: 00353 86 0529278 & www.kincoratradweekend.com
  • 17th April 2015
    Spanish Food & Film Night: Volver & Flamenco in Glór
    Glór, Ennis, 7pm
    Volver directed by Pedro Almodóvar: Penelope Cruz plays one of two sisters whose lives are disturbed by the apparent reappearance of their late mother. Flamenco/Spanish guitar music by Javier Jimenez. Topped off with a delicious Spanish menu provided by Nolan & Lambe. Food served at 7pm, Film at 8pm (see menu on www.glor.ie). €20 (for film, food & music)
  • 17th April 2015
    We’ll Meet Again, by Crack'd Spoon Theatre
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Crack'd Spoon Theatre group present their show of songs and memories from World War 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 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
  • 16th April 2015
    Ballet Ireland presents Tutus and Beyond
    Glór, Ennis, 7.30pm
    Ballet Ireland’s Tutus & Beyond journeys from traditional classical ballet to the striking contemporary work being produced today. Pas de Quatre, the romantic classic caused a sensation when it was created for the four greatest ballerinas of the time in 1845. Next up, Sing Sing Sing inspired by Bob Fosse, a legendary choreographer of Broadway & Hollywood throughout the 60s & 70s. The second half of the programme features the premiere of a powerful and magical new ballet, Lost, by Ludovic Ondievla. One of best productions the company has done’ Irish Mail on Sunday. €20/€18 Conc./€12.50 Child (16 or under)/€50 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)
  • 11th April 2015
    David O’Doherty Has Checked Everything
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    The forgotten Sugababe, the bad boy of Zumba, David O’Doherty presents a new hour of talking and songs. Take a ride into the Davidzone.
    One man. One small keyboard. With batteries. And a chair. And a mic. And cables. And a sound system. And then a room, obviously. With more chairs. And a lighting rig. It’s surprising how much stuff is involved actually. €18/€16 Conc.
  • 10th - 12th April 2015
    Consairtín - the National Concertina Convention
    Ennis
    Consairtín 2015 is a celebration of the concertina in traditional Irish music. Events include classes for all grades, instrument maintenance workshops, specialist master classes, recitals, concerts, lectures, seminars and sessions. More info: 00353 86 2612127 & www.consairtin.ie
  • 9th April 2015
    Dancer Nic Gareiss and harpist Maeve Gilchrist
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Michigan-born percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and Edinburgh harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while teaching at the Shasta Fiddle Summit in Northern California. They continued their musical relationship with spontaneous
    collaborations at festivals and chance meetings and later toured together as part of Darol Anger's band, 'The Furies', finally making their duo debut at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and culture while drawing on contemporary elements of music, movement, rhythm and improvisation, Nic and Maeve have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in their fields. The percussion and drive of Nic's footwork combined with Maeve's melodic and improvisational sensibilities make for an explosive duet sure to delight both the ears and the eyes. Tickets €8 adult, €5 concession and family ticket €25 (2 adults/2 children). Tickets available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769 or through Glór on 065 6843103 or online at www.glor.ie. Show starts at 8 pm
  • 7th – 11th April 2015
    Kilrush Choral Society presents South Pacific
    Kilrush Community School at 8pm Sharp
    Tickets go on Sale at Lillis old Travel Agency, Frances Street, Kilrush, from Monday 30th March to April 10th from 1pm to 5pm , [Closed on Easter Monday] or Contact Box Office, Margaret Rush at 0862045461.
  • 6th April 2015
    Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club are walking Ballyvaughan - Rathbourney - Carn Burrenwee.
    Meet at The Pier Ballyvaughan at 10.30 walk at 11.00.
    Contact Mary O'Brien 087 2691147.
  • 5th April 2015
    ‘Winter Leaves, Spring Shows’ a Burrenbeo Trust Talk with With Sharon Parr
    2pm at Creevagh/Cloncoose Green Road, Kilnaboy (51R 273 955).
    After a winters grazing by the out wintered cattle, the high Burren is starting to show signs of spring life. Join Sharon Parr for an investigation of the effects of the winter grazing and some of the floral delights to look forward to over the coming seasons. 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 County Clare and regularly contributes bumblebee, butterfly and mammal records to the National Biodiversity Data Centre. There will be refreshments available for purchase after the walk. Suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy waterproof footwear recommended. The walk is open to everyone - please don’t bring dogs as there will be livestock on the walk. The walk is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 4th April 2015
    Rath/Dysert Pilgrim Path Walk on National Pilgrim Paths Day.
    Meet in Corofin at 1.30pm
    Details see www.pilgrimpath.ie.To register for the walk contact Pius Murray 0879828173 or pius@coisceimanama.com.
