What's On

Saturday 3 December, 2pm - 4pm, free of charge

Youth Trad Singing Circle

presented by Clare Arts Office as part of their Traditional Singers in Residence programme

The aim of the circle is to provide a social outlet for young people in the county who have are interested in traditional singing. It gives them an opportunity to meet like-minded young people, to share songs and ideas in a fun environment.

The sessions will be led by Elle Marie O'Dwyer and John Flanagan.  Elle, from Cork, has just completed her MA in the Irish World Music Academy. John, originally from Corofin, is now based in Galway and has years of experience in traditional singing.  No experience is necessary and all are welcome to join in. 

The circle meets every second Saturday in glór, Ennis from 2pm – 4pm.  Further singing circles will take place on

  • Saturday, December 17th


Further details are available from 065 6899091 arts@clarelibrary.ie

Saturday 3 December, 2pm, €6 Adults/€3 Under 18s

Frozen Sing-Along

In partnership with Music Generation Clare

Dir: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee | 2013 | 107 mins | Cert: G

Join us this December for a fun filled sing-along with everyone’s favourite princesses.

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents Frozen, a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and  Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

If your little ones like dressing up, even better – we look forward to seeing lots of Annas, Elsas, Kristoffs and even Olafs turning up!

Raviolo Verde @ glór will be keeping your little princes and princesses warm and happy with hot chocolate and a pizza slice for €6. 


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This event comes under the Music Generation Clare Leath/Leath Go See! Scheme which supports the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events.  Music Generation Clare is working with venues and festivals throughout the County, to provide tickets discounted by 50% to enable young people under the age of 18 to attend live music performances, (bookings must be accompanied by one adult).  Whenever you see this logo, Leath/Leath Go See! tickets are available, so don’t miss out:

Wednesday 7 December, 8pm, €25
Dinner & show ticke, €45

A Night With the Stars Christmas Show

Join 5 of Irelands top Country Stars - Declan Nerney, Paddy O’Brien, TR Dallas, Michael Collins and Patrick O’Sullivan - who each will showcase their biggest hit songs in the company of a full live band.

If it’s Country Music you like with a sprinkle of festive magic, this if the show for you!

Why not make a festive night out of it with colleagues, family or friends and book a pre-show meal with your ticket?
Pre-show 3 course dinner at Raviolo Verde & show ticket for this event is €45 per person.  Book online here or with box office directly.

Thursday 8 December, 6.30pm, €8 film only/€25 film & show

The Queen of Ireland

Pandora ‘Panti’ Bliss is many things: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, she’s a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is regarded as one of the best drag queens in the world. Created by Rory O’Neill, Panti is also an accidental activist and in her own words ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the unsayable’.

Over the last few years Rory has become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland and since the recent scandal around ‘Pantigate’, his fight for equality and against homophobia has become recognised across the world.

The Queen of Ireland is a documentary film that follows Rory’s journey from the small Mayo town of Ballinrobe to striding the world stage.

Duration: 86 minutes.

At 8.30pm on the same evening, join us for Panti's live show 'High Heels in Low Places'.  Tickets can be purchased for each event seperately, or as a package. Click here to book this package.

Thursday 8 December, 8.30pm, €25 Film & Show/€20 Show Only/€8 Film Only
Dinner & show ticket, €40

Panti Bliss – High Heels in Low Places

With a Screening of the Queen of Ireland at 6.30pm

The Queen of Ireland, PANTI, invites you into her gender-discombobulating, stiletto-shaped world, exposing the stories behind the make-up – from performance giant to accidental activist – to reveal the National F*cking Treasure she is today.

In 2014, Panti landed herself in a legal sh*tstorm, dubbed ‘Pantigate’. Her speech about homophobia went viral, was broadcast around the world, remixed by Pet Shop Boys, caused a parliamentary meltdown, and fed into Ireland’s marriage equality referendum success.
Hilarious and poignant, Panti traces her journey from small-town boy kicking against traditions; to towering plastique woman in false lashes making history.

Age Recommendation: 16+

At 6.30pm on the same evening, we are screening the Panti documentary 'Queen of Ireland'.  Tickets can be purchased for each event seperately, or as a package. Click here to book this package.

Why not make a festive night out of it with colleagues, family or friends and book a pre-show meal with your ticket?  Pre-show 3 course dinner at Raviolo Verde & show ticket for this event is €40 per person.  Book online here or with box office directly.

Friday 9 December, 8pm, €25
Dinner & show ticket, €45

Little Green Cars

with support from Brian Mooney

Little Green Cars were still in their teens when they were spotted and signed to Glassnote and recorded their widely-acclaimed 2013 debut Absolute Zero with producer Markus Dravs. That album changed their lives, taking the five former school friends on tour everywhere from Europe and Australia to Russia and the States, which they criss-crossed six times in three years.

Now all in their early 20s, Little Green Cars are both a different band and the same five friends who met every Sunday aged 15 in singer Stevie Appleby’s garden shed to start writing songs. Those changes, their shared experiences and individual ups and downs are candidly documented in Ephemera, a gorgeous, grown-up album about, well, growing up.

Two deaths, relationship break-ups and their over two years’ worth of touring are among the key events that inform Ephemera’s richly-textured, harmony-soaked rock songs. While the impact of those events will change over time, the intense emotions they evoked live on in the music.

All the time the band were on tour, they were writing new songs, some of which they honed live. All the time they were changing, as were family and friends back home, whose lives they could sometimes no longer relate to. Stevie and Faye O’Rourke – the band’s principal songwriters and interchanging lead vocalists – watched their love lives fall apart. All five questioned who they used to be and who they had become, not least guitarist Adam O’Regan, whose father passed away.

All five members of the band – completed by Donagh Seaver O’Leary on bass and Dylan Lynch on drums - contribute to the music and harmonise. Having written on the road, the quintet returned to Dublin in 2014 to make demos. By the end of the year, they were ready to record their first batch of songs. Keen to co-produce, they sought a trusted collaborator. Enter Rob Kirwan, at whose treasure trove Dublin studio the band experimented with sounds, adding electronics, mastering reverb, bringing in a cellist and learning to play the toy-like Omnichord.

A dozen exquisitely-crafted, exceptionally-sung, sumptuously-produced songs shimmer with the myriad of emotions the band has been through - restlessness, regret, love, heartbreak, hope and acceptance among them.

