What's On

From Thursday 4 June to Saturday 4 July, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

Coast by David Olsthoorn

David’s unique style is influenced by his surroundings, taking his main inspiration from stretches of untouched coastlines around Ireland, especially his native Co. Clare. His images are always a little different, taking the mundane out of a simple scene and turning it into an interesting instant of life, captured through a lens.

Wednesday 1 July, 11am & 1pm, €10

Aerial Workshop with Sorcaluba

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

Following the huge success of last year’s Aerial Workshops with Sorcaluba during the festival, we are pleased to announce their return with more workshops where you can explore and learn aerial and acrobatic tricks.

Duration 90 Minutes │Suitable for Ages 8+

Wednesday 1 July, 6pm, €5

Exposition directed by Marie McNamara

presented by Full Fathom Theatre as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

Full Fathom Theatre is a year old and the time has come to expose ourselves!

This piece is the story of a journey into the unknown and finding freedom - freedom to enter into that risky place and discover untold riches, courage and an enthusiasm that begs to be seen. An excavation into potential and a celebration of exposure; see, and be seen. 

As an experienced, professional actor, Theatre and Arts and Health Practitioner and with an MA in Dramatherapy, Marie has established Full Fathom Theatre Ensemble to bring together people with and without disability to share and exchange ideas, skills, experiences and stories to create quality theatre in an atmosphere of imagination and fun.

Duration 30 Minutes

Thursday 2 July, 12pm & 1.30pm sold out - Extra Workshop 3pm, €10

Balloon Modeling with Deirdre Carmody

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

12noon and 1.30pm workshops sold out. 

Extra workshop at 3pm now on sale

Have fun creating colourful balloon dragonflies, fish on a rod, swans, bees, hats and lots more. Watch everyone’s faces light up as they leave with their balloon creations and a certificate of accomplishment.

Duration 60 Minutes │Suitable for Ages 5 – 13

Thursday 2 July, 10am, 12pm & 2.30pm, €10

Puppet Workshop With Marc Mac Lochlainn From Branar

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

Do you want to learn to make a puppet walk? Do you want to learn how to make a puppet ask a question with a look? Do you want to tell a story using just the puppet and no words? Marc Mac Lochlainn, artistic director of Branar, will lead this workshop where children will enjoy the change to bring puppets to life.

Duration 90 Minutes │Suitable for Ages 8+

Thursday 2 July, 8pm, €25

A Bit On The Sunny Side

They're back!!! Yes, Ireland's most dysfunctional couple, the Murphys, are at it again!

Join Bridie, Willie, Cynthia and Dick in sunny Spain for another hilarious comedy farce! After the massive success of their first play "A Bit On The Side", Conal Gallen and his son, Rory, have once again come up with a comedy masterpiece! A Bit On The Sunny Side sees our four hapless holidaymakers stumble unwittingly from one crisis to another! With their last show having sold over 75,000 tickets, this is one that is definitely not to be missed! It's pure fun, laughter and craic from start to finish!

Early booking is VERY strongly advised!
Age recommendation 16+

Friday 3 July, 10am, 12pm & 2.30pm, €10

Create Your Own Musical Instrument with Los Musiqueros from Argentina

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

This workshop focuses on designing an instrument from scratch, in a way that will allow children to explore the different sounds and with a final result of playing together different songs.

Duration 90 Minutes │Suitable for Ages 6+

Friday 3 July, 11am & 2pm, €10

Be Who You Want To Be Workshop With Shona MacGillivray

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

A workshop exploring what we feel we look like. Use a variety of materials for self-portraits then create your own fun face mask.

Duration 120 Minutes │Suitable for Ages 6+

Friday 3 July, 7.30pm, €18/€15 conc.

Celtic Connection International Music Project

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

The Celtic Connections International Music Project is a feat of cultural bonding inspired by The Wild Atlantic Way. Artists from Spain, Iceland, USA, and Ireland join forces on one stage to create a symphony of Celtic pride, each using their own unique talent. These diverse, yet connected, artists include; Brian Hanlon from Boston, USA; Anxo Lorenzo from Galicia, Spain; Eoghan Neff from Cork, Blackie O’Connell from Clare, Cyril O’Donoghue from Clare and Hilda Orvarsdotirr is from Iceland.

Combined, these musically imaginative people create a magical atmosphere full of intense waves of Celtic inspirations.

