What's On

Friday 3 March, 2.30pm at the Temple Gate Hotel, Free

The Ireland That We Dreamed Of?  Exploring William Trevor’s Fiction – A Talk with Tina O’Toole

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

William Trevor was one of the most renowned figures in contemporary literature, described as 'the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language' by the New Yorker and acclaimed for his haunting and profound insights into the human heart.

Join us for a talk with Dr Tina O’Toole – a literary scholar with research expertise in Irish writing, the history of sexualities and transnational literature. In 2016, she was overall winner of the University of Limerick Excellence in Teaching Award.  Her talk will focus on Trevor’s early iconic short story “The Ballroom of Romance”.

This event is kindly supported by Clare County Library Services.

Friday 3 March, 4pm at the Temple Gate Hotel, €12/€10 Conc.

The Forgotten Summer – Carol Drinkwater in Conversation

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Actress and writer Carol Drinkwater is the author of the autobiographical Olive Farm series which inspired The Olive Route documentaries about her travels in the south of France. Its vineyards also provide the setting for her new novel – The Forgotten Summer, which contains ‘plenty of page-turning drama, but also mouth-watering descriptions of Paris and Provence.’ (The Times).

Join Nell Regan as she talks with the always inspiring Carol about olive-farming, writing and life.

Friday 3 March, 5.30pm, Free of charge

Festival Official Opening & Opening of CRUX – A Dialogue in Metal

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join us for the Official Opening of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017 and the opening of CRUX at the glór gallery. Please see further detail under Exhibition Guided Tour on Saturday 4 March.

Featuring also a performance from young participants of Music Generation Clare.

Friday 3 March, 6.30pm, €12/€10 Conc.

Paul Durcan

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Paul Durcan’s public readings are simply unforgettable. A winner of the Lifetime Achievement Irish Book Award, he has been one of the most sustaining forces in Irish poetry for more than four decades. The author of more than twenty collections of poetry, most recently, The Days of Surprise, and a former, Ireland Professor of Poetry, he is a member of Aosdána.  If you have never seen him live, now is your chance.  He is introduced by poet Afric McGlinchey.

Durcan is a God. He can break your heart in a supermarket or petrol station. He is unafraid, masterful and exactly what this world needs more of: wild abandon, wild love and sheer mad genius.’ – Alice Sebold

This event is kindly supported by the Old Ground Hotel.

Friday 3 March, 8.30pm, *Free of charge

Irish Laureate for Fiction Anne Enright in conversation with Donal Ryan

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

The Laureate for Irish Fiction is proud to present The Readers’ Voice, a series of author interviews taking place across the country, which celebrate the reader, local libraries and outstanding Irish writing.  Ireland’s inaugural Laureate Anne Enright will interview six writers in six different library related venues, and as part of the series, Anne will be in Ennis talking to Donal Ryan about his novel, All We Shall Know. 

The Laureate for Irish Fiction has been developed by the Arts Council and is supported by University College Dublin (UCD), New York University (NYU) and The Irish Times.

This event is being streamed live online at www.facebook.com/LaureateIrishFiction

*Please note that this event is free of charge but tickets need to be secured from glór box office in advance on 065 6843103 as capacity is limited and large numbers are expected. Entry to the auditorium on the night will be to ticket holders only.

Friday 3 March, 10pm at the Old Ground Hotel, €5

Festival Club: Sarah Clancy, Nell Regan and the Jaskane Trio

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join us at our Friday night Festival Club at the Old Ground Hotel for music, mingling and performances of the spoken word with poets and writers Sarah Clancy and Nell Regan.

Sarah Clancy was Lingo Poet Laureate of 2016 and is a page and performance poet from Galway.  Nell Regan is a poet and non-fiction writer. They will be joined by the Jaskane Trio who showcase a unique blend of violin, oboe and guitar, while playing an eclectic mix of musical genres.  From Russian folk dances to Argentinian tangos; iconic film themes to contemporary Irish folk, the trio’s original arrangements and harmonisations provide an evocative experience for the listener.

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, 9.30am at the Rowan Tree Café, €10/€8 conc.

Books & Buns

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Enjoy a Saturday morning book club gathering and test your knowledge of all things literary in our beloved Books & Buns session.  Refreshments included to set you up for a busy day!

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, 11.30am, €12/€10 Conc.

10 Books You Should Read With Cónal Creedon & Lisa McInerney

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join Lisa McInerney and Cónal Creedon, two of Ireland’s most engaging writers, to hear their must reads in what is a perennial festival favourite.

This event is kindly supported by the Rowan Tree Café.

Saturday 4 March, 11.30am (meet at glór), €8

Walking Tour with Seán Spellissy

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Local historian and author Seán Spellissy provides a unique insight into the medieval streets of Ennis on this ever-popular walking tour.

