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County Clare Events Calendar 2017

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May

  • Wednesday, 31st May, 2017
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017 - Summer Series
    The Sanctuary, Queens Hotel, Ennis from 1 to 2 pm
    Music performed by Conor Keane, Joan Hanrahan, Louise Harahan and Katie Theasby.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091 or Mike Butler 087 6258726 or www.richesofclare.com.
  • 28th May 2017
    Bookworms
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    The Torch Players present their play ‘Bookworms’ by Bernard Farrell. Bookworms is a hilarious comedy centred around an all-female book club and their decision to allow men join them for the first time, with husbands invited in. Their daily lives spill ove
    r into the book discussions, where suspicions are roused and tempers are frayed. Larry, an out-of-work builder, and Robert, a banker, are struggling in different ways. Ann is showing off her home and trying to be the perfect hostess, while Jennifer isn’t used to her position as top-dog being challenged. And poor Dorothy has had a tough time of it recently, and wants to share her literary opinions with the group. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that books are the last things on anybody’s mind during this explosive evening. Tickets €12, Seniors and Students €10. Play starts at 8pm. For bookings ring 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 26th to 28th May 2017
    Killaloe Chamber Music Festival
    Various locations around Killaloe, Co. Clare and Ballina, Co. Tipperary.
    A celebration of Chamber Music in an intimate and historic setting amid the wonderful community and heritage twin towns of Killaloe-Ballina.
    See https://www.killaloemusicfestival.com/ for more infomation and programme of events.
  • 22nd May, 2017 – 27th May (Fleadh Nua Week)
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017
    The Sanctuary, Queens Hotel, Ennis each day from 1 to 2 pm
    Music performed by various artists. See www.richesofclare.com for details of each concert.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091 or Mike Butler 087 6258726.
  • 21st to 29th May 2017
    Fleadh Nua

