What's On

Thursday 12 May – Tuesday 7 June, 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, free of charge

Embrace Exhibition 2016

The annual Embrace exhibition returns with a wide range of colourful work produced as part of the Clare Arts Office programme for art & people with disabilities. In addition to paintings the show will feature creations in a variety of media including felt, mosaic, photography, ceramics & papier-maché sculpture.

Now in its 14th year, the Embrace Programme has helped many hundreds of Clare based people of all abilities to experience different art forms and express themselves creatively. This annual exhibition offers each participant an opportunity to showcase the very best examples of their creativity.

Scheduled screenings from Thursday 5 in Theatre 2 at glór, free of charge

First Citizens Speak! by Deirdre O’Mahony

in association with Age and Opportunity/Bealtaine 2016

This is a film of 25 minutes long. At the core of this project is the idea of one generation sharing their experience, knowledge and accumulated wisdom with present and future generations, an idea that is deeply relevant today.

Artist Deirdre O’Mahony has been commissioned by BEALTAINE and VOLTage to develop FIRST CITIZENS SPEAK!, a project responding to Bealtaine’s citizenship theme for 2016 ‘First citizens of Ireland’. The project explores the memories and thoughts of older members of the community in North Clare – aiming to investigate the values and behaviours they hold dear and that are, and were, particularly important in allowing them to attain a level of contentedness and connectedness that many of us lack.

The project involves the artist working with GP Dr Fergus Glynn (whose catchment area is in North Clare) as interlocutor, anthropologist Anne Byrne and local members of the North Clare communities as interviewers and mediators.

Screenings will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday May 9th, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Wednesday May 11th, 10.30am to 12pm
  • Friday May 13th, 8pm to 9.30pm
  • Monday May 16th, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Wednesday May 18th, 10.30am to 12pm
  • Monday May 23rd, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Wednesday May 25th, 10.30am to 12pm

Deirdre O’Mahony is an artist, academic and occasional writer. She received a BA in Fine Art from St Martin’s School of Art London, an MA at the Crawford College of Art Cork and a PhD from the University of Brighton titled New Ecologies between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice. O’Mahony has received numerous awards, both national and international. She is a full time lecturer at the Centre for Creative Arts, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

Funded by Age and Opportunity BEALTAINE 2016 and VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016.

Opening Thursday 5th May 6pm by Catherine Marshall art writer, curator, formerly head of collections at IMMA.

To view/download the brochure of all VOLTage events click here and Bealtaine events nationally here.

Friday 27 May, 8pm, €10/€5 children (not available online)

Aos Óg Concert

The future of our traditional music, singing and dance is always in the hands of the Aos Óg, the young generation. The Aos Óg Concert has always been a key event in the Fleadh Nua, which takes place in Ennis each year.

This year, the concert will feature some of the best young traditional musicians, singers and dancers from Co. Clare and beyond.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6pm.  Book ahead and for €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

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.

Saturday 28th May, 2pm, €8

The Speks

Fleadh Nua 2016

“The Speks...they're really great!” Derek Mooney, RTE 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 28 May, 8pm, €15

1916 - A Terrible Beauty

To mark the centenary of the Easter 1916 rising, Fleadh Nua will stage a unique show.

Tracing the roots of the rising and the events of that fateful week, A Terrible Beauty will draw on the music and song of the time along with eyewitness and newspaper accounts to recall perhaps the most defining event of 20th century Irish history. The performance will feature renowned traditional singer Sean Ó Sé with musical direction by Denis Liddy and narration by broadcasters Ciana Campbell and Pat Costello.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6pm.  Book ahead and for €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Saturday 28 May, 2pm, €5

Last Night as I Lay Dreaming

Presented by Fleadh Nua

‘Last Night As I Lay Dreaming’ explores the life and song of traditional singer Robbie McMahon from Spancilhill in Co.Clare who is credited with bringing the folk song 'Spancilhill’ to a worldwide audience. The film documentary charts the huge contribution Robbie McMahon has made to the world of singing down through the years, both through his own compositions and his unique interpretation of traditional songs.

Duration: 75 minutes

Sunday 29 May, 8pm, €20

Danú in Concert

Hailing from counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin and Donegal, Danú is one of the Ireland’s leading traditional Irish ensembles. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland and abroad are high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire.

For over 20 years, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals, (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums.

