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County Clare Events Calendar 2017

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December

  • 08 December 2017
    Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh with Donal O’Connor and Gerry O’Beirne.
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is an award-winning traditional singer and musician from Co.Kerry. A leading exponent of the sean nós style, her repertoire includes songs from a wide variety of folk and contemporary sources. She has enjoyed a successful career as a touring artist, with over thirteen years experience as lead singer and flute player with the Irish traditional supergroup Danú, as well as performing as a solo artist. Joining her on the night is Donal O’ Connor who is a multi-instrumentalist, musician and composer and Gerry O’ Connor a self taught master of the six and twelve string, slide guitar and ukulele and other stringed instruments. Tickets €20, concession €18. Show starts at 8pm. Book on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 6th December 2017
    Film Club - The Midwife
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Director Martin Provost unites two of Frances favourite actors in this tender comedy drama about female friendship and rediscovery. Catherines Deneuve and Frot play very different women whose shaky reconnection after a number of decades allows them both to learn valuable life lessons from one another. Claire (Frot) is the conscientious Midwife of the title, a single mother whose reservations and self-restraint have left her living an isolated life. Until the day her deceased fathers ex girlfriend makes contact. Beatrice (Deneuve) is a free spirited, professional gambler who wishes to reconnect with Claire’s father. Shocked at the news that he has passed away she implants herself into Claire’s life instead, bringing chaos, joy and memories of happier times. Starts at 7.30pm. It is 117 minutes. Tickets €5 and €4 seniors. Bookings 065 9060769, online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie or buy on the door on the evening of the film.

November

  • Tuesday, 14th November 2017
    Old Kilfarboy Society Talk: Sacred Cows: Echoes of a Goddess in Local Legends
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay at 8pm
    In this talk speaker Dr. Billy Mag Fhloinn will focus on a particular character from legend, namely the Glas Ghaibhneach, who is portrayed as a miraculous cow. Stories of her exist throughout Ireland, including several prominent versions from Co. Clare, and often include onomastic and placename lore as well as cautionary tales about wasting natural resources. Consideration will be given to the origin of these tales and how they may relate to mythic figures from the ancient past.
    Admission: €5. All are Welcome.
    Membership to Old Kilfarboy Society: €20. This covers admission to all talks. OAP: €10.
  • 13th November – 9th December
    Travelogue 1 – an exhibition of work by Fionn and Jonathan Angus
    Scariff Library Gallery
    Travelogue 1, an exhibit of works by Fionn and Jonathan Angus, working with artists around the world, will take you on a journey across four continents, from the Amazon to Zanzibar, celebrating the people and places we have visited on our sojourns to discover what a great life feels and looks like. This exhibition is part of the work of Fionnathan Productions, a social enterprise that exists to have fun and change the world, to trouble your understanding of ability, to reveal superstars in our midst, and to prove that, in fact, we are the people we've been waiting for.
    fionnathan.productions@gmail.com
    Find ‘Fionnathan’ on our website, twitter, youtube, instagram, and facebook
  • 12th November 2017
    Donal Lunny and Mick Hanly

    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    It was inevitable that two stalwarts of the Irish music scene, whose careers have intertwined many times over the last 45 years would sooner or later emerge in the guise of a musical duo. The combination of songwriter Mick Hanly and multi-instrumentalist and composer Donal Lunny is a marriage made in musical heaven. Both have honed their musical skills to perfection and play with a freshness and enthusiasm that belies their years on the road. Don’t miss this chance to see these two great musicians perform together. Tickets €20. Starts 8pm. Bookings 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie.
  • 6th November – 25th November
    Inis Artists – Visual Art Group Exhibition
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    Clare based arts group Inis Artists return to the Clare Museum foyer this year with a new collection of work from their 15 members.The group exhibition, which runs from 6th – 25th November, features a wide variety of styles in varied media. From beautiful soft watercolours & pen & ink work to vibrant oils & acrylics the exhibits will have something to interest all.And with Christmas creeping up this is a great opportunity to find something totally original as a special gift.You can find out more about each of the members and view samples of their work on www.inisartists.com.
  • 6th November – 17th November 2017
    Stillness Breathes – Art Exhibition by Jenny Fox
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Jenny was born in Alberta, Canada and brought up in Co. Mayo, a
    nd now lives and works in Co. Tipperary. A graduate of NCAD, her work is represented in several public as well as private collections both at home and abroad. Most recently, Jenny was hosted by the 2017 Terryglass Arts Festival as its first Artist in Residence. Much of her inspiration comes from growing up in rural Ireland. The theme of her work centres on the feeling of belonging, the notions of physical space and place. According to Jenny the space and light of open land and seascapes has forced her to regard her own place within them, always creating a feeling of being very small in the wide open expanse. Sometimes this simple and common-place experience is elevated beyond the ordinary, the simple acts of being and of stillness transform to abstract resplendence - everything is connected and perfect. With her most recent work, including for this exhibition, she has tried to catch those little moments of perfection. Her paintings capture the sense of quiet joy and contentment within an empty place, where the horizons seem endless. She is not trying to paint these places rather the expression of how she experiences them. She paints using oil applied on canvas built up with plaster in which she has made pre-planned marks, she cuts, scratches and etches into the plaster and then creates thin layers of colour and texture by applying, scratching back and re-applying paint, gradually building a richness of depth. With all her work she seeks to have an interplay with subject, composition and technique, to produce work which is restrained yet airy. She wants to combine subtle gestures in material, light and tone to form carefully planned minimal planes.
    Jenny's exhibition will be on display in the foyer of Cultúrlann Sweeney from the 6th November - 17th November during library opening hours. Monday & Wednesday 1.30pm - 5.30pm & 6pm – 8pm. Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10.30am - 1.30pm & 2pm - 5.30pm. Saturday 10.30am – 2pm.
  • 1st November 2017
    Film Club - The Night Of The Hunter
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    It is part fairy tale, part Southern gothic horror story, this brilliant 1955 film is Charles Laughton’s debut as a director—and unfortunately the only film he directed. Scripted by Laughton and James Agee, the film tells the story of a psychopathic preacher Robert Mitchum (with L-O-V-E and H-A-T-E tattooed on his fingers) who pursues two children who hold the key to hidden loot. Starts at 7.30pm. It is 93 minutes. Tickets €5 and €4 seniors. Bookings 065 9060769, online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie or buy on the door on the evening of the film.