Support on the night will be provided by Brian Mooney, who has played and recorded with many bands on the Irish music scene such as The Idiots, David Kitt, Jape, Si Schroeder and Beautiful Unit.  He has worked as a theatre Sound Designer for a number of companies, most notably Pan Pan Theatre. His work with Pan Pan has won awards at both the Dublin Fringe Festival and the Adelaide Fringe.  Brian founded the indie record label, Trust Me I’m A Thief, in 2004, which released a number of critically, acclaimed albums by the Redneck Manifesto, Somadrone and Jape to name just a few.  In 2009, Brian, released his debut solo album under the moniker of Beautiful Unit. The album received rave reviews (“A sonic technique that oozes character and distinction, Our advice – Don’t let this one pass you by” The Irish Times).  Recently he has opened for Little Green Cars, Wallis Bird and August Wells.

Why not make a festive night out of it with colleagues, family or friends and book a pre-show meal with your ticket?
Pre-show 3 course dinner at Raviolo Verde & show ticket for this event is €45 per person.  Book online here or with box office directly.

Friday 9 December – Friday 20 January, 10am - 5pm , fre of charge

From Edge to Edge 1916 - 2016: 100 years of art from County Clare

presented by Clare Arts Office and glór

Curated by Catherine Marshall

The great Australian artist, Sidney Nolan, said of the Irish diaspora that it spread from ‘edge to edge’ all over the world.  Nolan had good reason to know, since his own ancestors had fled the Mullaghmore area of Co. Clare in the mid-nineteenth century.

Uniquely in Ireland, Clare is a county with well-defined boundaries, sandwiched between the Shannon and the Atlantic. This exhibition will bring together work by artists who have had an important connection with the county and who have engaged with issues of ‘edginess’, its struggles, innovations  and identity.  The work, selected from national and regional collections, directly from artists’ studios or specially commissioned for this show will look back at some of the history of this remarkable county since Sean Keating painted the Shannon Development Scheme, and Camille Souter learned to fly, defying those very edges, just as the flood waters in Samuel Walsh’s very contemporary work also defies them. Other artists in the show will include Nolan himself and such contemporaries as Aideen Barry, Tom Molloy and Deirdre O’Mahony as well as older artists such as Brian Bourke or deceased artists such as Barrie Cooke and Jean Regan.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a small catalogue with an essay by Samuel Walsh.

Saturday 10 December, 7.30pm, €20/€10 Under 18s

Dónal Lunny, Pádraig Rynne and Tara Breen

presented by Music Generation Clare in association with glór

Dónal Lunny (bouzouki)
A gifted guitar and bouzouki player, composer and producer, Donal Lunny is the figurehead of Irish Traditional Music, and is popularly regarded as having spearheaded its renaissance over the last three decades.  Since the seventies Donal has founded legendary seminal Irish bands Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin and recently Mozaik.

Pádraig Rynne (concertina)
Described as "one of the freshest sounds in Irish music" by Froots, Pádraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician, prolific composer and is regarded as the finest concertina player in Irish music today. Pádraig is recognized for his re-freshing explorations into the Irish tradition

Tara Breen (fiddle)
A highly talented multi-instrumentalist from Co. Clare, Tara has achieved All-Ireland titles on fiddle in every age category over the years. Tara's live work started as an original member of Ciorras. She then went on to join the Galician piper Carlos Núñez and in 2014 she joined the Chieftains.

Opening the evening will be a multi-genre showcase of Music Generation Clare programme participants, from across the County.

This event comes under the Music Generation Clare Leath/Leath Go See! Scheme which supports the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events.  Music Generation Clare is working with venues and festivals throughout the County, to provide tickets discounted by 50% to enable young people under the age of 18 to attend live music performances, (bookings must be accompanied by one adult).  Whenever you see this logo, Leath/Leath Go See! tickets are available, so don’t miss out:

Sunday 11 December, 3pm - 6pm, €8/€6 Child / €25 Family of 4

Family Christmas Céilí with The Shandrum Céilí Band

The current Shandrum Céilí Band was formed in 2014 and later that year, they were crowned All-Ireland Champions, a title they have retained since.

The present day Shandrum band have a line up of young musicians who have all achieved success on the céilí band circuit, and the power, drive and lift of the band are a salute to the way the old band played whilst having a distinctive sound of their own.

Thursday 15 December, 7pm, €12/€10 conc.

DanceMasters School of Dance

DanceMasters School of Dance, in its 26th year of operation in Co. Clare, showcases its annual end of year performance. Children from classes in Kildysart, Lissycasey, Cooraclare, Quin, Newmarket on Fergus, Kilkishen, Sixmilebridge, Shannon, Tulla and beyond will enjoy performing in such a professional and unique setting here in glór. Children from ages 4 - 13 enjoy classes every week, all culminating in a special one night show for friends and family, energetic, varied and fun DanceMasters School of Dance and our students look forward to welcoming you on the night.

Friday 16 December, 4.00pm - 5.30pm (SOLD OUT), €12 (incl. all materials)
Friday 16 December, 6.00pm - 7.30pm, €12 (incl. all materials)

Snowman Village Workshop (SOLD OUT)

with Helen Lowe

Suitable for ages 5-12 years.

This group of young artists will be making a snowman village. This creative event will get us thinking if we could paint snow what colour would it be? What will our snowman wear? We will also create our own village scene to place our snowman in. These magical snowmen will not melt even if the sun comes out.

Friday 16 December, 7.30pm, €22/€20 conc./€12.50 Child (16yr or under)/€55 family (2 Adults & 2 children)
Dinner & show ticket, €42

The Nutcracker (SOLD OUT)

presented by Ballet Ireland

This timeless classic,  with beautiful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, takes audiences on a wondrous adventure of full of quintessential Christmas magic.

It’s Christmas Eve. A marvellous party is taking place where the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer brings gifts for all the children. When midnight strikes, very strange things start to happen … The Christmas tree grows to incredible heights and Clara’s magical Christmas gift, her Nutcracker, leads them into a fairy-tale world.  With her heroic Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and they journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets together.

This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic of Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, with the whole family. After all, Christmas only begins once you’ve seen Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker!

