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County Clare Events Calendar 2010
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DECEMBER 2010:

  • 19TH AND 20TH December
    The Nativity by Dhá Lámh Youth Theatre Ensemble,
    Scout's hall, behind the cathedral, Ennis.
    Fun for all the family! Doors open at 7pm. Nativity performance takes place at 8pm.
    Kiddies Disco on 19th at 9pm.
    Tickets €5 available on the door or from Pay Pourri Animal Rescue, Westgate Business park, Ennis.
    For further information please call 085 1576324
  • 15th December 2010
    Salmon Poets Read from new poetry anthology "Dogs Singing" as fundraiser for Second Chance Animal Rescue (S.C.A.R.)
    Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street - Ennistymon - Co. Clare
    To celebrate the publication of "Dogs Singing - A Tribute Anthology" Salmon Poetry, in association with the Courthouse Gallery, will hold a poetry reading at The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, on Wednesday 15th December at 7.30pm. 'Dogs Singing', which has been compiled and edited by Jessie Lendennie, brings together poems which highlight and examine and celebrate the canine world. Among the 200 contributors are John Montague, Paula Meehan, Micheal O'Siadhail, Alicia Ostriker, Matthew Sweeney, Neil Astley, Rita Ann Higgins, Gerard Smyth, Thomas Lynch, Mary O'Donnell, Maxine Kumin, Joseph Woods, C.K. Williams, David Wheatley, Peter Fallon, Nessa O'Mahony, Mary O'Malley, Theo Dorgan, Pat Boran, Conor Mark Kavanagh, Padraig O'Morain and Mary O’Donnell. The anthology is divided into three sections: 'By' (a smaller section, since dogs are often reluctant to describe themselves as poets!), 'For' and 'About'. The order of poems reflects the eclectic mix of style and content. Readers on the night include Ilsa Thielan, Jean Kavanagh, Jessie Lendennie, Knute Skinner, Christine Jenkins, and Mary Mullen. Proceeds from copies of "Dogs Singing - A Tribute Anthology" sold at the reading will go to Second Chance Animal Rescue.
    Free event with mulled wine reception.
    "Here is a big book of many poems, all inspired, devoted, motivated by a sacred bond that happens, the supreme privilege, that something far bigger than romance - a relationship with a dog...." Eileen Battersby, Arts Writer and Literary Correspondent, The Irish Times.
  • 18-19th December 2010
    Ballyvaughan Christmas Event
    Enjoy christmas markets, workshops in Christmas decorations, cookery classes, choral recitals and concerts. A European style Christmas Market, similar to those seen in Germany and Austria.
  • 16th December 2010
    ‘Stonewalls and stonework in the Burren and South Galway’
    Burrenbeo Trust Monthly Talk with Rory O’Shaughessy at 8.30pm.
    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
  • Tuesday 14 December
    "Designed by Foreigners for the use of Peasants…… the Concertina"
    On Tuesday, 14th December the speaker at The Old Kilfarboy Society is Stephen Chambers, the proprietor of McNeill’s Music Shop, Miltown Malbay. His talk, entitled "Designed by Foreigners for the use of Peasants…… the Concertina", will cover the history of the instrument and its popularity and importance in Irish dance music. He will also be touching on the accordion/melodeon. As usual, the meeting will take place at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay commencing at 8.00pm - all are welcome.
  • December 13th - January 8th, 2011
    4th Clare Art Christmas Show
    Foyer of the County Museum, Ennis
    Organised by local artist David O’Rourke, the show features a number of invited local artists including Tommy Kelly, photographer, James Halley, a sketch artist, performance artist Alex Conway and painters Austin Creavan, Marie Connole, Anna Colmer, Kevin Quinlan, Sinead Slattery, Catriona Sheedy, Hazel Gilcrest, Dereck Smyth as well as David O’Rourke himself.
    The wide variety of styles and media ensure that once again an eclectic exhibition will be on show. The exhibition is open daily to the general public and an opening reception will take place from 2 – 5pm on Saturday December 18th and all are invited.
    For further information contact the Arts Office at 065 6899091 arts@clarelibrary.ie
  • 13th December - 7th January, 2011
    Red Men & Other Paintings - An exhibition of paintings by John Michael Davies.
    Scariff Public Library
    John Michael Davies was educated at St. Martin’s School of Art London and worked with Unilever as a Graphic Designer.
    Currently living in Killaloe, poetry and paintings are amongst his interests.
    For further information please contact: John M Davies at 087 6342961 or contact the Arts Office at 065 6899091
  • Sunday 12th December
    Doolin Christmas Market, 11am to 4pm
    "This years market is a real gem and a great place to get handmade gifts, stress free. Might even have some live music to dance to as you shop. We look forward to seeing you there. Merry Christmas from us all at the Doolin market."
  • 11th & 12th December
    Doonbeg Christmas Market, The Lodge, Doonbeg
    Following in the great European Tradition of Christmas Markets the Courtyard at the Lodge will be transformed with stalls and crafts. Activities for children include go-karting, puppet shows, nativity shows and Santa (pre-registration required). Market is open from 10am - 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10am - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Contact The Lodge at Doonbeg at 065-9055602 or email reservations@doonbeggolfclub.com
  • 11-12th December
    Ballyvaughan Christmas Event
    Enjoy christmas markets, workshops in Christmas decorations, cookery classes, choral recitals and concerts. A European style Christmas Market, similar to those seen in Germany and Austria.
  • 10th DECEMBER, 2010
    I ’m OK, You’re OK & That’s OK ! - Interculturalism, Equality & Religious Diversity In Irish Education
    Cois Na h-Abhna, Gort Road, Ennis.
    Clare Intercultural Network presents "Humanising Rights & Responsibilities"
    Speakers: University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick & Equality Authority
    Followed by World Café Discussion.
    Confirm attendance as spaces are limited! TIME : 9.15am - 1.30pm
    For more information contact : ALPHONSE - 065-6869026 or clarintercultural@eircom.net
    Supported by UL, Equality Authority , Mary Immaculate College, Ennis CDP, & PWDI
  • Friday 10th December
    Network Clare Christmas Party
    The Rowan Tree
    Network Ireland Christmas Get Together, where you can let our hair down and relax a little before the Christmas Holidays. We really hope as many of you as possible will come along and celebrate with us!
    TIME: 7.30pm COST: €29.95
    On offer is a three course meal for €29.95, with a welcome drink. This event is open to all, members, guests, friends, and any woman in business who would like to end the year on a positive note in celebration. We can't wait!! To book please either send a €10 deposit to Liz Greehy, Stylebible, Kilbaha, Kilrush, Co Clare. GO ON, DO and bring a friend! For further info contact Acting Secretary, Liz Greehy, (086) 1924385
  • Thursday 9th December 2010
    Women of Shannon Consultation Meeting
    Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon
    Have you something to say? Have you issues that you feel are ignored? The Clare Women’s Network is inviting YOU to a meeting at 7.30pm to tell us about the things that matter to YOU. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Elaine at 065-6828731
  • Thursday 9th December 2010
    Women of East Clare Consultation Meeting
    East Clare CDP (beside Teach Ui Bhrian), Tuamgraney
    Have you something to say? Have you issues that you feel are ignored? The Clare Women’s Network is inviting YOU to a meeting at 7.30pm to tell us about the things that matter to YOU. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Elaine at 065-6828731.
  • Sun 5th December
    ‘Monuments, holy wells, & fulacht fiadh along a Green Road ‘
    Burrenbeo Trust December Walk with Harry Jeuken
    At 2pm on Sun 5th December 2010
    Meet at Gortlecka Cross (51R 310 945)
    Harry Jeuken has been an organic farmer in the Burren for 15 years. He is part of the Clare Heritage Farm Tours and was a participant in the BurrenLIFE Farming for Conservation project. His land has a cairn, a holy well, some ancient cooking areas and is a fantastic opportunity to see the iconic Mullaghmore mountain from a different angle. This walk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation from non-members. It is advised to be of a reasonable level of fitness. Please wear comfortable and sensible walking shoes. Much of the Burren’s terrain is uneven so please ensure you have the correct footwear on. We suggest walking shoes or hiking boots with a good grip. And be prepared for Irish weather- warm and waterproof clothes are recommended! For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Saturday, December 4th
    Christmas Choral Concert in aid of Rape Crisis Midwest
    Ennis Cathedral
    Join us in celebrating the approach of Christmas with an uplifting choral concert featuring Nóirín Ní Riain with sons Eoin & Mícháel Ó Súilleabháin, The Redemptorist Choir from Limerick City and The Lismorahaun Singers from Co. Clare. The concert will feature some Christmas carols and will culminate in Handel’s spectacular ‘Hallelujah Chorus’. Rape Crisis Midwest provides free, confidential, non-judgemental crisis support and counselling services for all survivors of sexual violence in counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.
    Concert starts at 8pm Tickets €20
    Available from glór box office at www.glor.ie or 065 6843103
    We strongly advise you to bring a cushion!
  • Saturday 4th December
    An Evening with Peter Sheridan
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    A 90-minute one-man show from writer Peter Sheridan, directed by Maggie Byrne.
    Join Peter Sheridan as he conjures up the voices and accents of his 1960’s childhood. This is a coming of age story, peopled with deliciously eccentric characters and bizarre incidents. Brilliantly funny and seriously moving, it pulls at all the emotions.
    8pm. admission €10
    COURTHOUSE GALLERY, Parliament Street - Ennistymon - Co. Clare
    065 707 1630
  • 4th & 5th December
    Doonbeg Christmas Market, The Lodge, Doonbeg
    Following in the great European Tradition of Christmas Markets the Courtyard at the Lodge will be transformed with stalls and crafts. Activities for children include go-karting, puppet shows, nativity shows and Santa (pre-registration required). Market is open from 10am - 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10am - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Contact The Lodge at Doonbeg at 065-9055602 or email reservations@doonbeggolfclub.com
  • December 3rd, 2010
    Megan Malone Benefit Night
    Auburn Lodge Hotel, Gort Road, Ennis
    Benefit night in aid of three year old Megan Malone. Featuring Irish Sporting Legends, DJ Ollie Mulooly, Auction & Raffle, Finger Food. Tickets €10.
    For further info visit www.meganmalonetrust.org or visit the Facebook page - megan malone trust
  • Wed 1st December
    Academic Writing for third level (2)
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre, Clare County Museum, Ennis
    More on essay writing. Dealing with essay topics. Identify how to produce and present an essay for academic purposes. This FREE 'Return to Learning' Workshop for adult learners (18+) is for those who are considering applying for a third level course and may also be of interest to those who have recently progressed to a third level course. The workshops will focus on the information that adult learners need to make a decision about applying to third level colleges, as well as an introduction to the academic skills required to succeed at third level.
    Each session is designed to be interactive and enjoyable and will be delivered by individuals who work in or with third level institutions. All workshops will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.
    The workshop is free of charge, but places must be booked in advance. Contact us to book your place. Call us on 065-6866844 or email: info@ennisrlc.ie

NOVEMBER 2010:

  • Monday 29th November
    “The Sword in the Stone” - Previously unrecognised archaeological evidence of ceremonies of the later Iron Age and early Medieval period.
    A North Clare Historical Society talk by Conor Newman at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm
  • 28th November
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    The Clare final of the Ceol an Gheimhridh commencing at 2pm
  • 27th November
    Seasonal Songs and Sacred Music
    Bindon Street Church, Ennis
    The Clare Music Circle will be accompanying well-known soprano, Regina Nathan, at a beautiful concert starting at 8 p.m. Acapella group, Chill (runners up in the 2010 Clare’s Got Talent Competition and very talented young men), will also be performing. Tickets, €20, include mulled wine reception after the concert. Tickets available at the door but get there early to get a good seat.
  • 27th November, 2010
    Chi Running
    North Clare Sports and Amenity Park,Lisdoonvarna
    9am - 5 pm €70 - Limited Availability
    Prior booking only. Contact Catherine at 065-6865434
    www.catherinamckiernan.com
  • 27th November, 2010
    Orienteering
    Falls Hotel, Ennistymon.
    Adults €6 - Students €3 - Family €10
  • 27th November
    Christmas Craft Fair - Holy Family Hall, Ennis, Co.Clare
    Featuring Clare Crafts - contact: 087-7439198
  • Saturday 27th of November
    Timeless Burren by Joyce Shee
    The Russell Gallery in New Quay, Co. Clare.
    Launch of an exhibition of paintings by Limerick artist Joyce Shee called ‘Timeless Burren’ at @ 6pm.
    This Show is an exciting journey through the every day life of the Burren, its landscape, its animals and the people: from times long gone by to yesterday, from the hills to the shore, this exhibition is a well accomplished attempt to capture impressions of this special place and its timeless simplicity. Joyce Shee is a self-taught artist who works from the village of Bell Harbour.
    For more information, call 065-7078185 or visit the website www.russellgallery.net
  • Sat 27th November
    Fundraising Concert for Corofin Traditional Festival
    Teach Ceoil, Corofin
    Concert starts at 8pm, featuring Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill and Arty McGlynn. Support is by Brian Fitzgerald, Lorna Davey and Eoin O'Neill. Tickets are 20Euro each, and all proceeds will go towards next year's Corofin Traditional Festival. You can book tickets by emailing corofintradfest@gmail.com
  • Thursday 25 Nov - 6th January
    “has been + is going”- Christmas Show
    The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon
    Opening Friday, 26th November at 7pm.
    Auction of “Trasna” Postcard Exhibition, 26th Nov at 8pm
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon will host an exciting Christmas show of Clare artists opening this Friday 26th November. “has been + is going” features an astonishingly diverse range of work that ‘has been’ exhibited or ‘is going’ to be exhibited in the near future.
    “Trasna”, an exhibition of postcard-sized works by well-known artists will run in conjunction with the Christmas show. This is a first for the Courthouse Gallery who have been delighted with the response from national and international artists.
    In celebration of this unique exhibition all works will be at a reserve price of €40. This is a wonderful opportunity for locals to purchase original artworks as gifts for loved ones in the upcoming festive season.
    To encourage all of the communities in North Clare to share in this fun event there will be a wine reception and a humourous auction to be enjoyed on the opening night, Friday, 26th November at 8pm . Members of the public are invited to come early and place bids on their favourite pieces before the auction begins at 8pm.
    The Courthouse Gallery welcomes you to these exciting events which seek to celebrate artists work in the Community of Ennistymon, Co Clare, and beyond.
  • 26th & 27th November 2010
    The 22nd National Tourism Conference
    Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare
    The 22nd National Tourism Conference, organised by Clare Tourist Council in conjunction with Clare County Council, will be held in the Falls Hotel Ennistymon, Co. Clare on the 26th & 27th November 2010. The conference theme is “Achieving World Class Tourism”
    For booking and information contact:
    Kathleen Cahill
    Tel. No. 00353 65-7071149
    E-mail: cahilka@indigo.ie
  • Friday, 26 November, 2010
    The Storytellers of Clare - The Work of the Irish Folklore Commission in County Clare
    Cois na hÁbhanna, Gort Rd. Ennis at 8.00pm. A lecture by Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, full time archivist at the UCD Folklore Department presented by Cuimhneamh an Chláir, The Clare Oral History and Folklore Group, as part ot its ‘Sámhain Folklore Series, 2010'. This event is supported by the Clare Local Development Company and the Heritage Council.
    For further information contact:
    Tomás Mac Conmara, Project Co-ordinator, Cuimhneamh an Chláir, The Clare Oral History and Folklore Group
    www.clarememories.ie
    Ph: 087-9160373
  • Thursday the 25th of November
    The Network Clare Entrepreneurs Evening & AGM
    Woodstock Hotel Ennis
    The Network Clare Entrepreneurs Evening & AGM takes place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Woodstock Hotel, Ennis. It looks like being a very inspiring evening where we will have 2 successful business women sharing their trials and triumphs of building and maintaining a successful business. There will also be a chance for you to network and meet other women in business, the professions and the arts in County Clare.
    Rita Mylett will present 'Where there is a will, there is a way’, a personal insight into how she added style to substance to create a successful business. Also, Aine Gleeson will present 'A Day in the life of an online business'. Aine, who is known by people throughout Clare for her personalised online gift business wowwee.ie, will talk to us about lessons learned in building a successful online business.

