What's On

Friday 18 May – Saturday 16 June, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

Embrace Exhibition

The annual Embrace exhibition highlights the artistic achievements of people with different abilities participating in the Embrace programme run by the Arts Office of Clare County Council. Over 30 groups in 2018 are working with professional artists across numerous art forms which include film, painting, ceramics, textiles and sculpture. Be prepared to be amazed and astounded by the dazzling display on show in the gallery space, an explosion of colour and creativity.

 

Tuesday 22 May, 1pm, free of charge

Embrace Showcase

The annual Embrace showcase highlights the artistic achievements of people with different abilities participating in the Embrace for Arts programme run by the Arts Office of Clare County Council.

Always a great show, the event features music, dancing, drama and a surprise or two!

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Tuesday 22 May, 8pm, €7

Escape from Liberty Cinema (Ucieczka z kina ‘Wolnosc)

presented as part of PolskaÉire Festival & preceded by 'Good Business' by Ray Sullivan

Dir: Wojciech Marczewski
1990  |  Poland
88 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

Wojciech Marczewski’s anti-totalitarian satire is a darkly comic examination of censorship which adapts the premise of Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo to late 1980s Poland. The film centres on a provincial film censor who is horrified to discover that the actors in a trite romantic weepie are refusing to perform their roles. With shades also of Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. and Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, the film deftly combines political satire, social observation and surreal humour.

Directed by one of Poland’s leading intellectual - and much censored - filmmakers, this multi-award winning feature is a key film of the seismic political changes of 1989, and an enthusiastic manifesto for the freedom of the artist - and ultimately, of all humanity.

"Extremely funny political comedy... Consciously influenced by Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, it's an absurdist satire on bureaucracy and moral cowardice" Philip French, The Observer

"A rich mixture of dark political satire and poetic allegory" Wally Hammond, Time Out

"An exuberant attack on censorship" Variety

This film will be preceded by a short film 'Good Business' by Ray Sullivan

Good Business is a short and intelligent Sci-Fi filmed on location near Blackhead Lighthouse.

Friday 25 May, 8pm, €10

Aos Óg Concert

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

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.

Saturday 26 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: 65 minutes

Saturday 26 May, 8pm, €15

The Corner House Session

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

The Corner House is Cork’s most famous trad music pub and tonight’s concert will feature some of the musicians who have established the unique reputation of this venue, including Johnny McCarthy, (Fiddle), Eoin Ó Riabhaigh, (Uilleann Pipes), Aidan Coffey, (Accordion), and Colm Murphy, (Bodhrán).

They will be joined by Cyril O’Donoghue and other guests as they give a flavour of the music, singing and craic that is a feature of The Corner House Sessions.

Sunday 27 May, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Shandrum Céilí Band in Concert

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

The Shandrum is the most exciting and successful Céilí Band to have competed at the Fleadh in many years. Following on their great success in achieving the three-in-a-row at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017, we aredelighted to welcome the band to perform what will be an exciting and enthralling concert at Fleadh Nua.

Wednesday 30 May, 2pm, free of charge

Afternoon Tea Dance

presented by glór & Clare Arts Office

Clare Arts Office teams up with glór for an afternoon of singing and nostalgia as we mark the Bealtaine Festival - Ireland's national celebration of creativity as we age.

Admission free and all are welcome, with light refreshments provided after the event.

Thursday 31 May – Friday 1 June, 7.30pm, €12/€10 conc.

Beauty and the Beast

presented by The Dinan School of Ballet

The Dinan School of Ballet takes to the stage once again with their own unique blend of dance, music and drama.

Using a creative mix of ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance along with a wide ranging musical score, their show will take you on a dramatic
journey based on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast.

A fun night out for all the family is guaranteed!

Friday 1 June, 11am , free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips - Emma O’Grady

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists' Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare in the form of regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings and debates.

Áine Phillips is a visual artist based in Ennis and is Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art. She has exhibited and performed her work widely in Ireland and internationally.