Why not make a festive night out of it with colleagues, family or friends and book a pre-show meal with your ticket?
Pre-show 3 course dinner at Raviolo Verde & show ticket for this event is €42 per person.  Book online here or with box office directly.

Saturday 17 December, 2pm - 4pm, free of charge

Youth Trad Singing Circle

presented by Clare Arts Office as part of their Traditional Singers in Residence programme

The aim of the circle is to provide a social outlet for young people in the county who have are interested in traditional singing. It gives them an opportunity to meet like-minded young people, to share songs and ideas in a fun environment.

The sessions will be led by Elle Marie O'Dwyer and John Flanagan.  Elle, from Cork, has just completed her MA in the Irish World Music Academy. John, originally from Corofin, is now based in Galway and has years of experience in traditional singing.  No experience is necessary and all are welcome to join in. 

The circle meets every second Saturday in glór, Ennis from 2pm – 4pm.  Further singing circles will take place in 2017 - dates to be announced.

Further details are available from 065 6899091 arts@clarelibrary.ie

Saturday 17 December, 8.30pm, €18/€16 conc./€9 Under 18s
Dinner & show ticket, €38

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley

The pair recently performed together as part of Ó Raghallaigh's residency in the stunning Kevin Barry room at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. They share a common interest in the traditional music of both Kerry and Clare, and they both have an approach to music that revels in repetition and a deep meditative engagement with each tune.

Caoimhín's distinctive sound can be traced back to an early interest in both the sound of the flatpitch uilleann pipes and a love for the traditional music of Kerry and Clare. Twelve albums to date: solo, duos, trios, and with bands This Is How We Fly and The Gloaming. He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center.

Begley is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He is founder of Airt and award winning Tunes in the Church concert series in Galway and Dublin. In 2014, he received the Seán Ó Riada Award for concertina playing. To date, he has featured on three acclaimed recordings – the first with fellow concertina player, Jack Talty ('Na Fir Bolg'), the second ('Tunes in the Church'), featuring his sister, Clíodhna (viola) and Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo), and third, Ré, featuring Liam Ó Maonlaí, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Eithne Ní Chatháin and Peter O'Toole.

Throughout the concert, the pair play a number of very unusual instruments that extend the musical and sonic range available to them: bass, baritone and piccolo concertinas combining with a 10-string hardanger d'Amore fiddle and Dali-esque 5-string viola.

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This event comes under the Music Generation Clare Leath/Leath Go See! Scheme which supports the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events.  Music Generation Clare is working with venues and festivals throughout the County, to provide tickets discounted by 50% to enable young people under the age of 18 to attend live music performances, (bookings must be accompanied by one adult).  Whenever you see this logo, Leath/Leath Go See! tickets are available, so don’t miss out:

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Why not make a festive night out of it with colleagues, family or friends and book a pre-show meal with your ticket?
Pre-show 3 course dinner at Raviolo Verde & show ticket for this event is €38 per person.  Book online here or with box office directly.

Monday 19 December, 7.30pm, €13/Child €8/Family of 4 €36/Family 5 €40

Sparks Hip Hop Dance School Christmas Show

Sparks present a fun and entertaining night for all the family, young and old. See performers from as young as 3 years all the way up to adult  champions. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday 21 December, 7.30pm, €10

Rice College Christmas Concert

For all the pre-festive entertainment you need, why not come along to glór where the talented students of Rice College, Ennis will take to the stage to showcase their talents in music, song and dance. From traditional to rock, pop and classical there will be flavours of harmonious music that will have your feet tapping on a night that promises to be memorable for all! Bígí linn!

Thursday 22*, Friday 23, Tuesday 27 - Saturday 31 December, 2.30pm, €15/€50 family of 4

Sleeping Beauty

presented by Pantaloons

Once upon a time in a land far, far away a beautiful princess is born and the King and Queen throw a huge celebration, inviting guests from all across the land to bestow gifts upon their beloved baby girl. A party of Beautiful Fairies also gather at the feast and grant her magical gifts. But one evil person is not in the mood for celebrating…. The King and Queen forgot to invite the wicked fairy.  In a rage she storms into the Palace and places a terrible curse on the beautiful new princess – on her 18th birthday she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die!!!

Who can save the princess now?
They say only true love’s kiss will break the spell!
Get to glór and find out how the story ends…

Following the huge success of last year’s family panto; Pantaloons proudly present another spectacular pantomime jam-packed with smash-hit songs, stunning sets, fabulous dance routines,  lots and lots of laughs and plenty of seasonal sparkle.

Book your seats now and be spellbound by Sleeping Beauty at glór - it’s the perfect gift for all the family.

*On Thursday 22nd December we present a relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty, which is aimed at people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including (but not limited to) people on the autism spectrum, people with sensory and communication impairments, and people with intellectual disabilities.

The audience is welcome to move around and make noise during the show. The performance will be slightly adapted to make a more comfortable environment; the lights in the theatre remain on low throughout the show, loud noises are softened and you’ll be free to leave and re-enter at any point if you need to.

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 January, 8pm, €25

The Kilfenora Céilí Band

Expect an exciting and energetic performance from one of the world’s most renowned trad bands – The Kilfenora Céilí Band.

This expertly choreographed show of high-spirited traditional music, energetic & athletic dancing, melodious song and witty storey-telling will get your hearts racing and your feet tapping in a way you never expected!
This traditional super group take their rich musical heritage into the future with a show that’s not only engaging and uplifting but utterly enjoyable.

Fantastic, feel-good, happy, lively music” Sharon Shannon

From Monday 9 & Wednesday 11 January , 10.05am - 11.35am,

Mindful Yoga with Susie - Spring 2017

Take time to tune in to your body, your breath, your self with yoga.   Find comfort and ease in the body through movement and developing awareness.  Let go of unnecessary tensions, allowing well-being to arise naturally, and bring this into your everyday life.

Suitable for beginners and people with experience of yoga.  Susie is fully qualified to teach in the Satyananda tradition of yoga (recognised by the Yoga Federation of Ireland and the British Wheel of Yoga).

Practical information:

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing in layers. Shoes are not worn;
  • Bring a blanket with you for keeping cosy during the relaxation.  Mats are provided;
  • Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach;
  • If you have any health problems it is advisable to check with your doctor whether s/he considers yoga to be appropriate for you.


