What's On

Friday 9 - Saturday 31 October, free of charge

In Berlin by Samuel Walsh

An Exhibition of Paintings, Studies and Drawings

In Berlin stems from a number of visits - most recently in June 2015 - made by Samuel Walsh to the city since 2005. Much of the work is small and of a study nature, with a number of these small studies turned into larger works, both paintings and drawings. The work in this exhibition showcases the artist’s signature use of bold colour as well as his technical brilliance.

Samuel Walsh is one of Ireland’s leading exponents of abstract art and he has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally.

Thursday 15 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

How to Keep an Alien: A story about falling in love and proving it to the government.

presented by Rough Magic

Sonya Kelly, (The Wheelchair on my Face), is back with a tearfully funny, tender memoir about securing an Irish visa for her Australian partner Kate.  They met. They fell in love. Now all they have to do is prove it to the government.
Join her madcap odyssey from the stony townlands of Offaly to the leafy depths of the Queensland bush.

It’s a tricky business coming from opposite ends of the earth. It takes an Olympian will and the heart of whale, but above all else, paperwork. It takes a hell of a lot of paperwork.

Exquisite - The Irish Times

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Friday 16 October, 8pm, €28

John Sheahan, Damien Dempsey & Declan O’Rourke

The New Triangle

In 2013, during a speech launching a documentary about his life and work 'A Portrait Of A Dubliner' John Sheahan remarked that "after 50 years I have decided it’s time to put a lid on the 'The Dubliners', but I think you'll all agree that with Damien and Declan, the future is in good hands."

Little did they all know, that just over a year later, the three would be planning to embark on a journey as a group in their own right. They bring together the living pedigree and last surviving original member of Ireland's greatest folk group, with two of Ireland's finest contemporary voices and songwriting forces. The repertoire draws on a wealth of new material by all three, along with some of the greatest Irish songs that ironically influenced the two youngest from an early age.

The trio recently closed Dublin’s newest and biggest Irish music festival, 'TradFest' in January of this year.  In the lead up to the event, when asked what the group’s name would be, John Sheahan let it slip that they were affectionately calling themselves 'The New Triangle'.
A new legend is born!

Saturday 17 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

My World is My Song with Regina Nathan

My World is My Song is an exciting concert performance starring soprano Regina Nathan and featuring a rich and eclectic mix of songs that enhances the deep connections between the music we love, our everyday experiences and our personal stories.

In a semi-staged format, Regina will perform a thought-provoking, memory-evoking programme of songs from a variety of genres that includes classical arias and more modern hits from legendary storyteller-singer-performers including Janis Ian, Leonard Cohen and Edith Piaf.

Regina Nathan is a well-known Irish soprano who has worked with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and has sung major soprano roles nationally and internationally. The show is directed by award-winning theatre and opera director Robert Chevara. Regina will be accompanied by Elizabeth Rossiter of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

These great songs have a timeless quality that resonate. They enable us to experience the sheer pleasure of hearing a story recounted through music, and to identify with that story in ways that allow us to make the songs our own.

My World is My Song offers all music lovers an opportunity to share in and experience the evocative and the provocative. It will comfort with the familiar and excite with the unique. It is, above all, an evening of entertainment designed to celebrate and extol the power of song in recounting stories.

Join this celebration!


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.

Thursday 22 October, 8pm, €19.50

The Legends of American Country Show

The Legends of American Country Show is set to become Irelands No.1 Country Music Tribute in 2015, featuring the music of 8 of the biggest names on the American scene including Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Buck Owens and Johnny Cash. The show will include 4 well known vocalists in Evan O Donnell, Joe Moore, Rod and Tracey Mc Auley, who between them have a wealth of experience and glittering careers than span over 30 years. Each singer will perform a string of hits from the featured artist complete with authentic costume change and in the company of a live 6 piece band that will include some of Ireland's top musicians. To add the finishing touches to what will be a great show there will be a specially designed stage set to create the atmosphere and give the audience that real American Experience.

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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.

Friday 30 October, 8pm, €25/€22.50 conc.