Saturday 4 June, 2pm, free of charge

Launch of the Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

5th class pupils from Knockanean NS will perform the work they have composed specially for the centenary commemoration, called A Soundscape of Easter Monday 1916.

Saturday 4 June, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Spike Milligan’s Puckoon

presented by Big Telly Theatre Company

It’s back by popular demand!  The show’s sell-out 2009 and remounted 2011 tour had audiences all across Ireland screaming with laughter at its Goonish blend of theatrical anarchy, musical wit, and impossible plot.

Ireland 1922, and the Ulster Boundary Commission has drawn the new border straight through the small town of Puckoon.  With the church separated from its own graveyard and drink now thirty percent cheaper in one corner of the pub, life in the newly divided village will never be the same again.  Based on the book by Spike Milligan, this comic masterpiece is an irreverent and hilarious story which takes the mick, celebrates the absurd, and paints a picture of a simple life that borders on the ridiculous.

To kick off our wonderful summer season, we’re offering an early bird booking package on selected events - this is one of those!

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 10th June get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Wednesday 8 June, 10am & 11.45am, €6

The Jungle Book for ages 4+

presented by Indigo Moon Theatre

You may think you know The Junglebook, but Indigo Moon Theatre brings you a surprisingly good story inspired by the poetry & spirit of Rudyard Kipling's original books.

Fearless and free, Mowgli the ‘man-cub,’ finds fun and friendship as he learns to live by the Law of the Jungle. Mowgli's wild adventures in the dangerous world he inhabits are brought to life with inventive shadow theatre, powerful original music and colourful digital projections. A  contemporary  tale:  it  offers  us  wisdom  in  our  eternal  quest  for  love,  identity and belonging.

Find out more about this inspirational and accessible art form and its use of puppets and multiple light sources after the show.

Duration 50 Mins

Friday 10 - Sunday 12 June,

Killaloe Chamber Music Festival

in Killaloe, Co. Clare

Killaloe Chamber Music Festival is back with three music filled days over the weekend of the 10th, 11th and 12th June 2016.

Music is a form of expression. Be it a simple tune, a basic rhythm or an elaborate phrase, music is the language of choice for the composer as well as the performing musician. And as with spoken language our expression through music has changed dramatically over the centuries. 

The 4th Killaloe Chamber Music Festival wants to highlight this transformation of musical style by taking you, the audience, on a journey through time. Beginning in the Baroque period of the mid 17th century we will revisit the Classical greats Mozart and Beethoven, eventually arriving at the Romantic age. The language of today will feature in each of our 6 concerts with music from the US, Japan and Estonia, works by Irish composer Ian Wilson as well as Hollywood giant Ennio Morricone. We will experience the ever changing musical textures from the sounds of the harpsichord, recorder and gut strings through to the accordion and marimba. On Sunday a lecture by musicologist Michael Murphy provides an easy to understand guide to style in music while talented local children will play their hearts out.

For full information, directions & venues, please visit www.killaloemusicfestival.com


Friday 10th of June, 8pm @ St. Flannan's Cathedral:
Antonio Vivaldi La Follia RV 63
(Liv Heym baroque vln, Laoise O'Birne rec, Aoife Nic Athlaoich vc, David Adams harps)

Ian Wilson "Bewitched"
(Deirdre Moynihan sop, Kenneth Rice, Diane Daly vlns, Joachim vla, Malachy Robinson dblbass)

Georg Frierich Telemann  Trio Sonata TWV 42:a4 in a minor
(Liv Heym baroque vln, Laoise O'Brien rec, Aoife Nic Athlaoich vc, David Adams harps)

Joahnn Jakob Froberger   Toccata D minor FbWV 102
(David Adams  organ)

Johann Jakob Froberger   Lamentation faite sur la mort très douloureuse de Sa Mafesté Impériale, Ferdinand le troisième, An. 1657
(David Adams  harpsichord)

Antonio Vivaldi Cantata RV 680
(Deirdre Moynihan sop, Liv Heym baroque vln, Aoife Nic Athlaoich vc, David Adams harps)

Book your ticket online here.
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Saturday 11th of June, 11am @ Woodbrother's Café:
Emerging Artists Platform

Alex Petcu Colan. Percussion
Maeve O'Hara. Percussion

works by J.S. Bach, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Claude Debussy, MAtthias Schmitt, David Friedman and more.

