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County Clare Events Calendar 2009
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DECEMBER 2009:

  • December 19th
    Ireland’s Young Tenors and Dean Power
    Presented by Clarecastle GAA Club in St. Peter and Paul’s Church Clarecastle at 8.15 p.m.
    Tickets €20 on sale in local shops or contact John at 086 8843751 or Mary at 087 6866844
  • Thursday December 17th
    T – Shirt Exhibition by members of EMC (Every Moment Counts) Youth Group on the theme of ‘Violence against women is a human rights issue’

    Scariff Library
    EMC ( Every Moment Counts) Youth Group, which is a mixed group of young people aged between 13 and 18yrs old, have taken it upon themselves to raise awareness in their community about the high incidence of violence experienced by women. The Youth are putting on a t-shirt exhibition to demonstrate that the silence has to be broken about this issue at a local and global level. This exhibition will be launched at Scarriff Library on Thursday evening December 17th at 7.00 pm.
    If anyone needs to speak to someone about this issue, Womens Aid operate a Freephone helpline from 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week. The number is 1800 341 900.
  • Thursday 17th December
    ‘Ringfort landscapes - living in the Burren in the first millennium AD’ - Burrenbeo Trust Monthly Talk with Dr Michelle Comber (NUI Galway) at 8.30pm on 17th December 2009 at the Burrenbeo Trust Information Centre, Main Street, Kinvara. Everyone is welcome. This event is free to Trust members and has a €5 charge for non-members. For more information please call 091 638096 or email trust@burrenbeo.com
  • Thurs 17th December,
    Lismorhaun Singers Concert Ballyvaughan.
    St John the Baptist Church.
    Tickets €15 or €50 for family from Jordans in Lisdoonvarna, Mooneys in Ballyvaughan, Crosbies in
    Ennistymon and Sceal Eile in Ennis.
  • Wed 16th December
    Lismorhaun Singers Concert Ennis..
    Tickets €15 or €50 for family from
    Jordans in Lisdoonvarna, Mooneys in Ballyvaughan, Crosbies in Ennistymon and Sceal Eile in Ennis.
  • December 13th
    Annual Ennis Parish Carol Service
    The Annual Ennis Parish Carol Service take place at Ennis Cathedral 8 p.m featuring the combined choirs of Doora / Barefield, Quin / Clooney, Clarecastle / Ballyea, Ennis Cathedral, the Friary and the Ennis Brass Band.
  • Sun. 13th December
    Loop walk Ballinalacken to Ballyvaughan
    Duration: 4.5hrs. One climb.
    Leader: Michael Queally 086 0767776 Meet: Pier Ballyvaughan @ 10.00am walk @ 10.30am.
    www.ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com
  • Sat 12th December,
    Lismorhaun Singers Concert Lisdoonvarna..
    Tickets €15 or €50 for family from
    Jordans in Lisdoonvarna, Mooneys in Ballyvaughan, Crosbies in Ennistymon and Sceal Eile in Ennis.
  • December 12, 2009
    Regina Nathan With The Ennis Youth Choir
    Teach Cheoil, Kilrush
    Conductor: Mick Hennessey. Pádhraic O’ Cuinneagáin, Accompanist.
    Time: 8.00 p.m. Adm. €20.00
  • Friday 11th Dec at 8.00pm
    Kilnaboy Christmas Gathering at the X-PO.
    Lighting the Christmas tree, Carol singing, Santa, Refreshments, Set dancing, Mulled wine, tea Mince Pies! Please Park at the pull-in above the old Kilnaboy Church. Thanks to: Kilnaboy Community Development Association and the X-PO.
  • December 11, 2009
    Regina Nathan With The Ennis Youth Choir
    Church of Ireland, Bindon Street Ennis

    Conductor: Mick Hennessey. Pádhraic O’ Cuinneagáin, Accompanist.
    Time: 8.00 p.m. Adm. €20.00
  • Thursday December 10th
    T – Shirt Exhibition by members of NRG Youth Group on the theme of ‘Violence against women is a human rights issue’
    Killaloe Library
    NRG Youth Group, which is a mixed group of young people aged between 15 and 19yrs old, have taken it upon themselves to raise awareness in their community about the high incidence of violence experienced by women. The Youth are putting on a t-shirt exhibition to demonstrate that the silence has to be broken about this issue at a local and global level. This exhibition was launched at Killaloe Library on Wed. evening December 9th at 7.00 pm.by Cllr. Patricia McCarthy.The exhibition will run for one week in the library.
    If anyone needs to speak to someone about this issue, Womens Aid operate a Freephone helpline from 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week. The number is 1800 341 900.
  • December 9th
    Cantare Chamber Choir Christmas Concert
    St. Flannan’s College Chapel at 7.30p.m.
    Tickets €10 in aid of Anesthesia Unit for Children at Gomel Hospital, Belarus
  • December 8th, 2009
    X-PO Mapping Group: Kilnaboy
    Talk by Deirdre O'Mahony on Artists and the Burren. Next Tuesday 8.00pm all welcome.
  • Tuesday 8th December
    The Old Kilfarboy Society presents 'Piping in Clare' by Terry Moylan, a piper and dancer, also archivist of Na Píobairí Uilleann, and the editor of ‘The Age of Revolution in the Irish Song Tradition - 1766 to 1815. Terry is a leading figure in Irish traditional music, dance and song and is a frequent visitor to Miltown Malbay, with strong connections to The Willie Clancy Summer School, both as a dancer and a piper.
  • Mon 7th December,
    Burren Sub Aqua Club Open Night
    Lahinch Burren Sub Aqua Club is holding an open night in Lahinch from 8pm with a try a dive afterwards in the Lahinch pool. Anyone over 16 who can swim is welcome.
    For more information visit www.burrensubaquaclub.com or call 086 8180044
  • Sun 6th December,
    Crusheen Christmas Fair
    Crusheen Christmas Fair will take place in the community centre from
    12.30-6pm. Items for sale include firewood, cakes, vegetables, Christmas trees etc.
  • Sun. 6th December
    Loop walk to Deserted Village from Fanore
    Leader: Kevin McCormack 086 3272472. Meet: O’Donoghue’s Pub @ 10.30 leave @ 11.00am. www.ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com
  • Sunday 6th December
    Burrenbeo Trust December Walk
    Folklore of the Burren - Rich imagination in a strange land with Tony Kirby
    .
    This event will take place at Slieve Carran Nature Reserve (aka Eagle’s Rock) at 2.30pm on the 6th December, 2009.
    Tony Kirby is a Limerick city native.  He is the owner/operator of Heart of Burren Walks and he has been conducting guided walks in the Burren region for six years now. Tony acted as heritage education consultant for the Burren Life Project for four years from 2005 to 2009. His first publication is entitled "The Burren and the Aran Islands – A Walking Guide". Collins Press. 2009.
    Everyone is welcome.  It is free to Burrenbeo Trust members and there is a minimum donation of €5 for non-members. For more information please contact Brigid Barry at trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 087 9689486.
    Website: www.burrenbeo.com
  • Sat 5th-6th December
    Kinvara Farmers Market
    The Kinvara Farmers Market is holding its annual Christmas food and craft market from 11am-6pm each day in the community centre. Up to 40 stalls selling a huge variety of seasonal produce and gifts with live music and entertainment for young and old.
  • Sat December 5th
    Brian O’Connell will be signing copies of his new book, ‘Wasted – A Sober Journey Through Drunken Ireland’ from 3-5pm. Ennis Bookshop, Abbey Street, Ennis
  • Sat December 5th
    Public meeting and film screening of 'The Challenge ahead: Building strength and resillience in our community' from 7-8pm in Vaughans Barn, Kilfenora.
  • Sat 5th December,
    Transition Towns meeting Kilfenora.
    A Transition Towns meeting at 7pm in Vaughan’s Barn to spark the creation of a Transition Initiative in Lisdoonvarna, Kilfenora and the surrounding areas. Open toeveryone.
    For more information email boghill@eircom.net
  • Wednesday 2nd December
    Heritage Inchicronan Townsland Night: "Where do you think you're living?"
    You are invited to trace the origins of our townslands, their folklore, stories, local names and the field names where we live. Our next Townsland Night will focus on Ballygassan, Gortaniska, Doon, Knockmeal, Drumcore & Bunahow and will be held on Wednesday, 2nd December at 8.15pm in Ballinruan Community Centre. Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172, Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com, Website: www.aughty.org
  • Wed. December 2nd
    Gaelic lordships of Clare
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre in association with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, is hosting a series of five free lectures, facilitated by Dr. Catherine Swift, in the Clare Museum building, Arthur's Row, Ennis. This series of lectures is intended as stand-alone sessions with the general title of "Crannógs in Early Ireland - The Peoples and Cultures behind Craggaunowen". Each session will deal with different cultures in Irish history but each will highlight features of the archaeological park at Craggaunowen in addition to making reference to monuments of similar eras in Clare and the surrounding region. In each of the five time periods to be discussed, there is some evidence for crannóg or crannóg-style habitations. The purpose of the lectures is to highlight the sheer variety of cultures associated with Irish crannógs and to underline the potential complexity of archaeological interpretation. Each lecture will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. Places must be booked in advance by contacting the centre at 065-6866844 or use the contact us (http://www.ennisrlc.ie/contact/) form on the ERL centre website.

NOVEMBER 2009:

  • Monday 30th November
    Desktop Survey/Using Your Head on the Web – Studying Carran Church, County Clare
    The North Clare Historical Society presents Desktop Survey/Using Your Head on the Web – Studying Carran Church, County Clare by archaeologist, lecturer and author Paul Gosling at 8 pm in The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
  • Thursday the 26th to Saturday 28th of November
    21st National Tourism Conference
    The Clare Tourist Council - in conjunction with Clare County Council - has organised the 21st National Tourism Conference for tourism industry officials and members of Local Authorities, County Enterprise Boards, partnerships, and all public and private bodies involved in the promotion of tourism on the island of Ireland.The conference is taking place from Thursday the 26th to Saturday 28th of November at the Falls Hotel Ennistymon. The official opening will be by the former Taoiseach, Deputy Bertie Ahern T.D.
  • Wed. November 25th
    Viking raiders and traders along the Shannon
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre in association with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, is hosting a series of five free lectures, facilitated by Dr. Catherine Swift, in the Clare Museum building, Arthur's Row, Ennis. This series of lectures is intended as stand-alone sessions with the general title of "Crannógs in Early Ireland - The Peoples and Cultures behind Craggaunowen". Each session will deal with different cultures in Irish history but each will highlight features of the archaeological park at Craggaunowen in addition to making reference to monuments of similar eras in Clare and the surrounding region. In each of the five time periods to be discussed, there is some evidence for crannóg or crannóg-style habitations. The purpose of the lectures is to highlight the sheer variety of cultures associated with Irish crannógs and to underline the potential complexity of archaeological interpretation. Each lecture will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. Places must be booked in advance by contacting the centre at 065-6866844 or use the contact us (http://www.ennisrlc.ie/contact/) form on the ERL centre website
  • Wed. 25th November 2009
    "The future of Farming for Conservation and the future of REPS"
    Illustrated talk as part of BurrenLIFE's Heritage Education Programme

