What's On

Friday 6 - Saturday 28 November, free of charge

Between You, Me & The Wall…

An Exhibition of photography by John Kelly

Celebrating 25 years at The Clare Champion newspaper, glór and The Clare Champion are showing a selection of staff photographer John Kelly's work.

Working out of the west of Ireland, John Kelly is an evocative and original multi award-winning photographer. As staff photographer with The Clare Champion he has chronicled the life of Clare over the past two decades; his unique photographs scratch beneath the surface of everyday activity within the county.

John’s photographs have appeared in many publications and his work backboned the acclaimed publication, The Scattering. For this project, John travelled to England, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea to record the story of those who left Clare for further fields.

Opening on Friday 6 November.

Hear John, in conversation with Ciana Campbell, talk about his iconic images, with all funds going to the RNLI.  More info. here.

Thursday 26 November, 8pm, €10

The Liddy O’Reilly School of Speech & Drama

A spectacular evening of drama and fun for all the family, with one of Clare’s longest established school.

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

Award-winning satirical impressionist Oliver Callan is fresh from his hit TV and radio series Callan’s Kicks and will perform 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.

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

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

Monday 30 November, 10 & 11.45am, €8 (teachers free of charge)

Cuckoo Connolly’s Curious Clock Shop

A Play for Children by Padraic McIntyre

Cuckoo Connolly owns the Curious Little Clock-Shop at the bottom of Main Street.  He has the very important task of keeping the Christmas Clock going, a job he has been given by Santa Clause himself. When the Christmas Stealer breaks in and puts three locks on the clock, Christmas is not going to happen. Cuckoo enlists the help of Willie the Wizard to try and get back the three keys. With Willie’s help he goes on three amazing adventures which bring him to Winnie the Witch’s House, Conor the Crazy Clown’s Circus and Padraic the Pirate’s Island.

Can he get the keys back? Can he open the locks in time? And can he save Christmas?

A Play for National School children of all ages.

Duration 50 minutes.

Thursday 3 December, 8pm, €20

Christmas by the Hearth with Sean Keane and Friends

Join Sean Keane for a festive treat as he returns with his popular Christmas by the Hearth show. In the past year Sean has toured America, England, Austria and Germany, both as a solo artist and with his sister, Dolores.

Sean will be joined on stage by Fergus Feely, Pat Coyne, Stephen Doherty, and David Doocey, as well as children from Connolly National School.

Friday 4 December, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Matchmaker

by John B. Keane

Based on the novella “Letters of a County Matchmaker” by John B. Keane, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers.

The production stars television favorite Mary McEvoy known for her roles as Biddie in the long running RTÉ series Glenroe. Irish Actor and comedian Jon Kenny, who was part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt, joins Mary to complete the cast. Kenny is also best known outside Ireland for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.  Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.

The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O'Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn.  Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses “The Matchmaker” as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister.

Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely county people and creates a marvelously colorful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

The show is directed by Michael Scott.

Friday 4 December, 11.30am, Free of charge

The First Friday Series: Sean Lynch

In association with The Artist's Resource Room and with the support of Clare Arts Office

The Artist’s Resource Room is an artist-led community group. It is run on a voluntary basis. The aim of the Room is to provide a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare. To date, this has come about through regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings, performances, and debates. The audience has been primarily made up of artists currently working in, or from Co. Clare.

glór collaborates with the Artist’s Resource Room, and supported by the Clare Arts Office,  presents the First Fridays, a series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and  artists

On Friday 4 December we welcome Sean Lynch, a visual artist living in London and Askeaton, Limerick. He studied fine art at the Stadelschule, Frankfurt am Main. He has recently held solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford and Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane. In 2015 he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale.  Along with Michele Horrigan, he works at Askeaton Contemporary Arts.

Saturday 5 December, 7.30pm, €10/€8

A Night Before Christmas

presented by Clare Youth Musical Society

Get into the spirit of Christmas with Clare Youth Musical Society for a night of festive music, song and dance. A fun-filled night for the family to enjoy together.

From Saturday 5 December for 10 weeks, 10.30am - 11.30am,

Art Classes for Children

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old

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

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

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

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

Sunday 6 December, 12pm & 2pm, €10/€8 children/€30 family of 4

Little Light

presented by Monkeyshine Theatre

The story of one little girl’s quest to bring back the Sun

A winter treat for everyone aged 5 and over, Little Light is a tale inspired by Nordic mythology about the adventures of one little girl in the darkest days of the year.  This production from critically-acclaimed and beloved Monkeyshine is filled with live music, stunning imagery, playful storytelling and all the goodness of the season.

