Changing Shadows – An exhibition of recent work by Gerry O’Mahony, May 6th to June 2nd 2016.


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Gerry O’Mahony is a graduate of LSAD Limerick. He has lived in Ireland, Israel and Malawi. On returning from Africa he became a member of one of Limerick’s first artist collectives (All + 10 sorts), and exhibited at length with the group. His first solo exhibition was in the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, and subsequently he has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. His work is in private and public collections in Ireland and abroad, including Limerick County and City Councils, Government buildings, Dublin, and Berlemonte Buildings, Brussels. His most recent show was at Draiocht, Blanchardstown Art Centre, Dublin in 2015. O’Mahony lives in County Clare and has been a member of Contact Studios, Limerick, since 2005.

Originally trained as a sculptor, his output for many years has been in painting. Working in mixed media, his pieces combine watercolour, gold leaf, and acrylic, using a layering process to give an impression of marks floating on and within the surface. He employs a vocabulary of symbols and characters in work which distorts the line between painting and drawing. The work though not allegorical, flows between the visible and the concealed, the effervescent and the obscure.

His upcoming solo show “Changing Shadows” is a combination of sculptural work and paintings, and will be on show in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, from May 6th to June 2nd 2016. This exhibition shows parallel strands of O’Mahony’s practice. He works in series, often on a number of paintings at a time, shifting back and forth between the various pieces to create a body of work. Some pieces explore the power of words to produce a positive or negative response in the listener. Other paintings examine the nature of change as discussed in the allegory of Plato’s Cave, which explores the idea that it is easier to live in the shadows than to move out beyond a self-imposed comfort zone.

The exhibition will be opened at 8pm on the 6th of May by Helena Close, a writer from Limerick. A novelist, playwright and teacher, she recently completed the inaugural M.A. in Creative Writing in University of Limerick. “Changing shadows” will run at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, from May 6th to June 2nd 2016.



‘Beyond the Lines’ Photography & digital art by Gerald Dunne, May 6 – June 2

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Gerald Dunne is a photographer, digital artist and fine art printer based in Quin, Co. Clare.

His current exhibition “Beyond the Lines” aims to stir the subconscious in the same way as a flame or lapping water. A visual distraction allowing mental contemplation.

Nature is at the core of the work, often the neglected details around us, brought to life by exploring the colours and forms just beyond our normal perception.

Gerald has moved from a pared down black and white photographic style with a leap into colour and imagination. Although each piece originates with a photograph, they owe more to modern art than to any photographic genre. Some images have an obvious source, others are totally abstract, but the idea is not “what is it a picture of”, more “what is it about”. The answer is to give the conscious mind a distraction and let the imagination out Beyond the Lines, to see what else is in the wave.

The exhibition is in the Red Couch Space upstairs in The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon from Friday 6th May 2016, and runs until June 2nd

Introduction to Qi Gong talk and practice session



Saturday, April 30th  10am – 1pm
Price €20

About Colin Dempsey

A long time student of martial arts, Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Taoism the aim is to empower through gentle movement breath and intention, we practice Taoist meditation to transform stress and releasing our emotional patterns and changing the deeper feelings in the body to allow you to accept life now and feel your own inner wisdom flow naturally.

In Qi Gong and Tai Chi, my primary teacher is Sifu Shi De Lon, a 31st generation Shaolin laymonk, who is also a PhD research fellow of medical science. In 2002, I began my training with Shi De Lon and was accepted in 2006 as a Shaolin laymonk. I was given a Shaolin name Shi Xing Gao which means “aim high”. In Taoist alchemy and Qi Gong I have studied with Barry Spendlove, a senior universal healing Tao instructor, certified by Taoist master Mantak Chia. I teach regularly at various holistic centres in the West of Ireland, in counties Clare, Galway and Mayo. A lot of my work is with active retirement groups, one-to-one training and schools.