    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis at 8pm
    The BurrenLIFE Project is delighted to announce the details of a series of fascinating illustrated talks on the heritage of the Burren and Ireland. The talks will take place over five Wednesdays in October and November starting on the 28th October 2009. The venue for the talks is the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis and all talks commence at 8.00pm. The title for the fifth and final talk is "The future of Farming for Conservation and the future of REPS"
    All talks are free and open to all. More information (PDF file) Website www.burrenlife.com
  • Wed. November 18th
    Four Seasons of the Burren - a tribute to John O' Donohue, hosted by renowned photographer Nutan.
    Burrenbeo Trust November Talk, 18th November @ 8.30pm, Johnston's Hall, Main St, Kinvara.
    This is a film compiled by Nutan on the a book that he and John O'Donohue were putting together. Nutan carried out the photography of the four different seasons of the Burren whilst John was putting poems together for it. Unfortunately John passed away during this work. However, this audio visual plays tribute to John's work by showing with the four seasons of the Burren and general pictures of the beauty of the natural world around us and it finishes with a walk through Connemara, with and where John lived. The music is by Dominic Crawford Collins and John's words are read by John Hurt. Nutan has photographed and painted the Burren for over 30 years. This event will take place at Johnston's Hall at 8.30pm on the 18th November, 2009. Everyone is welcome. It is free to Burrenbeo Trust members and there is a minimum donation of €5 for non-members. For more information please contact Brigid on trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 087 9689486.
  • Wed. November 18th
    The "Celtic" peoples who lived in ringforts
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre in association with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, is hosting a series of five free lectures, facilitated by Dr. Catherine Swift, in the Clare Museum building, Arthur's Row, Ennis. This series of lectures is intended as stand-alone sessions with the general title of "Crannógs in Early Ireland - The Peoples and Cultures behind Craggaunowen". Each session will deal with different cultures in Irish history but each will highlight features of the archaeological park at Craggaunowen in addition to making reference to monuments of similar eras in Clare and the surrounding region. In each of the five time periods to be discussed, there is some evidence for crannóg or crannóg-style habitations. The purpose of the lectures is to highlight the sheer variety of cultures associated with Irish crannógs and to underline the potential complexity of archaeological interpretation. Each lecture will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. Places must be booked in advance by contacting the centre at 065-6866844 or use the contact us (http://www.ennisrlc.ie/contact/) form on the ERL centre website.
  • Wed. 18th November 2009
    "What lies beneath Clare's Deep Blue"
    Illustrated talk as part of BurrenLIFE's Heritage Education Programme

    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis at 8pm
    The BurrenLIFE Project is delighted to announce the details of a series of fascinating illustrated talks on the heritage of the Burren and Ireland. The talks will take place over five Wednesdays in October and November starting on the 28th October 2009. The venue for the talks is the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis and all talks commence at 8.00pm. The fourth talk "What lies beneath Clare's Deep Blue" will be given by Simon Berrow from the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group.
    All talks are free and open to all. More information (PDF file) Website www.burrenlife.com
  • Wed. November 11th
    Bronze Age warriors & their cooking habits
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre in association with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, is hosting a series of five free lectures, facilitated by Dr. Catherine Swift, in the Clare Museum building, Arthur's Row, Ennis. This series of lectures is intended as stand-alone sessions with the general title of "Crannógs in Early Ireland - The Peoples and Cultures behind Craggaunowen". Each session will deal with different cultures in Irish history but each will highlight features of the archaeological park at Craggaunowen in addition to making reference to monuments of similar eras in Clare and the surrounding region. In each of the five time periods to be discussed, there is some evidence for crannóg or crannóg-style habitations. The purpose of the lectures is to highlight the sheer variety of cultures associated with Irish crannógs and to underline the potential complexity of archaeological interpretation. Each lecture will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. Places must be booked in advance by contacting the centre at 065-6866844 or use the contact us (http://www.ennisrlc.ie/contact/) form on the ERL centre website.
  • 11th November 2009
    "Climate Change and its likely impact on the West of Ireland"
    Illustrated talk as part of BurrenLIFE's Heritage Education Programme

    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis at 8pm
    The BurrenLIFE Project is delighted to announce the details of a series of fascinating illustrated talks on the heritage of the Burren and Ireland. The talks will take place over five Wednesdays in October and November starting on the 28th October 2009. The venue for the talks is the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis and all talks commence at 8.00pm. The third talk "Climate Change and it's likely impact on the West of Ireland" will be given by John Sweeney from N.U.I Maynooth.
    All talks are free and open to all. More information (PDF file) Website www.burrenlife.com
  • Tuesday 10th November 2009
    A Talk on 'The External Affairs of Muirchertach Ua Briain'
    Westropp Room, Clare Museum at 8.30pm
    This talk by Rosemary Power takes a look at some of the activities of Muirchertach (1086-1119), the most ambitious and successful of the Dal Cais kings; especially his international contacts through the alliances he formed with Magnus Barelegs, King of Norway, and with nobles in dispute with King Henry I of England.
    This is the second installment in the joint lecture series by Clare Archaeological and Historical Society and Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society, which takes place the second Tuesday of each month. Free to members of either society, cost of €5 to non-members.
  • Tuesday 10th November
    The Old Kilfarboy Society continues its present series of talks, with Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, author of the
    recently published ‘Blood on the Banner’, who will speak on The War of Independence, with special reference to County Clare and The Rineen Ambush. The talk which will take place at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, commencing at 8.00pm. All are welcome
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  • Tuesday 10th November
    The Old Kilfarboy Society presents Padraig Óg Ó Ruairc, 'Spies, Informers and the Rineen
    Ambush'
    . Mr Ó Ruairc, is the author of ‘Blood on the Banner’ a history of the Irish War for Independence as experienced in County Clare.
  • Thursday 5th to Monday 9th November
    Ennis Trad Festival 2009
    The Ennis Trad Festival is a festival for those who love to hear (or play) Irish traditional music of the highest quality in its most natural setting. Now in its sixteenth year, the Festival brings together the very best of Irish traditional musicians in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Over 20 venues host selected exponents of the music, carefully mixed and matched to ensure a choice of many great sessions. In addition, spotlight concerts every night (Thursday to Monday) feature internationally renowned bands. There are many other events too, including CD launches, recitals, instrument and singing masterclasses and céilís. More info...
  • Wednesday 4th Nov 2009
    Heritage Inchicronan present the GAA Oral Folklore night. The 125th Anniversary of the GAA provides an opportunity to reflect on what the GAA is all about – the promotion of Gaelic games, Irish culture and a sense of place and identity in each community.' Come on and celebrate with us in Crusheen on Wednesday the 4th of November starting at 8.15pm in the Community Centre.
    Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172, Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com, Website: www.aughty.org
  • 4th November 2009
    "Farming for Conservation - Using the Resource Base - Lessons from the field"
    Illustrated talk as part of BurrenLIFE's Heritage Education Programme

    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis at 8pm
    The BurrenLIFE Project is delighted to announce the details of a series of fascinating illustrated talks on the heritage of the Burren and Ireland. The talks will take place over five Wednesdays in October and November starting on the 28th October 2009. The venue for the talks is the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis and all talks commence at 8.00pm. The second talk "Farming for Conservation - Using the Resource Base - Lessons from the field" will be given by Jim Nagle, Christy Roche and Ruairí Ó Conchúir.
    All talks are free and open to all. More information (PDF file) Website www.burrenlife.com
  • Wed. November 4th
    Stone Age Man & the introduction of farming in Ireland
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre in association with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, is hosting a series of five free lectures, facilitated by Dr. Catherine Swift, in the Clare Museum building, Arthur's Row, Ennis. This series of lectures is intended as stand-alone sessions with the general title of "Crannógs in Early Ireland - The Peoples and Cultures behind Craggaunowen". Each session will deal with different cultures in Irish history but each will highlight features of the archaeological park at Craggaunowen in addition to making reference to monuments of similar eras in Clare and the surrounding region. In each of the five time periods to be discussed, there is some evidence for crannóg or crannóg-style habitations. The purpose of the lectures is to highlight the sheer variety of cultures associated with Irish crannógs and to underline the potential complexity of archaeological interpretation. Each lecture will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. Places must be booked in advance by contacting the centre at 065-6866844 or use the contact us (http://www.ennisrlc.ie/contact/) form on the ERL centre website.
  • Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th
    Who's in Charge? Towards a Leadership of Service
    Céifin Centre Conference 2009
    West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare
  • 1st November 2009 at 2pm
    Burrenbeo Trust Monthly Walk - Exploring Turloughs with Dr James Moran.

    The Burrenbeo Trust is delighted to have Dr James Moran imparting his expertise on Turloughs. James has recently started lecturing at Sligo IT but prior to that was working on the BurrenLIFE project advising farmers on various aspects of the science behind their land in the Burren. The walk will meet at Gortlecka Cross near to Mullaghmore where the NPWS signs are. It is advisable to wear wellington boots in case it is wet underfoot. Everyone is welcome. It is free for members of the Trust and a €5 charge for non-members. For more information please contact trust@burrenbeo.com or ring 087 9689486.

OCTOBER 2009:

  • 31st October 2009.
    The Burrenbeo Trust presents A Burren Miscellany at Johnson’s Hall, Kinvara. Doors open at 8.30pm to start at 9pm. The Burrenbeo Trust is hosting a celebration of the rich cultural history of the Burren through traditional song, story-telling and music. This special evening will feature uileann pipes player Eugene Lambe, poems from Josie Sullivan, songs from Tony Trundle and Paul Mulligan, and stories from Caoilte Breatnach and a very special guest. This entertainment is open to everyone, both members and non-members of the Trust. Entry is €10 per person. For more information contact Brigid at trust@burrenbeo.com or tel 087 9689486.
  • 28th October 2009
    "Re-introduction of Golden Eagles to Ireland"
    Illustrated talk as part of BurrenLIFE's Heritage Education Programme