For more information or to book, please contact Susie McNaughton 086 7354461.  If a session is missed, it can be made up at other yoga classes during the week, or on other days over a maximum of 8 weeks.

Tuesdays from January 17thg,

Clockwise Arts Children’s Theatre

with Majella Perry

Clockwise Arts Children’s Theatre is an exciting drama programme developed and facilitated by Majella Perry at glór.  Weekly drama workshops will be offered in an environment where creativity, imagination and artistic expression are nurtured and encouraged.  Majella works collaboratively with children to explore and experience the magic of drama in an enjoyable and participative environment. 

Programme
• Improvisation & devising drama scenes and storylines
• Role play & character creation
• Drama activities & games, sensory work
• Ensemble work
• Exploring mime, movement, rhythm & percussion, costume, props
• A lot of fun!

What Can Drama Offer?
• Development of imagination & creative awareness
• Increase in communication skills & self-confidence
• Improve acting/performance skills & ability
• Opportunity to work creatively in groups
• Outlet for self-expression & individuality

When:
Tuesdays January 17th to March 28th, 2017 (10 classes) with no class during mid-term (on Feb 21s).
2.30 – 3.30 (5 – 7 years)
3.30 – 4.30 (8 – 12 years)

Majella Perry has extensive teaching experience having worked as a drama & theatre teacher, trainer and director in Ireland, The Netherlands, Costa Rica (Central America) and more recently Canada.  She holds a Degree in Theatre and Education (Utrecht, The Netherlands) and a Diploma in Community Arts & Development (NUI Maynooth)
Enquiries & Bookings

To book a place or if you require any further information please text or call Majella at 086-8060161 or majella.perry@gmail.com  Places are limited.

This is a Glór Friends event
Friday 13 January, 8pm, €30

Charlie Landsborough

This remarkable singer/songwriter has played all over the world, becoming one of the all-time biggest selling artists in Irish Music history, performing at Nashville’s Grand Ole Oprey to a full house, which was unprecedented for a UK artist.

Charlie’s reputation as a top class entertainer continues to grow and he has won about every possible award in County music including, the Best Male Vocalist at the British Country Music Association Awards three years in a row and most of his 25 albums achieved the No1 spot and is well on his way to selling 2,000.000 units. This has resulted in him being inducted into The British Country Music Hall Of Fame.  He regular tours Australia, Ireland and the British Isles playing to sell out audiences, plus many of his album releases of his self-penned compositions and covers have made the British Pop Charts. Charlie’s song writing blends easy on the ear, folk, country, ballads and blues with a strong and often personal lyric content, mixed with his wit and repartee, this has led to a winning formula which has made an impact on so many professionals and fans alike.

His successful songs have led to his work being covered by several artists including Jack Jones, Pat Boone, Foster and Allen, George Hamilton IV and Daniel O’Donnell.

'Charlie’s like good wine, he matures quietly over a long period of time, when the cork was popped it was well worth the wait.' – Gerry Anderson

Saturday 14 January, 8pm, €23

Neil Delamere:Learning to Handstand

Following his sold out show last year, the master of mirth is back with his own unique brand of his irreverent humour.

2016 was another busy year for the perennially popular star of the Blame Game, which celebrates its 10th birthday on TV this year. With that, a science comedy series for RTÉ2 and his radio show on Today FM under his belt, now he is back to where it all started, talking to strangers in rooms for money.

"Simply put, Delamere is a master" The Scotsman

From Saturday 14 January, 10.30am - 11.30am,

Art Classes for Children (Spring 2017 term)

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old

These childrens art classes will take place in the glór foyer with experienced teacher Helen Lowe.

All material is included in the class. The series of classes will touch on still life, portrait, landscape, abstract and animals. For this series of classes we will use oil pastels, watercolors and acrylic on different media. The aim is that after 5 classes the children will feel comfortable with using different media and supports. Class size is limited so please book in advance.

Cost per student €110
(€100 for 2nd child / €80 for 3rd child from same family)

Booking directly with Helen on 086 736 3320.
More information at www.facebook.com/quinart.class

From Wednesday 18 January, 1pm - 3pm,

Full Fathom Theatre

Acting Training and Theatremaking for Adults with and Without Special Needs.

Book directly with Marie McNamara on 087 6391409.

Thursday 19 January , 8pm , €18/€16 Conc./€9 Under 18s

Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain & Padraig Rynne

presented by Music Network

Kris Drever, voice, guitar
Julie Fowlis, voice, whistle
Aoife Ní Bhriain, fiddle
Padraig Rynne, concertina

“Kris Drever is a serious talent”– MOJO

“A sublime voice” – The Observer (on Fowlis)

“An incredibly forward looking and musically supple outfit that makes music which plays at the boundaries of style and genre.” – The Irish Echo, New York (on Rynne’s Notify)

“Each tune celebrated in glorious technicolour thanks to the jagged-edged beauty of the musicianship” – The Irish Times [on Ní Bhriain’s Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts]

Embark on an odyssey of love, loss and wonder as four incredibly talented and creative folk musicians shape songs from ages past into something fresh, dynamic – and irresistible.

When it comes to moulding traditional sounds into contemporary songs, few match the inventiveness and heart-rending emotion of Orkney-born singer Kris Drever. Freewheeling guitarist with award-winning avant-folk trio Lau, Drever has been described by Q magazine as ‘the standard bearer’ of the folk music revival.

Drever’s no-holds barred approach is shared by Julie Fowlis, a silver-toned singer whose voice – ‘pure and elemental as a Hebridean seashore’ – has seen her become Gaelic music’s most celebrated global ambassador.

Completing this outstanding line-up are multi-award winning fiddler Aoife Ní Bhriain, renowned for her technical virtuosity across both traditional and classical music and concertina player Padraig Rynne whose ensembles Guidewires, Dán and Triad have re-defined the boundaries of the traditional music world.

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To kick off our wonderful winter/spring season, we’re offering early bird booking on selected events - this is one of those!
If you book that event on or before close of business on Thursday 19th January, get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.


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This event comes under the Music Generation Clare Leath/Leath Go See! Scheme which supports the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events.  Music Generation Clare is working with venues and festivals throughout the County, to provide tickets discounted by 50% to enable young people under the age of 18 to attend live music performances, (bookings must be accompanied by one adult).  Whenever you see this logo, Leath/Leath Go See! tickets are available, so don’t miss out:

Friday 20 January, 8pm, €27.50/€25 Conc.

