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County Clare Events Calendar 2011
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December 2011:

  • 17th and 18th December 2011
    Craft Fair, Ennis Creative Arts Centre
    A Craft Fair will take place this Saturday and Sunday at Ennis Creative Arts Centre, Barrack Street, Ennis between 11am and 5pm. For all your Christmas Gifts. Please come along and support local hand crafts.
  • Sat 17th December
    The Doolin Market and Christmas Fair will take place in the Micho Russell Centre on the 17th of December from 11am.
  • 17th December 2011
    Clare Poets meeting, Glor
    Clare Poets meet in the small theatre in Glor on 17th at 2pm, with Noel Harrington as guest poet.
  • 16th December 2011
    Fundraising Classical Christmas Concert, St. Senan's Church, Kilrush
    A very special evening of seasonal and classical favourites will take place in St. Senan's Church, Kilrush on Friday, 16th December at 8pm. Performing popular Christmas carols and tracks from their new CD 'Where Corals Lie' will be local mezzo soprano Edel O'Brien with Moya O'Grady, cello; David O'Doherty, violin and Geraldine O'Doherty, harp. Edel has sung as soloist with several opera companies and choral societies around Britain, France, Italy and Ireland. Moya is former lead cellist with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. David is a solo violin and chamber musician and also teaches violin at the Dublin Institute of Technology and Geraldine is lead harpist with the RTE Concert Orchestra. Tickets cost €10 and are available from the Parish Office, Anchorcraft Giftshop and Pen 2 Paper. Proceeds will go the St. Senan's Church Restoration Fund.
  • 14th December, 2011
    ‘Tales and music at the Burren fireside’ with Eugene Lambe
    Burrenbeo Trust December Talk

    8.30pm at Tubber Village Hall, (OS52 N395 W956)
    Eugene Lambe is Tubber-based musician and folklore collector. He originally carried out his doctorate in plant ecology, has sailed a few oceans, before basing himself in North Clare where he has spent decades recording the oral history of the area – tales that are both true and those slightly fabricated to make a good listen! Eugene is also a dedicated traditional musician and maker of uilleann pipes. Eugene will lead the session on December 14th but will open all the floor to anyone that wishes to play a Burren tune or tell a Burren story. This talk is open to everyone to participate and listen. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and €5 from non-members. Tubber Village Hall is going north on the new line from Tubber take the first right after 500 metres. It is the first building on the left. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Tuesday 13th December
    The Old Kilfarboy Society presents two films.
    On Tuesday 13th December, instead of the usual talk, The Old Kilfarboy Society will show two films. The first is ‘A Horse’s Tale’, a story inspired by prize-winning entries in a national essay competition on ‘These Changing Times’ - ‘An Saol ag Athrú’, written by pupils at the local Moy national school. It is an account of the last working horses used on the land in West Clare. ‘My Own Place’, the second film, features Miltown Malbay and the late Muiris Ó Rócháin, director of the Willie Clancy Summer School. The programme will take place at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay commencing at 8.00pm sharp. All are welcome.
  • Sunday 11th December
    Ballyvaughan Fanore Walk Group will walk around Newtown, Poulacapple, Berneen and Ballyalaban for 4.5hrs.
    Meet at Burren College of Art. Contact John on 087 6817925
  • December 10th – Dec. 12th
    A Festival of Cribs in Liscannor Church
    Over 450 cribs from all over the world are displayed in Liscannor Church each year. This year the exhibition will be held on December 10th – Dec. 12th. Opening hours of Liscannor Church during this time will be 10am – 6pm.
  • Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December
    Village Hall, Ballyvaughan
    A Festive Food Fair

    will take place in Ballyvaughan village hall on the 10th and 11th of December from 11am-4pm.
  • Thurs 8th December
    XPO, Kilnaboy
    Approaches to recording the interesting materials you find in graveyards
    is the next talk in Kilnaboy’s XPO at 8pm with Dr Christy Cunniffe. Everyone is welcome. Admission free of charge. Refreshments will be served after the talk. Further info 087 292 54 87 / 087 292 54 87.
  • December 6th
    The History of North Clare in 100 Objects
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery at 8pm

    At the December session there will be a special emphasis on Christmas and the traditions of Christmas in the area. Presented by the North Clare Historical Society.
  • Tuesday 6th December
    Grand Christmas Table Quiz on behalf of the Clare heritage group Oidhreacht an Chláir, will take place at Hillery’s Bar, Miltown Malbay on Tuesday 6th December commencing at 9.00pm. Tables of three – Quiz master Michael Gray. All welcome.
  • 4th December 2011
    ‘Wandering through the Burren Winterage on Roughan Hill’ with Frank O’Grady
    A Burrenbeo Trust Walk at 2pm.

    Meet at Ballycashin Crossroads. This in on the Kilnaboy to Kilfenora Road (R476). It is the second turning to the left after Kilnaboy going westwards and is approximately 2.5km outside the village. Parking will be available at the crossroads. Frank is a Burren farmer and member of the Clare Farm Heritage Tours. He is the third generation of his family to work this land. Aside from learning more about the unique Burren tradition of winterage, Frank will show us some fascinating pieces of archaeology including mound walls, goats cros, ancient settlements and evidence of perhaps the first building boom in this country with a prehistoric quarry! This walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €5 from non-members. Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. A reasonable level of fitness is required. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Sat 3rd & Sun 4th December
    Burren Christmas Family Fayre
    Clare's Biggest Indoor Fayre at The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna

    Sat 3rd Dec. 10am - 6pm & Sun. 4th Dec. 11am - 6pm
    Visit Santa on the Day (€10 for kids, free to accompanying adults).
    Stalls: Arts & Crafts, Beauty, Gadgets, Books, Candles, Electrical Goods,
    Flowers, Garden, Gourmet Foods, Handbags, Handmade Chocolate, Household goods,
    Jewellery, Kiddies Toys, Knitwear, Meats, Seafood & lots more.
    Supervised Kids Corner, Hourly Raffles, Novelty Stalls, Hot Food & Refreshments.
    Proceeds to Lisdoonvarna Crèche. Free entry & free parking.
    To Book To Visit Santa Call: 087 9577761 and to Book Stalls Call: 087 4173772

November 2011:

  • Tuesday November 29th
    Come here till I tell you! Memories from the Cuimhneamh an Chláir Archive.
    8.00pm on Tuesday November 29th at the Rowan Tree Café Ennis.

    Hear the voices of some of Clare’s oldest citizens, with recollections of a fading way of life in Clare. Cuimhneamh an Chláir have selected audio from over two hundred interviews for this special event. Folklore, tradition and lore enthusiasts encouraged to attend. MC will be Clare FM’s Paula Carroll.
  • 27th November to 16th December 2011
    Abridged 0 – 20 ABANDONED CLARE
    X-PO Kilnaboy Cross, Co Clare
    .An exhibition of Photographs by Deirdre O’Mahony. Curated by Gregory McCartney. Exhibition runs from Nov 27th to December 16th
    Opening Times: Monday (Singer’s Club) 8.30 – 10.30 pm, Tuesday (Mapping Group) 8.00 – 10.30 pm, Wed (Craft Group) 8.00 – 9.30pm, Friday (Coffee Morning ) 10.30am – 12pm. Saturdays and Sundays: 2- 5pm.
  • 27th November 2011
    Ceol an Gheimhridh 2011/2012
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Ceol an Gheimhridh 2011/2012 will take place on Sunday 27th November 2011 in Cois na hAbhna. Competitions will take place in Wind, String & Reed instruments, Duet/Quartettes, English & Irish Singing, Set & Céilí Dancing, Storytelling, Set & Céilí Dancing, Recitation, Céilí Band.
    All Entrants must be registered with a Comhaltas branch for the coming year.
    Entries through Branch Secretary. There is no advance entry fee but everybody must pay at the door (Admission €5, this covers all competitions)
  • 25th and 26th November
    Winter Art Exhibition and Sale,
    The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon
    We invite you to join in a Winter Art Exhibit and Sale at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon. The purpose is to help raise money for Mol an Óige NS. There may also be one or two pieces to raffle for Irish cancer charities. This will take place on the Friday the 25th, and Saturday the 26th of November, at The Falls Hotel. The hours will be from approximately 1 - 7 pm.
  • 25th November 2011
    16 Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence
    Clare Training Resource Centre
    To mark International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women the Clare Women's Network would like to invite you to a public talk on HIV – AIDS with the Red Ribbon Project. A Photographic Exhibition by Emily Price will be on view which highlights and tells the story of one HIV Project in Nigeria and the lives of the women and children who live there. Time: 10am. Light refreshments at 1pm. Contact Elaine 085 1554800 or Sarah 065 6828731
  • 22nd, 23rd, 24th November
    3 Instrument Makers and Their Music, The Courthouse Studios, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
    Harp - Paul Dooley; Flute - Martin Doyle; Uileann Pipes - Davy Spillane.
    Workshops on Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th of November.
    For more information contact 087 2453028 or 087 9440850
  • Wednesday 23rd November
    Heritage Inchicronan - Are you interested in researching your Family Tree?
    Free Workshop for beginners will be held at Crusheen Community Centre at 8.30pm:
    All are welcome.Course will be run by Gerry Kennedy, Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland. Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172, Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com, Website: www.aughty.org
  • 22nd November
    Mature Students Information Evening
    Canteen Area, Adult Education Centre, Ennis
    Interested in going to college as an Adult Learner?
    Clare Adult Educational Guidance & Information Service are holding a Mature Students Information Evening Tuesday, 22nd November 7.30pm – 9.00pm, Canteen Area, Adult Education Centre, Ennis. For Further Information contact Therese Griffin / Rory Quinn. Tel: 065 6897617 / 065 6824819
  • Monday 21st November 2011
    “A Musical Ramble through County Clare”
    The North Clare Historical Society presents a talk by Eugene Lambe
    in the Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon on Monday 21st November at 8pm. Aadmission €5. Eugene will speak on various Irish musical instruments and their use going back in the mists of time to the present. He will show snippets of video footage of some of the traditional musicians mainly of the North Clare area in the 1970s and 80s. Further information 087 2925487.
  • 19th – 26th November
    3 Instrument Makers
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon County Clare

    featuring the crafted instruments of Harp (Paul Dooley), Flute (Martin Doyle) and
    Uilleann Pipes (Davy Spillane). Open 11am – 4pm daily (inc Sun).
    In conjunction with the year of the craft the 3 Instrument Makers exhibition will offer the visitor a multi media experience featuring the musical instruments crafted by Paul Dooley, Martin Doyle and Davy Spillane as well as selected recordings of their music. Included in this exhibition will be audio interviews and a 15 minute commissioned film by ‘Packmule Films’, Dylan Phillips and Marcus Campbell, documenting each of the musicians at work in their workshops. Photographer Christy McNamara, well known for his photographs of traditional musicians, will be collaborating in this exhibition with a series of commissioned photographs.
  • 19th November 2011
    “St Oliver Plunkett Mass” composed by Ernest De Regge
    Ennis Cathedral and Old Ground Hotel
    A unique event in the history of music in Co. Clare will take place on Saturday next 19th November at 6.30 pm in the Ennis Cathedral, with the performance of the “St Oliver Plunkett Mass” composed by Ernest De Regge and performed by Enniscorthy Choral Society. This will be followed by the launch of the CD “From Heav’n on High” celebrating the music of Ernest De Regge, at 7.30pm in The Old Ground Hotel. The launch will be carried out by Bishop Willie Walsh, Bishop Emeritus of Killaloe.
    A documentary, "Ernest De Regge, The Man and Musician from Overmere" can be found at this link: http://www.rte.ie/lyricfm/features/1281180.html
  • 19th November 2011
    Celi at Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    A Ceili is being held at 'Cois na hAbhna' Ennis this Saturday 19th November at 9.30pm to raise funds for Sr Ethel Normoyle's Missionvale Project in Port Elizabeth South Africa. Music is by 'Star of Munster' and entry is €10, with raffle and prizes on the night. Tickets can be bought on the door.
  • Friday 11th November
    Brendan Walsh solo classical guitar concert
    St Columba's Church, Ennis
  • Wednesday 9th November
    ‘Ancient church monuments in the southern half of the Burren’, with Dr Peter Harbison
    Burrenbeo Trust November Talk,
    8.30pm at Tubber Village Hall (OS52 N395 W956).
    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, 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 9th should provide a felicitous combination of these differing interests. This talk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and €5 for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Wednesday 9th November
    Heritage Inchicronan - Are you interested in researching your Family Tree?
    Free Workshop for beginners will be held at Crusheen Community Centre at 8.30pm:
    All are welcome.Course will be run by Gerry Kennedy, Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland. Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172, Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com, Website: www.aughty.org
  • Tuesday 8th November
    Grand table quiz in support of the Clare Heritage Group, Oidhreacht an Chláir
    The Central Hotel, Miltown Malbay
    Tables of three, all welcome. The quizmaster will be Michael Gray and each quiz will commence at 9.00pm sharp.
  • Monday, November 7th
    Inis Creative Writing Group celebrates first anniversary
    Rowan Tree Cafe, Ennis
    Inis Creative Writing Group celebrates its first anniversary in November with a welcoming call to writers to join the group. Established by Clare Arts Office twelve months ago, the aim of the group is to support those interested in creative writing in all spheres. The group is open to poets, novelists, those interested in fiction or factual writing, published or unpublished, young and old. The meeting takes place at 8p.m. All are welcome to attend. For further information contact the Arts Office at 065 6899091. Email: arts@clarelibrary.ie or join the Inis Creative Writing Group on Facebook
  • 6th November 2011
    Duck and Divers – overwintering birds around Flaggy Shore
    Burrenbeo Trust November Walk with bird expert John Murphy

    2pm. Meet at the layby beside Flaggy Shore beach.
    Follow all signs for the Russell Art Gallery or Mount Vernon House at Newquay, past the gallery on your left and take the turning to the right, the beach/parking area is just in front of Mount Vernon house at the shoreline. John Murphy is the founder and chairperson of Birdwatch Ireland Clare Branch. He is also the founder and director of Waxwing Wildlife Productions who have completed various wildlife documentary series for TG4 on invasive species, new wildlife and wildlife that has disappeared from Ireland. John is also an accomplished wildlife photographer and former biodiversity officer for County Clare. Please bring binoculars, good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. This walk is open to everyone. However, 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.
  • November 1st to December 3rd , 2011
    D James Galbraith, a selection of photographs from the National Library
    Scariff Public Library Gallery
    This exhibition of D James Galbraith features a selection of photographs from the National Library and captures various aspects of Irish life. Part of the collection, which includes twelve identified images from Clare and a small selection of unidentified images, will be held in the gallery space at Scariff Public Library from November 1st-December 3rd, 2011.
  • Tuesday, 1st November 2011
    Traditional Animal Cures in Clare, talk by John O'Flaherty
    On Tuesday, 1st November The Old Kilfarboy continues its series of talks with John O’Flaherty, a PhD student from Kerry who has been researching traditional animal cures across Munster over the last few years
    The title of his talk is ‘Traditional Animal Cures in Clare’ which will take place in The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, commencing at 8.00pm – all are welcome

October 2011:

  • 30th October
    Halloween Festival at the Michael Cusack Centre, Carron.
    Get your scary scarecrows ready for the Halloween Festival at the Michael Cusack Centre, Carron, on the 30th October from 2-5pm. Scariest scarecrow competition, spookiest costume competition, ghoulish games, candy hunt, face-painting, spooky cartoons, ghost stories, haunted house, frightening art competition and much, much more. Prizes galore!!! Entry fee: €5 per adult,€3 per child. Call: 065-7089944 for further details or e-mail: info@michaelcusack.ie. Follow us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/MichaelCusackCentre
  • Saturday 29th October
    Rock For Autism Music Festival
    The Spinnaker, Lahinch
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  • 28th to 30th October
    Micilín Conlon Music Festival
    Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna
  • 28th to 30th October
    12th Annual Willie Keane Memorial Weekend
    Doonbeg
    http://www.williekeanememorialweekend.com/
  • Wednesday, 26th October
    The History of North Clare in 100 Objects
    a North Clare HBistorical Society talk

    at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, 8pm.
  • Wednesday 26th October
    Heritage Inchicronan - Are you interested in researching your Family Tree?
    Free Workshop for beginners will be held at Crusheen Community Centre at 8.30pm.
    All are welcome.Course will be run by Gerry Kennedy, Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland. Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172, Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com, Website: www.aughty.org
  • 26th October
    Festival of Light
    Royal Parade, Killlaloe
    The Festival of Light occurs annually when the moon is absent after the harvest full moon. It marks the end of summer. Commencing from Satmya, Royal Parade, Killaloe at 6pm where people can write messages on lanterns and enjoy some music, fire displays, warm drinks and sweet food.
  • 25th October to 1st November
    Halloween Festival at Clare Museum
    Tours at 10am and 3pm on most days and other activities include face painting, traditional storytelling, pumpkin carving, quizzes and prizes. The festival is designed to accommodate schools and family groups. For more information call curator John Rattigan at 065-6823382
    . Clare Museum
  • Monday, 24th October
    The Clare Volunteers who took part in the Mountjoy Hunger Strike in 1917
    a talk by Tomás Mac Conmara for the North Clare Historical Society

    at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, at 8pm. Adm €5.
  • 24th October
    Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland - "Macalla na hÉireann", Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    The Annual Tour features the best of Traditional Music, Song & Dance drawn from all Four Provinces of Ireland. This Colourful and Exciting Show will take place in Cois na hAbhna on Monday 24th October at 8.30pm. Admission is €10.00
  • 21st October 2011
    Mary Lowry art exhibition
    Café Aroma, Ennis
    The Opening of Mary Lowry’s art exhibition will take place today 21st October in Café Aroma, Bank Place, Ennis. Time: 5:30 pm to 7 pm
  • Friday, 21st October
    Ennis Singers Club, Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    The Bangor Folk Club a group of Welsh singers will perform in Cois na hAbhna.

