What's On

Exhibition: Friday 7 September – Saturday 27 October, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge
Launch: Friday 21 September as part of Culture Night,

Adam Pomeroy: Nocturne

presented by glór

glór presents an exhibition of new work by Adam Pomeroy.

Adam is a one of Ireland’s leading contemporary figurative artists and his work has been shown widely in Ireland and the UK. Paintings from his biblical series can be seen in Galway and Ennis cathedrals, and have also been shown in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The work in Nocturne is concerned with minimalist realism, paring down representation to the essential without sacrificing the integrity of the subject. Nocturne is as much about what is not painted as what is.

A stillness pervades his work…He casts a melancholy spell, but the work is far from gloomy. In his concentrated attentiveness there is also a delight in sheer vitality.’ Aidan Dunne, Irish Times

Friday 21 September in the glór Spás, 1pm, free of charge

Rithimí Nua

presented by glór and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Duration: 40 – 50 mins

glór and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance will co-present another series showcasing emerging trad talent with a programme of free lunchtime concerts at glór. Curated by Irish World Academy's Director Sandra Joyce and her staff, these concerts will celebrate innovation and the development of traditional music and dance students in an informal setting.

Further sessions on Friday 19 October and Friday 16 November

Friday 21 September, 4.15pm, free of charge

Harvesting the World

as part of Culture Night 2018

'Harvesting the World' is a Culture Night event with a focus on dancing, singing and customs to do with harvesting from around the world, and will create an opportunity to learn a new dance, sing a new song  to do with the time honoured practice and traditions related to the harvesting of food.

This collaborative event is organised by Clare Immigrant Support Centre, the Inisowiacy Polish Folk Group, the Egbe omo Yoruba in Clare and others.

Friday 21 September, 6.15pm in the Studio, free of charge

Poets Ancient and Modern

presented by The Clare Poetry Collective

Duration: 60 mins

Clare has produced many celebrated poets over the years and The Clare Poetry Collective members will each introduce a Clare poet of the past, (Mairéad Ní Ghráda, Joseph Meany, Thomas Dermody, Eithne Strong, Brian Merriman, Peter Kay, Brendan O’Beirne), talk about their work, read one or more of their poems, and then read some of their own work.

An informing and entertaining gathering of powerful poetry, well read.

Friday 21 September, 7.30pm in the glór foyer, Free of charge but ticketed. Please pre-book

The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra

as part of Culture Night 2018

Practically all hailing from Limerick - with a dash of Galway and Australia - The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra's music is a blend of warm vocal harmonies, classy instrumentation and ear-catching melodies that is desperately hard to categorise yet strangely easy to love.

The five-piece BPLO have toured Ireland extensively with their theatrical show as well as with the music of Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and David Bowie in Irish language performances.

Saturday 22 September, 8pm, €16/€14 Conc.

Cracks

presented by Quintessence Theatre Company

A powerful piece of devised theatre from An Tain Arts Centre’s Company-In-Residence exploring the issue of mental illness in Ireland.

I’m falling between the cracks in myself, and I don’t know how to crawl back out…

Quintessence Theatre use their innovative physical ensemble story-telling techniques mingled with multi-media platforms of film and music to poignantly explore the profound struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.

In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness. Devised by the company and directed by Anna Simpson, a Creative Associate of the Pleasance and Practitioner with the Globe, London, this brand new work seeks to expose the lived experience of battling a severe mental illness in an inefficient and unsympathetic system through the eyes of one young woman.

Mondays from 24 September, 11.45am-12.45pm, €60 for 6 sessions. Concessions available

Monday Morning Meditation

with Susie McNaughton

There is no one way to meditate, yet there are some common steps that can help us on our way to a more meditative space.  Regularity of practice is one of the keys, and this new Monday Morning Meditation aims to become a comfortable space for on-going practice as well as introducing newcomers to the fundamentals of meditation. 

In each guided session, awareness of the body and the breath will be used as anchors for practice - you will become familiar with tuning in to them.  We will experiment with concentration practices, watching the mind and its thoughts, chanting and drawing/ colouring.  Sometimes we will sit in stillness (on the floor or on chairs), other times we will be moving.  Over time, you’ll find out which approach works best for you, and gain the tools to introduce it into your daily life.   A regular meditation practice can be pure gold.

For more information or to book, contact Susie on 086 7354461.

Tuesdays from 25 September for 12 weeks, 10.05am - 11.35am, €150 plus €35 for course book and CD

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs (YHLB) Programme

with Susie McNaughton

80% of people have or will suffer from lower back pain.  In most cases it is not due to serious pathology, but it can still have significant consequences for your quality of life. 
This specialised, evidence-based, 12 week Programme is aimed at helping people to get back to being more active again.  You will learn simple, gentle yoga movements and breathing practices targeting back comfort, good posture and improved back health.  YHLB aims at re-educating and re-aligning the body, along with increasing the ability to relax and promoting self-awareness.

Booking in advance is essential to check the course in suitable for you.  Contact Susie on 086 7354461 or susmcnaughton@yahoo.ie to have a chat and/ or book.
Further details on the YHLB Programme can be found at  www.yogaforbacks.co.uk

Classes will run on Tuesday mornings for 12 weeks: 25 September - 06 November and 13 November - 18 December.
Payment can be in installments.

Tuesday 25 September, 8pm, €7

The Florida Project

Dir: Sean Baker 2017
USA 115 mins
Cert: 15A English

Six-year-old Moonie, (Brooklynn Prince) lives with her mother Halley, (Bria Vinaite) in a Florida motel. Along with her friends, Moonie spends the summer exploring the urban wilderness and getting into every sort of mischief. Halley, meanwhile, desperately tries to make ends meet. Kind but stern manager Bobby, (Willem Dafoe) tries to keep his patience as rent goes unpaid and the hyperactive kids run wild.

Friday 28 September, 8pm, €25

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

presented by Zac Global Promotions

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

Saturday 29 September, 8pm, €20

Jake Carter

Pop sensation and winner of Dancing With The Stars 2018, Jake Carter, has taken the Irish pop music scene by storm since his launch on Irish national television back in 2017.  Now he is thrilled to be announcing a brand new tour this Autumn!  Jake has quickly developed a name for himself as the next big thing on the Irish pop music scene and has wowed audiences across the country with his energetic live performances. To date Jake has released five singles and an EP titled ‘Three Things’, all of which have received rave reviews from his fan base and from radio.

In RTÉ’s Dancing With The Stars 2018, Jake quickly established himself as the one to watch in the competition scoring top marks most weeks and regularly taking top place on the leader board. So it was no surpise when Jake and Karen landed themselves a place in the grand final and ultimately went on to take the title of king and queen of the dance floor 2018.

