Clare Festival Events Guide 2010

O’Briens Tower
1835 – 2012. 177 years
Date: All Year


Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
www: cliffsofmoher.ie
Email: info@cliffsofmoher.ie
Panoramic viewing and photo opportunities from the top of the Cliffs of Moher’s first visitor centre, 177 years old. The O’Briens Story in Clare, family name history, O’Briens tower gifts. Year round activities. See website for details.

Glór Ennis
Date: All Year
Tel: 00353 68 43103
Email: boxoffice@glor.ie
If you like music, theatre, comedy, visual art and music then all you have to do is check out the glór website at www.glor.ie for a programme that will be bursting at the seams with top acts throughout the year.

Sunday Sessions Gallaghers Kilkishen
Date: Every Sunday 7 – 10 p.m. from Sept - March
Contact: Brendan Walsh 00353 86 8464509
Web: www.wmw.ie
Email: bw@esatclear.ie
Traditional session for all ages and all levels. Fondly known as the
“Improver’s Session”


Friday Sessions, Greyhound Bar, Sixmilebridge
Date: All year - Every Friday 10 p.m.
Contact: Brendan Walsh 00353 86 8464509
Web: www.wmw.ie
Email: bw@esatclear.ie


Kilrush Farmers Market
The Square, Kilrush
Date: Every Thursday 9 -2pm
Contact: Chris Marsh 00353 85 7686272
E-mail: Roberts.kim00@gmail.com
Ennis Farmers Market
Upper Market St. Ennis
Date: (March – December) Every Friday 8am to 2pm
Contact: Jason Horner 00353 65 6827460
E-mail: organics@gofree.indigo.ie

Killaloe Farmers Market
Date: All year Every Sunday 11 am to 3pm
E-mail: mollyemer@hotmail.com

Celtic Traditions Folk Concert Series
Date: May to October
Contact: Kate Purcell 087 2728069
E-mail: clareceltictraditions@gmail.com
Web: www.clareceltictraditions.com

 

January


Shannonside Winter Music Weekend
Date: 12 – 16th January
Contact: Brendan Walsh 00353 86 8464509
Web: www.wmw.ie
Cajun, roots, bluegrass, jazz, gospel & traditional music and song in a programme of about 70 events in intimate venues around Sixmilebridge and Bunratty


February


Russell Memorial Weekend, Doolin
Date: 24th – 27th February
Contact: Bev O’Connor 00353 65 7074595
Web: www.michorussellweekend.ie
Email: info@michorussellweekend.ie
A weekend of traditional music, song and dance with workshops in several instruments, held annually in Doolin on the last full weekend in February.

 

March


Seachtain na Gailge
Date: 1st – 17th March
Contact: Emer ni Fhalaitheartaigh 00353 65 6846512
Web: www.snag.ie/www.clarecoco.ie
Email: gaeilge@clarecoco.ie
Ceardlanna, ceolchoirmeacha, céilithe, léimh fhilíochta, agus imeachtaí scoile chun úsáid na Gaeilge a spreagadh agus a chur chun cinn sa Chontae. Fáilte

Ennis Book Club Festival
Ennis
Date 2nd – 4th March
Contact: Frances O’Gorman 00353 87-9723647 or 00353 87 2262259
Web: www.ennisbookclubfestival.com
Email: info@ennisbookclubfestival.com
The Ennis Book Club Festival is a literary and social gathering bringing together bookclubs and readers from Ireland and beyond.

Ennis Musical Society
Date: 6th – 10th March
Contact: Neil Haran
Web: www.ennismusicalsociety.com
Email: njharan@eircom.net
Ennis Musical Society production of The Sound Of Music

 

Burren Spring Conference
At Burren College of Art
Date: 9th – 11th March
Contact: Angelene O Loughlin
Web: www.burrencollege.ie
Email: angelene@burrencollege.ie
Mission Statement of Burren Spring Conference. To provide a space where knowledge and ideas about the Burren may be shared, and practical actions undertaken to sustain this unique place, its communities and culture.