Book your ticket online here.
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Saturday 11th of June, 8pm @ St. Flannan's Cathedral:

Franz Schubert  String Trio D 471
Diane Daly vln, Cian O'Duill vla, Aoife Nic Athlaoich vc

Ryohei Hirose  Meditation
(Laoise O'Brien recorder)

Wolfgang A. Mozart  Eine kleine Nachtmusik KV 525
(Liv Heym, Diane Daly vlns, Joachim Roewer vla, Aoife Nic Athlaoich vc, M.Robinson dbass)

Ludwig van Beethoven  Piano Trio op.97. "Archduke"
(Katherine Hunka vln, Marie Bitlloch vc, Finghin Collins pno)

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Saturday 11th of June, 10.30pm @ St. Flannan's Cathedral:
Far Flung

Katherine Hunka vln, Malachy Robinson dblbass, Dermot Dunne acc

Book your ticket online here.

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Sunday 12th of June, 8pm @ St. Flannan's Cathedral:

Sergei Rachmaninoff.  2 pieces for cello and piano op.2
(Marie Bitlloch vc, Finghin Collins pno)

Frederic Chopin.  3 Mazurkas op.63
(Finghin Collins. pno)

Robert Schumann.  Waldszenen op.82
(Finghin Collins. pno)

Lepo Sumera.  Quasi Improvisata
(Marie Bitlloch vc, Dermot Dunne acc)

Max Bruch.  Octet for strings
(Katherine Hunka, Liv Heym, Diane Daly, Kenneth Rice vlns, Joachim Roewer, Cian O'Duill vlas, Marie Bittloch vc, Malachy Robinson dbLbass)

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Ticket information:

  • 8pm Concert: €25
  • 11am Coffee concert: €10
  • 10.30pm Candlelight concert: €10
  • Festival ticket: €75 (from box office or online here)
  • School children & students: €5 (only available on the door)

Please note that glór will sell tickets until 3pm on Friday 10th June.  All tickets may be collected & purchased on the door of the event thereafter.

Wednesday 15 June, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

God Bless the Child

presented by Patrick Talbot Productions

First confessions are the hardest!  The acclaimed play based on stories by Frank O Connor.

The childhood stories of Frank O'Connor are universally regarded as being classics of their kind. Three of the funniest: First Confession, My Oedipus Complex and The Genius have been brought together within a single full-length play.  Richly evocative of Ireland in the early decades of the 20th Century, funny and moving, and featuring memorable performances, God Bless the Child is a must see and marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Frank O Connor in 1966.  

‘O Connor’s hilarious childhood stories are beautifully adapted for the stage.’ The Observer

To kick off our wonderful summer season, we’re offering an early bird booking package on selected events - this is one of those!

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 10th June get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Thursday 16 June, 8pm, €20

Carlene Carter

Carlene Carter returns to glór for one night following her memorable concert here in 2010.

The daughter of June Carter Cash and her first husband Carl Smith – Johnny was her stepdad – Carlene has never shied away from being the heiress to the legacy of country music’s foremost family. “I always include at least one Carter Family song, or one written in the Carter Family spirit,” says Carlene, citing as a pertinent example “Spider Lace,” which appeared on her deeply personal last album, Stronger (2008).

She had her biggest hits in the ‘90s, with “Every Little Thing” and “I Fell In Love” both reaching No. 3. The latter was the title track of an album that also included “Me And The Wildwood Rose,” a song that she wrote about being a Carter girl, which she most fittingly revives on Carter Girl, her latest album.

To kick off our wonderful summer season, we’re offering an early bird booking package on selected events - this is one of those!

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 10th June get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Friday 17 June - Saturday 30 July, 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, free of charge

Waterbased and Other Stories

Opens Friday June 24

Waterbased and other stories is a themed exhibition of prints by Graphic Studio members and visiting artists, that depict water as a central element in their composition. This is our first collaboration with the Gallery and with it being summer, when better to celebrate water and its life giving properties? Featuring works by Donald Teskey, Elke  Thonnes, Gwen O’Dowd, Mary Lohan, Seán McSweeney, Keith Wilson, Felim Egan, Louise Leonard, Tim Goulding, Noelle O’Keeffe, Daniel Lipstein, Michael Cullen, Susan Early, Pamela Leonard, Mary Grey, Martin Gale and more.
This show is not be missed and all works are for sale – so drop in for a look! We’re opening it on 24th June as part of glor’s summer party which will include a screening of Some Like It Hot and John Blek and The Rats in concert.

