What's On

Monday 27 February – Thursday 2 March , 8pm, €16/€14 Conc.

The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault

presented by The Ennis Players

Directed by Geraldine Greene

This Irish melodrama is based on the tragic story of Ellen Hanley whose murdered body was washed ashore at Moneypoint in Co.  Clare and buried nearby at Burrane cemetery. Boucicault’s play has a much happier ending and in the hands of Ennis Players receives a marvellously irreverent and highly energetic production. In the 1860's The Colleen Bawn was an immediate success in London where it had the longest run in the history of the English stage...it's 230 performances making it the Mousetrap of it's day!

The performance on Monday 27th February will be in aid of Breast Cancer Research.

Wednesday 1 March, 10.30am - 1pm (SOLD OUT),
Wednesday 1 March, 2pm - 4.30pm, €55 per participant (includes all materials to use & take home with you)

Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

with Eithna Joyce

We are delighted to welcome back this very popular workshop on Modern Calligraphy for Beginners.

A fresh and contemporary approach to the age old skill of beautiful writing, this revived and reimagined style of calligraphy is already proving popular with typelovers and wedding parties across the US and UK. During this workshop you will be introduced to the joys of writing with dip nib and ink by learning the basic techniques, letter forms and how to compose words and phrases.

The workshop fee includes a kit of all you need for the class and to continue practicing at home.

Early booking strongly advised.

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

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

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

This event is kindly supported by Clare County Library Services.

Friday 3 March - Saturday 1 April , 10am to 5pm, free of charge

CRUX: A Dialogue in Metal

Gunvor Anhøj, Michael Calnan, Moss Gaynor, John Hogan, Jane Murtagh.

The essence of these five artists’ work concerns the movement of metal and the story it evokes.  CRUX will illustrate the diversity of metal and will showcase its myriad possibilities - from the delicate tracery of Jane Murtagh’s work, to the solid architectural forms of Moss Gaynor, to the subtle lines and sensual curves of Michael Calnan’s, John Hogan and Gunver Anhøj ‘s work.

The artists’ ideas and stories are inspired and visualised through a combination of interests in the natural world and the world of architecture and industrial design. From large scale welded metal constructions to delicate, highly finished objects - the works portray the material and the makers behind it, and this unique exhibition will reveal their stories through the dynamism of metal using a combination of contemporary practices and ancient techniques.

A Guided Tour of the Exhibition and Artists’ Talk, facilitated by John Tynan of The Crafts Council of Ireland will take place on Saturday 4 March at 11.45am.
Free of charge and all welcome.

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

The Forgotten Summer – Carol Drinkwater in Conversation

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

Friday 3 March, 5.30pm, Free of charge

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

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

Friday 3 March, 6.30pm, €12/€10 Conc.

Paul Durcan

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

This event is kindly supported by the Old Ground Hotel.

Friday 3 March, 8.30pm, *Free of charge

Irish Laureate for Fiction Anne Enright in conversation with Donal Ryan

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

Saturday 4 March, 9am at Scéal Eile Books, Free of charge

Ruaille Buaille i Scéal Eile Books – Cartoon Workshop with Aidan Courtney

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Ceardlann spraoiúil, draíochtúil le Aidan Courtney (Comicí Gael) a mhúineoidh le páistí aois 9-13 conas cartúin a tharraingt.  Beidh béim speisialta ar an gcaractar is fearr leat as leabhair Harry Potter.  Is féidir ábhar ealaíona a thabhairt, ach níl gá. Is leor cúpla focal a bheith ag na páistí.

Aidan Courtney (Coimicí Gael) will lead this fun, magical workshop teaching children aged 9-13* how to draw a cartoon character through the medium of Irish (no need to be fluent - a few words of Irish will be just fine!). The theme of the workshop is your favourite Harry Potter character.  Some materials supplied, but children are welcome to bring their own pencils if preferred.

Numbers for this event are very limited, so please come EARLY to avoid disappointment.
*Younger children welcome with older siblings

Le tacaíocht ó Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia

Saturday 4 March, 9.30am at the Rowan Tree Café, €10/€8 conc.

Books & Buns

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

Saturday 4 March, 10am-1pm at Visit Clare Premises, Abbey Street Car Park, Free of charge

The Book Clinic comes to Ennis

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017's Children's Programme

The Book Clinic will be open between 10am and 1pm and is suitable for children of all ages.

Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop along to the Book Clinic! Visit the Book Doctor, consult on your favourite reads and come away with prescription for your next book which you can take to your local bookshop or library!

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian whilst attending this event.

The Book Clinic is brought to you by Children’s Books Ireland, the national children’s book organisation of Ireland. Their mission is to make books a part of every child’s life

Saturday 4 March, 11.30am, €12/€10 Conc.

10 Books You Should Read With Cónal Creedon & Lisa McInerney

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

This event is kindly supported by the Rowan Tree Café.

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

Walking Tour with Seán Spellissy

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

Saturday 4 March, 11.45am, Free of charge

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

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

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

Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm, Free

Clare Youth Theatre

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

Saturday 4 March, 2pm, €12/€10 Conc

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

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 4 March, 2.30pm at De Valera Library, Ennis, Free of charge

The Children’s Book Club with Caroline Busher

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017's Children's Programme

Join us for the festival’s first Children’s Book Club where Caroline Busher will talk with and take questions from our younger readers about their experience with her debut novel The Ghosts of Magnificent Children.  Ideal for 8-12 year olds.

Caroline Busher is an Irish Times Best Selling author and was recently appointed the Reader in Residence with Wexford County Council Library Services.

‘An excellent and original voice, with shades of Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket.’ – Eoin Colfer

To book please contact Patricia Fitzgerald, Clare County Library on 065 684 6266.

Please note that spaces are limited for this event and tickets will be allocated at the door on a first come, first served basis.

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

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

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

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

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

Rick O’Shea Book Club Special with John Boyne

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

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

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

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

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

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

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

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

Le tacaíocht ó Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia

Saturday 4 March, 6pm, €5

Viva by Mark O’Halloran

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

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

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

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

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

Mark O’Halloran in conversation with Séan Rocks*

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

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

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

This event is kindly supported by The Ennis Bookshop.

