Facing Loss with Bob Vernon

“No one ever told me that grief feels so like fear” C.S. Lewis.
Christmas is coming and someone you love will not be there.
You will be
Facing Loss
The North Clare Happiness Project
offers an evening of words and music for those on the journey through grief and loss.
The Courthouse Gallery,
Thursday, 13th November, 7.30. pm
Tea, coffee, and a warm welcome.
The North Clare Happiness Project working with
The North Clare Mental Health Team
and West Clare Taking Care.

Evening sessions of Yoga for Strength-Flexibility-Vitality with Helga Himmelsbach


Evening sessions of Yoga for Strength-Flexibility-Vitality with Helga Himmelsbach

Starting: Wed., October 22nd from 8:15 – 9:30

This series of classes is designed to show you how to strengthen your body in particular your back, core and joints while creating more space around the discs. You will learn how to relax and release tension so your body can realign itself. You can lead a more fulfilling, richer life with lots of energy instead of pain.
Beginners welcome.
Helga is a practicing Physical Therapist for 25 years and a 500 hour trained Yoga teacher.

Pre-booking is essential at info@burrenwellness.com or 086-8960959

Cost – 6 weeks €75


‘Aperture – Where the light gets in’ by Shelagh Honan & ‘Return’ by Judy O’Sullivan

‘Aperture – Where The Light Gets In’

An exhibition of large and small-scale video installations by Shelagh Honan.
Official opening by Maria Finucane of Limerick School of Art and Design
on Friday
17th October at 8 pm
Exhibition runs from 17 October to 12 November

A body of work that’s rooted in time, history and place and brought to life through the media of video installation forms the basis for an exciting new exhibition that opens in the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, Co Clare on Friday, October 17.
The exhibition is the work of Ennis-based artist Shelagh Honan in a show that has been conceived especially for the Courthouse Gallery and features a series of large and small-scale video installations and visual imagery.
The inspiration for the exhibition is drawn from a range of contrasting sites, stories, histories and objects that have found their way in to the artist’s studio. Places like Ennistymon and Coole Park and their associated narratives are intertwined and woven to create a series of short video pieces that hover between the realms of fact and fiction.
In ‘Wood From The Trees’ a video from the woodlands in Coole Park is projected onto a bowler hat which rests inside a display cabinet reminding us of the unfathomable histories of the woods, the house and those that inhabited these places.
Two video projections occupy the main gallery space, suspended on to large canvas backdrops. These feature a young woman who appears to float timelessly through the rooms of a large Georgian house, while on a separate canvass we see her plunge deep into uncertain waters before drifting out to sea.
This story is continued through another prism, within two copper domes, fixed to the wall. Here we see yet another aspect to the story – as she now appears to drift across old lace christening gowns.
‘Aperture – Where The Light Gets In’ is an exhibition unique to the Courthouse Gallery, as it presents a series of installations that have been tailored and designed specifically with the space in mind.
Shelagh Honan MA, is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design where she completed her undergraduate degree in sculpture, while she completed a master’s degree in interactive media at the University of Limerick.
Ms Honan has been a full-time practicing artist for 20 years and is also a part-time lecturer at Limerick School of Art and Design. She has recently curated a series of multimedia exhibitions and has also recently shown in The Fullbright Centre in Philadelphia. Her practice is based at the Tulla Stables Studios.
Ms Honan is available for interview.
Contact details:  Email – shelagh.honan@gmail.com Phone – 087-2207567

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Judy O’Sullivan at the Red Couch Space

‘Return’ is an installation of drawings, prints and mixed media work on paper, canvas and wood by Clare based artist Judy O’Sullivan , Friday, 17h October at 8 pm.
Exhibition runs from 17 October to 12 November

Focusing on the interior of what used to be her family home, a small street house now standing empty, Judy O’Sullivan explores the Japanese idea, ‘mono no aware’, literally ‘the pathos of things’, the awareness of their impermanence and transience and the wistfulness of their passing.

