What's On

Wednesday 3 - Saturday 27 February, 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, free of charge

RIVERINE: 9 Stories from the Gambia

An exhibition of work by Maurice Gunning & Alice McDowell

With the support of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, Maurice Gunning and Alice McDowell travelled to The Gambia in early 2015 to create RIVERINE: 9 Stories from The Gambia. glór is delighted to present this remarkable and stunning exhibition upstairs in glór gallery during the month of February.

A quiet, yet powerful revolutionary movement is underway throughout this small African nation - to protect and nurture female health and sexuality across the country.

In a series of intimate photographic portraits, the exhibition explores the physical and internal landscapes of nine women: utilising interviews and ambient recording from their homes in The Gambia. These women have made the life-changing decision to abandon the traditional practice of female circumcision. However, as custodians of the tradition, their actions to cease this practice have not always been embraced by their communities: as female circumcision is widely regarded as a religious and cultural obligation.

Through dialogue and advocacy with religious scholars and the district chiefs of the villages which stretch from the Upper River Region of The Gambia to its meeting with the Atlantic, local organisations have begun to eradicate this practice from the country. The nine women and their stories presented here, illustrate how combining the elements of custom and tradition with education and knowledge, great change can come about for a country and its people. All nine women are forging a new life and livelihood for themselves, and most importantly, a new future for women in The Gambia.

Maurice Gunning is the photographer in residence at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.
Alice McDowell is a documentary film-maker working with the Galway Film Centre.

Friday 12 & Saturday 13 February, 8pm, €40

Christy Moore - Sold Out

with The Máirtín O’Connor Band

The iconic voice of Christy Moore makes a welcome return to the glór stage.  Moore has been singing, writing and collecting songs for most of his life and is now regarded as one of Ireland’s most important and influential artists with a career spanning over 50 amazing years. Joining Christy is The Máirtín O’Connor Band.

Early booking advised.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Sunday 14 February, 8pm, €20 including film, tapas & glass of prosecco

Brief Encounter (1945)

As a mark of respect for our late Director Gemma Carcaterra this event has been cancelled. Refunds available from box office on 065 6843103. Thank you for your understanding and support at this difficult time.
Tuesday 16 February, 7.30pm, €12.50

Barefield Springtime Concert 2016 - SOLD OUT

Join the pupils of Barefield for their annual feast of music, song and dance.

Wednesday 17 February, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc.

Charolais

presented by Bigger Picture Projects

Written and performed by Noni Stapleton
Directed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh 

Perfectly marbled and bashed about till tender: A surreal, black comedy of love, longing and one woman’s intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer. This is a muddy place of simmering desire minced with a loneliness that cuts to the bone. Rarely in Irish theatre are the challenges of farming life and the joy of sex expressed so frankly or with such charm.  If you are fond of cows and dark humour this is the show for you.

Winner of Bewley's Little Gem Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe.

‘A fast-paced, witty, and intensely emotional tale filled with laughter, loss and despair’ ★★★★ Irish Times

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Thursday 18 February, 8pm, €15

David Moore – Astronomy Ireland

Stunning Universe

David Moore presents the best photographs of the universe taken by the world's most powerful telescopes and by spacecraft and landers showing the universe as you have never seen it before. David Moore founded Astronomy Ireland 25 years ago and is the Editor of its magazine. In that quarter of a century he has collected the most stunning images mankind has ever produced and he will not only show these but explain what each image means which adds enormously to the impact of each picture
A feast for the eye and mind alike that will leave you breathless.

With post talk Q & A.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.
 

Thursday 18 February, 8.30pm, Free of Charge

Artist Talk

Maurice Gunning and Alice McDowell

On Thursday 18th of February photographer Maurice Gunning and Documentary Filmmaker Alice McDowell will present their exhibition Riverine: 9 Stories from The Gambia.

Combining photography, film and text, the project offers a unique perspective on the age-old practice of female circumcision in The Gambia, focusing on 9 women who are intricately linked to the tradition and its course of abandonment. Sharing stories from their journey and a selection of images and clips from their relevant documentary work, the pair will explore both the beauties and the complexities of using arts practice to investigate and interpret human rights issues.

www.mauricegunning.com

Friday 19 February, 8pm, €25

Conal Gallen:  A Laugh and a half

Ireland's ambassador of comedy, Conal Gallen is back on stage with his hilarious new one man stand up show. After taking over 18 months out to tour his hugely successful comedy play A Bit On The Side, Conal is back with what promises to be his best show yet, jam-packed with over two hours of hilarious jokes, stories and songs which will have you in stitches from start to finish!

Loved by audiences young and old, Conal has proved time and time again that he is Ireland’s funniest man, with his hilarious, side-splitting brand of comedy.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Saturday 20 February, 8pm, €20

Eddi Reader

glór is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed Scottish songstress Eddi Reader back to Clare.  With a career spanning over 3 decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Eddi’s beautifully raw vocals continue to captivate and inspire audiences from her own native Scotland to the UK, Japan, Canada, Australia and Europe and she is considered to be ‘one of Scotland’s greatest national treasures.’ The Scotsman.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Wednesday 24 - Saturday 27 February, 8pm, €15

The Loves of Cass Maguire by Brian Friel

presented by The Ennis Players

After fifty-two years of romping as a saloon waitress in America, Cass comes home to Ireland. But the brother and his family to whom she returns really have no need of her, and ship her off to a rest haven for old dreamers. Nothing is as Cass envisioned it and she begins living off past memories. And though her memories now have a bitter taste, we know that in time, and with the telling, they will be suffused with the aura of pleasant dreams.