Clare Drama Festival, Scarriff
Date: March 22nd March – 31st March
Contact: Doreen Hanley 00353 87 2686764
Enjoy a series of excellent plays

Traditional Horse Fair, Kilrush
Date: 26th March
Contact: Kilrush Town Council 00353 65-9051047

Corofin Trad Festival
Date: 27th February – 4th March
Contact: Padraig O’Reilly 00353 86-6070941
Web: www.corofintradfest.com
Email: info@corofintradfest.com
Traditional Music with various sessions in the local pubs and a Concert nightly in Teach Ceoil

 

April


Easter Fun & Games at Craggaunowen,
near Quin, Co. Clare
Date: Easter Sunday, April 8th
Contact: Central Reservations 00353 61 360788
Web: www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents
Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com
Superb family day out!Meet Easter Bunny and enjoy puppet shows, magic shows

Easter Celebrations at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Bunratty Co. Clare
Easter Monday April 9th
Contact: Central Reservations 00353 61 360788
Web: www.shannon heritage.com/SpecialEvents/
Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com

Treasure Trail at Aillwee Cave and The Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Date: Sunday 8th & Monday 9th April
Contact: Barbara Faulkner 00353 65-7077036
Web: www.aillweecave.ie
Email: barbara@aillweecave.ie
Treasure Trail for children on Easter Sunday & Monday. The Easter bunny will be on hand, road train in operation, cave tours & flying displays by Birds of Prey


Kilkee Plouhinec Twinning Association
Date: 29th April 2012
Contact: Kilkee Town Council
Web: www.kilkee.ie/kilkeetc/ktc.html
Email: jcorry@clarecoco.ie or Kilkee.plouhinec@gmail.com
30th Year Anniversary

CELT ‘Weekend in the Woods’
Date: 28th/29th April
Contact: Sarah Thompson
Web: www.celtnet.org
Email: info@celtnet.org

May


Burren in Bloom Ballyvaughan
Date: month of May
Contact: Brid O’Loghlen 00353 65 7077200
Web: www.burreninbloom.com
Email: info@burreninbloom.com
A month-long festival of illustrated talks and walks to celebrate the amazing botanical wealth of the Burren.

Burren Law School
At Burren College of Art
Date: 4th – 6th May
Contact: Angelene O Loughlin
Web: www.burrenlawschool.org
Email: info@burrenlawschool.org

PJ Hayes Memorial Weekend, Feakle
Date: 4th – 6th May
Contact: Gary Pepper 00353 61-924322
Traditional music celebrating the memory of PJ Hayes

Burren Slow Food Festival, Lisdoonvarna
Date: 18th – 20th May
Contact: Birgitta Hedin Curtin 00353 65 7074432
E mail: slowfoodclare@gmail.com
Web: www.slowfoodclare.com
Showcasing the unique and excellent variety of local produce in the area. Various events throughout the weekend, including a Banquet, markets, food tastings and many more.

Fleadh Nua Festival, Ennis
Date: 20th – 28th May
Contact: Cois na hAbhna, Ennis 00353 65 6824276
Web: www.fleadhnua.com
Email: ceoltrad@eircom.net
Offering a great programme of trad sessions, workshops, concerts, céilís, street performances and much more, Fleadh Nua 2012 in Ennis, should not be missed

Clare Burren Marathon
Date: 26th May
Contact: 00353 87 7779714 / 00353 87 9847025
Web: Hwww.clareburrenmarathonchallenge.com
This is a road, green road and trail challenge across the beautiful scenic Burren. Each participant has a choice of full, half or mini marathon on the day. All three challenges start in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Iniscealtra Festival of Arts
Mountshannon
Date: 26th May to 4th June
Contact: Paul Murray 00353 87 2380555
Web: www.iniscealtra-artsfestival.org
Iniscealtra Festival of Arts on Facebook
Multi-disciplinary Arts Festival in the lakeshore village of Mountshannon; music, film, dance and visual arts and green fair, with education programme and participatory events. This year’s theme is Celebration - Ceiliuradh