Friday 3 & Saturday 4 July, 11am - 3pm, €25

Introduction to Clare Youth Theatre - Devising, Acting, Music Movement and Fun

at the Clare Museum

For ages 12 to 18.
Open to any young person in (or entering into) secondary school in September 2015.

If you are interested in all aspects of acting this is the course for you.  We will explore how we use our bodies, voice and imaginations to bring a character to life.

There will be lots of theatre games, improvisation and creating your own character techniques as we become acquainted with the actors’ world.

The workshops will be facilitated by Clare Youth Theatre Leaders Clare Townsend and Eleanor Feeley.

  • No experience is necessary.
  • Bring plenty of drinks!
  • Bring snacks and/or packed lunch
  • Wear comfortable clothes / shoes
  • Places are limited. Early booking advised

*Please note that the participants are unsupervised at lunchtime

Saturday 4 July, 10am, €10

Yoga with Seema Daly

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

You will be guided through a variety of postures, breathing practice with relaxation technique. Seema’s style of yoga is unique, embracing aspects of Hatha yoga flowing Vinyasa yoga and Kundalini yoga.

Duration 60 Minutes │Suitable for Ages 13+

Saturday 4 July, 12pm & 1.30pm, €5

The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

Performed by Tic Toc Puppets in collaboration with Joe Varden and Emer O'Flaherty.

Back due to popular demand! Storytelling and live, glowing drawing from one of the best loved storytellers of our time.

Duration 30 Mins │Suitable for all ages

Saturday 4 July, €4

Pig presented by Whalley Range All Stars

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

Outdoors @ glór  |  Suitable for all ages

A 30-foot long sow sits in the middle of a small pen. You can hear her snores, you can see her snuffles. The Sleeping pig is watched over by a farmhand who invites you to take a look inside through a set of ten holes in the pig’s belly. This charming interactive exhibition is suitable for children and adults alike. Please note children should be accompanied by adults at all times. Early booking advised as places are limited.

Shows are 10 minutes in duration and show times are as follows:

  • 12.30pm
  • 12.50pm
  • 1.05pm
  • 1.25pm
  • 1.40pm
  • 2.00pm
  • 2.15pm
  • 4.00pm
  • 4.20pm
  • 4.40pm
  • 4.55pm
  • 5.15pm
  • 5.35pm
  • 5.50pm
Saturday 4 July, 4pm & 7pm, €12/€8 child/€32 for family of 4

Overture - A Magical Madcap Italian Bubble Concerto

presented by Ten42 Productions as part of Ennis Street Festival 2015

Welcome to Maestro Cafaggi’s fragile and fanciful world of soap bubbles where you will meet….the conductor without an orchestra, the musician without an instrument and the breathless singer.

An eccentric conductor takes you into the slippery world of soap bubbles to perform for you a concert where the unexpected is always waiting in ambush; from odd instruments giant bubbles appear, bouncing bubbles, portable bubbles, bunches of bubbles, and where
some people might be invited to enter into a giant bubble!

A show of clownery, mime and music - a charming show for audiences of all ages.

Duration: 65 minutes

Sunday 5 July, 7pm, €22/€20 conc.

Alabama 3 Acoustic & Unplugged with support from Charis

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

An unrivalled Marxist machine gun, Alabama 3 Acoustic are on a mission in Ennis to get you mashed!

Having gained world-wide acclaim for their theme song to the infamous TV show The Sopranos, Alabama 3's exhilarating live shows have long become the stuff of legend. Across deeply infectious albums they've made impossible musical collisions sound as natural as the swamp.

Support from 7pm   |   Concert from 8pm

Unreserved seating - standing & seated options available

Monday 6 - Friday 10 July, 10am - 3pm daily, 1 child €90 / 2 Siblings €160 / 3 Siblings €220

Starcamp

for 4 -13 year olds

Since 2007, STARCAMP Summer camps have been offering children an absolutely outstanding not-to-be-missed week that will make a difference to their lives.  STARCAMP’s core ethos is building children’s self esteem & confidence.  We fully understand and appreciate the difference in each amazing child and we want to bring out the best in each one for who they are. We offer endless enjoyment, encouragement and fun in a safe and nurturing environment. We offer exceptional, new and diverse opportunities to our students each year. STARCAMP summer camp children have appeared on numerous shows such as Elev8, Sattitude, The Den, Ireland AM, The Late Late Toy Show, have met with Jedward and Westlife, have sang with Hometown, Ryan Tubridy, Bosco, Zig and Zag and Dustin and have released singles into the charts!  STARCAMP has won numerous awards and successfully secured backing on Dragons’ Den.