Bell X1

Following their Ed Sheeran, Croke Park support in July, glór are delighted to welcome BellX1 back for a very special acoustic gig.

Paul, Dave & Dom have been busy in the studio recording their 7th album. This will be the follow up to 2013’s much acclaimed ‘Chop Chop,’ which was their third Number 1, and their fourth consecutive album to be nominated for a Choice prize.  Much of this tour finds them returning to some of Ireland’s most cherished music venues plus they have added a few new special stops. The acoustic shows will feature new songs along with favourites from their much-loved catalogue.

Bell X1 embarked on their first acoustic tour in 2008 and over the last seven years through these stripped back performances; they’ve shown off a different, more intimate side. Previous acoustic tours have sold out well in advance so please act quickly if you would like tickets.

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

Tuesday 3 November, 11.00am - 1.00pm, €10 (teachers go free)

Ger Carey Live

Ger Carey is back with his hilarious stand-up comedy show for transition year students. By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others.

Booking is directly with Ger Carey on 083-1190024 and 059 9141333.



Wednesday 4 November, 8pm, €15

My Name is Saoirse

Written and performed by Eva O’Connor

Directed by Hildegard Ryan

Rural Ireland, 1987. Saoirse lives in a peach coloured bungalow with her Da and big brother Brendan. Her best friend is Siobhán, who has a glorious fountain of ginger hair, a whisper like a foghorn and an arse so big it distracts all the men at mass. Saoirse prefers running through fields to chasing after boys, but her best friend has other ideas. After a night out drinking with the lads, Saoirse discovers her pregnancy and is forced to set out on  journey that will take her miles away from her home and the carefree adolescence she once knew.

‘…beautifully written, striking a mesmerising balance between touching and funny (…) A captivating performance.’ Three Weeks ★★★★★

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Thursday 5 November, 8pm, €7/€5 conc.

Mise Éire

presented by Clare 1916 Centenary Group

The event is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in Irish history and culture to see the short film which was first broadcast in 1959.  Well known composer Seán Ó Riada scored the film and won international acclaim for this role.  He subsequently grew in stature and went on to lead many initiatives aimed at drawing attention to the depths of Irish traditional culture and music.  Ó Riada is now regarded as the single most influential figure in the revival of Irish traditional music in the 1960s.  The Group have arranged for MEP Liadh Ní Riada, the daughter of Seán Ó Riada to make a special introduction to the event. 

The film Mise Éire was directed by George Morrison and depicts key figures and characters in Irish nationalism in the lead up to the Easter Rising of 1916 and represents the founding of the Irish republic, extensively using original footage such as newsreels from the time.  The title of the film is based on a 1912 poem written by Pádraig Pearse, one of the leaders of the Easter rising.  In the poem, Ireland is depicted by Pearse as a woman whose glory is past and has been sold by her children.

Clare 1916 Centenary Group, a broad based organisation, was formed in early 2015 with a view to developing a community led commemoration of the Easter Rising in Clare and have representatives from across the County including community workers, teachers and historians.

Traditional music will be played by Pat Marsh and friends prior to the screening.

Friday 6 - Saturday 28 November, free of charge

Between You, Me & The Wall…

An Exhibition of photography by John Kelly

Celebrating 25 years at The Clare Champion newspaper, glór and The Clare Champion are showing a selection of staff photographer John Kelly's work.

Working out of the west of Ireland, John Kelly is an evocative and original multi award-winning photographer. As staff photographer with The Clare Champion he has chronicled the life of Clare over the past two decades; his unique photographs scratch beneath the surface of everyday activity within the county.

John’s photographs have appeared in many publications and his work backboned the acclaimed publication, The Scattering. For this project, John travelled to England, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea to record the story of those who left Clare for further fields.

Opening on Fri 6 Nov

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

Tuesday 10 November, 8pm, €23/€21 conc.

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

The Johnny Cash Roadshow is the only show to be endorsed by the Cash family, and takes the audience from the 1950’s right up to 2002 and to all the stops in between. All the greatest hits are included and the vocals are accompanied by evocative screen images and shots from Johnny Cash’s life.

Fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, the show re-creates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring Jill Schoonjans as June Carter, Amanda Stone and Louise Masters as the Carter Sisters along with the ‘JC Horns’ all aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste.

Featuring respected singer/songwriter Clive John, this is simply the best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world.

‘What an amazing show, you could have sworn that Johnny Cash was there with you’ ***** (The Ironworks, Inverness)

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Saturday 14 November, 8pm, €25/€22 conc.

Phil Coulter: The 50th Anniversary Concert

For this special concert to celebrate his 50th Anniversary in the music business, Phil Coulter will perform new arrangements of all his well-known songs and will be joined by his guest vocalist, and wife, Geraldine Branagan.

Phil has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones and has written at least four titles that can be added to the list of great Irish Songs.

Tuesday 17 November, 8pm, €15

Prescription for Happiness

with Mark Rowe

Please note that this event has been rescheduled from Thursday 12 November.

Join Dr Mark Rowe, GP and author of A Prescription for Happiness for an enlightening and entertaining evening of wellbeing. Drawing on the timeless truths of philosophy and evidence based positive psychology; he filters these through the lens of his own experience as a medical doctor. The result...ten commitments to open up the possibility of transforming your thinking, improving your health and expanding your happiness.

Followed by a Q&A.

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Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm, €8

Pavee Ceoil

presented by Clare Traveller Focus

This evening of entertainment is a return of the annual Traveller Focus Event which celebrates the contribution the Traveller Community to Co. Clare.  Following on from a successful show last year the theme of the event is a celebration and appreciation of Clare Traveller musical talent with support from Traveller and non-Traveller musicians from Clare and beyond our county border. A parallel theme is also to highlight the importance of maintaining good mental health and how music is a salve for one's positive mental health as well as a resilience tool for people experiencing mental health issues.

The line-up includes a selection of original compositions by the young people of the Songstories song writing programme, Ennis singer Mary Frances Joyce, Jack Delaney performing traditional Cant songs, uilleann pipe and tin whistle player Michael Benn, Stephen Pecker Dunne, and our headline act, country music singer, John Hogan.

On the evening there will be representatives from Mental Health organisations, community programmes and support agencies for audience members to meet and talk to about the services that are available in Co. Clare to enable us all to have positive mental heath.

This event is an initiative of the Clare Traveller strategy inter-agency group. It is led by Ennis CDP Primary Health Care Programme for Travellers in Clare and is supported by the HSE, the Department of Justice and Equality, Clare County Council and Music Generation Clare. (Music Generation is Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.)

Thursday 19 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Two Brothers – Vladimir & Anton Jablokov

Traditional Russian tunes, popular classical pieces, themes from movies and musicals, as well as singalong favourites.

Following their hugely successful debut Irish tour Violin maestro Vladimir is once again delighted to share the stage with his equally gifted younger brother Anton. Two Brothers celebrates popular classical music by the great composers - where Vladimir and Anton highlight pieces from their Russian heritage - mixed with well-known favourites from the stage and screen.

During the last ten years, Vladimir Jablokov has established himself as one of the brightest young stars on the Irish classical scene, with concerts and recordings that show his love of both Viennese music and contemporary pop / crossover.

Now the talented maestro joins forces with his brother Anton, himself a dazzling violinist with a flair for daring improvisation, which showcases their almost telepathic skills and intuition as sibling musicians. Sons of a gifted Russian violinist and conductor the brothers have been playing together for almost twenty years. Pushing each other on to greater heights of artistic expression, joyful harmony and thrilling clashes, this is sibling rivalry soundtracked like you have never heard it before.

Completing the gifted trio for these concerts will be pianist Adam Kuruc, Vladimir’s longtime arranger and co-producer. Hear pieces such as, ‘If I were a Rich Man’, ‘Sunrise Sunset’, ‘Dark Is The Night’, ‘Kalinka’ and ‘Those Were The Days’ as well as well known themes from Dr Zhivago, The Godfather, Scent of a Woman and other cinema favourites.