    This will be followed by our AGM where we will elect a new committee for 2011. We ask that you support this meeting and that you know that your thoughts and ideas as to how to move forward as an organisation are welcome and valued.
    You are also most welcome to bring along any products, samples, business cards, brochures etc to promote your business, especially for the Christmas market.
    For further information contact Acting Secretary, Liz Greehy, (086) 1924385
  • Thursday 25th November
    ' Everest to the top' presentation by Ian Taylor
    Lahinch Seaworld
    Ian Taylor, youngest Irishman to climb Mount Everest, is going to present his journey to the top of the world at Lahinch Seaworld at 7pm (doors open at 6pm). Cost: €10
    Confirm your seat Email ian.seaworld@gmail.com. Website www.everest2008.ie
  • Wed 24th November
    Academic Writing for third level (1)
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre, Clare County Museum, Ennis
    An introduction to essay writing at third level. What is the definition of an essay? Breaking an essay down into its component parts. Structuring your essay.
    This FREE 'Return to Learning' Workshop for adult learners (18+) is for those who are considering applying for a third level course and may also be of interest to those who have recently progressed to a third level course. The workshops will focus on the information that adult learners need to make a decision about applying to third level colleges, as well as an introduction to the academic skills required to succeed at third level.
    Each session is designed to be interactive and enjoyable and will be delivered by individuals who work in or with third level institutions. All workshops will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.
    The workshop is free of charge, but places must be booked in advance. Contact us to book your place. Call us on 065-6866844 or email: info@ennisrlc.ie
  • Sun, 21st November
    Corcomroe Abbey. Abbey Hill and Turlough Hill with the Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Group at 10.30am. Call Mary 087 2446807.
  • 20th & 21st November
    Christmas Craft Fair - Bunratty Hotel, Bunratty, Co.Clare
    Featuring Clare Crafts - contact: 087 7439198
  • Saturday 20th November
    SHASKEEN along with Josephine Marsh & Mick Kinsella - Courthouse, Sixmilebridge, 8pm sharp.
    Tickets are €20 each with family tickets only €50.
    Please support the concert, our Artistes are playing for us FREE so your full ticket price will go straight towards the Sixmilebridge Winter Music Weekend. To book tickets text your requirements to 086 8464509 and they will be kept at the door for collection. You can also help by adding favourable comments to our face book page! Check out the 2011 line up at www.wmw.ie
  • Thursday 18th November
    ‘Medieval Monuments in the Burren’ - Burrenbeo Trust September Talk with Dr. Peter Harbison at 8.30pm on the 18th November 2010 in the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan. Dr. Peter Harbison worked for much of his life in Bord Failte - The Irish Tourist Board - as archaeologist and editor of Ireland of the Welcomes magazine and, now in retirement, he is Honorary Academic Editor with the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. He spent his childhood summers in Corofin at the foot of the Burren, and has contributed many articles to journals such as The Other Clare on the art, archaeology and architecture of the County. He is also author of over twenty books on various aspects of Ireland's past. His talk on November 18th should provide a felicitous combination of these differing interests. This talk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Wednesday 17th November
    CAO Workshop
    Adult Education Centre, Clonroad, Ennis, Co. Clare.
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre in co-operation with Co. Clare VEC Adult Guidance Service present this workshop. For further information contact: 065-6866844 or email: info@ennisrlc.ie
  • Wed. November 17th
    Winter Music Weekend - Open Public Meeting – Courthouse, Sixmilebridge
    A very positive “Development & Analysis” report on the Winter Music Weekend has been completed by May Day Marketing. This report was funded by Clare Local Development Company and the Winter Music Weekend festival committee. The document lays out a way forward for the future drawing on all the strengths of the festival. The report suggests a restructuring of the festival organisational machine which would encourage participation of all people within the community. All interested parties are invited to attend. Doors open from 7.15pm Teas & Coffee served. The meeting will finish no later than 9.00pm Data Base skills, administration, and marketing skills are particularly short, so maybe you can help.
  • Wednesday 17th November
    CCE AGM - Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    The annual general meeting of clare county board CCÉ will be held in Cois na hAbhna on Wednesday 17th November commencing at 8pm. For further information contact:
    Colm Nestor, County Secretary CCÉ an Chláir 2010 colmnestor@gmail.com 086 8181262
  • 14th November
    Christmas Craft Fair - Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe, Co.Clare
    Featuring Clare Crafts - contact: 087 7439198
  • 14th November
    Master Fiddle Class with Brendan Mulkere
    'The Creative Process in Traditional Irish Music'

    Temple Gate Hotel
    A renowned player, teacher, promoter and thinker within the world of traditional Irish music, Mulkere will interest any fiddle player who is conscious of the concept of ‘identity’ in their playing and their place within tradition. Over the course of two hours, Mulkere will share his knowledge and experience, moving through the areas of fiddle style and the imaginative ‘turning’ of a tune. He will focus on how to build upon the basic format of a tune to include the usual stylistic parameters - ornamentation, variation and bowing sequences (articulation) - in the creative regeneration of the tune. A number of fairly well known tunes in various keys will be selected for this exploration.
    This will be a practical workshop so please bring fiddle and, if at all possible, a recording device. Notation to tunes will be provided. The Masterclass will cater for late teens and upwards and will take place on Sunday the 14th of November at 12 noon. The cost will be €25 to each participant. If you would like to take part or have further enquiries please contact Laura Ugur at 0867365@studentmail.ul.ie or phone 086-1981624.
    A certain number of people will need to pledge their attendance in order to make the running of the masterclass feasible.
  • Sat 13th November
    ‘Save Ennistymon’s Heritage’ is hosting Kieran Goss in concert at Teach Cheoil, Church Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare at 8pm. Tickets are €17 or €15 in advance from Fitzpatricks Supervalu in Ennistymon.
  • Saturday 13th November at 8pm
    SEEING AND DREAMING with DOG AND STRING THEATRE
    Courthouse Gallery, ENNISTYMON
    Seeing and Dreaming is a new piece of visual theatre that tells the intricate stories of two lives. Visual artist and puppeteer Sarah Fuller and performer Vanessa Earl are collaborating to bring these people’s stories to life using shadows, objects, puppets and people.
    Dorothy is eighty, lives alone in a Victorian house in Birmingham. She has one eye, no teeth and a soft spot for Starsky and Hutch. Michael is eighty-eight. Gnarled and bed ridden, he dreams of dancing and wild horses.
    Dorothy’s story is told through the memories of her eight-year old grand-daughter who spent many weekends alone with her. This is a portrait of older age told through the eyes of a child.
    Michael’s story focuses on the last year of his life spent in hospital. This portrait explores his changing states of mind, slipping between dream, reality and memory. This is a man preparing to die.
    THE SHOW IS SUITABLE FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN AGED 10 AND OVER
    Admission €10
    More info.
  • Sat 13th November
    Blackhead, Fanore. Dismantling mini-dolmens with Shane Casey. Begins at 10am. For more information on the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers, contact 091 638096.
  • Friday 12th November at 9pm
    THE BAHH BAND Concert & CD Launch
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon

    The Bahh Band are a rapidly evolving group of seven eclectic musicians based in the cultural melting pot of Galway in the West of Ireland. Their unique and soulful blending of such diverse influences as Indian classical music, bluegrass, Irish music, vocal improvisation and groove laden rhythms have won them many fans at their regular appearances in festivals such as Body N Soul, Electric Picnic and the Festival of World Cultures.
    Door: €15, includes CD
    More band info.
  • Friday 12th November
    'Ireland, a better future' - How might we turn a crisis into an opportunity to build a better Ireland?
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Clare Active Citizenship Network are holding a civil society forum from 10.15 to 1pm, as part of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, featuring a Panel Discussion based on Questions and Answers.
    Speakers on Social Capital and Civil Society and local TDs.
    Colm O’Doherty - IT Tralee
    Tom McDonnell - TASC
    Minister Tony Killeen
    Paul O’Shea (Deputising for Jan O’Sullivan, TD).
    others to be confirmed.
    We’d be delighted, if those who intended to attend, submitted a question or questions beforehand to give panellists an opportunity to consider their replies. The event will begin with coffee at 10.30, 4 minutes input from each panellist on how they see the future Ireland, followed by questions and answers.
    The last event we organised on Oct 18th had 49 attendees and feedback from the event is on the upcoming events page of http://www.clarelearningnetwork.org/clln/www/index.asp?magpage=22&tid=268881 under 12 Nov Panel Event.
    For more info contact: Sarah Ferrigan, Project Administrator, Clare Women's Network, Clonroad Business Park, Ennis, Co Clare. Tel: 065-6828731 or +353(0)656899091
  • November 11th - December 9th
    Anonn is Anall II
    The Rown Tree Ennis
    Siobhán Peoples, PJ King and Paul Dooley are some of the featured musicians playing for the exhibition opening, in association with Ennis Trad Festival, at the Rowan Tree, Ennis, on November 11th at 10p.m. This exhibition is a joint venture between Clare Artists and Clare Traditional Musicians, each composing in their own fields new and exciting work, one using the others art form as the main inspiration for their work. Artists with partner musicians exhibiting in this audio-visual exhibition include :Jean Regan & Josephine Marsh; Brian McMahon & Paul Dooley; Bernard Dowd & Carmel O'Dea.
  • November 10th - 15th
    Ennis Trad Festival
    For full details visit http://www.ennistradfestival.com
  • Wed 10th Nov
    Famine Times in the Parish of Inchicronan - A talk by Gerry Kennedy at 8.30pm. Heritage Inchicronan Night. All are welcome. Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172, Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com.
    Website: www.crusheen.com
  • Wed 10th November
    Effective Note-Taking at third level
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre, Clare County Museum, Ennis
    Discover useful tips on how to take effective notes in class. Enhance your reading, selecting and note-taking skills. Practice paraphrasing and summarising techniques so that you are equipped with the skills needed to distinguish between your own words and the words of the person you are reading.
    This FREE 'Return to Learning' Workshops for adult learners (18+) is for those who are considering applying for a third level course and may also be of interest to those who have recently progressed to a third level course. The workshops will focus on the information that adult learners need to make a decision about applying to third level colleges, as well as an introduction to the academic skills required to succeed at third level.
    Each session is designed to be interactive and enjoyable and will be delivered by individuals who work in or with third level institutions. All workshops will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.
    The workshop is free of charge, but places must be booked in advance. Contact us to book your place. Call us on 065-6866844 or email: info@ennisrlc.ie
  • Tuesday 9th November
    Matchmaking in Clare – Willie Daly and The Old Kilfarboy Society.
    The second of the new series of talks organised by The Old Kilfarboy Society is taking place on Tuesday 9th November, when third generation Clare matchmaker, Willie Daly will speak on the custom of Matchmaking
    in Clare at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay commencing 8.00pm
  • Sun 7th November
    ‘Biodiversity on Blackhead’ Burrenbeo Trust November Walk with Clare’s Biodiversity Officer, Shane Casey at 2pm on Sun 7th November.
    Meet .5km before Murroughtouhy layby going west (OS51. N14.9 W11.4).
    Everyone welcome. Free for members and donation from non-members. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096
  • 5th - 28th November
    Eclectic Mix - Exhibition
    Quay Arts, Killaloe
    The first exhibition to be hosted by Quay Arts features the work of many talented artists, both professional and amateur, connected to the Killaloe area. The exhibition will be opened by Henry Morgan at 8pm on Friday, November 5th.
    For further information contact Rosaleen or Jean at 061-622487, Quay Arts, No. 2 Ballina Quay, Killaloe, Co. Clare
  • Thursday 4th November
    County Clare Vegetarian Meet Up Group, 7pm in the Templegate Hotel, Ennis.
    This group is a new venture and its aim is to provide a friendly, supportive space for vegetarians, vegans and aspiring vegetarians to meet up and talk about lifestyle, recipes, events and all manner of other veg-related topics. The group will meet on the first Thursday of every month at 7pm in the Templegate Hotel, Ennis, beginning the 4th November where you can chat about making vegetarianism effortless, fun and healthy, and guest speakers will also be invited to impart their pearls of wisdom to the group every other month. If you need any more info contact clareveggroup@gmail.com or visit www.clareveggroup.blogspot.com
  • Thursday, 4th November
    “Who was Biddy Early?” a lecture by Meda Ryan
    Cuimhneamh an Chláir, The Clare Oral History and Folklore Group, as part of its ‘Open Hearth Sámhain Folklore Series, 2010' presents “Who was Biddy Early?”, a lecture by Meda Ryan, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7.30pm. Renowned historian Meda Ryan is a native of West Cork and now lives in County Clare. She is the author of “Biddy Early, The Wise Woman of Clare”, “The Day Michael Collins was Shot”, “Tom Barry: IRA Freedom Fighter” and “Liam Lynch, The Real Chief”.
  • Wednesday 3rd November
    IRISH & CELTIC FESTIVALS PRODUCERS CONFERENCE Music Showcase
    Glór, Ennis
    A specially selected music showcase programme will take place from 6.30pm to 12.00am in conjunction with the Irish & Celtic Festivals Producers Conference taking place in Ireland this year, featuring a delegation of international presenters and promoters, including key large festivals in the US and Europe. The Showcase and Conference is being supported by Culture Ireland , The Arts Council, Tourism Ireland , Shannon Development, Failte Ireland , The Irish Fest. Foundation and the Carlton Hotel Group.
    Further information on the Irish & Celtic Festivals Producers Conference and Music Showcase is available from Amy at +353 90 9643779 or email amy@aoifeonline.com
  • Wed 3rd November
    Discover Your Learning Style 7-9pm
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre, Clare County Museum, Ennis
    Everyone is different in the way they perceive and learn information. There are no right or wrong, or bad or good, learning styles, just ones that you happen to prefer. Identify and understand your own learning style
    This FREE 'Return to Learning' Workshops for adult learners (18+) is for those who are considering applying for a third level course and may also be of interest to those who have recently progressed to a third level course. The workshops will focus on the information that adult learners need to make a decision about applying to third level colleges, as well as an introduction to the academic skills required to succeed at third level.
    Each session is designed to be interactive and enjoyable and will be delivered by individuals who work in or with third level institutions. All workshops will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.
    The workshop is free of charge, but places must be booked in advance. Contact us to book your place. Call us on 065-6866844 or email: info@ennisrlc.ie
  • Tuesday 2nd of November
    Lecture on new Burren Public Archaeology Project at Clare Museum.
    A talk titled ‘Lios An Ru and Deserted Villages Around Ballyvaughan’ by Maggie Ronayne, Head of Archaeology (Acting), NUI Galway will take place on the 2nd November at 8.30pm in the Westropp Room of the Clare Museum, Arthur's Row, Ennis. This free talk will describe a new project which began this year which Maggie is co-directing with Professor Charles Orser of the New York State Museum. The lecture will outline the aims and scope of the project to investigate the lives and work of women, children and men before, during and after the famine in the Burren. Further information from Clare Archaeological and Historical Society.
    Admission is free for members. €5 fee for non-members.
  • November 1st - 27th
    Imaginary image/ animated stills - An exhibition of paintings by Ronan Smith
    Foyer of the County Museum

OCTOBER 2010:

  • Month of October
    Clare County Library Children's Book Festival in all Library Branches.
    See Timetable of Events for events in your local branch.
  • Wednesday 27th October
    Heritage Inchicronan Heritage Seisúin
    A new series of Heritage Inchicronan nights commences in the Community Centre Crusheen on 27th October at 8.30. All are welcome. Music Song and Dance of the locality with a short illustrated talk on the Crusheen Lancers Set by Tim Collins.
    Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172,
    Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com
    Website: www.crusheen.com
  • Wed 27th October
    Finding the Course You Want
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre, Clare County Museum, Ennis
    You know that you want to return to education but you don’t know exactly what you want to do or where to do it? Discover some tools to help you identify what you are most interested in learning and identify different information sources to help you find the right course for you.
    This FREE 'Return to Learning' Workshops for adult learners (18+) is for those who are considering applying for a third level course. The workshops will focus on the information that adult learners need to make a decision about applying to third level colleges, as well as an introduction to the academic skills required to succeed at third level.
    Each session is designed to be interactive and enjoyable and will be delivered by individuals who work in or with third level institutions. All workshops will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.
    The workshop is free of charge, but places must be booked in advance. Contact us to book your place. Call us on 065-6866844 or email: info@ennisrlc.ie
  • Tuesday, 26th October
    The killing of Alan Lendrum, R.M.
    The new programme of lectures hosted by The Old Kilfarboy Society commences
    on Tuesday, 26th October, with a talk by Eoin Shanahan, nephew of Willie Shanahan, on the mis-telling and mis-reporting of the events surrounding the killing of Alan Lendrum, R.M. at Doonbeg, on December 22nd, 1920. The incident led to the arrest and deaths in custody of Doonbeg men Michael MacNamara and Willie Shanahan by Crown forces, and gave rise to the well-known local song ‘Mac and Shanahan’. All talks are open to the public, but those wishing to become members may do so on the night. A year’s membership, which costs €20.00, (€10.00 concessions), entitles those who join to free entrance to all talks. There will be a charge of €5.00 entrance fee to non-members. As usual, all lectures take place at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay commencing at 8.00pm shar
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  • 25th and 26th October
    Eco Kids: HALLOWEEN CAMP
    imecofarm Islandmcgrath, Clarecastle, Co. Clare.
    Not afraid of a lesson in Renewable Energy? Think you can outdo us in making our own broomstick?
    Then join us at our very first Halloween Camp this year Ages: 6-12 years
    Time: 10-1pm and 2-5pm
    Cost: €12per child (€20 for full day), adults free
    We will be limiting the amount of children on the days, so dont be spooked... and book early!
    More details on our website shortly or ring Eddie on 065 6841552. Email: info@imecofarm.com Web: www.imecofarm.com
    Tel: +353 (0) 65 6899091
  • 24th October
    HALLOWEEN PARTY
    Michael Cusack Centre, Carron
    Time 3 - 6 p.m.
    Please join us for some ghoulish games, ghost stories, freaky fun, live music, haunted house and frightening food!
    Entry fee €5 adults, €3 children (includes light refreshments).
    Enter the scary fancy dress competition and you could win some cool prizes.
    Frightening art competition. Draw a scary picture of the cottage and it ghostly occupants and you could win youself a prize. Entries must be handed in at the Michael Cusack Centre before 23rd Oct
    Call: 065-7089944 for further details. The Michael Cusack Centre, Carron.
    www.michaelcusack.ie
  • Sunday 24th October
    Scor
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis at 2pm
  • Oct. 23th to Nov. 11th
    Abandoned Donegal - An exhibition by Denzil Browne
    X-PO Kilnaboy
    Launch October 23rd - 12 until 2pm.
    A free publication Abridged 0 – 7:Abandoned Donegal is available to visitors to this exhibition.
    Opening Times: Mon. to Thurs. 8 – 9.30pm,
    Fri. 10.30–12.00, Sat/ Sun. 2 - 5pm.
    Exhibition supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaionn
  • 22nd - 25th October
    Willie Keane Memorial Weekend
    Doonbeg
    The 11th annual festival to celebrate the life and times of Clare's champion set dancer,Willie Keane, will take place in Doonbeg from Friday 22nd to Monday 25th October. Activities will include dancing, singing, workshops, children's ceili and a performance by the Tulla Ceili Band.
    For full details visit http://www.williekeanememorialweekend.com/
  • Friday 22nd - Monday 25th October
    Feile Eile
    Killaloe
    - Friday 22nd - Ponyo (film) - Lakeside Hotel, 6pm. Miyazaki's cartoon, based on the Little Mermaid and featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey and Liam Neeson. 101 minutes, suitable
    for ages 5+
    - Saturday 23rd. The Second Great Big Fun Day of Art, Music, Drumming, Drama & Dance, St
    Annes Community College, 11am-4pm. Following the huge success of last year's fun day, we present the second Great Big Free Fun Day with facilitators featured on the BBC, RTÉ and the Irish Times - come and find out why. Booking essential - musicintheglen@ftml.net or 087 210 4583. Please supply packed lunch
    - Sunday 24th - Scary Stories up the Steeple, 1pm, St Flannan's Cathedral Killaloe/Ballina Gala Variety Performance, 4pm, St. Anne's Community College. The performing groups of the area come together with a show for all tastes - Irish Dance, Ballet, Classical, Trad, Rock, Taekwon-Do and the Killaloe
    Ballina Children's Orchestra.
    - Monday 25th - Feile Finale -Malcolm the Musical Marmoset & Friends Theatre show and CD
    launch (in aid of Barnardos) - 4pm Lakeside Hotel. Malcolm is a normal sort of a marmoset, but when his melodica goes missing, he has to assemble a crack team to get it back. Featuring Diane Daly, Kathleen Turner, Thomas Johnston, Aoife Doolan and Moley Ó Súilleabháin, the team behind the Lola Montez Cabaret turn their attention to the younger audience. The show also includes the return of the now legendary Killaloe Ballina
    Community Orchestra.
  • Fri, 22nd – 25th October.
    A music weekend to celebrate the life of Micilin Conlon at the Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna.
  • Friday 22nd October
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Social & Set dancing with Micheal Sexton at 10pm
  • Monday 18th of October
    “The Natural and Cultural History of Wolves in Ireland” by Dr Kieran Hickey
    The North Clare Historical Society’s lecture on Monday 18th of October is entitled “The Natural and Cultural History of Wolves in Ireland”. The guest speaker is Dr Kieran Hickey of the Deptartment of Geography at NUI Galway. Dr Hickey’s main research focus falls under the heading of historical and current climate change and global warming. Particular foci have been on patterns of storminess, historical and contemporary climate change in Ireland and elsewhere, coastal vulnerability to climate and sea-level rise in Ireland and elsewhere and the natural and cultural history of wolves in Ireland. The talk takes place at 8.00 pm in The Courthouse Studios in Ennistymon. Admission is 5 euros per person and all are welcome.
  • Thursday, 21st October, 2010
    Music Education Partnership Scheme Meeting
    Red Room, Glor, Ennis
    Clare Arts Office invites you to a consultation meeting on Music Networks Music Education Partnership Scheme. The aim of the meeting is to enable those interested in applying for funding under this scheme to network with potential partners. The meeting starts at 6p.m. and will be introduced by Katie Verling, Director of Glor Irish Music Centre and will be addressed by Prof. Michéal O’Suilleabháin representing Maoin Cheoil an Chláir.
    Please RSVP arts@clarelibrary.ie, 065-6899091, by Tuesday, October 19th, 2010. All are welcome
  • Thursday 21st October
    Network Ireland Clare Holistic Evening
    At Aveda Spa, Market Place Ennis (round the corner and up the hill from specsavers) 7.30pm - 9.30pm
    You are invited to a holistic evening of wellbeing with a line up of speakers and professionals who will demonstrate the many benefits of their therapies:
    1. Aveda Spa Manager, Amanda O'Shea, and her team look forward to welcoming us on the night. You will have the opportunity to:
    >Sample some Aveda Mini Treatments
    >Learn about the Aveda philosophy and the benefits of their natual Products (10% members discount on purchases on the night)
    >Take the Aveda Elemental Questionaire and find out the right foods/products to suit your mood
    >Enjoy a goodie bag at the end of the evening
    2. An introduction to the internationally acclaimed work of Louise L Hay 'You Can Heal Your Life' by Eileen Clair
    from the Holistic Therapy Centre in Kilrush,
    3. Discover and sample the benefits of Indian Head Massage with Orla Healy from Body & Mind Fitness
    So if you are tired of talks of credit crunches and budgets join us for what should be a most enjoyable evening of pampering, well being, networking and refreshments, you can also bring a friend!
    20 euros for guests. Members and first time guests free. We look forward to seeing you on the night.
  • Tuesday October 19th
    Comhaltas Tour of Ireland Concert
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Tickets now available from Cois na hAbhna, Ennis.
    Tel: 065-6824276
    Concert starts at 8pm
  • Tuesday October 19th
    Emerging Styles, an exhibition of work by the Orchard Art Group Kilrush
    Butter Market Gallery, Burton St. Kilrush
    Exhibition opening takes place at 12.30 p.m. All are welcome to attend
  • Monday, 18th October
    Have a Say - Claiming our Future
    Waterpark House, Drumbiggle, Ennis
    As part of Active Citizenship Week and European Year For Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion Clare Active Citizenship Network Invites you to this civil society forum from 10.30am to 12.15pm
    For further information go to http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/ or contact Sarah Ferrigan, Project Administrator, Clare Women's Network, Clonroad Business Park, Ennis, Co Clare
    Tel: 065-6828731
  • 16th October – 11th November
    Perceptions Photography Exhibition by Olga Leszczynska and Peter Cierniak
    In the Red Couch Space at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Contact the COURTHOUSE GALLERY, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
    Tel: 065-7071630
    ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com
    ennistymoncourthousegallery.blogspot.com
    Facebook: Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
    Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 5pm
  • 16th October – 11th November
    Collins.Harper.Lane
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    As the seasons turn and the backdrop of autumn warns of the dull and pallid landscape of winter, what better time to indulge in a richness of colour and presence over the coming weeks? Artists John Collins, Charles Harper and John Lane are about to present a selection of brand new works for the very first time to the public, with the show running until November 11th 2010.
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, opening hours are:
    Tuesday – Saturday from 12 – 5pm (June – Oct) and from 12 – 4pm (Nov – May) and the Gallery can also be contacted on 065-7071630 or simply email: ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com
  • 12th - 14th October.
    Painting and sculpture exhibition ‘CENSORED’ by Jerry Cahir
    Banner Suite, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare.
    Official opening by Mr. Michael D. Higgins T.D., on Tuesday 12th October, at 7pm.
    Reception from 6:30pm – All are welcome!
    Viewing daily, 12th, 13th and 14th October.
  • Tuesday 12th October
    A talk and demonstration on spinning, weaving and dyeing.
    8.00 pm, De Valera Public Library, Ennis.
    This event by Clare-based artist Suzanna Anker is suitable for adults and children and marks Ennis Fashion Fortnight. All are welcome.
  • October 11th - November 5th, 2010.
    Exhibition of landscape paintings by Kevin Quinlan
    Scariff Public Library
    Ennis artist Kevin Quinlan is holding an exhibition of vibrant landscape paintings in Scariff Library from October 11th to November 5th, 2010. The exhibition will feature 25 works, a mix of oil paintings on canvas and board as well as soft pastel drawings on paper.
  • 11th October
    Your Power, Your Vote, Use IT – Active Citizenship Workshop
    Clarecare, Harmony Row, Ennis
    Time:- 11am to 1pm
    Clare Active Citzenship Network celebrates Active Citizenship Week
    Do you feel you want to be listened to? You have a vote but do you know how to use it?
    To book a place – Contact Anne 065-6894212 or aloftus@clarecare.ie
  • October 10th
    Launch of Forgotten Women DVD - personal stories of work experiencing discrimination of the State Pension System Family Resource Centre, Toler Street, Kilrush. Guest Speaker: Susan McKay, Director of the National Women's Council of Ireland. Time 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Fri, 8th October.
    Clare Harvest Banquet - an evening of Clare-only foods in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon. Guest Darina Allen. Tickets €50. Contact Sinéad on 085 7607037.
  • Thu, 7th October.
    Salmon Poetry celebrates All Ireland Poetry Day at 7pm. Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
  • Wed, 6th October.
    An information evening on volunteering will be hosted by the North West Clare Family Resource Centre, Lisdoonvarna. Pavillion Theatre 7-9pm.
  • 4th October
    Your Power, Your Vote, Use IT – Active Citizenship Workshop
    Clarecare, Harmony Row, Ennis
    Time:- 11am to 1pm
    Clare Active Citzenship Network celebrates Active Citizenship Week
    Do you feel you want to be listened to? You have a vote but do you know how to use it?
    To book a place – Contact Anne 065-6894212 or aloftus@clarecare.ie
  • Sun 3rd October
    ‘Archaeological heritage on Slieve Carran'- Burrenbeo Trust September Walk with Patrick Nagle
    Meet at 2pm 1km on from Slieve Carron layby going west (OS52 N32.5 W03.3)
    Patrick Nagle is part of the Farm Heritage Tours Coop; an insightful way to see parts of the Burren with people who know it best. Patrick is from a Burren farm family that has farmed this piece of land for a couple of hundred years. It is rich in archaeology and a great way to see a lesser travelled piece of the Burren. This walk has three cairns, an old mass station, a southerain, an ancient grave, a turf thuile and a great view from the top of Slieve Carran over the nature reserve and St.Colman’s oratory. This walk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation from non-members. It is advised to be of a good level of fitness. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Sunday 3 October
    Old Kilfarboy Society - on the farm of Patrick McCormack, Kilnaboy.
    The final outing of the Old Kilfarboy Society for the 2010 season will be hosted by the newly established Clare Farm Heritage Tours. Participants will be entertained by tales and facts about the Burren on the farm of Patrick McCormack, Kilnaboy. The group will be guided by Patrick who will show us ancient historical sites on his farm. The tour will conclude with afternoon tea in his (Father Ted's) residence. Meet in the Miltown Malbay Church car park at 1pm on Sunday 3 Oct or at 2pm in the new Kilnaboy Church car park. Contact Maura at 087-1264527 if interested.
  • 2nd & 3rd October
    Weekend in the Woods
    CELT Centre for Environmental Living and Training, Main St, Scariff

    www.celtnet.org info@celtnet.org Tel: 061-640765
  • 2nd October
    Women's Forum 'Equality and Quality of Life for Women' by Clare Labour Women
    Danlann an Chlair, Ennis
    We plan to have experienced women to help move our discussions along in an interactive format, with the following topics:-
    · Health Services - Maire Finn MD
    · Women in Society - Mary Murphy
    · Images of women - Martina Hynan
    · Women and Work - Padraigin Mi Mhurchu
    · Senior women - Mairead Hayes
    · Artistic and Spiritual Life - Noirin Ni Riain

    Time: 10am - 4 p.m.
    Contact Muireann Neylon at muireannneylon@hotmail.com or on 087 2777972
  • 1st - 3rd October, 2010
    Ó Lochlainn Clan Gathering
    Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
    A gathering of the Ó Lochlainn clan will take place in Ballyvaughan between the 1st and 3rd of October, 2010. Activities over the weekend will include traditional presentations, local tours, recitals, discussions and exhibitions. For more details contact Mort O'Loughlin at 065 - 7077031 or Edward O'Loghlen at 091 - 845407.
    Email: edward.ologhlen@nuigalway.ie
  • Month of October
    Clare County Library Children's Book Festival in all Library Branches.
    See Timetable of Events for events in your local branch.

SEPTEMBER 2010:

  • Tuesday 28th September
    ICA 100 Celebrating together - a talk by Aloma Mc Kay
    North Clare Historical Society presents The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Centenary 1910 – 2010 at 8pm in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
  • Tuesday September 28, 2010
    The National Chamber Choir perform ‘Home, Sweet Home’
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
    In association with Glór
    With a beautiful programme of music celebrating the concept of Home, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland conducted by one of Ireland’s leading conductors, David Brophy, embarks on an Irish tour this month and will be in the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan on Tuesday September 28.
    Home, Sweet Home Programme:
    Aaron Copland The House on the Hill; Vaughan Williams (arr.) God Bless the Master of this House; Vaughan Williams (arr.) 3 Gaelic Songs; Dawn on the hills; Come let us gather cockles; Wake and rise; David Fennessy chOirland; Samuel Barber Reincarnations Op.16; Mary Hynes; Anthony O’Daly; The Coolin; Traditional (arr. O’Reilly) Danny Boy; Stephen Foster The Old Folks at Home; Stephen Foster My Old Kentucky Home
    Home Sweet Home Listings Information:
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.
    Time & Date: 8.00pm, Tuesday September 28, 2010
    Admission: €20 / €18 conc.
    Phone: 065-6843103
    For further media info. on the National Chamber Choir: Christine Monk, Irish Arts Publicity, 087-6755329, christinemonk@eircom.net or www.nationalchamberchoir.com
  • Sunday 26th September
    Trad for Trocaire Ceili with Swallow's Tail
    Cois na hAbhna Ennis from 4-7pm
  • Saturday 25th September
    National Campaign for the Arts Event in Clare
    Location: Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis
    On Saturday, 25 September, glór Irish Music Centre in Ennis is inviting Clare artists, performers, musicians, dancers, poets, writers and festivals to Glór to meet Minister Killeen and our local representatives to emphasise the importance of the arts to the economy and community in Clare. All interest groups and individuals are invited and it is hoped that a good number will attend the event, which is Clare’s contribution to the National Campaign for the Arts. Mick O'Dea, RHA, will be in attendance to give a public lecture on his exhibition ‘Black and Tan’.
    Time: 3.30 pm. Spread the word!
  • Saturday 25th September
    Co Clare All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Prizewinners' Concert
    Cois na hAbhna Ennis at 7.30 p.m.
  • Sunday 19th September
    “Landscape” - The performance
    Eagle’s rock, Slieve Carron
    On Sunday September 19th at 12pm at Eagle’s rock, Slieve Carron, a dance performance at the sacred site of St Colman’s well and surrounds will take place. The performance, titled “Landscape’ explores the places of convergence and divergence between the internal landscapes of the human body/psyche and the natural landscapes of the Burren. It aims to deepen conscious embodiment, becoming more alive and receptive to the internal and the external worlds.
    This event will go ahead in any weather conditions so be prepared for all possibilities and bring along a packed lunch for the picnic! Capacity is limited so please email gwendolinemchale@hotmail.com to book or enquire. Landscape is a multi-disciplinary project involving ten artists working in dance, film, photography, writing, drawing, graphic design and sound. Landscape has been supported by Daghdha, FAS, Clare County Council, The Arts Council and Limerick City Council. This event is part of NOW: presentations by the Daghdha Mentoring Programme 2010.
    For the full programme see www.daghdha.ie
  • Thursday 16th September
    ‘A historical tour through the Burren’ with Bill McInerney - a Burrenbeo Trust Monthly Talk.
    8.30pm at Michael Cusack Centre, Carron.
    Bill is a Burren enthusiast who has lived in the Burren for 35 years. He has a wealth of knowledge on various aspects of the Burren. This slide show will take us through the historical monuments and architecture of the Burren to other elements of this wondrous landscape. This talk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Saturday 11th September
    Open Day at the Tulla Stables Artist Studio
    We are having an open day here at the Tulla Stables Artist Studio, in Co Clare this coming Saturday 11th of September, from 2- 6pm. All are welcome. There will be music in the courtyard and a chance to meet and chat with the artists and see their work.
  • Saturday 11th September
    Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers Monthly outing
    Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers Monthly outing will be led by butterfly expert, Jesmond Harding. Clearing Hazel and Hawthorn from an important Marsh Fritillary breeding site. Everyone welcome, but must register at trust@burrenbeo.com
  • 10 - 12 September
    Tulla Trad Festival
    Tulla
    A great weekend of music, song, dancing, workshops, recitals, concert and ceilithe.
    Website: http://www.tullatradfestival.com
    E-mail: tullatradfestival2010@yahoo.ie
    Telephone: 087 1473385
  • 6th September
    X-PO Public Meeting – The Door is Open.
    X-PO, Kilnaboy
    Over the last few years the X-PO centre in Kilnaboy has been supported by the people of the locality. This has included setting up and running clubs, groups and exhibitions for singers, dancers, knitters, Irish speakers or local map makers; providing tea and buns for the exhibition launches, supporting coffee mornings, card games, pub quizzes and social nights; attending talks on killeens, natural history, local history, herbs and caving – the events have been run and the people have come.
    Each September since the X-PO started it has held a General Public Meeting to allow people to make their feelings about the project known. The meeting also serves as an introduction to the X-PO for those who have not heard of it and a report on the year’s activities for those who have. An invitation is extended to everybody to get involved with the project either by joining in the clubs and groups, setting up a new club or group. Please turn up for the Public Meeting and find out about the social and cultural opportunities taking place right on your doorstep. 6th September @ 8 p.m.
  • Sun 5th September
    ‘Folklore and Legends of the Carran Hills’
    Burrenbeo Trust September Walk with Patrick McCormack

    Meet at 2pm at Glencolumkill Hill, nr.Carron (OS51 N30.9 W99.8).
    Everyone welcome. Free for members and donation from non-members.
    Patrick McCormack has an in-depth knowledge of the folklore, the legends, the history and the culture of time bygone in the Carron Hills. Patrick himself is a story-teller, an organic farmer and part of the Farm Heritage Coop Tours. The walk will continue down to his house, better known as the ‘Father Ted’ house where people will have the chance to have a cuppa and scone after a long walk. This walk is off-road so please wear the right shoes, be of reasonable fitness and bring waterproofs. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096.
  • 3rd - 5th September
    8th Annual Nell Galvin Festival
    Moyasta
    Friday night sessions beginning at 8 pm followed by official opening by Joe O'Connor and céilí with music by Four Courts Céilí Band
    Saturday: Free music classes in Moyasta School. See www.nellgalvin.com for schedule. Registration takes place 15 minutes prior to each class.
    Afternoon sessions and dancing in Garrihy's Bar Saturday and Sunday. All musicians, singers and dancers welcome. On Sunday, Mass in Lisdeen Church at 9.30 am followed by visit to Nell Galvin's grave in Lisdeen Cemetery.
    Contact Mary Haugh - Email: maryhaughmoyasta@eircom.net Telephone 065 9051597
    Website: http://www.nellgalvin.com
  • 3rd - 5th September
    Dan Furey Weekend
    Labasheeda
    A weekend of set dancing to the best of Irish music in a relaxed rural setting.
    Friday, Sept. 3 - The Abbey Céilí Band at 10 pm.
    Saturday, Sept. 4 - The Copperplate Céilí Band at 3 pm, The Kilfenora Céilí Band at 10 pm.
    Sunday, Sept. 5 - Johnny Reidy Céilí Band at 3 pm, Michael Sexton & PJ Murrihy at 10 pm
    E-mail: liam_woulfe@eircom.net
    Telephone 087 2220289

AUGUST 2010:

  • Sun 29th August
    Murroughtoohy. Flowers and ferns of Blackhead with Stephen Ward.
    Meet at the Murroughtoohy lay-by at Blackhead at 2pm. A Burrenbeo Trust event. Free for Trust members and €5 for non-members. Everyone is welcome to participate in these events, more info from trust@burrenbeo.com or 091-638096
  • 28 - 29 August 2010
    Burren Painting Weekend
    Weekend Painting & Drawing Workshop with Artist Denise Hogan at the Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co. Clare. Learn the pleasure of painting & drawing with professional artist and teacher Denise Hogan in the heart of the Burren. From planning, preparation, drawing & painting to the finished piece, with everything in between! All levels welcome. We are fully equipped to hold class either outdoors or indoors in our studio. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced painter this workshop will cater to your individual needs, guiding you, step by step to creating beautiful and accomplished works of art. The artist will introduce you or refresh your knowledge of materials, give demonstrations and show you how to achieve good results even as a novice. There will be no shortage of inspiration and atmosphere in the stunning setting of New Quay.
    Cost: € 160, Deposit € 70 required for booking. Limited availability. Accomodation deals available
    Tel 065-7078185 or email info@russellgallery.net
  • Sat, 28th August
    Slieve Carran. Body and Landscape through a dance workshop with Gwen McHale.
    Meet at Slieve Carran Nature Reserve (Eagle’s Rock) at 11.30am. A Burrenbeo Trust event. €35 for workshop with 10% discount for Trust members. Limited spaces.
  • Thu, 26th August
    Kinvara. Mapping the Burren and its Ancient Settlements with Christine Grant at the Burrenbeo Trust Centre, Main St, Kinvara at 8.30pm. A Burrenbeo Trust event. Free for Trust members and €5 for non-members
  • Wed 25th August
    "Bio-Diversity and the five senses", by Shane Casey
    The Michael Cusack Centre, Carron, at 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 25th August
    Free Guided Walks in Burren - The Burrenbeo Trust
    Introduction to the Burren landscape, heritage and environment

    Every Wednesday throughout July and August at 3.30pm
    Meet at the Burrenbeo Trust, Main Street, Kinvara
    The Burrenbeo Trust are offering a guided walk in the Burren every Wednesday until September. Everyone welcome. Meet at the Burrenbeo Resource Centre at 3.30pm to carpool. Free for Trust members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information email: trust@burrenbeo.com or phone: 087 9689486
  • Tuesday 24th August
    Genealogy Day
    11.00am – 4.00pm, De Valera Public Library, Ennis.

