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County Clare Events Calendar 2012
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December 2012:

  • 19th December, 2012
    ‘Tales and music at the Burren fireside’with Chris Droney, Paddy Hynes & friends, 8.30pm at Tubber Village Hall. A Burrenbeo Trust winter talk.
    Chris Droney is a concertina player from Bellharbour. He was the All-Ireland concertina champion nine times, and has played in several well-known ceili bands down through the years, including the Bell Harbour Ceili Band, the Ballinakill, Aughrim Slopes, Kincora and Kilfenora Ceili Bands at various times. Carron native Paddy Hynes is a storyteller and fellow trad musician that travelled all over telling tales from the Burren. Both Chris and Paddy will play tunes from the region and give the story behind these and more. Whilst they will lead the session on December 19th they are happy to open up the floor to anyone that wishes to tell a Burren story or has a Burren tune. This talk is open to everyone to participate and listen. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and €5 from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • December 15th -16th
    Christmas Fair Lahinch
    Lahinch Sea World
    Santas Grotto, Christmas Market, Carol Singing, Raffle & Prizes. All welcome.
  • 13th December to 29th December, 2012
    ‘VIEW” - an Art Exhibition of recent work by Mary Fahy, Scariff Public Library Gallery.
    Fahy’s most recent exhibition ‘View’ invites the observer to enter into and respond to a variety of scenes. These paintings span a range of media, from oil painting to acrylic, watercolour and mixed media collage. Fahy explores colour and texture through highly individual responses to her environment. Recurring themes include trees, coastline, reflections, the play of light on land and sea. There is a sense of recollection, of experience and of contemplation in her strongly developed pieces.
  • 9th December 2012
    Céilí
    in Cois na hAbhna with The Abbey Céilí Band. 3.00 - 6.00.
  • December 8th – 21st, 2012
    The Fertile Void - An exhibition of new works by Caitriona Jackson.
    Foyer of the Clare Museum.

    The work in this exhibition is informed & inspired by the inner world of emotional & spiritual process, by points of connection with the collective unconscious, & ultimately by the ‘fertile void’ from which acts of creation flow , rather than by objects or scenes from visible reality. For further information contact Caitríona at 087 113 2503.
  • 7th December 2012 to 4th January 2013
    Trasna III, an exhibition of postcard-sized works by national and international artists
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. Opening times Tues-Sat, 12-4pm.

    Following the overwhelming success of Trasna I and Trasna II, the Courthouse Gallery is delighted to be bringing to your attention Trasna III small artworks, exhibition, which promises to be the best yet! With more than 400 original small artworks, from your favourite local, national and the occasional international artist, this is a wonderful opportunity to purchase artworks for loved ones in the upcoming festive season.
  • Thursday 6th December 2012
    Sixmilebridge Mart call for traders for Christmas Market on Thursday 6th December between 6 & 9 p.m.
    Sixmilebridge Mart will be hosting a Christmas Market on Thursday Evening 6th December to raise funds for St Vincent De Paul & Local Community Groups. This Christmas Market is aimed at promoting local produce & also bringing the community together at a novelty event before Christmas. There will be Carol Singing and plenty of stalls and we are trying to get the word out to traders so that they can get involved. It is an ideal venue for trading as the market will be sheltered & well lit. We are currently inviting traders to book their slot for this event as they will fill up quickly. In order to do so, please contact don@smitzcafe.com. We are looking for traders with products such as Crafts & Novelty Items, Christmas Items / home baking / Christmas Floral arrangements. Do you have a handmade product you would like to sell for Christmas? If so please contact don@smitzcafe.com to book your stall for what promises to be a bustling first Christmas Market at Sixmilebridge Mart. Details also on: http://www.facebook.com/#!/SixmilebridgeChristmasMarket
  • Wednesday 5th December
    "CONVERSATIONS" on aspects of suicide in Clare
    Armada Hotel Spanish Point
    West Clare Taking Care has come together in response to the recent suicides in our communities. The group would like to facilitate the provision of information on this subject to the communities. To this end we are pleased to host this “Conversations” event. The evening will commence at 7pm with a display of stalls from the different services that offer support and information around this subject. At 8pm the “Conversations” will begin with an introduction by the chairperson of WEST CLARE TAKING CARE, this will be followed by speakers from:
    The Samaritans – Gerry Dobbins
    Pieta House – Tom McEvoy
    Clare Suicide Bereavement Support Group – Owen O’Mahony
    Followed by a questions and answers session .
    All welcome.
  • Sunday 2nd December, 2012
    ‘A view over the Burren: exploring Cappanawalla’, a Burrenbeo Trust walk with Shane Casey.
    2pm at Cappanawalla Cross (on Ballvaughan - Fanore road) 51M 212 089.
    December’s Burrenbeo Trust walk will be led by Shane Casey. Growing up on his family’s farm on Blackhead gave Shane a great education on the Burren and its ecology. He went on to study Agricultural and Environmental Science in UCD, followed by Rural Development, focusing on target market analysis for Burren lamb as his dissertation. Before his current position as Clare Biodiversity Officer, Shane worked as an agricultural and environmental advisor in south Galway, and then as a social research officer with Clare County Council. His current role involves education and awareness of biodiversity, both within and beyond the Burren. The walk will take us up Cappanawalla mountain to have a closer look at the upland winterage. There are great views from the top - bring your cameras! This walk will include quite a steep climb. Meeting time of 1.45pm at Cappanawalla cross. The walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €5 is suggested from non-members. Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Saturday 1st December 2012
    Burren Christmas Family Fayre, The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna.
    10am to 6pm. Sunday 11am to 6pm. Free entry. Free parking.
    Visit Santa's Grotto (10 euro for kids). Free to accompanying adult.
    Stalls: Arts & Crafts ,beauty products, books, candles, electrical goods, cakes, flowers, gourmet foods, garden products, handbags, chocolates, jewelry, children's toys, meats, sea foods - All you need this Christmas under one roof. Hourly raffles, novelty stalls and hampers. Monster auction on Sunday at 1pm. Hot tefreshments and much much more. To book a stall this year Call 087 4173772. To Book Santa Call 087 6939411. Booking for Santa advisable but not essential.

November 2012:

  • Wed 28th November 2012
    Heritage projects – Open Day, 2-6pm, Doolin.
    As part of the Burren Community Charter Project, an open day for those who want to know more about heritage projects or have questions to state bodies on heritage in the Burren for Clare and Galway is being held at the Micho Russell Centre. All welcome. For more info call Aine on 091 638096 or charter@burrenbeo.com
  • Mon 26th November 2012
    North Clare Historical Society illustrated talk by Ronan Foley, 8pm, Ennistymon.
    Blue Space and the therapeutic landscapes of Clare. Courthouse Gallery, €5. Info at 087 2925487.Ronan is a lecturer in Geography at NUI Maynooth. He is the author of the book Healing Waters: Therapeutic Landscapes in Historic and Contemporary Ireland, published by Ashgate Press in 2010.
  • Sun 25th November 2012
    Ballyvaughan Fanore walking club are walking Rathbourney – Carn Beag - Burrenwee.
    Meet at Burren College of Art at 10.30am. Leader: Kieran Lynch 087 1253762
  • Sat 24th November 2012,
    Heritage & Conservation Management Training course. 9am-5pm, Carron.
    Burrenbeo Trust is organising a Heritage & Conservation Management Training course. Including invasive species management and stone wall building. Open to everyone to join in but need to book in advance. Contact Kate on volunteer@burrenbeo.com
  • Saturday 24th November
    Drawing Day retreat - The Art House, Mountshannon, County Clare
    Drawing Day Retreat from 10-5pm Drawing from your he-ART. This is a day to completely explore and expand in your creativity with guidance and support. Everything is provided on the day for you, including lunch, so that you can simply arrive and engage totally in the experience of expression. With visual artist Elizabeth Carrington . To book contact: tel 087 2118885, email elizabetharthouse@gmail.com or see www.elizabethcarringtonart.blogspot.com.
  • 23rd November 2012
    Traditional Horse Fair, Kilrush
    Contact: Kilrush Town Council 00353 65-9051047
  • Wed 21st November 2012
    Planning in the Burren – Open Day, 2-6pm, Carron
    As part of the Burren Community Charter Project, an open day for those who want to know more about planning in the Burren (Galway and Clare) is being held at the Michael Cusack Centre. For more info call Aine on 091 638096 or charter@burrenbeo.com
  • Sun 18th, November 2012
    Ballyvaughan Fanore walking club are walking Lahinch – Ballycotton - Moymore.
    Meet at Liscannor Rd carpark, Lahinch at 10.30am. Leader: Johnny Blake 087 2449295.
  • Sat 17th, November 2012
    Heritage & Conservation Management Training course, 9am-5pm, Carron.
    Burrenbeo Trust is organising a Heritage & Conservation Management Training course. Including bird identification and monitoring, biodiversity data collection and oral history collection. Open to all, must book in advance. volunteer@burrenbeo.com
  • Sun 11th, November 2012
    Ballyvaughan Fanore walking club are walking Bothar na hAillte, 11am.
    Meet at Burrenway map, Ballyvaughan pier at 10.15. Bus reqd, book with Pat Murphy 086 6075083.
  • 9th – 12th November 2012
    Ennis Trad Festival, Ennis
    Traditional Music Festival, Concerts, over 100 sessions, Free CD launch concerts, masterclasses, dance workshops, Céilí, Talks, Trad themed table quiz
    Contact: John Rynne 00353 86 8307050
    Website: www.ennistradfestival.com
    Email: contact@ennistradfestival.com
  • 8th November 2012
    'Socks in the Frying Pan', will launch their debut album of Irish Traditional Music on the 8th November, 8pm, in the Temple Gate Hotel during the Ennis Trad Festival. “This young trad trio from County Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with an innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish, these socks are audibly palatable!” http://www.facebook.com/socksinthefryingpan
  • November 8th 2012
    Childrens Referendum public meeting at 8pm Temple Gate
    A Childrens Referendum public meeting is being held in Temple Gate Hotel on November 8th at 8pm. Hosted by Clare Citizen Information Service. Spokespersons as follows:
    FLAC Marian Keane, Solicitor, explains the issues, Neutral;
    Michael McNamara, TD, Labour, and also a Barrister, for the Yes side;
    Dr Gerry Fahy of DCU. for the No vote.
  • Sun 4th November 2012
    ‘Ancient landscapes of the Burren: Aillwee Hill’ - Burrenbeo Trust November Walk with David Drew at 2pm. Meet at Poulnabrone Car Park (51M 235 004). Everyone welcome. Walk free for members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096. There may be an opportunity to enter caves near the summit. Anyone interested should bring a torch and ideally a helmet or robust hat (cycling helmet).
  • Sun 4th, November 2012
    Ballyvaughan Fanore walking club are walking on Black Mountain, 11am.
    Meet at mart carpark, Ennistymon at 10.30am. Leader: Michael Healy 085 1259666.
  • Sunday 4th of November 2012
    CCE East Clare 7th Annual Music Feis
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis and Ennis Educate Together, National School, Ennis.
    Feis enquiries Paula 087 249 0603 email: paulaoregan@hotmail.com
  • 2 November – 29 November 2012
    Something of the Night - paintings and a sculptural installation by Mary Noonan and Peter Burns, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. Official opening 2 November at 8 pm. Peter Burns makes paintings and objects in a variety of materials. The paintings have sculptural elements and the objects are strongly linked to the practice of painting. Mary Noonan employs a variety of working methods, though most of her work is drawing based. The body of work she shows in the Courthouse Gallery comes from research into Irish folklore and superstition relating to “fairy-faith”, particularly from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. November, traditionally seen as the month of the dead, provides the backdrop for the work shown in this exhibition.
  • 2 November – 29 November 2012
    Carles Casasín - Animations, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
    Official opening : Friday 2 November at 8 pm
    “To create my images I work with oil paintings, watercolours, ink, charcoal and pencil drawings, oil pastels, crayons, digital drawing, photography and Photoshop.” Carles Casasín. Carles is living in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare.
  • 2 November – 29 November 2012
    Entropical - an exhibition of paintings by Rupert Bagwell in the Red Couch Space, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. Official opening 2 November at 8 pm. Rupert Bagwell lives in Liscannor, County Clare and is a studio artist at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon. Rupert Bagwell’s work for this exhibition was initiated by an interaction with the ideas of emptiness and balance and taking them as reference points during the creative process.
  • November & December 2012
    Anon is Anall Exhibition at Glor Gallery
    A contemporary exhibition of the arts using traditional Irish music as the catylist. Ten Traditional Clare Musicians create ten new tunes and hand the tunes over to ten contemporary artists who then use the music as inspiration for their art works.
    Web: www.anonisanall.com


October 2012:

  • 31st October 2012
    Art workshop for Children
    Art to Heart, Rockforest, Tubber, Co. Clare
    The Day Before Halloween
    10am to 12.30pm
    €15 including material
    Bookings: Jole 085 1532220
  • Bank Holiday Monday 29th October 2012
    Halloween Fun and Games at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
    Activities include children’s fancy dress, pirate show, magic shows, thriller dance group, Halloween games and much more!
    Contact: Reservations 00353 61-360788
    Web: www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents/
  • Saturday, October 27th 2012
    Hounds' Hollow Productions perform 'SPARKS' at the Royal Spa Hotel, Lisdoonvarna.
    Hounds' Hollow Productions, a theatre company based near Lisdoonvarna, will perform their play 'SPARKS' in The Royal Spa Hotel, Lisdoonvarna on Saturday, October 27th at 8pm. The play finished a run at Galway's Town Hall Theatre at the beginning of July, to great acclaim and featured as part of the Volvo Ocean Race - Global Village as well as Galway Fringe Festival 2012. 'Sparks' is a one-man, dark comedy starring Darren Killeen (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Ros Na Rún’...). The story is told through the eyes of Gerry, an electrician at the end of his tether. The audience is drawn into Gerry's world, as he replays a day in his life as he remembers it. He is a man pushed to the very edge of his sanity by the eccentric characters around him, and the realities of economic meltdown. With echoes of Samuel Beckett and Enda Walsh, it is original Irish drama at its best. Tickets cost €10 and can be purchased at the Royal Spa Hotel before the performance. Contact Éibhleann on 087 6365766 for further details.
  • 26th – 29th October 2012
    Willie Keane Memorial Weekend, Doonbeg
    Held in the village of Doonbeg, this festival celebrates the life of Willie Keane, legendary sean nos dancer, with traditional music, song and dance.
    Contact: Margaret Dillon 00353 87 9985427
    Web: www.williekeanememorialweekend.com
  • 26th-28th October 2012,
    Burren Winterage Weekend
    For thousands of years, Burren farmers have marked the end of summer by herding their cattle up onto winter pastures in the limestone uplands. This tradition is known as Winterage and the Burren is one of the only places in the world where it still occurs. The Burren Winterage Weekend is a community-led event celebrating this unique farming tradition. The Weekend consists of over 30 different events in various locations across the Burren region. http://www.burrenwinterage.com
  • 26th – 28th October 2012
    Shinty International Festival Weekend
    The game was derived from the same root as the Irish game of hurling but has developed different rules and features. A team game played with sticks and a ball and now played mainly in the Scottish Highlands and amongst Highland migrants to the big cities of Scotland
    Web: www.clare.ie
  • Friday 26 to Sunday 28 October 2012
    Celebration of the Music and Life of Micilín Conlon
    Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna
  • Wednesday 24th October
    The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament St. Ennistymon presents a preview of “Nights In Shanaglish” DVD, LP, CD, and transcriptions booklet at 8pm.
    Nights in Shanaglish are a group of local performers, musicians, storytellers, and singers in North Clare / South Galway including the following: Susan Fogarty (fiddle), Séamus Keehan (whistle). Niall Finnegan (guitar and vocals). Joe Kearney (vocals). Colie Moran (banjo) Brian O'Halloran (vocals). Mary Noonan (vocals) Vincey Keehan (guitar, mandolin, vocals, and lilting). Others include: Anthony McGrath (guitar and vocals) Paddy Egan (concertina and dance) Rosie Keehan (vocals) and Paul O'Driscoll (double bass). This is a community project involving many local people from south Galway and north Clare and has been independently directed and produced by Vincey and Paddy.
    8 pm - preview of the Film “Nights in Shanaglish” (Gallivanting Media) with an introduction by the directors of the project - Paddy Egan and Vincey Keehan.
    At 8.30pm, question and answer session about the documentary for 10 minutes.
    9.45 - a performance with some of the musicians from the recording, along with friends of the project from the group "Los Paddys de las Pampas". No admission charge.
  • 22nd to 27th October 2012
    Ennis Fashion Week
    Why not visit this wonderful Town and enjoy shopping in the many family owned and run boutiques. Throughout the week there will be make- up demonstrations, special offers in shops, hotels and restaurants
    Contact: County Boutique 00353 65 6821947/ 00353 87 2353714
    Web: www.visitennis.ie
  • Monday 22nd October
    Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Annual Concert Tour "Macalla na hÉireann"
    Cois na hAbhna
    "Macalla na hÉireann" starting at 8.30.
    Following on from the fantastic success of previous year's Concert Tours, this year’s tour promises to be a truly wonderful night of Music, Dancing, Singing and Storytelling, featuring the cream of traditional music talent drawn from all four Provinces of Ireland.
    Each year the tour assembles a fine mix of established artistes together with up-and-coming young stars. These are blended together into a fast-moving and colourful show that appeals to both the connoisseurs and peripheral fans of Irish traditional entertainment. Adm. €10.00
  • Mon 22nd October 2012
    Monumental Burren – Middens to Martello towers, by Hugh Carty.
    The North Clare Historical Societies monthly lecture with Hugh Carty, 8pm, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. An illustrated talk entitled Monumental Burren – Middens to Martello towers - a contextual description of monument types from the Mesolithic to the Late Medieval. €5. 087 2925487.
  • Sunday 21st October
    Afternoon Céilí
    Cois na hAbhna
    Afternoon Céilí wth Swallow's Tail Céilí Band. Dancing 3.00 - 6.00.
  • 19th to 21st October 2012
    New Atlantis/Aspire Project - Carron, County Clare
    The Western Writers’ Centre and Clare Three-Legged Stool Poets will host a gathering of poets and musicians from Iceland, Faroe Islands, Norway, The Shetlands, Ouessant, Corsica Sardinia and Ireland (the Archipelago) in Carron, County Clare, with a view to exploring the Sacred and Profane origins of the Island Roots of Europe (ASPIRE). The Conference will run from Friday, October 19th to Sunday, October, 21st. There will be two aspects to the Conference: an OPEN and a CLOSED. The OPEN refers to three public events associated with it: the Opening itself performed by the Estonian poet-laureate Yaan Kaplinski in Kilfenora Cathedral on Friday, October, 19th at 8.00 p.m.; an Open-Mic Session at Clare Three-Legged Stool Poets’ usual third–Saturday-of-the month Session in Glor, Ennis at 2.00 p.m. and a final Concert of all participants in the Cathedral in Ennis on Sunday, October, 21st at 8.00 p.m. Entrance to all events is free. The CLOSED aspect will be two close-up, getting-to-know-you sessions of all the participants in the Michael Cusack Centre in Carron where poets and musicians will have an opportunity to give a more intimate presentation of their work. These sessions will be held on Saturday morning, October 20th, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and on Sunday over two periods from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. These Sessions are not open to the public as such but are open to any poets who wish to participate. At these Sessions the two main themes that will be explored will be the BRENDAN VOYAGE theme (the sacred) or spreading of Christianity north to the Western Isles of the Atlantic and the NORSE theme (the profane) and its movement south to the Mediterranean and both of these as an on-going inspirational motif for modern-day poetry. Contact info@claresrock.com or enquiries@kilfenorahostel.com for information re accommodation.
  • 16th October 2012
    The Courthouse Gallery will host “Je ne Sais Quoi”, a series of French Evenings,
    starting Tuesday 16th October 2012 at 8 pm. The aim is to watch a movie, and afterwards have an informal discussion in French with a glass of wine. We will begin with Amelie”, with Audrey Tautou. €3 on the door includes a glass of wine.
  • Sunday 14th of October
    Holistic Voice Master Class With Emmy Winning Professional Actor Writer and Film Maker Alan Cooke, John Vaughan's Barn , Kilfenora
    A day course with Emmy winning Actor Writer and Film Maker - Alan Cooke. Take part in a unique one day seminar for all aspects of your voice related to performance and reciting work for anyone in life. In this workshop the participants will get a thorough grounding in all the of the vital aspects of the voice as a vital tool in your ability to convey truth emotion and power on stage or in front of the camera or in audio narration and beyond or just for dealing with all aspects of life. The class will be over a day. It will move first with all the basic elements of breathing and power. Then move into physical voice work, assessment of your vocal capacity. Then we will move into working with words... poems and song lyrics and also work on performance presence and speech presentation. Then in the afternoon , elemental group voice work and then individual performance pieces to round off the workshop. Price is 65 Euros. Master Class will be held from 10pm-3.30 pm SUNDAY Oct 14th. Alan Cooke is an Emmy winning actor voice teacher writer and film maker for the last 14 years. He has appeared in stage productions all over Ireland and New York. He won an Emmy for his film HOME with Liam Neeson Mike Myers and Woody Allen. He has written two novels and is developing a film of Ireland. He has taught privately and in groups holistic voice technique all over the world. STRICTLY BY BOOKING ONLY- Places limited: book through alanmcooke@gmail.comor 086 179 1410
  • October 13th & 14th
    CELT course Coppersmithing

    Imecofarm, Island McGrath, Clarecastle, Co.Clare
    For more info and bookings see : http://www.celtnet.org/page1.php and www.imecofarm.com
    CELT (Centre for Environmental Living & Training)
    Registered Charity Number CHY14519
    Gleann Glas, Tuamgraney, Co Clare
    061-640765
    info@celtnet.org
    www.celtnet.org
  • Friday 12th October
    Ennis Singer's Club
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis
    Guest Singer on the night will be Niamh Parsons. Starting at 9.00 p.m.
  • October 11th – 24th 2012
    Feile Eile Childrens Arts Festival, Killaloe
    Including a Schools Summit, the Great Big Free Fun Day, the Weatherproof Festival afternoon with Conor Lambert Puppets, the 4th little Pig and the Jungle Book, Drop-in Art at Quay, Scary Stories Up the Steeple and the Great Big Children’s Gig. Full programme and brochure is on www.feileeile.com
  • 10th October 2012
    Traditional Horse Fair, Kilrush
    Contact: Kilrush Town Council 00353 65-9051047
  • Monday Oct 8th 2012
    Free Educational Guidance, LIT Ennis Learning Centre, County Museum, Ennis.
    Patricia Anne Moore is available for educational guidance appointments in LIT Ennis Learning Centre on Monday October 8th 2012, by appointment. This service is free and is available to anyone who is 18+ years of age and who is considering going to third level (for the first time or returning to learning). This is a chance to discuss course options, funding your studies and application procedures which should help you to make informed decisions about your learning. To make an appointment please contact Anne Griffin at LIT Ennis Learning Centre, Clare Museum, Arthur’s Row, Ennis, Co. Clare on 065-6866844 or ennis@lit.ie
  • Sun 7th October 2012
    Burrenbeo Trust monthly walk ‘The Burren in Autumn – a walk in the National Park with Stephen Ward.
    Meet at Gortlecka Cross, 1.45pm. Members free, €5 others.
  • Sun 7th October 2012
    Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club - walking the Black Head Loop.
    Meet at Fanore Beach at 10.30am. Leader: Michael Queally 086 0767776.
  • 6th - 7th October 2012
    CELT ‘Weekend in the Woods’
    Contact: Sarah Thompson
    Web: www.celtnet.org
    Email: info@celtnet.org
  • Saturday October 6th 2012
    Lisdoonvarna 10K Walk - Jog - Run, In aid of St. Breckan's GAA & Clare Crusaders Clinic.
    Starting at 2pm, Sign in 1pm, The Square, Lisdoonvarna.
    Register Online: www.runireland.com or sign up at the Burren Pharmacy
    Entry Fee: €20.For More Details Contact: (086) 7222228
    Main Sponsor: The Burren Pharmacy, Lisdoonvarna
  • 5th – 7th October 2012
    East Clare Walking Festival
    Based in the beautiful harbour village of Mountshannon the walking festival will offer you 3 guided/graded walks daily. Groups, Clubs and individuals welcome. Excellent accommodation available locally, lively pubs/restaurants and nightly entertainment. There is a great programme of walks and entertainment lined up. In addition to the usual 3 graded/guided walks each day, there is a Special Boat Trip & Guided Walk on Holy Island and this is attracting quite a bit of attention at the moment. This will take place on the Sat & Sun. Also on the Sunday there will be a Special Family Walk on the Whitegate Village/Williamstown Harbour Loop. Mountshannon Hotel is the HQ for the weekend and the entertainment highlight has to be the Tulla Ceili Band live on stage on Saturday night.
    Contact: Teresa Browne 087 6867548
    Web: www.eastclarewalkingfestival.com
    Email: eastclarewalkingfestival@gmail.com
  • 5th - 7th October 2012
    Queen of Burren Festival Weekend, Lisdoonvarna
    Contact: Robert Hurley 00353 65-7074696
    Email: hydrohotel@eircom.net
  • Thursday October 4th 2012
    The Courthouse Gallery presents a Salmon Poetry Reading to Celebrate All-Ireland Poetry Day 2012 7.30pm. Free event. In association with Poetry Ireland, Salmon Poetry invites you to celebrate All-Ireland Poetry Day at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, County Clare. Poets reading on the night are: Peadar O'Donoghue, Afric McGlinchey, Paul Casey, Angela Patten and Daniel Lusk.
  • Monday 1st Oct 2012
    Community Mapping seminar, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
    There will be a Public Seminar in the Courthouse Gallery on Community Mapping with the X-PO Mapping Group and Dr Nessa Cronin, (NUIG) on Monday 1st October, 8 – 10pm.


September 2012:

  • September 30th
    Classical Argentinian Guitar Workshops
    Kilkee Bay Hotel
    3.30-5.30pm, Developing your tango. For those who have played a few tangos this workshop will help take your tango further.
    Places Limited.. €20 each
    Further details/booking: limericktango@gmail.com
  • Sunday 30th September 2012
    Traditional Harvest Day, at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
    See old style threshing demonstrations, vintage machinery display, sheaf throwing competitions, traditional Irish music and dancing and much more!
    Web: www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents/
  • September 29th
    Classical Argentinian Guitar Concert
    Kilkee Bay Hotel
    Straight from the conservatories of Buenos Aires LimerickTango presents Duo Fauaz-Pesce. Not just argentine tango but argentines playing tango.
    A passionate pursuit of their roots and of a sense of belonging, of different colours, words and intentions brought together two Argentine musicians, Miguel Pesce and Pablo Fauaz in 2010.
    Both members of this group have established extensive professional careers as musicians in the most important national and international festivals, playing their music in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, Denmark, the United States of America and Canada .
    Their high respect for tradition, and their tireless search for the right chord and sensitivity are essential to their artistic work. Admission €10 on the door. Concert starts at 9pm
    www.duofauazpesce.com.ar
    www.youtube.com/user/ciccioliproducciones
  • September 29th
    Classical Argentinian Guitar Workshops
    Kilkee Bay Hotel
    12-2pm, Introduction to playing tango. For those who have never played the tango before, its rhythms and structure.
    Places Limited. €20 each
    Further details/booking: limericktango@gmail.com
  • Saturday 29th September, 2012
    “Innovation in Rural Tourism” seminar, Kilfenora
    Clare Local Development Company invites members of community and voluntary groups along with private sector operators involved in Rural Tourism & Heritage Projects to a Seminar on “Innovation in Rural Tourism”, an examination and discussion on models of innovation and good practice across Ireland. Venue: Vaughan's Pub, Kilfenora, County Clare. 9:30am - 4pm. Original Case Studies & Guest Speakers. CLDC staff will be available for discussions. Excellent networking opportunity for community groups & private sector operators. RSVP by email to info@cldc.ie on or before Monday 24th September. Book early as places are limited. Tea / Coffee available throughout the day & lunch will be available if required in Vaughan's. For further information call 065-68 66 800 or www.cldc.ie
  • Sept 28th - Oct 25th 2012
    The Full Story? Tracing Killinaboy Townlands, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
    An exhibition by The X-PO Mapping Group (Brendan Beakey, John Kelleher, Deirdre O’Mahony, Francis Whelan, Sean Whelan) in The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon from Sept 28th to Oct 25th. The Mapping Group has been meeting on a weekly basis from September to May since the X-PO space opened in 2007. During that time the group hase traced the history of human occupancy as shown on maps, in documents and in the ruins of houses, ‘cabhails’ and castles of Killinaboy Parish. The present exhibition represents the culmination of the research; a combined re-presentation of documentation of the names of the householders of Killinaboy Parish for the past 150 years approx. These names are sourced from the Griffith Valuation sheets of 1855, the subsequent cancelled Valuation Sheets and from local knowledge and folklore. The names provided may be the owners, occupiers or rated occupiers. In its combined form the exhibition marks an important stage in the group’s research into the townlands of Killinaboy. Gallery opening times: Tuesday – Saturday from 12 – 5 pm. This exhibition has been kindly supported by the NUIG Centre for Irish Studies, GMIT, X-PO and Clare County Arts Office
  • 28th – 30th September 2012
    The Burren Peaks Walking Festival - The Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club.
    The festival opening reception will take place in An Fear Gortha, Tea & Garden rooms, The Pier Ballyvaughan on Friday 28th at 8pm with guest speaker Dr Brendan Dunford. On Saturday and Sunday, the Grade A walks are across some of the Burren's finest peaks, taking in the highest peak Slieve Elva 1134ft. These walks will be approx 8 hr walks for the experienced hill walker. The Grade B walks will take approx 4 to 5hrs with a choice of 3 grade B walks across and into the heart of the Burren each day, taking you by fairy forts, along where hidden treasures were found and ancient monuments stand. The Grade C walks are suitable for all the family taking you on a trail walk each day and visiting Aillwee Cave and experiencing the Burren Birds of Prey or going on to see Caherconnell Stone Fort and enjoy the sheep dog trials. In the evening after your walk, enjoy some good food and traditional music in the local pubs before retiring for the evening to your accommodation. All details and entry options available on www.burrenpeakswalkingfestival.com or call 087 7779714.
  • 28th – 30th September 2012
    Mountshannon Traditional Music Festival
    Contact: Cliodhna Donnellan
    Web: www.mountshannontradfestival.ie
    Email: cliopatricia@gmail.com
  • 28th & 29th September 2012
    Voicing the Past - Oral History and Heritage in Ireland
    Oral History Network of Ireland 2nd Annual Conference, Ennis.
    Keynote speaker: Alessandro Portelli, internationally renowned oral historian. Special guest speaker: Anna Bryson, Co-director of The Peace Process: Layers of Meaning project. Oral history training workshops will be conducted by Maura Cronin (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick); Judith Garfield (East Side Community Heritage Group, London); and Tomás MacConmara (Cuimhneamh an Chláir: The Clare Oral History and Folklore Group). An exhibition of current oral history projects will be on view throughout the conference. More info...
  • Monday 24th September
    The North Clare Historical Society presents The Shannon Scheme, Ardnacrusha,
    a talk with Michael Mc Carthy in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm.