Little Light is set in the wintertime, as the snow covers the land. The storytellers are on their way, bringing magic from the far north. They carry with them a wonderful, heart-warming story of a little girl’s quest to bring back the Sun and so save her family.

Warm in their cosy house in the high mountains, this family waits for the days to grow longer and for spring to arrive. But one day the Sun doesn’t rise. When it doesn’t rise the next day or the next and Darkness settles in to stay, they realize that someone has stolen the Sun! Our young heroine Lucia decides to do something about it, and sets off accompanied only by her cat and her tinder box on a mission which will lead her into the world of the trolls…

For over 15 years Monkeyshine have been creating a beautifully crafted brand of theatre that is vibrant, ingenious, bold and playful in spirit.

“Monkeyshine are an Irish treasure” Vicky Ireland MBE Vice Chair, Theatre for Young Audiences, England
“Child’s play at its best ****” The Irish Times
“Better than all my cartoons!” Young audience member

Don't forget to avail of the special Christmas Treat offer - book a visit to Santa and Little Light performance for €15 per child/€25 for two children/€50 Family 4

Sunday 6 December, 11am - 6pm, €10 per child

Visit Santa

We are delighted that Santa will be joining us here in glór for a pit stop before his major worldwide tour on December 24th. Children can have a little chat with Santa to make sure that his naughty and nice lists are in order!  Make sure to avail of the opportunity to take a photo to remember your special visit.  Small sweetie treat included.

Please note that the Santa visit must be pre booked with glór box office as Santa can only see so many people during his short visit to glór.  Parents, please phone or call into glór box office in advance to book your special visit.

Don't forget to avail of the special Christmas Treat offer - book a visit to Santa and Little Light performance for €15 per child/€25 for two children/€50 Family 4

Sunday 6 December, 1pm, €10 per child including all materials

Pop Art Snowman

Christmas Craft Workshop with Helen Lowe

Suitable for ages 7 – 12 │Duration 90 mins

Create your own snowman to take home, taking inspiration from the work of some of the best pop artists.

Sunday 6 December, 3.30pm, €8/€5 child/€25 Family 4

Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalised as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. The question posed, not only to the characters of the movie, but also to the audience is, 'do you believe in Santa Claus?'

With Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood, Miracle on 34th Street is an apt title for such a magical film, and is a must see each Christmas for children and adults alike. Bring tissues.

Duration: 96 mins

Monday 7 December - Thursday 21 January, 10am to 5pm daily, Free of charge

30 Years, Artists, Places

Curated by Muireann Ni Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer

One of the most significant exhibitions of Irish artists in recent years will be launched in glór this December ahead of an extensive nationwide tour. The exhibition marks 30 years since Local Authorities embarked on providing for the arts locally, featuring 30 artists and 30 places, (Clare being the first county to appoint an arts officer in 1985).

This is a must see, not just for the extraordinary line up of Irish artists who rarely find themselves curated into one room, but for the stories of how they each came to be purchased, commissioned or acquired by local authorities, therein lies the real narrative; the quiet, genuine and imaginative support for Irish artists demonstrated by our local government for the past 30 years. Featuring renowned artists such as Tony O’Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, John Kindness, Norah McGuiness, Sean McSweeney, Sean Lynch and John Shinnors, Clare is represented by a work by Theo McNab, purchased in 1983.

The exhibition will tour nationally well into 2017.

Wednesday 9 December, 8pm, €25

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers starring Katherine Lynch

presented by Zac Entertainment

Watch as an exceptional cast including Katherine Lynch (Wagons Den), Seamus Moran (Fair City), Helen Norton (Fair City), Karen Ardiff (Brooklyn), Emma Barry (Fifty One Shades of Maggie) and Karl Bowe (Mr Ireland) navigate through a story of family ups and downs in the way only they can. This is a show guaranteed to have you laughing all the way home. A night not to be missed!

Middle-aged Barbara's broken-hearted when hubby Henry dumps her. But soon she's having the best sex of her life with hunky Zak, the much younger handyman who’s artexing her box room. 

Mags, Barbara's sister, played by Katherine Lynch is a serial singleton, who is addicted to Tinder and one night stands. What will her other sisters Donna and Marie say when they find out about Babs and Zak? And is Zak too good to be true? And what if Henry changes his mind?

