What's On

Friday 4 August to Saturday 30 September, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

The Wild Atlantic Way

An Exhibition of New Work by Dympna Bonfield

The Wild Atlantic Way exhibition takes the viewer on a wonderful, winding road of seashores, surf and sea-swells, of soft bog cotton, of furze, of stony Burren, of childhood, of sand, of home, of friends, of solitude.

Dympna Bonfield’s work evolves from waiting, contemplating, and when the right moment arrives, unleashing colour and movement onto the canvas. The canvas, thick or thin with paint, makes colour blocks melt, prisms explode, swirls converge, reds-blues-purples – all hues submerge.  To meet Dympna’s work is to encounter freedom, spirit and space – her works silently speak volumes, butterfly netting moments of life. In essence, moving through this exhibition, along its Atlantic way, allows us a meditation on life’s moments encapsulated.

Dympna Bonfield is an Irish artist who exhibits work both nationally and internationally. After spending many years living and working in Dublin she returned west, to her native County Clare. She qualified as an art teacher at the National College of Art in Dublin and began exhibiting in Dublin. Some years ago she undertook further training at Goldsmiths College, London University, where she qualified as an art psychotherapist. She has since designed and facilitated a course for psychotherapists enabling them to use art in their work with adults and children.

The official opening of the exhibition by Regina Nathan will take place on Friday 18 August at 6pm sharp and all are welcome. 

Friday 18 August, 8pm, €20

The Flanagan Brothers Award 2017 - Gerry O’Connor and Special Guests

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

The second annual Flanagan Brothers Award will this year be presented to banjo legend Gerry O'Connor. Gerry will be joined on the night by many of his musical friends and family. Expect a unique night of music from one of the main trend-setters in banjo playing for the past 30 years.

Friday 18 August at Dánlann an Chlair, 9pm, €20

Breaking Trad: Derek Hickey, Liam Flanagan, Ryan O’Donnell and Deirdre Scanlan

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017



Breaking Trad is made up of Dónal Murphy (Accordion), from Abbeyfeale,West Limerick, a winner of numerous All-Ireland titles on both Button Accordion and Melodeon, Niall Murphy (Fiddle) from Camlough, South Armagh, a winner of multiple awards including All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition, Fiddler Of Dooney and Fiddler of Oriel, and also Mike Galvin (Guitar/Vocals) who has vast experience working in a wide range of musical styles from Rock and Roll to Irish Traditional.

Between them, they have toured extensively around the world, performing at major festivals and music venues and touring with some of the biggest names in several different music genres including Four Men and a Dog, Cara Dillon, De Dannan, Dance star Michael Flatley, Bluegrass guitarist/singer Dan Tyminski (Alison Krauss and Union Station), Country legend Randy Travis and many more.Their music has been described as 'Dazzling', 'unorthodox and unique',
and 'high octane'.

Breaking Trad are reviving Irish music with a fresh and modern twist with powerhouse tunes and exquisite vocals.

Saturday 19 August at the Fleadh Dome, 12pm, €8

The Speks (for ages 2+) (SOLD OUT)

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

“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 19 August, 1pm, €8

Consairtín an Chláir Series: Liam O’Brien, Derek Hickey, Claire Egan & Francis Cunningham

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

A series of hour-long lunchtime concerts, showcasing Clare’s finest concertina players. The Saturday concert features Liam O’Brien from Miltown Malbay recipient of the Ceoltóir Óg award for 2017. Liam will be joined by Derek Hickey, Claire Egan and Francis Cunningham

Saturday 19 August, 3pm, €15

The Hounds of Ulster

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

The Hounds of Ulster are a flute music group based in Whiteabbey, County Antrim, playing a mixture of traditional Irish, Scottish and Ulster-Scots tunes on both the wooden and Bb flutes.  This is their second visit to Ennis – back by popular demand!

Saturday 19 August, 8pm, €25

A Raw Bar Affair With Des Dillon & Dancers and Séan Ó Sé

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Vibrant music from the Raw Bar Collective, Des Dillon’s set dancing puppets and the outstanding voice of Séan Ó Sé – expect magic and mayhem in this spectacular night of music, song, dance and fun!

