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County Clare Events Calendar 2018

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August 2018

Friday, 3rd August 2018
Leon Andersen
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 8pm

Be prepared to be amazed as the wonderful Leon performs magic and illusions that will take your breath away. Show starts 8pm. Tickets €6, family of 4 €22. Booking 065 9060769 or online at

3rd August – 5th August 2018
Kilkee Playwrights Festival
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

The Kilkee Playwright Festival will be held on the August Bank Holiday Weekend. It will include 5 plays and 10 rehearsed readings including playwrights from New York, Gothenburg, Dublin,Cork, Kildare, Galway and of Clare. It will open on Friday 3rd August at 7.30pm with three rehearsed readings. On Saturday there will be 4 plays and 3 rehearsed readings throughout the day starting with Split by Wendy Rose Alice at 1 p.m. All events are individually priced or there is a day ticket available for Saturday for €35/€30 and for Sunday at the price of €20 /€18. The day tickets will cover all the events on the given day. Day tickets can only be purchased by ringing the box office on 065 9060769 and are not available for purchase online. Sunday will start with a play by Eve O’ Mahony called ‘The Bold Brigit Cleary’ at 1 p.m. To see all events in the festival check out our what’s on section of our website


Sunday, 5th August 2018
Jack L
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 8pm

International Irish singer songwriter Jack Lukeman is one of Ireland's most respected and best loved performers. Few can match his award-winning powerhouse vocals and inventive live shows. Show starts 8pm. Tickets €22. Book on 065 9060769 or online at

6th August - 1st September, 2018
Inspired by the Wild West, by Kim Thittichai
Scariff Library Gallery, Co Clare

Kim Thittichai is a textile tutor, artist and author with four published books on the market. A year ago she moved from the bright lights and chaotic traffic of Brighton on the South Coast of the UK, to the rather remote area of Fodra on the West Coast of County Clare – in her words from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Living very close to Ross Bay she is fascinated by the variety of seaweed that is to be discovered there, the exciting colors, textures and forms. ‘Inspired by the Wild West’ is an exhibition of new work, inspired by her new home. She is now teaching in her studio in Clare and online., info@kimthittichai

Wednesday, 8th August 2018
Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 8pm

Speaker: Dr. Joe Power will speak on the topic - Clare and the Great War. Dr. Joe Power will explore how the Great War impacted upon Ireland; particularly County Clare; together with the consequences politically, economically and socially for the people of that era, and the echo down the years since this complex time. Talk starts at 8pm and is free to attend.

Thursday, 9th August 2018
Children’s Film – Igor
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 6.30pm

This is a 2008 Film, PG Cert, running time of 87 minutes. Igor is a family animation with a darker tinge. John Cusack voices the hunchbacked, bug-eyed evil scientist’s assistant in the miserable principality of Malaria, a place denied sunlight and so dark in outlook that it has created an entire economy based on evil inventions. Igor is himself an evil scientist wannabe, and when his employer Dr Glickenstein (John Cleese) blows himself up with a misjudged experiment, Igor steps in and begins work on creating a human from recovered body parts. Mortifyingly, the resulting misshapen female is not evil, and a brainwashing procedure intended to correct this goes terribly wrong, creating in “Eva” a desire to be a stage actress – she trills things like: “I must write this down in my sense-memory journal” and lumbers off. Another evil scientist Dr Schadenfreude (Eddie Izzard) plans on snatching Eva and claiming her as his own. Film starts at 6.30pm. Tickets €4 and a family of 4 can attend for the price of €15. To book ring 065 9060769 or book online at

Friday, 10th August 2018
The Nelson Eddy Profile
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