Crammed with laughs, tears and songs like 'I’m In the Mood for Dancing’, 'I Will Survive', ‘Happy’ and of course, 'You Don’t Bring Me Flowers', this heart-warming, raunchy comedy about love will be your best night out this year!

Thursday 10 December, 7.30pm, €20/ €18 conc./€12.50 Child (16 or under)/Family Ticket €55 (2 Adult & 2 children)


presented by Ballet Ireland

Comic chaos unfolds in this witty ballet of magic, mayhem & mistaken identity!

Franz and his reporter finance Hildy, are curious about the beautiful girl, Coppélia. Hildy begins to suspect things are not all that they seem… She and her friends follow the seemingly perfect starlet, arriving at Dr Coppelius laboratories. Inside, they stumble upon a magical and strange world, uncovering secrets that will change them forever! 

Setting the much-loved story at a County Fair, choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple (Carmen, Romeo & Juliet), with writer Stella Feehily, have re-interpreted  this witty and pertinent ballet inspired by the eternal obsession with youthful perfection. With its nod to the movie glamour of yesteryear, its captivating dance and the charming music of Léo Delibes and Tom Lane, Coppélia will enchant and enthral audiences of all ages.

Ballet Ireland is delighted to tour this light-hearted ballet following the success of Swan Lake last year.

Friday 11 December, 8pm, €25

Nathan Carter (SOLD OUT)

A fully seated concert performance

Nathan spent his childhood years in Liverpool, England, and grew up in a family with strong Irish roots, his folks originating from Newry in County Down. It seems like Nathan was just born to perform, because even at the tender age of four, he began to learn to play the accordion, and in a few short years he had become a head chorister in the Liverpool boys choir, touring the world, and he has even sang for the Pope in Rome.

Trips to Ireland to compete in Fleadh Ceoils became a regular feature of young Nathan's life during his early teens, resulting in All Ireland medals for solo singing , and in accordion, all at just 12 years of age. Nathan soon became a member of the Liverpool Ceili band, playing piano accordion and piano,and in no time at all Nathan had began playing solo gigs around Liverpool and London and playing occasional shows in Ireland.

Nathan is now just over three years on the road with his band, and has recorded five albums and a two DVDs. `Wagon Wheel`, the single taken from the album of the same name has become a huge hit for Nathan, with over a million hits on YouTube and the wheels continue to roll for this special song, which can now be heard in clubs, discos, and dancehalls alike and on all major National Irish radio stations.

Early booking strongly advised

Saturday 12 December, 8pm, €20
Go See! Leath/Leath Ticket Scheme, €10 (must be accompanied by an adult)

Julie Feeney in Concert

presented by Music Generation Clare in association with glór

Julie Feeney's sell-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic have received rave reviews - whether solo, with ensemble, with choirs or with full orchestra - and she composes, arranges and orchestrates all of her own music. Her three albums have been widely, critically acclaimed internationally, receiving numerous awards and she has created a whole host of stunning music videos to accompany them. Her opera Bird goes into full production in 2017. Sharp witted, unpretentious and fiercely passionate, Julie Feeney is a genuine artist and a hugely enjoyable performer. 2015 saw her perform her own shows in Amsterdam, Mexico, Italy, all over Ireland and New York and she premiered her one woman show in Dublin which ran for seventeen performances. She is delighted to be back at glór.

Under the Music Generation Go See! Leath/Leath Ticket Scheme, €10 tickets are available for this event for Under 18’s - (must be accompanied by an adult).

Monday 14 December, 7.30pm, €11.50/€7 Child/€38 Family 5/€32 Family 4

Sparks Hip Hop School of Dance Christmas Show

A fun and entertaining night for all the family young and old!!  See performers from as young as 3 all the way up to adult champions!! Don't miss it!!!

Wednesday 16 December, 7.30pm, €10

Rice College Christmas Concert

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

Thursday 17 December, 12pm & 7pm, €10 adult/€8 child/€30 family of 4/Teachers free of charge for 12pm performance

The Nutcracker Suite

presented by The WhistleBlast Quartet

  • Ken Edge (saxophones and clarinets)
  • Conor Linehan (piano)
  • Mary Curran (french horn)
  • Síle Daly (oboe and cor anglais)

Come and enter the Magical Dance world of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, narrated and performed by the WhistleBlast Quartet.
Arranged by the Quartet’s acclaimed Ken Edge, this sparkling Christmas show will also include Gabriel’s Oboe, Sleigh Ride and popular carols!

