What's On

Saturday 4 March, 9am at Scéal Eile Books, Free of charge

Ruaille Buaille i Scéal Eile Books – Cartoon Workshop with Aidan Courtney

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Ceardlann spraoiúil, draíochtúil le Aidan Courtney (Comicí Gael) a mhúineoidh le páistí aois 9-13 conas cartúin a tharraingt.  Beidh béim speisialta ar an gcaractar is fearr leat as leabhair Harry Potter.  Is féidir ábhar ealaíona a thabhairt, ach níl gá. Is leor cúpla focal a bheith ag na páistí.

Aidan Courtney (Coimicí Gael) will lead this fun, magical workshop teaching children aged 9-13* how to draw a cartoon character through the medium of Irish (no need to be fluent - a few words of Irish will be just fine!). The theme of the workshop is your favourite Harry Potter character.  Some materials supplied, but children are welcome to bring their own pencils if preferred.

Numbers for this event are very limited, so please come EARLY to avoid disappointment.
*Younger children welcome with older siblings

Le tacaíocht ó Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia

Saturday 4 March, 10am-1pm at Visit Clare Premises, Abbey Street Car Park, Free of charge

The Book Clinic comes to Ennis

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017's Children's Programme

The Book Clinic will be open between 10am and 1pm and is suitable for children of all ages.

Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop along to the Book Clinic! Visit the Book Doctor, consult on your favourite reads and come away with prescription for your next book which you can take to your local bookshop or library!

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian whilst attending this event.

The Book Clinic is brought to you by Children’s Books Ireland, the national children’s book organisation of Ireland. Their mission is to make books a part of every child’s life

Saturday 4 March, 2.30pm at De Valera Library, Ennis, Free of charge

The Children’s Book Club with Caroline Busher

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017's Children's Programme

Join us for the festival’s first Children’s Book Club where Caroline Busher will talk with and take questions from our younger readers about their experience with her debut novel The Ghosts of Magnificent Children.  Ideal for 8-12 year olds.

Caroline Busher is an Irish Times Best Selling author and was recently appointed the Reader in Residence with Wexford County Council Library Services.

‘An excellent and original voice, with shades of Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket.’ – Eoin Colfer

To book please contact Patricia Fitzgerald, Clare County Library on 065 684 6266.

Please note that spaces are limited for this event and tickets will be allocated at the door on a first come, first served basis.

Wednesday 8 March, 10am at De Valera Library Ennis, Free of charge
Thursday 9 March, 10am at Ennistymon Library, Free of charge

Dave Rudden

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017's Children's Programme

Dave Rudden has worked in the Dublin theatre, spoken word and storytelling scene since 2010.

Knights of the Borrowed Dark is the first novel in a trilogy about a secret war between a race of shape-shifting, misery-eating, occasionally-waistcoat-wearing monsters and the warriors sworn to stop them.

Please note that the Ennis event is now FULL.
To book for the Ennistymon event contact Patricia Fitzgerald, Clare County Library on 065 684 6266.

Saturday 11 March, 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 on the following dates:

  • Saturday 25th March
  • Saturday 8th April


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

Tuesday 14 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 17 March,

St. Patrick’s Family Festival

glór will once more present its annual feast of food, fun, music and activity for the whole family to enjoy on the national bank holiday. With a fantastic programme of events - mostly free of charge or very reasonably priced - for young and old, glór is the place to be this St. Patrick’s Day.
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12-3pm
Face Painting with Ana and Michelle
€1.50

1-3pm
Family Traditional Music Session
Free of Charge
The whole family can take part so bring your instruments and play along with local musicians.

1.30pm
Snow White with special guest Bosco
More details here.

2pm
The Secret of Kells
More details here.
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Friday 17 March, 1.30pm, €8/€30 Family 4

Snow White with special guest Bosco

presented by Lambert Puppet Theatre

Ages 4-10│Duration 1hr 15mins

The Lambert Puppet Theatre is widely recognised as the premier Touring Puppet Theatre Company in Ireland and is also internationally renowned. Paula Lambert was the ‘Bosco’ voice on TV for seventeen years and indeed Bosco is still a firm favourite with the younger children and will make a nostalgic appearance in the opening part of the Show.

