What's On

Exhibition: Friday 9 February - Wednesday 28 March, 10am to 5pm daily, free of charge
Guided Tour: Saturday 3 March, 11.45am, free of charge

Modern Ruins and Other Stories by Kenneth O’Halloran

presented by glór in association with The Gallery of Photography

Launches Friday 2 March with Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

glór with The Gallery of Photography is delighted to present an exhibition of work by Clare photographer, Kenneth O’Halloran. O’Halloran, now based in Dublin, was born in Corofin and was shortlisted for the 2017 Hennessy Portrait Prize.

O’Halloran’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Sunday Times, Stern, Le Monde, TIME, GEO, The Financial Times and Cosmopolitan. His work has been recognised by World Press, American Photography, Alliance Française, and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. He is also a winner of the Terry O’Neill Photography award.

Modern Ruins and Other Stories will showcase a snapshot of life in rural Clare, poignantly documenting key events in the cycle of life. 

A Guided Tour led by the Artist will take place on Saturday 3 March at 11.45am. Free of charge and all welcome.

Tuesday 20 February, 8pm, €7

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

Dir: Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
2016  |  Iceland, Denmark
129 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

The long-standing friendship between two pre-teen boys in a small Icelandic village is threatened when they strike up romantic relationships with a pair of local girls, in this affecting and beautifully crafted debut feature from Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson.

Winner, Audience Award, CPH PIX 2016
Winner, Audience Award, Angers European First Film Festival 2017
Winner, International Federation of Film Societies’ Don Quixote Award, TromsØ International Film Festival 2017

… a fervent, intensely acted drama.” – The Guardian
Richly atmospheric…” - Variety

This film will be preceeded by a short film 'Samhain' by Kev L Smith

Kev L Smith is an award-winning filmmaker, based in Liscannor, North Clare. He has been connected to the sea for over 24 years both as an avid surfer & lifeguard. Kevin is a specialist in water and aerial cinematography. He has helped to pioneer ocean drone cinematography in Ireland, particularly in the area of filming whales in the open ocean. Kevin's work has featured in many projects including most recently in RTE's new series, "Ireland's Deep Atlantic". He was also the director of surf photography on the Irish feature film "Between Land and Sea"

Samhain is Gaelic meaning "Summer's End".  It's a celebration of the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter or the “darker half" of the year. It was during this time that a pumping ocean swell hit Europe.
Filmed over two days in County Clare on Ireland's wild Atlantic coast, primarily at the rarely working, heaving slab of a surf spot called "Laurens" at the foot of the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher. The wind was offshore, the surf was classic and the sun cast everything in a golden light. It felt like summers end. Days later winter took hold and the cold, grey returned. The story which inspired us in Clare is of a group of friends and surfers who take on everything the Atlantic can throw at their coast. Pete, Seamus and Fionan hold down regular jobs and other than the waves they surf, they lead regular lives. They ride Ireland's heaviest Winter surf for the fun and comradery, not for the glory. This is what makes their story special:"Samhain"

Wed 21 Feb, 10am - 4pm, €5, available on the door

Féile Scoildrámaíochta

The local and provincial heats of An Fhéile Scoildrámaíochta 2018 (the national Irish language drama competition for primary & secondary schools) will be held in glór.

Tá an Fhéile Scoildrámaíochta mar an comórtas náisiúnta do dhrámaí Ghaeilge i measc bunscoileanna agus meánscoileanna. Beidh an Craobh áitiúil ar siúl ar 21 Feabhra, agus Craobh na Mumhan ar siúl ar 15 Márta.

Thursday 22 February, 8pm, €16/€14

The Jarlath Henderson Band

  • Jarlath Henderson - vocals, uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar
  • Hamish Napier - keyboards, flute
  • Innes Watson - fiddle, guitar
  • Duncan Lyall - double bass
  • Andrea Gobbi - sampling, sequencing

Jarlath Henderson from Armagh is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and doctor.  Renowned primarily for his extraordinary prowess on uilleann pipes and whistles, while fast emerging as an equally gifted vocalist.

The youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Folk Award back in 2003, Jarlath is recognised in the folk world for his firebrand partnership with Scottish piper Ross Ainslie. After rapturous reviews for their two albums, Jarlath released his own debut solo album, ‘Hearts Broken, Heads Turned’, an assemblage of traditional folk songs from across the UK and Ireland.

Friday 23 February, 8pm, €22

Jason Byrne – The Man With Three Brains

‘The Man With Three Brains’ is a brand new show from the highly acclaimed and extremely funny, Jason Byrne.

Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason’s coach, pushing him to the limit. This show will peel back the madness inside Jason Byrne’s head to reveal all three brains working individually. The fastest thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you too.

It’s been a busy few years for Byrne.  In addition to his extensive touring worldwide, his Radio 2 show was awarded the UK radio industry’s prestigious Sony Radio Gold Award.  As well as fronting a brand new studio based comedy chat show Jason Byrne's Snaptastic Show for TV3, he is co-host of Sky’s hugely popular new entertainment programme Wild Things on Sky1.  Also seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC1), The Royal Variety Show (ITV1), The John Bishop Show (BBC1), and Father Figure (BBC1) of which he is creator and star.

'Unmissable' Evening Standard
'Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle' Edinburgh Evening News
'Byrne is consistently brilliant' Metro
'The outright king of live comedy' Times

Age guideline: 16+

Saturday 24 February, 8pm, €18/€15 conc

Wyvern Lingo

with support from Síomha

Wyvern Lingo are a three-piece from County Wicklow, Ireland comprising Karen Cowley (vocals, keyboards, bass synth),Caoimhe Barry (vocals, drums) and Saoirse Duane (vocals, guitar).

Friends and bandmates since school days, Wyvern Lingo share a gift for close harmony, keen songcraft and effervescent live performance. Drawing on a diverse range of influences from pop, rock and R’n’B, their voices interweave to create a fresh, forward-looking sound.  A self-released EP caught the ear of Irish label Rubyworks, and the band toured with Hozier in the UK and at home; Karen and Caoimhe both putting in a double shift  by singing backing vocals for their Wicklow friend. Karen also duets with Hozier on the haunting ‘In A Week’ on his multi-platinum debut album.

Following the success of ‘I Love You, Sadie’, which was Nialler9’s 2017 song of the year on his website, the Bray trio open their 2018 account with the smouldering R’N’B ballad ‘Maybe It’s My Nature’, released in February 2018. Wyvern Lingo’s long-awaited, self-titled debut album is out Friday 23rd February on vinyl, CD and download on Rubyworks.

Support on the night is from Clare native Síomha, a singer and guitarist who dances the line between folk, jazz and neo-soul effortlessly, taking audiences on an unexpected, and unforgettable journey with her soulful melodies.

Monday 26 February to Thursday 1 March, 8pm, €18/€15 conc.

Ennis Players present Stolen Child by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh & Yvonne Quinn

Directed by Brendan Quinlivan

Duration 110 minutes

This humorous yet moving play tells the story of a woman adopted at birth who enlists the help of a colourful private detective to search for her mother and uncover the secrets of her family history. What begins as a personal odyssey for Angela Tierney to discover her past, soon becomes a fascinating exploration of one of the darkest chapters in the history of modern Ireland.