  • 4th April 2015
    Kilkee Easter Egg Hunt
    Kilkee
    The Kilkee Easter Egg Hunt on the beach EGGStravaganza we will have lots of games,
    singing, jumping, digging and fun map reading (tricky clues so parents are encouraged to take part!). More info: 00353 86 3308236 & www.nevsailwatersports.com
  • 3rd - 30th April 2015
    A Journey with Metal: Contemporary Work by Jane Murtagh
    Glór, Ennis, 10am – 5pm gallery
    Jane lives and works from a farm on the North bank of the Shannon Estuary. She has been developing a visual language combining contemporary practices and sensibilities with ancient techniques in metalworking - casting, repoussé, etching, patination and gilding. Man-made and natural features in the surrounding landscape have informed much of her recent work. She has a particular interest in the interpretation of this landscape by 17th and 18th century cartographers. Another area of study has been the work of a number of Irish explorer botanists of the 19th century and in particular Augustine Henry. Plants identified and brought back to Ireland by this plantsman have evoked images that she translates into metal. http://www.glor.ie/events#e797
  • 1st - 25th April 2015
    Clare Seascapes
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    An exhibition of paintings of Clare seascapes by West Clare artist Cathal Butler at the County Museum.

March 2015:

  • 29th March 2015
    Sharp Shooters Airsoft Indoor League
    The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna
    Registration 2pm. 3 Categories : Sniper Rifle / Hand Pistol / Sling Shot
    Open to Men & Women over the age of 16 . BB Guns with no live ammunition, all equipment supplied. Further Information, contact: (085) 1637619. Fundraiser for Lisdoonvarna/District Game & Conservation Club.
  • 28th March 2015
    Postscript, Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    POSTSCRIPT, tells the story of actor and playwright Noelle Brown was born into a mother and baby’s home in Cork in the 1960’s and adopted at 8 weeks old. The story begins 35 years later when Noelle embarks on a journey to uncover her true identity and how the system both church and state made every step so difficult. Told through the eyes of a private investigator it is in a poignant and humorous account of an adopted person’s search for identity through a series of letters. Told through a series of letters with Noelle Brown and Brid Ni Neachtain, who played Rose in the original production of Dancing at Lughnasa (which won a Tony away on Broadway) this is a show which has captured the hearts of audiences all over Ireland and the show is very adaptable. The subject is very topical and the only theatre piece to deal with the issue of adoption in Ireland, its both funny and sad and does not set out to apportion blame, Noelle had a happy childhood but would have liked to meet her birth mother. Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets €15/€3 available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769. You can also book through Glór on 065 6843103 or online at www.glor.ie
  • 28th March 2015
    Guitarchestra
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Back by popular demand with new themes to be presented on the night, this fantastic bunch of young musicians will be bringing you the most memorable themes from TV, movies and video games. Featuring music from Game Of Thrones; Back to the Future; Star Wars; Indiana Jones; Batman and more. It promises to be a fun night! Guitarchestra is a Youth based guitar orchestra that take popular themes from a variety of sources and combine them with a variety of musical influences. €12.50/€10 Conc./€40 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)
  • 28th March 2015
    Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge
    Lahinch
    Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge is an 80km leisure cycle with the former World Champion and Tour de France winner, Stephen Roche. Starting on the beach promenade in Lahinch, the cycle takes in the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Corkscrew Hill. More info: 00353 87 7854848 & www.stephenrocheac.com
  • 27th - 29th March 2015
    Doolin Writer’s Weekend
    Doolin
    The Doolin Writer’s weekend features an eclectic mix of music, food, poetry, theatre and literature. This spring we look forward to welcoming back some of Ireland’s best writers to Hotel Doolin. More info: 00353 65 7074111 & www.doolinwritersweekend.com
  • 26th March 2015
    The Stranger, directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Neal MacGregor, an English artist, died alone, prematurely, aged forty-four, in a stone hen-house that he couldn’t stand up in, where he lived without water, electricity or heating on a remote island. The Irish-speaking islanders on the rapidly depopulating island knew little of Neal during the eight years he lived there. Neal left behind volumes of beautifully illustrated notebooks and secret diaries, and this beautiful enigmatic film pulls together the jigsaw of missing pieces and sensitively paints a portrait of a man living on the edge, physically and mentally, and the insular island community he lived amongst. €8
  • 25th March 2015
    Traditional Horse Fair
    Kilrush
    Kilrush Traditional Horse Fair takes place on Francis Street, Kilrush. More info: 00353 65 9051047 & www.clarecoco.ie
  • 24th - 25th March 2015
    Little Gem, Written & Directed by Elaine Murphy
    Glór, Ennis at8pm
    Three generations of women tell us their story of one extraordinary year. Party girl Amber has brutal indigestion that the Sambuca’s won’t shift. Lorraine loses it at work and is shipped off to see the ‘head doctor’. While Granny Kay ‘toys with the idea of Kermit’ scratching an itch that Gem no longer can. Little Gem has swept the boards since its sell out run in the Dublin Fringe Festival, and this heart-warming tale of courage, comedy and romance returns to glór due to popular demand. Starring Anita Reeves and Hilda Fay with Kay Gilmore. €20/€18 Conc.