    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis at 8pm
    The BurrenLIFE Project is delighted to announce the details of a series of fascinating illustrated talks on the heritage of the Burren and Ireland. The talks will take place over five Wednesdays in October and November starting on the 28th October 2009. The venue for the talks is the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis and all talks commence at 8.00pm. The first talk will be given by Lorcan O' Toole on the fascinating story of the Re-introduction of Golden Eagles to Ireland.
    All talks are free and open to all. More information (PDF file) Website www.burrenlife.com
  • October 23rd – November 21st 2009
    Main Gallery, Courthouse Gallery, Ennsitymon
    Tuesdays to Saturdays, 12pm - 4pm
    "Dress Drawings" at The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon is an installation of drawings and projected images by Clare based artist Judy O’Sullivan. The artist responded to The Courthouse space by making work which varies in scale from tiny drawings on canvas and paper to a large scale wall drawing which will be made in situ and which the artist will develop for the duration of the exhibition.
    Red Couch Space, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon:
    Mutual Exchange is an exhibition of work by Clare artists in the Red Couch space at The Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon. Each of the six artists based in the Courthouse studios have invited another artist to show a work and to select a work by their host, the mutual exchange described by the title. A diverse range of practices will be on show. Mutual Exchange takes place to coincide with the exhibition of new work in the main gallery by North Clare artist Judy O’Sullivan.
  • Wednesday 21st October
    Heritage Inchicronan Townsland Night - "Where do you think you're living?"
    You are invited to trace the origins of our townslands, their folklore, stories, local names and the field names where we live. Our second Townsland Night will focus on Gortaficka, Drumumna, Derrygarriff & Cappanapeasta and will be held on Wednesday, 21 October at 8.15pm in Crusheen Community Centre.
    Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172, Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com, Website: www.aughty.org
  • Thursday 15th October
    Burrenbeo Trust Monthly Talk
    Burrenbeo Trust are delighted to have artist and lecturer, Deirdre O'Mahony speak on Being an artist in the Burren. This will be held at the Burrenbeo Trust Information Centre, Main St, Kinvara at 8.30pm on the 15th October.
    Deirdre O’Mahony is currently researching a PhD and is a full time lecturer in Painting at GMIT. She has had many exhibitions including running the public art projects in X-PO Kilnaboy. This talk is free to Trust members and a €5 charge for non-members. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact 091 638096 or email trust@burrenbeo.com
  • Tuesday 13th October
    The Old Kilfarboy Society's new series of talks
    On Tuesday 13th October, The Old Kilfarboy Society opens its new series of talks at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, when the speaker is Ultan Cowley, who will be talking on the history of the Irish navvy. Mr Cowley has written a highly acclaimed book on the subject and, shortly after its publication in 2001, he gave a one-man show at Glór, in Ennis. The title of his talk, which will commence at 8.00pm, is ‘The Men Who Built Britain’; all are welcome.
    Future subjects for the present programme include Clare pipers, The War for Irish Independence in Clare and the late President Patrick Hillery. See press for details – or become a member.
  • Tuesday 13th October
    The Men Who Built Britain: On Tuesday 13th October, The Old Kilfarboy Society opens its new series of talks at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, when the speaker is Ultan Cowley, who will be talking on the history of the Irish navvy. Mr Cowley has written a highly acclaimed book on the subject and, shortly after its publication in 2001, he gave a one-man show at Glór, in Ennis. The title of his talk, which will commence at 8.00pm, is ‘The Men Who Built Britain’; all are welcome. Future subjects for the present programme include Clare pipers, The War for Irish Independence in Clare and the late President Patrick Hillery. See press for details – or become a member
    .
  • Saturday 10th October
    Fanore: Irish Wildlife Trust (Clare Branch) are holding talks & a guided walk to look at erosion of sand dune systems at Fanore on Saturday 10th October, meeting at Fanore National School at 11am. There will be speakers from the IWT, Clare County Council, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Birdwatch Ireland,a botanist and geologist. After a break for lunch, there will be a guided walk looking at the Fanore sand dunes at 2pm. This event is free. For further details contact Jim Martin 087 9319459 or www.iwt.ie.
  • 7th October at 8.15pm
    Heritage Inchicronan Townsland Night
    "Where do you think you're living?"
    You are invited to trace the origins of our townslands, their folklore, stories, local names and the field names where we live.
    Our first Townsland Night will focus on Crusheen Village, Cloonmoney, Drumaneen, Carahill & Caheraphuca and will be held on Wednesday, 7 October at 8.15pm in Crusheen Community Centre. Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172,
    Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com,
    Website: www.aughty.org
  • Thursday, October 1st at 8:30pm
    All-Ireland Poetry Day
    Courthouse Gallery, Parliament St. Ennistymon

    with Gerry Hanberry, Celeste Auge, Stephen Powers and Jean Kavanagh
    Hosted by Salmon Poetry in association with Poetry Ireland.
  • Thursday, October 1st 6.30-9.30pm
    Mum’s The Word: Keeping Mum, Community Art Project invites you to an evening of poetry, singing and visual art at Glor, to celebrate All-Ireland Poetry Day. This is a fundraising event. All money raised will go to Keeping Mum, Community Art Project. Admission: 5.00 cover charge, donations only for unwaged.

SEPTEMBER 2009:

  • 28th September at 8pm
    The North Clare Historical Society presents "Sport and social Life in 19th Century Clare", a lecture by Dr. Joe Power at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, on Monday 28th September at 8pm. Admission €5.
  • 23rd September at 8pm
    A special outdoor screening of “I Was Happy Here” on Wednesday 23rd September at 8.00pm at Egans Pub, Liscannor. More info...
  • 18th September - 19th October
    Strange the rooms we've all lived in” - a new multimedia exhibition by Fiona O’Dwyer in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
  • 17th September at 8.30pm
    Burrenbeo Trust’s September Talk
    The next Burrenbeo Trust talk is with Jesmond Harding on Butterflies of the Burren. This will be held on the 17th September at 8.30pm at the Clare Heritage Centre in Corofin. Jesmond is a very engaging speaker and has a lot to teach us about the fantastical world of butterflies. Jesmond is the author of ‘Discovering Irish Butterflies and their Habitats’.
    For more information on this event, please contact trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096. This event is free for members and €5 charge for non-members.
  • Wednesday 16th September at 8.15pm
    Traditional Ecological Knowledge - An informal evening with Dr. Patricia Monaghan
    "Cúirt sa Cistin" Heritage Inchicronan, Community Centre, Crusheen.
    Dr. Monaghan will discuss the concept of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, also known as "native science," and how folk traditions sometimes contain scientific information. She will especially focus on the nettle and hawthorn in terms of their nutritious and poisonous aspects, respectively. Patricia Monaghan is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, where she teaches literature and environmental studies. This event is free and a cup of tea/coffee and a chat guaranteed.
    Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172,
    Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com,
    Website: www.aughty.org
  • 11th to 13th September
    Tulla Traditional Music Festival
    "The 3rd Annual Tulla Traditional Music Festival is a weekend packed with wonderful music, song, dance, concerts, céilithe and workshops. This year we are showcasing some wonderful fiddle and flute players, with special guests, Martin Hayes, Mike Rafferty and Willie Kelly. Our Fiddle and Flute Rectial on Sunday evening is not to be missed with all of the above joined by Eileen O'Brien and Deirdre McSherry and of course our local virtuosos Vincent Griffin and Paddy O'Donoghue. A weekend of set dancing to the music of our own great Tulla Céili Band on Saturday night and the closing Céíli on Sunday night which has a magic of its own with music by Andrew MacNamara, Martin Hayes, Mark Donnellan and Jim Corry. Saturday night's Concert in St. Peter and Paul's Church is a two part concert featuring Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, you will enjoy an hour of Martin and Dennis performing their unique and extraordinary style of music. This will be followed in a completely contrasting style by the wonderful foursome At The Rackett, when you will experience the joy, spirit and pure fun that is Irish music at its best."
    More info ...
  • Sunday 6th September
    Burrenbeo Trust’s September Walk
    The next Burrenbeo Trust monthly walk will take place on Sunday 6th September with Dr Stephen Ward and Michael Keane on The plants of Muckanagh Lough. Stephen is one of the Burren’s best known botanists as well as a director of the Trust, whilst farmer Michael, owns the land and has an innate knowledge on the surrounding area. Please wear good and comfortable walking shoes, and be prepared for every element of the Irish weather! Meet at 11am at Tubber village hall [signposted as such] off the 'new line' road at OS map R 389 956 just east of the cross-roads.
    For more information on this event, please contact trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096. This event is free for members and €5 charge for non-members. Everyone is welcome.
  • Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September
    Nell Galvin Traditional Irish Music Weekend, Moyasta
    Further information from the Secretary at 086 3507255 or see www.nellgalvin.com

AUGUST 2009:

  • Friday 28th August at 2pm and 4pm
    Dog and String Theatre presents “Tales from the Forest” at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
    This new production from Dog and String Theatre is inspired by two stories from the book Tales of Wisdom and Wonder by Hugh Lupton and Niamh Sharkey. The show is suitable for children aged 4 – 10 and their parents, incorporating storytelling, traditional glove puppetry and life sized puppets.
  • Wednesday 26th August
    Kilkee Civic Trust Lecture Series at Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee
    presents Colonel Shannon - "International Peacekeeping. A Clareman's Involvement"
    The popular summer lecture series resumes each Wednesday at 8.00 pm during July & August.
    For further details, see http://kilkeecivictrust.org/talks.html or
    contact Kilkee Library on 065-9056034
  • Sunday, 23 August
    Heritage Week: The Old Kilfarboy Society will visit an Arboretum in Broadford, Co. Limerick (near Drumcollogher), which is a Community restoration ecology project in Broadford's disused limestone quarry. A conducted walk and talk on wild life and native woodland will be given by Ted Cooke, the founder of the project.
    It is a day's outing suitable for all ages. Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available in a local pub in the mid afternoon. Meet at Miltown Malbay church car park at 11.30am for car pooling, or at Broadford at 2pm.
    Directions to Broadford from Limerick City:
    Take the Cork road, N20, as far as Charleville; turn right in the centre of Charleville on the Drumcollogher road, R515, (Kanturk) and follow it to Broadford, making sure to take the left fork at Drumcollogher. The Arboretum is directly opposite Broadford Church.
    Further information is available from Méabh, 087 6553690
  • Sunday, August 23rd
    Clare Archaeological and Historical Society Summer Outing.
    Heritage Week: Historical Mines near Quin, Co. Clare
    : A tour of the historical silver and lead mine workings at Ballyhickey, Ballyvergin and Kilbrickan near Quin, Co. Clare. Guide: Des Cowman, Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland. Cars departing Abbey Street carpark, 1.30pm, or meet outside church gate in Quin village at 2pm.
    Appropriate footwear and wet-gear advised. Any changes to the above will be advertised in local media. For further details please contact Edel 087-9165916; email: emgreene@eircom.net
  • Thursday 20th August at 8pm
    The Vibe Benefit Concert for The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. Admission €5. The Vibe Musical Youth Club was set up by the Ennistymon Family Resource Centre 4 years ago. It works with local teenagers developing both social and musical skills. Headlining on the night will be “Noland Folk”, local singer/ songwriter Branwan Kavenagh and The Red Light Rollers.
  • Wednesday 19 August at 20.30,
    Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
    The Wilder Wisdom of Auld Ones - Stories, Legends and Poetry inspired by the Cailleach
    performed by actor and storyteller Nuala Hayes
    and harpist and composer Anne-Marie O’Farrell.
    A featured performance of the Merriman Summer School 2009
    More information (PDF file)
  • Wednesday 19th August
    Kilkee Civic Trust Lecture Series at Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee
    presents Willie Glynn - "Why Religion?"
    The popular summer lecture series resumes each Wednesday at 8.00 pm during July & August.
    For further details, see http://kilkeecivictrust.org/talks.html or
    contact Kilkee Library on 065-9056034
  • Sunday 16th August to Saturday 22nd August
    Merriman Summer School 2009
    Theme: Are we there yet: Facing the future anew
    Venues: Clare Museum and Glór Theatre, Ennis