Open to all boys & girls aged 4-13 of all levels and abilities with a New Advanced Programme for 9-13 year olds. Whether the shy and less confident type or born for the stage we have something for everyone.

Garda Vetted, qualified or trainee teachers, music professionals, choreographers and drama coaches are amongst Starcamp’s talented instructors.  There will be a short Friday Showcase at collection time where all children will get to sing and dance!

Booking directly with STARCAMP at www.starcamp.ie and you are automatically in the draw for a wonderful family break.  Installment payment options also available - call the STARCAMP office on 021 4377900 to discuss options.

Every child receives a STARCAMP t-shirt, a STARCAMP wristband and a special star award!

Wednesday 8 July - Monday 31 August, free of charge

Summer Open Submission Exhibition

Inside Out

glór’s annual open submission gives Clare artists, both established and emerging, an opportunity to showcase their work. This year’s exhibition has been selected by Mary Conlon, Artistic Director of Ormston House Gallery in Limerick.

This exhibition will feature work from Trudi Van Der Elsen; Mary Foudy O’Halloran; Amanda Patten, Dominic McNamara, Marian Killeen, Emma Stewart Liberty, David O’Rourke and Will O’Kane. In addition a Curator’s Prize of €500 has been awarded to Amanda Patten, for her painting, Lift Your Voice.

glór is firmly committed to exhibiting work from both emerging and established Clare artists, and as part of this year’s Open Submission Exhibition, Maeve Mulrennan, Curator of Galway Arts Centre and board member of the Tulca Festival of Visual Art, will deliver a workshop, entitled Presenting Your Practise for all artists who submitted work.
 

All work from the exhibition is for sale.

Monday 13 - Friday 17 July, 11am - 1pm (Ages 9+),
Monday 13 - Friday 17 July, 2pm - 4pm (Ages 6-8), €95/€85 for 2 or more children from same family

Ballet Ireland’s 15th Annual Summer School

Let’s Make a Ballet

Drawing on inspiration from the original tale, The Frog Prince (Brothers Grimm) this year’s participants will have an unforgettable time creating a ballet with professional dancers from Ballet Ireland.  

Each session begins with class on stage with the dancers. Summer school participants become part of the creative process, helping to devise the choreography, create sets and costumes. Our hugely popular summer school, gives aspiring performers a taste for all that goes into making a ballet and a peak into the life of a professional dancer.  Together with the dancers, the young performers play an important role in the creation of their own full length ballet which is performed on stage at the end of the week for family and friends to come and enjoy. 

The programme is suitable for ages 6+ with or without dance training. Participants are divided into groups, with the seniors in the morning (11am-1pm) and juniors in the afternoon (2-4pm). The senior participants are needed all day on Thursday and Friday, while the juniors attend both morning and afternoon session on Friday.

Monday 13 - Friday 17 July, 10am - 2pm daily, €80 per child

Actors and Reactors Speech & Drama Summer Camp

for 4 - 11 year olds

Engage your child's imagination this summer with an action packed week of Creative Drama, Arts & Crafts, Puppetry, Mime, Music, Dance, Library Visits and lots of Fun!
Suitable for children age 4-11 years.

For more information visit www.actorsandreactors.com.

Booking is directly with Aoihin Garrihy on 086 0645454 or info@actorsandreactors.com

Monday 20 - Friday 24 July, 10am - 1pm daily, €70/€130 for 2 siblings

Imagine This! for ages 8-12 years

Facilitated by Majella Perry, (BA Theatre, Utrecht)

‘Imagine This!’ is a week-long summer programme offering a variety of drama experiences in a fun and participative environment.  Facilitated by Majella Perry, (BA Theatre, Utrecht) ’Imagine This!’ aims to nurture and encourage young people’s creativity and artistic expression.  Majella works collaboratively with children, to explore the magic of imagination and to expand their creative potential.

Programme:
• Improvisation, devising drama scenes and storylines;
• Role-play & creating characters;
• Drama exercises & drama games, sensory work;
• Mime, movement, rhythm & percussion;
• Showcase of work on the final day


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


Booking directly with Majella on majella.perry@gmail.com or 086 8060161

Monday 20 - Friday 24 July, 2.30pm - 5pm daily, €70/€130 for 2 siblings

The 12 Hour Play Project! for ages 12-15 years

Facilitated by Majella Perry, (BA Theatre, Utrecht)

The 12 hour Play Project offers an opportunity to young people to write, cast, design, rehearse and perform in just 12 hours!  The process will be fun, participative and exciting as young people are facilitated to experience the full spectrum of roles in creating a theatre performance in (speeded up) version!