  • 24th March 2015
    “Better to die by the sword than to die of starvation”: protest and resistance during the Great Famine” - a talk by John Cunningham, National University of Ireland, Galway.
    Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, 8.00 p.m.
    An Aughty Famine Working Group public lecture
  • 23rd March 2015
    The Role of the Workhouses during the Great Famine
    The Courthouse, Ennistymon
    The final lecture in the North Clare Historical Society’s current lecture series will take place on Monday 23rd March, with William J. Smyth’s talk entitled The Role of the Workhouses during the Great Famine. The talk will take place at The Courthouse, Ennistymon at 8pm with admission at €5. Professor Smyth will begin by exploring the ideological origins of the Poor Law system in England. Following the dismissal of the findings of the 3-year based recommendations of the Irish Poor Law Commission, the consequences of the imposition of the English Poor Law model on a very different Irish society will be explored. The internal structures and functioning of the workhouse system will be examined both before and after the summer of 1847, when the Poor Law unions and workhouses were expected to carry the full burden of the Famine catastrophe. The main focus will be on the living conditions of the inmates in North Tipperary and Clare unions – from his home-town Roscrea workhouse to our own Ennistymon.
  • 21 March – 16th April 2015
    Life consuming Time, etchings by Corinna Schroeder-vFrihling
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    The Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon will host an exhibition of 26 etchings by Doolin artist Corinna Schroeder-vFrihling entitled ‘Life consuming Time’. In this exhibition Corinna offers her views of the mutually consuming relationship between life and time from a variety of perspectives. The prints are made on copper or zinc plates using the techniques of dry-point, aquatint, verni mou, soap-ground and several different engraving tools and acid. No photographic or digital processes were involved. Each piece is unique and is hand printed in her Doolin studio.
  • 21 March – 16th April 2015
    ‘Between Here and You’ - recent work by Els Borghart and Alison Cronin
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Between Here and You a joint exhibition by visual artists Els Borghart and Alison Cronin features a selection of works that focus on the fluctuating nature of reality and memory unveiling fleeting glimpses of an in-between space.
  • 21st March 2015
    Mick Flannery & Band at Glór
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Mick Flannery’s songs usher us into a world which is by times emotional, romantic, dark, insightful and hopeful. On foot of his latest album By The Rule, the Cork singer songwriter makes a much anticipated return to glór. His new album By the Rule is the work of a confident, assured songwriter, someone who knows how to turn a list of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs into graceful, minor-key pen-pictures and poetry which will resonate with the listener. €22.50/€20 Conc.
  • 20th March 2015
    The Nualas: Lock Up Your Husbands
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    In their most dangerous show ever, The Nualas break the mould they made previously with a deluge of new songs, higher harmonies, different keys and slightly shorter dresses, if that’s possible! And there’s more – expect new Nuala revelations, harder laughs, slicker riffs, and even tighter foundation wear, if that’s possible! €18/€16 Conc.
  • 18th March 2015
    Castles of County Clare with Dick Cronin and Martin Breen
    Teach Ceoil, Corofin at 8.30pm
    Dick is the Architectural Conservation Officer and Archaeologist with Clare County Council. He is responsible for the built heritage of the county including historic buildings, vernacular houses, protected structures and architectural conservation areas in towns and villages. Having studied in UCD and UCG, he has worked in the conservation and restoration of historic buildings since the 1980s. In 1986 he restored Dysert O'Dea Castle, Corofin, which has been open to the public since as The Clare Archaeology Centre and Trail. He has published widely on the local history, archaeology, built environment and placenames of County Clare and gives regular lectures to interested groups and third level colleges. Dick is presently (2015) The Chairman of The Association of Architectural Conservation Officers, of Ireland. Martin has been studying and recording the castles of his native Co. Clare for over 30 years, and along with Dick, they have visited and photographed every castle and castle site known in Clare. To date, 227 examples have been recorded and researched. The floor plans of the remaining structures and their architectural features have also been completed. Anybody familiar with The Other Clare will be aware of the work, which has appeared in that Journal for the past 30 years or more. Both Martin and Dick have just completed a contract with the Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, formerly the O.P.W., detailing the Castles and Towerhouses of Co. Clare. 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.