With a refreshingly uncluttered approach to playing, the Raw Bar Collective presents a vibrant and excitingly earthy style of Irish Traditional music. The band members, Conal Ó Gráda, Benny McCarthy, and Dave Sheridan are long recognised as amongst the top instrumentalists in Ireland, Nell Ní Chróinín is commonly acknowledged as the most exciting traditional singing talent of her generation, and Colm Murphy is widely recognised as one of the top Traditional music percussionists of all time.

The Raw Bar will be joined by legendary singer Séan Ó Sé and artist and puppeteer Des Dillon.

Saturday 19 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €27.50

Sharon Shannon and her Sacred Earth Band

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Sharon Shannon is delighted to be invited to perform at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017, particularly as it is being held in Ennis, Co. Clare the county where she was born and grew up.

Sharon is also very pleased to be bringing her Sacred Earth Band, performing material from new album also called Sacred Earth as well as music taken from her back catalogue.

Saturday 19th August at Treacy’s West County Hotel, 10pm, €20


as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Beoga returns to Ennis – and we welcome them back with open arms. Beoga is gaelic for ‘lively’ and it promises to be a great night.

Please note that this is a standing event for ages 18+.

Sunday 20 August, 10.15am - 3pm, €15

Willie Clancy Music & Heritage

as part of the County of Culture Tour Series 2017

Clare Tourism, Comhaltas and the Clare County Council Arts Office would like to share the diverse culture, heritage and sights of County Clare with visitors to Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2017. The tours will bring you to the four corners of Clare where you will meet the locals, enjoy the scenery and sample the local music.

The week of cultural tours ends with a trip to Atlantic coast and to Milltown Malbay. Meet with a local guide at the 'Music Makers of West Clare' with Oidhreacht an Chlair. The tour visits the grave of legendary musician Willie Clancy and is followed by a music session with local musicians at the Community Centre in the village. Willie Clancy, born in 1918 is one of the county’s best known pipes player and is the inspiration for the annual Willie Clancy Summer School.  Following the music session the tour returns to Ennis town.

The ticket includes coach transfer and entrance into a Riches of Clare Lunchtime Concert at chosen location or a local music session. Participants will also receive a complimentary Visit Clare welcome pack including a Riches of Clare music CD. You will be met at each location by a local guide. All tours will depart at 10:15am from the car park at glór.

Sunday 20 August, Children’s Performance 12pm, €8/€4 Under 18's Leath/Leath ticket
Sunday 20 August, 9pm, €22*


presented by glór

  • The children’s Performance at 12pm is suited to those aged 5+
  • The evening Performance at 9pm will be a standing event with support from Síomha Brock and Band

All hailing from the west coast Moxie are: Cillian Doheny, (tenor banjo/guitar), Jos Kelly, (button accordion/keyboard), Darren Roche, (button accordion), Ted Kelly, (tenor banjo), and Paddy Hazelton, (percussion).
Moxie’s music has a solid traditional backbone, inspired and shaped by the surrounds of the west of Ireland, but with progressive, world and jazz influences creeping in, Moxie’s music makes for a truly heady and distinctive sound and puts them at the forefront of new acoustic music from Ireland. They also provided the music for the sensational Prodijig, The Revolution which performed a 3 week sell-out run in Cork.

With their unmistakable approach, Moxie is a firm festival favourite in Europe, America, Australia and beyond, and they have built a reputation for their highly charged live performances.

Irresistible, revolutionary energy’   The Irish Times *****

Streetwise, fast moving, clever…full of superb moments’  Irish Examiner **


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.*

*Please note Leath/Leath tickets are only available for the 12pm Moxie Performance

Sunday 20 August at the Fleadh Dome, 7pm, €20

Senior Céilí Band Competition (SOLD OUT)

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

One of the hottest tickets at the Fleadh so do book early.