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

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

The Irish Times Book Club with Michael Collins

as part of the Ennis Book Club Festival

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

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

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

Festival Club

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

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

Sunday 5 March, 10am, €18

Sunday Symposium: Sports and Politics

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This event is kindly supported by North Pole Marathon.

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

Walking Tour with Jane O’Brien

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

Literary Lunch with Little John Nee

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

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

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

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

Wednesday 8 March, 10am at De Valera Library Ennis, Free of charge
Thursday 9 March, 10am at Ennistymon Library, Free of charge

Dave Rudden

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017's Children's Programme

Dave Rudden has worked in the Dublin theatre, spoken word and storytelling scene since 2010.

Knights of the Borrowed Dark is the first novel in a trilogy about a secret war between a race of shape-shifting, misery-eating, occasionally-waistcoat-wearing monsters and the warriors sworn to stop them.

Please note that the Ennis event is now FULL.
To book for the Ennistymon event contact Patricia Fitzgerald, Clare County Library on 065 684 6266.

Wednesday 8 – Saturday 11 March, 8pm, €18

Little Shop of Horrors

presented by Ennis Musical Society

2017 brings Ennis Musical Society back into the 60's with the comedy rock horror that is "Little Shop of Horrors" ln this gleefully gruesome musical Seymour, a poor florist's assistant, allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant. Goings on surrounding the growing plant's demand for more, more, MORE are accompanied by witty parodies of sixties music. Between bites, the carnivorous Audrey II, named after Seymour's secret love, brings down the house singing rhythm and blues à la Otis Reading or James Brown!

A night not to be missed.

Musical Societies can avail of a reduced ticket price of €15 for groups 5+. Please note this offer is not available online and can be booked in person or over the phone.

Terms starting Monday 9 & Thursday 20 March, 3pm - 5pm,

Mindfulness Through Art Workshops

Change Your Thoughts... Change Your Life...

Are you looking to change your life for the better?
Always wanted to learn how to set and achieve ultimate goals in your life?
Would you like to discover your own true reflection and creative force?

Then this truly transformational and creative workshop is for you.

You and your life are composed of your thoughts and a wise person controls their thoughts.  Be that wise person. Let me show you how to learn to control your thoughts to control the power within you; this will be your path to true happiness. 
This six-week programme is designed to help you to connect with your subconscious mind. The programme will get rid of negative and unwanted thoughts which in reality are stopping you from reaching your ultimate goals and living your life to its full potential.
Dive into your subconscious to discover your power within and creative force, using effective mindfulness, visualisation, and art techniques.

You will walk away with:

  • A better understanding of your subconscious mind;
  • An awakening creativity and knowledge of how to use it for self-reflection;
  • Knowledge and skills on how to set and achieve worthy goals in your life;
  • An action plan.

Anyone can participate in the workshops; no artistic skills are required. All the art materials are provided for you with coffee and tea available during the workshops.

Early booking is advisable as places are limited.
For more information or to book your place, please, contact Tatjana Simakova by phone 0852819849 or email yourmindtherapy@gmail.com
You can find us on Facebook at Mind Your Mind Through Art.

Saturday 11 March, 2pm - 4pm, free of charge

Youth Trad Singing Circle

presented by Clare Arts Office as part of their Traditional Singers in Residence programme

The aim of the circle is to provide a social outlet for young people in the county who have are interested in traditional singing. It gives them an opportunity to meet like-minded young people, to share songs and ideas in a fun environment.

The sessions will be led by Elle Marie O'Dwyer and John Flanagan.  Elle, from Cork, has just completed her MA in the Irish World Music Academy. John, originally from Corofin, is now based in Galway and has years of experience in traditional singing.  No experience is necessary and all are welcome to join in. 

The circle meets every second Saturday in glór, Ennis from 2pm – 4pm.  Further singing circles will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday 25th March
  • Saturday 8th April

Further details are available from 065 6899091 arts@clarelibrary.ie

Sunday 12 March, 7.30pm, €16/€14 conc./€8 under 18s

The Sokalo Remix Project

The Sokalo Remix Project is a transatlantic artistic collaboration between Montreal-based dance company [ZØGMA] and four professional artists from the Irish traditional performing arts.

Each time they meet, the artists have only a few days ahead to set up a production of nearly eighty minutes. Each time, the resulting production should highlight the proximity of Irish and Quebecois traditional cultures, while proposing a new aesthetics and a new vision of folklore merging both tradition and contemporary life.

From this collaboration emerged an enthralling, highly energetic production, at the crossroad of modernity and tradition. The first tour of the project was held in September 2015 in Ireland. It then toured twice in Canada, visiting 5 provinces in total. This Irish tour will be the fourth tour of the project, bringing Sokalo Remix to reach new levels of performance.

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

If you book that event on or before close of business on Sunday 12th 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.

Tuesday 14 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 15 March, 19.30pm, € 7

Between The Land and the Sea

In partnership with Access Cinema

A year in the life of an Irish surf town at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean. This observational feature – at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself in the Big Wave surf community to present a thoroughly engaging and visually stunning portrait of the ever-changing life at land’s end.

The decisions we make early in life can have consequences more far-reaching than we imagine when we make them. Young surfers dedicate their lives to the ocean, consumed by the excitement and beauty on offer but how can they balance that with the inevitabilities of later life – money to earn, mouths to feed?

Against the backdrop of Ireland’s stunning west coast, this film digs deep into the day to day lives of the surf community, taking the audience beyond the bluster of the typical adrenaline fueled film to create a very real portrait of those who choose the surf lifestyle.

Directed by Ross Whitaker (Saviours, Unbreakable) and featuring some of the biggest waves and best surfers in Ireland – as well as a thrilling cameo by Hawaiian legend Shane Dorian –Between Land and Sea succeeds in being exhilerating while giving a moving, humourous and thought-provoking account of the ocean-going natives of West Clare.