  • 17 March 2015
    St Patrick’s Festival at Glór
    Face Painting with Ana Colomer, 12.30 - 2.30pm, €1.50;
    The Fiddle Case with Eoin O Neill, Quentin Cooper, Jon O’Connell & Adam Shapiro, 1 – 3pm, Free of charge.
  • 16th - 17th March 2015
    St. Patrick’s Festival, Killaloe/Ballina
    National & International visitors will join with the people of Killaloe / Ballina in celebrating one of Ireland’s greatest historical town lands, on this internationally recognised day of the Irish! More info: 00353 86 3586293 & www.feilebrianboru.com
  • 16th March 2015
    Céilí Night with The Tulla Céilí Band
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Kicking off a great festival of family events at glór is the world famous Tulla Céilí Band. The band was formed in 1946 by Paddy Canny and PJ Hayes, their passion for traditional Irish music and their talent set the tone for the band. The Tulla Céilí Band has toured all over the world and even played in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Join us for a great night of music and dancing! €10
  • 13th March 2015
    Kieran Goss at Glór
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Long hailed as one of Ireland's leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss’s music has won him fans across the globe. But if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend – live on stage is where Kieran Goss really shines. €25/€22 Conc
  • 12th March 2015
    Ireland’s Weather: A Journey Through Time with Evelyn Cusack
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Evelyn will take us on a whistle stop tour through the varying climates of early Earth to the beginnings of civilization and the Weather Gods on to the Age of Enlightenment and our own Robert Boyle and then to the present high-spec numerical forecast models which can predict weather about a week ahead. This is a great opportunity to get to grip with Ireland’s national preoccupation with our ever changing weather! €12
  • 10 March 2015
    “The oldest Colonel of all”: Charles Synge (1789-1854) of Mount Callan, an Old Kilfarboy Society talk
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay
    The Old Kilfarboy Society is delighted to announce details of the final in the series of talks for 2014-15, ‘ “The oldest Colonel of all”: Charles Synge (1789-1854) of Mount Callan’, presented by Jane Tottenham. The talk explores the history of Charles Synge, the first of the Synge/Tottenham family to live at Mount Callan, based there from 1842 until his death in 1854. This talk will discuss his family background, military career and what is known about his establishing a home at Mount Callan and life subsequently. Jane Tottenham, originally from Dublin, has lived in County Clare for many years. This information is taken from ongoing wider research into the Synge family history of the nineteenth century. Based on family papers and archive sources, Jane is currently preparing this research for publication. The talk takes place at 8pm, on Tuesday, 10 March at the Malbay, Miltown Malbay and all are welcome. Entry €5 (members free).
  • 9th March - 4th April 2015
    Scenes from West Clare, a joint exhibition of paintings by mother and daughter, Geraldine and Elaine Cowley.
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Gallery, Kilkee, County Clare
    'Scenes from West Clare' is an exhibition of paintings in both Acrylic and Oil directly influenced by the picturesque land and seascapes evident in West Clare. Geraldine and Elaine's exhibition will be open to the public during Cultúrlann Sweeney Library opening hours. For more information about this event, please contact Cultúrlann Sweeney Library at (065)6899091 or contact either artist directly at Geraldine Cowley Elaine Cowley
    ph: 086 2070093; ph:086 8270443. E-mail: geraldineofhayestown@gmail.com. E-mail: elaine.cowley2@mail.dcu.ie
  • 7th - 16th March 2015
    54th West Clare Drama Festival
    Doonbeg
    Three-act plays by Irish and international writers are performed by amateur groups from all around the country, as well as local groups, who are seeking nomination to the Open and Confined All-Ireland Finals. 00353 87 8075662 & www.westclaredramafestivaldoonbeg.com
  • 6th - 8th March 2015
    Ennis Book Club Festival
    Many wonderful and talented authors, speakers and performers will participate in this year’s Ennis Book Club Festival. There’s fiction, poetry, social comment, literature, drama and chat! 00353 87 2391037 & www.ennisbookclubfestival.com
  • 5th - 28th March 2015
    126 Group Show
    Ballyvaughan
    Group exhibition of members of the 126 Gallery in Galway. More info: 00353 65 7077200 &
    www.burrencollege.ie
  • 5th March 2015
    Pádraig Rynne's NOTIFY & Pauline Scanlon With Special Guest John Spillane
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    This specially commissioned touring project is the result of a six month writing collaboration that will be showcased in a highly anticipated concert series. Recipients of Traditional Arts Touring Awards, Pádraig Rynne's NOTIFY and Pauline Scanlon have been funded for their ambition to contribute to the development of new, young and urban audiences for traditional Irish music. €18
  • 3rd - 28th March 2015
    Art Exhibition by Patricia Reynolds
    County Museum, Ennis
    Patricia is an Irish-born artist who grew up in Dublin, but has travelled extensively, living in London, UK, and North Carolina, USA. Her love of ethnic art of the Celtic tradition and Australian Aborigines has influenced her own artwork, which blends influences from both to create her personal abstract vision. The rich beauty and love she finds in life in the Irish countryside, spills over into the vibrancy and expression of her work. Contact pseandrews@yahoo.co.uk
  • 1st March 2015
    Guided Walk - Ancient Raheen Oakwoods of Tuamgraney
    Tuamgraney
    Andrew St Ledger will take people on a journey through the ancient Raheen Oakwood, an extremely rare remnant of the ancient wildwood authentic landscape of Ireland. Meet at Tuamgraney Heritage Centre. All welcome, dogs must be on leads. 00353 87 9933157 & www.celtnet.org
  • 1st March 2015
    ‘In-laws & Outlaws in the High Burren’ - a Burrenbeo Trust walk with Robert Cassidy
    Cassidy’s Bar and Restaurant, Carron at 2pm.