Following his success on Dancing With The Stars, Jake released two new singles to radio titled ‘The Little Things You Do’ and most recently ‘Take Me Dancing’ which featured pop diva Una Healy of the multiplatinum-selling girl group The Saturdays.

Jake recently completed a hugely successful debut Irish tour.  Due to phenomenal demand he is delighted to announce his brand new tour this Autumn which will see him and his band perform across the country in Omagh, Letterkenny, Ennis, Thurles, Claremorris and Dublin.  “I am over the moon to be going back on the road with my band! We had so much fun on the last tour.  There were pockets of the country that we missed and we really want to bring our show to those places!

Saturday 29 September in the STUDIO, 8.30pm, €17/€15 conc.

Colin Murphy

The Bald Ambition Tour 2018

25 years ago a young man had a dream and that dream was to perform. As an actor success came quickly with the National Youth Theatre and early TV appearances in Yorkshire Television’s Heartbeat and Drop The Dead Donkey for Channel 4. His starring role in Our Friends In The North led to him becoming a household name. Daniel Craig* has achieved everything he set out to do and has reached the very pinnacle of the entertainment industry.

25 years ago another young man had a dream. And hope. And hair. He is still hanging on to all three… just about.

Best known for his TV appearances on the award winning Blame Game, Murphy and O’Kane Do Le Football, The Panel, and The Blizzard of Odd, Colin has performed his stand-up all over the world from Montreal to Melbourne, Beijing to Ballybofey.

*Daniel Craig will not be appearing in this show.

Classes start dirst week of October,

French Conversation for Adults and Exam preparation for Teenagers

presented by Alliance Française de Limerick

Classes start first week of October.

Maybe you lived in France, or previously taught French, maybe you want to progress in your job, or perhaps it is 'juste pour le plaisir'. You can now practice your french for 90 minutes every Friday (10.30-12pm). We will discuss the news, read and comment on newspaper articles...etc.

We also offer specialised preparation classes Leaving Cert exams on Wednesday (4.20-5.20pm), and  for the Junior Cert (to be decided).

Alliance Française de Limerick is the oldest Alliance Française in Ireland, set up in 1944. It has been promoting the French language and culture on a non- profit making basis in the Limerick region, and is now coming to Ennis!   All of our teachers are native French speakers, qualified and experienced at teaching French as a foreign language. Our small groups have a maximum of 12 students allowing you to feel at ease and benefit from more individual time with the teacher.

Our academic year runs from October to May and has two semesters. For the first semester (14weeks) prices are:
Adults classes (90min): €190
Teens classes (60min): €125

For more information and/or to book contact  Rachel on 061414818 or bonjour@aflimerick.org

Further details on www.aflimerick.org

Thursday 4 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Frank Pig Says Hello

presented by Co-Motion Media & by Pat McCabe

Directed by Joe O'Byrne
Performed by Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy
Set Design by Robert Ballagh
Lighting Design by Conleth White

Twenty-five years after its first groundbreaking tour, Pat McCabe's Frank Pig Says Hello returns this Autumn to twenty theatres across Ireland, in a new production that brilliantly captures the legendary original.

Desperately funny and yet deeply tragic, Frank Pig Says Hello is one of the great classics of modern Irish theatre. It tells the story of Francie Brady growing up in a small Irish town in the 1960s and his descent towards a brutal act that shocks his community. Described as “one of the saddest and funniest tales I have seen”The Irish Times; “a masterpiece” The Evening Herald and “an extraordinary piece of theatre” The Sunday Independent, the original production coincided with McCabe's Booker-winning novel of the same story entitled “The Butcher Boy”. The play distils Francie's infamous narrative into a riveting evening of pure, concentrated theatre.

Featuring mesmerising performances by two actors, Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy, Frank Pig is regarded as one of the most vivid, hilarious and heartbreaking evocations ever seen on a stage of an Irish childhood and adolescence gone wrong. From the opening live trumpet notes over an image of a happy, comical boy acting the piglet, to the breathtaking depiction of a dark deed, this is theatre at its most entertaining and gripping best.

Thursday 4 October in the glór Studio, 8.30pm, €14/€12 Conc.

Around The World in 80 Minutes

with Dave Flynn (solo guitar)

Award-winning guitarist/composer Dave Flynn brings audiences on a fantastical musical voyage across the globe. Well known to Clare audiences for his Irish Memory Orchestra, Flynn has toured solo around Japan, New Zealand and Europe.

His cosmopolitan spirit and masterful guitar skills make for an intoxicating musical cocktail where Brazilian Bossa Nova and Spanish Flamenco dance alongside inventive imitations of Indian Sitar, African Kora and Japanese Koto music. This, his first solo show in Clare, includes selections from Flynn’s albums as well as new music composed specially for his 2018 glór Associate Artist tenure.

Friday 5 October, 8pm, €22/€20 Conc.

Outside the Box: Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra with Máirtín O’Connor

Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra is the first and only orchestra in the Western world to play exclusively from memory. Its spectacular performances of Flynn’s imaginative music bring audiences to their feet from London to Moscow, Korea to Clare.

The 20 piece ensemble includes conductor Bjorn Bantock, harpist Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Clare's own Jack Talty, (Ensemble Ériu). Legendary accordionist Máirtín O’Connor joins them in glór along with the sublime vocals of Niamh Varian-Barry, (ex-Solas) and Róisín Donohoe for the world premiere of new music created by Flynn for his glór Artist's Association. Máirtín O’Connor's uplifting music and Flynn’s Clare Concerto bring the show to a dazzling crescendo.

Saturday 6 October, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us between 12pm and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Saturday 6 October, 7pm , €20/€18 Conc.

Mingling with Molière

presented by Footsbarn Travelling Theatre

Mingling with Molière is a comic masterpiece, composed of two of Molière’s plays: The Forced Marriage and La Jalousie du Barbouillé, telling the story of a couple throughout their marriage. 

Footsbarn Travelling Theatre is one of the world’s leading touring companies, renowned for its exciting adaptations of classics from Shakespeare and Molière and for transcending the barrier of language with its unique blend of visual theatre, music and magic.

Thursday 11 October to tuesday 16 October in the glór Spás, free of charge

Fruit & Veg: Still Life Exhibition

presented by Ennis Food Festival

To celebrate and complement Ennis Food Festival, Fruit & Veg, a still life group art exhibition will be launched at glór on Thursday October 11. It will include the work of artists: Dorothy Ledwith, Helen Lowe, Richard Sharp, Rena Casey Lewis, Larisa Bevillard, Patsy Ricks, Gloria Pahad, Vonnie Mahar and Angela Butterfield.