October

  • 31st October – 11th November
    Hammer and Tongs from the Real to the Surreal, An Exhibition of Works by Mark Wilson with Photography and Film by Yonit Kosovske
    Scariff Library Gallery
    Yonit Kosovske moved to Ireland in 2011. A classical musician performing repertoire from the Renaissance through Contemporary periods on harpsichord and piano, in recent years Yonit has been nurturing her artistic voice through photography, finding parallels between the visual and aural worlds, sharing endless metaphors in their treatment of dissonance and harmony, perspective, contrast, light and shadow. Mirroring Yonit's poetic palette in music, her camera draws her in to the visual contrasts of things tough & tender, broken & beautiful, dark & light, hidden & revealed.
    Mark Wilson started blacksmithing at the age of 12 and trained at Manchester Polytechnic in wood/metal/ ceramics in the early eighties. He spent ten years working as a community artist and moved to Ireland in 1992 where he retrained in green wood working. Mark eventually became allergic to certain woods and retrained in coppersmithing and went back to black smithing .He is presently based in the old forge in Mountshannon, Co Clare and works with communities, schools and shows teaching traditional craft skills. Marks current work concentrates on his reaction to our throwaway society, His work takes many forms from his Rustic Steam Punk work at the Killaloe Hotel to community based commissions such as the Scarrif town clock and community garden arch way . Taking scrap and turning it into treasure has been his lifelong passion.
    This exhibition runs from the 31th October – 11th November, it is free and all are welcome to attend.
  • Tuesday 31st Oct 2017
    HALLOWEEN at Ennis Friary
    Guided tour at 3.00pm
    Under 12's free as usual, and for one day only, any age group dressed for Halloween will have free admission.
  • 26th – 29th October 2017
    2017 Burren Winterage Weekend: Heading into t
    he Hills with a Burren Farmer
    The farming traditions of the Burren are unique; resulting in the renowned Burren biodiversity and the landscape familiar to all. This October Bank Holiday weekend why not join some of the farmer custodians of the landscape as they share the secrets of their hills?
    For hundreds of years, Burren farmers have marked the end of summer by herding their cattle up onto winter pastures in the limestone uplands, in the tradition known as winterage and the Burren is one of the only places in the world where it still occurs. Winterage has been integral to shaping today’s familiar Burren landscape. Along with the local community, the Burrenbeo Trust is coordinating this weekend which celebrates this fascinating farming heritage and the broader significance of pastoral farming in the Burren and beyond.
    The weekend includes a Herdsman’s Walk led by local farmer Patrick McCormack on Saturday 28th October. This walk will include a mixture of stories, folklore and farming and is in a beautiful location overlooking the iconic Mullaghmore mountain. Booking is essential and all walks can be booked on www.burrenwinterageweekend.eventbrite.ie or 091 638096. The weekend’s events culminate in the community cattle drive on the Sunday in Fanore – where the community follow a herd of cattle into the Burren hills where they will spend the winter. This is a great celebration of this rich tradition and a unique and authentic experience.
    The Winterage Weekend is a non-profit event, coordinated by the Burrenbeo Trust with the support of the local community. Pick up a programme locally or visit the www.burrenwinterage.com website for details of all the events. For more information please contact info@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096.
  • Thursday 26th October 2017
    "Back to its glorious past - restoring Dysert Castle", a talk by Dick Cronin
    X-PO Kilnaboy at 8.30 p.m.
    Dysert castle was built in 1480 by Diarmuid O’Dea, Lord of Cineal Fearmaic. The uppermost floors and staircase were badly damaged by the Cromwellians in 1651. In 1986 using local skills Dick Cronin magnificently restored Dysert O'Dea Castle. It has been open to the public since as The Clare Archaeology Centre. The building contains 10 rooms across 4 floors. There are a further 25 archaeological monuments on two walking trails in the castle vicinity.
    Dick Cronin is the Architectural Conservation Officer 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
    Dick has published widely on the local history, archaeology, built environment and place names of County Clare and gives regular lectures to interested groups and third level colleges.
    The illustrated talk takes place at the X-PO in Kilnaboy on Thursday 26th October at 8.30 p.m.
    The X-PO is a parish community hub located in a former post office.
    Admission free and all are welcome. More information 087 292 54 87.
  • Wednesday 25 October 2017
    Learn to SCUBA DIVE with The Burren Sub Aqua Club.
    Lahinch Leisure World at 7pm
    Open night followed by a TRY A DIVE in the pool. Celebrating their 25th year diving in the waters around Clare, the Burren Sub Aqua Club invites you to see what lies beneath. For further information, contact us 086 8180044 or Facebook/burrensubaquaclub
    Visit: www.burrensubaquaclub.com
  • Thursday, 19th October 2017
    “Tim Robinson: Connemara”

