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County Clare Events Calendar 2016

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


May

  • 29th May 2016
    The Torch Players present ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    The director, Maurice O’Sullivan, has assembled a cast of nine to take on Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy. The play is set on the rural island of Inishmaan in 1934. In a place where news is currency, the inhabitants, through village gossip Johnny Pateen, learn of a Hollywood film crew’s arrival on the neighbouring island of Inishmore. McDonagh’s comic masterpiece tells the story of the eccentric islanders but centres around “Cripple” Billy Claven, a young man trying to escape the boredom of the island and make sense of who he is. This play will have audiences crying with laughter as well as empathising with those less fortunate characters. Making their return to the stage for Torch Players this year are Mary Harvey, Edel Heaney, Mícheal O’Dubhghaill, Peter Hayes, Joanne O’Brien, Dan Mooney and Antoinette Portley. Torch Players are also delighted to welcome Oisín Gogarty as well as James Corr who will be taking on the role of Billy Claven. Award winning team Tara Doolan and Pius McGrath will tie the entire production together with lighting and sound. Starts at 8pm. Tickets cost €12/10. Book on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 14th May 2016
    Cultúrlann Sweeney presents ‘Atlantic’ by Inver Films
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    'Atlantic’ is the latest documentary film from the makers of the award winning documentary ‘The Pipe’. ‘Atlantic’ follows the fortunes of three fishing communities united and divided by the Atlantic ocean, as they struggle to maintain their way of life despite mounting challenges within their own industry and environment, and an increase of oil exploration activities in their fishing grounds. On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, new hydrocarbon frontiers are moving out into deeper water, and further north into the Arctic, pushing the boundaries of risk and technology in the race for the last great oil fields. The film charts the politics of resource management of the North Atlantic; from strong State control in Norway, mixed fortunes in Newfoundland, to a more liberal, privatised system in Ireland. ‘Atlantic’, through the experience of these coastal neighbours, poses the questions: who will benefit from the exploitation of these resources, and what are the consequences for the communities and the enviroment? Starts at 8pm. Tickets cost €5. Book on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 13th May 2016
    The Boruma Trio
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Andrew MacNamara is from the east Clare village of Tulla and is one of the leading exponents of the C#D accordion style. Eileen O’ Brien is from Nenagh and has been influenced greatly by her father, Paddy, who established the B/C accordion playing style in the 1950’s. Eileen says herself she plays the fiddle in the B/C style and when these two get together, sparks fly and Geraldine Cotter acts as referee and establishes the ground rules with her lovely piano accompanyment. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost €15 and €12(concession). Tickets can be purchased at the box office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 6th May - 2nd June 2016
    Changing Shadows - an exhibition of recent work by Gerry O’Mahony
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Gerry O’Mahony is a graduate of LSAD Limerick. He has lived in Ireland, Israel and Malawi. On returning from Africa he became a member of one of Limerick’s first artist collectives (All + 10 sorts), and exhibited at length with the group. His first solo exhibition was in the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, and subsequently he has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. His work is in private and public collections in Ireland and abroad, including Limerick County and City Councils, Government buildings, Dublin, and Berlemonte Buildings, Brussels. His most recent show was at Draiocht, Blanchardstown Art Centre, Dublin in 2015. O’Mahony lives in County Clare and has been a member of Contact Studios, Limerick, since 2005. His upcoming solo show “Changing Shadows” is a combination of sculptural work and paintings, and the exhibition will be opened at 8pm on the 6th of May by Helena Close, a writer from Limerick.
  • 6th May – 2nd June 2016
    Beyond the Lines - photography & digital art by Gerald Dunne
    Red Couch Space, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Gerald Dunne is a photographer, digital artist and fine art printer based in Quin, Co. Clare.
    His current exhibition "Beyond the Lines" aims to stir the subconscious in the same way as a flame or lapping water. A visual distraction allowing mental contemplation. Nature is at the core of the work, often the neglected details around us, brought to life by exploring the colours and forms just beyond our normal perception.
  • 5th - 7th May 2016
    VOLTage
    glór, Ennis
    Clare County of Culture and glór in association with Age and Opportunity BEALTAINE 2016 are hosting a national event called VOLTage. The event will platform the many extraordinary projects and creative activities which bring together artists and older people from Clare and throughout Ireland. For full details click here (PDF). For bookings contact glór: E: boxoffice@glor.ie or info@glor.ie T: 065 6843103 www.glor.ie
  • 1st May 2015
    ‘Bealtaine Birds Dawn Chorus Walk’, with Gordon D’Arcy, a Burrenbeo Trust May walk
    Village Store, Ballyvaughan at 5.30am
    The first walk of the 2016 Burren in Bloom festival and the May Burrenbeo walk will involve an early start with Gordon D’Arcy leading a group on a dawn chorus walk. Gordon is a Burren resident, natural historian, author & wildlife artist and will point out some of the Burren’s birds in the early morning light – they’ll hopefully put on a good show. The early morning will be made slightly easier by starting with coffee and a croissant from the Village Stores. On return from the walk, Logues Lodge is offering breakfast for the walkers for €14.50 – like the early bird you can catch the tasty worm! Meet at Village Store, Ballyvaughan at 5.30am (!). Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. Also bring binoculars if you have a pair. No dogs allowed. The walk is open to everyone, although a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.