This production of The Loves of Cass Maguire will be all the more poignant due to Friel’s recent death and also marks the 50th anniversary of the play’s debut in New York in 1965.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

From Thursday 25 February & Saturday 12 March, 10.15am & 11.15am, €55 per child per term

Gymboree

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

Monday 29 February, 10am & 11.45am, €6

Monday’s Child by Brendan Murray

presented by Barnstorm Theatre Company

Suitable for ages 4 - 7│Duration 40 mins

Monday’s Child tells the simple and poetic story of a unique bond between a little girl and an old woman suffering memory loss. Together, in a dream-like garden they sing and dance and dress up, as they joyously explore a treasure trove of memory boxes.
This sensitive, imaginative, yet funny play explores how we collect memories, how these shape who we are, and how they help us to meet the challenges of growing old.

Tuesday 1 March, €5 on the door

Féile Scoildrámaíochta an Chlaír

Annual presentations of Scoildrámaíocht from schools around the county and beyond.  This makes for excellent entertainment for young and old and it is also a great opportunity for children to perform through the medium of Irish.

Wednesday 2 March, 8pm, €25

A Night With The Stars

JMG Music Group presents

Join five of Ireland’s finest Irish Country artists for A Night with the Stars, featuring country music legends John Hogan, Frank Mc Caffrey, Mick Flavin, Ray Lynam and the hugely popular Bansha singer, Louise Morrissey. Each will perform their most popular hit songs in the company of a full country band. This show has enjoyed nationwide success with sell out shows all over the country so early booking advisable.

Thursday 3 March, 11am & 1pm, €5

Ridiculous!

presented by The Ark

Whether you’re as big as a house or as small as a shoe, strap on your custard wings and tune your gnu!

Performers Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy will take you on a journey through crazy poems, silly songs and nonsense verse from some of the best loved children’s’ poets.
Featuring work from Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, James Joyce, E E Cummings, Shel Silverstein, Spike Milligan, Tom Lehrer, Jack Prelutsky, Marriott Edgar and Pat Ingoldsby.

This is a performance that will be loved by both adults and children alike.

Duration 40 Mins │Ages 6+ │Limited numbers

Friday 4 March, 10am, €5

My Books Are My Friends

with Sarah Keating

In this session Sara Keating , cultural journalist  avid reader and advocate for children’s reading, will talk to librarians and parents/carers about reading and the very young.

Once a  baby can focus on colours and shapes, books become lifelong friends and this session aimed at the grown ups in children’s reading lives, will offer hints and tips for the little beginner, the reluctant and the potential tiny authors among us.  So come along for a session on young children and reading as part of Léamh in association with the Ennis Book Club Festival.

Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

The annual Ennis Book Club Festival is back with its unique mix of readings, discussion, debates, comedy and chat in one of Ireland's friendliest towns. 

2016 will be a year for the curious, designed to give our audiences plenty of food for thought.   We take a slightly alternative look at the significance of the centenary year and through the eyes and words of our guest writers, ponder the myriad ways in which ‘revolution’ occurs in all of our lives.  In the broader sense, we ponder questions that past and present revolutionaries evoke.  We consider how far we have travelled, or indeed not travelled, since. 

So lots of lively conversation, reading and friendship is assured this year – alongside some fun with food and music and a very special 10th birthday festival club.

Tickets available from glór box office on 065 6843103 or online at www.glor.ie
 

FRIDAY 4th MARCH


SATURDAY 5th MARCH

  • Books ‘n Buns - a literary quiz over a cuppa
    Rowan Tree Café, 9am – 10.30am, €10/€8
     
  • Writing from History - Evelyn Conlon & Henrietta McKervey
    Old Ground Hotel, 10am – 11am, €10/€8
     
  • 10 Books You Should Read
    glór, 11.30am – 1pm, €15/€12
     
  • Walking tour of Ennis with Seán Spellissy
    glór, 11.30am – 1pm, €8
     
  • Meet The Happy Pear
    glór, 1.30pm – 3pm, €18
     
  • From My Life: Doireann Ni Ghriofa and Leanne O’Sullivan with The Vanbrugh Quartet
    Temple Gate Hotel, 2pm – 3pm, €15/€12
     
  • The Long Gaze Back
    glór, 3.15pm – 4.30pm, €15/€12
     
  • Oh Father dear - Cormac James, Kevin Maher and Cónal Creedon
    glór (Theatre 2), 4.30pm – 5.30pm, €10/€8
     
  • Special Guests - Lemn Sissay & Kate Adie in Conversation
    glór, 8pm – 10pm, €25
     
  • Festival Club with Singer Songwriter Louise McMahon
    Rowan Tree Café, 10.30pm, Free event


SUNDAY 6th MARCH

  • Sunday Symposium
    glór, 10am – 12.30pm, €15
     
  • Walking tour of Ennis with Jane O’Brien
    glór, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, €8
     
  • Filleadh ar an gCathair - Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh le Emer Ní  Fhlaithearta agus Úna Ní Fhlannagáin
    SUAS Café, 12.45pm, €8
     
  • Isn't it well for ye? - The Irish Mammy Lunch – Colm O’Regan
    Old Ground Hotel, 1.30pm -3pm, €20 (includes hot lunch)


Download/print a copy of the full festival schedule here.

Friday 4 March, 11am, €10 per family Group (parent & baby)

Books For Babies

with Sara Keating

In this session, parents and babies and pre-schoolers are invited to come along to join us for a very special session with Sara Keating in which she joyfully and with fun in mind opens up even the youngest among us and their parents to the fascinating world of books.  We’ll have some books available for looking at and enjoying and remember to bring your own along too.

Includes complementary cup of tea or coffee, served from 10.30am with your pre purchased ticket.

Friday 4 March, 12pm, 1.15pm & 2.45pm, €6

The Magic Bookshop

presented by Monkeyshine Theatre in association with Roscommon Arts Centre

The Magic Bookshop is a treasure trove of wonders where old books flock together and their stories hop from the pages. Great heaps of books have to be sorted and categorised and sometimes sent to the dreaded shredder. Peter and John do their very best to make sure every book gets a new life and that none of the magic is lost. Step inside this unusual shop, swap a book and maybe even take a little of the magic home with you.