    Film screening at X-PO, Kilnaboy at 8.30 p.m.
    The X-PO in Kilnaboy starts its autumn/winter series of monthly films with a rare public screening of the Pat Collins directed film Tim Robinson: Connemara.
    The 57 minute-long documentary focuses on the extraordinary writer and mapmaker, Tim Robinson.
    Roundstone-based Robinson has extensively mapped and studied Connemara over the last thirty years. His work has reached international recognition through the remarkable trilogy of Connemara books - Listening to the Wind, The Last Pool of Darkness and A Little Gaelic Kingdom.
    Collins’s film is based on the three Connemara books. It is a visual interpretation of Robinson’s work as a map-maker and writer. An exploration of landscape, history and mythology - this film acts as an intersection between writing, film-making and the natural world.
    Robinson’s highly detailed map of the Burren, The Burren a two-inch map of the uplands of north-west Clare, is one of the milestones of his career. The map is framed in several dwellings and commercial premises in North Clare. The director, Pat Collins, is one of Ireland’s most renowned documentary film makers. Pat’s company, Harvest Films, is based in Baltimore, County Cork.
    The X-PO is a community hub housed in the former post office in Kilnaboy. An X-PO mapping group is engaged in a number of projects detailing the built heritage of the parish. Admission to the event is free and all are welcome. More information 087 292 54 87.
  • 17th October – 4th November, 2017
    An exhibition of new work by artist Larisa K.Bevillard
    Clare County Museum, Ennis
    Larisa K. Bevillard is an Ennis based visual artist/muralist who has been drawing and painting since childhood. She achieved a degree in Design and Marketing from the Art Institute of Boston and then went on to achieve a BA in Fine Arts from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2009 Larisa founded ‘’Arts in Ennis’’, the school’s primary aim is to teach appreciation of Fine Art and to make art instruction accessible to the local community and in particular to the children/youth o
    f Ennis. The exhibition runs from the 17th October – 4th of November and features a collection of new oil paintings depicting a series of still lives and vignettes of traditional Irish rural scenes.
  • 16th October – 3rd November:
    No Ordinary People by Rachel Mcmanus
    Cúlturlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Clare County Arts Office are delighted to present ‘’ No Ordinary People’’ by Rachel Macmanus at Cultúrlann Sweeney an exhibition of portraits of he residents of Ennis Nursing Home which runs from the 24th July to 18th August. Rachel MacManus is an artist living and working in Ennis. She has a BA in visual Communications from NCAD, and is currently enrolled on a Masters in Fine Art. ‘I am very interested in exploring contemporary portraiture. I am fascinated by the concept of ‘ordinary people’. I find, when you take the time to sit down and talk to someone, they usually turn out to be the opposite of ordinary.
    Rachel works from her studio on O’ Connell Street, Ennis and you can view more of her work at www.rachelmacmanusart.com
  • 13th October 2017
    Chris Wood
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    A longtime champion of English music, songwriter, musician, and outstanding singer Chris Wood has in the past been described as "the renaissance man of English folk." While widely admired and respected by his peers on the U.K. folk scene, he was for many years largely unknown by the folk-loving public at large. That all changed with his landmark album The Lark Descending in 2005, an entirely solo acoustic collection released on his own label, RUF Records, which marked him not only as one of England's most important and influential folksingers with a uniquely subtle approach to performance, but also an immensely gifted songwriter. Tickets €20, show starts at 8pm. Bookings 065 9069769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • Tuesday, 10th October 2017
    The wreck of the Leon XIII
    The Malbay, Miltown Malbay at 8pm.
    For the first talk of the 2017/2018 season, The Old Kilfarboy Society present Mick Carrick who will deliver a talk on the Leon XII, which was driven up on the rocky reefs off Quilty on 2 October 1907. In the face of great danger, the local fishermen risked the their lives in the gales and Atlantic breakers. Effecting a rescue in their small open currachs against great adversity, they reached the wreck managing to save the crew and bring them safely ashore. Mick will recount this brave story and its effect in the village.
    Admission is €5. Email: oldkilfarboysociety@gmail.com for more information.
  • 4th October 2017
    Film Club – A Man Called Ove
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    This 2016 film (116 mins) Cert 15A was directed by Hannes Holm and stars Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg and Ida Engvoll. Based on a novel and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars this Swedish comedy-drama tells the story of Ove - a widower struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife. However, everything changes as he encounters the young family who move in next door. Tickets €5, seniors €4. Film starts at 7.30pm. Subtitled film. Bookings 065 9069769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 2nd – 28th October
    Exhibition of paintings by artist Rita Linney
    Scariff Library. Gallery
    Born in Yorkshire, Rita Linney moved to County Clare in 2016 to follow her ambition to work as a full time artist. She attended Art College in Doncaster and Canterbury to study fine art and over the years has worked with various artists including prominent Yorkshire artist David J Curtis ROI, RSMA in the north east of Britain. Rita has exhibited with various prestigious venues in England including the Royal Society of Marine Artists. The exhibition runs from the 2nd – 28th of October, 2017 and features new paintings of local land and seascapes. All art works are for sale, it’s a free event and all are welcome to attend. Rita’s work can also be viewed on www.artweb.com
  • 2nd – 14th October,
    Tapestry Exhibition with artist Ania Afshar
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    Ennis based tapestry artist Ania Afshar will exhibit a selection of her hand made tapestries at the Clare Museum from the 2nd – 14th of October. Born in Poland Ania Afshar began her apprenticeship in printing tapestries at the while studying at the university. Each unique piece that she creates is printed by hand using an age old process of carved wood blocks and ink.
    In talking about her work, Ania says ‘’for me the work of making tapestries is an act of worship. Every design represents an allegory with a long-standing historical significance. The process of creation, the harmony and rhythms of world, and respect for nature and social diversity are all ubiquitous. The process of culling the raw materials from the earth and mixing them together represents the natural elements coming together, bringing the artist closer to god by imitating the original creation’’.
    The artist will hold a free printing demonstration at the Clare Museum on Saturday the 7th of October at 2.30 pm. www.aruscraft.com