    "Every generation has decisions to take about its future, its priorities, its place in the world. For this generation of political leaders, policy makers and citizens these decisions appear more complex than they have done for a long time. The quickly assumed certainty of the so-called Celtic Tiger period has given way to a worrying uncertainty about tomorrow. This is the focus of the School. What are the challenges we face?"
    Download Summmer School programme (PDF file)
    Further Information: www.merriman.ie
    Telephone 086 382 0671
  • Sunday, Aug 16th
    Clare Archaeological and Historical Society Summer Outing.
    Clare Abbey, Clarecastle, Co. Clare: A tour of the 12th century remains of the Augustian monastery at Clare Abbey, focusing on the findings of the recent excavations there. Guides: Margaret McNamara and Graham Hull, TVAS. Cars departing Abbey Street carpark at 1.45pm or meet at Clareabbey entrance off Clareabbey Roundabout at 2pm. Appropriate footwear and wet-gear advised. Any changes to the above will be advertised in local media. For further details please contact Edel 087-9165916;email: emgreene@eircom.net
  • Saturday 15th August to Saturday 12th September
    "Merging 3" - an exhibition by three artists from the North Clare area in the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, featuring works by Madeleine Irene Smith, Marianne Potterton, Mary Foudy O'Halloran
  • Friday 14th August to Saturday 12 September
    Lisdoonvarna FETAC Students in the Red Couch Space at the The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. Participating Students: Stephen Benn, Rolf Fendler, Peter Garrihy, Audrey Huguet, Helen Jackson, Esther Kinnane, Christine Malsey, Josephine Quigley, Mary Reynolds, David Walsh, David Wheeler and Uta Wagner
  • Wednesday 12th August
    Kilkee Civic Trust Lecture Series at Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee
    presents Dr Marie McNamara (Burren Geopark Geologist) - "Guts, bugs, brains and (eye) balls: decoding the fossil record using exceptional fossils"
    The popular summer lecture series resumes each Wednesday at 8.00 pm during July & August.
    For further details, see http://kilkeecivictrust.org/talks.html or
    contact Kilkee Library on 065-9056034
  • Monday Aug 10th
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series
    Irish traditional music with Padraig Rynne, Michael Queally, Noel O’Donoghue & Pat Marsh.
    Community Centre, Feakle. Admission Free.
  • Wednesday 5th to Tuesday 11th August
    The Feakle Traditional Music Festival will celebrate its 22nd year with a vibrant programme of traditional music, song, and dance. The Festival continues to attract genuine music lovers from all corners of the globe, while providing a platform for local musicians to demonstrate their musical heritage. More info...
  • Wednesday August 5th
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Ennis.
    Irish traditional music with Stephen Madden, Paul Madden, Maria O’Donnell & Sinead Heagney.
    Admission Free. Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, off O'Connell Square, Ennis.
  • Wednesday 5th August
    Kilkee Civic Trust Lecture Series at Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee
    presents Flan Gibson - "A History of the West Clare Peninsula Coastline"
    The popular summer lecture series resumes each Wednesday at 8.00 pm during July & August.
    For further details, see http://kilkeecivictrust.org/talks.html or
    contact Kilkee Library on 065-9056034
  • Monday August 3rd – Thursday August 6th
    Stop Motion Animation Workshops with Vanessa Daws for teenagers and adults
    Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon presents a series of stop motion animation workshops. During the workshop participants will use different stop motion animation techniques such as sand animation, bringing drawings to life, claymation and making objects appear to move by themselves. Each participant will get a DVD of their animation. The workshops are open to teenagers and adults and will run daily from 12pm to 4pm. Participants can take part for one day, two days, three days, or even do all four days.
    To book a place, please contact Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon on 065 707 1630 or email ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com.
    12pm - 4pm. €20 per day.
  • Sunday 2nd August
    BurrenBeo Trust Monthly Walk - Myths & legends of Slievenaglasha
    with local folklorist Patrick McCormack
    Meet at the BurrenLIFE Centre, Carron
    Free to members, €5 for non-members
    Please call 091 638096 or email trust@burrenbeo.com for more information

JULY 2009:

  • Friday July 31st
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series
    Irish traditional music with Eamonn Cotter, Conor McCarthy, Oisín MacDiarmada & Padraic O’Reilly.
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge. Admission Free.
  • Wednesday July 29th
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Ennis.
    Irish traditional music with Kieran Kissane, Edel Vaughan, Brian Mooney & Liam Flanagan.
    Admission Free. Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, off O'Connell Square, Ennis.
  • Wednesday 29th July
    Kilkee Civic Trust Lecture Series at Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee
    presents Paul Saalbach - "Is it Good to be Rational?"
    The popular summer lecture series resumes each Wednesday at 8.00 pm during July & August.
    For further details, see http://kilkeecivictrust.org/talks.html or
    contact Kilkee Library on 065-9056034
  • Tuesday July 28th
    Art Workshop
    Artist Nathalie El Baba will work with children ages 7-12 on an art project in the library. Free event but booking required.
    Killaloe Public Library
  • Monday July 27th – Friday July 31st 2009
    Clare Youth Theatre Summer Camp, Ennis – So You Think You Can Act!
    The summer school will be an introduction to the world of drama, theatre and acting led by Eleanor Feely and Nathalie Leahy. The course is open to everyone from 12 -18 years of age regardless of their experience in drama (secondary school students or students entering secondary school in Sept).
    Venue: Glór (Ennis) from 27th – 31st July, 10am – 3pm daily. Price €100.
    Booking through Glór Box Office – 065 6843103.
  • Friday July 24th
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Lisdoonvarna.
    Irish traditional music with Chris Droney, Michael Kelleher, Francis Droney & Aine McGrath.
    Pavillion Theatre, Lisdoonvarna. Admission Free.
  • Wednesday July 22nd
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Ennis.
    Irish traditional music with The Kilfenora Céilí Band.
    Admission Free. Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, off O'Connell Square, Ennis.
  • Wednesday 22nd July
    Kilkee Civic Trust Lecture Series at Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee
    presents Arts in Focus - Paintings, Poetry and More
    The popular summer lecture series resumes each Wednesday at 8.00 pm during July & August.
    For further details, see http://kilkeecivictrust.org/talks.html or
    contact Kilkee Library on 065-9056034
  • Saturday 18th July
    the Burrenbeo Trust presents
    "You don’t have to be mad to be a botanist in the Burren but it helps" - Botany in the Burren,
    a talk by by Dr Grace O’Donovan in The Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, at 8.30pm
    Free to members, €5 for non-members
    Please call 091 638096 or email trust@burrenbeo.com
  • Friday 17th July - 7th August
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, presents
    “Escapade”, a Mixed Media Exhibition by Vanessa Daws from 17th July to 7th August
    More information
  • Friday July 17th
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Shannon
    Irish traditional music with Eimear Arkins, Damien O’Reilly, Brian O’Loughlin & Keith O’Loughlin.
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon. Admission Free.
  • Wednesday July 15th
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Ennis.
    Irish traditional music with Karol Lynch, Michael ‘Blackie’ O’Connell, Cyril O’Donoghue & Samantha Morris.
    Admission Free. Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, off O'Connell Square, Ennis.
  • Wednesday 15th July
    Kilkee Civic Trust Lecture Series at Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee
    presents Paddy Nolan - "The Intrinsic and the Mary Rose"
    The popular summer lecture series resumes each Wednesday at 8.00 pm during July & August.
    For further details, see http://kilkeecivictrust.org/talks.html or
    contact Kilkee Library on 065-9056034
  • Monday July 13th – Saturday July 25th
    Clare-based Textile Creations Annual Summer Craft Fair
    Members of Clare-based Textile Creations are excited to announce their annual summer craft fair to be held in the foyer of the Clare Museum and Ennis Tourist Office building. An extensive variety of items are for sale including knitted and crocheted baby garments, baby bibs and burping pads, toddler clothing, cosies for cafetieres and teapots, aprons for adults and children, knitted scarves, coasters, table-runners, toilet roll covers and candle wicked cushions, etc. This year we are pleased to support Clare Haven through a raffle on a Christmas table-runner.
    Admission Free. 9.30am – 5pm. Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, off O'Connell Square, Ennis.
  • July 11th & 12th
    CELT (Centre for Environmental Living & Training)
    Weekend in the Woods, Bealkelly Oak Woods, Tuamgraney.
    15 Traditional Skills & Heritage Crafts incl youngsters courses (8yrs +).
    Courses include: Fishing for Beginners / Natural Brewing & Woodland Wines / Leatherwork / Sugan Chair making / Greenwood Furniture/ Felt making / Dry Stone & lime mortar walling / Natural Building /Wood Carving / Spinning & Weaving / Silversmithing / Coppersmithing / Blacksmithing / Stone Carving & Clay Sculpture / Woodcrafts, Felting & Rustic Art for 8-14yr olds
    Cost: 150 euro (100 euro concession) + 15 euro annual membership
    See www.celtnet.org for detailed info & online booking
    Email: info@celtnet.org
    Tel : 061 640765
  • Sat 11 July
    Old Kilfarboy Society Walk - Cahermacnaughten
    On Sat 11 July Liz Fitzpatrick, NUIG, will lead a 3 hour guided tour, beginning at 11am, of the recently excavated O'Davoren Law school at Cahermacnaughten. It involves a 20-25 min difficult walk over uneven limestone pavement from the cashel to Cabhail Tighe Breac. Walking sticks are recommended. Meet at Miltown Malbay church carpark at 10 am or Kilfenora (outside Burren Centre) at 10.45 am. Parking is restricted at site so car pooling is advisable. Please note that this event has had to be scheduled for Saturday and not the usual Sunday.
  • Wednesday 8th July
    Kilkee Civic Trust Lecture Series at Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee
    presents Mick Carrig - "The Sinking of the Leon in Quilty"
    The popular summer lecture series resumes each Wednesday at 8.00 pm during July & August.
    For further details, see http://kilkeecivictrust.org/talks.html or
    contact Kilkee Library on 065-9056034
  • Tuesday 7th July 2009 at 8:30pm
    The Burren Life Project Series of Talks - The Burren in 2020 - Political & Public Awareness - Your Role & Support by Ruairí Ó Conchúir (BLP) and Michael McGrath (formerly Teagasc)
    The idea behind this joint talk is for the presenters and the audience to reflect on the success of the pilot phase of BurrenLIFE and look to the future and the need for joined-up government thinking and integrated management in the Burren - a true living landscape – with farming at its core. Mr. Ó Conchúir is the BLP’s Finance & Operations Officer and present Chairperson of the Board of Mountaineering Ireland. Mr. Michael McGrath has had a distinguished career in agriculture and rural development.
    Free admission. Further information regarding the talks may be obtained from the BurrenLIFE Project website www.burrenlife.com or from 065 708 9000 or mobile 087 292 54 87 or e mail info@burrenlife.com
  • Sunday July 5th
    Garryland Woods - Burrenbeo’s Monthly Walk led by Gordon D’Arcy.
    Meet in Tierneevin church carpark @ 2pm.
    Booking essential. Please contact trust@burrenbeo.com or call/text 087 9689486
    All our walks are kindly sponsored by the Heritage Council
  • Sunday, July 5th
    Clare Archaeological and Historical Society Summer Outing.
    Ardamullivan Castle, Beagh, Co. Galway: An early sixteenth century O'Shaughnessy castle nestled on the brow of a deep secluded valley Ardamullian contains fine examples of Medieval Wall Paintings recently restored by Karena Morton. Time and weather permitting the tour will also take in the monastic site at Kilmacduagh. Guide: Mary Kearns. Meeting: Cars departing from Abbey Street carpark at 12.30pm.
    Appropriate footwear and wet-gear advised. Any changes to the above will be advertised in local media. For further details please contact Edel 087-9165916;email: emgreene@eircom.net
  • Saturday July 3rd - 12th
    2009 Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay
    The Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is Ireland's largest traditional music summer school, held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy. During the week, nearly a thousand students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances (céilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school. More information...
  • Friday July 3rd
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Ennistymon.
    Irish traditional music with Conor Crimmins, Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Damien O’Mhuiris.
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery. Admission Free.
  • Wednesday July 1st
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Ennis.
    Irish traditional music with Maeve Donnelly, Geraldine Cotter, Charlie Harris, Conal O’Gráda.
    Admission Free. Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, off O'Connell Square, Ennis.
  • Wednesday 1st July
    Kilkee Civic Trust Lecture Series at Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee
    presents Tomas Mac Conmara - "Memories of Clare"/"Cuimhneamh an Chlair"
    The popular summer lecture series resumes each Wednesday at 8.00 pm during July & August.
    For further details, see http://kilkeecivictrust.org/talks.html or
    contact Kilkee Library on 065-9056034