    Robert Cassidy’s family have been farming in the Burren since the 1790s. This walk will take us over the Carron hills to listen to stories of the people and the history of the area. Robert and his wife own and run Cassidy’s pub and restaurant in Carron, housed an old R.I.C station and he has many stories of the past both recent and distant. There will be refreshments available in Cassidy’s after the walk. Suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy waterproof footwear recommended. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.

February 2015:

  • 28th February 2015
    Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Crowe’s Mayor’s Charity Banquet in aid of Carrigoran Day Care Centre & Clare Cancer Support Services
    Treacys West County Hotel, Ennis County Clare at 7:30 p.m.
    Tickets: €70. Dress Code: Semi Formal. Music by Atomic Chicken
  • 26th February - 2nd March 2015
    Russell Memorial Weekend Festival
    The annual traditional festival held in Doolin falling on the last full weekend in February is a remembrance ceremony to the Russell family, Micho Packie and Gussie Russell, the world-famous traditional musicians. The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, one of Ireland's best known and loved traditional musicians, who died in 1994. In 2006 the festival was renamed the Russell Memorial Weekend in memory of the three Russell brothers, Micho, Gussie, and Packie and their two sisters, Bridie and Mary Kate.
    For more info see http://www.michorussellweekend.ie/
  • 26th February 2015
    'Wild Flowers: History, Uses, Science & Ecology' – a talk by Vivienne Campbell
    X-PO, Kilnaboy, 8.30 pm
    X-PO in Kilnaboy will host a talk by well know herbalist Vivienne Campbell on Thursday the 26th of February at 8.30 pm. The talk is entitled 'Wild Flowers: History, Uses, Science & Ecology' and coincides with the start of the flower season. Originally from Scotland, Vivienne Campbell is based in Kilnaboy. She has a first class honours degree in Herbal Medicine. She is passionate about showing people simple remedies that can be made at home from common plants. Vivienne teaches herbal medicine classes and leads wild herb & food foraging walks across Ireland. Her enthusiasm for herbalism is contagious and people regularly return to her walks, courses and talks. Vivienne’s work has featured in national newspapers, radio and in the Irish craft book ‘Hands On’ by Sylvia Thompson. Vivienne co-presented the hit RTE1 television series Corrigan Cooks Naturally along with celebrity chef Richard Corrigan and organic gardener Kitty Scully. She also appeared in Garrai Glás on TG4. Both series featured foraging and natural remedy-making. You can read all about Vivienne's herbal work on her website http://theherbalhub.com/. The X-PO is located in the former post office in Kilnaboy. It is a community hub for social and cultural activities. All are welcome to the talk. More information 087 292 54 87.
  • 24th February 2015
    “Food exports: how much food was exported during the Great Famine whilst Ireland starved?”
    an Aughty Famine Working Group public lecture by Niall Ó Cíosáin, National University of Ireland, Galway.
    Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort 8.00 p.m.
  • 23rd February 2015
    “Construction materials and techniques in the traditional buildings of North Clare” by Fidelma Mullane, a North Clare Historical Society lecture
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Dr Fidelma Mullane is a graduate of NUI Galway where she completed a Masters Degree in Geography on the topic of vernacular architecture. She trained as a Planner at the University of Paris, where she was also awarded a doctorate for her research on Irish traditional building practices. With over twenty years experience in the heritage sector, both as an expert adviser and vernacular architecture specialist, she currently works on heritage research and conservation projects, as well as publishing and lecturing widely on the topic. She is currently a member of the Board of the Heritage Council of Ireland. Fidelma Mullane specializes in the study and conservation of vernacular buildings. In the 1980s, Fidelma did a study of the traditional building practices in North and West Clare. Her talk will concentrate on this study, and she will also consider the state of local buildings and their importance in North Clare today. Time: 8pm Admission: €5 All are welcome
  • 22nd February 2015
    Sharp Shooters Airsoft Indoor League
    The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna
    Registration 2pm. 3 Categories : Sniper Rifle / Hand Pistol / Sling Shot
    Open to Men & Women over the age of 16 . BB Guns with no live ammunition, all equipment supplied. Further Information, contact: (085) 1637619. Fundraiser for Lisdoonvarna/District Game & Conservation Club.