Through a process of photographic documentation followed by a combination of drawing, painting and print she explores familiar often overlooked spaces of everyday life. Emptied of everyday life they acquire a different character. What is left? The unseen imprint of lives lived.

‘And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time’

T.S Eliot The Four Quartets

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A Horse’s Tale, Neville Presho’s documentary

Monday 13 October at 8 pm – admission €5

A Horse’s Tale gets another airing in response to public demand.Hitching a lift from Mick Conlon

The local community and equine industry enthusiasts all over the county will get a further opportunity to view Neville Presho’s television documentary, ‘A Horse’s Tale’ on Monday next, October 13 at The Courthouse, Ennistymon.

Last month two screenings of the film, first broadcast on RTE in 1979, attracted very large attendances to the Courthouse.  In fact, the ‘house full’ signs went up for the initial event, organised by the Old Ennistymon Society as part of its contribution to National Heritage Week.

In response to public demand, the North Clare Historical Society has now linked up with the Old Ennistymon Society to facilitate another showing, starting at 8pm on Monday next and admission is €5.

The 25-minute film and accompanying set of evocative photographs are bound to generate much discussion and contributions from the audience, as did the September screenings.

‘A Horse’s Tale’ features three schoolchildren from Moy NS observing, and lending a hand to, farmer Joe Garrihy from Carrowntedaun, Lahinch and his trusted Irish Draught mare, ‘Doonbay’ as they carried out various tasks on the farm  These ranged from cutting and harvesting the hay to drawing home turf from the bog.

The film also showed the mare being shod at Moloney’s blacksmith forge in Ennistymon while her repaired bridle is retrieved from the local Crowe’s saddlery. Scenes were also shot at Kilmihil cattle fair and the famous Spancilhill horse fair.

The documentary, produced in association with RTE, was inspired by prize-winning entries from pupils at the Moy National School, under the guidance of School Principal, Úna Uí Rócháin, in a national essay competition.

“The previous screenings provoked much stimulating discussion and reminisces about precious but largely forgotten farming and equine traditions, as well as town-based crafts such as the blacksmith and saddler,” said John O’Loughlin, Chairman of the North Clare Historical Society.

“We look forward to many further contributions during a group discussion after the film at next week’s event, when the contributors will include Colman Garrihy, the son of ‘Doonbay’ owner, the late Joe Garrihy,” he concluded.

Caption for photo: Hitching a lift! The ‘stars’ of the documentary film A Horse’s Tale – Joe Garrihy, owner of the Irish Draught mare, Doonbay, flanked by Sean Curtin and Michael Harhen with John Garrihy (seated on creamery can) get a lift from local man, Mick Conlon in Ennistymon.

Evening of Estonian and Irish contemporary music and poetry

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Poetry: Miriam Mcilfatrick-Ksenofontov, contemporary Estonian poetry

Music: performed by Ensemble Resonabilis (Estonia): Iris Oja (voice), Kristi Mühling (kannel), Tarmo Johannes (flute), Aare Tammesalu (violoncello)

Eugen Birman “Ad mortem“for voice, flute, kannel and cello (2014, première)
Malle Maltis “A Match“for voice and cello (2012). Text: Algernon Charles Swinburne
Jane O’Leary“A Resonance of Emerald” for flute, kannel and cello (2014, première)

Age Veeroos “Enesekaotus“(“Losing oneself“) for voice and alto flute (2002) Text: Ilmar Laaban
John Buckley “Alla Luna“for solo kannel (2014, première)
Helena Tulve “North Wind, South Wind” (2010) for voice, flute, kannel and cello. Text: Mevlana Jalalludin Rumi, Song of songs