All roads lead to the Dome for a fantastic night of ceol and competition. There is nothing quite like the Senior Ceili Bands as they battle for All Ireland glory. From the days when The Tulla and The Kilfenora used to wage musical war against each other, this competition never fails to weave a spell over Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The Dome promises to be a spectacular setting for this spine tingling event.


Sunday 20th August at Treacy’s West County Hotel, 10pm, €15

Seo Linn

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Seo Linn is an energetic and fun young band with powerful originals and a unique take on contemporary songs with a particular passion for Gaeilge.

Not only have they had continuous success with their involvement in Coláiste Lurgan’s famous YouTube videos, with which they have now garnered upwards of 18 million views, but they have also brought their music all over Ireland and across the seas to places including Boston, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and even to Uganda with Gorta Self-Help Africa.

Please note that this is a standing event for ages 18+.

Monday 21st August at the Fleadh Dome, 1pm, €22

Socks in the Frying Pan

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

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!

Monday 21st August at Treacy’s West County Hotel, 3pm, €15

Finbarr Dwyer Remembered

As part of the events celebrating the music and legacy of the music icon Finbarr Dwyer this star-studded concert with over 25 accordion performers will celebrate the much-loved legendary traditional Irish accordion player and composer whose reworking of familiar tunes has been a source of fascination for many accordion players.

Monday 21 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €22.50

Fleadh Farewell

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Join us for the final fling as we say Farewell to the Fleadh – you will be in excellent company – Bofin to Burren, Séan Keane, John Carty, Noel Hill & Liam O'Connor, Don Stiffe, Joanie Madden and Kathleen Boyle, Kevin Crawford & Dylan Foley, The Shandrum Céilí Band, Seamus Begley & Oisín MacDiarmada and many, many more.....

Friday 25 August, 7pm - 8pm, Free of charge

Heritage On Film

Film-maker Paul Murphy will present 6 short documentaries he made as part of Heritage Projects in Clare and Galway.

The films all deal with some aspect of our built or natural heritage including Railway Heritage, Remembering 1916 and a new project in Clare called Stories from the Landscape. The new Clare films feature Kilkishen Cultural Centre, Loop Head Wetlands project and Cuimhneamh an Chlair.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Paul and county heritage officer Congella McGuire.

For enquiries or further information, contact Congella McGuire on 065 - 6846408 or cmcguire@clarecoco.ie

Saturday 29 July or Saturday 26 August , 10am - 5pm, €65 prior to 1 July / €85 thereafter

One Day Mindfulness Through Art Workshops

with Tatjana Simakova

We have had some amazing people on the last few workshops all of whom found the workshop very effective and enjoyable. 'Mindfulness Through Art' Workshop 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.  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 control your thoughts to control the power within you; this will be your path to true happiness. Dive into your subconscious to discover your power within and creative force, using effective mindfulness, visualisation, and art techniques.

You will walk away with:

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

Cost: €65 prior to July 1st; €85 thereafter

Anyone can participate in the workshops; no artistic skills are required. I provide you with all the art materials during the workshops and tonnes of positive experiential learning about the most important person - YOU.

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.

Classes start on Saturday 9 September,

French For Fun For Kids and Teenagers - Autumn 2017 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 9 September.

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 Monday 11 & Wednesday 13 September, 10.05am - 11.35am,

Mindful Yoga with Susie - Autumn 2017

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.

Wednesday 13 September, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc./€9 Under 18s

Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson & Mick Daly (Ireland)

presented by Music Network

  • Cathy Jordan - voice/bodhrán/bones
  • Jarlath Henderson - uilleann pipes/whistle/voice
  • Mick Daly - guitar/5-string banjo/voice     

Breath-taking interpretations of traditional songs” – The BBC on Cathy Jordan
A remarkable player of uilleann pipes and whistles… one of the heroes of the new Celtic folk scene” – The Guardian on Jarlath Henderson
Highly talented” – Folkworld on Mick Daly