Bells and Singing will feature and the audience can join in. Suitable for all the family...Everybody is welcome!

A perfect start to the Christmas Season!

Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Sunday 27 - Wednesday 30 December, 2.30pm, €15/€50 family of 4
Sunday 27 December, 7pm, €15/€50 family of 4


presented by Pantaloons

Back again in 2015, the very successful Pantaloons presents a new  fun-packed production of Aladdin.

This is a show that promises to delight young and old audiences alike. Prepare to be transported into the glittering and magical realm of the glór panto-sphere for a visual feast of costumes and set, side splittingly funny script and multi-talented cast.
With a charming love story, magic, a happily ever after and referencing everything from One Direction for the kids to the evening news for grown-ups, Aladdin is a true family panto.
Taking an action packed adventure through Arabia are Killian James Fitzgerald as hero Aladdin and his forbidden love, the captivating Molly Cantwell as Princess Jasmine.
On their journey they encounter Genie Mack, played by Jackie Scanlon, who will grant their wishes… oh yes he will! Or will he?????
Our villain Jafar played by Tina Kavanagh (who will deserve plenty of Hisses and Boos), John Lillas as Jafaah’s hapless idiot son Igor and the one and only funny man Paul Curley as Aladdin’s best mate Wishee Washee. Seasoned pantomime performer Ken O'Shaughnessy stars as the sharp-tongued and quick-witted Dame Twankey and Caitlin Fitzgerald will shine as Genie of the Lamp.

Sparks Hip Hop Dance School has been run by local Ennis woman Lourdes Murphy for the last 25 years.  They are 15 times all Ireland champions and twice winners at the world's in LA, have performed on stage in Disneyland California and twice on RTÉ. An old friend of the Pantaloons, Sparks will be making a return to colaborate with Pantaloons for Aladdin this year! Special guest appearance by Sparks former student Oskarina O'Sullivan who is currently on a full scholarship to Cambridge studying for her dance degree.  She is promising a real treat for all young lovers of dance coming to see Aladdin - watch out!!

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 January, 8pm, €25

The Kilfenora Céili Band

Launching Clare County of Culture

Expect an exciting and energetic performance from one of the world’s most renowned trad bands. This expertly choreographed show of high-spirited traditional music, lively & athletic dancing, melodious song and witty story-telling will get your hearts racing and your feet tapping in a way you never expected!

This traditional super group take their rich musical heritage into the future with a show that’s not only engaging and uplifting but utterly enjoyable.

Clare - County of Culture celebrates the wonderful Banner County and promotes the County as a cultural tourism destination.

‘Fantastic, feel-good, happy, lively music.’ Sharon Shannon

Term starting Tuesday 5 January, 10am -10.45am & 11am - 11.45am,

Kindermusik Baby & Toddler Class with Anita - Spring 2016 term

For ages newborn to 3.5 year olds

Bond with your child as you play, sing, dance (no talent required!), and giggle together. Your child will learn and grow through activities that stimulate brain growth, build motor skills, enhance social-emotional development, and much more.

Parents know instinctively what scientists have proven: young children thrive on music. All over the world, parents bond with their babies through musical sounds and rhythmic movement. They rock and swing their children, put them to sleep with lullabies, make them laugh with nursery rhymes. Kindermusik is the world’s most trusted music movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children. 

Digital home material: 
Music downloads: All of the songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class are easy to download and add to your music collection.  Monthly literature book is included in e-book format, with pages you can turn yourself, and a page-by-page audio read-aloud that you can turn on or off.  Activity buttons take you to a variety of different activity types, including dance and movement instructions, fingerplay demonstrations and instructions, together-in-the-kitchen activities, music time, listening games, vocal play activities, video field trips, find-it/count-it style activities, ideas for pretend play, and more.

For more information or to book, contact Anita directly:
Mobile:   089 983 7551
Email:    kindermusikwithanita@gmail.com

From Wednesday 6 January for 12 weeks, 1pm - 3pm,

Full Fathom Theatre

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

Book directly with Marie McNamara on 087 6391409.