Saturday 4 March, 11.45am, Free of charge

CRUX – A Dialogue in Metal: Guided Tour of the Exhibition & Artists’ Talk

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

In an era steeped in technology, meet five artisans who have their hearts and hands firmly engaged in the world of the physical and raw.  Gunvor Anhøj, Michael Calnan, Moss Gaynor, John Hogan and Jane Murtagh forge, etch, draw and open out metal into three and two dimensional works.

Join these five extraordinary artist-metalsmiths in glór for a guided tour of the work in CRUX and a fascinating artists’ talk.

This event will be facilitated by John Tynan, Head of Education & Development at The Crafts Council of Ireland.

Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm, Free

Clare Youth Theatre

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join us for an annual treat where members of CYT present selections from featured authors of this year’s festival and dramatise them in their own inimitable way.

Clare Youth Theatre, under the direction of Theatre Artist Eleanor Feely, is an initiative of the Clare County Arts Office.  The Theatre has a unique artistic vision that is committed to the artistic, personal and social development of the young person.

Saturday 4 March, 2pm, €12/€10 Conc

Writing, Women & Ireland: Sinéad Gleeson with Anne Devlin, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne & Eimear Ryan

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join Sinéad Gleeson and her panel as they discuss the phenomenon of omission and silence in Irish writing, and the emergence and recognition of Irish women writers in particular.

Sinéad Gleeson is an author, editor and broadcaster. Her short story anthologies The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore have both won Best Irish Published Book at the Irish Book Awards.

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne has written several collections of short stories, many novels, books for children, and plays for stage and radio.  In 2015, she was awarded the Irish Pen Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature.

Anne Devlin is an award-winning short story writer, playwright and screenwriter. Her screenplays for film include Wuthering Heights, Vigo and Titanic Town.  She lives in Belfast.

Eimear Ryan's writing has recently appeared in Winter Papers, The Dublin Review, The Long Gaze Back and Granta.com. She is co-editor of the literary journal Banshee.  She lives in Cork.

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.

Saturday 4 March, 2.30pm at the Temple Gate Hotel, Free of charge

Frank Golden Poetry Launch & Open Mic with the Clare Poetry Collective

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join us for the launch of gotta get a message to you, Frank Golden’s new collection of poetry, published by Clare-based publisher Salmon Poetry.

Frank is a poet, novelist and visual artist.  His work has been described by The Irish Times as ‘ambitious and courageous’. He is Head of Creative Writing at the Burren College of Art.

The launch of Frank Golden’s new book will be followed by an Open Mic poetry session hosted by Mike Douse and the Clare Poetry Collective.  
The Clare Poetry Collective aims to promote the work of its members, in particular, and of poetry in general.  This is done through regular readings in County Clare and elsewhere, the encouragement of book and soft publication, and a weekly section in The Clare Champion.

Saturday 4 March , 3.30pm , €12/€10 Conc.

Rick O’Shea Book Club Special with John Boyne

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

RTÉ’s Rick O’Shea convenes the largest on-line book club in Ireland with over 4,000 members.

Join him in a Book Club Special as he talks to renowned author John Boyne about his new book The Heart’s Invisible Furies.

Saturday 4 March, 5pm at Suas Coffee House, €5

A Book Club Discussion with The Irish Times (SOLD OUT)

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Martin Doyle, acting books editor of The Irish Times, offers an insight into the thinking behind its literary coverage, from Saturday's four book review pages, to author interviews and features, to the recent expansion of books features on the website, The Irish Times Book Club and podcast. How are books chosen for review or to feature as the Book Club's monthly title? How do you pick the right reviewer? What makes a good review? How might your book club use The Irish Times Book Club as a helpful resource?

This promises to be a fascinating discussion in an award-winning Coffee House.

Saturday 4 March, 5.15pm at the Temple Gate Hotel, €10

The Greatest Irish Novel Ever – a Bilingual Event in English and Irish

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join us for a lively discussion of Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille considered by many a great Irish classic and recently translated by panellist Alan Titley as The Dirty Dust.

It is a novel in Alan’s words ‘in which all the characters are dead, and buried in a graveyard in Connemara who continue with venom the disputes that sustained them in their previous lives. Their only sustenance is when a new corpse arrives to tell them about the latest tittle-tattle, scandals, suppositions, rumours and even occasionally the truth about what is happening “up there”.’

Alan will be joined by award-winning writers Manchán Magan and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, with Nessa O’Mahony as Chair.

Le tacaíocht ó Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia

Saturday 4 March, 6pm, €5

Viva by Mark O’Halloran

Dir: Paddy Breathnach  |  Ireland/Cuba  |  2015  |  100 mins  |  Cert: 15A

Viva stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.

The film was selected as the Irish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards and made the December shortlist of nine films.



This film screening is followed by Mark O'Halloran in conversation with Seán Rocks at 8pm.  For more information and pricing, please click here.