April

  • 29th April - May 1st 2016
    ‘The Power of Vested Interests & the Law: A contemporary and Brehon perspective’
    Burren Law School, Ballyvaughan
    More info...
  • 29th April 2016
    ‘Memory Triggers – 1916 and its aftermath’
    Clare Museum at 10 am and 11.30 am
    For Primary Schools. Guns, Medals, Memorabilia and Memory – a tour of Clare Museum which utilizes real objects from the museum to tell the history Clare during the period 1916-1923. Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara has shaped tours that meet the curricular aim of exposing pupils to the ‘work of a historian’. It will also enable the development of the relevant key skills and concepts including Time and chronology, Change and continuity, Cause and effect, Using evidence, Synthesis and communication and Empathy. These workshops will also will also assist in addressing a number of the key strand units which are included in the history programme, including ‘Myself and my family’, ‘Story’, ‘Life, society’, ‘culture in the past’ and ‘continuity and change over time’. These workshops are FREE to schools. Bookings for groups of up to 25 students can be made by emailing Clare Museum at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie
  • 28th April 2016
    Poetry Readings in Kilkee
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Poetry Ireland is presenting Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 28 April 2016. With this year's theme of Revolution, they have invited everyone to rebel, revolutionise and organise to make poetry inescapable and irrepressible for a day.Clare Arts Office is delighted to host a free poetry reading in Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee at 8pm on Thursday.The event will feature well known Clare poet Patrick Stack, one of the main poets involved in The Poetry Collective. Deirdre Carr, visual artist and poet, will also read her poem 'Tweet Tweet Mothertongue -Fatherland Teanga Dhuchais-Talamh Athair Snapchattin' which accompanies her exhibition currently on show in the gallery in Culturlann Sweeney which explores 1916 and looks back at the events marking the foundation of the state so as to renew a collective sense of direction for the future. All are welcome to attend this free event and we welcome other poets who may wish to join our Revolution and read from their work on the night. For further information contact: arts@clarelibrary.ie 065 6899091
  • 25th April 2016
    The North Clare Historical Society presents “The Macnamaras: Landlords of Doolin and Ennistymon, 1700 to 1922”, a talk by Colm Hayes
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm
    This illustrated talk will recount the story of the Macnamara family who rose from being transplanted Catholics during the Cromwellian conquests to become one of the biggest landowners in County Clare at the beginning of the 20th century. Colm Hayes is a native of Ennistymon and comes from an old Ennistymon family. He has operated a printing and stationery business in the town for over 40 years. He has had a lifetime interest in local history and was a founder member of the Old Ennistymon Society in the 1990s. He has edited a number of local publications including the popular Ennistymon Parish Magazine from the 1980s to 2002. Admission €5
  • 21st April 2016
    Annual end of year Art Show by the PLC students of Ennistymon Vocational School
    Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon
    The annual end of year Art Show by the PLC students of Ennistymon Vocational School is opening this Thursday April 21st at 7pm. The exhibition will be running until April 28th in the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon, and will be open every day from 12 noon to 4pm, except Sundays. The exhibition is a culmination of the students’ years work. The title and theme of the exhibition is 'Leap' which represents the many ways the students looked at their art this year. The collection demonstrates the self expression and skills development of the course participants and this is clearly seen in the variety and exploration of media and subject matter, culminating in an artistic ‘leap’ of discovery towards new horizons, and the sharing of ideas and inspiration. Ceramics, sculpture, textiles, painting and drawing unite to make an eclectic, bold and exciting body of work reflecting the breadth of the course. The QQI/FETAC Level 5 and 6 Art course in Ennistymon are full time one year courses running from September to May each year. They are open to anyone who has an interest in, and wishes to expand their knowledge and skills in art. The course is always well subscribed and appeals to both mature students and school leavers who wish to explore their creativity or embark on art as a career. The recent move of the group to the old Blue Frog Cafe building has afforded the group greater creative space and is a real asset for future groups. If you are interested in joining the group this September contact Ennistymon Vocational School on 065 7071375 http://www.artroomennistymonvs.blogspot.com/
  • 16th April 2016
    After ‘16
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    AFTER ’16 is a once-off initiative from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board with a view to commemorating, celebrating and ruminating on 1916 and how the events of Easter Sunday and beyond forged the landscape of the century that followed. The Irish Film Board commissioned filmmakers to give their response to 1916 and the hundred years since. The result is a series of stories, both fact and fiction, which illuminate, surprise and provoke - on the wide subject of 1916 and what it has left in its wake. These films are ambitious and imaginative, a mix of contemporary and period, live action and animation, and both English and Irish language. This is a free event but with assigned seating. Starts at 8pm. Ring the box office on 065 9060769 to reserve your seats, or reserve online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 15th April 2016
    ‘Memory Triggers – 1916 and its aftermath’
    Clare Museum at 10 am and 11.30 am
    For Primary Schools. Guns, Medals, Memorabilia and Memory – a tour of Clare Museum which utilizes real objects from the museum to tell the history Clare during the period 1916-1923. Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara has shaped tours that meet the curricular aim of exposing pupils to the ‘work of a historian’. It will also enable the development of the relevant key skills and concepts including Time and chronology, Change and continuity, Cause and effect, Using evidence, Synthesis and communication and Empathy. These workshops will also will also assist in addressing a number of the key strand units which are included in the history programme, including ‘Myself and my family’, ‘Story’, ‘Life, society’, ‘culture in the past’ and ‘continuity and change over time’. These workshops are FREE to schools. Bookings for groups of up to 25 students can be made by emailing Clare Museum at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie
  • 14th April 2016
    ‘How to be an Archaeologist’
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    Clare Museum has organized a number of workshops for Transition Year Students for Secondary Schools providing information on how Archaeologists carry out their work. An Archaeologist from TVAS Archaeological Consultancy will give a power point presentation to students. This will be followed by some practical experience and students will carry out a dig in excavation boxes, allowing students to learn about archaeological excavation, sectioning, and recording an archaeological excavation. Where it is possible, real archaeological objects will be used in the excavation boxes.