    Four short introductory talks for anyone interested in tracing their family tree in Clare, using locally available resources. Also, launch of Clare County Library’s ‘Tracing Your Family Tree’ brochure. A free event to mark Heritage Week 2010. All welcome.
  • Monday 23rd August
    “Castles fallin' and Dunghills risin' - a view of 19th century vernacular building in Clare” by Dick Cronin.
    The Michael Cusack Centre, Carron, at 7.30pm
  • Sun, 22nd August
    Slieve Carran. Feral Goats: habits and habitats with Bryony Williams and Ruth Enright.
    Meet at Slieve Carran Nature Reserve at 2pm. A Burrenbeo Trust event. Free, but donations to the Burrenbeo Trust welcome.
  • Sunday 22nd August 2010
    Sky Ride Etape Hibernia - Information in PDF format
    * Please note the email in the attached PDF is incorrect, the correct email address is info@etapehibernia.com
  • Sat 21 August
    One Day Painting the Flaggy Shore - with Frank Sanford (Adults - all levels)
    The Russell Gallery ART CLASSES
    see http://www.russellgallery.net/paintingweekend.html
    for info and bookings call (065) 7078185 or email info@russellgallery.net
  • Sat 21st August
    Kinvara. Wild Child in the Burren is a scavenger hunt for children and parents in Slieve Carran Nature Reserve. Meet in Burrenbeo Trust Centre, Main St, Kinvara at 9.30am or SCNR at 10am. €5 per child. A Burrenbeo Trust event.
  • August 21
    The Great Burren Run, Fanore
    The Great Burren Run will take place in Fanore on August 21. The Great Burren Run offers participants a full, half marathon or 10k run and will be the first marathon to be held in Fanore. Scenic routes will bring runners, joggers, walkers along by the shore line of Galway Bay before taking to the mountain road at Blackhead.
    For full information on the Fanore marathon, www.fanore-info.com or contact Kevin on 086 3272472.
  • Saturday 21st August - Sunday 29th August
    Clare Heritage Week 2010
  • August 20th - 30th
    Umha Aois annual symposium, Doolin
    Umha Aois, the experimental bronze casting group will hold is annual symposium in Doolin at the studio of silversmith Brian Hackett.
    They will be concentrating their efforts on the casting of Bronze Age musical horms that were the pinnacle of technical achievement during the Irish Bronze Age and are absolutely unique to this country. They will also be casting other hollow Bronze artefacts as well as flat axes, halstaves and halberds etc. As an artist led project, participans will also be creating unique artworks in bronze using ancient techniques and basic materials. Weather permitting, mould making and bronze casting will be done in the open air. However, a Mongolian tent (yurt) shall be available should the weather be less than clement. Visitors are welcome to drop in and witness this unique event. For more information go to http://www.umha-aois.com or email umha.aois@gmail.com
  • August 19th - 21st
    Bailegangaire
    Cois na hAbhna, Galway Road Ennis

    Tom Murphy's classic play, performed in English, by Likely Hailstones.
    8pm nightly. Tickets are priced at €10 & €8 concessions and can be booked at 065 6824276
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  • 18th – 22nd August 2010
    Merriman Summer School, Ennis
    The theme is 'Faith: Beyond Belief? Lectures and symposia this year will address the question of faith, belief and religion in Irish culture and society. For more information visit www.merriman.ie Enquiries by email to eolas@merriman.ie or by phone to 086 382 0671
  • Thurs 19th August
    ‘The Burren through its literature’
    Burrenbeo Trust August Talk with Paul Clements

    8.30pm at Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan.
    Everyone welcome. Free for members and donation from non-members. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096
  • Wednesday 18th August
    Free Guided Walks in Burren - The Burrenbeo Trust
    Introduction to the Burren landscape, heritage and environment

    Every Wednesday throughout July and August at 3.30pm
    Meet at the Burrenbeo Trust, Main Street, Kinvara
    The Burrenbeo Trust are offering a guided walk in the Burren every Wednesday until September. Everyone welcome. Meet at the Burrenbeo Resource Centre at 3.30pm to carpool. Free for Trust members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information email: trust@burrenbeo.com or phone: 087 9689486
  • 11th - 15th August 2010
    Kilrush Traditional Music and Set Dancing Weekend
    This is a five day festival featuring a wide variety of educational and entertaining events including traditional music performances, set dancing workshops, music classes and ceilithe.
    For more information visit http://comhaltas.ie/blog/post/kilrush_music_set_dancing_weekend/
    Enquiries to Vincent O'Halloran on 086-0854834 or Anne Hayes on 087-2663718.
  • Wednesday 11th August
    Free Guided Walks in Burren - The Burrenbeo Trust
    Introduction to the Burren landscape, heritage and environment

    Every Wednesday throughout July and August at 3.30pm
    Meet at the Burrenbeo Trust, Main Street, Kinvara
    The Burrenbeo Trust are offering a guided walk in the Burren every Wednesday until September. Everyone welcome. Meet at the Burrenbeo Resource Centre at 3.30pm to carpool. Free for Trust members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information email: trust@burrenbeo.com or phone: 087 9689486
  • August 9 - 13
    Kids Art Camps (7 to 12 years old)
    The Russell Gallery ART CLASSES
    see http://www.russellgallery.net/artcamp10_files/art10.html
    for info and bookings call (065) 7078185 or email info@russellgallery.net
  • August 7th - September 2nd
    “No Boundaries” by Anne Korff & Joke Buursma, Paintings and Textile Art.
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.

    Artists Anne Korff and Joke Buursma are both inspired by exotic cultural elements from Africa and the Middle East.
    Joke Buursma originally from The Netherlands makes Textile Art. She uses a mix of commercial and hand-dyed fabrics. Her work is mainly figurative. In “No Boundaries” there is a series of five pieces with the zebra as a theme.
    Anne Korff’s latest paintings are inspired by visits to Morocco, Tunisia, Andalusia and a recent visit to remote parts in south east Turkey - an area bordering Syria and Iraq. Two aspects struck her in particular: the first being the swamping of traditional life styles and architecture by all the trappings of a western consumer society; the second being the abstract nature of Islamic design and its meditative qualities.
    Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street - Ennistymon 065 7071630.
  • Sat 7 August
    One Day Painting the Flaggy Shore - with Frank Sanford (Adults - all levels)
    The Russell Gallery ART CLASSES
    see http://www.russellgallery.net/paintingday.html
    for info and bookings call (065) 7078185 or email info@russellgallery.net
  • August 6th
    Dhá Lámh Theatre Youth Ensemble presents ‘Samuel Beckett Summer Season’
    Fahy Hall, Roslevan, Ennis.

    ‘Samuel Beckett Summer Season’ (Four Short Plays by Samuel Beckett) 'Quad', 'Come and Go', 'Act Without Words 2' and 'The Old Tune'. 8pm sharp @ Fahy Hall, Roslevan. Adm: Tickets 8 Euro.
  • August 5th
    Fundraising evening in aid of the August production of Tom Murphys Bailegangaire. Brogans Bar, Ennis.
    Likely Hailstones in association with Quin Players present a fundraising evening in aid of the August production of Tom Murphys Bailegangaire. Held in the upstairs room of Brogans Bar in Ennis at 8pm, the evening will feature a scene preview from the production, live music from Tamasine Anna Plowman of the Caravel String Quartet and renowned Cork soprano Alison Arnopp, finger food and more. Entry is just €5 for what promises to be an entertaining, informal evening; all are invited to come along and support the arts.
  • Wednesday 4th to Tuesday 10th of August
    Feakle Traditional Music Festival
    This year the festival will celebrate its 23rd 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 http://www.feaklefestival.ie/
  • Wednesday 4th August
    Free Guided Walks in Burren - The Burrenbeo Trust
    Introduction to the Burren landscape, heritage and environment

    Every Wednesday throughout July and August at 3.30pm
    Meet at the Burrenbeo Trust, Main Street, Kinvara
    The Burrenbeo Trust are offering a guided walk in the Burren every Wednesday until September. Everyone welcome. Meet at the Burrenbeo Resource Centre at 3.30pm to carpool. Free for Trust members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information email: trust@burrenbeo.com or phone: 087 9689486
  • August 2nd, 2010
    A Night at the Opera St. Senan’s Church, Kilkee
    The prestigious European Opera Centre are holding their annual training programme for advanced opera students from across the continent in University Concert Hall, Limerick this year. The culmination of this will be a finale concert featuring all eight students performing a programme of popular arias, duets etc. on Monday August 2nd in St. Senan’s Church in Kilkee, in association with the Kilkee Civic Trust.
    Tickets; €18 / Conc. €16. Family (4) €50. Available from:
    http://www.uch.ie (061) 331549 & Williams Pharmacy, Kilkee & Nolan's Delicatessen, Kilkee & also available on the door.
  • Sun 1st August - Sun 6th August
    The Rose of Clare Festival 2010

    Cooraclare and Cree villages will be alive with music, song and dance along with many other activities when one of the longest running festivals in Irealnd, "The Rose of Clare Festival", gets under way during the August Bank Holiday weekend. The festival, celebrating its 31st year, will run for six nights from Sunday 1st August to Sunday 6th August inclusive. Activities include tug-o-war, dog show, pig on a spit, table quiz, parish golf outing, race night, céilí, discos and of course the crowning of the 2010 Rose of Clare. The Rose of Clare Festival has gone from strength to strenght and many local organisations have benefited financially over the years from what is now one of the most magical events of the social calendar in Clare.
    For further information contact the festival secretary, Seán Chambers, on 086-0536615.
  • 1st - 2nd August 2010
    Craggaunowen
    Reenactments and displays demonstrating various aspects of Ireland's history and heritage from different time periods. Further info www.shannonheritage.com
  • 1st - 2nd August 2010
    Lughnasa Festival at Craggaunowen
    Craggaunowen the Living Past Experience, situated near Quin, will feature a Lughnasa Festival on Sunday August 1st and Bank Holliday Monday August 2nd. The event will feature costumed re-enactors from the Bronze Age to Medieval times. Watch combat demonstrations, ancient cooking demonstrations and much more.
    Visit http://www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents/LughnasaatCragganowen/ for more information.
  • Sun 1st August
    Archaeology of Corcomroe Abbey and its environs
    Burrenbeo Trust July Walk with Christine Grant and Olive Carey

    At 2pm. Meet at Corcomroe Abbey, Bellharbour.
    Everyone welcome. Free for members and donation from non-members. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096
  • Sunday 1st August
    The Old Kilfarboy Society has organised a guided walk to Booley na Gréine Lake, on the southern side of Mount Callan, which was the traditional assembly place for the Festival of Lughnasa on Garland Sunday. It will visit the wedge-shaped megalithic tomb, known locally as Leaba Diarmuida agus Gráinne and the flagstone with Ogham writing. Cars will leave Miltown Malbay Church car park at 2pm. Contact Maura at 087-1264527 for further information. All are welcome.

JULY 2010:

  • 31st July - 30th September 2010
    7th Burren Annual Exhibition - TIMESPACE
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan

    Burren College of Art in association with GREEN ON RED GALLERY Dublin present TIMESPACE the 7th Burren Annual Exhibition.
    Opening Reception Saturday 31st July 6-8pm.
    Opening Times: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
    The exhibition will be opened by Jerome O’ Drisceiol director of Green on Red Gallery.
    Timespace is a multi-media show presenting a selection of contemporary artists associated with the Green on Red Gallery Dublin. This is the seventh exhibition in the Burren Annual Series, the intention of which is to showcase national and international, established and emerging contemporary artists of recognized excellence within the cultural environment of the West of Ireland.
  • Saturday 31st July
    Céilí
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis

    9.30pm. Music by Davey Céilí Band.
  • 30th July - 1st August
    Scariff Harbour Festival
    The Scariff Harbour Festival, an open-air street festival, is now into its eighth year and promises a fun-packed weekend of activities, events and entertainment catering to all ages and tastes. The festival offers a varied programme of activities, arts, music and entertainment inspired by the “lake” theme. Highlights for this year include legendary Irish singer Mary Black, Irish rock band Aslan, world-renowned author Edna O'Brien, a family fun day and much more.
    Some specific events are ticketed. A one-off charge of €5 for a wristband will entitle the wearer access to all other events and activities throughout the weekend. For more information about the festival or where to purchase tickets or wristbands, contact Christina Grisewood on 061-921685 or 087-2651259. Email cgrisewood1959@gmail.com or visit www.scariff.ie.
  • Fri, 30th July.
    Riches of Clare concert
    Ballyvaughan
    Free lunchtime music session with in the Ballyvaughan Community Hall from 1pm-2pm. Email admin@richesofclare.com for more information.
  • Wednesday 28th July
    Free Guided Walks in Burren - The Burrenbeo Trust
    Introduction to the Burren landscape, heritage and environment

    Every Wednesday throughout July and August at 3.30pm
    Meet at the Burrenbeo Trust, Main Street, Kinvara.
    The Burrenbeo Trust are offering a guided walk in the Burren every Wednesday until September. Everyone welcome. Meet at the Burrenbeo Resource Centre at 3.30pm to carpool. Free for Trust members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information email: trust@burrenbeo.com or phone: 087 9689486
  • July 26 - Aug. 2
    The Kildysart Festival
    It's a medieval theme for 2010's festival so plan on seeing floats and costumes as kings, dragons, knights and more. For more info contact the kildysartfestival@gmail.com
  • Sun, 25th July.
    Clare Archaeological and Historical Society Walk
    Kilnaboy
    Clare Archaeological and Historical Society are meeting at Kilnaboy’s old church to walk nearby heritage areas at 2pm. For more information contact 065 6864749.
  • Sunday 25th July
    Scarecrow Competition - Michael Cusack Centre, Carron
    Bring your scarecrow to the Michael Cusack Centre between 12 noon and 1pm and visit the other scarecrows around and about. Entrance fee €2. Your scarecrow can be humorous, celebrity or traditional. Prizes galore, including €50 for 1st prize. Judging takes place at 3.00pm. Also enjoy horseshoe throwing, storytelling, face painting, music, refreshments & cakes.Then take your scarecrows home and put them in your front garden or window for passersby to enjoy. For further details contact the Centre at 065-7089944
  • 23-24th July
    Burren bumblebee blitz
    Carron
    The Burren is hotspot for bumblebee species in Ireland, and is a key location for some of our rarest species. The Shrill Carder bee and the Great Yellow bumblebee are both threatened with extinction from Ireland, but still exist in small numbers in the Burren. The National Biodiversity Data Centre is carrying out a Bumblebee Blitz to survey how many bumblebee species exist in the Burren, how widespread they are across the region, and exactly how many populations of the very rare species remain? As part of the event, the NBDC is hosting free beginner walks on ‘Identifying Burren Bumblebees’. Friday 23rd July at 2pm and Saturday 24th July at 2pm. Meeting at NUIG Field Research Station in Carron (51 R 287 992) and lasting approximately one hour. For more information, contact info@biodiversityireland.ie
  • Friday, July 23rd
    Eve Lerner, poet and translator, reads on Friday, July 23rd, at 7. 30pm at Scéal Eile bookshop, Ennis. Admission free. French-born, Eve Lerner is a former linguist, former high school and college teacher, a bilingual poet (French/English) and translator of poetry. She used to run a non-profit gallery in Lorient and started a poetry reading series (once a month) in January 2004; she now devotes her time to poetry, translating French and English speaking poets. Her published work includes 'Journal de Bretagne/Ceci n’est pas un poème,' 2008 AEB, 'Singularités,' 2009, éd L’Autre Rive, 'Le Monde tel que je l’ai laissé,' 2010, L’Autre Rive ed. and 'Le Chant vient de plus que l’homme,' 2010, L’Autre Riveed. Details westernwriters@eircom.net – 087.2178138 (Photo: Michel Guéval)
  • July 22, 23, 24.
    Build a wind pump to drive water to your farm/ house using wind power.
    Eco Courses - Wind & Water - at IM ECO FARM.
    The old american style wind pump is now possible to build on our 3 day course. This involves a cam to drive a piston water pump. No electricity required and windpump and mast can all be built for only a few hundred euro!
    IM ECO FARM IslandMcGrath, Clarecastle, Co Clare 087 4000393 www.imecofarm.com
  • July 19th
    Best for the West concert featuring GOITSE
    Doolin
    The up and coming band GOITSE will be playing in the Magnetic Music Café – Fisherstreet Doolin Co. Clare - on Monday the 19th of July. And here is a link to check them out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaGp3-yzqRk Doors will open at 9.30 p.m. The advance sales are Euro 16 and walk up tickets are 18. Children up to 14 years of age are half price. Small children sitting on the lap are free. For further info contact:Magnetic Music Ltd. Fisherstreet - Doolin - Co. Clare 065 707 4988
  • 18th - 25th July, 2010.
    14th Céilí at the Crossroads Festival
    Clarecastle
    Visit www.comhaltas.ie for more information
  • 18th July
    Céilí at the Crossroads Festival, Clarecastle
    Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann Presents In Concert:
    Fuaim Chonamara (Brian Cunningham & Family from Connamara - A spectacular new sean nós show featuring well known musicians, singers and Riverdance Stars) on Sunday, 18th July 2010 at 8.00pm at The Abbey Hall, Clarecastle. Tickets available from Clarecastle Post Office, Cois na hÁbhna or 6842314
  • 17 - 18 July 2010
    Burren Painting Weekend
    WEEKEND PAINTING & DRAWING WORKSHOP with Artist DENISE HOGAN at the Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co. Clare. Learn the pleasure of painting & drawing with professional artist and teacher Denise Hogan in the heart of the Burren. From planning, preparation, drawing & painting to the finished piece, with everything in between! All levels welcome. We are fully equipped to hold class either outdoors or indoors in our studio. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced painter this workshop will cater to your individual needs, guiding you, step by step to creating beautiful and accomplished works of art. The artist will introduce you, or refresh your knowledge of, materials, give demonstrations and show you how to achieve good results even as a novice. There will be no shortage of inspiration and atmosphere in the stunning setting of New Quay. Cost: € 160, Deposit € 70 required for booking. Limited availability. Accomodation deals available
    Tel 065-7078185 or email info@russellgallery.net
  • 17th and 18th July 2010
    New Burren Heritage Course announced
    Michael Cusack Centre, Carron
    The Burrenbeo Trust are delighted to announce a multi-disciplinary Burren Heritage Education Course which will take place between the 17th and 18th July 2010. The course will cover the geology, archaeology, history, culture, flora, fauna and farming traditions of the Burren. Course tutors will include Dr David Drew, Dr Marion Dowd, Dr Sharon Parr, Eugene Lambe, Gordon D’Arcy and Dr Brendan Dunford. This course will be at an introductory level, will be very interactive and will feature classroom sessions as well as field-based work. Targeted at adults who want to gain an insight into the Burren’s extraordinary heritage and meet fellow Burren enthusiasts, the course is open to all but places are strictly limited. A weekend course fee which includes lunches and learner packs will apply. There will be a 10% discount for Burrenbeo Trust members. The course will be based at the Michael Cusack Centre in Carron. To register, please contact Brigid on trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096 for more information. This event is supported by the Heritage Council’s Education Community and Outreach Grants Programme 2010.
  • July 17th & 18th
    Weekend in the Woods
    CELT Centre for Environmental Living and Training, Scariff

