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County Clare Events Calendar 2018

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January 2018

Sunday, 14th January 2018
Ennis Rememberance, Carmody's Hotel Tragedy
Ennis Cathedral & YOLO Bar Ennis.

In January 1958, 60 people were attending an auction at Carmody’s Hotel on Abbey Street in Ennis, when the first floor gave way beneath them. Eight people lost their lives and twenty others were injured, in what’s often described as the town’s darkest day.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the tragedy the following events will be held in Ennis:
Mass of Remembrance, 11:30 a.m. Ennis Cathedral followed by 12:30 p.m. Launch of New Book by Clare Roots on ‘Carmody’s Hotel’ at Ennis Parish Centre (rear of Cathedral).
An Ecumenical Wreath Laying Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. by Remembrance Plaque at Carmody’s Hotel Site (YOLO’s) concludes the event.

Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd, January 2018
Shannonside Winter Music Festiva
Various venues in Bunratty and Sixmilebridge

The 19th Shannonside Winter Music Weekend will take place between the 19 and 22 of January 2018.
From rootsy bands to classical voices, and from bluegrass to swing, there is no shortage of variety or quality for the discerning ear. The pubs of both villages will host lively traditional Irish, bluegrass and swing sessions and gigs all weekend, while concerts in Bunratty Castle Hotel, Durty Nelly’s new venue, and the Mill Bar in Sixmilebridge might be a little more sedate. Saturday at the Folk Park in Bunratty alone will host 22 gigs across five locations.
With 80 events – all but a few of them free - at 18 locations, over 100 musicians playing multiple musical genres, and more craic and quality than you could imagine, the 2018 festival promises to live up to its predecessors as a real treat. For more infomation visit:

Thursday, January 25th
“Pádraig O Conaire – An Fear” Film Screening
X-PO, Killinaboy at 8.30pm

“Pádraig O Conaire – An Fear” is a drama documentary chronicling the life and times of Pádraig O Conaire. It combines archive, interview and drama to tell not only the extraordinary life story of the writer but the birth and teething pains of the new Irish Free State. The film won best documentary feature at the Celtic Media Festival and it is based on actor Diarmuid de Faoite's one man show.
This event is a rare public screening of the documentary. O Conaire was a very important 20th century Irish literary figure whose life story was played out in Galway City, Connemara, Miltown Malbay, Dublin and London. In his short life, O Conaire wrote 26 books, 473 short stories, 237 essays and 6 plays. His acclaimed novel “Deoraíocht” has been described by folklorist Angela Bourke as 'the earliest example of modernist fiction in Irish'.
Johnny Whyte of Seanchas Produtions directed the film and also co-produced it. Johnny is a Bell Harbour-film producer, director, editor. He has just finished a documentary on the work of the Buddhist Charity, Asral, in Mongolia. Johnny will present the film on the evening. He will also partake in a question and answer session after the showing.
The event is free of charge. Donations to X-PO welcome. Refreshments served after screening.

26th to 28th January 2018
Ennis 50Ú Scoil Gheimhridh Merriman
Old Ground Hotel and Rowan Tree Café Bar, Ennis

The theme of the 50th Scoil Gheimhridh is ‘Éigse Éireann go hAonteach’ and a gathering of the cream of contemporary writers in Irish is anticipated. The best of writing in Irish since the late 1960s will be celebrated during the weekend.
Visit for more information

Wednesday, 31st January 2018
Lough Derg and its Islands: the History and Folklore
Wood & Bell Restaurant & Café, Main Street, Killaloe
at 7pm
The first talk of 2018 hosted by the Killaloe-Ballina Local History Society will take place on Wednesday 31st January at 7pm in Wood and Bell Café, Main Street, Killaloe.
Lough Derg and Its Islands by Gerard Madden will discuss the history and folklore attached to the 376 islands on Lough Derg, the largest and most beautiful of the great lakes on the River Shannon.
Probably the most well-known of these 376 islands is Holy Island or Inis Cealtra, which is one of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland, and contains the ruins of churches, an 80 foot round tower, and several crosses, all built before the year 1,000. The island is also associated with the famous Irish chieftain Brian Ború.
East Clare historian Gerard Madden has spent the last twenty-seven years taking groups by boat to Holy Island, and prior to this he spent twenty years fishing on the lake, so there is no-one more knowledgeable to speak on the history of Lough Derg. Gerard has also written a number of books on the history of parts of East Clare, of Lough Derg, Holy Island and most recently, Scariff Workhouse Union.

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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