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September 2019

Date: September 18 @ 12:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Featuring music, elements of puppetry and an energetic ensemble of actors, Beluga Theatre Company has been performingin venues around the country with their original production; Marty Moncrieff, the Teddy Bear Thief. The show is part of the Clifden Arts Festival and is suitable for all audiences from 4+. The show is about a teddy called Marty who is a world infamous thief, snatching everything from fast cars and gold bars to cookie jars. But there is a new sheriff in town, hot on Marty’s fluffy heels. Will Marty change his ways? This is a playful, theatrical, and ultimately heart-warming tale in a world where Toy Story meets Father Ted. The…

Date: September 18 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Thomas Kenny performing a selection of songs from his new album Songs from the Heart, accompanied on piano by Shona O’Flaherty. We welcome Tommy and Shona for their first concert at Clifden Arts Festival.

Date: September 18 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Clifden Library
Address: Market Street

Moyra Donaldson is an award-winning and critically acclaimed poet and creative writing facilitator from County Down. She has published seven collections of poetry including Selected Poems. Her awards include awards from the Women’s National Poetry Competition, The Allingham Award, the Cúirt New Writing Award, North West Words Poetry Award and the Belfast Year of the Writer Award. She has received four awards from ACNI, including the ACES award in its inaugural year. Moyra’s work has also been widely published in magazines, journals and anthologies in Europe, Australia and the USA. Her poems have featured on BBC Radio and television and on American national radio and television. She has read at…

Date: September 18 @ 4:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Clifden Library
Address: Market Street

Emily Cullen is a Galway-based writer, harper and scholar. She has published two poetry collections, In Between Angels and Animals (Arlen House, 2013) and No Vague Utopia (Ainnir Publishing, 2003), in addition to many essays on Irish cultural history and music. Emily was awarded an IRC fellowship for her doctoral research. She gained a PhD in English from NUI Galway in 2008. She has taught creative writing and poetry at the University of Melbourne and currently serves as Programme Director of Galway’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Richard W. Halperin has published four collections of poetry by Salmon Poetry Limited. The most recent of these is Catch Me While You…

Date: September 18 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Regretfully due to injury, Lynn Saoirse will not be able to perform. However Mary Bergin, renouned as one of the greatest tin whistle players will now be performing with Lasairfhíona Amhráin Uí Chearbhalláin/ Songs of O’Carolan Is amhránaí/cumadóir amhránaí í Lasairfhíona atá fréamhaithe go domhain i stíl amhránaíochta sean-nóis Oileáin Árann. Tá a cur chuige nuálaíoch ar cheol Gaelach agus ar amhránaíocht thraidisiúnta á cheiliúradh ina trí albam iomráiteacha, An Raicín Álainn, Flame of Wine agus One Penny Portion. Tá toradh a saothair ina mósáic dhraíochtúil fuaime, é chomh húr, athraitheach le lá bog báistí in Árainn. “Anáil fíorghlan de chuile rud atá álainn faoi Éirinn.” Léirmheasanna Cheol Tíre &…

Date: September 19 @ 10:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 am
Venue Omey Suite, Station House Hotel
Address: Station House Complex

The Ottoman Empire existed in the 14th century. It ended as a consequence of supporting Germany in the First World War. The Empire was an absolute Monarchy. At the height of its power, it was a multinational, multilingual empire. It controlled most of Southeast Europe, parts of Europe, Western Asia, the Caucasus, and North Africa. Constantinople was its capital. The Ottoman Empire was at the centre of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for six centuries. This lecture traces the consequences of its ending in 1918. The stream of refugees crossing to Europe in the 21st Century is a manifestation of that collapse. So too is the current Israel/…

Date: September 19 @ 11:00 am
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One event on 24th August 2019 at 11:00 am

One event on 26th August 2019 at 11:00 am

Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Hotel
Address: Galway Road

Explore the history of this 200-year-old town in the company of local historian Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill. Take in the town’s early industrial sites, the railway station, the 19th century Bridewall (gaol) and the Catholic and Protestant graveyards. Hear stories of famine, war, religious conflict, street riots and political rallies. Learn about John D’Arcy, the founder of Clifden, and Alexander Nimmo, the 19th Century Scottish engineer who designed the Connemara road system that is still in use today. Tour duration: approx 90 mins Tel: 087 647 1107 (Tickets not available online) MEETING POINT | CLIFDEN STATIONHOUSE HOTEL ADMISSION | €10 ADULTS €5 UNDER 16

Moon Magic

€5
Date: September 19 @ 12:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Celebrate the joy of living with our local, special drama group, who express the universal theme of being happy through rhyme, mime, poetry and song. Devised and directed by Rosalind Coyne. Sponsored by Pobal

Johnny Duhan

€10
Date: September 19 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Johnny Duhan’s songs are performed worldwide in a variety of languages. This is thanks to the focus put on them by Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Dolores Keane and many other singers. His song 'The Voyage' has become a modern classic. Hot Press magazine editor, Niall Stokes, has predicted that 'The Voyage' will be around centuries from now; after most of the popular songs of our time are forgotten. Christy Moore has termed Johnny “One of our greatest songwriters” while the late Ronnie Drew described him as “one of my favourite songwriters.” Sylvie Simmons (author of the acclaimed Leonard Cohen biography I’m Your Man) had this to say about part one…

Date: September 19 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Mike Harding was born in Crumpsall, Manchester in 1944. He was born into a working-class Irish-Catholic family. His father was killed returning from a bombing mission just four weeks before Mike was born. This had a profound effect on his childhood and later life and provided the inspiration for his haunting song Bombers Moon. Much of the inspiration for his writing comes from his early years growing up in Manchester. He has recorded 36 shows for BBC television; attracting audiences of 4 to 8 million. Also with the BBC, he made a number of travel/eco programmes, including the series The Harding Trail where he cycled from Georgia to Louisiana filming…

Colum McCann

€15
Date: September 19 @ 4:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Introduced by Bill Whelan Colum McCann is the author of six novels, including Let the Great World Spin and Transatlantic. and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honours. These include the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China and an Oscar nomination. In 2017, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. His work has been published in over 40 languages. He is the co-founder of the non-profit global…

Date: September 19 @ 7:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue West Connemara Sports & Leisure Centre
Address: Ardbear

Official Opening of 42nd Clifden Arts Festival by Kevin Rafter, Chair of the Arts Council Prof. Kevin Rafter was appointed Chair of the Arts Council in June 2019. He is Head of the School of Communications at Dublin City University and is the author/ editor of over a dozen books on Irish media and politics. Kevin is an experienced, independent, non-executive director with significant governance, stakeholder and communications expertise. He has a strong track record of regulatory oversight in the broadcast, legal and financial sectors. He was previously a board member of Dublin Bus, Oxfam Ireland and the Galway International Arts Festival and also served as Chair of Culture Ireland.…