From Thursday 7 & Saturday 9 January for 7 weeks, 10.15am & 11.15am, €55 per child per term


for 6 months - 4 year olds

Expect musical fun and games incorporating all types of music, over 20 different Styles RnB, African, Latin, Classical, Abba, Elvis and lots more 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.
www.playandmusic.ie  /  www.facebook.com/gymboreeclare

Friday 8 January, 11.30am, Free of charge

The First Friday Series: Una McCarthy

In association with The Artist's Resource Room and with the support of Clare Arts Office

The Artist’s Resource Room is an artist-led community group. It is run on a voluntary basis. The aim of the Room is to provide a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare. To date, this has come about through regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings, performances, and debates. The audience has been primarily made up of artists currently working in, or from Co. Clare.

glór collaborates with the Artist’s Resource Room, and supported by the Clare Arts Office,  presents the First Fridays, a series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and  artists

On Friday 8 January we welcome Una McCarthy, director at Limerick City Gallery of Art and has worked in arts management since the early 80’s in Ireland and the UK.  She has worked with The Arts Council and has held positions as Director of the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo; Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol and the Old Museum Arts Centre in Belfast.

Saturday 9 January (family tour), Thursday 14 & Thursday 21 January (school groups), 11am - 12.30pm, free of charge

Magic Box Visual Art Workshops and Guided tours

for families & school groups

The spring programme will see a monthly children’s experimental visual arts workshop take place in our gallery.  Children, from senior infants to third class, will visit the gallery once a month, commencing in January, and will be invited to experiment and use their imaginations.

With the gallery programme as the context, children’s workshops will be playful sessions which will be a creatively challenging exploration into visual art practices for primary school age children. 

Magic Box will be facilitated by glór artist’s team, will vary from month to month as our exhibitions move in and out of the gallery.

Please note that booking is essential for these sessions.

Classes start on Saturday 9 January for 8 weeks,

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 9th January for 8 weeks.

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

Sunday 10 January, 12pm & 2pm, €10/€8 Child/€30 Family 4

Sing-along with Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Suitable for ages 1 – 7 │Duration 90 mins

For the first time ever, this much loved fairy-tale comes to life on stage in an unforgettable production of song and laughter. Goldilocks and the three bears, Ruff the dog and Mr. Bunny perform in this exciting and fun filled musical production, where children can sing and dance to all their favourite songs.
Featuring fantastic costumes, an amazing stage set and colourful lighting, it will be a memorable experience for the whole family.

From Monday 11 January for 10 weeks, 10.05am - 11.35am,

Mindful Yoga with Susie

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

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

Practical information:

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

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

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!

Friday 15 January, 8pm, €15 including film, coffee, bagels & jazz in the foyer

Iris (2014)

78 mins │Dir: Albert Maysles│ Cert: CLUB USA  
Iris pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.

More than a fashion film, this documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Iris portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.

To celebrate this gorgeous film, glór is encouraging you to wear your most flamboyant fashion!

Saturday 16 January, 8pm, €22

Neil Delamere


Following sold out shows last year Neil returns with a brand new show brimming with hilarious stories and incisive wit. 2015 saw the award-winning comedian continue his star turn on the perennially popular The Blame Game for BBC NI on TV and radio. Neil also landed his own weekend national radio show for Today FM and the hosting role in the new RTÉ 2 science series Eureka.

Now he’s back to his first love, telling tall tales and spinning side-splitting yarns about the events of the last year.

Tuesday 19 January, 8pm, €20/€18 Conc.

Liam Ó Maonlaí, Kevin Burke and Tim Edey

presented by Music Network

  • Liam Ó Maonlaí  voice/piano
  • Kevin Burke  fiddle
  • Tim Edey  guitar/melodeon

Start the year with the best of traditional Irish music as one of Ireland’s most enigmatic musicians, Liam Ó Maonlaí, joins legendary fiddle player Kevin Burke, and extraordinary multi-instrumentalist Tim Edey on a specially curated Music Network tour. An unmissable evening of traditional music with three of its most celebrated and talented musicians.

‘Extraordinary’ – Australian Rolling Stone magazine, on Liam Ó Maonlaí

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

If you book this event on or before close of business on Monday 18th January, get a 10% discount on your ticket.

Early bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they're gone, they're gone!

Thursday 21 January, 8pm, €25

Derek Ryan - One Good Night

Derek Ryan’s rise to become one of the biggest stars of Irish Country music has been phenomenal.  In just over five years few artists have made such an impact on the Irish country scene like the Co. Carlow singer songwriter.  Having played to sell out concert audiences around the world with Irish boy band D-Side, the young heartthrob has brought a distinctive fresh sound to Irish country.