Friday 12 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Cherish the Ladies

Heart of the Home

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 17 outstanding albums including their latest release, “Heart of the Home” being launched in Ireland in the autumn.

Under the the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group Cherish the Ladies create a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensemble’s ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining package. 

For more than 30 years, the Ladies have performed thousands of concerts and have collaborated with such notable musicians as The Boston Pops, The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Don Henley, Arlo Guthrie and Maura O'Connell as well as being the featured soloist with over 300 performances with symphony orchestras. The New York Times calls their music “passionate, tender, and rambunctious,” and the Washington Post praises their “astonishing array of virtuosity.” They’ve won recognition as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and not to mention having a street named after them in the Bronx! 

Join Joanie Madden, Mary Coogan, Mirella Murray and Kathleen Boyle in concert as they launch their latest album - with special guest vocalists Don Stiffe, Kate Purcell, Bruce Foley, along with instrumentalists Donnchadh Gough and Nollaig Casey and spectacular dancers David Geaney and Nathan Pilatzke!

Saturday 13 October, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

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

Donna Taggart

Autumn Concert Tour 2018

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

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

Thursday 18 October, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, €55 (includes all materials)

Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

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 type-lovers 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.

Fee includes all materials: Starter Calligraphy Kit with pen holder, nib, calligraphy ink, guide sheets, paper, blotting paper.

Thursday 18 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Night Music

presented by Irish Chamber Orchestra

Katherine Hunka - Director
Michael Buckley - Flute

  • Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music), KV 525
  • Ronan Guilfoyle  Pipe Dreams Concerto for Jazz Flute
  • Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70


Mozart’s joyful serenade, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is one of his most beautiful and best-loved works, full of memorable melodies.  Tchaikovsky’s jewel, his Souvenir de Florence was his final piece of chamber music – this tribute to the city of Florence is a wonderful celebration, full of lyricism and ecstatic vigour.  Originally scored for sextet, the ICO performs the Souvenir as a string orchestra, which adds to the richness inherent in the music, and amplifies Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous, full, lush sound world.  In between, renowned Jazz flute virtuoso Michael Buckley performs Pipe Dreams, an effervescent concerto for Jazz flute and orchestra by Ronan Guilfoyle.  A playful dialogue between Michael and orchestra demonstrates the flute’s agility – join us and experience a new and vibrant collaboration!

The concert full of splendid music under leader Katherine Hunka, benefited from an eclectic approach….overall a stimulating and thought-provoking concert
The Sunday Business Post

Friday 19 October in the glór Studio, 10am, 11am & 12pm, €10 for baby & one Guardian/Parent

I Am Baba - A show for babies aged 0-12 months

Presented in association with The Civic, Tallaght

Created by Anna Newell
Presented in association with The Civic, Tallaght
Duration 20 mins with up to 20 minutes free play time after the performance
Limited Capacity

I am Baba is a theatre adventure for babies created by internationally renowned theatre director Anna Newell and award-winning composer David Goodall whose shows for early years have been seen on five continents. I am Baba is a magical adventure of song, lights and textures for babies aged 0-12 months. It’s a show about identity, agency and personhood. For babies.

An International Early Childhood Arts Commission from the 4 Dublin local authorities, touring to babies throughout the country thanks to The Arts Council.

Friday 19 October in the glór Spás, 1pm, free of charge

Rithimí Nua

presented by glór and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Duration: 40 – 50 mins
glór and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance will co-present another series showcasing emerging trad talent with a programme of free lunchtime concerts at glór. Curated by Irish World Academy's Director Sandra Joyce and her staff, these concerts will celebrate innovation and the development of traditional music and dance students in an informal setting.

Further session on Friday 16 November

Friday 19 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc

The Nualas: Glam Slam!

Bam! Pow! Biff! Shazam! 

They are back in the ring for a glittering bout of knock-out, body-slamming comedy gold. They dance like a butterfly and sing like a bee. They'll have you flat out on the mat with laughter. They will literally punch you right in the kisser with their gloves of gags and gaiety. Who? The Nualas. What? Their new show, Glam-Slam. Where? At a reputable entertainment out-let near you.
Don't miss this slug-fest of musical genius from Ireland's first ladies of comedy.

'I laughed until I cried.'
'I laughed until my face hurt.'
'I have never laughed so much, an absolutely brilliant show.'

Real quotes from real people who actually saw the show.

Non-stop belly laughs’ Guide2Dublin
Inventive and wonderfully entertaining’ The Evening Herald
The Nualas have put comedy and music in a blender and come up with a world class soufflé.’ Sunday Times.

Friday 19 October in the glór Studio, 8.30pm., €14/€12 Conc.

Three Women Sing

Miltown Malbay songwriters Anne Rynne, Claire Watts and Shona Blake come together as the collective Three Women Sing. Their songs deal with family, love, loss, laughter and life.  They build their collective around family life and like nothing better than their Tuesday song mornings, where they chat and share their songs. 

They come to glór to show off their songs and stories in the intimate setting of the Studio.

Saturday 20 October, 1.30pm, €10

Bosco’s Garden And Cinderella

presented by Paula Lambert Puppet Theatre

Bosco’s 40th Anniversary Tour

Bosco is Bosco, not a boy, not a girl, just a Bosco: a cheeky, lovely, funny, slightly-cracked, irrepressible, eternal five-year-old who lives in a box and who loves nothing more than to just be Bosco and meet all the boys and girls.
After starring on Irish TV for three decades, you’ll see why Bosco remains a firm favourite for each new generation. Enjoy the story of Cinderella through this completely interactive live experience.

Slapstick Silly and utterly Spectacular from Start to finish” Irish Examiner

Duration: 75 mins
Ages 3+

Saturday 20 October, 8pm, €9

The Silver Branch

After a sell-out screening in April this year, the award-winning film 'The Silver Branch' returns to glór screen.  It depicts the life and insights of the inimitable philosopher, poet, and fifth-generation farmer, Patrick McCormack, owner of ‘Fr Ted’s House’ in the beautiful, austere Burren.  Through Patrick’s eyes and pastoral verse, this beautifully shot film immerses us in the exquisite textures of the natural world, bringing us a rare glimpse of a disappearing way of life with all its richness and roguery, and leading to a deep connection with the Earth and our ancestral wild spirit.

Dir: Katrina Costello
2016  |  Ireland  |  75 mins

With live music in the foyer afterward

Sunday 21 October, 8pm, €30

Harlem Gospel Choir

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 22 October, 7pm, €8 adult/€6 child/€25 family of 4
Tuesday 23 October, 10am & 12pm, €5/teachers free

How to Catch a Star

presented by Branar Téatar do Pháistí

Once there was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Téatar do Pháistí are proud to present How to Catch a Star.  This adaptation combines puppetry with a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire.  Directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn, Branar’s signature storytelling creates a show which reminds us all to follow our dreams.
“How to Catch a Star” is published by HarperCollins Children’s Publishers.