JUNE 2009:

  • Tuesday 30th June 2009 at 8:30pm
    The Burren Life Project Series of Talks - Conservation Needs You – Empowering Local Communities to Enhance Biodiversity by Andy Bleasdale (NPWS) and Michael Collins (Farmer)
    Dr. Andy Bleasdale (National Parks & Wildlife Service) & Mr. Michael Collins (Burren Farmer) will give a joint talk ‘Conservation Needs You — Empowering Local Communities to Enhance Biodiversity’. Dr. Bleasdale is a native of County Clare living in Connemara. Mr. Michael Collins is a BurrenLIFE farmer, farming in Kilfenora and above Limenagh.
    Free admission. Further information regarding the talks may be obtained from the BurrenLIFE Project website www.burrenlife.com or from 065 708 9000 or mobile 087 292 54 87 or e mail info@burrenlife.com
  • Sun 28th June
    The Old Kilfarboy Society Trip to Mutton Island.
    The Old Kilfarboy Society had organised a rare opportunity of a guided tour of Mutton Island. The coastline of the 185 acre island was shaped by the massive tidal wave of 801. It has the remains of two promontory forts and an Early Christian Settlement. A Spanish Armada ship, the Zuniga floundered off its coast in 1588 and victims are supposedly buried on the island. On the western cliff edge is a signal tower dating from the early years of the nineteenth century when a Napoleon invasion was feared by the English. Six families lived on the island at the beginning of the twentieth century but by mid-century the island was deserted. The remains of two cottages remain near the eastern shore. Today the island is a designated Special Area of Conservation with records of 56 bird species. The trip is planned for Sun 28 June when a boat will leave Seafield Pier at 2pm. Landing on the island is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility as we will be disembarking on a rocky shore. Please note that the trip is totally dependent on weather conditions on the day. Booking is essential and the cost is €30. Contact Maura on 087-1264527.
  • Friday June 26th - July 3rd
    "Colours of Venus" Art Exhibition, Cafe Aroma, Bank Place, Ennis.
    Experience the vibrant and unique paintings of artist Minnie Keane at the "Colours of Venus" Art Exhibition, a celebration of the beautiful feminine form. The exhibition will be held at Cafe Aroma, Bank Place, Ennis. Opening night is Friday June 26th 2009 6:30pm - 11pm. Admission is free. The exhibition runs daily through July 3rd. Enquiries 087-669-6559 or minstermind@gmail.com
  • Friday June 26th
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Corofin.
    Irish traditional music with Sean Vaughan, David Sanders, Eddie Moloney & Ian Lambe.
    Teach Ceoil, Corofin. Admission Free.
  • Wednesday June 24th
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Ennis.
    Irish traditional music with John Moloney, Elaine Hogan, Sheila Garry & John Kelly.
    Admission Free. Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, off O'Connell Square, Ennis.
  • Tuesday 23rd June 2009 at 8:30pm
    The Burren Life Project Series of Talks - The Birds and Invertebrates of the Burren by John Murphy (Waxwing Wildlife Productions)
    Mr. Murphy is a wildlife expert and director of Waxwing Wildlife Productions which made the six-part series “Alien Invaders” for TG4. The series focused on many of Ireland’s newest wildlife species. Mr. Murphy is a regular guest on Clare FM and leads birdwatching trips for the Clare branch of BirdWatch Ireland on a regular basis.
    Free admission. Further information regarding the talks may be obtained from the BurrenLIFE Project website www.burrenlife.com or from 065 708 9000 or mobile 087 292 54 87 or e mail info@burrenlife.com
  • Monday 22nd June
    Tuiscint ar Logainmneacha ... Knowing your Place!
    Community Centre, Croisín.
    Gaeilge Locha Riach and www.aughty.org are continuing a placenames project in the Sliabh Eachtaí region. The main aim of this project is to clarify an understanding of placenames and to give local people the opportunity to get to know their own area better. This pilot project is being organized in conjunction with a number of historical groups in the region. The next workshop is hosted by Heritage Inchicronan and will take place in the Community Centre in Croisín Monday 22 June at 8.15 p.m.
    Eolas : Gaeilge Locha Riach 091 870718 nó prua@lochariach.com
    Heritage Inchicronan 065 27172 nó heritageinchicronan@gmail.com
  • Friday June 19th
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Kilfenora.
    Irish traditional music with Kevin Griffin, Eoin O’Neill & Quentin Cooper.
    The Burren Centre, Kilfenora. Admission Free.
  • Wednesday June 17th
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Ennis.
    Irish traditional music with Shane Mulvey, Siobhán Peoples, Murty Ryan & Martin Dermody.
    Admission Free. Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, off O'Connell Square, Ennis.
  • Tuesday 16th June 2009 at 8:30pm
    The Burren Life Project Series of Talks - Farming for Conservation in the Burren – Lessons from the field by Brendan Dunford (BLP) and Harry Junken (Farmer)
    Dr. Brendan Dunford (BurrenLIFE Project Manager) and Mr. Harry Junken (Burren Farmer) will give this joint talk. Dr. Dunford is Project Manager of the BLP. Mr. Harry Junken is a BurrenLIFE organic farmer, farming across the townlands of Poulnalour and Drumnadeevna close to Kilnaboy and the Burren National Park.
    Free admission. Further information regarding the talks may be obtained from the BurrenLIFE Project website www.burrenlife.com or from 065 708 9000 or mobile 087 292 54 87 or e mail info@burrenlife.com
  • Friday June 12th
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Scariff.
    Irish traditional music with Colm Healy, Eric Healy, Kieran Hehir & Seanie McGrath
    Scariff Library. Admission Free.
  • Wednesday June 10 2009
    Riches of Clare 2009 Free Lunchtime Concert Series, Ennis.
    Irish traditional music with Tony Linnane, Jim O’Connor, Mick Conneely & Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh.
    Admission Free. Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, off O'Connell Square, Ennis.
  • Tuesday 9th June 2009 at 8:30pm
    The Burren Life Project Series of Talks - Close to God – The Crosses of Kilfenora and Kilnaboy by Peter Harbison (Hon. Academic Editor RIA)
    Dr. Harbison is author of many books about Ireland, including ‘Guide to National and Historic Monuments of Ireland’, ‘The Archeology of Ireland’, ‘Pre-Christian Ireland’ (winner of the British Archeological Book Award in 1988) and the three-volume ‘High Crosses of Ireland’ which will be the focus of the talk. He is one of Ireland's most distinguished archeologists.
    Free Admission. Further information regarding the talks may be obtained from the BurrenLIFE Project website www.burrenlife.com or from 065 708 9000 or mobile 087 292 54 87 or e mail info@burrenlife.com
  • Friday 5th June – Tuesday 23rd June
    East Clare Adult Education Centre Exhibition in Scariff Library
    Venue: Scariff Library 12am - 5pm. Admission Free.
  • Thursday 4th June 2009 at 8.00pm
    Embrace Gala Variety Show in Glór, Ennis
    Enjoy a very special evening of music, dance, comedy and drama with the performance arts groups from the Clare Arts Office Embrace programme. All profits from this event will go towards supporting future arts projects for people with disabilities throughout County Clare.
    Tickets €10 (€5 children & concession) available from Glór box office (065 6843 103) or www.glor.ie.
  • Monday 1st June
    Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, Mountshannon:
    Singing Session:

    Visitors are invited to join local and guest singers including Frances Kennedy (Kerry/Cork) and Robbie McMahon (Spancil Hill), Maire Ní Choilm (Gaoth Dobhair & Baile Atha Cliath), Mary Francis Keenan (as seen on Glor Tire, TG4) and young Dylan Rooney (Winner of the Anchor Trad Irish Talent Competition ‘09). They will be joined by ‘Local Singing Circles’ from around the country. Bean an Ti: Peneleapai Ní Tsung (singers club Loch Deirge). Followed by Traditional music session. 6pm.
    Venue: Keanes Bar, 2.30pm. Admission Free.
    ‘Community Music Project’, a newly created short film by Community Musicians Paul Browne and Cliodhna Donnellan. They have worked with children from Mountshannon School and visitors to Raheen Hospital Day Care Centre for a three month inter-generational project of music, song and drama exploring ‘Time and Place’. This short film captures disappearing local traditions, using theatre and song. Venue: The Aistear Building. Sat 30th May - Mon 1st June. Times: Please see schedule at Aistear in the centre of the maze. Visit: www.iniscealtra-artsfestival.org Telephone: 087 2686764

MAY 2009:

  • Sat 30th May
    Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, Mountshannon:
    Traditional Music Classes:

    Jon Sousa -Banjo / Guitar
    Adam Agee -Fiddle
    Martin O’Brien -Concertina
    Una Ní Fhlannagáin -Harp
    Venue: Mountshannon School. 10.30am -1.00pm Booking Tel: Martin O’Brien 087 7816680 Cost €10 child €15 adult.
    Storytelling & Musical Performance on Holy Island:
    The renowned Donegal Storyteller Joe Brennan has worked with Mountshannon school children to produce a play based on stories and legends of Holy wells in the area which will be performed on Holy Island. Boats will ferry the audience from Knockaphort (see map). A procession by local children and their artwork will lead to the Island’s Holy Well where the play will be presented accompanied by the music of Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich (voice) and Una Ní Fhlannagáin (harp).
    History of Holy Island:
    Before the storytelling performance, local historian and author Ger Madden will give a short talk about Holy Island. Venue: Holy Island/Knockaphort. Ferry Times from Knockaphort: Departing 2.00pm. Returning 5pm. All Welcome. Free Event.
    Traditional Music Session:
    The Bridge Bar, Mountshannon. 4.30pm.
    The Vendetta Orchestra – Festival Highlight:
    Prepare for something special! Outstandingly entertaining, the 9 piece band from Sligo; The Vendetta Orchestra, perform their darkly humourous show based on the classic 19th Century German children’s book ‘Der Struwwelpeter’. Through live musical performance, film and animation the Orchestra create a surreal world embroidered with Brechtian humour, influenced by the visual work of Edward Gory and Tim Burton. Followed by ‘The Boudoir Boys’ playing upbeat music from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s plus The ‘Amazing Magic Lantern Picture Show’ showing vintage films.
    Dress code for the evening vintage or fairy tale! Prize for best costume.
    Venue: The Hall, Mountshannon. 9pm Cost €15 inc.
    Afternoon Open Air Performances in the Aistear Marquee 2 -6pm:
    A varied programme of performances, music and dance from groups from the local area and visitors: A display of talent from young musicians working with tutor Yantine, dance performances, recitals from local singer/songwriters and musicians. Traditional Music from some of the finest young Clare musicians, who have been tutoring during the Festival. Fear an Tí Mr. Paul Murray.
    Venue: The Marquee in The Aistear. Time 2 - 6pm. Admission Free.
    Traditional Music Session:
    Musicians Adam Agee & Friends.
    Cois na hAbhna. 6pm. Admission Free.
    Early Evening Concert 8pm:
    With Kate McNamara & Seamus Bugler, Martin O’Brien, Jon Sousa & Adam Agee, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich and Una Ní Fhlannagáin
    Venue: The Marquee. Time: 8.00pm. Admission Free.
    ‘No Crows’ in Concert 9. 30pm:
    Music from the superb ‘NO CROWS’ whom we welcome back after their enormous success at the festival a couple of years ago... “The melting pot that is No Crows borrows from the cosmopolitanism of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Loyko’s innovations (with just a tincture of the freewheeling of Django Reinhart) for their debut... Swing rarely felt this good” - Siobhan Long, Irish Times. Fire-throwing and lantern lighting made by local school groups will complete the evening which overlooks the idylic setting of Lough Derg. Followed by D.J. Session.
    Venue: The Aistear Marquee. 9.30pm, Adm. Free.

  • Fri 29th May
    Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, Mountshannon:
    Fishbowl Youth Group
    :
    Fishbowl Youth Group invite you to a display of creative young talent from across Clare. A programme of dance, music, film and more in a candle lit, café style setting. Proceeds go to Fishbowl’s School building project in Bangladesh.
    Venue: Mountshannon Hall. Time 8pm. Admission €7.
    Ceili:
    The Four Courts Céilí Band play for a night of traditional set dancing. Learn the steps with Caroline Kelly before the ceili begins.
    Venue: The Mountshannon Hotel. Class starts at 7.30pm. €5. Ceili starts at 9.30pm. Admission €10.
    Traditional Music:
    Clare fiddle player Orla Harrington performs at
    The Mountshannon Hotel. 7pm. Admission Free.
    The O’Sullivan Brothers:
    Four piece Athy finalists from ‘Eurostar’ play a fabulous live performance of Acoustic Fold/Bluegrass music. Venue: Cois na hAbhna, Mountshannon. 10.30pm. Admission Free.
  • Thurs 28th May
    Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, Mountshannon:
    Triocca - Classical Concert

    Winners of the Young Musicwide Music Network Award 2006, TRIOCCA feature Ríona Ó Duinnín Flute (National Symphony Orchestra), Nancy Johnson, Viola (London Symphony Orchestra), and Geraldine O'Doherty, Harp (National Symphony Orchestra). Programme includes: Teleman, Philip Martin, Hamilton Harty and Debussy.
    Venue: St Caimin’s Church of Ireland, Mountshannon.
    7.30pm. Cost: €12/15. Supported by Music Network.
  • Thursday 28th May
    Bealtaine Exhibition 2009 – Celebrating Creativity in Older Age
    Kilmaley and Clarecastle Daycare Centres are holding a joint exhibition of work created by the daycare clients in Clare County Museum from Thursday 28th May for one week. The exhibition will feature paintings, pottery and jewellery pieces and is being held as part of the Bealtaine 2009 Festival, which celebrates creativity in older age.
    Admission Free. Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, off O'Connell Square, Ennis.
    Telephone Clare County Museum for opening times (065 682 3382).
  • Thurs 28th May, 1.30-3.30pm
    Bealtaine 2009 - Celebrating Creativity in Older Age:
    Traditional music session with Eoin O’Neill & Friends.

    Ennistymon Day Centre
  • Wed 27th May
    Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, Mountshannon:
    Trad Music Session at Keanes, Mountshannon.
    Fabulous line up of local musicians play for your pleasure in the friendly setting of Keanes bar:
    Tom Ryan, Sandy Robinson, Ali Roberts, Therese Clifford, Cliodhna Donnellan and Mary Smith
    Venue: Keanes Bar. Mountshannon. 9pm onwards. Admission Free.
  • Wed 27th May, 2.45pm – 4.14pm
    Bealtaine 2009 - Celebrating Creativity in Older Age:
    Traditional music session with Eoin O’Neill & Friends.

    St Joseph’s Hospital, Ennis
  • Monday 25th May – Monday 1st June
    IMMA Exhibition by Alice Maher in Scariff Library
    Exhibition features artworks from the Irish Museum of Modern Art's Collection by Alice Maher which will be exhibited alongside works made by local primary school children. The exhibition explores the world of childhood stories and memories, nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
    Part of the Iniscealtra Festival of Arts.
    Venue: Scariff Library 12am - 5pm. Admission Free.
  • Monday, May 25th from 10.30am to 4.30pm
    Practice.ie: Professional Development Meeting for Artists who work with Children and Young People
    at Glór Theatre and Arts Centre, Ennis
  • Mon 25th, 2.30pm
    Bealtaine 2009 - Celebrating Creativity in Older Age:
    Traditional music session with Johnny, Chris, Kate & Paddy.

    Inis Guile Community Residence, Parteen
  • Sunday 24th May, 3-5pm
    Bealtaine 2009 - Celebrating Creativity in Older Age:
    Traditional music session with Johnny, Chris, Kate & Paddy.

    Riverwood Nursing Home, Kilimer Road, Kilrush
  • 23rd May – 21st June
    New exhibition by Musa Engelbrecht at the Russsel Gallery.
    Life, Love, Loss & Remembrance is an exhibition of new paintings by Musa Engelbrecht at the Russell Gallery, New Quay, from Saturday 23rd of May to 21st June 2009
  • Saturday 23rd May, 8.00pm
    Sing Us Another Story – Free Event - Singing session with traditional musician and songwriter John Tunney and Kilmaley Daycare Centre clients.
    A Per Cent for Art Scheme Residency in Traditional Music & Song by artist John Tunney with Kilmaley Daycare Centre. Traditional Musician and Songwriter John Tunney who has worked directly with the 90 clients in attendance at the Kilmaley Daycare Centre in the development of three new songs written in and about the people of Kilmaley. In order to celebrate the residency a free event and Singing Session will take place on Saturday 23rd May 09 and members of the public are welcome to attend.
    Saturday 23rd May at 8pm in the Kilmaley Inn, Kilmaley, Co. Clare
  • Sat 23rd May
    Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, Mountshannon:
    Hunka Burning Love
    Opening night concert with Ireland's hottest new Soul band, blending vintage style, 21st century sophistication and driving energy this highly talented party band will have you up and dancing!.
    Venue: Cois na hAbhana, Mountshannon. 9pm. Admission Free.
  • Friday 22nd May - Sunday 24th May 2009
    3rd Annual Outdoor Landscape Painting Competition
    Sponsored by The Burren Painting Centre, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare. A weekend of Art for all enthusiasts.
    A painting demonstration on the evening of Friday 22nd May in the studio at the Centre. The Landscape Painting Competition on Saturday 23rd May, painting at 3 locations in the Burren and North Clare. Drawing Workshop on the morning of Sunday 24th May in the studio followed by the Prize Giving and lunch.
    Entry forms and further details from Chris O'Neill, The Burren Painting Centre 065 7074208 or
    email info@burrenpaintingcentre.com
  • Friday 22nd May, 2pm- 3.30pm
    Bealtaine 2009 - Celebrating Creativity in Older Age:
    Traditional music session with Johnny, Chris, Kate & Paddy.

    Cahercalla Community Hospital
  • Thursday 21st May, 11.15am to 12.45pm
    Bealtaine 2009 - Celebrating Creativity in Older Age:
    Traditional music session with Johnny, Chris, Kate & Paddy.

    Clarecastle Day Care Centre
  • Thursday 21st May
    Burren Community and Social Group public meeting in the Heritage Centre, Corofin at 8pm. The Burren Community and Social Group is a new group set up to organise and promote local social events in the Rath, Tubber, Ruan, Kilnaboy, Kilfenora and Corofin area.
  • Wed 20th May, 3.30pm-5pm
    Bealtaine 2009 - Celebrating Creativity in Older Age:
    Traditional music session with Eoin O’Neill & Friends.

    Lisseycasey Old Peoples Group Hall at back of the church, Lisseycasey
  • Wednesday 20th May at 8pm
    Irish Wildlife Trust (Clare Branch) - Next Meeting at Clare Education Centre, Government Buildings, Kilrush Road, Ennis re Election of Committtee. Free admission (door collection to pay for meeting room). Contact Info: Jim Martin 087 9319459, Website: http://iwt.ie
  • Tues 19th May, 8.30pm
    Bealtaine 2009 - Celebrating Creativity in Older Age:
    Traditional music session with Johnny Greene, Chris Droney, Kate Purcell, Paddy Hynes.

    Kilmihil Daycare Centre, Meadows Retirement Village, Kilmihil
  • Monday 18th May to Friday 12th June
    “Franciscans Celebrating 800 years, 1209-2009”, an exhibition to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Franciscan Order, will be on show in the Civic Offices, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis until mid June. The exhibition demonstrated the history of the Franciscan Order and its arrival to Ennis around 1250. Exhibits on show include the Moriartus O'Gripha Chalice from the Franciscan Friary, Ennis, 1671; Francis Molloy's Lucerna Fidelium, (Lochrann na gCreidmheach), (1672); and Francis Molloy's Grammatica Latino-Hibernica, (1677), a Latin Irish grammar printed in Rome and subsequently used by the friars in the Friary in Ennis.
  • Monday 18th May, 3-5pm
    Bealtaine 2009 - Celebrating Creativity in Older Age:
    Traditional music session with Johnny, Chris, Kate & Paddy.

