Clare County Library
County Clare Events Calendar
Home | Library Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Foto: Clare Photo Collection | Arts Forum | Maps | Community Information | Search this Website | Copyright Notice

County Clare Events Calendar 2018

See also:
Library Events
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
February 2018

2nd February, 2018
Unplugged at the Post Office
X-PO, Killinaboy at 8.30pm

X-PO Killinaboy’s first gig in its 2018 musical series Unplugged At The Post Office will take place on Friday 2nd February at 8.30 p.m. The line-up is a six-piece called Mick and Trish fronted by Mick O Riordan of Doolin and Trish Flanagan of Moy. The repertoire promises to be lively and eclectic.
X-PO is a community hub located in the former post office in Killinaboy. The event is free of charge. Donations to X-PO welcome. Refreshments served after session.

2nd February – 3rd March, 2018
The Kiss of Earth, Water and Sky
Clare Museum, Ennis

West Clare artist Fiona Cartwright presents a new body of work in an exhibition titled "The Kiss of Earth, Water and Sky" at the Clare Museum, Ennis. Artist Fiona Quinn Cartwright, lives and works in The Burren, County Clare. Working mainly with oils, much inspiration for her work is drawn from the energy, light and naturally occurring flows in Nature. Her technique of painting is fluid and free flowing and through observing the moving and merging of a kaleidoscope of colours the view gradually starts to emerge, unfold and come alive. Her work includes compositions of colour, light and shade, waterscapes, cloud formations, sunsets and moonscapes. All of which happen in the moment as complete once off events. In this exhibition "The Kiss of Earth, Water and Sky" , Fiona strives to capture the natural beauty that surrounds us when we allow ourselves to slow down enough to notice such wonder. The exhibition runs from the 2nd of February – 3rd March at the Clare Museum and all are welcome to attend.
Artists email address:

2nd to 4th February 2018
The Sixth annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend
Doolin, Co. Clare.

The weekend consists of workshops, readings, advice from publishing industry insiders, music sessions, open mic and of course wonderful hospitality from the Hotel Doolin team all weekend long.The 2018 programme will feature Patrick DeWitt, Sean O’Reilly, Sally Rooney, Ann-Marie Ní Chuireann, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, John Cummins, Sinead Gleeson, Rob Doyle, EM Reapy, June Caldwell, Doire Press, Kimberley Campanello, Neil McCarthy, Abby Olivera, Raven, James Martyn Joyce, Tramp Press and many more to be announced. Weekend tickets from €99. Weekend Ticket includes free entry to all workshops and events including the opening night drinks reception and readings. All workshops €40pp and all events €10pp for those without weekend tickets.
Visit for more infomation.

Sunday 4th February, 2018
'Walking Through the Past’ with Olive Carey
North Burren Location at 1pm

February’s Burrenbeo Members Walk focuses on a fascinating area of the northern Burren and its wealth of prehistoric heritage, led by archaeology specialist Olive Carey. Survey around the walk location revealed a remarkably well-preserved Early Bronze Age landscape, including three possible settlement sites, field wall systems, and ritual monuments. There is one wedge-tomb in the area along with a number of cairns, excavated in the 1990s to reveal burial activity from 2460 BC through to the Late Bronze Age. During our walk we will look at one of the Early Bronze Age farmsteads, a number of cairns and will cross rough pavement to the wedge tomb.
Olive Carey is based in Shannon and has a long-time interest in the Burren and its archaeology. Currently chairperson of the Shannon Archaeological & Historical Society, Project Coordinator with Dúchas na Sionna and Secretary of the Shannon Wetland Restoration Project, she completed a Masters in Archaeology in NUI Galway on the prehistoric monuments in a Burren valley and the surrounding hillsides.
Please note we are still operating a winter schedule with a start time of 1pm to ensure safe return in daylight. Some of the walk is along a track but parts will be over fairly rough ground; good hiking boots are essential as is appropriate clothing for the weather, including waterproofs. No dogs allowed. While the focus of the walk will be on information sharing rather than covering large distances, a reasonable level of fitness is required. Start location will be sent to members in advance, sign up for membership on For more information please email or phone 091 638096.