Date: September 19 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Join us in celebrating Brendan’s 53rd year on the road and his return to Clifden. With over 50 albums and 45 hit singles in a glittering career, he is a genuine Irish legend. He began playing in his father’s country band while still at school. He played in Kieran Kelly’s Céili Band along with schoolfriend Johnny Dawson (who still performs with Brendan in the Brendan Shine Super Band). He originally made his name as an accordionist before taking up singing and becoming one of Ireland’s best-known and loved entertainers. Sponsored by Pat Molloy

Date: September 19 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Time: 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Lisa O’Neill grew up in Ballyhaise, County Cavan and now lives in Dublin. Heard A Long Gone Song, her first album for Rough Trade imprint, River Lea is a collection of traditional material interspersed with her own. The sense of ownership Lisa imbues in these old songs, coupled with the immutability of her chosen subjects makes it hard to tell which is which. These are folk songs in the original sense of the word. “Folk is undergoing something of a renaissance at the minute, as the kick against ‘fake everything’ heralds a yearning for authenticity from food to music. It doesn’t get more authentic than Lisa O’Neill, who seems genetically…

Date: September 20 @ 9:00 am
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

A new feature-length documentary introduced by Aodh Ó Coileáin DIRECTOR: Aodh Ó Coileáin In the Gaelic world, it is thought that our existence oscillates between a life of breathing, a life of feeling, and a spiritual life. Where confluence exists between these, creativity thrives. Filmed in a year’s turning, CUMAR features six Galway based artists and explores their homeplace as a source of impetus and inspiration for artistic endeavour. The film includes observations and creations of musician/composer Máirtín O’Connor, novelist Mike McCormack ( Also reading at this year's Festival (21st September at 5 pm), poet Rita Ann Higgins, artistic director of Macnas Noeline Kavanagh, singer-song-writer Róisín Seoighe and visual artist…

Date: September 20 @ 10:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 am
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Talk by Benig Mauger The ability to forgive is essential to spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Despite the best will in the world, simply uncovering our wounds does not guarantee healing. One can spend years in ‘therapy’ or counselling, have a cognitive understanding of the experiences that have traumatised us and caused us to shut down and we still cannot heal or move on. This is because healing is a matter of the heart. It involves love, acceptance and surrender. Join Benig for a talk on love, forgiveness and healing your heart. www.soul-connections.com

Date: September 20 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

In 2018, she wrote ‘Madam Politician: The women at the table of Irish political power’. This was a No.1 bestseller and received huge critical acclaim following its publication. It was named Political Book of the Year by several newspapers including the Sunday Business Post. Martina is one of Ireland’s leading political journalists. She worked for RTÉ News & Current Affairs for 18 years until December 2018. As RTÉ’s Political Correspondent, she reported on several general elections, referendums and the Brexit negotiations as she reported from Leinster House, from London and from Madrid. She is a graduate of University College Dublin, where she was the auditor of the political society. Sponsored…

Date: September 20 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Mick Conneely - Fiddle | Greek BouzoukiMick is one of the most acclaimed and respected fiddle players in the Irish tradition. To date, he has played, toured and recorded with many artists; most notably De Danann. In 2001, his debut solo album Selkie was released to critical acclaim on the prestigious boutique trad label Cló Iar- Chonnacht. He has recorded on numerous albums to date. Mick is a leading exponent of the 6-string Greek bouzouki in Irish traditional music. David Munnelly - Accordion | Melodeon Calling David Munnelly a box player is – like calling Muhammad Ali a boxer – true but reductive. As someone who grew up playing traditional…

Date: September 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Moya Cannon is an Irish poet with five published collections; the most recent being Keats Lives (Carcanet Press, Manchester). The mountains, the sea and our primal and enduring responses to the beauty of the endangered earth are the inspiration for many of her poems. Archaeology and geology figure as gateways to a deeper understanding of our mysterious relationship with the natural world and our past. Thomas McCarthy has published many collections of poetry, including The First Convention, The Sorrow Garden, Merchant Prince, The Last Geraldine Officer and Pandemonium. He has also published two novels entitled Without Power and Asya and Christine. He has published two works of non-fiction called Gardens…

Date: September 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Alannah Robins, mezzo-soprano and Ramin Haghjoo, Piano. Goethe’s Mignon character is found in Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship. With her songs resonant of Sehnsucht, she has become the archetype of the displaced child. Alannah will sing settings of Mignon’s lieder by Hugo Wolf and Franz Schubert. The concert will also include some of Ian Wilson’s Games, settings of the Serbian inter-war poet Vasko Popa, Poulenc’s Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon and works by Galway’sTom Cullivan, Rachmaninoff and Aleksandr Borodin.

Date: September 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

The Green Fields of America is a famous touring group. They were formed in 1978 by musician and folklorist Mick Moloney. Since that time, the personnel has changed but the concept has remained constant over twenty years; to show in one major group some of Irish America’s finest musicians and dancers. Indeed, the group was the first on either side of the Atlantic to bring together Irish vocal, instrumental and dance traditions on the concert and festival stage. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts a record five times, the group has toured the United States constantly since the late 1970s. An evening with The Green Fields of America…

Date: September 20 @ 9:30 pm
Time: 9:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

The Psych/Folk outfit, fronted by the Dublin born songwriter, Dave O’Grady and produced by Rich Robinson, was a result of a chance meeting during studio recordings in Nashville in 2011. It was followed by a couple of US and European tours. Dave and Rich began writing in California. Seafoam Green Mullarkey's Bar ADMISSION | ON THE DOOR

Date: September 20 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Vaughan’s Bar
Address: Market Street Lower

Celebrating Culture Night with John Joe Forde and Mike Fahey; Clifden Arts Festival welcomes back John Joe Forde and Mike Fahey for their annual traditional Irish Music Session in Vaughan’s Bar. Bringing the powerful tradition of East Galway music to Connemara in what promises to be yet another powerful night!

Date: September 20 @ 10:30 pm
Time: 10:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue E.J. King’s Bar
Address: The Town Square

Grab your beach chair, your sun-tan oil and your favourite drink. and get ready for a trip to the islands with the ultimate tribute to Jimmy Buffett.