September

  • 22nd September 2017
    Culture Night 2017
    Culture Night take place on Friday the 22nd of September in association with Clare Arts Office.
    Full listing of events for Clare or visit http://events.culturenight.ie/clare
    All events are free.
  • 22nd September 2017
    Declan O’ Rourke
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    To celebrate Culture Night De
    clan O’ Rourke will be playing a free concert in Cultúrlann Sweeney at 8pm. Tickets will only be available on the door that evening on a first come first served basis. For more information contact the Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769.
  • 6th September 2017
    Film Club – Frantz
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    This 2016 film (116 mins) was
    directed by Francois Ozon and stars Pierre Niney, Paula Beer and Ernst Stotzner. It is an enthralling romantic drama, set in post WW1 Germany and centres on a grieving woman, Anna, who one day finds a young Frenchman, Adrien, laying flowers at the grave of her fiancé. Revealing himself to be an old friend of Frantz, Adrien reignites a long departed joy in Anna. But was there more to his relationship with Frantz than is being revealed?. Tickets €5, seniors €4. Film starts at 7.30pm. Subtitled film. Bookings 065 9069769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 5th – 30th September
    Therianthropy by Marie Connole
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    This September the Clare Museum presents an exciting visual arts exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Marie Connole. Therianthropy is the myth
    ological ability of human beings to metamorphose into other animals by means of shapeshifting. Clare artist Marie Connole will exhibit a new series of paintings at the Clare County Museum inspired by shapeshifting in Irish storytelling. The work will be exhibited in the Foyer from the 5th – 30th of September. The artist will provide a free public talk on the series at 6.30pm on Friday 22nd September as part of Culture Night 2017. All ages are welcome for what will be an enlightening discussion on an intriguing subject.
  • September 4th – 30th, 2017
    Therianthropy by Marie Connole
    Clare County Museum, Ennis
    This September the Clare Museum presents an exciting visual arts exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Marie Connole. Therianthropy is the mythological ability of human beings to metamorphose into other animals by means of shapeshifting. Clare artist Marie Connole will exhibit a new series of paintings at the Clare County Museum inspired by shapeshifting in Irish storytelling. The work will be exhibited in the Foyer from the 5th – 30th of September. The artist will provide a free public talk on the series at 6.30pm on Friday 22nd September as part of Culture Night 2017. All ages are welcome for what will be an enlightening discussion on an intriguing subject.
    Marie Connole is an artist and teacher from Clare. Earlier this year her solo exhibition ‘As Above So Below’ featured for six months at the Irish Arts Center in New York City. She has been involved in several public art commissions and has exhibited in the National Gallery of Ireland, EVA International, Tulca, The Science Gallery TCD and Draiocht Arts Centre. Her paintings feature in public and private collections and she has received several awards. For more information visit www.marieconnole.com or contact at marieconnole@gmail.com.

August

  • 27th August, 2017
    Guided Tour of Ennis Friary
    OPW Ennis Friary, Abbey Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, 3pm - 4pm
    Guided tour of the 13th century Franciscan friary, founded by the O'Briens. View the 15th century limestone sculptures & many other interesting features of the oldest building in the town of Ennis.
  • 27th August, 2017
    Birds at Ennis Friary
    OPW Ennis Friary, Abbey Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, 11am - 12pm
    Come and explore the natural heritage of Ennis Friary. Rick Whelan from Birdwatch Ireland will lead this tour/talk on the bird life in the 13th century at Ennis Friary.
  • 26th August 2017
    Jason Wilber
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    Jason Wilber is an accomplished american folk singer/songwriter and guitarist. He is probably best known for being the lead guitarist with John Prine for the last 21 years. His new album Reaction Time is being releaced this month. Don't miss this rare chance to see him in concert in Ireland. Show starts 8pm. Tickets €15. Tickets available from the box office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 25th August 2017
    The 4 Of Us
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    This multi-award-winning band have seven fine albums under their belt and a catalogue of memorable songs that have featured on irish and international tv and film soundtracks. To this day, their 1989 smash hit Mary, remains one of the most played tracks on radio. Founding members Brendan and Declan Murphy have been captivating audiences throughtout Ireland with their superb acoustic performances. Show starts 8pm. Tickets €20, under 18’s €10. Tickets available from the box office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 20th August, 2017
    Kings & Queens of Ennis Friary
    OPW Ennis Friary, Abbey Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, 11am - 12pm
    Come & see the burial vaults of the kings and queens entombed in Ennis. Hear about the detailed lives of the Thomond royalty whose bones remain entombed in the vaults of Ennis' old Franciscan friary.
    Local historian and author, Brian Dinan, 'brings to life' their names and life stories, while examining features of the burial vaults in the friary's chancel. Fascinating details on the noble ladies of Thomond will be revealed
  • 20th August, 2017
    Guided Tour of Ennis Friary
    OPW Ennis Friary, Abbey Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, 3pm - 4pm
    Guided tour of the 13th century Franciscan friary, founded by the O'Briens. View the 15th century limestone sculptures & many other interesting features of the oldest building in the town of Ennis.
  • 19th August 2017
    Leslie Dowdell and Mike Hanrahan
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    Leslie Dowdell and Mike Hanrahan are two of this island's most acclaimed singer/songwriters. Leslie Dowdell is the voice and songwriter behind the sound that was Tua Nua and Mike Hanrahan has been the voice and songwriter of Stocktons Wing in the past. They occasionally perform at intimate venues and we are delighted that they have chosen to come to Cultúrlann Sweeney. Show starts 8pm. Tickets €18, seniors €16, under 18’s €9. Tickets available from the box office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • Friday 18th August, 2017
    Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Week
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017
    In Teach Cheoil, Kilrush Town, Co. Clare from 1 to 2 p.m.
    Music performed by Francis Cunningham, Eimear Coughlan, Martin Glynn and Siobhán Cunningham. Free Admission.
    Travel by coach west towards the coast and meet with a local guide at the scenic Kilrush Marina. All Tours are €15 per person and tickets can be booked online through www.glor.ie. Kilrush town is at the centre of the rich and diverse coastal landscape of the West Clare Peninsula. Follow the town walking trail passing Glynn’s Mill, the Maid of Eireann Statue and the Market House while learning about the musical highlights of the area including the stories of famous musicians Mrs. Crotty and Tomas Madigan. The walk ends to enjoy a Riches of Clare concert before departing for the return trip to Ennis. For further information contact Deirdre Power at 065-6846498. Email: dpower@clarecoco.ie
  • Thursday 17th August, 2017
    Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Week
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017
    In Kilfenora Cathedral, Co. Clare from 1 to 2 p.m.
    Music performed by Seán Vaughan, David Sanders, Pat Marsh and John Flanagan. Free Admission
    This tour begins with a trip to North Clare stooping off at the town of Lisdoonvarna. All Tours are €15 per person and tickets can be booked online through www.glor.ie. Lisdoonvarna originally famous as a Victorian Spa town and more recently as the home of The Matchmaking Festival. The coach is met by a local guide who will take visitors to see the Spa Wells and impart the history of the town and its reputation for tourism, music and natural heritage. From Lisdoonvarna the tour continues to Kilfenora, the home of the renowned Tulla Céilí band. Here at Kilfenora Cathedral enjoy a Riches of Clare music concert before heading back to Ennis town. For further information contact Deirdre Power at 065-6846498. Email: dpower@clarecoco.ie
  • Wednesday 16th August, 2017
    Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Week
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017
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    n Teach Cheoil, Corofin, Co. Clare from 1 to 2 p.m
    Music performed by Eoin O’Neill, Jon O’Connell, Adam Shapiro and Aoibheann Queally. Free Admission.
    This day trip offers a taste of North Clare and the famous Buren region of Clare. All Tours are €15 per person and tickets can be booked online through www.glor.ie. Arrive in the heart of the Burren National Park for a guided stroll through the karst limestone and unique landscape. Following the walk, the trip continues by coach to Corofin Village where visitors can explore The Burren Heritage Centre. A short stroll through the village takes you to a Riches of Clare Concert before returning to Ennis. For further information contact Deirdre Power at 065-6846498. Email: dpower@clarecoco.ie
  • Tuesday 15th August, 2017
    Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Week
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017