    This promises to be a great night of music and song and special guest on the night will be Peadar McNamara who has conducted many a singers club in the county in the past twenty years or so. All singers and poets/storytellers are invited to what is expected to be a full house.
  • 19th and 26th of November
    The Burren - Best Practice in Conservation Heritage Management
    Burrenbeo Trust is organizing a course over two Saturdays in November (19th and 26th) on Best Practice in Conservation Heritage Management in the Burren. This course is open to everyone and will be a great introduction to anyone interested in conservation and/or heritage in the Burren. This course only has a few available spaces left so if you are interested and would like to reserve a place please contact 091 638096 or trust@burrenbeo.com
  • 19th October
    ‘Landscapes of Stone in the East Burren’with Ronan Hennessy
    A Burrenbeo Trust Talk, 8.30pm at Tubber Village Hall
    (OS52 N395 W956)
    Dr. Ronán Hennessy is the geologist with the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark project. He is also an associate researcher with the National University of Ireland, where he carried out his PhD research. In early 2011, Ronán was invited to visit in Google Headquarters in California to present his research on the use of Google Earth to display the geology of western Ireland. He has recently published books on the geology of the Burren, and the esker landscapes of County Galway. This talk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and €5 from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 18th Oct to 29th Oct 2011
    MoSAIC Group Exhibition in Scariff Public Library Gallery
    People from Adult Ed classes are proud to show their work in the Scariff Library Gallery from the 18th October until the 29th October. It is a celebration of the work they have created during the classes and for some people it is the first time they are showing their work in public. Some of the work will be paintings and glass as well. For further information, please contact Nathalie on 087 - 615 9466 or County Arts Office, County Library, Mill Road, Ennis, Co. Clare 065 - 6899091and arts@clarelibrary.ie. All are welcome.
  • 14th – 30th October
    Féile Eile - Children's Arts Festival, Killaloe/Ballina
    This year's Féile Eile has expanded from 3 days to 3 weeks, with a load of new activities, including circus skills and a silent disco. Once again they have managed to make most events absolutely free. A full festival programme, including the Schools Summit, Great Big Children's Gig and Halloween Decorating can be seen and downloaded at www.musicintheglen.ie
  • 14th and 15th October 2011
    Kilkee Playwrights Festival, Kilkee, Co. Clare
    The first annual Kilkee Playwrights Festival will be launched the weekend of the 14th and 15th of October in Kilkee Co. Clare. This event will entail rehearsed play reading along with workshops. Workshops must be booked in advance. For more information contact 086 3629726 or find Kilkee Playwrights Festival on Facebook – kilkeeplaywrightersfestival
  • Friday, 14th of October
    Ennis Singers Club, Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Deirdre Callinan of Ennis is the guest at the Club on this Friday, 14th October at Cois na hAbhna.

    Deirdre was one of the founders of the Ennis Singers Club in 1996 when she was still just a teenager. Deirdre is a psychiatric nurse by occupation and has been using folk song as a method of treatment for people with mental illness. She is a regular singer at the Willie Clancy Week in Marrinans in Miltown Malbay. A great night is assured.
  • Tuesday 11th October
    The Old Kilfarboy Society presents its first talk of the winter programme on The West Clare Railway, which finally closed on 31st January 1961, and was such an important part of the life of the people of Clare that the company cancelled the last scheduled train to avoid protest demonstrations. The speaker is Joe Taylor who, along with Jackie Whelan, has made part of what remains of the railway a popular visitors’ attraction in Moyasta. The talk will take place at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, commencing at 8.00pm sharp.
  • Thursday 6th October
    Salmon Poetry at The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    An evening of poetry to mark All-Ireland Poetry Day 2011 at 7pm

    Salmon Poetry presents Joseph Woods, Knute Skinner, Jean Kavanagh, Isla Thielan and Jessie Lendennie. All welcome to attend, no charge. For more information visit salmonpoetry.com.
  • Wednesday 5th October
    Burren Sub Aqua Club Open Day Try-A-Dive
    Burren SAC is hosting a try-a-dive at Shannon pool, Wed, Oct 5th at 8PM.

    If you’re 16 or over and can swim, bring your swimsuit and come along. All welcome and it’s free of charge. Contact 086 8180044 or www.burrensubaquaclub.com for info.
  • Saturday 1st October
    Genealogy & Family History Conference,
    Clare Roots Society,

    Templegate Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare.
    Conference Programme
  • 1st October
    ‘Surveying for archaeological sites near to Fanore Beach’
    with Archaeologists Michael and Clodagh Lynch.

    Archaeologists Michael and Clodagh Lynch will be leading the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers on a preliminary archaeological survey on the 1st October. This will be field walking to identify archaeological sites south of Fanore beach. This is a basic form of surveying by walking the land, marking on a map and measuring the sites found. No experience is necessary. This is for recording purposes to identify what is there. The Lynches will also show the group a shell midden they have excavated this summer nearby. This day is restricted to 12 people so please book beforehand as it is on a first come first served basis. If you would like details on how to join in on this event or to volunteer in future conservation action days please email burrencv@gmail.com or phone Burrenbeo Trust on 091 638096.

September 2011:

  • September 23rd - 25th
    Burren Peaks Walking Festival 2011
    Ballyvaughan, County Clare

    Groups, Clubs, and Individual Walkers welcome. Choice of 5 Guided Walks each day.
    Grade A, B, & C Walks. Pre-Booking of walks essential. Nightly Entertainment.
    Organised by The Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club
    For more information:
    www.burrenpeakswalkingfestival.com
    info@ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com
    Tel: 087-7779714 & 087-7911700
  • 23rd of September
    Culture Night in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon:
    Rita Wobbe will give an artist talk in the gallery at 6pm.

    Born in Germany, Wobbe has lived in the Burren, Co. Claire for nearly 20 years. Her sculptural abstract works explore the colours and textures of nature, either in the landscape around her or from her travels abroad. She has had numerous solo shows in West Ireland, at the RHA’s Ashford Gallery, and in the Netherlands and Germany. Her work is in major Irish public collections, and in private collections in Ireland, Europe and the US. Free admission.
  • 23rd September
    Culture Night in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon:
    Classical violinist Alland Assiri (Kurdish) and singer/songrighter Paddy Mulcahy(Lahinch) will give a performance in the gallery at 7pm
    . Free admission.
  • 23rd September
    Culture Night in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon:
    The History of North Clare in 100 Objects.

    The History of North Clare in 100 Objects is a series of celebration of our cultural tradition. We present at each gathering a panel of fascinating people who show us the tradition- not just of music, painting and dance – but how we work work, play, eat and live together, in short the whole tradition of life - culture in the broadest sense – at 8pm. Free admission.
  • Sunday 18th September
    The Old Kilfarboy Society has organized a guided tour of Limerick city for Sunday 18 September 2011. Cars will leave Miltown Malbay church car park at 1:15 pm to meet our guide and local historian Tony Browne at King John’s castle at 2.30 pm. Tony will guide us through the three areas of Irish Town, English Town and the modern city of Newtown Pear. All are welcome to this, our last guided walk of the season. Further details from Maura 087 1264527
  • September 10th
    Open Day at Tulla Stables Arts Studios
    In conjunction with the Tulla Trad Festival, Tulla Stables Arts Studios are having an open day on Saturday September 10th from 12 – 5 p.m. All are welcome to come along and meet the artists who work in the studios. For further information contact Clare Arts Office Tel: +353 (0) 65 6899091 Email: arts@clarelibrary.ie
  • September 5th – October 1st 2011
    3rd annual Young Peoples Art Exhibition
    The Gallery, Scariff Library, Co. Clare
    Official opening Thursday September 8th at 6.30 pm. E
    verybody welcome.
    The 3rd annual Young Peoples Art Exhibition is open to anyone 21 years of age or younger. Entries can include drawing, painting, sculpture, film, photography, street art, fashion, poetry or more. It is an opportunity for young people to express themselves and gives a public audience a chance to see what art means to young people. It also is an exciting experience for the participants to be involved in.
    All work must be presented well, so any drawings, paintings, photography must be able to be hung, either on a canvas or framed. We cannot blue tack things to the wall.
  • Sunday 4th September
    ‘The Burren coastline; rocks, plants, dolphins and dunes’ with Sabine Springer.
    A Burrenbeo Trust September walk.

    Meet at 2pm, Sunday at Fanore Beach carpark. Sabine Springer is a biologist with a keen interest in all things marine. She is an avid nature collector. Amongst other things she is a wildlife artist, carries out whale and dolphin surveys for the IWDG and does otter counts in her spare time. We will be crossing over the Caher River on the beach. So if it has been raining beforehand please bring wellies to cross over. Otherwise just roll up those trousers and cross over! This walk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €5 from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Sept 2nd - 4th
    Nell Galvin Traditional Music Weekend
    Moyasta. All musicians, singers and dancers welcome. For further information Tel: 065 90 51597 086 3507255 or visit www.nellgalvin.com for a full festival programme. Email: maryhaughmoyasta@eircom.net

August 2011:

  • Sunday 28th August
    The Burren Community Charter
    Michael Cusack Centre, Carron, 2pm

    For all the family, young & old. Come see the fantastic artwork of the local primary school children Have conversations about the Burren over a cup of tea PLUS free creative fun for the children with artist Gordon D’Arcy. The Burren Community Charter is a locally based initiative, the aim of which is to bring the communities of the Burren together to develop a collective vision for the future of their place. This project is having an open afternoon for all the family at the Michael Cusack Centre on the 28th August at 2pm. Young and old are welcome. There will be tea and cake with conversations on the Burren while artist Gordon D’Arcy will be present to do a fun Burren art event with the children. Come and be part of it – this is time for you to shape the future of the Burren.
  • 25th August
    Old Animal Cures and Traditions of County Clare,
    Old Ground Hotel, Ennis at 7.30pm
    Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group present a public lecture on ‘the Old Animals Cures and Traditions of County Clare’ by John O’Flaherty at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 7.30pm. Anyone with knowledge of animal cures or traditions are encouraged to attend. All are welcome. www.clarememories.ie
  • Wed 24th August
    ‘Burren Wild Child on Tracht Beach’ with Sabine Springer
    Meet at 10.30am, Wed 24th August at Tracht Beach carpark where we will start an exploration of all the exciting natural things there is to find on the beach. This is for 5 yrs +. Parents must also be present to get involved in the fun! Please come prepared with water and sun-cream if a hot day, and waterproofs and warm clothes if the weather is looking more variable! This is €5 per child or €20 per family. It will last approximately 2 hours. For more information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096. Event organiser Sabine Springer is a biologist with a keen interest in all things marine. Amongst other things she is an avid nature collector, an artist, carries out whale watching for the IWDG and does otter surveys in her spare time.
  • August 23rd – September 9th, 2011
    “A Colourful Tour of the West Coast of Ireland”, an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Sally Perkins, in the Foyer of the County Museum, Ennis.
    This is Sally Perkins' latest exhibition featuring a mix of seascapes, landscapes, woodland, and flowers with a real emphasis on colour. Based in Kilmaley, County Clare, Sally is ideally placed to capture the beautiful scenery of the West of Ireland and her love of its wild and rugged landscapes is evident in her striking work. She works from The Woodland Gallery, set in the rural, peaceful foothills of Mount Callan, County Clare where she enjoys the tranquil, calming effects of the forest. This exhibition shows Sally’s talents as a painter and photographer and she also has cards and small mounted images of her work for sale.
  • 22nd Aug – 17th Sept
    The Power of Civil Society: the Fate of Jews in Bulgaria during the Holocaust
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    An exhibition entitled 'The Power of Civil Society: the Fate of Jews in Bulgaria during the Holocaust' will be held in De Valera Public Library, Ennis from the 22nd of August to the 17th of September. The Ambassador of Bulgaria to Ireland, H.E. Mr Emil Yalnazov, presented the exhibition to Holocaust Education Trust Ireland on behalf of the Republic of Bulgaria State Institute for Culture and Ministry for Foreign Affairs. This exhibition demonstrates how the collective voice of the people of Bulgaria prevented the deportation of its Jewish population to the concentration and death camps of the Third Reich.
  • 20th - 28th of August
    Heritage Week
    This year Heritage Week goes from the 20th to the 28th of August. It promises to be an action packed week in Clare, with more than forty events taking place throughout the county. The week presents an opportuniy to visit the many spectacular heritage sites in Clare before the school term begins and many of the events are free. A special effort has been made this year to involve children under twelve, including a family activity trail in Dromore Wood and create a clay pot with Scarriff Library or Ballymorris Pottery. Activities are planned every day covering a wide variety of topics, from artist impressions to renewable energy. Learn more about churches and the built heritage throughout the county, take a guided tour of Scattery Island or Scarriff Community Garden, visit the Michael Cusack Centre, Dromoland Castle or the recently opened Loop Head Light House. Learn more about the Irish Girl Guides, Irish Seed Savers or how to research your genealogy and hear an interesting array of history presentations including topics as diverse as the Holocaust and the Book of Kells. There are a wide range of Biodiversity events for all, including the spirit and flowers of the Burren, medicinal herbs, bird and bat watching, among others.
    Click here for brochure… and here for www.heritageweek.ie
  • 20th August
    ‘Observing and recording of wild flowers in your locality’
    A basic botanical art workshop with botanical artist Susan Sex,

    10.30am – 3pm at the Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan.
    Susan Sex's watercolours of Irish orchids as seen in the book Ireland’s Wild Orchids, with finely defined watercolours of each orchid set into drawings of each species’ habitat have cemented her as one of our best botanical artists of modern times. She has painted a range of botanical stamps for the national postal system, and has been awarded gold medals for her work by the Royal Horticultural Society and the Linnean Society. This workshop will run from 10.30am-3pm and is open to everyone looking to explore or to revisit their observation and recording skills of wild flowers. It is for the discounted rate of €25 for Burrenbeo Trust Members and €35 charge for non-members. Please bring your own materials if you have them otherwise they will be provided. Lunch is not provided however, the nearby village of Ballyvaughan offers a range of eating facilities. Booking in advance is necessary as spaces are limited. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • August 17th to 21st (Wednesday to Sunday)
    Merriman Summer School
    Lisdoonvarna

    Theme: Changing Irish Childhoods
    Director: Professor Nóirín Hayes
    Further information at http://www.merriman.ie or email eolas@merriman.ie
  • August 16th – September 3rd 2011
    ‘Hell River’ at Scariff Public Library - An exhibition of paintings by Sinead Nestor.
    Sinead Nestor was born in County Clare and hails from Beechpark, just outside Ennis. Beechpark is close to town but still in the countryside, and living there gave her a quiet place to contemplate and reflect on life and the world in general. Describing the work in her latest collection, Sinead says “Each piece has its own intrinsic value and theme, but relates to a situation or event as a personal response to my own environment and life. I have used various methods to create the images, using either spray paint or acrylic and incorporating some drawing.” Wanting to tackle large-scale work, some of the pieces in the collection are sizeable, the largest being a six foot by nine foot triptych entitled ‘'Beneath the Wave Off Fukushima'. With regard to this piece in particular, the artist says “This particular piece is a response to the tsunami in Japan after their disastrous earthquake. I have parodied a quintessentially Japanese print known as 'Beneath The Wave Off Kanagawa' created by Japanese artist Hokusai in the 1850's. This re-imagining of the very famous work takes its original theme of the sublime in nature and adapts the piece to the contemporary world.” ‘Hell River’ is on display in the Gallery at the Scarriff Library from August 16th to September 3rd 2011 during library opening times. The opening reception is on Tuesday August 16th at 6.30pm in Scariff Library. All are welcome to attend.
  • 14th August
    The Burren Community Charter presents
    Burren conversations in a café atmosphere for the adults and
    free creative fun for children at Michael Cusack Centre, Carron at 2pm

    For all the family, young & old.
  • Monday Aug 8th
    Riches of Clare Traditional Music Concert
    Community Centre, Feakle

    Starting at 1p.m. come and join us for a free lunctime concert featuring ‘The Stride Set’ with Méabh O’Hare, Patricia Clark, Jani Lang, Michael McCague, Josie Harrington & Kevin Jones
  • 8th August
    Inis Creative Writing Group
    Rowan Tree, Cafe, Ennis

    A gathering of local writers in all literary disciplines, to read and critique each others work, in a friendly atmosphere. All are welcome to come along.
  • Sunday, 7th August
    Kilmacduagh; archaeology, history, myth and legend.
    Burrenbeo Trust August walk with local heritage enthusiast Rory O’Shaughnessy.