Nonverbal show
For audiences aged 4+
Approx. 45 minutes

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Tráth dá raibh, bhí buachaill ann a bhí i gcónaí ag féachaint suas. Ba é rún a chroí réalt a bheith mar chara aige. Seo scéal a eachtra.


Tá ríméad ar Branar Téatar do Pháistí How to Catch a Star, bunaithe ar an leabhar clúiteach leis an údar Éireannach Oliver Jeffers, a chur i láthair os comhair an domhain.
San athchóiriú seo, stiúrtha ag Marc Mac Lochlainn, measctar an phuipéadóireacht le ceol nuachumtha draíochtúil ó Cholm Mac Con Iomaire. Cruthaítear seó le stíl scéalaíochta inaitheanta Branar, a mheabhraíonn dúinn uilig dul sa tóir ar ár mbrionglóidí.

Seó neamhbhriathartha.
Do lucht féachana 4 bliana d’aois agus níos sine.
Fad: Timpeall 45 nóiméad

Saturday 27 October, 2pm, free but ticketed

Rehearsed Reading of Buttshaft by Fergal McElherron

presented by Rough Magic

Buttshaft is the story of Fea and Caireen, struggling to raise a son with a cruel, painful lineage in the hinterland of Clare. It is a study of women’s need to love, possess, survive and ultimately to make choices based on instinct.  Featuring Ennis native Simone Kirby and directed by the award-winning Lynne Parker with music and sound design by Carl Kennedy. glór plans to present the full production in May 2019 and this is your chance to get a flavour of the play whilst in development.

Saturday 27 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

presented by Rough Magic

By James Joyce
Adapted for the stage by Arthur Riordan

Rough Magic Arthur Riordan’s vibrant stage adaptation of James Joyce's seminal novel, brought to life by a dynamic new creative ensemble of actors and designers under Ronan Phelan’s direction.

The spiritual rebellion of Stephen Dedalus and his restless search for self-expression will be brought to life in a thrilling theatrical odyssey. Written during the political and artistic explosion of the early twentieth century, this is Joyce’s manifesto; the dazzling debut of Ireland’s epic re-inventor and architect of the English language.

Directed by Ronan Phelan
Set and Costume Design – Katie Davenport
Lighting Design – Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Design and Composition – Denis Clohessy

Rough Magic is supported by the Arts Council

Sunday 28th October, 8pm, €20

The Don Baker and Rob Strong Band

Brothers in Arms Tour

Pat Egan Management is proud to announce a major Irish Tour featuring Don Baker and Rob Strong commencing at The Olympia Theatre on 6th of October.  Don and Rob are celebrating 50 years on the road and are currently recording a new album, a feast of Blues and Soul, entitled “Brothers In Arms” to accompany the tour.

Don is a prolific singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Sinead O’Connor, Declan O’Rourke, Finbar Furey, Liam Ó’Maonlaí while Bono has described him as “the best harmonica player in the world”. Don has also released a total of 15 albums during his career.  As an actor Don is best known for his roles in ‘In the Name of the Father’ alongside Daniel Day Lewis and as gangster Thomas Flynn in ‘Fair City’. He has published several books on how to play the harmonica which have been translated into many different languages.

Derry-born Rob Strong, performing on lead vocals and bass guitar, is another of Ireland’s living legends. Rob has been performing for five decades with a unique and sensational voice that saw him pull in huge crowds with one of the top showbands in the 60s, The Plattermen, and with his own band The Rockets in the 70s. Rob was even once offered the opportunity to join the world famous rockers Deep Purple. He also performs with his son Andrew Strong, lead singer of “The Commitments”.  They tour in Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

The Don Baker and Rob Strong Band features one of Italy’s best keyboard players, Salvatore Urbano from Naples. Sal’ has recorded with Damien Dempsey, Brian Kennedy, Sinead O’ Connor and Eleanor McEvoy and is widely regarded as amongst the best in the business. He fuses the band’s Blues and Rock genres with creative flair while Hugh O’ Neill, one of Ireland’s finest drummers, keeps up a driving rhythm.  Don, Rob and the boys guarantee a great night of Rock n’ Roll.

Thursday 1 November, 8pm, €25

Michael English

with very special guest Louise Morrissey

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

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

Friday 2 November, 8pm , €16/€14 Conc.

Bat The Father Rabbit The Son

Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly

Duration: 80 mins
Ages 12+

Dublin in the 1980s. Rabbit is a self-made haulage magnate. But something’s wrong. He cuts a deal with his underling Keogh to help him find his lost moorings. The quest is hampered by his dead father Bat, Citizen Army volunteer and pawn shop assistant, bubbling up. The struggle between father and son, past and present, imagination and reality, spans Dublin. Their voyage out of Howth and up the River Liffey builds to a climax described by The Guardian as ‘one of the strongest dramatic conclusions I’ve ever seen.’

An explosive exposition of the generation of Irish men that led us to Boom and Bust.

Post-show discussion with Donal O’Kelly.

BAT THE FATHER SHORT TRAILER from Clara Purcell on Vimeo.

Saturday 3 November, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us between 12pm and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Saturday 3 November, 8pm, €35

Paul Brady in Concert

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded and successful artists. He crosses musical boundaries again and again, incorporating folk, rock, blues, traditional Irish and classic pop styles into his songwriting.
 
His live performances include songs from his extensive catalogue of 40 years, and he invites you into his world of songs and music in a way that will surprise in its intimacy, sense of fun and raw power.

Friday 9 November, 8pm, €30/€27 conc

Phil Coulter

Gold & Silver Days

Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artiste has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme is totally appropriate.

Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties.  Even fewer can match the range of Phil’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley!

His new show, Gold & Silver Days, will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity.  As he says himself, “It will be a different and interesting collection – some of the big hits alongside some that I thought should have been hits!  Some songs that meant a lot to my bank manager as well as some that simply meant a lot to me”.

An original retrospective on the work of one of our finest, it’s a show for every lover of good music.

Saturday 10 November, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Saturday 10 November, 8.30pm, €30

Tommy Tiernan: Paddy Crazy Horse

NEWSFLASH!!
50 new tickets just added for standing positions in balcony!  Reduced price of €25. 
Please call box office on 065 6843103.  Not availabe for online purchase.

Back on the road again Tommy Tiernan has a new show. He rants and raves, he dances and acts. He tries to be very silly and very serious at the same time. He mixes a love of comic rebellion and a refusal to be conscripted into a rational view of the world with a deep grá for talking and the poetry of everyday speech. Using high theatricality and lots of dirty words, this is a fast paced and exuberant celebration of everything that’s wild, wrong and wonderful about being alive right here, right now. It is by turns clever and then really stupid. BE THERE !