    Admission €5. The Autumn/Winter series of talks organised by the North Clare Historical Society will begin on Monday 24th September. Michael McCarthy will give a talk on The Shannon Scheme, Ardnacrusha to mark the 85th anniversary of the ESB. Michael was reared in the neighbourhood of the Shannon Scheme at Parteen. He worked with RTE as a TV director/producer from 1975 to 2002 when he took early retirement. He was appointed Head of Features and Documentaries in 1994. He produced a documentary on the Shannon scheme in 1982. His publications include - High Tension, Life on the Shannon Scheme and The Institute of International Affairs. His study of the Sinn Féin Courts in Clare is awaiting publication. He is currently working on a biography of Paddy Brennan, Meelick, a member of the East Clare Brigade who later became Assistant Commissioner of the new police force and was later appointed Chief Superintendent of the Dáil.
  • September 22nd & 23rd
    CELT course Bowl and Spoon Carving and using a pole lathe

    Imecofarm, Island McGrath, Clarecastle, Co.Clare
    For more info and bookings see : http://www.celtnet.org/page1.php and www.imecofarm.com
    CELT (Centre for Environmental Living & Training)
    Registered Charity Number CHY14519
    Gleann Glas, Tuamgraney, Co Clare
    061-640765
    info@celtnet.org
    www.celtnet.org
  • 22nd September 2012
    North Clare Charity Cycle – 3 routes, refreshments, goodie bag - In aid of TLC4CF Cystic Fibrosis.
    Registration 9am, Start 10.30am Start: Kilnaboy National School.
    Online Registration, go to www.tlc4cf.com click on link "North Clare Charity Cycle.
    3 routes, 120km, 40km, 10km Entry fees, €30, and €10 for 10k route.
    Contact: Marcella 086-8390942, Sheila 086-1086286 Seamus 087-8222750.
    Facebook: North Clare CF Cycle.
  • 21st - 23rd September 2012
    Che Do Bheatha Cuban Music & Salsa Dance Festival
    Kilkee

    Web: www.kilkee.ie or www.loophead.ie
  • Friday 21st September 2012
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, presents a film programme for Culture Night.
    Free event! Starting at 7pm. Films to be shown include Fungie, Twilight, Rehy Fox, Among Strangers, An Cailleach Bheara, Sphere, Tides of Change, Lay There Little Baby, West Cork, Ollie Age Seven, Three Instrument Makers, Circus Man, A Room in Air, Melodious Conversation, Blowing Ribbons, The Road of Souls.
  • Friday 21st September 2012
    Launch of Music of Clare project, Glór, Ennis, as part of Culture Night 2012.
    Clare County Library, in association with The Clare Arts Office, is delighted to announce the launch of its online Music of Clare project, on the library’s website at www.clarelibrary.ie. The main aim of the project is to present a sample of the rich musical culture of the county of Clare, and it will be formally launched in Glór, Ennis, on Friday, September 21st as part of Culture Night 2012.
  • September 15th & 16th
    CELT course Wood Carving - Choice of Projects Imecofarm, Island McGrath, Clarecastle, Co.Clare

    Imecofarm, Island McGrath, Clarecastle, Co.Clare
    For more info and bookings see : http://www.celtnet.org/page1.php and www.imecofarm.com
    CELT (Centre for Environmental Living & Training)
    Registered Charity Number CHY14519
    Gleann Glas, Tuamgraney, Co Clare
    061-640765
    info@celtnet.org
    www.celtnet.org
  • 14th -16th September 2012
    Clare Shout Fleadh, Kilkishen
    A family fun packed weekend: Dog Show, Country Market, Cullaun Lake Activity, Marquee dancing, pub music, U12 Hurling, Vintage display, Fashion show, Road Bowling, Art workshop, Skittles, Family Fun day, Senior & Junior Clare Shout competitions, something for everyone to enjoy. Contact: Mike Hogan 00353 86 2314685
  • Thursday 13th September 2012
    Salmon Poetry
    : An Evening of Poetry
    The Courthouse Gallery,
    Ennistymon.
    at 7pm.
    Admission Free
    Featuring Thomas Lynch, Michael Heffernan and Isla Thielan
  • 11 September 2012
    Junior Clare Youth Theatre Registration Day
    Cois na hAbhna, Gort Road, Ennis
    Registration for the newly established Junior Clare Youth Theatre takes place from 3-3.30pm on Thursday, September 11th at Cois na hAbhna Ennis followed by a workshop from 3.30 - 5 pm. Run by Clare Arts Office, Clare Youth Theatre (CYT) offers young people aged 10 -12 a chance to meet and develop new skills with like minded young people in a fun and creative environment. For further information and bookings please contact: 065 6899091 or email clareyouththeatre@gmail.com
  • 8th September 2012
    Open Day at Tulla Stables Studios, Tulla
    Tulla Stables Studios will be having an open day on Saturday, September 8th 2012 in conjunction with Tulla Traditional Music Festival. The studios will be open from 12-4 for members of the public to come in, see the work on view, meet the artists and listen to local musicians entertain in the courtyard. Refreshments will be available on the day also. All are welcome.
  • 8th September 2012
    Clare Youth Theatre Registration Day
    Cois na hAbhna, Gort Road, Ennis
    Registration for Clare Youth Theatre takes place from 1-2pm on Saturday, September 8th at Cois na hAbhna Ennis followed by a workshop from 2-5 pm. Run by Clare Arts Office, Clare Youth Theatre (CYT) offers young people a chance to meet and develop new skills with like minded young people in a fun and creative environment. For further information and bookings please contact: 065 6899091 or email clareyouththeatre@gmail.com
  • September 8th 2012
    CELT course Irish Herbs and Their Uses
    Imecofarm, Island McGrath, Clarecastle, Co.Clare

    For more info and bookings see : http://www.celtnet.org/page1.php and www.imecofarm.com
    CELT (Centre for Environmental Living & Training)
    Registered Charity Number CHY14519
    Gleann Glas, Tuamgraney, Co Clare
    061-640765
    info@celtnet.org
    www.celtnet.org

    Email: clareshoutfestival@gmail.com
  • 7th – 9th September 2012
    Tulla Traditional Music Festival
    A great weekend of music, song, dancing, workshops, recitals, concert and ceilithe.
    Contact: Jim O’Sullivan 00353 87 6601016
    Web: www.tullatradfestival.com
    Email: tullacce@gmail.com
  • 7th - 9th September 2012
    Kilkee Strand Race
    Web: www.kilkee.ie or www.loophead.ie
  • Sun 7th September 2012
    ‘The Burren in Autumn - a Walk in the National Park’
    a Burrenbeo Trust October Walk with Stephen Ward and Friends at 2pm.

    Meet at Gortlecka Cross (51R 945N 304W). Tea and Scones in Father Ted’s house afterwards. €5 per person. Everyone welcome. Walk free for members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. October’s Burrenbeo Trust walk will be led by botanist Stephen Ward and friends. As part of National Trails day the walk will be a great chance to see Burren meadows before the winter grazing begins. It’s sure to be fun for all the family, with the option of an extra treat afterwards of tea and scones at nearby ‘Father Ted’s’ house. More information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096
  • Sun 2nd September 2012
    ‘A Fungi Foray in Garryland Woods’- Burrenbeo Trust September Walk with Jonathan Spazzi
    Meet at 2pm at Tierneevin Church (OS 52 M 479 020).
    Septembers Burrenbeo Trust walk will be an introduction to identifying fungi and collecting edible mushrooms in Garryland Woods with Jonathan Spazzi. Jonathon is a renowned fungi expert, consultant forester and mycologist with 30 years foraging experience. Jonathon has an environmental science background and trained in forest management in north England and in Mycology in North Italy. Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. A reasonable level of fitness is required. Everyone welcome. Free for members and €5 minimum donation for non-members. For more information contact trust@burrenbeo.com or 091 638096.
  • Sun 2nd September 2012
    A guided walk of Spanish Point - Old Kilfarboy Society Outing
    A guided walk of Spanish Point will take place on Sunday 2 September. The history, maritime history and archaeology of the area from the Bellbridge to the Cross Sea will be outlined on the walk by Seán and John Treacy. Meet in the car park outside the Spanish Point Golf Club at 2:00 pm. All are welcome.


August 2012:

  • Friday 31st August – Sunday 7th October 2012
    Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, Lisdoonvarna
    Ireland’s premier Spa Town is famous for its craic and is home to one of Europe’s largest singles matchmaking festival
    Contact: 00353 65-7074005
    Web: www.matchmakeireland.com
  • 31st August - 2nd September 2012
    Nell Galvin Traditional Music Festival, Moyasta, Kilrush
    Festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance with classes in various instruments given by well known Musicians.
    Contact: Mary Haugh 00353 65- 9051597 or 00353 86-3507255
    Web: www.nellgalvin.com
    Email: maryhaughmoyasta@eircom.net
  • Monday August 27th 2012
    Crack’d Spoon Theatre Company present Curtains Up

    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Crack’d Spoon theatre company are delighted to be performing Curtains Up their new variety show at Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre in Kilkee. This is a show that all the family will enjoy. Audiences will be treated to a great night out, that includes comedy, mime, live music and dance with guest appearances from the muppets making Curtains Up a must see date for your diary. Directed by Breda Latham with performances by local children, teenagers and adults. Tickets are €10 for adults €5.00 for children and can be bought in advance from Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre during library opening hours. See you there!
  • 26th August 2012
    Sky Ride Etape Hibernina
    82 mile closed road cycle event through North and West Clare starting and finishing in Ennis Town.
    Web: www.etapehibernia.com
    Email: info@etapehibernia.com
  • Sun 26th August 2012
    Farm Heritage Walk with Frank O’Grady - meet Ballycashen Cross(Kilnaboy-Kilfenora Road) at 13.45.
    A Burren Beo Trust Heritage Week event.
    For more information see www.burrenbeo.com or call 091 638096
  • August 24 – September 20
    ‘Time and Space’ - oil paintings and watercolours by Cliona Fox and Philip Brennan.
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery,
    Parliament Street, Ennistymon.
  • August 24 – September 20
    ‘Diary of a camping holiday’ - a mixed media exhibition by Ann Vaughan
    in the Red Couch Space,
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery,
    Parliament Street, Ennistymon.
  • 24th - 26th August 2012
    Kilkee Tag Rugby Weekend
    Web: www.kilkee.ie or www.loophead.ie
  • 24th – 26th August 2012
    Dan Furey Weekend, Labasheeda
    A full weekend of set dancing to the best of Irish music all weekend in a relaxed rural setting. Contact: Liam Woulfe
    Web: www.labasheeda.net
    Email: liam_woulfe@eircom.net
  • Friday 24 August 2012
    ‘Time and Space’ - Exhibition Launch at 5pm
    Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon

    ‘Time and Space’ watercolours and oil paintings by Philip Brennan and Cliona Fox. Main Gallery, in conjunction with ‘Diary of a Camping Holiday’ mixed media by Ann Vaughan in the Red Couch Space. Light refreshments served. All are welcome.
  • Friday 24 August 2012
    Meet the artists at the Courthouse Gallery at 4 pm.
    Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon

    Philip Brennan and Cliona Fox will talk about the inspiration for their current work. Philip is a landscape artist and has published two books on the wildlife of Co Clare. Cliona's work is inspired by the current state of the Irish Fishing Industry. Free admission.
  • Friday 24 August 2012
    Ennistymon Town Walk with Frances Madigan and John O’Loughlin at 12 noon.
    Starting at The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon.
    A stroll through the streets of Ennistymon to discover the history of this Old Market Town. No charge.
  • Fri 24th August 2012
    Wild Child in the Burren – meet Slieve Carron Nature Reserve at 10.30.
    A Burren Beo Trust Heritage Week event.
    For more information see www.burrenbeo.com or call 091 638096.
  • Thursday 23 August 2012
    A history of North Clare in 100 objects -
    A talk that explores the rich history of North Clare at 8 pm in the Courthouse Gallery.

    The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon.
    History is lying and dying all around us "if only the walls could speak"
    All welcome. Free admission.
  • 22nd - 24th August 2012
    ' From Apathy to Empathy - reconnecting people with place'
    An International Workshop on Place Based Learning with leading US, UK and Irish speakers.
    To find out more, please contact trust@burrenbeo.com
  • Wed 22nd–Fri 24th August 2012
    Learning Landscape Symposium.
    A Burren Beo Trust Heritage Week event.
    For more information see www.burrenbeo.com or call 091 638096.
  • Wed 22nd August 2012
    A Walk with a difference.
    (In conjunction with the Irish Wheelchair Association)

    A Burren Beo Trust Heritage Week event.
    For more information see www.burrenbeo.com or call 091 638096.
  • 21st - 24th August 2012
    Clare Roots Society talks in Clare libraries for Heritage Week 2012

    Various library branches. More info...
  • Tues 21st August 2012
    Farm Heritage Walk with Pat Nagle - meet Slieve Carron Nature Reserve at 13.45.
    A Burren Beo Trust Heritage Week event.
    For more information see www.burrenbeo.com or call 091 638096
  • 21st August 2012
    A General History of East Clare and Tuamgraney - a talk by Leonore Fischer
    East Clare Heritage Centre, St Cronan's Church, Tuamgraney, at 8pm.
    Free admission (but donations welcome by the charity).
  • August 20th - 24th 2012
    The Famine in Clare Exhibition - Heritage Week Event
    Áras Contae an Chláir, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis.
    This exhibition runs for five days from 09:00 - 17:00.
    The Famine in Clare Exhibition will centre upon the workhouses in Clare using Clare's archival records as inspiration and evidence for the exhibition. Free Event
  • August 20th - 24th 2012
    Drawing into Painting - Working from Life with Maeve McCarthy RHA
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
    This course will examine drawing as process and progression to painting Working from life and beginning with drawing from observation, with an emphasis on tone and mark making, drawings are then translated into painting: progressing from tone, to temperature to colour. Emphasis is placed on the role of colour, on the transition of tone and of line towards colour, how it can be handled and also the advantages of using a limited palette. Composition and the use of colour is an important part of study: quick composition sketches, how colour and surface are modified by the quality of the paint and the tools used. Discussion on how reference material and imaginative sources can be integrated with working from life. Throughout this process each person is encouraged in their individual way of working. Weather permitting the group can work in the landscape, though a studio will be set up for model and each person’s work space. There will be discussion on painting surfaces, methods of preparing paper, gesso, canvas; Imprimatura and a short introduction to hand-made gesso Although oil paint is preferred, acrylic and other media can be used. Maximum 12 people in class.Maeve McCarthy has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is represented in public collections in Ireland, including a portrait of Maeve Binchy in the National Gallery of Ireland . She has exhibited in The BP National Portrait Exhibition, London. She is a member of the RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy) and lives between An Chorca Dhuibhne, Co Kerry and Dublin. For a full breakdown of courses, dates, fees and availability, please visit http://www.burrencollege.ie/college/5-day-workshops Participants may stay in college housing, subject to available. For information on rates and availability contact angelene@burrencollege.ie
  • Aug 20th - 24th
    Intensive Portfolio Preparation with Joan Hanrahan
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
    This will provide an intensive immersion for pre-Leaving Certificate students to assist them in mounting a portfolio of quality for admission to art school. For a full breakdown of courses, dates, fees and availability, please visit http://www.burrencollege.ie/college/5-day-workshops
    Participants may stay in college housing, subject to available. For information on rates and availability contact angelene@burrencollege.ie
  • Monday August 20th 2012
    Crack’d Spoon Theatre Company present Curtains Up

    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Crack’d Spoon theatre company are delighted to be performing Curtains Up their new variety show at Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre in Kilkee. This is a show that all the family will enjoy. Audiences will be treated to a great night out, that includes comedy, mime, live music and dance with guest appearances from the muppets making Curtains Up a must see date for your diary. Directed by Breda Latham with performances by local children, teenagers and adults. Tickets are €10 for adults €5.00 for children and can be bought in advance from Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre during library opening hours. See you there!
  • Mon 20th August 2012
    Farm Heritage Walk with Harry Jeuken - meet Gortlecka Cross (near Mullaghmore) at 13.45.
    A Burren Beo Trust Heritage Week event.
    For more information see www.burrenbeo.com or call 091 638096.
  • 19th - 26th August 2012
    Kilmurry Harvest Festival
    Family event. Kilmurry Family Festival field in Kilmurry, Sixmilebridge. Great craic and lots of attractions for all ages. Contact: Sean O’Reilly 00353 87 9671623
    Web: www.kilmurry.com
    Email: festival@kilmurry.com
  • August 19th, 2012
    Kilkee Summer Craft Fair
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Crafts on sale will include woodturning, glass, photographs, jewellery, art, candles and facepaintingby Clare Crafts. In aid of Kilkee Marine Rescue. For further information contact 065 9060769 or Cultúrlann Sweeney on facebook.
  • Sun 19th August 2012
    Farm Heritage Walk with Robert Cassidy - meet Cassidys Pub, Carron at 13.45.
    A Burren Beo Trust Heritage Week event.
    For more information see www.burrenbeo.com or call 091 638096.
  • Aug 18 & 19
    CELT course Blacksmithing
    Imecofarm, Island McGrath, Clarecastle, Co.Clare

    For more info and bookings see : http://www.celtnet.org/page1.php and www.imecofarm.com
    CELT (Centre for Environmental Living & Training)
    Registered Charity Number CHY14519
    Gleann Glas, Tuamgraney, Co Clare
    061-640765
    info@celtnet.org
    www.celtnet.org
  • 18th to 26th August 2012
    National Heritage Week
    Heritage Week is a non-profit programme and the aim of the week is to open up the heritage of Ireland, enjoy it and make it accessible to everyone. www.heritageweek.ie
  • Saturday 18th August 2012
    Ennistymon: What’s it to you?
    The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon at 7pm.