March

  • 29th March to 2nd April 2016
    Kilrush Choral Society presents The King & I
    Kilrush Community School
    This year in its 12th production, it is an all local cast, which includes 21 Primary School children, 16 Secondary School Teenagers, plus 14 Main Principles. Tickets go on sale On Monday next 21st March from 11am to 4pm, at a box office in Henry Street, (next to Gypsy Girl shop).
  • 25th March 2016
    Dublin Burning – a show by Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan have created a show called Dublin Burning, which tells a story of Ireland’s 1916 rising through songs, music, poetry and stories of the era spanning 1890 to 1916. They have taken songs so familiar to generations of Irish people and shone an extra light on their significance for example songs such as Oro se de Bheatha Bhaile, A Nation Once Again and A Soldiers Song. They are not historians but two writers, musician and singers who happened to read a small library concerning a group of extraordinary people, men and women who lived in Ireland around a hundred years ago. Ireland was a country in a cultural revolution celebrating the rebirth of its language, music, song, art, history and folklore against a backdrop of British rule. They believed along with many other Irish men and Irish women, irrespective of religion or class, that the natural progression of a cultural revolution could only lead to a free and independent Republic of Ireland. In their research they discovered songs, stories and incredible characters who took part in an armed revolution that would change Ireland for ever more. In a week, Dublin burned with desire, passion, anger, sadness and pride. It was a momentous time in history and through the show Dublin Burning the hope is it will draw people to the story, educate, entertain and start a ripple that will send them away seeking more information and understanding of a very poignant, powerful, sad, sometimes gruesome, heroic and extremely important period of history. You can see the show Dublin Burning in Culturlann Sweeney Kilkee on Friday the 25th March 2016 at 8pm. Tickets cost €20 /€18 concession and can be booked on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 23rd March 2016
    North Clare Links to the 1916 Rising - A North Clare Historical Society Talk
    The Courthouse, Ennistymon at 8pm
    Colm Hayes will talk on Irish Republican Brotherhood and Volunteer Activities in North Clare prior to 1916 while Mick O’Connor will narrate the story of Gaelic League man, Eamonn Waldron’s arrest in Ennistymon in the days after the Rising. More information...
  • 18th March - 14th April 2016
    'Hem' by Fiona O'Dwyer
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Since graduating in Fine Art /Sculpture from Limerick School Of Art and Design in 1989 Fiona O'Dwyer has spent over twenty years developing a distinctive practice in multi-media utilising film and drawing in her work which deals with notions of time, memory and displacement. She works from a studio in Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland, which she built herself.
  • 18th March - 14th April 2016
    'Neither Rhyme Nor Reason' - Art work by Patsy Ricks & Aoife Murray
    Red Couch Space, Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    This collaboration between mother and daughter Patsy Ricks and Aoife Murray is about where our minds take us. Patsy sees the beauty in the everyday things that would probably go un-noticed, and tries to capture that on paper or canvas. Aoife is a freelance SFX makeup artist, interested in fantasy and the surreal and is currently training in prosthetic and postiche.
  • 15th March 2016
    ‘Memory Triggers – 1916 and its aftermath’
    Clare Museum at 11.30am
    For Primary Schools. Guns, Medals, Memorabilia and Memory – a tour of Clare Museum which utilizes real objects from the museum to tell the history Clare during the period 1916-1923. Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara has shaped tours that meet the curricular aim of exposing pupils to the ‘work of a historian’. It will also enable the development of the relevant key skills and concepts including Time and chronology, Change and continuity, Cause and effect, Using evidence, Synthesis and communication and Empathy. These workshops will also will also assist in addressing a number of the key strand units which are included in the history programme, including ‘Myself and my family’, ‘Story’, ‘Life, society’, ‘culture in the past’ and ‘continuity and change over time’. These workshops are FREE to schools. Bookings for groups of up to 25 students can be made by emailing Clare Museum at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie
  • 10th March, 2016
    ‘How to be an Archaeologist’
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    Clare Museum has organized a number of workshops for Transition Year Students for Secondary Schools providing information on how Archaeologists carry out their work. An Archaeologist from TVAS Archaeological Consultancy will give a power point presentation to students. This will be followed by some practical experience and students will carry out a dig in excavation boxes, allowing students to learn about archaeological excavation, sectioning, and recording an archaeological excavation. Where it is possible, real archaeological objects will be used in the excavation boxes.
  • 08 March - 01 April 2016
    Chasing The Light
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Shannon Camera Club members are delighted to exhibit a selection of their work at Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee from the 8th March to 1st April 2016 under the exhibition title 'Chasing the Light'. There will be 40 images exhibited from 20 of the clubs members, some recently enrolled but others who have been with the club for many years.
  • 8th March 2016
    Clare ‘Herstory’ - International Women’s Day
    Clare Museum