  • 20th February 2015
    Hats Off To Clare, Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    This one man show performed by Gerard Howard and written and directed by Paul Brennan is based on a hilarious and surreal romp through time with some of Clare’s most famous characters – real and fictional – and how they might have interacted had they ever met. Pile them all into the West Clare Railway and see where they end up! What will Mr de Valera make of Percy French? And how will the famous clown Johnny Patterson and submarine
    inventor John Phillip Holland get on? Show starts at 8.30 pm. Tickets €12/€10 available from Kilkee Box Office on
    065 9060769. You can also book through Glór on 065 6843103 or online at www.glor.ie
  • 19th February 2015
    Hanging with the Elephant, an evening with Michael Harding, Glór, Ennis
    Following his hugely popular nationwide tour of venues in Ireland in the autumn of 2013, Michael Harding, author, playwright and Irish Times columnist, is on his travels again in his unique one man show, talking with great honesty and wit about life, love and growing old. Coinciding with the publication of his latest book Hanging with the Elephant, he will once again enthral audiences with a night of storytelling, musings and readings from his very best work. Hilarious yet poignant, homespun yet profound, down-to-earth yet prone to amazing flights of fancy, there's nothing quite like an evening with Michael Harding. 8pm. Tickets €16 at 065 6843 103 or www.glor.ie
  • 18th February 2015
    The Burren’s Underworld – Caves and other things that go bump in the dark! A Burrenbeo Trust February Talk with Colin Bunce
    8.30pm at Teach Ceoil, Corofin
    Colin works as a senior instructor at the Burren Outdoor Education Centre with key involvement in providing field study programmes for secondary schools. His background is in geology and he is an avid caver. He has run numerous geology courses and teachs at the Caherconnell Summer School. He has lived and worked in the Burren for many years so knows its cave systems very well. This talk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a suggested €5 donation from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 13th February - 12th March 2015
    Imirt Le Do Thoil! (Play Please!): A multi-disciplinary exhibition by Amanda Jane Graham, Myra Jago and Nicole Tilley.
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Imirt Le Do Thoil (Play Please) is a group exhibition by artists Amanda Jane Graham, Myra Jago and Nicole Tilley, exploring through print, drawing, painting and sculpture recent dramatic shifts within contemporary society and the resultant extreme impact upon childhood experience.
  • 13th - 15th February 2015
    3rd annual Concertina Cruinniú
    Miltown Malbay
    A weekend of Concertina Classes, Recitals, Concerts, Lectures and Concertina Repair
    Workshops. There are classes for all levels, and new this year, an Adult only Beginner class, and a Master Class with Noel Hill. Free Concertina Trail in the pubs in Miltown Malbay.
    00353 65 7085785 & www.oac.ie
  • 13th February - 12th March 2015
    ‘Compostela - Field of Stars’: Mixed media works by Marianne Slevin
    Red Couch Space, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    The work features improvisations and explorations of chance in ink and oil paint on various surfaces. They are mainly 2 dimensional drawings, but some found and everyday objects are turned into art objects with her use of ink. The drawings are experimental and made using a combination of chance, intuition and feeling.
  • 12th February 2015
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Glór, Ennis
    Presented by The New Theatre Dublin in association with Richard Ryan Promotions. Following its national and Parisian tour, this classic tale of Stephen Dedalus follows the young man during his formative years as he breaks away from the Irish Catholic conventions of his past to become an artist who will "encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race." 8pm, €20/€16 conc. Directed by Jimmy Fay. Produced by Anthony Fox. Adapted by Tony Chesterman.
  • 10th February 2015
    ‘A natural and cultural history of wolves in Ireland’ – an Old Kifarboy Society talk
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay
    The Old Kilfarboy Society is delighted to announce details of its next talk, 'A natural and cultural history of wolves in Ireland', which will be given by Dr Kieran Hickey, Senior Lecturer in Geography at University College Cork. The talk will take place on Tuesday, 10th February at 8pm at the Malbay, Miltown Malbay. Published widely, Dr Hickey will be familiar to many through his wide research and expertise on storms, natural disasters and climate change in particular. He has also undertaken more specialised research on changing patterns of Atlantic storminess, hurricanes and the climate/coastal interface. Among his many publications is his volume on wolves in Ireland (2011). We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a fascinating presentation. Non-members, €5.