Saturday 18 June, 8pm, €10/€8 con/€30 family of 4

Clockwise Arts - Children’s Theatre

Clockwise Arts - Children’s Theatre presents and evening of drama & theatre performed by young actors aged 6 – 12 years.

Students will present two plays; ‘Don’t shoot the Messenger’ by John Morton a play written for young performers about fantasy, adventure, friendship and ultimately, the importance of teamwork.
Also, ‘Granny Red Riding Hood’s Secret Recipe’ by Robert Reed, an energetic play with lots of laughter and surprises!

Running time:  1 hr 10 minutes.

Thursday 23 June, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Tales of the Unseen: A Contemporary Circus Double Bill

Suitable for ages 10+

Riuchi presents The Tale of the Ancient Lights
Squarehead Productions present The Whistle

glór presents a contemporary circus double bill, with The Tale of the Ancient Lights and The Whistle.

The Tale of the ancient Lights is a search for destiny in Asian Legend. This is a story told through the skilled movements of the artist. The piece is a non-narrative 45mins show which embodies beauty and poetry, enacted with a deft combination of circus, dance and magic.

The concept of The Whistle is almost genius in its simplicity: the performer onstage has a whistle. When he blows it, the audience closes their eyes, when he blows it again, they open them. What if you were at the same time spectator and creator of a piece? A juggler, a whistle and the audience together create a multitude of moments: Time travel – Déjà vu – Glitches – Fast forward – Rewind – Déjà vu. All without technics or special effects.

To kick off our wonderful summer season, we’re offering an early bird booking package on selected events - this is one of those!

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 10th June get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.


Friday 24 June, from 7pm, €20 including Film, Food & Music
Friday 24 June, from 10pm, €8 (John Blek & The Rats only)

Film, Food & Music Night

Some Like it Hot followed by John Blek & The Rats

Some Like it Hot
Dir: Billy Wilder  1959  121 mins Cert: 12
Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) are two out-of-work on-the-run musicians that hide out by dressing as women and joining Sweet Sue's All-Girl Band. They both become infatuated with lead singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe). High-jinx ensue. Classic comedy directed by director extraordinaire Billy Wilder.

John Blek and The Rats
(For ages 18+)

Winners of Tom Dunne’s (Newstalk), Irish Album of the Year, John Blek & The Rats have quickly won the hearts of critics, their sound an infecting mix of folk, country, and Americana. The melancholy of their music combined with pounding rhythms and infectious choruses leads to beautiful songs that will delight.

Saturday 25 June, 8pm, €20

Rebel Rebel - The David Bowie Experience

Rebel Rebel are a 6 piece David Bowie tribute faithfully recreating the most popular songs from Bowie’s extensive back catalogue.  The band themselves are fans and have a deep respect for the man and his music.

The set for this costumed show is built on Bowie’s most loved and enduring songs and the band have worked hard at re- creating the sound and look of a David Bowie concert covering Bowie’s hits from 1969 right up to present day.  Lead singer Peter Quinn has always had his voice compared to Bowie’s. “I released an album of original material in 1999 and it was instantly compared to Bowie. It was something I had been told from the time I cut my first demo tape, so when I was looking for a new project a Bowie tribute was the obvious direction.”

The band are made up of some of the finest session musicians in the country, the members having previously played with an array of Ireland’s top artists including; Sinead O’Connor, Clannad, Gavin Friday, and Jack L.

To kick off our wonderful summer season, we’re offering an early bird booking package on selected events - this is one of those!

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 10th June get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Tuesday 28 June, 8pm, €25

Brendan Shine

Brendan Shine returns to glór with a show of all his favourite and best known songs. 

Brendan has released over 50 albums and has had 45 hit single in a glittering career that has taken him from his Co Westmeath home to every major concert hall the world over.  His hit singles include: O’Brien Has No Place To Go, Where The Three Counties Meet, Abbeyshrule, All My Roads Lead Back To You, How Much Time and, of course, Do You Want Your Oul Lobby Washed Down which Brendan famously performed for Pope John Paul II on his visit to Ireland.