    The Orchard Mental Health Programme, Kilrush
  • 17th - 25th May
    Fleadh Nua traditional festival returns to Ennis for the 35th year.
    County Clare is famous the world over for its rich tradition of music, song and dance. This well deserved reputation will be reinforced during Fleadh Nua by a wide range of activities and events on the streets of Ennis and at various venues around the town. Ennis, with its distinctive narrow streetscape, is one of Ireland's most picturesque towns and the numerous sessions in the town's many pubs of character, will leave lasting memories of a wonderful musical experience.
    List of events
    The Fleadh Nua Experience video
  • 15th-17th May - Ennis
    Franciscans Celebrating 800 years.
    The Franciscan Order has been intimately linked to the town of Ennis from its earliest days. This year the Order worldwide is celebrating its 800th birthday. As part of the celebrations there will be a series of cultural and historical events taking place in Ennis on the weekend of the 15-17 May. There will be an art competition for the schools, a fascinating exhibition in the Clare Library, a guided walking tour of historical Ennis, a series of informative lectures in conjunction with the Mícheál Ó Cleirigh Institute, UCD, a musical evening celebrating 800 years of tradition and a festive Eucharist. Further details will be published closer to the time.
  • Wed 13th, 8.30pm
    Bealtaine 2009 - Celebrating Creativity in Older Age:
    Traditional music session with Eoin O’Neill & Friends

    5 Arches Pub, Ballynacally
  • Friday 8th May
    Official launch of Pieces of History: Shop fronts of Ennistymon
    at 6pm in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
  • 3rd May - 12th June 2009
    Himself, Himself and the Others, a Solo Show by Michael Fortune at X-PO, Kilnaboy, Co. Clare.
    Michael Fortune will present a solo show of video works and photographs at the X-PO from the 3rd of May until the 12th of June. Fortune’s solo show sits well within the ethos of the X-PO project, which was initiated by Deirdre O’Mahony in 2007 and is now sustained and run as a social and cultural space by members of the local community in Kilnaboy. This exhibition will mark the beginning of the summer break for the X-PO, which will close from 12th June until the beginning of September. Opening times: Thurs: 2-5pm, Friday: 10.30 – 12.30 and Sunday: 2 – 5pm.

APRIL 2009:

  • 28th April to 1st May 2009
    Heritage Education Week at Clare Museum
    Heritage Education Week will run at Clare Museum from the 28th April to 1st May and is targeted at primary schools, particularly 4th to 6th classes. During the week, a speaker will give two classes daily starting at 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. with a different topic each day. Some of the workshops will be 45 minutes in duration while others will be 30 minutes in length. Places are limited to 35 pupils for each workshop and bookings can be made by calling the curator at 065-6823382 or by email at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie.
    Click for Programme of Events and more information
  • Sunday, April 27th
    "Exploring the Clare Library Website", a North Clare Historical Society talk presented by Anthony Edwards at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm.
  • 23-26 April 2009
    KILFENORA CEILI BAND - Century of Celebration
    Kilfenora, Co. Clare
    Click for Programme of Events and more information
  • Wednesday, April 22nd
    Meeting of the New Clare Branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust.
    The first Meeting of the Clare Branch of The Irish Wildlife Trust will take place on at the Clare Educational Centre, Government Buildings, Kilrush Road, Ennis.
    The Speaker will be Billy Flynn, IWT Limerick Branch. Start time 8p.m.For more info contact Jim Martin 087 9319459 or email: jimmartin81@gmail.com
  • Sunday 19th April. Doolin.
    The 7th Annual Walk of the Michael Dunleavey Foundation starts at the Russell Centre, Doolin, at 1pm. All proceeds raised are in aid of The Irish Cancer Society. Contact Mary O'Connor on 087-9080412 for details on this worthy event. Distance: 5 miles.
  • April 18th 2009
    The 4th Aughty Earth Day Gathering, Tuamgraney
    The Slógadh Eachtaí will take place on the 18th April 2008 in the East Clare village of Tuamgraney and will include keynote addresses and group sessions that will cover familiar and less explored aspects of the history and heritage of the Sliabh Aughty uplands to the east of the Burren.
    The purpose is to celebrate the uniqueness of Slógadh Eachtaí - the followers or people of Aughty - and make connections between people and places around Sliabh Aughty.
    Speakers include Artist Áine Phillips, Clare Senior Planner Gordon Daly, Archaeologist Franc Myles, Terry O' Regan from Landscape Alliance Ireland, and Clare FM presenter Paula Carroll.
    The 2009 Aughty Gathering is hosted by the East Clare Heritage Company and the venue is the East Clare Heritage Centre, St Cronan's 10th Century Church, Tuamgraney
    Registration: 09.30am
    Email: slogadheachtai@gmail.com or visit www.aughty.org
  • 17th April
    The Liosmorhaun Singers in concert with the Dublin Concert orchestra and the London Symphony Chorus. Venue: The Church of St. Michael, Ennistymon. This is the first ever Irish appearance of one of the world’s premier choral ensembles. This event, involving more than 200 performers, will also feature Naomi O’Connell and Peter O’Donoghue. This event is being organized to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the remarkable Lismorhaun singers Choir. Tickets cost €40. Book on 065-7077200.
  • 5th April
    Burrenbeo Trust Monthly Walk.
    Information on www.burrenbeo.com or 091-638096
  • 2nd - 30th April
    "Local Elections", an exhibition created by Local Authority Archivists, will be on show for one month from the 2nd April, 2009 in Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis. The exhibition will feature exhibits connected with Clare’s Local Elections which will include a telegram sent by Eamon De Valera to his wife after his 1917 by-election victory over Irish Party candidate Patrick Lynch. Click here for more information.

MARCH 2009:

  • March 27th - 29th
    Clare Guitar Weekend, Ennis.
    www.clareguitarweekend.com
    For further information contact Alph Duggan at 065 6849068 or info@clareguitarweekend.com
  • March 27th- 28th
    Second 'FORGE AT GORT' Literary Festival
    The literary town of Gort, Co. Galway, will see its second 'Forge at Gort' literature festival kick off on Friday, March 27th, at Sullivan's Royal Hotel, Gort, with a reading by renowned writer, critic and poet, Ulick O'Connor. A host of novelists, poets and musicians are due for this year's festival, which is organised by the Western Writers' Centre. Among the events taking place are a performance by chair of the Irish Historical Harp Society, Siobhán Armstrong, a children's reading by Gabriel Fitzmaurice, a talk by archaeologist Michael Gibbons and recitals by poet Tim Cunningham and the Limerick White House poets. Further details of the festival can be obtained by mailing westernwriters@eircom.net or checking the website at www.twwc.ie or by calling 087-2178138
  • Friday, March 27th, 8pm
    Salmon Poetry presents a poetry reading by Marck Beggs, John Doorty, Susan Millar DuMars & Kevin Higgins
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, County Clare
    All Welcome
    http://ennistymoncourthousegallery.blogspot.com
    http://www.salmonpoetry.com
  • Friday 27th March, at 7.30pm
    Young People's Art Exhibition
    The Snug, Mountshannon
    Open to anyone under 21 years old. The idea is to give young artists in the community an opportunity to exhibit works that reflect their own interests. All work must be framed or on canvas, so as to be hung, there is some space for sculptural pieces. Nathalie El Baba will be hanging work on Wednesday 25th March. Anyone interested can contact her on: 087 615 9466.
    All welcome to the reception on Friday 27th March, at 7.30pm.
    The Snug opening times are: Friday & Saturday 6pm til 10pm. Sunday 4pm to 9pm.
  • Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
    Time: 8pm.
    Harvard Glee Club

    The Pavilion Theatre, Lisdoonvarna
    60 voice all male choral ensemble from Harvard University
    Tickets €15
    For further information contact: Marian O Callaghan - Mobile: 086-2328257
    Email: mocallagh@esatclear.ie
  • Wednesday 25th March
    Heritage Inchicronan - "Cúirt sa Cistin" at 8.30pm in the Community Centre, Crusheen
    We are pleased to announce that Tomás MacConmara (Tuamgraney) will be our next guest speaker. The topic for the evening is “Drawing the Naked Sword! Clare Volunteers and the Mountjoy Hunger Strike of 1917”. Tomás will discuss the leading role played by Claremen in the lead up to and development of the Mountjoy Hunger Strike of September 1917. The Hunger Strike resulted in the death of Tomás Ághas and also help to consolidate Republicanism in the minds of the Irish people. You are invited to join us and we look forward to seeing all our old friends and welcoming some new ones. A cup of tea/coffee and a chat guaranteed. Contact Anne at Tel: 065-6827172, Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com, Website: www.aughty.org
  • Friday, March 20th at 8.m.
    Kisses at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    A recent winner at The Irish Film and Television Awards, KISSES, directed by Lance Daly, will be shown in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon on Friday, March 20th at 8.m.
    Entry €5 to cover screening and post show discussion with producer Les Kelly
  • March 17th - April 17th
    Opening of The NatureQuest Gallery, Kilrush featuring “Green”, an exhibition showcasing solely local artists. Selected works of Daclan Hally, Naomi Doyle, Brian Wilson, Astrid Adler, Madeleine Shinnick, Angela Verner Margret Whelan and Dave Dakin will be on display. An art performance will mark the opening. All are welcome. Opening hours of the Gallery are Thursday to Saturday 1-4pm. The Artists will be attending the Gallery at set times.
  • March 14th - April 4th
    “Blackthorn Blossoms” by Desmond McLoughlin
    Contemporary Print Exhibition - A Selection of fine-line etchings and woodcuts,
    The Red Couches Space, The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
  • Saturday, March 14th, 2009.
    The Diving Pig, Ballyvaughan
    Roving Project presents Open Space - Work by: Sean Naftel, Erin Treacy, Chris Attenborough, Joe & Jasper Ryan, and Zach Nash. Roving Project is a wandering gallery project that occupies vacant storefronts, transforming them into short-term gallery spaces.
  • Tuesday, March 10th,2009
    The Old Kilfarboy Society
    8pm sharp - The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay
    At the next meeting of the Old Kilfarboy Society, Dr. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, senior lecturer at Galway
    University, will talk on The Law Schools of the Burren. She will be
    discussing, among other things, the new information coming to light
    from the archaeological exploration of the law school of the
    O'Davoren legal family at Cahermacnaughten in the Ó Lochlainn lordship
    of Burren.
    This is the last of this seasons talks, but we hope to hold guided
    outings throughout the summer months; please watch the Press for
    details.
  • Sunday, March 8th, 2009
    International Women's Day Celebrations with Clare Women's Network
    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis, Co.Clare
    Guest Speakers Include Nell Mc Cafferty, Joanna McMinn and Jo Murphy-Lawless.
    For further info contact Clare Women's Network at info@clarewomensnetwork.org or tel: 065 6828731
  • 6th – 8th March
    The Ennis Book Club Festival, in association with Clare County Library, is a unique literary and social gathering for book clubs and readers everywhere. The programme includes author readings, discussions, workshops, walking tours, poetry, advice on organising book clubs and reading lists, chocolate tastings and opportunities to meet other Book Club members.
    Further details at www.ennisbookclubfestival.com, email frances.ogorman@clarelibrary.ie, tel. 087-2262259.