Tommy writes a weekly newspaper column for the Sunday Independent, appears as Da Gerry in Derry Girls on C4, hosts his own improvised chat show on RTÉ and has performed all over Ireland and the world as a stand up comedian for the past 23 years.

Thursday 15 November, 8pm, €12/€10 Conc

La Traviata by Teatro Alla Scala

Directed by Sofia Coppola

Duration: 155 mins (Opera in three acts)
With Surtitles


A collaboration between American filmmaker Sofia Coppola and Italian haute couture king Valentino Garavani comes in the form of a revival of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera, La Traviata. Telling the story of tempestuous love and heartbreak, the elegant spectacle, captured live in HD from the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma makes its way to the big screen at glór.

Friday 16 November in the glór Spás, 1pm, free of charge

Rithimí Nua

presented by glór and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Duration: 40 – 50 mins

glór and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance will co-present another series showcasing emerging trad talent with a programme of free lunchtime concerts at glór. Curated by Irish World Academy's Director Sandra Joyce and her staff, these concerts will celebrate innovation and the development of traditional music and dance students in an informal setting.

Friday 16 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Matchmaker

presented by Michael Scott Productions

John B. Keane’s beloved hit comedy follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn from all parts of the country.  At the centre of this celebrated production is John B Keane’s marvellous and mischievous wit coupled by his unparalleled way with words.

John B. Keane takes us back to a simpler time, when even phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

Saturday 17 November, 8pm, €22/€20

MÓRglór Award Concert 2018

a concert celebrating Chris Droney

glór is delighted to announce that this year’s annual MÓRglór Award 2018 has been awarded to legendary concertina player, Chris Droney.

Chris was born in 1924 and has been playing music for almost eighty six years. He became Senior All-Ireland Concertina Champion nine times in the 1950s and 1960s and has played with several well-known céilí bands.

On Saturday 17 November, the people of Clare will come together to celebrate Chris Droney for his enormous contribution to Traditional Irish Music with a concert in glór featuring Chris’ friends and family, and some of the most renowned traditional musicians and singers including The Kilfenora Céilí Band; Ann Kirrane; Garry O Briain; Francis Droney; Áine McGrath; Edel Vaughan; Vincent Griffin and many more.

MÓRglór is an acknowledgement and celebration by glór of the wealth of professional & semi-professional artists, alongside the talented individuals, groups and communities within the county, all of whom provide a vital stimulus for the growth and development of Clare’s unique culture.

This prestigious annual award, named after Clare’s cultural ambassador and visionary, Muiris Ó Rocháin, is curated by glór in partnership with Dr. Tim Collins as producer of the event, and who coordinated the original concert in 2013. An anonymous panel of traditional arts practitioners and experts, assembled by glór, invites an Awardee, fitting with the objectives and spirit of MÓRglór. The previous MÓRglór recipients were Corofin Traditional Music Festival (2014), Eoin O'Neill (2015), Frank Custy (2016) and Geraldine Cotter (2017).

Early booking advised.

Saturday 17 November in the Studio, 8.30pm, €12

Stephen James Smith featuring Enda Reilly

Performance poetry and live music

Acclaimed Writer, Poet and Performer Stephen James Smith proudly announces the forthcoming release of his debut book of poetry entitled ‘Fear Not’.
To launch it, he takes to the road for a 29 date live ‘My Ireland’ tour with special guest Enda Reilly.  He comes to glór on Saturday 17 November for an intimate performance in our studio.

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views.  Stephen has performed at Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the National Concert Hall and Vicar Street, as well as London Palladium, Glastonbury, and other events dotted across the globe.

Stephen has recently been  announced as Artist in Residence with Dunamaise Arts Centre and Laois Arts Office, where he will develop the first ever Laois Spoken Word Project for young people in the county. He has been translated into Irish, Spanish, Slovenian, Polish, Dutch and Italian.  Stephen’s debut collection of Poetry, Fear Not, is published by Arlen House with a launch due in Autumn 2018.

Enda Reilly is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Dublin - working in Irish as well as English.  He counts John Spillane, Kíla, Liam Ó Maonlaí, John Prine and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra among his collaborators.  Expect a truly special mix of spoken word and live music from himself and Stephen James Smith at glór.

Tuesday 20 November, 8pm, €7

Frantz

glór film season

Dir: Francois Ozon  |  2016  |  France, Germany
113 mins  |  Cert: CLUB  |  Subtitled

Ozon’s enthralling romantic drama, set in post WW1 Germany centres on a grieving woman, Anna, who finds a young Frenchman, Adrien, laying flowers at the grave of her fiancé. Revealing himself to be an old friend of Frantz, Adrien reignites a long departed joy in Anna.

Wednesday 21 November, 8pm, €20

Festive Food Demonstrations & Fashion

Enjoy an evening of Festive Food and Fashion hosted by Ciana Campbell with demonstrations by celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and fashion on show by Annette’s Boutique. Kevin Dundon will demonstrate a range of dishes that will inspire you to get your Christmas apron on and cook up a storm! All proceeds go to the Ray of Sunshine Foundation, a Clare based charity that brings brings volunteers to Kenya to carry out building projects.

The Ray of Sunshine is a Co. Clare based registered charity that brings volunteers to Kenya to carry out building projects. In 2016 we built a Rescue Home for Girls used in the sex trafficking industry in Mombasa and in 2018 we built a similar home for boys. Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon travelled with us on our 2018 project and is a great supporter of our charity.

www.rayofshine.ie

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

Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

presented in association with Ennis Book Club Festival

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

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

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

Friday 23 November, 8pm, €20 adult/€12.50 child/Family 4 €50

St. Flannan’s and The Band of the 1st Brigade

St. Flannan’s College Trad club play host to The Band of the 1st Brigade, with proceeds from the event going to the College and to a local charity.  The event will also feature traditional musicians among staff and students. 
In addition to its military commitments, The Band of the 1st Brigade plays a major part in the musical and cultural life of the southern region of the country, regularly appearing at events and gaining an enthusiastic following, both at home and abroad.

Saturday 24 November, 10.30am & 12pm, €6

A Winter Wish at the Quiet Tree

presented by Ceol Connected

Duration: 45 minutes
For ages 3
+

Every winter in Whistleberry Forest, a little robin comes to visit and grants the creatures of the forest their very own wish - they can wish for whatever they want! From dripping icicles to gentle snowfall, the delight of skating on an icy river or flying high on a moonlit night, discover the mysteries of Whistleberry Forest in a mesmerising traditional music performance made for children.