    To mark International Women’s Day, Clare historian Dr Tomás Mac Conmara will give two workshops that will shed light on the hidden role that Clare women played in events in Clare that will be commemorated during the Decade of Centenaries. Workshops are at 10 am and 11.30 am and places are limited to a maximum of 35 per workshop. Bookings can be made by email only: claremuseum@clarecoco.ie
  • 8th March 2016
    Old Kilfarboy Society presents ‘The Brig St. John’ by John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaile
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay at 8pm
    The final talk in the Old Kilfarboy Society winter series will be given by John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaile and is titled ‘The Brig St. John’. The talk will discuss the tragic events of the sinking of the famine ship the Brig St. John off the coast of Massachusetts in October 1849. Many of those lost were from County Clare and original research by John Bhaba Jeaic will also reveal other Clare connections. John Bhaba Jeaic is a local historian, from Connemara, who is centrally involved in the Lettermullen & Garumna Heritage Centre. Non-members €5. All are welcome.
  • 6th March 2016
    'Spring awakening on Glencolumbkille’- a Burrenbeo Trust walk with Patrick McCormack
    Meet at the layby of Glencolumbkille Hill, on Carron-Boston road (OS51 N309 W998) at 2pm
    Join us for March’s Burrenbeo Trust walk led by Patrick McCormack who has an in-depth knowledge of the folklore, history and the culture of times bygone in the Carron Hills. Patrick himself is a poet and an organic farmer. The walk will continue down to his house, better known as the ‘Father Ted’ house where people will have the chance to have a cuppa after a good walk. There will be a €5 charge per person for the optional tea and scones. Walk starts at 2pm from the layby of Glencolumbkille Hill, on the Carron-Boston road (OS51 N309 W998). This walk is off-road and will include some significant declines and climbs, so please wear appropriate footwear, be of reasonable fitness and bring waterproofs if needed. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. In case of bad weather which may affect the walk please check our website or Facebook page for the latest updates. The start point is marked on Google Maps here or can be found by searching the coordinates 53.04264, -9.02902. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 4th-6th March 2016
    10th Ennis Book Club Festival
    In 2016 the Ennis Book Club Festival runs from March 4th-6th and will celebrate its 10th anniversary, having attracted some 30,000 attendees to Ennis over its ten year history. The Festival aims to promote and celebrate reading. Each year, readers both from Ireland and further afield, come to Ennis to share the joy of reading. Audiences include avid readers, those who haven’t had the time to pick up a book in some years, those with a keen interest in current affairs, those who are simply looking to be inspired...the aim is to meet each of their different expectations! Not only does the Festival include author readings and discussions, it also offers discussions on topical affairs, workshops, poetry readings, theatre and walking tours through the historic streets of Ennis. This year some of the highlights include an evening with Marian Keyes and Fiona Looney; sublime music with the Vanbrugh Quartet; poets Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Leanne O’Sullivan; the hugely popular '10 Books You Should Read' session with Diarmaid Ferriter and Catríona Crowe; why not join the versatile Happy Pear team for some enticing healthy-eating tips for the year ahead; topping the bill on Saturday evening, special guests poet Lemn Sissay and BBC correspondent Kate Adie and the Sunday Symposium double-bill – 'A Nation and Not a Rabble' with Diarmaid Ferriter and the provocatively entitled 'Do It Like a Woman!'. As you can see, there’s loads to choose from and great value ticket packages on offer. Special accommodation offers are available through many local hotels. Book early to avail of Festival deals and great hospitality. Full details on the festival website www.ennisbookclubfestival.com with tickets on sale through glór Box Office: www.glor.ie Tel: 065 6843103
  • 3rd March, 2016
    ‘How to be an Archaeologist’
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    Clare Museum has organized a number of workshops for Transition Year Students for Secondary Schools providing information on how Archaeologists carry out their work. An Archaeologist from TVAS Archaeological Consultancy will give a power point presentation to students. This will be followed by some practical experience and students will carry out a dig in excavation boxes, allowing students to learn about archaeological excavation, sectioning, and recording an archaeological excavation. Where it is possible, real archaeological objects will be used in the excavation boxes.