    Meet at 2pm at carpark of Kilmacduagh. Rory is an archaeologist and local historian. He tutors on South Galway heritage for the VEC in Gort. He also works with local schools to create awareness and appreciation of the heritage using local legends of King Guaire and St.Colman as a medium to connect with children. Through his work as a stonemason he holds a vast knowledge and interest in the stone walls and stone stuctures of the Galway and Clare Burren. Rory is also the local coordinator for the O’Shaughnessy Society Gatherings and is presenting working on the Galway East Diaspora Project with his local parish Ardrahan. This walk 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.
  • 7th August 2011
    The Old Kilfarboy Society guided walk – Inis Meáin, guided by Máirín Uí Chonaghile.
    The Old Kilfarboy Society has organized a trip from Doolin to Inishmaan for Sunday 7 Aug. Cars will leave Miltown Malbay church car park at 8.30 am and the group will meet at Doolin Pier at 9.30 for a 10.00am sailing. A guide will be provided to help the group experience the natural, cultural and traditional life of the island as it was, is and what the future holds. A cup of tea will be available on arrival and lunch can be arranged. Highlights of the island include the stone forts of Dun Chonchoir and Dun Fearbha, an early Christian church and Synge’s House. The boat will leave the island at 4.15 pm and arrive back in Doolin at 5.00. Contact Maura at 087-1264527 if interested. The cost per person will be 25 Euro.
  • Saturday 6th August
    24th Feakle Traditional Music Festival presents a concert with an array of talented musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers by artists from Co.Clare and beyond.
    Venue: The Community Centre at 7:30pm. The Saturday night concert will focus on celebrating the array of talented musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers by artists from Co.Clare and beyond. This concert is a more relaxed night of entertainment featuring a variety of artists including Mary Staunton & band featuring; Mary Shannon & Gary O’Brian; Seán Garvey, Charlie Harris, Mark Donnellan & Jim Corry; Vincent Griffin & Mary Corry; Brendan Begley and family and many more. Tickets: €25. On Line Booking wwwfeaklefestival.ie or call into Glor in Ennis to purchase. For further info contact Amy Garvey PRO Feakle Festival 061 925 939. Email: info@feaklefestival.ie.
  • Friday 5th August
    24th Feakle Traditional Music Festival presents Theo Dorgan and guests including the Mulcahy Family and Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill.
    Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Feakle at 7:30pm. The Friday night recital will showcase some of the best musicians that traditional music has to offer, with outstanding acts performing on the night, presented by award winning poet Theo Dorgan. This year the talented Mulcahy Family from West Limerick will open the concert followed by a much anticipated act Lumiere featuring singers Pauline Scanlon & Eilis Kennedy and guitarist Donogh Hennessy. The concert will conclude with the annual heart stopping performance by Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill. Tickets €25. On Line Booking wwwfeaklefestival.ie or call into Glor in Ennis to purchase. For further info contact Amy Garvey PRO Feakle Festival 061 925 939. Email: info@feaklefestival.ie.
  • Thurs 4th August
    24th Feakle Traditional Music Festival presents Niamh Ní Charra & her band, Caher House. 8:30pm.
    Thursday night the Festival will have what promises to be a very special event at 8.30 p.m.featuring Niamh Ní Charra & her band, followed by Jigs & Jazz featuring Eimear Quinn, Steve Cooney, Brendan Larrissey, Pat Collins & Drazen Derek performing in the beautiful surroundings of Caher House. Tickets: €25. Online booking wwwfeaklefestival.ie or call into Glor in Ennis to purchase. For further info contact Amy Garvey PRO Feakle Festival 061 925 939. Email: info@feaklefestival.ie.
  • 4th – 8th August 2011
    The Power of Local: A festival of art, food and culture
    Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon.

    The Power of Local, a celebratory festival organized by the Courthouse Gallery will take place over a period of four days in various venues in Ennistymon. The festival will present art, film, live-performance, food, music, video, panel discussions, an open-air market, outdoor screenings, open studios and artist talks exploring the rich complexities of the local and the trans-local. Everyone is local to somewhere; this festival is an opportunity to engage with the rich possibilities of ‘local’, to consider local as a way of taking action, producing culture and encountering difference in association with others. Everyone is included. Of course, irrespective of how ‘local’ an event, or festival of events may be, the power of the arts to transcend geographical, political and cultural boundaries and barriers is internationally recognised and accepted. This ‘power’ will be recognised and celebrated in Ennistymon, August 4th – 8th, 2011. The festival is devised and directed by Trudi van der Elsen, curator/coordinator of the Courthouse Gallery. Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 5pm. Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare 065 707 1630.
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  • August 3rd
    Riches of Clare Traditional Music Concert
    Clare Museum, Ennis

    Starting at 1p.m. come and join us for a free lunctime concert featuring Colin Nea, Christy Barry, Michael Kelleher & Fintan McMahon

July 2011:

  • 31st July,
    The Burren Community Charter presents
    Burren conversations in a café atmosphere for the adults and
    free creative fun for children at Tubber Village Hall at 2pm

    For all the family, young & old.
  • July 28th - 31st
    Waterways Ireland Scariff Harbour Festival
    Highlights
    Thursday 28th July The Celtic Tenors
    Friday 29th July Official opening in Scariff Harbour; Mad for Road; Abba Delicious
    Saturday 30th July Family Fun Day: Reading in Scariff Public Library; Cooking demonstration; Mundy
    Sunday 31st July Boat Tours; Young Anglers’ Competition; Skydiving Display; Vintage Garden Fair; Busking Competition; Jim and Dr Nick; Paddy Casey; Merriman Céilí Band
    Contact Info: Christina Grisewood 087 265 12 59 Email: cgrisewood1959@gmail.com Website: http://www.scariff.ie
  • 28th July to 19th August
    Kilrush Art Group annual exhibition
    Kilrush Public Library

    An annual exhibition of work by Kilrush Art Group.
    Kilrush local artists exhibit 64 paintings at Kilrush Public Library. The paintings comprise local landscapes and still life drawings in mixed media, including oils and watercolours. Prices range from €20- €350. The Art Group was formed twenty years ago by a group of people who liked to paint pictures, from acrylic to oil, watercolour to sketching, whatever was their choice. Today the group are still going strong and would welcome new people to join them. The Group meet at the Community Hall, next to the Kilrush Library, on Friday nights from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm. Further details are available from Pauline Dunleavy at 086 – 8339347 or by calling into the Anchor Craft Shop on Henry Street, Kilrush. For further information contact Pauline Dunleavy at anchorcrafts@eircom.net
  • July 27th
    Riches of Clare Traditional Music Concert
    Clare Museum, Ennis

    Starting at 1p.m. come and join us for a free lunctime concert featuring Hugh Healy, Colm Healy, Blackie O’Connell & Cyril O’Donoghue
  • July 25th – Aug 13th, 2011
    The Voice of Drawing
    in the Gallery at Scariff Public Library

    The Voice of Drawing is a collaborative work produced by more than a dozen participants in a scribble workshop organised by Timothy Emlyn Jones as part of the programme of Iniscealtra Arts Festival 2011. The title of the drawing and the workshop reflects the theme of the Festival Voice and it comes from the idea of finding your own voice. In this instance participants were invited to find their own voice by means of re-acquainting themselves with their former childhood identity by engaging (very energetically) in childlike scribble, using graphite sticks and paper, and the distinct frame of mind associated with it. Participants were asked to consider how everyone is an artist in childhood, since all children scribble, yet so few remain artists in adulthood. In this sense the artist can be thought of as a survivor of socialisation and schooling, and this workshop opened this process up to all who elected to take part.
  • July 20th
    Riches of Clare Traditional Music Concert
    Clare Museum, Ennis

    Starting at 1p.m. come and join us for a free lunctime concert featuring Brid O’Gorman, Joan Hanrahan, Ann Larkin & Sean O’Sé
  • July 17th - 24th
    Ceili at the Crossroads Festival
    Clarecastle

    Set Dancing/Sean nos Dancing/Music Classes/Irish Classes/Singers Club/Ceilis all happening in Clarecastle from 17th to 24th July 2011 and opening with Eleanor Shanley Band.
    Contact Info: Anne 065 6842314 email:ceiliatcrossroads@gmail.com
  • July 17th
    Ennis Fringe Festival
    Brandons Bar, O'Connell Street

    From 4pm Immediate Theatre. Sponsored by The Wine Buff
    For further information contact Dave O'Rourke 087 6982120 email: jdgaor@yahoo.com
  • July 16th
    Ennis Fringe Festival
    Brogans Bar, O'Connell Street

    Busker Sessions from 4-5.30pm upstairs

    For further information contact Dave O'Rourke 087 6982120 email: jdgaor@yahoo.com
  • July 16th
    Ennis Fringe Festival
    Courthouse View, Lifford
    From 6-8pm Performance Artist Alex Conway with Wine Reception at 40 Coats 50 Pockets Thrift Store, 1st Floor, Courthouse View, Lifford (beside Micky Kerins).
    For further information contact Dave O'Rourke 087 6982120 email: jdgaor@yahoo.com
  • July 16th
    Ennis Fringe Festival
    Brandons Bar
    From 9pm-12am live original music with video installation featuring the Buzzmonkey's and Trampoline scene

    For further information contact Dave O'Rourke 087 6982120 email: jdgaor@yahoo.com
  • July 15th - August 27th
    Contemporary Crafts in Clare
    Glór
    Clare Arts Office and glór are delighted to present a major exhibition of contemporary craft work from Clare, in the glór gallery from July 15th – August 27th, 2011. Celebrating the 2011 Year of Craft, this exhibition highlights the wealth of creative talent abundant in the craft sector in the county. The Crafts Council of Ireland and Craft Northern Ireland have designated 2011 as Year of Craft as 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the Crafts Council of Ireland. A dozen craftspeople have been selected from twenty seven submissions. Located throughout the county, the chosen craftspeople are Hannah Arnup, Pauline Fizgerald, Stephanie Ford, Helen Griffin, Brian Hackett, Nicola Henley, Lynn Kenny, Bláithín Ní Leannáin, Noreen Ramsay, Jane Seymour, Ilsa Thielan and Ray Walsh.
    For further information contact: Siobhán Mulcahy at Clare Arts Office
    Tel: 065 6899091 email: arts@clarelibrary.ie www.clarelibrary.ie/arts.htm
  • July 15th
    Ennis Fringe Festival
    No 8 Carmody Street

    Festival Launch from 7-9 at No. 8 Carmody Street, Custom Tattoo & Art Gallery with Wombiance by Conan Brophy
    For further information contact Dave O'Rourke 087 6982120 email: jdgaor@yahoo.com
  • July 15th
    Ennis Fringe Festival
    Cafe Aroma, Bank Place

    Clare Art Summer Show
    For further information contact Dave O'Rourke 087 6982120 email: jdgaor@yahoo.com
  • July 14th - 17th
    Ennis Fringe Festival
    Beehive Cafe, O'Connell Street

    Contemporary Clare Photography
    For further information contact Dave O'Rourke 087 6982120 email: jdgaor@yahoo.com
  • July 13th
    Riches of Clare Traditional Music Concert
    Clare Museum, Ennis

    Starting at 1p.m. come and join us for a free lunctime concert featuring Tola Custy, Karol Lynch, Richie Lyons & Alph Duggan
  • July 12th - 14th
    Clarecare Drama Workshops
    Ennistymon
    Featuring movement and games. Catering for Ages 7 – 12 and running from 10 – 12.30 p.m. The cost is 15 per child, €25 for two children and €30 for three children. Full details are available from Sarah-Jane Lusk @ 065-6828178
  • July 12th
    Open seminar led by Professor Sarat Maharaj
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
    Organized for the MFA students of Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia this session will be open to other students and visitors from outside the college. Sarat Maharaj was born in South Africa and educated in one of the segregated universities during the Apartheid era. He is a research professor at Goldsmiths’ College in London and is currently professor of Visual Art and Knowledge Systems in Lund, Sweden. He was the first Rudolf Arnheim Professor at Humboldt University, Berlin, and Research Fellow at Jan Van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht. His art historical work centres on Richard Hamilton, Marcel Duchamp, and James Joyce. His research covers cultural translation and difference, textiles, sonics, and visual art as knowledge production. He was co-curator of Documenta X1, 2002. With Ecke Bonk and Richard Hamilton, he curated retinal.optical.visual.conceptual… at the Boijmanns, Rotterdam, 2002. He is curator of the Knowledge Lab (Haus der Kulturen der Welt), 2005 and Berlin/Munich 2006, as well as sound.image.movement experiments with Liu Sola (Beijing/NY) and Kofi Koko (Benin/Paris). Seminar takes place in the lecture hall at 1.30 p.m. If you would like to come please call Angelene on 065 7077200 in advance.
  • July 11th – July 15th , 2011
    Clare Youth Theatre presents Let Me Act, at Glór, Ennis.
    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 Leader, Eleanor Feeley. The course runs from 11am – 4 p.m with lunchbreak from: 1 – 2 p.m. No experience is necessary. Bring plenty of drinks! Wear comfortable clothes / shoes. Places are limited so early booking is advised through Glór Box Office 065 6843103. Cost €95
  • July 10th, 2011
    Cathedral Quay, Killaloe
    2pm to 4pm SILENT DISCO. The Playhouse's spanking new twin channel wireless silent disco is given its first airing. FREE
    4pm POT BELLIED PIG RACING. Deferred from the Boru weekend, the piglets are anxiously waiting their first run out. Which piglet will mooch across the finishing line first? Incredible prizes to be won. FREE
    5pm PORKVILLE! A tongue-in-cheek ramble through the history of Limerick. Written and performed by Myles Breen and Mike Finn and told in song, dance, filum and some very bad puppetry! Tickets Adult: €10, Children: €5
    7.30pm CHOKE COMEDY IMPROV. Without a script, rehearsal or a safety net, Choke Comedy step on stage and who knows what madness will happen. The audience is in charge and who knows what crazy ideas they'll come up with. Tickets Adult: €10, Children: €5.
    Further information from: email: boris@musicintheglen.ie: http://www.popup-playhouse.ie/
  • July 9th to 30th
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, presents ‘Timelines’
    an exhibition by