Even after all of these years Brendan shows no signs of slowing down and will release a new Best Of CD to coincide with his 50th Anniversary Tour of Ireland and the UK.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6pm.  Book ahead and for €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Wednesday 29 June - Saturday 2 July,

Merriman Summer School 2016

Gallant Allies in Europe

The theme of the 2016 Merriman Summer School, which is being held earlier this year, is ‘Gallant Allies in Europe’.
Lectures, talks, discussions will centre on Ireland’s relations with the British Empire and continental Europe in 1916 and with the United Kingdom and the European Union 100 years after the Easter Rising.

The 2016 Merriman Summer School takes place just as the implications of the result of the United Kingdom’s in/out referendum on European Union membership are becoming apparent.

This Summer School is being organised in partnership with the European Parliament’s Irish Office and is also part of County Clare’s Community Initiative contribution to the Centenary Programme in commemoration of the Easter Rising, Éire 1916-2016, along with the national Irish language strand, ‘An Teanga Bheo’.

Full details of the programme will be available on Facebook (Merriman Summer School 2016)  and on merriman.ie.

Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 July, 3.30pm - 5pm, €10

Contemporary Dance Workshop with SAPP from Budapest

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

Suitable for Ages 13+

Street Art Project Performances is a young Hungarian contemporary dance start-up, performing theatrical dance pieces. These workshops will be an introduction to dance performance and how it can be integrated in public spaces. With classical ballet and contemporary dance skills you will learn how to bring art to people's everyday life.

Thursday 7 July, 11am - 12.30pm, €10

Drawing Workshops with Aidan Courtney

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

Suitable for ages 5+

Aidan Courtney delivers a bee themed illustration workshop where children will learn how to draw the Queen Bee, her workers, a bee keeper and many other fun bee related things. This will all be step by step drawing for kids. Parents  are welcome to accompany their children if they wish.

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 July, 12pm & 2pm, €10/€8 conc./€30 Family of 4

WiLd by Evan Placey

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

Ennis Street Arts Festival in association with glór
Presented by tutti frutti

WiLd! tells the story of 10-year-old Billy, who has been diagnosed with the condition ADHD and brilliantly captures Billy's world from his funny, quirky distracted view of the world.
Billy lives with his Mum while his Dad and elder brother no longer live at home. Billy decides to look after the bee hive that belonged to his Dad, trying to stop the bees from swarming and hoping his Dad will recognise that he has done a good thing - perhaps this might persuade Dad to return?

Suitable for Ages 8+│Duration 60 Mins

Friday 8 July, 8pm, €20

Maria Doyle Kennedy

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

Maria is an Irish singer, actor and filmmaker. She has sung live with Snow Patrol and has spent more than two decades performing all over the world before audiences at Glastonbury, Oxygen and the Cambridge Folk Festival, and in small, intimate theatres.  She honed her craft as a performer with Hothouse Flowers and The Black Velvet Band before performing in the movie The Commitments and by then,
Maria’s reputation was strong enough to earn her a place singing on the album The Lady Sings The Blues alongside Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Tina Turner and Annie Lennox.

One of the finest voices Ireland has ever produced – Hot Press Magazine

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 July, 11am - 3.30pm, €25

Introduction to Clare Youth Theatre - Devising, Acting, Music Movement and Fun

at the Clare Museum as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

For ages 12 to 18.
Open to any young person in (or entering into) secondary school in September 2016.

If you are interested in all aspects of acting this is the course for you.  We will explore how we use our bodies, voice and imaginations to bring a character to life.

There will be lots of theatre games, improvisation and creating your own character techniques as we become acquainted with the actors’ world.

The workshops will be facilitated by Clare Youth Theatre Leaders Clare Townsend and Eleanor Feeley.

  • No experience is necessary.
  • Bring plenty of drinks!
  • Bring snacks and/or packed lunch
  • Wear comfortable clothes / shoes
  • Places are limited. Early booking advised

*Please note that the participants are unsupervised at lunchtime

Monday 11 - Friday 15 July, 10am - 2pm, €90

Actors + Reactors Speech & Drama Summer Camp

Suitable for Ages 4 – 11

Engage your child's imagination this summer with an action packed week of creative drama, arts & crafts, puppetry, mime, music, dance, library visits and lots of fun!

