What's On

Saturday 1 April, 8pm, €28/€26 conc./€14 under 18s

The Three Tenors

Ireland’s Greatest Voices featuring Limerick’s Derek Moloney & Star Violinist

Ireland’s Hottest trio – RTÉ award-winners Derek Moloney, Dominic McGorian, and Shane Morgan, promise a magical night to remember as they perform magical, uplifting songs made famous by world superstars including Sinatra, The Dubliners and Pavarotti.  You’ll also love their new arrangements of hits such as 'Over the Rainbow' and 'I don’t wanna talk about it'.

This year the trio was selected by Irish Government to headline 1916 Centenary State Reception in Dublin Castle, Easter Sunday March 2016 for 3000 special invited guests from around the world.
Their noted friendliness & connection with their audience makes this event a special night-out.

‘’FABULOUS, high-calibre, contemporary style -the entire audience was moved by their soulful performance’’
Sunday Independent

‘’I would recommend this wonderful concert to anyone–the most delicious box of chocolates your ears could ever have.  Knockout vocal performance’’
New York Times                



This event comes under the Music Generation Clare Leath/Leath Go See! Scheme which supports the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events.  Music Generation Clare is working with venues and festivals throughout the County, to provide tickets discounted by 50% to enable young people under the age of 18 to attend live music performances, (bookings must be accompanied by one adult).

Whenever you see this logo, Leath/Leath Go See! tickets are available, so don’t miss out.                            

Sunday 2 April, 7pm, €10/€5 Conc.

Ballet Shoes

presented bye Clare Youth Theatre

The story of three young orphans, their struggles and their vows.

Adapted by the talented cast of Clare Youth Theatre, from the classic book by Noel Streatfeild and directed by members of the Youth Theatre.

CYT specialises in ensemble playing and physical performances that reflect and engage with their communities and their aspirations. Artistic Directors of Clare Youth Theatre are Eleanor Feely and Clare Townsend.

Thursday 6 April, 8pm, €24/€22 conc.

Mick Flannery (solo)

“In the end of the day and the heel of the hunt, you’re left with the songs. Everything else comes and goes – the shows and the tours and the applause and the acclaim, which goes with them, the prattle and the palaver which accompany an album release. Everything else fades out of view. Everything else doesn’t matter in the long run. But the songs remain. The songs you write on your own stick around. They’re going to be here for many years to come so they deserve to be treated with due care and utmost respect in the creation process”.
Mick Flannery - 2016

Mick Flannery realised this a long time ago. He also realised that songwriting was the best part of this strange job of being a jobbing-gigging-talking-singing musician.

Mick Flannery is a singing and songwriting force to be reckoned with
Siobhán Long, Irish Times

Mick is a songwriter of the first order … His voice is pained, gravelly, and powerful. Recorded or live, it carries through and stops you in your tracks.”
Urban Folk, New York

This former stonemason from Cork is a cracking songwriter with a voice that can stop you in your tracks
Tom Gatti | The Times UK

Friday 7 – Saturday 29 April, 10am - 5pm, Free of charge

The Fertile Rock by Noreen Ramsay

The Fertile Rock is a mixed media exhibition of ceramic and glass exploring aspects of the Burren landscape and the nature of its limestone rock.

Using porcelain, fired and enamelled glass and light in a variety of combinations, Ramsay conveys the paradoxical life giving nature of limestone rock. The finished works hang or stand quietly, drawing the viewer into a serene, spiritual world, each holding its own story relating to stone, trees, gateways, the passage of time, the passage of life. Using the fragility and transparency of her materials she creates contemplative work that quietly draws the viewer into a reflective space. 

Noreen Ramsay, a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design in 2001, is a ceramic and glass artist living and working in Co. Clare. Working from her own studio she exhibits regularly both locally and nationally.

Friday 7 April, Friday 5 May & Friday 2 June, 11am, free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips

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 on Friday 7 April, Friday 5 May & Friday 2 June followed by our meeting at 11.30am

Friday 7 April: Conor McGrady
Conor McGrady is an artist and Dean of Academic Affairs at Burren College of Art. He has exhibited internationally, with one-person exhibitions in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Zagreb. Group exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York, The Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures (Qalandiya International Biennial), D-0 Ark Underground Biennale of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo-Konjic, and IK-00 Spaces of Confinement in Venice. Editor of Radical History Review’s Curated Spaces, his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ruminations on Violence (Waveland Press, 2007) State of Emergence (Plottner Verlag, 2011), State in Time (Drustvo NSK Informativni Center, Ljubljana, 2012), Manchevski Monograph (Ars Lamina, Macedonia, 2015) and The Design of Frontier Spaces (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015).

For his presentation A view from the Enclosure, he will discuss his recent drawings and works on paper that examine the relationship between ideology and social control.

Friday 5 May:  Mary Nunan

Friday 2 June: TBC

Friday 7 April, 3.30pm - 5pm, €12 (includes all materials)

The Clever Chicken

Easter Art Class for 5-12 year olds

In this Easter themed workshop with Helen Lowe, each child gets to design and build their own clever chicken and nest.

The children get to bring home their new pal (which they must feed every day with chocolate bars...only kidding) which turns into a great hiding place for all the chocolate eggs!!!!

Advance booking required

Friday 7 April, Food 6.30pm / Film 8pm, €22 film & food

Bollywood Film & Food Night: Jab Tak Hai Jaan

In partnership with Seema Daly

Back by popular demand!  Immerse yourself in the great taste of India right on your own door step as glór serves up a glorious evening of all things Indian.