Training 10.00 – 1.00 ,Learn the inner smile Qi Gong stretching  and Taoist meditation . We will combine Dynamic Qi Gong postures, healing Sounds and meditation .
The practice of qi gong and healing sounds is to open up channels in the body which allows a free flow of energy to connect to the elements along with the skill of breathing properly.
If any one of these elements is weak then we feel it very fast through emotional or physical illness.
The healing sounds vibrate each organ and open up communication to the life-force through these five elements, as each has great intelligence it can release trauma or stress which is slowing us down.
This practice will help us be more grounded and stay more present and connect to deep levels of self-healing and intuition.

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Contact Colin 0863298392 – booking essential


The Macnamaras Landlords of Doolin and Ennistymon 1700 to 1922 by Colm Hayes

The North Clare Historical Society

The Macnamaras
Landlords of Doolin and Ennistymon
1700 to 1922
Colm Hayes

Monday 25th April 2016

The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm

Admission €5

This illustrated talk will recount the story of the Macnamara family who rose from being transplanted Catholics during the Cromwellian conquests to become one of the biggest landowners in County Clare at the beginning of the 20th century.
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.

Full Moon Meditation with Crystal Sounds with Mirari


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Full Moon Meditation with Crystal Sounds

As it is very powerful to do it in a group

As Full Moon is a time of positive opportunity

As Crystal Quartz amplify all our Light and Gifts

To get ready for the SUMMER SOLSTICE,

as we´ll have also full moon!

Dates: Friday 22nd April, Sunday 22nd May@ 7.30 pm

Prices for the sessions: € 12 each or €20 for both sessions


Date of June session to be announced later

Mirari has taught yoga many years to adults and children and has experience of using her voice and different instruments in a healing way.
On this events, she uses sounds of alquemy crystal bowls and ultra-lite crystal bowls.
She uses her voice in a personal and intuitive way combining Mantras and specific vowels.
Also she works with INTENTION ( harmony, acceptance, unity, joy, compassion, love…) and the properties of the crystal bowls (amplification, transfer and transformation).
“ I believe in the power of our united though and I use the sacred sounds of the crystal quartz bowls to amplify the power of this united consciousness.”

Our physical body has a natural affinity to QUARTZ. In a molecular level, our cells contain silica, which balances our electro-magnetic energies, and this is the same formula as natural quartz crystal.
The Crystal Bowls are made of the highest quality (99.992% pure!) quartz crystal and the finest in gemstones and precious metals making them incredibly RESONANT and PURE in tone.

These sessions will accompany your life process…People will come and try to feel as comfortable and relax as they can, allowing the sound to help them to clean their suffering, resentment, confusion, disconnection, trauma…and especially to activate all our light, our gifts, joy and beauty, our serenity and harmony, silence and freedom which are in our bodies.
If we understand illness as a reflection of disharmony between the pyhsical body and the soul, then we can understand that the cure can arrive by balancing the magnetic qualities of the higher subtle bodies.

Through PURE tones one can re-pattern the energy field organization that ultimately affect the cellular expression of disease of wellness.
The PURE sound of the crystal quartz bowls reverberates through the bodies , touching where it may and in so doing, creating balance.

Comfortable cloths, a mat, pillows and blankets. Also water (imprint your water by pure tones, high vibration)
Duration of a session is one hour. Book in advanced, places limited.
If you need more information, contact Mirari on 085 2895465

The annual end of year Art show by the PLC students of Ennistymon Vocational School, Opening Thursday April 21st at 7pm

The annual end of year Art show by the PLC students of Ennistymon Vocational School is opening this Thursday April 21st at 7pm. The exhibition will be running until April 28th in the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon, and will be open everyday from 12-4 except Sunday.