    in The Courthouse, Tulla, Co. Clare from 1 to 2 p.m.
    Music performed by Hugh Healy, Colm Healy, Brian Mooney, Elle Marie O’Dwyer. Free Admission.
    This coach tour of the Tulla & Feakle areas takes you along the East Clare Musical Way. All Tours are €15 per person and tickets can be booked online through www.glor.ie. This area is renowned as one of the richest areas of traditional music. The tour passes the homesteads of 22 East Clare musicians, singers and dancers who are responsible for passing on the areas unique style music and tradition. After this scenic trip through lush natural landscape the tour arrives at Cnoc na Gaoithe Cultural Centre where you will be met by members of Tulla Comhaltas. The day trip concludes with a Riches of Clare Music Concert followed by return trip to Ennis town. For further information contact Deirdre Power at 065-6846498. Email: dpower@clarecoco.ie
  • Monday, 14th August, 2017
    Riches of Clare Free Concert Series, 2017 as part of the Feakle Festival
    Feakle Community Centre from 1 to 2 pm
    Music performed by Noel O’Donoghue, Michael Queally, Felim O’Coileáin and John Moloney.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091 or Mike Butler 087 6258726 or www.richesofclare.com.
  • 11th August 2017
    Eliza & the Swans
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    Summer Music On The Shannon Youth Opera Theatre presents an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's magical fairytale set to music. The music school and festival offers to musicians of all ages, and at all levels of achievement, programmes which stimulate inherent artistic talent through a wide variety of classes, rehearsals, solo recitals and ensemble performances. Performance begins at 8pm. Tickets €10, seniors €8, under 16’s €5. Tickets available from the box office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 11th August 2017
    Lunchtime Concert For Families
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    This free concert is brought to you by Summer Music on the Shannon as part of the SMS Festival events in Kilkee. The music school and festival offers to musicians of all ages, and at all levels of achievement, programmes which stimulate inherent artistic talent through a wide variety of classes, rehearsals, solo recitals and ensemble performances. Performance begins at 1pm
  • August 10-September 30, 2017
    On Edge: Paintings and Drawings by Mira Cantor
    The Gallery, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
    Opening Reception on Thursday, August 10, 6–8 PM
    Burren College of Art is pleased to host an exhibition by Boston-based artist, Mira Cantor. Cantor’s paintings and drawings have been inspired by the Burren and issues of climate change, water and the disruptions in our natural world. For further information please visit: http://burrencollege.ie/exhibitions/edge-paintings-and-drawings-mira-cantor or www.miracantor.net
  • 10th August 2017
    Freddie White
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    Freddie White has long been synonymous with music of the highest quality. He has been part of the fabric of the live music scene in Ireland since the 1970's. He was a founding member of well known irish band 'Scullion' and over the years has toured with the likes of Eric Clapton. He has recorded many great songs over his 40 years in the business. Show starts 8pm. Tickets €18, seniors €16, under 18’s €9. Tickets available from the box office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 7th August – 2nd September:
    As We See It – Shannon Camera Club
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    Shannon Camera Club celebrates 40 years of photography this year with a total of 33 images from 20 club members in "As We See It" a photographic exhibition at the Clare Museum opening on the 7th August. This show features an eclectic array of images which includes landscapes, townscapes, flora and fauna plus many photographs from our own Clare County but some from as far away as Tadoba National Park in India
  • 6th August 2017
    Jack L
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    The show is called ‘Magic Days’ and stems from his all new, self-penned album of the same name which is in the shops and selling like hot cakes. Jack’s live performances are selling out right around the country. Jack promises to deliver a spectacular event with some great new characters to introduce you to, including The King Of Soho and many more intriguing creations from his vivid imagination! And none more vivid then the man himself! show starts 8pm. Tickets €22, Seniors €20 and under 18’s €11. Tickets available from the box office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 5th August 2017
    Lunchtime Concert for Familes
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    Summer Music on the Shannon established in Ennis in 1994, is expanding the 24th annual SMS Festival in Co. Clare to include two days of events in Kilkee. This free concert will be the first of two free lunchtime concerts to be held in August in Culturlann Sweeney. Start time 1pm.
  • 5th August 2017
    The Magic of Mozart in Kilkee
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    This programme is brought to you by Summer Music on the Shannon. It includes Mozart Concerto in G major, performed by violist Freya Creech who began her studies 24 years ago. She will be accompanied by the SMS Chamber Orchestra. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets €10, seniors €8 and under 16’s €5. Tickets available from the box office on 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie

July

  • 31st July 2017
    Comic Strip workshop with Aidan Courtney
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Age Group 8yrs – 12yrs. This workshop is 1 hour long and Aidan will teach the children how to make a comic strip in that time. All materials provided.
    Time 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Tickets per workshop are €8 and €6 per additional child thereafter. Booking 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 31st July 2017
    Drawing Workshop with Aidan Courtney
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Age Group 5yrs - 8 yrs. This is a 40min workshop where Aidan will do a drawing workshop suitable for this age group. All materials provided. Time 2.30pm - 3.10pm. Tickets per workshop are €6 and €4 per additional child thereafter. Booking 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 28th July 2017
    Make a Comic Workshop with Aidan Courtney
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Age Group 12yrs +. This workshop is 90 minutes long and teenagers will produce a comic with Aidan's guidance during this workshop. All materials provided
    Time 2.30pm – 4pm. Tickets per workshop are €8 and €6 per additional child thereafter. Booking 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 28 July 2017
    Frankie Gavin and De Dannan
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Frankie Gavin and De Dannan bring something different and unique to their audiences. The band’s repertoire includes their trademark sets of lively, sometimes furious jigs and reels –– but their choice of material, arrangements and playing style combine to set traditional Irish music in a wider musical and cultural context. This 21st century line-up infuses the band’s inherited music with a bewildering range of influences – from gypsy jazz to contemporary pop music, and from mainstream European classical music to sentimental Irish-American ballads. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost €25 and €12.50 for under 18’s. Bookings 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 27th July 2017
    Children’s Film Club – Gnome and Juliet

    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Set in the gardens of fair Verona Drive, we witness the blossoming romance of two young gnomes, Gnome (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt), amidst a turf war between the reds and the blues. Between the high-speed lawnmower chases and stealth missions, hearts (and hats) are broken, loyalties are tested and garden boundaries drawn, but can true gnomance conquer all? When your best friends are an over-excitable frog, a lovelorn flamingo, a loyal mushroom, a team of Bond-esque bunnies and a dopey fawn, there’s a shedload of fun and adventure around every plant pot! Starts 6.30pm. Duration 84mins. 2011 film. Tickets €4, family of 4 €15. Bookings 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • Wednesday, 26th July, 2017
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017 - Summer Series