Prepare to be entranced as three of Ireland’s most inventive singers offer up some stunning new interpretations of well-worn songs, with stirring instrumental playing and more than a little theatrical energy thrown into the mix.
Noted for her earthy yet ethereal vocalisations and deceptively powerful voice, Cathy Jordan’s irrepressible energy and powerful stage presence have captivated audiences worldwide. Lead singer of trad supergroup Dervish, Jordan has performed thousands of concerts in over 40 countries, including gigs at the Great Wall of China and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

For this unique tour, she is joined by Mick Daly, founder member of the ground-breaking group Four Men and a Dog, and Jarlath Henderson, youngest ever winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Daly is an exceptional singer in addition to being a virtuoso guitarist and 5-string banjo player, while the Tyrone-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Henderson has won widespread acclaim for his playing alongside such luminaries as Lau, Capercaillie, Paddy Keenan, Salsa Celtica, the Peatbog Faeries and Wolfstone.


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.

Thursday 14 – Friday 15 September, 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 16 September, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc./€9 Under 18s

To Hell in a Handbag

The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism

Ages 12+ │Duration 60 Mins

By Helen Norton & Jonathan White

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of Being Earnest are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess are models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private? This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity ...and money.


BYOK - Bring Your Own Kids!

We appreciate that it can be an expensive night out when you have to pay for a sitter as well as everything else. This is one of the shows that are suitable for well-behaved children to attend, for a parents-child date night, for which you can avail of half-price tickets for under 18's! (Limited capacity).

Sunday 17 September, From 5.30pm, €15/€12 conc

The Embrace Experience

The Embrace Experience is a celebration of being perfect just as you are! The event will begin with a screening of Embrace, the critically acclaimed social impact documentary followed by a special body positive Victoria BIGGEST Secret lingerie fashion.
Beauty and fashion stalls will sell pampering items whilst life coaches, photographers, artists, wellness and fitness personalities will enhance the experience of embracing.

Wednesday 20 September OR Wednesday 27 September, 10.30am - 1pm, €55 per participant (includes all materials to use & take home with you)

Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

with Eithna Joyce

We are delighted to welcome back this very popular workshop on Modern Calligraphy for Beginners.

A fresh and contemporary approach to the age old skill of beautiful writing, this revived and reimagined style of calligraphy is already proving popular with typelovers and wedding parties across the US and UK. During this workshop you will be introduced to the joys of writing with dip nib and ink by learning the basic techniques, letter forms and how to compose words and phrases.

The workshop fee includes a kit of all you need for the class and to continue practicing at home.

Early booking strongly advised.

Wednesday 20 September, 2.00pm - 4.30pm, €55

Modern Calligraphy for Improvers

with Eithna Joyce

An Improvers Workshop for those that are already confident with the basics of Modern Calligraphy or are skilled with pointed nib.

This group session with lots of one-to-one tuition will help you develop your skills and explore your own style. You will be guided through joining letters and writing a short quote and shown how to use Modern Calligraphy to create a greeting card and bookmark.

A new nib, pen holder and pot of ink will be yours to use and keep.

Thursday 21 September, 8pm, €20/€18 Conc.


presented by Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland

Co-directed by Jonathan Kelliher and Sue-Ellen Chester MacCarthy

Co-commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Anam, (meaning soul), brings together the skills of four world-class step dancers from the US, Canada and Ireland in an exhilarating fusion of styles.

Authentic and raw, this percussive dance piece explores the similarities and differences between the dancers, each with their own distinct hard shoe style.  Anam celebrates the dance’s essential spirit, yet injects it with fresh energy to create something new.  Featuring dancers Matthew Olwell, Jonathan Kelliher, Nathan Pilatzke and John Fitzgerald. This uplifting production is performed to live music and song composed by acclaimed Irish musician Fergal Ó Murchú, along with musicians Mikey Smith and Joseph McNulty.


BYOK - Bring Your Own Kids!

We appreciate that it can be an expensive night out when you have to pay for a sitter as well as everything else. This is one of the shows that are suitable for well-behaved children to attend, for a parents-child date night, for which you can avail of half-price tickets for under 18's! (Limited capacity).