This is a beautifully produced show with large puppets, colourful sets and exquisite lighting.

Friday 17 March, 2pm in the glór studio, €4

The Secret of Kells

Dir: Tomm Moore  |  Ireland  |  2008  |  75 mins  |  Cert: PG

A stunning visual feast, this animation follows 12-year-old Brendan who must join forces with a beautiful forest spirit to help a group of monks with their illustrations and save their Abbey from invading Vikings.

Saturday 18 March, 12pm & 2pm, €8/€6 child

The Quiet Tree

Presented by Music Generation Clare

Ceol Connected's The Quiet Tree is an intimate traditional music, storytelling, and puppetry performance specifically designed for young children (aged 3-6) and their families.*

The creatures of Whistleberry Forest have discovered a little oak tree growing deep in the woods.  However, there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling, and no animals scurrying around its trunk.  This delightful music performance takes children and accompanying adults on an adventure through the forest where they explore musical instruments, sing, and dance, and help Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faolán the frog bring the little oak tree to life.

*A participating adult(s) should accompany children.
*Maximum of two adults per child.

Developed with the support of The Ark.

Saturday 25 March, 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 on the following dates:

  • Saturday 8th April


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

Sunday 26th March, 2pm, €8

The Speks

for ages 2+

“The Speks...they're really great!” Derek Mooney, RTÉ Radio 1

The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats! Their hand-clapping, toe-tapping, hearty-laughing show is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses!

The Speks have won a Parents’ Choice music award in the US where their music has been described as “Riverdance for kids” and they encourage everyone to sing, scream, clap and dance along during their performances. This will be a great, fun event for kids aged 2 to 92!

“If your little ones love fantastic, magical songs...then The Speks are the boys for you!” Tom Dunne, Newstalk

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

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.

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

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

Wednesday 3 May, 10.45am, €6
Wednesday 3 May, 7.30pm, €18/€16 con/€9 Under 18s

I, Malvolio

Age 11+ │ Duration 70 mins

Multi-award-winning playwright and performer Tim Crouch re-imagines Twelfth Night in this, his brilliant, hilarious one-man show.

In a charged, unsettling rant, Malvolio – a man ‘notoriously wronged’ – draws us into the madness of Shakespeare's play and forces us to confront our own cruelty.  I, Malvolio is Twelfth Night told from the loser’s perspective. It’s a show for anyone who has ever been told off, called a name, or fallen in love with the wrong person.

…a downright joyous celebration of theatre.’ The Guardian * * * * *

glór Theatre Club Performance

Post-show discussion Tim Crouch

Buy tickets online for the evening show below.
Tickets for the morning show can be purchased from our box office and online here.

Thursday 4 May, 8pm, €12.50/ €10 Conc/€40 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Vardens’ Ennis Guitar School Annual Concert

Vardens’ Ennis Guitar School is proud to present their annual concert, showcasing their students of all ages playing guitar, piano/keyboards and singing. In styles such as pop, rock, blues, and many more, this is sure to be an entertaining evening that you won’t want to miss.

Thursday 11 May, 7.30pm , €22/€20 conc./€12.50 Child/€55 Family of 4

Giselle

presented by Ballet Ireland

Love. Betrayal. Redemption.

Giselle is a haunting story of love and betrayal. Our modern re-telling of this romantic classic is a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love. Betrayed by Albrecht, Giselle dies of a broken heart but her spirit returns to protect and forgive her now repenting lover from death at the hands of the vengeful Wilis.

Choreographed by Ludovic Ondiviela, former Royal Ballet dancer and choreographer, this production of love that transcends death, will capture the hearts and minds of audiences today.

Ballet Ireland tours throughout Ireland following its hugely successful production of The Nutcracker (2016).