    Photographs of the town of Ennistymon taken by local people using disposable cameras, projected onto outside wall adjacent to the Courthouse Gallery.
    In conjunction with Built Heritage Collective (Ireland). No charge.
    Weather permitting, otherwise in the Gallery.
  • Sat 18th August 2012
    Farm Heritage Walk with Michael Killeen – meet Ballycashen Cross (Kilnaboy-Kilfenora Road) at 13.45
    A Burren Beo Trust Heritage Week event.
    For more information see www.burrenbeo.com or call 091 638096.
  • August 15th – 19th
    Merriman Summer School
    Lisdoonvarna, County Clare

    The Merriman Summer School, a constant fixture in Clare’s calendar of events will return to Lisdoonvarna from August 15th to 19st. Thriving at the Crossroads:Rural Ireland in a Globalised World, is the theme of this year’s school. It will directed by Bob Collins, Chairman of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, former Director General of RTÉ and former Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland. Keep an eye on www.merriman.ie for further details of the full programme.
  • August 15th
    Meet Shannon Camera Club - Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Shannon Camera Club celebrates 35 years of photography with a touring photographic exhibition. Members of the public are invited to meet the photographers from 6 – 7.30 p.m. to discuss their work and ask any questions they may have. Shannon Camera Club meets Monday nights (except bank holidays) at 7.30pm in The Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon, September to May. For further information see www.shannoncameraclub.com
  • Aug 13th - 17th
    Digital Photography with Martina Cleary, Head of Photography at Burren College of Art.
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
    This course is designed for those who are familiar with the basic principles of using the digital camera but would like to concentrate more on the creative potential of photography. Participants will explore differences between a variety of photographic genre. For a full breakdown of courses, dates, fees and availability, please visit http://www.burrencollege.ie/college/5-day-workshops Participants may stay in college housing, subject to available. For information on rates and availability contact angelene@burrencollege.ie
  • Aug 13th - 17th:
    How to Use Your Eyes - Observation, Experimental Drawing & Self-discovery with Prof. Tiimothy Emlyn Jones, Dean of Burren College of Art.
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
    This intensive workshop is about the act of observation and self-recognition, explored through the act of drawing both on location in the Burren and in the college studios. For a full breakdown of courses, dates, fees and availability, please visit http://www.burrencollege.ie/college/5-day-workshops Participants may stay in college housing, subject to available. For information on rates and availability contact angelene@burrencollege.ie
  • August 13th - 17th
    Building your practice through visual research with Colin Martin RHA
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
    Building your practice through visual research will emphasise how visual research can be a foundation for generating ideas and concepts. The course will concentrate on developing fundamental Drawing and Painting skills through the use of media and materials and would suit students who are beginning or wish to develop their art practice. The central focus is on the use of notebooks as a foundation for the exploration of ideas. Students will explore traditional and contemporary techniques and the general principles of Drawing and Painting. The emphasis is on building confidence in the creative process and practical research structures that will support a relevant and meaningful outcome. For a full breakdown of courses, dates, fees and availability, please visit http://www.burrencollege.ie/college/5-day-workshops Participants may stay in college housing, subject to available. For information on rates and availability contact angelene@burrencollege.ie
  • Aug 13th - 17th
    Guitar Making with Ben Johnson
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
    This is a course designed for anyone interested in learning the basics of instrument making, from timber selection, steam bending, rosette inlay, fret mechanics and installation to completion of a beautiful steel string guitar. No previous woodwork experience is necessary. For a full breakdown of courses, dates, fees and availability, please visit http://www.burrencollege.ie/college/5-day-workshops Participants may stay in college housing, subject to available. For information on rates and availability contact angelene@burrencollege.ie
  • Monday Aug 13th 2012
    Riches of Clare Traditional Music Concert - Feakle Music Festival
    A free lunchtime traditional music concert, starting at 1pm featuring Eamonn O' Riordan, Brian Mooney, Tony O'Connell & John Moloney
  • Monday August 13th 2012
    Crack’d Spoon Theatre Company present Curtains Up

    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Crack’d Spoon theatre company are delighted to be performing Curtains Up their new variety show at Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre in Kilkee. This is a show that all the family will enjoy. Audiences will be treated to a great night out, that includes comedy, mime, live music and dance with guest appearances from the muppets making Curtains Up a must see date for your diary. Directed by Breda Latham with performances by local children, teenagers and adults. Tickets are €10 for adults €5.00 for children and can be bought in advance from Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre during library opening hours. See you there!
  • August 12th – October 5th
    9th Burren Annual Exhibition
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
    All nine artists featured in this year's Burren Annual exhibition are based in Derry city, Northern Ireland and they include Paola Bernardelli, Damien Duffy, Sara Greavu, Conor Mc Feely, Locky Morris, Blaine O'Donnell, Pascale Steven, and Susanne Stich. The exhbition will feature video and object based work, painting and photography in a show curated by Maoliosa Boyle, Director of Derry's Void Gallery. The exhibition is kindly supported by Clare County Council. The Gallery will be open from 9.30 - 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • August 11th
    A Bridge to the Past – Genealogy Information Day - Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    The Irish Ancestry Research Centre ( IARC) will hold an introductory seminar from 11 am to 3 pm. The day will include a number of talks given by members of the IARC team: Dr David Butler & Lorna Moloney. The topics covered will include how to conduct ancestry research online and the sources required to create a family tree that are available to researchers. Each session will be followed by a question and answers session. IARC also offer the opportunity for participants to enrol in September 2012 for the Certificate in Family History and Genealogical Methods. IARC are also offer a Winter Workshop Series on a range of genealogical themes. The course is accredited by the University of Limerick and will be offered both on campus and online. The cost of the introductory seminar is €15 per person. €10 concessions are available to OAPs and students. To book your place please call Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre 065 906 0769. For further information contact IARC 061 518355 or email deborah.clifford@irisharc.org
  • 8th –13th August 2012
    Feakle International Traditional Music Festival
    Celebrating their 25th. anniversary with an action packed week of events with Concerts, Ceilis , Workshops, Sessions, nature walks etc
    Contact: Gary Pepper 00353 61 924332 or 00353 87-9678020
    Web: www.feaklefestival.ie
    Email: info@feaklefestival.ie
  • 8th – 12th August 2012
    Inis Cathaigh CCE, Kilrush Traditional Music and Set Dancing Weekend
    A Unique Festival of Concertina Music celebrating the legacy of a
    remarkable West Clare musician
    Contact: Vincent O’Halloran 00353 86 0854834
  • Wednesday August 8th 2012
    Riches of Clare Traditional Music Concert - Cultúrlann Sweeney Library, Kilkee
    A free lunchtime traditional music concert, starting at 1pm featuring The O’Donoghue Family
  • August 7th – September 1st, 2012.
    Exhibition of Paintings by Brian O'Shaughnessy - Gallery at Scariff Library
    Brian O'Shaughnessy is originally from Tuamgraney in Co.Clare. He now works full-time as an artist and takes inspiration from many different sources, particularly the old masters, especially Caravaggio. For further information contact Brian at mmnbos@eircom.net
  • August 7th – 24th
    Photography Exhibition by Shannon Camera Club - Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Shannon Camera Club celebrates 35 years of photography with the launch of phase three of their touring photographic exhibition. With the success of the exhibition in the Seán Lemass Public Library in Shannon, and in The Gallery at Scarriff Public Library, the exhibition continues at Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee. There are 49 exhibits from 30 of the clubs members, some recently enrolled but others who have been with the club since the beginning. Also incorporated in the exhibition are a number of audio visuals created by club members. The Club meets Monday nights (except bank holidays) at 7.30pm in The Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon, September to May. For further information see www.shannoncameraclub.com
  • Monday August 6th 2012
    Crack’d Spoon Theatre Company present Curtains Up

    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Crack’d Spoon theatre company are delighted to be performing Curtains Up their new variety show at Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre in Kilkee. This is a show that all the family will enjoy. Audiences will be treated to a great night out, that includes comedy, mime, live music and dance with guest appearances from the muppets making Curtains Up a must see date for your diary. Directed by Breda Latham with performances by local children, teenagers and adults. Tickets are €10 for adults €5.00 for children and can be bought in advance from Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre during library opening hours. See you there!
  • 5th to 10th August 2012
    Rose of Clare, Cooraclare
    Contact: Mr. Sean Chambers 00353 86-0536615
    Web: www.cooraclare.com
  • 3rd to 5th August 2012
    Scariff Harbour Festival, Scariff
    A varied programme of activities, arts, music and entertainment inspired by the “lake” theme
    Contact: Harry O’Meara 00353 87 2308974
    Web: www.scariff.com
    Email: harryomeara@eircom.net
  • Thursday, August 2nd 2012
    Lughnasa Full Moon Cabaret - Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Crack’d Spoon Theatre Co. presents “The Lughnasa Full Moon Cabaret”. This event has been rescheduled for Thursday August 2nd at Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, running from 8-10.30pm and features Mime, Comedy, Tango, Chanteuse and Drama with West Clare femme fatales “The Misfits”, Shannon’s Filipino Sensations - Ja, Kesia, Trent and Kat and House Band “Albert O’Balsam and the Trillobites” plus a new star attraction: Moyastafarian New Yorker, performance artiste Jo MacNamara. Following a legendary stint in the “Fit Ups” touring Ireland and Britain in the 30‘s and 40‘s, Jo spent 50 years performing and teaching dance in New York before arriving on these shores last month. She recently celebrated her 96th birthday with son Alan, of Fair City and Crack’d Spoon Theatre Co. fame, at Garrihy’s Bar, Moyasta. Monies raised by the event will aid West Clare Mental Health Association and Brothers of Charity Research and Community Services. Contact 9060769 for ticket reservations or direct from Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee. Further information contact Rob Hopkins at 0879296640 or email robhopkins100@gmail.com
  • Wednesday Aug 1st 2012
    Riches of Clare Traditional Music Concert - Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
    A free lunchtime traditional music concert, starting at 1pm featuring Anne Rynne, James Devitt, Karen Vaughan & Brendan Organ
  • August/September 2012
    Burren Annual Exhibition
    Burren College of Art.

    An annual celebration of the best in new Irish and International contemporary art brought to the Gallery at Burren College of Art. Contact: Prof. Timothy Emlyn Jones 00353 65 7077200
    Web: www.burrencollege.ie
    Email: admin@burrencollege .ie

July 2012:

  • Late July/Early August 2012 (exact dates to be confirmed)
    Lughnasa Festival at Craggaunowen – The Living Past, near Quin, Co. Clare
    Featuring costumed re-enactors from the Bronze Age to Medieval times. Enjoy combat demonstrations, ancient cooking demonstrations and much more!
    Contact: Central Reservations 00353 61 360788
    Web: www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents/
    Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com
  • 30th July 2012
    NPWS Art in the Park - Wildlife Wonders
    Corofin

    NPWS Art in the Park from 12-2 at NPWS info centre, Wildlife Wonders for ages 4+ booking required 065 6827693, parents/guardians must be present.
  • Sunday 29th July 2012
    Clare Garden Festival
    Ennis Showgrounds, in partnership with Co. Clare Show
    Proudly supported by Joe Larkin Polytunnels, Flynn's Pharmacy and Ennis Town Council.
    1pm
    Welcome and official launch of Clare Garden Festival
    Summer Scents and Colour – Talk, Ciaran Burke
    Grow Roses and more from Cuttings - Demonstration, Ciaran Burke
    2pm
    Little Green Fingers – Gardening with Children - Kitty Scully & Greenie
    Grow Your Way to 5-a-day – Talk, Kitty Scully
    Beginners Gardening – Hands-on session, Kitty Scully
    3.30pm
    Growing in Polytunnels – Hands-on Talk, Jo Newton
    Raffle Results – Clare Garden Festival Raffle
    Biodiversity, Heritage Varieties and Seeds – Talk, Jo Newton
    www.claregardenfestival.com
  • Sunday 29th July 2012
    Old Kilfarboy Society guided walk up Mount Callan.
    The Old Kilfarboy Society has organized a guided walk up Mount Callan for Sunday 29th July. Booley na Gréine Lake which was the traditional assembly place for the Festival of Lughnasa on Garland Sunday will be on the route. The megalithic wedge tomb, known locally as Leaba Diarmuida agus Gráinne and the nearby flagstone with Ogham writing will also be visited. A modest fee to cover insurance will apply. Strong footwear and rain gear (check the forecast!) recommended. All are welcome. Contact Maura at 087-1264527 or meet in Miltown Malbay Church car park at 2 pm.
  • July 28th, 2012
    Jugalbundi, a musical conversation - East Clare
    Visiting Japanese Sitarist Yo and Mattu who plays Sarode will perform a very special workshop and house concert in East Clare on Saturday July 28th. The workshop will run in the daytime and is for any musicians interested in learning the basics of raga and Indian improvisation. Musicians can bring any instrument they are comfortable on, an Indian instrument is not required. Entry to the concert in the evening is included in the cost of the workshop. Tickets for the house concert are extremely limited and are available by booking only. Please contact Mattu for booking or more information: 086 268 5061. More info...
  • July 27th, 2012
    Jugalbundi, a musical conversation, at Ennistymon Court House Gallery
    The Courthouse Gallery presents Jugalbundi, a musical conversation with visiting Japanese Sitarist Yo, Mattu plays Sarode and Sadanad Magee plays Tabla. This trio will perform a jugalbundi or a musical conversation that is largely improvised and is based around the principles of raga or the emotional aesthetic that underpins all Indian Classical music. This type of performance can move between subtle and sorrowful airs to vibrant and passionate rhythmical interchanges. Please contact Mattu for booking or more information: 086 268 5061. More info...
  • July 28 & 29 2012
    CELT course Build Your Own Clay Oven
    Imecofarm, Island McGrath, Clarecastle, Co.Clare
    For more info and bookings see : http://www.celtnet.org/page1.php and www.imecofarm.com
    CELT (Centre for Environmental Living & Training)
    Registered Charity Number CHY14519
    Gleann Glas, Tuamgraney, Co Clare
    061-640765
    info@celtnet.org
    www.celtnet.org
  • July 26th - 30th 2012
    Cinemobile at Kilkee Carpark beside Waterworld
    A selection of the following films will be shown:
    Ice Age 4; The Amazing Spiderman; We Bought a Zoo; Snow White and the Huntsman; Men in Black 3; Pirates: Adventures with Scientists; Marvel Avengers Assemble; and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Tickets €5 - afternoon, evenings €7. Contact 091 751629 for bookings
  • July 24th - August 11th 2012
    ‘Nothing to See Here’ - An exhibition of photography by Seán McInerney
    Foyer of the Clare Museum, Ennis
    “Nothing to see here” is the follow on from his very successful “Moments” exhibition held last year in The Gallery, Scariff Public Library, Scarriff, Co. Clare by local amateur photographer Seán McInerney. This body of work “Nothing to See Here” is Seán’s effort to display to all what is taken for granted if we only take the time out to appreciate the world around us. As the artist explains, “Nothing to see here” and previously “Moments”, is how I like to refer to the wide ranging array of photographs I have taken since I first got ‘the bug’ of going out in all sorts of weather, sometimes at unsociable hours of the day and night in the hopes of discovering the perfect photographic shot. “I hope that the selection I am putting on display does no disappoint and will be an inspiration to many people, young and old alike”. Cllr. Pat Hayes will officially open the exhibition on Saturday, July 28th at 2p.m. All are welcome to attend. For further information contact the artist directly at: mcinerney.sean@yahoo.com tel:087 2837065
  • July 23rd to 27th 2012
    Stagecoach Summer School
    Cois na hAbhna Ennis
    Is it truly possible for your child to put on a full musical theatre show from start to finish in just five days? Apparently yes as Stagecoach Clare confirm places are filling fast for their first Ennis one week summer camp running from in Cois na hAbhna. The international schools, which run professional dance, drama and singing classes offer children and teenagers the chance to perform a full 1 hour musical in just five days rehearsal. This takes discipline and effort but gives wonderful life skills and confidence according to Principal, John Lucey. The workshop runs 10am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday and 10am to 7pm on the Friday with family and friends invited back to see the show at 6pm and while it seems a tall order, the results are measurable and memorable. More info can be found on 091 556274 or book online today at www.stagecoach.ie/clare and click on summer camps for a full synopsis.
  • July 23rd – 27th 2012
    A Holiday with a Difference Movement
    Boghill Centre, Kilfenora