    Come & Join us for a Weekend of Natural Building, Felting, Rustic Furniture making, Woodcarving Signs and much more... Only €20 per person (annual membership of €15 required). (Event is for 14yrs + only). See www.celtnet.org for details or email info@celtnet.org Tel: 061-640765
  • Saturday July 17th
    Michael Lawlor at Bunratty Folk Park

    Michael Lawlor, the operatic tenor, will perform at 8.30pm at 'The Barn' at Bunratty Folk Park. With guest soprano, Veronica O'Keeffe, Michael will perform for an evening of Song and Singalongs featuring an entertaining selection of music from the best loved music theatre shows. Featured composers include Percy French, Thomas Moore, Lloyd Webber, Gershwin and Rogers & Hammerstein. .
  • Sat 17 & Sun 18 July
    Weekend Painting with Denise Hogan (Adults - all levels)
    The Russell Gallery ART CLASSES
    see http://www.russellgallery.net/paintingweekend.html
    for info and bookings call (065) 7078185 or email info@russellgallery.net
  • Saturday July 17th
    Clare Intercultural Festival
    Ennis
    Family oriented fun day with children's activities, multicultural food, music and football at St. Flannan's College, Ennis from 11am - 2 p.m.
  • 16th - 18th July 2010
    Doonbeg Seafood Festival 2008
    This festival, due to be officially opened by radio and television presenter Goerge Hook, is organised by the people of Doonbeg and reflects the great local fishing tradition and the emphasis on seafood in the local reataurants. The weekend will be packed with angling demonstrations, a fish market, boat trips, curragh racing, a vintage rally and much more. The festival has something for everyone from foodies to families, couples to children. Children can enjoy pony and trap rides, puppet shows, face painting and a crab fishing competition.
    For more information and a programme of events visit www.doonbegseafoodfestival.com.
  • 16th - 18th July 2010
    Peadar Clancy Festival 2010
    Cranny/Coolmeen, Kilrush, Co. Clare.
    The thirteenth annual Peadar Clancy Festival, which runs from 16th - 18th July, kicks off with a pre-festival pub quiz on Thursday, 15th July at Tír na nÓg in Cranny. Other festival events include a cultural parade followed by the official opening with entertainment and a barbeque, sports day, children's disco, beach party theme night, family fun field day, crossroads dancing and much more entertainment throughout the area.

    For more information phone 065-6832427
  • July 16 - 18
    Kilkee Maritime Festival
    Festival opens up with performance by The Celtic Tenors and The Friends of Munster Choir in St. Senans Church. Events during the rest of the weekend include raft building competition, sand sculpting competition, kayaking, canoeing and surfing lessons, underwater treasure hunt, street carnival, family beach activities, fancy dress street parade, curragh regatta and more. See schedule at http://www.eventelephant.com/kilkeemaritime
  • July 16th
    Site Meetings 160710
    Ennistymon based artists Alexandra Boettcher, Meave Collins and Maria Kerin will be performing in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon on Friday 16th at 8pm.
    This interactive performance includes skyping live to an audience in University of Hueston, America, while receiving sound through skype from abroad. The audience is welcome to experience this free multimedia dance performance of non-stylised embodied movement that explores points of meeting from different perspectives in the gallery space. See www.sitemeetings.blogspot.com for more information on Site Meetings 160710 or contact the Courthouse Gallery 065 7071630
  • July 15, 16, 17
    Build a wind turbine. Eco Courses - Wind & Water - at IM ECO FARM.
    These turbines vary from a small 200w to the large 17 foot rotor producing kw’s of power. We build steelwork, the alternator and blades over the 3 days. This is the only successful homebuilt design, and is built in most countries in the world. The design is over engineered for robustness, and high wind protection, electric brakes are all in the design. IM ECO FARM IslandMcGrath, Clarecastle, Co Clare 087 4000393 www.imecofarm.com
  • Thurs 15th July
    ‘From Mullaghmore to the Cliffs of Moher – Real change or business as usual?’
    Burrenbeo Trust July Talk with Dr Noel Healy

    Burrenbeo Trust Centre, Main Street, Kinvara at 8.30pm
    Everyone welcome. Free for members and donation from non-members. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096
  • Mon. July 13th to July 23rd
    5 Rhythms Movement Mediation Practice
    Boghill Centre, Kilfenora
    11th Summer School at the Boghill Centre, Kilfenora, Co. Clare with Caitríona Nic Ghiollaphádraig, 5 Rhythms teacher with 13 years experience. Fee: €675 incl. meals, materials, tuition. 095 34664. www.deorade.com
  • July 12th to August 13th
    Famine Folio
    An exhibition of etchings based on the famine by Northern Ireland artist, Ivan Armstrong
    Gallery at Scariff Library
  • July 12 - 16
    Kids Art Camps (7 to 12 years old)
    The Russell Gallery ART CLASSES
    see http://www.russellgallery.net/artcamp10_files/art10.html
    for info and bookings call (065) 7078185 or email info@russellgallery.net
  • Mon, 12th-16th July.
    Summer camps
    Turlough
    Summer camps for 10-14 years old at the Burren Outdoor Education Centre. For more information contact Joanne on 065 7078066
  • Mon, 12th-15th July.
    Gerbola Circus
    Aillwee Caves and Lisdoonvarna
    Gerbola Circus comes to the Burren for four shows. For more information go to www.circusgerbola.ie
  • 12th July
    Burren Marathon mania
    Ballyvaughan
    The 32 County Marathons Challenge in aid of Irish Autism Action will take place on July 12th in Ballyvaughan. If you are interested in signing up for the 32 County Challenge in Clare, contact Pauline on 087 6936898 or visit www.32marathons.com for more information and training plans.
  • 10-11th July
    Medieval Day Out at Caherconnell
    Caherconnell Stone Fort
    The first annual Spraoi Heritage Weekend will take place at Caherconnell Stone Fort on the 10th & 11th July this year. Come and meet the old-world characters as they guide you through the day-to-day workings of Irish Medieval Society in Caherconnell Stone Fort. Age-old skills such as pole-lathe wood-turning, black-smiting, Bronze Age pottery making and cooking will be displayed on both Saturday and Sunday. From 11-5pm each day. Adult €5, Family - €14. Tel. 065 708 9999 www.burrenforts.ie
  • Sat 10th July
    Clarecastle Regatta
    Clarecastle
    Anyone interested in joining a rowing club should come along to the first annual regatta in Clarecastle. Day begins with 10k run/walk at 12 noon followed by currach races at 2.30. Also, on the day clay pigeon shooting, children's sports, a civil defence display and live music.
  • Sat 10 July
    One Day Painting the Flaggy Shore - with Frank Sanford (Adults - all levels)
    The Russell Gallery ART CLASSES
    see http://www.russellgallery.net/paintingweekend.html
    for info and bookings call (065) 7078185 or email info@russellgallery.net
  • Mon, 5th-9th July.
    Surf’n’turf summer camp
    Lahinch
    A surfing and soccer skills camp for 12-15 yrs old. From 10.30-3.30pm every day. Call 065 6865434 for more information.
  • Sun 4th July 2010
    Burrenbeo Trust July Walk with Michael Killeen and Frank O’Grady: ‘Farming in the Burren through the ages’ at 2pm on Sun 4th July 2010. Meet at Ballincashen Cross (OS 51 251 925) - between Kilnaboy and Lemaneah castle. Everyone welcome. Frank and Michael are both farmers in the Burren. They are part of the Farm Heritage Tours Co-op that open up their farmland up to visitors. This tours co-op has just been launched and is a fantastic way to see some of the Burren land that is off the ‘beaten track’. Farming in the Burren goes back over 6,000 years. There are pieces of heritage on the Burren that have not been changed since that period. Both farms have a variety of heritage features that would not be seen otherwise. This is a great chance to hear the local story as interpreted by both farmers – on archaeology, geology, folklore, history, biodiversity and farming traditions. Supporting the local farmers is supporting the farming traditions of the Burren which are essential to the survival of this fragile landscape. This walk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a €10 charge for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 3rd July– 11th July, 2010
    38ú Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy
    Miltown Malbay. More info...
  • 3rd - 4th July 2010
    Ennis Street Festival
    What A Wonderful Life Underwater will be the theme for the 5th year of the Ennis Street Festival that takes place on the 3rd and 4th of July. This year the festival will incorporate original artistic ideas based upon folklore and enchantment, with the intention of promoting art and culture in Ennis. A unique visual experience will be produced with a fantare of balloon streaming, sculptures, paintings, workshops, street performers, musicians and a delicious market selection. For more information contact Ennis Street Festival at 37E Lower Market St. Ennis, Co. Clare; Tel: 065-6893966; email: ennisstreetfestival@gmail.com or visit www.ennisstreetfestival.com
  • Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th July 2010, 1pm - 5pm
    Open Weekend at Vandeleur Walled Garden, Kilrush
    To celebrate the WIORA Yachting Championships and the Féile Sona (Family Festival) which will take place in Kilrush this coming weekend, Vandeleur Walled Garden, Coffee Shop & Gift Shop, Kilrush is hosting Open Days on Saturday 3rd July & Sunday 4th July. All are welcome to come and avail of free entry into the beautifully revived garden.
    Directions: At Market Square, turn left onto Moore Street. Take first turn right onto Killimer Road. Vandeleur Walled Garden is located approximately 1 kilometre on this road at left hand side.
    www.vandeleurwalledgardens.ie
  • July 3rd
    BOBFEST
    Anglers Rest, Doonass, Clonlara, Co.Clare
    BobFest is a celebration of Bob Dylan's Music.
    The 2nd annual Bobfest is taking place on the grounds of the Anglers Rest in Clonlara, Co. Clare. The event is taking place the day before the man himself plays in Thomond Park, Limerick! Thomond Park is just 15mins drive from BobFest, so it's an ideal spot to camp out the night before and enjoy the festivities. Bobfest is an outdoor event and will feature musicians playing and singing Bob's songs as well as the screening of some Dylan-related visuals. There will be a late bar and hot food available as well as free camping and the use of a big car park. If you’re a musician and you have a love of Dylan, a musical instrument and some songs to sing or you just want to enjoy this one day mini festival, then get in contact with us at email : bobfestireland@gmail.com
    Tickets priced at €15 are now on sale at Euro Empire (formerly Empire Music) O'Connell Street, Limerick and also at The Anglers Rest bar, Doonass Clonlara, Co. Clare. You can also pay at the door on the day of the gig, but it would be wise to get your ticket beforehand. The weekend of Bob! Keep on Keepin on!
    http://www.myspace.com/bobfestireland
  • July 2nd - 29th
    O’CONNOR, PRENDERGAST, SHARP
    LANDSCAPES OF N & W CLARE

    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    More info...
  • July 1st
    Wallcandy
    Ennis
    An innovative street art project taking place in conjunction with the Ennis Street Festival. http://www.wallcandy.ie/contact.html


JUNE 2010:

  • June 30th – July 3rd, 2010
    East Clare Fiddle Festival
    Feakle
    For full details go to www.eastclarefiddlefestival.com
  • Thurs 29th June - Sun 4th July
    Feile Brian Boru
    Killaloe/Ballina area
    Feile Brian Boru 2010 will take place in various locations in the Killaloe/Ballina area, including Killaloe Public Library, and will feature events such as traditional Irish music and costume-making workshops, guided tours of St. Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe, sporting fun, children's parade and much more besides.
    For more information contact The Killaloe/Ballina Family Resource Centre on 061-374741 or email brianboru@killaloe.ie.
    Visit www.feilebrianboru.killaloe.ie for programme of events.
  • 28th June – 2nd July , 2010
    Clare Youth Theatre Presents Let Me ... Act!!
    A week of acting at Glor, Ennis, Co.Clare.
    If you are 13 - 18 years and interested in all aspects of acting this is the course for you. We will explore how we use our bodies, voice and imaginations to bring a character to life. There will be lots of theatre games, improvisation and creating your own character techniques as we become acquainted with the actors world. The course will be facilitated by Clare Youth Theatre Leaders, Theresa Leahy and Eleanor Feeley.
    Venue: Glor, Time: 11am – 4 p.m., Lunchbreak: 1 – 2 p.m.
    No experience is necessary. Bring plenty of drinks! Wear comfortable clothes / shoes. Places are limited. Early booking advised. Cost €100
    Booking: Glor Box Office – 065 6843103
  • June 27th, 2010
    Falls Hotel Ennistymon
    Fundraiser in aid of the Share a Dream Foundation.
    Dance Competition, Fancy Dress Competition and lots more with special guest Brian Ormond.
    Time 1 - 6 p.m. Adm €5
  • 27th June
    Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Group are walking from Hags Head to Doolin.
    Meet at O’Connor’s Pub in Doolin. For more information contact 087 9308047.
  • 27th June
    Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Group are walking the Doolin Coastal Walk.
    Meet at O’Connor’s Pub in Doolin. For more information contact John Sharry on 087 2750315.
  • 26th June
    Opening of an exhibition of paintings by Tomas O'Maoldomhnaigh at 7pm
    Kennys Gallery, Lahinch
    For further information contact: Tel: 065-6840801, Mobile: 087-6149535
    Website: www.TomasArtist.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100000043963865
  • 26th June 2010
    Russell Gallery Presents Paint the Flaggy Shore with Frank Sandford
    Oil or watercolour, bring your own material.
    - 10am: meeting at the Russell Gallery
    - Spend the day painting with Frank on the beautiful and inspiring Flaggy Shore
    - Bring your Lunch
    - 5pm back at the Russell Gallery for a complimentary glass of wine
    Frank Sanford has been a working artist for over 30 years, showing in many galleries and shows across the United States. Following architectural training Frank studied painting in U.S. colleges, including the Art Student League in New York. He has his studio (Gallery West Studio) in Kinvara, County Galway and is a full-time resident of Ireland.
    Frank's deep love of nature informs his every brushstroke. His ability to express the changing mood of nature, as reflected in his use of colour and light is subtle, sensitive and strong. Cost: €40, Booking : 065-7078185
  • Wednesday 23rd June 2010
    Launch of Welcome Pack for Immigrants in Clare
    Cois na hAbhna, Galway Road, Ennis
    Clare Immigrant Support Centre & Citizen Information Service invite you to the launch a of an information pack for immigrants in Czech, Portuegese, Russian. Also presentation of certificates to participants in Basic Information courses.
    11am followed by light lunch
  • Sunday, 20th June
    Old Kilfarboy Society walks
    The second of this year’s Old Kilfarboy Society walks will take place on Sunday, 20th June with a trip to the Augustinian nunnery at Killone. Those wishing to take part should meet at the car park of the West County Hotel, Ennis at 1.00pm, or at Miltown Malbay Church car park at 12.00pm for anybody wishing to car-share.
    All are welcome and there is no necessity to book – just turn up at either of the venues.
  • 19 – 30 June
    Charles Harper, an exhibition of New Work
    Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co. Clare
    'New Work' by artist Charles Harper is the latest exhibition to be opened next weekend at The Russell Gallery, a dedicated fine art space in New Quay, Co Clare. The launch is taking place on Saturday 19 of June from 4pm to 6pm: there will be a wine reception and Charles will present his latest effort, an exquisite collection of 24 small watercolour pieces.
    Charles Harper was born on Valencia Island, Co. Kerry in 1943. From 1960-67 he studied at the National College of Art and Design, the Limerick School of Art, and the Dublin Graphic Studio. He also studied film making in Germany. He was taught by Maurice MacGonigal and Sean Keating. His Work is included in many important public and private collections including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has been a Lecturer at Limerick School of Art and Design (LIT) and is a founder member of Aosdana and a RHA since 2002.
    He exhibits regularly in Ireland and abroad and has represented Ireland many times abroad in such countries as India, Switzerland, Italy, Latvia, England, France, the US and Sweden. He has received eight National Awards for his painting, including: First prize for Painting commemorating the 1916 Rising at the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, The Carrols Open Award at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1971, the Arts Councils Bonn an Uachtarain de Hide at The Oireachtas Art Exhibition.
    The Russell Gallery is open every day: the show will run until the 30th of June and can be previewed online www.russellgallery.net
    For further information: The Russell Gallery, New Quay, Burrin, Co. Clare, Tel 065 7078185
  • Saturday June 19th
    Charity Art Auction, Kilkee
    Charity Art Auction on Saturday June 19th at 8 p.m. at the Stella Maris Hotel, Kilkee, Co. Clare in aid of Kilkee Marine Rescue, RNLI, Jack & Jill Foundation, Brainwave and West Clare Cancer.
    Tickets are €10.
    Full details are available from Butter Market Gallery, Burton Street, Kilrush, Co.Clare
    Tel: 086 2455900
    Tel: +353 (0) 65 6899091
  • 19th June
    Tour de Burren, Ballyvaughan.
    The Tour de Burren is fun cycling event for all the family, three different available routes to choose from, from 10km to 160km. For more information see www.burrencyclingclub.com
  • Friday 18th June
    TheVivid Season, BCA Summer Scholarship Exhibition
    Burren College of Art
    Mon - Fri - Daily. Hours 10am - 5pm
    This year the Summer Scholarship Exhibition at Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare is open from Friday 18th June. It is titled “The Vivid Season”. The title reflects the flowering of creativity associated with graduate studies in an art school and the time of year in which the exhibition is taking place, as well as the colourful character of most of the exhibits (pinks and reds predominate). Altogether it’s an upbeat title and an upbeat looking show. Featured artists include current graduates and some undergraduates who have provided work to the Scholarship Fund. In all 30 artists are featured. The works, all at reasonable prices are for sale and proceeds go into the BCA Scholarship Fund to help finance the education of Fine Art students.The main exhibition is in the Gallery & Project Space. In the BCA Café are the photographic works, which featured in the 1st Alumni Photographic Exhibition. These are also for sale. Please note the exhibition is a "rolling exhibition". This means work can be taken one week after the opening and from then on at the time of purchase.
    The Burren Annual Exhibition opens on 31st July 2010. Opening hours may vary during August so if you are planning a special trip to the gallery please check the website at www.burrencollege.ie. For further information please contact 065 7077200 or email admin@burrencollege.ie.
  • 17th June to Monday 21st June 2010
    Fleadh Cheoil an Chláir, Kilfenora.
    Fleadh Cheoil an Chláir will once again be hosted by Kilfenora CCÉ and will take place from 17th to 21st June 2010. The competitions will take place on Saturday 19th for 15-18 & Senior age groups and Sunday 20th June for U9,U12 & 12-15 Age groups. (A detailed timetable will be available after entries close). Set Dancing will be held on Saturday 19th and Céilí dancing will be held on Sunday 20th June. In addition to the Music and Dancing competitions, there will be a Comhrá Gaeilge competition which is open to both members and non members of Comhaltas. The closing date for receipt of Comhaltas membership is Friday 30th April 2010. The closing date for entries has been set for Thursday 27th May 2010 at 5pm. All entries to county secretary (086 8181262) colmnestor@gmail.com. More information at http://comhaltas.ie/events/detail/clare_fleadh_2010/
    See Press Release here (pdf file): Fleadh Cheoil an Chláir 2010 Press Release
  • Thursday 17 June
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon presents NIAMH PARSONS AND GRAHAM DUNNE (Voice and Guitar) 9 pm - €13

