What's On

Friday 5 August - Saturday 3 September, 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, free of charge

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

glór is pleased to collaborate with Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016 to present an exhibition of photography by renowned Clare photographer and musician Christy McNamara, upstairs in glór’s gallery and in the café.

Where My Heart Lies is an exhibition which celebrates and honours the rich legacy of music and music making in Co. Clare, in those who carried it and passed it on, and many of Christy’s most iconic and recognisable works are collected in one place for the first time ever. The exhibition is concerned with place and music, inseparable from each other, and always interdependent, and the images are deeply rooted in the fabric of life in the county.

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

The exhibition will be formally opened by Martin Hayes on Monday 15th August at 5pm, and will be followed by a concert of the same title. The concert will link the exhibition with performances from Christy, and from guest musicians Eoin O’Neill on bouzouki and Yvonne Casey on fiddle, along with some surprise guests.

A gallery talk, given by Christy will take place on Wednesday 17th at 11am in glór’s gallery. All welcome.

Classes start on Saturday 3 September,

French For Fun For Kids

presented by La Jolie Ronde tutor Rhona Gomès

An opportunity for 4-12 year olds to learn French through games, songs, rhymes, stories, role-plays and fun!

Classes start on Saturday 3rd September.

Please pre-book with Rhona Gomès at 086-8262500 as spaces are limited.
For more information about La Jolie Ronde please visit www.lajolieronde.ie

From Monday 5 & Wednesday 7 September, 10.05am - 11.35am,

Mindful Yoga with Susie - Autumn 2016

Take time to tune in to your body, your breath, your self with yoga.   Find comfort and ease in the body through movement and developing awareness.  Let go of unnecessary tensions, allowing well-being to arise naturally, and bring this into your everyday life.

Suitable for beginners and people with experience of yoga.  Susie is fully qualified to teach in the Satyananda tradition of yoga (recognised by the Yoga Federation of Ireland and the British Wheel of Yoga).

Practical information:

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing in layers. Shoes are not worn;
  • Bring a blanket with you for keeping cosy during the relaxation.  Mats are provided;
  • Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach;
  • If you have any health problems it is advisable to check with your doctor whether s/he considers yoga to be appropriate for you.

For more information or to book, please contact Susie McNaughton 086 7354461.  If a session is missed, it can be made up at other yoga classes during the week, or on other days over a maximum of 8 weeks.

Term starting Tuesday 6 September, 10am -10.45am & 11am - 11.45am,

Kindermusik Baby & Toddler Class with Anita - Autumn 2016 term

For ages newborn to 3.5 year olds

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

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

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

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

From Thursday 8 & Saturday 10 September, 11.30am, €55 per child per term


for 6 months - 4 year olds

Expect musical fun and games incorporating all types of music, over 20 different Styles RnB, African, Latin, Classical, Abba, Elvis and lots more fun mixed with giggles!

Advance booking is required as capacity is strictly limited. 

For bookings and all enquiries, please contact Oonagh Minogue on 086 354 0253.
www.playandmusic.ie  /  www.facebook.com/gymboreeclare

Thursday 8 September, 8pm, €20

The Legends of American Country

Making a welcome return to glór , The Legends of American Country Show is now firmly established as Europe's No.1 Country Music Tribute show featuring  the music of 8 of the biggest icons on the American Country scene including Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Buck Owens and Johhny Cash.

Doing justice to the line-up are Evan O Donnell, Joe Moore, Rod and Tracey Mc Auley who between them had glittering careers than span over 3 decades.

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

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 9th September 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 9 September to Saturday 1 October, 10am to 5pm, free of charge

Green: 40 Shades of Clare – An Exhibition by Wil Gilchrist & Mike Lewisohn

Opens Culture Night Friday 16 September.

Mike Lewisohn is an artist living and working in Co. Clare who for many years has painted and documented its natural surfaces. For his current exhibition Mike has produced a series of paintings portraying Co. Clare’s coastlines; coast, loughs and river. Ultimately his work is a celebration of the natural beauty of Co. Clare.