Join us for tea/coffee in the Spás at glór at 11am followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

Emma O’Grady is a Laois-born, Galway-based actor, writer, production manager and lighting technician. She has an MA in Drama & Theatre Studies, (NUIG) and was co-founder and co-artistic director of Mephisto Theatre Company 2007-2014. Her first play What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?, which is based on tape recordings her grandfather made shortly before his death, was performed to critical acclaim at Galway Theatre Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival 2017.

Saturday 2 June, 3pm & 7.30pm, €14/€9 Child/€44 Family of 5/€38 Family 4

Sparks Hip Hop School of Dance

Sparks present a fun and entertaining night for all the family, young and old.

See performers from as young as 3 years all the way up to adult champions. Don't miss it!

Early booking strongly advised.

Saturday 9 June, 2pm, €5

It’s Not Yet Dark

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

Dir: Frankie Fenton
Ireland  |  2017  |  80 mins

It’s Not Yet Dark tells the ground breaking story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented young Irish film maker with MND, as he embarks on directing his first feature film through the use of his eyes and eye gaze technology.

Simon Fitzmaurice died in October 2017, only two weeks after the film’s release.

Saturday 9 June, 4pm, €12/€10 conc

Book Club Favourite - Ruth Fitzmaurice

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

Book Club Favourite - Ruth Fitzmaurice – I Found My Tribe - in conversation with Mick Heaney

An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life by a wonderful writer.

'One of the year’s most arresting, humbling and acute memoirs. It is a catch-in-the-throat, life-affirming work that you want to gulp down in one and recommend to all your friends. Fitzmaurice tells her story in sparkling prose that is as sinewy as her new sea-strengthened body, and as admirable and boundless as her spirit.'  - Sunday Times

Saturday 9 June, 8pm, €15/€12 conc

A tribute to Sebastian Barry with Sean Rocks and special guests

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

Re-scheduled due to the extreme weather in early March, Ennis Book Club Festival presents this special event, a tribute to Sebastian Barry, who is in conversation with Festival favourite host Seán Rocks. Sebastian Barry is one of Ireland's greatest living writers, and has recently been appointed the Laureate for Irish Fiction 2018-2021.

A panel of special guests will discuss the work of the celebrated poet, playwright and novelist in the first half, and after a short interval, Sean will be joined on stage by Sebastian for an intimate and unmissable interview.

Sebastian Barry is the only novelist to have won the coveted Costa best novel award twice. Days Without End is described by the Financial Times as “not only a story of survival [but] a love story, too, written in a gorgeous style that blends Barry’s characteristic eloquence with the straight-talk of early America … firmly in the tradition of Irish diaspora writing”. For Eoin McNamee in The Irish Times, “Barry is the most humane of writers.” He has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novels A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008) which has since been made into a movie by Jim Sheridan.

Early booking advisable.

Thursday 14 June, 8pm, €29

Hennessy: A Tribute to Christie

Celebrating the incredible life and career of one of Ireland’s most loved performers, Christie Hennessy’s children will perform as Hennessy from June 13-17 at venues throughout Ireland. Amber, Hermione and Tim who have all had stellar careers within the music business both as artists and as managers, have come together to celebrate the work and career of their late father, who passed away in December 2007.

“We miss our dad every day. Coming together to perform as Hennessy seems the best way for us to honour him – both through his music and our own personal memories. We cannot wait to meet all of Christie’s fans as we sing his favourite songs, ones everyone will know and love, as well as arranging a few surprises for you all, from our family to yours.”

Hermione, Amber and Tim will perform classic songs made famous by Christie Hennessy including:  'Messenger Boy', 'Oh Jealous Heart',  'If You Were to Fall’, 'All the Lies That You Told Me’ and ‘Roll Back the Clouds’, as well as singing songs that influenced their father. The show, Hennessy: A Tribute to Christie will feature exclusive and heart-felt stories and anecdotes about a man for whom fame came late in life.

Hennessy: A Tribute To Christie will offer a unique insight into the life and career of a loved and much missed Irish music legend, performed by the people who knew him best, his children. Also on show will be unseen memorabilia and personal effects that the family have curated for fans for the first time.