Date: September 21 @ 9:00 am
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Eighty-something rural bachelor Bobby Coote has always wanted to fly. He’s determined to make his dream to be a pilot come true. Even if it’s the last thing he does. The Man Who Wanted To Fly - In Cinemas March 29th from The Man Who Wanted To Fly on Vimeo. The Man Who Wanted To Fly tells the irresistible story of 80-something bachelor farmer Bobby Coote. He left school at 13. He says his reading and writing isn’t great. Bobby fixes clocks and spends a lot of time in his back shed making violins from old furniture. But he’s never lost sight of a lifelong dream to fly. He’ll get…

Date: September 21 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

After having such fun on last year’s fairy trail, Fairy JIL and her family and friends left a message for Clifden Tidy Towns asking if they could arrange for the children to come out together again. The elves and fairies were watching the children from their safe hiding places and were delighted to see so many dressing up and having fun finding their homes. Our magical friends are delighted to be living in Clifden and love beautiful flowers and clean streets. They are also very impressed with all the work the children are doing with their Green Flag projects! In fact, they have told Tidy Towns that they fly into…

Date: September 21 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Introduced by John Fanning Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey will discuss their approach to architecture and their longstanding relationship with the Connemara landscape. They will explain some of the practical and poetical aspects of their architectural projects, and how they work at the intersection of the manmade and natural landscape. A parallel exhibition, Watercolours, will show Sheila O’Donnell’s watercolour sketches in addition to showing studies of mountains, stones and buildings. Sponsored by Kaye and John Fanning  

Date: September 21 @ 12:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Venue Omey Suite, Station House Hotel
Address: Station House Complex

with special guests Professor Lucy Collins, Professor Bernard O'Donoghue, and Professor Gerald Dawe. Sometimes viewed as a poet of two traditions who, in his own words, sought ‘to unite my divided self in our divided country’, Richard Murphy (1927-2018) engages with urgent contemporary themes: sexual and social identities, ecological crisis, postcolonial inheritance and the origins of conflict on the island of Ireland. In essays by leading scholars from Ireland, Britain and the USA, this book broadens the contexts by which Murphy’s poetic achievement can be interpreted and it addresses evolving issues in Irish literary studies: representations of violence, islands and archipelagos, the use of radio as medium, built heritage and…

Date: September 21 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Cheryl Moore (a.k.a. Cheryl Hardwick) began her long career in New York City as a pianist, music arranger and songwriter. She spent 25 years on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live as a band member, composer and music director. She holds a Masters degree from the Juilliard School of Music and has won 2 Emmys as a composer for Sesame Street. In 2002, she officially ‘retired’ to the Big Island of Hawaii where she joined the Board of Directors at Hilo’s Historic Palace Theatre. She then served for 12 years as its President. Cheryl has been the music director/conductor for 14 of the Palace Theatre’s annual musicals. During summers, she takes part…

Date: September 21 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Clifden Library
Address: Market Street

This is a story on two levels. Firstly, it is a description of the 2670 km cycle Caitríona took from Moville, Co. Donegal to Kinsale Co. Cork on the Wild Atlantic Way in 2017 during the wettest and windiest August/September since records began! Secondly, it is a searingly honest account of the mental and emotional journey. Doubt had called to visit Caitríona shortly before the cycle through a bullying incident which coloured the trip in a way that was to open her up to loneliness and the question of what it means to belong Admission: Free

Date: September 21 @ 4:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Old Whistlestop Gallery
Address:

Buying Yak Milk in Gurtymadden is the second title by renowned artist and wordsmith, Joe Boske. It has been published by award-winning Connemara publishers, Artisan House. This publication brings together drawings, cartoons and oddball writing. This is all beautifully designed by Annik Weber. In the words of the author himself: ‘On a hot summer’s day some years ago, I was enjoying a few pints outside my local back here in Clifden after having just returned from a spot of beachcombing down the Lower Sky Road.A fair number of tourists were milling about when a gentleman from the metropolis approached me with a query. Would I happen to know where he…

Date: September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

The St Cecilia Singers, founded in 1984 by their conductor, Sandra Ganly, are based in Shankill Co. Dublin. The 25 Strong strong chamber choir sings unaccompanied music from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries at several concerts each year across Ireland. The St Cecilia Singers have been prize- winners at international and national choral festivals in Cork, Sligo, New Ross, Navan and Limerick. They were awarded a silver cup at the International Choral Festival in Verona. Sandra Ganly is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and an Associate of the Royal College of Music. In Trinity, she sang in Trinity Singers and the College Choral Society. One of the many highlights…

Date: September 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Sinead Moriarty is the author of 14 novels published by Penguin. She also writes a weekly column for the Irish Independent. Sinead also fronts the Easons ‘Sinead & Rick Must Reads’ book club. Mike McCormack is the author of two collections of short stories Getting it in the Head and Forensic Songs. Three novels Crowe’s Requiem, Notes from a Coma and Solar Bones were published in May of 2016. In 1996, he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Literature and Getting it in the Head was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In 2006, Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of…

Date: September 21 @ 5:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Omey Suite, Station House Hotel
Address: Station House Complex

Joan, nee Willoughby, was born in Dublin, where she attended Wesley College. She now lives in Waterford, but along with her husband (both retired) spends as much time as possible in their family cottage on Errislannan. This book tells the story of Sophia Sturge’s Connemara Basket Industry in Letterfrack, Co. Galway, which operated from 1888 until 1905. While travelling in 1887 Sophia had personally seen the poverty and destitution in the west of Ireland after the Great Famine and consequently wished to respond directly in some useful way. She decided that to bring training and employment to younger women and men would be most beneficial, so that is what she…

Date: September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue West Connemara Sports & Leisure Centre
Address: Ardbear

Kilfenora Céilí Band Celebrates the Clifden Launch of their 10th Studio Album Both Sides Now with a concert at Clifden Arts Festival in Clifden. Regarded by aficionados as the quintessential Irish céilí band, the Kilfenora Céilí band, together with guests, singer Edel Vaughan, dancers Laura Minogue and world champions Michael and Matthew Gardiner perform an uplifting, energetic and entertaining show at the Clifden Arts Festival, Clifden. Both Sides Now merges both traditional and contemporary repertoire. It features everything from Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now sung by Edel Vaughan to newly composed waltzes and polkas by band member and concertina player Tim Collins to the familiar upbeat traditional reels and jigs…

Date: September 21 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Paul Noonan, Multi-instrumentalist and much-loved frontman of Bell X1, is bringing his solo show to Clifden. He will be performing music from his solo debut EP, Push Puppet. This has been produced by the Gloaming’s Thomas Bartlett and comprises of the tracks Microfiche, Moth To Your Flame, Venetian Blinds and The Flood. Paul has been a vital part of one of the biggest rock acts to come out of Ireland. He occupies a singular iconic position in the Irish Rock Landscape that has maintained their relevance for almost 20 years. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Ireland’s greatest and most respected songwriters live in Clifden. www.paulisanoonan.com Sponsored by…