June


Doonbeg International Jazz Festival
Date: 1st – 4th June
Contact: Philippa Siegrist 00353 65-9055345 / 00353 65 9055039
Web: www: doonbegjazz.com
Email: strandcamping@oceanfree.net
A weekend of Jazz, Dixie & Swing, Latin held in the Village of Doonbeg, West Clare. All Events free

Lough Derg Lake Festival
Date: 1st – 10th June
Email: rose@harbourflights.com
Web: www.loughderg2012.com
Largest lake festival held in Ireland that will conclude with a air display extravagance on the 10th. Full details of all of the events will be hosted on the web site.

Traditional Horse Fair, Kilrush
Date: 7th June
Contact: Kilrush Town Council 00353 65-9051047
County Fleadh, Miltown Malbay
Date: 13th – 18th June
Contact: Cois na hAbhana 00353 65 6824276
Web: www.coisnahabhna.ie
Music, Song and Dance. Competitions, informal sessions and open air music

An Post Tour de Burren Cycle Challenge
Date: 16th June 2012
Contact: Patrick O’Donoghue/John Sweeney
Web: www.tourdeburren.com
Email: info@burrencyclingclub.com
10K, 60K, 100K and 160K cycle event – something for everyone

Fossetts Circus at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Bunratty Co. Clare
Date: June (dates to be confirmed)
Contact: Central Reservations 00353 61 360788
Web: www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents/
Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com

Spancilhill Fair (Horse Fair)
Ennis
Date: 23rd June
Contact: Eva Considine 00353 65-6835483

 

“Hell of The West” Triathlon, Kilkee
Date: 23rd June
Contact: Eugene Keane 00353 87 2498358
Web: www.limericktriathlon.com
A challenging triathlon located in the seaside resort of Kilkee

July


Feile Brian Boru Festival, Killaloe
Date: 1st weekend in July 2012
Contact: Arlene White 00353 86-3586293
Web: www.feilebrianboru.killaloe.ie
Email: brianboru@killaloe.ie
Feile Brian Boru is an annual 5 day festival held in Killaloe & Ballina to commemorate Ireland’s Greatest High King in his native place.


Feile Sona, Kilrush
Date: 6th – 8th July
Contact: Ian Lynch 00353 86 2253549
Web: Facebook/Feile Sona
Email: ianvlynch@gmail.com
Féile Sona is a 3 day Family Fun Festival based in the maritime Town of Kilrush. The festival ensures fun activities for every generation

Ennis Street Festival
Date: 6th - 8th July
Contact: Ana Bella Alvarez 0035386-3096096
Web: ennisstreetfestival.com
Facebook: Ennis Street Festival
A multi cultural celebration of art, music & dance reclaiming the streets of Ennis in a feel good kaleidoscope of live acts and workshops

Armada International Week of Set Dancing
Spanish Point
Date: 7th – 15th July
Contact: Burkes Armada Hotel
00353 65-7084110
Web: www.armadahotel.com
Email: info@armadahotel.com
A week long enjoyment of world class Set Dancing

Willie Clancy Summer School
Miltown Malbay
Date: 7th - 14th July
Contact: Harry Hughes 00353 65-7084281/7084148
Email: angleann@oceanfree.net
Web: www.oac.ie
www.visitmiltownmalbay.ie
40th Annual and Ireland’s largest traditional music summer school, where students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. A full program of lectures, recitals, dances (céilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school. Music sessions throughout the day in the local pubs.

