ENSEMBLE EIRU

                             Ensemble Eiru will perform at the Courthouse Gallery                                                                 on Friday, February 6th at 8 pm.

Ensemble Eiru are an exciting group of young musicians from a wide range of performance backgrounds. They were formed in 2011 by Jack Talty and Neil O’Loghlen with a view to developing new conceptualisations of arrangement and ensemble playing in Irish traditional music. Focussing specially on the traditional musicians and repertoire associated with west and north Clare, the group perform contemporary interpretations of Irish traditional music by drawing on an eclectic range of artistic influences. Featuring Jack Talty (Clare Memory Orchestra) on concertina, Neil O’Loghlen ( Louis Stewart Quartet, Clare Memory Orchestra) on double bass and flute, Matthew Berrill (Clare Memory Orchestra) on clarinet, Jeremy Spencer on fiddle, Maeve O’Hara (CNAG) on marimba. Paddy Groenland (Leafzang) on guitar, and Matthew Jacobson (ReDiviDeR) on drums, Ensemble Eiru bring together some of Ireland’s most exciting and experienced young musicians.

This is a not to be missed concert of modern, traditional and contemporary music.

                                               Admission €10 – Tickets at door

French Cultural Evening


(Two or three things I know about her…)

Tuesday, Jan., 27th at 8 pm
Admission €3
-Two or three things Poster
This is possibly Godard’s richest film, brimming with the various experiments that so fascinated him during the mid-60’s. This examination of suburban evolution focuses on the so-called ‘shooting stars’, part-time prostitutes that sold their bodies to supplement their income, a new phenomenon borne out of a crude capitalist consumer society.

Starring Joseph Gehrard
Marina Vlady
Roger Montsoret

Speak a little French, drink a little wine and enjoy a good film!

Yoga for Strength-Flexibility-Vitality with Helga Himmelsbach

Yoga for Strength-Flexibility-Vitality with Helga Himmelsbach

Tuesday., Feb. 3rd 10:15-11:30 am

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.
Helga is a practicing Physical Therapist for 25 years and a 500 hour trained Yoga teacher.
Yoga for Strength-Flexibility-Vitality Evening Classes with Helga Himmelsbach

Helga is now holding evening classes starting Wednesday., Feb. 4th 8:15-9:30 pm
Pre-booking is essential at info@burrenwellness.com or 086-8960959

Cost – 6 weeks €75
Concession 10%
Beginners welcome
No drop-in


Forgotten Placenames and Landmarks

Forgotten Placenames and Landmarks

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The North Clare Historical Society commences its 2015 lecture series on Monday  26th January with a talk by Colm Hayes entitled Forgotten Placenames and Landmarks of Ennistymon.   In this illustrated talk the placename changes and the landmarks which have disappeared over the past 250 years will be outlined.

Colm Hayes is a native of Ennistymon and comes from an old Ennistymon family. He has operated a printing and stationery business in the town for over 40 years. He has had a lifetime interest in local history and was a founder member of the Old Ennistymon Society in the 1990s. He has edited a number of local publications including the popular Ennistymon Parish Magazine from the 1980s to 2002.

Venue:  The Courthouse Gallery

Time: 8.00

Admission: €5

The Artists Resource Room at the Courthouse Gallery 24th January from 1 – 4 pm

The Artists Resource Room will hold its next meeting on the 24th of January at The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon.

The afternoon is planned out as follows:

1:00   Open Critical Session – Artists are invited to bring along a digital image relating to a recent project  for peer discussion.

2:15   Artist’s talk with John Hanrahan on his current show at The Courthouse Gallery ‘Variant’

3:00   Refreshment Tea Coffee Lemonade

3:15   Artists Film Screening – ‘Unstrung’ by artist Cecily Brennan

All Welcome

For more information contact


Email: artistsresourceroom@gmail.com

The Artists Resource Room is a volunteer led community group supported by County Clare Arts Office. It was established to provide a place for Visual Artists to network, discuss art, hear presentations, exchange ideas etc.

Main Gallery

John Hanrahan image

‘VARIANT’ an exhibition of recent work by John Hanrahan

Official opening Friday 16th January at 8 pm

The exhibition runs from January 16th – February 5th                                         

Artists living and working in the West of Ireland face many challenges. To sustain an art practice in a rural environment, it is essential to seek out and engage with fellow artists. I was a founding member of the Ennis Arts Initiative, a former member of the Tulla Stables Studios and I am currently a member of the Ground Up Artists Collective. I have studied and exhibited in Ireland and Australia and my work features in private and public collections.

I am delighted to be exhibiting in the Courthouse Gallery and for this show I wanted to look specifically at data taken from medical/scientific imagery.  I have had a fascination with medical/ scientific imagery since I started to paint, studying Painting in the RTC Galway, now GMIT I would often search out the specimen collection and textbooks from the Zoology Dept. of UCG.