Taking Hibernia as a seasonal and suitably verdant line, this exhibition from Wil Gilchrist uses natural material that makes a relative sense but remains identifiable in manner. Will is a Scottish fine artist based in County Clare who has exhibited extensively in Ireland and the UK.

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

Eleanor McEvoy

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 9th September 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.

From Saturday 10 September, 10.30am - 11.30am,

Art Classes for Children

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 13 September,

American Buffalo by David Mamet

presented by Keegan Theatre Company

We regret to advise that this production of American Buffalo has been postponed due to illness.

Thank you for your understanding.



This is a Glór Friends event
Tuesdays from September 13,

Clockwise Arts Children’s Theatre

with Majella Perry

Clockwise Arts Children’s Theatre is an exciting drama programme developed and facilitated by Majella Perry at glór.  Weekly drama workshops will be offered in an environment where creativity, imagination and artistic expression are nurtured and encouraged.  Majella works collaboratively with children to explore and experience the magic of drama in an enjoyable and participative environment. 

• Improvisation & devising drama scenes and storylines
• Role play & character creation
• Drama activities & games, sensory work
• Ensemble work
• Exploring mime, movement, rhythm & percussion, costume, props
• A lot of fun!

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

Tuesdays Sept 13th to December 13th, 2016 (13 classes) with no class during mid-term (Nov 1st).
2.30 – 3.30 (5 – 7 years)
3.30 – 4.30 (8 – 12 years)

Majella Perry has extensive teaching experience having worked as a drama & theatre teacher, trainer and director in Ireland, The Netherlands, Costa Rica (Central America) and more recently Canada.  She holds a Degree in Theatre and Education (Utrecht, The Netherlands) and a Diploma in Community Arts & Development (NUI Maynooth)
Enquiries & Bookings

To book a place or if you require any further information please text or call Majella at 086-8060161 or majella.perry@gmail.com  Places are limited.

From Wednesday 14 September, 1pm - 3pm,

Full Fathom Theatre

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

Book directly with Marie McNamara on 087 6391409.

Friday 16 September, 3pm & 3.45pm, Free of charge

The Willow Wood devised by Julie Tiernan

as part of Culture Night 2016

Presented by Music Generation Clare

Built on the themes of bravery, fun and determination, step into the magical world of the Willow Wood to travel an interactive journey of storytelling, musical play, song and exploration. 

For audiences aged between 3 and 5 years of age, one parent/guardian adult per participating child.

Duration 30 minutes.

Friday 16 September, from 6pm, free of charge

First Citizens Speak by Deirdre O’Mahony

as part of Culture Night 2016

In association with Age and Opportunity/Bealtaine 2016 and VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016

This film of about 30 minutes long was made in response to Bealtaine 2016 and focused on older members of the North Clare community - the memories, values and behaviours they hold dear- that are and were, important in achieving a strong sense of contentedness. The project involved GP, Dr Fergus Glynn (based in North Clare) as interlocutor, anthropologist Dr. Anne Byrne (NUIG) and local members of the North Clare communities as interviewers and mediators.

Friday 16 September, 8.30pm, €10/€30 family of 4

Colin Dunne, Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power (Ireland/Scotland)

presented by Music Network

  • Colin Dunne, dance
  • Tola Custy, fiddle
  • Maeve Gilchrist, harp
  • David Power, uilleann pipes, whistles

Music Network is thrilled to present a new collaboration between the prodigiously talented dancer Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power. This newly-commissioned work, is a sparkling kaleidoscope of melody and rhythm inspired by the natural sounds and shimmering patterns of light that announce Ireland’s day. ‘Edges of Light' draws from a unique and little known Irish idiosyncrasy: the rising of the sun at Dunsink Observatory occurs 25 minutes and 21 seconds later than at Greenwich, meaning that 8 pm Dublin Mean Time occurs at 8.25 pm GMT! Step in time anyone?