    Niamh Parsons has come to be known as one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music. It has been said that she may not be the most famous Irish Balladeer, but many feel she’s the best. Described in the Boston Herald as both emotionally haunting and tonally as clear as crystal, Niamh’s albums have been ‘must-have’ collector’s items for any lover of songs and singing. Niamh has recorded 6 studio albums and one live album to date. This is a body of work that has proven Niamh Parsons one of the premier vocalists of her time and a keeper of the flame in Irish traditional song. For the last 10 years, Niamh has been playing in a duet with Ennis based Graham Dunne. There is a spiritual bond between Niamh and Graham when they perform, which draws out the essence of the songs. Graham is known for his sensitivity of touch as an accompanist, and his fiery ability as a soloist. Graham released his first solo CD - GIOTÁRAÍ - on his own label Gramsham Records. Niamh has played with ‘The Loose Connections’, ‘Arcady’, Paris based ‘Caliana’, New York based ‘Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul’ and has toured with Graham throughout USA, UK, Europe and Australia.
    Both Niamh and Graham hail from Dublin, with Niamh’s mother from west Clare and Graham living in Kilnamona, they make a welcome return to the county for what should be a beautiful night of music.

    COURTHOUSE GALLERY, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare. 065-7071630. Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 5pm
    ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com
    ennistymoncourthousegallery.blogspot.com
    Facebook: Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
  • June 17th, 2010
    “Site Meetings 170610”
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co.Clare
    Site Meetings 170610 is a LIVE performance broadcast from a specific street sculpture site in the ABUNDANCE International Choreography and Dance Festival, Karlstad, Sweden, performed by Alexandra Boettcher, Maeve Collins & Maria Kerin, using two-way Skype new media and video projection for audience to experience it live in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co.Clare on 17th June 2010 at 11am and 1pm. In this unique performance that removes boundaries, Alexandra Boettcher will be performing in the Courthouse Gallery simultaneously to the performers in Sweden. Both will be experienced by audiences in Ireland and Sweden through the merging of live performance and new media technology. Ennistymon based artists Alexandra Boettcher, Maeve Collins and Maria Kerin have been selected to participate in the Site Specific section of ABUNDANCE, an international Choreoghraphy and Dance festival in its 3rd year. There will be 6 live performances in Sweden over 3 days with the final day skyped to the Courthouse Gallery. Through a variety of media: drawing, film, internet, sound, installation and dance they will choreograph and perform a response to the site as it offers a place of arrival, a meeting place for a live embodied movement process that stems out of a shared daily movement practice. As visitors to a site, they will receive and give, trusting that the space will provide a point of resistance and potential for transformation through creativity. This leads to exploration through presence and embodied movement with meeting points in contemporary culture. Boettcher, Collins and Kerin are, since March 2009, in the process of exploring, developing and performing Dance works live through New Media, mainly skype and the internet, by engaging with site and audience, locally, nationally and internationally. This coalition of artists wishes to create experimental independent art and a wider context for Irish contemporary dance works, growing from the local to international. This tour is being part funded by Clare County Council Arts Office and we are grateful to the Courthouse Gallery for hosting us. For more information please see sitemeetings.blogspot.com.
  • 17th June 2010
    Burrenbeo Trust Monthly Talk with Maria Long: Biodiversity of the Burren – change at a snail’s pace!
    Maria Long is an ecologist and is currently finishing up her PhD in Trinity College Dublin. Her PhD is focused on the effects of the removal of grazing on the biodiversity of plants and snails in the Burren. She has both lived in or been visiting the Burren since 2001. The talk takes place at 8.30pm on 17th June 2010 at the Burrenbeo Trust Centre, 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.
  • Wed 16th June 2-6pm
    Scariff Community Garden Open Day
    Come along and celebrate in the garden with music, food and guided garden walks & herbal display. Information on setting up Community Gardens and growing your own produce.
  • 13th June, 2010
    OPENING of Clare’s first Eco Farm - ‘im eco farm
    '. ‘im eco farm’ – Clare’s first Eco Farm - is opening its gates to the public on 13th June. Set in 100 acres of peaceful countryside, ‘im eco farm’ is a charming, living and breathing Eco workshop and exhibition located near Clarecastle on the townland of IslandMcGrath (im) along the Fergus estuary.It offers visitors the opportunity to experience renewable energy hands-on by displaying step-by-step guides and full-scale working models of Wind, Solar and Water power as well as offering DIY courses for a more environmentally friendly future. There’s Something For everyone! Working Wind Turbine and DIY Displays, Renewable Energy Displays and Courses, Irish Farm Heritage Machinery, Forest and River Trails with Seating throughout, Farm Animals, Bird Watching and Wildlife, Gardening with Polytunnels and Veg plots, Children activities and Play Areas, Cafe with locally produced cakes and scones. ‘im eco farm’ will be open from 10am to 5pm and half price admission for families will apply on this day. More information on www.imecofarm.com.Contact name and phone number: Eddie Connors, 065 6841552. Email: info@imecofarm.com. Website: www.imecofarm.com.
  • 12th - 13th June 2010
    OPEN DAY @ Aillwee Cave and the Burren Bird of Prey Centre
    On Saturday June 12th and Sunday June 13th 2010, Aillwee Cave and the Burren Birds of Prey Centre will hold an “Open Day” and cordially invite one and all to come and visit. FREE event - Cave tours throughout each day - Entry to the Burren Birds of Prey Centre – Breath taking flying displays with the birds - Launch of “Friendship Card” – Woodland Craft Demonstrations on both days. For all the family’s enjoyment there will be Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Meet our Puppeteer, Cheese Tasting, Carousel Rides, and Train Trips. And of course Edward Bear will come to welcome all. On both days the centre and its attractions will be free to visit from 12 noon -5pm. Contact :Barbara Faulkner, 065 7077036. Email: barbara@aillweecave.ie.
    Website: www.aillweecave.ie
  • Saturday 12 June 2010
    AUDITIONS for Tom Murphys Bailegangaire for all female actors aged 25+
    Quin Community Centre, Quin
    AUDITIONS for Tom Murphys Bailegangaire for all female actors aged 25+ Saturday June 12th 10am - 12pm in the dance studio, Quin Community Centre, Quin, Co. Clare. contact likelyhailstones@gmail.com for more info and to book an audition slot.
  • Saturday 12 June 2010
    "Finding You" One Day Art Course at Kenny's Lahinch Art Gallery. Embark on a journey of creative discovery. Learn how to paint in oils and pastels, or improve your techniques, guided every step of the way, by internationally acclaimed Irish artist Philip Gray. A full one day of tuition with Philip where he will introduce you into a world of creativity with his simple approach to creating an inspirational work of art. During your day Philip will start and finish two paintings with you one in pastel and one in oil. He will describe his own techniques and inspire you to create your own paintings under his supervision. You will leave the day refreshed, inspired, with your own oil and pastel paintings and ready to do it all again. Time: 10.00 am – 16.00 pm. Materials and light lunch included.Contact: Carmel Kenny,Lahinch Art Gallery, Telephone No:065-7081400, Email:lahinchartgallery@hotmail.com. Places on this course are limited – please book early to reserve a place on this course.
  • 12th June, 2010
    Painting weekend at the Russell Gallery, New Quay
    Learn the pleasure of painting & drawing with professional artist and teacher Denise Hogan in the heart of the Burren this June… From planning, preparation, drawing & painting to the finished piece, with everything in between! All levels welcome.
    We are fully equipped to hold class either outdoors or indoors in our studio.
    Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced painter this workshop will cater to your individual needs, guiding you, step by step to creating beautiful and accomplished works of art. The artist will introduce you or refresh your knowledge of materials, give demonstrations and show you how to achieve good results even as a novice. There will be no shortage of inspiration and atmosphere in the stunning setting of New Quay.
    Tel. 065-7078185
  • 12th June
    The Burrenbeo Trust June talk is Biodiversity in the Burren – at a snail’s pace with Maria Long.
    The Burrenbeo Trust Centre, Kinvara at 8.30pm.
    Free for members, €5 for non-members.
    For more info email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 087 9689486
  • 11th June, 2010
    A Glor Summer Evening in Dromoland Castle
    Join glor in welcoming summer 2010 in the delightful surroundings of Dromoland Castle on Friday, June 11th.
    As you know, glór is a dab hand at producing excellent shows and on this occasion you can expect exceptional entertainment in pastoral surroundings. The evening will consist of a drinks reception in the magical walled garden, three course dinner followed by a mix of wonderful (and some surprising!) entertainment including ‘Superfly’, the ultimate live party band, and irresistible raffle prizes. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Daycare Services at Carrigoran House. The ticket price at €75 per person offers exceptional value and is in line with the price reduction policy which we have adopted at glór. Tickets may be purchased individually, or in tables of ten, by contacting glór box office on 065-6843103.
  • Sunday 6th June
    Launch of “Iria” a book by Jole Bortoli, artist and illustrator. The Russell Gallery, New Quay, County Clare. Written and illustrated by Jole Bortoli, “Iria” is a story for all ages. It is a tale about the journey of a creature that inhabits ‘in-between’ worlds: water and earth, west and east, the written and the oral tradition, the real and the imaginary. It retains the magic of a fairy tale and the beauty of well-crafted art books and is the first publication by INIS, an arts specialized imprint by the new publishing house Art to Heart Books. The launch of the book will be accompanied by an exhibition of the original illustrations, which are for sale and takes place at 6p.m. Additional information - Book details: hard back, 48 pages, 30 illustrations, 500 copies - limited edition, Price €45. Exhibition: 14 framed artworks. Copies of the book can be bought at the Russell Gallery or ordered from www.arttoheart.ie
  • Sun 6th June 2010
    Burrenbeo Trust June Walk with Jesmond Harding: ‘Butterflies of the Burren’
    at 2pm on Sun 6th June 2010. Meet at Gortlecka Cross (51R 304 945).
    Everyone welcome. Free for members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096.
  • 6th June.
    Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Group Walk at Murrough Mountain.
    Meet at Fanore car park at 10.30am.
    For more info contact Michael Queally 086 0767776.
  • 6th June
    Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Group Fanore Loop Walk.
    Meet outside Donoghue’s carpark, Fanore at 10.30am.
    For more information contact Kevin McCormack 086 3272472.
  • 6th June
    Book Launch – Iria by Jole Bartoli
    Russell Gallery, New Quay at 6pm.
  • 4th – 7th June, 2010
    Dancing at Mullaghmore
    Choreographer Gwen Mc Hale will be working with dance artists, photographers and a film crew at Mullaghmore from June 4th - 7th, exploring the places of convergence and divergence between the internal landscapes of the human body/psyche with the natural landscapes of the Burren.

    The process of developing the work is public and people are very welcome to come and watch.
    Film and photographs will be exhibited and performances will take place in September 2010.
    This work is supported by Daghdha Dance Company and by FAS.
  • 3rd June.
    Book Lauch – The Farmer’s Market Recipe Collection.
    An Fulacht Fia, Ballyvaughan at 7pm.

MAY 2010:

  • 29th May - 7th June
    Iniscealtra Arts Festival 2010
    We are looking forward again this year to celebrating the areas talents and new events at The 15th Inisceatra Arts Festival, Mountshannon from May 29th to June 7th.
    There’s a great line up in store, music, puppetry, comedy, storytelling, art exhibitions and this year’s family fun will include a ‘Creative Arts Treasure Hunt’ throughtout the village. Dancing and enjoyment with the Merriman Ceili band, Brendan Hearty, Hunka Burning Love and this year’s unique highlight, fresh from the circuit and spotted last year at The electric Picnic..KORMAC’S BIG BAND, a mix of barber shop, brass band and DJ mixing, with film thrown in, it promisies to be a very special occasion…not to be missed!
    Bank holiday Sunday offers us a chance to see the creative talents of the Scariff School TY students who will be giving us an ‘alternative’ Fashion Show, all costumes made and designed themselves using only recycled materials. Alongside this will be the Green fair in the Aistear, offering locally made food, craft demonstrations and participatory workshops, plus a special feature of film and a discussion on Herbal Folklore. You could try your hand at Wood Carving, or Nuna Feltmaking or join in the singing session at Keanes Bar on Monday 7th June. The Monday afternoon will also be specially for children and families, puppetry and Storytelling and fun and games in The Aistear, organised by Mountshannon School Parents Association will run alongside the ever popular singing Session at Keanes.
    Help make this festival a success, have a good time and share the sense of community this year in Moutnshannon…29th May until June 7th, make that a date!
    Anyone wishing to help out please contact us on 061 921411, we are a small committee who work throughout the year voluntarily to make this happen, so help in any form is always greatly appreciated.
  • Friday 28th May
    Clare Artists’ Network for Arts in Health & Disability will be holding their monthly coffee morning in The Red Room, glór, Ennis between 10:15 – 1pm. All members and new artists with an interest in this field are welcome along to this informal social event. You might like to bring along samples/photos of your work for informal feedback.
  • Sunday, 23rd May
    The Old Kilfarboy Society is launching this year's series of walks on Sunday, 23rd May with a trip to Canon Island and its Augustinian Priory, in the Shannon, near Kildysart. The guide for the day is Carmel Clancy and the trip will cost €15.00 to cover the boat fare, etc. Those wishing to take part should contact Maura Egan on 0871264527. All are welcome.
  • 23rd - 31st May 2010
    Fleadh Nua, Ennis
    More info...
  • May 22nd - June 25th
    Light, Space and the Body
    Visual Art Exhibition in The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    An exhibition of work by three artists- Maeve Collins, Karen Hendy and Adam Pomeroy.
    Opening date: On the 22nd of May at 5 pm. All welcome. Muireann Ní Choinneall, Arts Officer with Laois County Council to open.
    Light, Space and the Body is a group show by these three artists who are all coming to the body through a journey of individual enquiry and process, the show comprisises of mixed media artworks, drawing and Painting.
    Maeve Collins use’s drawing to begin going back into her body, where transparent materials are layered in sculptural artworks, incorporating light and space.
    Karen Hendy’s work represents her desire to capture the cycle of change, which is characteristic of impermanence; the disintegration and reinvention of reality, a process that is never at rest, and how this relates to the body.
    Adam Pomeroy uses a realistic painting style to explore the body. Through a consideration of compostion to express a place devoid of time and place, it’s placement on the canvas is considered.
  • Saturday 22nd of May
    Art Exhibition of paintings by Caitriona Sheedy at Cliffs of Moher.
    Official opening and story by Eddie Lenihan at 4.30 p.m.
    Entry and parking to event are free.
  • 22nd May 2010
    Burrenbeo Trust Monthly Talk with Dr Matthew Jebb: Wildflower Hunt
    10am at Gortlecka Cross (51R 310 945); 2pm at Mullaghmore (52R 342 967).
    Everyone is welcome. For more information please call 091 638096 or email trust@burrenbeo.com
  • Friday 21st May
    North Clare made film SEASIDE STORIES by Writer/Director Fergus Tighe at the Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, 8pm. Admission €5.
    Locky is a boy who's been flourishing since his mother, Anna, gave up the drink three years ago. When Anna's old boyfriend Mick gets out of prison she falls back into her old ways of daytime drinking while Locky runs wild in the streets with his friend Callo, played by Caolann O'Dwyer 13. Meanwhile Sally arrives home determined to tell Locky that she is really his mother. This does not go exactly as planned and sets the scene for a series of events that changes the lives of all involved.You can see a few clips of the film on YouTube.
  • 21st - 23rd May 2010
    The 4th Outdoor Landscape Painting Competition
    Watercolour demonstration by Lorraine Wall on Friday 21st May at 8.30 p.m. in the Studio, The Burren Painting Centre,Lisdoonvarna
    Painting Competition - Saturday 22nd May -Registration 8.30 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the National School, Lisdoonvarna
    Hand in finished entries by 6 p.m.
    Drawing Workshop with Dorothee Roberts on Sunday 23rd May 10a.m. - 12 noon in the Studio, The Burren Painting Centre,Lisdoonvarna followed by the Prize Giving Sunday 23rd at 1.30 p.m.
    Details and entry forms from Chris O'Neill, The Burren Painting Centre, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare
    http://www.burrenpaintingcentre.com Email: infoburrenpaintingcentre.com
  • May 16th to Sunday May 30th
    Research, Tracing & Tales of Kilnaboy Townlands & Inhabitants
    X-PO - Kilnaboy, County Clare
    Opening times
    Monday to Friday 8pm – 10.00pm
    Saturday and Sunday: 2 – 5pm.
    Ballycasheen, Booltiaghadine, Bunnanagat North, Bunnanagat South, Caherblonick North, Caherblonick South, Caherfadda, Cahermacon, Carrownamaddra, Coad, Commons North, Crossard, Drummoher, Elmvale, Inchiquin, Killinaboy, Leamaneh North, Leana, Monanaleen, Noonan, Parknabinnia, Rinnamona, Roughaun, Commons South.
    Supported by Clare County Arts Office.
  • 19th & 20th May
    Educational guidance for adults (18+) who are interested in a third level course
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre, Clare Museumn
    Educational guidance for adults (18+) who are interested in a third level course is available free of charge in Ennis Regional Learning Centre on Wed 19th & Thursday 20th May. Whether you are considering going to third level for the first time or returning to third level to up-skill or change career, guidance counsellor Patricia-Anne Moore, can help you to explore your learning options and identify the steps that you need to take.
    To book a place please contact Ruth or Anne or 6866844 or info@ennisrlc.ie . For more information on Ennis Regional Learning Centre check out the website at www.ennisrlc.ie or drop into the office upstairs in the Clare Museum Mon - Fri 9am – 5pm.
  • 19th May 2010
    Prepare for Mature Student Interviews with Ennis Regional Learning Centre
    On Wednesday 19th May 7.00-8.30pm, Ennis Regional Learning Centre, Clare Museum, will host a free workshop for people who are preparing for mature student interviews for entry to third level courses. Mature students who applied either through the Central Applications Office in February or directly to third level institutions such as University of Limerick or Mary Immaculate College, may be called for an interview to discuss their application and suitability for entry to a particular third level course.
    Dr. John McDonagh, Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Mary Immaculate College, will provide some advice and information to help mature students get through the interview process confidently. The mature student interview can be a nerve racking experience, especially for adults who have been out of the formal education system for a long time. This workshop can help you prepare to focus on the positive attributes that you bring as a mature student and give you some useful tips on the type of information that interviewers will want to hear about you.
    Educational guidance for adults (18+) who are interested in a third level course is also available free of charge in Ennis Regional Learning Centre on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th May. Whether you are considering going to third level for the first time or returning to third level to up-skill or change career, guidance counsellor Patricia-Anne Moore, can help you to explore your learning options and identify the steps that you need to take.
    To book a place on the mature student interview workshop or to make an appointment for educational guidance, please contact Ruth or Anne or 6866844 or info@ennisrlc.ie. For more information on Ennis Regional Learning Centre check out the website at www.ennisrlc.ie or drop into the office upstairs in the Clare Museum Mon - Fri 9am – 5pm.
  • May 17th, 2010
    "Fairy Tales with a Twist"
    Transition Year Students in Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon proudly present a shadow puppet theatre performance of 'Fairy Tales with a Twist' in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon on Mon 17th May at 12.30pm.
    All welcome. Entry is by donation.
    The students will perform six short puppet shows.The show is produced by puppeteer Daragh Bradshaw, assisted by Tanzi Watson,Judith Evans and art teacher Mary Fahy.
    Funding for this exciting art project comes from Creative Engagement and the NAPD.
  • Saturday 15th May
    Clare Artists’ Network for Arts in Health & Disability are hosting a course for members on “Working with vulnerable adults” at the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis 10am – 4pm. This will be presented by two professionals from the Brothers of Charity and should be of real benefit to artists working in, or with an interest in, the health sector. Fee is €10 as a donation on the day to Home Share Clare. Please RSVP to arts@clarelibrary.ie for attention of Alan.
  • 13th - 20th May
    Fetac Art Works
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Official opening on Thusday 13th May at 8 p.m.
    This exhibition displays an array of different disciplines studied by the students of Fetac level 5 and 6 at Ennistymon Vocational School, as is evident in the diversity of styles and types of works being shown. These include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and ceramics.
    The Fetac course is intensive and open to anyone who has an interest in, and wishes to expand their knowledge and skill in art. The course is always well subscribed, with an eclectic mix of people, both in age and background attending, creating a lively and open-minded environment in which to learn. Previous exhibitions have been well received by the local and wider community, and it is hoped that many people will take the opportunity to come and view this latest collection. Should you require further information about this exhibition please contact:
    Ennistymon Vocational School 065 - 7071375
    Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street - Ennistymon - Co. Clare 065 707 1630
    ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com
    ennistymoncourthousegallery.blogspot.com
    Facebook: Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
    Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 4 pm
  • 8th - 9th May
    20th CELT Weekend in the Woods.
    Bealkelly Wood, Tuamgraney, County Clare by the shores of Lough Derg on the Shannon.
    Learn a new skill with CELT's Heritage Skills Programme for Sustainable Living:
    CELT presents, in association with the Heritage Council and Muintir na Coille (Coppice and Allied Trades Association), choice from 19 courses in environmental and ecological trades for all levels - includes Wood Carving, Coppersmithing, Stone Carving, Dry-stone Walling, Greenwood Furniture, Felt craft, Longbow making, Fishing for beginners, Needle-Felting, Pole-lather construction, Basketry, Herb Lore, Leatherwork, Silversmithing, Sugan Chair making, Blacksmithing, Natural Building (cob, wattle, etc).
    Trainees already having basic skills are welcome to develop their skills further under the guidance of highly qualified tutors. Courses are open to all over 14 years and 'Woodcrafts & Rustic Art' course open to 8 - 14 yr olds. Book on-line. Food available all day, free camping, free parking. Film and music on Saturday evening. Weekend fee now only €120 (was €150).
    CELT Centre for Environmental Living and Training, Main St, Scariff, Co.Clare, Ireland
    See website for details: www.celtnet.org Email: info@celtnet.org Tel: 061-640765
  • Saturday 8th May
    Dog and string Theatre with the Billy Holiday Show

    Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare at 2pm and 4pm
    Email: ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com
    Website: ennistymoncourthousegallery.blogspot.com
    Facebook: Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
    Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 4 pm. Tel. 065-7071630
    €5 donation / Fundraiser for Burren Sonas Kindergarten
  • Wednesday 5th May
    Embrace Art Exhibition, Glór. – Official opening of the exhibition for participants and friends. 3pm (light refreshments from 2.30pm)
  • Monday 3rd - Saturday 29th May
    Embrace Art Exhibition, Glór. Clare Arts Office presents the annual exhibition of work produced through the Embrace Programme by people with disabilities from throughout the county. The wide variety of work displayed represents a selection from participating groups including the Brothers of Charity, Dulick Enterprise Centre, Kilrush Orchard Workshop and Clare Mental Health Association.
  • Sunday 2nd May
    Burrenbeo Trust walk: In Search of Botanical Ghosts with Dr Cillian Roden
    Meet at Fanore Church at 2pm
    Dr Cillian Roden is a local botanist who has written many journal articles on the flora of the Burren. He has a diversity of interest and research experience of many areas of ecology. This walk is open to everyone. However,as it is off-road and uphill, so may not be suitable for young children or elderly. Please wear sensible walking shoes and bring waterproof clothing in case of a change in the weather. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust members and is a €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096. Remember to wear warm clothes and sensible walking shoes as the terrain is uneven. These directions are a guide however we recommend that you find your destination on a map beforehand as there are many roads in the Burren and it can be confusing! Coordinates: OS Sheet 51 N14.7 W08.9
    From the North (Ballyvaughan):
    In the centre of Ballyvaughan take a right at the ‘Tea Junction Café’ and go out the coast road (R477). Continue along this for approx 11kms around Blackhead until you reach a turning to the left with a sign for Fanore church. This is opposite the turning to Fanore beach. Continue up here roughly 100m and the church in on the right hand side. Park in the church car park.
    From the South (Lisdoonvarna):
    From Lisdoonvarna take the R477 Coast Road heading towards Fanore. Continue on this approx 16kms going through Fanore village. 3kms past the Fanore post office there is a turning to the right with a sign for Fanore church. This is opposite the turning to Fanore beach. Continue up here roughly 100m and the church in on the right hand side. Park in the church car park.

APRIL 2010:

  • Friday 30th April
    Clare Artists’ Network for Arts in Health & Disability will be holding a coffee morning in The Red Room, glór, Ennis between 10:15 – 1pm. All members and new artists with an interest in this field are welcome along to this informal social event.
  • 30th April - 30th May, 2010
    Burren In Bloom
    A listing of events taking place in the Burren region during the month of May.
  • 30th April - 3rd May, 2010
    Choreographer Gwen Mc Hale will be working with dance artists, photographers and a film crew in various locations in the Burren between March and Sept, exploring the places of convergence and divergence between the internal landscapes of the human body/psyche with the natural landscapes of the Burren.
    Eagles Rock, Carron: April 30th - May 3rd, 2010
    The process of developing the work is public and people are very welcome to come and watch.
    Film and photographs will be exhibited and performances will take place in September 2010.
    This work is supported by Daghdha Dance Company and by FAS.
  • 28th April - 22nd May, 2010
    'Still Life' - an exhibition of paintings by Frances Bailey
    Foyer of the County Museum, Ennis
    Official opening on Saturday, May 1st at 3p.m. All are welcome
    To view more paintings visit http://www.wippawool.com
  • Sun. 25th April
    Doolin - 2.5hrs loop walk. Meet: Connor’s Pub 10.30am,walk 11am. Description; 2/3 off road & coastal. Michael Queally 086 0767776 www.ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com
  • 23rd and 24th of April
    ‘Searching for Shakespeare’ and ‘Roses in Winter’ by Clare Youth Theatre
    Cois na hAbhna Cultural Centre, Gort Rd, Ennis

    ‘Searching for Shakespeare’ is set in a basketball court where a motley crew of Shakespearean characters find themselves confronted by the modern world.. ‘Roses in Winter’ is set on a derelict site on the edge of a city and concerns the manipulation of truth and the finding of hope..
    Devised totally by the cast of over 30 members from original scenarios created by director Eleanor Feely, the shows start at 8.30 pm each night. Tickets are €10 and €5 and are available from Cois na hAbhna. Tel: 065 6824276. Audiences are welcome to discuss all aspects of the productions post performance.
    Both shows contain original music played live by members of the cast.
    Clare Youth Theatre is an initiative of the Clare Co. Arts Office.
  • 18th April - 1st May
    WISE WAYS KILNABOY 2010
    An exhibition of work by children from Kilnaboy National School and users of the X-PO made with artist TERRY O'FARRELL.
    Launch: Sunday 18th April at 12 noon by Catherine Marshall
    Currently on secondment from the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Joint-Editor of Vol. V Royal Irish Academy Irish Art and Architecture. Thanks to Raheen Hospital Day Care Centre and Inniscealtrá festival. Supported by Clare County Arts Office, the Irish Museum of Modern Art National Programme and the Department of Education.
    http://x-pokilnaboy.blogspot.com
  • Sun. 18th April
    Doolin - Michael Dunleavy Charity Walk. All Road, Duration: 2hrs. Meet: 12.30 Russell Centre. Leader: John Sharry 087 2750315 www.ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com
  • April 17th, 2010
    East Clare Tourism present Marquee Dancing on the shores of Lough Derg at Ducey's Pier, Scariff on Saturday 17th April at 10pm. Music by Brendan Hearty Band + Andrew McNamara. Admission 10euro. Marquee Dancing like it used to be.!! Free Draw on all admission tickets for a weekend away for 2 people.
  • April 17th, 2010
    Launch of Riches of Clare CD and 2010 Series
    Foyer of the County Museum, Ennis
    April 17th, is promising to be a fantastic day of celebration for music in County Clare. The annual Riches of Clare free lunchtime concert series is now in it’s 6th year, and to mark the occasion, a free promotional CD that was recorded during last summer’s series will be released. In keeping with the ethos of the series, the CD features performances from many Clare based musicians, including Tony Linnane, Maeve Donnelly, Shane Mulvey, The Kilfenora Céilí Band, Padraig Rynne and Chris Droney. The CD is free of charge and will be available during the 2010 series and from libraries throughout the county.
  • April 17th 2010
    The Fifth Aughty Earth Day Gathering, Slógadh Eachtaí - Gort 2010.
    A celebration of hospitality around the Sliabh Eachtaí or the Slieve Aughty Mountains, the Fifth Aughty Earth Day Gathering will be held in the community centre, Gort on Saturday, 17th of April 2010. The annual event provides a platform for community groups in counties Clare and Galway to share information and to tell their own stories and experiences around themes of local heritage interest. The focus of Slógadh Eachtaí - Gort 2010 is:
    Making it Happen - Our Own Stories
    • From Schoolhouse to Museum - The Story of Kiltartan Gregory Museum by Ms. Rena McAllen and Sr. de Lourdes Fahy - Kiltartan Gregory Cultural Society.
    • Ardrahan Community Heritage Projects - Karen O'Neill - Ardrahan.
    • Killinane graveyard Restoration Project - Dympna Fahy - Kilchreest Castledaly Heritage Group.
    • East Clare Heritage - Twenty Years a growing - Gerard Madden, Tuamgraney.
    • Placenames of the Parish of Inchicronan - Gerry Kennedy - Heritage Inchicronan
    • Restoration of the Holy Wells of Beithe - Tony Diviney - Beagh Integrated Rural Development Association
    • Music of the Sliabh Aughty Region - Mary Coen | Tim Collins
    • Sarsfields Way - Ultach names and sites of Monuments and Places of Interest around Woodford - Dermot Moran.
    Slógadh Eachtaí | Gort 2010 - The 5th Aughty Gathering - is hosted by community groups from Ardrahan, Beithe, Kiltartan, Killanena and Gort Inse Guaire. Registration from 9.00 am. Opening at 10.00 am.The event is open to the public and admittance is free of charge. A selection of local history / heritage publications will also be available to view and for purchase.
  • Friday 16th April
    Celebrating Love Live Music Day
    Open Trad Session from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

    Reception Area of County Council Headquarters

    Eoin O Neill, Quentin Cooper, Sean McInerney, Michael Hopkins, Adrian Rahill
    All Musicians and Dancers are welcome
    .
    Musicians: Please bring whatever instruments you have.
    Dancers: Bring your battering shoes
  • Friday 16th April
    In Session Concert in Cois na hAbhna at 8:30.
    Featuring accordion player Danny O’Mahony and concertina player Micheál O’Raghallaigh.These professional musicians will be supported by local musicians "The Blonde's" session group from Miltown Malbay, winners of the Session Competition at the recent Kilmihil Trad Festival. Members of the group are Sorcha Curtin(Leader)(Concertina), Tony O'Loughlin(Singer /Accordion), Pat Curtin(Flute), Jesse McNamara(banjo), Owen Marrinan(Sean Nos Dancer), Frank McNamara(Singer/Bodhran), Murt Collins (Storyteller/Guitar) and Orla Coughlan(Fiddle).
  • 15 April - 19 April 2010
    KILFENORA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2010
    One of Ireland’s villages most famed for its music is staging a music festival from Thursday 15 April to Monday 19 April 2010. Contributing to the village’s uniqueness are a web of local families who have played in groups and céilí bands for around 140 years, starting with a fife and drum band in the 1870s and brass and reed band in the 1900s. Kilfenora’s most famous céilí band celebrated its centenary in 2009.
    The main events in this year’s festival are
    a céilí with the fabulousŸ Kilfenora Céilí Band, in the village hall that past members helped to build in 1954 ( Saturday 17.4 at 9.30 p.m.)
    Further ceilis in Vaughans Barn, with the Four Courts Céilí Band , starring various celebrated musicians (15.4 and 18.4 at 9.30 p.m) and the Abbey Ceili Band (Friday 16.4 at 9.30p.m) as a benefit for nursing in Rwanda.
    a concert featuring some of the cream of local talent including Tommy & Siobhan Peoples, the band Moher, the Aibhin Holden School of Dancing and various All-Ireland winners in different disciplines (Kilfenora Hall, Friday 16.4 at 8pm)
    the Sean Nos extravaganza Fuiam Chonamara, featuring song, tunes, story-telling and dancing by the Cunningham family (17.4) – among many tributes from other great artists, John Kenny commented that this was “the one show in years that has blown me away... truly magnificent”
    a Sunday matinee céilí with the Star of Munster in the Kilfenora Hall (18.4 at 3.30 p.m.)
    singing and instrumental sessions in the village pubs throughout the weekend with many fine musicians from North Clare and beyond.
    Advance tickets for the Fuiam Chonamara show (€25) are available from Kilfenora outlets – the Post Office, Linnanes and Nagles Pubs, and Vaughan’s hostel - only 200 seats available! Tickets for the concert, Kilfenora Céili Band and Star of Munster ceilis are €10, available on the night at venues.
    For more information, email John Morgan at jvmorgan1@eircom.net
    For additional background, visit http://www.fuaimchonamara.ie and http://www.kilfenoraceiliband.com.
    Programme of events (pdf)
  • Thurs. 15th April
    Burrenbeo Trust April talk: New Perspectives on old stones – a virtual view of the Burren with Dr Ronan Hennessy @ 8.30pm,Burrenbeo Trust, Kinvara. Free for members, €5 charge for non-members. For more information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Tuesday 13th April
    The Old Kilfarboy Society talk - John Walsh on the late President of Ireland, Patrick Hillery.
    The last of the current series of talks organised by The Old Kilfarboy Society is taking place on Tuesday 13th April, when author John Walsh will speak about his recent biography of . The venue is The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, and starting time is 8.00pm sharp; all are welcome. The society hopes to hold conducted walks throughout the summer months and a new programme of talks will commence in October.
  • Saturday, 10th of April to 30th April
    Through the Burren: Steps towards Abstraction at The Hynes Gallery, Studio and Café, Ballyvaughan. 2010 Fulbright Fellow Erin Treacy presents a new body of Paintings inspired by the Burren. Plus the drawings and photographs that acted as the catalyst.
    Public Reception: Saturday, 10th of April, 2010, 15:00 -17:00
    On view through the 30th of April, 2010
  • April 10th - May 6th, 2010
    Ian Wieczorek – Unfixing, Main gallery
    Kelly Power – With Heaven's Help , Small room
    Jackie Askew - Liscannor Suite, The Red Couch Space

    At the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.