Please bring a gently used book to swap!

Duration 30 Mins │Ages 5+ │Limited numbers

Friday 4 March at the Temple Gate Hotel, 2pm, €10/€5 students

Marita Conlon McKenna reads from Rebel Sisters

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Marita Conlon-McKenna will read from her new novel, Rebel Sisters, based on the lives of the beautiful Gifford sisters who find themselves caught up in their country’s struggle for freedom in 1916.

Marita Conlon is one of Ireland’s best loved authors and her books are enjoyed by readers across the world. Her first book Under the Hawthorn Tree – published in 1990 and a recipient of many national and international awards – is set during The Great Irish Famine. It is now part of the best-selling The Children of the Famine series.

Friday 4 March, 6pm, €22 (opening events' package which includes copies of Penguins Debuts)

Ennis Book Club Festival 2016 Official Opening

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

The 10th Ennis Book Club Festival opens with an evening of events at glór to welcome friends old and new.
 

  • 6pm: Ennis Book Club Festival 10th Birthday Reception and Opening of HOPE
    Join us for the official Opening of the Festival and of HOPE at the glór gallery. HOPE is the result of an open call to Cork, Limerick, and Galway printmakers to respond to the theme of HOPE – selected by Michael Byrne. Music provided by Music Generation Clare.
     
  • 7pm: Penguin Debuts – Kit de Waal (My Name is Leon) and Vanessa Ronan (The Last Days of Summer)
    Meet two Penguin Debuts — Vanessa Ronan and Kit de Waal. Both are to be published in summer 2016. Ronan’s Last Days of Summer has been recommended by Professor Joseph O’Connor as “a seriously gripping debut from a major talent”.   Kit de Waal’s My Name Is Leon, in turn, has been chosen by The Guardian as one to watch for 2016. Get your hands on a free copy of both novels, exclusively at glór, on Festival opening night.


     
  • 8pm: Marian Keyes in conversation with Fiona Looney
    We are delighted to welcome Marian Keyes in conversation with Fiona Looney. Marian needs no introduction as a novelist, columnist, and hugely entertaining and insightful panellist. Join us in glór as she and Fiona discuss her insights on life, love, and cake — just in time for the publication of Marian’s new collection of essays Making it Up as I go Along.


Your opening night ticket will also gain you admittance to The Singing Café in the Old Ground Hotel from 10.30pm.
The Singing Café is an award-winning musical extravaganza of popular songs from the work of James Joyce. Devised and performed by Darina Gallagher and Sinéad Murphy, Songs of Joyce, captures the music of Joyce’s Dublin through a theatrical soundscape of parlour song and music hall, to bawdy ballads, sea-song and folksong. Encompassing the cheeky `Seaside Girls', the nostalgic `Love's Old Sweet Song', the pertinent `The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo' and the beauty of Michael Balfe's `I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls'.

Friday 4 March, 11.00am, Free of charge

The First Friday Series: Deirdre O’Mahony

In association with The Artist's Resource Room and with the support of Clare Arts Office

The Artist’s Resource Room is an artist-led community group. It is run on a voluntary basis. The aim of the Room is to provide a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare. To date, this has come about through regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings, performances, and debates. The audience has been primarily made up of artists currently working in, or from Co. Clare.

glór collaborates with the Artist’s Resource Room, and supported by the Clare Arts Office,  presents the First Fridays, a series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and  artists

On Friday 4 March we welcome Deirdre O’Mahony, an artist, academic and occasional writer. She received a BA in Fine Art from St Martins School of Art London, an MA at the Crawford College of Art Cork and a PhD from the University of Brighton. O’Mahony has received numerous awards, both national and international. She is also a full-time Lecturer at the Centre for Creative Arts, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland.

Saturday 5 March, 11.30am - 1pm, €15/€12

10 Books You Should Read – Diarmaid Ferriter and Catríona Crowe

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Join us for one of the highlights of the weekend, designed to whet the appetite of even the most reluctant reader. Historian and Professor of Modern Irish History, Diarmaid Ferriter, will be joined by Head of Special Projects at the National Archives, Catríona Crowe, to share with us insights into their favourite books. We’ve asked them not to limit themselves, so expect some surprises from two voracious readers!

Saturday 5 March, 1.30pm - 3pm, €18

The Happy Pear – brothers David and Stephen Flynn

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

The Happy Pear twins, Stephen and David Flynn, take to the stage for food-recipe demos, stories, laughs and some tastings of delicious Happy Pear food. They will prepare recipes from their bestselling book, The Happy Pear: Recipes and Stories from the first 10 years, while sharing with you their journey to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Saturday 5 March, 3.15pm - 4.30pm, €15/€12

The Long Gaze Back– Sinéad Gleeson with Christine Dwyer Hickey, Lisa McInerney & Siobhán Mannion

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Join Sinéad Gleeson, broadcaster and journalist, as she explores the literary gem that is the short story. Sinéad is editor of the recently published, critically acclaimed, Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards’ winner The Long Gaze Back. Joining Sinéad are three contributors to the anthology: Christine Dwyer Hickey, whose latest novel, The Lives of Women, was published in April 2015; Lisa McInerney, whose debut novel, The Glorious Heresies was published in 2015 (shortlisted for an Irish Book Award) and Siobhán Mannion, recipient of the Hennessy Award and a radio producer. They will read from and discuss their stories from the anthology.

Saturday 5 March, 4.30pm - 5.30pm in glór's Theatre 2, €10/€8

Oh Father dear - Kevin Maher, Cormac James and Cónal Creedon

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Fathers feature strongly in literature from Atticus Finch (Harper Lee) to Michael Moran (Amongst Women) and with Mother’s Day falling on Sunday 6th March, we thought that it would be interesting to take a look at fathers in literature. We have invited three authors in whose work fathers feature prominently to join us. Cormac James (Track and Field and The Surfacing), Kevin Maher (The Fields and Last Night on Earth) and Cónal Creedon (Fathers and Sons, Passion Play, Pancho and Lefty Ride Out, The Mortal Deed Of Michael O’Leary) will be reading from their work and discussing the fathers within.