Date: September 21 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Time: 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Hailed by the B.B.C. as ‘Ireland’s King of the Blues’, Nigel Mooney is long established as Ireland’s leading jazz singer/guitarist. Steeped in the blues from an early age, Mooney formed his Gripewater Blues Band in the early 1980’s. He was spearheading Ireland’s blues movement; working with the likes of B.B. King, Lowell Fulson, Bo Diddley, Hubert Sumlin and Louisiana Red. Since the mid-1990’s, he has been a leading figure in Ireland’s jazz scene. His 2013 album, The Bohemian Mooney, was awarded Jazz Album of the Year by The Irish Times. It also featured guest appearances by Georgie Fame and Louis Stewart. ‘Ireland’s most popular jazz performer’ (Irish Times); Mooney has…

Date: September 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Noonan’s Arena
Address: Ardagh

THE CONNEMARA THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROJECT PRESENTSThe Connemara Novelty Pony Show The Pony Show with a Difference! Fun jumping & novelty classes including: Jockey and Groom jumping Class (1 rider and 1 on foot), Mini handler & young handlers competition Fancy Dress (individual or team - must include at least 1 pony) Pony Obstacle course Best Mane and Tail and much, much more... €5 entry fee for classes. With sincere thanks to the Noonan Family for their support and use of their facilities. All Proceeds go to Connemara Therapeutic Riding project – see www.connemaratherapeuticriding.com Connemara Therapeutic Riding is a community project; providing therapeutic riding sessions to children and adults with a…

Date: September 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Harry Clarke was one of the most widely known and respected artists of his generation. His short but prolific career as an illustrator and stained glass artist coincided with the emergence of an independent Irish state and the early years of the Irish Free State. This talk discusses how his stained glass work relates to this wider context, and how it provided an original and sometimes controversial aesthetic for its varied patrons and viewers. Róisín Kennedy is a lecturer in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin. She is co-editor of Harry Clarke and Artistic Visions of the New Irish State, Irish Academic Press, 2018.…

Date: September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Acclaimed Galway songwriter Ultan Conlon has a unique ability to capture the fragility of the human spirit through his lyrics, which have been honed over two decades of writing and performing. The quality of Ultan Conlon’s song-writing is equally matched by his powerful yet melancholy voice that critics have likened to the great Roy Orbison. Ultan’s current single In the Blink of an Eye was mixed in the US by the six-time Grammy Award-winning producer Vance Powell, who has worked with The White Stripes and Chris Stapleton. Ultan Conlon (vocals) Miceál O Connor (guitar) Jon O’Connell (double bass) www.ultanconlon.com Sponsored by The Quay House

Date: September 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

A native of Mannin, 17 year old James Ruddy studies music with Sr. Karol O’Connell in Kylemore Abbey. James has completed all his grade examinations and his Senior Certificate with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and holds three Gold Medal Awards for Junior, Middle and Advanced repertoires. James and his brother Myles featured in Making the Grade, a documentary about the grade system in Ireland, recently shown nationwide. James also plays button accordion and holds several Connaught titles. He is currently studding for his diploma in music with Victoria College London. Sponsored by The Community Foundation of Ireland

Date: September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Omey Suite, Station House Hotel
Address: Station House Complex

This Event is has been moved to the nearby Omey Suite Venue. Music by Brian Holmes on Banjo and Danny Hunter on fiddle Michael Longley has published eleven books of poetry. His Collected Poems was published in 2006. His most recent collection, Angel Hill, came out in June 2017, as did Sidelines: Selected Prose 1962-2015 His previous collection The Stairwell (2014) won the Griffin International Prize. He published a pamphlet, A Stream’s Tattle, in 2019. In 2001, Longley received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He has won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, the Hawthornden Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He is a Freeman of the city of Belfast.…

Date: September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue Paddy Power’s
Address: Main Street

This spellbinding entertainment is now in its tenth year! Poems, songs and recitations about horses, greyhounds and ponies are presented by an assortment of local and national crowd pleasers. The audience exceeds the gatherings in Paddy Power Bookmakers for the derbies or Grand Nationals! It is co-compered by Des Kavanagh and Peter Molineux. An atmosphere of banter and high culture pervades. Paddy Power kindly sponsors cheese and wine. Admission €5

Date: September 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

This Event is SOLD OUT! Bill Whelan and Colm Mac Con Iomaire, two titans on the Irish and international music scene, will perform a programme which incorporates their individual compositions and their recent collaboration The River Holds its Breath. This unique evening is an opportunity to experience the majestic musical gifts of Bill Whelan and Colm Mac Con Iomaire in the intimate setting of the Station House Theatre. Recorded in Roundstone with the music of the waves lapping at the studio door. This musical collection of ‘short stories’ brings Whelan and Mac Iomaire together in a perfect tuneful union. Sponsored by Anne Ueltchi

Date: September 22 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Elva hails from Youghal, Co.Cork. Although classically trained throughout college; she also fell in love with the folk, jazz, traditional and blues scene in Dublin where she’s been warmly welcomed into its renowned music scene. Elva’s performances are rooted in old-time traditions but with distinctly modern energy; creating fresh interpretations of country and folk songs with increasingly impressive results. Her shows promise warm acoustic guitar, full and rich double bass, elegant vocals and a charming improvisational mood. Elva’s repertoire encompasses a diverse range and renditions of country and folk songs by her favourite singers/songwriters. Among them are Robert Johnson, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Patsy Cline, Connie…

Date: September 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

David McCullagh is a broadcaster with RTÉ, presenting Prime Time on television and This Week on radio. He is the author of A Makeshift Majority. This is a history of the first Inter-Party Government; The Reluctant Taoiseach, a biography of John A. Costello; and most recently of a two-volume biography of Éamon de Valera - Rise: 1882-1932 and Rule: 1932-1975. Sponsored by Petria McDonnell

Date: September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Ensemble Revelare: A Musical Tour of 18th-Century Europe Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)  Aria, Höchster was ich habe From Cantata BWV 39 Brich dem Hungrige dein Brot Georg Philipp Telemann Aria, Deine Toten werden Leben from Cantata TWV 1:213 Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude, Gigue From Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 Johann Christoph Pepusch (1667–1752) Cantata, Cleora sat beneath a shade Recit., Cleora sat beneath a Shade. Aria, Sure time and Love are both a sleep. Recit., Dorus wing'd with Swift desire. Aria, FIy Care and Anguish far away Jean-Henri d'Anglebert (1629–1691) Prélude non mesuré, ré mineur Henry Purcell (1659–1695) Plaint from The Fairy Queen Nicola Matteis (1670–c.…

Date: September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Clifden Library
Address: Market Street

Padraic McCormack is a retired politician who has taken up writing as a hobby. He has already published two books and a memoir called The Rocky Road to the Dail. He also published a collection of short stories called A Long Way to Cavan. Padraic will read extracts from his new novel called Beneath the Silence. This recently published novel is set in a remote Galway parish. It follows the lives of its inhabitants.