Derek Ryan has become a sell out artist in his homeland and has topped the Irish national charts and the UK iTunes country charts with his albums. His theatre shows contain much of the music featured on his six albums including many of his own self-penned songs, God’s Plan and ‘Life Is A River’, as well as many country classics.

He is a constant recipient of Ireland’s most prestigious music awards and is regularly awarded both ‘Entertainer of the Year’ and “Album of the Year’
Derek ‘One Good Night, concert tour includes a mix of old favourites, classic country and Derek’s own original material.


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

Tommy Fleming

Tommy Fleming’s latest album brings him back to his musical roots as he revisits songs like Sonny, The West’s Awake and John O Dreams. This special glór concert also includes his greatest hits, from Danny Boy to Bright Blue Rose and of course Hard Times. Tommy’s unique talent has brought him worldwide recognition and he is now critically acclaimed as one of the finest singers of his generation.


8 weeks starting from Wednesday 27 January, 10.15am - 11.15am, €180 (incl. handout material & CD)

8 Week Mindfulness through Breathing Morning Course

(MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

Mindfulness can help clarify every situation by focusing on the breath, allowing space and creativity to experience what is already present, bringing gentle kindness to yourself and others around you.

Booking and information contact Josephine Sweeney:
Phone:   087 6926715
Email:    info@serenitywithin.ie
Website: www.serenitywithin.ie

Term commences Wednesday 27 January, 3.30pm - 4.30pm,

The Unlimited Dream Machine School of Theatre with Zara Starr

for 7-11 year olds

Clare based professional theatre company The Unlimited Dream Machine operate a school for budding performers.  Hosting weekly workshops over a ten week term, facilitator Zara Starr will inspire confidence and creativity in a fun and dynamic learning environment.  Zara's hands on approach to devising new and innovative work will encourage students to investigate theatre and performance in an invigorating way while honing their skills as artists.

A native of Clare, Zara is a passionate teacher of Youth Theatre teaching acting, singing and dance.  She is a company member of the multi-award winning ANU Productions and she also plays the character of Loretta in Fair City (RTE).  Zara has five years training in Theatre and in Film from GMIT and specialises in physical theatre, dance, and choreography. 

As well as being a Theatre Maker, Zara is also a Director of both Theatre and Film with her most recent work as Assistant Director on the DCTV production of 'The Inquiry' shown as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014.  Zara was Theatre Artist in Residence for County Louth 2012/2013.

Workshops take place each Wednesday, 3:30pm-4:30pm, between January 27th & April 27th (excluding Feb 17th, Mar 23rd and Mar 30th)
Enrolment in glór on Saturday 23rd January from 11am to 1pm.

Booking and information are directly with Zara:
Phone:   083 4512002
Email:     theunlimiteddream@gmail.com
Website: www.theunlimiteddreammachine.com

Thursday 4 February, 8pm, €30

Mike Denver and Guests

with special guests

Ireland's most popular country singer, Mike Denver has played to sold-out houses nationwide in 2015, and he returns to glór with his popular stage show. Mike has already built up a huge following in his relatively short time on the Irish music circuit, and his show is an excellent mix of popular hits and country classics.

Special guests include Philomena Begley, Ray Lynam and Mick Flavin.

From Friday 5 February for 10 weeks, 11am - 12pm, €70 for 10 weeks / €120 for second child from same family

The Rainbow Project

For ages 3 – 5

Commencing in February, children and their parent/carer, will work with Joanna Parkes to create an interactive drama piece through music, movement and storytelling. With the children, Joanna will explore the colours of the rainbow and from this, associate colour with feelings, moods and emotions. Joanna will lead with her most recent work  - The King of the Sea’s Party and from there, as glór’s artist in residence, will work with children and their parents to create a theatre piece, using colour and music to generate stories that describe how and what very young children feel and experience.

Joanna Parkes is an experienced Drama practitioner who works in theatrical contexts in the Outreach/Education department at The Abbey Theatre and with The Ark, the national children’s cultural centre, to develop interactive drama & storytelling workshops for 3 to 6 year olds.

Friday 5 February, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

The Aran Islands by J.M. Synge

presented by Co-Motion Media

Adapted for the stage by Joe O’Byrne and performed by Brendan Conroy

J.M. Synge wrote four books about his trips to the Aran Islands, and in his time there he gathered much of the material and stories that he would mine for the great plays he is most famous for. Brendan Conroy, in this beautifully adapted version of The Aran Islands brings to life Synge’s time on the islands, when he immersed himself in the life of the islanders, absorbing their culture, and their story telling, their folklore, their music and their customs.