Ceol Connected’s A Winter Wish is a wonderfully interactive sing-along musical adventure.

Saturday 24 November, 8pm, €28

Pat Shortt: Hey!

Pat Shortt returns with his brand new show, Hey! Following his recent sell-out successes, and fresh from starring roles in the hit play A Skull In Connemara and the film The Belly of The Whale, Ireland’s best loved comedian takes to the road with his latest quirky look at Irish life.

Featuring brand new material and sketches, this new show is a rogue’s gallery of odd ball characters, bizarre situations and even a song or two! 
Hey! delivers a peculiar take on modern life that only the unique imagination of Pat Shortt could conjure up.

Wednesday 28 November, 7.30pm, Pay what you feel on the night (bring cash!)

PlatForms

PlatForms is a recent 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. Three to four artists/groups of artists will present short excerpts of their work – followed by brief moderated discussions with the audience about what they have seen.

If you are interested in applying to take part in PlatForms, please click here for more information.

The audience are requested to reserve tickets in advance and then pay what they feel on the night (in cash!).

Please book your ticket in advance with glór box office.

Friday 30 November, 8pm, €24/€22 conc.

Ladies in the Blues

After sell-out shows at Cork Jazz Festival and standing ovations across the country, Ladies in the Blues takes you on a women’s journey through the blues.

From the gospel roots of the 1920s to vaudeville, jazz and blues rock - immerse yourself in songs by all those great women - Big Mama Thornton, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Bessie Smith and many more. Ladies in the Blues pays homage to these female artists who transformed the blues from local folk music into the art form it is today, bringing black culture into American main stream music.

Friday 30 November, 8.30pm, €12

Gearóid Farrelly

Gearóid Farrelly brings his brand of chatty stand-up comedy to glór, addressing everything from Trump to decluttering and explaining why you shouldn’t toilet train a cat!  Gearóid has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world, supporting the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK.
To be an audience member in Farrelly’s crowd is a joy. Each joke landed perfectly…. impeccable comic timing…’***** Broadway Baby

Saturday 1 December, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us between 12pm and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Saturday 1 December, 8pm, €22.50/€20

Hermitage Green

Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Hermitage Green have made a large impact in a short period of time. After having released their first full length album via SONY Ireland and watching it climb the charts with tracks like Quicksand, Not Your Lover, and Save Your Soul, the band has been touring internationally to sold out rooms across Ireland, the UK, Middle East, Australia and the US.

Now the band is back after having spent months in world renowned Rockfield Studios in Wales where their new recordings share company with the likes of Queen, Robert Plant and many others. With Grammy winning producer Matt Lawrence (Adele, Amy Winehouse, Mumford & Sons) at the helm of this record, the band has created an EP entitled Gold & Rust consisting of 6 progressive sonic masterpieces. 2018 will see the band continuing to tour the globe.

“Gold & Rust - the title was inspired by a lyric that Darragh Griffin wrote in the song 'Bring It On Down'. I suppose as an album title it represents the many contrasts of being in a band in 2017. The ups and downs, highs and lows, whatever you want to call it... From playing the mainstage at Electric Picnic, to getting laughed out the door of a bank when looking for a mortgage. From walking out of a sold out Olympia Theatre in Dublin, to playing to 7 people in a town somewhere in the U.S. From telling your bandmates you love them and would do anything for them, to trying to kill your bandmates because they piss you off sometimes. 'Gold & Rust' is the dichotomy between the struggle and the absolute privilege of doing what you love for a living.” - Dan Murphy of Hermitage Green

Monday 3 December, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

Clare Christmas Choir with special guests Hothouse Flowers

An evening of songs and stories raising awareness around the homeless crisis afflicting Irish society with special guests Hothouse Flowers.

Featuring:

  • Sarah Ryan
  • Angelina Peach
  • Aimee McInerney
  • Laura Mulcahy
  • Suzanne Murphy
  • Fiddle Case
  • Three Women Sing
  • Katie Theasby
  • Steo Wall
  • Claire Watts
  • Shona Blake
  • The Clare Christmas Choir under the baton of Sarah Ferrigan

All profits from this event will be donated to Molloy’s Butchers and used for the Christmas Dinner for the Homeless in Clare

Tuesday 4 December, 3pm & 8pm, €7

Lucky

glór film season

Dir: John Carroll Lynch  |  2017  |  USA
88 mins  |  Cert: CLUB  |  No Subtitles

This award-winning first feature from actor-turned-director John Carroll Lynch, (Fargo, Zodiac), allows Harry Dean Stanton to shine as 90-year-old Lucky, an atheist seeking the meaning of his life. Stanton's final on-screen performance is funny, touching and beguiling, and all the more poignant in the knowledge that he passed away just days before the film’s US cinema release.

Wednesday 5 December, 8pm, €25

A Night With The Stars Christmas Special

Back by popular demand 'A Night With The Stars Christmas Special' returns with 5 of Irelands top Country attractions all on one super show which features Declan Nerney, Patrick Feeney, Ray Lynam, John Hogan and the energetic Michael Collins, who each will showcase toe tapping classics with a festive sprinkle all in the company of Irelands top band Keltic Storm. This is a rare chance to see so many great acts on one stage!

Early booking advisable.

Thursday 6 December, 8pm, €30

Seán Keane: Christmas by the Hearth

Seán Keane returns to glór with his Christmas by the Hearth show, where he will perform songs from his new album, Gratitude, recorded with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Seán continues to find new songs to go along with classics like Isle of Hope Isle of Tears, Home away from Home, and many more favourites.

This show will start the Christmas season in style with Seán adding to the festive mood with his versions of Oh Holy Night and Silent Night.

Friday 7 December – Saturday 19 January, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge
Launch Friday 14 December,

Mick O’Dea Selects…

presented by glór

Mick O’Dea Selects… is one of the most significant exhibitions of contemporary Irish art in recent years, and will open in glór this December. The exhibition is a return of the hugely successful glór Selects… series, which sees a renowned Irish artist curate an exhibition of artists whose work has influenced or inspired their own work.

For the 2018 Selects…exhibition, Ennis local and President of the RHA, Mick O’Dea has pulled together an extraordinary line-up of artists from the senior council of the RHA. Artists whose work will be on show in this landmark exhibition include Una Sealy, James Hanley, Blaise Smith, Colin Martin, Donald Teskey, Abigail O’Brien, Eithne Jordan, Carey Clarke, Geraldine O’Neill, Eilis O’ Connell, and of course work from Mick himself.

With a diverse mix of work including landscape, streetscape, portraiture and still life, Mick O’Dea Selects… promises to be a unique and exciting exhibition of Irish Art, reflecting the vitality of contemporary art in Ireland, and is a must see exhibition.