Reeling In the Showband Years

The Ronan Collins Showband Show 'Reeling In the Showband Years' has been a smash hit for the past 8 years, and we are delighted to say it returns once again to Ennis.

RTÉ’s Ronan Collins is Host and Compère. 

Red Hurley - A living Legend of showbiz for the past 40 years.
His great big soaring voice has captivated audiences since he hit the stage With The Nevada Showband. Still a major force in Irish showbiz. Hear ‘Love is all’ and many more of his greatest hits.

Gina from The Champions - Quite simply the biggest female vocalist of the Showband era. She was loved, North, South, East and West.
Her smash hit songs will all be included. We are simply responding to the numerous requests for Gina’s return!

Ronan Collins sings his renowned tributes to The Great Joe Dolan and Dickie Rock and more!

Gregory from The Cadets - Gregory has been living in Canada for many years now and has had a great musical career there. He is delighted to be coming home for this tour. A great character, and a very funny man. His version of ‘The Laughing Policeman’ brings the house down. Also his smash hit ‘More Than Yesterday’ is played on radio all the time. A timeless classic!
Still a terrific entertainer.

Keith and Lorraine McDonald - This great Brother and Sister combination from one of the oldest musical families in Ireland. Their Father, Frankie was trumpet player with Joe Dolan for many years. Lorraine is one of the brightest talents to emerge from the late Showband era and Keith is a star in his own right!

Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg - sing all their great hits. ‘If Ma Could See Me Now’, ‘It’s Nice to be in Love Again’, ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ and many more.

The Conquerors Showband - One of the greatest Showbands of them all and still packing them in everywhere they go. The Galway boys sang ‘Baby Blue’ and many more hits.

And much more to be announced!!!

The show’s exciting finale is an ALL Cast Salute to the Showband Era.
All of the stars join in for a medley of songs from the unique Showband Years!  Bringing you back in time to this magical musical period.
It will send you home with great memories of wonderful and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music!

Saturday 21 January, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

Tommy turns each song into his own with his own unique and powerful style touching emotions in you that only music can reach. Tommy is famous for his own arrangement of “Danny Boy”, “Isle of Inisfree” and “Hard Times” all songs that you know and love but you have never heard them until you hear Tommy Fleming’s versions. He also covers songs from “You Raise Me Up” to “Bridge over Troubled Waters”, “From a Distance” and “Something Inside So Strong” along with many more contemporary numbers.

Early booking advised.

www.tommyfleming.com

Thursday 26 January, 8pm, €25

Derek Ryan in Concert

with support from Ben Troy

Derek Ryan has become one of country music’s leading entertainers and makes his highly anticipated return to Ennis for a performance of his self-penned hits along with a sprinkling of country classics.  His shows contain music featured on his studio albums including  ‘God’s Plan’, ‘Life Is A River’ and ‘Hold on to your Hat’.

2017 will see the first UK & Irish tour for the ‘Entertainer Of The Year’ since the release of his magnificent seventh and eighth albums simultaneously, 'Happy Man' and 'This is Me'.

Thursday 2 February, 8pm, €18/€16 con./€9 Under 18s

The Dead

presented by The Performance Corporation and Breda Cashe

Age 14+

Following a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the Project Arts Centre, this award-winning version of James Joyce’s best loved short story, The Dead comes to glór.

Acclaimed Irish composer Ellen Cranitch and award-winning playwright Tom Swift have created a vivid musical telling of one of the greatest short stories ever written. Directed by Jo Mangan, four singers accompanied by a string quartet conjure all the humour and heartbreak of a family gathering on a snowy night in Dublin.

It is a most engaging composition…the whole project proved a great success.
- Opera

This new Opera is appropriately enigmatic and beautiful in equal measure…you would relish a further hour to watch the whole affair unfurl again.
– The Irish Examiner.

Cast: Clare Barrett, Kate Gilmore, Ruth McGill and Rory Musgrave


Plus post-show discussion with Company

Funded by The Arts Council and NASC Touring Network

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To kick off our wonderful winter/spring season, we’re offering early bird booking on selected events - this is one of those!
If you book that event on or before close of business on Thursday 19th January, get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.


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This event comes under the Music Generation Clare Leath/Leath Go See! Scheme which supports the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events.  Music Generation Clare is working with venues and festivals throughout the County, to provide tickets discounted by 50% to enable young people under the age of 18 to attend live music performances, (bookings must be accompanied by one adult).  Whenever you see this logo, Leath/Leath Go See! tickets are available, so don’t miss out:

Friday 3 – Saturday 25 February, 10am - 5pm, free of charge

Pilgrims, Princesses and Beardy Old Men

presented by Clare Arts Office and glór

Exhibition curated by PJ Lynch

Clare County Library in association with glór presents an exhibition of original paintings by award-winning Irish artist PJ Lynch, from the million-selling The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, and classics such as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol right up to the newly published The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, as well as PJ’s charcoal drawings for Once Upon A Place, a new anthology of stories by top Irish writers compiled by Eoin Colfer.

PJ Lynch has worked as a children’s book illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in 1984. PJ Lynch was appointed the fourth Laureate na nÓg in May 2016.

On Wednesday 15th February Clare County Library will present a schools’ event The Big Picture with Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch and Friends.
Queries and bookings directly with Clare County Library on 065 6821616

Saturday 4 February, 8pm, €27.50

Frances Black & Kieran Goss…. Reunion

presented by David Hull Promotions

Following the success of their Grand Opera House, Belfast shows Frances Black and Kieran Goss have announced details for their Reunion Tour in 2017 and we are proud to announce that one of those shows will be in Ennis.

It’s been over 20 years since Frances Black and Kieran Goss last toured together. In the intervening years both artists have enjoyed huge international success in their respective solo careers, but it was the inspired pairing of these unique talents as a duo in the early ’90s that first caught the imagination of the Irish public.

Now for the first time in Ennis they reunite for this special show.

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To kick off our wonderful winter/spring season, we’re offering early bird booking on selected events - this is one of those!

If you book that event on or before close of business on Thursday 19th January, get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

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Tuesday 7 Febraury, €5 on the door

Féile Scoildrámaíochta an Chlaír

Annual presentations of Scoildrámaíocht from schools around the county and beyond.  This makes for excellent entertainment for young and old and it is also a great opportunity for children to perform through the medium of Irish.