Saturday 16 June, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

Shout! – The 60s MOD Musical

presented by Verdant Productions & Do R Die Productions

The musical follows five young female subscribers to a fictional magazine called Shout!, “the magazine for the modern woman”, as they come of age during the liberating 1960s that made England swing. From cover to cover, Shout! unfolds like a musical magazine and travels in time through the decade, chronicling the dawn of liberation of women. Just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black and Lulu were independent women with major careers, English (and indeed Irish!) women were redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about women. Shout! and its all-female cast reflect that change through the unforgettable music of the era.

Shout! contains show stopping new arrangements of classic pop anthems of the decade, including, 'Downtown', 'Son of a Preacher Man', 'Goldfinger', 'I Only Wanna Be With You', 'To Sir With Love' and of course, 'Shout!'. The songs and each girl’s own unfolding story are tied together by hilarious sound bytes from the period – from 60s advertisements for anything and everything – to lonely hearts letters answered by Shout! magazine’s advice columnist, who thinks each girl’s problem can be solved with a “fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick.”

'Shout captures all the exuberant innocence, camp melodrama, and soulful heartbreak of the Sixties diva songbook'   The Times London

'Hits you with a burst of noisy energy, and sheer talent that simply takes your breath away'    Whatsonstage.com

'Stylish and inventive…a surprisingly shagadelic shindig'   Talking Broadway

'If you loved the songs of the 1960s you will thoroughly enjoy performances of songs such as Shout!.... There is a great sense of joy and fun about the whole production …it deserves to be a success'   No More Workhorse

Thursday 21 June at the Old Ground Hotel, 6.30pm, €40

Gin & Jazz - A Midsummer Night Soirée in the Gardens of The Old Ground Hotel

with music by The Café Orchestra

Enjoy a Dingle Gin Cocktail on arrival on the lawn, followed by a seated supper in the newly renovated Banquet Hall, and take part in an Art Auction where you can take away work from well-known artists and there will also be a chance to win one of our glamorous raffle prizes.

The perfect night out with friends, colleagues and family – ideal for that outing with your book club or other social group with the feel good factor of knowing that you’re supporting glór’s many programming activities, including programmes for our younger audiences and our new artist development initiatives.

Have a great night out whilst supporting glór!

You can also reserve the tickets for your group now and pay by Friday 15 June.

Saturday 23 June, 10.30am & 12pm, Free event but ticketed - please pre-book

The Willow Wood by Julie Tiernan with Anne Blake

presented by Teach na Coille

Suitable for Ages 3-5
Duration: 30 mins

The Willow Wood allows children to step into the magical world of the Willow Wood and travel on an interactive journey of storytelling, musical play, song and exploration. With original music and song in both English and Irish, this show is sure to delight adults and children alike.

Teach Na Coille enterprises are delighted to present this new version supported by glór and Creative Ireland.

A new national day of creativity for children and young people, Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on 23 June 2018. Funded by Creative Ireland, Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity nationwide through a compelling spread of performances, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings and screenings, special events and much more.

 

Saturday 23 June in the glór foyer, 12pm - 3.30pm, free event

Piano Music Marathon

Sign up on the day and just play! All piano players welcome

A new national day of creativity for children and young people, Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on 23 June 2018. Funded by Creative Ireland, Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity nationwide through a compelling spread of performances, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings and screenings, special events and much more.

 

Saturday 23 June , 1pm - 2pm in the Studio, Free event but ticketed. Please pre-book

Introduction to African Dance Family Workshop

Suitable for all ages

Claire O’Meara teaches Kizomba and Semba as well as Afrohouse, Kuduro and traditional dance from Angola. Claire will combine all these dances together to create a fun and uplifting workshop suitable for all ages and will be a great opportunity to get creative and have fun with your family.

A new national day of creativity for children and young people, Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on 23 June 2018. Funded by Creative Ireland, Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity nationwide through a compelling spread of performances, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings and screenings, special events and much more.

 

Saturday 23 June, 3pm - 4pm and 4.15pm - 5.15pm (followed by social dancing), €30

Kizomba Dance Workshops presented by Kizomba Ennis

with Tomas Kieta and Claire O'Meara

Suitable for ages 16+

Kizomba is a dance which originated in Angola back in the late 1970s & early 1980s. It since travelled to Europe and has been growing ever since - Kizomba is taking the world by storm!