The evening kicks off with a great Indian inspired menu served to your table, followed by a screening of a Bollywood classic. Welcome to dress in Indian attire!

After finding and losing his true love in London, Samar Anand defies death by becoming a bomb disposal expert for the Indian Army. Returning to London after 10 years, he suffers amnesia after an accident. Will he be reunited with his love?

A young immigrant falls in love with a NRI who wanted to marry any British person, not a typical Indian. But she falls in love with that young musician, but this love story ends with a breakup. Then that man, fed up with life with vast emotion joins Indian army bomb squad, where he flirts with death everyday. A young discovery channel journalist approaches his team to cover bomb squad story but falls in love with him.

Dir: Yash Chopra  |  India  |  2012  |  176mins  |  CLUB
Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 April, 7.30pm, €15/€12/€50 family of 4

Dance Fusion 2017- Evolution

presented by BreakThrough Dance Company

BreakThrough Dance Company present their annual dance show - 'Dance Fusion 2017- Evolution'.

Sit back and enjoy an evening of dance, drama and song suitable for the whole family to enjoy!

Saturday 8 April, 2pm - 4pm, free of charge

Youth Trad Singing Circle

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 11 April, 8pm, €7

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Dir: Taika Waititi  |  New Zealand  |  2016  |  163 mins  |  Cert: 16

 A big-hearted picture full of small, understated moments of magic, the New Zealand-based comedy-drama is an off-kilter charmer.

Wednesday 12 April, 1.30pm, €8/€30 Family 4

Shark in the Park

presented by No Nonsense Room

Based on the Books by Nick Sharratt

For ages 2 – 7 │Duration 60 Mins

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!?

Featuring all three of the Shark in the Park Series: Shark in the Park, Shark in the Dark and Shark in the Park on a Windy Day – this fin-tastic, family musical follows Timothy Pope, (and his telescope!) on three exciting adventures.

Thursday 13 April, 7.30pm, €25/€23 conc.

The Cavern Beatles

On February 9th 1961, The Beatles made the first of their 292 appearances at the now legendary Cavern Club in Mathew Street, Liverpool.  The show is a Magical History Tour through the works of the greatest pop music phenomenon. Replicating, in both sight and sound, the excitement and energy of Beatlemania, the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper, and the creative masterpieces of The White Album and Abbey Road.

Four costume changes and lighting scenes compliment the changes in musical complexity as the show develops to it’s climax.The band is one of only a handful worldwide, which executes their entire show completely live with just the four musicians. There are absolutely no backing tracks or tapes used in the performance.

With their widespread appeal being more apparent than ever in the varying age groups that continue to follow the band, The Cavern Beatles are widely regarded as being as close to the real thing as they are ever likely to get.

"The likenesses are striking - but the sound, the sound.... this could, indeed be the Beatles."

Saturday 15 April, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

Jack L: Magic Days

The great Jack L returns to glór with his new show, Magic Days.

Lukeman has had a whirlwind 2016, which included performing on the Jools Holland Show to a packed Royal Albert Hall, and trips to The Hollywood Fringe Festival, where he picked up numerous awards. A true entertainer, Jack L moves between genres effortlessly in a spectacular performance.

Thursday 20 April, 8pm, €20

Deirdre O’Kane: 1Dee

Irish comedy’s prodigal daughter has made a long-awaited return to her stand up roots, delighting audiences across the country with a sell-out new show, 1 Dee. Warmth and charm envelop the killer wit of this Drogheda native.

O'Kane dazzles from start to finish.’  The List

Friday 21 – Saturday 22 April, 10am – 6pm , €12/€8 Conc./Two Day Ticket €18/€12*

The National Dance Championships

Showcasing many of the most talented dancers from around the country, make sure you get along to glór for two days of exciting and inspirational 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.
Don’t miss it!

*Two Day Ticket €18/€12 available to book on the phone or in person. Not available online.

Monday 24 April, 7pm, €10/€6 child/€28 family of 4
Tuesday 25 April, 10.45am, €6

The Wolf and Peter

presented by CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Suitable for ages 6+

Prokofiev's Peter And The Wolf is one of the most well known pieces of music ever written.

In this energetic new work, David Bolger has taken this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration, and here… the story is told through the eyes of a Wolf! Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production will take children and their families on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best.

★★★★★ “reassuringly traditional and startlingly modern…The Wolf and Peter is funny, imaginative, and, finally, very moving.” – The Irish Times

Tuesday 25 April, 8pm, €7

I, Daniel Blake

Dir: Ken Loach  |  UK/France/Belgium  |  2016  |  100 mins  |  CERT: 15A

Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 for this timely drama about an out-of-work Newcastle carpenter’s battle to survive after being denied his government health benefits.

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

The King Is Back

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

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

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

Friday 28 April, 7.30pm, €10

Beyond Gardening – Film Screening & Expert Talks

presented by Clare Garden Festival Fringe in association with glór

The highlight event of the new Clare Garden Festival Fringe combines the award-winning garden film Dare to be Wild with expert talks, featuring Mary Reynolds discussing our relationship with the Earth, as explored in her book The Garden Awakening, and plantsman Ciaran Burke exploring the humorous side of gardening.

Dare to be Wild tells the true story of Mary Reynolds, a modern-day heroine, and environmentalist Christy Collard, who dare to express their passion for the wild at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Saturday 29 April, 8pm, €32

Mary Black

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

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

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

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

…simply spellbinding.”—Boston Globe