Wednesday 8 February, 8pm, €30

Mike Denver and Big Band with Guests, Philomena Begley & Ray Lynam, in Concert

presented by Tom Kelly Promotions

One of Ireland's most popular country singers, Mike Denver has once again had a recent sell-out nationwide tour  with full houses at concert  venues North and South and his forthcoming February/March 2017 concert tour will no doubt follow a similar pattern.  The 'Galway Boy' is getting more popular as each year passes. Mike has already built up a huge following in his relatively short time on the Irish Circuit and has achieved 14 'Hit ‘Albums and 10 bestselling DVD's.

His show is an excellent mix of Mike Denver 'Hits', 'Country' Classics and middle of the road 'Hits'. With his excellent Band and a super stage show this promises to be another terrific concert.

Friday 10 February, 8pm, €40

Christy Moore

The iconic voice of Christy Moore makes a welcome return to the glór stage.  Moore has been singing, writing and collecting songs for most of his life and is now regarded as one of Ireland’s most important and influential artists with a career spanning over 50 amazing years.

Early booking advised.

Sunday 12 February, 8pm, €30

Keith Barry - HypnoMagick

'Keith Barry - Hypnomagick' will be Keith's craziest, most magical and hypnotic show to date.  Prepare to have your mind blown with original, never seen before feats of mind-reading and magic, coupled with hilarious hypnotic demonstrations that will leave your sides aching with laughter.  The show will involve demonstrations of mass hypnosis and mass mind-reading, at times involving the whole audience - no one is safe!  During the second half Keith will invite over 100 people on stage where he will hypnotise them to do mental and outlandish feats they would never ordinarily do.  He will openly invite the skeptics on stage to participate and imagine the shock on their faces when he makes the whole audience disappear right in front of their very eyes.  The only question is - will you be brave enough to join Keith on stage or will you try to stay safe in the comfort of your seat?

Early booking advised.

Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesday 14 February, Food 6.30pm / Film 8.30pm, €22 film & food

Valentine’s Film & Food Night

Like Water For Chocolate - Como agua para chocolate

Dir: Alfonso Arau | Mexico | 1992 | 109 mins | Cert: CLUB
Starring: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torne
Language: Spanish, English

Like Water for Chocolate creates its own intense world of passion and romance, and adds a little comedy and a lot of quail, garlic, honey, chillis, mole, cilantro, rose petals and corn meal. It takes place in a Mexican border town, circa 1910, where a young couple named Tita and Pedro are deeply in love.

Mexican themed food will be served to your table from 6.30pm.

Thursday 16 February, 8pm, €22

Jason Byrne Is Propped Up

presented by Special Eye Entertainment

Jason Byrne’s brand new show has everything you’ve come to expect from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ (The Times), plus Ducks, False Chins, Portable Igloos, Bewildered Owls and much, much more.

The star of ‘Wild Things’ (Sky 1) and ‘The Snaptastic Show’ (TV3) has gone back to his comedy roots, probably so he can pull them up and use them as a prop as well.

‘Watching a new Jason Byrne Show is like witnessing lightning in a bottle’   Edinburgh Evening News.

‘Unmissable’ Evening Standard.

Strictly over 16s.

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If you book that event on or before close of business on Thursday 19th January, get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

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Friday 17 February, 8pm, €22.50

Sharon Shannon

Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips....literally! The accordionist from Clare has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion 'cool' in her home country. Renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres, Hip-Hop, Cajun, Country, Classical and Rap.

The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs. Her album Galway Girl went 4 times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor award two years running for the most downloaded song.

Among the many awards she has received including Hot Press and Meteor Awards, she also celebrates being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award.  She is also the first Irish artiste to have composed and recorded an album of orignal and newly composed Irish traditional music with a full Concert Orchestra.

Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 February, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc.

The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh

presented by Corofin Dramatic Society

Set on Inishmaan in 1934, The Cripple of Inishmaan is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. As word arrives on Inishmaan that  the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighbouring island of Inishmore to film Man of Aran, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young cripple Billy.

Be prepared to laugh out loud!

Wednesday 22 February, 8pm, €25

Isla Grant ‘All the Hits and More’ Tour

presented by Tom Kelly Promotions

Highly respected singer and prolific songwriter Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland after an absence of two years with a beautifully constructed show.

Isla is now established in Ireland, Austraila, New Zealand, the UK, America and Canada as a singer/songwriter of the highest quality. Over the last few years she has completed hugely successful Tours of New Zealand, Australia, Canada  and the UK and once again received five 'Gold Discs' for CD sales. Add this to six 'Platinum Discs' already received in Ireland and you can see why this 'Scottish Lass' is so popular.

Her highly entertaining concert show features all her wonderful 'Hit' songs and some new from her latest album.  Isla's interaction with her audience is second to none and the atmosphere at her live shows is a joy to behold.  As always her genial husband Al will make his popular contribution to the show featuring some of the all-time Jim Reeves 'Hit Songs'. Apart from Al Grant, one of Ireland's finest musicians, Multi-instrumentalist Glen Flynn is an integral part of the Isla Grant sound.

Thursday 23 February, 8pm, €25

Conal Gallen: Only Joking

Ireland’s number one comedian is bringing his hilarious new one man stand up show Only Joking to glór’s stage this spring. Packed with new songs and jokes, as well as some fan favourites, Only Joking is Conal’s best show to date.

He has become without doubt the most popular comic in the Irish theatre scene with an absolutely hilarious brand of humour, which leaves audiences in stitches from start to finish.
With over 33 Albums to date Conal has more material than he knows what to do with and is constantly coming up with new material while on the road. He has had multi platinum selling DVDs along with a number of massive hits and countless awards under his belt!

Come along and see why he is truly Irelands best loved comedian.

Friday 24 February, 8pm, €25

Des Bishop

‘One Day You’ll Understand’

Des is old enough now to know that when his Mom used her favourite expression, “one day you will understand”, that she was often correct. However, sometimes she was just hiding from having to explain the complexities of life.
What a great metaphor for the confusing world we live in; from Trump to Isis, Facebook feeds to conspiracy theories and the ever-confusing battle of the sexes.