  • 7th February 2015
    Paddy Casey, Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    After a five year hiatus, Paddy Casey returned last year with his fourth album The Secret Life Of. It was recorded, produced and mixed at home in Paddy’s kitchen by Paddy and Pat Donne. Paddy finished touring his third
    album Addicted To Company in mid 2009 and decided then that it was time to make an album on his own, without a label. He wanted to let the songs come naturally, but found that, almost immediately, they came along in droves. So he began recording them all over the next few years, and in the last 6 months he chose the 11 tracks that make up the new album The Secret Life Of. Paddy will be here in Kilkee singing songs from his new album on the night. Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets €20 available from the Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769. You can also book through Glór on 065 6843103 or online at www.glor.ie
  • 6th February - 28th March 2015
    Glór and Ennis Book Club Festival present To be or Naught to be is Written in Sand
    Glór, Ennis, 10am-5pm
    An exhibition of work by Carmel Doherty, Richard Sharp, Brian McMahon, Will Gillchrist and Mick O'Dea. The idea behind the exhibition is that a selection of poems were given to the artists and the artists picked a poem which they liked and used it as the catalyst in the creation of their painting. At the exhibition the poem which inspired the artist will be displayed next to the art work. The title for the exhibition To be or Naught To Be is Written in Sand is an excerpt from a Patrick Stack poem called ROTA. All of these poets and artists live in Co. Clare.
  • 6th February 2015
    Ensemble Eiru at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Ensemble Eiru are an exciting group of young musicians from a wide range of performance backgrounds. They were formed in 2011 by Jack Talty and Neil O’Loghlen with a view to developing new conceptualisations of arrangement and ensemble playing in Irish traditional music. Focussing specially on the traditional musicians and repertoire associated with west and north Clare, the group perform contemporary interpretations of Irish traditional music by drawing on an eclectic range of artistic influences. Featuring Jack Talty (Clare Memory Orchestra) on concertina, Neil O’Loghlen ( Louis Stewart Quartet, Clare Memory Orchestra) on double bass and flute, Matthew Berrill (Clare Memory Orchestra) on clarinet, Jeremy Spencer on fiddle, Maeve O’Hara (CNAG) on marimba. Paddy Groenland (Leafzang) on guitar, and Matthew Jacobson (ReDiviDeR) on drums, Ensemble Eiru bring together some of Ireland’s most exciting and experienced young musicians. Admission €10 – Tickets at door. 8pm.
  • 3rd February 2015
    'Between Clare and Ayr', a talk on the life and times of Ennis poet Thomas Dermody by Dr. Michael Griffin
    The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
    A joint initiative by the Clare Archaeological Society and the Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society
  • 2nd - 27th February 2015
    'Interpreting Life Through Art' an Exhibition of Paintings by Fiona Faulkes
    Scarriff Gallery, Scarriff Public Library
    Fiona Faulkes studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford University and graduated with Honours in 1996. Originally from the New Forest in England, she now resides in Ennis, County Clare. As an International Artist, images of her paintings have had views from over 60 countries on the World Wide Web. For more information contact Fiona at: fionafaulkes@gmail.com
  • 1st February 2015
    ‘Taking a Turn over Turlough Hill’ with John Connolly, a Burrenbeo Trust February Walk
    2pm at Burren Walking Centre, Oughtmama
    John Connolly is a farmer, walk leader and Burren local. John’s walk will take in an introduction to his farm, some Burren archaeology, mythology, folklore & folk traditions, Poteen distilling and much more. John was awarded a B.A. degree in Irish Heritage in 2003, and his walks have featured on BBC and TG4. An added treat on this walk is the possibility to purchase some Hazel Mountain Chocolate, Tea and Cakes in the Burren Wild Café before or after the walk. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.