Friday 22 September, 5pm, Free of Charge

Culture Night: Pádraig Rynne, Elaine Hogan & Tara Breen (SOLD OUT)

as part of Culture Night 2017

  • Pádraig Rynne – Concertina
  • Elaine Hogan - Harp
  • Tara Breen - Fiddle

In a Culture Night treat, glór presents a stellar line-up of musicians for an early evening performance. Pádraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician, prolific composer and is regarded as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music today. With a passion for experimenting with diverse genres, Pádraig is recognised for his refreshing explorations into the Irish Tradition and beyond, and he has founded and worked with some of the most exciting ensembles in the music scene today.  Harpist, Elaine Hogan is trained in both the classical and traditional genres, and has toured extensively, playing alongside many extraordinary musicians.  The line-up is completed by Tara Breen, a highly talented multi-instrumentalist who has played with The Chieftains both at home and abroad, and also tours regularly with Galician piper Carlos Núñez.

Please note that while tickets for this event are free, pre-booking is required as capacity is limited.

Tickets booked online will be subject to a €3 booking fee levied by our third party ticketing provider.

This is a Glór Friends event
Friday 22 September in the Spás at glór, 6-7pm, free of charge

World Poetry Reading with Eleanor Feely

as part of Culture Night 2017

Eleanor Feely will perform poetry from world traditions including the work of Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Omar Khayyam, Robert Frost, Máire Mhac an tSaoi, Kabir and Benjamin Zephaniah.

All welcome

Friday 22 & Saturday 23 September 2017, 8pm, €30

John Bishop - Winging it Around Ireland (SOLD OUT)

Age guideline 16+

Please Note That Both Nights Are Now Sold Out

Winging It will see John back on stage for his fifth UK & Ireland tour, performing in his own inimitable style.  His last tour ‘Supersonic’ was watched by more than 500,000 people and received huge critical acclaim.  ‘Rollercoaster’ in 2012 was another sell out, and followed the successes of his ‘Sunshine’ tour in 2011 and the ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’ show in 2010, for which he was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award.

John Bishop has had an incredible career.  Within three years of his first ever comedy gig, John was playing to sold out arena audiences across the country and released the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK history.

He has achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including ‘John Bishop’s Australia’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Britain’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking’ (Sky1), ‘The John Bishop Show’ (BBC1), ‘The John Bishop Christmas Show’ (BBC1) and ‘John Bishop’s Gorilla Adventure’ (ITV1).

Recently John turned his hand to something completely different – interviewing.  A new series called ‘John Bishop: In Conversation With…’ sees him chatting, one on one, with some of the UK’s biggest names from the world of entertainment, sport and music to discover the people behind the public persona, in 10 intimate and revealing one hour interviews on the W Channel.

John has recently made a return to acting – he is currently filming a new ITV drama, Fearless. Written by Homeland writer Patrick Harbinson and produced by Mammoth Screen (credits include Poldark and Victoria), the six part series will TX next year.

‘Unimprovable…comedy superstar’
‘King of the one-hundred-liner’
‘Home is not only where Bishop’s heart clearly and endearingly is – it’s where his art is, too’
Daily Telegraph

‘His Supersonic show easily confirms that John Bishop has finally taken on the mantle of Britain’s top comic’
Daily Mirror

The Times

Heat Magazine

Tuesday 26 September, 8pm, €7

A Date for Mad Mary

Dir: Darren Thornton  |  2016  |  Ireland  |  82 mins  |  Cert: 15A

'Mad' Mary McArdle returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison - for something she'd rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is to be her maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a 'plus one' on the grounds that she probably couldn't find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. A date for Mad Mary is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.

Wednesday 27 September, 8pm, €20/€18 Conc.