Through laughter, Des attempts to make sense of the world today and life in general.

Early booking advised.

Saturday 25 February , 12pm & 2pm, €6

Spraoi

presented by Branar Téatar do Pháistí

Ages 3-6 | Duration 40 mins | Bi–Lingual (Gaeilge and Catalan)

This is a simple story of two boys who arrive at the same place at the same time and they don’t understand what they should do. They speak different languages and neither understands the others’ signals. One likes to play by the rules; the other doesn’t have any!! To play together, they must first communicate.

Is scéal simplí atá ann faoi bheirt bhuachaill a shroiceann an áit céanna ag an am céanna agus ní thuigeann siad céard atá le déanamh acu. Ní  thuigeann siad teanga a chéile ná geatsaí a chéile. Is maith le duine acu riallacha agus tá duine eile beag beann orthu. Caithfidh siad modh cumarsáide a aimsiú chun go mbeidh siad in ann Spraoi le chéile. Beidh muid ag díriiú ar insealbhú teanga ar bhonn bunúsach, is ag lipéadú.

Physical theatre style that allows for clarity and ease of understanding.

Saturday 25 February, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc.

The Humours of Bandon

presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company

Written & Performed by Margaret McAuliffe
Directed by Stefanie Preissner
Duration 60 mins | Age 14+

WINNER Little Gem Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016
NOMINATED Best Performer at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016

‘Don’t be afraid of that floor, hammer it!’

Nobody knows where their 5 year old will take that first, after-school activity. To the surprise of her mother, Annie takes it all the way to the top…of the competitive Irish Dancing community. We meet Annie, a 16 year old Dubliner, on the eve of the Irish Open championship and stay with her as she charts us through the various successes and disappointments of her Irish Dancing life. Her mind numbing commitment and burning desire to win the Irish Open title is shared only by her teacher and peers as her mother watches on with bewilderment and pride. Will she win and if so, in what way?

From the confines of every parochial hall in Ireland, Irish Dancing champions are churned out at a massive rate. Medals and cups build up in drawing rooms and Riverdance swells a national pride, but the public aren’t privy to the blood, sweat and tears that pave the way to the first place podium.

The Humours of Bandon is a coming of age story, full of heart, humour and wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life.

Plus post-show discussion with Company

★★★★ ‘terrific one woman show… both writing and performance are by turns sharp, charming and hilarious… All round, a champion turn.’ The Irish Times

★★★★ ‘truly breathtaking… a tour de force for McAuliffe… dazzling performance that really needs to be seen to be believed.’ The Reviews Hub

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To kick off our wonderful winter/spring season, we’re offering early bird booking on selected events - this is one of those!

If you book that event on or before close of business on Thursday 19th January, get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

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Tuesday 28 February – Thursday 2 March , 8pm, €16/€14 Conc.

The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault

presented by The Ennis Players

Directed by Geraldine Greene

This Irish melodrama is based on the tragic story of Ellen Hanley whose murdered body was washed ashore at Moneypoint in Co.  Clare and buried nearby at Burrane cemetery. Boucicault’s play has a much happier ending and in the hands of Ennis Players receives a marvellously irreverent and highly energetic production. In the 1860's The Colleen Bawn was an immediate success in London where it had the longest run in the history of the English stage...it's 230 performances making it the Mousetrap of it's day!

Friday 3 - Sunday 5 March, Festival Weekend Pass, €100

Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Get full access to 2017 Ennis Book Club Festival events with a special Weekend Pass.  Available for purchase through the glór Box Office until Friday, 06 January 2017 for the great value price of €100.

The EBCF Weekend Pass provides access to all Festival events from 03-05 March 2017, excluding the Sunday lunch event at the Old Ground Hotel and the Ennis Walking Tours.

Friday 3 March - Saturday 1 April , 10am to 5pm, free of charge

CRUX: A Dialogue in Metal

Gunvor Anhøj, Michael Calnan, Moss Gaynor, John Hogan, Jane Murtagh.

The essence of these five artists’ work concerns the movement of metal and the story it evokes.  CRUX will illustrate the diversity of metal and will showcase its myriad possibilities - from the delicate tracery of Jane Murtagh’s work, to the solid architectural forms of Moss Gaynor, to the subtle lines and sensual curves of Michael Calnan’s, John Hogan and Gunver Anhøj ‘s work.

The artists’ ideas and stories are inspired and visualised through a combination of interests in the natural world and the world of architecture and industrial design. From large scale welded metal constructions to delicate, highly finished objects - the works portray the material and the makers behind it, and this unique exhibition will reveal their stories through the dynamism of metal using a combination of contemporary practices and ancient techniques.

Friday 3 March, 6.30pm, €12/€10 Conc.

Paul Durcan

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Paul Durcan’s public readings are simply unforgettable. A winner of the Lifetime Achievement Irish Book Award, he has been one of the most sustaining forces in Irish poetry for more than four decades.

If you have never seen him live, now is your chance.

Saturday 4 March, 11.30am, €12/€10 Conc.

10 Books You Should Read With Cónal Creedon & Lisa McInerney

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join Lisa McInerney and Cónal Creedon, two of Ireland’s most engaging writers, to hear their must reads in what is a perennial festival favourite.

Saturday 4 March , 3.30pm , €12/€10 Conc.

Rick O’Shea Book Club Special with John Boyne

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

RTÉ’s Rick O’Shea convenes the largest on-line book club in Ireland with over 4,000 members.

Join him in a Book Club Special as he talks to renowned author John Boyne about his new book The Heart’s Invisible Furies.

Saturday 4 March, 8pm, €15/€12 Conc.

Rose Tremain in conversation with Séan Rocks

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Festival regular and RTÉ Arena presenter, Séan Rocks interviews Booker Prize shortlisted author Rose Tremain in an intimate look-back over her 40 year writing life.

Not to be missed.

Thursday 16 March, 8pm, €22/€20 Conc.