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

If you book this event on or before close of business on Monday 18th January, get a 10% discount on your ticket.

Early bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they're gone, they're gone!

Friday 5 February, 11.30am, Free of charge

The First Friday Series: Tanya Harris

In association with The Artist's Resource Room and with the support of Clare Arts Office

The Artist’s Resource Room is an artist-led community group. It is run on a voluntary basis. The aim of the Room is to provide a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare. To date, this has come about through regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings, performances, and debates. The audience has been primarily made up of artists currently working in, or from Co. Clare.

glór collaborates with the Artist’s Resource Room, and supported by the Clare Arts Office,  presents the First Fridays, a series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and  artists

On Friday 5 February we welcome Tanya Harris, a multidisciplinary sound artist who graduated from Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Art and Design. Tanya has shown both her visual and audio work at the Be Open Sound Portal, London Design Festival and The Fifth Annual Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation. Tanya is currently based in Co. Clare.

Saturday 6 February, 8pm, €24

Aprés Match

Following the recent success of Après Match of the Day on RTÉ 2, Ireland’s premier league comedy team, Après Match, is coming to play a home game in Ennis. Expect your favourite football pundits: Eamon Dunphy, Liam Brady and Kenny Cunningham and some other loved and not so loved characters including George Hook, Paul Durkan, Joan Burton, Mary O’ Rourke, Alex Ferguson, Martin O’ Neill, Giovanni Trappatoni, Gay Byrne, Johnny Giles and the inimitable John Delaney.

Get off the bench and book your tickets today to watch Gary Cooke, Risteárd Cooper and Barry Murphy hit the back of the net!

12 weeks from Saturday 6 February, 2pm - 4pm, €120 adults/€50 conc & under 16s

Astronomy for Beginners with Tony O’Hanlon

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 +)

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

Tuesday 9 February & Tuesday 1 March, €5 on the door

Féile Scoildrámaíochta an Chlaír

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

Friday 12 February, 8pm, €40

Christy Moore

with The Máirtín O’Connor Band

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

Early booking advised.

Sunday 14 February, 8pm, €20 including film, tapas & glass of prosecco

Brief Encounter (1945)

88 mins │Dir: David Lean │ Cert: Gen

A British classic of such famous status that it barely needs an introduction. Directed by auteur David Lean and adapted by Noel Coward from his own stage play, this is a poignant and beautifully crafted love story.  Laura Jesson accidentally meets a man, Dr. Alex Harvey, at a railway station. As their acquaintance grows, so does their love for each other despite both being married with children.  On the brink of an affair and desperately in love, the two must make a choice that may part them forever.

Ticket price includes tapas and a glass of prosecco.

Tuesday 16 February, 7.30pm, €12.50

Barefield National School Springtime Concert 2016

Join the pupils of Barefield for their annual feast of music, song and dance.

Wednesday 17 February, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc.


presented by Bigger Picture Projects

Written and performed by Noni Stapleton
Directed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh 

Perfectly marbled and bashed about till tender: A surreal, black comedy of love, longing and one woman’s intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer. This is a muddy place of simmering desire minced with a loneliness that cuts to the bone. Rarely in Irish theatre are the challenges of farming life and the joy of sex expressed so frankly or with such charm.  If you are fond of cows and dark humour this is the show for you.

Winner of Bewley's Little Gem Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe.

‘A fast-paced, witty, and intensely emotional tale filled with laughter, loss and despair’ ★★★★ Irish Times

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

If you book this event on or before close of business on Monday 18th January, get a 10% discount on your ticket.

Early bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they're gone, they're gone!

Thursday 18 February, 8pm, €15

David Moore – Astronomy Ireland

Stunning Universe

David Moore presents the best photographs of the universe taken by the world's most powerful telescopes and by spacecraft and landers showing the universe as you have never seen it before. David Moore founded Astronomy Ireland 25 years ago and is the Editor of its magazine. In that quarter of a century he has collected the most stunning images mankind has ever produced and he will not only show these but explain what each image means which adds enormously to the impact of each picture
A feast for the eye and mind alike that will leave you breathless.

With post talk Q & A.

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

If you book this event on or before close of business on Monday 18th January, get a 10% discount on your ticket.

Early bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they're gone, they're gone!