    Emma Barone – paintings
    Kathryna Cuschieri – glass sculptures
    Ciara McMahon – video
    In conconjunction with
    ‘Surrender’ - New works by Pauline Goggin in the Red Couch Space
  • July 7th - 23rd
    Moments - A photographic exhibition by Seán McInerney.
    The Gallery at Scariff Public Library, Scariff

    ‘Moments’ is an exquisite exhibition by local amateur photographer Seán McInerney. Seán, who grew up close to the shores of Lough Derg, has drawn quite extensively from the beauty of his surroundings in the picturesque area of East Clare. Well known for playing hurling at all levels for the local parish of Scariff, he is now embarking on a journey that started off as a hobby and continues to grow. As can be seen from his works some of which have won prizes in amateur photography competitions, and one professional prize, Seán does not restrict himself to his own local area alone but covers the entire county and country in his efforts to capture these never to be repeated “Moments in Time”.
  • July 4th – 8th
    Clarecare Drama Workshops
    Kilfenora
    Catering for Ages 7 – 12 and running from 10 – 1 p.m. The cost is 15 per child, €25 for two children and €30 for three children. Full details are available from Sarah-Jane Lusk @ 065-6828178
  • July 4th – July 8th , 2011
    Clare Youth Theatre presents Let Me Act, at Glór, Ennis.
    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 Leader, Eleanor Feeley. The course runs from 11am – 4 p.m with lunchbreak from: 1 – 2 p.m. No experience is necessary. Bring plenty of drinks! Wear comfortable clothes / shoes. Places are limited so early booking is advised through Glór Box Office 065 6843103. Cost €95
  • 3rd July 2011
    Cahercommaun Stone Fort and nearby Megalithic Tombs
    Burrenbeo Trust July walk with archaeologist Michael Lynch

    Meet at 2pm at layby for Cahercommaun. Michael is the Field Monuments Advisor for County Clare. His role includes recording archaeological sites and advising on the best methods of protecting archaeological monuments and sites on peoples’ land. His research interests are in prehistoric archaeology particularly in the Burren region. He is currently involved in excavating an early shell midden in Fanore. To get there - Leave Carron village in the centre of the Burren with Cassidy’s pub on your left (ie heading southwards). After just .5km outside of the village take the first turning to the left. Continue along this road for 2kms. The layby for Cahercommaun is on your left hand side. Due to cattle in the area, dogs are not suitable participants. There is a hill and uneven terrain as part of this walk, so remember to wear sensible walking shoes and warm, waterproof clothes just in case! This walk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a €5 charge for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 3rd July 2011
    The Old Kilfarboy Society guided walk -
    South East Burren, guided by Michael Killeen, Clare Farm Heritage
    The next walk by The Old Kilfarboy Society is a Farm Heritage Tour and will take place on Sunday 3rd July, setting out from the church car park in Miltown Malbay at 1 pm or Kilnaboy church (old) at 2pm. It begins with a tour of the church ruins and surrounding graveyard, moving on to Michael Killeen’s farm in a fertile valley on the southern edge of the Burren. Sites to be seen include a cashel, site of the Tau Cross (a 12th century boundary marker) and a standing stone. Solid walking footwear is recommended for short walking distances. The cost is 10 Euro per person and 5 Euro for children.
  • July 2nd -3rd, 2011
    CELT Summer in the Woods Traditional Skills training
    Bealkelly Wood, Tuamgraney, Co.Clare
    Intermediate level : Wood Carving, Wet Felting, Greenwood Crafts, Spinning & Weaving, Nuno Felting. An opportunity for those who have learned the basics to improve their skills. Also : Family Bushcraft (basic outdoor skills for parent and child working together). Cost : 80 euro (LEADER subsidised). All participants are required to hold annual membership of CELT (15 euro / 25 euro family). Bring own food - some food and refreshments available on site and cooking fire.
    Free camping at Bealkelly Wood (arrive Friday 1st if you wish). On-line booking available or send cheque / PO payable to CELT stating course, dates, contact details
    For further info contact CELT Centre for Environmental Living & Training
    Main St., Scariff, Co.Clare, Ireland
    www.celtnet.org
    Email: info@celtnet.org Telephone: 061-640765
  • July 2nd - 3rd
    Ennis Street Festival
    "Ennis Street Festival is a weekend festival with a wide range of art events and entertainment around the Ennis town centre. The Festival returns every year with free outdoor events to theatre, mime, dance, music, circus, puppets shows, storytellers, workshops, street entertainers, art & crafts exhibitions and a delicious market selection. The spirit of the festival is to be accessible and we are always bringing smiles, colour, culture and art to the streets with a host of local, national and international artist. We intend to inspire artist and community groups and offer a weekend of creative entertainment." For further info visit www.ennisstreetfestival.com
  • 1st - 31st July
    Surfing Lahinch and Liscannor Bay by Sheena Meagher
    The Blue Frog Cafe, Ennistymon

    Paintings, Miniatures and a Song

June 2011:

  • June 29th
    Kilkee Civic Trust presents A Talk with Jim Diers
    Kilkee Bay Hotel at 8pm on Wednesday, 29th June, 2011 in Kilkee.

    Jim Diers has a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. Since moving to Seattle in 1976, he put that passion to work for a direct-action neighborhood association, a community development corporation, a community foundation, and the USA’s largest health care cooperative. He was appointed the first director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods in 1988 where he served under three mayors over the next 14 years.Currently, Jim works for the University of Washington where he teaches courses in community organizing and development and connects university resources with community initiatives. Jim also serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and travels internationally to deliver speeches, present workshops, and provide technical assistance to community associations, non-profit organisations, and local governments. Talk starts at 8p.m. Admission is free.
  • June 29th
    Riches of Clare Traditional Music Concert
    Clare Museum, Ennis

    Starting at 1p.m. come and join us for a free lunctime concert featuring Kevin Crawford, Tony Linnane & Mick Conneely
  • Sunday 26th June
    The Burren Community Charter presents
    Burren conversations in a café atmosphere for the adults and free creative fun for the children with artist Gordon D’Arcy at Lisdoonvarna Pavillion, on Sunday 26th June at 2pm.

    For all the family, young & old. The Burren Community Charter is a locally based initiative, the aim of which is to bring the communities of the Burren together to develop a collective vision for the future of their place. This project is having an open afternoon for all the family at the Lisdoonvarna Pavillion on the 26th June at 2pm. Young and old are welcome. There will be tea and cake with conversations on the Burren while artist Gordon D’Arcy will be present to do a fun Burren art event with the children. Come and be part of it – this is time for you to shape the future of the Burren. The Burren – What can you do? is the challenge being laid down to the communities of the Burren as part of a pioneering new initiative led by four local organisations - Burren Farming for Conservation, Burren Connect, Burren IFA and Burrenbeo Trust – as well as the Heritage Officers from Clare and Galway. The Burren Community Charter project aims to develop a collective vision by the people of the Burren for the future of their place and also to look at practical, realistic steps through which this vision can be realised.
  • June 24th
    What hope for the marginalized?
    Ennis CDP Offices, Clonroad Buisness Park, Ennis

    A talk on who has been hit the hardest by the recession, what other harships are going to be heaped on the already struggling and what can be done to protect the vulnerable.
    Speakers include: John Farrell: spokesperson for the I.N.O.U.; Mary O’Donoghue: activist with “Claiming Our Future” campaign and Coordinator of “West Clare Family Resource Centre” will talk about the ‘Reducing Income Inequality’ Campaign and Fr Sean Healy, Chair, Social Justice Ireland, voice for who suffer and feel poverty in Ireland. Chaired by: Paula McNamara – 0863157691. Time: 11am - 1 p.m.
  • June 22nd
    Riches of Clare Traditional Music Concert
    Clare Museum, Ennis

    Starting at 1p.m. come and join us for a free lunctime concert featuring Dermot Sheedy, Tara Breen, Stephen Markham & Padriag Rynne
  • June 21st 2011
    The Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen - A touring public artwork by Jim Ricks
    Poulnabrone, The Burren, Co.Clare

    The Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen by Jim Ricks is a monumental inflatable sculpture designed for members of the public, of all ages, to interact with. The artwork will be touring venues around the Aughty Region of County Galway during June of 2011 and will visit Poulnabrone, Co. Clare for the Summer Solstice on June 21st. The Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen is a replica, at twice the scale, of the famous 6,000 year old megalithic portal tomb of the same name, which is located in the Burren, Co. Clare. It will be touring the Slieve Aughty region of Galway for 2 weeks. The tour will close with an afternoon appearance adjacent to the real Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren, on the June 21st solstice. For further info see: www.jimricks.info & Tel: +353 (0) 65 6899091
  • 18th - 19th June 2011.
    Week-end painting and drawing workshop.
    The Russell Gallery, New Quay is organizing a week-ends workshop to learn painting and drawing technique with artist Denise Hogan. A Full 2 days tuition 10am to 5.30pm will cost 160euro (deposit 60euro)
    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.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.There will be no shortage of inspiration and atmosphere in the stunning setting of New Quay.
    For info and booking please call tel 065 7078185 or check our website www.russellgallery.net
    The Russell Gallery is spectacularly located on the seaside of New Quay, just on the border between county Clare and Galway, on the coast road half way between the villages of Kinvara and Ballyvaughan.
    Book Now, Limited availability.
  • 18th June 2011
    An Post Tour de Burren 2011
    The An Post Tour de Burren is taking place on Saturday 18th June in Ballyvaughan. There are four different events taking place on the day and the entry closing date is Wednesday 15th June 2011 at 5 p.m. For information and entry details go to website www.tourdeburren.com.
  • 14th - 20th June 2011.
    Fleadh Cheoil an Chláir, Kilfenora.
    Fleadh Cheoil an Chláir will take place in Kilfenora from 14th June until 20th June 2011. For further details contact Colm Nestor, Rúnaí, Coiste an Chláir, CCÉ, 2011. colmnestor@gmail.com 086 8181262
  • June 14th to July 1st, 2011
    Changing Faces – Exhibition of photography by Charlie McGeever.
    Gallery at Scariff Library

    Changing Faces, an exhibition of photography by Charlie McGeever runs in the Gallery at Scariff Library until Friday July 1st, 2011. Changing Faces is an artist led project funded by the Arts Office of North Tipperary County Council which explores through the lens of the artist, the visual fabric of a small town on the border of Tipperary and Clare and celebrates its diversity through an exhibition of portraits of local people capturing the essence of life in the Ballina/Killaloe area. Supported by North Tipperary County Council, The Arts Council and Clare County Council.
    For further information, please contact the Arts Office, Clare Council, tel: 065 6899091. Email arts@clarelibrary.ie or find us on Facebook – Clare Arts Office.
  • June 11th, 2011
    Sunday Morning Coming Down by Truman Town Theatre
    Glor, Ennis
    Truman Town Theatre bring their hit show to the reverent boards of Co.Clare this week when they arrive at the Glor theatre, Ennis on Saturday night. Having highly impressed audiences in Ballinrobe, Galway and Cork over the past week, the crew are now eager to present their magic to The Banner county. With glorious reviews flying in from city papers like Cork's Evening Echo and nationals such as The Irish Times, the Truman Town story continues to draw crowds and curiosity and also champions a return to traditonal Irish Theatre. Show begins @ 8p.m.
    Tickets €12 / 10. Booking through Glor box office 065 6843103 www.glor.ie
  • June 11th, 2011
    PLANT MAGIC : Managing a small-holding with emphasis on biodiversity
    Eve's Orchard, Caher Rice, Feakle, Co.Clare
    This course runs for 8 days through summer / autumn at Eve's Orchard, Caher Rice, Feakle, Co.Clare. €40 per day (LEADER-subsidised). All participants are required to hold annual membership of CELT (15 euro / 25 euro family).
    Bring own food - some food and refreshments available on site and cooking fire. On-line booking available or send cheque / PO payable to CELT stating course, dates, contact detailsFor further info contact CELT Centre for Environmental Living & Training
    Main St., Scariff, Co.Clare, Ireland
    www.celtnet.org
    Email: info@celtnet.org Telephone: 061-640765
  • June 10th – July 9th, 2011
    Solas
    An exhibition of artworks by selected artists, past and present, from the Tulla Stables Artists’ Studios

    G lór, Ennis.
    The Tulla Stables Studios Complex was developed by Clare County Arts Office in response to the need for dedicated studio facilities for visual artists in County Clare. It was officially opened in November 2007 and has served over 20 artists since this time.
    Participating artists in the exhibition are: Ian Castle, Steph Gahan, Niamh Hickey, John Hanrahan, Melanie Jones, Mairin Kelly, Blaithin Lennon, Patrick McHugh, Kathleen Moroney and Katja Wittmer
    Further information on the Tulla Stables Studios can be found at www.clarelibrary.ie/arts.htm
    Tel: 065 6899091 Email: arts@clarelibrary.ie
    Facebook: Tulla Stables Studios and Clare Arts Office
  • 10th June 2011
    Seoladh Leabhair
    Résheoid le Doireann Ní Ghríofa

    Poetry Reading and Book Launch at 7pm, Scéal Eile Books, Ennis.
  • Wednesday, 8th June, 2011
    Business Planning Workshop
    Woodstock Hotel, Ennis
    Do you know what the essentials are that should be included in your Business Plan? Do you need good tips on how to write a Business Plan? This workshop is invaluable to those who need to develop a business plan when applying for a grant or applying for a loan from a bank/lending agency Starting and making a success of your own business is the ultimate challenge and dream. The challenge lies in converting a dream into reality. You will find that the satisfaction and independence of running your own business goes hand in hand in having to deal with and solve the problems that arise on a day to day basis. You can overcome a lot of the problems associated with running your own business if you anticipate them and plan correctly for the business from the outset.
    Time: 10am to 1pm Cost: €20
    Book online on www.clareceb.ie/courses or contact Lucy at Clare Co. Enterprise Board on 065-6841922
    Places limited, therefore, booking essential.
  • Sunday 5th June 2011
    The underground rivers between Gort and Kinvara
    Burrenbeo Trust June walk with Geologist Dr David Drew

    Meet at 1pm at the lay-by (parking for 6-8 cars) on the eastern side of the old N18 main road from Gort to Ennis, 2km south of Gort (at the first cross-roads and with a shrine by the roadside) GR 452 003. Several large streams flowing from Slieve Aughty sink underground when they cross on to the limestone rock and follow underground courses to the large springs at Kinvarra and Corranroo on the shores of Galway Bay. This ‘walk’ visits several sites (sinks, springs and collapses into the underground river) between Gort and Kinvara. We shall drive to the sites and then walk.The trip includes a 2km walk over rough limestone pavement and rather more exposure to the elements than is the norm on these walks. Children and dogs are not suitable participants. Please car-pool if at all possible as parking is limited at all the sites. Everyone welcome. Free for members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096
  • Sunday 5th June 2011
    The Old Kilfarboy Society guided walk - North East Burren tour.
    Cars will leave Miltown Malbay church car park at 2:15 pm. Tour begins from Kilfenora car park at 3 pm. Brian Mooney will guide us to Kilfenora High Cross, O’Davoren Law school at Cahermacnaughten, Kilcorney Valley, Poulnabrone, Turloughmore Mountain and finish at the Michael Cusack Centre in Carron. The cost is €5 person. Solid walking footwear is recommended for short walking distances.
  • Friday 3rd June
    The Outside is Inside - New Works by Martina Cleary
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Opening Reception at 7pm. The exhibition will be opened by Elaine D’Alton, Clare Women’s Network
    The work presented in this show has evolved through a collaboration with Clare Women’s network based in Ennis, beginning in 2009. The large tableaux photographic images, while collaboratively constructed are inspired by real life events. Part of this project was initially presented as a series of posters, released daily with statistical information during the 16 Days International Campaign against Gender-Based Violence in November 2009. Subsequent research, supported by the Create Artist in the Community scheme has sought to focus on exploring how perceptions of safety and threat correlate with womens lived experience of both private and public spaces within the local community. While some of the works in this show are constructed or performed, others are inspired by over sixty individual interviews and are more documentary in nature. Part II of this body of work will be presented as a solo exhibition at the RHA Ashford Gallery in November 2011.
    Further information about this artist is available at www.martinacleary.com.
    Opening Times: Tue – Sat 12-5pm
    COURTHOUSE GALLERY
    Parliament Street - Ennistymon - Co. Clare
    065 707 1630


May 2011:

  • Sunday May 29th
    Art Exhibit and Auction in aid of CD's Helping Hands
    (a charity, which raises money to provide practical support for families of children undergoing treatment for cancer) The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon. For more info: Maureen Murphy 0858270071 murhan@lycos.com
  • 28th May – 6th June
    Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, Mountshannon
    Multi-disciplinary Arts Festival in the lakeshore village of Mountshannon; music, film, dance and visual arts and green fair, with education programme and participatory events.
    Contact: Paul Murray 087 2380555
    Web: www.iniscealtra-artsfestival.org Email: nmhenley@eircom.net
  • May 28th
    Wise Ways book launch and exhibition opening,
    Aistear Building, Mountshannon.

