French Film Night, Tuesday, March 4th at 8pm

For once, the hype is justified. This is a charming, uplifting French drama – an irreverent, humorous take on disability, closely drawn from real-life. It focuses on a superficially mismatched friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic and his ex-con carer – brilliantly played by François Cluzet and Omar Sy. Each has his own disadvantage – one, physical, following a paragliding accident, the other socioeconomic.

Directors: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
Cast: Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet, Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy
Production year: 2011
Country: France
Cert (UK): 15
Runtime: 112 mins
Drink a glass of wine
Speak a little French
Watch a film!
Admission €3


One Two Three !

Woodwind music for Solo, Duos and Trios –
flute, clarinets and bassoon


Mainly MOZART ….two delightful Divertimenti…some French flavour….POULENC and DEBUSSY…a little BACH and BEETHOVEN……. an APPLE PIE RAG to finish!!

TICKETS: €10 at the door

Sheila Hickey-Allen and Celia Donoghue, clarinets
Michele Sanzo, bassoon
Muireann Ni Dhubhghaill, flute
Sheila Hickey-Allen studied clarinet with Paddy McCormack at the Limerick School of Music and then with John Finucane in Dublin. She is a past member of the Irish Youth Orchestra and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble. At present she enjoys playing with the University of Limerick Orchestra, Limerick Choral Union Orchestra and the Oirbsen Wind Ensemble.
Celia Donoghue studied the clarinet with John Hickey and Brian O’Rourke in the College of Music and also had a short period of study with Gervase de Peyer in New York. She played in the Irish Youth Orchestra, Dublin Baroque Players, RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra as well as in various chamber groups includingWoodwinds.
Michele Sanzo studied the bassoon in the Conservatorium of Music of the Vatican City, and then took a Masters in the Arts Academy of Rome with Marco Costantini, first bassoon of the Italian Radio Television Orchestra of Rome, and early music interpretation with Rinaldo Alessandrini in the Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio of Rome. He played with many orchestras in Italy,Tunisia and also in a German tour with the tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano. In 2001 he moved to Ireland and he has been teaching recorder and bassoon in the Limerick School of Music since then. He plays with the UL orchestra and the Limerick Wind Ensemble. As soloist he gives recitals in schools and churches around Ireland with a repertoire that ranges from baroque to contemporary music.
Muireann Ni Dhubhghaill studied flute from age 12 with Maria O’Brien at the Limerick School of Music. In 2007 she moved to Dublin to begin the Bachelor in Music Education degree in Trinity College/DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, studying with Dr William Halpin. She won various awards including the Briscoe Cup for Solo Performance and Senior Flute in the Feis Ceoil. She also played in many ensembles, including the DIT Symphony Orchestra, Irish Youth Wind Ensemble and the Hibernian Orchestra. She also participated in the RTE Concert Orchestra mentoring scheme. After graduating in 2011, Muireann studied with William Dowdall at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She was recently awarded a distinction in her LTCL Recital diploma. Muireann is currently employed in the Defence Forces Band 2 Brigade in Athlone, and is studying on the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management programme in UCD. She also plays piano and recorder.

North Clare Historical Society presents ‘Pledged as a rebel’ An exploration of Cumann na mBan’s role in the Irish War of Independence

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The North Clare Historical Society continues its current lecture series on Monday February 24th   at 8 p.m. with

‘Pledged as a Rebel:

An exploration of Cumann na mBan’s role In the Irish War of Independence, a talk by Tomás Mac Conmara, Oral Historian and PhD Candidate at University of Limerick.

Tomás Mac Conmara from Tuamgraney has spent many years researching the Irish War of Independence and Civil War across County Clare. His method has been to focus on a ground up approach to the study of the period and to focus on gathering tradition at a local level from the descendants of people who fought in the war. To date, he has conducted over one hundred and fifty interviews across the county. He has also interviewed several people who were children during the period. Mac Conmara has also placed a greater emphasis than any other historian, on the lesser-known aspects of the war, such as the pivotal role played by safe houses across Clare and Cumann na mBan. According to Mac Conmara,

Given the unconventional nature of the war, IRA units required both active and passive support from the general population. In many cases communication between companies in the same battalion area was difficult, which elevated the role of Cumann na mBan considerably. They smuggled guns, carried dispatches, organised public meetings, arranged concerts and fundraisers. Much of the activity brought the women in direct confrontation with the British authorities and meant very real danger for them and their families. It is unfortunate that historiography on the period does not sufficiently reflect the key role they played in the struggle for freedom in the country.’