    Ennis, Co. Clare
    2017 Fleadh Nua in Ennis promises to be an exciting and innovative festival, full to the brim with Concerts, Ceilis, Sessions, CD Launches, Recitals, Irish Dance competitions and Street Entertainment. Join us for the best of traditional music, song and dance.
    Further information is available on www.fleadhnua.com.
  • Saturday, 20th May 2017
    National Drawing Day
    Ennis Friary, Abbey Street, Ennis, Co. Clare from 10.00am to 5.15pm
    Come and draw inspiration from the wonderful medieval carvings, the magnificent five light east window, the varied traceries of the south transept or any of the intricate features of Ennis Friary. Join the many artists who have drawn or sketched here since the 13th century.
    Free admission on for all who come to draw or sketch. Bring your own materials. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Saturday, 20th May, 2017
    New Exhibitions at The Courthouse: Layered Stories / New Textile art by Tracy Watson and Joke Buursma
    Official Opening 3-5pm
    Both textile artists working in the medium of quilt making, Tracy Watson and Joke Buursma live and work in Clare and Waterford respectively. Between them their work represents the finest of its kind, with each artist using their medium to stretch the limits and boundaries of textiles through the use of myriad techniques and processes, from Japanese Shibori to painting on fabric with oil sticks.
    Events and Workshops on Opening Day:
    12 -1 pm: ‘Painting with Paintstiks’ – workshop with Joke Buursma
    Learn how to use a new medium for making marks on textiles. Paintstiks are unique as they are made from an oil and wax mixture which gives a smooth slightly greasy medium to work with. They can be applied to fabric and paper. Joke will demonstrate some methods of applying paintstiks to fabric, for example by stencilling, using masking tape, rubbing, etc. Depending on the effect you are after you can apply paintstik before and/or after quilting.
    1.15-2 pm: ‘The Art of Hand-Stitch Quilting’ – demonstration with Tracy Watson
    Tracy Watson illustrates just one of the many techniques employed by the quilter in this short demonstration. Those attending are welcome to bring along any works-in-progress to work alongside Tracy.
    2-3pm Talk and tour with Joke Buursma and Tracy Watson
    The Courthouse Gallery & Studios
    Parliament Street / Ennistymon / Co. Clare / V95 D791
    T: +353 (0)65 707 1630 W: thecourthousegallery.com
    Kindly supported by Clare County Council
  • 19th May to the 4th June
    Burren in Bloom
    Various venues in the Burren, Co. Clare.
    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.
    R unning from 19th May to the 4th June with the majority of events on the weekend of the 19th May, Burren in Bloom 2017 will focus on the strong link that the unique farming traditions of the Burren have with the abundant biodiversity of this region. Each year, farmers in the Burren send their cattle up into the high Burren to their ‘winterage’, in doing so they are grazing back the previous season’s growth, the dominant herbs and grasses and continuously fertilizing the land throughout the dormant season. All of this has a key and unique ecological output – a floral orchestra that makes the Burren world famous. In order to celebrate this, Burren in Bloom is a learning festival which will feature a wide variety of events including walks, talks and demonstrations from local farmers, ecologists and more.
    With events on topics ranging from meadow blooms to foraging, poetry to astronomy, bird watching to kiddies beach fun there is plenty to attract a wide range of people that wish to know more about this intriguing phenomenon. Some key names involved are internationally acclaimed poet Michael Longley, arborist Thomas Pakenham from Tullynally Castle, herbalist Dr Dilis Claire and many more.
    The Burren in Bloom Festival is coordinated by the Burrenbeo Trust a landscape charity dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them. For more information on events go to www.burreninbloom.com
  • 2nd to 26th May 2017
    Remdemptorists in Limerick and Kilkee Exhibition
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    This exhibition by Dr. Paul O’Brien focuses on the everyday look of Limerick city in the exciting and turbulent year of 1916. Rather than the iconic and noteworthy images of great events, the photographs capture the experience of daily life in Limerick. The main photographs of the exhibition focus on Mary Immaculate College, the only third level college in Limerick City in 1916. In the middle of all the politics, Limerick people went on their summer holidays to Kilkee. The exhibition includes turn of the century photographs of Kilkee, which will be immediately recognizable to anyone who knows Kilkee. This was the Limerick of 1916 – a snapshot of a year when Europe was in turmoil in the midst of war and when Ireland was in a state of suspension as to its government and its future. This exhibition can be viewed during Cultúrlann Sweeney library opening hours.

April

  • Friday, 21st to 24th April, 2017
    Kilfenora Music Festival 2017
    Kilfenora will stage its 9th annual music festival, a series commenced in 2009 with the 100th anniversary of the Kilfenora Céilí Band. As usual, it will feature great concerts, céilís and pub sessions.
    Sessions in Kilfenora’s pubs occur from Friday to Monday, as always with the cream of musicians from Clare and beyond. Details of featured players will be published near the time.
    The Singers’ night on Friday evening (Linnanes pub) will gather together some of the finest and most humorous singers and storytellers, hosted by Joe O’Connor.
    There will be 3 concerts (details of all the artists are on our website).
    The main concert is on Saturday night and features the dynamic sound of one of Irish music’s hottest bands, Breaking Trad (Kilfenora Hall, 8pm, €15). Concert tickets are on sale via the website www.kilfenoraclare.com
    Visitors to Kilfenora will also be able to see the much-praised Kilfenora Céilí Band Parlour exhibition space in the Burren Centre, opened formally by Irish President Michael D Higgins in March 2015. This is the only permanent museum in the world dedicated to a living musical performer or group (as far as we have been able to discover). It also features the plaque recently received from the Guinness Book of World Records marking Kilfenora’s achievement in creating the largest traditional Irish Folk Band (at our 2014 festival). http://www.theburrencentre.ie/kilfenora-ceili-band/. For more information and pictures, contact Andy Lambert at both andrewlambert@eircom.net and andrew@demon.co.uk
  • Saturday, 8th to 30th April, 2017
    Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co. Clare
    ‘Breathing Burren’ an exhibition of watercolours by enviromental artist Gordon D’Arcy will be launched by Conor McGrady, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Burren College of Art at 6pm. D’Arcy’s latest exhibition features 40 illustrations from his recent book – The Breathing Burren (Collins Press, 2016), emerging as a tribute to 30 years living on the edge of the Burren and exploring its remarkable natural heritage. These original watercolours represent the extraordinary diversity of the Burren’s wildlife observed by the naturalist/artist and features landscapes,flora and fauna typical of the region. Burren specialities such as orchids, butterflies, birds of prey, stoats, martens and dolphins are portrayed along with species no longer found there.
    The Breathing Burren is aimed at a wide audience which includes nature lovers, local residents, artists, educators and tourists. It will also appeal to overseas visitors who will discover and experience the Burren for themselves. This exhibition is an opportunity for Burren enthusiasts to view the illustrations that accompany this latest “take” as a stand-alone visual perspective in the appropriate setting of the Russel Gallery. For more info call 065 70787185 or go www.russellgallery.net
  • Sunday, 2nd April 2017
    Late spring on Lough Avalla Farm with Harry Jeuken
    Leave at 2pm from Gortlecka Cross
    Join Burrenbeo for a walk in the Burren along the Lough Avalla loop walk led by landowner Harry Jeuken. Harry 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.
    This is a strenuous 2.5 hour walk which includes a couple of steep climbs and descents - not for those with limited mobility or those who are not confident walking on limestone pavement. The walk 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.
    This walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. Meeting point is Gortlecka Cross at 1.45pm for a prompt 2pm start to the walk.
    Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. For more information please email aine@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.

