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Events in Co.Clare

May 2015

  • 31st May 2015
    Guided Walk - Ancient Raheen Oakwoods of Tuamgraney
    Tuamgraney
    Andrew St Ledger will take people on a journey through the ancient Raheen Oakwood, an extremely rare remnant of the ancient wildwood authentic landscape of Ireland. Meet at Tuamgraney Heritage Centre. All welcome, dogs must be on leads. More info: 00353 87 9933157 & www.celtnet.org
  • 31st May 2015
    Bríd O'Donohue's Music School, Miltown Malbay presents Ceol na nÓg
    Glór, Ennis, 7.30pm
    An evening of Traditional Irish Music, song and dance from the pupils of Ceol na nÓg Music School with performances also from Bríd and her family - Seán (flute), Eibhlís (uilleann pipes), Deirdre (harp), Liam (concertina) and Sinéad O'Brien (fiddle). €12.50/€10 Child
  • 30th May 2015
    Charolais
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
    Charolais is a surreal comedy of love, longing and one woman's rivalry with a Charolais Heifer. The play is set on a farm, and has its heart firmly rooted in rural Ireland with many references to farming, cooking, the ICA, as well as a randy Charolais Heifer who speaks French! The production has been called ‘a John B Keane directed by David Lynch’. Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost €15/€13. Bookings and more information available from Kilkee Box Office on 065 9060769, through Glór Box Office on 065 6843103 or online at www.glor.ie
  • 29th May - 1st June 2015
    Doonbeg International Jazz Festival
    Doonbeg
    A great weekend of performances throughout the whole weekend and an excellent line up of bands and performers. All performances are FREE. More info: 00353 65 9055345 & www.doonbegjazz.com
  • 29th May - 1st June 2015
    Feile An tSamhraidh
    Ballyvaughan
    Feile An tSamhraidh is a community music weekend featuring variety show, BBQ, dance, street music, children’s entertainment and markets. There will be a gala music event with Irish profile act on Saturday. Great family fun guaranteed. More info: 00353 85 574 4792 & www.discoverballyvaughan.com
  • 29th May - 1st June 2015
    The Burren Rocks!
    The Burren
    The Burren Rocks festival combines adventure with geology and the landscape! Get immersed in all that is the Burren - cycle it, hike it, climb it – explore it! More info: 00353 65 7072295 & www.burren.ie
  • 28th May - 1st June 2015
    Tuamgraney Community Weekend
    Tuamgraney
    The weekend will feature music, dance, history, sport, water & fishing activities and will offer many opportunities for people of all ages to get involved. 00353 87 2937479
  • 28th May 2015
    Rise Productions presents The Games People Play, with Aonghus Óg McAnally & Lorna Quinn
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Winner of Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and the sell-out success of Dublin Fringe Festival, The Games People Play is a radical re-working of the Tír na nÓg myth. Niamh and Oisín were sold the dream – the house, the life, the kids. The mounting pressure of balancing family and career takes its toll, and one night a series of games starts to escalate, threatening to unravel their suburban paradise. ‘Riveting... both a timeless story about two people lost inside a marriage, and a very contemporary Irish horror story of debt, desire and emigration’. Irish Theatre Magazine. €16/€14 Conc.
  • 27th May 2015
    Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heros
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Albert and the band play Country Rock as a broad term. Albert is double Grammy award winning musician, whose talents continue to be in demand. Albert fronts his own band, Hogan’s Heroes, formed by some of the best known and most respected Rock’n’Roll and Country musicians in Europe. Star names such as Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Don Everly, Gary Booker and Nancy Griffith, have all at one time or another jammed with the band to the sheer delight of both audience and band. Whenever and wherever they appear on stage, the pedigree of the whole group and their rare blend of talent guarantees a magical treat of timeless and powerful music. He is joined by Gerry Hogan, Peter Baron and Dona Oxford. €23
  • 26th May 2015
    Sparks School of Dance Show
    Glór, Ennis, 7.30pm
    Sparks Dance School was created about 17 years ago by Lourdes O'Donoghue and is the longest running and most successful modern dance school in Clare. The show is great value and is always sure to be a great family night out. €11.50 Adult/€7 Child/€38 Family 5/€32 Family 4 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
  • 25th May - 20th June 2015
    Exhibition of Paintings by Sinead Slattery
    Clare Museum, Ennis
    An exhibition of new works by local artist Sinead Slattery at County Museum. More info: sineadart@gmail.com
  • 24th May 2015
    Martin Fennel Memorial Tractor Rally
    Kilbaha
    Charity tractor rally to raise funds for Kilkee Marine rescue. More info: 00353 86 1549402 & www.loophead.ie
  • 24th May 2015
    Fleadh Nua Ennis: Maestro - the music of Bobby Casey
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    In 1969 and 1970, Séamus Mac Mathúna recorded the legendary West Clare fiddle player, Bobby Casey, in London. These invaluable recordings are part of the Comhaltas Archive. A CD of many of these recordings has been produced by the Cois na hAbhna Archive and will be launched at Fleadh Nua, when many musicians, including friends who played with Bobby, will perform and pay tribute to one of Clare's greatest musicians. €5