Ensemble Resonabilis (resonabilis, Latin for ringing, sounding), called “the bravest ensemble of Estonia” in press, is one of the most active and peculiar contemporary music ensembles in Estonia. It consists of a unique combination of instruments  voice, flute, cello and kannel.  The kannel is a traditional Estonian plucked instrument with a very distinctive sound and an extremely wide range of playing capabilities.
Resonabilis was founded in 2002. Since then the ensemble has worked closely with composers to extend its repertoire. Almost all the leading contemporary Estonian composers have written original music for Resonabilis. The ensemble has performed at most of the contemporary music festivals in Estonia, as well as have had concerts in Finland, Latvia, Russia, Austria, Iran, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Moldova and the United Kingdom.  Since 2006 Resonabilis has run its own concert series, ReVisioon, which connects music and the visual arts. Resonabilis has also performed alongside the internationally renowned poets Philip Gross (UK),  Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (Ireland) and Eva Runefelt (Sweden).
In 2012 Resonabilis received prestigious annual award of Estonian Cultural Endowment for copious concert activity and high-level performances of Estonian new music and in 2014 special prize of Estonian Theatre Association in category of music theatre for performance of Kristjan Kõrver’s chamber opera “Raud-Ants”.

See: http://resonabilis.com/index_eng.html


Salmon Poetry reading with Leah Fritz, Jean Kavanagh, Afric McGlinchey & Daniel Thomas Moran

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 Friday, October 10, 2014  @ 7pm – Entry: Free

Please join us for a poetry reading/launch to celebrate the publication of some recent titles from Salmon poets and to welcome several visiting poets…

Born and educated in New York, London-based LEAH FRITZ’s essays and journalism on the peace, civil rights and feminist movements resulted in two non-fiction books. She spoke at universities and in churches across the USA, and in debates on radio and television. Although she has written poems since early childhood, it wasn’t until she crossed the Atlantic in 1985 that she accepted poetry as her true vocation. In Britain her work has appeared in several anthologies and in Acumen, Ambit, Poetry Review, PN Review and numerous other magazines. From 1987 to 2007, four collections of her poetry have been published. Having received an award and commendations in competitions from Jo Shapcott, Les Murray and Carol Ann Duffy, Leah Fritz served as an adjudicator on the Torriano Poetry Competition and for three years on the Petra Kenney Memorial International Competition, becoming an honorary patron. Her archives are at Duke University in America.  Salmon Poetry published Leah’s New & Selected Poems, Whatever Sends the Music Into Time, in 2013. This is Leah’s first trip to Ireland to celebrate the publication of her book.

JEAN KAVANAGH is an Irish poet living in Oslo, Norway. She was born and raised in Dublin where she studied Irish Folklore and English Literature in UCD. She has been shortlisted twice, in 2010 and 2011, for Galway’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. Her work has been published in journals, showcase anthologies for the Galway Arts Centre, and in Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry, 2011). Jean’s debut collection, Other Places, was published by Salmon earlier this year.

A Hennessy Poetry Award winner, AFRIC McGLINCHEY grew up in Ireland and Africa. She was also a Pushcart nominee, and highly commended in the Magma, Joy of Sex, and Dromineer poetry competitions in 2012. She is a freelance book editor and reviewer, and tutors poetry online at www.africmcglinchey.com Her début poetry collection, The lucky star of hidden things, was published in 2012 by Salmon.  Afric lives in West Cork, Ireland.

DANIEL THOMAS MORAN, born in New York City in 1957, is the author of seven volumes of poetry. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Stony Brook University (1979) and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Howard University (1983). He has read widely throughout New York City and Long Island and given readings in Ireland, Italy, Austria, Great Britain, at The Library of Congress, and at The United Nations. He was Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, New York, from 2005 to 2007.  His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize on ten occasions. In 2005 he was appointed Poet Laureate by The Legislature of Suffolk County, New York, the birthplace of Walt Whitman. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, Romanian, Chinese and Italian. He and his wife Karen live on the Warner River in Webster, New Hampshire.  His latest collection, A Shed for Wood, is published by Salmon.