January 2015:

  • 27th - 30th January 2015
    St Bridget’s Day Stories and Cross making for schools
    Clare Museum, first floor gallery
    Local storyteller Ruth Marshall will hold Free workshops for primary schools of stories, songs, poems and cross-making to mark St Bridget’s Day and the traditional beginning of spring. Workshops will be held twice a day from 27th – 30th January and will start at 10 am and 11.30 am respectively. Each will last about an hour and 15 minutes. Booking is essential: contact John at 065-6823382 or email claremuseum@clarecoco.ie
  • 26th January 2015
    Forgotten Placenames and Landmarks, a North Clare Historical Society talk
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, 8pm
    The North Clare Historical Society commences its 2015 lecture series on Monday 26th January with a talk by Colm Hayes entitled Forgotten Placenames and Landmarks of Ennistymon. In this illustrated talk the placename changes and the landmarks which have disappeared over the past 250 years will be outlined. Colm Hayes is a native of Ennistymon and comes from an old Ennistymon family. He has operated a printing and stationery business in the town for over 40 years. He has had a lifetime interest in local history and was a founder member of the Old Ennistymon Society in the 1990s. He has edited a number of local publications including the popular Ennistymon Parish Magazine from the 1980s to 2002. Admission: €5
  • 21st January 2015
    “Burren bats, their habits and habitats” a Burrenbeo Trust talk with Dr Kate McAney
    Teach Ceoil, Corofin, County Clare, 8.30pm
    Kate McAney works for The Vincent Wildlife Trust in Ireland and has done so since 1991. Before joining the Trust she graduated from NUIG in 1987 with a PhD, the subject of which was the summer activity of the lesser horseshoe bat in County Clare. She currently manages 13 lesser horseshoe bat reserves located along the west coast, from Mayo in the north to Kerry in the south and edited a recent publication on the species produced by the Irish Naturalists’ Journal. An increasing feature of her work is producing educational information and supporting research on other mammals, including the Irish stoat, pine marten and pygmy shrew. This talk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a suggested €5 donation from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 16th January - 5th February 2015
    ‘VARIANT’, an exhibition of recent work by John Hanrahan
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Official opening Friday 16th January at 8 pm
    John was a founding member of the Ennis Arts Initiative, a former member of the Tulla Stables Studios and is currently a member of the Ground Up Artists Collective. He has studied and exhibited in Ireland and Australia and his work features in private and public collections.
  • 16th January - 5th February 2015
    ‘The Wonders of Clare’, an exhibition of paintings by Michel Riand
    Red Couch Space, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Official opening Friday 16th January at 8 pm.
    MICHEL RIAND is a self-taught native French artist. Since 2005 he has taken up residence in Ennistymon. While he painted regularly in France, moving to Ireland influenced him to create a range of paintings inspired by the beauty of North Clare sceneries, its people and its wildlife. He thrives in colourful environments which is reflected in his candid representations of simple moments of daily life in the West of Ireland.
  • 15th - 31st January 2015
    Art Project of recent works by Chris Brigdale.
    County Museum, Ennis
    Chris Brigdale a native of Ennis Co Clare has teamed up with Peter Fluck of (Spitting Image Fame) to poke fun at Fat Cat Bankers and Irish politicians. They hope to sell these prints by Caricature Artist Charlie Everett aka (Demonpen) to help raise funds to make a Simpsons type animation of these bankers. Further details on the project can be found at www.jokerinthepack.guru or by contacting Chris directly at 083-1972692
  • 14th January - 7th February 2015
    Sirens - A collection of Artists Photographs by Pip Sides
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Museum, Kilkee
    This is a collection of artistic photography from Clare Artist Pip Sides. According to Pip “Siren was the name given to some sea nymphs who lived on an Island. Contact details: Pip Sides. E-mail: info@pipsgallery.com Tel.00353 873624277
  • 13th January 2014
    'The Excavations at Fanore More', an Old Kilfarboy Society talk by Michael Lynch.
    The Old Kilfarboy Society is delighted to present a talk on the excavations at Fanore More (Later Mesolithic/ hunter gatherer sites) at 8pm on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 at the Malbay, Miltown Malbay. Presented by Michael Lynch, an archaeologist living in Killinaboy, County Clare, with a particular interest in the prehistoric archaeology of the Burren. He is also the Field Monument Adviser for County Clare. The talk will give an up to date account of the excavations (2009-2014) of two prehistoric shell middens at Fanore More, County Clare. These are the earliest known habitation sites in County Clare and date to the Mesolithic period over 6,000 years ago.
  • 4th January 2015
    ‘Blow off the cobwebs on Mullaghmore’ with Burrenbeo Trust & Friends
    1.30pm at Mullaghmore base on Crag Road
    Join the Burrenbeo Trust and friends, including various Burren experts, for a chance to burn off some of those Christmas excesses. The first monthly walk of 2015 will be climbing the iconic Mullaghmore. The walk begins at the earlier start time of 1.30 pm from the base of the Mullaghmore more on the Crag Road. Please wear strong walking shoes, warm waterproof clothes and bring water / snacks - this will be a strenuous walk - No dogs allowed. There will also be an option suitable for children to enjoy. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email 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 2014, Events Calendar 2013, Events Calendar 2012, Events Calendar 2011, Events Calendar 2010, Events Calendar 2009, Events Calendar 2008, Events Calendar 2007, Events Calendar 2006, Events Calendar 2005, Events Calendar 2004, Events Calendar 2003, Events Calendar 2002 and Events Calendar 2001

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