    The book launch and exhibition opening of Wise Ways takes place at the Aistear Building, Mountshannon, Co.Clare on Saturday May 28th at 3 p.m. The book and exhibition feature artwork and stories from the older generation of County Clare made at Raheen Hospital, Scariff and X-PO Kilnaboy. Guest speakers are Ann Leahy, Assistant CEO from Age and opportunity and Catherine Marshall, Co-Editor, Vol V, Irish Art and Architecture, Royal Irish Academy.
  • May 28th
    Pop Up Concert featuring Juliet Turner & John Spillane
    Pop Up Playhouse Killaloe

    Concerts start at 7.30 p.m.
    Admission €18 for both gigs or €12 each.
    Tickets on the door or can be reserved on 087 210 4583.
    Further information from Boris Hunka (Director), Pop-up Playhouse Ltd., Mob 087 210 4583. Tel/Fax 061 376 639. www.popup-playhouse.ie
  • May 27th
    Pop Up Concert featuring Size 2 Shoes, Hunka Burning Love, KB Gospel Choir.
    Pop Up Playhouse Killaloe

    Concerts start at 7.30 p.m.
    Admission €18 for both gigs or €12 each.
    Tickets on the door or can be reserved on 087 210 4583.
    Further information from Boris Hunka (Director), Pop-up Playhouse Ltd., Mob 087 210 4583. Tel/Fax 061 376 639. www.popup-playhouse.ie
  • 27th May 2011
    Deeper Democracy Series: Political reform
    Getting Democracy to Work for People

    Cois na hAbhna, Gort Road,Ennis. From 10 am to 12.30 pm
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chris McInerney, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick.
    Followed by World Cafe Discussion
    Info: Email: clareactivecitizenship@gmail.com and Facebook: clareactivecitizenship
    Clare Active Citizenship Network - Promoting Active Citizenship, Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion
  • Tuesday May 24th at 8pm
    A History of North Clare in 100 Objects
    in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon

    "The second in a series of meetings will be held where four or five invited guests will each present an object of particular significance – tell its story and point to its importance for them personally and to North Clare in general. It is hoped that over the next few years we will build a comprehensive picture of our history. It should be interesting and full of surprises. If you would like to be a guest presenter yourself and have an interesting object to share you will be most welcome at a future date. All welcome."
  • 22nd – 30th May 2011
    Fleadh Nua Festival, Ennis
    Fleadh Nua is an exciting international festival of traditional music, singing and dancing
    offering a wide range of events.
    Contact: Cois na hAbhna, Ennis +353 (0)65 6824276 +353 (0)86 2672926
    Web: www.fleadhnua.com Email: ceoltrad@eircom.net
  • 22nd May 2011
    Spa wells and the secret gorges of Lisdoonvarna, with Dr David Drew.
    Burrenbeo Trust Slow Food Festival Walk.

    Meet at 2pm at the Lisdoonvarna Pavillion – where the Slow food festival is being held. David Drew lectures on hydrology and hydrogeology in Trinity College Dublin. His particular interest is in limestone (karstic) regions of Ireland such as the Burren and especially in the underground waters in these areas and is actively involved in research into the groundwater in the Burren and the adjacent areas of lowland limestone in Counties Galway, Roscommon and Mayo. He also has a keen interest in the environmental archaeology of the Burren. This walk is open to everyone. Please bring wellies and waterproofs. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a €5 charge for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 21- 22 May, 2011
    Singing Workshop with Sian Croose
    Mountshannon
    Sian Croose, co-director of The Voice Project in Norfolk, will be running a weekend workshop in Mountshannon over the weekend of 21st/22nd of May for interested singers/choirs as preparation for a performance on Sat 4th June during the Mountshannon Festival.
    Sian has directed inspiring music projects with thousands of adults and children over the last 20 years and has worked with composers, instrumentalists and singers from the UK, USA, Zimbabwe, Georgia, France and Ireland. Over the past 15 years she has given two or three weekend workshops per year in Ireland. These workshops have earned such a reputation for being great fun as well as inspirational, that they normally book out very quickly.
    Ability to read music is not a requirement, but participants should be available for all the dates above as well as a daytime rehearsal on Sat 4th June. The total cost is €75 (€60 concessions) which is a considerable reduction on the usual fee.
    Early booking is advised, deposit essential, phone Doreen Hanley on 087 2686764 or Tony Kay 087 7464555.
  • 21st May 2011
    Clare Burren Marathon
    This is a road, green road and trail challenge across the beautiful scenic Burren. Each participant has a choice of full, half or mini marathon on the day. All three challenges start in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.
    Contact: 353-87-7779714 / 353-87-9847025
    Web: www.clareburrenmarathonchallenge.com
  • 20th May 2011
    Clare Arts Office is delighted to bring the acclaimed production ‘Here we are again still’ to Glor on Friday, May 20th as part of our Bealtaine festival.
    Paddy sits on the same bench outside his flat every night, unable to sleep since the death of his wife. His elderly neighbour Imelda does her best to drive him indoors, but there’s no talking to him. Then one day Paddy is annoyed to find a troubled young man called Tony sitting on his bench…Here we are again still is a moving, funny and uplifting play about two broken men, one older and one younger, who discover an unlikely connection through a shared passion for soccer. And yet it is not just a play about soccer. It is also a story about finding the courage to face the day alone.
    The playwright, Christian O’Reilly, will give a pre-show talk in Glor at 12 noon on the day. This will be of interest to all theatre buffs out there, as well as those with an interest in play writing or working with older people and drama. This talk will be followed after lunch by the performance at 2.15. What a way to spend a Friday!
    For bookings contact glor at 065 6843103.
  • 20th – 22nd May 2011
    Burren Slow Food Festival, Lisdoonvarna
    Showcasing the unique and excellent variety of local produce in the area. Various events throughout the weekend, including a banquet, markets, food tastings and many more.
    Contact: Birgitta Curtin : 065-7074432; Web: www.slowfoodclare.com
  • Friday May 20th
    Irish folk legends Tír na nÓg,
    The Bellbridge House Hotel, Spanish Point, Miltown Malbay

    Tír na nÓg are an Irish folk band formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969 by Leo O'Kelly and Sonny Condell. They are often considered as one of the first progressive folk bands with other artists like Nick Drake or group like Pentangle. Their music mainly consists of their own compositions, based on strong Celtic roots and typically featuring intricate acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. In their early years, they toured the folk clubs of the United Kingdom and internationally as a support act for several rock bands. Today, they rarely give concerts, and to catch these excellent musicians in concert is a very special treat! Support included each night - 8pm - 12pm - admission is €20 or €15 for unwaged at the door or tickets in advance from the venue and from comet@indigo.ie with free postage.
  • 19th of May
    Clare Success Stories - Case Studies.
    The Temple Gate Hotel Ennis.

    Open to all Men and Women in business, start up businesses, professionals, people in the arts or simply those interested in business. Join Network Ireland Clare for our most exciting event of the year – a chance to hear from two of our very own, homegrown, Banner Success Stories – ABC Nutrition in Shannon and Clare Spring in Lissycasey. networkclareevent@gmail.com
  • 16th – 20th May 2011
    County Fleadh, Kilfenora
    Music, Song and Dance. Competitions, informal sessions and open air music
    Contact: Cois na hAbhana 065 6824276 Web: www.coisnahabhna.ie
  • 16th May
    National Campaign for the Arts - Clare meeting.
    Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.

    Meet and Greet with Clare's TD's and Senators takes place at 11am on Monday, May 16th in the Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery. All are welcome. Please email the gallery at ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com if you would like to attend.
  • 14th - 15th May 2011
    Week-end painting and drawing workshop
    The Russell Gallery, New Quay is organizing a week-ends workshop to learn painting and drawing technique with artist Denise Hogan. A Full 2 days tuition 10am to 5.30pm will cost 160euro (deposit 60euro).
    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. 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. There will be no shortage of inspiration and atmosphere in the stunning setting of New Quay.
    For info and booking please call tel 065 7078185 or check our website www.russellgallery.net
    The Russell Gallery is spectacularly located on the seaside of New Quay, just on the border between county Clare and Galway, on the coast road half way between the villages of Kinvara and Ballyvaughan .Book Now. Limited availability.
  • 13th – 15th May 2011
    Fr Ted Festival,
    Ennistymon,

    “The Home of Father Ted! Calling All Father Teds, Dougals, Bishop Brennans, Mrs. Doyles, Hairy Babies, Pat Mustards and All Other Inhabitants of Craggy Island in joining us in County Clare this May for three days of reenactments, partying and recognition of 25 episodes of hilarity. This weekend of fun and frolics will take you on a journey, celebrating some of the most memorable scenes from the series, visiting the many locations, including a visit to the infamous Parochial House, and the biggest fancy dress party in the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon, the original lodgings for the Father Ted cast and crew.” http://www.frtedfestival.com/
  • May 13th* & 14th
    Fishamble : The New Play Company presents The Pride of Parnell Street by Sebastian Barry,
    Glór, Ennis.

    *Assisted performance Friday 13th May.
    Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) is delighted to announce the first ever national tour of audio description and captioning with Sebastian Barry’s, The Pride of Parnell Street, presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company. Assisted performances give audiences with sensory impairments full access to theatre by means of audio description for blind and visually impaired people, and captioning for people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing. The Pride of Parnell Street is an incredibly moving story of a married couple. In a series of intercutting monologues, Janet and Joe chart the intimacies of their love and the rupturing of their relationship. This is an intimate, heroic tale of ordinary and extraordinary life on the streets of Dublin. TICKETS €25/22 / €15 if you quote Bealtaine when booking. Box Office: 065 6845372
  • 13th May 2011
    Golf Classic Fundraiser for Lahinch Seaworld
    Lahinch Championship Golf Course
    Teams of 4 2 Scores count at each hole
    Handicap Limit - Men 24 Ladies 32 300Euro Per Team
    Contact: Lahinch Golf Club for Time Sheet 065 7081003 or Denis Creedon, Chairman 087 2351742 or
    Michael Cagney, Secretary 087 2342807
  • 13th May 2011
    Having a Say Series: Claiming our future
    Income Inequality

    Cois na hAbhna, Gort Road,Ennis. From 10 am to 12.30 pm
    Keynote Speaker: Prof. Peader Kirby, Department of International Politics and Public Policy, University of Limerick.
    Followed by World Cafe Discussion
    Info: Email: clareactivecitizenship@gmail.com and Facebook: clareactivecitizenship
    Clare Active Citizenship Network - Promoting Active Citizenship, Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion
  • May 13th
    Book Launch – Charlie and his Perfect Wife
    At Glor, Ennis

    Eoin Lemon is launching his new book Charlie and his Perfect Wife in Glor on Friday, May 13th, between 6 & 7 p.m. All are welcome. To reserve a copy of this hilarious new book email sales@tenpublishing@co.uk
  • 12th May 2011
    Crusheen Annual Comhaltas Concert
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis

    Starting at 8.00pm
  • 12th May 2011
    Launch of Shift in Perspective: An Arts & Disability Resource Pack,
    Glór, Ennis.

    Shift in Perspective is the result of a partnership between the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Mayo County Council, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and South Tipperary County Council. It grew out of the partner organisations' work to develop innovative approaches in high-quality contemporary arts and disability practice, and to make arts venues more accessible to artists and audiences with disabilities. This publication aims to capture the learning that arose from these initiatives and share its practical application with artists and all who work in professional and community-based venues, galleries, theatres and related arts organisations. Launch takes place at 4p.m.
  • 12th May 2011
    Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme - Information Session.
    Glór, Ennis

    Create, in partnership with Clare County Arts Office, presents this information session which will be an opportunity to ask questions about the application process and criteria for the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme. The Scheme is open to artists across all artforms who want to work collaboratively with communities of place or interest in different social and community contexts including arts and health, arts and older people, arts and prisons, arts and cultural diversity. There are two phases to the Scheme: Research and Development and Project Realisation. Phase One, Research & Development, is open to artists who wish to research and develop a project in a community context. Maximum time frame is 3 months. The maximum amount awarded in Phase One is €1,000. Phase One, the research and development award of up to €1,000, gives artists an opportunity to explore and develop a project in a community context. There is also a Research & Development/ Mentoring award of 1500, so an artist can work with another artist in the same artform or from a different discipline, on their professional development. The Research and Development/ Mentoring award of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which was added last year, aims to encourage the development and enhancement of artists’ creative practice, offering an opportunity to work with a mentor in order to assist professional skills, take artistic interests in fresh directions and to acquire new approaches to art making with a community. Email communications@create-ireland.ie. The session runs from 1p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 8th May 2011
    Walk through Dromore Woods, Ruan
    Walk through Dromore Woods, Ruan on Sunday 8th May 2011. Base camp is Dromore Woods car park at 12.30 for 1 o’clock start. The walk will take in the beautiful scenery of lake and forest, is suitable for young and old, and will be approximately one and a half hours duration. Please bring food and a drink. The walk is being organized by Dermot Ryan who is partaking in the 250 mile cycle and all contributions are welcome on the day. Dermot’s contact number is 086 0810291.
  • May 7th 2011
    The Sixth Aughty Earth Day Gathering, Slógadh Eachtaí - Lough Graney 2011.
    Slógadh Eachtaí will take place on the 7th May 2011 in Caher House on the shores of Lough Graney. Registration: 9.15, Venue: Caher House, Lough Graney Estate. Enquiries to Mary on 0861078699 or email: slogadheachtai@gmail.com. More information on www.aughty.org.
  • 7th May 2011
    7th annual RIAI Simon Open Door
    Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co. Clare

    Up to 3000 people in Ireland are currently homeless and the average age of death of someone sleeping rough is 42. The Simon Community of Ireland reach out to people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or experiencing housing difficulties.
    On Saturday 7th May Stanford Architects are taking part in the 7th annual RIAI Simon Open Door. Members of the public donate 50euro to The Simon Community and in return receive a 1 hour consultation with Stanford Architects.
    Anyone can sign up and receive advice on a range of issues such as:
    • extending your home
    • maximising natural light
    • storage tips
    • even building a new home
    This event benefits both the Simon Communities of Ireland AND members of the public.
    To book a slot you MUST register online at www.simonopendoor.ie, select County Clare, then Stanford Architects.
  • 7th May
    "A Musical Trail through the History of Ireland"
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis.

    Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra present "A Musical Trail through the History of Ireland" in Cois na hAbhna, Ennis on Saturday May7th starting at 8.00pm
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  • May 5th & 6th
    Don Stiffe in concert
    Teach Ceoil, Corofin
    T he great Don Stiffe, fresh from his exploits on the All-Ireland Talent Show, will take to the stage in the Teach Ceoil for two nights, Thurs May 5th and Fri May 6th. Don was a recent (brief) guest at our festival in March, and is back by popular demand. He will be joined by some guests on both nights. Tickets are €15, and family discounts are available. Both concerts begin at 8.30pm. You can book tickets by contacting corofintradfest@gmail.com
  • May 4th
    Fashion Event in aid of Cystic Fibrosis
    Dromoland
    This fashion event is being held in Dromoland on Wednesday May 4th next, in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. There will be a catwalk show, pop-up shopping and prize for Best Dressed Lady (and other prizes) on the night, all for a very worthwhile cause, tickets are €35. For tickets contact: pclancy@clancysolicitors.com
  • May 2nd, 2011
    Sacred Sounds Folk Concert with Kate Purcell
    St. Cronan's Church & Heritage Centre, Tuamgraney.
    Set in the beautiful 1,000 year old St. Cronan's Church and Heritage Centre in Tuamgraney, East Clare, visitors are treated to the best of Irish Traditional and Folk music from County Clare. Enjoy music from well known folk singer and musician Kate Purcell along with guest musicians at the Sacred Sounds folk concert series
  • May 1st
    Burrenbeo Trust May Talk
    Caherconnell
    The Burrenbeo Trust May talk is with archaeologist Michelle Comber looking at the stone fort and the excavation at Caherconnell. This is free for Trust members and €5 for non-members. For more information contact trust@burrenbeo.com
  • Date: month of May 2011
    Burren in Bloom
    A month-long festival of illustrated talks and walks to celebrate the amazing botanical wealth of the Burren.
    Contact: 065 7077 464; Web:www.burreninbloom.com Email: info@burreninbloom.com

April 2011:

  • 30th April – 2nd May
    PJ Hayes Memorial Weekend, Feakle
    Contact: Gary Pepper 061-924885
    Traditional music celebrating the memory of PJ Hayes.
  • 30 April / 1 May
    CELT Weekend in the Woods
    CELT Centre for Environmental Living & Training, Main St., Scariff, Co.Clare, Ireland
    Places still available on : Intro to Boat Building; Longbow making; Silversmithing; Dry-stone and Lime Mortar Walling; Sugan Chair making. Course fee 120 euro for weekend. (Membership required - 15 euro single or 25 euro family).
    Book on-line or send cheque / PO payable to CELT. Include contact details and 2nd choice (in case of over-booking).
    CELT Centre for Environmental Living & Training
    Main St., Scariff, Co.Clare, Ireland
    www.celtnet.org
    info@celtnet.org
    061-640765
  • Saturday, 30th April,
    On Saturday, 30th April, the Clare traditional heritage group, Oidhreacht an Chláir is holding a Grand Table Quiz. It will take place at The Market House, Miltown Malbay commencing at 9.00pm sharp, tables of three. The quizmaster will be Michael Grey and all proceeds from the evening will go to the development of OaC.
  • April 29th- May 26th
    Birds of the Shore: William Glynn
    Red Couch Space, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
    William Glynn was born in Kilrush and brought up in Kilkee, Co.Clare. He spent most of his working life teaching in the UK. Returning to Ireland on retirement, his hobby photography, became a serious pursuit. He loves the stark beauty of the West Clare coastline with its ever changing sea and sky and abundance of wild life. Impressed by Cartier-Bresson’s idea of the significant moment he tries to capture these unrepeatable fleeting instants.
    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 - 4pm
  • 29th April – May 1st
    The Burren Law School Conference
    Director: Fintan O’Toole.
    The Burren Law School aims to recreate the tradition of legal learning associated with the
    Brehon Law Schools, allowing the past to illuminate the present in what promises to be
    a stimulating and entertaining weekend. It will be of interest to the public at large as much as
    to members of the legal and caring professions, historians and relevant interest groups.
    Contact: Brid O’Loghlen 065-7077200; Web: www.burrenlawschool.org; Email: brid@burrencollege.ie
  • 29th April 2011
    Launch of ‘Réiltín’ CD, Featuring Sharon Shannon, Colette O Leary, Liz and Yvonne Kane and many more. Doors open 8pm €15, Auburn Lodge, Ennis, Co. Clare.
    All the proceeds of this concert go to The Clare Crusaders - Children’s Clinic for Special Need.
  • Thurs 28th April to Mon 2nd May
    Kilfenora Music Festival
    http://www.kilfenorainfo.com/kilfenora-music-festival-2011.php
  • Thurs 28th April, 2011
    The Return of the Cuckoo – a talk by John Murphy
    8.30pm at Burrenbeo Trust Centre, Kinvara
    John Murphy is the founder and chairperson of Birdwatch Ireland Clare Branch. He is director of Waxwing Wildlife Productions who have just completed a wildlife documentary for TG4. This latest series is about wildlife species that have been lost in Ireland. This talk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a €5 charge for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • April 25th
    Murrough Mountain Loop Walk
    Fanore.
    The Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Group will meet at 11am at Fanore Beach to go up Murrough Mountain Loop. For more info contact Michael on 086 0767776.
  • April 21st
    Clare Network Ireland Meeting for women in business
    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis
    We look forward to seeing you on Thursday the 21st April in the Temple Gate at 7:30pm for our talk with life and communications coach (and past Network Clare President) Claire ni Grianna on communicating and finding the confidence within you to make that all important presentation or elevator pitch. For further information contact: networkirelandclare@gmail.com
  • Monday, 18th April, 2011
    Selling at Markets and Fairs
    Woodstock Hotel, Enis
    Businesses that have traditionally operated a business through retail and now find that they are selling more at markets and fairs than in their shops. Individuals newly set up in business looking for cost effective ways to sell their produce without having to pay high rents and rates. The aim of this programme is to assist participants in developing and improving their sales and communication skills at market and fairs to increase sales and turnover. At the end of this course participants will: have tips for getting noticed, learned how to overcome barriers to making a sale, learned the signals to identify when a customer is interested, how to discuss price, close the sale and gather information for future promotions. Time: 2pm to 5pm
    Cost: €20. For further info contact: Lucy Reidy,Training Co-ordinator, Clare County Enterprise Board, Enterprise House, Mill Road, Ennis, Co. Clare.Tel. 065-6841922 Fax. 065-6841887. Website:www.clareceb.ie Email:lreidy@clareceb.ie
  • April 17th - 25th
    Art for Easter, St. Fachnan's Cathedral, Kilfenora.
    Paintings to rouse the spirit, illuminating Passion Tide and Easter, by Frances Bailey.
    Opening Palm Sunday, April 17th at 4p.m. with music, song and poetry.
    Launch by Archie Simpson, vocal coach and conductor of the Lismorahaun Singers.
    Viewing afternoons from 1 - 4 p.m
  • April 16th and 17th
    Storymaking - Venue: Úlla Beag, Ogonnelloe, County Clare
    “The enchanted world of fairy tales, with its princesses and stepmothers, its magic forests and wise old kings, has been an integral part of childhood for hundreds of years.” Course content: The Making of a Story - Hans Christian Andersen, like Rudyard Kipling, enjoyed illustrating his own stories, being aware that words and images offer meaning on many different levels and enrich our existence in many ways. Through weaving images and words, allowing them to take us to places imagined and real, we in turn give ourselves the freedom to play, to create and enjoy the many aspects that a story can offer. Storymaking with children - How to create stories with children addressing different age groups, art materials, techniques and art forms.
    Further info on www.arttoheart.ie or email jole@arttoheart.ie
  • Saturday 16th April 2011
    Johnny Patterson Memorial Concert
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Johnny Patterson Memorial Concert will be held in Cois na hAbhna on Saturday 16th April 2011 featuring a host of well known artists. Starting at 8.30pm. For further information contact: coisnahabhna@comhaltas.net
  • Saturday 16th April:
    Clare Arts & Health get-together, Rowan Tree Café
    Clare Arts & Health (previously Clare Artists’ Network for Arts in health & disability)are holding a get-together at 11am in the Rowan Tree Café Bar, Harmony Row, Ennis.
    There have been some exciting developments recently – we now have an enthusiastic committee; a modest budget (courtesy of Clare Arts Office) and are set up to begin fundraising to help support Arts & Health projects throughout the county.
    Plans for the year include a visit by Create to discuss project funding opportunities; a fundraising show & auction as part of the annual Embrace exhibition in glór; inclusion of members’ details on a national Arts & Health website currently under construction; and introductory workshops in a variety of different art forms.
    Come along if you can make it for coffee & craic and add your ideas & energy to what we hope will be a successful year for Arts & Health in Clare.
    (Event is open to all - if you know someone involved in arts who might be interested feel free to invite them along).
    RSVP please to arts@clarelibrary.ie or to Alan on 086 8398832
  • Sat 16th April
    ‘The Pipe’ - a documentary film by director Risteard O Dhomhnaill
    The Courthouse Gallery , Ennistymon.
    See http://www.thepipethefilm.com for clips and more info on the documentary.
  • April 13th, 2011
    Presenting yourself in Business presented by Clare County Enterprise Board Women in Business Network
    The Woodstock Hotel, Ennis.
    Ellen Gunning, The PR Academy will give a mini master class for women in how to present your-self confidently in business. So if it is presenting yourself for an interview, making the sale, attending strategic meetings with confidence or speaking in public don’t miss this motivating talk full of tips for everyone woman in business. Top tips on how to get your message across followed by Practical advice for women in business – A voice of experience with guest speaker: Eileen Clair. Eileen runs a Holistic Therapy Centre and has been in business for over 20 years and has built a thriving business while juggling a hectic business and personal schedule. Eileen who is married with 4 grown children will give a practical account of her experience as a woman in business. She will take from her 20 years experience as a business woman, mother and wife in advising woman at all stages of business from pre start up, start up and post start up on how to get the balance right and keep all the balls flying high in the air while looking great and feeling great! She is guaranteed to give expert and practical advice for all who attend.
    Opportunities to network also.
    Booking essential: Please register at www.clareceb.ie/courses/
  • Tuesday April 12th
    A HISTORY OF NORTH CLARE IN 100 OBJECTS
    This exciting new project will be launched on Tuesday April 12th at 8pm in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. The first of a series of meetings will be held where five or six invited guests will each present an object of particular significance – tell its story and point its importance for them personally and to North Clare in general.
    It is hoped that over the next few years we will build a comprehensive picture of our history. It should be interesting and full of surprises. If you would like to be a guest presenter yourself and have an interesting object to share you will be most welcome at a future date. All welcome.
  • Friday, April 8th
    Love:Live Music Day - Free Lunchtime trad session
    Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis, Co.Clare
    A free trad music session featuring Eoin O'Neill, Quentin Cooper and Michael Hopkins and some of the talented employees of Clare County Council including Sean McInerney and Adrian Rahill. Open to all to come along and bring your dancing shoes! Time: 13:00 - 14:00. Contact: Siobhán Mulcahy. Telephone: 065 6899091. Email: arts@clarelibrary.ie. Website: http://www.clarelibrary.ie/arts.htm
  • Wednesday 6th April
    Artists’ Talks Programme - Breda Lynch. Lecture Hall at Burren College of Art.
    This presentation will take place at 11am-12.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend these presentations free of charge. If you are thinking of bringing a group please advise us in advance. Since there are occasionally changes to this schedule at short notice we recommend you check by telephone before setting out, call 065 7077200. For details of how to get to Burren College of Art and other information please go to www.burrencollege.ie.
  • April 4th – April 30th
    Exhibition of Paintings by Doreen Drennan,
    Foyer of the County Museum, Ennis.
    Doreen Drennan is a traditional style artist specialising in landscapes, seascapes and gardens. She has been living and painting in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare for almost 25 years. Her preferred medium is oil on canvas and the palette knife features strongly in her paintings.Doreen draws her inspiration from the magnificent scenery which abounds all around her locality from the Cliffs of Moher to the fishing village of Doolin, the uniqueness of the Burren to the boats at Kinvara and on up to the wild exotic beauty of Achill Island where she was born. Her painting technique has been described as loose and fluid, using brush and knife to create the shapes and images, and her palette carefully chosen and mixed to portray the fleeting light and the misty and often dramatic colours of the West of Ireland. For further information contact:Doreen Drennan 087 9303755, Info@doreendrennan.com & www.doreendrennan.com.
  • Sunday 3rd April
    Grafting - Irish Seed Savers Association Workshop
    Irish Seed Savers Association,
    Capparoe, Scarriff, County Clare.
    Tel: +353-61-921866
    www.irishseedsavers.ie
  • Sun 3rd April 2011
    ‘Rich heritage in the midst of a farm’ – a Burrenbeo Trust April Walk with Michael Davoren at 2pm. Meet at Kilcorney (OS51 995 226). Everyone welcome. Free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a €5 charge for non-members. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096.
    Following on from the mapping work that the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers carried out last summer on the Davoren land with Christine Grant, Michael Davoren is going to give a insight into the rich archaeological heritage that exists on his farm. Michael is the 7th generation of his family to work this land. With routes that can be traced back to the O’Dabhoirean Law School at Cahermacnaughten Ring fort 1600AD. There are limestone rock pavements, a mapped cave with mythical stories from the “Caves of the Wild Horses”, the remains of a Neolithic settlement, Cist Grave and burial mound which was recently excavated and dated 700AD, Ring Forts, a Souterrain, and ancient field systems, and as well as a 10th century ruin. Michael is part of the Farm Heritage Tours and he is the chairman of the Burren IFA. This is a great example of how the unique farming traditions of the Burren and heritage run together and depend on each other. The terrain can be uneven so please wear sensible walking shoes and suitable warm, weather-resistant clothing. The walk should take just approximately 2 hours. This walk is open to everyone.
  • Saturday 2nd April
    Music/Dancing with Dave Culligan & Mountain Dew
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Ennis Tidy Towns & Sculpture Initiative presents a night with Dave Culligan & Mountain Dew from 9.30p.m. - 12.30 a.m.. Proceeds in aid of John Molloy's Mission in Ecuador.

March 2011:

  • Wednesday 30th March 2011
    Artists’ Talks Programme - Atsushi Kaga. Lecture Hall at Burren College of Art.
    This presentation will take place at 11am-12.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend these presentations free of charge. If you are thinking of bringing a group please advise us in advance. Since there are occasionally changes to this schedule at short notice we recommend you check by telephone before setting out, call 065 7077200. For details of how to get to Burren College of Art and other information please go to www.burrencollege.ie.
  • Tues 29th March
    The Moravians of Kilnaboy by Myra English
    Kilnaboy X-PO talk
  • Monday 28th March
    The North Clare Historical Society presents "The Wardens & Bishops of Galway" a talk by Fr. Denis Crosby at The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, on Monday 28th March at 8pm. All welcome. Admission €5
  • Saturday March 26th
    Feis Cheoil, Inis Cathaigh 2011 (Music, Singing & Brush Dancing Competitions), Kilrush.
    Starting at 10 a.m. in the Kilrush Adult Education Centre
    Traditional Music Competitions for U6.7.8.9.10.11.12.13.14.& Over 14
    All Instruments:
    Singing & Brush Dance: U-8-10-12-14
    Entry fee €5.00 per competition.
    Information from: Joe Searson: 065 9087875/ 087 6762023 or Anne Hayes. 065 6834158/087 2663718.
    Closing Date March 20th: Timetable will be available after closing date.
  • March 25th to April 21st
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, presents “insight” by Will O’Kane & Sue Morris
    Opening reception Friday March 25th at 8pm.
    Will O'Kane is an artist who focuses on figurative painting. Starting points for his work can come from his own photography, from found materials and images, from memory and also from direct observation. He has exhibited throughout Ireland and abroad and is currently based in Dublin. Sue Morris followed her degree at Chelsea College of Art with an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited widely and has works in corporate, public and private collections
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  • March 25th to April 21st
    In conjunction with nòinean, the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, presents an exhibition of paintings by Brid Harhen in the Red Couch Space, Courthouse Gallery, Parliament St., Ennistymon. Opening reception Saturday March 26th at 2pm. The Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery is delighted to show the work of Brid Harhen.
    Ms. Brid Harhen was born in Liscannor, Co. Clare in 1972. She only started painting five years ago and The Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery is proud to show her work. Brid takes her influences from her locality and the stunning views from her kitchen window in Moher. She has a love for nature and flowers which she carries through in her paintings. She has previously exhibited in the “Teach Ceol” in 2006 and the “Burren Centre” in Kilfenora in 2007, The Courthouse Gallery 2009, and at The Cliffs of Moher Centre.
  • Friday 25th March
    Traditional Horse Fair, Kilrush
    Contact: Kilrush Town Council 065-9051047
  • Wednesday 23rd March 2011
    Artists’ Talks Programme - Anthony Haughey. Lecture Hall at Burren College of Art.
    This presentation will take place at 11am-12.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend these presentations free of charge. If you are thinking of bringing a group please advise us in advance. Since there are occasionally changes to this schedule at short notice we recommend you check by telephone before setting out, call 065 7077200. For details of how to get to Burren College of Art and other information please go to www.burrencollege.ie.
  • Sunday 20th March
    Cheese making - Irish Seed Savers Association Workshop
    Irish Seed Savers Association,
    Capparoe, Scarriff, County Clare.
    Tel: +353-61-921866
    www.irishseedsavers.ie
  • Saturday 19th March
    Wind, water, solar - Which one is right for me? - Irish Seed Savers Association Workshop
    Irish Seed Savers Association,
    Capparoe, Scarriff, County Clare.
    Tel: +353-61-921866
    www.irishseedsavers.ie
  • Fri 18th Mar 2011
    The Cresswell Images – Kinvara in the 1950s. Burrenbeo Trust March Talk hosted by Caoilte Breathnach,
    at 8.30pm in the Burrenbeo Trust Centre. Everyone welcome. Free for members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096.
  • Thursday 17th March
    Al Andar Flamenco Show at the Courthouse Gallery, Parliament St. Ennistymon at 8pm. Tickets €10.
    St.Patricks Day Celebration! An evening of flamenco culture featuring the stunning music and dance from Andalusia. Al-Andar performs Flamenco in its purest form.
    The evocative singing of Olayo Jimenez, the pulsing beats of Lucas Gonzalez's guitar, and the passionate dance of Fatima Lucia come together to bring you the unique sensitivity of this old tradition from Southern Spain.
  • March 17th March – 26th March
    Clare Drama Festival, Scarriff
    Contact: Doreen Hanley 087 2686764
    Enjoy a series of excellent plays.
  • Thursday March 17th
    Céilí