    A Holiday with a Difference Movement in Clare, Art & Archaeology in Ireland Summer dance, 5 day residential workshop in the Boghill Centre, Kilfenora 23rd-27th July. www.deorade.com/boghill1.html
  • Monday July 23rd 2012
    Crack’d Spoon Theatre Company present Curtains Up

    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Crack’d Spoon theatre company are delighted to be performing Curtains Up their new variety show at Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre in Kilkee. This is a show that all the family will enjoy. Audiences will be treated to a great night out, that includes comedy, mime, live music and dance with guest appearances from the muppets making Curtains Up a must see date for your diary. Directed by Breda Latham with performances by local children, teenagers and adults. Tickets are €10 for adults €5.00 for children and can be bought in advance from Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre during library opening hours. See you there!
  • 23rd July 16th July 2012
    NPWS Art in the Park - Rock Investigation
    Corofin

    NPWS Art in the Park from 12-2 at NPWS info centre, Rock Investigation for ages 4+ booking required 065 6827693, parents/guardians must be present.
  • July 22nd - 25th 2012
    Cinemobile at Lahinch Carpark on Liscannor Road
    A selection of the following films will be shown:
    Ice Age 4; The Amazing Spiderman; We Bought a Zoo; Snow White and the Huntsman; Men in Black 3; Pirates: Adventures with Scientists; Marvel Avengers Assemble; and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Tickets €5 - afternoon, evenings €7. Contact 091 751629 for bookings
  • 22nd July 2012
    South East Clare Agricultural Show, Killaloe
    Annual agricultural show held at Bridgetown, Co. Clare, with events for horses, ponies, showjumping, cattle, novelty events and much more
    Contact: Pat Duggan 00353 61-377778 or 00353 87-1312653
    Web: www.bridgetownshow.com
    Email: info@bridgetownshow.com
  • 21st & 22nd July 2012
    The Doonbeg Food Festival
    This two day festival encompasses seafood, cooking demonstrations, marine education, music and family fun.
    Contact: Ray Kearney
    Web: www.doonbeggolfclub.com
    Email: Ray_Kearney@doonbeggolfclub.com
  • July 21st, 2012
    8th Annual Intercultural Festival
    St. Flannan’s College, Ennis
    Sporting Activities, Yoga, Art, Song, Dance, Music and much more! Something for all the family.
    All welcome! 2 – 6 p.m.
    More info...
  • July 18th, 2012
    Meet the Artist - Maureen Glynn
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, Co. Clare
    On Wednesday, July 18th at 6p.m. Maureen Glynn, whose work is on show in the gallery, will participate in the very popular ‘Meet the Artist’ series when she will give a talk on her work and answer any questions on her work and inspiration. This event is free and all are very welcome.
    For further information contact 065 9060769 or like Cultúrlann Sweeney on Facebook
  • July 18th 2012
    Riches of Clare Traditional Music Concert - County Museum, Ennis
    A free lunctime traditional music concert, starting at 1pm featuring John, Johnny, Leah & Aoife Kelly
  • Monday July 16th 2012
    Crack’d Spoon Theatre Company present Curtains Up
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Crack’d Spoon theatre company are delighted to be performing Curtains Up their new variety show at Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre in Kilkee. This is a show that all the family will enjoy. Audiences will be treated to a great night out, that includes comedy, mime, live music and dance with guest appearances from the muppets making Curtains Up a must see date for your diary. Directed by Breda Latham with performances by local children, teenagers and adults. Tickets are €10 for adults €5.00 for children and can be bought in advance from Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre during library opening hours. See you there!
  • 16th July 2012
    NPWS Art in the Park - Fun with Flowers,
    Corofin

    NPWS Art in the Park from 12-2 at NPWS info centre, Fun with Flowers for ages 4+ booking required 065 6827693, parents/guardians must be present.
  • 13th -15th July 2012
    Kilkee & Loophead Maritime Festival
    Web: www.kilkee.ie or www.loophead.ie
  • Thursday 12 July
    Irish Chamber Orchestra
    Church of the Immaculate Conception and St. Senan, Kilkee
    Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47
    Pachelbel's Canon
    Souvenir de Florence
    Ian Wilson’s In fretta, in vento,
    Concert starts@ 8pm Tickets: €20 available on the door and in advance from Nolan's Delicatessen. www.tickets.ie
  • Thursday July 12th 2012
    Oiche Latino - A South American & Irish musical exchange
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
    Concert with Clare native musicians, Paddy Mulcahy and Tessa O’Connor featuring South American and traditional Irish music entitled “Los Paddy de las Pampas” with particular focus on Argentinian music. The aim is to create a global music exchange between Latin America and Ireland. For further information please contact: Paddymulcahymusic@gmail.com.
    8p.m. € 5 All proceeds go to cherven children’s orphanage - Belarus
  • July 11th –August 3rd, 2012
    Celebrating Nature – An exhibition of Paintings by Maureen Glynn
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, Co. Clare
    Originally from the UK, Maureen is an art teacher who has taken up painting seriously since
    moving to Kilkee seven years ago. Since then she has been teaching painting in Kilkee to both children and adults and her work is very well known in the West Clare area. She enjoys painting nature in all its amazing forms, using various media such as pen and wash, watercolour, acrylic and oils.
    Inspiration comes from the seashore in west Clare and places visited on holiday abroad. This exhibition features a variety of stunning and colourful new works and is sure to please the crowds visiting the gallery over the summer months. Everyone is welcome to the launch at 6pm on July 11th, 2012.
    For further information contact 065 9060769 or like Cultúrlann Sweeney on Facebook

  • Monday July 9th - Friday July 13th,
    Clare Youth Theatre Summer School 2012
    Glor, Ennis
    If you are 13-18 years and interested in all aspects of acting, then this is the course for you. We will explore how we use our bodies, voices 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 actor’s world. The course will be facilitated by Clare Youth Theatre leaders Eleanor Feeley and Nathalie Leahy. 11am - 4pm, €90 Places are limited. Early booking advised. Contact Glor: 065 6843103

  • 7th - 15th July 2012
    Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay
    40th Annual and Ireland’s largest traditional music summer school, where students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. A full program of lectures, recitals, dances (céilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school. Music sessions throughout the day in the local pubs.
    Contact: Harry Hughes 00353 65 7084281/7084148
    Email: angleann@oceanfree.net
    Web: http://www.oac.ie/site/content/willie-clancy-summer-school-2012
  • 7th – 15th July 2012
    Armada International Week of Set Dancing, Spanish Point
    A week long enjoyment of world class Set Dancing
    Contact: Burkes Armada Hotel 00353 65-7084110
    Web: www.armadahotel.com
    Email: info@armadahotel.com
  • Saturday, July 7th 2012
    Kilkee Painting Day
    Kilkee
    A day’s painting with art tuition on location with Geraldine Dennehy and Roger McCarthy in Kilkee. Contact (086) 8222184 or (087) 2211570 to book your place. Alternative arrangements in place for inclement weather.
  • 6th - 8th July 2012
    Ennis Street Festival
    A multi cultural celebration of art, music & dance reclaiming the streets of Ennis in a feel good kaleidoscope of live acts and workshops
    Contact: Ana Bella Alvarez 0035386-3096096
    Web: ennisstreetfestival.com
    Facebook: Ennis Street Festival
  • 6th – 8th July 2012
    Feile Sona, Kilrush
    Féile Sona is a 3 day Family Fun Festival based in the maritime Town of Kilrush. The festival ensures fun activities for every generation.
    Contact: Ian Lynch 00353 86 2253549
    Web: Facebook/Feile Sona
    Email: ianvlynch@gmail.com
  • Thursday 5th July 2012
    Creative Energies present Colours of my Mind
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee

    As part of West Clare Mental Health Weel. A collection of poetry and songs written by the participants that share their life experience’s with you. A special evening awaits you. 8p.m. Tickets Adults € 10, Children €5. Booking 065 9060769.
  • Monday July 2nd - Friday July 6th, 2012
    Clare Youth Theatre Summer School 2012
    Glor, Ennis
    If you are 13-18 years and interested in all aspects of acting, then this is the course for you. We will explore how we use our bodies, voices 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 actor’s world. The course will be facilitated by Clare Youth Theatre leaders Eleanor Feeley and Nathalie Leahy. 11am - 4pm, €90 Places are limited. Early booking advised. Contact Glor: 065 6843103
  • 2nd to 6th July 2012
    The Castle Summer Camp
    The Pop up Playhouse, Killaloe

    For one week only the towns of Killaloe and Ballina will witness the legendary Castle of the O'Brien's as it re-emerges from the water of Lough Derg. Children from the ages of 5 to 12yrs Are called to be part of a magical legend. Each day the children will enter a different realm where they will get a chance to be Warriors, Creators, Explorers, Musicians, Artists... Can you risk missing this once in a lifetime chance to be part of history? Activites include African Drumming, Alpaca Trek, Giant sculpture, Silent Disco, Bouncy Castle, Instrument Making & Jousting at Brian Boru's Fort. Call Olivia ph: 087 6380201 or email boris@musicintheglen.ie. (The Castle Summer Camp is organised by Music in the Glen in association with Creative House, and harnesses the team behind the Feile Eile Funday's).
  • Monday, 2 July 2012
    Meeting about The Gathering 2013
    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis

    The Gathering is a unique opportunity for everyone to join a countrywide movement to support Ireland’s renewal. In order to achieve success, local communities, individuals, groups and organisations are invited to get involved in planning and promoting gatherings of their own. A Community Meeting will take place on Monday, 2 July 2012 in the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis commencing at 7.00pm. This meeting will provide an opportunity for local people to learn more about ‘The Gathering’ and how they can be involved. Please confirm attendance by contacting Kathy on 065 – 6846429. The coordination of the Clare Gathering 2013 is being jointly led by Clare County Council and Shannon Development.
  • Monday 2nd July 2012
    Crack’d Spoon Theatre Kilkee Full Moon Cabaret
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee

    In aid of the West Clare Mental Health Association and the Brothers of Charity Research and Community Services. Featuring a host of local performers with the Fabulous Filipino Singers topping the bill. 8p.m. Tickets €20, concessions €10, accompanied children (under 16) €5. Booking 065 9060769.
  • July 1st – 27th
    Kizito Kasule Exhibition
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
    Kizito Kasule is a well known Ugandan painter and sculptor who exhibits internationally. The paintings are presented unstretched because of the prohibitive cost of air transport from Uganda, and they can easily be put onto wooden stretchers by any competent carpenter. Advice on stretching canvas is available from the college on request. The exhibition will be open 9.30am-5pm Mondays to Fridays until Friday 27th July 2012 at The Gallery, Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare. Tel: (065) 7077200 for further details.
  • July 1st, 2012
    Open Fair
    Auburn Lodge, Ennis, Co.Clare
    The Open Fair is a national movement of free, community-based talent expos taking place all over the country. The County Clare event will take place in the Auburn Lodge on 1st July 2012. For more information or to book a space please visit: www.openfair.ie
  • 1st July, 2012
    Buzzing with the Burren’s Bumblebees - Burrenbeo Trust July Walk with Úna Fitzpatrick
    1pm at Gortlecka Crossroads. Úna FitzPatrick is an ecologist with the National Biodiversity Data Centre and manager of the Irish Pollinator Initiative. The Burren features three quarters of all the species of bumblebee found in Ireland and on the day we will hopefully get a glimpse of a few, maybe even the rare Great Yellow Bumblebee. Please note meeting time of 1pm at Gortlecka Crossroads. Parking will be available at the crossroads. 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.
  • Sunday 1st July 2012
    Old Kilfarboiy Society outing to Inisdadrom/Coney Island.
    Inisdadrom/Coney Island in the Fergus Estuary will be our destination on Sunday 1 July. This uninhabited island has a church dedicated to St Brendan and a one-roomed school. The island’s summit (¾ mile walk) has a panoramic view of surrounding counties. Boat leaves Crovraghan Pier (approx one mile east of Kildysart on Ennis Road take a right for the pier) at 2.00 pm and returns at approx 6.00 pm. Cost per person is €10 for boat and €5 for society. Booking is essential (087-1264527) because of limited passenger capacity on boat.