    Official opening by Hazel Walker, artist and art lecturer Saturday 10th April at 5.00pm, Exhibition ends 6th May
    For more information: 065 7071630
    ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com
    ennistymoncourthousegallery.blogspot.com
    Facebook: Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
    Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 4 pm
  • Sat. 10th April
    Burren Spring Cleaning in the Burren with the Burren Conservation volunteers. Meet great people and make a real difference to this beautiful landscape. trust@burrenbeo.com
  • April 10th to May 6th 2010
    Liscannor Suite by Jackie Askew at The Red Couch Space, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
    Liscannor Suite, an exhibition of drawing, painting and photography by Jackie Askew, will open at the Red Couch Space at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon on April 10th at 5pm. The exhibition runs to May 6th. Open Tues to Sat, 12 noon to 4pm. In this exhibition the artist connects with her immediate environment of the beach and the objects washed up on it. Through the process of drawing and painting she explores these objects and engages with the materiality of what has been uprooted and given by the sea. Jackie Askew lives in Liscannor and has exhibited regularly over the last twenty years with solo exhibitions at The Mermaid Arts Centre, Dunamaise Arts Centre, The Riverbank Arts Centre, County Hall Kilkenny and has been selected for many group exhibitions in Ireland and England. The Rua Red Arts Centre In Tallaght will be hosting a solo exhibition of her work in August this year. This exhibition has been curated by Tallaght Alternative Arts and Entertainment. As well as private collections her work is in the collection of Limerick City Council and Meath County Council. This exhibition is supported by Clare County Council Arts Office. Contact no: 087 9440850
  • April 7th - 23rd
    An exhibition of paintings by Michael Delohery
    Foyer of the County Museum, Ennis
    Michael Delohery was born in 1974. He grew up in Clare but has been living and working in Limerick, for the past 15 years. Michael joined the Limerick based artist group “Contact Studios” in 2007 and intends to continue to work there for the foreseeable future. Michael has had work purchased by International Designer John Grey and exhibitions of his work have been opened by top film director and producer Terrence Ryan. He has also been shortlisted for the Davy Portrait Award for consecutive years.
  • Sun. 5th April
    Burrenbeo Trust Fanore Fanore Shore Walk. Duration: 2.5hrs. Meet at O’Donohue’s pub Fanore @10.30am Leader: Michael Queally 086 0767776. www.ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com
  • Sun 4th April 2010
    Easter Flowers with Drs Sharon Parr and Stephen Ward
    Burrenbeo Trust Walk - Meet at Slieve Carron Nature Reserve (aka Eagle's Rock).
    Sheet 52 M 333 035. Dr Sharon Parr: Sharon is the Scientific Advisor with the BurrenLIFE project, an EU funded farming for conservation project based in Carron. She trained in parasitology but became a wild flower enthusiast more than 20 years ago and is now the joint Botanical Society of the British Isles Recorder (along with Stephen Ward) for Clare. Dr Stephen Ward: Stephen trained as a botanist and worked in nature conservation in Wales, England and Scotland, before retiring to Ireland for a quiet life. He is currently the joint BSBI recorder for Clare, chairs Clare Biodiversity Ltd, is a Director of the Burrenbeo Trust and chairs the UK-Ireland Limestone Pavement Group. This walk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust members and is a €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Sat April 3rd
    Ballyvaughan Farmers Market - the 7th season of this popular market. St John’s Hall Car Park, every Saturday from 10am til 2pm. Info from Tracey Kelly 065 7076963 or 087 2911092

MARCH 2010:

  • Tuesday 30th March 8pm
    The North Clare Historical Society presents
    "Go n'éirí an t-ádh leat: The concept of luck in traditional and modern Irish Society" a lecture by
    Caitriona Hastings at The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm
  • Saturday 27th March 11am – 3pm
    Artists’ Network – Arts in Health & Disability meeting
    At the Woodstock Hotel, off Lahinch Rd, Ennis. This is the first gathering of Clare Artists Network for those working in or interested in the Arts & Health sector. Mary Grehan of Waterford Healing Arts Trust will give a presentation on Participatory Arts Practice in Healthcare Contexts. This will be an opportunity for artists to meet and discuss ideas & exchange experiences. All welcome but please RSVP to arts@clarelibrary.ie.
  • March 21st, 2010
    Robbie McMahon To Be Honoured On The Big Screen
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    A film tribute to traditional singer Robbie McMahon will have its first screening at Cois na hAbhna, Ennis, Sunday night 21/3/2010. ‘Last Night As I Lay Dreaming’ documents the huge contribution the Spancilhill man has made to the world of singing down through the years, both through his own compositions and his unique interpretation of traditional songs.

    The film, directed by Ray Conway, features interviews with those who have known Robbie over the years as well as contributions that set his achievements in a wider context, highlighting the important role the singer and songwriter traditionally played in their local communities, recording events and keeping that memory alive for future generations.
    As well as being supported by Comhaltas Ceolteoiri Eireann, ‘Last Night As I Lay Dreaming’ received funding from the Arts Office of Clare County Council, through its Traditional Music Initiative supported by the Arts Council. According to Siobhan Mulcahy, Clare County Arts Officer ‘ Clare County Council was delighted to support this initiative in recognition of one of our own, Robbie McMahon, one of the very best and one who will no doubt inspire for many generations to come. This documentary captures the essence of Robbie and in many ways the essence of Clare, a county of music.’
    For further information contact Frank Whelan at 086 8260300 or email ceoltrad@eircom.net
  • March 19th – April 3rd
    Flower Power - An exhibition of photography by Lindsey Power (in aid of Haven Partnership – rebuilding Haiti). Lyndsey Power will be in attendance in the Foyer of the County Museum on March 19th from 10am – 2.30p.m to discuss her work and her forthcoming visit to Haiti. All proceeds from the exhibition will go to Haven Partnership.
  • 19th to 21st March
    Kilmihil Trad Fest 2010
    The closing date for entries for the Session competition at the Kilmihil Trad Fest 2010 is approaching, the closing date is 1st March for registration. If interested or for any enquiries, please contact Vanessa Millar 087 4117646
    The prize fund for the winners is €2,000
    http://comhaltas.ie/locations/detail/clare/
  • Thursday 18th March at 8.30pm
    Letters and Diaries of the Harvard-Irish Survey in Clare, 1930-1936 - with Dr Anne Byrne

    The Burrenbeo Trust March Walk will take place on Thursday 18th March at 8.30pm, in the Burrenbeo Trust Centre, Kinvara, Co.Galway. This illustrated talk examines a selection of the professional and private letters of the social anthropology strand of the Harvard-Irish Survey (1930-1936). Dr Anne Byrne is a sociologist with the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway and a member of the Gender Research Cluster. Her teaching and research interests span gender, identity, rurality, inequality, stigma, group work and community development, anthropological historiography and qualitative research methodologies with a particular interest in narrative inquiry and collaborative research practices. She is a founding member of the NUIG Narrative Studies Group established to engage in multidisciplinary studies of oral, visual and textual narratives.
    This talk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust members and there is a €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 16 March to 8 April 2010
    Hali Maltsberger presents ZOO at the Hynes Gallery, Ballyvaughan. Hali’s work is largely a mixed-media exploration of the manipulation of social structures, systems, and habitual methods of perception executed modestly and seamlessly as humorous interference, or Zen-like play.
  • Saturday 13th March
    Feis Cheoil Inis Cathaigh Kilrush.
    There will be competitions in music Singing and brush dancing. Closing date for entries will be Friday 5th March. Please contact Anne Hayes 087 2663718 for entries and further information.
    http://comhaltas.ie/locations/detail/clare/
  • Tuesday, 9th March at 8pm
    Old Kilfarboy Society Talk - Science and Irish Mythology.
    At the next meeting of the Old Kilfarboy Society on Tuesday, March 9th, Dr Michael Baillie will talk on the connection between historical occurrences such as comets and abnormal weather conditions and ancient Irish myths and folktales. The title of the talk is Science and Irish Mythology. Dr Baillie is a Professor at Queen’s College, Belfast and is recognised as one of the world's leading authorities in the relatively new science of dendrochronology or dating by means of tree-rings.
    The talk takes place as usual at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay at 8.00pm - all are welcome
  • March 8th – April 9th, 2010
    River Deep, Mountain High
    Scariff Library
    An exhibition of photographic prints by Sally Perkins
    The content of the exhibition will include canvas and framed prints of Landscapes, Seascapes, Woodland & Wildlife and Traditional Irish Scenes. Covering the West Coast - Clare, Galway (Connemara) and Kerry (Dingle).
  • Sunday 7th March at 2pm
    Ballyvaughan; ruins and remnants on a brink of a bay - with Dr Paul Gosling
    The Burrenbeo Trust March Walk will take place on Sunday 7th March at 2pm, please meet at the parking area outside Monk's Restaurant, Ballyvaughan. Paul Gosling is an archaeologist who lectures on Built Heritage in the Department of Humanities at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. His research interests are focused on archaeological field survey which has resulted in the publication of two volumes of the Archaeological Inventory of Co. Galway (1993 and 1999) and more recently Volume 5: Archaeology (2007) of the Royal Irish Academy's New Survey of Clare Island, Co. Mayo. His most recent work includes a paper entitled 'Ballyvaughan Castle: a lost landmark' which is due to be published this summer as part of a new book on the coastal towns and villages of north Clare, edited by Sarah Poyntz. This walk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust members and is a €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 6th March – 1st April
    DAUGHTERS OF INAGH: an exhibition by Antoinette Spillane
    Red Couch Space at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
    Daughters of Inagh is an exhibition of work created at the mouth of the river Inagh.
    These are three strands of an ongoing body of work, called Motherline, which include:
    A series of photographs of sand sculptures.
    A series of images of light and water around a form which is dissolving as we look.
    Exerpts from a series of images called ”My Dress Hangs There”
    Official opening on March 6th at 5pm by artist/architect SiobhanCuffe-Wallace
    Opening times: Tuesday – Friday 12 – 4pm.
  • Friday 5th to Sunday 7th March
    The Ennis Book Club Festival, in association with Clare County Library, is a three-day programme of events that attracts hundreds of Book Club members and book lovers from all over Ireland and beyond. The programme features author visits, readings, lectures, workshops, walking tours and exhibitions in various venues around Ennis. Among the contributors to the fourth annual festival will be Joseph O’Connor; Lionel Shriver; Eoghan Harris; Paul Durcan; Tim Pat Coogan; Ruth Dudley Edwards; Diarmaid Ferriter; Paul Howard, creator of Ross O’Carroll Kelly; Claire Keegan; Claire Kilroy; Fiona Looney; Thomas Lynch; Niall McMonagle; Alan Titley; Niall Williams and many more. Tickets for all events are now available from Glór Box Office, tel. 065 6843103. Festival details, including programme, is at www.ennisbookclubfestival.com or tel. 087-9723647 or 085-7758523
  • 5th - 7th March
    Burren Spring Conference
    Burren College of Art
    Business in the Burren : Sustaining Vibrant Communities
    Conference Director: Mary Hawkes-Greene
    Bookings : http://www.burrencollege.ie
    Tel: 0657077200 brid@burrencollege.ie
  • Monday 1st to Sunday 7th March
    Corofin Traditional Festiva
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FEBRUARY 2010:

  • Wednesday 24th February
    Heritage Inchicronan Townlands Night:
    “Where do you think you're living?”
    You are invited to trace the origins of our townlands, their folklore, stories, local names and the field names where we live. Our next Townlands Night will focus on Ballinruan, Calluragh, Scalpnagown, Caher, and Gortnamearacaun and will be held on Wednesday, 24th of February at 8.15pm in Ballinruan Community Centre.
    Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172, Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com
  • Monday 22nd February 8pm
    The North Clare Historical Society presents
    "Holy Wells and Hooleys", a lecture by
    Fr. Denis Crosby at The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm
  • Saturday, February 20th, 2010
    Poetry Reading with Breton poet COLETTE WITTORSKI
    Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare
    Breton poet COLETTE WITTORSKI will read from her work at a session of The Clare Three-Leggéd Stool Writers' Group in The Glór Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare, on Saturday, February 20th, starting at 2.30. Admission is Free.
    Colette Wittorski was born in Le Havre before World War II, though her mother died giving birth to her; her father was of Lithuanian origin. Her family fled to the countryside during the Occupation and afterwards she worked for some years in Paris. Though married at the time with children, the events of 1968 in Paris, coupled with psychoanalysis, brought about a personal re-awakening, which resulted in her abandoning the state education system and devoting her time to working with North African workers in hostels. Her partner is the sculptor and painter, Olivier Danican, himself once a member of the Résistance, and they live in Brittany where she continues to write and publish widely. Tranlations of her work are by Fred Johnston, from 'Northern Lights,' published by Lapwing Press, a sampler of Wittorski's work in French. Meanwhiule The Western Writers' Centre - Ionad Scríbhneoirí Chaitlín Maude - Galway are planning to bring two Breton writers to the West later this year.
    Details www.twwc.ie, westernwriters@eircom.net, http://www.clarepoets.com/
  • Thursday 18th February
    Pilgrimage and Relics in 12th Century Burren
    a Burrenbeo Trust Monthly Talk with Peter Harbison at 8.30pm at The Clare Heritage Centre – Corofin.
    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.
  • Tuesday 16th February (rescheduled from 9th February)
    Old Kilfarboy Society - Talk by Brian Ó Dálaigh on the 18th century Kilfarboy poet, Mícheál Coimín
    The next meeting of the Old Kilfarboy Society is on Tuesday February 12th when Brian Ó Dálaigh, will talk on the 18th century Kilfarboy poet, Mícheál Coimín The poet seems to have led a colourful life, as reflected in his three poems on the abduction of Harriet Stackpoole in which he played a major part. Our speaker is a noted historian with special interest in the archaeology, history and topography of County Clare. He has a number of publications to his credit which include ‘Ennis in the Eighteenth Century’, and ‘The Strangers Gaze: Travels in County Clare: 1534—1950’. Most recently he was director of the 2008 Merriman Summer School.
    The talk takes place, as usual, at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay at 8.00pm – all are welcome.
  • Wednesday 10th February
    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 Ballyvanna, Sonnagh, Knockreddan, Cappamoreand Ballynagranagh.and will be held on Wednesday, 10th February at 8.15pm in Crusheen Hall.
    Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172,
    Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com,
    Website: www.aughty.org
  • Sunday, 7th February
    The Story of a Famine Road with Bill McInerney.
    The Burrenbeo Trust heritage walk on Sunday February 7th at 2pm at Poulaphuca Famine Road, first turning the left, 3km after Carron on the Carron-Bellharbour road. Bill is a Burren enthusiast who has lived in and walked around the Burren for 35 years. This walk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust members and is a €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Saturday 6th February
    Kissing Sid James, 8pm GLOR Theatre Ennis
    Kissing Sid James is a hilarious comedy by the newly formed North Clare group StoneMad Productions. Eddie played by Gerard Howard- Lisdoonvarna is an aspiring stationary sales man with a flash car and a moustache he adores, Crystal played by Theresa Leahy- Ballyvaughan is a divorced croupier with a thing for Sean Connery. These two would-be lovers spend a wet weekend together in a shabby seaside hotel attempting to spark romance. But, will opposites attract or should Eddie have stayed at home with his Mum?
    StoneMad productions have already played five sell-out nights to standing ovations in the Royal Spa Hotel in Lisdoonvarna. Their last night for one night only is the 6th February Saturday at 8pm in the GLOR theatre Ennis, 065 684 3103. They are happy to do a group rate of 10 people or more for 12 euro a ticket.
    Tel: +353 (0) 65 6899091
    Email: arts@clarelibrary.ie
    Web: www.clarelibrary.ie/arts.htm

JANUARY 2010:

  • January 23rd – February 5th, 2010
    JANUS
    An exhibition of new work from local Ennis artists organised by David O'Rourke, featuring work by David O’Rourke, Hazel Gilchrist, Tommy Kelly and Caitriona Sheedy amongst others
  • Sat. 30th. Jan.
    CD Launch - Thanks'/'Le Buiochas',
    Mickey Wilson's Bar in Miltown Malbay.
    From rural Mourne mountains, Co Down, through Armagh, and to Miltown Malbay-this is the much travelled route Roisin White has taken since the mid-1970's. Now retired from teaching,she lives in Miltown Malbay with her husband Alwyn Wilson. Roisin has been singing and involved with music all her life. Hers was a home and family full of music, song, stories and there were many ceili houses in the area when she was young.
    She has made her second CD of unaccompanied song, entitled 'With Thanks'/'Le Buiochas', and it will be launched Sat. night 30th. Jan. in Mickey Wilson's in Miltown Malbay. Roisin's repertoire is mainly of Northern /Ulster origin, and on this CD she wishes to recognise the many sources from whom she learned songs; also the many friends, singers,musicians who have inspired and encouraged her in her love of song, music.
    Roisin says she has been fortunate to have spent time in the company of the older Clare singers back in the 1970's, e.g. Tom Lenihan, Michael Straighty Flanagan, Nora Cleary.
    The CD will be launched by Cork's Con Fada O Drisceoil, himself a singer,box-player, and writer of many hilarious songs, e.g. The Miltown Cockroach. Con was awarded the T 4 Composer of the year in 2009. He is a member of the group 4-star trio.
  • Monday, 25th January
    North Clare Historical Society’s first talk of 2010 will be given by Dr Marion Dowd. Marion’s talk is entitled ‘Recent archaeological discoveries at Glencurran Cave (Carran)’ and will take place at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon at 8pm.
  • Thursday, 21st January
    The Burrenbeo Trust heritage talk this month take place on Thursday January 21st at 8.30pm in the Burren Centre, Kilfenora. Identifying with the Burren - winterages and the quest for a Burren core-image, with Brian Mooney. This talk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust members and is a €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th January
    WINTER MUSIC WEEKEND Festival Sixmilebridge
    About 100 musicians & singers will participate in the winter music weekend activities which will take place in various locations throughout Sixmilebridge.
    For tickets phone 086-8464509.
  • Tuesday 12th January
    The Old Kilfarboy Society’s first talk of 2010 takes place on Tuesday, 12 January. Entitled BRIDGET AND CELTIC MANDALA, the speaker is Fr. Denis Crosby, parish priest of Liscannor. Fr Crosby is a well-known lecturer, with a special interest in the subject of St. Bridget and Celtic spirituality. As usual, the meeting will take place at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay commencing at 8.00pm; all are welcome.
  • Sun. 3rd January
    Annual Alzheimer’s Walk Fanore.
    Duration: 2.5 hrs. Road/Green Road. Leader:
    Mary/Gerry Howard 087 2446807. Meet: O’Donoghue’s Pub Fanore @12.30 Walk @ 1pm
    www.ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com

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 2009, Events Calendar 2008, Events Calendar 2007, Events Calendar 2006, Events Calendar 2005, Events Calendar 2004, Events Calendar 2003, Events Calendar 2002 and Events Calendar 2001

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