Friday 19 February, 8pm, €25

Conal Gallen:  A Laugh and a half

Ireland's ambassador of comedy, Conal Gallen is back on stage with his hilarious new one man stand up show. After taking over 18 months out to tour his hugely successful comedy play A Bit On The Side, Conal is back with what promises to be his best show yet, jam-packed with over two hours of hilarious jokes, stories and songs which will have you in stitches from start to finish!

Loved by audiences young and old, Conal has proved time and time again that he is Ireland’s funniest man, with his hilarious, side-splitting brand of comedy.

Saturday 20 February, 8pm, €20

Eddi Reader

glór is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed Scottish songstress Eddi Reader back to Clare.  With a career spanning over 3 decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Eddi’s beautifully raw vocals continue to captivate and inspire audiences from her own native Scotland to the UK, Japan, Canada, Australia and Europe and she is considered to be ‘one of Scotland’s greatest national treasures.’ The Scotsman.

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

If you book this event on or before close of business on Monday 18th January, get a 10% discount on your ticket.

Early bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they're gone, they're gone!

Tuesday 23 - Saturday 27 February, 8pm, €15

The Loves of Cass Maguire by Brian Friel

presented by The Ennis Players

After fifty-two years of romping as a saloon waitress in America, Cass comes home to Ireland. But the brother and his family to whom she returns really have no need of her, and ship her off to a rest haven for old dreamers. Nothing is as Cass envisioned it and she begins living off past memories. And though her memories now have a bitter taste, we know that in time, and with the telling, they will be suffused with the aura of pleasant dreams.

This production of The Loves of Cass Maguire will be all the more poignant due to Friel’s recent death and also marks the 50th anniversary of the play’s debut in New York in 1965.

Monday 29 February, 10am & 11.45am, €6

Monday’s Child by Brendan Murray

presented by Barnstorm Theatre Company

Suitable for ages 4 - 7│Duration 40 mins

Monday’s Child tells the simple and poetic story of a unique bond between a little girl and an old woman suffering memory loss. Together, in a dream-like garden they sing and dance and dress up, as they joyously explore a treasure trove of memory boxes.
This sensitive, imaginative, yet funny play explores how we collect memories, how these shape who we are, and how they help us to meet the challenges of growing old.

From Friday 4 March,

Picture This

in association with Ennis Book Club Festival and Poetry Ireland

Launched during the Ennis Book Club Festival on Friday 4th March.

This spring sees glór generate Picture This, a print exhibition working with studios in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Galway.

Children from 4th to 6th classes in local primary schools will work with both our poet, (Pete Mullineaux), and artist in residence at glór, to create their own pictures and poems.  Expect to see lots of colour and provocative images which will trigger the imagination and set the stage for an exploration of the world of poetry. Our artist in residence and poet in residence will visit local primary schools over a six week period generating the Clare Children's Book Project which will be shown in the glór gallery later in 2016.  Watch this space!

Pete Mullineaux lives in Galway. He is widely published, and has written three poetry collections.  Three plays have been produced by RTÉ radio and he has worked with several arts and education organisations. He is a mentor on Poetry Ireland’s writers in schools scheme and has also worked extensively on their Development Education through Literature project.

Wednesday 9 March, 8pm, €25

An Evening with Johnny McEvoy

presented by Tom Kelly Promotions

Johnny McEvoy has always been highly acclaimed for his excellent shows and his forthcoming nationwide concerts are eagerly  awaited by his legion of fans.

This nostalgiac evening of 'Song and Story' features all of  Johnny's many hit songs, including Muirsin Durkan, Boston Burglar, Those Brown Eyes, Long Long Before Your Time and more.  His songs are haunting, evocative and beautifully presented with many in the folk and ballad style.

Johnny McEvoy has been one of the most enduring and talented singer/songwriters in these islands over the past 50 years. His concert  performance is second to none with his songs beautifully delivered  in truly artistic fashion and story telling of the finest order.

Friday 11 March, 8pm, €25

Des Bishop: Grey Matters

The fantasy of everlasting youth dyed with Des’s last purchase of Just for Men over a year ago. Now he is embracing the Grey and letting the wisdom of his years inspire his stand up.

Grey Matters tackles the issues confronting Des these days, returning to live in New York, being surrounded by other people’s kids, gender and marriage equality, the dangers of snapchat, dating a Chinese woman, the prospect of reaching 40 and most of all, after the documentary-style stand up show about his time in China, Des is looking forward to returning to straight stand up where he can riff about whatever is on his mind.