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September 2021

Date: September 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

An overview on the treatment of senior citizens and the poor from queen  Elizabeth I  poor relief act 1601 to the current fair deal scheme in 2020. Hugh Duffy is a forensic student of history now in his 88th year. After a long and varied career ranging from Public Service through the hospitality industry in Ireland and abroad, culminating in establishing copyright protection in Ireland. He retired in 2000 from full-time employment but still engaged in a non-executive capacity in several industries. Hugh has been a frequent visitor to Clifden since 1980 to his holiday home, which has become his permanent residence for the last ten years.   Sponsor: John…

Date: September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Mick 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, and he has recorded on numerous albums to date. Mick is a leading exponent of the 6-string Greek bouzouki in Irish traditional music. Tommy learned the uilleann pipers from the greats like Brian Gallagher, Pat Mitchell and Liam O’Flynn while attending the Willie Clancy Summer School, which has greatly influenced his repertoire and style of playing. He released his first…

Digital Event: Gabriel Byrne

Free – €15.00
Date: September 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Online
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Gabriel Byrne Award-winning actor Gabriel Byrne joined Des Lally to speak about his new book, Walking With Ghosts, and to read selected extracts from this highly acclaimed memoir and to have a conversation. Sponsored by: Pat Molloy     This year we're operating on a pay what you want/can model. Any and all support for our digital programme is greatly appreciated. It is with the help of the community that makes the whole Festival is possible every year. When the event premiers we will email you a link so you can easily view it.

Date: September 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Eugene O’Connell is A founding editor of the Cork Literary Review, contributing reviews and articles to several publications, including the Irish Times and The Irish Examiner, where he was a poetry critic for many years. He was co-editor with Pat Boran of The Deep Hearts Core, an acclaimed anthology of Irish poetry published by Dedalus Press in 2018. His new collection of poems, Thin Air, will be published in 2022. Gabriel Fitzmaurice is an author of more than sixty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish and several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from the Irish and has edited several anthologies of poetry in…

Date: September 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Festival Gallery at Connemara Carpets Showroom
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Jimmy’s work is based on the Irish sense of humour, featuring ordinary people in surreal surroundings. Hettie is a twenty-one-year-old art student who has taken the Irish Art scene by storm by winning the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year & having her work accepted at the RHA. Joe Hogan is one of Ireland most renowned basket weavers. His work has developed from creating traditional functional weaving baskets to contemporary sculptural forms. Joe has been instrumental in keeping the tradition of basket weaving alive in Ireland at a time when many traditional crafts have disappeared. The Festival Gallery is open daily at the Festival Gallery at the Connemara Carpets Showroom in…

Date: September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue St. Joseph’s Church
Address: Westport Rd

You won’t want to miss this much anticipated new Music Network collaboration featuring vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, harpist and sound artist Úna Monaghan, and cellist Kevin Murphy. Renowned vocalist and member of supergroup The Gloaming, Iarla Ó Lionáird is one of Ireland’s most distinctive voices. A master of the Sean Nós singing tradition, his willingness to embrace and develop new ideas while guiding songs along gorgeous musical pathways distinguishes him as a true pioneer. Úna Monaghan Is a highly respected harper and sound artist who mines her degree in astrophysics for musical inspiration and constantly challenges the boundaries of her instrument using electronic technologies. Slow Moving Clouds’ cellist Kevin Murphy,…

Date: September 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Clifden Arts Festival remembers this renowned filmmaker,Art Ó Briain, who supported Clifden Arts Festival and lived and worked in Connemara for many years. We celebrate his legacy and pioneering creativity with the screening of  Natural Grace: Irish Music and Martin Hayes, introduced by Bob Quinn. Natural Grace: Irish Music and Martin Hayes is a musical journey into the heart and style of one of our greatest traditional fiddlers, Martin Hayes, as we travel with him from his home in East Clare to performances in the USA and Japan. The documentary explores the man, his music and his ideas about balancing the old and the new in traditional Irish music. With…

Date: September 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on 16th September 2021 at 11:00 am

One event on 21st September 2021 at 11:00 am

One event on 23rd September 2021 at 11:00 am

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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