Saturday 5 March, 8pm, €25

In Conversation- Lemn Sissay followed by Kate Adie, hosted by writer and broadcaster Susan McKay

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

For our Saturday night mainstage event, we welcome two very different guests, hosted by writer and broadcaster Susan McKay.

First up is Lemn Sissay who will perform and discuss his work as a poet, playwright, and human rights’ activist. Lemn was recently named Chancellor at the University of Manchester, beating off stiff competition from none other than Peter Mandelson.

We are also delighted to welcome Kate Adie, bestselling author and broadcaster, and BBC’s Chief News Correspondent, a role she was promoted to following her coverage of the killings in Tiananmen Square. Kate will discuss her life and work as one of the first British women to send dispatches from danger zones around the world.

Sunday 6 March, 10am - 11am, €15

Sunday Symposium

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Our Sunday morning symposium will look slightly different this year with two great events planned to inspire and provoke.

  • 10.00 am: Reflections on the Centenary - Professor Diarmaid Ferriter
    We’ve invited Professor Diarmuid Ferriter to reflect on the centenary year and to offer some insights into A Nation and Not a Rabble, The Irish Revolution 1013 to 1923 which was recently shortlisted for the Bord  Gais Irish Book Award.
     
  • 11.00 am:  Coffee break
     
  • 11.15 am:  Do It Like a Woman with Catríona Crowe in the company of Caroline Criado-Perez, Susan McKay and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington
    We reflect on the ways in which people are revolutionary now and in particular the leading role that women have played in the role of women as universal and ongoing struggle for equality.   Reflecting on the kind of social change that we have experienced in Ireland in the past 30 years, affecting all of us, men and women, it is obvious that this social change has been more often than not championed by women.  As it happens the title happens to be the title of Caroline Criado Perez’s book – she joins us as a panellist as does Susan McKay and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.  Chaired by Catriona Crowe, the session will consider the myriad ways in which people are revolutionary by focusing in particular on the stories of women the world over.
Term starting Tuesday 8 March for 8 weeks, 10am -10.45am & 11am - 11.45am,

Kindermusik Baby & Toddler Class with Anita

For ages newborn to 3.5 year olds

Bond with your child as you play, sing, dance (no talent required!), and giggle together. Your child will learn and grow through activities that stimulate brain growth, build motor skills, enhance social-emotional development, and much more.

Parents know instinctively what scientists have proven: young children thrive on music. All over the world, parents bond with their babies through musical sounds and rhythmic movement. They rock and swing their children, put them to sleep with lullabies, make them laugh with nursery rhymes. Kindermusik is the world’s most trusted music movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children. 

Digital home material: 
Music downloads: All of the songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class are easy to download and add to your music collection.  Monthly literature book is included in e-book format, with pages you can turn yourself, and a page-by-page audio read-aloud that you can turn on or off.  Activity buttons take you to a variety of different activity types, including dance and movement instructions, fingerplay demonstrations and instructions, together-in-the-kitchen activities, music time, listening games, vocal play activities, video field trips, find-it/count-it style activities, ideas for pretend play, and more.

For more information or to book, contact Anita directly:
Mobile:   089 983 7551
Email:    kindermusikwithanita@gmail.com

Wednesday 9 March, 8pm, €27.50

An Evening with Johnny McEvoy

presented by Tom Kelly Promotions

Johnny McEvoy has always been highly acclaimed for his excellent shows and his forthcoming nationwide concerts are eagerly  awaited by his legion of fans.

This nostalgiac evening of 'Song and Story' features all of  Johnny's many hit songs, including Muirsin Durkan, Boston Burglar, Those Brown Eyes, Long Long Before Your Time and more.  His songs are haunting, evocative and beautifully presented with many in the folk and ballad style.

Johnny McEvoy has been one of the most enduring and talented singer/songwriters in these islands over the past 50 years. His concert  performance is second to none with his songs beautifully delivered  in truly artistic fashion and story telling of the finest order.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Thursday 6 March, 11am & 12.15pm, €6/Teachers free of charge

The Birth of a Nation by Gerard McCarthy

1916 Centenary Celebrations @ glór

The Birth of a Nation is a succinct story of Ireland’s journey to independence and contains the oldest footage ever shot in Ireland. A central scene in the film is Padraig Pearse’s famous oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa, when Pearse made a call to arms eight months before the Rising took place.

The grainy footage was used at the time as a propaganda tool for Republicans who were struggling to win support in advance of the Easter Rising. Other prominent revolutionary figures who appear include Michael Collins, Roger Casement, James Connolly, Eamonn Ceannt, Thomas Clarke and Erskine Childers.

Suitable for post-primary students.

Friday 11 March, 8pm, €25

Des Bishop: Grey Matters

The fantasy of everlasting youth dyed with Des’s last purchase of Just for Men over a year ago. Now he is embracing the Grey and letting the wisdom of his years inspire his stand up.

Grey Matters tackles the issues confronting Des these days, returning to live in New York, being surrounded by other people’s kids, gender and marriage equality, the dangers of snapchat, dating a Chinese woman, the prospect of reaching 40 and most of all, after the documentary-style stand up show about his time in China, Des is looking forward to returning to straight stand up where he can riff about whatever is on his mind.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Friday 11 March in the glór studio, 10.30pm, €15

Albert Niland

late night gig

Albert Niland is best known for his acoustic version of Wuthering Heights, and has gone on to record six solo albums and build a loyal fanbase throughout Europe, performing at the best festivals and concert venues.  Having collaborated with Freddie White on numerous occasions,both live, and in recordings, and having been invited to perform at both the reunions of Planxty, and Moving Hearts in 2007, Niland has earned the respect of his peers.He was invited to be the guitar solist in the original Riverdance show from 2000-2003, which toured the world.