Claire O’Meara, a native of Co. Clare, has been dancing for many years and after discovering Kizomba almost 5 years ago, she set up Kizomba Ennis and has been sharing her passion for the dance teaching and choreographing in Ennis for almost 2 years.

Claire regularly travels abroad to Lisbon to train with the masters of Kizomba as Portugal is a hub for the dance, She has recently started to teach Kizomba at different festivals in the UK.  Claire is delighted to have had the opportunity to train and work with Tomas Keita and is excited to collaborate with him on this exciting project.

Tomas Keita was born in Guinea-Bissau and is one of the pioneers of teaching Kizomba and African dance in Europe, particulally in Spain. As a teacher and choreographer for African Rhythms and dance, he works in in different dance academies in Portugal and participated in different international congresses for Kizomba.  He has been working for more than 15 years as a teacher and trainer. Based in Barcelona, he is delighted to come to Ennis to share his passion with everyone.

Hour long workshops will run at 3pm and 4.15pm. Make sure to stay after to enjoy some social dancing.

Booking is directly with Claire O'Meara on 085 76 46 098 or claireomeara2000@gmail.com
 

Saturday 23 June, 3.30pm, Free event but ticketed. Please pre-book

Making the Grade

Dir: Ken Waldrop
Ireland 2017
82 mins
With subtitles

Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers.

A new national day of creativity for children and young people, Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on 23 June 2018. Funded by Creative Ireland, Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity nationwide through a compelling spread of performances, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings and screenings, special events and much more.

 

Friday 29 June, 8pm, €25

The Legends of American Country

The Legends of American Country returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping Country classics. The 2018 tour will showcase  highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Kenny Rogers and 4 brand new tributes to icons George Jones, Charley Pride, Patsy Cline and Don Williams and countless other well-known  hit songs in this must see extravaganza.

The show features fantastic singers, Joe Moore, Tracey and Rod McAuley and Keltic Storm, who are all backed by the superb Country Storm band and coupled with an authentic stage set that will transport you all the way to Nashville and back. One thing is for sure - if you like Country music this is the only show in town!

Sunday 1 July matinée show, 2.30pm, €12/€10 conc
Sunday 1 July evening show, 7.30pm, €15/€12 conc

‘It’s A Musical!’

presented by Clare Youth Musical Society

Clare Youth Musical Society return with their own musical this year! Eager to perform something different and exciting, this group of talented singers, dancers and actors have created ‘IT’S A MUSICAL!’ Featuring music from well known shows, this is not to be missed!!!

Tuesday 3 July, 10am - 4.30pm, €40

A Maker Approach to Art and Interactivity

workshops for Adults, Artists and Educators

Make Create Innovate offer this hands-on, jargon-free one day workshop that will introduce you to physical computing using conductive materials, and MaKey MaKey hardware.

Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 July, €10 per session

Aerial Workshops

with Irish Aerial Creation Centre

11am to 12.30pm for ages 5-9
1.30pm to 3pm for ages 10-13
3.30pm to 5pm for ages 13+

In these workshops participants will have the opportunity to explore and learn aerial and acrobatic circus skills.

Wednesday 4 July, 3pm - 5pm, €10

Build an Interactive Animal

with Make Create Innovate

Suitable for ages 12 to 16 years old

This hands-on workshop explores MaKey MaKey hardware in a fun creative environment where participants are invited to explore the connections between art and technology.

Friday 6 July, 11am , free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips - Eileen Hutton and Verónica Alvarez

presented by Ennis Street Arts Festival in association with Clare Arts Office, glór and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists' Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare in the form of regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings and debates. Áine Phillips is a visual artist based in Ennis and is Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art. She has exhibited and performed her work widely in Ireland and internationally.

Join us for tea/coffee in the Spás at glór at 11am followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

The Ennis Street Arts Festival invited Verónica Alvarez, Director of Spanish Environmental Art Centre, Valdelarte, to collaborate with local artists. One of these collaborations will be with Eileen Hutton, artist and lecturer in the Burren College of Art. Both Eileen and Verónica will talk about their practices, their projects and their future partnership in art. A short documentary film, Rebirthing the Hawthorn, by Ana Colomer, Lena Hughes and Veronica Alvarez, exploring the hawthorn, its lore and history as a common link between The Burren and Valdelarte will be also screened on the day.