Post-screening Q & A with Director Ross Whitaker and members of the cast 

Thursday 16 March, 8pm, €22/€20 Conc.

The Successful TD by John B. Keane

presented by Michael Scott Productions

One of your own – a vote for Tull is a vote for yourself! 
The Successful TD follows the Trials, Tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the "October Elections”

Written by John B Keane in 1967 he displays his edge for humor and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today ... Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.
Tull has roped in the help of his faithful Daughter Kate while his wife nurses her various ailments in bed or Lisdoonvarna ,  but his arch enemy Flannery the local school teacher plans to scupper the election for Tull…

“Any man with a vote is a man to be respected. I’ll play with them, lie to them, sing dumb about them while I have a chance of a vote. That’s my livelihood. Don’t give me no more stink about the truth. Christ told the truth and they crucified Him…”

Based on The Letters of A Successful TD and An Irish Minister of State by John B Keane.
Adapted for the stage by Jon Kenny, Mary McEvoy and Michael Scott
Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy
Directed by Michael Scott

Post-show discussion with Company

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Friday 17 March,

St. Patrick’s Family Festival

glór will once more present its annual feast of food, fun, music and activity for the whole family to enjoy on the national bank holiday. With a fantastic programme of events - mostly free of charge or very reasonably priced - for young and old, glór is the place to be this St. Patrick’s Day.
Face Painting with Ana and Michelle

Family Traditional Music Session
Free of Charge
The whole family can take part so bring your instruments and play along with local musicians.

Snow White with special guest Bosco
More details here.

The Secret of Kells
More details here.

Friday 17 March, 1.30pm, €8/€30 Family 4

Snow White with special guest Bosco

presented by Lambert Puppet Theatre

Ages 4-10│Duration 1hr 15mins

The Lambert Puppet Theatre is widely recognised as the premier Touring Puppet Theatre Company in Ireland and is also internationally renowned. Paula Lambert was the ‘Bosco’ voice on TV for seventeen years and indeed Bosco is still a firm favourite with the younger children and will make a nostalgic appearance in the opening part of the Show.

This is a beautifully produced show with large puppets, colourful sets and exquisite lighting.

Friday 17 March, 2pm in the glór studio, €4

The Secret of Kells

Dir: Tomm Moore  |  Ireland  |  2008  |  75 mins  |  Cert: PG

A stunning visual feast, this animation follows 12-year-old Brendan who must join forces with a beautiful forest spirit to help a group of monks with their illustrations and save their Abbey from invading Vikings.

Saturday 18 March, 12pm & 2pm, €8/€6 child

The Quiet Tree

Presented by Music Generation Clare

Ceol Connected's The Quiet Tree is an intimate traditional music, storytelling, and puppetry performance specifically designed for young children (aged 3-6) and their families.*

The creatures of Whistleberry Forest have discovered a little oak tree growing deep in the woods.  However, there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling, and no animals scurrying around its trunk.  This delightful music performance takes children and accompanying adults on an adventure through the forest where they explore musical instruments, sing, and dance, and help Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faolán the frog bring the little oak tree to life.

*A participating adult(s) should accompany children.
*Maximum of two adults per child.

Developed with the support of The Ark.

Tuesday 21 March, 7.30pm, Pay What You Feel on the night (bring cash!) | Reserve your tickets in advance

Staging Posts

Staging Posts is a new glór initiative to support artists in creating new work – whilst providing insight for audiences into the development process and the choices that artists make.

The event will be ‘scratch’ in style, with a selection of artists across art-forms sharing brief excerpts from their work-in-progress, with opportunities for audience responses and feedback.

So if you are an arts lover with a curiosity for the new, then join us on this fascinating journey!

Artists interested in applying should click here.

Wednesday 22 March, 8pm, €22.50

Stars of Irish Country

Join 5 of Ireland's top Stars all on one super Stars of Irish Country" show featuring Patrick Feeney, Mick Flavin, Louise Morrisey, John Hogan and Joe Moore who each will showcase their biggest hit songs in the company of a super live band.

If its Country Music you like then this is the show for you!

With full live band.

Thursday 23 March, 8pm, €18/€16 conc./€9 under 18s

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

by Jim Nolan

‘Pearse, Connolly, McDermott and the rest of their merry men; they died for a Republic. But we don't live in a Republic. We live in an economy.'

Set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Easter 2016, the privately owned Inishshannon Chronicle has just been acquired by a media conglomerate and the new brush is about to sweep clean. As the newspaper’s staff adjust to radical changes in its structure and ethos, the town it serves prepares to celebrate a tenuous connection to the Easter Rising. The revelation that this connection is not quite what it seems puts the Chronicle’s editor on a collision course with both his new bosses and the local business and political community.

Jim Nolan has an unapologetic affection for small-town life. But it never blinds him to its dangers and its faults.’ Sunday Independent

the play, essentially a meditation on the shape of the nation as it celebrates the Rising, is lightly metaphorical and stealthily topical.’ Irish Times

a genuine glimpse into what life is really like in the Irish regional newsroom.’ Munster Express

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

If you book that event on or before close of business on Sunday 12th 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.

Friday 24 March, 8pm, €25

The High Kings

Almost ten years ago, four Irish singers, performers and songwriters decided to take a calculated risk. The constituent parts of The High Kings – Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden – each had a wealth of history in the music business behind them, but knew that in order to maintain any level of creative interest they would have to boldly go where no other Irish ballad group had gone before.

To say that The High Kings are charting a new course for Irish ballad music – equal parts rousing and reflective, energetic and insightful – is an understatement. They are, essentially, marking out a new and bright era for Irish folk music, and aiming to bring a broad demographic along for the journey.

Saturday 25 March, 2pm - 4pm, free of charge

Youth Trad Singing Circle

presented by Clare Arts Office as part of their Traditional Singers in Residence programme

The aim of the circle is to provide a social outlet for young people in the county who have are interested in traditional singing. It gives them an opportunity to meet like-minded young people, to share songs and ideas in a fun environment.