Objective:  To explore the entire process of creating a performance - from concept to completion, in a fast paced, condensed experience with lots of ways to be involved.  No performance experience necessary.  Simply a willingness to jump in!

Booking directly with Majella on majella.perry@gmail.com or 086 8060161

Thursday 23 & Friday 24 July, 7.30pm, €12/€10 conc.
Friday 24 July, 2.30pm, €10

The Little Mermaid

presented by Clare Youth Musical Society

Come along and join Ariel and her friends in her quest to find true love! The wonderfully talented students of Clare Youth Musical Society take to the stage once again to entertain you with this wonderfully classic stage version of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' - A perfect evening out for all the family to enjoy!

Saturday 25 July, 8pm, €30/€20/€10

Dave Flynn and The Clare Memory Orchestra with Martin Hayes

in collaboration with Music Generation Clare & the Burren Summer School of Music and Culture 2015

Dave Flynn and the Clare Memory Orchestra will perform a concert featuring another performance of the much-loved Clare Concerto this July in collaboration with Music Generation Clare and the Burren Summer School of Music and Culture, 2015. Joining the orchestra on stage will be Artist in Association, Martin Hayes (fiddle). Members of the Clare Memory Orchestra include such esteemed trad musicians as Mick O'Brien and Aoife Ní Bhriain (2014 TG4 Gradam Ceoil winners), Ensemble Ériu members Jack Talty, Neil O'Loghlen and Matthew Berrill (2015 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Winners), and Bríd Harper. The orchestra are also thrilled to welcome their apprentice musicians and Music Generation Clare participants of the Burren Summer School on stage with them for this great spectacle of music-making from memory.

Conducted by Bjorn Bantock.

Ticket prices vary according to seating section as follows:
* €30 centre tier downstairs & centre balcony
* €20 tiered wings downstairs & balcony wings
* €10 flat wings downstairs

Monday 27 - Friday 31 July, 10am - 1pm daily or 2pm - 5pm daily, €80

Brick Flicks Stop Motion Summer Workshops

Suitable for 8-12 year olds

Set sail on a pirate adventure with your favourite minifigure. Hoist the flag, sail the seven seas and discover hidden treasure.

Experienced tutors will share tips and techniques on set building, filming, editing and creating soundscapes. The workshop is focused on hands on learning so all participants will work in small groups and receive a certificate of participation and an online copy of their movie. All materials are supplied including our mobile film studio kit of iPads so all you need to bring is your favourite Lego character.

Early booking advised.

Tuesday 28 - Friday 31 July, 12.30pm, free of charge

Lunchtime Concerts

presented by Summer Music On The Shannon

Listen to world-class musicians and gifted students while enjoying a classic lunchtime in the relaxing surroundings of glór lobby and café.

Thursday 30 July, 8pm, €10

Clare Fleadh Prize Winners for Sláinte and Chláir

The Clare 22nd Battalion Association presents a concert in aid of Sláinte an Chláir, the Clare Cancer Support Centre at Kilnamona, Ennis. Featuring the cream of Clare talent and winners at the Munster Fleadh Cheoil, this will be an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and wish them well at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann as they bid for all Ireland titles.

Friday 31 July, 8.30pm, €25

Finbar Wright at Sacred Heart Church, Scariff

as part of Scariff Harbour Festival

Performing all of your favourites, Finbar Wright makes his first appearance in Scariff, accompanied by a top-class 6-piece ensemble. Finbar is marking twenty-five years of making heart-warming music on stages all around the world. Widely regarded as one of the finest voices of modern times and Ireland’s best-loved tenor, this will be a night of beautiful songs, some laughter, lots of smiles, and, above all, excellent entertainment!

Please note that tickets can be purchased via glór up to 3pm on Thursday 30th July. After this time, tickets can be purchased on the door of the event.

Tuesday 4 - Thursday 6 August, 10am - 1pm daily, €50 per child per week

Gymboree Summer Camp

for 3-6 year olds

Gymboree brings its summer camp back to glór in 2015.  Expect musical fun and games incorporating all types of music - over 20 different Styles, including RnB, African, Latin, Classical, Abba, Elvis and lots more.  The camp includes arts and crafts, sports, face painting and lots of fun mixed with giggles!

Advance booking is required as capacity is strictly limited. 

