The Happy Movie


To mark United Nations Happiness Day

The Happy Movie

Will be shown in The Courthouse Gallery

On Monday, 30th March @ 7:30 pm

Followed by a discussion of its themes and plans for the local Happiness Week in May

Admission free

The role of the Workhouses during the Great Famine


The final lecture in the North Clare Historical Society’s   current lecture series will take place on Monday 23rd March at 8 pm. William J. Smyth will deliver a talk entitled

The role of the Workhouses during the Great Famine

NCHS workhouse image

 Professor Smyth will begin by exploring the ideological origins of the Poor Law system in England. Following the dismissal of the findings of the 3-year based recommendations of the Irish Poor Law Commission, the consequences of the imposition of the English Poor Law model on a very different Irish society will be explored. The internal structures and functioning of the workhouse system will be examined both before and after the summer of 1847, when the Poor Law unions and workhouses were expected to carry the full burden of the Famine catastrophe. The main focus will be on the living conditions of the inmates in North Tipperary and Clare unions – from his home-town Roscrea workhouse to our own Ennistymon.

 William Smyth was born in Co. Tipperary, a graduate of the NUI(UCD), lectured in Syracuse University(upstate New York) and San Fernando State College, Los Angeles before returning to UCD(1971-73),to Maynooth College (1973-77)as Senior lecturer and head Geography Department and then to UCC(1977-2009) as Professor and Chair of Geography  Department. He has  researched widely on the cultural and historical geography of Ireland, Atlantic Europe and Colonial America, co-edited Common Ground: Essays on the Historical Geography of Ireland(1988) with Kevin Whelan, edited a new edition of Pender’s Census of Ireland c.1659, (2002),  he was author of the prize-winning Map-making, Landscapes and Memory: A Geography of Colonial and Early Modern Ireland 1530—1750 (2006) and joint-editor of the acclaimed Atlas of the Great Irish Famine(2012), Currently writing two chapters for Cork University Press’  Atlas of the Revolution due out spring 2016.

Admission €5

Life Drawing Sessions

Life Drawing Sessions
From 11th April, Saturday afternoon sessions from 12 to 2 pm. Adm: €10

The sessions are non tutorial and is a great opportunity to meet other artists, discuss your work and support your creative process. or call:065-7071630

‘Between Here and You’, recent work by Els Borghart and Alison Cronin

Els Borghart - Fickle - small

  Official opening Saturday 21 March at 4 pm

March 20 – April 16

Between Here and You a joint exhibition by visual artists Els Borghart and Alison Cronin features a selection of works that focus on the fluctuating nature of reality and memory unveiling fleeting glimpses of an in-between space.

Since having moved to Ireland six years ago, Els Borghart’s works involve the questioning of the self while coexisting in two countries, simultaneously activating a sense and a lack of belonging in both. This opens up a void where different realities interact and so creates a potential in-between space. Within this context, her current drawings and paintings focus on the shift in human relationships when moving away from home. They explore an in-between space where all certainties are jeopardized, where human pillars lose solidity and those once unknown or in the periphery gain influence.

The White Cat, Alison Cronin, small

Alison Cronin’s work looks into the gap between past and present, between immediate experience and the post-experience narratives we create around our lives. The artist’s fascination with memory stems from her own damaged long term memory from a childhood accident. Her current mixed media works and paintings re-interpret old family photographs, removing the captured moment from its original context. They refer to a movement or crossing of a space such as a bridge, a dive or a journey, depicted on a surface that erodes or fades, and reveals itself to be as unstable as the story it is telling.

Originally from Belgium, Els Borghart has been based in Drogheda, Ireland since 2008. She works as a visual artist and is a founding member, co-director and co-curator with NeXus Arts. She has an MA In Fine Art (LUCA School of Arts –Belgium) and an MA in Cultural Policy & Art Management (University Antwerp Management School – Belgium). She has exhibited both in Belgium and in Ireland.

Alison Cronin is based in West Cork, and is a founding member of Shape artist’s studio, Skibbereen. Alongside her own art practice she works as Schools and Youth Coordinator at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, where she develops art projects with children and young people based on the gallery programme. She has a BA (Hons) in Visual Art (Dublin Institute of Technology Sherkin Island).



 Life ↔consuming↔Time’, etchings by Corinna Schroeder-vFrihling

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Official opening Saturday 21 March at 4 pm

March 20 – April 16 

In this exhibition Corinna offers her views of the mutually consuming relationship between life and time from a variety of perspectives. The prints are made on copper or zinc plates using the techniques of dry-point, aquatint, verni mou, soap-ground and several different engraving tools and acid. No photographic or digital processes were involved.

Each piece is unique and is hand printed in her Doolin studio.

‘The works focus on small things like a leaf on the wind or a spider in its web or bigger events happening in life and time not necessarily to me or today’, Corinna says. ‘That is why some of the works included will be from some years back fitting the theme by title or documenting times gone by’.

Corinna chose to hold this exhibition in the Courthouse Gallery’s first-floor Red Couch area because it is an intimate space where people will be able to sit down and perhaps find a quiet moment for themselves to reflect on the thoughts her work creates.

‘Etching, painting, drawing are my ways to let other people take part in my feelings and visions of the world,’ Corinna says. ‘I think myself a kind of visual story teller. I hope to give people a reason to focus on simple things and deeper thoughts.’

Corinna is of German origin but has lived for nearly 20 years in Doolin, where she works from her own printing studio. Her work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions in Germany, France, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, Canada and Bulgaria, and her prints can be found in The Americas Biennial Exhibition research archives in the United States. In 2011 she published a book combining wood engravings and poetry titled ‘APHORISMS–aphorisms & wood engravings’.

Corinna Schroeder-vFrihling is available for interview.

Yoga for Strength-Flexibility-Vitality with Helga Himmelsbach


Tuesday: March 24th 10:15 – 11:30 am
Wednesday: March 25th 6:45 – 8pm and 8:15 – 9:30 pm
Cost: 6 weeks – €75.00

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 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.

Contact Helga on 086-8960959