Kilkee & Loophead Maritime Festival
Date: 13th -15th July
Web: www.kilkee.ie or www.loophead.ie
The Doonbeg Food Festival
Date: 21st & 22nd July
Contact: Ray Kearney
Web: www.doonbeggolfclub.com
Email: Ray_Kearney@doonbeggolfclub.com
This two day festival encompasses seafood, cooking demonstrations, marine education, music and family fun.


South East Clare Agricultural Show, Killaloe
Date: 22nd July
Contact: Pat Duggan 00353 61-377778 or 00353 87-1312653
Web: www.bridgetownshow.com
Email: info@bridgetownshow.com
Annual agricultural show held at Bridgetown, Co. Clare, with events for horses, ponies, showjumping, cattle, novelty events and much more

Lughnasa Festival at Craggaunowen
– The Living Past, near Quin, Co. Clare
Date: Late July/Early August (exact dates to be confirmed)
Contact: Central Reservations 00353 61 360788
Web: www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents/
Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com
Featuring costumed re-enactors from the Bronze Age to Medieval times. Enjoy combat demonstrations, ancient cooking demonstrations and much more!

August


Burren Annual Exhibition
Date: August/September
Contact: Prof. Timothy Emlyn Jones 00353 65 7077200
Web: www.burrencollege.ie
Email: admin@burrencollege .ie
An annual celebration of the best in new Irish and International contemporary art brought to the Gallery at Burren College of Art.

Scariff Harbour Festival
Scariff
Date: 3rd to 5th August
Contact: Harry O’Meara 00353 87 2308974
Web: www.scariff.com
Email: harryomeara@eircom.net A varied programme of activities, arts, music and entertainment inspired by the “lake” theme.

Rose of Clare, Cooraclare
Date: 5th to 10th August
Contact: Mr. Sean Chambers 00353 86-0536615
Web: www.cooraclare.com

Feakle International Traditional Music Festival
Date: 8th –13th August
Contact: Gary Pepper 00353 61 924332 or 00353 87-9678020
Web: www.feaklefestival.ie
Email: info@feaklefestival.ie
Celebrating their 25th. anniversary with an action packed week of events with Concerts, Ceilis , Workshops, Sessions, nature walks etc

Fine Art Workshops
Date: August - dates to be confirmed
Contact: Brid O’Loghlen 00353 65 7077200
Web: burrencollege.ie
Email: brid@burrencollege.ie
A series of 5 day workshops in landscape painting, botanical painting, experimental drawing, abstract painting, landscape painting explored, photography and intensive portfolio preparation.

Inis Cathaigh CCE, Kilrush Traditional Music and Set Dancing Weekend
Date: 8th – 12th August
Contact: Vincent O’Halloran 00353 86 0854834
A Unique Festival of Concertina Music celebrating the legacy of a remarkable West Clare musician

Kilmurry Harvest Festival
Date: 19th - 26th August
Contact: Sean O’Reilly 00353 87 9671623
Web: www.kilmurry.com
Email: festival@kilmurry.com
Family event. Kilmurry Family Festival field in Kilmurry, Sixmilebridge, Great craic and lots of attractions for all ages.

Dan Furey Weekend, Labasheeda
Date: 24th – 26th August 2012
Contact: Liam Woulfe
Web: www.labasheeda.net
Email: liam_woulfe@eircom.net
A full weekend of set dancing to the best of Irish music all weekend in a relaxed rural setting.

Kilkee Tag Rugby Weekend
Date: 24th - 26th August
Web; www.kilkee.ie or www.loophead.ie

Sky Ride Etape Hibernina
Date: 26th August
Web: www.etapehibernia.com
Email: info@etapehibernia.com
82 mile closed road cycle event through North and West Clare starting and finishing in Ennis Town.