    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Star of Munster Céilí Band. Dancing 9.00 - 12.00. Organised by Comhaltas
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  • Wednesday March 16th
    Céilí
    Minogues, Tulla

    Music by David Culligan & Mountain Dew. Organised by Comhaltas. 10pm. Admission €5
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  • Wed 16th March
    "Songs from our mothers time" - Heritage Inchicronan Night with Gerry McNamara and Friends at 8.30pm. Everyone welcome. Tea/Coffee/Chat. Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172.
    Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com. Website: www.aughty.org
  • Wednesday 16th March 2011
    Artists’ Talks Programme - Ian Charlesworth. Lecture Hall at Burren College of Art.
    This presentation will take place at 11am-12.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend these presentations free of charge. If you are thinking of bringing a group please advise us in advance. Since there are occasionally changes to this schedule at short notice we recommend you check by telephone before setting out, call 065 7077200. For details of how to get to Burren College of Art and other information please go to www.burrencollege.ie.
  • March 15th and March 16th 2011
    Free educational guidance
    Ennis RLC,Clare County Museum
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre continues to offer free educational guidance for third level, for two days per month. If you are aged over 18 and would like information about educational options available to you, you can contact us at 065-6866844 for an appointment. An educational guidance session consists of a one-to-one free consultation with our guidance counsellor, Patricia Anne Moore
  • March 11th – Sunday March 13th 2011
    Burren Spring Conference
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
    This year’s Burren Spring Conference promises to be an intriguing affair. Titled ‘The Burren –What is to be done?’ the event will look at the enormous potential of the Burren and at models through which this potential might be better realised. Particular reference will be made to an exciting new initiative - the development of a Charter for the Burren which aims to support communities, sustain heritage and develop local business, farming and tourism. Contributors will include Conor Newman (Heritage Council), Kevin Whelan (University of NotreDame), Gabriel Cooney (NUI Dublin), Mary Mulvey (Greenbox), Michael Berkery (former Genral Secretary of the IFA), Gordon D’Arcy and a number of international guest speakers. Conference fee: €60 (50% of usual cost!). Supported by The Heritage Council. For more information contact Anna by on anna@burrencollege.ie or phone 065 7077200
  • 8th March - 12th March 2011
    Ennis Musical Society presents the stage classic Oliver! from March 8th to 12th
    Glór Music Centre, Ennis.
    Shows nightly at 8pm with a matinée at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 12th. Box Office 065-6843103 or see www.ennismusicalsociety.com for further details.
  • Wednesday 9th March 2011
    Artists’ Talks Programme - David Ferry. Lecture Hall at Burren College of Art.
    This presentation will take place at 11am-12.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend these presentations free of charge. If you are thinking of bringing a group please advise us in advance. Since there are occasionally changes to this schedule at short notice we recommend you check by telephone before setting out, call 065 7077200. For details of how to get to Burren College of Art and other information please go to www.burrencollege.ie.
  • Tuesday, 8th March
    Climate change and natural disasters in Ireland - Dr Kieran Hickey for the Old Kilfarboy Society
    The last meeting in the present programme of the Old Kilfarboy Society will take place on Tuesday, 8th March, when Dr Kieran Hickey will be speaking on climate change and natural disasters in Ireland. These will include the 1755 tsunami and the 2010 Clare earthquake. As usual, the talk will be held at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, commencing at 8.00pm. We will then be taking a break until October, when a new programme of talks will begin. Any suggestions for new topics will be welcomed; please contact the secretary. Throughout the summer there will be a number of guided walks – see local press for details.
  • Sun 6th Mar 2011
    ‘Blackhead’s ringfort and surrounding heritage' - Burrenbeo Trust May Walk with local guide Mary Howard at 2pm on Sun 6th March 2011. Meet at St Patrick’s Church, Fanore.
    Local Fanore walking guide, Mary Howard, will take us up to the wonderful ringfort at the top of the mountain on Blackhead. On the way there is a fulacht fia and an old herdsman cottage that will also be viewed. The walk will be about 3 hours and in a loop-like fashion. Please bring good walking shoes and be aware that there is a hill and rough terrain involved. Everyone welcome, although dogs are not allowed. Free for members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096
  • Saturday 5th March 2011
    “Zocorro Rose of Tralee"
    The Blue Frog Café, New Road, Ennistymon
    A sell-out Dublin Fringe Festival Comedy hit. In this one-woman comedy show, Zocorro recalls the memorable year she entered the Rose of Tralee, creating the biggest scandal in the history of the competition! Zocorro is a Spanish testosterone-fuelled Nanny who dreams of becoming the next Rose of Tralee. She tackles the giants of nannying Foxrock children, hospitals, leprechauns and Ryanair. She will sacrifice love and bare whatever is necessary to achieve her goal: to be crowned the Rose of Tralee, and win the keys to the Volvo that come with it. Can a surprise random urine test shatter her dreams? At 9 pm (doors open 8.30pm) Tickets: €10 in advance / €12.50 at the door Info: bluefrogclare@gmail.com
  • 4th to 6th March, 2011
    Ennis Book Club Festival 2011
    In association with Clare County Library, the three-day programme of events is expected to attract hundreds of Book Club members and book lovers from all over Ireland and the UK to the Clare County capital from 4th to 6th March 2011. More info...
  • Friday 4th March
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis. Social and set-dancing in aid of Caring for Carers.
    Music by PJ Murrihy & Micheál Sexton. Dancing from 10-1.00
  • March 3rd to 17th
    Seachtain na Gaeilge : Clár an Chláir
    Imeachtaí dátheangach ar siúl ar fud an Chontae chun tacú le cur chun chinn na Gaeilge. I measc na n-aíonna a bheidh linn tá Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Branar leis an dráma puipéad "Clann Lir", Lisa Ní Laoire, Club Caifé ar fud Bhaile na hInse gan dearmad a dhéanamh ar an gCéilí Mór Oscailte, an 3 Márta, le Re-Seisiún. Le haghaidh tuilleadh eolais, féach ar www.snag.ie agus www.clarecoco.ie nó seol ríomhphost chuig gaeilge@clarecoco.ie
  • 3rd & 4th March
    Clare Youth Theatre presents 'Ex Libris' (Out of Books)
    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis
    Clare Youth Theatre in association with Ennis Book Club Festival present ‘Ex Libris’ a dramatised celebration of the written word from classic texts such as ‘Waiting for Godot’ to present day works ‘Life of Pi, ‘The Help’ and ‘Skippy Dies’. The ethos of this production is to allow the young people involved as much autonomy as possible in the choice and dramatisation of the material. All the cast are avid readers and the rehearsal space resembles a library or a bookshop at times with armfuls of books being brought in . Cast members spend time together discussing their choices and deciding what will make good theatre. Lively discussions have abounded, all underpinned by a respect for the work and themselves. The cast and director (Eleanor Feely) work as an ensemble. The cast range in age from 12 to 17 (and the director on a par with Tyrannasauros Rex or Regina!) and their choice of books is wide-ranging… diverse, funny, sad, poignant, sophisticated, intelligent, subversive, challenging and ultimately, life-enhancing.. A bit like themselves… We hope you enjoy the show and we will be available post performance to discuss all aspects of the production and facilitate a question and answer session. Performances take place on Thursday, March 3rd (World Book Day) at 2p.m. and Friday, March 4th at 8.30 p.m. Tickets are €10 and €8 concession and are available through Glor Box Office. 065 6843103; www.glor.ie
    Clare Youth Theatre is an initiative of Clare County Arts Office
  • Thursday 3rd March 2011
    Artists’ Talks Programme - Simon Anderson. Lecture Hall at Burren College of Art.
    This presentation will take place at 11am-12.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend these presentations free of charge. If you are thinking of bringing a group please advise us in advance. Since there are occasionally changes to this schedule at short notice we recommend you check by telephone before setting out, call 065 7077200. For details of how to get to Burren College of Art and other information please go to www.burrencollege.ie.
  • March 3rd
    Céilí Oscailte do Sheachtain na Gaeilge, 2011
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Céilí starts at 9.00 p.m. Music by Clare's Reseisiún. Free entry
    For further details, contact gaeilge@clarecoco.ie / 065-6846512
  • Wednesday 2nd March 2011
    Artists’ Talks Programme - Tom Molloy. Lecture Hall at Burren College of Art.
    This presentation will take place at 11am-12.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend these presentations free of charge. If you are thinking of bringing a group please advise us in advance. Since there are occasionally changes to this schedule at short notice we recommend you check by telephone before setting out, call 065 7077200. For details of how to get to Burren College of Art and other information please go to www.burrencollege.ie
  • March 1st - April 2nd 2011
    Landscape Paintings by Seán Durack
    Gallery at Scariff Library
    Drawn to the places where man’s impact has been minimal, Seán’s landscapes are impressions of remote, uninhabited areas of upland and lakeshore that are reclaimed by nature. Ancient bog cuttings and abandoned harbours are now naturalised and beautiful features, recaptured by the giant rolling spaces of hilltops or enclosed by encroaching trees and water.
    Contact Sadie Monks 087 6397682 sadiemonks@gmail.com for further information

February 2011:

  • February 28th - March 6th
    Corofin Traditional Music Festival. For full programme details visit www.corofintradfest.com
  • Monday 28th February 2011
    The Market Houses of County Clare, a North Clare Historical Society talk by Brian Ó Dálaigh
    at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm
    Admission €5. All are welcome.
    Market houses are a distinct and beautiful feature of many Clare towns including Ennistymon, Miltown Malbay, Tulla and Scariff. Brian O’Dálaigh is a native of Ennis and is a history graduate of UCD and St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. His special interest is in the archaeology, history and topography of County Clare. He is the author of Ennis in the Eighteenth Century (1995), editor of the Corporation Book of Ennis (1990) and Irish Townlands (1997). Over the years he has contributed numerous articles to local historical periodicals.
  • Saturday, February 26th
    Clare Youth Theatre perform A Man's Game
    Glor, Ennis
    Clare Youth Theatre takes to the main stage in Glor on with a work by Scarrif based playwright Paul Brennan. The play examines how society tends to undervalue and marginalize womens' sports. Entitled, “A Man’s Game”, it follows the story of the Bolandstown camogie team from the bottom of the league to the championship final with the help of new coach Billy. It explores the teen issues of school pressures and the competing demands of other extracurricular activities including the more successful school choir, Their new coach Billy has his own demons to grapple with as he avoids the club house and helps the team deal with internal jealousies and team politics.
    Clare Youth Theatre have a wonderful history of involving teens from all corner’s of the county in excellent and original dramatic productions. A Man's Game directed by Theresa Leahy will continue this tradition with this wonderful production suitable for all ages. A Man’s Game will have two performances in Glor on Saturday, February 26th, 2011. A matinee will take place at 3p.m. and the evening performance will take place at 8p.m. Tickets are €12 and €10 concession and are available from Glor box office 065 6843103 or book on line at www.glor.ie. Clare Youth Theatre is an initiative of Clare’s County Art's Office and is supported by Clare County Council and the Arts Council. It is a member of the National Association of Youth Drama (NAYD)
  • 25th to 28th February 2011
    Russell Traditional Music Festival
    Doolin
    To mark the 17th festival commemorating the traditional legacy of the Russell family from Doolin, the Russell Memorial Committee is putting together an exciting programme of events for a weekend of music and entertainment which includes the Open House Session, the Russell Concert, music sessions, workshops and set dancing. For further information contact: cragisle@gmail.com
  • Feb. 24th to Feb. 26th
    5th annual Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music
    Crusheen & Kinvara
    The Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music was first held in February 2007 in response to the tragic and untimely death of nineteen year old Joseph Browne. Joseph was an exceptionally talented musician, both in the traditional and classical fields. He was also a composer in both traditions. The Spring School, as well as celebrating his memory, seeks to carry on his music teaching and his strong belief in ‘passing on’ what he himself had learned.
    A key feature of the Spring School is the provision of classes and workshops through which we ‘pass on’ our wonderful traditional music to our young people. This year we have broadened our range of classes to include: fiddle, concertina, pipes, accordion, tin whistle, concert flute, guitar, bodhrán and piano/keyboard. Banjo classes will be provided if there is sufficient demand. All classes are being given, as always, by highly competent musicians and teachers.
    We have an additional feature in 2011, prompted by requests made by last year’s participants. On Saturday, Feb. 26th, we will have a Masterclass in Traditional Singing conducted by Edel Vaughan, a well-known singer and performer. Singers of all ages are very welcome to this event.
    We are happy, too, that we will have what promises to be an intimate and very enjoyable benefit concert in Johnston’s Hostel, Kinvara on Friday night, February 25th. Further information can be got on our website www.josephbrowne.org or by contacting 087 0674335
  • Sunday February 13th, 2011
    The 10th staging of the annual Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland walk in Fanore. The walk will start and finish as usual from O’Donohue’s Pub in Fanore where there will be refreshments and entertainment throughout the day. More than 980 people suffer from Alzheimer’s in County Clare at present so please support this worthy cause.
  • February 18th Feb – 17th March
    Vicky Lennie “Artists Books” - Red Couch Space at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Opening reception on 18, Feb, 2011 at 7pm.
    Launch of two new Artists Books and an exhibition of related work by Vicky Lennie in the Red Couch Space of the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon from 18th February- 17th March 2011.
    “The books: ‘Stones and Stories: Sketchbooks From the Burren and Aran Islands’ and ‘Early Irish Monks Understood that the World is Round’ are drawn from sketchbooks and paintings made around 1998/99, when I was living close to the Atlantic Ocean, in Doolin. Explorations of the surrounding area and folklore at that time led me through local stories and landscapes out to the many strange tales connected with the Atlantic. The exhibition will include original sketchbooks, paintings and ephemera, as well as the books themselves.
    For further information contact Courthhouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
    065 707 1630, ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com; ennistymoncourthousegallery.blogspot.com
    Facebook: Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery. Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 4pm