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Friday 20 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Dermot Byrne, Trevor Hutchinson & Steve Cooney

Dermot Byrne, one of Ireland’s finest traditional accordion players, performs a concert to mark the twentieth anniversary of his solo album.

For many years a member of Altan, Dermot performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group, along with artists like Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grapelli, bringing the joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world.  For this special concert, Dermot will be joined by Australian Steve Cooney on guitar and Tyrone man Trevor Hutchinson on bass, both of whom have impeccable traditional music credentials.

Australian-born guitarist, bassist, producer and didgeridoo player Steve Cooney is one of the most dynamic modern performers in traditional music.  He has played with Stockton`s Wing, Sharon Shannon, Seamus Begley and  Sinead O'Connor along with many other groups over the years.

Bassist Trevor Hutchinson started his musical career in the late 70s playing electric bass with the innovative Belfast band, Katmandu.  In 1986 he joined The Waterboys and toured with them until 1991.  After switching to double bass he hooked up with Sharon Shannon to launch her solo career.  In 1997 along with Donogh Hennessy and Sean Smyth he founded the traditional group Lunasa.  He has performed and recorded with many artists over the years including; The Waterboys, Eric Bibb, Liz Carroll, Luka Bloom, Karen Casey, Solas, and De Danann.

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Saturday 21 November, 7pm, €75

glór @ Dromoland

Drinks, Dining and Dancing

As part of its annual commitment to supporting glór and the arts in Clare, Dromoland Castle will co-host another wonderful evening of fine dining and entertainment in their 5-star Brian Ború banqueting hall.  Commencing at 7pm with drinks reception in the Kincora Gallery, an exquisite four course dinner will be followed by music and dancing with the sensational Jack L.

This event merges the unmatched service and dining style of Dromoland Castle with glór’s unparalleled talent for providing top class entertainment and promises to be a very memorable occasion!

Tickets cost €75 each and may be booked individually or as a table of 10. 

Dromoland Castle is offering a special B&B rate of €150 (double)/€130 (single) to glór patrons for this night only (booking for accommodation directly with Dromoland).

Sunday 22 November, 8pm, €30

Keith Barry - Out of Control

Keith Barry returns with brand new show "Out of Control".

Early booking strongly advised.

Please note that under 12's must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday 25 November, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.


presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company

Written and performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton

Sticks and stones didn't break Her bones, but words and pointing crushed Her.
Is Beauty really only skin deep?
Does Ugliness hide somewhere deeper?

Following the runaway international success of Forgotten and Silent, Fishamble presents Pat Kinevane’s third solo play, Underneath. This stunning new play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface, and what lies underneath.

'brilliant...striking...excellent...almost a masterpiece'      Irish Times

Suitable for ages 16+

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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.

Friday 27 November, 8pm, €30

Paddy starring Tommy Fleming

presented by Brain Child Productions

International multi-award winning singer Tommy Fleming takes to the stage for his first major acting role in a brand new original drama/musical entitled 'Paddy'.

This must-see show, co-written by Tommy Fleming alongside singer/songwriter Gerry Carney and Tommy Marren (writer of the hugely successful 'Its the Real McCoy), tells the story of Patrick Murphy who emigrates to England to start a new life on the building sites of London.  With a gripping storyline that is set in both Ireland and England over a 25-year period, alongside 13 original songs, 'Paddy' promises to be a unique night of stunning drama and spectacular music.

Saturday 28 November, 8pm, €27

Oliver Callan

Award-winning satirical impressionist Oliver Callan is fresh from his hit TV and radio series Callan’s Kicks and will perform a night of live music, satire and comedy, sending up the top names in politics, sport and entertainment.

The controversial mimic returns with a brand new show satirising the hot topics of the day after another year of scandal and controversy across Ireland and the world.
Featuring a new array of characters from Conor McGregor to Imelda May and Marty Morrissey to Rachel Allen, as well as old favourites Taoiseach Enda and President Michael D Higgins; a huge range of issues will get the Callan treatment in this biting live show.