LEAP Exhibition 2016
The exhibition is a culmination of the students’ years work. The title and theme of the exhibition is ‘Leap’ which represents the many ways the students looked at their art this year.The collection demonstrates the self expression and skills development of the course participants and this is clearly seen in the variety and exploration of media and subject matter, culminating in an artistic ‘leap’ of discovery towards new horizons, and the sharing of ideas and inspiration. Ceramics, sculpture, textiles, painting and drawing unite to make an eclectic, bold and exciting body of work reflecting the breadth of the course.The QQI/FETAC Level 5 and 6 Art course in Ennistymon are full time one year courses running from September to May each year. They are open to anyone who has an interest in, and wishes to expand their knowledge and skills in art. The course is always well subscribed and appeals to both mature students and school leavers who wish to explore their creativity or embark on art as a career.The recent move of the group to the old Blue Frog Cafe building has afforded the group greater creative space and is a real asset for future groups. If you are interested in joining the group this September contact Ennistymon Vocational School on  065 7071375

MY DARKNESS IS MY CANDLE – A talk with readings by Robert Little


Thursday, April 14 @ 8pm
Admission €5

Robert Little was born in Limerick in 1970. He studied English and Creative Speech, and his studies brought him to the United States and to England. Between 1999 and 2009, Robert worked at the KCAT Centre for Art and Study in Co.Kilkenny where he pioneered Equinox Theatre for mixed ability students. Since 2009, he has worked as a writer and freelance teacher.

“My Darkness is My Candle” refers chiefly to the loss of his parents to cancer in his early youth, and his subsequent travels, struggles and impressions. It is about a shift in consciousness and an awareness of sporadic, short-lived illumination.
Robert lives in Kilfenora, Co.Clare

‘The Long Delay (Songs from a Tomb)’ Concert by Twin Headed Wolf

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Sunday, April 17th @ 8 pm
Tickets: €10 at the door. 
Twin Headed Wolf release an Album of haunting acapella folk songs that were recorded in the Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo in January 2016. The Mausoleum is locally known as being ‘Oslo’s best kept secret’ and is one of the most astounding acoustic chambers in Europe.The album is entitled The Long Decay (Songs from a Tomb) so named because of the echo that lasts up to 14 seconds in the room.The girls will release this as a precursor to their long awaited début album of Original material which will be released in the coming months.Celebrated as Glastonbury’s “most special festival find” by the Spectator magazine and well known for their charming and eccentric stage presence, this twin sister duo are sure to send shivers down your spine as you laugh at their bizarre humour, delight in their playful theatrics and listen to their stories filled with a great knowledge of Ireland’s ancient past.

‘Getting Back to Your Self’ with Peter Tadd,  Saturday ,April 16th     2- 5 PM    

The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon   
Admission €40

 In this afternoon workshop we will find a way to experience and to acknowledge what is a Greater Self.  This expansive part of us can become more and more active as we engage it.  It is infinite yet present. It is a part of everything yet unique.

There are two methods that will provide the basis of this teaching. The first one is called the Circulation of Light, a meditation practice that accesses your own “fixed star”, bindu or Infinite Point. The other is the Mind Mirror, which is an exercise is a bit of ‘magic’ that uses the shape of circle to activate our unconscious mind. This also helps to stimulate our powers of imagination, emotional integration and recall. Information will “surface” onto the page with amazing insights.  All are welcome.

“What makes this class different from some others is that Peter can clairvoyantly see how to help you”.

Clairvoyant Readings and Healings  Saturday 16th and Sunday  17th    9 -12
Home of Ann Waters  Ennistymon   One Hour €80
TO BOOK Please contact Peter Tadd

Clairvoyant Readings

What I can offer you is my ability to see into your problems with an innate clairvoyant gift.  This talent is supported by years of training and practice as a therapist.

It is important to understand what clairvoyance means. I see colours and images that appear at different levels in one’s chakras and aura as well as inside the body. Within the first half  hour, you the client, “show” me what is of the greatest significance where and how to work together. This can take the shape of a dialogue or more hands on healing.

Clear Light Healing
Clear Light balances and harmonizes subtle energies in the aura and chakras to bring about healing. Clear Light can be directed by the mind alone through visualization or through the palms of the hands and the fingertips. Clear Light Healing expands the aura and the chakras. Using tuning forks and crystals certain Way of Harmony points are awakened.  The Way of Harmony is a methodology that Peter has developed over the years. It is based on the Chinese five elements and utilizes inter-meridian energy portals that bridge the chakras and the meridians.