His late night gig in glór promises to deliver explosive acoustic guitar work, steeped in the flamenco and folk rock traditions with the raw, edgy lyrics Albert is renowned for.

‘This is refreshing, spirit-shocking music’  The Irish Times

Saturday 12 March, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

The Nualas

The Glitterbomb Tour

The Nualas are celebrating their 21st birthday! With scorchingly brilliant new songs, red hot new chat and blistering new shoes, The Nualas are jetting in for one night only to leave you helpless with laughter, delirious with pleasure, and a little disorientated if you can’t remember which door you came in.

‘Staggeringly impressive three-part harmonies and a savage, biting wit.’ Metro Scotland

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Classes start on Saturday 12 March for 7 weeks,

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 March for 7 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 15 March - Saturday 19 March, 8pm, €18/ €14 for Children under 16
Saturday 19 March, 2.30pm, €18/ €14 for Children under 16

Footloose - the Musical

presented by Ennis Musical Society

A rebellious Teenager moves to a small town in America where Dance is forbidden & sets out to bring the music back, calling for a “Rock ‘n’ Roll” prom.  Based on the 1984 film, Footloose boasts a number of classic hits including Almost Paradise, Holding Out for a Hero not to mention the title song “Footloose”.

Cast:

  • Ren: Jamie Sheehen
  • Ariel: Síofra Ní Eilí Duggan
  • Willard: Declan Honan
  • Rusty: Sinéad Coughlan
  • Wendy-Jo: Ciara Lynch
  • Chuck: Daniel Lynch
  • Travis: Adam Bluett
  • Urleen: Shona Connellan
  • Lyle: Tony O'Brien
  • Jeter/Bickle/Garvin: Conor Coughlan/ BenO'Sullivan
  • Shaw: Neil Haran
  • Vi: Kate Corrigan
  • Ethel: Andie Doolan
  • Wes Warnicker: Laurence O'Brien
  • Lulu Warnicker: Pam Blake
  • Betty Blast: Elizabeth Brown
  • Coach Roger Dunbar: Ruan Kent
  • Eleanor Dunbar: Sharon Cullinan
  • Principal Clark: Joe Moran
Thursday 17 March, 1pm - 3pm, free of charge

The Fiddle Case

Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Join us after the parade for a free live session in the glór foyer.
 

Thursday 17 March, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, €10 for Parent & Child

King of the Sea’s Ceili

with Joanna Parkes

It’s party time under the sea. All the fish and sea creatures are busy polishing their scales and practicing their dance moves for the King of the Sea’s annual party. Everyone is looking forward to the party apart from one sad mermaid who feels she can’t dance and doesn’t want to join in.

Come and play with your child and show the mermaid there are many ways to dance.

Duration 40 Mins │Ages 2 - 4 │Limited Capacity

Thursday 17 March, 12pm - 3pm, €1.50

Face Painting with Ana Colomer

This St. Patrick's Day make glór your destination for some family friendly fun.

Transform into a tiger, butterfly, cat, or let your imagination run wild!

Sunday 20 March, 8pm, €20/€18 Conc

Andy Sheppard with Shakespeare Songs

presented by Music Network

  • Andy Sheppard, saxophones
  • Guillaume de Chassy, piano
  • Christophe Marguet, drums


‘The great English poet of the saxophone’, jazz virtuoso Andy Sheppard joins forces with drummer Christophe Marguet and pianist Guillaume de Chassy in a musical journey across Shakespeare’s world.  The trio unfold an extraordinary palette of sounds to conjure up everything from star-crossed lovers and brooding Danish princes to the rustling advance of Birnam Wood.

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To kick off our wonderful spring 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 Sunday 20th March 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.

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Thursday 24 March, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc

Swing

presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company

This is a charming play about the relationship between May and Joe which develops through an academic year of Swing classes. During the year, they must deal with romantic dilemmas, career problems and life choices, not to mention the other participants in the class.

A show about dancing and music and love and not settling and feeling like an eejit and being brave and having doubts and trying your best and trying new things and thinking outside the box and seeing things clearly and living as well as you can and giving it a lash - with rock and roll music!

'a production of the forward-thinking company Fishamble…winning…charming…you want to join them on the floor' Critics’ Pick ★★★★★  New York Times

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To kick off our wonderful spring 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 Sunday 20th March 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.
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Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 March, 8pm, €15/€12 Conc

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols

presented by Corofin Dramatic Society

This remarkable play illustrates the problems a married couple has in coming to terms with their child's severe disability. As the play progresses we see that the husband, Bri, has given up hope for his daughter whereas his wife, Sheila, believes that she will one day recover. This play poses two sides of the moral argument: do we have the right to decide whether a human being should live or die or is it cruel to artificially prolong a life that consists only of severe fits?

For all that, it has to be described as a comedy, one of the funniest and most touching ever seen.

Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 March, 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm, €40 for 2 Days

Brick Flicks Stop Motion Medieval Mayhem Workshops

for ages 8–12

Participants on this two day workshop will collaborate on designing their own set, scripting their own story and filming the results. With knights, dragons, castles and more! All you need to bring is your favourite Lego Minifigure to star in your own adventure!

  • The morning workshop is suitable for children who are new to the world of stop motion or are looking to refresh their skills.
  • The afternoon workshop is suitable for children who are currently making stop motion films independently and who want to take their films to the next level.


Price includes all materials and iPads.

Thursday 31 March & Friday 1 April,

Cartoon Workshops with Aidan Courtney

Aidan Courtney is an Ennis based former bookseller, book reviewer, cartoonist, workshop facilitator, editor, writer and publisher.