Callan’s routines are never far away from controversy, having raised the ire of politicians, sports stars and media celebrities in recent years.

The Monaghan-born comic is also known for his sharply topical routines and outspoken interviews on The Saturday Night Show on RTÉ One television.

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.

Friday 4 December, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Matchmaker

by John B. Keane

Based on the novella “Letters of a County Matchmaker” by John B. Keane, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers.

The production stars television favorite Mary McEvoy known for her roles as Biddie in the long running RTÉ series Glenroe. Irish Actor and comedian Jon Kenny, who was part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt, joins Mary to complete the cast. Kenny is also best known outside Ireland for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.  Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.

The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O'Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn.  Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses “The Matchmaker” as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister.

Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely county people and creates a marvelously colorful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

The show is directed by Michael Scott.

Wednesday 9 December, 8pm, €25

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers starring Katherine Lynch

presented by Zac Entertainment

Join Ireland’s leading funny woman Katherine Lynch in the hilariously funny World Premier of Stuart Thomas’ You Don’t Bring Me Flowers as she plays the "TART"!

Watch as Katherine leads an exceptional cast including Seamus Moran (Fair City), Helen Morton (Fair City), Karen Ardiff (Brooklyn), Emma Barry (Fifty One Shades of Maggie) and Karl Bowe (Mr Ireland) through a story of family ups and downs in the way only Katherine Lynch can. This is a show guaranteed to have you laughing all the way home. A night not to be missed!

Middle-aged Barbara's broken-hearted when hubby Henry dumps her. But soon she's having the best sex of her life with hunky Zak, the much younger handyman who’s artexing her box room.  Mags, Barbara's sister, played by Katherine Lynch is a serial singleton, who is addicted to Tinder and one night stands. What will her other sisters Donna and Marie say when they find out about Babs and Zak? And is Zak too good to be true? And what if Henry changes his mind?

Crammed with laughs, tears and songs like 'I’m In the Mood for Dancing’, 'I Will Survive', ‘Happy’ and of course, 'You Don’t Bring Me Flowers', this heart-warming, raunchy comedy about love will be your best night out this year!

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.

Friday 11 December, 8pm, €25

Nathan Carter

A fully seated concert performance

Nathan spent his childhood years in Liverpool, England, and grew up in a family with strong Irish roots, his folks originating from Newry in County Down. It seems like Nathan was just born to perform, because even at the tender age of four, he began to learn to play the accordion, and in a few short years he had become a head chorister in the Liverpool boys choir, touring the world, and he has even sang for the Pope in Rome.

Trips to Ireland to compete in Fleadh Ceoils became a regular feature of young Nathan's life during his early teens, resulting in All Ireland medals for solo singing , and in accordion, all at just 12 years of age. Nathan soon became a member of the Liverpool Ceili band, playing piano accordion and piano,and in no time at all Nathan had began playing solo gigs around Liverpool and London and playing occasional shows in Ireland.

Nathan is now just over three years on the road with his band, and has recorded five albums and a two DVDs. `Wagon Wheel`, the single taken from the album of the same name has become a huge hit for Nathan, with over a million hits on YouTube and the wheels continue to roll for this special song, which can now be heard in clubs, discos, and dancehalls alike and on all major National Irish radio stations.

Early booking strongly advised

Thursday 14 January, 8pm, €27.50/€25 conc.

Reeling In The Showband Years

With Ronan Collins, Brendan Bowyer, Gina (From The Champions), Shaun O'Dowd (Ding A Ling), Keith & Lorraine McDonald, The Conquerors Showband….and more!

Saturday 16 January, 8pm, €22

Neil Delamere


Following sold out shows last year Neil returns with a brand new show brimming with hilarious stories and incisive wit. 2015 saw the award-winning comedian continue his star turn on the perennially popular The Blame Game for BBC NI on TV and radio. Neil also landed his own weekend national radio show for Today FM and the hosting role in the new RTÉ 2 science series Eureka.