  • 24th May 2015
    Seol Sionna Traditional Boating Festival
    Kilbaha
    Currach racing and boating at Querrin pier. More info: 00353 86 1549402 & www.loophead.ie
  • 23rd May - 1st June 2015
    Mountshannon Arts Festival
    Mountshannon
    This promises to be a fantastic week in the beautiful lakeside village of Mountshannon, with
    arts events, multi-media installations, exhibitions and entertainment for all ages and interests. More info: 0353 87 2380555 & www.iniscealtra-artsfestival.org
  • 23rd May 2015
    Clare Burren Marathon Challenge
    Ballyvaughan and Fanore
    Clare Burren Marathon Challenge is a road, green road and trail challenge across the beautiful scenic Burren. Enjoy some of Europe’s most unique landscapes while walking or running along The Wild Atlantic Way. More info: 00353 87 7779714 & www.clareburrenmarathonchallenge.com
  • 23rd May 2015
    Fleadh Nua Ennis: Seán Ó Sé and the Turloughmore Céilí Band, with many guests
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Fleadh Nua will honour the legendary singer Seán Ó Sé on this special night. Seán, a native of Bantry, Co. Cork, has an instantly recognisable voice and his performance of An Poc ar Buille in the early 1960's established his reputation as a well-known singer. Seán performed with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann until Ó Riada's untimely death in 1971. Over the years he has toured and recorded extensively, including a recording with the Turloughmore Céilí Band. €15
  • 22nd - 24th May 2015
    Burren Slow Food Festival
    Lisdoonvarna
    Burren Slow Food Festival showcases the very best of Burren local artisan producers, members of the Burren Food Trail, Burren Geopark in a Farmers Market, through talks and cookery demonstrations by local and national Celebrity Chefs. More info: 00353 65 7074432 & 00353 87 8224173 & www.slowfoodclare.com
  • 22nd May 2015
    Fleadh Nua Ennis: Pipers Union in concert, with Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Pipers Union, comprising David Power, Ciarán Somers and their old friend Dónal Clancy, is a tight-knit trio, incorporating traditional and contemporary styles to deliver rousing ballads, soft love songs, lively dance tunes and haunting airs. Award-winning musicians in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh are quickly becoming one of the foremost duets in Ireland today. Their music & dance is rooted in the tradition; full of spirit, soul and life. Together on fiddle, concertina and dance, they breathe fire into traditional tunes - not to be missed! €15
  • 21st May 2015
    Broadway Dance Recital presents Shoot for the Stars
    Glór, Ennis, 7pm
    This show brings together our three dance schools from Doolin, Miltown Malbay & Kinvara, Co. Galway. We will showcase all styles of dance, from jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, musical theatre and contemporary. €12/€10 Child/ €35 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)
  • 19th - 20th May 2015
    Dinan School of Ballet presents Hansel and Gretel
    Glór, Ennis, 7.30pm
    A delightful show for all the family, loosely based on the traditional fairy tale. With a great mix of dance styles, an eclectic musical score, creative choreography and a cast of talented dancers, this promises to be a very entertaining and enjoyable show. €15/€10 (16 years and under)
  • 17th - 25th May 2015
    Fleadh Nua
    Ennis
    Fleadh Nua is an 8 day festival with more than 120 separate events, where there is a welcome for everyone. More info: 00353 65 6824276 / 00353 86 8260300 & www.fleadhnua.com
  • 16th - 17th May 2015
    High Nelly Bike Festival
    Bunratty
    Enjoy a weekend of high jinks with High Nelly bikes, workshops, costumes, music and much more. More info: 00353 61 369766 & www.durtynellys.ie
  • 16th May 2015
    Summer Blooms - a day's walk over the finest Burren pastures
    A very special, all day addition to Burren in Bloom’s programme for 2015, ‘Summer Blooms - a day's walk over the finest Burren pastures’ takes place on May 16th. Led by local land owners, Burrenbeo Trust and heritage experts, you will spend the day walking in beautiful surroundings and along the way hear the stories of the past, present and future of the Burren and its heritage. The walk will take you over a lesser known Green Road, ideal for spotting some of the Burren rarities that will be in bloom, and along the way you will meet archaeologist Michael Lynch on his farm. Lunch is included at Dalys farm, an authentic mixed Burren farm. Refreshed, the walk will continue to the imposing stone fort at Cahercommaun before continuing over rougher terrain to the Seven Streams that rise from the sacred mountain of Slieve na Glaisé and back to the Jeuken Family farm, which includes a herd of traditional shorthorn cattle, a holy well, ringfort and a goat herd. The Jeuken goats will provide part of the afternoon tea treats that can be enjoyed at that stage. The walk, which includes a light lunch and afternoon tea of locally baked and produced goodies, costs €25. The walk takes place on Saturday the 16th of May and will start at 10am and finish at approximately 4pm, the terrain is rough and uneven in places so a good level of fitness and suitable clothing and footwear are required. The proceeds help ensure the Burrenbeo Trust can continue their work for a sustainable future for the Burren. Booking in advance to 091 638096 or trust@burrenbeo.com. More information on the other walks and events taking place during Burren in Bloom on www.burreninbloom.com.