Bottom’s Dream - A magical Comedy of Rude Mechanicals and Scheming Fairies

presented by Footsbarn Theatre

For ages 5+  |  Duration 80 Minutes

The world-renowned Footsbarn revisits its internationally acclaimed production of MidSummer Night's Dream to create an evening of magic and comedy where the amateur troupe of rude mechanicals get embroiled in an argument between the King  and Queen of the Fairies. From the moment you step inside the theatre, you are in a parallel universe, a place where fantastical creatures lurk, and the removal of the intrigues of the court and the lovers, allows for a special emphasis on the world of the groundlings and of the supernatural.

Since its foundation, Footsbarn has produced over 60 plays and has performed around the globe, becoming Europe’s leading travelling theatre ensemble.

Friday 29 September, 8pm, €18/€16 conc./€9 under 18s

Roddy Doyle in Conversation with Sinéad Gleeson

Ennis Book Club Festival Extra

Join us for the first ever Ennis Book Club Festival Extra.

This promises to be a very special autumn event to celebrate the publication of the captivating new novel from the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of childhood – but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly. A great book-club choice!

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of 11 acclaimed novels including The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van, two collections of short stories and Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents. His most recent novel is The Guts. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

Saturday 30 September, 8pm, €18|€16 Conc.

If Only

presented by Wild Swan Theatre Company

This moving tribute to the show band era shares lost dreams and regrets yet within the drama there is nostalgia and laughter.  You will laugh, cry, dance and sing and come away feeling a need to follow your dreams....no matter how crazy.

Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm, €25

Johnny Cash Roadshow

The only show to be endorsed by the Cash family, and fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, recreates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring ‘June Carter’ along with the ‘Roadshow Horns’ all aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste.

The show takes the audience from the 1950’s right up to 2002 and all the stops in between. All the greatest hits are included, along with unmissable songs from every one of the five decade’s that the Man in Black’s career spanned. All this accompanied by evocative screen images and shots from Johnny Cash’s life.

Clive’s resemblance is uncanny’ Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash

Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was’
‘absolutely authentic to the point where it felt as if it wasn't a tribute

Caitlin Crowell, granddaughter of Mr. Johnny Cash and Mrs. June Carter Cash

Friday 13 October, 8pm, €29

Dermot & Dave: ‘Ah Sure Lookit!’

presented by MPI

Today FM duo takes to the roads of Ireland with the return of their hilarious new comedy show.

Entitled the ‘Ah Sure Lookit’ tour, Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore debuted their comedy show at the first Cork Comedy Festival in September last year and the following month at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival in Galway. Both shows sold out in record time.
The pair has taken to the stage for a comedy gig but they’re well used to each other, having worked together in radio for over 12 years. Having just finished a 14 date sell out tour across Ireland the pair are ready for more with a further 15 shows in the Autumn.
Asked what people can expect from their stand up show, Dermot Whelan said: : “Imagine a bonkers radio show that grows legs and arms and a head and starts firing out craic and waving its arms like an angry King Kong in that movie. Not even close.”
Dave Moore commented: “It’s all our listeners’ favourite characters, stand-up, improvised comedy, music and an interactive gardening segment – what’s not to love?!”

Listeners to The Dermot & Dave Show on Today FM will be familiar with their weekly ‘Ah Sure Lookit’ feature where friend of the show ‘Mac from Carlow’ gives random clues and people are asked to guess what it is Mac is talking about. Although the comedy show has nothing to do with the feature, the lads just like the name!

Early booking strongly advised!

Saturday 14 October, 8pm, €22

MÓRglór Award Night 2017

a concert celebrating Geraldine Cotter

The prestigious annual award, named after Clare’s cultural ambassador and visionary, Muiris Ó Rocháin, is sponsored by glór and developed in partnership with Dr. Tim Collins who is an adviser to glór and coordinated the original concert in 2013.

glór’s annual award to celebrate outstanding contribution to traditional music has this year been awarded to Geraldine Cotter.

From Ennis, County Clare, Dr. Geraldine Cotter is a well-known tin whistle and piano player, teacher and researcher. Currently lecturing in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, she also taught for over ten years at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. She taught music at secondary level for twenty-five years and teaches and performs regularly at summer schools internationally.