Date: September 23 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Conor Bowman is the author of five novels and two collections of short stories. He is a native of Galway city. His most recent novel, Hughie Mittman’s Fear of Lawn Mowers, was published in April by Hachette Ireland. His favourite writers are Graham Greene and AM Homes. His previous novel, Horace Winter Says Goodbye, was a bestseller in Ireland. Conor also writes songs and plays the piano really badly! Mary O’Malley has published eight books of poetry and her ninth, Gaudent Angeli is due out from Carcanet this September. She has lectured in NUI Galway for many years and is the Trinity College Writer Fellow for 2019. She has won…

Date: September 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue Omey Suite, Station House Hotel
Address: Station House Complex

Launch of Fifty Poems by Michael Gorman, cover illustration by Joe Boske, and published by Artisan House.A most welcome new book from Galway- based poet, Michael Gorman. Michael Gorman was born in Sligo. He was educated at Summerhill College and National University College Galway; where he taught for many years. His publications include Up She Flew (Salmon 1991) and Waiting for the Sky to fall (Lighthouse Press 1984). His work has been included in prominent anthologies, including Voices and Poetry of Ireland (HarperCollins 2004), Lifelines - New and Collected: Letters From Famous People About Their Favourite Poems edited by Niall MacMonagle, (TownHouse, 2006) and Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916…

The Moorings

€15
Date: September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

‘The Moorings’ are an Irish Traditional, World Music, and Jazz collective, consisting of the top traditional, world music & amp; jazz players in Ireland. Our goal is to use the resources of the contemporary Irish Musical landscape to reimagine and reinterpret our rich musical heritage. The Moorings have worked with international artists including Eddi Reader, Lisa Lambe, Jack O Rourke, and Elanor McEvoy, and enlisted many more of Ireland’s top musicians. They look forward to continuing their exploration at the creative edge of Ireland’s music-making, with further concerts scheduled for 2019 around Ireland, in Spain and in Norway. THE MUSICIANS: RICHIE BUCKLEY (saxaphone) DRAZEN DEREK (guitar) SIMON MORGAN (baritone) NIGEL…

Date: September 23 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

TARA BREEN, FIDDLE LAOISE KELLY, HARP JOSEPHINE MARSH, ACCORDION NELL NÍ CHRÓINÍN, VOICE Music Network brings together four leading traditional musicians to pool their considerable talents. The results are even greater than the sum of the parts. Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, Josephine Marsh and Nell Ní Chróinín have been setting the bar high as performers, both at home and around the globe. Name-checking Danú, Kate Bush, The Chieftains and Christy Moore amongst their collaborators, and with Presidents Obama, Clinton, Higgins and the Queen as audience members; these artists have a quiet authority that comes with true mastery and understanding of their music and heritage. Dedicated and passionate, they’ll lead audiences…

Date: September 24 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

A film by Kevin Glynn Film John Alcock was a boy of 11 when the Wright brothers first flew in Kittyhawk. As a child, he saw the first air race to Manchester. A few years later, he won that same race. We follow the story of both men, and concurrently follow the development of the aeroplane to the point where their lives and aviation history meet. Kevin Glynn has produced and directed for both cinema and TV. He has experience in documentary, feature narrative, and live performance events. Runtime: 90minutes

Date: September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), who grew up in Co Clare, was an artist of the first rank. After a successful career in Ireland, he travelled to Germany and then to London. Here, he was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite artists. His best-known watercolour, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, 1864, was voted Ireland’s favourite painting in 2012. In 1874, he gave up painting and became a Director of the National Gallery, London. Over twenty years here, he acquired many famous paintings. Although he was one of the most significant Irish cultural figures of the nineteenth century; it was not until the recent Burton exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland that…

Date: September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Brahms - Two songs for Mezzosoprano, viola and piano, Op 91Schubert - Fischerweise D881 Des Fischersliebesglueck D933 Clara Schumann - Three Romances for viola and piano Elgar - Sea Slumber Song Hamilton Harty - Sea Wrack Bridge - Three songs for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano   SHARON CARTY - MEZZO-SOPRANO ANDREEA BANCIU - VIOLA AILEEN CAHILL - PIANO  Mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty is an Irish singer who has firmly established a reputation as a respected interpreter of both early and contemporary works; alongside maintaining a busy schedule in mainstream opera and concert repertoire. Regularly praised for her musicality and intelligence, her integrity as an artist, as well as the warmth, clarity…

Date: September 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Omey Suite, Station House Hotel
Address: Station House Complex

The Venue of this event has changed to the Omey Suite at the Station House Hotel. Paddy Bushe is a poet, editor and translator in English and Irish. On A Turning Wing (Dedalus 2016) won the 2017 Irish Times Poetry Now Award. A collection in Irish, Móinéar an Chroí, was published in 2018. Two collections, one in English and a dual-language selection of his poems in Irish, will be published by Dedalus in 2020. He is a member of Aosdána, and is the Artistic Director of the recently established Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering. Is file, eagarthóir agus aistritheoir é Paddy Bushe i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla. Bhuaigh On A Turning…

Date: September 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

An Tara is a unique duo comprised of Tommy Hayes & Matthew Noone that explores the spaces in-between the traditions of Irish and Indian Classical music. Both regarded as pioneers on their chosen instruments and fearlessly inventive; they create a diverse yet cohesive musical experience. 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 for almost a decade. More recently he has taken guidance from UK based sarodiya, K.Sridha; and has performed Indian music across the globe. He was a founding member of successful fusion group, The Bahh Band, and collaborated…

Date: September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Performed by Phelim Drew. Sean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic, Juno and The Paycock, takes centre stage in this intriguing new play from the pen of Eddie Naughton. With events that were to alter the course of Irish history as a backdrop, Joxer Daly Esq. charts an everyman journey from a respectable member of The Foresters Association to a vagabond scraping by with only his wit to use as collateral. Joxer Daly is an ordinary person trying to navigate the difficult waters of what was Dublin in the period leading up to the birth of a Republic. Brilliantly performed by Phelim Drew, Joxer’s love of language, humour, literature and…

Date: September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Back in Clifden by popular demand; Graffiti Classics are probably the world’s funniest string quartet. Their unique cabaret-style show embraces classical, pop and traditional music, in addition to opera, gypsy tunes, song and dance. Think classical music can be boring and stuffy? Then let Graffiti Classics change your mind with their hilarious romp through music’s highways and byways. Whether you are eight or 88, Graffiti Classics will have something for you. Photo Credit David Pickens Sponsored by Peggy and Tom McManus

Date: September 24 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Venue Ardagh Hotel
Address: Ballyconneely Road

Andreas Varady is “One of the most talented people on this planet, who takes the music back to where it belongs.” Admission on Door,

Date: September 24 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Venue Lowry’s Bar
Address: Market Street

Musician Carmel Dempsey made her first Arts Festival appearance in 1983 and has been a regular performer ever since. Carmel has her own wedding band and tours with Dolores Keane. Playing with Carmel are fiddle player/vocalist – and former Lord of the Dance soloist – Brenda Curtin and Frankie Colohan on guitar and vocals.