Friday 2 March, 11am, Free of charge

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin was born in 1942 in Cork, she is an Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, and currently Ireland Professor of Poetry (2016-19). She has published and edited academic articles and books on the literature of the English Renaissance, on translation, and on Irish writing in both Irish and English. With her husband Macdara Woods, the late Leland Bardwell and the late Pearse Hutchinson, she is, since 1975, a founder and co-editor of the Irish poetry journal Cyphers. She has published eight collections of poetry over 45 years, and her Selected Poems appeared in 2008, published by Gallery Press in Ireland, Wake Forest University Press in America and Faber in Britain. The Sun-Fish, her seventh collection, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and won the Griffin International Prize for poetry in 2010; The Boys of Bluehill was published in 2015 by Gallery Press, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, and the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

This event is supported by Poetry Ireland.
Friday 2 March, 11am , free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips - Emma O’Grady

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists' Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare in the form of regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings and debates.

Áine Phillips is a visual artist based in Ennis and is Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art. She has exhibited and performed her work widely in Ireland and internationally.

Join us for tea/coffee in the Spás at glór at 11am followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

Emma O’Grady is a Laois-born, Galway-based actor, writer, production manager and lighting technician. She has an MA in Drama & Theatre Studies, (NUIG) and was co-founder and co-artistic director of Mephisto Theatre Company 2007-2014. Her first play What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?, which is based on tape recordings her grandfather made shortly before his death, was performed to critical acclaim at Galway Theatre Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival 2017.

Friday 2 March, 2pm at the Temple Gate Hotel, free of charge

How to Read A Novel: Mary Morrissy discusses Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s The Dancer’s Dancing

Novel in focus: Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s The Dancer’s Dancing

Do you want to enhance your general reading experience? Improve your ability to read and navigate your way through a novel to get the most out of it? Award-winning novelist Mary Morrissy guides you through the reading of a novel, going beyond plot, to explore the bigger picture – theme, character, voice, narrative arc and structure. In other words - how a novel is made. After this session, we hope you will be a better reader of novels – for your own pleasure, or for your book clubs too.

This event is kindly supported by Clare County Library Services.

Mary Morrissy is the author of three novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey and two collections of stories, A Lazy Eye and most recently, Prosperity Drive

Mother of Pearl, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award (now Costa) and The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey have both been nominated for the Dublin Impac International Literary Award. Her short fiction has been anthologised widely and won her a Hennessy Award in 1984. In 1995 she was awarded the prestigious US Lannan Award which honours writers whose work “is of exceptional quality”. She is Associate Director of Creative Writing at University College Cork and a member of Aosdána. 

Friday 2 March, 2pm, €5
Film and Ruth Fitzmaurice Book Club Favourite event at 4pm, €15/€14

It’s Not Yet Dark

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

Dir: Frankie Fenton
Ireland  |  2017  |  80 mins

It’s Not Yet Dark tells the ground breaking story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented young Irish film maker with MND, as he embarks on directing his first feature film through the use of his eyes and eye gaze technology.

Simon Fitzmaurice died in October 2017, only two weeks after the film’s release.

Friday 2nd March, 4pm, €12/€10 conc
Ticket for It's Not Yet Dark screening at 2pm + event, €15/€14 conc.

Book Club Favourite - Ruth Fitzmaurice – I Found My Tribe - in conversation with Mick Heaney

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life by a wonderful writer.

'One of the year’s most arresting, humbling and acute memoirs. It is a catch-in-the-throat, life-affirming work that you want to gulp down in one and recommend to all your friends. Fitzmaurice tells her story in sparkling prose that is as sinewy as her new sea-strengthened body, and as admirable and boundless as her spirit.'  - Sunday Times

Friday 2 March at the Front Bar, Queens Hotel, 6.30pm, €5

The Irish Times Book Club with June Caldwell

We’re delighted to welcome back Books Editor of The Irish Times, Martin Doyle, to the EBCF. Martin will be speaking to the author of the Irish Times March Book Club Choice June Caldwell about her much lauded debut Room Little Darker which has recently received its UK release from publisher Head of Zeus.

‘The roar of fury and clarity that Irish fiction has been needing. You haven’t read anything like this before... Just brilliant.’ – Belinda McKeon

Friday 2 March at Scéal Eile, 6.30pm, free of charge

Gerard Hanberry - On Raglan Road: Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them

Gerard Hanberry will talk about the wonderful women who inspired some of Ireland’s finest love-songs. The talk is based on his recently published book On Raglan Road – Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them (The Collins Press). Who exactly was Grace Gifford, the young woman who married Joseph Plunkett hours before his execution in 1916? Who is the real ‘Galway Girl’ and was there ever such a person as ‘Nancy Spain’? Who was the woman who enchanted Patrick Kavanagh when he saw her for the first time on ‘Raglan Road on an autumn day’?

Friday 2 March, 8pm, €12/€10 conc

Crime Night with Liz Nugent, Julie Parsons & Andrea Carter – chaired by Clare FM’s Gavin Grace

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

Liz Nugent, Julie Parsons & Andrea Carter are at the forefront of a new wave of crime writing in Ireland. Join us for readings and discussion of their by turns eclectic, thrilling, and intriguing novels.

Liz Nugent worked for many years in Irish film, theatre and television. Her two novels Unravelling Oliver and Lying in Wait were both bestsellers. An Irish Book Awardee, her third novel appears later this year.

A former solicitor, Andrea Carter is the author of three novels, Death at Whitewater Church, Treacherous Strand, and The Well of Ice. All concern an inquisitive solicitor named Ben O’Keeffe and are set in the fictional town of Glendara, on the Inishowen Peninsula, Co Donegal.

Julie Parsons was born in New Zealand but has lived most of her life in Ireland. She was a radio and TV producer with RTE until her first novel Mary, Mary was published in 1998. It was an immediate critical and commercial success and was translated into many languages and published in the USA. She followed it up with The Courtship Gift (1999), Eager to Please(2002), The Guilty Heart ( 2003), The Hourglass  (2005), I Saw You (2007). Her most recent novel The Therapy House published this year has just been awarded Crime Fiction Book of the Year in the Irish Book Awards 2017. She adapted The Guilty Heart for a 5 part TV series for RTE radio and has written two radio plays "The Sweet Scent of Cigarette Smoke" and "The Serpent Beguiled Me". She is married and lives in Dun Laoghaire.

Friday 2 March at the Temple Gate Hotel, 10pm, €8

Festival Club Readings with Sally Rooney & Mary Morrissy

The Friday night Festival Club at the Temple Gate means mingling and performances by writers Sally Rooney and Mary Morrissy.

Sally Rooney’s debut novel, Conversations with Friends, has been published to wide popular and critical acclaim. Her novel recently featured in the New York Review of Books.

Mary Morrissy is an award-winning Irish novelist and short story writer, and the author of three novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey, and two collections of short stories, A Lazy Eye and Prosperity Drive.

This event is kindly supported by the Irish Writers Union.

Saturday 3 March, 9.30am, €8

Walking Tour with Jane O’Brien

Jane O’Brien is the director and tour guide for Ennis Walking Tours, a company that has been running very popular guided walking tours of Ennis for a number of years.

Winner of the FBD Clare Business Excellence Award for Best Tourism Initiative in Clare and praised by Lonely Planet as the best way to appreciate the town, Jane’s lively and entertaining tours through the winding streets of medieval Ennis reveal the stories and characters that have shaped the town’s history.

Saturday 3 March at the Rowan Tree Café, 9.30am, €10/€8

Books & Buns Quiz

Enjoy a Saturday morning book club gathering and test your knowledge of all things literary in our beloved Books & Buns session. Refreshments included setting you up for a busy day!

Saturday 3 March, 11.30am, €12/€10 conc

10 Books You Should Read: Jane Urquhart & Carlo Gebler chaired by Katy Hayes

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

A firm festival favourite – 10 Books never disappoints. This year we’ve invited writer and journalist Katy Hayes to chair our authors’ passionate recommendations. Not to be missed.