  • Draw Characters from History
    for ages 6-8  |  €5

    Thurs 31 Mar or Fri 1 Apr from 10.30am - 11.10am
    This forty minute session will show children how to draw pirates, ancient Egyptians, Romans and other characters from history, step by step. 
    Book this workshop online here.
  • 1916 Comic Workshop
    for ages 9+  |  €8 each/€14 for both workshops
    Thurs 31 Mar or Fri 1 Apr from 12pm - 1.30pm
    This workshop will explore the 1916 Rising with step by step drawings and fun historical comic making.
    Book this workshop online here.
Friday 1 April, 11.00am, Free of charge

The First Friday Series: Mick O’Dea

In association with The Artist's Resource Room and with the support of Clare Arts Office

The Artist’s Resource Room is an artist-led community group. It is run on a voluntary basis. The aim of the Room is to provide a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare. To date, this has come about through regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings, performances, and debates. The audience has been primarily made up of artists currently working in, or from Co. Clare.

glór collaborates with the Artist’s Resource Room, and supported by the Clare Arts Office,  presents the First Fridays, a series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and  artists

On Friday 1 April we welcome Mick O'Dea. Born in Ennis, O’Dea studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He received an M.A. in European Fine Art from the Winchester School of Art in Barcelona and Winchester and he has taught at universities in England and the U.S. He was elected Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1996 and was elected President in 2014.

Saturday 2 April, 8pm, €20

The Concertina Ensemble

presented by glór in association with Cosairtín, The National Concertina Convention

  • Niall and Caoimhín Vallely
  • John Williams and Eoin O'Neill
  • Simon Thoumire

The Irish Concertina Ensemble, featuring the premiere of 'An Pocaire Gaoithe: The View from Above" a suite of music commissioned by Consairtín and composed by Tim Collins to celebrate Clare County of Culture 2016.

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 April, from 10am, €12/€10 Conc

The National Dance Championships

Come along to see some of Ireland's most talented dancers compete for a national title. On Saturday we'll have tap, jazz, contemporary and lyrical solos, and on Sunday we'll have a day of ballet with solo competitions and class performance awards.

Join us for what promises to be a fabulous weekend of dance.

From Monday 4 April for 10 weeks, 10.05am - 11.35am,

Mindful Yoga with Susie

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.

8 weeks starting from Wednesday 6 April, 10.15am - 11.15am, €180 (incl. handout material & CD)

8 Week Mindfulness through Breathing Morning Course

(MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

Mindfulness can help clarify every situation by focusing on the breath, allowing space and creativity to experience what is already present, bringing gentle kindness to yourself and others around you.

Booking and information contact Josephine Sweeney:
Phone:   087 6926715
Email:    info@serenitywithin.ie
Website: www.serenitywithin.ie

From Friday 8 April for 10 weeks, 11am - 12pm, €70 for 10 weeks

The Rainbow Project

For ages 3 – 5

Commencing in April , children and their parent/carer, will work with Joanna Parkes to create an interactive drama piece through music, movement and storytelling. With the children, Joanna will explore the colours of the rainbow and from this, associate colour with feelings, moods and emotions. Joanna will lead with her most recent work  - The King of the Sea’s Party and from there, as glór’s artist in residence, will work with children and their parents to create a theatre piece, using colour and music to generate stories that describe how and what very young children feel and experience.

Joanna Parkes is an experienced Drama practitioner who works with children in a wide range of contexts including in schools, pre-schools and nurseries and in theatrical contexts at various Arts Festivals including Kilkenny Arts Festival and Feile na Bealtaine in Dingle and with The Ark, the National Children’s Cultural Centre, to develop interactive drama & storytelling workshops for 3 to 6 year olds.

Friday 8 April, 8pm, €22/€20 Conc/€10 students

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

Revolution and Rhetoric

  • John Kinsella                    
  • The Splendid Years
  • Arnold Bax                        
  • In Memoriam 1916
  • Sam Perkin                        
  • The Foggy Dew arr. for String Quartet, Electronics and Voice


The Irish Chamber Orchestra dedicates this concert to the 1916 Easter Rising commemorative celebrations at glór, with an emphasis on remembrance.  Renowned actor Des Keogh explores this period of Irish history presenting a nostalgic pot-pourri of music, song and poetry. 

Themes of love, loss and transience dominate the programme which includes John Kinsella’s The Splendid Years, Sir Arnold Bax’s In Memoriam, which pays homage to Ireland, and Sam Perkin’s arrangement of the The Foggy Dew -a reflective work dedicated to Thomas Kent.

Saturday 9, 16, 23 & 30 April, 2.30pm -4.30pm, free of charge

The Saturday Sessions

led by Eoin O’Neill with Bríd O’Gorman

Join MÓRglór 2015 winner Eoin O’Neill with Bríd O’Gorman and friends for a Saturday afternoon session in glór’s café. 

Drop in to our open trad seisiún, led by Eoin and Brid. Young people who can play a tune on the fiddle, bodhrán, harp, concertina, or any instrument at all, (even non-traditional instruments) are welcome to come along and discover what it is like to play in a real session with other musicians. Families are invited to come, watch and enjoy!

Children aged 7 to 12, and young people 13+, are particularly welcome.

From Saturday 9 April, 10.30am - 11.30am,

Art Classes for Children

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old

These childrens art classes will take place in the glór foyer with experienced teacher Helen Lowe.

All material is included in the class. The series of classes will touch on still life, portrait, landscape, abstract and animals. For this series of classes we will use oil pastels, watercolors and acrylic on different media. The aim is that after 5 classes the children will feel comfortable with using different media and supports. Class size is limited so please book in advance.