Best known for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, Colin Dunne has toured with musical groups The Chieftains and De Dannan and performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. Three award-winning musicians from Ireland and Scotland complete the ensemble: Clare fiddler Tola Custy, one of the founding members of ground-breaking band Guidewires, acclaimed harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power, a former member of Liam Clancy’s Fairweather Band and regular collaborator with Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition Project.

“a fantastically articulate mover… you can’t take your eyes off him.”  The Daily Telegraph on Colin Dunne
“A phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity.”  Dirty Linen on Maeve Gilchrist
“A languid, loose-limbed creature that creates the finest of shapes around his chosen tunes.”  The Irish Times on Tola Custy
"The sheer breadth of expression captured by Waterford piper David Power in his latest collection will be enough to stop many listeners in their tracks.”  The Irish Times

From Saturday 24 September, €110 per term. Family reductions available.

Clare Youth Theatre

Registration onSaturday September 17th: 1.30 – 3pm
Classes every Saturday thereafter from 1.30 – 4.30 pm

Clare Youth Theatre (CYT) is an initiative of Clare Arts Office and comprises young people from all around the county. Led by Eleanor Feely and Clare Townsend, teenagers are guided through all aspects of theatre and develop skills in writing, performing, design and technical production skills.

CYT is open to all teens interested in drama and theatre and having fun.

Further information from Clare Arts Office 065 6899091.

Term commences Wednesday 21 September, 3.30pm - 4.30pm,

The Unlimited Dream Machine School of Theatre with Zara Starr

for 7-11 year olds

Clare based professional theatre company The Unlimited Dream Machine operate a school for budding performers.  Hosting weekly workshops over a ten week term, facilitator Zara Starr will inspire confidence and creativity in a fun and dynamic learning environment.  Zara's hands on approach to devising new and innovative work will encourage students to investigate theatre and performance in an invigorating way while honing their skills as artists.

A native of Clare, Zara is a passionate teacher of Youth Theatre teaching acting, singing and dance.  She is a company member of the multi-award winning ANU Productions and she also plays the character of Loretta in Fair City (RTE).  Zara has five years training in Theatre and in Film from GMIT and specialises in physical theatre, dance, and choreography. 

As well as being a Theatre Maker, Zara is also a Director of both Theatre and Film with her most recent work as Assistant Director on the DCTV production of 'The Inquiry' shown as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014.  Zara was Theatre Artist in Residence for County Louth 2012/2013.

Workshops take place each Wednesday, 3:30pm-4:30pm.
Enrolment in glór on Saturday 17th September from 11am to 1pm.

Booking and information are directly with Zara:
Phone:   083 4512002
Email:     theunlimiteddream@gmail.com
Website: www.theunlimiteddreammachine.com

Wednesday 21 September, 10.30am - 1pm, €55 (includes all materials to use & take home with you)

Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

with Eithna Joyce

We are delighted to be able to offer this new 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.

Wednesday 21 September, 7.30pm, €25 including wine reception

Fashion Show

in aid of Clare Crusaders Clinic

Join us for a wine reception at 7.30pm, followed by a fashion show.

The Clare Crusaders Children's Clinic is a charity dedicated to the provision of services to children with special needs living in Co. Clare. Our clinic in Barefield provides therapy to 400 children ranging in ages from 1 month to 18 years of age; services include, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and special education and are supported through events such as our now annual fashion show.

Thursday 22 September, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Bee Gees Story: Nights on Broadway

You can't see the Bee Gees anymore, but you can see ‘Nights on Broadway’ and still experience a concert of the incredible music written by the brothers Gibb. Nights On Broadway’ presents a tribute to the Bee Gees through their catalogue of hits over 4 decades from the 60s to the 90s.  The full live band blend the classic hits, acoustic medleys and dance floor fillers which define the show.  There will be room for dancing so come and have a bop!