 

Atlantic AirVenture Aviation Show
Date: Sunday August 26th 2012
Contact: Jane Magill
Web: www.atlanticairventure.com
Email: info@atlanticairventure.com
This day is packed with exhibits from the fascinating world of flight including an Air Display, Microlights, Cockpits, Jet Engines, Models Workshops and Flight Simulation Experiences

September


Kilkee Strand Race
Date: 7th - 9th September
Web: www.kilkee.ie or www.loophead.ie
Nell Galvin Traditional Music Festival, Moyasta, Kilrush
Date: 7th, 8th & 9th September
Contact: Mary Haugh 00353 65- 9051597 or 00353 86-3507255
Web: www.nellgalvin.com
Email: maryhaughmoyasta@eircom.net
Festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance with classes in various instruments given by well known Musicians

Tulla Traditional Music Festival
Date: 7th – 9th September
Contact: Jim O’Sullivan 00353 87 6601016
Web: www.tullatradfestival.com
Email: tullacce@gmail.com
A great weekend of music, song, dancing, workshops, recitals, concert and ceilithe.

Clare Shout Fleadh, Kilkishen
Date:14th -16th September
Contact: Mike Hogan 00353 86 2314685
Email: clareshoutfestival@gmail.com
A family fun packed weekend: Dog Show, Country Market, Cullaun Lake Activity, Marquee dancing, pub music, U12 Hurling, Vintage display, Fashion show, Road Bowling, Art workshop, Skittles, Family Fun day, Senior & Junior Clare Shout competitions, something for everyone to enjoy

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, Lisdoonvarna
Date Friday 31st August – Sunday 7th October
Contact: 00353 65-7074005
Web: www.matchmakeireland.com
Ireland’s premier Spa Town is famous for it’s craic and is home to one
of Europe’s largest singles matchmaking festiva
o Bheatha Cuban Music & Salsa Dance Festival
Date: 21st - 23rd September
Web: www.kilkee.ie or www.loophead.ie
Mountshannon Traditional Music Festival
Date: 28th – 30th September
Contact: Cliodhna Donnellan
Web: www.mountshannontradfestival.ie
Email: cliopatricia@gmail.co
The Burren Peaks Walking Festival
Date: 28th – 30th September
Contact: Mary O’Brien 00353 87 7779714
Web: www.burrenpeakswalkingfestival.com
Email: info@ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com
Our festival weekend promises you a real taste of the Burren and
offers guided hill and lowland walks varying in distance and grade
catering for all walkers.
Traditional Harvest Day, at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Date: Sunday 30th September
Contact: Reservations 00353 61-360788
Web: www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents/
Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com
See old style threshing demonstrations, vintage machinery display,
sheaf throwing competitions, traditional Irish music and dancing and
much more!

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, Lisdoonvarna
Date Friday 31st August – Sunday 7th October
Contact: 00353 65-7074005
Web: www.matchmakeireland.com
Ireland’s premier Spa Town is famous for it’s craic and is home to one
of Europe’s largest singles matchmaking festival

Bheatha Cuban Music & Salsa Dance Festival
Date: 21st - 23rd September
Web: www.kilkee.ie or www.loophead.ie

Mountshannon Traditional Music Festival
Date: 28th – 30th September
Contact: Cliodhna Donnellan
Web: www.mountshannontradfestival.ie
Email: cliopatricia@gmail.co

The Burren Peaks Walking Festival
Date: 28th – 30th September
Contact: Mary O’Brien 00353 87 7779714
Web: www.burrenpeakswalkingfestival.com
Email: info@ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com
Our festival weekend promises you a real taste of the Burren and
offers guided hill and lowland walks varying in distance and grade
catering for all walkers.

Traditional Harvest Day, at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Date: Sunday 30th September
Contact: Reservations 00353 61-360788
Web: www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents/
Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com
See old style threshing demonstrations, vintage machinery display,
sheaf throwing competitions, traditional Irish music and dancing and
much more!

