Heritage Week Events


Old Ennistymon Society & North Clare Historical Society presents:

‘Forgotten Placenames and Landmarks of Ennistymon’

An illustrated talk by Colm Hayes

Monday August 24th @ 8pm

An illustrated talk by Colm Hayes on the placename changes and landmarks that have disappeared over that past 250 years around Ennistymon town.

Heritage Week Poster

 Old Ennistymon & North Clare Historical Society presents:

  ‘A Heritage Walk around Ennistymon with Colm Hayes’

Wednesday, August 26th @ 7 pm starting from Courthouse Gallery.

This a stroll through the streets and lanes of the town of Ennistymon with local historian Colm Hayes while recalling it’s history in times past as the main market town and craft centre of North Clare. Colm 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 life time interest in local history and was a founder member of the Old Ennistymon society in the 1990’s. He has edited a number of local publications including the popular Ennistymon Parish Magazine from the 1980’s to 2002.

Snapshots in Time Ennistymon, Lahinch and Liscannor captured on camera

A photographic exhibition presented by the Old Ennistymon Society, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, August 14th – September 3rd

Opening August 14th @ 8 pm

Noreen Blake & Tessie McDonagh. Noreen Blake, later O'Fegan and her first cousin Tessie McDonagh, later Hill. *** Local Caption *** Old Ennistymon Society Collection

Noreen Blake & Tessie McDonagh. Noreen Blake, later O’Fegan and her first cousin Tessie McDonagh, later Hill. ***Old Ennistymon Society Collection

This photographic exhibition takes a nostalgic look at times past, recording the streetscapes and daily comings and goings of three North Clare areas – the market town of Ennistymon and the coastal villages of Lahinch and Liscannor – recalling many long forgotten businesses and crafts. The photographs date from the early to mid-years of the 20th century and capture a bygone age.

An interesting aspect of this exhibition is the manner by which the photos were sourced. Following the society’s very successful Vanishing Heritage exhibition in 2013 many unusual photos were donated by people both from the locality and from the UK. For example, a photo album of Lahinch was bought at auction by a Connemara man and donated to the society, while a box of photos found during a house clearance in Ennistymon was also donated. To round out the exhibition some fascinating photos of Ennistymon, Lahinch and Liscannor were selected from Clare County Library’s online collection of photos at www.clarelibary.ie.

This is a must see exhibition for anyone with an interest in how life was lived in the area at that time.

The exhibition will be launched on Friday August 14th at 8pm in The Courthouse Gallery by Ennistymon native Johann O’Dwyer to which all are cordially invited. The exhibition will run until 3rd September.

Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 12 – 5pm.

Flamenco  ‘Al-Andar’ Friday August 28th @ 8 pm  

 

FREE PIC (NO REPRO FEE): Fatima Fernandez dances with Al Andar in their spectacular flamenco show. Pic: Stas Bernasinski

Flamenco  ‘Al-Andar’

 ‘Al Andar’ a group of highly experienced dancers and musicians will bring authentic Andalucian Flamenco to Ireland in June. This exceptional combination  will include dancers Patricia Bolonia and Rocio Moreno, guitarists Javier Mula and Javier Villa, Stephanie Swanton on the violin and Fatima Lucia , dancer and vocals. This is their first tour together and they will play the Court House Gallery in Ennistymon on Fri 28th August.   It will be an excellent opportunity to experience this stunning music and dance in its most respected and critically acclaimed form. In an evening of Flamenco and flamenco culture. Al Andar conveys the unique sensitivity and passion of this tradition.Fatima Lucia is the leader and director of ‘Al Andar’ and has been teaching Flamenco dance in Galway and Clare since 1993 when she settled in Ireland.  She raised her family in the Burren, Co.Clare, a long way from her native Cadiz, the heartland of Flamenco. Fatima has toured Ireland on several occasions along with various Flamenco musicians and dancers visiting from Spain. Fatima has also toured with Irish musicians and dancers such as Sean Keane, Arty McGlynn, Martin O’Connor and the Cunningham Family, combining Sean Nos with Flamenco. She appears as solo dancer on ‘The Irish Scattering'(latest Sean Keane DVD).