March

February

  • Sun 5th February 2017
    Geological Gems around Ballinalacken with Dr David Drew

    Ballinalacken Castle at 2pm
    Burrenbeo's February walk will visit one of the lesser known areas of the Burren. Led by geologist Dr David Drew and beginning at Ballinalacken Castle, this 7km route will include views of the contrasting landforms on the shale and limestone rocks as well as the development of ‘tomorrow’s Burren’ where the limestone is exposed at the land surface as overlying shale rocks are eroded away. The walk will also include a trip inside the entrance (only a few metres!) of one of the Burren’s finest river caves – the Coolagh River Cave.
    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
    The meeting point is Ballinacken Castle. This is a walk which will require a reasonable level of fitness. You will need good walking boots or shoes, warm waterproof clothes, hats gloves etc. If you intend to enter the cave please bring some protective headgear (helmet or woolly hat) and a powerful torch (it is 100% dark inside!). The slope down to the cave is steep and slippery so over-trousers would also be useful.
    The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. In case of bad weather which may affect the walk please check our website or Facebook page for the latest updates. For more information please email aine@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
    Directions
    From the South
    Take the R476 north of Doolin, after c. 2 miles there’s a junction between the R476 and R477, the entrance to Ballinalacken Castle is situated here. Please park in the lower car park at the Castle.
    From the North
    From Lisdoonvarna take the R477 coast road, after c. 3 miles from the town the entrance to Ballinalacken Castle is on the right. Please park in the lower car park at the Castle.

January

  • Wednesday 11th January
    The Natural History of the East Burren With Micheline Sheehy Skeffington & Martin Kiely
    Tubber Village Hall at 8.30pm
    A BurrenBeo event. For the first Tea Talk of the year we are delighted to have renowned botanist Micheline Sheehy Skeffington along with local photographer to the Tubber area, Martin Kiely to join us and take us through the wondrous natural history of the East Burren. The kettle will be on from 8pm if anyone would like to join us for a cup of tea beforehand.
    This event 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 info@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
    Tubber Village Hall on Google Maps

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 2016, Events Calendar 2015, Events Calendar 2014, Events Calendar 2013, Events Calendar 2012, Events Calendar 2011, Events Calendar 2010, Events Calendar 2009, Events Calendar 2008, Events Calendar 2007, Events Calendar 2006, Events Calendar 2005, Events Calendar 2004, Events Calendar 2003, Events Calendar 2002 and Events Calendar 2001

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