Jane Urquhart is a poet and novelist. Her best-selling and prize winning books include: The Stone Carvers, The Whirlpool, which won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, Away won the Trillium Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and The Underpainter won Canada’s The Governor General's Award

Carlo Gébler’s most recent publications are The Projectionist, The Story of Ernest Gébler, The Wing Orderly’s Tales, a collection of stories told by a prison orderly, and The Innocent of Falkland Road, a novel set in London in the 1960s.  He teaches at Trinity and the American College, Dublin, and is a member of Aosdana.

Katy Hayes writes novels, short stories, plays and journalism. Her novels include Gossip and Lindbergh's Legacy. She wrote the libretto for Siobhán Cleary's Vampirella, a new opera produced last year based on the work of Angela Carter. She is a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at University College Dublin, where she teaches on the MA and undergraduate programmes. She is the Irish film critic with The Sunday Times and the theatre critic with the Irish Independent.

Saturday 3 March, 1pm, free of charge

Clare Youth Theatre in performance

Clare Youth Theatre’s performances at the EBCF are an annual treat: they will present selections from guest authors and dramatise them in their own inimitable way.

Clare Youth Theatre, under the direction of Theatre Artist Eleanor Feely, is an initiative of the Clare County Arts Office. The Theatre has a unique artistic vision that is committed to the artistic, personal and social development of the young person.

Saturday 3 March at the Maguire Suite, Old Ground Hotel, 2pm, free of charge

New Clare Voices: Liz Price, Karen McDonnell & Joe Queally

Ennis Book Club Festival is delighted to support and introduce local Clare writers through the New Clare Voices event. This year the writers include, Joe Queally, Liz Price and Karen McDonnell.

Joe Queally is the author of The Fanore School Case, and the book explores ‘one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of Irish Education’ which took place in Fanore in County Clare in 1914. Joe includes a wide range of sources in his research from court records to oral histories and provides a detailed account of what actually happened.

Karen McDonnell is a Clare based poet. She will read from her debut poetry collection, This Little World.

Liz Price is a short story writer, originally from Dublin but living in Clare for the past twenty years. Liz will read from her first collection of short stories, The Fish Woman And Other Stories.

Saturday 3 March at the Temple Gate Hotel, 2pm, €10

How To Run Your Book Club Better

Mary O’Donnell, Roisin Meaney & Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Our expert panel of writers and readers, and book club members Mary O’Donnell, Roisin Meaney & Nuala Ní Chonchúir discuss ways in which you can run your book club better, and get the most out of your meetings. They welcome your questions, and queries on the day, and will present an informal and fun afternoon of book club do’s and don’ts.

Mary O’Donnell is a novelist, short story writer and poet. She has written two collections of stories as well as four novels, among them the highly praised Where They Lie (2014) and The Elysium Testament (1999). Her best-selling debut novel The Light Makers was recently reissued by 451 Editions. A full critical volume of essays on her work, Giving Shape to the Moment: the Art of Mary O’Donnell, Poet, Short-story writer, Novelist, will be published in 2018. Her seventh poetry collection, Those April Fevers, was published in 2015 (Arc Publications). Her Selected poems, The Place of Miracles appeared in 2005, and The Ark Builders in 2009. Former presenter of the RTE poetry translation programme “Crossing the Lines”, she also teaches Creative Writing and gives talks and lectures on writing, writers, and the life they have chosen. In 2001 she was elected to Aosdana.

In 2001 Roisin Meaney (Kerry born, Limerick based, roots in Clare courtesy of parents) took a year off primary teaching and travelled to San Francisco to write The Daisy Picker, which won a two book publishing deal with Tivoli Books. In 2008, with four published novels under her belt, she gave up the day job to write fulltime. To date she is the author of fourteen adult novels and two children’s books, and her works have been translated into several languages. Selected books have also been published in Australia and the US. She is currently working on the next, which is scheduled to hit the shelves in June 2018.

Nuala O’Connor also known as Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin, she lives in East Galway. Her fifth short story collection Joyride to Jupiter was published by New Island in 2017; her story 'Consolata' from that collection is shortlisted for Short Story of the Year at the 2017 Irish Book Awards. Penguin USA, Penguin Canada and Sandstone (UK) published Nuala’s third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid. Miss Emily was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2015 and longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Nuala’s fourth novel, Becoming Belle, will be published in 2018.

Saturday 3 March at Record Break, 3.15pm, free of charge

Wild Atlantic Poets - Readings by members of the Clare Poetry Collective

Readings from recently published works by members of the Poetry Collective of County Clare; including, Patrick Stack Rage, Karen McDonnell This Little World, Martin Vernon The Birth and the Cry, Knute Skinner Against All Odds, Frank Golden Gotta Get a Message to You, Arthur Watson Spirit Store and Mary Ellen Fean Driftwood.

Saturday 3 March, 3.30pm, €12/€10 conc.

John Connolly in Conversation with Rick O’Shea with special screenings

presented by Ennis Book Club Festival in Association with the Rick O’Shea Book Club

Join us for a special event in which bestselling novelist John Connolly will discuss his new novel he with Rick O’Shea.

he is an extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake; and whose life was ultimately defined by one bond of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it:  his partnership with Oliver Hardy, the man he knew as Babe.

With he, John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists, and one of the most enduring and beloved partnerships in cinema history: Laurel & Hardy.

John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968.  He is the author of almost 30 books, including the Charlie Parker mystery series, The Book of Lost Things, and he.  He divides his time between Dublin and Maine, and is mostly kind to animals, old people and small children.

Rick O’Shea is a well-known broadcaster. He also run the largest on-line book-club in Ireland with over 10,000 members, and counting.

This special event will include screenings of two Laurel and Hardy films.

Saturday 3 March at Temple Gate Hotel, 5pm, €10

Ré Ó Laighléis in conversation with Michael McCaughan*

*Ré Ó Laighléis will replace Darrach O Seaghdha for the advertised Irish language event this year.

Join us for an event which will be conducted in both Irish and English as Clare-based author, Ré Ó Laighléis discusses his many books in both languages. Amongst Ré’s many acclaimed works are such novels as the MÓINÍN-published Hooked, Terror on the Burren, The Great Book of the Shapers, Battle for the Burren, Osama, Obama, Ó, a Mhama! His best known collections include the multi-translated Ecstasy and other stories, Heart of Burren Stone, Goimh agus scéalta eile, Bolgchaint agus scéalta eile, Punk and many others. His novel GAFA is on the Leaving Cert curriculum. He is Director of MOININ's Writers' Training Centre, An Scriobhlann / The Writing House.

Michael McCaughan is an Irish author and journalist best known for his work in Latin America. He has written extensively for the Irish Times, the Guardian, Hot Press, Village Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sunday Telegraph.

Saturday 3 March at Temple Gate Hotel, 6pm, free of charge

Nessa O’Mahony in conversation with Irish Times Book Club editor, Martin Doyle

Nessa O’Mahony has published three books – Bar Talk, appeared (1999), Trapping a Ghost (2005) and In Sight of Home (2009).  A fourth, Her Father’s Daughter, was published by Salmon in 2014. She is co-editor with Siobhan Campbell of Eavan Boland: Inside History (Arlen House 2016) and co-edited Metamorphic: 21st Century Poets Respond to Ovid (Recent Work Press 2017) with Paul Munden. She presents The Attic Sessions, a literary podcast, which she produces with her husband, Peter Salisbury. She is an Associate Lecturer with the Open University.

Martin Doyle edits the books section of The Irish Times in print and online.
He joined the paper in 2007, having previously been on the staff of The Times for five years and serving as Editor of The Irish Post in London.