Date: September 25 @ 9:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 9:30 am
Venue Omey Suite, Station House Hotel
Address: Station House Complex

Michael Gibbons is one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists. Born and raised in Clifden, Connemara where he still lives with his family, Michael is a graduate of University College Galway with a degree in History and Archaeology. He is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland with thirty years of experience as an archaeologist and completed a 5 year term on the Archaeology Committee of the Heritage Council. He has worked with the Department of Antiquities in Jerusalem and for the Museum of London City Excavation Programme.

Date: September 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Miles and Miles Of Music. Séamus Ennis was one of the most important figures in Irish traditional music in the 20th century through his skills in uilleann piping, singing, broadcasting and much more. One very valuable aspect of Séamus’s life was his work collecting traditional music and song in all parts of Ireland. He gathered over two hundred songs, lilts, tunes and stories in the 1940s for the Folklore Commission of Ireland from one single person, Colm Ó Caodháin of Glinnsce in Conamara. We begin with a showing of a documentary Miles and Miles of Music (1975) by Eamon de Buitleir, introduced by his son Cian de Buitlear. It follows…

Date: September 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue St. Joseph’s Church
Address: Westport Rd

Seán Keane will bring his Music tour to The Clifden Arts Festival for a lunchtime concert. Seán will be accompanied by Pat Coyne and Fergus Feely. Together, they will perform many of Sean’ s classics like Isle of Hope Isle of Tears, Galway to Graceland. He will also be singing some of the new songs from the Gratitude album that he recorded in 2018 with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Sponsored by Anne Ueltchi

Date: September 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Clifden Library
Address: Market Street

introduced by Gabriel Fitzmaurice Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin won the 2011/2012 Irish Language poetry Slam. He is an Irish language rap poet from the stronghold of county Kerry. Seamus brings a youthful, vibrant and fresh approach to the world of Irish poetry. He is performing with the legendary Johnny Mháirtn Learaí Mac Donnchadha this poetic marriage of two mighty voices promises an electric event.

Date: September 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Music by Grace King, Roisin King and Meave O’Neill. In the centenary year of Alcock and Brown’s non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara, we are delighted to welcome back an old friend of the festival, the poet Tony Curtis. Fittingly, Tony returns with a wonderful new publication from Occasional Press in collaboration with Ballynahinch Castle, This Flight Tonight: the story of Alcock & Brown. In prose and poetry, the book tells a tale reminiscent of the ancient Greeks, of two weary men emerging from years of war, guided by the only gifts the war has given them: flight, navigation and the Vickers Vimy. Curtis’s book is a unique rendering…

Date: September 25 @ 7:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane Written & Performed by Pat Kinevane Directed by Jim Culleton From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with much music. It is set in Cleary’s of Dublin; on the very day this iconic department store shuts - for good. Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange; from the isolation of his Midlands home to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are…

Date: September 25 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue St. Joseph’s Church
Address: Westport Rd

The combination of fiddle, uilleann pipes and organ is an inexplicably beautiful and pleasing sound. Round, warm, haunting and evocative; it mixes its genres effortlessly. Catherine Ennis is among the most revered of organists, has performed at the highest level internationally and has a rare and deep empathy with traditional music. The daughter of Seamus Ennis is one of Ireland’s most celebrated uilleann pipers and a remarkable collector of song and lore. Paddy Glackin, the original fiddle player with The Bothy Band, was himself a friend of Seamus Ennis. Paddy has collaborated with figures as diverse as John Cage, Van Morrison and Kate Bush. A native of Dublin, his family…

Date: September 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Alice Leahy is Director of Services of the Alice Leahy Trust. She was Co-Founder & Director of TRUST from 1975 – December 2015. The Alice Leahy Trust remains a non-judgemental, befriending, social and health service for people who are homeless. She is a former Chairperson of the Sentence Review Group, a former Irish Human Rights Commissioner and a former member of Board of Management, Lusk Campus, Oberstown. She is also a writer, commentator, broadcaster and lecturer; promoting greater understanding of the needs of the outsider in society. She also promotes daily, practical ways to help combat social exclusion In 2018, she received an International Human Rights and Nursing Award from…

Date: September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Aisling Agnew (flute) and Dave Flynn (guitar) perform works by Handel, Schubert, Villa- Lobos, Rodrigo, Fahey and Flynn. Shadowplay is a classical flute/ guitar duo comprising of two renowned virtuosos who are also members of the Irish Memory Orchestra. Aisling Agnew enjoys a varied career performing worldwide on a wide range of flutes. She has been broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM, BBC Radio and Classic FM. She has given many high profile concerts including her Wigmore Hall début, the Belfast Festival and the National Flute Association’s 40th International Convention at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. She has appeared as soloist with various orchestras including the Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Scottish…

Date: September 26 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

CURLEW THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS The Muse & Mister Yeats A play for Voices Two Actors: Many Voices Curlew Theatre Company of Connemara offer, in this 80th anniversary year of Yeats’s death, their Play for Voices: The Muse & Mister Yeats. The play dramatises, in the voices of the poet’s ‘muses’ themselves, a sense of what lay behind many of Yeats’s most famous poems. Performed by Tegolin Knowland and Sean Coyne; the play is written and directed by Eamon Grennan. Eamon is a poet and former Professor of English at Vassar College. “Tegolin Knowland makes the women who inspired many of Yeats’ poems come alive before our eyes. Experiencing the poetry…

Date: September 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue
Address:

Launch of three related titles that were edited and compiled by Alannah Robins and designed and published by Artisan House and by Interface. Interface is a studio and residency programme founded by Alannah Robins and located in an old salmon hatchery in the Inagh Valley, Connemara. A member of ResArtis, Interface is curated with an emphasis on intersections between science and art. It fits best the description of what ResArtis describes as micro-residencies; small scale, artist-run and independent, with a high level of support for artists and taking special care of human relationships. The first artists arrived in March 2017. From dream to dream: where science meets art is a…

Date: September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Chaired by Michael Coady James Silas Rogers is a poet and essayist in Minnesota. His recent collection of poems, The Collector of Shadows, was published in May. His work has appeared in many places, including the Irish Times and Clifden 35: The Clifden Anthology. He’s also the author of an acclaimed book on cemeteries, Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead. Recently retired as editor of the New Hibernia Review, he has published extensively on Irish- American literature, especially memoir. Eileen Sheehan lives in Killarney and is originally from Scartaglen, in the Sliabh Luachra area of County Kerry. She has read at festivals in Ireland and abroad including The Shanghai Literary…