    Click here for programme of events.
  • 3rd - 6th March, 2009
    For Seachtain na Gaeilge 2009, Clare Museum is offering tours on the heritage of Gaeilge as displayed in the museum's exhibition. As well as being available through Irish, the tours will be about the Irish language in a County Clare context. Each tour will discuss the language generally in the county and famous names associated with its preservation e.g. Brian Ó Looney, Stiofán Ó hÉalaoire, Eugene Ó Curry etc. It will also look at examples of Clare placenames and how they can illustrate the depth of the Irish language heritage in the county. The tours can be trí mhean na Gaeilge or bilingual, depending on requirements. During the week, a speaker will give three tours at 10am and 12pm for Primary Schools, and 2pm for Secondary Schools, and each tour will be up to 45 minutes in duration. Places are limited to 35 pupils for each tour and bookings can be made by calling the curator at 065-6823382 or by email at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie. It is essential to book early to avoid disappointment.
    Clare Museum - Seachtain na Gaeilge, 2009 - March 3rd - 6th
    Turasanna Ghaeilge an Chláir
    * 10.00am (Primary Schools)
    * 12.00pm (Primary Schools)
    * 2.00pm (Secondary Schools)
  • Mon March 2nd to Sun March 8th
    The 8th Annual Corofin Traditional Festival .
    Full details are available on the website www.corofintradfest.com
    Contact Padraic O'Reilly at 086-6070941 or padraic_oreilly@runbox.com for more information
  • Mon. 2nd March
    BurrenLIFE & NPWS lecture Series presents John Murphy The Birds of the Burren – The Future.
    Admission Free, all welcome. 8.00pm at the Old Ground Hotel.
    More info at 065 708 9000, 087 292 5487, info@burrenlife.com , www.burrenlife.com

FEBRUARY 2009:

  • Sat 28th Feb
    CELT Climate Awareness Day
    East Clare Community Coop premises, Scariff, Co.Clare
    - films, talks, discussion, info, photos - also at 7pm, 'The Eleventh Hour' (DiCaprio) www.celtnet.org
    12 noon to 5.30pm,
    For further information contact:
    Bob Wilson
    CELT Centre for Environmental Living and Training, Main St, Scariff, Co.Clare, Ireland
    Website: www.celtnet.org Email: info@celtnet.org Tel: 061-640765
  • February 27th – March 20th
    Exhibition by Michelle O’Malley (Hand Made and Dyed Decorative Paper Images) and Sean Durack (Landscape Painter)
    The Snug, Mountshannon, Co.Clare
    Open Friday & Saturday 6p.m. – late
    Sunday 4 – 9 p.m.
    For further information contact Sadie Monks at sadiemonks@gmail.com or 061 924732
  • 27 Feabhra - 17 Márta, 2009
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Imeachtaí Gaeilge ar fud an chontae, scéalaíocht, filíocht, comórtais, ceol, agus damhsa. Ceolchoirm oscailte ar an 27 Feabhra leis an ngrúpa reggae "Bréag. Clár an Chláir eagraithe ag Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir, le cabhair ón gComhairle Ealaíon. Irish language events throughout the county, storytelling, poetry, competitions, music and dance. Opening concert on February 27th with reggae band "Bréag". Clár an Chláir organised by Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir with the assistance of the Arts Council. For further info email gaeilge@clarecoco.ie or for a full listing of events, please visit the website www.snag.ie
  • 27th Feb 2009
    Film night supporting the Transition Town movement
    Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon at 8pm.

    There will be a brief intro to the concept of Peak Oil, then we will show a great film called 'The Power of Community'. This is a movie made in Cuba in the mid nineties. It is about how Cuba survived a national crisis as a result of Russia withdrawing all its oil supplies to the country. (80% of Cuba's oil was coming from there up to this point). The film is a lesson for Ennistymon and all communities in the Western world now facing economic and fuel crisis'. When one watches this film one can see how there is light at the end of the recessional tunnel and that that light is in our local communities. Be it growing more food locally, car pooling, bartering skills or looking at localised energy production but to name a few.
    Home baked goods and tea and coffee will also be shared on the night. There is a €3 / €2 entrance fee to cover cost of using the space. See www.transitiontowns.org for a good intro to the whole movement.
    For further information contact: Róisín Ní Gháirbhith on 086 1043528.
  • Friday 20th February 2009
    Sing Us Another Story
    Kilmaley Inn, Kilmaley, Co. Clare
    New Songs ~ Old Style ~ Living Community
    As part of an exciting arts project funded under the Per Cent For Art Scheme, Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Association and Clare County Council’s Arts Office have commissioned renowned traditional singer, John Tunney, to work with the clients and residents of Kilmaley Daycare Centre to compose new songs in a Traditional style inspired by the people and place of Kilmaley. The resulting songs will be performed for the first time in public by John and the Daycare Centre clients at a showcase Song Recital in the Kilmaley Inn at 8pm on Friday 20th February 2009.
    8 –10 pm. Doors open at 7:30pm
    Free Admission – All are Welcome
  • February 19th - 22nd, 2009
    Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music
    Crusheen and Gort
    For further information www.josephbrowne.org
  • 15th February to March 29th 2009
    Wise Ways
    X-PO, Kilnaboy, Co.Clare
    An Exhibition of artwork by visitors to Raheen Community Hospital Daycare Centre, East County Clare.
    And Retrace by Terry O'Farrell
  • Fri 13 February , 9.30 p.m.
    East Clare Launch of Orla Harrington's debut fiddle album Melting Snow.
    Peppers, Feakle
    Admission is free. Orla will be accompanied by Brendan Hearty (guitar) and guest musicians. Session afterward. All are welcome.
  • February 11th - 28th, 2009
    Three simultaneous exhibitions in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon:
    Premonitions of Encroachment II - an exhibition of fine detailed ink-drawings on cottonpaper by Boz Mugabe -
    is a series consisting of images addressing the subject of fear, distraction and the superstitions of the human kind. Boz Mugabe is a self-taught visual artist based in Dublin City.
    Life Drawing Exhibition
    , (in The Small Room).
    For some months, a group of artists have been meeting to practice life drawing with a model one morning a week in the Courthouse Gallery and Studios in Ennistymon. The group is a mixed one, ranging from students to professional artists. The drawings in this show represent the progress, enthusiasm and struggle of each group member with the challenge of drawing from life. This work was not made with an exhibition in mind. However, the images that result from this practice can be fascinating and very beautiful.
    Exhibition of paintings by Brid Harhen (in The Red Couches Space)
    Ms. Brid Harhen was born in Liscannor, Co. Clare in 1972. She only started painting three years ago and The Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery is proud to show her work.
    Brid takes her influences from her locality and the stunning views from her kitchen window in Moher. She has a love for nature and flowers which she carries through in her paintings. She has previously exhibited in the “Teach Ceol” in 2006 and the “Burren Centre” in Kilfenora in 2007 which were both a great success.
  • February 10th, 2009
    The next meeting of The Old Kilfarboy Society takes place on Tuesday 10th February at 8.00pm at The Malbay, Miltown Malbay, when speakers Professor Pádraig Ó Riain & Dr. Dagmar Ó Riain Raedel, both of The University of Cork, will give a talk entitled 'Clare Saints Come Home'. Their subject is the recent discovery of a fragment of a medieval manuscript from Regensburg in Southern Germany, which contains a Litany of the Saints and includes Clare saints Flannan, Molua, Mochuille, Senan, Ciarán, Laichtin and Cridan. All are welcome. To mark this important discovery the manuscript will later be displayed in the library of Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick.
  • February 1st – 15th, 2009
    Clare Cliffs Festival
    Featuring story telling, puppet shows, traditional music, art and photography exhibitions and much more.For further information contact: 065 7086141 for schedules & times or go to www.cliffsofmoher.ie.

JANUARY 2009:

  • Thursday 22nd January 2009.
    Return to Learning Workshops on CAO applications for adult learners or mature students with The Ennis Regional Learning Centre.
    Time: 7 - 8.30pm.Venue: Clare Education Centre, Kilrush Road, Ennis.
    Anne O Donovan, Admissions Office, Limerick Institute of Technology will deliver this FREE workshop and answer questions on completing the CAO form and the subsequent application process. The deadline for CAO applications is February 1st. Normally mature applicants should be 23 years old on or before 1st January 2009 for admission in Autumn 2009 and must apply by 1st February 2009. However, some HEIs may have a different age requirement, different definitions of mature applicants, etc., and some will consider applications received after 1st February 2009. For full details please see the CAO Handbook http://www2.cao.ie/handbook/handbook/hb.pdf.
    Booking in advance with Anne Griffin 061-448506 or anne.griffin@lit.ie.
  • January 17th, 2009
    CD launch and free concert - Shaskeen
    Cois na hAbhna, Gort Road,Ennis
    Shaskeen are launching their new CD "Walking up Town" this Saturday night in Cois na hAbhna in Ennis.The present line up of the band is geared towards concert style performance with Patsy McDonagh on accordion, Pat Broderick on uilleann pipes/low whistles, Geraldine Cotter on piano, John Donnellan on bodhran, Pat Costello on vocals, guitar,& banjo, Eamon Cotter on Bflat & concert flute, Tony Howley on saxophone/flute and Tom Cussen on banjo/mandolin.They will be joined on the night by the following guest artists:- Sean Tyrell performing his new song from the album; Sean Conway former member of the band will sing his song from the album & play; Benny O'Connor on drums, Meadhbh Boyd on fiddle, Alan Wallace on guitar & Mareide Casey sean nos dancing and Peggy Costello & Phil Grace backing vocals.
    The formula for the night will be doors open 8.30, Concert start at 9pm for about 50min followed by a 30 min break and the second half should start 10.30pm.They would like to invite all interested to come along for a great night of music & song. There is no cover charge.
    Contact: Doreen Norris, Riarathóir, Cois na hAbhna, Galway Road, Ennis, Co Clare. 065 6824276
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  • Tuesday, 13th January, 2009
    The next talk of The Old Kilfarboy Society entitled 'Westropp and Clare', will take place on Tuesday, 13th January at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, commencing at 8pm. Liam Irwin will be speaking on the work of Thomas J Westropp , who spent many years surveying the archaeology and folklore of Clare and his native county, Limerick. Clare Local Studies Project has published two books on Westropp's work: ' The Folklore of Clare' and 'Archaeology of the Burren'. All are welcome.
  • January 10th – 29th, 2009
    Sceal Eile'- the first solo show of London-based, Clare artist Valerie Driscoll
    The Courthouse Gallery,Ennistymon
  • Sunday, January 4th, 2009
    Seventh Annual Sponsored Burren Walk
    The walk is in support of the Alzheimer’s Society and begins from O’Donoghues pub.
    Please call 065-6868621 for more info.

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 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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