Friday 6 July, 2pm - 4pm, Free event at the entrance to glór
Saturday 7 July, 12pm - 4pm, Free event at the entrance to glór

Be(e)tween: A Participatory Intervention

by Eileen Hutton

Be(e)tween: A Participatory Intervention by Eileen Hutton, is a sensory experience of bees and beekeeping in order to highlight the importance of honeybees as essential to our surrounding environment.

The installation consists of an observation hive on site; drawings illustrating patterns of bee behaviour, and a participatory event involving wearable, solar-powered, vibrating bee sculpture.

Friday 6 July, 2pm - 5pm, Free event

Game Over (v2)

by Ana Colomer and Coder Dojo

Suitable for Older Children

Game Over (v2) is an interactive art installation by Ana Colomer and Coder Dojo Ennis. It is a video game that uses Microsoft Kinect technology to insert the player into the game to survive a journey with multiple obstacles.

Content may not be suitable for younger children

Monday 9 - Friday 13 July, 10am - 3pm, €95/€170 for 2 Siblings/€235 for 3 Siblings/€300 for 4 siblings

Starcamp

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

Thursday 19 July, 8pm, €15

Clare Youth Trad Orchestra

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

Following its highly acclaimed debut at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August and a sell-out performance last December, the Clare Youth Trad Orchestra returns to glór to celebrate Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Ennis.

The 100-strong collective from across the county will perform original arrangements of some trad favourites, under the direction of founder Padraic O'Reillyand will be joined by some surprise special guests from the trad world for another great performance.

Friday 20 July, 8pm, €20

Téada

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

An Irish traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia.

Featuring Oisín Mac Diarmada, Paul Finn, Damien Stenson, Tristan Rosenstock, Seán McElwain and the inimitable accordion player and singer from West Kerry, Séamus Begley.

Having completed a very successful tour of the U.S. in March, they are looking forward to performing in glór for Fleadh na Mumhan.

Saturday 21 July, 8pm, €20

Ceol na mBan

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

Ceol na mBan (Music of the Women) will be a very special concert featuring all women performers who have achieved great success as musicians and singers.  A number of well-known and internationally recognised Clare performers will be joined by musicians from other counties.

Sunday 22 July, 8pm, €27.50

Kilfenora Ceili Band

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

The most famous céilí band in the world, The Kilfenora, will make one of its few appearances in Clare at glór during Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan.

After more than one hundred years in the business, the world-renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band is seen by many aficionados as the quintessential Irish céilí band. Their core repertoire of dance music, punctuated with an incomparable lift and rhythm, defines an unbroken tradition that dates from the beginning of the twentieth century.

They will be joined as usual by a number of well-known guests.

Monday 23 - Friday 27 July, 11am - 1pm (Ages 12+),
Monday 23 - Friday 27 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 2018. This much-loved programme gives participants a chance to experience all that goes into making a ballet and a peek into the life of a professional dancer. Working alongside Ballet Ireland’s professional dancers, participants will be completely involved in creating their own ballet based on a familiar story that is performed on stage at the end of the week for family and friends to come and enjoy.

The week-long programme involves daily class and numerous workshops exploring all the component parts that make ballet; choreography, music, mime, drama and making props and costumes. It is a truly unforgettable experience for all involved.

"When I went to sleep I dreamt I was back on stage. I loved it. When can I do it again?" – 2017 Summer School Participant

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

Monday 23 – Friday 27 July, 10am to 2pm,

Designer Minds

for ages 7- 13

You will not find a Summer camp experience like Designer Minds anywhere else in the country! We are not just a science camp, a technology camp, an engineering camp, an art camp or a LEGO® camp! We are everything combined, offering your children a true taste of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths.

We know that there are many young boys AND GIRLS out there who have the potential to be great scientists, engineers, programmers and designers. These are the children who love to create, design and draw, the kids who are nuts about technology, the ones who love learning about nature and how the world works, the eager chemists who are mad about doing science experiments and those who love building with LEGO!