For bookings and all enquiries, please contact Oonagh Minogue on 086 354 0253 or clare@playandmusic.ie
www.playandmusic.ie  /  www.facebook.com/gymboreeclare

Wednesday 12 - Sunday 15 August,

Merriman Summer School 2015

Love and Marriage (Revisited)

‘Love and Marriage’ are themes that are deeply embedded in Irish culture and in ‘personal life’ and represent an arena frequently characterized by controversy. 2015, in particular, marks the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Divorce Referendum, which passed by a narrow majority and led to the introduction of divorce for the first time in Irish law; the passing of the Children and Family Relationships Act (2015); and a referendum on same sex marriage (May 22nd 2015). The Children and Family Relationships Act (2015), running to over 100 pages with over 170 sections, deals with topics as diverse as guardianship, donor-assisted reproduction and custody and it amends existing legislation relating to civil partnership, adoption, passports, and succession.

When situated in the wider European context, intimate relationships in Ireland have experience profound transformation and rapid social change in recent decades. Recent data cites a significant increase in one-parent households and a high non-marital birth rate, for instance, alongside the emergence of cohabitation, divorce, same-sex families and ‘reconstituted’ families. At the same time, the majority of children in Ireland still live in a two-parent family based on marriage, and the divorce rate in Ireland is in reality much lower than several other European countries. Love and marriage in the 21st century are therefore characterized both by a strong degree of continuity and change in the Irish context –a complex relationship exists between tradition and modernity.
 
This year’s Merriman Summer School will explore critical aspects of ‘love and marriage’ as a prevailing theme in Irish Culture, Politics and Society over time through the lens of literature, social research, music, performance, history, poetry, politics and the law. Talks, readings, performances and debates by leading scholars, writers and artists will deal with topics as diverse as ‘twenty years of divorce in Ireland,’ love and marriage in the 1916 Rising, sexual citizenship, same sex marriage, women’s lives, marriage traditions and Irish writing. Speakers include Roy Foster, Lucy McDiarmid, the author Donal Ryan, Tom Inglis and esteemed poets Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Rita Ann Higgins and Doireann Ní Ghríofa.

A musical gala evening exploring love and marriage in the musical landscape of Co. Clare is a highlight of this years programme and the Summer School will close with a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ on ‘Love and Marriage since the Famine.’

Click here for the full programme and further information.

Friday 14 & Saturday 15 August, 11am - 5pm, free of charge

Inis Artist Open Days

Clare based visual arts group Inis Artists are hosting two open days in glór. You are invited to come and meet the artists at a special display of their work and to enjoy a programme of demonstrations of some of the techniques they use across a wide variety of media.

Monday 17 - Friday 21 August, 9.30am - 1pm daily, €85

Colmac Robotics: Junior Learn Robotics

for ages 7-10 years

Children will work in pairs under supervision, with a robotics kit and a laptop running NXT software. A different topic will be introduced each day and a competition element will be present throughout the week. The Learn Robotics Camps will focus on the use of the LEGO Mindstorm robotics kits. Pupils will work in teams of two and with one Mindstorm robot and laptop between them so everyone is guaranteed a “hands on” experience. Tasks will be based on various robotic competitions and challenges. The tutors all come from a teaching/engineering/IT background and many are experienced international winners and judges of the FIRST LEGO League. Numbers are limited to ensure an exciting, interactive and educational experience.

Please bring a healthy lunch and a bottle of water.
Please note that children must be signed in and out of camp each day by their caregiver, and it is important that children arrive on time and are collected each day.

Workshops are €85 per participant and can be booked directly at http://colmac.ie/workshops/

 

Monday 17 - Friday 21 August, 1.30pm - 5.30pm daily, €100

Colmac Robotics: Learn Robotics

for ages 10-13 years

The Learn Robotics Camps for 10-13 year olds will focus on the use of the LEGO Mindstorm robotics kits. Pupils will work in teams of two and with one Mindstorm robot and laptop between them so everyone is guaranteed a “hands on” experience. Pupils will be introduced to gear systems and mechanisms, flow chart programming, sensors and engage in problem solving tasks. Various tasks and challenges will be set throughout the week with a competition element each day.The tutors all come from a teaching/engineering/IT background and many are experienced international winners and judges of the FIRST LEGO League. Numbers are limited to ensure an exciting, interactive and educational experience.

Please bring a healthy lunch and a bottle of water.
Please note that children must be signed in and out of camp each day by their caregiver, and it is important that children arrive on time and are collected each day.