Mac Conmara is currently completing a PhD at the University of Limerick where he is examining the War of Independence in County Clare from the perspective of social memory. He is developing a new theory based on the serious integration of oral history, tradition and social memory into our understanding of the revolutionary period. Mac Conmara is also preparing a number of books, which examine the 1917 Mountjoy Hunger Strike and the killing of the Scariff Martyrs in November 1920. He has lectured broadly on history and folklore across Ireland and America.

The lecture on Monday 24th February will explore the Cumann na mBan generally and will also examine the organisation in Clare during the same period.

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Tomás Mac Conmara is an oral historian from Tuamgraney who has been heavily involved in the preservation and promotion of Clare’s cultural heritage for over a decade. He is a founding member of Cuimhneamh an Chláir, Clare’s oral history and folklore group.

Admission €5

All Welcome


The Outriders Artists and friends & Liquid calendar of 2014 & 2015

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Hi All,

I am happy to invite you to the launch of

The Outriders Artists and friends & Liquid calendar of 2014 & 2015

at the Courthouse Gallery – this Saturday 22nd February at 4 00pm

From a meeting engineered by Andri Ksenofontov, between Outrider Artists and Liquid, in the Metropol Gallery in Tallinn in March 2011, we find ourselves celebrating 2014 and 2015 with this wonderful outpouring of art from Irish and Estonian artists.

It has been a great journey since 2011 with many exchanges, residencies and exhibitions between Ennistymon and Estonia and with no doubt many more to come.

When Sven-Erik suggested the idea of the calendar we were of course delighted and the process itself has been wonderful. The artworks that come together to mark time for us make something very special indeed.

Calendars can be ordered on the day.

Warmest thanks to all involved.

Fiona O’Dwyer – Irish Curator


BERNADETTE: notes on a political journey

Friday 21st of February 2014 –  8pm €5 admission

Irish Film & Television Award Winning Documentary 
Film Screening + Q&A with the director Lelia Doolan

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Galway Film Fleadh programme note

BERNADETTE: notes on a political journey

Made over a period of nine years, this is the first full-length film on Bernadette McAliskey’s work and ideas since John Goldschmidt’s pioneering documentary in 1969. In Bernadette: notes on a political journey, she reflects on some arresting and painful moments in her public life.

When Bernadette Devlin first exploded into the public arena in 1969, she and her fellow students in the People’s Democracy were described as belonging to the politics of impatience. As John Bowman said of her: ‘She was not prepared to grow old in an unjust system. At 21, she was a veteran of the “Battle of Bogside”. Described as an Irish Joan of Arc and a mini-skirted Castro, she won the mid-Ulster by-election in 1969, the youngest woman ever elected at Westminster. She survived an assassination attempt in 1981 and remains a radical socialist republican.’

Commenting on the peace process in the North, she said, ‘Whether we like it or not, no matter how much we paid in the struggle to be somewhere else, this is where we are!’

Rebellious, awkward and contrary – impeccable character traits inherited from her mother – she has engaged in the cause of civil rights as a feminist, republican and socialist for the past forty years.

Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is currently co-ordinating a publicly funded cross-community, grassroots organisation from her home in County Tyrone.

The Director Lelia Doolan will attend the screening and do a Questions and Answers session after the screening.

Running Time 90 mins | B&W and Colour | DigiBeta
Producer Lelia Doolan

French Evening at the Courthouse, Tuesday, Feb.11th @ 8pm

Speak some French
Drink a glass of wine

Watch a film!


Every holiday Marcel and his family go to their cottage in the Provence (France). He likes the hills in this region. Before they arrive at the cottage they have to walk about 5 miles. With the co-operation of an ex-pupil of Marcel’s father, who’s a teacher, they only have to walk 1 mile, since they can take a shortcut along a canal, through the backyards of some eccentric people. During one of these holidays he meets Isabelle, a pretty but conceited girl…

An autobiographical film by Marcel Pagnol
set in the beautiful countryside of the South of France

Admission €3

Workshop: Sketchup for artists

Saturday 15 February from 1-5pm

Workshop fee €15

3D models can revolutionise the way you work, from design to grant application to installation & layout. The workshop, led by Cathal Murphy, is four hours long, in which we will cover:
Measuring & Drawing
Manipulating 3D objects
Textures & Colours
Adding Dimensions to Drawings
Exporting Images and 3D models
Importing a floor-plan or image
Using MagicPlan
…and as many other things as we have time for.
Bring your own laptop (Mac or PC) with Sketchup installed: 

go to If you have a smartphone, download MagicPlan from the App store. All other materials will be provided.

Pre-booking is essential at

or call us at 065 -707 1630