Kilkee Civic Trust are delighted to welcome back Martin Bourke with The Nelson Eddy Profile. Nelson Eddy was described as America’s Favourite Baritone and that was against a stable of no mean performers like Robert Merrill, Leonard Warren and Richard Bonelli to name but a few. In fact for a period of years during the 1930’s he was the most successful recording artist in any vocal style until he was overtaken by Frank Sinatra. In the second of a trilogy of profiles, Martin will tell the story with the aid of audio and visual clips of Nelson Eddy. Talk starts at 8pm. Tickets are €10 and under 18’s €5. To book ring 065 9060769 or book online at

Monday, 13th August 2018
Riches of Clare Free Concert 2018 as part of the Feakle Festival
in Feakle Community Hall from 1 to 2 pm

Music performed by Joan Hanrahan, Joe Carey, Deirdre McSharry and Alan Hogan.
For further information contact Clare Arts Office or 065-6899091 or Mike Butler at 087-6258726 or

13th August – 31st August 2018
Foundations by Séan Walsh
Cultúrlann Sweeney Gallery, Kilkee, Co Clare

Cultúrlann Sweeney presents ‘’Foundations’’ a visual art exhibition by artist Séan Walsh.
Séan Washes artworks are born of a keen interest in the environment and are based on an artistic language the main focus of which is structure. While themes may vary, all seek to find creative satisfaction through organising a solid foundation. The interrelationship of spaces forms the foundation of any good work and must be presented in such a way so as to satisfy the basic human desire for order. All shapes have a geometric value and when one is placed beside another a dynamic is created that is either pleasing or not and it is this dynamic that Séan explores in his paintings. Séan is a graduate of Dublin College of Art & A.T.C.
The exhibition runs from the 13th – 31st of August and all are invited to attend.
E-mail: (see Séan Walsh facebook)

Wednesday, 15th August 2018
Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 8pm

Speaker: John Burke will speak on the topic - From the Edge of Clare to the Top of the World. On the 16th May 2017, for the very first time, the Clare flag was raised on the top of Mount Everest. John Burke, who hails from the flat lands of Spanish Point, achieved his 10-year personal goal of standing on Top of the World. While the task of climbing Everest is a feat of unique physical endurance; John attributes his survival and success to the mental strengths which he prepared and honed well in advance. Overcoming many challenges along the way; John stared death in the face on a mountain that has claimed the lives of 1 in 10 who summit. His story of preparation, planning, and mental training, will touch many; whatever their own Everest may be. In this talk John will provide some reflections and insights from the lessons he learnt along his 10-year epic journey. He promises to bring along photographs, and some videos, from one of the most hostile yet spectacular places on our Planet Earth. Talk starts at 8pm and is free to attend.

Thursday, 16th August 2018
Children’s Film – Lilo And Stitch
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kikee at 6.30pm

This is a 2002 film, G Cert, it has a running time of 82 minutes. Young orphan Lilo is an Elvis fan who lives with her sister Nani in the beautiful surroundings of Hawaii. One day Lilo meets a strange alien who she decides to name Stitch and take home as her pet. Stitch at first causes trouble by destroying everything he can lay his hands on, but as time passes he becomes accustomed to the Hawaiian ways and is accepted as a regular part of the family. However, with representatives of Stitch’s home planet following hot on his heels, it is unclear how long this happy situation can last. Film starts at 6.30pm. Tickets €4 and a family of 4 can attend for the price of €15. To book ring 065 9060769 or book online at

Friday, 17th August 2018
Luan Parle and Clive Barnes
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 8pm

Luan Parle signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age and has written and recorded with some of the worlds most successful songwriters & producers including Bill Bottrell & Billy Steinberg. To date she has released 3 studio albums and is currently working on her latest material due for release this year. Some of her most famous songs include ‘Day is Done’, ‘Roll The Dice’ & ‘You’re Not Here’. Clive Barnes is a highly regarded as one of the finest performers on the roots circuit and has been gaining a worldwide reputation as one of the finest songwriters and guitarists on today’s scene. Having released four critically acclaimed albums of his own, he has played and recorded with some of the finest musicians on the world stage including Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb to name but a few. Show starts at 8pm, tickets €16 /€14. To book ring 065 9060769 or online at