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

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 9th September 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 23 September, 7pm, €20 including Film & Food

Italian for Beginners

a Film & Food Night to celebrate Ennis Food Festival

In association with Ennis Food Festival, glór and Raviolo Verde bring you a feast of traditional Italian food followed by the screening of Italian for Beginners.

Grab your friends for a fabulous night out.

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

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 9th September 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.

Saturday 24 September, from 11am, €5 per adult, includes tasting tokens and entry to talks/demos | children complimentary

Gourmet Food Village

presented by Ennis Food Festival

Ennis Food Festival presents this year’s highlight event - the Gourmet Food Village at glór.

Come join local and national artisan food producers and Ennis’ restaurants and cafés to enjoy an afternoon of exquisite food, foodie talks and demonstrations by experts including Oliver McCabe and Theresa Storey and entertainment for foodies and all the family. The festival will see many events in Ennis restaurants and food venues and a gourmet food trail from 22 - 25 September.


Friday 4 to Saturday 26 October, 10am to 5pm , free of charge

Beyond the Blue Horizon

An exhibition by Tom Prendergast & Richard Sharp

Tom Prendergast is presenting both paintings and paper cut outs, on this his second exhibition in glór. There are still lives, landscapes and portraits. In other words, the classics, to be enjoyed by all.

Richard Sharp paints, with acrylic and oil gloss paints, the trees and animals of the family farm, below the Corkscrew Hill, Ballyvaughan and the seascapes around Quilty, West Clare. Recent work can be large or small, on canvas or board and lino prints.

Thursday 6 October, 4pm in the glór studio,


in Association with Rough Magic

“Some stones have the ghosts of old animals in them. People are the same. We are full of fossils.”

In our first collaboration with Rough Magic, glór is delighted to welcome one of Ireland’s leading companies for a rehearsed reading of Wood.Stone.Spider., Fergal McElherron’s poetic exploration of the Irish psyche.

This ‘in development’ presentation of Fergal McElherron’s new play, set in County Clare, tells a dark, funny, folkloric tale of two sisters bringing up a child in a peripheral rural community.  Starring Ennis’s own Simone Kirby and Penny Layden, it will be directed by Lynne Parker.  The in progress reading will also take place at the Samuel Beckett Theatre on Friday 7th October as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in Development.

Look out for the full production coming to glór in 2017.

This is a Glór Friends event
Friday 7 October, 10am & 12pm, €6

Cinder and the Ellas presented by Fidget Feet

Suitable for ages 8+

Cinderella takes flight in this classic fairy tale, full of amazing aerial circus acts from the company that brought you 'Catch Me‘ and 'Elves and the Shoemaker'.
Come and share in Cinderella’s journey and watch the thrilling and heart felt story being re-told using aerial hoops, cyr wheel, aerial triple trapeze, a specially designed set full of projections and an original music score.

A pint sized Cirque Du Soleil, Fidget Feet is an internationally renowned company.  This show is full of Fidget Feet’s humour, and  is a stunning mix of aerial feats mixed with dance, theatre, comedy and video art.

This show is funded by the Arts Council, in association with the Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Limerick and glór, Ennis.

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

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 9th September 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 7 – Monday 31 October, 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, free of charge

Iria: An Exhibition of Illustrations by Jole Bortoli

Iria is an exhibition of illustrations based on the book of the same name by Jole Bortoli.  It’s not so much a book to read, as a voyage of discovery undertaken between pairs of elements: word and image; dream and actuality; science and art; East and West; male and female; fire and water; Ireland and Italy; myth and history.  It’s a magical mystical story told through both pictures and words.

Jole Bortoli is an artist, writer and teacher and has a long-time association with both The Ark, the cultural centre for children, and The Sanctuary, the holistic centre in the heart of Dublin, exploring the world around us through art.  She is a key facilitator of in service training to teachers within The Ark’s ongoing CPD programme for teachers.