Date: September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue O’Malley’s Bar
Address: Market Street

The History Press Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of The Men Who Stare at Hens by locally based poet and author, Simon Leyland. In this gentle meander through the wonderful world of Irish eccentrics, you will discover the world-renowned poet who hypnotised hens and the Irish aristocrat who was an uncontrollable kleptomaniac. You will also discover the country’s first naturist, the strange story of the Soviet state of Limerick and the man who wanted to give every Irishman wings. Complimentary drinks, canapés and live music. Sponsored by John Varley and the Atlantic Hotel

Date: September 26 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue West Connemara Sports & Leisure Centre
Address: Ardbear

Celebrating 33 years of music making, under the leadership of All-Ireland flute and whistle champion, Joanie Madden and named by The Irish Voice Newspaper as one of the ‘Top 25 most influential Irish Americans of the past quarter-century’, these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show. Shuttle Bus departs Clifden Library every 15 minutes from 7:15 pm Sponsored…

Date: September 26 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Fred Cooke is leaving his twinkle toes behind him from Dancing with the Stars and taken to the road for his new comical tour of musical madness. Becoming ‘IRISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2018’ (Tatler Magazine), he has supported Irish Comedy Legend Tommy Tiernan on his Nationwide Tour. Cooke’s guitar plucking panache enables him to paint comical situations before delivering unexpected killer-punch lines that leave his audience ‘elevated to hilarity’ THE SCOTSMAN His new Nationwide Tour Fred Space has brought Cooke to a whole new level of Comical Mayhem; placing him in the ‘Premier league of Irish funny men.’ HOT PRESS Sit back and enjoy a performer with enough “energy…

Date: September 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Omey Suite, Station House Hotel
Address: Station House Complex

Born in India 1926, visual artist Margaret Irwin West is well known to Irish audiences in general, and to visitors to the Clifden Arts Festival in particular. From Cubism to Claddaghduff: A Retrospective is a celebration of Margaret’s recent election to Aosdána. The exhibition will feature paintings from the 1950s onwards, several of which demonstrate the influence of Parisian modernism, and her training with André LHote, along with a selection of her etchings from across the decades of her outstanding career. The interview will focus on Margaret Irwin West’s artistic training in Dublin and Paris, her creative inspiration, and on the work in her retrospective exhibition in the Clifden Arts…

Date: September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

A presentation by Ann Henning Jocelyn and actors of her latest novel/stage play The Sphere of Light. Exploring a new angle on the tragic fate of the Boleyn family under King Henry VIII of England. The performance will include readings, song and music and a key scene from the play. The story has Irish links to Clonony Castle in Co. Offaly as well as present-day Connemara. Ann Henning Jocelyn is a local author, playwright and translator, with over one hundred titles in print.

Date: September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

The Piatti Quartet are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition; they have performed in all the major venues and festivals around the U.K. and given concerts throughout the world. They have featured in national broadcasts on BBC Radio, ABC (Australia), RTÉ (Ireland) and France Musique (France). The Piattis are renowned for their diverse programming, and for passionate interpretations across the spectrum of quartet writing. World premieres are regularly performed alongside old masterpieces. The Piattis are particularly known for expanding the quartet genre through their collaborations with leading British composers. The programme will include: Purcell: Chacony arr Britten…

Date: September 27 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Omey Suite, Station House Hotel
Address: Station House Complex

Adjunct Professor of Psychology University College Dublin As a latecomer to the biodiversity crisis, an innocent Joe suddenly asking very basic questions about why we’ve been so hurtful to nature, and how we can repair our fractured relationship with the environment. Seeing life through the lens of clinical psychology for over 40 years, Tony has learned to appreciate the way psychology invites honest reflection, makes conscious what is often hidden, and empowers people to face painful and overwhelming experiences in their lives. Is it possible for Psychology to speak to a biodiversity crisis, to bring people to a greater awareness of the dynamic web of life in which we are all…

Garadice

€10
Date: September 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

As a result of the time spent together in The Leitrim Equation residency and subsequent tour, The four-piece of Eleanor Shanley,Dave Sheridan, Padraig McGovern and John McCartin decided to work together. To record an album. Their unique co-creative energy provides an exciting musical experience. The venue is now Church of Ireland. Sponsored by John Stanley

Date: September 27 @ 5:30 pm
Time: 5:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Venue Omey Suite, Station House Hotel
Address: Station House Complex

In the book Waves on the Shore the author tries to capture Inishturk South in all its dimensions, during the last years of its occupation in the 1970s; from the children in the school, to the weather, the tides, the geology, the natural history, geography and folklore and the culture of this emblematic piece of Irish life. It also captures the work of a young school  teacher and the Irish educational system at the time, as well as providing an historical document of the interactions of the islanders with their teachers, the curriculum that was used and the everyday life of this once vibrant island community

Date: September 27 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue West Connemara Sports & Leisure Centre
Address: Ardbear

Zoë Conway and John McIntyre are “simply one of the best folk duos on the planet” (BBC). They top the bill in a concert that combines famous traditional and folk tunes with brand new music by masters Bill Whelan and Dónal Lunny. Featuring Bill Whelan’s The Seville Suite, Shaun Davey’s Ripples in the Rockpool and Zoë’s Rounding Malin Head and more.This promises to be a wave of new classics from legendary names in Irish music. Clifden Arts Festival welcome back out good friend David Brophy, conductor, and all the RTE Concert Orchestra. RTÉ Concert Orchestra Zoë Conway - Fiddle And Vocals John Mcintyre - Guitar And Vocals Máirtín O’Connor -…

Date: September 27 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

This influential foursome made up of Jackie Daly, Séamus and Manus McGuire and Garry O’Briain, began their days with sessions around Kinvara, County Galway. They had a shared taste for musical adventure. Their travels had already brought them individually to Scandanavia, Shetland, Canada and the US; places which yielded rich pickings of musical ideas. With their roots firmly planted in their beloved Irish traditional music of Sligo and Sliabh Luachra, the band was ready to experiment with graceful Quebecois waltzes, lively Danish quadrilles and achingly beautiful Shetland airs. Barriers were broken; energy and humour abounded; jigs and reels were given a new dusting of magic. Sponsored by Tom King’s Bar

Date: September 27 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Going right back to the late 60s, Rob Strong personifies the raw energy of rock and blues. His unique voice sings out wild and true! He is rated as ‘one of Europe’s finest soul singers.’