Saturday 3 March, 8pm, €15/€12 conc

A tribute to Sebastian Barry with Sean Rocks and special guests

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

Saturday night at Ennis Book Club Festival means the welcome and popular return of Sean Rocks. In a very special event, we pay tribute to surely one of Ireland’s greatest living writers in Sebastian Barry. A panel of special guests will discuss the work of the celebrated poet, playwright and novelist in the first half, and after a short interval, Sean will be joined on stage by Sebastian for an intimate and unmissable interview.

Sebastian Barry is the only novelist to have won the coveted Costa best novel award twice. Days Without End is described by the Financial Times as “not only a story of survival [but] a love story, too, written in a gorgeous style that blends Barry’s characteristic eloquence with the straight-talk of early America … firmly in the tradition of Irish diaspora writing”. For Eoin McNamee in The Irish Times, “Barry is the most humane of writers.” He has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novels A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008) which has since been made into a movie by Jim Sheridan.

Early booking advisable.

Saturday 3 March at Rowan Tree Café, 10.30pm, free of charge

Festival Club with Trad Session

Join us for some traditional music at the Festival Club at the Rowan Tree Café. We are delighted to host Pat O’Connor, a fiddle player from Feakle in East Clare. His music has the moderate pace and easy flow associated with the East Clare tradition. He is immersed in traditional music and performs locally, as well as at concerts and sessions in America and Japan. He also gives fiddle playing lessons and has compiled many albums, the latest of which is Conversation at the Crossroad.

Sunday 4 March, 10.30am, €8

Walking Tour with Jane O’Brien

Walking Tour with Jane O’Brien

Jane O’Brien is the director and tour guide for Ennis Walking Tours, a company that has been running very popular guided walking tours of Ennis for a number of years.

Winner of the FBD Clare Business Excellence Award for Best Tourism Initiative in Clare and praised by Lonely Planet as the best way to appreciate the town, Jane’s lively and entertaining tours through the winding streets of medieval Ennis reveal the stories and characters that have shaped the town’s history.

Sunday 4 March, 11.30am, €12/€10 conc.

Sunday Miscellany

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

This year for the very first time Sunday Miscellany comes to the EBCF for a special recording of the iconic Sunday morning radio show. With contributions from new and established writers alike, Sunday Miscellany has been a part of Sunday mornings since 1968. Expect magical readings, and music that will transport you.

Sunday 4 March at Old Ground Hotel, 1.30pm, €22 (includes lunch)

Literary Lunch with Mary Kenny

in conversation with Ciana Campbell

Join us for a unique lunch of stories, debate, and chat with Mary Kenny. Mary has been a journalist, writer and broadcaster for over four decades. She has written for over 30 newspapers and magazines in London and Dublin and has published many books, including Goodbye to Catholic Ireland and Crown & Shamrock: Love and Hate between Ireland and the British Monarchy. A ‘selective memory’ biography, Something of Myself was published in 2013, and New Island published Am I a Feminist? in October, 2017.

Sunday 4 March at Temple Gate Hotel, 3.30pm, free of charge

The Beyond Borders Book Club

The Beyond Borders Book Club has been an exciting and inaugural initiative devised by Artistic Director, Paul Perry and facilitated by poet and community activist Sarah Clancy to include and showcase an international dimension and flavour of readers in Co. Clare. Expect a diverse and accessible discussion of literature from all corners of the world. We will hear from Carlos Navotka, Margreat Khalil, Małgorzata Buchalik, Ifeoma Ugwueru, about books from Argentina, Egypt, Poland, and Nigeria.

Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 March, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.
Schools performance Wednesday 7 March, 11am, €9/teachers free
Matinée performance Saturday 10 March, 2pm, €18/€16 conc.

Sister Act: The Musical

presented by Ennis Musical Society

Ennis Musical Society presents the smash-hit musical Sister Act. Sister Act follows Deloris Van Cartier, an aspiring singer, who is in witness protection in a convent. Here she finds her new calling when she meets the convent’s struggling choir.

Thursday 8 March in the Spás, 1pm, free of charge

Rithimí Nua

presented by glór and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Approximate duration 40 – 50 mins

glór and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance have joined forces to present a series showcasing emerging talent with a programme of free lunchtime concerts at glór. Curated by Irish World Academy’s Director Sandra Joyce and her staff, these concerts will celebrate innovation and the development of traditional music and dance students in an informal setting.

A further concert will take place on Thursday 12 April

Saturday 10 March, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us between 12pm and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Tuesday 13 March, 8pm, €7

Lover For A Day (L’amant d’un jour)

Dir: Philippe Garrel
2017  |  France
76 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

After a devastating breakup, the only place twenty-three-year old Jeanne has to stay in Paris is the small flat of her father, Giles. But when Jeanne arrives, she finds that her father’s new girlfriend has moved in too: Arianne, A young woman her own age. Each is looking for their own kind of love in a city filled with possibilities.
Lover for a Day premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, where it was awarded the SCAD prize from the French Writers and Directors Guild, and is an Official Selection of the 2017 New York Film Festival.

Thursday 15 March, 10am - 4pm, €5, available on the door

Féile Scoildrámaíochta

The provincial heats of An Fhéile Scoildrámaíochta 2018 (the national Irish language drama competition for primary & secondary schools) will be held in glór.

Tá an Fhéile Scoildrámaíochta mar an comórtas náisiúnta do dhrámaí Ghaeilge i measc bunscoileanna agus meánscoileanna. Beidh Craobh na Mumhan ar siúl ar 15 Márta.

Saturday 17 March, Please see listing for times, €5

Imagination Playground

Suitable for ages 3-10
Duration 60 mins

Imagination Playground is an innovative playground equipment system that encourages learning, social development, teamwork, movement and, above all, fun.  The play system consists of a 105 large foam blue block set that allows children let their imagination run wild and design and build their own playground.

Sessions as follows:

  • 11am -12pm;
  • 12-1pm;
  • 1.45-2.45pm;
  • 2.45 -3.45pm;
  • 3.45-4.45pm

Please pre-book

Limited Capacity: one adult is allowed to accompany one or more children to help the children build the playground

Saturday 17 March, 12pm - 3pm, €1 per child (pay on the day)

Face Painting

This St. Patrick's Day make glór your destination for some family friendly fun.

Transform into a tiger, butterfly, cat, or let your imagination run wild!

Saturday 17 March, 12.30pm, €10

Puppetry Workshop: Puppet Manipulation

presented by Branar Teatar do Pháistí

Suitable for ages 8+
Duration 90 mins

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for children to explore the world of puppetry in a fun and energetic environment.
Learn how to make a puppet walk, ask a question with just a look and tell a story using just the puppet and no words.

Please pre-book

Saturday 17 March, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, €8/€6 Children

Uoo Mee Wee

presented by Branar Teatar do Pháistí and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Directed by Lali Morris and Marc Mac Lochlainn

Suitable for ages 3-6  |  Duration 40 mins

Uoo and Mee
Walk the same
Talk the same
Do everything the same…
Until one day, one of them decides to do
something different!!

Uoo, Mee, Wee is a charming and playful show about finding your feet and having the courage to be different.

Performed by Neasa Ní Chuanaigh & Jay Ryan, it is a non-verbal show with an original score by Micheal Chang.

Saturday 17 March, 2.30pm, €10

Puppetry Workshop: Puppet Making

presented by Branar Teatar do Pháistí

Suitable for ages 8+
Duration 90 mins

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for children to explore the world of puppetry by designing and creating their very own puppets.
Children will create a paper puppet, learn foundational puppetry skills, create a group story with their paper puppet and present a story to the rest of the group.