Greenshine

€10.00
Date: September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Greenshine is a Cork-based family trio, beloved of the Folk and Americana scene, comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie and straddling the boundaries of contemporary folk and roots. It’s their original songs like The Girl in the Lavender Dress, Dandelion Seed and The Good is Gone that are getting the band the most notice. They consistently reach the top spot in the music charts. Christy Moore described Greenshine as: "...the sound of a family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song," - a fitting tribute to a family that has made its life in music.   Sponsor: Lowrys Bar Please Note: All ticket holders,…

Date: September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue GMIT Letterfrack
Address:

Due to Circumstances beyond our control, This event has been cancelled. AATE Summer School is a design-build program, part of an ongoing outreach, education and research project initiated by Architecture at the Edge. Funded by the Arts Council Ireland, the project aims to empower the diverse local communities in Galway and the west of Ireland to change their environments through co-collaboration with the architectural profession and social practitioners. This year’s programme will consider interconnected themes, which addresses the dynamic of the rural condition as a place for culture, creativity and learning. Speakers will explore the common ground between European rural communities and share experiences of community engagement practice and urban/…

Date: September 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Salmon Poetry was founded in 1981 by Jessie Lendennie, who is currently Managing Director. Salmon has published many powers of great renown and is the most prolific publisher of poetry in Ireland. Today we celebrate its 40th Anniversary with Lorna Shaughnessy, Jessamine O’Connor and Liz Quirke. Jessamine O’Connor is a winner of the Poetry Ireland Butlers Café Competition 2017, the Yeats Poetry Competition 2011, and the Francis Ledwidge Award 2011. She won runner-up at the Doolin Writers Weekend 2020 and has been short-listed for the Hennessy Literary Award, Over the Edge New Writer of the Year, and many others. She has five chapbooks comprised of published work, and her first…

Date: September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Maureen Kennelly was director of Poetry Ireland from 2013 until she commenced her role as Director of the Arts Council in April 2020.   She was previously director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, artistic director of the Mermaid Arts Centre, general manager with Fishamble Theatre Company. She has worked with Druid Theatre Company, the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, The Arts Council and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.   She worked with a wide range of organisations on a freelance basis, including Theatre Forum, Sing Ireland, the Performance Corporation and Age and Opportunity.  She was Primary Curator with the Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival and Programme Director with the…

Date: September 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

The Faking of Irish Antiquities. Culture, Resource, Mismanagement in the Irish Republic. New research into the authenticity of Skellig Michael, Carrowmore, Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel Michael Gibbons is one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists. Born and raised in Clifden, Connemara, where he still lives with his family, Michael graduated from 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 five-year term on the Archaeology Committee of the Heritage Council. He has worked with the Department of Antiquities in Jerusalem and the Museum of London City…

Dordán

€10.00
Date: September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Mary Bergin - Whistles and Flutes Dearbhaill Standún - Fiddle and Viola Kathleen Loughnane - Harp Galway musicians Mary, Dearbhaill and Kathleen, acclaimed solo musicians in the world of Traditional Music and collectively known as Dordán, perform a distinctive and exciting mix of traditional Irish and European Music. The diversity of their musical interests is reflected in their vast ranging repertoire, which includes the liveliest of Reels, Jigs and haunting slow airs, and works by the European composers. All their music, arranged and adapted by the group, creates an exhilarating, vibrant sound. The music and stories, combined with their friendly interaction with the audience, guarantees a wonderfully entertaining and enjoyable…

Date: September 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Online
Address:

Doireann Ni Griofa in conversation with Thomas McCarthy Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a poet and essayist. ‘A Ghost in the Throat’ was awarded Irish Book of the Year and described as “powerful” (New York Times), and “sumptuous” (The Sunday Times). She is also the author of six critically acclaimed books of poetry, each a deepening exploration of birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Awards for her writing include a Lannan Literary Fellowship (USA), the Ostana Prize (Italy), and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Her most recent book of poems is ‘To Star the Dark. https://doireannnighriofa.com/ photo: Clare Keogh This year we're operating on a pay what you want/can model. Any…