Workshops are €100 per participant and can be booked directly at http://colmac.ie/workshops/

 

Wednesday 26 August, 8pm, €45

John Prine

Limited number of Standing tickets available.

Note : These are not available to book online. 

“He’s so good, we’re gonna have to break his fingers” Kris Kristofferson

“Beautiful songs… Nobody but Prine could write like that.” Bob Dylan

Some four decades since his remarkable debut, John Prine has stayed at the top of his game, both as a performer and songwriter. Honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, he’s been elevated from the annals of songwriters into the realm of bonafide American treasures. 

Check out the music of John Prine here.
 

Long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” John Prine is a rare talent who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for. Evidence of this is the long list of songwriters who have recorded gems from his extensive catalog, including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, and many others.

 

Classes start on Saturday 5 September for 7 weeks, €56 (Activity book & CD an additional cost of €20)
Classes start on Saturday November for 6 weeks, €48 (Activity book & CD an additional cost of €20)

French For Fun For Kids

presented by La Jolie Ronde tutor Rhona Gomès

An opportunity for 4-12 year olds to learn French through games, songs, rhymes, stories, role-plays and fun!

Classes start on Saturday 5th September and run for 7 weeks with a second term starting on Saturday 7th November for 6 weeks.
If children are attending both terms the cost is €100.
Pay for both terms up front to be in with a chance to win a free one to one tuition with Rhona.

Please pre-book with Rhona Gomès at 086-8262500 as spaces are limited.
For more information about La Jolie Ronde please visit www.lajolieronde.ie

12 weeks from Saturday 5 September, 2pm - 4pm, €120/€50 conc.

Astronomy for Beginners with Tony O’Hanlon

Part of the celebration of the UN's recognition of 2015 as the International Year of Light, this workshop is a series of lectures and hands-on astronomy.  From recognising the constellations to the latest knowledge of our Universe, the lectures use stunning images and graphics, while weather permitting, nighttime observing with binoculars and a telescope make this a truly fascinating and fun event.  You don't need to have any knowledge to enjoy the experience.

A co-founder of the Shannonside Astronomy Club in 1985, Tony held the post of Secretary for 24 years; and was also a co-founder and primary organizer of the SAC's Whirlpool Star party based in Birr Castle, Co. Offaly, an internationally recognised event.  A former V.P. of the Irish Astronomical Association, he has presented star shows and public outreach activities at Armagh Planetarium. Tony has been fortunate to spend time at large professional observatories around the world.

Suitable for all, adults and children (10yrs +)

Syllabus

  • week 1 - We are but like a grain of sand - our place in the Universe
  • week 2 - Lights in the firmament, each star is different & with a story to tell
  • week 3 - Meet the neighbours - planets, moons, asteroids, comets & meteors
  • week 4 - Ever changing skies - motions of the celestial sphere, eclipses etc
  • week 5 - Celestial matchmakers - double, multiple & clusters of stars
  • week 6 - Regular as clockwork, or not - the fascination of variable stars
  • week 7 - We are born of stardust- interstellar nebulae; gas and dust clouds
  • week 8 - 'Island Universes' - the Milky Way, other galaxies & galaxy clusters
  • week 9 - Stellar Empires - whole new worlds & possibility of life 'out there'
  • week 10 - Reaching for the stars - optics, telescopes, observatories
  • week 11 - Look and you will see - observing celestial objects to their best
  • week 12 - An era of precision cosmology - current knowledge

For further information and booking contact Tony O'Hanlon on 086 8581550 / tylazy@yahoo.ie

Friday 11 September, 8pm, €15

Kathleen MacInnes, Dermot Byrne, Brian Finnegan and Mike Vass

presented by Music Network

If you haven’t caught award-winning singer Kathleen MacInnes live before, you’re in for a real treat. On stage the Hebridean songbird is a natural, sharing a joke one minute then breaking hearts the next with a soulful, earthy voice that lingers with the listener long after the last note has been sung. A regular performer at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival, in 2010 her singing reached audiences worldwide after being featured in Ridley Scott’s film Robin Hood.
 

Click here to listen to Kathleen MacInnes singing.
 

Her musical co-conspirators combine creativity and virtuosity in equal measure. Best known for his work with Altan, legendary box player Dermot Byrne has collaborated with everyone from The Chieftains and Sharon Shannon to The Stunning and Stephane Grappelli. Founder member of ground-breaking acts Flook and Kan, flute and whistle player Brian Finnegan has also performed with such stellar artists as Cara Dillon, Kate Rusby and Russian group Aquarium, while Scottish guitar and fiddle maestro Mike Vass, a recipient of the prestigious ‘Composer of the Year’ at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, has toured extensively with leading Scots song band Malinky.