Saturday 8 October, 8pm, €20

MÓRglór Award Night 2016

a concert celebrating Frank Custy

The prestigious annual award, named after Clare’s cultural ambassador and visionary, Muiris Ó Rocháin, is sponsored by glór and developed in partnership with Dr. Tim Collins who is an adviser to glór and coordinated the original concert in 2013.

glór’s annual award to celebrate outstanding contribution to traditional music has this year been awarded to Frank Custy.

Born in Dysart in the Ruane parish of Co. Clare, as a teacher, Frank inspired many people to take up music, and Toonagh National School became renowned for its promotion of traditional Irish music and singing. Sean Conway and Mary Custy are just two of those who learned their craft at the school while Sharon and Gary Shannon also learned their trades during the classes organised outside school hours.

On Saturday 8 October, the people of Clare will express their thanks to Frank, in the most appropriate manner - with a concert featuring some of the most renowned traditional musicians and singers in the country and the county.

Early booking advised.

MÓRglór 2016 is kindly supported by IMRO.

More information on MÓRglór can be found here.

Thursday 13 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Dublin Burning

Brendan Begley: accordion & vocals and Mike Hanrahan: guitar & vocals

Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan have created a show which tells a story of Ireland's 1916 rising through songs, music, poetry and stories of the era spanning 1890 to 1916.

We find songs so familiar to generations of Irish people and shine an extra light in their significance. Songs such as 'Oro se de Bheatha Abhaile', 'The Tri coloured Ribbon', 'A Nation Once Again', 'James Connolly' and 'A Soldiers Song' which would eventually be translated to irish and become our National Anthem.

Come and celebrate this extremely important period of our history.

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

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 9th September 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 14 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.


presented by Sunday’s Child Theatre

This moving and insightful piece by award winning company Sunday's Child aims to provoke compassion and debate around the subject of eating disorders.

Imogene used to be sparkly vivacious, and outgoing. She used to fancy lads, have curves and love chips. Recently however she has become withdrawn, gaunt, obsessed with exercise. The reason? Caol, her new “best friend”, who’s cast a dark shadow over Imogene's life.

“a dark, compassionate sometimes funny exploration of eating disorders.”  Irish Times.  ****

Starring Clare’s own Eva O’Connor who is quickly making a name for herself as one of Ireland’s outstanding theatre Makers.

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

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 9th September 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.

Saturday 15 October, 2.30pm, €6

Song of The Sea

This superb Irish animation from the director of 2009’s The Secret of Kells is a treat; an enchanting and very moving “family film”.

Once again, the story is rooted in Irish folklore, with selkies, giants and faeries slipping in and out of a tale of a vanished mother, a grieving father, and two lost but resourceful children trying to make their way home.

Saturday 15 October, 8pm, €28

Tommy Tiernan - Under The Influence

As if receiving instructions from a strange and distant star, Tommy Tiernan takes to the stage refusing to take anything seriously.

The political and the personal are all up for grabs as the only goal of the evening is laughter. Let our struggles be mocked and our cares abandoned. Allow yourself be guided by a language loving and theatrical performer with a half thought out plan, no professional qualifications and a mouth with a mind of its own. Can you trust him? To be silly, yes. To behave, no. Like a bus conductor standing in front of an orchestra with a spoon in one hand and air horn in the other what could possibly go wrong?

Early booking advised.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday 11 August.

Thursday 20 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Socks in The Frying Pan

Socks in the Frying Pan comprises Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals and the accomplished Hayes brothers, Shane Hayes on accordion and Fiachra Hayes on fiddle & banjo.

This Co. Clare trio blend Irish traditional melodies with their own personal flair which has gained them critical acclaim and accolades including 'New Band of the Year' by the Irish Music Association.

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

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 9th September 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 21 October, 8pm, €10/€6 conc,/€30 family of 4

On a Clare Day

IFI presents Local Films for Local People

This programme of films made in and about Clare has a distinct Clare musical accent.

'The Memory of a People' a French TV film from 1972, provides a broad sweep of the Irish musical landscape before focusing on the Clare landscape and the musical talent of Patrick McCarthy, Willie Clancy and Mrs. O Tuama; 'My Irish Diary' (1996) a film about a young Danish boy at school for a year in Ballyvaughan; and 'Amharc Éireann' newsreel stories of Ras Tailteann, a novel road safety campaign and a Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis 1959.