Date: September 17 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Thomas McCarthy was born in Co. Waterford in 1954 and educated at University College Cork. He worked for many years at Cork City Libraries before he began to write full-time in 2014. He is a member of Aosdána. He has won many awards for his poetry, including The Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, the O’Shaughnessy Prize and the Ireland Funds Annual Literary Award. His tenth collection, Prophecy, was published by Carcanet Press in 2019. His latest book,  Memory, Poetry and the Party: Journals 1974-2014, will be published by Gallery Press in late 2021. Moya Cannon’s Collected Poems (Carcanet Press, 2021) brings together poems from her previous work…

Date: September 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Dr Martin Shaw is an award-winning author, mythographer and storyteller. Currently Reader in Poetics at Dartington Arts School, he founded both the Oral Tradition and Mythic Life courses at Stanford University. His collection of Celtic stories and poems with Tony Hoagland Cinderbiter: Celtic Poems, was published in 2020 by Graywolf Press. Shaw’s most recent books include Smoke Hole: Looking to the Wild in the Time of the Spyglass (2021) Courting the Wild Twin (2020), The Night Wages (2019) and Wolf Milk (2019). His essay and conversation with Ai Weiwei was released by the Marciano Art Foundation. Shaw lived in a tent for four years on a succession of British hills,…

Date: September 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue St. Joseph’s Church
Address: Westport Rd

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed orchestras, celebrated for its eclectic repertoire and its exhilarating playing style. Founded in 1970, the orchestra continues to innovate, offering diverse concerts at home and abroad, collaborating with leading international artists, and pioneering community initiatives designed to deliver real change. The Irish Chamber Orchestra is Ireland’s most dynamic ensemble.  Mixing traditional repertoire with new commissions and collaborating with everyone from DJs to dance companies, the Irish Chamber Orchestra pushes the boundaries of what a chamber orchestra can do.  Sponsor: Helen and Vincent Foley Please Note: All ticket holders, will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for…

Date: September 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Luke O’Neill is Professor of Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is a world expert on innate immunity and inflammation. He is listed by Thompson Reuters/ Clarivates in the top 1% of immunologists in the world, based on citations per paper. Professor O'Neill is co-founder of Sitryx, which aims to develop new medicines for inflammatory diseases. Another company he co-founded, Inflazome was recently acquired by Roche. He was awarded the Royal Dublin Society / Irish Times Boyle Medal for scientific excellence, the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal for Life Sciences, The Society for Leukocyte Biology (SLB) Dolph O.…

Date: September 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue St. Joseph’s Church
Address: Westport Rd

Is as leithinis Bhéarra do mhuintir Sheáin agus Is fíor go raibh riamh dúil acu san amhránaíocht. Le linn na seascaidi dhein Seán Ó Sé mórán amhránaíochta le Seán Ó Riada agus grúpa Sheáin, Ceoltóirí Chualann. Bhí ”hit”mór acu leis an amhrán An Poc ar Buile a chum Dónal Ó Mulláin. Dhein sé ana chuid taifeada agus cláracha teilifíse le Seán ina measg san bhí Ó Riada sa Gaiety agus ar na fuaim riain de Rhapsody of a River and Kennedy’s Ireland. Tá an domhan mór, ó Shanghai go Havanna agus ó Mhoscó go Milan treabhtha aige le grúpaí de chuid Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Le déanaí tá roinnt mhaith coirmeacha…

Date: September 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Lough Inagh Lodge
Address: Lough Inagh Lodge

Johnny Mháirtin 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 the 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. Invite only. Thanks to Máire O’Connor, Dominic O’Moran and staff Listen to this event on Connemara Community Radio as a podcast on connemarafm.com

Date: September 18 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 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 the 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.   Sponsor: Peter and Paula Vine Please Note: All ticket holders, will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for admittance to all events.

