What's On

Friday 13 October 2017 – Saturday 13 January 2018, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

Halcyon Days

glór is delighted to present a mixed media exhibition featuring the work of both established and emerging artists.

glór launched its open call exhibition asking artists nationally to respond to the theme of Halcyon Days. Work selected includes print, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and textiles as well as painting and showcases the diverse range of work being made both locally and  nationally. The Halcyon is a bird of Greek legend and the name is now commonly given to the European Kingfisher. The ancients believed that the bird made a floating nest in the Aegean Sea and had the power to calm the waves. Our current use of ‘halcyon days’ tends to be nostalgic and recalling of the seemingly endless sunny days of youth.

The exhibition also showcases the exceptional standard of visual arts in Co. Clare and features a significant cohort of Clare based artists.

View the exhibition catalogue here.

Ceramic work is presented by Helen Griffin, Niamh Harte and Jane Seymour; textile artists include Joke Buursma and Nicola Henley, and beautiful fine art prints come from Ria Czerniak-LeBov; Norah Brennan; Debbie Godsell; Maeve Coulter; Johnny Horne and Louise Leonard. The work of two photographers features – that of Hennessey Award nominee Gerry Blake and Mark Baker with his Portraits of Hebron.

Sara Dowling has produced a fascinating video and performance piece, whilst Maree Hensey and Catriona Moloney have created work that is both poignant and magical, and laden with nostalgia.

Painters featured include Nathalie El Baba, Vivienne Bogan, Imelda Bradly, Tom Climent, Wil Gilchrist, Kevin Lowery, Jill Miller, Adam Pomeroy and David Smith. Each painter has responded to the theme differently and has created captivating and inspirational work for glór’s gallery spaces.

Monday 18 December, 4.30pm - 5.30pm, €8 per class / €50 for 7 week term

Yoga For Teens

People who do yoga often find it’s more than just a great form of exercise it can also improve our whole outlook. This class will hopefully guide teens through the best poses and practices to build the strength, confidence and peace of mind they need to navigate through secondary school and beyond!  The Gift of Yoga is here for them!

Health Benefits:

  •  Strengthens, tones and builds muscle
  •  Increases flexibility and corrects posture
  •  Sharpens concentration and improves positive motivation
  •  Reduce exam and life stresses
  •  Weight management
  •  Renews and invigorates complexion
  •  Creates balance and grace


For further information or to book, call workshop facilitator Una on 087 2388463.

Monday 18 December, 7.30pm, €13/€8 Child/€40 Family of 5/€36 Family 4
Balcony standing tickets, for adults only, €10 (not available online)

Sparks Hip Hop School of Dance

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Sparks present a fun and entertaining night for all the family, young and old.

See performers from as young as 3 years all the way up to adult champions. Don't miss it!

Tuesday 19 December, 7.30pm, €50

Star Wars, The Last Jedi

at Ennis Empire Movieplex followed by a Buffet Supper in the Old Ground Hotel

To celebrate the wonderful experiences of the Star Wars crew in West Clare and the many scenes that have been shot of the stunning Clare coastline, Clare Tourism are holding a Social Networking Event with a difference to Clare tourism providers.

An exclusive box office private showing of Star Wars, The Last Jedi will take place in Ennis Empire Movieplex on Tuesday, 19th December 2017 at 7.30pm, followed by a Buffet Supper in the Old Ground Hotel.

Tuesday 19 December, 7.30pm, €10

Rice College Christmas Concert

The talented students of Rice College will grace glór’s stage again this year with an entertaining mix of music, song, dance and drama. This annual extravaganza promises to be a special and festive display of the wonderful and colourful artistic life of the students of Rice
College.

A heart warming night is promised which will send you home smiling and in awe of these multi talented young people! Bígí linn!

Friday 22* - Saturday 23 December & Wednesday 27 - Sunday 31 December, 2.30pm, €15/€50 Family of 4

Cinderella

presented by Pantaloons

Pantaloons are back this year for their 15th production "Cinderella"

Take a beautiful girl, two nasty, bullying ugly sisters, a quirky fairy godmother, the love of a handsome prince and a single glass slipper and you have the recipe for a great night of panto!

A beautiful young girl covered in cinder dreams of finding happiness and her one true love. Her evil stepmother, however, has other plans and hides her away in the kitchen, doing all the work. Then, one enchanted night, fate intervenes courtesy of a few trusted friends and a little hint of magic. Is Cinderella destined to live in the shadow of her horrible stepsisters Tia and Maria or will she find her prince charming and change her life forever?

Pantaloons are joined once again by the wonderful dancers from Sparks Hip Hop dance school.

Expect lots of hisses and boos, laughter, singing and dancing!

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

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

Friday 5 January, 8pm, €20

St. Flannan’s College Trad Club

with special guests Kilfenora Céilí Band in Concert

Join us for a performance by St. Flannan’s College Trad Club, who will be joined by special guests Kilfenora Céilí Band in Concert for the second half.

Proceeds to St. Flannan’s College.

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 January, 8pm, €25

The Kilfenora Céilí Band

Expect an exciting and energetic performance from one of the world’s most renowned trad bands.