The sessions will be led by Elle Marie O'Dwyer and John Flanagan.  Elle, from Cork, has just completed her MA in the Irish World Music Academy. John, originally from Corofin, is now based in Galway and has years of experience in traditional singing.  No experience is necessary and all are welcome to join in. 

The circle meets every second Saturday in glór, Ennis from 2pm – 4pm.  Further singing circles will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday 8th April

Further details are available from 065 6899091 arts@clarelibrary.ie

Saturday 25 March, 8pm, €18/€/€9 under 18s

Four Hands on One Piano

presented by duo b!z'art

The duo b!z'art, an eclectic Belgian piano duet, will be in glór during a concert tour in Ireland and Norway.  They invite you to discover some of the major romantic masterwork of piano 4 hands music.

They will perform the most famous Hungarian Dances by J.Brahms, and you will surely recognise the some of them... and discover the others, that will bring you in the rhythms and colours of Hungary.
The will also play the passionate 'Bilder aus Osten' by R.Schumann, the most virtuoso 'Andante and Allegro Brillant' by F.Mendelssohn and their favourite 'Suite op.11' by S.Rachmaninov, where the piano will lead you from a tender Barcarolle to an impressive Russian peal of bells.

A unique opportunity to discover the piano differently!

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

If you book that event on or before close of business on Sunday 12th 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.

Sunday 26th March, 2pm, €8

The Speks

for ages 2+

“The Speks...they're really great!” Derek Mooney, RTÉ 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

Tuesday 28 March, 8pm, €7

My Name is Emily

Dir: Simon Fitzmaurice  |  Ireland  |  2015  |  100 mins |  Cert: CLUB

The debut feature from Irish writer director Simon Fitzmaurice is a spirited coming of age story that traces the journey of a strongwilled young woman as she weathers loss, upheaval, and rebirth.

Thursday 30 March, 8pm, €16/€15 conc./€8 18s & under


Performed by Breandán de Gallaí and Nick O’Connell

Powerful and tender, two dancers at opposite ends of their dancing career share a poignant duet through contemporary Irish dance. Lïnger, performed by ex-Riverdance principal Breandán de Gallaí and Nick O’Connell, is an immersive theatrical experience about sexuality, ageing and identity, told through a rich tapestry of photography, film, music, and movement.

This critically acclaimed work is a ground-breaking theatrical experience which invites you to reflect on the passage of time, and who we are at various stages of our lives.

Throughout this biographical work are moments of liminality – “being neither here nor there” (Heaney 1996): that deliberate restraint; permanently on the cusp; as we indulgently linger in its vastness. Lïnger is a test of endurance as desire soars but climax is avoided.
Ériu’s work is a 21st century reimagining of Irish dance, exploring the poetic potential of the genre and examining topics rarely dealt with through traditional dance.

Show is 60 minutes in duration and there will be a post-show discussion with members of the Company.

Age 10+

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

If you book that event on or before close of business on Sunday 12th 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.

Thursday 30 March, 8.30pm in the glór Studio, €15/€13 Conc.,

Kieran Quinn & Seamie O’Dowd

Sligo-based Seamie O’Dowd, (guitar, fiddle, vocals), and Kieran Quinn, (piano), have been carefully crafting their own sound for over two years now. Perhaps best described as trad fusion, it also incorporates elements of jazz, blues and folk music.

Two skilled musicians in their own right, neither of whom are in any way daunted by crossing musical genres with a moment’s notice, they have combined to produce a powerful and exciting musical force.

This night celebrates the launch of their debut album, full of new and original songs and tunes.

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

If you book that event on or before close of business on Sunday 12th 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.


Friday 31 March, Free of charge

National Workplace Wellbeing Day

Ireland’s third National Workplace Wellbeing Day will take place on March 31st 2017. Large and small companies across the country are encouraged to participate in the event, which aims to improve employee health through promoting better nutrition and physical activity.

We are delighted to announce that glór will play its part by hosting a free programme of events for workers.

  • 8am - 8.45am: Breathing and Mindful ‘Chair’ Yoga to Start Your Day with Antoinette Butler Mulcaire (Gentle exercises, come dressed for work!)
  • 11am – 12pm: Nutrition and Productivity - The importance of eating the right foods presentation by Dietitian Dr. Anne Griffin
  • 1pm (sharp): Walk a Mile at Lunchtime - Start and finish at glór

* While all events are free of charge, places are limited for the prework Chair Yoga class and the presentation by Dr Anne Griffin - please register for a place on 065 6843103

Friday 31 March, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Foil Arms and Hog

Foil Arms and Hog are Ireland's top comedy sketch group.

Called ‘Pure Brilliant’ by Tommy Tiernan, the group have over four million hits on YouTube and have sold out five shows at Dublin's Vicar street. With regular sketches on RTE, viral comedy hits like 'How to Speak Dublin' and over 70,000 online followers, Foil Arms and Hog have established themselves amongst the new breed of Irish comedy stars.

***** Irish Times
***** Examiner
***** Entertainment.ie

Saturday 1 April, 8pm, €28/€26 conc./€14 under 18s

The Three Tenors

Ireland’s Greatest Voices featuring Limerick’s Derek Moloney & Star Violinist

Ireland’s Hottest trio – RTÉ award-winners Derek Moloney, Dominic McGorian, and Shane Morgan, promise a magical night to remember as they perform magical, uplifting songs made famous by world superstars including Sinatra, The Dubliners and Pavarotti.  You’ll also love their new arrangements of hits such as 'Over the Rainbow' and 'I don’t wanna talk about it'.

This year the trio was selected by Irish Government to headline 1916 Centenary State Reception in Dublin Castle, Easter Sunday March 2016 for 3000 special invited guests from around the world.
Their noted friendliness & connection with their audience makes this event a special night-out.

‘’FABULOUS, high-calibre, contemporary style -the entire audience was moved by their soulful performance’’
Sunday Independent

‘’I would recommend this wonderful concert to anyone–the most delicious box of chocolates your ears could ever have.  Knockout vocal performance’’
New York Times                


Thursday 6 April, 8pm, €24/€22 conc.