A special feature of this tour and a real treat will be the inclusion of Patricia Bolonia in the group, dancing to Fatima’s resounding voice. Patricia, also from Cadiz,is a well acclaimed figure amongst flamenco dancers in Andalucia.

   With the magnetism of Patricia and Fatima’s dance style, the intricate beats of Javier’s guitar and Stephanie’s compelling violin, this will be an exciting evening and an unforgettable experience.

Admission €10

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Snapshots in Time Ennistymon, Lahinch and Liscannor captured on camera

A photographic exhibition presented by the Old Ennistymon Society Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
Opening August 14th @ 8 pm

August 14th – September 3rd

Noreen Blake & Tessie McDonagh. Noreen Blake, later O'Fegan and her first cousin Tessie McDonagh, later Hill. *** Local Caption *** Old Ennistymon Society Collection

Noreen Blake & Tessie McDonagh. Noreen Blake, later O’Fegan and her first cousin Tessie McDonagh, later Hill. *** Local Caption *** Old Ennistymon Society Collection

This photographic exhibition takes a nostalgic look at times past, recording the streetscapes and daily comings and goings of three North Clare areas – the market town of Ennistymon and the coastal villages of Lahinch and Liscannor – recalling many long forgotten businesses and crafts. The photographs date from the early to mid-years of the 20th century and capture a bygone age.
An interesting aspect of this exhibition is the manner by which the photos were sourced. Following the society’s very successful Vanishing Heritage exhibition in 2013 many unusual photos were donated by people both from the locality and from the UK. For example, a photo album of Lahinch was bought at auction by a Connemara man and donated to the society, while a box of photos found during a house clearance in Ennistymon was also donated. To round out the exhibition some fascinating photos of Ennistymon, Lahinch and Liscannor were selected from Clare County Library’s online collection of photos at www.clarelibrary.ie.
This is a must see exhibition for anyone with an interest in how life was lived in the area at that time.

The exhibition will be launched on Friday August 14th at 8pm in The Courthouse Gallery by Ennistymon native Johann O’Dwyer to which all are cordially invited. The exhibition will run until 3rd September.

Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 12 – 5pm.

Heritage Week Events

Old Ennistymon Society & North Clare Historical Society presents:

‘Forgotten Placenames and Landmarks of Ennistymon’

An illustrated talk by Colm Hayes

Monday August 24th @ 8pm

 An illustrated talk by Colm Hayes on the placename changes and landmarks that have disappeared over that past 250 years around Ennistymon town.

 Old Ennistymon & North Clare Historical Society presents:

  ‘A Heritage Walk around Ennistymon with Colm Hayes’

Wednesday, August 26th @ 7 pm starting from Courthouse Gallery.

This a stroll through the streets and lanes of the town of Ennistymon with local historian Colm Hayes while recalling it’s history in times past as the main market town and craft centre of North Clare. Colm 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 life time interest in local history and was a founder member of the Old Ennistymon society in the 1990’s. He has edited a number of local publications including the popular Ennistymon Parish Magazine from the 1980’s to 2002.

Snapshots in Time Ennistymon, Lahinch and Liscannor captured on camera

A photographic exhibition presented by the Old Ennistymon Society, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, August 14th – September 3rd

Opening August 14th @ 8 pm

Noreen Blake & Tessie McDonagh. Noreen Blake, later O'Fegan and her first cousin Tessie McDonagh, later Hill. *** Local Caption *** Old Ennistymon Society Collection

Noreen Blake & Tessie McDonagh. Noreen Blake, later O’Fegan and her first cousin Tessie McDonagh, later Hill. ***Old Ennistymon Society Collection

This photographic exhibition takes a nostalgic look at times past, recording the streetscapes and daily comings and goings of three North Clare areas – the market town of Ennistymon and the coastal villages of Lahinch and Liscannor – recalling many long forgotten businesses and crafts. The photographs date from the early to mid-years of the 20th century and capture a bygone age.

An interesting aspect of this exhibition is the manner by which the photos were sourced. Following the society’s very successful Vanishing Heritage exhibition in 2013 many unusual photos were donated by people both from the locality and from the UK. For example, a photo album of Lahinch was bought at auction by a Connemara man and donated to the society, while a box of photos found during a house clearance in Ennistymon was also donated. To round out the exhibition some fascinating photos of Ennistymon, Lahinch and Liscannor were selected from Clare County Library’s online collection of photos at www.clarelibary.ie.