Book directly with Aoibhín Garrihy on 086 0645454 or info@actorsandreactors.com

Monday 11 - Friday 15 July, 11am - 1pm (Ages 12+),
Monday 11 - Friday 15 July, 2pm - 4pm (Ages 6-11), €95/€85 for 2 or more children from same family

Ballet Ireland’s Annual Summer School

Let’s Make a Ballet

Calling all budding performers!  Ballet Ireland’s popular summer school returns to theatres around the country in 2016. This much-loved programme gives participants a taste for all that goes into making a ballet and a peek into the life of a professional dancer.

Participants will have an unforgettable time creating a ballet with professional dancers from Ballet Ireland based on a familiar story. This week long programme starts with class on stage with the dancers, followed by workshops in creating the choreography in addition to making props and costumes.  The young performers play an important role in the creation of their own full length ballet which is performed on stage at the end of the week for family and friends to come and enjoy.

The programme is suitable for boys and girls ages 6+ with or without dance training.

‘When I went to sleep I dreamt I was back on stage. I loved it. When can I do it again?’
2015 Summer School Participant

Please note: Seniors are required all day on Thursday and Friday. Juniors attend both morning and afternoon session on Friday ahead of the performance at 4pm.

Monday 18 - Friday 22 July, 10am - 1pm daily, €75/€140 for 2 siblings

Imagine This! Drama Programme

Suitable for ages 6 to 9

‘Imagine This!’ Drama Programme is a week-long summer programme offering a variety of drama experiences in a fun and participative environment.  Facilitated by Majella Perry, (BA Theatre, Utrecht) ’Imagine This!’ aims to nurture and encourage young people’s creativity and artistic expression.  Majella works collaboratively with children, to explore the magic of imagination and to expand their creative potential.

• Improvisation, devising drama scenes and storylines;
• Role-play & creating characters;
• Drama exercises & drama games, sensory work;
• Mime, movement, rhythm & percussion;
• Showcase of work on the final day

What can drama Offer?
• Development of imagination & creative awareness
• Increase in communication skills & self confidence
• Outlet for self expression & individuality
• Improve acting/performance skills and ability
• Opportunity to work creatively in groups

Tuesday 19 - Thursday 21 July, 1pm - 5pm daily, €75

The 12 Hour Play Project!

for ages 10-13 years

The 12 hour Play Project offers an opportunity to young people to write, cast, rehearse and perform in just 12 hours!  The process will be fun, participative and exciting as young people are facilitated to experience the full spectrum of roles in creating a theatre performance in (speeded up) version!

Objective:  To explore the entire process of creating a performance – from concept to completion, in a fast paced, condensed experience with lots of ways to be involved.  No performance experience necessary.  Simply a willingness to jump in!

Facilitated by Majella Perry & Clare Townsend

Monday 25 to Friday 29 July,

Colmac Robotics present Learn Robotics

9.30am - 12.30pm│ 6 to 9 year olds │€85
1.30pm - 5.30pm  │ 9 to 12 year olds from │€100

Colmac Robotics returns to glór in summer 2016! These Lego robotics summer camps are an ideal way to introduce children to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Children are encouraged to learn these skills by designing robots to complete a variety of tasks during the week.

Book online at www.robotics.ie

Saturday 30 July, 6pm, €10 adult/€5 child

Foundation Ministries

Foundation Ministries present an extravaganza of Afro-Irish Gospel Music. Foundation Ministries is a multicultural Pentecostal Church and we believe music is a powerful tool for integration. The concert is aimed at bringing people of all faith together to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ which is the bedrock of our Christian faith. Be there to accomplish this goal for Jesus.

Thursday 4 August, 7.30pm, €12/€10 conc.
Friday 5 August, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, €12/€10conc./Matinee €10


presented by Clare Youth Musical Society

Clare Youth Musical Society is excited to return to glór’s stage this August for three performances of Hairspray Junior. Featuring songs such as Good Morning Baltimore and You Can't Stop the Beat this energetic group will prove to you all that they really are 'The Nicest Kids in Town!'

Friday 5 - Tuesday 30 August, 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, fre of charge

Where my Heart Lies: An exhibition of Clare Music by Christy Mc Namara

Where my Heart Lies is an exhibition which celebrates and honours the rich legacy of music and music making in Co. Clare, in those who carried it and passed it on. Where My Heart Lies is concerned with place and music, inseparable from each other, and always interdependent.

Christy’s work has been widely exhibited and can be found in many collections, both public and private. The images selected here are drawn from a larger body of work made by Christy McNamara over the last 30 years, including some work from his book The Living Note, a collaboration with writer and RTÉ radio producer Peter Woods.