June 2012:

  • Thursday, June 28, 2012
    Free Concert, Ennis Cathedral
    The Ennis Cathedral Choir with special guests soprano Helen Houlihan and The Holy Family Chamber Choir
    will hold their end of year concert at Ennis Cathedral on Thursday, June 28th at 8.00 p.m. There will be a retiring collection afterwards for Fr. John Molloy's Mission in Ecuador. Contact Michael Hennessy at 0867962304 or mikemhennessy. Concert starts at 8pm
  • Wednesday 27th June
    Meet the Artist – Philip Brennan
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    Philip Brennan is a landscape painter from Clare. His work reflects a deep relationship with the land, the passing year and the creatures, flora and people that inhabit it. Philip has two publications ‘ Clare ‘ and ‘Wanderings ‘ Both books are a combination of painting and text. All are welcome to come and meet Philip to discuss his process of working, the materials he uses and his inspirations and answer any questions you may have about his work
  • 23rd June 2012
    “Hell of The West” Triathlon, Kilkee
    A challenging triathlon located in the seaside resort of Kilkee
    Contact: Eugene Keane 00353 87 2498358
    Web: www.limericktriathlon.com
  • 23rd June 2012
    Spancilhill Fair (Horse Fair)
    Contact: Eva Considine 00353 65-6835483
  • 21st June - 1st July
    Feile Brian Boru Festival, Killaloe
    Feile Brian Boru is an annual 5 day festival held in Killaloe & Ballina to commemorate Ireland’s Greatest High King in his native place.
    Contact: Arlene White 00353 86-3586293
    Web: www.feilebrianboru.com
    Email: info@brianboru.com
  • June 21st 2012
    Love:Live Music Kilkee
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee

    A free celebration of International Music Day with sean nos singer Philip Brennan singing songs with a West Clare connection joined by Cathal Keane on harp and Cassandre Frawley on flute at 2p.m. Caoimhe Millar on accordian with various guests at 3p.m.followed by a participatory singing/songwriting workshop with Breda Latham on the theme ‘The Things That We Love’ at 3.45. Áine Heflin plays the flute at 4p.m. while SKAZZ perform at 9p.m. All events are free.
  • Thursday 21st June
    Flamenco with Fatima Lucia with Al-Andar
    Courthouse Gallery, Parliament St. Ennistymon

    An evening of flamenco culture featuring the stunning music and dance from Andalusia. Al-Andar performs Flamenco in its purest form. Al-Andar is a Flamenco company and school based in Galway and was founded in 1993 by Fatima Lucia. Al-Andar Flamenco organises Flamenco classes in Galway and Clare and performances all over Ireland. Fatima Lucia is the leader and director of 'Al Andar' and has been teaching Flamenco dance in Galway and Clare since 1993 when she settled in Ireland. Fatima has toured with top Irish musicians, such as Sean Keane, Máirtín O’Connor and Arty McGlynn, combining Sean Nós with Flamenco, and appears as a solo dancer on Sean Keane’s latest DVD ‘The Irish Scattering’. http://www.flamencogalway.com. At 8.30pm Admission €10, concession €8, children €5
  • June 20th, 2012
    World Refugee Day
    Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
    Clare Intercultural Network invites you to the Old Ground Hotel for songs, poetry, refreshments a book launch and much more! This promises to be a fantastic celebration. 11am to 1pm. For more information contact: Sarah Ferrigan, Project Administrator, Clare Women's Network, Clonroad Business Park, Ennis, Co Clare Tel: 065-6828731
  • June 19th – July 6th, 2012
    From Loop Head to Valentia
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, Co.Clare
    Philip Brennan is a landscape painter from Clare. His work reflects a deep relationship with the land, the passing year and the creatures, flora and people that inhabit it. Philip has two publications ‘ Clare ‘ and ‘Wanderings ‘ Both books are a combination of painting and text. Exhibition opening takes place on June 19th, 2012 at 6p.m. All are welcome.
  • Monday 18th June 2012
    Belly Dancing with Armella
    Clare Training Resource Centre, Clonroad Business Park, Ennis.
    An evening of Traditional Belly Dance and connection prayer with Armella Karas-Doyle at 7.30pm
    Stay for a cup of moon tea after the dancing!
    www.clareway.wordpress.com
    Cost:- €12
    Email:- info@ctrc.ie
    Phone:- 065 6895458/086 7930597
  • 16th & 17th June 2012
    Doolin Heritage Weekend
    Doolin Heritage Weekend - Two day seminar in the Russell Cultural Centre, Doolin, organised by the Doolin Heritage Committee.
  • 14th June 2012
    Fleadh Cheoil an Chláir 2012
    Old Kilfarboy Society - Illustrated talk

    As part of the Fleadh Cheoil an Chláir 2012, The Old Kilfarboy Society is presenting an illustrated talk on twenty years of recording the older generation of traditional singers in West and North Clare by Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie.It will take place on Thursday, 14th June, at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, commencing at 9.00pm and will be followed by a singing session - all are welcome
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  • 16th June 2012
    An Post Tour de Burren Cycle Challenge
    10K, 60K, 100K and 160K cycle event – something for everyone
    Contact: Patrick O’Donoghue/John Sweeney
    Web: www.tourdeburren.com
    Email: info@burrencyclingclub.com
  • 14th June – 12th July
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery presents “How the Land Lies”
    Paintings by Mairead O’Neill Laher

    Official opening Saturday 16th June at 4pm
    Mairead O’Neill Laher was born in Limerick and now lives in Dublin. A graduate of NCAD, she is a painter who since graduating has had solo shows in Chicago, New York and Johannesburg, as well as shows in Dublin and Belfast. Influenced by poetry and memory, her work is an investigation of landscape as part of an ongoing exploratory process. Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare. 065 707 1630
  • 14th June – 12th July
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery presents “Oblivion” In the Red Couch Space
    Paintings and Small Installations by Maudie de Keijzer

    Offical opening Saturday 16th June at 4pm
    Maudie de Keijzer is a Dutch artist based in Co. Clare since February 2011
    In September 2011 she started working as a studio artist at the Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery. Oblivion will be her first Exhibition in Ireland. Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare. 065 707 1630
  • 13th – 18th June 2012
    County Fleadh, Miltown Malbay
    Music, Song and Dance. Competitions, informal sessions and open air music
    Contact: Cois na hAbhana 00353 65 6824276
    Web: www.coisnahabhna.ie
  • 10th June, 2012
    Guided Walk - Old Kilfarboy Society
    On Sunday 10 June, The old Kilfarboy has arranged a guided walk conducted by Liam Irwin to the iconic and legendary Knockfierna, 948 feet/288 metres (comes from Cnoc Fírinne "the Hill of Truth") south west of Adare, Co Limerick. Meet at 12.15 pm at Church Car Park in Miltown Malbay for a 12.30 departure or in Ballingarry on the foothills of Knockfierna (12.5 km from Adare – first turn left in village on R519). Meet at the SPAR shop and filling station on the right, just beyond the school at 2 pm. Ballingarry has an interesting late nineteenth century Catholic church [by JJ McCarthy] and ruins of a tower house.
  • 8th June, 2012
    Burrenbeo Trust AGM
    In the Burrenbeo Trust Centre at 7.30p.m. Followed by a short talk with Trust patron Gordon D'Arcy. All members welcome.
  • 8th June 2012
    Burren College of Art - Graduation Ceremony
    Some of the Ecobeo students will present their work in the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaugan, as part of their Graduation Ceremony. By invitation only - Contant trust@burrenbeo.com
  • 7th June 2012
    Traditional Horse Fair, Kilrush
    Contact: Kilrush Town Council 00353 65-9051047
  • Wednesday 6th June
    Meet the Artist – Carmel Madigan
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
    The Current exhibition launches the publication of the widely anticipated book The Wild Flowers of Loop Head. Infused with Carmel's poetry of the peninsular the final chapter presents the inspired artworks created from her family's 300 year ancestral immersion in this isolated unsheltered territory where her parents Mai and PJ Magner still reside in the oldest house in Ross. All are welcome to come and meet Carmel to discuss her process of working, the materials she uses and her inspirations and answer any questions you may have about her work. Time 6.15 – 8pm. Carmel Madigan is exhibiting in Culturlann Sweeney until June 15th
  • June 5th - 16th
    Ennis VTOS Students Exhibition
    Foyer of the County Museum
    An exhibition of art & design and graphic design work by Ennis VTOS students. The course is run by Co. Clare VEC Adult & Community Education Service.
  • 3rd June, 2012
    ‘Farming the Burren: the farmer’s view’
    with Clare’s Biodiversity Officer, Shane Casey
    Murroogh at 2pm (2km South of Blackhead lighthouse)

    This walk is open to everyone. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation from non-members. It is advised to be of a reasonable level of fitness. Please wear comfortable and sensible walking shoes. Much of the Burren’s terrain is uneven so please ensure you have the correct footwear on. We suggest walking shoes or hiking boots with a good grip. And be prepared for Irish weather- warm and waterproof clothes are recommended! For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 1st – 10th June 2012
    Lough Derg Lake Festival
    Largest lake festival held in Ireland that will conclude with a air display extravagance on the 10th. Full details of all of the events will be hosted on the web site.
    Email: rose@harbourflights.com
    Web: www.loughderg2012.com
  • 1st – 4th June 2012
    Doonbeg International Jazz Festival
    A weekend of Jazz, Dixie & Swing, Latin held in the Village of Doonbeg, West Clare. All Events free
    Contact: Philippa Siegrist 00353 65-9055345 / 00353 65 9055039
    Web: www.doonbegjazz.com
    Email: strandcamping@oceanfree.net


May 2012:

  • May 31st, 2012]
    Afternoon Tea Dance
    Glor, Ennis
    Clare Arts Office presents a free afternoon tea dance in Glor, with a celebration in story and song of the iconic Delia Murphy, as part of the Bealtaine Festival Celebrating Creativity in Older Age.
    The show begins at 2p.m. followed by afternoon tea. All are welcome.
  • 26th May to 4th June 2012
    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. This year’s theme is Celebration - Ceiliuradh
    Contact: Paul Murray 00353 87 2380555
    Web: www.iniscealtra-artsfestival.org
    Iniscealtra Festival of Arts on Facebook
  • 26th May 2012
    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: 00353 87 7779714 / 00353 87 9847025
    Web: www.clareburrenmarathonchallenge.com
  • 26th May 2012
    Eurovision 2012 Live
    The Pop up Playhouse, Killaloe

    The Pop-up Playhouse will be in full party mode for a special Eurovision extravaganza. Throughout the night a giant cinema screen will show all the action from Baku, so we can follow Jedward’s charge to inevitable victory. To keep things moving along we’re also having a Jedward vs Abba fancy dress competition, a karaoke singing competition of past Eurovision classics and a Eurovision sweepstake (so even if Jedward falter, someone will still win – the smart money is on the Russian Grannies). This event is a fundraiser for the 2012 Feile Brian Boru. For queries call 087 210 4583. Adm €5
  • 20th – 28th May 2012
    Fleadh Nua Festival, Ennis
    Offering a great programme of trad sessions, workshops, concerts, céilís, street performances and much more, Fleadh Nua 2012 in Ennis, should not be missed. Headline concerts featuring the Máirtín O'Connor Band, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Liam Flanagan, Dónal Clancy, Mick and Michelle Mulcahy on 26th May agus the Kilfenora Céilí Band, Don Stiffe and Michael Donnellan on 27th May will be streamed on www.livetrad.com.
    Contact: Cois na hAbhna, Ennis 00353 65 6824276
    Festival e-zine: nasc_bealtaine.pdf
    Web: www.fleadhnua.com
    Email: ceoltrad@eircom.net
  • Sunday 20th May,
    Official Launch of Fleadh Nua 2012
    Cois na hAbhna, Gort Road, Ennis, Co.Clare
    by An tSeanadóir Labhrás Ó Murchú in Cois na hAbhna, followed by a Tribute Concert by the Doora/Barefield Branch celebrating 40 years in existence. Starts at 8.00pm. No admission charge.
  • 20th May
    Sean Scéal Sionna Pageant
    Carrigaholt Square

    Loophead Studio presents the story of how the river Shannon got its name, as part of the Seol Sionna boat launch. Starting at 4pm.
  • Saturday 19th May 2012
    Maoincheoil an Chlár Teachers’ and Friends Concert 2012.
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis

    Teachers and friends of Maoin Cheoil an Chlair will be performing a wide variety of music - Classical, Jazz, Pop, Irish traditional and more. Witness the star quality of your teachers when they go on stage. Start 8p.m. Tickets from Maoincheoil an Chlár Office: 065 6841774
    € 5.00, Students: €2.00 Families: €10.00 (up to 5 members)
  • 19th May 2012
    Sean Scéal Sionna Pageant
    Querrin Pier

    Loophead Studio presents the story of how the river Shannon got its name, as part of the Seol Sionna boat launch. Starting at 4pm.
  • 18th – 20th May 2012
    Dylan Thomas Literary Weekend
    Falls Hotel & Spa, Ennistymon in conjunction with The Western Writers’ Centre

    Official Opening at 6.30pm on Friday, 18th May followed by a Lecture from Andrew Lycett. The weekend includes lectures on Saturday & Sunday from John F. Deane, Robert Minhinnick, Clairr O’Connor, Diarmuid Johnson and many more. Event for children with Eddie Lenihan on Saturday.
  • 18th – 20th May 2012
    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 Hedin Curtin 00353 65 7074432
    Email: slowfoodclare@gmail.com
    Web: www.slowfoodclare.com
  • Friday 18th May 2012
    West Cork – The Premier of a Short Film
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon

    The poem “West Cork” by the late Seán Dunne is a remarkable homage to an idiosyncratic form of public worship which is still practised in Ireland today - the veneration of holy wells, rag trees and curiously-shaped stones. The poem is set in the magical St Gobnait's monastic site in Ballyvourney in Cork, a great magnet for pilgrims right down to the present day. St Gobnait is the patron saint of bees. Three North Clare based people came together this spring to make a short 5 minute film version of the poem. Carles Casasin of Ballyvaughan filmed and edite, Mick O'Riordan of Doolin provided voice and original soundtrack whilst Tony Kirby of Kilnaboy produced. The film will be launched at the Courthouse in Ennistymon on Friday the 18th of May at 8.00 pm. There will be a fine cast of North Clare voices on hand on the evening to enrich the event with song, music and thoughts. M.C. on the evening will be John Morgan (Kilfenora) and guests will include Fr Denis Crosby (Liscannor), Phil Gaston (Kilnaboy) and Susan Daly (Doolin). The event coincides with Ennistymon's first ever Dylan Thomas Literary Festival whick takes place over the same weekend. All are welcome for what promises to be a memorable evening. More information 065 7071630 ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com
  • 13 May 2012
    Guided tour to sites in the North East Burren with Olive Carey
    An Old Kilfarboy Society Summer Walk

    The first outing will take place on Sunday, 13th May, when Olive Carey will give a guided tour to sites in the North East Burren. Meet at Church Car Park in Miltown Malbay at 1.30 pm or at Cassidy’s Pub, Carron at 2.30 pm. From there we will drive a short distance north to Templecronan. We will continue to Coolnatullagh where Olive will
    reveal findings of research she has done in the area. Visits to the Penitential Stations near St Fachnan’s Well and Colman’s Oratory/Mac Duagh’s Hermitage will complete our tour.
  • Sunday 13th May 2012
    Céilí in aid of Clare 250 Mile Cycle
    Cois na hAbhna, Ennis.

    There will be a Céilí in aid of Clare 250 Mile Cycle, hosted by Francie Daly, in Cois na hAbhna on Sunday 13th May from 3.30 - 6.30. Music by the Star of Munster Céilí Band.
  • Saturday May 12th to Saturday June 2nd
    What Do You See When You Look At Me?
    The Gallery, Burren College of Art,
    “What do you see when you look at me?”, a collaboration between the Burren College of Art and IMMA’s National Programme, is an art exhibition specifically designed for a younger audience. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage this audience (mainly primary school level) to engage with the world of modern art, by putting it on their doorstep and facilitating interaction through a series of guided workshops, led by the educational team at IMMA. Using selected works from the permanent IMMA collection, the exhibition seeks to raise questions about self representation or representation of the other.
    The exhibition is kindly supported by Clare County Council Arts Office, Flogas and Logues Lodge, Ballyvaughan. It will run in The Gallery, Mon - Sat from May 12th to June 2nd.
  • 11th May 2012
    USI Chamber Choir & Rowan Tree Irish Traditional Group
    Lisdoonvarna Pavillion

    The University of Southern Indiana Department of Performing Arts
    Proudly presents the USI Chamber Choir & Rowan Tree Irish Traditional Group
    In Concert at Lisdoonvarna Pavillion, Co. Clare 11 May 8:00pm
    For the benefit of Clare Crusaders and the Stella Maris Day Care. Admission 5 euros.
  • 6th May, 2012
    'Dawn Chorus – breakfast with the birds’ with Gordon D’Arcy
    Burrenbeo Trust May Walk, Ballyvaughan.