Geraldine comes from a family of musicians, including her brother Eamonn, well known flute player and manufacturer. Her mother Dympna, originally from Kilmihil, who taught piano in Ennis for over 60 years, was her first piano teacher. Her husband John Boyd and children Meadhbh, Cillian and Oisin are talented musicians. Geraldine has produced in excess of twenty albums as a recording artist, including her debut solo album Piano+. She is an accomplished piano accompanist and tin whistle soloist, and has performed with many extraordinary musicians over the years. She is a member of the Boruma Trio and Shaskeen.

More information on MÓRglór can be found here.

Early booking advised.

Thursday 19 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc./€9 under 18's

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Bach on the Road

  • Peter Whelan - Director
  • Christian Elliott - Cello
  • Aoife NicAthlaoich - Cello
JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 3, BWV 1048, 10 min.
CPE Bach  Concerto for Cello in A minor with Christian
CPE Bach Bach Sinfonia in B minor WQ 182/5 Hamburg
Vivaldi Concerto for two celli in G minor RV 531
Purcell Midsummer Nights’s Dream
(The Fairy Queen Suite No. 1)

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are among the most perfect examples of the Baroque concerto. Few works match their tireless invention, their colorful instrumentation, or virtuosity.  CPE Bach’s popular Cello Concerto in A is a real gem. It offers cellist Christian Elliott plenty of clever challenges in the fast movements, while providing a slow movement of astonishing expressive intensity that transcends time, place, and stylistic formality. Pulsing rhythms and a wealth of dynamic contrasts grab and sustain the listener’s interest throughout. His Symphony in B minor is extremely Mozartian in style, full of unexpected harmonic turns.  Vivaldi’s sole Concerto for 2 celli is a stand- alone work performed by ICO cellists Christian Elliott and Aoife NicAthlaoich. Its electrifying opening leaves one in no doubt of its highly charged emotional content. The slow movement breathes an almost autobiographical sadness, while its frenetic finale will have you on the edge of your seat.   From the soaring pomp of Bach to the rhythmic elegance of the orchestral suite from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, the sound of the Baroque court provides a rich drawing board for this concert.

Thursday 2 November, 8pm, €25

Conal Gallen: How’s Your Father?

How's Your Father? is a non-stop, laugh a minute riot of craic, confusion and constant laughter!  It's the hilarious brand new comedy play from the cream of Irish comedy - father and son team, Conal and Rory Gallen, who have written probably their funniest comedy play to date!

A B&B! A Landlady! A Priest! A Jockey! A Mystery! Bridie Murphy opens Bridie's Boutique B&B, much to her husband Willie's bewilderment!

"This is a B&B which has to be seen to be believed!! - Tripadvisor"

With their young, confused neighbour, Dick, having some family problems, Bridie steps in to help! There's only one thing for it! Bring in the Priest! Which only serves to make things even more confusing!!

Its a side-splitting tale of love, deceit, mystery, bad food and a bit of "How's Your Father" thrown in for good measure!

Age recommendation: 16+

Thursday 9 November, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc.

Living a Wild Life with Colin Stafford-Johnson

Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman and presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson for an evening of hair raising stories from 30 years filming in some of the wildest places left on earth.

How can viewing a pen and ink sketch of a tropical bird at the age of six change your life? How do you become a wildlife cameraman? How do you end up naming the world's most famous tiger?  What are the challenges filming the wild, the weird and the wonderful?

Filming and presenting the 'Secret Life of the Shannon', 'Wild Ireland' and 'Living the Wildlife' has lead to adventures in every corner of Ireland.   Hear about Colin's most special wildlife encounters close to home and learn how to witness them for yourself in what promises to be a spell binding evening.

Friday 10 & Saturday 11 November, 8pm, €22/€20 Conc.