    More information here
  • 18th February – 17th March
    “Townlands” Exhibition, by Alan Counihan & Gypsy Ray
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
    Opening reception on 18, Feb, 2011 at 7pm.
    Townlands is an exhibition of works made over the past two years by artists Alan Counihan and Gypsy Ray as part of the Townlands Project. Works to be shown at the Courthouse Gallery will include photographs, drawings, sculpture, installation and film all of which have grown out of creative interaction with the artists’ local landscape. For further info contact: COURTHOUSE GALLERY Parliament Street - Ennistymon - Co. Clare. 065 7071630.
    Email: ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com.
    ennistymoncourthousegallery.blogspot.com
    Facebook: Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery. Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 4pm
  • Friday 18th Feb 2011
    Singers Club Loch Deirge - Spud Minogue's, Mountshannon
    Céad míle fáilte to all young or young-at-heart people for our first seisiún of 2011. We will be singing, playing music, speaking poetry, drama, recitations, jokes, and dancing a cúpla steps and of course, to just sit back and take it all in.. no pressure to perform, just a warm environment among friends .. in Mountshannon's own Cois na hAbhna (Spud Minogue's) from 9 pm onwards. The seisiún has been going for a few years now, and has always been graced by the presence of both young performers and old; genuine amateurs as well as seasoned performers; locals and visiting guests.... and we generally meet only once every TWO months, hosting the club in the summer at local festivals (InisCealtra Arts; Scariff Harbour; Whitegate May Bank Holiday). There is no admission price tho 'contributions' of any kind are always accepted! and refreshments are served to all at the 'half-time'! Tá Gaeilge agus Fáilte ... Tuilleadh eolas 087- 743-783-7 Find us on Facebook... HUP!
  • Friday 18th February
    Questions and Answers with a panel of political candidates
    Waterpark House, Drumbiggle, Ennis
    Clare Active Citizenship Network, As part of Active Citizenship Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion , A civil society forum , invite you to meet the candidates and hear what they have to say about how they and their party plan on getting democracy to work better for the people. Have a Say: in how politicians might hear and respond to your opinions/concerns.Forum takes place from 11.am – 2pm and is organised by: Clare Active Citizenship Network:Working to ensure participatory democracy - Clarecare, Clare VEC Adult Education Service, Clare Women’s Network and Clare Intercultural Network. If you wish to put a question to the candidates please email clareactivecitizenship@gmail.com. For further information contact:
    Clare Active Citizenship Network clareactivecitizenship@gmail.com. Facebook: clare active citizenship
  • February 17th and 18th 2011
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre continues to offer free educational guidance for third level, for two days per month. If you are aged over 18 and would like information about educational options available to you, you can contact us at 065-6866844 for an appointment. An educational guidance session consists of a one-to-one free consultation with our guidance counsellor, Patricia Anne Moore.
  • Thurs 17th Feb 2011
    ‘Turloughs – Vanishing Lakes or vanishing fields’ - a Burrenbeo Trust Feb Talk with Micheline Sheehy Skeffington at 8.30pm, Burrenbeo Trust Centre.
    Micheline Sheehy Skeffington is a Senior Lecturer in Plant Ecology at Dept of Botany, NUI Galway. Principal research interests include turlough vegetation, limestone grasslands, saltmarsh vegetation, as well as the diverse aspects such as effects of overgrazing in Connemara uplands, ethnobotany in tropical rainforests, and organic horticulture in Cuba. She is involved in many conservation campaigns. Everyone welcome. Free for members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096
  • Wednesday 16th February 2011
    Artists’ Talks Programme - Alice Lyons. Lecture Hall at Burren College of Art.
    This presentation will take place at 11am-12.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend these presentations free of charge. If you are thinking of bringing a group please advise us in advance. Since there are occasionally changes to this schedule at short notice we recommend you check by telephone before setting out, call 065 7077200. For details of how to get to Burren College of Art and other information please go to www.burrencollege.ie
  • February 12th – 26th, 2011
    Oman on my Mind - An exhibition of paintings by Niamh Hickey
    Gallery at Scariff Library.
    ‘Oman on my Mind’ is Niamh Hickey’s first exhibition since returning to Ireland from Dubai in 2007, and her first solo exhibition. It will be opened in the Gallery at Scariff Library on Saturday, February 12th by Siobhán Mulcahy, County Arts Officer at 2 p.m.. All are welcome to attend.
  • 12th February
    Ceili on Saturday 12th February with Jerry McCarthy Ceili Band 9.30pm
    Cois Na hAbhna, Ennis
  • Wednesday 9th February 2011
    Artists’ Talks Programme - Danny McCarthy. Lecture Hall at Burren College of Art.
    This presentation will take place at 11am-12.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend these presentations free of charge. If you are thinking of bringing a group please advise us in advance. Since there are occasionally changes to this schedule at short notice we recommend you check by telephone before setting out, call 065 7077200. For details of how to get to Burren College of Art and other information please go to www.burrencollege.ie
  • 8th February 2011
    "The Schools' Folklore Scheme (1937-38) in West Clare" - The Old Kilfarboy Society
    A talk by Criostóir Mac Cárthaigh, at 8.00pm at the Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay.
    The guest speaker at The Old Kilfarboy Society is archivist and collector Criostóir Mac Cárthaigh from UCD, who will be speaking on The Schools' Folklore Scheme (1937-38) in West Clare. This has special relevance to this area as recently a group of Transition Year students from St Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point, completed an index of the folklore collected by twenty three of the West Clare National Schools which took part in the scheme. The meeting will take place at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, commencing at 8.00pm; all are welcome.
  • Sun 6th Feb 2011
    ‘A court tomb and other heritage features around Doolin’ - a Burrenbeo Trust Feb Walk with Mattie Shannon. 2pm on Sun 6th Feb 2011. Meet at outside McDermotts, Doolin (OS51 080 974).
    Everyone welcome. Free for members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096. Following on from the clearance work that the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers carried out at the Doolin court tomb earlier in January, Doolin native Mattie Shannon is going to give a local knowledge insight into some of the lesser known heritage features on the Doolin landscape. Mattie is a farmer and heritage enthusiast from Doolin. He part-owns the commonage that the court tomb lies on. He has a diploma in Archaeology and carries out heritage tours in the area. The terrain can be uneven so please wear sensible walking shoes and suitable warm, weather-resistant clothing. The walk should take just approximately 2 hours.
  • Wednesday 2nd February 2011
    Artists’ Talks Programme - Mary Kelly. Lecture Hall at Burren College of Art.
    This presentation will take place at 11am-12.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend these presentations free of charge. If you are thinking of bringing a group please advise us in advance. Since there are occasionally changes to this schedule at short notice we recommend you check by telephone before setting out, call 065 7077200. For details of how to get to Burren College of Art and other information please go to www.burrencollege.ie

January 2011:

  • Monday 31st January 2011
    Some Tower Houses of North Clare a talk by Risteárd Ua Cróinín & Martin Breen
    Presented by The North Clare Historical Society
    at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Monday 31st January 2011 at 8pm
    Admission €5
  • 31st January 2011
    Renewable Energy Course
    Ennis Regional Learning Centre
    The aim of the programme is to provide an introduction to the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The learners are expected to become informed of global and national energy issues and to become aware of the potential for small-scale renewable energy systems. The programme looks at Solar, Thermal, Geothermal, Biomass (Woodchip and Wood pellet), Solar Photovoltaic, Wind and Microhydro technologies and instructs the learners on how to select the most appropriate technologies for a given site, climate and demand. All concepts are explained from a fundamental level. The programme is aimed at builders, architects, electricians, engineers, self-builders or anyone interested in sustainability and the environment. Course provider is the Department of Electrical / Electronic Engineering at LIT.
    This is an introductory level programme. There are no formal entry requirements to take this module, no prior knowledge of renewable energy is necessary.
    The course runs for 12 weeks on Monday evenings from 7.00pm – 9.30pm Fee. €400
    Contact: Ennis Regional Learning Centre, Arthur’s Row, Ennis, Co. Clare. Tel: 065-6866844.
    Email: info@ennisrlc.ie Web: www.ennisrlc.ie
  • January 30th, 2011
    Launch of Sing Us Another Story- CD and Songbook
    Woodstock Hotel, Ennis
    Mayor Christy Curtin will officially launch ‘Sing Us Another Story’, a song book and CD featuring John Tunney, traditional singer, with images by photographer Christy McNamara, as part of the Per Cent for Art Commission undertaken by Clare County Council and Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Association. Launch takes place at 5p.m.All are welcome.
  • 27th January
    Network Ireland Meeting of Clare branch
    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis
    Our first meeting of 2011 is an exciting one – our topic is ‘Goal Setting’ and we are very lucky to have a great speaker Mary T Tierney of Azurite Consulting to talk to us about goal setting and how to stay motivated in ensuring that these goals can be achieved. Azurite Consulting facilitates individuals, groups and teams to transform the way they perceive themselves and others through the design and delivery of superior quality, focused Communications and Teamwork programs, delivered in both group workshops and 1-to-1 (coaching / mentoring) basis. Azurite also provides personal, executive and career coaching programs. Also on the meeting agenda will be to outline the schedule for the year. Time: 7:30pm
    For further information contact: PR Officer: Dympna O Callaghan - Director: Molly D Marketing
    (061) 369898 - dympna@mollydmarketing.ie. Tel: +353 (0) 65 6899091

  • Wednesday 26th January 2011
    Artists’ Talks Programme - Amanda Coogan. Lecture Hall at Burren College of Art.
    This presentation will take place at 11am-12.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend these presentations free of charge. If you are thinking of bringing a group please advise us in advance. Since there are occasionally changes to this schedule at short notice we recommend you check by telephone before setting out, call 065 7077200. For details of how to get to Burren College of Art and other information please go to www.burrencollege.ie .
  • Monday January 25th to February 26th
    'Awakening & Surrender' - An exhibition of Art & Poetry by Clodagh Kelly
    Foyer of The County Museum, Ennis
    'Awakening & Surrender' came about in response to the work of poet & philosopher, John O Donohue author of Anam Cara. Clodagh's primary motivation as an Artist is to use painting to attain presence in the moment and to share and delight in what that presence might bring – insights, ideas, questions, answers, relief, awakening, surrender. She uses poetry to record the process and map the journey of discovery. Awakening & Surrender continues in the County Museum until February 26th, 2011 with 50% off original prices. Prices range from €195 to €295 and all are welcome.For further information contact: Clodagh Kelly on 086 8177464 or clokelly@gmail.com
  • Jan 24th 2011
    Presentation on the Renovation of the Ennistymon Courthouse by John O’Reilly architect
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    This presentation is relevant to History and Construction Studies students at Senior Cycle, and all those interested in local history
    Talk begins at 6.30 p.m. Entry is free. All welcome. Gallery is open from 12-4pm Tue - Sat. Ph: 065 7071630 for details or for booking a group visit.
  • Jan 22nd 2011
    Presentation on portfolio entry requirements
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Branwen Kavanagh (2nd Yr sculpture student at NCAD) and Myriam Riand (2nd Yr graphic design student at LSAD) will give a presentation on their current work and portfolio entry requirements. - relevant to any budding art students who wish to prepare portfolios and apply to art college.
    The Artist talks are aimed at Leaving Certificate students in Art, Craft and Design. There will be detailed educational notes and worksheets available to take away, compiled by Mary Fahy, the art teacher responsible for the show. These handouts are specifically designed for the Art History section of the course. Talk begins at 2p.m.
    Entry is free. All welcome. Gallery is open from 12-4pm Tue - Sat. Ph: 065 7071630 for details or for booking a group visit.
  • Wed 19th January.
    "Lios An Ru and 19th Century Tenant Villages Around Ballyvaughan" with Maggie Ronayne, Head of Archaeology (Acting), NUI Galway - Burrenbeo Trust Talk.
    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. The talk will feature some of the deserted tenant villages examined so far. This is based on a new project which began in 2010 which Maggie is co-directing with Professor Charles Orser of the New York State Museum. It is hoped that the community in Ballyvaughan and further afield will participate in the project.
    The Burrenbeo Trust Centre, Kinvara, 8.30pm
  • January 17th 2011
    Marie Connole slide show on her artistic processes
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Artist talk aimed at Leaving Certificate students in Art, Craft and Design.
    There will be detailed educational notes and worksheets available to take away, compiled by Mary Fahy, the art teacher responsible for the show. These handouts are specifically designed for the Art History section of the course.
    Talk begins at 6.30 p.m.
    Entry is free. All welcome. Gallery is open from 12-4pm Tue - Sat. Ph: 065 7071630 for details or for booking a group visit.
  • January 15th
    National Walk Day - Lees Road, Ennis
    Operation Transformation (the TV show), and the Irish Heart foundation are organising a National Walk day using Slí na Sláinte routes across the country on Saturday next and have teamed up with the Sports Partnerships in each county to help promote this. The Clare Sports Partnership in association with Ennis Town Council have organised a 3k walk in Lees Road. The main walk will be 3km but there are numerous opportunities to extend this to whatever you feel up to. The walk is FREE and it would be great to see a fantastic turnout. Registration from 11.15am. The Operation Transformation crew may be there on the day as they are making a few surprise visits to the many walks being organised around the country - so let's all show the nation how active we are in Clare! If you would like more information, please call John on 087 9106613 or john@claresportspartnership.ie.
  • January 14th - February 9th, 2011
    LINK - A Scoil Mhuire Alumni Art Exhibition
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Official Opening by Siobhán Mulcahy, Clare Arts Officer on Fri 14th Jan 2011 at 7pm
    All work is for sale, with the 25% commission raising funds for the Art Dept. in Scoil Mhuire.
    The educational aspect of the show will feature talks and workshops by some exhibiting artists and by the architect responsible for the renovation the Courthouse Gallery. These talks are aimed at Leaving Certificate students in Art, Craft and Design. The architect's talk will also be relevant for Construction Studies students. Of course these are public talks and all are welcome to attend. One workshop will be run by two 2nd year Art college students, who will talk on portfolio preparation and their own artistic practice. There will be detailed educational notes and worksheets available to take away, compiled by Mary Fahy, the art teacher responsible for the show. These handouts are specifically designed for the Art History section of the course.
    For more details visit www.scoil-mhuire.ie
    Entry is free. All welcome. Gallery is open from 12-4pm Tue - Sat. Ph: 065 7071630 for details or for booking a group visit.
  • Friday, 14th January
    A table quiz in support of the Clare heritage group, Oidhreacht an Chláir, will take place at Cogan’s Bar, Miltown Malbay, on Friday, 14th January, commencing at 9.00pm. The quizmaster for the evening is Michael Gray. The quiz will be followed by a traditional music session – all are welcome.
  • January 13th - 16th
    Shannonside Winter Music Weekend. Sixmilebridge & Bunratty. An amazing mix of traditional (Irish and others), blues, jazz, bluegrass, classical and other acoustic music in intimate settings, including several free concerts and sessions. Full details are also on www.wmw.ie.
  • Tuesday, 11th January
    ‘St Bridget and the Celtic Mandala'- The Old Kilfarboy Society
    On Tuesday, 11th January, The Old Kilfarboy Society has as its first speaker of 2011, Fr. Denis Crosby of Liscannor, whose talk is entitled, ‘St Bridget and the Celtic Mandala'. This was programmed for last year, but had to be cancelled due to the bad weather. The meeting commences at 8.00pm at the Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay; all are welcome.
  • January 11th – February 4th, 2011
    ‘From The Stones’ - Poetry Reading and Exhibition
    Scariff Library
    2011 begins with a creative medley of poetry and paintings in Scariff Library with a poetry reading by Mary Kennelly on Tuesday January 11th at 7p.m. accompanied by an exhibition of paintings by Brenda Fitzmaurice which runs until February 4th, 2011.
    Both the exhibition and poetry reading are free and all are welcome to attend. For further information contact:
    The County Arts Office, County Library, Mill Road Ennis, Co.Clare Tel: 065 6899091
    arts@clarelibrary.ie
  • 2nd January 2011
    ‘The Blue Mile’- Burrenbeo Trust Walk with Richard and Linda Morrison
    1.30pm @ Mullaghmore (51R 316 944)
    What better way to start the New Year than with a brisk loop walk up and around the most iconic mountain in the Burren; Mullaghmore. Richard and Linda Morrison are keen Burren enthusiasts that put the Blue Route Loop Walk in their 10 ten things to do when visiting the Burren because of its fantastic views over the Burren. That, along with the usual splurge in late December, makes this a perfect Burrenbeo Trust outing to start the new year. As the terrain is uneven and off road please wear sensible walking shoes and suitable warm, weather-resistant clothing. This walk is actually closer to 3 miles so the Trust would like to start at the slightly earlier time than usual of 1.30pm to allow for full light until the end of the walk. The walk should take just under 3 hours. This walk are open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a €5 charge for non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.


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

See also: Events Calendar 2010, Events Calendar 2009, Events Calendar 2008, Events Calendar 2007, Events Calendar 2006, Events Calendar 2005, Events Calendar 2004, Events Calendar 2003, Events Calendar 2002 and Events Calendar 2001

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