    5.45am at outside Spar Supermarket, Ballyvaughan. As the first walk of the Burren in Bloom festival and as Burrenbeo’s May walk, we are delighted to have Burren resident, Gordon D’Arcy, natural historian, author & wildlife artist leading the way. The walk will explore the early birds under the Burren dawn light. To make the dawn start bearable, Jim from the Village Stores (Spar) will kick-start the morning by welcoming the walkers with a coffee and croissant. On return from the walk, Logues Lodge is offering a full buffet breakfast with champagne (!) for the walkers. This is €15. This really is catching the tasty early worm! Meet at Spar Supermarket in Ballyvaughan. Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. Also bring binoculars if you have a pair. A reasonable level of fitness is required. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096. This walk is open to everyone. However, it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €5 from non-members
  • Saturday May 5th
    May Pole Workshop, Drumandoora, Co Clare
    Gwen McHale is facilitating a workshop and ritual at the Festival of Fires as part of a Dancing the Rainbow workshop exploring masculine and feminine energies through movement. Workshop is for adults and both Men and Women are very welcome to attend. For further info contact 087 9958028 www.gwenmchale.wordpress.com email: gwendolinemchale@hotmail.com
  • 4th – 6th May 2012
    PJ Hayes Memorial Weekend, Feakle
    Traditional music celebrating the memory of PJ Hayes
    Contact: Gary Pepper 00353 61-924322
  • 4th – 6th May
    Burren Law School 2012 at Burren College of Art
    This year's Burren Law School, directed by Alex White, will focus on the theme 'Commemorating the Past; Constituting the Future'. The school will be opened by the Attorney-General, Maire Whelan SC on Friday May 4th followed by an opening address from author, director and broadcaster Gerry Stembridge. Throughout the weekend a variety of sessions will tease out the issues and guest speakers will include Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan, Dr. Oran Doyle, Dr. Carol Coulter, Lucinda Creighton TD, and Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter amongst others. The sessions will be interspersed with early morning and later afternoon hikes in the Burren, and the ever popular conference dinner will be held in 'L'Arco' restaurant on Saturday night. Full programme and booking details are available at www.burrenlawschool.org. Contact: Angelene O Loughlin. Email: info@burrenlawschool.org
  • Friday 4th May
    North Indian Classical Music and the Foreign Phenomenon
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm
    Musical conversations: a concert, small talk and show of a short 9 minute film.
    Admission €8 concession €5
    This event explores the unique experiences of foreigners undertaking serious study of North Indian Classical Music. Beginning with a discussion by Australian born Mattu Noone, who is a long time student of the North Indian 25 stringed lute called the sarode, this evening will give the audience an insight not only of the music of North India but the physical, emotional and mental challenges of it's discipline. Dara O' Brien, a Cork based sitar player, will also present ideas from his recent PHD material on the spiritual beliefs of North Indian musicians. A short film entitled, We are Nocturnal Animals, will be presented which outlines the experience of the concert season in Kolkata, West Bengal.
    Finally, Mattu, Dara and tabla player, Sadanand Magee, will present a recital of North Indian instrumental music. This item will be a jugal bundi or conversation between sarode and sitar.
  • Friday 4th May 2012
    VAI Info Clinic at the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon
    12pm to 2.45pm
    On Friday the 4th of May 2012 Aideen Barry, Western Representative for Visual Artists Ireland will host a VAI Info Clinic at the Ennistymon Courthouse. This is the second time the artist has run a VAI Info Clinic and follows on from the success of the last clinic in 2008.
    The Clinic is open to all artists, art students, artist led initiatives, curators and cultural practioners working in the visual arts. Aideen is keen to meet everyone and to have a chat about the needs and concerns of visual artists in the Clare region. The Clinic is an informal way for you to come and find out about the Visual Artists Ireland Organisation: its professional development courses, recent opportunities and information on the services that the organisation provided for artists and organisations.
    Aideen Barry is a full time practicing visual artist as well as the western representative for VAI she also Lectures in Limerick School of Art and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.
    The clinic runs from 12pm to 2.45pm and is free for all.
    For further information on the VAI please visit www.visualartists.ie
  • May 3rd - 31st
    Embrace Exhibition - Celebrating 10 years of Arts & People with disabilities programme.
    Glor, Ennis
    This year’s Embrace exhibition marks ten years of the Clare Arts Office initiative to help local people with disabilities access the arts.
    Many of the founder groups including the Brothers of Charity, Enable Ireland and the Dulick Centre continue to regularly take part in the twice-yearly programme of workshops which are part funded by the Arts Council, Clare County Council, and the groups themselves.
    The exhibition has become an annual celebration of achievement and includes colourful and original pieces that are full of joy.
    Contact: Alan Shoosmith 086 8398832 or arts@clarelibrary.ie
  • Month of May 2012
    Burren in Bloom Festival
    Ballyvaughan
    A month-long festival of illustrated talks and walks to celebrate the amazing botanical wealth of the Burren.
    Contact: Brid O’Loghlen 00353 65 7077200; Web:www.burreninbloom.com Email: info@burreninbloom.com

    Click here for the programme of events...

April 2012:

  • 29th April 2012
    Kilkee Plouhinec Twinning Association
    30th Year Anniversary

    Contact: Kilkee Town Council
    Web: www.kilkee.ie/kilkeetc/ktc.html
    Email: jcorry@clarecoco.ie or Kilkee.plouhinec@gmail.com
  • 28th/29th April 2012
    CELT ‘Weekend in the Woods’
    Contact: Sarah Thompson
    Web: www.celtnet.org
    Email: info@celtnet.org
  • April 28th, 2012.
    For One Night Only presented by Clare Youth Theatre at Glór, Ennis.
    2.30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

    Clare Youth Theatre will perform excerpts from John B. Keane’s ‘Sive’, Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ and Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Lonesome West’. ‘Trust Games’ by Galway based playwright Pete Mullineux, specifically written for youth theatres, will also be performed as will the world premiere of ‘Ordinary Teenagers are Ordinary’ written and performed by CYT member Jack Malone. Tickets are €12 / €10 concession and booking is through Glor Box Office 065 – 6845370 www.glor.ie. For further information please contact: Eleanor Feely at 087 9612118 or Nathalie Leahy at 083 1180567. Clare Youth Theatre is an initiative of Clare County Arts Office.
  • April 27th – May 3rd 2012
    The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, presents DEPTH: Ennistymon FETAC Exhibition.
    Official opening Thursday April 26th at 7pm.
    The annual end of year Art show by the FETAC Level 5 and 6 students of Ennistymon Vocational School. This exhibition is a culmination of the years work. The title and theme of the exhibition is 'Depth' which represents the many ways the students looked at their art this year. The collection demonstrates the self expression and skills development of the course participants and this is clearly seen in the variety and exploration of media and subject matter. Ceramics, sculpture, textiles, painting and drawing unite to make an eclectic, bold and exciting body of work. The FETAC Level 5 and 6 Art course in Ennistymon is a full time course running from September to May each year. It is open to anyone who has an interest in, and wishes to expand their knowledge and skills in art. The course is always well subscribed and appeals to both mature students and school leavers who wish to explore their creativity or embark on art as a career. If you are interested in joining the group this September contact Ennistymon Vocational School on 065 7071375 http://www.artroomennistymonvs.blogspot.com/.
    Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street - Ennistymon - Co. Clare. 065 707 1630
  • 25th – 30th April
    Kilfenora Traditional Music Weekend
    The Kilfenora Traditional Music Weekend kicks off on Wednesday 25 April and continues until Monday 30th. The line up includes Céilís, Singers’ Nights and live music in the pubs of Kilfenora. Four Men and a Dog and the Kilfenora Céilí Band are just two of the acts performing. For more information call 087 8364780.
  • 23rd April to 12th May
    ‘Pure and simple colour’ by The Inis Artists
    The Gallery at Scariff Library, Exhibition of New Paintings
    Inis Artists are delighted to announce their their second exhibition at this venue. The fifteen Clare based artists have over forty paintings on exhibit in a variety of styles and mediums comprising of landscapes, streetscapes, seascapes and figurative works including many Clare and Connemara scenes, in many mediums including oils, watercolours and acrylics Some of the well-known artists include Tom Daly Newmarket on Fergus, Margaret Ray Lahinch, Tomás O‘Maoldomhnaigh Ennis, Sonia Schorman, Dick Burke, Alan Shoosmith, Gerardine O’Leary. The artists all accept commissions including portrait work and would be delighted to discuss any potential paintings.
    Further details and work can be seen on their website www.inisartists.com
  • Friday 20th April
    Tom Portman at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8.30pm.
    Multi-instrumentalist, performer and songwriter Tom Portman will be bringing his talents to the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon on Friday 20th of April at 8.30pm. Playing acoustic, electric guitar, Dobro and lap steel, Tom presents a wide repertoire. His compositions draw on many global styles yet have a distinct flavour of their own. Last year he launched his second solo album, At One, with a sell-out show in Galway's Town Hall Theatre. This self-produced collection features instrumental compositions, songs and arrangements of traditional Irish tunes for fingerstyle guitar and Dobro. He regularly performs around Ireland from small venues to festivals such as the Electric Picnic and the DLR Festival of world cultures. Internationally, Tom has toured in Poland where he played the Suwalki Blues festival. Portman has also played venues in the UK, North Italy and the South of France. Tom will bring his unique style to the Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery. Admission €8 (concession €5).
  • April 14th - 27th
    Korporeal, a student show
    Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co.Clare
    Korporeal, a student show featuring at the Burren College of Art Gallery, is proud to present the international Masters of Fine Arts students Haynes Goodsell, Angelalynn Dunlop and Arianna Garcia-Fialdini in their graduate exhibition The exhibition will run until Friday the 27th of April, 2012.
    For further information contact www.burrencollege.ie
  • Friday, 13th April 2012
    Talk and photographic exhibition by artist Martina Cleary
    Glór Theatre, Ennis, Co. Clare at 1 p.m.

    Martina will discuss her collaborative work with the Clare Women's Network and women from County Clare, researching gender based violence and also exploring the unique relationship between mothers and daughters.
    Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.
  • 10th April, 2012
    ‘Traditional Animal Cures in Clare’ a talk by John O’Flaherty
    The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay
    , commencing at 8.00pm; all are welcome.
    In addition to the current programme, the Old Kilfarboy Society has managed to schedule a new date for the talk that was cancelled in November, due to illness. John O’Flaherty, a PhD student from Kerry who has been researching traditional animal cures across Munster over the last few years, has been re-booked to talk on ‘Traditional Animal Cures in Clare’.
  • Easter Monday April 9th 2012
    Easter Celebrations at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty Co. Clare
    Contact: Central Reservations 00353 61 360788
    Web: www.shannon heritage.com/SpecialEvents/
  • Easter Sunday, April 8th 2012
    Easter Fun & Games at Craggaunowen, near Quin, Co. Clare
    Superb family day out! Meet Easter Bunny and enjoy puppet shows, magic shows, bouncy castle and delicious Easter eggs.
    Contact: Central Reservations 00353 61 360788
    Web: www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents
    Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com
  • 1st April 2012
    A Family Walk in the Burren National Park with Emma Glanville
    Burrenbeo Trust April Walk
    2pm. Meet at Gortlecka Crossroads.
    Emma Glanville is the NPWS ranger for the Burren region. This walk will be at a leisurely pace to take in all the amazing flora and fauna along the new orange route in the Burren National Park. The outing is suitable for all age groups. Meet at Gortlecka Crossroads. Parking will be available at the crossroads. 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.

March 2012:

  • Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st
    Celebration of Seeds
    West County Hotel Ennis 11am to 4pm
    Irish Seed Savers will be holding a Celebration of Seeds Weekend at the West County Hotel in Ennis on Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st from 11am to 4pm on both days.
    Come and learn all about Seeds, talk to Irish Seed Savers staff, bring seeds and plants to swap and share and. On Saturday March 31st beginning from 11am we have a great line up of talks and demonstrations. Jo Newton, Irish Seed Savers Seed Bank Curator will speak about the importance of saving seeds. This was something that farmers and small growers always did amongst themselves.
    Learn the importance of saving your own seed with hands on demonstration on sowing seeds and transplanting seedlings later in the day. Madeline Mc Keever of Brown Envelope Seeds will speak on Seed Variety Trials in Ireland. For those just beginning their foray into sowing and saving seed there will be a talk at 2pm and at the same time Neil Munro from the Heritage Seed Library in the UK will give a talk on Seed Guardian Networks in the UK. At 4pm Frank Bouchier former head gardener at Irish Seed Savers will give a talk called Irish Potatoes, History Lore and How to Grow while at the same time Peter Brinch from Open Pollinated Seeds UK will give a talk on Open Pollinated Seeds v Hybrids.
    Sunday April 1st sees a Free Plant and Seed Swap. Irish Seed Savers invites gardeners to bring Seeds and Pants to swap and share with each other. Many gardeners are familiar with the fortunate problem of too many seedlings or seeds of a particular variety Well bring them along and swap them with another fellow gardener for something you don’t have. For your effort as well as getting some free plants for unwanted extra seeds/seedlings you will get a voucher for a free tea or coffee. For the kids we have planting and gardening activities.
    Irish Seed Savers staff will also be on hand on answer any gardening questions you might have and of course if you don’t find what your after you can chose from Irish Seed Savers extensive range of organic heritage Irish seeds, plants and Apple Trees which will be on sale on the day. For more information please see www.irishseedsavers.ie or call 061 921866
  • 30 March – 1 April 2012
    VIEWfinders Film Festival
    Burren College of Art , Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
    VIEWfinders Film Festival is dedicated to films about the visual arts the festival presents documentaries, shorts and narrative features. Over the weekend there will also be a chance to meet and chat with the Directors , as well as get information on Arts Documentary funding and commissioning
    www.viewfindersfilmfestival.com
  • 30th March
    'Out of the Blue' – an exhibition of paintings by Ann Daly
    Quay Arts, Ballina/Killaloe
    An exhibition of abstract seascapes of West Clare and snapshots of running water working in thick oil palette knife.
  • 30th March 2012
    'Cuimhneamh agus Ceol' - fundraising Concert in aid of Cuimhneamh an Chláir.
    Glór Music Centre, Ennis.
    Featuring Martin Hayes, Chris Droney, Michael Falsey and others.
    Tickets available from Glór Box Office www.glor.ie 065 6843103
  • 28th March 2012
    Concert in Ballyea Church
    Dermot Sheedy Traditional Group and Kate Purcell are performing a concert in Ballyea Church on Wednesday 28th of March, 2012, from 8pm to 10pm. Tickets are €15 each or 2 for €25. This is a fundraiser for Ballyea Camogie and Hurling Club.
  • 26th March 2012
    The North Clare Historical Society presents
    The Narrow Gauge Railways of Munster: an archaeological perspective, by Edel Barry,
    Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon.
    The North Clare Historical Society’s current lecture series continues on Monday March 26th at the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon at 8pm. Edel Barry will give a talk on ‘The Narrow Gauge Railways of Munster : an archaeological perspective’. Edel, a native of Kilfenora is a buildings archaeologist with particular interest in the archaeology of industry and transport. She completed MPhil research on the Archaeology of Narrow Gauge Railways in Munster at University College Cork, under the supervision of Dr Colin Rynne. The narrow gauge railway system was put in place in the closing decades of the nineteenth century to serve remote, marginalised areas in the west of Ireland. This talk will address the development of these lines in Munster, with particular focus on the West Clare Railway. It examines the material remains in order to assess what an archaeological study of these lines can contribute to the understanding of broader patterns of social change in 19th century Ireland. Admission €5.
  • 26th March 2012
    Traditional Horse Fair, Kilrush
    Contact: Kilrush Town Council 00353 65-9051047
  • 24th March 2012
    National Newt Survey training course
    The Irish Wildlife Trust in collaboration with Clare County Council are running a training course on how to identify Smooth Newts in your local pond. The smooth newt is one of our few native amphibian species. To register contact Dr Daniel Buckley at newts@iwt.ie or on 0863691982 or check out our website www.iwt.ie. The training will take place at the Clare County Council Offices, on Saturday the 24th March beginning at 11:00am.
  • 23rd March 2012
    Graphic Design Course
    Killaloe Resource Centre
    Classes starting 16 March 10am - 12.30pm. Free of charge for people in receipt of social welfare or holding a medical card.
  • March 22nd March – 31st March 2012
    Clare Drama Festival, Scarriff
    Enjoy a series of excellent plays
    Contact: Doreen Hanley 00353 87 2686764
  • 21st March, 2012
    New archaeological discoveries in Moneen Cave, Ballyvaughan: insights into life in the Burren in Bronze Age and Medieval times with Marion Dowd.
    Burrenbeo Trust March Talk, 8.30pm at Tubber Village Hall
    In June 2011 a group of cavers made exciting archaeological discoveries in a cave near Ballyvaughan. They found Bronze Age pottery, bones and a unique antler hammer-head - the only one of its kind from Ireland. This led to an archaeological excavation of the site in August with the recovery of further pottery, animal bones and a flint flake. A poignant discovery was also made: the skeleton of an adolescent. Overall the excavation has shed light on the people who lived in the area during the Bronze Age and the Medieval period. This talk is open to everyone to attend. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and €5 from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096. Tubber village hall (OS52 N395 W956) can be found by leaving Tubber on the ‘new line’ going north on direction towards Abbey Hill, after 500m take the first right, and it is the first building on the left.
  • 21st March, 2012
    A History of North Clare in 100 Objects presented by the North Clare Historical Society
    Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, 8pm
    The British Museum magnificent series, on the B.B.C. “The History of the World in 100 objects” was a dazzling success. Part of its appeal was the range of human experience it covered. Like any good programme or book it challenged us to look at our own world and see the “history” that lies around us. Everything and everyone has a story and great webs of interconnection link us together. “The History of North Clare in 100 Objects” is a series of sessions that bring the British Museum idea home. Our launching pads are all from the North Clare area –stones and books, stories and songs, wills and walls. It is the Everyman/woman History. All Welcome.
  • 13th March, 2012
    ‘The Famine in West Clare’ a talk by Ciarán O Murchadha
    The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay,
    commencing at 8.00pm; all are welcome.
    The Old Kilfarboy Society presents a talk by Ciarán O Murchadha, entitled ‘The Famine in West Clare’. Ciarán O Murchadha, of St Flannan’s, Ennis, is the author of “The Great Famine: Ireland's Agony 1845-1852”.
  • 9th – 11th March 2012
    Burren Spring Conference at Burren College of Art
    Mission Statement of Burren Spring Conference: To provide a space where knowledge and ideas about the Burren may be shared, and practical actions undertaken to sustain this unique place, its communities and culture.
    Contact: Angelene O Loughlin
    Web: www.burrencollege.ie
    Email: angelene@burrencollege.ie
  • 9th March, 2012
    Brí Uí Choisteala - Tradition Bearer of Kilbaha
    Cuimhneamh an Chláir presents a lecture by Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh,
    featuring audio samples from the Cuimhneamh an Chláir Archive.
    Kilbaha Community Hall, 8.00pm
    www.clarememories.ie
  • 6th – 10th March 2012
    Ennis Musical Society production of The Sound Of Music
    Ennis Musical Society
    Contact: Neil Haran
    Web: www.ennismusicalsociety.com
    Email: njharan@eircom.net
  • 4th March, 2012
    ‘Exploring the Forts and more on Roughan Hill Farm’ with Michael Killeen
    Burrenbeo Trust march Walk