Please pre-book

Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 March, 7pm, €15/€12 conc./Family 4 €50/Family 5 €6
Matinée Saturday 24 March, 2pm, €15/€10 Student/Family 4 €40/Family 5 €50

Dance Fusion 2018 - Milieu

presented by BreakThrough Dance Company

Enjoy an evening of dance, drama and singing from the wonderfully talented students of BreakThrough Dance Company. Join us as we take you on a journey through the past, present and future, exploring the endless possibilities of the imagination. A fun, energetic and powerful performance suitable for the whole family to enjoy!

Monday 26 – Thursday 29 March, 10am - 4pm daily, €90/€160 2 siblings
Finale concert Thursday 29 March, 6.30pm - 7.15pm,

Easter SongSchool

presented by Createschool

If you like strumming a chord or rapping a word, then join us for this awesome experience.

Working with the experienced SongSchool crew you’ll spend four days this Easter writing and jamming up ideas. You’ll be collaborating with likeminded folk to write, arrange, rehearse and perform original material that will then be performed in a one off showcase in glór.

All levels and interests welcome, whether you’re a beginner or a Beethoven come along, collaborate, create and perform!

Suitable for ages 12-18

Tuesday 27 March, 8pm, €7

The Drummer and the Keeper

Dir: Nick Kelly
2017  |  Ireland
92 mins  | Cert: PG

You find true friendship in the craziest of places! Gabriel is a chaotic young rock drummer desperate to hide his recent bipolar diagnosis from his increasingly exasperated bandmates. When forced to bond with Christopher, an institutionalised 17-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, it results in a very unlikely friendship! Galway Film Fleadh 2017

An uplifting comedic story of an unlikely friendship between Gabriel, a rock ‘n’ roll party animal with bipolar disorder and an institutionalised goalkeeper who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome.”  — Scannain.com

Friday 30 March, 8pm, €27.50

The High Kings

Almost ten years ago, four Irish singers, performers and songwriters decided to take a calculated risk. The constituent parts of The High Kings – Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden – each had a wealth of history in the music business behind them, but knew that in order to maintain any level of creative interest they would have to boldly go where no other Irish ballad group had gone before.

To say that The High Kings are charting a new course for Irish ballad music – equal parts rousing and reflective, energetic and insightful – is an understatement. They are, essentially, marking out a new and bright era for Irish folk music, and aiming to bring a broad demographic along for the journey.

Saturday 31 March, Family Show 3pm, €10 adults/€8 child,Family 4 €32
Evening Show, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.


Kíla’s family show engages children from the very start, with the music becoming a soundscape for plenty of dancing and clapping. Kids love when the band does some musical acrobatics, becoming intertwined and playing each other’s instruments. In a special finale, music composed for the film Song of the Sea will be played along to this beautifully animated film.

Kíla’s music is a celebration of their energy, creativity and wild exuberance and the evening performance will feature the band’s hip-shaking, smile-making, funky, groovy brand of trad.

Early booking advised for both shows.

Wednesday 4 April, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

From Under the Bed

presented by Big Guerilla Productions

Cast: Seamus O’Rourke & Arthur Riordan
Directed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh

Seamus O’Rourke once again brings us a story full of heartache and humour, as a pair of aging, rural, bachelor brothers arrive at a point in their lives, where decisions have to be made about certain things… well the buying of a television for one… and one subject leads to another and the next thing, they’re bringing up all kinds of ‘auld shite’ that could have been left under the bed along with everything else.
Eugene McPartland is woken by his brother Pat in the middle of the night in 1979. Not only does Pat wake him, but he has his good suit on him too… and a light on in the bedroom and another on the landing… and as well as burning up the electric, he now wants to talk…

Followed by a post-show discussion after the show with Members of the Company

Age guideline: 12+
Duration: 85 minutes

Friday 6 – Saturday 7 April, 10am - 6pm, €12/€8 conc.
Two-day ticket*, €18/€12 conc., *not available online

The National Dance Championships

The National Dance Championships showcases the most talented dancers from around the country. Make sure you get along to glór for two days of exciting and inspirational solo performances.

On Friday dancers will compete for national titles in tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance, and on Saturday dancers will compete in a number of
ballet categories.

An event not to be missed for dance lovers!

*Two Day Ticket is available to book on the phone or in person. Not available online.

Exhibition: Friday 6 April - Saturday 12 May, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge
Guided tour: Saturday 14 April , 11.30am, free of charge

Gráinne Cuffe: Moments

Launch Friday 13 April

glór is delighted to present an exhibition of new work from leading Irish Printmaker, Gráinne Cuffe.

Well known for her intricate flowers studies, and oversized exuberant etchings, her new works depict lilies, tulips, and some sweet pea. Cuffe’s practice is firmly placed within a long-established artistic tradition that values careful and considered observations of nature and the translation of these  observations into a new visual form.

Her large, metre square etchings embody influences from Georgia O'Keeffe, from her Bauhaus trained architect father Luan Cuffe, and from working in studios in California, London, Milan and Dublin. Her work is 'not strictly botanical' and embraces the energy, structure and colour of flowers. A perfect  exhibition to celebrate the bounties of the season!

A Guided Tour of the exhibition and Artist’s Talk, will take place on Saturday 14 April at 11.30am. Free of charge and all welcome.

Friday 6 April, 11am , free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips - Seamus McGuinness

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists' Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare in the form of regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings and debates.

Áine Phillips is a visual artist based in Ennis and is Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art. She has exhibited and performed her work widely in Ireland and internationally.

Join us for tea/coffee in the Spás at glór at 11am followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

Seamus McGuinness’s interdisciplinary art practice is deeply rooted in life. It involves research, durational social intervention, cloth, interactive installations, public conversations and collective democratic acts. In 2010 he was awarded a PhD for the Lived Lives Project, which emerged from an inter-disciplinary research platform with psychiatrist and scientist Prof. Kevin Malone, conducted within the School of Medicine, University College Dublin. By working closely with 42 suicide bereaved families and placing them within an art process, collectively they co-created, produced and curated private their stories of loss and pain into the public domain. This multidisciplinary project values participatory contributions and experiences. It flows through various institutional spaces, building sustainable partnerships, connecting with communities, adapting and becomes new to site, articulating and questioning in a collaborative manner the ominous presence of stigma and youth suicide in Ireland.
Currently McGuinness is The Craig Dobbin Newman Fellow, School of Medicine, University College Dublin. Seamus is based in Co. Clare.

Tuesday 10 April, 8pm, €7

The Party

Dir: Sally Potter
2017  |  UK
71 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

Janet has just been appointed minister in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. The guests arrive at their home in London but the party takes an unexpected turn for the worse when Bill suddenly makes two explosive revelations that shock Janet and everyone present to the core. Love, friendships, political convictions and a whole way of life are now called into question. Underneath their cultivated liberal left-wing surface people are seething. Their dispute leads to the big guns being brought out – even in a literal sense.

For her eighth theatrical feature British director and screenwriter Sally Potter has invited a stellar cast to join her party. Beginning as a subtly witty comedy replete with sharp-tongued dialogue, the film later veers off into tragedy. When life can no longer be controlled by reason, people will fight tooth and nail to protect their seemingly stable existence. - Berlin International Film Festival 2017

Wednesday 11 April, 10am, €4/Teachers Free

Secondary School Film: Fanny’s Journey (Le voyage de Fanny)

presented in association with IFI Education

Dir: Lola Doillon  |  2016
France/Belgium  |  94 mins

Suitable for age 12+  |  Junior Cycle French

An award-winning tale of courage, determination and survival set in occupied France. Jewish thirteen-year-old Fanny finds herself in charge of a band of children forced to flee the children’s home where they live. Filled with heart-stopping moments, we watch as the children dodge authorities and real  terrors as they make for the Swiss border, under the leadership of the fearless, determined girl.