Monday 8 - Friday 12 August, 10am - 3pm, €90/€160 for 2 Siblings/€220 for 3 Siblings


Suitable for ages 4 – 12

Since 2007, Starcamp Summer camps have been offering children an absolutely outstanding week that will make a difference to their lives. Starcamp’s core ethos is building children's self-esteem & confidence and Starcamp’s summer camp children have appeared on numerous shows such as Elev8, Sattitude, The Den, Ireland AM, The Late Late Toy Show, have met with Jedward and Westlife, have sang with Hometown, Ryan Tubridy, Bosco, Zig and Zag and Dustin, and have released singles into the charts!

Book online at www.starcamp.ie

Sunday 14 August, 8pm, €15

Boffin to Burren

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Boffin to Burren are a host of great musicians including Inis Boffin’s Dessie O’Halloran, (vocals, fiddle) and Johnnie O’Halloran, (melodeon); Kieran Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing and RTÉ fame (banjo); triple All-Ireland concertina champion and dancer, Caitlín Nic Gabhann; Padraic and Damien O’Reilly on piano and accordion respectively; De Dannan’s Ronan O’Flaherty, (fiddle); and Sligo’s Seamus O’Donnell, (flute, sax), taking time out from touring with At The Racket. Guests on the night are the inimitable Seamus Begley, (accordion and vocals), Oisin MacDiarmada, (fiddle) and Samantha Harvey, (dancing).

A great night's singing, dancing, music and most of all laughter is guaranteed!

Monday 15 to Saturday 20 August, 1pm, €7

Fidil Beo Lunchtime Series

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Monday 15
Joan Hanrahan with Brid O'Gorman, (flute) & Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki)

Tuesday 16
Michael Queally with Noel O'Donoghue, (flute) & Padraic O'Reilly, (piano)

Wednesday 17
James Cullinan & Tony Linnane with Carol Cullinan, (piano)

Thursday 18
Vincent Griffin with Tim Collins, (concertina) & Padraic O'Reilly (piano)

Friday 19
Siobhan Peoples with Murt Ryan, (accordion) & Brian Mooney (bouzouki/banjo)

Saturday 20
Seamus Connolly with Martin Connolly, (accordion), Geraldine Cotter, (piano) & Damien Connolly, (accordion and fiddle)

Monday 15 August, 8pm, €18

Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, the Tulla Ceili Band and Guests

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

A celebration of the music of East Clare, featuring Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, along with the Tulla Ceili Band, who recently celebrated their 70th anniversary. Brother and sister duet Andrew and Mary MacNamara will be joined by Mary's children, Sorcha and Padraig Costello, on fiddle and piano respectively.
Also onstage will be the young and exciting Tulla-based group, Out the Gap, featuring Tipp man Colm Slattery on accordion, Amy McNamara on fiddle, Chicago's  Kevin Carey on flute and percussion, Pamela Queally on fiddle, and Gearoid McNamara on concertina and piano.

Monday 15 August in the glór studio, 6pm, €8

Where My Heart Lies

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

This concert will launch the album of the same title by Crusheen’s Christy McNamara - musician, photographer and raconteur. It will also feature performances from guest musicians Eoin O’Neill, (bouzouki) and Yvonne Casey, (fiddle), plus some surprise guests.

Tuesday 16 August, 8pm, €15

Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill and Arty McGlynn

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill and Arty McGlynn are three living legends of Irish music. Friends for decades, they have rarely performed together in concert, due to their hugely busy solo touring schedules. However, when they do get together, the results are breath-taking. A rare chance to see three of the greats perform on one stage.

They will be supported on the night by Gatehouse, (John Wynne, John McEvoy, Rachel Garvey and Jacinta McEvoy).

Wednesday 17 August, 8pm, €15

Far from Home

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

A global celebration of Clare's Musical Diaspora, featuring Prof. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Dr. Tim Collins and the Clare Tracin' Ensemble, as well as a cast of guest Clare performers from Europe, North America and Australia.

Thursday 18 August, 8pm, €15

A Terrible Beauty

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

An original show by Ray Conway incorporating the songs and music of 1916, featuring Sean O Se, Tadhg Maher, Edel Vaughan, Denis Liddy, Elvie Miller, Marian Curtin, Francis Cunningham and Eimear Coughlan.