Saturday 4 March, 8pm, €15/€12
Combine with a screening of Viva, 6pm, €20/€17 (not available online)
Combine with The Irish Times Michael Collins event, 9.30pm, €20 (not available online)

Mark O’Halloran in conversation with Séan Rocks*

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join us for a special night where actor and writer Mark O’Halloran talks with Seán Rocks, presenter of RTÉ Radio One’s ARENA, about his career on stage and screen. This follows a screening of VIVA – the Irish entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Oscars.

As a writer, Mark has written for both theatre and cinema. His screenplay for “ADAM & PAUL” won the London Evening Standard award for “Best Screenplay” and was nominated for a European Film Award. The winner of numerous Irish Theatre Awards, as well a Fringe First at Edinburgh and 2 Obie Awards in New York, Mark wrote the screen-play for VIVA, described by The Irish Times as ‘a beautiful, funny drama.’

As an actor Mark has worked with all of the major theatre companies in Ireland, most recently in the acclaimed production of “The Importance of Nothing” by Pan Pan Theatre Company and “The Shadow of a Gunman” with The Abbey Theatre Dublin, and on screen, he has appeared in Adam and Paul, The Guard, Calvary and Viva.

An evening not to be missed honouring the huge talent of an Ennis-born artist.

This event is kindly supported by The Ennis Bookshop.

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rose Tremain is unfortunately no longer able to attend the Ennis Book Club Festival as advertised and sends her unreserved apologies.

Saturday 4 March, 9.30pm, €10
Combine with Mark O'Halloran event, 8pm, €20 (not available online)

The Irish Times Book Club with Michael Collins

as part of the Ennis Book Club Festival

Man Booker Prize and IMPAC Prize shortlisted author Michael Collins was born in Limerick and emigrated to the United States on an athletics scholarship to Notre Dame, Indiana, where he still lives.  He is regarded as 'one of the most exciting talents to have emerged not only from Ireland but anywhere in recent decades.'  The unofficial laureate of the US Rustbelt, he has written 10 novels.  An ultra-runner, last year he ran a marathon a day for a month, from Grosse Ile quarantine station in Quebec to Toronto, to raise awareness and funds to commemorate the deaths of tens of thousands of Irish Famine refugees in Canada in 1847.  He talks to Martin Doyle of The Irish Times.

This event will be recorded for a podcast on The Irish Times website as part of the monthly Irish Times Book Club, and is brought to you in association with the Irish Writers Centre.

Saturday 4 March, 10.30pm at the Rowan Tree Café, Free of charge

Festival Club

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join us after a busy day for the Festival Club at the Rowan Tree Café.

A chance to catch up on all the day’s events and mingle with authors and readers alike!

Indulge in a glass of wine and some cheese, courtesy of St Tola Irish Goat Cheese.

Sunday 5 March, 10am, €18

Sunday Symposium: Sports and Politics

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

With Patrick Deeley, Paul Kimmage, Alison O’Connor, Christy O’Connor & Sonia O’Sullivan

Our Sunday Symposium is a firm festival favourite.  This year our panel, chaired by Alison O’Connnor, includes some of the most prestigious athletes, writers and commentators on sport and politics in Ireland.  They will discuss the current state of sport in Ireland, its controversies, governance, and future. Not to be missed!

Patrick Deeley is a poet and writer. His critically acclaimed memoir, The Hurley Maker's Son, was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award 2016.

Paul Kimmage is a former National Road Race Champion, Olympian and professional cyclist. A former ‘Sportswriter of the Year’, his first book, Rough Ride, is considered a classic of sports writing.  He writes for the Sunday Independent.

Alison O'Connor is a journalist and broadcaster. She guest presents the Tonight with Vincent Browne programme on TV3, and has a weekly column with The Irish Examiner.

Christy O’Connor is a freelance journalist based in Ennis. As a goalkeeper he played in two All-Ireland club hurling finals and was a member of the Clare senior hurling panel.  His book on goalkeepers Last Man Standing was published in 2005. 

Sonia O'Sullivan is a former World Champion, European Champion and Olympic Silver Medallist. A regular contributor to RTÉ Sport, Sonia’s two books include Running to Stand Still and Sonia, My Story. She writes for The Irish Times.

This event is kindly supported by North Pole Marathon.

Sunday 5 March, 12.30 (meet at glór), €8

Walking Tour with Jane O’Brien

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join Jane O’Brien on her award-winning walking tour of Ennis.  Praised by the Lonely Planet as the best way to appreciate the town!

Sunday 5 March, 1.30pm at the Old Ground Hotel, €22 (includes lunch)

Literary Lunch with Little John Nee

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join us for a unique lunch of songs and stories with Little John Nee.

Little John Nee is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading solo theatre performers.  His original and authentic contemporary style of musical storytelling and theatrical songs has won him national and international recognition, including an Irish Times Theatre Award. Mick Heaney writes, ‘imagine Garrison Keillor relocating to Ulster’s northwest in the company of Tom Waits and D’Unbelievables and you get an idea of Nee’s singularity.

’‘Nee is a genius … mesmeric and hilarious’ – The Irish Times

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.