Cost per student €110
(€100 for 2nd child / €80 for 3rd child from same family)

Booking directly with Helen on 086 736 3320.
More information at www.facebook.com/quinart.class

Thursday 14 April, 8pm, €19/€17.50 Conc

Duke Special

Piano & Pages

Duke Special returns with Piano & Pages, a magical show exploring forgotten old dusty manuscripts along with songs from his most recent album, Look out machines!, not to mention many of the usual live favourites. His creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street, to writing the music for and appearing in the critically acclaimed production of Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children at London’s National Theatre. He has collaborated with many artists, and has performed with the Ulster and RTÉ Concert orchestras.

If you haven’t seen Duke Special live before, now is the time!

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To kick off our wonderful spring 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 Sunday 20th March 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.
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Friday 15 April, 8pm, €20/€18 Conc

A Kaleidoscope Night

presented by Kaleidescope

The Kaleidoscope Company creates enchanting musical events that captivate the listener with a whistle-stop tour of various genres of classical and contemporary music performed by the country’s top professionals.

For its Ennis debut, Kaleidoscope presents the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, The Stickleback Singers and The Cuar Trio in an eclectic music assembly - a Haydn string quartet, English madrigals, music by Irish composers Gerald Barry and Jennifer Walshe and original trad-fusion material from The Cuar Trio of Aoife Ní Bhriain, (fiddle), Matthew Berrill, (clarinet),and Clareman, Neil O Loghlen, (bass).

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To kick off our wonderful spring 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 Sunday 20th March 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.
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Monday 18 April, 11am, €6/Teachers free of charge
Monday 18 April, 8pm, €18/€16 conc

Madame de Markievicz

presented by The New Theatre

Written by Ann Matthews
Directed and produced by Anthony Fox

Madame de Markievicz on Trial is centred on Constance Markievicz, depicting an event in Dublin at Easter, 1916 when a policeman was fatally shot. It is set in a courtroom and a prison cell during the autumn of 1917 and the dialogue is largely based on the extensive speeches made by Markievicz during this time. William May, the prosecutor and sole fictional character in the drama is the Devil’s Advocate. He trawls through all aspects of Madam’s life to challenge the misinformation created by post 1916 propaganda. The testimonies of the witnesses are interwoven and the audience will be the ultimate judge, as they leave the theatre to decide to issue an innocent or guilty verdict.

‘... an imaginative cracker of a play, skilfully structured and acted with the kind of passion the subject needs’ Mail on Sunday
 

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To kick off our wonderful spring 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 Sunday 20th March 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.
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Friday 22 April, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc

Left Behind: Songs of the 1916 Widows

presented by Ergodos

Left Behind is a unique new collection of songs drawing on the experiences of women closely connected to events of Easter 1916.

By including the wives of prominent rebel leaders, vocalist Michelle O’ Rourke and composer and curator Simon O’ Connor. have created a suite of compositions that offer an emotional, human perspective on a narrative that is too often told in baldly male, heroic terms. 

With the addition of O’ Connor’ s former bandmates from celebrated Dublin rock band The Jimmy Cake, this small ensemble brings a volatile, dramatic energy to the retelling of the stories of Lillie Connolly, Grace and Muriel Gifford, Agnes Mallin and others.

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To kick off our wonderful spring 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 Sunday 20th March 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.
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Friday 22 & Saturday 23 April in the glór studio, 8pm, €10/€5 Conc

Laugh, Cry, Think

presented by Clare Youth Theatre

Comprised of 25 teenagers from all over the county, Clare Youth Theatre share a variety of theatre scenes and devised work guaranteed to entertain and engage you.

Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 April, 7.30pm, €12/€10 Conc

Dance Fusion 2016

presented by BreakThrough Dance Company

Sit back and enjoy a variety of contemporary, commercial and ballet dance as the students take to the stage.

An evening for all the family to enjoy.

Thursday 28 April, 8pm, €12.50/ €10 Conc/€40 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Vardens’ Ennis Guitar School Annual Concert

Vardens’ Ennis Guitar School is proud to present their annual concert, showcasing our students of all ages playing guitar, piano/keyboards and singing. Our students have worked hard all year and now they want to show you what they can do. In styles such as pop, rock, blues, and many more, this is sure to be an entertaining evening that you won’t want to miss. You’ll be singing all the way home!

Saturday 30 April, 7.30pm, €10

Actors + Reactors Showcase

An evening of dramatic extracts, poetry, mime, drama and recitals presented by talented young people from 4 to 15 years and introduced and stage managed by senior Actors and Reactors students.

Actors and Reactors, Ennis – a drama school established by Aoibhín and Doireann Garrihy – will showcase a term’s work in aid of The Clare Crusaders Children Clinic, a self funded clinic providing free therapy and specialist treatment to over 350 children with special needs in County Clare.

From Monday 2 May in the Red Room at glór, 10am - 5pm, free of charge

First Citizens Speak by Deirdre O’Mahony

in association with Age and Opportunity/Bealtaine 2016

This is a film of between 30 - 40 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.

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

Tuesday 3 May, 8pm, €20

Paul Daniels

Several years ago the most entertaining magic guy in the world, Paul Daniels, together with his wife, Debbie McGee, toured with a small, intimate, magic show and had so much fun they have decided to do it again.  They will be bringing their night of bafflement and laughter up and down the country with a unique show that is definitely not to be missed.

Thursday 5 May, 8pm, €20/€18 Conc

Care

presented by Wilfredd Theatre

On hilltops around Ireland, staff are working around the clock. They make tea. They paint nails. They refill syringe drivers. Some pray. Some don’t. Everyone they care for is dying.

WillFredd Theatre’s Care gives audiences an insight into the day-to-day world of hospice staff. Developed over a year spent in consultation with Irish hospices, Care fuses movement, live music and theatre, celebrating the people who help you live until you die.