5th – 24th February
Places and Faces of Lough Derg, Killaloe Photography Group
Scariff Library Gallery

The photographs in this exhibition were taken by Adult Learners who participated on the Community Education Photography Courses which took place in the Killaloe/Ballina Community & Family Resource Centre over 2016/2017. The exhibition features photographs taken of a number of locations in the area, including historic locations, local businesses, the beautiful River Shannon and Lough Derg, our lovely bridge and of course, St. Flannan's Cathedral. The photography tutor, Nenagh based Photographer Selina O'Meara, was contracted by Tipperary Education & Training Board, under Community Education Facilitator Deborah Ryan, and funding for the exhibition was very kindly provided by Waterways Ireland, under Damien McWeeney. The project was also supported by our Digital Media tutor, Mary Mullane, and Margaret Lynch from Limerick & Clare ETB.

9th to 11th February 2018
6th Annual Concertina Cruinniú: Féile Mhór an Chonsairtín
Miltown Malbay, co. Clare.

The Concertina Cruinniú is an annual community non-commercial event organised by Oidhreacht an Chláir to promote the musical and cultural heritage of Clare.
The weekend includes concertina classes, recitals, lectures and concertina repair workshops.
Programme of events (pdf file)

Wednesday, 14th February 2018
‘Underneath the leaning tower - Kilmacduagh and it's seven churches’ with Rory O’Shaughnessy
Tubber Village Hall at 8.30pm

Kilmacduagh is one of the Burren’s earliest visitor attractions; steeped in archaeology, history and legend and still a hugely significant site for the local community. Rory will share the story of the Monastery and uncover some of the lesser known secrets which it holds. Rory has a degree in history and archaeology and a post grad in Irish Heritage. Outside of guiding and heritage he also works as a stonemason with a vast knowledge on building, maintaining and the history of dry stone walls. Rory lives in the Galway Burren, he is part of one of the oldest clans in the area, and does a lot of heritage education with the Heritage in Schools Scheme and the Burrenbeo Trust.
The kettle will be on from 8pm if anyone would like to join us for a cup of tea beforehand. This event is open to everyone; however it is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and we ask for a suggested €5 donation from non-members. For more information please email or phone 091 638096.

Friday, 16th February 2018
Unplugged at the Post Office
X-PO, Killinaboy at 8.30pm
This gig is part of the X-PO Killinaboy’s Unplugged At The Post Office series. The performing duo is Quentin Cowper and Séverine Pigot.
Quentin Cowper has been living in County Clare for nearly 25 years where he has played music non-stop. He arrived from Wicklow and Dublin with a small bicycle and a guitar, lived in Liscannor and started learning about local traditional music. He played fiddle, mandolin and banjo in several bands. Quentin has now gone back to playing the guitar in order to concentrate on composing new songs and music.
Séverine Pigot started to learn the violin from an early age in her native France. Later she joined different symphonic orchestras and chamber music groups as a violinist and viola player.
Séverine moved to Ireland three years ago to explore different musical styles and is now based in Ennistymon. She joined local music trad sessions and met people who encouraged her to write music and songs. She is currently working on recording new material for an album which will release by the end of the year.
On the evening the duo will perform a set of original songs and instrumental pieces on viola and Spanish guitar, ranging from traditional to rock to classical. It promises to very interesting!
X-PO is a community hub located in the former post office in Killinaboy. The event is free of charge. Donations to X-PO welcome. Refreshments served after session.

18th February – 2nd March, 2018
Scenes from the Past
Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee

A collection of unique watercolours painted in 1891 by Rev. Lucius O’Brien are currently on exhibit at the Cúlturlann Sweeney Gallery, Kilkee. All depict locations in and around the Kilkee area.
The watercolour collection was purchased by the Kilrush and District (Kilkee) Lions Club at auction in the mid 1980’s for £4,000 and presented to the Sweeney Memorial Library on permanent loan for safekeeping in the early 1990’s.
The exhibition runs from the 18th February to the 2nd of March.
For further info please contact Tom Corry: 065 9060769

Tuesday, 20th February 2018
The Irish County since the Normans by Dr. Matthew Potter.
The Malbay, Miltown Malbay at 8pm.

