The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Presents an Evening of Classical Favourites


Helen Houlihan   Soprano

Edel O'Brien   Mezzo Soprano

Irina Dernova    Piano

Featuring popular arias by Mozart and Bizet, with well-loved show tunes by Henry Mancini and Jerome Kerns

Saturday, 15th November 2014 at 8pm

Tickets: €10 at the door.

“No one ever told me that grief feels so like fear” C.S. Lewis.

Christmas is coming and someone you love will not be there.

You will be
Facing Loss

The North Clare Happiness Project
offers an evening of words and music for those on the journey through grief and loss.

The Courthouse Gallery,
Thursday, 13th November, 7.30. pm
Tea, coffee, and a warm welcome.

The North Clare Happiness Project working with
The North Clare Mental Health Team
and West Clare Taking Care.

Monday 13 October at 8 pm - admission €5

A Horse’s Tale gets another airing in response to public demand.Hitching a lift from Mick Conlon

The local community and equine industry enthusiasts all over the county will get a further opportunity to view Neville Presho’s television documentary, ‘A Horse’s Tale’ on Monday next, October 13 at The Courthouse, Ennistymon.

Last month two screenings of the film, first broadcast on RTE in 1979, attracted very large attendances to the Courthouse.  In fact, the ‘house full’ signs went up for the initial event, organised by the Old Ennistymon Society as part of its contribution to National Heritage Week.

In response to public demand, the North Clare Historical Society has now linked up with the Old Ennistymon Society to facilitate another showing, starting at 8pm on Monday next and admission is €5.

The 25-minute film and accompanying set of evocative photographs are bound to generate much discussion and contributions from the audience, as did the September screenings.

‘A Horse’s Tale’ features three schoolchildren from Moy NS observing, and lending a hand to, farmer Joe Garrihy from Carrowntedaun, Lahinch and his trusted Irish Draught mare, ‘Doonbay’ as they carried out various tasks on the farm  These ranged from cutting and harvesting the hay to drawing home turf from the bog.

The film also showed the mare being shod at Moloney’s blacksmith forge in Ennistymon while her repaired bridle is retrieved from the local Crowe’s saddlery. Scenes were also shot at Kilmihil cattle fair and the famous Spancilhill horse fair.

The documentary, produced in association with RTE, was inspired by prize-winning entries from pupils at the Moy National School, under the guidance of School Principal, Úna Uí Rócháin, in a national essay competition.

“The previous screenings provoked much stimulating discussion and reminisces about precious but largely forgotten farming and equine traditions, as well as town-based crafts such as the blacksmith and saddler,” said John O’Loughlin, Chairman of the North Clare Historical Society.

“We look forward to many further contributions during a group discussion after the film at next week’s event, when the contributors will include Colman Garrihy, the son of ‘Doonbay’ owner, the late Joe Garrihy,” he concluded.

Caption for photo: Hitching a lift! The 'stars' of the documentary film A Horse's Tale - Joe Garrihy, owner of the Irish Draught mare, Doonbay, flanked by Sean Curtin and Michael Harhen with John Garrihy (seated on creamery can) get a lift from local man, Mick Conlon in Ennistymon.
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Poetry: Miriam Mcilfatrick-Ksenofontov, contemporary Estonian poetry

Music: performed by Ensemble Resonabilis (Estonia): Iris Oja (voice), Kristi Mühling (kannel), Tarmo Johannes (flute), Aare Tammesalu (violoncello)

Eugen Birman “Ad mortem“for voice, flute, kannel and cello (2014, première)
Malle Maltis “A Match“for voice and cello (2012). Text: Algernon Charles Swinburne
Jane O'Leary“A Resonance of Emerald” for flute, kannel and cello (2014, première)

Age Veeroos “Enesekaotus“(“Losing oneself“) for voice and alto flute (2002) Text: Ilmar Laaban
John Buckley “Alla Luna“for solo kannel (2014, première)
Helena Tulve “North Wind, South Wind” (2010) for voice, flute, kannel and cello. Text: Mevlana Jalalludin Rumi, Song of songs

Ensemble Resonabilis (resonabilis, Latin for ringing, sounding), called “the bravest ensemble of Estonia” in press, is one of the most active and peculiar contemporary music ensembles in Estonia. It consists of a unique combination of instruments - voice, flute, cello and kannel.  The kannel is a traditional Estonian plucked instrument with a very distinctive sound and an extremely wide range of playing capabilities.
Resonabilis was founded in 2002. Since then the ensemble has worked closely with composers to extend its repertoire. Almost all the leading contemporary Estonian composers have written original music for Resonabilis. The ensemble has performed at most of the contemporary music festivals in Estonia, as well as have had concerts in Finland, Latvia, Russia, Austria, Iran, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Moldova and the United Kingdom.  Since 2006 Resonabilis has run its own concert series, ReVisioon, which connects music and the visual arts. Resonabilis has also performed alongside the internationally renowned poets Philip Gross (UK),  Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (Ireland) and Eva Runefelt (Sweden).
In 2012 Resonabilis received prestigious annual award of Estonian Cultural Endowment for copious concert activity and high-level performances of Estonian new music and in 2014 special prize of Estonian Theatre Association in category of music theatre for performance of Kristjan Kõrver's chamber opera “Raud-Ants”.