  • 16th May 2015
    Pat Shortt: Selfie
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    The irrepressible Pat Shortt is back on a nationwide tour with stories and gimmicks that only Pat Shortt could come up with. Selfie tells the tales of a singing undertaker Mossey Burke, along with a host of new characters as he recounts his favourite funeral tales. While his unique, comedic but somewhat universal look at everyday Irish life has cemented his place in the public hearts, along with that his work on stage and screen over the last decade have proved him to be an enduring, versatile and award winning talent. €28
  • 16th May 2015
    National Drawing Day: The Big Draw with Hazel Walker
    Glór, Ennis
    Children Ages 10-12 11am - 12.30pm
    Adults: 1.30 – 3pm
    As part of National Drawing Day, glór presents a drawing workshop exploring ways of drawing, using a range of materials and methods, and illustrating how drawing can be a daily discovery for everyone! €10 including materials. http://www.glor.ie/events#e774
  • 15th - 17th May 2015
    Doolin Harley Festival
    Doolin
    Doolin Harley festival will feature a custom Harley bike show, bike graphics, tattoo artists, stalls, fireworks display, pub sessions, live bands and a Burren ride out on Sunday. More info: 00353 65 7074111
  • 14th May 2015
    The Man in the Woman’s Shoes: written and performed by Mikel Murfi and presented by Loco and Reckless Productions
    Glór, Ennis
    It’s October 1978. Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in town. The story follows Pat Farnon as he walks the 5 miles from his wee white cottage to town and back again and the marvels that he meets along the way. It’s a charming encounter - an ageing man still with a boundless enthusiasm for life. Shortlisted for the Irish Times theatre Awards 2013. Shortlisted for the 2013 Stewart Parker Trust Award. Winner of the Stewart Parker/ BBC Northern Ireland Radio Drama Award 2013.
    2pm €10/€8 Students/(Teachers free). 8pm €16/14 Conc.
  • 11 - 17th of May 2015
    Clare Wellness Festival 2015
    Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, County Clare
    with activities including workshops on Mindfulness, Yoga, Homeopathy and Chakra Dancing, and outdoor guided tours of the Burren, trips to Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and foraging walks along the Wild Atlantic Way. Full details at http://www.fallshotel.ie/clare-wellness-festival.htm.
  • 11th - 12th May 2015
    Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts presents Working with Beauty and the Beast
    Glór, Ennis, 7.30pm
    This much-loved story, packed with great songs, magical characters and lavish dance routines, has won the hearts of millions, both young and old, throughout the world. The Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts are putting their magical touch to this all-time favourite and guarantees a great night’s entertainment for children of all ages. Many wonderful excerpts from other hit shows will also be included in the evening. This is a great opportunity to bring the kids along to experience the magic of real live theatre. €13/€11 Conc.
  • 9th May 2015
    Darkness into Light
    Ennis
    Darkness into Light is a symbolic run/walk starting in darkness at the Ennis Courthouse and ending as the dawn is rising symbolising hope. The event starts at 4.15am (Friday night/Saturday morning). This is a flagship fundraising event for Pieta House which is a centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. More info: 00353 87 2430700 & dil.pieta.ie
  • 7th May 2015
    Clare Arts Office presents Hats Off to Clare Written and directed by Paul Brennan
    Glór, Ennis, 2pm
    Gerard Howard Productions presents a hilarious and surreal romp through time with some of Co. Clare's most famous characters - real and fictional - and how they might have interacted, had they ever met. Pile them all into the west Clare Railway and see where they end up. Followed by Music & Refreshments. Free of charge.