A schools study guide for this film can be downloaded here.

Thursday 12 April in the Spás, 1pm, free of charge

Rithimí Nua

presented by glór and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Approximate duration 40 – 50 mins

glór and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance have joined forces to present a series showcasing emerging talent with a programme of free lunchtime concerts at glór. Curated by Irish World Academy’s Director Sandra Joyce and her staff, these concerts will celebrate innovation and the development of traditional music and dance students in an informal setting.

Friday 13 April, 8pm, €16/€14 conc

Maz and Bricks

presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company

Written by Eva O'Connor
Directed by Jim Culleton
Cast: Eva O'Connor & Stephen Jones

Fishamble’s Maz and Bricks tells the story of two young people who meet over the course of a day in Dublin. Maz is attending a ‘Repeal the 8th’ demonstration, while Bricks is going to meet the mother of his young daughter. As the day unfolds, the two become unlikely friends, changing each other in ways they never thought possible.

Duration: 80 mins
Age suitability: 14+
Followed by a post-show discussion

Saturday 14 April, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us between 12pm and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Saturday 14 April, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

El Divas

"Good friends are like stars, you don't always see them but you know they are always there

El Divas, four (London trained) friends, Helen Catherine Ball, Jessica Bray, Amanda Minihan and Janet Woods accompanied by the wonderful Michael Hennessy, come together bringing you on “A Musical Journey” through songs of their friendships, laughter, hopes, woes and dreams. Music from Kander & Ebb, Rogers & Hammerstein to more modern sounds from Jason Robert Brown and much, much more.

A night to evoke memories, emotions and reminiscing.

Sunday 15 April, 4pm, €7

The Silver Branch

Dir: Katrina Costello  |  2016
Ireland  |  75 mins

This new documentary depicts the life and insights of the inimitable philosopher, poet, and fifth-generation farmer, Patrick McCormack, owner of ‘Fr Ted’s House’ in the beautiful, austere Burren.

Through Patrick’s eyes and pastoral verse, this beautifully shot film immerses us in the exquisite textures of the natural world, bringing us a rare glimpse of a disappearing way of life with all its richness and roguery, and leading to a deep connection with the Earth and our Ancestral wild spirit.

Panel discussion will follow screening

Thursday 19 April, 8pm, €16/€14 conc.

Mother (and me)

presented by Geva Theatre/Emotional Management


Written and performed by Melinda Buckley
Suitable for age 13+
Duration 75 mins

Mother (and me) is a heartfelt and hilarious story about the complex relationships between mothers and daughters.

Melinda, an ex-Broadway dancer is finally married…at 45! She’s more than ready to settle into life with her new Wall St. husband when a phone call from her brother sounds the alarm, ‘something is up with Mom.’ Ilene or ‘Attila the Hun-garian,’ as Melinda calls her has always been a handful but now, she’s off the charts-- and the role reversal ride no child wants to get on, is about to begin! Direct from New York City, this award winning show begs the question: How do you parent an over the top parent?

A funny and touching one woman show about stepping up and finding your own light.

Post-show discussion with writer/performer Melinda Buckley

Friday 20 April, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Music and Songs our Fathers Loved

presented by Shaskeen and The Wingers

Shaskeen and The Wingers are delighted to return for another magical performance in 2018, with a nostalgic homage to the early recording pioneers of Irish music and song, from the first decades of the 20th century through the development and growth of Irish broadcasting to the internationally celebrated platform that is now occupied by Irish music.

It is difficult to imagine in the present robust and exciting world of Traditional Music that we now enjoy, that a mere century ago this tradition was in danger of being lost forever. Generations of deprivation and emigration had brought Ireland to her knees, yet it was this very scourge of emigration that would provide the spark to ignite the passion for our native music with the arrival of the first 78rpm recordings from the United States. James Morrison, Michael Coleman and the Flanagan brothers became household names.  This excitement would be re-generated at the emergence of new state and the advent of broadcasting with the establishment of 2RN the National Radio Service.

The struggle to have Irish music regularly broadcast up to the emergence of Radio Eireann continued with the lack of available recordings posing a particular problem, until Ciaran MacMathuna embarked on his job of journey work. There have been many landmark Radio programmes over the decades but one, which provides the inspiration for this performance was the Walton’s programme presided over by Leo Maguire and transmitted on Saturdays as part of a sponsored programme schedule from 1952 to 1981.
The programme featured artists from Walton’s own label, Glenside Records, and included Joe Lynch, Charlie Magee, Mary McConigle and Delia Murphy together with many others.\

Leo Maguire’s persistent message to the listeners was:
A weekly reminder of the grace and the beauty that lies in our heritage of Irish song, the songs our Fathers loved”.

Friday 20 April in the glór Studio, 8.30pm, €15/€13 conc.

Danny O’Brien: RaconTour

Fresh from a sell-out month long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a tour of South East Asia, award-winning comedian Danny O'Brien returns with his most adventurous and unique solo show to date! After inheriting a broken-down, unreliable, older-than-he-is motorcycle, Danny decided to take to the road on a comedic expedition. Come hear the story of this RaconTour- in all its glory, failures and triumphs alike!

Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara O Briain - Danny was handpicked last year to perform as part of the iconic “Best of The Edinburgh Fest” Show in Australia, touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Danny has also featured on The Comedy Channel’s "Brexit at Tiffany’s" Show and is a regular on Irish TV and Radio.
As well as this he has been providing tour support for Today FM's Dermot & Dave's nationwide "Ah Sure Look It" Tour.

Don't miss one of the most exciting and highly anticipated stand up shows of the year!

Winner of the coveted Father Ted 'Tedfest' Award and voted FM104's 'Dublin's Funniest Comedian'

O'Brien took to the stage like a force of nature...one suspects it won’t be too much longer before stadiums come calling.” Irish Examiner ★★★★★

'O'Brien is genuinely, uproariously funny with a huge stage presence and wicked timing... He looks set to be one of the breakout comedy stars of 2017' The Sunday Independent

"A perfect mixture of brains, banter and brilliance" Great Scott ★★★★

Saturday 21 April, 8pm, €22/€20 conc

Jack L - Magic Days

There's something for every taste in Jack's music. His most recent best-selling album of original material Magic Days was deemed his “best work ever” by The Hot Press and Irish Times amongst others, and was Album of the Month on RTÉ Radio One.

Jack is on a high at the moment and he promises to deliver a spectacular event with some great new characters to introduce you to, including 'The King Of Soho' (The first single from the album) and many more intriguing creations from his vivid imagination,  And none more vivid then the man himself!

Jack is one of the greatest interpreters of song lyrics I have heard in recent years”.........Christopher Riddle (Leader of The Nelson Riddle Orchestra)
As with all great shows, it’s over too soon”  Edinburgh Evening News
A gorgeous, versatile Baritone”  The Washington Post
Jack L’s voice is an irresistible force of nature”  The Irish Times
"What a voice…what a performer!"   The Los Angeles Times

Thursday 26 April, 7.30pm, Pay what you feel on the night (bring cash!)


PlatForms is a new glór initiative to support artists in creating new work – whilst providing insight for audiences into the development process and the choices that artists make. The event will be ‘scratch’ in style, with a selection of artists across art-forms sharing brief excerpts from their work-in-progress, with opportunities for audience responses and feedback. Three to four artists/groups of artists will present short excerpts of their work – followed by brief moderated discussions with the audience about what they have seen.
So if you are an arts lover with a curiosity for the new, then join us on this fascinating journey!