As an artist I was attracted to the objective formal characteristics of medical imagery. The placement and arrangements of grids and text, form a counterpoint to the more anatomical /physiological data.

A primary focus in this body of work was the development of a repetitive process that allowed me to work on several pieces simultaneously. This meant that I engaged with the work on a more intuitive level with each piece triggering a different response. The art of making therefore became part of the thinking process.

John Hanrahan


                                                     Red Couch Space

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‘The Wonders of Clare’ an exhibition of paintings by Michel Riand

Official opening Friday 16th January at 8 pm.

Exhibition runs from 16th January – 5th February 2015

MICHEL RIAND is a self-taught native French artist. Since 2005 he has taken up residence in Ennistymon. While he painted regularly in France, moving to Ireland influenced him to create a range of paintings inspired by the beauty of North Clare sceneries, its people and its wildlife. He thrives in colourful environments which is reflected in his candid representations of simple moments of daily life in the West of Ireland.

You can follow Michel’s work on:


Introduction to Shamanism

This is an introductory course of 9, 4 hour workshops initiating participants into the 9 shamanic rites of the medicine people of the Andes and the Path of the Shaman, ‘One who sees with the authentic Eye of the Heart’.

Shamanism is the oldest spiritual discipline in the world. There are visible signs of its practice all round the world, dating back to the dawn of history. It is a spiritual practice that cuts across all faiths, creeds and race, reaching deep levels of ancestral memory. It is a pathway for self healing, self growth and self knowledge.Shamanism Kathryna Cuschieri

One of the major objectives of the shaman’s role is to have harmonious relationship with the whole of creation. It is a living process which continuously engages the inner life, shaping, honing planting the inner self, giving an immense opportunity to become responsible for our own story, for what we are dreaming into the world.

The Munay-Ki are a connected series of nine rites. They each mark part of one of the most profound spiritual journeys it is possible for us as human beings to make. The first rite is that of the healer – it marks the beginning of a journey to our own healing or wholeness.  The last, ninth rite, marks the passage into a world where we become co-creators of our entire universe.

They know no boundaries and are timeless and universal.  Although in their current form they happen to be kept primarily by a small group of wise ones known as Laika in the Peruvian Andes, earlier forms were brought there thousands of years ago from their ancestors who travelled from India, through the Himalayas, Siberia and across the Bering Straits to the Americas.

The words Munay Ki come from the Quechan language and mean something like “I love you as you are”.  This gives a hint as to their function – they help us to reawaken what for many of us has been forgotten – our innate beauty, wisdom, power and of course, our unconditional love for all things.

They are transmitted as energetic “seeds” from a person who has already received them to another within the context of a simple and beautiful ceremony.

The Nine rites that will be shared:

  1. The healers’ rites
  2. The seer’s rites
  3. The harmony rites
  4. The bands of power
  5. The day keeper’s rites
  6. The wisdom keeper’s rites
  7. The earth keeper’s rites
  8. The star keeper’s rites
  9. The creator rites

The first four rites are called the foundation rites and are in themselves profound and powerful.  Reawakening our individual capacity for deep, personal healing , developing our faculty for “seeing” in the deepest sense of the word,  reconnecting and balancing our own centres of energy , establishing a truly safe and sacred space for our work.

Together they provide the foundation for a further set of five rites. It is said that these rites help one make the transition from being a human with spiritual experiences to a spiritual being with human experiences.  More information on all of the rites and their history, function and transmission can be found on the Munay Ki website at http://munay-ki.org/

In these 4 hourly workshops, you will enter a truly magical and beautiful space, together with wonderful energy-building exercises and group visualisations and fire ceremony, followed by opportunities for individual healing sessions.

Kathryna Cuschieri a  graduate of the ‘Healing the Light Body ‘school which is run by Alberto Viloldo and guided by the Linage of the medicine men and women of the Andes. She has been teaching Shamanism for the last 9 years in Malta, England and Ireland .

Please wear warm and suitable clothing and bring a journal, pendulum, special stone and blanket.

Date:  19th January 2015

Time: 1- 5pm

Cost:  30 euro per session.

Refreshments are included.

If you are interested please contact Kathryna at featherlite7@yahoo.ie or 087 -1249570 or the Courthouse Gallery at info@thecourthousegallery.com or 065 -707 1630

The Works of the State Art Collection of Art Talk

The Works of the State Art Collection of Art Talk
Jacquie Moore, Curator at the Office of Public Works will give a talk on the works of the State Art Collection of Art on Thursday, Jan. 8th at 8 pm.This is in conjunction with the UNFOLD exhibition which finishes on Thursday, Jan 8th.

Admission is free and all are welcome