Mick Flannery (solo)

“In the end of the day and the heel of the hunt, you’re left with the songs. Everything else comes and goes – the shows and the tours and the applause and the acclaim, which goes with them, the prattle and the palaver which accompany an album release. Everything else fades out of view. Everything else doesn’t matter in the long run. But the songs remain. The songs you write on your own stick around. They’re going to be here for many years to come so they deserve to be treated with due care and utmost respect in the creation process”.
Mick Flannery - 2016

Mick Flannery realised this a long time ago. He also realised that songwriting was the best part of this strange job of being a jobbing-gigging-talking-singing musician.

Mick Flannery is a singing and songwriting force to be reckoned with
Siobhán Long, Irish Times

Mick is a songwriter of the first order … His voice is pained, gravelly, and powerful. Recorded or live, it carries through and stops you in your tracks.”
Urban Folk, New York

This former stonemason from Cork is a cracking songwriter with a voice that can stop you in your tracks
Tom Gatti | The Times UK

Friday 7 – Saturday 29 April, 10am - 5pm, Free of charge

The Fertile Rock by Noreen Ramsay

The Fertile Rock is a mixed media exhibition of ceramic and glass exploring aspects of the Burren landscape and the nature of its limestone rock.

Using porcelain, fired and enamelled glass and light in a variety of combinations, Ramsay conveys the paradoxical life giving nature of limestone rock. The finished works hang or stand quietly, drawing the viewer into a serene, spiritual world, each holding its own story relating to stone, trees, gateways, the passage of time, the passage of life. Using the fragility and transparency of her materials she creates contemplative work that quietly draws the viewer into a reflective space. 

Noreen Ramsay, a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design in 2001, is a ceramic and glass artist living and working in Co. Clare. Working from her own studio she exhibits regularly both locally and nationally.

Friday 7 April, Friday 5 May & Friday 2 June, 11am, free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips

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 on Friday 7 April, Friday 5 May & Friday 2 June followed by our meeting at 11.30am

Friday 7 April: Conor McGrady
Conor McGrady is an artist and Dean of Academic Affairs at Burren College of Art. He has exhibited internationally, with one-person exhibitions in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Zagreb. Group exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York, The Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures (Qalandiya International Biennial), D-0 Ark Underground Biennale of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo-Konjic, and IK-00 Spaces of Confinement in Venice. Editor of Radical History Review’s Curated Spaces, his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ruminations on Violence (Waveland Press, 2007) State of Emergence (Plottner Verlag, 2011), State in Time (Drustvo NSK Informativni Center, Ljubljana, 2012), Manchevski Monograph (Ars Lamina, Macedonia, 2015) and The Design of Frontier Spaces (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015).

For his presentation A view from the Enclosure, he will discuss his recent drawings and works on paper that examine the relationship between ideology and social control.

Friday 5 May:  Mary Nunan

Friday 2 June: TBC

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 April, 7.30pm, €15/€12/€50 family of 4

Dance Fusion 2017- Evolution

presented by BreakThrough Dance Company

BreakThrough Dance Company present their annual dance show - 'Dance Fusion 2017- Evolution'.

Sit back and enjoy an evening of dance, drama and song suitable for the whole family to enjoy!

Saturday 8 April, 2pm - 4pm, free of charge

Youth Trad Singing Circle

presented by Clare Arts Office as part of their Traditional Singers in Residence programme

The aim of the circle is to provide a social outlet for young people in the county who have are interested in traditional singing. It gives them an opportunity to meet like-minded young people, to share songs and ideas in a fun environment.

The sessions will be led by Elle Marie O'Dwyer and John Flanagan.  Elle, from Cork, has just completed her MA in the Irish World Music Academy. John, originally from Corofin, is now based in Galway and has years of experience in traditional singing.  No experience is necessary and all are welcome to join in. 

The circle meets every second Saturday in glór, Ennis from 2pm – 4pm.  Further singing circles will take place in 2017 on dates to be announced.

Further details are available from 065 6899091 arts@clarelibrary.ie

Tuesday 11 April, 8pm, €7

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Dir: Taika Waititi  |  New Zealand  |  2016  |  163 mins  |  Cert: 16

 A big-hearted picture full of small, understated moments of magic, the New Zealand-based comedy-drama is an off-kilter charmer.

Wednesday 12 April, 1.30pm, €8/€30 Family 4

Shark in the Park

presented by No Nonsense Room

Based on the Books by Nick Sharratt

For ages 2 – 7 │Duration 60 Mins

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!?

Featuring all three of the Shark in the Park Series: Shark in the Park, Shark in the Dark and Shark in the Park on a Windy Day – this fin-tastic, family musical follows Timothy Pope, (and his telescope!) on three exciting adventures.

Thursday 13 April, 7.30pm, €25/€23 conc.

The Cavern Beatles

On February 9th 1961, The Beatles made the first of their 292 appearances at the now legendary Cavern Club in Mathew Street, Liverpool.  The show is a Magical History Tour through the works of the greatest pop music phenomenon. Replicating, in both sight and sound, the excitement and energy of Beatlemania, the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper, and the creative masterpieces of The White Album and Abbey Road.

Four costume changes and lighting scenes compliment the changes in musical complexity as the show develops to it’s climax.The band is one of only a handful worldwide, which executes their entire show completely live with just the four musicians. There are absolutely no backing tracks or tapes used in the performance.

With their widespread appeal being more apparent than ever in the varying age groups that continue to follow the band, The Cavern Beatles are widely regarded as being as close to the real thing as they are ever likely to get.

"The likenesses are striking - but the sound, the sound.... this could, indeed be the Beatles."

Saturday 15 April, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

Jack L: Magic Days

The great Jack L returns to glór with his new show, Magic Days.

Lukeman has had a whirlwind 2016, which included performing on the Jools Holland Show to a packed Royal Albert Hall, and trips to The Hollywood Fringe Festival, where he picked up numerous awards. A true entertainer, Jack L moves between genres effortlessly in a spectacular performance.