The Successful TD by John B. Keane

presented by Michael Scott Productions

One of your own – a vote for Tull is a vote for yourself! 
The Successful TD follows the Trials, Tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the "October Elections”

Written by John B Keane in 1967 he displays his edge for humor and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today ... Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.
Tull has roped in the help of his faithful Daughter Kate while his wife nurses her various ailments in bed or Lisdoonvarna ,  but his arch enemy Flannery the local school teacher plans to scupper the election for Tull…

“Any man with a vote is a man to be respected. I’ll play with them, lie to them, sing dumb about them while I have a chance of a vote. That’s my livelihood. Don’t give me no more stink about the truth. Christ told the truth and they crucified Him…”

Based on  The Letters of A Successful TD and An Irish Minister of State by John B Keane.
Adapted for the stage by Jon Kenny, Mary McEvoy and Michael Scott
Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy
Directed by Michael Scott

Post-show discussion with Company

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If you book that event on or before close of business on Thursday 19th January, get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

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Wednesday 22 March, 8pm, €22.50

Stars of Irish Country

Join 5 of Ireland's top Stars all on one super Stars of Irish Country" show featuring Patrick Feeney, Mick Flavin, Louise Morrisey, John Hogan and Joe Moore who each will showcase there biggest hit songs in the company of a super live band.

If its Country Music you like then this is the show for you!

With full live band.

Friday 31 March, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Foil Arms and Hog

Foil Arms and Hog are Ireland's top comedy sketch group.

Called ‘Pure Brilliant’ by Tommy Tiernan, the group have over four million hits on YouTube and have sold out five shows at Dublin's Vicar street. With regular sketches on RTE, viral comedy hits like 'How to Speak Dublin' and over 70,000 online followers, Foil Arms and Hog have established themselves amongst the new breed of Irish comedy stars.

***** Irish Times
***** Examiner
***** Entertainment.ie

Thursday 27 April, 8pm, €27.50/€25.50 conc.

The King Is Back

Internationally renowned as one of the Best Elvis Tributes in the world, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma to Ennis and will show why he is regarded as the best in the business.

Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the "Taking care of Elvis" band. Audiences quickly realized that this was someone with a special talent.

He looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis and had an on stage charisma that had audiences believing at times they were watching the King himself. This talent saw Ben rapidly rise through the ranks of Elvis Tribute Artists.  In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest’ which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the “Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist”, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title. In February 2013 Ben headlined on the David Letterman show and has toured the globe with his band.

Saturday 29 April, 8pm, €32

Mary Black

Mary Black is delighted to be back touring in Ireland in 2017.

This tour is all the more special since she completed her final (Last Call) tour abroad, which brought her to The USA, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Germany, the UK, with the final leg in Australia in March 2016.  With so many platinum albums to her name there will be no shortage of great songs and some surprises too.  Mary has chosen some of her favourite venues for this tour and is bringing her world famous band of musicians: Bill Shanley (guitar), Pat Crowley (piano and accordion) , Nick Scott (double bass) and Richie Buckley (saxaphone)’

…a versatile vocalist who brings energizing qualities of pop and jazz to her foundation in traditional music.”—Los Angeles Times

…one of the best interpretative singers around.”—San Francisco Chronicle

…simply spellbinding.”—Boston Globe

Friday 5 May, 8pm, €28

How’s Tings?

The brand new show from Pat Shortt

In a night of music and mayhem, Ireland’s most popular comedian explores all sorts of tings. Big tings and little tings. Personal tings and tings that are not so personal. Important international tings and tings that only affect the parish. In Shortt, it’s a funny show about tings.

Early booking advised

Saturday 6 May, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Nualas - All Spanxed Up!

The sequins are out, the hurty shoes are on, the hair is coiffed to within an inch of its life, and the liposuction didn't work, but who cares!  They've got spanx! Welcome to an evening of scintillating new songs, spleen-rupturingly hilarious new chat, and a stunningly bendy repertoire of new moves, despite the fact that they've lost all feeling from the waist down (the spanx).

This fabulous new extravaganza from The Nualas will leave your ankles swollen with laughter, your ear drums throbbing in sheer musical ecstasy and your eyeballs bulging out of their sockets in disbelief as The Nualas knock it out of the entertainment park yet again (in spanx). See you there.

'You'd be an eejit to miss it!' *Some eejit who missed it the last time*

'Stomach-achingly brilliant!' *A fella who had some out-of-date chicken before he came to the show*

'Dammit! The Nualas can sing and make your face ache from laughing.' *Time Out, London*

Saturday 13 May, 7.30pm, €14.50/€13 conc./€13 groups of 6 or more

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival.

Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.  Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel through an exhilarating collection of the latest films from the most talented adventure film makers of today.

An exciting event not to be missed with free prize giveaways!

Visit www.banff-uk.com for more details

Age Guidance: 12A

Photo credit: Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf

Friday 22 & Saturday 23 September 2017, 8pm, €30

John Bishop - Winging it Around Ireland - SOLD OUT

Age guideline 16+

Please Note That Both Nights Are Now Sold Out

Winging It will see John back on stage for his fifth UK & Ireland tour, performing in his own inimitable style.  His last tour ‘Supersonic’ was watched by more than 500,000 people and received huge critical acclaim.  ‘Rollercoaster’ in 2012 was another sell out, and followed the successes of his ‘Sunshine’ tour in 2011 and the ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’ show in 2010, for which he was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award.

John Bishop has had an incredible career.  Within three years of his first ever comedy gig, John was playing to sold out arena audiences across the country and released the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK history.

He has achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including ‘John Bishop’s Australia’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Britain’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking’ (Sky1), ‘The John Bishop Show’ (BBC1), ‘The John Bishop Christmas Show’ (BBC1) and ‘John Bishop’s Gorilla Adventure’ (ITV1).

Recently John turned his hand to something completely different – interviewing.  A new series called ‘John Bishop: In Conversation With…’ sees him chatting, one on one, with some of the UK’s biggest names from the world of entertainment, sport and music to discover the people behind the public persona, in 10 intimate and revealing one hour interviews on the W Channel.

John has recently made a return to acting – he is currently filming a new ITV drama, Fearless. Written by Homeland writer Patrick Harbinson and produced by Mammoth Screen (credits include Poldark and Victoria), the six part series will TX next year.

‘Unimprovable…comedy superstar’
‘King of the one-hundred-liner’
‘Home is not only where Bishop’s heart clearly and endearingly is – it’s where his art is, too’
★★★★★
Daily Telegraph

‘His Supersonic show easily confirms that John Bishop has finally taken on the mantle of Britain’s top comic’
★★★★
Daily Mirror

★★★★
The Times

★★★★
Heat Magazine