Now he’s back to his first love, telling tall tales and spinning side-splitting yarns about the events of the last year.

Thursday 21 January, 8pm, €25

Derek Ryan - One Good Night

Derek Ryan’s rise to become one of the biggest stars of Irish Country music has been phenomenal.  In just over five years few artists have made such an impact on the Irish country scene like the Co. Carlow singer songwriter.  Having played to sell out concert audiences around the world with Irish boy band D-Side, the young heartthrob has brought a distinctive fresh sound to Irish country.

Derek Ryan has become a sell out artist in his homeland and has topped the Irish national charts and the UK iTunes country charts with his albums. His theatre shows contain much of the music featured on his six albums including many of his own self-penned songs, God’s Plan and ‘Life Is A River’, as well as many country classics.

He is a constant recipient of Ireland’s most prestigious music awards and is regularly awarded both ‘Entertainer of the Year’ and “Album of the Year’
Derek ‘One Good Night, concert tour includes a mix of old favourites, classic country and Derek’s own original material.


Saturday 23 January 2016, 8pm, €30/€27.50 conc.

Tommy Fleming

The West’s Awake

A Tommy Fleming concert is a unique and emotional musical experience suitable for all ages. His performance is always delivered with electric emotion and surrounded by his world class band. Tommy’s concert is the one concert this year you should not miss.

The West’s Awake album brings Tommy back to his roots musically as he has included songs like ‘Sonny’, ‘The West’s Awake’ and ‘John O Dreams’, but his concerts will also include his biggest hits from ‘Danny Boy’ to ‘Bright Blue Rose’ and of course ‘Hard Times’.  Tommy’s versions are unique and individual to him and until you hear him sing these songs you cannot experience the musical emotion that only his music can reach.  Tommy’s unique talent has brought him worldwide recognition and he is now critically acclaimed to be one of the worlds’ finest singers of his generation.

Eric Clapton - “His version of Danny Boy is the best I have ever heard bar none.”
Alex Ferguson - “If Tommy could play football like he sings I would sign him.”


Saturday 20 February, 8pm, €20

Eddi Reader

With a career spanning over 3 decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. Having first hit the limelight in the 1980’s with the group Fairground Attraction (who enjoyed huge chart success with their debut No.1 single Perfect and album First of a Million Kisses), Eddi went on to collaborate on many celebrated projects throughout the years, famously harmonizing with Annie Lennox while touring with the Eurythmics and paying her punk dues with a successful stint in the group Gang of Four. However it has been Eddi’s subsequent solo albums that have cemented her image as a powerful figure in British music.

2014 saw Eddi widely celebrating the release of her eighth and deeply personal, yet universal sounding solo album, Vagabond (Feb 2014). Produced by Eddi herself, it was recorded in her hometown of Glasgow with a cast of well-chosen musicians and long-term musical collaborators. Akin to an autobiographical work, Vagabond is a reflective and whimsical journey through family and inspired musical and poetic heroes that reconfirms Eddi’s intuitive ability to transform any song or genre into her own. She has also released an EP entitled Back the Dogs (Oct 2014) which includes her tantalizing versions of both the 1950’s Ray Evans and Jay Livingston song, Mona Lisa and the 1960s classic, Moon River by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer.

“Back The Dogs is as powerful a collection of songs as you'll find in one place. When the songs aren't speaking to the soul, their speaking to the heart... there is a real class to this release, it helps you understand why music is called an art.” Fatea Records

With an MBE for outstanding contributions to the arts, 3 BRIT awards, a #1 single and 8 critically acclaimed solo albums, what sets Eddi apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance and ability not only to move the listener, but to connect her experience to that of her audience. With beautifully raw vocals and an unparalleled romanticism, Eddi continues to captivate and inspire audiences from her own native Scotland to the UK, Japan, Canada, Australia and Europe and is considered to be “one of Scotland’s greatest national treasures” The Scotsman.

Eddi will be performing with John Douglas and Boo Hewerdine on guitars, Alan Kelly on piano accordion and Kevin McGuire on double bass.