Thursday 20 April, 8pm, €20

Deirdre O’Kane: 1Dee

Irish comedy’s prodigal daughter has made a long-awaited return to her stand up roots, delighting audiences across the country with a sell-out new show, 1 Dee. Warmth and charm envelop the killer wit of this Drogheda native.

O'Kane dazzles from start to finish.’  The List

Friday 21 – Saturday 22 April, 10am – 6pm , €12/€8 Conc./Two Day Ticket €18/€12*

The National Dance Championships

Showcasing many of the most talented dancers from around the country, make sure you get along to glór for two days of exciting and inspirational performances.

On Friday dancers will compete for national titles in tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance, and on Saturday dancers will compete in a number of ballet categories.
Don’t miss it!

*Two Day Ticket €18/€12 available to book on the phone or in person. Not available online.

Monday 24 April, 7pm, €10/€6 child/€28 family of 4
Tuesday 25 April, 10.45am, €6

The Wolf and Peter

presented by CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Prokofiev's Peter And The Wolf is one of the most well known pieces of music ever written.

In this energetic new work, David Bolger has taken this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration, and here… the story is told through the eyes of a Wolf! Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production will take children and their families on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best.

★★★★★ “reassuringly traditional and startlingly modern…The Wolf and Peter is funny, imaginative, and, finally, very moving.” – The Irish Times

Tuesday 25 April, 8pm, €7

I, Daniel Blake

Dir: Ken Loach  |  UK/France/Belgium  |  2016  |  100 mins  |  CERT: 15A

Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 for this timely drama about an out-of-work Newcastle carpenter’s battle to survive after being denied his government health benefits.

Thursday 27 April, 8pm, €27.50/€25.50 conc.

The King Is Back

Internationally renowned as one of the Best Elvis Tributes in the world, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma to Ennis and will show why he is regarded as the best in the business.

Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the "Taking care of Elvis" band. Audiences quickly realized that this was someone with a special talent.

He looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis and had an on stage charisma that had audiences believing at times they were watching the King himself. This talent saw Ben rapidly rise through the ranks of Elvis Tribute Artists.  In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest’ which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the “Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist”, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title. In February 2013 Ben headlined on the David Letterman show and has toured the globe with his band.

Friday 28 April, 7.30pm, €10

Beyond Gardening – Film Screening & Expert Talks

presented by Clare Garden Festival Fringe in association with glór

The highlight event of the new Clare Garden Festival Fringe combines the award-winning garden film Dare to be Wild with expert talks, featuring Mary Reynolds discussing our relationship with the Earth, as explored in her book The Garden Awakening, and plantsman Ciaran Burke exploring the humorous side of gardening.

Dare to be Wild tells the true story of Mary Reynolds, a modern-day heroine, and environmentalist Christy Collard, who dare to express their passion for the wild at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Saturday 29 April, 8pm, €32

Mary Black

Mary Black is delighted to be back touring in Ireland in 2017.

This tour is all the more special since she completed her final (Last Call) tour abroad, which brought her to The USA, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Germany, the UK, with the final leg in Australia in March 2016.  With so many platinum albums to her name there will be no shortage of great songs and some surprises too.  Mary has chosen some of her favourite venues for this tour and is bringing her world famous band of musicians: Bill Shanley (guitar), Pat Crowley (piano and accordion) , Nick Scott (double bass) and Richie Buckley (saxaphone)’

…a versatile vocalist who brings energizing qualities of pop and jazz to her foundation in traditional music.”—Los Angeles Times

…one of the best interpretative singers around.”—San Francisco Chronicle

…simply spellbinding.”—Boston Globe

Wednesday 3 – Saturday 27 May, 10am - 5pm, Free of charge

Embrace Exhibition

The annual Embrace exhibition highlights the artistic achievements of people with disabilities participating in the Embrace programme run by the Arts Office of Clare County Council.

Over 30 groups in 2017 are working with professional artists across numerous artforms 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.

Wednesday 3 May, 10.45am, €6
Wednesday 3 May, 7.30pm, €18/€16 con/€9 Under 18s

I, Malvolio

Age 11+ │ Duration 70 mins

Multi-award-winning playwright and performer Tim Crouch re-imagines Twelfth Night in this, his brilliant, hilarious one-man show.

In a charged, unsettling rant, Malvolio – a man ‘notoriously wronged’ – draws us into the madness of Shakespeare's play and forces us to confront our own cruelty.  I, Malvolio is Twelfth Night told from the loser’s perspective. It’s a show for anyone who has ever been told off, called a name, or fallen in love with the wrong person.

…a downright joyous celebration of theatre.’ The Guardian * * * * *

glór Theatre Club Performance

Post-show discussion Tim Crouch

Buy tickets online for the evening show below.
Tickets for the morning show can be purchased from our box office and online here.

Thursday 4 May, 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 their students of all ages playing guitar, piano/keyboards and singing. 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.

Friday 5 May, 7pm, €12/€10 Conc.


Presented by Bealtaine in association with glór

Co-created by Oonagh Murphy & Noelle Brown

Rita is tired of her humdrum existence. Her adult children are getting on her nerves and she misses her best pal Mary. It’s time to spice up her life!

Creaking is based on the lives of real-life Irish people in later years. It explores the everyday challenges and pressures facing us as we age, and how we attempt to defy stereotypes. Presented as a staged reading this moving and funny drama documentary will have a new cast of volunteers each night. It is written by  Noelle Brown and directed by Oonagh Murphy.

Post-show discussion with the writer, director and members of the cast.

Duration 60 mins

Friday 5 May, 8pm, €28

How’s Tings?

The brand new show from Pat Shortt

In a night of music and mayhem, Ireland’s most popular comedian explores all sorts of tings. Big tings and little tings. Personal tings and tings that are not so personal. Important international tings and tings that only affect the parish. In Shortt, it’s a funny show about tings.

Early booking advised

Saturday 6 May, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Nualas - All Spanxed Up!

The sequins are out, the hurty shoes are on, the hair is coiffed to within an inch of its life, and the liposuction didn't work, but who cares!  They've got spanx! Welcome to an evening of scintillating new songs, spleen-rupturingly hilarious new chat, and a stunningly bendy repertoire of new moves, despite the fact that they've lost all feeling from the waist down (the spanx).