    2pm. Meet at Ballycashin Crossroads. Michael is a Burren farmer and member of the Clare Farm Heritage Tours. His family have worked on Roughan Hill Farm for generations. This farm has the fort Cahermore, which is perched on the southern edge of Roughan hill with a commanding view of the Fergus river valley. The fort has a number of features including a souterrain and a replica of the Tau cross. In the valley below is a standing stone and the cliff face south of the fort is the only known entrance to the Fergus River cave. Meet at Ballycashin Crossroads 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. 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.
  • 3rd March 2012
    Butterfly transect workshop, Carron.
    Dr. Bryony Williams is leading a butterfly transect workshop in the Old Schoolhouse in Carron starting at 10am. For more information email volunteer@burrenbeo.com
  • 2nd – 4th March 2012
    Ennis Book Club Festival
    The Ennis Book Club Festival is a literary and social gathering bringing together bookclubs and readers from Ireland and beyond.
    Contact: Frances O’Gorman 00353 87-9723647 or 00353 87 2262259
    Web: www.ennisbookclubfestival.com
    Email: info@ennisbookclubfestival.com
  • 1st March 2012
    World Book Day
    Library Information Stand at the Adult Education Centre, Ennis.

    To celebrate World Book Day 2012 and to help promote reading, Clare County Library will provide an information stand at the Adult Education Centre, Clonroad Business Park, Ennis on Thursday, 1st March from 10-11.30am.
  • 1st – 17th March 2012
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Ceardlanna, ceolchoirmeacha, céilithe, léimh fhilíochta, agus imeachtaí scoile chun úsáid na Gaeilge a spreagadh agus a chur chun cinn sa Chontae. Fáilte
    Contact: Emer Ní Fhlaitheartaigh 00353 65 6846512
    Web: www.snag.ie/www.clarecoco.ie
    Email: gaeilge@clarecoco.ie

February 2012:

  • Wednesday February 29th
    Bhíodar ann ach d’imíomar - Insights into the Clare Gaeltacht 1926 – 1957
    a talk by Philip Forarty. A Heritage Inchicronan Night.

    Halla, Crusheen Community Centre at 8.30pm.
    All are welcome.
    Contact Anne - Tel: 065-6827172,
    Email: heritageinchicronan@gmail.com
    Website: www.aughty.org
  • February 28th – March 24th, 2012
    “Birds on the Shore and other photographs” by William Glynn, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, County Clare. The inaugural exhibition in the Gallery at the Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, County Clare, will be an exhibition of images from the West Clare coastline by local photographer William Glynn. For further information please contact: William Glynn, glynwilliam@gmail.com 087 9045160
  • 27th February – 4th March 2012
    Corofin Trad Festival
    Traditional Music with various sessions in the local pubs and a Concert nightly in Teach Ceoil
    Contact: Padraig O’Reilly 00353 86-6070941
    Web: www.corofintradfest.com
    Email: info@corofintradfest.com
  • 24th – 27th February 2012
    Russell Memorial Weekend, Doolin
    A weekend of traditional music, song and dance with workshops in several instruments, held annually in Doolin on the last full weekend in February
    Contact: Bev O’Connor 00353 65 7074595
    Web: www.michorussellweekend.ie
    Email: info@michorussellweekend.ie
  • 18th Feb –15th March
    Hot Sun – Cold Moon
    an exhibition of photography by Carol Kennedy and Ilsa Thielan
    in the Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon.

    Two artists, Carol Kennedy and Ilsa Thielan, join forces in a stunning exhibition of
    photography in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, from Saturday the 18th of February
    to Thursday, the 15th of March 2012. Both follow their intuition to capture the essence
    of moments precious to them. The exhibition is opened by artist Marie Connole on Saturday, 18th of February, 4 p.m. Everybody welcome! It runs until 15th of March 2012 in the Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare. Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 12 - 4 p.m.
  • 17th Feb –15th March, 2012
    Re/Imagining Birth - An exhibition by Martina Hynan
    in the Red Couch Space, Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon.

    This work imagines how birth was seen through the eyes of women in Ireland before medical intervention became the norm. It engages with the empowering possibilities associated with early birth traditions and weaves renewed connections across cultures.
  • Wednesday 15th February
    Lough Bunny and other Burren lakes, why they are so important to us all
    Tubber Village Hall

    Cilian Roden lives near Kinvara. He is an ecologist who has spent many years studying the life of Ireland's lakes, lagoons and seas. He has a special interest in the plants and algae that grow in water. This talk is open to everyone to attend. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and €5 from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • Tuesday, 14th February
    "Bhíodar ann ach d'imíodar”: insights into the Clare Gaeltacht, 1926-1956.
    An Old Kilfarboy Society talk by Phillip Fogarty

    Phillip Fogarty of Crusheen has worked for many years on language acquisition, particularly Irish. His research has included the Clare Gaeltacht and its decline in the twentieth century. As usual, the meeting takes place at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, commencing at 8.00pm sharp. All are welcome.
  • 10th, 11th and 12th Feb 2012
    Showdown Sessions, Miltown Malbay
    The "Showdown Sessions" is a competition between Pub Session Groups which will take place in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare on the weekend of February 10th, 11th and 12th 2012. €1000 first prize. Interested in knowing more? Check out www.showdownsessions.com
  • 5th February 2012
    ‘Cronan - Saint, Shrine, Chapel & Well’, with walking guide Tony Kirby.
    Burrenbeo Trust February Walk.

    2pm at NUI Galway Field Station in Carron.
    A guided walk at an easy pace just north of the village of Carran. Highlight of the walk will be a visit to the monastic site of St Cronan with outstanding features including a holy well, a reliquary shrine and one of the region’s finest Romanesque churches. The walk will feature commentaries on the origin, function and decline of holy wells; the monk and saint Cronan; the intensity of ecclesiastical settlement in the Burren ; and pilgrim archaeology. The walk will be led by Tony Kirby. He is a full-time walking tourism operator and author of “The Burren and the Aran Islands – A Walking Guide”(2009). Tony’s main interest in the landscape is the archaeology of pilgrimage. 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.

January 2012:

  • Monday 30th January
    The North Clare Historical Society presents Stones and Stories from Doolin,
    at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, at 8pm

    An evening with Mattie Shannon, Pat Cronin and Micheál Shannon.
    Admission €5
  • 30th January to 25th February 2012
    ‘Living Landscapes’ - an exhibition of paintings by Sinead Slattery
    At the Clare County Museum Foyer

    Sinead was born and raised in County Clare and throughout the years has been inspired by the many beautiful landscapes throughout her native County. Speaking about the images portrayed in this exhibition, Sinead says “I capture these images in my mind and try to evoke different feelings with each image I paint. The use of colour is very important. I want the viewer mostly to like what they see. I want them to connect to my paintings. I hope they remind them of a place special to them and appreciate what I see and endeavour to convey.”Sinead’s exhibition ‘Living Landscapes’ will run in the Clare County Museum foyer from January 30th to February 25th 2012 during usual opening hours. All are welcome, admission free.
  • Friday 20th January
    A table quiz will take place on Friday 20th January in Lynch's (Friel's) Bar, Miltown Malbay, in support of Oidhreacht an Chláir.
    It will commence at 9.00pm; tables of three, with quizmaster Michael Gray. All are welcome.
  • 18th January, 2012
    'Ireland's Wild Mammals; with special reference to Burren populations'
    with Paddy Sleeman. A Burrenbeo Trust Talk.
    8.30pm at Tubber Village Hall (OS52 N395 W956)
    Paddy Sleeman was a regular at the Burren Wildlife Symposia in the past. He did his PhD on Irish stoats, has worked on TB in badgers for over twenty years, and helped with the development of a vaccine for badgers. He has also researched past episodes of rabies in Ireland and Britain has been involved in ecological re-construction projects in Africa and Madagascar. This talk is open to everyone to participate and listen. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and €5 from non-members. For more information please email trust@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • January 14th – February 9th, 2012
    Cyclopes: new work by Ben Reilly - An exhibition of Sculptures and Prints
    Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery

    Cyclopes: One eyed monstrous creatures in Greek mythology that stumbled around
    eating humans and generally causing a lot of disturbance. “Recently I found myself in a similar situation in terms of the stumbling around and with only one eye bit after being diagnosed with Glaucoma. Some of the work in this exhibition especially the more recent pieces are influenced by this latest development” - Ben Reilly. For more information contact Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com 065 707 1630
  • January 14th – February 9th 2012
    Terrascope, an exhibition of paintings, drawings and ceramics
    Red Couch Space, Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery

    Terrascope is an exhibition of work by Jackie Maurer and Fiona Woods, featuring new work in the form of paintings, drawings and ceramics. Jackie Maurer is a ceramicist who works intuitively with forms, sometimes pushing them to their limits. She uses various methods to apply colour and pattern to the surface of her works. For Terrascope she will show a collection of recent porcelain objects that play with ideas of curve and edge. Fiona Woods is a visual artist who works primarily in sculpture and public art. For Terrascope she will show her first collection of paintings and drawings for ten years. These small, intensely personal works reference Woods’ passion for Folk Art, whilst also reflecting on contemporary social environmental realities. For more information contact Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery ennistymoncourthousegallery@gmail.com 065 707
  • 12 – 16th January 2012
    Shannonside Winter Music Weekend
    Sixmilebridge and Bunratty
    Cajun, roots, bluegrass, jazz, gospel & traditional music and song in a programme of about 70 events in intimate venues around Sixmilebridge and Bunratty
    Contact: Brendan Walsh 00353 86 8464509

    Web: www.wmw.ie
  • January 11th 2012
    The Next Mind Meitheal meeting,
    X-PO, Kilnaboy

    The Next ‘Mind Meitheal’ will take place at X-PO on Wed 11th Jan, 8pm - 9.30. If you cannot attend but are interested in proceedings please email deomahony@gmail.com. The idea of a ‘Mind Meitheal’ was originally conceived by artist Deirdre O’Mahony as a form of knowledge exchange. Stimulating and bringing together a broad cross-section of knowledge forms - local place-based, academic and cultural – ‘Mind Meitheal’, is a think-tank that seeks to generate discussion and imagination within groups of diverse participants. The broad objective is to create a space where different knowledge forms have parity in the design of creative strategies for social, cultural, economic and natural sustainability. ‘Mind Meitheal’ involves regular participants and those who drop in and out voluntarily. In an effort to find answers to questions discovered by the group, ‘Mind Meitheal’ can also proactively seek out participants to share particular experiences and knowledge forms. Missing pieces of the puzzle under consideration are discovered, negotiated, and reconciled in the group process. The ‘Mind Meitheal’ process is routinely opened up to influences and knowledge forms outside the group. Using email, accounts of club gatherings are circulated locally and across a broad range of academic, cultural and social institutions in order to invite responses that might contribute to new insights. ‘Mind Meitheal' originally came to life in the context of efforts to sustain the social, cultural, economic and natural land/scape of the Burren at the X-PO project in Kilnaboy Co. Clare. ‘Mind Meitheal’ is open to all interested parties and takes place every month.
  • Tuesday 10th January
    'Notes or Narrative' – an Old Kilfarboy Society Talk by Tim Collins
    The first talk of 2012 hosted by The Old Kilfarboy Society will take place on Tuesday 10th January when Tim Collins will speak on how music and song reflects a place and its people. Mr. Collins will be dealing specifically with Sliabh Aughty and the title of his talk is 'Notes or Narrative'. As usual, the meeting will take place at The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay – all are welcome.
  • Sunday 1st January 2012
    Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club - Flaggy Shore
    A Charity walk for Cancer with Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club will take place on the 1st of January. Walk around the beautiful Flaggy Shore for 2.5hrs. Meet at Newquay Church. For info contact PJ 087 6610799 or Collette on 065 7078032
  • 1st January 2012
    A New Year’s Day Walkabout!
    Burrenbeo Trust January walk with Richard Morrison and Stephen Ward

    1.30pm at 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. For those that are feeling less energetic there is an easier version starting from the same place.
    Longer walkabout
    Richard Morrison will follow the NPWS blue route over the top of the iconic Burren mountain Mullaghmore which is a challenging walk and needs good walking shoes / boots. You should have waterproofs and warm clothes and be prepared for an energetic 2 hour trek. 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. If the weather is not permitting then there is the easy version for all.
    Shorter potter-about
    Botanist Stephen Ward will lead a walk alongside the turlough and the lower levels of the hill to look at the what can be found along the base of one of the Burren’s most majestic mountains.
    Meeting time will be 1.30pm - a little earlier than usual to ensure we complete the walk in daylight. 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 2011, Events Calendar 2010, Events Calendar 2009, Events Calendar 2008, Events Calendar 2007, Events Calendar 2006, Events Calendar 2005, Events Calendar 2004, Events Calendar 2003, Events Calendar 2002 and Events Calendar 2001

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