At a Designer Minds camp, kids get the opportunity to explore many of the following topics:

  • Make robots, rockets and roller coasters.
  • Enjoy architecture, art and animation.
  • Have fun with microscopes, Minecraft and music technology.
  • Create circuits, skyscrapers and slime.
  • Learn about coding, chemistry and computers.
  • Explore electronics, engineering and energy.
  • We’ll throw in loads of LEGO and lots of laughter to make Designer Minds an unforgettable experience for your child this Summer.

Topics vary depending on location and we rotate them each Summer so that children have a different experience every time!

We use a variety of cutting-edge equipment, scientist and engineer developed activity plans and Garda-vetted leaders. We are focused on fun, hands-on learning ensuring that your child will be inspired to develop a long-lasting love of the STEAM topics!

If you have a budding scientist, designer, techie or engineer then book early to avoid disappointment. Our exclusive camps have a maximum capacity of just 32 children, so places are strictly limited. Sibling discounts available.

Information & booking on https://designerminds.ie/camps

Saturday 11 August, 10am - 5pm, €165 per person

Furniture Techniques Masterclass

presented by Kyle Lane

In this full day workshop, you will learn:

  • How to source, prepare and prime.
  • How to paint and what paint to use.
  • Techniques such as applying wallpaper, transferring font, geometric designs, gold leaf, distressing, white washing and much much more.

Everything is supplied & you will receive a small piece of furniture to work on (small table / locker), along with a detailed booklet with all the instructions you learned throughout the day. Lunch is also provided.

All queries and booking directly with the workshop provider at www.kylelane.ie

Sunday 12 August, TBC, €8

The Speks

for ages 2 and up

“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

Monday 13 – Friday 17 August, 10am to 2pm,

Designer Minds

for ages 7- 13

You will not find a Summer camp experience like Designer Minds anywhere else in the country! We are not just a science camp, a technology camp, an engineering camp, an art camp or a LEGO® camp! We are everything combined, offering your children a true taste of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths.

We know that there are many young boys AND GIRLS out there who have the potential to be great scientists, engineers, programmers and designers. These are the children who love to create, design and draw, the kids who are nuts about technology, the ones who love learning about nature and how the world works, the eager chemists who are mad about doing science experiments and those who love building with LEGO!

At a Designer Minds camp, kids get the opportunity to explore many of the following topics:

  • Make robots, rockets and roller coasters.
  • Enjoy architecture, art and animation.
  • Have fun with microscopes, Minecraft and music technology.
  • Create circuits, skyscrapers and slime.
  • Learn about coding, chemistry and computers.
  • Explore electronics, engineering and energy.
  • We’ll throw in loads of LEGO and lots of laughter to make Designer Minds an unforgettable experience for your child this Summer.

Topics vary depending on location and we rotate them each Summer so that children have a different experience every time!

We use a variety of cutting-edge equipment, scientist and engineer developed activity plans and Garda-vetted leaders. We are focused on fun, hands-on learning ensuring that your child will be inspired to develop a long-lasting love of the STEAM topics!

If you have a budding scientist, designer, techie or engineer then book early to avoid disappointment. Our exclusive camps have a maximum capacity of just 32 children, so places are strictly limited. Sibling discounts available.

Information & booking on https://designerminds.ie/camps

Friday 28 September, 8pm, €25

Oh What A Night: A Celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

presented by Zac Global Promotions

Following a sold-out run at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin, this fast-paced, energetic production paying tribute to the legendary music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons returns for a nationwide tour. Putting their charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘Sherry’, and ‘Oh What A Night’ the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why The Four Seasons sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
 
With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation, and amazing live vocals, it’s clear to see why Frankie’s Guys are receiving standing ovations up and down the country.

Saturday 13 October, 8pm, €22.50/€20 conc.

Donna Taggart

Autumn Concert Tour 2018

Following her astonishing International success with ‘Jealous of the Angels’ which has now achieved Multi-Platinum status with well in excess of 100 Million streams Donna Taggart is delighted to announce an Autumn 2018 Concert Tour in Ireland.

