What's On

Tuesday 20 October, 11am, free of charge

Shane Hegarty Reading from the Darkmouth Series for Children’s Book Festival

presented by Clare Library

Shane Hegarty was the Arts Editor of the Irish Times but left when Darkmouth became the sensation of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, with record-breaking publishing deals worldwide.
His best-selling debut explores the border between our world and the world of monsters, (properly called Legends). One of those towns is Darkmouth. There, our hero Finn is the son of the last remaining Legend Hunter – which means that one day soon Finn will be the last remaining Legend Hunter.  Except…he’s not very good at it.

Book directly with Clare Library on 065 6821616.

Saturday 24 October, 11am - 4pm,


The International Pictures and Words Storytelling Convention

The International Pictures and Words Storytelling, (P.A.W.S.), Convention 2015 is an annual arts convention based in County Clare, to highlight art, storytelling, literature, comics, education, the Irish language, film, theatre, traditional storytelling and other media in which stories are told.

This year we will have a gathering in glór with cartoonists, writers and illustrators with sessions from 11am to 4pm, including authors and illustrators Alan Nolan, Matthew Griffin as well as others. 

There will be six paid workshops on the day also.
More details to follow.

Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 October, 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm, €40 for 2 days

Brick Flicks Stop Motion Halloween Workshops

Suitable for 8-12 year olds

Another stop motion masterclass from Createschool for serious Brick Flicks enthusiasts. Fine tune your production skills as you create a deadly Halloween themed set, materialise monsters and zombify characters. Loads of tips on lighting, audio, soundscapes, special effects, FPS & more.  Join us - you’d be mad not to - mwah ha ha!

Check out what previous workshop participants created:



Thursday 29 October, 10.30am - 11.30am, €10 (includes all materials)

Halloween Workshop - Shadow Fun

with Ana Colomer

Suitable for those aged 4-6 years old.

Create your own shadow puppets and make up a scary story to show your friends this Halloween.

Thursday 29 October, 12.00pm - 1.30pm, €10 (includes all materials)

Halloween Puppet Making

with Ana Colomer


Suitable for those aged 7-12 years old.

Learn how to make a scary sock puppet and a rod puppet to bring home and have a frightful good time playing with your friends!

Friday 30 October, 10.30am - 12pm, €10 (incl. all materials)

African Mask Making

with Helen Lowe


Suitable for ages 4-6

Beware, children's imaginations run wild with this creative African mask-making workshop. The masks will scare all the neighbours during Halloween. It will be a fun filled event that will turn heads over the holidays!

Friday 30 October, 2.15pm - 4.15pm, €10 (incl. all materials)

Halloween Workshop - Itsy Bitsy Spider

with Helen Lowe

Suitable for ages 7-10 years

We will be making lots of itsy bitsy spiders and hopefully no rain will come to wash our spider out. If the sun comes out it will help our spider-makers create a wonderful web to keep our spiders safe and warm.

Saturday 31 October, 1.30pm & 3.30pm, €10 Adult / €8 Child / €30 Family

Hansel and Gretel with Bosco

presented by The Lambert Puppet Theatre

Suitable for ages up to 10 │Duration 60 mins

The Lambert Puppet Theatre is now widely recognised as the premier touring puppet theatre company in Ireland. Hansel and Gretel is a beautifully produced show with large puppets, colourful sets and exquisite lighting. 

Paula Lambert was the Bosco voice on TV for seventeen years and indeed Bosco is still a firm favourite with younger children and will make a nostalgic appearance in the opening part of the show.

From Saturday 31 October & Thursday 5 November 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

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

French For Fun For Kids

presented by La Jolie Ronde tutor Rhona Gomès

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

Classes start on Saturday 7th November for 6 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

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.

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 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.