PlatForms will take place on Thursday 27th April at 7.30pm in the glór auditorium. The audience are requested to reserve tickets in advance and then pay what they feel on the night (in cash!).

Artists interested in applying should click here.

Please book your free ticket in advance with glór box office.

Friday 27 April, 10.30am & 12pm, €5/Teachers Free

Star Chasers by Scott Young

presented by Barnstorm Theatre Company

Suitable for ages 4-7
Schools: Junior Infants - First Class
Duration 35 mins

A modern-day adventure for all, Star Chasers sees Billy and Dad heading north with just a tent and a box full of Mam’s memories. This is a rich exploration of the relationship between a parent and child and their attempts to come to terms with the shared loss in their lives.

A tapestry of music, movement and magical imagery.

Friday 27 April, 8pm, €12.50/€10 conc./€40 family of 4

G4 Ennis Guitar School Annual Concert

G4 Ennis Guitar School is proud to present their annual concert, showcasing their students of all ages playing guitar, piano/keyboards and singing, in styles such as Pop, Rock, Blues, and many more.  This is sure to be an entertaining evening that you won’t want to miss.

Saturday 28 April, 11am & 12.30pm, €6

Whatever the Weather

presented by Little Bigtop Theatre

Co-created by Joanna Williams and Joanna Parkes
Suitable for ages 3-5
Duration 40 mins

A drop of sunshine, a sprinkle of rain, a dollop of snow and a whoosh of wind. Whatever the weather it can be fun to go outside! But that’s not what Worried Wendy thinks, she hides away inside, afraid of what the weather may bring. Together the children show Wendy there’s nothing to fear by sharing a range of sensory activities with her... Whatever the weather they can go out to play!

Saturday 28 April, 7.30pm, €10

Nature, Gardening and Mental Wellbeing – Film and Expert Talks

presented by Clare Garden Festival in association with glór

This year’s highlight event of Clare Garden Festival FRINGE combines the award-winning garden film Project Wild Thing with expert talks to be announced.

Filmmaker David Bond thinks Mother Nature needs a helping hand. His children are fascinated by screens but are strangers to the natural world. David appoints himself the Marketing Director for Nature and, with the help of marketing experts, he sets out to sell this amazing, free, wonder product. Project Wild Thing finds hilarity, joy and absurdity in the choices we face as 21st Century humans.

PROJECT WILD THING - official trailer from Green Lions on Vimeo.

Tuesday 1 May, 8pm, €7

Song Of Granite

Dir: Pat Collins
2017  |  Ireland, Canada
104 mins  |   Cert: CLUB

This visually meticulous and mesmerising film revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The stylised black-and-white picture, obscuring the border between documentary and fiction, is a cinematic ballad that invites viewers to join the enigmatic, talented and idiosyncratic artist on his dramatic life journey; along the way we also get a sense of the difficult yet humble life of the people of Ireland over the course of last century.

The film takes us to the district of Connemara, and to the village of Carna, Joe Heaney’s birthplace, considered the cradle of local folklore, and then the camera accompanies him on his travels round the world. The power and magic of the songs provide the central motif threading its way through the film. The director stages the music scenes so skilfully and suggestively that we feel we are actually present in the room, swept up in the atmosphere along with the rest of the audience.

Was it the songs that helped the inhabitants of this magnificent but desolate Irish landscape to survive and commune with God? And what part of his heart and soul must the artist sacrifice in order to satisfy his inner compulsions?
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017

Thursday 3 May, 8pm, €16/€14 conc.

Merry.go.round by Maria Nilsson Waller

presented by Dance Limerick

Merry.go.round is the latest and final piece in Maria Nilsson Waller’s triptych based on unclaimed territories. The dance work looks beyond our world into the great vast blackness of the cosmos in order to examine our most human of concerns: the search for true love and what it is we call home. In this otherworldly realm of celestial bodies five characters orbit each other. Some are destined to converge, others to split apart. They all long for authentic connections in a world where every man is an island. Caught between construction and deconstruction it is a marvel universe both beautifully simple and incredible messy.

Rebel Swedish jazz band Je Suis!, NASA recordings of the solar system and iconic opera music all feature as part of the eclectic soundtrack. Strange yet familiar, with a touch of cinematic sci-fi, merry.go.round is never the same twice.

Duration 45 mins

Friday 4 May, 11am , free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips - Ceara Conway

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists' Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare in the form of regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings and debates.

Áine Phillips is a visual artist based in Ennis and is Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art. She has exhibited and performed her work widely in Ireland and internationally.

Join us for tea/coffee in the Spás at glór at 11am followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

Ceara Conway is a visual artist and singer working in performance, song and traditional folk practices. She  has a track record in producing innovative, experiential installation/ performance works that utilise elements such as live singing, appropriated texts, testimonies and visual art  to explore social and cultural experiences of power and loss in response to issues such as cultural colonialism, death, exile and migration.  Recent commissions include Breath, Damer House Gallery, Time, Ulster Museum, DUBH, EVA International Ireland’s Biennale, (2016); Thin Places, (2015), Kings College, London; Vicissitudes, (2013), Derry City of Culture and  Making Visible, Irish Museum of Modern Art, (2014). She currently works part time as the coordinator for the Embrace for Arts and People with Disabilities and the Artists in Schools Programme with the Clare Arts Office.

Saturday 5 May, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us between 12pm and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Saturday 5 May, 2.30pm, €7/€5 conc.

Older Than Ireland

presented as part of Bealtaine Festival

Dir: Alex Fegan
Ireland  |  2015
81 mins  |  Cert: PG

Older Than Ireland is a landmark feature documentary that explores what it means to have lived one hundred years in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of its oldest citizens.
Featuring thirty men and women, this remarkable group of centenarians, all born before 1916, are the last generation to have borne witness to Ireland’s bloody transition from a newly formed fledging republic through to its development into a mature European state. These centenarians are our living history and it is through their wit, wisdom and philosophy that the film explores the more universal themes of life. From youth to true love, from loss to regrets, from the meaning of life to the existence of a life hereafter — the centenarians have an opinion on it all. Older Than Ireland is a film that pays homage to this unique group of remarkable individuals. - Galway Film Fleadh 2015

Friday 11 May, 8pm, €16/€14 conc.

No Smoke Without Fire

A comic drama by Paddy Murray, full of sharp Dublin wit, the story of Larry, the cash, the camper van and the deceased husband. Starring acclaimed actress, Mary Murray (Love/Hate).

If ever there was an actor you wanted to see more of, it’s Mary Murray. On stage she has always had a magnetic focus, a presence somewhere between no-nonsense control and a shiver of vulnerability... An actor of tremendous physical versatility and wit.’ - Irish Times

Duration 60 mins

Saturday 12th May, 8pm, €18.50

Socks in the Frying Pan

Socks in the Frying Pan comprises Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals and the accomplished Hayes brothers, Shane Hayes on accordion and Fiachra Hayes on fiddle & banjo.

This Co. Clare trio blend Irish traditional melodies with their own personal flair which has gained them critical acclaim and accolades including 'New Band of the Year' by the Irish Music Association.  Dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and onstage wit will entertain and delight. One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’ continues! The Socks come home but they won’t be putting their feet up!

Tuesday 15 May, 8pm, €12/€10 conc.

La Bohème Opera Screening

presented by Teatro Communale di Bologna

Set in the idyllic 19th century Paris, La Bohème tells the story of a love affair between a poor poet and a seamstress. But they are soon faced by the cruel realities of poverty and ill health which ends up putting their relationship to the test. This production of one of opera’s classic and unforgettable stories is led by a cast of four talented young artists as the lovers.