Friday 7 December in the Spás, 1.30pm, free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Deirdre O’Mahony - Matt Packer

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. First Fridays is a monthly series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and artists, this season curated by Deirdre O’Mahony.

Deirdre O’Mahony’s art practice is grounded in collaborative engagements with different rural publics and contexts. In Clare, She developed X-PO, a former rural post-office in Killinaboy as a social and cultural public exchange for different communities.

Matt Packer is the Director of EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art and has curated numerous exhibitions in Ireland and internationally.

Saturday 8 December, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December, 7:30pm, €15/€12 Conc.
Sunday 9 December, 2.30pm, €10

Elf Jr. the Musical

presented by Clare Youth Musical Society

Clare Youth Musical Society will fill you with Christmas cheer with Elf Jr the Musical!

Aela Daly takes on the title role of Buddy the Elf, made famous by Will Ferrell. The show follows Buddy’s journey from the North Pole all the way to New York to find his Dad, with a few adventures along the way!

Featuring catchy songs such as Happy All the Time, Sparklejollytwinklejingley, Never Fall in Love with an Elf, this Christmas show is perfect for all of the family!

Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 December, 7.30pm, €24/€20 concession/€14 child/Family of 4 €68

The Nutcracker

presented by Ballet Ireland

Ballet Ireland is delighted to tour The Nutcracker, one of the world’s favourite ballets, to audiences nationwide this season.

This Irish production of the festive classic, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, appeals to audiences of all ages, with its fairy tale magic, Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, beautiful costumes, and a tale of wondrous adventure - combining to form one of the most delectable Christmas confections imaginable.

This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic with the whole family. After all, Christmas only begins once you’ve seen Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker!

"Luscious, luxurious and a sheer delight, The Nutcracker is a perfect Christmas treat" theartsview.com

Friday 14 December , 8pm, €32/€30 Conc./€30 Conc./€99 Family 4

Vladimir’s Viennese Christmas: 10th Anniversary Gala

With Vladimir's family, The Jablokovs, tenor Sean Costello, guest star soprano and Vladimir's musicians

Join violin sensation Vladimir as he adds a festive glow to some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era, together with a flurry of seasonal evergreens to get you set for the most wonderful time of the year.  These 10th anniversary concerts will feature Vladimir’s most memorable performances of the past decade, along with many new surprises. Vladimir will be joined by his parents, sister and brothers. The Jablokov's will be joined on stage by their hand picked musicians, tenor Sean Costello and more.

Vladimir grew up on in Bratislava, Slovakia in the family of musicians where both parents and 6 siblings played music together from a young age. 5 out of the 6 children decided to make music their professional career. 14 years ago Vladimir moved to Ireland. Starting with busking on Grafton street, he quickly moved on to performing concerts. Missing the family and their performances together he decided, in 2008, to re-unite them for his Viennese Christmas concert. Since then, the Jablokov’s meet every December in Ireland for the family gathering and have to date, performed for over 40,000 people here.

This year will be even more special as they open their family photo album and share memories of playing and celebrating together.  With music from the Strauss Family, Franz Lehar and Christmas songs and carols you know and love, this is the perfect start to the holiday celebrations.

Saturday 15 December, 8pm, €25

Foil Arms & Hog: Craicling

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been rescheduled from the advertised date of Saturday 8 September.

Former children and regular eaters, Foil Arms & Hog are back with the Irish premiere of their new show Craicling. The show has yet to be reviewed but when it is, it will be “utterly spellbinding” and “a triumph.”

Best known for their YouTube videos, (50 million online hits), their live show is what they’re most proud of. They’ve sold-out every year in glór since 2017, a run that must surely end, but hopefully not this year.

Quite simply, a sensation.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Sunday 16 December, 3pm & 7.30pm , €15/ €9 Child/ €45 Family 4/€50 Family 5

Sparks Hip Hop School of Dance Christmas Show

Sparks are delighted to present their Christmas dance extravaganza for all ages...hip hop and commercial dance crews breaking it up on stage for a vibrant, feel good show suitable for all the family. With dancers from as young as 3 and all the way up to adults, this performance promises to be a super Christmas treat!

Saturday 22, Sunday 23 Dec & Thursday 27 – Monday 31 December, 2.30pm, €15/€50 Family 4

Hansel and Gretel

presented by Pantaloons

Hansel and Gretel live with their father and stepmother in the village of Munchin Koffdropp. Their story involves various characters including a wicked witch, (but not too wicked!), a Forest Fairy and The Dame/Miss Daisy Demeanour, (Woo Hoo!!!). The tale comes to a nail-biting climax in a Gingerbread House, when Hansel and Gretel narrowly avoid being eaten, and the witch gets her just desserts!

Full of fun, lots of hisses and boos, lots of laughter, this is family entertainment at its best.  Oh, yes it is!

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Panto, and Pantaloons - now in their 16th year, have firmly established themselves as a wonderful family tradition in Clare.

Friday 4 January, 8pm, €30

Keith Barry

Keith Barry returns to glór with much anticipated brand new show. Keith Barry has been blazing a trail across the globe for many years, showcasing his mind-blowing skills on over forty international television shows.

Early booking advised.

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 January, 8pm, €27.50

The Kilfenora Céilí Band

and guests

Regarded by aficionados as the quintessential Irish céilí band, the Kilfenora Céilí band - together with singer Edel Vaughan, dancers Laura Minogue, Deirdra Kiely and world champions Michael and Matthew Gardiner - perform an uplifting, energetic and entertaining show, making this a must-see event this January weekend. Engaging, uplifting and utterly enjoyable, this legendary group take their rich musical heritage into the future with a show that is expertly choreographed, boasting highly rhythmic traditional tunes, together with beautiful songs and witty repartee.

“Fantastic, feel-good, happy, lively music” Sharon Shannon

Saturday 12 January, 11am, €7
Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12 ,

Documentary Day: Walk with Me

as part of Documentary Day at glór

glór is delighted to present a day devoted to the best Irish and international documentaries. Dive right in and immerse yourself in three gorgeous films, or choose from our film package: Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12

Dir:  Max Pugh and Marc J. Francis  |  2017  |  UK
94  mins  |  Subtitled

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk with Me is a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over three years and with unprecedented access, this visceral film is a meditation on a community who have given up all their possessions for a monastic life in rural France.

Saturday 12 January, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us between 12pm and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Saturday 12 January, 1pm, €7
Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12 ,

Documentary Day: The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

as part of Documentary Day at glór

glór is delighted to present a day devoted to the best Irish and international documentaries. Dive right in and immerse yourself in three gorgeous films, or choose from our film package: Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12

Dir:  Feargal Ward  |  2017  |  Ireland
76  mins  |  Not Subtitled

Thomas is a 55 year old Irish farmer who lives and works the farm of his ancestors. His next door neighbour is the world’s largest manufacturer of microchips and more land is required for expansion.

