Indicators of Air Quality – New work by Josephine Quigley


                      Wednesday, September 28 – October 28 2016
                        Opening Wednesday, Sept.28th @ 3 pm

Josephine Quigley is a native of Glasson, Athlone where her childhood summers were spent at her Grandparents’ home in Inchmore off the shores of Lough Ree. This picturesque and idyllic Island was Josephine’s rich source of inspiration and first introduction to explore Nature and Beauty. These early memories would never leave her.

“Walking through County Clare and Galway, along Beaches, through Forests, Parks, Graveyards and the Burren, I saw their colours, shapes and patterns, and felt their textures. I was inspired to paint these amazing Lichens. This collection of art works, using the mixed media of watercolour and ink, depict the rich variety of Lichens found throughout this truly beautiful country. Observation and research into these Lichens excited me as an artist and led to exploring them throughout my work.”

The aim of this exhibition is to encourage everyone to take a moment to look, and to take time to absorb what is everywhere around us, appreciating the Air Quality in which these captivating Lichens thrive.

Josephine has enjoyed her Journey through these splendid landscapes seascapes, urbanscapes.

“Céad fáilte romhat agus bain taitneamh as”


North Clare Historical Society September Lecture – “English as we speak it in North Clare” by John Egan

Monday 26th September @ 8.00 pm
The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
Admission: €5
It’s treasure trove of Irish words.
The effect of Irish on pronunciation.
The survival of Old English.
Idioms derived from the Irish language.
Local man John Egan is from Ballyvraneen, just outside Ennistymon. He’s an NUIG graduate in history and archaeology. He has had a life-long interest in this topic. He has spoken to the Society on the subject in 2000 and has contributed relevant articles to the ‘Ennistymon Parish Magazine’.

AnTara in Concert Saturday, September 17th @ 8.00

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AnTara (Tommy Hayes & Matthew Noone) are a contemporary Irish duo who explore the boundaries of traditional music.  Utilizing a 23 stringed hybrid Indian lute called sarode and a plethora of percussion, this duo has been earning a reputation for their subtle yet intense interpretations of traditional material from both Ireland and India as well innovative original compositions.AnTara is a unique duo comprised of Tommy Hayes & Matthew Noone that explores the spaces in-between the traditions of Irish traditional and Indian Classical music.

Matthew ‘mattu’ Noone, an ex-indie rocker and well-known performer of the 25 stringed lute called sarode, has studied North Indian Classical music in Kolkata under Sougata Roy Chowdhury and from UK based sarodiya, K. Sridhar for well over a decade.  He has recorded with Sean Tyrell, Ronan O’ Snodaigh collaborated with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill in a 2 week tour of India.  In 2015 he was invited to perform at the Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry House, Cork.

Meanwhile, in a career that has exemplified diversity, bodhran player Tommy Hayes has performed and recorded with most of the great names in traditional music and beyond, has been at the forefront of Irish music for over 30 years. He was a founding member of traditional group, Stockton’s Wing and is considered one of the greatest bodhran players on the planet.

This unique project was formed after Matthew was awarded funds from Music Network Ireland to design and purchase a hybrid sarode for collaborations within the Irish music tradition. The project draws upon the slow lyrical style of East Clare music as well Indian drones, a plethora of percussion and experimental acoustic loops.

REVIEWS for debut album The Space Between

“a unique collaboration producing a delightful aural journey that knows no borders and defies categorisation” CARL CORCORAN, RTE LYRIC FM

“beautiful unique and profound music” Celtic Road Radio

“unique and interesting…multiple layers of significance” -Sing Out!-

Dorothea Lange’s Images of Clare – Culture Night – September 16 @ 8 pm

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A talk by Gerry Mullins and Martina Cleary

 Gerry Mullins author of ‘Dorothea Lange’s Ireland’ and visual artist/researcher Martina Cleary, will discuss photography, memory and place related to iconic works by Dorothea Lange, from her 1954 visit to County Clare. Several original images from Mullin’s (1998) book are included in the exhibition ‘The Suitcase Archive’ running at The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon from 20th Aug – 16th Sept.