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
Heritage Week event - Burren Wild Child
Meet at the NUIG research station in Carron at 2pm
This Heritage Week join landscape charity Burrenbeo Trust for two great events to get out exploring and enjoying the Burren. On Wednesday the 22nd of August, families with children can take part in the Burren Wild Child event in Carron in the heart of the Burren,
The theme of this year’s Heritage Week is ‘Share a story, make a connection’ and both of the Burrenbeo events will include sharing of stories about the Burren’s built, natural and cultural heritage.
The ‘Burren Wild Child’ event will see children take part in fun and interactive activities where they will learn to explore the heritage of the Burren’s hedgerows and limestone pavements through games, scavenger hunts & much more. The aim of this event is to get children enthused by the Burren and spending time outdoors exploring. Starting at 2pm and meeting at the NUIG research station in Carron, this event is free of charge and most suitable for 8-12 year olds.
Additional information available on or by calling 091 638096.

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 8pm

Speaker: John Williams will speak on the topic – Guarding Loop Head. John will speak on how Ireland was neutral during the Second World War but the war still had an impact on life in Ireland. The little-known story of the coast watchers’ contribution to the safety of the country and the story behind their lookout buildings is very interesting. Talk starts at 8pm and all are welcome to attend.

Thursday, 23rd August 2018
Children’s Film – Open Season
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 6.30pm

This is a 2006 Film, PG Rated, and it has a running time of 106 minutes. Boog (Martin Lawrence), a domesticated grizzly bear with no survival skills, has his perfect world turned upside down when he meets Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) a scrawny, fast-talking mule deer. When Elliot convinces Boog to leave his cushy home in a park ranger’s garage to try a taste of the great outdoors, things quickly spiral out of control. Relocated to the forest with open season only three days away, Boog and Elliot must acclimate in a hurry. They must join forces to unite the woodland creatures and take the forest back! Film starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are €4 and a family of 4 can attend for €15.

Saturday, 25th of August 2018
Heritage Week Event - Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers Open Day
Ballyvaughan from 1.30-5pm

Stories of the conservation work which has been carried out by the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers will feature on the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers Open Day which will be held in Ballyvaughan from 1.30-5pm. On the day participants will meet the friendly volunteer committee, chat to some of our local conservation experts and have a go at some of the current projects. From butterflies and bats to walls, scrub and archaeology, the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers are involved in various projects, some of them working with other local groups, to achieve impressive results in the Burren. This event is open to all – if you are an existing volunteer come along and bring a friend, if you have never volunteered before come along, bring a friend and make new friends! Places are limited and must be booked by emailing
Additional information available on or by calling 091 638096.

Wednesady, 29th August 2018
Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee at 8pm

Speaker Dr. Chriostóir Mac Cárthaig will speak on the topic of – West Clare and the Royal Commission on Congestion in Ireland. Under the 1891 Act establishing the Congested Districts Board any district electoral division with an average annual rateable valuation per household of less than 30 shillings was eligible for ‘congested’ status, meaning it was entitled to receive substantial State investment in grants, training, infrastructural improvements and other supports. The Board had a second condition: a minimum of one-fifth of the total population of the county must not exceed the rateable valuation of 30 shillings per household. Unfortunately, Clare, with its mix of small holdings and large ‘ranches’ did not satisfy the Board’s strict criteria. So, although the west of the county had particularly large numbers of landless households living in difficult, congested circumstances, they failed to qualify for the reliefs applied to other counties in the west. Talk starts at 8pm and are free to attend.

See for events at Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis
See for events at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
See for courses at O'Neill's Burren Painting Centre, Lisdoonvarna
See and for courses at Art at the Park, Killanena

See also: Events Calendar 2017, Events Calendar 2016, Events Calendar 2015, Events Calendar 2014,

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