With high-spirited traditional music, energetic dancing and melodious song with Edel Vaughan, this traditional super group take their rich musical heritage into the future with a show that’s not only engaging and uplifting but utterly enjoyable.

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

From Monday 08 & Wednesday 11 January, 10.05am - 11.35am,

Mindful Yoga with Susie - Spring 2018

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

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

Practical information:

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


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

Term starting Thursday 11 January, 3pm - 5pm,

Mindfulness Through Art Workshops

Change Your Thoughts... Change Your Life...

Are you looking to change your life for the better?
Always wanted to learn how to set and achieve ultimate goals in your life?
Would you like to discover your own true reflection and creative force?

Then this truly transformational and creative workshop is for you.

You and your life are composed of your thoughts and a wise person controls their thoughts.  Be that wise person. Let me show you how to learn to control your thoughts to control the power within you; this will be your path to true happiness. 
This six-week programme is designed to help you to connect with your subconscious mind. The programme will get rid of negative and unwanted thoughts which in reality are stopping you from reaching your ultimate goals and living your life to its full potential.
Dive into your subconscious to discover your power within and creative force, using effective mindfulness, visualisation, and art techniques.

You will walk away with:

  • A better understanding of your subconscious mind;
  • An awakening creativity and knowledge of how to use it for self-reflection;
  • Knowledge and skills on how to set and achieve worthy goals in your life;
  • An action plan.


Anyone can participate in the workshops; no artistic skills required. All the art materials are provided for you with coffee and tea available during the workshops.

Early booking is advisable as places are limited.
For more information or to book your place, please, contact Tatjana Simakova by phone 0852819849 or email yourmindtherapy@gmail.com
You can find us on Facebook at Mind Your Mind Through Art.

Thursday 11 January, 8pm, €30

Mike Denver and Band with Guests Philomena Begley and Ray Lynam

presented by Tom Kelly Promotions

One of Ireland's most popular "Country' singers Mike Denver has once again had a recent sell-out nationwide Tour with full houses' at concert venues North and South.

The 'Galway Boy' is getting more popular as each year passes. Mike has already built up a huge following on the Irish Circuit and has achieved 14 hit Albums and 10 best-selling DVD's. A new DVD has just been released and is now on sale at all his shows.  Mike's show is an excellent mix of Mike Denver hits, country classics and middle of the road hits. With his excellent Band and a super stage show this promises to be another terrific concert.

Classes start on Saturday 13 January,

French For Fun For Kids and Teenagers - Spring 2018 term

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!

NEW this term - opportunity for Junior Cert students to practice listening/reading comprehension and review exam papers.

Classes start on Saturday 13 January.

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

From Saturday 13 January, 10.30am - 11.30am,

Art Classes for Children (Spring 2018 term)

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old

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

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

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

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

Saturday 13 January, 8pm, €23

Neil Delamere: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pensioner

One day Neil’s dad asked him to help deliver the Meals on Wheels. He agreed. Little did they know that their lives would never be the same again.  Except for the bits of their lives that didn’t change.

Join Neil Delamere in glór for another fantastic night of comedy.  Early booking advised.

One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine’ ***** The Herald

Saturday 20 January, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

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

A Tommy Fleming concert is a musical experience not to be missed with one song more haunting than the other. He has a universal appeal to all ages and backgrounds with a fan base that is growing stronger worldwide year by year.

Eric Clapton - “His version of Danny Boy is the best I have ever heard bar none.”

Friday 26 – Saturday 27 January, 8pm, €22/€20 Conc.

Nobody is Talking to Me

presented by The Crokey Hill Club

It’s supposed to be a day of special celebration as Mattie and Maggie Conway celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.  However, few people know that they haven’t spoken a word to each other in ten years and when the local priest decides to surprise them by calling to their house to renew their marriage vows all hell breaks loose!  It’s rip-roaring comedy as Tommy Marren brings to life the follow-up play to the hilarious It’s The Real McCoy.  Set in rural Ireland in 1969 you should prepare yourself for another night of continuous laughter.

Saturday 27 January in the glór studio, 7.30pm, free of charge

Light to the World

presented by Bahá’í’s of Ennis

Film show, exhibition, discussion and refreshments.

There is a story unfolding. It is a story of humanity’s progress through history, propelled by the teachings of Messengers of God Who have guided humanity through its stages of development, and now to the dawn of its maturity.

Two hundred years ago, such a prophetic Figure appeared: Bahá’u’lláh. He brought teachings for this age that represent an end to division and otherness, through which – at long last – the oneness of humankind can be realised.

Discover more through accounts of people from diverse nations whose lives have been transformed by the light that Bahá’u’lláh brought to the world.

Saturday 3 February, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

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

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

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

Sunday 4 February, 8pm, €30/€27.50 Conc.

Reeling In the Showband Years

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

RTÉ’s Ronan Collins is Host and Compère. 

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

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

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

Dave Lawlor - The surprise hit of last year, he brought the house down with his amazing voice! One of Ireland’s greatest vocalists, “Showband Nostalgia” was a smash hit for him and brought the man from Tullamore to national attention.