Duration 140 mins

Thursday 17 May, 7pm , €13 adult/€10 child/Family 4 ticket €39

Broadway Dance School – Shoot for the Stars

Broadway Dance is a recreational and competitive dance school which trains dancers in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and contemporary dance.

This year’s show will be a demonstration of what we achieved during this school year and will showcase our dances from different genres, various decades and with different creative themes. Don’t miss this exciting night of dance.

Friday 18 May – Saturday 16 June, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

Embrace Exhibition

The annual Embrace exhibition highlights the artistic achievements of people with different abilities participating in the Embrace programme run by the Arts Office of Clare County Council. Over 30 groups in 2018 are working with professional artists across numerous art forms which include film, painting, ceramics, textiles and sculpture. Be prepared to be amazed and astounded by the dazzling display on show in the gallery space, an explosion of colour and creativity.


Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 May, 7.30pm, €14/€12 conc./Family of 4 €48

Working with Mamma Mia, Chitty Chitty Bang and Much More

presented by Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts

This annual showcase is always much anticipated and always proves to be and most entertaining night out for all the family.

Tuesday 22 May, 1pm, free of charge

Embrace Showcase

The annual Embrace showcase highlights the artistic achievements of people with different abilities participating in the Embrace for Arts programme run by the Arts Office of Clare County Council.

Always a great show, the event features music, dancing, drama and a surprise or two!

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Tuesday 22 May, 8pm, €7

Escape from Liberty Cinema (Ucieczka z kina ‘Wolnosc)

presented as part of PolskaÉire Festival

Dir: Wojciech Marczewski
1990  |  Poland
88 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

Wojciech Marczewski’s anti-totalitarian satire is a darkly comic examination of censorship which adapts the premise of Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo to late 1980s Poland. The film centres on a provincial film censor who is horrified to discover that the actors in a trite romantic weepie are refusing to perform their roles. With shades also of Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. and Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, the film deftly combines political satire, social observation and surreal humour.

Directed by one of Poland’s leading intellectual - and much censored - filmmakers, this multi-award winning feature is a key film of the seismic political changes of 1989, and an enthusiastic manifesto for the freedom of the artist - and ultimately, of all humanity.

"Extremely funny political comedy... Consciously influenced by Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, it's an absurdist satire on bureaucracy and moral cowardice" Philip French, The Observer

"A rich mixture of dark political satire and poetic allegory" Wally Hammond, Time Out

"An exuberant attack on censorship" Variety

Friday 25 May, 8pm, €10

Aos Óg Concert

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

The future of our traditional music, singing and dance is always in the hands of the Aos Óg, the young generation.

The Aos Óg Concert has always been a key event in the Fleadh Nua, which takes place in Ennis each year.  This year, the concert will feature some of the best young traditional musicians, singers and dancers from Co. Clare and beyond.

Saturday 26 May, 8pm, €15

The Corner House Session

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

The Corner House is Cork’s most famous trad music pub and tonight’s concert will feature some of the musicians who have established the unique reputation of this venue, including Johnny McCarthy, (Fiddle), Eoin Ó Riabhaigh, (Uilleann Pipes), Aidan Coffey, (Accordion), and Colm Murphy, (Bodhrán).

They will be joined by Cyril O’Donoghue and other guests as they give a flavour of the music, singing and craic that is a feature of The Corner House Sessions.

Sunday 27 May, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Shandrum Céilí Band in Concert

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

The Shandrum is the most exciting and successful Céilí Band to have competed at the Fleadh in many years. Following on their great success in achieving the three-in-a-row at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017, we aredelighted to welcome the band to perform what will be an exciting and enthralling concert at Fleadh Nua.

Wednesday 30 May, 2pm, free of charge

Afternoon Tea Dance

presented by glór & Clare Arts Office

Clare Arts Office teams up with glór for an afternoon of singing and nostalgia as we mark the Bealtaine Festival - Ireland's national celebration of creativity as we age.

Admission free and all are welcome, with light refreshments provided after the event.

Thursday 31 May – Friday 1 June, 7.30pm, €12/€10 conc.

Beauty and the Beast

presented by The Dinan School of Ballet

The Dinan School of Ballet takes to the stage once again with their own unique blend of dance, music and drama.

Using a creative mix of ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance along with a wide ranging musical score, their show will take you on a dramatic
journey based on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast.

A fun night out for all the family is guaranteed!

Saturday 2 June, 3pm & 7.30pm, €14/€9 Child/€44 Family of 5/€38 Family 4

Sparks Hip Hop School of Dance

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!

Early booking strongly advised.

Thursday 14 June, 8pm, €29

Hennessy: A Tribute to Christie

Tickets go on sale online on Friday 26 January at 9am, and from glór box office at 10am

Celebrating the incredible life and career of one of Ireland’s most loved performers, Christie Hennessy’s children will perform as Hennessy from June 13-17 at venues throughout Ireland. Amber, Hermione and Tim who have all had stellar careers within the music business both as artists and as managers, have come together to celebrate the work and career of their late father, who passed away in December 2007.

“We miss our dad every day. Coming together to perform as Hennessy seems the best way for us to honour him – both through his music and our own personal memories. We cannot wait to meet all of Christie’s fans as we sing his favourite songs, ones everyone will know and love, as well as arranging a few surprises for you all, from our family to yours.”

Hermione, Amber and Tim will perform classic songs made famous by Christie Hennessy including:  'Messenger Boy', 'Oh Jealous Heart',  'If You Were to Fall’, 'All the Lies That You Told Me’ and ‘Roll Back the Clouds’, as well as singing songs that influenced their father. The show, Hennessy: A Tribute to Christie will feature exclusive and heart-felt stories and anecdotes about a man for whom fame came late in life.

Hennessy: A Tribute To Christie will offer a unique insight into the life and career of a loved and much missed Irish music legend, performed by the people who knew him best, his children. Also on show will be unseen memorabilia and personal effects that the family have curated for fans for the first time.

Saturday 13 October, 8pm, €22.50/€20 conc.

Donna Taggart

Autumn Concert Tour 2018

Following her astonishing International success with ‘Jealous of the Angels’ which has now achieved Multi-Platinum status with well in excess of 100 Million streams Donna Taggart is delighted to announce an Autumn 2018 Concert Tour in Ireland.

Just back from the USA after touring with legendary singer/songwriter Phil Coulter Donna’s distinctive emotional singing style has drawn comparisons with the likes of Eva Cassidy, Mary Black and Alison Krauss. Although Donna has only recently gained international recognition she is making up for lost time.  Her debut Irish and UK Tour in 2017 enthralled audiences and has established her as one of Ireland’s top Live Female performers.

Thursday 22 November, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

presented in association with Ennis Book Club Festival

Join best-selling writer and raconteur Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion, and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.

Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating” The Irish Times

a spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.” Books.ie

Friday 8 February 2019, 8pm , €25/€22.50 Conc.

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Johnny Cash Roadshow is not another tribute band - it is a full production and finest celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. JCR are now recognised and loved as a band in their own right, unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of a music legend, Johnny Cash.  This is the UK and Europe’s most recognised celebration, with respected singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creating with astounding accuracy and truly capturing the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring Amanda Stone as ‘June Carter’ and the ‘Roadshow Horns’.

All aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste.  The show takes the audience from the 1950’s right up to 2002 including all the greatest hits,  along with songs from the latest five decades of the man in black’s career. All this accompanied by emotive and evocative screen images.‘

'Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was
Caitlin Crowell  - Granddaughter of Mr. Johnny Cash