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

Friday 6 May, 2.30pm, free of charge

Saturday Session with Eoin O’Neill and special guest musicians

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

Friday 6 May, 8pm, €15

Old Flames

Old Flames blends the stories of writer Brian Leyden with music by the multi-instrumentalist Shamie O’Dowd in a warm-hearted look at romance and courtship, house-dances, dowries and matchmaking, schoolday love notes, radio memories, bereavement and retirement. Old Flames will light up fond memories for many of you and maybe even rekindle a romantic fire or two…

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

This is a Glór Friends event
Friday 6 May, 11.00am, Free of charge

The First Friday Series: Catherine Marshall

In association with The Artist's Resource Room and with the support of Clare Arts Office

The Artist’s Resource Room is an artist-led community group. It is run on a voluntary basis. The aim of the Room is to provide a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare. To date, this has come about through regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings, performances, and debates. The audience has been primarily made up of artists currently working in, or from Co. Clare.

glór collaborates with the Artist’s Resource Room, and supported by the Clare Arts Office,  presents the First Fridays, a series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and  artists

On Friday 6 May we welcome Catherine Marshall, an art historian, curator and critical writer. She was adviser to the Arts Council’s Touring Experiment and she was appointed as first head of collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1995. She curated many exhibitions of Irish art including Views from an Island, an exhibition of Irish Art from the IMMA Collection for the Irish Chinese Cultural Festivals in Beijing and Shanghai, and Comharsana Béal Dorais for the National Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, along with community based exhibitions such as Somebodies at IMMA.

Saturday 7 May, 8pm, €25/€23 Conc/€15 Senior Citizens

One Night in Vienna

presented by Vladimir Jablokov

Join Vladimir as he plays some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era of The Strauss Family. Expect to hear The Blue Danube, The Voices of Spring, the Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, the Radetzky March, the Merry Widow Waltz, Beer Barrel Polka and many more favourites you know and love.  In addition, the concert also features solo spots from a special guest Soprano, and Tenor Sean Costello.

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

Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 May, 7.30pm, €13/€11 Conc

Working with Guys & Dolls

presented by Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts

Guys and Dolls is a fun-loving show, packed with wonderful music, lavish dance routines and lots of laughs.  Students have had a lot of fun with this show, and you will find yourself laughing throughout. The show will also include wonderful excerpts from the much-loved Annie and Grease, while the youngest students will charm with their usual special magic.

Why not bring the kids along to experience the magic of real live theatre and a great night’s entertainment for all the family.

Sunday 9 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.

Friday 13 May, 8pm, €20/€18 Conc

Le Vent du Nord

presented by Music Network

  • Nicolas Boulerice, vocals, hurdy-gurdy, piano accordion
  • Olivier Demers, vocals, fiddle, guitar
  • Simon Beaudry, vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki
  • Réjean Brunet, vocals, button accordion


A driving force on the world’s folk music scene, Québecois folk dynamos Le Vent du Nord capture the revelry of a Saturday night kitchen party with their boundless enthusiasm and playful showmanship. Add to the mix impeccable musicianship, stunning vocal arrangements and breakneck tunes, it’s no wonder this amazingly versatile band gets heads bobbing and feet tapping from the first few notes.

Saturday 14 May, 12pm & 2pm, €10/€8 Child/€30 Family

The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio

presented by Lyngo Theatre

One of the best loved classics for children comes to life, literally.

Crickets, cats, foxes and, of course the world-famous puppet, will spring out of our collection of dusty, old, magic books while Patrick Lynch from CBeebies pulls all the strings and turns all the pages to bring you the true story of Pinocchio, no lie. Who nose? He might even find his father and become a real boy.

Come and join him on his incredible journey, you'll have a whale of a time!

Duration 60 Mins│Ages 4+

Saturday 14 May, 7.30pm, €10

Gospel Rising Music Festival Gala Concert

As part of the Gospel Rising Music Festival in Ennis, on the weekend of 13th-15th May 2016, glór will host the Saturday night Gala Concert.

Many different gospel choirs from around Ireland will fill the stage to perform their favourite gospel songs for their peers and the people of Clare. This concert presents a chance to hear many different styles of gospel choir music, and unique versions of songs that can only be heard together at the Gospel Rising Music Festival.

Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 May, 7.30pm, €12/€10 Conc

Over the Rainbow

presented by Dinan School of Ballet

Come along and see the wonderful dancers from the Dinan School of Ballet perform their own unique version of the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz. With a brilliant mix of dance and drama, this show has something for all the family. You'll love the creative choreography, colourful costumes and quirky characters.

Put on your red shoes, click your heels and join us!

Sunday 22 May, 8pm, €30/€27 conc./€100 family of 4

La bohème by Puccini

presented by Opera Theatre Company

A chance encounter in a freezing attic results in a red-hot affair between penniless poet Rodolfo and innocent seamstress Mimi. But will their love be strong enough to survive against the odds? La bohème follows a group of friends as they struggle as artists in 1930’s Paris.  Puccini’s timeless classic promises a breathtaking experience for newcomers and opera fans alike, with ravishing music and thrilling arias and ensembles.

Ben Barnes directs a sterling cast of Irish and international singers, including rising star soprano Máire Flavin (Mimi), Argentinian tenor Pablo Bemsch (Rodolfo), Sinead Campbell-Wallace (Musetta), Charles Rice (Marcello), Padraic Rowan (Colline) and Rory Musgrave (Schaunard), together with a professional chorus of twelve and a thirteen member chamber orchestra conducted by Andrew Greenwood. Design is by Joe Vanek.  La bohème will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.

La bohème celebrates Opera Theatre Company’s 30th year touring opera throughout Ireland.

Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 May, 7.30pm, €11.50/€7 Child/€38 Family of 5/€32 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!

Wednesday 25 May, 7pm, €12/€10 Child/ €35 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

Shoot for the Stars

presented by Broadway Dance Recital

This show brings together our three dance schools from Doolin, Miltown Malbay & Kinvara, Co. Galway and will showcase all styles of dance, from jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, musical theatre and contemporary.

Friday 27 May, 8pm, €10

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.

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.