Manchán Magan

€10.00
Date: September 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Manchán Magan explores the underlying connections that our ancestors saw between all things, from fields and flowers to hawks and waves in this chat about his best-seller Thirty-Two Words for Field.  He shares how the richness of a language closely tied to the natural landscape offered our ancestors a more magical way of seeing the world and highlights some of the many evocative words that reveal insights into our culture, landscape and psyche, as well as the hidden realms of the Otherworld. Téann Manchán ar thóir léargais ar na ceangail agus na nascanna a bhí idir gach réimse don domhan agus don nádúr sa chaint seo atá bunaithe ar a…

The Henry Girls

€15.00
Date: September 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

The Henry Girls are sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin from the most Northerly part of Co. Donegal. The trio formed as a professional music group in 2001 and have recorded 6 studio albums, a couple of Eps and a live album of music by The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans (February 2020) Infused with the rich cultural heritage of their native Donegal but with a transatlantic flavour, their music has been described as ʻ full-bodied and powerfully dynamic ʼ. They have successfully learned to interweave their traditional roots with contemporary elements, earning them both commercial success and spectacular critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.  The Henry Girls…

Date: September 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

This year saw the 50th anniversary of the death of Seán Ó Riada in October 1971 - his life’s's work was immense and his influence is far-reaching even to this day. This work includes his classical compositions, orchestral arrangements of traditional music, film music e.g Mise Éire, his academic work in UCC, his illustrated lectures on traditional music and song on radio and television and the formation of the group Ceoltóirí Chualann which created a new way for ensemble playing of traditional music.  Today's talk looks at just one aspect of Seán Ó Riada's importance; his interaction with radio in the 1960s with the series "Our Musical Heritage" and the…

Deirdre Millane

€10.00
Date: September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Deirdre Millane has been immersed in Irish Traditional music from a young age. Deirdre started her musical journey, like most others, on the tin-whistle in her local Comhaltas branch and within a couple of years she decided that her musical endeavours were best suited to the piano. Deirdre sought to further enrich her musicality by studying classical piano and the theory of music. Although she much preferred the lively nature of traditional music, this foundation greatly enhanced her understanding of musical elements such as structure, harmony, melody and rhythm. Deirdre continued her studies at The Irish World Academy where she completed a BA in Irish Music and Dance. During her…

Date: September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Online
Address:

The Clifden Arts Festival Bursary Award winners in conversation with the Students of Clifden Community School The Clifden Arts Festival Bursary for Artists and Performers. This award is made annually to performers and artists who wish to further their careers or studies in the performing arts. So far the three recipients of the Bursary Award are: 2018 - Séamus Uí Fhlatharta - Traditional Musician and Dancer 2019 - Lisa O’Donnell - Visual Artist 2020 - Tristan Heanue - Film Maker and Actor Join the three winners as they speak to the students of the school and share their experiences of how the arts impacted their lives growing up in the…

Date: September 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Grace Wilentz is a poet based in Dublin’s The Liberties. She was recently granted a 2021 Next Generation Artist Award from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Her first collection, The Limit of Light (The Gallery Press), was named one of the best books of 2020 in the Irish Independent. Grace Wilentz was born in New York City and grew up in Greenwich Village. A graduate of Harvard University, with postgraduate degrees from Oxford University and University College Dublin. She moved to Ireland in 2005 to study the Irish language and became an Irish citizen in 2015. ANNEMARIE NÍ CHURREÁIN is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her publications…

Fiachra Garvey

€20.00
Date: September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Fiachra Garvey, ARAM, has performed in venues from the Fazioli Auditorium in Italy to London’s Wigmore Hall. He has also been a prizewinner at AXA Dublin International Piano Competition (Brennan Prize and McCullough Bursary), EU Piano Competition Prague (concerto finalist), and 3rd Soirees-Concours Internationales de Piano a Collioure, France (Audience award). The National Concert Hall Dublin awarded Fiachra the “Rising Star” prize in 2011, which subsequently led to a series of concerto and solo debuts. Recent highlights include the first classical recital at Google Dublin, a series of solo and two piano recitals in Japan, a tour of China including giving masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory of Music, as well…

Date: September 19 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Máirtín O’Connor’s name has been synonymous with the accordion for decades both as a master of the instrument and as a musician and composer. His skill, dexterity, innovation and versatility have won him acclaim around the world. .He has received many accolades over the years and his career has been documented in Sé Mo Laoch on TG4.His composition "The Mighty Ocean" was televised on TG4 recently to much critical acclaim. Seamie O‘Dowd is a wonderful guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has travelled worldwide, sharing stages with many musical greats including Christy Moore, The Chieftains, Tommy Emmanuel, Matt Molloy, and Rick Epping. A defining member of Dervish for over a decade,…

Date: September 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Declan Kiberd was for many years Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature at UCD and later Keough Professor of Irish Studies at Notre Dame. He has served on Board of Directors of Abbey Theatre and as Director of both Yeats Summer and Winter Schools. Among his books are Synge and the Irish Language, Inventing Ireland, Irish Classics, The Irish Writer and the World, and After Ireland. He has been a visiting professor in many places, including Cambridge University, Sorbonne, Duke University, Cluj Romania, Trento Italy. Sponsor: John Fanning Please Note: All ticket holders, will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for admittance to all events.