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 Friday, October 10, 2014  @ 7pm - Entry: Free

Please join us for a poetry reading/launch to celebrate the publication of some recent titles from Salmon poets and to welcome several visiting poets...

Born and educated in New York, London-based LEAH FRITZ’s essays and journalism on the peace, civil rights and feminist movements resulted in two non-fiction books. She spoke at universities and in churches across the USA, and in debates on radio and television. Although she has written poems since early childhood, it wasn’t until she crossed the Atlantic in 1985 that she accepted poetry as her true vocation. In Britain her work has appeared in several anthologies and in Acumen, Ambit, Poetry Review, PN Review and numerous other magazines. From 1987 to 2007, four collections of her poetry have been published. Having received an award and commendations in competitions from Jo Shapcott, Les Murray and Carol Ann Duffy, Leah Fritz served as an adjudicator on the Torriano Poetry Competition and for three years on the Petra Kenney Memorial International Competition, becoming an honorary patron. Her archives are at Duke University in America.  Salmon Poetry published Leah's New & Selected Poems, Whatever Sends the Music Into Time, in 2013. This is Leah's first trip to Ireland to celebrate the publication of her book.

JEAN KAVANAGH is an Irish poet living in Oslo, Norway. She was born and raised in Dublin where she studied Irish Folklore and English Literature in UCD. She has been shortlisted twice, in 2010 and 2011, for Galway’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. Her work has been published in journals, showcase anthologies for the Galway Arts Centre, and in Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry, 2011). Jean's debut collection, Other Places, was published by Salmon earlier this year.

A Hennessy Poetry Award winner, AFRIC McGLINCHEY grew up in Ireland and Africa. She was also a Pushcart nominee, and highly commended in the Magma, Joy of Sex, and Dromineer poetry competitions in 2012. She is a freelance book editor and reviewer, and tutors poetry online at Her début poetry collection, The lucky star of hidden things, was published in 2012 by Salmon.  Afric lives in West Cork, Ireland.

DANIEL THOMAS MORAN, born in New York City in 1957, is the author of seven volumes of poetry. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Stony Brook University (1979) and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Howard University (1983). He has read widely throughout New York City and Long Island and given readings in Ireland, Italy, Austria, Great Britain, at The Library of Congress, and at The United Nations. He was Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, New York, from 2005 to 2007.  His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize on ten occasions. In 2005 he was appointed Poet Laureate by The Legislature of Suffolk County, New York, the birthplace of Walt Whitman. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, Romanian, Chinese and Italian. He and his wife Karen live on the Warner River in Webster, New Hampshire.  His latest collection, A Shed for Wood, is published by Salmon.

Tuesday, October 7th @ 8 pm


This is the story of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, who begins her life as a headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey becomes the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style.

                     Drink a little wine, speak a little French, and enjoy the film!!

                                                         Admission €3
The North Clare Historical Society will commence its new lecture series on Monday 29th September at 8 pm. with a talk by Eddie Lenihan entitled From Corofin to Lahinch: Footing it on the West Clare Railway.


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Lenihan, author, storyteller, lecturer and broadcaster is a native of Brosna, County Kerry and currently resides in Crusheen, County Clare. He is a collector of folk tales, recording stories told by older people as passed to them in oral tradition, and then distributing them to a wider audience via print, audio and filmed recordings. He is currently working on a novel on The Civil War in County Kerry based on oral material he collected there in the 1970s.

In the late 1980s Lenihan accompanied by his son Keith undertook to walk from Ennis to Kilkee along the tracks of the West Clare Railway, the most famous of all the narrow gauge railways. This walk was the subject matter for his 1990 publication- In the Tracks of the West Clare Railway. He will revisit that walk, detailing his journey from Corofin to Lahinch in his upcoming talk to the North Clare Historical Society at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm.

Hard to believe now that the West Clare Railway (as opposed to the South Clare Railway) was built in just two and a half years. No one who walks it today could ever possibly imagine such. Not many have done that walk. But Eddie Lenihan has. And this month he will share his experiences on the above section of the line with us, a section that, he says, included some of the toughest, worst, most horrible landscapes he ever travelled through, made bearable during that walk only by the kindness of the people who made him welcome along the way.
If you're interested in the Famine, the Civil War, the Good People, bad planning, mythology and much more this might well be an outing you'd enjoy.

Admission €5

Between the Reels and the Ragas is a new innovative collaboration between highly respected Irish percussionist Tommy Hayes and Australian born mongrel Mattu Noone

Mattu, an ex-indie rocker and well-known performer of the 25 stringed lute called sarode, has studied North Indian Classical music in Kolkata with Sougata Roy Chowdhury for almost a decade.  More recently he has taken guidance from UK based sarodiya, K. Sridhar.  He has performed Indian music across the globe and was a founding member of successful Galway group, The Bahh Band. 

In a career that has exemplified diversity, Tommy Hayes has performed and recorded with most of the great names in traditional music and beyond and has been at the forefront of Irish music for over 30 years. 

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

Admission €10 at door

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