    The Sanctuary, Queens Hotel, Ennis from 1 to 2 pm
    Music performed by Fergal Burke, Aidan McMahon, Ciara O'Sullivan and Fintan McMahon.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091 or Mike Butler 087 6258726 or www.richesofclare.com.
  • 24th July to 18th August, 2017
    No Ordinary People by artist Rachel MacManus
    Scariff Library Gallery , Open Mon- Sat
    Clare County Arts Office are delighted to present "No Ordinary People" by Rachel Macmanus at the Scariff Library. "No Ordinary People " is an exhibition of portraits of the residents of Ennis Nursing Home by artis Rachel MacManus. Rachel is living and working in Ennis. She has a BA in visual Communications from NCAD, and is currently enrolled on a Masters in Fine Art.
  • 21st July 2017
    Make a Comic Workshop with Aidan Courtney
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Age Group 12yrs +. This workshop is 90 minutes long and teenagers will produce a comic with Aidan's guidance during this workshop. All materials provided
    Time 2.30pm – 4pm. Tickets per workshop are €8 and €6 per additional child thereafter. Booking 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 20th July 2017
    Children’s Film Club - The Iron Giant
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    The Iron Giant follows the incredible adventures of young Hogarth Hughes who late one night discovers and befriends an enormous robot that has fallen from the stars. But Hogarth now has a very big problem: how do you keep a 50-foot-tall, steel-eating giant a secret – especially when there is a nosy government agent asking questions in town and the combined land, sea and air power of the U.S. military is mobilizing to destroy the “alien invader” ? Starts 6.30pm. Duration 86mins. 1999 film. Tickets €4, family of 4 €15. Bookings 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • Wednesday, 19th July, 2017
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017 - Summer Series
    The Sanctuary, Queens Hotel, Ennis from 1 to 2 pm
    Music performed by Caroline Doohan, Carmel Doohan, Christina Doohan and Clodagh Doohan.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091 or Mike Butler 087 6258726 or www.richesofclare.com.
  • Sunday 16th July 2017
    Old Kilfarboy Society guided walk of C
    oole Park
    Coole Park, Gort, Co. Galway at 2.30pm.
    The outing begins with a 30 minute film on the life of Lady Gregory at 2.30 pm. This will be followed at 3 pm by a guided walk of approximately 1-1.5 hours to include the history and environment of Coole.
    Meet at Church Car Park in Miltown Malbay at 1.45 pm for car pooling and a 2 pm departure.
  • 28th July 2017
    Make a Comic Workshop with Aidan Courtney
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Age Group 12yrs +. This workshop is 90 minutes long and teenagers will produce a comic with Aidan's guidance during this workshop. All materials provided
    Time 2.30pm – 4pm. Tickets per workshop are €8 and €6 per additional child thereafter. Booking 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 24th July 2017
    Comic Strip workshop with Aidan Courtney
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Age Group 8yrs – 12yrs. This workshop is 1 hour long and Aidan will teach the children how to make a comic strip in that time. All materials provided.
    Time 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Tickets per workshop are €8 and €6 per additional child thereafter. Booking 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 24th July 2017
    Drawing Workshop with Aidan Courtney
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Age Group 5yrs - 8 yrs. This is a 40min workshop where Aidan will do a drawing workshop suitable for this age group. All materials provided. Time 2.30pm - 3.10pm. Tickets per workshop are €6 and €4 per additional child thereafter. Booking 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 17th July 2017
    Comic Strip workshop with Aidan Courtney
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Age Group 8yrs – 12yrs. This workshop is 1 hour long and Aidan will teach the children how to make a comic strip in that time. All materials provided.
    Time 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Tickets per workshop are €8 and €6 per additional child thereafter. Booking 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 17th July 2017
    Drawing Workshop with Aidan Courtney
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Age Group 5yrs - 8 yrs. This is a 40min workshop where Aidan will do a drawing workshop suitable for this age group. All materials provided. Time 2.30pm - 3.10pm. Tickets per workshop are €6 and €4 per additional child thereafter. Booking 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 13th July 2017
    Children’s Film Club – Horton Hears a Who!

    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    The people behind Ice Age have done a lovely job of animating the elasticated world of Dr Seuss. Jim Carrey provides the voice of the lolloping elephant Horton who discovers a city on a speck of dirt and becomes its protector, reasoning that “a person’s a person, no matter how small. Starts 6.30pm. Duration 88mins. 2008 film. Cert G. Tickets €4, family of 4 €15. Bookings 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • Wednesday, 12th July, 2017
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017 - Summer Series
    The Sanctuary, Queens Hotel, Ennis from 1 to 2 p
    m
    Music performed by Bríd O'Gorman, Cathy Kelly, Liam Flanagan and Eoin O'Neill.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091 or Mike Butler 087 6258726 or www.richesofclare.com.
  • Tuesday 11th July
    "Dev and the East Clare Election"
    OPW Ennis Friary, Abbey Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
    On the 11th July, 1917 Eamon de Valera was declared elected as M.P. in the East Clare constituency. On the centenary of this event join us for a talk on the topic by author & historian Dr. Padraig Og O'Ruairc
    Admission Free & wheelchair accessible.
  • Tuesday 11th July, 2017
    'Recent and ongoing work on the Parknabinnia Court tomb assemblage'
    The Pavillion Theatre, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare at 7.30pm
    The 2017 Summer archaeology lecture series restarts this Tuesday, with a lecture from Dr Carleton Jones, our academic director and author of 'The Burren and the Aran Islands - Exploring the Archaeology'. His talk, entitled 'Recent and ongoing work on the Parknabinnia Court tomb assemblage', promises to give a fascinating account of how new scientific techniques are aiding our understanding of prehistory. All evening lectures are open to the public for a small contribution of €5.
  • July 10th – July 22nd
    Seascapes by Brid Quinlan

    Scariff Library Gallery, Open from Monday – Saturday
    A collection of paintings depicting local seascapes by artist Brid Quinlan
  • 10th July 2017
    Comic Strip workshop with Aidan Courtney
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Age Group 8yrs – 12yrs. This workshop is 1 hour long and Aidan will teach the children how to make a comic strip in that time. All materials provided.
    Time 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Tickets per workshop are €8 and €6 per additional child thereafter. Booking 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 10th July 2017
    Drawing Workshop with Aidan Courtney
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Age Group 5yrs - 8 yrs. This is a 40min workshop where Aidan will do a drawing workshop suitable for this age group. All materials provided. Time 2.30pm - 3.10pm. Tickets per workshop are €6 and €4 per additional child thereafter. Booking 065 9060769 or book online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie
  • 6th July 2017
    Children’s Film Club – Tales of Beatrix Potter

    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Jemima Puddle-duck, Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland indeed all the delightful and famous Beatrix Potter characters come to life in this colourful and imaginative musical interpretation of her tales, choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton, composted and scored by John Lanchbery, and danced by members of the Royal Ballet. Five of the famed Victorian author’s most well-known stories with guest appearances of characters from other themes have been linked to present an enchanting story-line that will thrill adults and children alike. Starts 6.30pm. Duration 90mins. 1971 film. Cert G. Tickets €4, family of 4 €15. Bookings 065 9060769 or online at www.culturlannsweeney.ie