Wednesday 7 October, 8pm, €27.50/€25 conc.

Albert Hammond

One of the all time greatest song writers, Albert Hammond has accumulated no less than 360 million records sold worldwide! At glór, he will be joined on stage by his own band to present a stunning 2 and a half hour journey through 5 decades of our lives.

Hear the songs, the stories behind them and the artists Albert has worked with: Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and many, many more.  An evening of hits including ‘It Never Rains in Southern California’- ‘The Free Electric Band’ - ‘The Air That I Breathe’ - ‘Down By The River’- ‘One Moment In Time’ - ‘I'm A Train’ – ‘To all the girls I’ve loved before’ – ‘When I need You’ – and others too numerous to mention.

He is responsible for making our own Joe Dolan an international star! He penned  ‘Make me an Island’, ‘Good Lookin’ Woman’ and ‘Teresa’ for Joe.  “I loved Joe” He said. “After I wrote those songs for him, I moved to California. Joe was looking for more material to record. But nobody told me. That was a big regret of mine. Joe was an amazing talent and a wonderful person”

Albert has been writing hit songs for over fifty years. There has not been a single decade in which he has not written multiple hits songs since he scored his first hit with “Little Arrows” at the age of 24. That song was a Number One in the Irish Charts for The Dixies Showband and the Spanish version went on to top the charts in many Latin American Countries.  His songs have been responsible for over 50 chart-topping hits.  He has been inducted into The Songwriters “Hall of Fame” and has been awarded an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

The man is simply a living legend. Don’t miss him in concert!

Saturday 10 October, 8pm, €20

MÓRglór Award Night 2015

celebrating Eoin O'Neill

The prestigious annual award, named after Clare’s cultural ambassador and visionary, Muiris Ó Rocháin, is sponsored by glór and developed in partnership with Dr. Tim Collins who is an adviser to glór and coordinated the original concert in 2013.

Winner of the MÓRglór Award 2015, Eoin O’Neill will be the honorary guest at a concert featuring some of the most renowned traditional musicians and singers in the country and the county.  The concert details will be announced over the coming months, but will certainly feature a star studded line up as the people of Clare express their thanks to Eoin for his outstanding contribution to Traditional Music.


The full concert line up will be announced in due course.  More information on MÓRglór can be found here.

Friday 30 October, 8pm, €25/€22.50 conc.

Bell X1

Following on from the recent addition to the Ed Sheeran Croke Park line-up this summer, Bell X1, Dave Geraghty, Paul Noonan and Dominic Phillips, are undertaking a very special acoustic tour for October.

Paul, Dave & Dom have been busy in the studio recording their 7th album. This will be the follow up to 2013’s much acclaimed ‘Chop Chop,’ which was their third Number 1, and their fourth consecutive album to be nominated for a Choice prize.  Much of this tour finds them returning to some of Ireland’s most cherished music venues plus they have added a few new special stops. The acoustic shows will feature new songs along with favourites from their much-loved catalogue.

Bell X1 embarked on their first acoustic tour in 2008 and over the last seven years through these stripped back performances; they’ve shown off a different, more intimate side. Previous acoustic tours have sold out well in advance so please act quickly if you would like tickets.

Tickets go on sale Friday April 24th. Early booking advised.

Thursday 19 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Two Brothers – Vladimir & Anton Jablokov

Traditional Russian tunes, popular classical pieces, themes from movies and musicals, as well as singalong favourites.

Following their hugely successful debut Irish tour Violin maestro Vladimir is once again delighted to share the stage with his equally gifted younger brother Anton. Two Brothers celebrates popular classical music by the great composers - where Vladimir and Anton highlight pieces from their Russian heritage - mixed with well-known favourites from the stage and screen.

During the last ten years, Vladimir Jablokov has established himself as one of the brightest young stars on the Irish classical scene, with concerts and recordings that show his love of both Viennese music and contemporary pop / crossover.

Now the talented maestro joins forces with his brother Anton, himself a dazzling violinist with a flair for daring improvisation, which showcases their almost telepathic skills and intuition as sibling musicians. Sons of a gifted Russian violinist and conductor the brothers have been playing together for almost twenty years. Pushing each other on to greater heights of artistic expression, joyful harmony and thrilling clashes, this is sibling rivalry soundtracked like you have never heard it before.