This fabulous new extravaganza from The Nualas will leave your ankles swollen with laughter, your ear drums throbbing in sheer musical ecstasy and your eyeballs bulging out of their sockets in disbelief as The Nualas knock it out of the entertainment park yet again (in spanx). See you there.

'You'd be an eejit to miss it!' *Some eejit who missed it the last time*

'Stomach-achingly brilliant!' *A fella who had some out-of-date chicken before he came to the show*

'Dammit! The Nualas can sing and make your face ache from laughing.' *Time Out, London*

Tuesday 9 May, 1pm, Free of Charge

Embrace Showcase

Over 30 groups in 2017 are working with professional artists across numerous artforms and this annual event enables those who are doing performance based work to tread the boards in glór.

Always a great show, the event features music, dancing, drama and possibly a surprise or two. A great way to spend a lunchtime

Tuesday 9 May, 8pm, €7

The Queen of Katwe

Dir: Mira Nair  |  USA  |  2016  |  124 mins  |  Cert: PG

The Queen of Katwe is the vibrant true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

She is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. 

Bring your chessboard for a game beforehand.

Wednesday 10 May, 8pm, €18/€16 conc./€9 Under 18s

Darol Anger and Republic of Strings (U.S.A.)

presented by Music Network

  • Darol Anger, 5 string fiddle
  • Tristan Clarridge, cello, fiddle
  • Emy Phelps, guitar, voice
  • John Mailander, octave mandolin, fiddle

With his unique genre-bending blend of bluegrass, jazz, folk and classical styles, Grammy-nominated fiddler Darol Anger is a master of the unexpected, darting from Swedish polkas to Brazilian choro before segueing seamlessly into a soul classic – all delivered with the rollicking abandon of a hootenanny.  Anger developed his signature sound working alongside great improvisers such as Stéphane Grappelli, Martin Hayes, Jerry Douglas and Béla Fleck, and over the past 40 years has produced an arrayof critically-acclaimed albums, including 17 with the legendary Turtle Island String Quartet alone.

For this journey into uncharted musical waters, he is aided and abetted by a trio of nimble-fingered pioneers. Long-time collaborator and 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion Tristan Clarridge is co-founder of the chamber-grass group The Bee Eaters. Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist John Mailander has performed with such renowned artists as the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten and Steve Martin, while the riveting vocal sound of Emy Phelps has graced the albums of a long line of folk stalwarts including Patrick Brayer, Chris Darrow, Norma Tanega and Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble.

Darol Anger is to fiddle what Béla Fleck is to banjo” –  Minneapolis Star Tribune
A cutting edge string quartet… wildly virtuosic” – Los Angeles Times
On the front edge of progressive acoustic music” – Fiddler Magazine [on Darol Anger]
Ground-breaking” –  San Francisco Chronicle [on Republic of Strings]

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

If you book that event on or before close of business on Sunday 12th 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.

Thursday 11 May, 7.30pm , €22/€20 conc./€12.50 Child/€55 Family of 4


presented by Ballet Ireland

Love. Betrayal. Redemption.

Giselle is a haunting story of love and betrayal. Our modern re-telling of this romantic classic is a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love. Betrayed by Albrecht, Giselle dies of a broken heart but her spirit returns to protect and forgive her now repenting lover from death at the hands of the vengeful Wilis.

Choreographed by Ludovic Ondiviela, former Royal Ballet dancer and choreographer, this production of love that transcends death, will capture the hearts and minds of audiences today.

Ballet Ireland tours throughout Ireland following its hugely successful production of The Nutcracker (2016).

Saturday 13 May, 7.30pm, €14.50/€13 conc./€13 groups of 6 or more

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival.

Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.  Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel through an exhilarating collection of the latest films from the most talented adventure film makers of today.

An exciting event not to be missed with free prize giveaways!

Visit www.banff-uk.com for more details

Age Guidance: 12A

Photo credit: Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf

Tuesday 16 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.

Thursday 18 - Friday 19 May, 7.30pm, €12/€10 Conc.

The Little Mermaid

presented by The Dinan School of Ballet

This gorgeous production has something for all the family.

Beautifully produced and choreographed, it showcases the school’s multi-talented dancers and performers. With diverse musical and dance styles, creative choreography and
striking costumes, this charming show will bring you on a dramatic and enchanting journey.

Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 May, 7.30pm, €14/€12 Conc.

Working with The Wiz

presented by Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts

The much-loved Wizard of Oz, which won the hearts of millions, both young and old, throughout the world, now comes to Ennis with the record-breaking, updated version of The Wiz.

The Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts is putting its magical touch to this all-time favourite and guarantees a great night’s entertainment for children of all ages. With many wonderful excerpts from other hit shows also featured, this is a great opportunity to bring the kids along to experience the magic of real live theatre.

Tuesday May 23, 2pm, Free of Charge

Afternoon Tea Dance

presented by Clare Arts Office & glór

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.

Tuesday 23 May, 8pm, €7

Life Feels Good - Chce sie zyc

Presented in partnership with PolskaEire Festival

Dir: Maciej Pieprzyca  |  Poland  |  2013  |  112 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

Set in 80’s and 90’s Poland and based on a true story, Mateusz, who has severe cerebral palsy, has been misdiagnosed as having an intellectual disability and struggles to communicate, until a caring nurse helps to reveal his witty and intelligent personality beneath. 

Multi-prize winner at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Friday 26 May, 8pm , €10

Aos Óg Concert

presented by Fleadh Nua

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 27 May, 8pm, €20

Bofin to Burren

presented by Fleadh Nua

Bofin to Burren is a coming together  of some of Ireland’s best known traditional musicians. Fronted by Inisbofin’s Dessie O’Halloran, of Sharon Shannon fame, it also includes Céilí House’s Kieran Hanrahan on banjo and ‘At the Racket’s’ Seamus O’Donnell on saxophone, flute and vocals.