June

  • Wednesday, 28th June, 2017
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017 - Summer Series
    The Sanctuary, Queens Hotel, Ennis from 1 to 2 pm
    Music performed by Kieran Hehir, Niamh O'Dea, Martin Dermody and Margaret Hehir.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091 or Mike Butler 087 6258726 or www.richesofclare.com.
  • 26 June - 21 July 2017
    As We See It Photographic Exhibition
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Shannon Camera Club members will exhibit a selection of their work at Cultúrlann Sweeeney from June 26th to July 21st 2017. The title of the exhibition is 'As We See It' and it celebrates 40 years of photography at Shannon Camera Club. The club first enrolled members in 1977 with many members coming and going over the years, but one of the original members - Sheamus O'Donoghue - is presently club secretary having remained with the club from the beginning. Most of the club members will participate in the exhibition with 35 images from their collection of work during 2016 and 2017. There is a great array of pictures which includes landscapes, seascapes, flora and fauna. Many of the images were captured in Co. Clare with a few from as far away as Tadoba National Park in India.
    The exhibition can be viewed during library opening hours. Mon and Wed 1.30 - 5.30 pm and 6 - 8 pm. Tues, Thurs and Friday 10.30 am - 1.30 pm and 2 - 5 pm
  • Friday, 23rd June, 2017
    Riches of Clare, Free Concert Series 2017 as
    part of the Clare County Fleadh
    Teach Ceoil, Kilrush, Co. Clare from 8 to 9 pm
    Music performed by Josephine Marsh, Mick Kinsella, Geraldine McNamara and Noel O’Grady.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091 or Mike Butler 087 6258726 or www.richesofclare.com.
  • Wednesday, 21st June, 2017
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017 - Summer Series
    The Sanctuary, Queens Hotel, Ennis from 1 to 2 pm
    Music performed by Tara Breen, Conor Crimmins, Dermot Sheedy and Marty Barry.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office art
    s@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091 or Mike Butler 087 6258726 or www.richesofclare.com.
  • 20th June – 8th July
    Photographic exhibition of The Skellig Islands from a collection by Catherine Merrigan

    Scariff Library Gallery
    From June 20th the Scariff Library gallery will showcase an exhibition of unique photographs of The Skellig Islands from a collection by Catherine Merrigan, OPW Caretaker/Guide on The Skellig Island.
    Born in Wexford, Catherine Merrigan took many trips to the Saltee Islands as a child and was fascinated by the wildlife there. For the past 22 years she has lived in Dingle, Co Kerry , each summer working on Skellig Island as a OPW guide to the hundreds of visitors who flock to this unique island and as a caretaker to the islands wildlife.
    The magnificent Skellig Islands lie 12 km off the coast of Portmagee in South West Kerry. Rising majestically from the sea, Skellig Michael towers 714ft above sea level. There is a fantastic wealth of bird life on and around the Skelligs, especially puffins in late spring and gannets on the small Skellig where 23,000 pairs nest on every available ledge making it the second largest gannet colony in the world.
    Over the past 17 years Catherine has developed a substantial collection of stunning photographic images that depict her longstanding connection to the Island.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091
  • Wednesday, 14th June, 2017
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series, 2017 - Summer Series
    The Sanctuary, Queens Hotel, Ennis fro
    m 1 to 2 pm
    Music performed by Sheila Garry, Elaine Hogan, Conor McCarthy and James Duddy.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091 or Mike Butler 087 6258726 or www.richesofclare.com.
  • Sunday 11th June 2017
    Old Kilfarboy Society Guided Walk: Rathborney Valley and Cappanwalla Hill in the Burren North
    Miltown Malbay Church car park at 2pm.
    The guided walk will visit the lovely medieval church and graveyard at Rathborney, one or two of the fine cashels that are a feature of the Rathborney valley, and weather permitting will include a walk along part of the Burren Way to see the prehistoric enclosure on Cappanawalla hill. Christine Grant, (archaeologist with the National Monument Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) will be our guide. Meet at Church Car Park in Miltown Malbay for a 2pm departure.
    Cost is €5 per adult. All Welcome. Contact Maura at 087-1264527 for more information.
  • Wednesday, 7th June, 2017
    Riches of Clare, Free Lunchtime Concert Series
    , 2017 - Summer Series
    The Sanctuary, Queens Hotel, Ennis from 1 to 2 pm
    Music performed by James Cullinan, Tony Linnane, Danny O'Mahony and Mick Connelly.
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091 or Mike Butler 087 6258726 or www.richesofclare.com.
  • Monday, 5th June - 1st July 2017
    Rita Linney, Art Exhibition

    Clare Museum, Arthur's Row, Ennis, Co. Clare.
    Visual artist Rita Linney exhibits new paintings at the Ennis Museum 5th June – 1st July.Born in Yorkshire, Rita Linney moved to County Clare in 2016 to follow her ambition to work as a full time artist. She attended Art College in Doncaster and Canterbury to study fine art and over the years has worked with various artists including prominent Yorkshire artist David J Curtis ROI, RSMA in the north east of Britain. Rita has exhibited with various prestigious venues in England including the Royal Society of Marine Artists. The exhibition runs from the 5th June – 1st of July at the Ennis Museum and features new paintings of both local land and seascapes. All art works are for sale, it’s a free event and all are welcome to attend. Rita’s work can also be viewed on www.artweb.com
    For further information contact Clare Arts Office arts@clarelibrary.ie or 065 6899091
  • Sunday, 4th June, 2017
    ‘Irish Remedies in the Burren’ with Dr Dilis Clare
    Slieve Carron/ Eagles Rock Nature Reserve at 2pm
    Dr Dilis Clare is a leading authority on Herbal Medicine. She is a qualified GP and medical herbalist and is the clinical director at her integrated health clinic, Health and Herbs. Dilis’s walk will look at some of the medicinal properties of the Burren’s wild flowers.
    Meet at Slieve Carron Nature reserve at 2pm. Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. 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. Please note that due to increasing numbers this will be the last Burrenbeo Trust monthly walk which is open to non-members. To become a member please visit www.burrenbeo.com. For more information please email aine@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.

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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