Completing the gifted trio for these concerts will be pianist Adam Kuruc, Vladimir’s longtime arranger and co-producer. Hear pieces such as, ‘If I were a Rich Man’, ‘Sunrise Sunset’, ‘Dark Is The Night’, ‘Kalinka’ and ‘Those Were The Days’ as well as well known themes from Dr Zhivago, The Godfather, Scent of a Woman and other cinema favourites.

www.vladviolin.com

Sunday 22 November, 8pm, €30

Keith Barry - Out of Control

Keith Barry returns with brand new show "Out of Control".

Early booking strongly advised.

Please note that under 12's must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday 27 November, 8pm, €30

Paddy starring Tommy Fleming

presented by Brain Child Productions

International multi-award winning singer Tommy Fleming takes to the stage for his first major acting role in a brand new original drama/musical entitled 'Paddy'.

This must-see show, co-written by Tommy Fleming alongside singer/songwriter Gerry Carney and Tommy Marren (writer of the hugely successful 'Its the Real McCoy), tells the story of Patrick Murphy who emigrates to England to start a new life on the building sites of London.  With a gripping storyline that is set in both Ireland and England over a 25-year period, alongside 13 original songs, 'Paddy' promises to be a unique night of stunning drama and spectacular music.

Saturday 28 November, 8pm, €27

Oliver Callan

On sale 10am Friday 26th June

The comedian is fresh from his hit TV and radio series Callan’s Kicks on RTÉ to stage a night of live music, satire and comedy sending up the top names in politics, sport and entertainment.  The controversial mimic returns with a brand new show satirising the hot topics of the day after another year of scandal and controversy across Ireland and the world.  Featuring a new array of characters from Conor McGregor to Imelda May and Marty Morrissey to Rachel Allen, as well as old favourites Taoiseach Enda and President Michael D Higgins; a huge range of issues will get the Callan treatment in this biting live show.

“It’s an incredible time to be in Ireland – there is such a rage among the public like never seen before here. If you are one of those people who are sick of politicians, broken promises and hypocrisy, then I think my show is the therapy you need,” says the Nob Nation creator. 

Callan’s routines are never far away from controversy, having raised the ire of politicians, sports stars and media celebrities in recent years.

“I don’t think anyone in Government or public life would be happy to be included in my show, but it’s all in the spirit of good fun and a great night’s entertainment with lots of comedy and music,” he added.

The Monaghan-born comic is also known for his sharply topical routines and outspoken interviews on The Saturday Night Show on RTÉ One television.

Mimic Oliver Callan is the star of Callan’s Kicks, a comedy satire series on RTÉ radio and television. The Monaghan comedian was also the creator of Nob Nation, the award-winning sketch series that came to prominence on The Gerry Ryan Show and Tubridy on RTE 2FM. RTE’s Callan’s Kicks features hundreds of characters from Taoiseach Enda to President Michael Twee Higgins and from Imelda May to Marty Morrissey. Other targets include RTE stars from Joe Duffy to Ryle Nugent and Marian Finucane as well as Joan Burton, Daithi O’Se and Presidents Obama, Clinton and Bush. Callan is a former journalist who has produced four hit albums and sold out live shows.

Thursday 14 January, 8pm, €27.50/€25 conc.

Reeling In The Showband Years

With Ronan Collins, Brendan Bowyer, Gina (From The Champions), Shaun O'Dowd (Ding A Ling), Keith & Lorraine McDonald, The Conquerors Showband….and more!

 

Saturday 23 January 2016, 8pm, €30/€27.50 conc.

Tommy Fleming

The West’s Awake

A Tommy Fleming concert is a unique and emotional musical experience suitable for all ages. His performance is always delivered with electric emotion and surrounded by his world class band. Tommy’s concert is the one concert this year you should not miss.

The West’s Awake album brings Tommy back to his roots musically as he has included songs like ‘Sonny’, ‘The West’s Awake’ and ‘John O Dreams’, but his concerts will also include his biggest hits from ‘Danny Boy’ to ‘Bright Blue Rose’ and of course ‘Hard Times’.  Tommy’s versions are unique and individual to him and until you hear him sing these songs you cannot experience the musical emotion that only his music can reach.  Tommy’s unique talent has brought him worldwide recognition and he is now critically acclaimed to be one of the worlds’ finest singers of his generation.

Eric Clapton - “His version of Danny Boy is the best I have ever heard bar none.”
Alex Ferguson - “If Tommy could play football like he sings I would sign him.”

www.tommyfleming.com