The highlight of the programme will be the presentation of a series of short, silent films made in Clare and accompanied by Ennis-based  Eoghan Neff on fiddle.

Saturday 22 October, 8pm, €22.50

Luka Bloom

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

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

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 9th September 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 25 October, 10am & 11.45am, €6

Graffiti Classics

suitable for ages 5+

16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim; to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old.

Grafitti Classics bursts the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show.

Wednesday 26 October, 10.30am, €6

Monster Music Improv for ages 5+

presented by The Ark Improvised Music Company

Join acclaimed vocalist and improviser Lauren Kinsella, outstanding guitarist and technology-whizz Shane Latimer and inventive cartoonist Patrick Sanders for a music performance with a difference.

The musicians will instantly create funky jazzy melodies on-the-spot, while Patrick draws cool cartoons of the music that are projected live! Expect lots of spontaneous music fun, some well-known tunes, fantastic cartoons and strange spooky sounds thrown in for good measure.

Children attending both Monster Music & Graffiti Classics (INSERT LINK) can avail of a special combined ticket price of €10.

Thursday 27 October, 10am (ages 5-8) & 12pm (ages 9+),

Niall De Búrca Reading for Children’s Book Festival 2016

presented by Clare County Library

Niall de Búrca is one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers. He has featured in theatre, radio and at many Festivals.

Bookings directly with Clare County Library on 065 68 216 16.

Thursday 27 October, 8pm, €25

Ralph McTell

One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell, is celebrating 50 years on the road. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant.

Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album ‘Eight Frames a Second’ and in 1974 the release of ‘Streets of London’ earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 1993, Nanci Griffith recorded ‘From Clare to Here’ on her Grammy Award winning album and in 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 November, €40 for 2 days

Brick Flicks Halloween Stop Motion Workshops

10.30am – 1pm (ages 8-10)
2pm – 4.30pm (ages 11+)

In this special Halloween themed workshop from Brick Flicks, you will learn how to make a spooky set, create a zombie invasion and then have your favourite Lego character save the day!

As always the workshops are focused on a combination of simple demonstration with plenty of hands on learning. Movies will be shared through Dropbox and YouTube!

Materials are supplied though participants are encouraged to bring along their own favourite Lego characters and a few zombies.

Friday 4 November, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Michael Harding

Talking to Strangers

Michael Harding is one of Ireland's most distinctive writers and storytellers and his recent memoirs 'Staring at Lakes' and 'Hanging with the Elephant' have touched a chord with audiences throughout the country.

Now he returns to glór with his latest book, 'Talking to Strangers' and to ruminate on his life over the past 18 months, playing the Bull McCabe on stage in Dublin, struggling with self-doubt, faith, and psychotherapy, and the chaos of building an extension to his home near Lough Allen.

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

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 9th September 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.

Saturday 5 November, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

If Only

presented by The Wild Swan Theatre Company

"This moving tribute to the show band era shares lost dreams and regrets  yet within the drama there is nostalgia and laughter.  You will laugh, cry, dance and sing and come away feeling a need to follow your dreams....no matter how crazy."

Comments from the audience:
"This play should be prescribed by a Doctor...a pure tonic!"
"From start to finish, the best night of theatre I've ever had!"

Tuesday 8 November, 11.00am,

Ger Carey Live

Ger Carey is back with his hilarious stand-up comedy show for transition year students.

By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others.

To book contact Ger Carey on 083 119 0024 and 059 914 1333.


Thursday 10 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Doug Allan - In The Company of Giants

Adventures, encounters and insights from the award winning cameraman whose TV credits include the epic wildlife series: Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, Ocean Giants, Frozen Planet, Operation Iceberg and Wild Cameramen at Work.  