Just back from the USA after touring with legendary singer/songwriter Phil Coulter Donna’s distinctive emotional singing style has drawn comparisons with the likes of Eva Cassidy, Mary Black and Alison Krauss. Although Donna has only recently gained international recognition she is making up for lost time.  Her debut Irish and UK Tour in 2017 enthralled audiences and has established her as one of Ireland’s top Live Female performers.

Sunday 21 October, 8pm, €30

Harlem Gospel Choir

Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For over two decades they have been America's premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music.

Deeply rooted in the history of the African-American slave trade, black gospel music can be traced back to the 1700s when African slaves brought their unique African musical heritage to America and combined it with their new faith - Christianity. Out of the hardship and the trials of slavery, this unique musical tradition came to be, and forever changed music as we know it. Blues, Soul, and Rock-and-Roll...they all have origins in black gospel music. Harlem Gospel Choir presents modern gospel classics as performed in the black churches of Harlem today.

Harlem Gospel Choir have performed alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, The Gorillaz, Andre Rieu, Damon Albarn, Pharrell Williams and most recently with JamieXX, Raury, KBS Korean Traditional Music Orchestra and Lang Lang, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Sia, Yolanda Adams, The 1975, Ibeyi, Nile Rodgers, Kathy Sledge and most recently at the 2018 Grammy Award Show with Sam Smith. They have performed for three Presidents (President Obama, President Carter and President Nelson Mandela), two Popes (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI), Ban Ki-Moon, and the UN General Assembly. They have recorded with Keith Richards, The Chieftains, Andre Rieu, The Night of the Proms, and Trace Adkins among many others.

Harlem Gospel Choir embodies the spirit of American Gospel. Every concert is infectiously enthusiastic; a roller coaster ride of singing and dancing; a gospel celebration! The Choir's rich harmonies & dynamic sound are "UNFETTERED & JOYOUS". Their harmonious songs of love and hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit, and take your breath away!

Get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands, and even dance on stage to their high-energy, joyous and exuberant performance! 

Thursday 1 November, 8pm, €25

Michael English

with very special guest Louise Morrissey

Following the huge success of Michael’s previous Concert Tours, he brings his show to glór on Thursday November 1st with his very special guest Louise Morrissey.

Michael’s popularity has skyrocketed since going on the road with his band 4 years ago packing out venues all over Ireland & the UK for both concerts & dances. Michael & his talented band are renowned for their energetic performances & with Michael's musical talents he plays both his famous 'red piano' & accordion at his shows. He is dedicated to giving his followers an unforgettable show each time they see him. And with accolades like 'Best Country Dance Band' at The Irish Country Music Awards & 'Vocalist of the Year' at The Sunday World country Music Awards under his belt there is no stopping the Kildare man!

Thursday 22 November, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

presented in association with Ennis Book Club Festival

Join best-selling writer and raconteur Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion, and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.

Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating” The Irish Times

a spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.” Books.ie

Saturday 19 January 2019, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

Voice of Hope II Tour

The Voice of Hope II tour will be a special collection of spiritual inspirational music together with Tommy’s usual songs. 

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'  and many more. While Tommy’s music may be difficult to classify, fans use such words as “deeply emotional, romantic and sincere” to describe the feelings it evokes. One reviewer described his music as falling into a genre of Symphonic Pop that still awaits a name.  He also toured & worked with the great Elaine Paige, Kenny Rogers, & Vince Gill in recent years.

A Tommy Fleming concert is a musical experience not to be missed with each song more haunting than the next.  Don’t miss this special night of music.

Friday 8 February 2019, 8pm , €25/€22.50 Conc.

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Johnny Cash Roadshow is not another tribute band - it is a full production and finest celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. JCR are now recognised and loved as a band in their own right, unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of a music legend, Johnny Cash.  This is the UK and Europe’s most recognised celebration, with respected singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creating with astounding accuracy and truly capturing the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring Amanda Stone as ‘June Carter’ and the ‘Roadshow Horns’.

All aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste.  The show takes the audience from the 1950’s right up to 2002 including all the greatest hits,  along with songs from the latest five decades of the man in black’s career. All this accompanied by emotive and evocative screen images.‘

'Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was
Caitlin Crowell  - Granddaughter of Mr. Johnny Cash