Saturday 20 August, 8pm, €15

The Flanagan’s: 100 years on

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Tribute to the music of the great brothers featuring Mick Moloney and friends, The Brock McGuire Band, At the Racket, Lisa Canny, George McAdam, David Hegarty and Cathal Corbett.

Sunday 21 August, 2pm, €8

The Speks

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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!

Sunday 21 August, 9.30pm till late, €25

Kíla & Mànran with Special Guest Support

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Kíla are bringing their hip-shaking, smile-making, funky, groovy brand of trad to glór for this Fleadh Cheoil 2016. Kíla’s music is a celebration of their energy, creativity and wild exuberance, and this year they will be celebrating the continued success of their recent album Suas Síos, the remarkable film Song of the Sea, (for which they co-wrote the score) and the most recent news that the music they wrote for the documentary about the Shannon received an Emmy nomination.

Mànran are one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands on the scene today. The 2011 launch of their debut single heralded a meteoric rise to the top of the Scottish music world that quickly saw them playing many of the most prestigious festivals in Europe despite having only been in existence a few short months. With music ranging from the explosive to the poignant and, at all times, an intense connection with their audience, Mànran thrive on live performances.

For ages 18+

To kick off our wonderful summer season, we’re offering an early bird booking package on selected events - this is one of those!

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 10th June get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

This is a Glór Friends event
Classes start on Saturday 3 September,

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 3rd 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 5 & Wednesday 7 September, 10.05am - 11.35am,

Mindful Yoga with Susie - Autumn 2016

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 Monday session is missed, it can be made up at other yoga classes during the week, or on other Mondays over a maximum of 8 weeks.

From Thursday 8 & Saturday 10 September, 11.30am, €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

Friday 9 September, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Eleanor McEvoy

Best known for her songs Sophie, Harbour, The Secret of  Living  and of course Only A Woman’s Heart, Eleanor’s will be presenting her new show “Naked… Live”

“..once Eleanor McEvoy launched into her fiery set, accompanied by nothing more than her guitar, fiddle and glass-shattering vocal cords, we knew we were in for a fearsome night of music…A lone performer plying a singular trade with considerable élan.” -  Siobhain Long, Irish Times

"Her voice is clear and potently charged, one hundred percent believable; when her songs are bitter the acid burns your eyes, when they are sad you can taste the tears.”- Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine

"McEvoy’s voice has a depth of expression born from living the songs rather than just singing them. It’s a genuine privilege to be on the outside looking in.” - Jackie Hayden, Hot Press

Wexford Opera Fringe Festival 17th October 2015: “It was yet one more triumphant outing for a musical wizard and a woman of immense talent.” Wexford Echo

From Wednesday 14 September, 1pm - 3pm,

Full Fathom Theatre

Acting Training and Theatremaking for Adults with and Without Special Needs.

Book directly with Marie McNamara on 087 6391409.

Saturday 22 October, 8pm, €22.50

Luka Bloom

With a poet’s heart and a rockster’s soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists, having produced 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do, and the 2012/13 Heartman Tour proves he is still making provocative, poetic music that delves deep into the intricacies of the human soul and pulls out the nuggets and puts them in a song.

Saturday 26 November, 8pm, €25/€22 conc.

The Fureys

Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare to Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ etc. return to glór this November.
The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of The Fureys.

Inevitably changes have occurred over 38 years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002 and Finbar left the band in December 1996, however George and Eddie have continued to delight audiences on their tours and have just released a new CD ‘The Times They Are a Changing’

The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he met and shared accommodation in Edinburgh with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell, now all famous in their own right. In 1969 he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.

Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy.


Friday 16 December, 7.30pm, €22/€20 conc./€12.50 Child (16yr or under)/€55 family (2 Adults & 2 children)

The Nutcracker

presented by Ballet Ireland

This timeless classic,  with beautiful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, takes audiences on a wondrous adventure of full of quintessential Christmas magic.

It’s Christmas Eve. A marvellous party is taking place where the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer brings gifts for all the children. When midnight strikes, very strange things start to happen … The Christmas tree grows to incredible heights and Clara’s magical Christmas gift, her Nutcracker, leads them into a fairy-tale world.  With her heroic Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and they journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets together.

This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic of Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, with the whole family. After all, Christmas only begins once you’ve seen Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker!

Saturday 21 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 contemporary numbers.

Early booking advised.