Sir David Attenborough said recently “For me, wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug. There’s just no one else who knows these frozen worlds as he does”.

Join Doug for an unforgettable evening as he takes you up close and personal with the animals that live in the wildest places on earth.  See amazing film footage on the big screen and listen to Doug’s experiences of working with Sir David Attenborough, Charlie Bird, Gordon Ramsay, Ewan McGregor and others. Ask Doug questions about his wildlife experiences and chat to him about his extreme adventures.

This is a family show and illustrated presentation that includes film clips and slides from his experiences as a wildlife cameraman with Q+As after each half.

Thursday 24 November, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

An Evening of Christie Hennessy Music

presented by Rise Productions

One of Ireland’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Christie Hennessy delighted audiences at home and abroad until his tragic and untimely death in 2007. In this all-new show, celebrated entertainer Aonghus McAnally brings the Hennessy songbook to life with his uncanny recreation of his close friend Christie’s voice and guitar playing.

Featuring all his best loved hits – 'Messenger Boy', 'Jealous Heart', 'Don’t Forget Your Shovel', 'If You Were To Fall', 'All The Lies That You Told Me', and the iconic 'Roll Back The Clouds' – come and experience the storytelling brilliance of Christie Hennessy for one more night of his magical music."

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

If you book on or before close of business on Friday 9th September 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 25 November, 8pm, €28

How’s Tings?

The brand new show from Pat Shortt

Fresh from the success of his award-winning show, Selfie (“Dangerously funny.” - onstageblog.com, New York) Pat Shortt returns with a brand new show called How’s Tings?

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.

Friday 25 November, 8.30pm in the glór studio, €10

Emer O’Flaherty

An evening of mellow musical musings with Emer O’Flaherty and guests.

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

The Fureys

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

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

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

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


Wednesday 7 December, 8pm, €25

A Night With the Stars Christmas Show

Join 5 of Irelands top Country Stars - Declan Nerney, Paddy O’Brien, TR Dallas, Michael Collins and Patrick O’Sullivan - who each will showcase their biggest hit songs in the company of a full live band.

If it’s Country Music you like with a sprinkle of festive magic, this if the show for you!

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

The Nutcracker

presented by Ballet Ireland

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

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

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

Saturday 17 December, 8.30pm, €18/€16 conc.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley

The pair recently performed together as part of Ó Raghallaigh's residency in the stunning Kevin Barry room at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. They share a common interest in the traditional music of both Kerry and Clare, and they both have an approach to music that revels in repetition and a deep meditative engagement with each tune.

Caoimhín's distinctive sound can be traced back to an early interest in both the sound of the flatpitch uilleann pipes and a love for the traditional music of Kerry and Clare. Twelve albums to date: solo, duos, trios, and with bands This Is How We Fly and The Gloaming. He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center.

Begley is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He is founder of Airt and award winning Tunes in the Church concert series in Galway and Dublin. In 2014, he received the Seán Ó Riada Award for concertina playing. To date, he has featured on three acclaimed recordings – the first with fellow concertina player, Jack Talty ('Na Fir Bolg'), the second ('Tunes in the Church'), featuring his sister, Clíodhna (viola) and Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo), and third, Ré, featuring Liam Ó Maonlaí, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Eithne Ní Chatháin and Peter O'Toole.

Throughout the concert, the pair play a number of very unusual instruments that extend the musical and sonic range available to them: bass, baritone and piccolo concertinas combining with a 10-string hardanger d'Amore fiddle and Dali-esque 5-string viola.

Saturday 21 January, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

Tommy turns each song into his own with his own unique and powerful style touching emotions in you that only music can reach. Tommy is famous for his own arrangement of “Danny Boy”, “Isle of Inisfree” and “Hard Times” all songs that you know and love but you have never heard them until you hear Tommy Fleming’s versions. He also covers songs from “You Raise Me Up” to “Bridge over Troubled Waters”, “From a Distance” and “Something Inside So Strong” along with many more contemporary numbers.

Early booking advised.


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.