This is a must see exhibition for anyone with an interest in how life was lived in the area at that time.

The exhibition will be launched on Friday August 14th at 8pm in The Courthouse Gallery by Ennistymon native Johann O’Dwyer to which all are cordially invited. The exhibition will run until 3rd September.

Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 12 – 5pm.

Dwelling In Time – Ground Up Artists Collective

D w e l l i n g  I n  T i m e   –   Creative Solidarity
A presentation of research from a recent residency on Inis Oírr
The Red Couch Space
August 14th – September 3rd.
Dwelling in Time GUAC
 The title for the residency theme, Dwelling In Time, arose from the collective’s consideration of the essay Creative Intelligence by Fiona Woods that had been commissioned by Ground Up Artists. Through a series of meetings in 2014, this text served as a blueprint to explore the theme of “dwelling” and what it spoke to in terms of a collective practice which connected with the individual interests of the artists involved. The word “dwelling” can suggest place, habitation, or home. As a verb it is more active, in calling up ideas about living, a sense of conscious decision, or staying with whatever is in focus. It also suggests time, reflection and waiting with slow patience. The latter option is one that does not come so easily at this time of ever increasing acceleration, speed and instant gratification, with its intolerance of slow returns.
Entering the second decade of the collective’s existence there is an acceptance of natural rhythms and the knowledge of the true time of reproduction. With that in mind GUAC made the conscious decision to uphold a slow, durational processes, this has been the experience of many of the Ground Up Artist’s practice.
During the residency at Aras Éanna art centre on Inis Oirr, the collective’s presence on the island was strengthened through Ground Up Artist’s involvement with various groups and individuals.  Meeting the layers and significance of language from the social, historical, political and economic perspectives of this Gaeltacht rural area was supported by an interest in building relationships and connections with the local people and community groups. Dwelling in Time has allowed both artists and the island community a chance to open up spaces for reflection, conversation, serious and playful considerations of issues which affect all, on and off the island.
Artists participated in and supported some island community groups while entering into the vernacular of the island through speaking Irish and meeting some of the realities of island life which could be considered in the light of contemporary environments, on the larger island, or “mainland” of Ireland. The considerations of time, and the opportunity of a durational experience offered the participating artists the possibility of encounter.
The collective was joined by groups with specific interests from outside of the island, MA candidates from Social Practice and Creative Environment programme in Limerick’s LSAD, collaborative team Kanelli & Smit from Freysland, and their project, EBB & FLO, was ongoing over ten days.
The Ground Up Artists wish to continue to develop a collective practice into the future. Possibilities for visits to Freysland and further invitations to engage in critical solidarities with communities, who are open to sustained engagement with their rural and agri-cultural concerns, bringing into visibility works which are part of a continuing development of a new rural aesthetic and practices which reflect the radical changes that are as much part   of the rural as they are of the urban[1].

[1] For further reading see Ian Hunter’s Essay: Rethinking The Rural: The Wilder Shores of Contemporary Art. A decade of Country Hits. Jap Sam Books. 2014

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Dwelling In Time

Curated by Barry Foley

Barry is a native of Tipperary but has now based himself in the unique landscape of the Burren in Co Clare. He has taken part in numerous exhibitions and has works in Private Collections both in Ireland and Europe, has worked as Exhibitions Curator Assistant at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, under the guidance of Curator Helen Carey and has curated a number of shows in recent years relating to rural community, land and nature.

‘Heritage’ is perceived as this mythical creature, an entity, in a time and a place that exists just beyond our reach. On the face of it, it appears that rural Ireland and her traditions have been lost, irrevocably changed, hastened by time and the recent economic crisis. If you were to look, to engage, you might just find something wonderful but you won’t just stumble upon your heritage. It’s there, just waiting to be engaged, to be explored, rediscovered anew and to be shared.’

In conversation with Pat O’Mara, Orchard Manager at Irish Seed Savers.

Our connection with the landscape and all she holds has been a long established historical theme. More recently the various cycles of boom, bust, geopolitics and labour have further highlighted this symbiotic relationship and our growing dependence on the land in a world of ever decreasing resources. GUAC’s recent residency has been the embodiment of such research within a rural community.