Returning to glór after their riveting opening concert for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016, Bofin to Burren will be joined by some very special guests, including the great West Kerry musician and singer, Séamus Begley and fiddle player Oisín MacDiarmada.

Sunday 28 May, 8pm, €15

Ceol an Chroí / Music of the Heart

presented by Fleadh Nua

This concert will draw together five of the greatest performers of traditional music to perform in the intimate atmosphere of glór.

Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly have established enviable, international reputations and their playing together, on CD and in live performances displays great virtuosity and interpretation of a vibrant musical tradition.

Singer and musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will be joined by celebrated fiddle player Dónal O’Connor and the song writer and musician, Gerry O’Beirne.

Wednesday 31 May, 7.30pm, €18/€16/€9 for unders 18s

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

presented by Verdant & Pemberley Productions

Ages 8+│Duration 80 Mins

Following the worldwide success of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, Simon Reade adapts and directs this stage version of Morpurgo’s award winning book Private Peaceful.

Private Peaceful is a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by those involved in World War 1. The story charts the life of a young soldier, Tommo Peaceful, a private who faces the firing squad for cowardice. As he sits in his cell awaiting sunrise, Tommo, thinks back to some of his fondest memories and reflects on the events that made him the person he is today.

Adapted and directed by Simon Reade
Starring Shane O'Regan

Friday 2 June, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc./ €9 under 18s

I Hear You and Rejoice by Mikel Murfi

presented by Loco and Reckless Productions

Ages 12+ Duration 85 mins

Following the sell-out success of The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, Mikel Murfi returns with a new one man show.

Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one. I Hear You and Rejoice is a tender and joy filled account of a most unlikely marriage.

This show is the second collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, and Mikel Murfi. Created for the Bealtaine Festival - Celebrating Creativity as We Age.

glór Theatre Club Performance
Post-show discussion with Mikel Murfi

Tuesday 6 June, 8pm, €7

The Young Offenders

Dir: Peter Foott  |  Ireland  |  2016  |  84 mins  |  Cert: 15A

Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork who dress the same, act the same, and even have the same bum-fluff moustaches.

Wednesday 21 June, 8pm, €25/€22 conc.

The Billy Joel Songbook performed by Elio Pace and his band

Following on from his highly-acclaimed reunion concerts in the USA with Billy Joel’s original touring band, Elio Pace delivers this sensational tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel. Featuring the massive hits, Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are and My Life as well as fan favourites such as Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to experience The Billy Joel Songbook in this electrifying concert performed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano-player, Elio Pace and his magnificent 6-piece band.

"Elio rocks!" Brian May

"Elio is tremendous... I'm a big fan. Music made the old fashioned way... played" Huey Lewis

"Elio Pace is fierce! An accomplished musician and performer, his talent can be equalled only by his infectious enthusiasm" Lulu

"Elio is a fantastic musician and a great artist in his own right, and I really look forward to working with him again in the future” Chris De Burgh

Wednesday 16 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €25

The Kilfenora Céilí Band

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Expect an exciting and energetic performance from one of the world’s most renowned trad bands –The Kilfenora Céilí Band.

This expertly choreographed show of high-spirited traditional music, energetic & athletic dancing, melodious song and witty storey-telling will get your hearts racing and your feet tapping in a way you never expected!

This traditional super group take their rich musical heritage into the future with a show that’s not only engaging and uplifting but utterly enjoyable.

Saturday 19 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €27.50

Sharon Shannon and her Sacred Earth Band

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Sharon Shannon is delighted to be invited to perform at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017, particularly as it is being held in Ennis, Co. Clare the county where she was born and grew up.

Sharon is also very pleased to be bringing her Sacred Earth Band, performing material from new album also called Sacred Earth as well as music taken from her back catalogue.

Friday 22 & Saturday 23 September 2017, 8pm, €30

John Bishop - Winging it Around Ireland (SOLD OUT)

Age guideline 16+

Please Note That Both Nights Are Now Sold Out

Winging It will see John back on stage for his fifth UK & Ireland tour, performing in his own inimitable style.  His last tour ‘Supersonic’ was watched by more than 500,000 people and received huge critical acclaim.  ‘Rollercoaster’ in 2012 was another sell out, and followed the successes of his ‘Sunshine’ tour in 2011 and the ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’ show in 2010, for which he was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award.

John Bishop has had an incredible career.  Within three years of his first ever comedy gig, John was playing to sold out arena audiences across the country and released the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK history.

He has achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including ‘John Bishop’s Australia’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Britain’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking’ (Sky1), ‘The John Bishop Show’ (BBC1), ‘The John Bishop Christmas Show’ (BBC1) and ‘John Bishop’s Gorilla Adventure’ (ITV1).

Recently John turned his hand to something completely different – interviewing.  A new series called ‘John Bishop: In Conversation With…’ sees him chatting, one on one, with some of the UK’s biggest names from the world of entertainment, sport and music to discover the people behind the public persona, in 10 intimate and revealing one hour interviews on the W Channel.

John has recently made a return to acting – he is currently filming a new ITV drama, Fearless. Written by Homeland writer Patrick Harbinson and produced by Mammoth Screen (credits include Poldark and Victoria), the six part series will TX next year.

‘Unimprovable…comedy superstar’
‘King of the one-hundred-liner’
‘Home is not only where Bishop’s heart clearly and endearingly is – it’s where his art is, too’
Daily Telegraph

‘His Supersonic show easily confirms that John Bishop has finally taken on the mantle of Britain’s top comic’
Daily Mirror

The Times

Heat Magazine

Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm, €25

Johnny Cash Roadshow

The only show to be endorsed by the Cash family, and fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, recreates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring ‘June Carter’ along with 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 and all the stops in between. All the greatest hits are included, along with unmissable songs from every one of the five decade’s that the Man in Black’s career spanned. All this accompanied by evocative screen images and shots from Johnny Cash’s life.

Clive’s resemblance is uncanny’ Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash

Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was’
‘absolutely authentic to the point where it felt as if it wasn't a tribute

Caitlin Crowell, granddaughter of Mr. Johnny Cash and Mrs. June Carter Cash