The Successful TD by John B. Keane

presented by Michael Scott Productions

One of your own – a vote for Tull is a vote for yourself! 
The Successful TD follows the Trials, Tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the "October Elections”

Written by John B Keane in 1967 he displays his edge for humor and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today ... Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.
Tull has roped in the help of his faithful Daughter Kate while his wife nurses her various ailments in bed or Lisdoonvarna ,  but his arch enemy Flannery the local school teacher plans to scupper the election for Tull…

“Any man with a vote is a man to be respected. I’ll play with them, lie to them, sing dumb about them while I have a chance of a vote. That’s my livelihood. Don’t give me no more stink about the truth. Christ told the truth and they crucified Him…”

Based on The Letters of A Successful TD and An Irish Minister of State by John B Keane.
Adapted for the stage by Jon Kenny, Mary McEvoy and Michael Scott
Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy
Directed by Michael Scott

Post-show discussion with Company

Friday 24 November, 8pm, €22.50/ €20 conc.

Celebrating Christie Hennessy - The Platinum Collection

performed by Aonghus McAnally

Renowned entertainer recreates the iconic sound of his close friend in a touching tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest singer-songwriters

After a sell-out tour last Autumn RTÉ personality, Aonghus McAnally, takes his “Celebrating Christie Hennessy – The Platinum Collection” show on a nationwide tour.
One of Ireland’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Christie Hennessy delighted audiences at home and abroad until his tragic and untimely death in 2007, aged just 62. In this all-new show, celebrated entertainer Aonghus McAnally brings the Hennessy songbook to life with his uncanny recreation of his close friend Christie’s voice and guitar playing. Featuring all his best loved hits – Messenger Boy, Jealous Heart, Don’t Forget Your Shovel, If You Were To Fall, All The Lies That You Told Me, and the iconic Roll Back The Clouds – this magical evening showcases the storytelling brilliance of Christie Hennessy with 22 of his greatest songs.

Inhabiting the role of Christie is particularly poignant for Aonghus as the two were such close friends. Speaking about the show, Aonghus said, “It’s a genuine privilege to share Christie’s incredible music with audiences around the country, and an honour to be part of keeping his spirit alive. Music fans want one more Christie gig, and to be able to recreate that magic for them is one of the most special feelings I’ve ever had on stage.

Friday 15 December, 7.30pm, €22/€20 conc./€13.50 children under 18/€60 family of 4

Romeo & Juliet

presented by Ballet Ireland

Based on Shakespeare's tale of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Against a backdrop of ancient feuds and gang warfare, the ill-fated young couple falls hopelessly in love, but their families are bitter enemies.  In order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything.

In Ballet Ireland's production, Shakespeare's tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school. It becomes a play within a play.

The Chaplain at a school divided by gangs and violence brings a fight to a close. He together with their form teacher attempts to show the futility of such behaviour by introducing the pupils to the play of Romeo & Juliet, with the feuding Montague and Capulet families. Each is assigned a character and the action ensues.

The result is a ballet with a dazzling combination of passion and hatred, comedy and high tragedy.

“…Runacre-Temple taps into a zeitgeist so many other ballet companies desperately want to access right now, making relevant what is often seen as an elitist art form while still honouring its roots.” “Runacre-Temple gets it” 

Romeo & Juliet promises to delight and will always appeal to a wide-ranging audience regardless of age or background. However, our recommended age for this performance is for children aged 8 and above.

Saturday 16 December, 8pm, €30/€28 conc./€99 for 2 adults & 2 children

Vladimir’s Viennese Christmas

  • Vladimir Jablokov
  • Claudia Boyle (soprano)
  • Sean Costello (tenor)
  • The Jablokov family
  • Vladimir's Musicians

Join violin sensation Vladimir as he brings a seasonal glow to some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era, together with a festive selection box of Christmas crackers to get you in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year. Hear evergreen favourites like The Skaters Waltz, The Christmas Waltz, The Carol Of The Bells and the timeless O Holy Night performed in wonderful new arrangements.

Joining Vladimir on stage will be special guest star soprano Claudia Boyle and guest star tenor Sean Costello, as well as many members of the multi-talented Jablokov family, with accompaniment of Vladimir's musicians. An unforgettable concert of majestic music from the Strauss family, Franz Lehar and a couple of surprises too.

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.

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 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+