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

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

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

And much more to be announced!!!

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

Tuesday 6 & Wednesday 7 February, 8pm, €18

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You

The debut play by Clare playwright John O’Donovan

Ennis. Halloween. There’s a party to get to and Mikey and Casey have everything they need….Booze. Cash. Drugs. Each other.
The only problem is they’re stuck. Stuck on a roof. Stuck together. And as they wait for the guards to stop circling the house, they find out there are some truths you can’t climb down from.
A raucous and unlikely romantic drama, twenty feet up.
Following a sold out run in London, this award-winning play by John O'Donovan comes home to Ennis.

John O’Donovan is a playwright from Clarecastle, Co. Clare. After studying at St Flannan's College and UCD, his work has been read and staged in Ireland by Druid Theatre, the Abbey Theatre and the Irish Drama League as well as in the UK at the Old Vic, the Old Red Lion, New Diorama, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503 and the Arcola Theatre. A former member of the the Abbey Theatre Playwrights Hub, the Old Vic 12, Orange Tree Writers Collective and the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, he has had stories, plays and poems published in the Clare Champion, Verbal Arts Magazine, Crannóg and Bare Fiction. In 2017 he won the IARA award for Best Playwright. His debut play, If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You is published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Thursday 8 February, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

David O’Doherty

Big Time

David O'Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs.

David has spent the last year on tour round America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Over Christmas he sold out a record-breaking eleven nights at Whelan's, and has just completed his largest ever UK tour.

As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Sunday 11 February, 8pm, €30

Keith Barry’s Magic Madhouse

Internationally acclaimed mentalist/hypnotist Keith Barry is bringing his brand new live show Keith Barry’s Magic Madhouse around Ireland.

Magic Madhouse sees Keith returning to his magic roots to bring the audience on a rollercoaster ride of laughter and madness and promises a death defying finale to leave audiences breathless.   Keith will once again blow your mind!  Definitely not to be missed.

Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult

Thursday 15 February, 8pm, €21

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.

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February, 8pm, €25

Foil Arms and Hog

OinK

Former children and regular eaters Foil Arms & Hog are back with their new show. OinK is a fast paced sketch show featuring a collection of songs for the elderly, a baggage handler’s interpretive dance and a shop that naively only sells balaclavas. Best known for their YouTube videos (50 million online hits), their live show is what they’re most proud of.

Quite simply, a sensation” – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
An effervescent hour of fast-paced gags, fizzing with energy, invention and great lines” – Chortle
Very funny” – Rowan Atkinson

Early booking strongly advised

Friday 23 February, 8pm, €22

Jason Byrne – The Man With Three Brains

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

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

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

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

Age guideline: 16+

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

Wyvern Lingo

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

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


Wyvern Lingo’s debut release for Rubyworks is a four-track EP called ‘Letter To Willow’. Three of the tracks were recorded in Cologne, Germany with Sierra-Leonean / German artist-producer Patrice Bart-Williams, best known in Europe for his work with Selah Sue, Cody ChestnuTT and Keziah Jones. These tracks were mixed in Paris by Philippe Weiss (Dragonette, George Clinton, K’naan). Additional recording for the title track took place in Dublin with Rob Kirwan (Hozier, PJ Harvey) at the controls.

Friday 2nd March, 4pm, €12/€10 conc

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

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

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

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

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Between Friday December 1st 2017 and Friday 5th January 2018 inclusive, book these 5 events for just €55:

To avail of this offer, tickets must be booked in person with glór, or by phone on 065 6843103. Not available online.

Friday 2 March, 8pm, €15/€12 conc

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

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

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

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

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

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

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Between Friday December 1st 2017 and Friday 5th January 2018 inclusive, book these 5 events for just €55:

To avail of this offer, tickets must be booked in person with glór, or by phone on 065 6843103. Not available online.

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

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

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

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

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

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

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Between Friday December 1st 2017 and Friday 5th January 2018 inclusive, book these 5 events for just €55:

To avail of this offer, tickets must be booked in person with glór, or by phone on 065 6843103. Not available online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Between Friday December 1st 2017 and Friday 5th January 2018 inclusive, book these 5 events for just €55:

To avail of this offer, tickets must be booked in person with glór, or by phone on 065 6843103. Not available online.

Saturday 3 March, 8pm, €15/€12 conc

A tribute to Sebastian Barry with Sean Rocks and special guests

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

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

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

Early booking advisable.
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Between Friday December 1st 2017 and Friday 5th January 2018 inclusive, book these 5 events for just €55:

To avail of this offer, tickets must be booked in person with glór, or by phone on 065 6843103. Not available online.

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

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

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

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

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

Friday 30 March, 8pm, €27.50

The High Kings

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

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

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

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

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

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

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

Friday 20 April in the glór Studio, 8pm, €15/€13 conc.

Danny O’Brien: RaconTour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 21 April, 8pm, €22/€20 conc

Jack L - Magic Days

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

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

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

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

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

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

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

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

Saturday 12th May, 8pm, €18.50

Socks in the Frying Pan

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

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