February

  • 29th February 2016
    North Clare Historical Society presents “Life in a North Clare townland in the 19th century” by Martin Barry
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm
    This lecture will look at life in a North Clare townland in the 19th century. Some of the issues that will be dealt with include landownership and land tenure as well as a general discussion on landlord tenant relationships. The lecture will also focus on population, educational, emigration, cultural and social patterns in the townland during the 19th century. Martin comes from the townland of Drinagh about six miles from Ennistymon. He has had a lifelong interest in history and particularly local history. Recently he returned to education and qualified from the University of Limerick with an honours degree having majored in history. He has conducted tours to local areas of historical interest and has also contributed a number of articles to the historical journal The Other Clare. Currently he works as a tour guide at the Cliffs of Moher advising visitors on the history of the local area. Admission €5.
  • 19th February - 10th March 2016
    ‘Traces & Treks’ - Artwork by Antonio Lopez and Declan Kelly
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
    The Courthouse Gallery is delighted to present the joint exhibition “Traces & Treks” – ‘Artwork by visual artists Antonio Lopez and Declan Kelly’. “Traces & Treks” features a selection of works that focuses on the journey made by the artists, the places remembered and changed by their personal experiences through reflection, observation and investigation. Antonio Julio López Castro was born in Madrid and moved to Ireland in 1996. He currently lives and works in Co. Cork. Declan Kelly currently lives and works in Drogheda. He works as a secondary school teacher, a visual artist and is also a founding member, co-director and curator with NeXus Arts.
  • 12th -14th February 2016
    4th Annual Oidhreacht an Chlair Concertina Cruinniú
    Miltown Malbay
    Events include concertina classes, lectures, recitals and repair workshops. The weekend caters for all levels including adult only beginner and a master class with Noel Hill. There is also a free concertina trail in the pubs throughout the town during the weekend. Tickets available online at www.oac.ie. Early bird registration €50 until January 31st 2016
  • 9th February 2016
    ‘The Priest and the Submarine man’ - an Old Kilfarboy Society talk by Michael Conneely
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay at 8pm.
    The Old Kilfarboy Society is delighted to welcome Michael Conneely as the next speaker in this series of talks. In 'The Priest and the Submarine Man', Michael will discuss the contribution Liscannor native, John Philip Holland, made to the development of the submarine. Michael will also trace Holland's influence on the Wright Brothers and their historic flight. Holland started out on his journey of discovery by studying bird-flight at the Cliffs of Moher and his interest in flight allowed him to make his seminal contribution to aero/hydro dynamics. Michael Conneely is a graduate of NUI Galway, an Associate of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and a contributor to newspapers, magazines and radio on the subject of maritime archaeology and history.
  • 7th February 2016
    'The Hill is Red, The Wood is Damp; Cooloorta and its famine landscape’, a Burrewnbeo Trust Talk with Tony Kirby
    The Famine Road, Coolorta at 2pm
    Tony Kirby is a Limerick city native. He lives in Kilnaboy and works as a walking tourism operator in the Burren. He is the author of the book “The Burren and the Aran Islands A Walking Guide”. Tony blogs about Burren life at www.heartofburrenwalks.com. He is particularly interested in the pilgrimage landscape of the Burren. The walk will include commentaries on the remarkable Famine landscape of Cooloorta, the ancient festival of Imbolg plus the crag lands and wet lands of the south-east of the Burren. This walk, while not strenuous, will last for about 2 hours and will be on limestone pavement so please wear good walking boots/shoes, warm clothes, waterproofs etc. Please note the start point can be reached from Kilnaboy, Carron or from the Gort/Corofin road - see directions below. However access from the Gort/Corofin road is prone to flooding so please check this beforehand. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. In case of bad weather which may affect the walk please check our website or Facebook page for the latest updates. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096. The start point is marked on Google Maps here or can be found by searching the coordinates 53.016899, -8.981327.