  • 6th - 29th May 2015
    Embrace Exhibition 2015
    Glór, Ennis, 10am – 5pm gallery
  • 3rd May 2015
    ‘Bealtaine Birds on the Dawn Chorus Walk’ a Burrenbeo Trust Walk with Gordon D’Arcy
    5.45am at Village Store, Ballyvaughan
    The first walk of the 2015 Burren in Bloom festival and the May Burrenbeo walk will involve an early start with Gordon D’Arcy leading a group on a dawn chorus walk. Gordon is a Burren resident, natural historian, author & wildlife artist and will point out some of the Burren’s birds in the early morning light – they’ll hopefully put on a good show. The early morning will be made slightly easier by starting with coffee and a croissant from the Village Stores. On return from the walk, Logues Lodge is offering breakfast for the walkers for €13.50 – like the early bird you can catch the tasty worm! Meet at Village Store, Ballyvaughan at 5.45am (!). Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs if needed. Also bring binoculars if you have a pair. No dogs allowed. The walk is open to everyone, although a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email communications@burrenbeo.com or phone 091 638096.
  • 3rd May 2015
    Bealtaine Art & Craft Fair
    Vandeleur Walled Garden, Kilrush
    Join us for our Bealtaine Art & Craft Fair in the courtyard of the Vandeleur Walled Garden. We also offer a discount of 20% on all plants. The head gardener will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions. More info: 00353 65 9051760 & www.vandeleurwalledgarden.ie
  • 2nd May 2015
    Choral & Instrumental Festival
    Killaloe
    Adult and children’s’ choirs/instrumentalists will perform throughout the afternoon and evening with a gala concert at 8pm. More info: 00353 61 375132 / 00353 86 1095010
  • 2nd May 2015
    Ireland’s Best Beard & Moustache Championship
    Corofin
    This event is held in cooperation with the Irish Beard and Moustache Association. Categories for Ireland’s Best Beard and Moustache competition will include Best Moustache, Best Partial Beard, Best Full Beard, Best Trend Beard, Best Six Week Beard, and Best Fake Beard. More info: 00353 87 2836296 & www.festivaloffinn.com
  • 1st - 31st May 2015
    Burren in Bloom
    The Burren
    The Burren in Bloom Festival features a series of illustrated talks and organised walks throughout the month of May in the Burren. The festival gives people an understanding and appreciation of the Burren and its formation, and how it continues to be a source of great botanical, archaeological, and cultural wealth with its unique wild flowers and ancient sites. More info: 00353 91 638096 www.burreninbloom.com
  • 1st - 4th May 2015
    Carrigaholt Oyster & Shellfish Festival
    Carrigaholt
    Visit Carrigaholt over the May Bank Holiday weekend and experience delicious seafood and
    compete in our Oyster shucking and Oyster Eating Competition. Book a table for our Craft Beer and Shellfish night or enjoy traditional Irish music in the local pubs while enjoying complimentary oysters. More info: 00353 65 9058102 & www.loophead.ie
  • 1st - 4th May 2015
    Loop Head Walking, Biking & Heritage Festival
    Loop Head Peninsula
    Join us on the Loop Head Peninsula to walk the coastal paths of Loop Head, Kilcredaun and George’s Head. Enjoy stunning wild Atlantic Scenery with experienced guides in this, one of Europe’s EDEN destinations of Excellence (irelandseden.ie). More info: 00353 87 3367022 & www.loophead.ie
  • 1st - 4th May 2015
    Whitegate Bank Holiday Festival
    This year we will have an action packed weekend of events where some of the highlights will include Horse & Pony racing, a 10k road race, local Drama production and nightly entertainment in the pubs - something for everyone! More info: 00353 86 8257229 & burkedromaan@gmail.com
  • 1st - 3rd May 2015
    Burren Law School
    Ballyvaughan
    The Burren Law School is an annual conference that aims to recreate the tradition of legal learning that is associated with the Brehon Law School, allowing the past to illuminate the present in what is characteristically a very stimulating weekend. Mor info: 00353 65 7077200
  • 1st - 3rd May 2015
    Father Ted Festival
    Kilfenora
    A festival of all things Father Ted, there will be location tours, a visit to the Parochial House, Lovely Girls contest, Golden Cleric awards, and loads of craic and musical entertainment. More info: 00353 87 6277000 & 00353 65 7088846 & www.tedtours.com/festival
  • 1st- 2nd May 2015
    It’s the Real McCoy
    Glór, Ennis, 8pm
    Set in rural Ireland in 1964 this production tells the story of Madge Molloy who has lived over forty years of her life wondering why her husband Tom – whom she was married to for just four months – disappeared without trace or reason. Packed with hilarious one-liners, a gormless postman, a nervous curate, a frustrated wife, a worried husband, a timid daughter and Ireland’s two nosiest neighbours, brace yourself for a night of unforgettable Irish comedy as It’s the Real McCoy makes a welcome return to glór. €20/€18 Conc.