An Old Kilfarboy Society Talk. The speaker is historian Dr. Matthew Potter of the University of Limerick. He will highlight County Clare as an example of how and Irish County evolved. Admission is €5. All are welcome.

Wednesday, 21st February 2018
Irish language spring course
X-PO, Killinaboy at 7.30 p.m.

Each class will last 90 minutes. Doolin-based Mick O’Riordan is the múinteoir. Mick has many years experience teaching the language. The class atmosphere will be relaxed. Craic is guaranteed as well as learning. The classes are aimed primarily at lower intermediate level. The lessons are free of charge and donation to X-PO is voluntary.
Registration takes place on the first evening. The classes will conclude at Easter. Tuille eolais (more information) is available from phone number 087 216 23 51.

Thursday, 22nd February 2018
'Mesolitic Hunters and Gatherers in Ireland With reference to recent discoveries in Co. Clare' an illustrated talk by Michael Lynch
X-PO Kilnaboy at 8.30p.m.

The guest speaker in the X-PO’s February heritage talk will be Killinaboy-based archaeologist Michael Lynch. Michael is field monument advisor for County Clare. He and his wife Clodagh have confirmed the presence of a Mesolithic settlement at Fanore…thus confirming that pre-farming communities did exist in County Clare.
The talk will give an overview of the Mesolithic period in Ireland approx. 10,000 to 6,000 years ago. The lecture will include a profile of the habitation sites, food sources and tools of the Mesolithic people in Ireland with particular reference to the recent Mesolithic discoveries at Fanore and Doolin in Co. Clare.
The X-PO is located in the former post office in Killinaboy. It is a small community hub for social and cultural activities. All are welcome to the talk. Admission free. Donations to X-PO welcome. More information 087 292 54 87.

22nd to 26th February 2018
Russell Memorial Weekend Festival
Doolin, Co. Clare.

The annual traditional festival held in Doolin falling on the last full weekend in February is a remembrance ceremony to the Russell family, Micho Packie and Gussie Russell, the world-famous traditional musicians. The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, one of Ireland's best known and loved traditional musicians, who died in 1994. In 2006 the festival was renamed the Russell Memorial Weekend in memory of the three Russell brothers, Micho, Gussie, and Packie and their two sisters, Bridie and Mary Kate.
For more info see

26th February – 24th March
Sakura: A Brand New Day
Scariff Library Gallery

The Scariff Library Gallery are to host a thought provoking exhibition titled Sakura: A Brand New Day featuring work by the visual artist ‘Zen’.
‘Zen’ was a prodigious child born in 1955 to an intellectual family in Romania. His early academic and intellectual ties with France and French as a language, made him develop up to now a love for variety in different cultures. His talent for painting and sharing the freedom of expression bonded his love for diversity with many other international links. Today a respected PhD Professor of Art and a fantastic Specialist restorer of painting and architecture alike, his true passion is visible in the healing links with the Zen Buddhism, Japan, the Japanese Temples and the endless introspection of the soul. The freedom of spirit and its necessity is always mirrored in his never-ending painted depiction of wings, flight, and oxygen. ‘Each day, a breath of fresh air is a rejuvenation of the soul and of the graphic mark alike’ as he personally states during the studio painting sessions.
The visual show invites the reader and the viewer alike to a space of stillness, an exhibition of graphic art & miniature objects in harmony to the passage of seasons we enter, from winter to spring. Sakura runs from the 26th of February to the 24th of March and everyone is welcome to attend and view the work. For further details please contact Isa I : 0892493082

February 27th – March 4th
Corofin Traditional Festival
Corofin, Co. Clare

Annual Traditional Music Festival which takes place in Corofin, Co. Clare during the end of February/beginning of March. Events include master classes, concerts, recitals and pub sessions.
See for more information.

Wednesday, 28th February 2018
Scale, Rail & Mail: Why Killaloe lost its steamer fleet.
Wood & Bell Café, Killaloe, Co. Clare at 7pm

A Killaloe Ballina Local History Society talk by Brian J. Goggin.
This talk will move quite far from Killaloe, to Newfoundland, London, Alecandria and even Limerick, but activities there will be shown to be relevant to the departure of the steamers from Killaloe and their eventual return to be tied up and abandoned.
Free entry. All welcome.

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,

<< The Arts
<< Library Homepage