What begins as a story of one man’s struggle to hold on to his way of life and land, transforms into a universal exploration of a battle between principle and power.

Saturday 12 January, 3pm, €9/€7.50 conc.
Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12 ,

Documentary Day: Katie

as part of Documentary Day at glór

glór is delighted to present a day devoted to the best Irish and international documentaries. Dive right in and immerse yourself in three gorgeous films, or choose from our film package: Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12

Dir:  Ross Whitaker  |  2018  |  Ireland
85 mins  |  Not Subtitled

Katie Taylor has won six amateur European championships, five world amateur championships and is an Olympic Gold Medal winner.  She turned professional after a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This film unravels the deeply personal reasons behind the career low and shows the champion’s grit and determination to start over as a professional.

Post-show discussion with Ross Whitaker

Saturday 12 January, 8pm, €23

Neil Delamere: Controlled Substance

Fresh from a sell-out tour, the star of BBC's The Blame Game and Soft Border Patrol, Neil Delamere, returns to glór with a brand new show. This time he thinks he has that whole "illusion of control" idea sussed.

Then again he would think that, wouldn't he?

'You'll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe.' ***** Scotsman
'One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine.' ***** Herald

Saturday 12 January in the glór Studio, 8.30pm, €14/€12 Conc.

The Whistleblower Out of Time Tour 2019

  • Cormac Breatnach: Whistles and voice
  • Daire Bracken: Fiddle and loops
  • Martin Tourish: Accordion
  • Luis Poveda: Images

This riveting one-hour show will weave distinct strands: film, dialogue, live music and images to allow the audience to experience a four-year artistic response by Cormac Breatnach arising out of a single traumatic event which affected him from the age of 13 into his adulthood. Breatnach’s brother - Osgur was one of three men wrongfully arrested, tortured and forced to incriminate himself for a crime he did not commit. The Sallins Mail Train Robbery Case in 1978 was the longest running trial in the history of the State.

Sunday 13 January, 8pm, €15

Clare Youth Trad Orchestra

Returning for the first time since their sell-out performance at the 2018 Munster Fleadh, the 90-strong collective from across the county will put their unique stamp on some trad favourites. This performance will be marked by new collaborations with some of trad music's leading touring musicians - watch this space!

All proceeds of this show will go to CMRF Crumlin and other leading charities.

Friday 18 January, 5pm , €9/€7 Child

Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev

presented by The Far Flung Trio

Duration: 45 mins
Suitable for all ages 


Peter and the Wolf is full of enchanting melodies and rich textures, topped off with Prokofiev’s colourful orchestration. This much loved gem is a universally familiar tale, suitable for children but also a sophisticated piece of music that will appeal to any age. The tale of Peter will be narrated by the Trio while playing.

Including an educational introduction to the music and the instruments, (violin, accordion and double-bass), and a post-show Q&A.

Friday 18 January, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc.

The Far Flung Trio

  • Katherine Hunka: Violin
  • Dermot Dunne: Accordion
  • Malachy Robinson: Double Bass

The Far Flung Trio performs an irresistible musical programme that is virtuosic, eccentric and charming in their signature style. The programme includes the seductive melodies of Bizet’s Carmen and Rossini’s mischievous Barber of Seville overture, jazzy tunes by Gershwin and an original work by Irish jazz giant Ronan Guilfoyle with lots more, all tailored by the Trio and delivered with panache and delight.

Saturday 19 January, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

Voice of Hope II Tour

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

Tommy turns each song into his own with his own unique and powerful style touching emotions in you that only music can reach. Tommy is famous for his own arrangement of 'Danny Boy', 'Isle of Inisfree' and 'Hard Times'  and many more. While Tommy’s music may be difficult to classify, fans use such words as “deeply emotional, romantic and sincere” to describe the feelings it evokes. One reviewer described his music as falling into a genre of Symphonic Pop that still awaits a name.  He also toured & worked with the great Elaine Paige, Kenny Rogers, & Vince Gill in recent years.

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

Friday 25 January, 8pm, €30/€27 Conc.

Reeling in the Showband Years

Reeling in the Showband Years returns to glór for its record breaking 10th anniversary tour.

The show is a salute to the showband era and will bring you back to this magical musical period.  With an all-star cast including Red Hurley; Linda Martin; Gina from The Champions; host and compere Ronan Collins singing his renowned tributes to the great Joe Dolan as well as Eurovision hits; Keith and Lorraine McDonald; Dave Lawlor; Tommy & Jimmy Swarbrigg and The Conquerors Showband, this show is a musical treat with all the great songs of the showband era.

Saturday 26 January, 8pm, €30

The Fureys

Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare to Here’ and more, have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 41 years.

The band, formed in 1978, are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly.

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

Saturday, 2 February 2019, 8pm, €30

Derek Ryan in Concert

Derek Ryan continues to maintain his position at the top table of Irish Country Music’s elite with his brand of original material and country classics. His album, ‘The Fire’ spawned the hits ‘Heaven Tonight’, ‘Homeland’ and “Down On Your Uppers.’ These will be featured during this concert tour along with many of his classics like ‘Hold On To Your Hat’, ‘God’s Plan’ and ‘Life Is A River’.  The Carlow man is a multi-award winner for performance and song-writing.  His most recent include the Sunday World accolade for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’ in 2018.

The highlight of the show is the moment when the band step away and Derek is left alone with his guitar on stage. Derek relishes this chance for his audience to really get to know him and his music.

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

Johnny Cash Roadshow

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

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

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

Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 March,

Sweet about Me

by Jacinta Sheerin

Sweet about Me by Jacinta Sheerin
Wed 6 – Thurs 7 Mar

Sweet About Me, written and performed by glór’s Associate Artist Jacinta Sheerin, is a one woman show about addiction. Set in a treatment centre and based on the lives of five characters, Sweet About Me explores alcohol, heroin and cocaine addiction through the eyes of the central character - 18 year old Bernadette Fagan who has an eating disorder, a controlling mother and a body image to die for.  But food issues seem so trivial in comparison to the people with real problems like shooting heroin? Or does it?  Sweet About Me looks at how society views and ranks addiction. It aims to dispel myths and open our hearts to the toughest characters that we might judge in an every-day encounter.

Jacinta Sheerin is a playwright, actor and dramatherapist from Dublin, living in Ennistymon, Co. Clare. Jacinta has recently become one of glór’s three Associate Artists, and we are delighted to premiere her new work in 2019.