Salmon Poetry presents an evening of stimulating poetry with J. P. Dancing Bear and Sarah Clancy, on Saturday 2nd May, at 7pm.


J.P Dancing Bear is the author of seven full-length books of poems, six chapbook, several essays, and more than 1000 individual poems in such magazines and anthologies. He has published two poetry collections with Salmon Poetry: Conflicted LIght’ (2008) and’ Inner Cities of Gulls’ (2010).

His honours include the 2002 Slipstream Chapbook Prize, the 2010 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award, 14 Pushcart nominations, and PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award for poetry.

He is the editor of The American Poetry Journal, owner of Dream Horse Press, publisher of the Orphic Prize and APJ Book Prize series, as well as the first animal rights poetry anthology And We The Creatures.

He is the host of “Out of Our Minds” a weekly radio show for public radio station KKUP,Northern California, featuring some of the best contemporary poets from around the world’.  He lives in Santa Cruz, California.


 Sarah Clancy

Author Biography

Sarah Clancy is a page and performance poet from Galway, she has published three poetry collections:  Stacey and the Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press, Belfast, 2011) and Thanks for Nothing, Hippies (Salmon Poetry, 2012) and The Truth and Other Stories (Salmon Poetry, 2014).  Along with fellow Galway poet Elaine Feeney she released a poetry CD called Cinderella Backwards in 2013.  She has been short-listed in several of Ireland’s most prestigious written poetry competitions including The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Patrick Kavanagh Award and The Listowel Collection of Poetry Competition.  In performance poetry, Sarah has won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championships and has twice been runner up in the North Beach Nights Grand Slam. In 2013 she was runner up in the All- Ireland Grand Slam Championships, and won The Bogman’s Cannon People’s Poetry Prize, 2015.   She received an individual artist’s bursary from Galway City Council in 2013.


Admission free

‘ELEMENT’ An exhibition by FETAC -The Ennistymon Vocational School (FETAC Level 5 & 6)

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The PLC FETAC Art End of Year Exhibition ‘ELEMENT” is to be held at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. The exhibition will be officially opened on Thursday April 23 at 7pm by Siobhan Mulcahy, Clare Arts Officer. The exhibition will continue for the week running until Thursday April 30.

 This event is held annually to celebrate the emerging artistic talent within the art course.

The Post Leaving Cert courses in Ennistymon Vocational School comprise of a one year multi-disciplinary art programme leading to a FETAC Level 5 Award and a more advanced one year art programme culminating in a FETAC Level 6 Art Award. Students range from school leavers to mature applicants and come from many backgrounds and nationalities.

The course is suitable for those who wish to explore their creativity or pursue an independent art career. Equally the course is designed for people who wish to pursue art at a third level institution and intend to create a portfolio of work.

The exhibition will display a selection of work from the students in a variety of media including painting, sculpture and ceramics.

All are welcome.

 For any queries please contact:

Ennistymon Vocational School 065 7071375 or email

The Courthouse Gallery is open from 12 – 4 pm each day.

Also on Monday 27th April, during this exhibition.

Closed on Sunday.

Being Still


Meditation and Mindfulness
led by Bob Vernon

6 weekly sessions starting on Monday, April 20,
from 7.30 – 8.30 pm
at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon,

5 euros per session: 3 euros for unwaged



For health and relaxation

with Simon Thomas

The class will start on the 14th of April 2015 at 7.00 pm

Body tuning is an essential component of sitting meditation, moving meditation and sport performance. The practice of body tuning helps to promote relaxation, optimal breathing and better health. Body tuning is a combination of sitting meditation and gentle moving exercises sourced from the philosophies of Qigong, Buddhism and Chinese martial arts.

In this course participants will learn:

  • How to harmonise the breath for relaxation.
  • How to use the breath to relax the body.
  • How to use the body to relax the mind.
  • How to use the mind to visualise and experience relaxation

This 4 week course is open to all people regardless of meditation or sports experience and the cost of the course is €40

Pre booking is required as classes will not go ahead without sufficient numbers.

To book a place or for further information please conatact Simon on 083 1102686

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Visit of Tibetan Lama Jigmé Namgyal, Friday, April 10th at 8 pm

The Title for his public talk is:

Meditation, Freedom and the Natural Mind

An introduction to the method, meaning and purpose of meditation

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Lama Jigmé Namgyal was born into a nomad family in the eastern part of Tibet, where he studied Buddhism from a young age.

He has had as his teachers many great and authentic Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition

After consulting his teachers, Lama Jigmé decided to leave for Europe making the difficult journey from Tibet across the Himalayan mountain range.

He has lived in Luxembourg for over ten years where he is based. This is his fifth visit to Ireland.

Apart from being a teacher of meditation, Lama Jigmé has had much experience in spiritually accompanying the dying.

He also has a great love of music and has been known to sing the odd song.

Contribution €10 at the door to charitable projects