Match Making Festival

Date Friday 31st August – Sunday 7th October
Contact: 00353 65-7074005
Web: www.matchmakeireland.com
Ireland’s premier Spa Town is famous for it’s craic and is home to one
of Europe’s largest singles matchmaking festivalctober


Queen of Burren Festival Weekend, Lisdoonvarna
Date: 5th - 7th October
Contact: Robert Hurley 00353 65-7074696
Email: hydrohotel@eircom.net
CELT ‘Weekend in the Woods’
Date: 6th / 7th October
Contact: Sarah Thompson
Web: www.celtnet.org
Email: info@celtnet.org


Traditional Horse Fair, Kilrush
Date: 10th October
Contact: Kilrush Town Council 00353 65-9051047

Ennis Fashion Week
Date:22nd to 27th October
Contact: County Boutique 00353 65 6821947/ 00353 87 2353714
Web: www.visitennis.ie
Why not visit this wonderful Town and enjoy shopping in the many
family owned and run boutiques. Throughout the week there will
be make- up demonstrations, special offers in shops, hotels and restaurants

Willie Keane Memorial, Doonbeg
Date: 26th – 29th October
Contact: Margaret Dillon 00353 87 9985427
Web: www.williekeanememorialweekend.com
Email: use contact form on website
Held in the village of Doonbeg, this festival celebrates the life of Willie
Keane, legendary sean nos dancer, with traditional music, song and dance

November


Ennis Trad Festival, Ennis
Date: 11th – 14th November
Contact: John Rynne 00353 86 8307050
Website: www.ennistradfestival.com
Email: contact@ennistradfestival.com
Traditional Music Festival, Concerts, over 100 sessions, Free CD
launch concerts, masterclasses, dance workshops, Céilí, Talks, Trad
themed table quiz

Traditional Horse Fair, Kilrush
Date: 23rd November
Contact: Kilrush Town Council 00353 65-9051047

Santa’s Workshop at Aillwee Cave
Ballyvaughan
Date: 24th Nov. to 22nd December Wednesday through Sunday
Contact: Barbara Faulkner 00353 06 57077036 Booking 1890245593
Web: www.aillweecave.ie
Email: barbara@aillweecave.ie
Booked event only – the elves are only too delighted to talk to you &
make your booking


Anon is Anall Exhibition at Glor Gallery
November & December
Web: www.anonisanall.com
A contemporary exhibition of the arts using traditional Irish music
as the catylist. Ten Traditional Clare Musicians create ten new tunes
and hand the tunes over to ten contemporary artists who then use
the music as inspiration for their art works

December


Santa Claus at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty, Co. Clare
Date: Dec 1st– 23rd Reservations Necessary
Contact: Central Reservations 00353 61 360788
Web: www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents
Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com
See Santa and his elves, Mrs. Claus, puppet show, Christmas characters, themed Christmas shops and much more..

Christmas Market
The Courtyard, Doonbeg Golf Resort
Date: December 8th & 9th/15th & 16th
Contact: Ray Kearney
Email: Ray_Kearney@doonbeggolfclub.com
Web: www.doonbeggolfclub.com
This market is based on an old world Christmas, with over 50 stalls
focused on Christmas gifts, decorations and assorted Christmas food items.

Santa Claus at Atlantic Airventure
Date: Saturdays & Sundays
Reservations Necessary
Contact: Jane 00353 61-363687 or 00353 87 2037487
Web: www.atlanticairventure.com
Visit Santa in his BAC 1-11 Flight Deck. Model aircraft display. Fun for all the family.

Christmas Evening at the Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park,
Bunratty. Co. Clare
Date: Various dates in December on the lead up to Christmas.
Reservations Necessary
Contact: Central Reservations 00353 61 360788
Web: www.shannonheritage.com/SpecialEvents/
Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com

Santa Claus Visit to Kilkishen
Date: To be confirmed
Contact: 00353 86 8680593
Email: clareshoutfestival@gmail.com
Hughly popular day for children and parents alike, as well as a visit
to Santa’s cave, Mrs Claus is busy story telling, and there are plenty of games taking place

 

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