Ennistymon Co-housing Initial Meeting – Friday, 10 February at 19:30


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Interested in being part of a local, sustainable, community based, affordable housing project? If so, come along to an open meeting to start a co-housing project in The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. There will be a general presentation about co-housing and a brief talk about existing projects in Leeds, Stroud and Cloughjordan. This will be followed by open discussion, exchange of relevant information and an opportunity to connect.

Friday,February 10th at 7:30

Admission free but any donations would be gratefully appreciated



‘I Am’ the movie

The Happiness Project invites you to a showing of the film ‘I Am’
Tuesday 7 February 2017
Rom the maker of ‘Happy’ the movie, ‘I Am’ is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?
The film investigates how an individual and race can improve the way we live and walk in the world. The result is a fresh, energetic, and life-affirming film that challenges our preconceptions about human behavior while simultaneously celebrating the indomitable human spirit.
Join the Happiness Project on Tuesday 7 February 2017 at 7:30 in The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.

Coastal Lore – Ballaghaline to Liscannor by Maura O’Loughlin, Jan. 30th – 8pm

The North Clare Historical Society begins its 2017 lecture season on Monday 30th January with a talk entitled Coastal Lore – Ballaghline to Liscannor by Maura O’Loughlin.

At various times during the 1900s, especially 1930s and 1960s folklore collectors from the Irish Folklore Commission came to North Clare and recorded stories of the everyday lives of the coastal community of Doolin and Liscannor.  The stories were told by the local people and this talk will look at and review some of these stories and will illustrate how important the sea and coast was to the economic and social life of this coastal population.

Maura lives in Kilshanny and is a member of North Clare Historical Society for almost twenty years.  She has a keen interest in history and in particular Local History.  Her interest in sea lore stemmed from living within a few miles of the coastal area of Doolin and Liscannor.  Whilst completing a Masters in Local History, her research focussed on reviewing the lore associated with the sea of this coastal community recorded by the collectors from the National Folklore Commission.   She recently contributed an article on this subject to the historical journal The Other Clare.

The talk will be held at The Courthouse, Ennistymon at 8pm.

Admission €5

Doolin ‘Stone Axe Factory’ Revisited – a Talk by Michael Lynch

The next talk in the North Clare Historical Society’s current lecture series will take place on Monday 24th October at the Courthouse, Ennistymon when Michael Lynch will   present an illustrated talk entitled   Doolin ‘Stone Axe Factory’ Revisited.

This presentation will give the initial results from the recent excavation at Ballaghaline, Dooliin and also an account of many of the stone axes from Co. Clare.

Michael has previously lectured to the society on the Late Mesolithic Shell Midden  excavation in Fanore.

The talk will begin at 8pm. Admission is €5 and all are welcome.

Watercolour Classes with Patsy Ricks

( Basic drawing ability required )

Enrolment and demonstration – 7 pm, Tuesday, October 25

4 weekly classes starting Tuesday, November 1 from 7-9 pm
and finishing on Tuesday, November 22.

I am an artist with over 40 years’ experience working in watercolours.
I will be teaching different techniques in the application of the medium. Starting from basic washes to the more detailed areas such as dry brush, this 4 week course will help you to open a new and very enjoyable chapter in your life!

The maximum class size is 6 students.

If you are interested in enrolling, please contact me by text on 087-2022176

Power of 3: Moon, Quartz and Irish Blessings

Power of 3: Full Moon, Quartz and Irish Blessings.
Crystal Quartz Sounds Concert

Friday, October 14th @ 7:30

Mirari has taught yoga many years to adults and children and has experience of using her voice and different instruments in a healing way.
In these events, she uses sounds of alchemy 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 the united 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 relaxed 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 physical 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 organisation that ultimately affect the cellular expression of disease and of wellness.

The PURE sound of the crystal quartz bowls  reverberates  through the bodies , touching where it may  and in so doing, creating balance.


Your own blanket, pillow and things you need to make yourself very comfortable. Also water and if you want, some especial stones you have at home.
Duration of a session is about 1 hour and cost is €12.

Bob’s Meditation & Mindfulness – Thursday 6th October @ 7.30 pm

Bob’s Meditation & Mindfulness
I will be holding my 8 week Meditation & Mindfulness courses again in Doolin, Miltown Malbay, and Ennistymon in October.   They are held in:
Doolin Hotel’s Snug bar (just past Reception on the left of the building) on Monday 3rd October
Miltown Malbay’s Spraoi Nursery, Ballard Road, starting Wednesday October 5th.Ennistymon’s  Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, on Thursday 6th October. 

All sessions start at 7.30 pm and last about 1 ¼ hours.  As this is a structured training course it is best to start at the beginning.   If you have attended before and cannot make the first session or two then you can join in later.

The whole course costs €40.

There is no need to book; simply turn up on the first evening.During the course we will learn and practice basic Meditation   methods–  ways to relax physically, emotionally and mentally, explore Mindfulness – taking charge of what is passing through our minds – and the Compassionate, or Loving Kindness, Meditation, practising having kinder thoughts about ourselves and others.    We will briefly look at the insights of modern science and ancient stories, and share any wisdom or practices you may bring.There will be no sitting cross-legged wearing lycra – unless that’s what helps you!Any questions?  I am at revbobvernon@hotmail.com

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!-