January

  • 30th January 2016
    Benefit concert in aid of Irish Seed Savers
    Ryan’s Pub, Scariff
    On Saturday the 23rd of January 2016, a special evening of world music featuring musician Frank Bouchier will take place in Ryan’s pub in Scariff. Organised by Irish Seed Savers Association, all proceeds will go towards building a new education building and launching an Elearning course. This will allow us to continue to empower people both locally and globally to have their own food security and to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity for our planet’s future. €10 tickets are available in Ryan's Centra, The Grainey and Irish Seed Savers.
  • 16th January 2016
    Oidhreacht an Chlair presents Séan Keane and Band along with many special guests including PJ Murrihy
    The Armada Hotel, Spanish Pointat 8:30pm.
    Tickets available online at www.oac.ie, at the Music Makers of West Clare and various locations in Miltown Malbay.
  • 14th January 2016
    The excavation of a wedge tomb on Roughan Hill, the Burren, County Clare - an illustrated talk by archaeologist Ros O’Maolduin
    X-PO KILLINABOY at 8.30 pm.
    The densest concentration of wedge tombs in Ireland is on the Burren in Co. Clare and the densest cluster in that concentration is on Roughan Hill. This talk will describe the results from the first excavation of a wedge tomb in this significant cluster and discuss its relevance to our understanding of Early Bronze Age society in Ireland. The X-PO is located in the former post office in Kilnaboy. It is a community hub for social and cultural activities. All are welcome to the talk. More information 087 292 54 87.
  • 12th January - 6th February 2016
    Compostela - Field of Stars
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    Marianne Slevin’s mixed media works ‘Compostela-Field of Stars’ can be viewed in the Clare Museum from January 12th – February 6th, 2016. Her work features improvisations and explorations of chance in ink and oil paint on various surfaces. They are mainly 2 dimensional drawings and paintings, but some found and everyday objects are turned into art objects with her use of ink. The drawings are experimental and made using a combination of chance, intuition and feeling. In some cases Marianne uses the elements such as the wind or a leak in the kitchen window to create the drawings. She also uses the ‘accidental’ in her work, such as an ink spillage on the stone floor. Other times she devises games of chance, rolling objects that hold meaning for her, like a fortune teller, and drawing around them to reveal a visual map. She often works in ways where she has very little control, and the environment she is in, her own body and intuition have a chance to play, rather than the decisions being made only using her head.
  • 12th January 2016
    'Kilrush and County Clare recruiting committees during the First World War', an Old Kilfarboy Society talk by Paul O’Brien
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay, at 8pm
    This talk is based on the Glynn family papers, and includes an examination of diaries, government propaganda and letters penned by Kilrush men from the Front. As part of the Glynn collection relates to the Glynn family's role as recruiters for the British Army during the First World War, Paul's illustrated talk will examine that role and focus on some of the West Clare enlisters in the army. The role of Fr. Hannon, Parish Priest of Miltown Malbay, is also examined. From Kilrush, Paul O’Brien recently completed his doctoral thesis at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. The talk takes place on Tuesday, 12 January, at 8pm, in the Malbay, Miltown Malbay. All are welcome. €5 non-members.
  • 3rd January 2016
    Welcome in the New Year on Blackhead - a Burrenbeo Trust Walk
    Meet at St Patrick's Church, Fanore, at 1.30pm
    Join the Burrenbeo Trust and friends, including various Burren experts, for a chance to burn off some of those Christmas excesses. The first monthly walk of 2016 will be an energetic walk along the green road at Fanore up to Cathair Dun Irghus. The walk begins at the earlier start time of 1.30 pm from Fanore Church. Please wear strong walking shoes, warm waterproof clothes and bring water / snacks - this will be a strenuous walk - No dogs allowed. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. In case of bad weather which may affect the walk please check our website or Facebook page for the latest updates. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.

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

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

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