Date: September 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue St. Joseph’s Church
Address: Westport Rd

Due to increased interest, this event has been moved to a bigger venue to accommodate demand. It is now taking place in St Joseph's Church. Also please be aware if you are driving a high roofed vehicle or have items mounted on your roof, the entrance to the church has a height clearance of 1.850 metres. Seamus Mallon, from Markethill in County Armagh (where he still lives), was Deputy Leader of the SDLP from 1979 to 2001 and party spokesman on policing and justice. He was Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2001, MP for Newry and Armagh from 1986 to 2005, and a member of Seanad…

Date: September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

Music commissioned by David Power and written and arranged by Dana Lyn for String Quartet and Uilleann pipes with the support of the Arts Council. Performed by the ConTempo Quartet, Eamon Hunt and David Power. PRELUDE Rosc Catha na Mumhan MOVEMENT I King Suibhne attacks the Cleric MOVEMENT II The Otter brings back the Psalter intact MOVEMENT III The Cleric curses King Suibhne MOVEMENT IV King Suibhne Goes mad in Battle MOVEMENT V The Flight of Suibhne MOVEMENT VI Suibhne gets wounded by Thorns MOVEMENT VII The Death of Sweeney MUSIC Sliabh na mBan Sponsored by Kylemore Abbey Global Centre

Date: September 28 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Lough Inagh Lodge
Address: Lough Inagh Lodge

Johnny Mháirin Learaí Mac Donnchadha is one of the finest sean-nos singers in Ireland. He has won numerous awards for his singing. Johnny is a long-time friend of Clifden Arts Festival and we welcome him back to this glorious location. Catriona Canavan is also a master of this musical style. We are fortunate that this special event brings together two of the most foremost exponents of sean-nos. Thanks to Máire O’Connor, Dominic O’Moran and staff.  

Date: September 28 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

John Moriarty Memorial Lecture with James Harpur Poetry, imagination and inspiration in this talk; James will honour the memory of John Moriarty by exploring the idea of the spirit - creative and holy. This has always been imagined as breath or wind. It has inspired creative acts down the ages, from oracles to poetry. With wide-ranging examples from ancient Irish tradition to poets such as Shelley, Emily Dickinson and Daoism; James celebrates the spirit of John Moriarty’s wide-ranging erudition and questing soul. Sponsored by The Quay House

Date: September 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Market Square
Address: Market Square

After several years away Jim and Dr Nick re-unite in Clifden! They will bring their unique talents together in this street circus show with a comic display of juggling, unicycling and fire juggling A problematic PA system, a fear of heights combined with an inability to concentrate and total lack of forward planning, make Jim and Nick the perfect double act to juggle fire on 8 foot unicycles. Full of laughs and stuffed with skills this act will be enjoyed by young and old alike. Everyone will be laughing... just not necessarily at the same things.

Date: September 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

John Kelly was born in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. His poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. A novel, From Out of the City was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Bord Gáis Book Awards in 2014, and a radio play The Pipes was broadcast by RTÉ. His first collection Notions was published in 2018 by Dedalus Press. He works in broadcasting, and is best known for his radio show Mystery Train. Gerard Smyth is a poet, critic and journalist whose poetry has appeared widely in journals in Ireland, Britain and the United States as well as in translation. He has published nine collections. He was the…

Date: September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue Church of Ireland
Address: Church Hill

John Sheahan is one of Ireland’s best known musicians. Born in Dublin in 1939, he was a member of the Dubliners from 1964 to 2012. He has played with musicians the world over and has guested on numerous folk, traditional and rock recordings. His own compositions, among them, The Marino Waltz and Autumn in Paris, have become essential elements of the Irish musical repertoire. Over the years, he has been in demand as a studio musician; and has contributed to the recordings of such artists as Kate Bush, Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Terence Trent D’Arby, and the André Rieu Orchestra. In 2013, he was conferred with an honorary doctorate in…

Date: September 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Market Square
Address: Market Square

LUXe return to Clifden in celebratory spirit to light up the town with a brilliantly illuminated community procession; the culmination of work with local schools. LUXe has been developing their unique approach to Illuminated Spectacle on the streets of Clifden over 14 years; adapting and expanding their sumptuous collection of costume and processional sculpture. Imaginarium is an enlightening procession of journeying imagery that shines brightly in the darkness, lighting up the imagination. LUXE are makers of landscape theatre and illuminated spectacle, working with communities and celebrating in a shared landscape. Fidget Feet will take to the skies of Clifden, bringing you amazing aerial acts high in the sky. Performances will…

Date: September 28 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Time: 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Allen-Taylor’s Afrobeat Orchestra grew from the Oleku Band, formed in 2006 from a group of Nigerian musicians recently settled in and around Dublin. Led by composer/ arranger Allen-Taylor Adeniyi – originally from Abeokuta in south-west Nigeria, the birthplace of Fela Kuti – the band plays authentic Afrobeat and highlife from their Yoruba roots. Oleku Band was always an Afrobeat orchestra in miniature so it was no surprise that the six-piece band metamorphosed into a full Afrobeat orchestra, with a brass section, rhythm section and chorus. Allen- Taylor Adeniyi is still in charge of the band and his wife Tomilola still runs the chorus. Since its debut Irish performance in 2007,…

Date: September 29 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Elm Tree Centre
Address: Galway Road

We are having our annual coffee morning fundraiser from 11.30am at the Elm Tree Centre. There will be lots of cakes, home baking, crafts and pottery for sale. Drop by for a cuppa and bring a friend - see you there! Sponsored by Pobal

Date: September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Cavan Fever spills over into Clifden when accordionist Martin Donohoe, ‘The Cavanman’ joins forces with his daughter Zoran Donohoe on Concertina. Their individual instrumental excellence combine to create a powerful force. A native of Cavan Town, Martin Donohoe is an accordion player and Shannon Side Northern Sound Radio Presenter. He is a gifted traditional musician and highly regarded in traditional circles for his dynamic personal style on the accordion and unique, individual interpretation of the music, Martin’s music has been recorded and released in a number of albums on the Clo Iar Chonnachta Label and NYAH label . Zoran Donohoe began learning the concertina at the age of seven. Her…

Date: September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Local poet Theodore Deppe is the author of seven books of poems, his latest, Riverlight is being launched today.

Date: September 29 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Time: 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue St. Joseph’s Church
Address: Westport Rd

Following the outstanding dramatic performances of Karl Jenkins The Armed Man at the 2018 Clifden Arts Festival, Cantairí Chonamara and Galway Tribal Choir, with soloists Katy Kelly, Rory Musgrave, and the ConTempo String Quartet will perform Music to Die for. Mozart died on 5th December 1791 but was hurriedly buried, because his death was caused by what the Viennese thought was the contagious “miliary fever”. So there was no funeral befitting the most outstanding composer of his age. This dramatic production is a staging of what Mozart’s Funeral could have been had he died of “natural causes”. It will be conducted by Mark Keane, with audio-visual settings by Kevin Glynn…

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