Tommy Sands

€10.00
Date: September 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Tommy Sands, Co Down’s singer, songwriter and social activist has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. From the pioneering days with the highly influential Sands Family, bringing Irish Music from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, he has developed into one of the most powerful songwriters and enchanting solo performers in Ireland today. His song writing, which draws the admiration of Nobel Poet Laureate Seamus Heaney and father of folk music Pete Seeger. His songs, like There Were Roses, and Daughters and Sons, which have been recorded by Joan Baez, Kathy Matthea, Dolores Keane, Sean Keane, Frank Patterson, Dick Gaughan, The Dubliners and many…

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

Geraldine Mitchell has published four collections of poetry, the most recent being Mute/Unmute (Arlen House, 2020). She won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008 for her first collection, World Without Maps. Her other collections are Of Birds and Bones and Mountains for Breakfast. She is also the author of two novels for children, published in the Attic Press ‘Bright Sparks’ series, and of Deeds Not Words, the biography of the late Muriel Gahan, champion of rural women and the traditional Irish crafts. Geraldine Mitchell was born in Dublin, but after living and working in France, Algeria and Spain for many years, she moved to Co Mayo where she now…

Gatehouse

€15.00
Date: September 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Roscommon based Gatehouse have been performing together since 2014, and boast a top-class lineup of traditional musicians including singer Rachel Garvey, Jacinta McEvoy on guitar and concertina, John McEvoy on fiddle and mandolin and John Wynne on flutes and whistles. Gatehouse’s exciting blend of flute and fiddle coupled with Rachel’s captivating singing and Jacinta’s sensitive guitar playing delivers a heady cocktail of tasteful songs and exciting instrumentals. Since the release of their highly acclaimed debut album, Tús Nua in 2016, Gatehouse has been performing regularly at venues throughout Ireland and Europe. Gatehouse has been variously described as: ‘An unerring delight’ (The Irish Times), ‘... a group at their very best…

Date: September 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on 21st September 2021 at 11:00 am

One event on 23rd September 2021 at 11:00 am

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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

Date: September 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Lecture by Tony Bates The past eighteen months have challenged each of us in different ways. Lives were disrupted, isolation and loss were endured by many, and livelihoods threatened. We found ourselves immersed in a crisis that revealed our vulnerabilities and made us aware of creative resources in our lives. Times of crisis can leave us uniquely poised to change and grow as human beings. What have we learned over the past eighteen months that we want to hold onto? What do we want to let go? This talk will explore how we can harness the learnings of Covid and live in a more authentic way. Tony Bayes was Head…

Date: September 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

John Patrick McHugh is from Galway. His work has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Banshee, The Tangerine, Winter Papers and Granta. Pure Gold, his debut collection of short stories, is published by New Island Press and 4th Estate. Rita Ann Higgins was born and lives in Galway. Pathogens Love a Patsy (Pandemic and other Poems 2020) is Rita Ann’s 11 TH book of Poetry. She has published a book of essays and poems Our Killer City in 2019 and a Memoir Hurting God in 2010. (all from salmon) Bloodaxe Books published her next five collections: Sunny Side Plucked(1996); An Awful Racket (2001); Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems…

Date: September 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Online
Address:

Melatu Uche Okorie in Conversation with Johanne Webb   Melatu Uche Okorie is a writer and scholar. Born in Nigeria, she moved to Ireland In 2006. It was during her eight and a half years living in the direct provision system that she began to write. She has an M. Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and has had works published in numerous anthologies. In 2009, she won the Metro Éireann Writing Award for her story ‘Gathering Thoughts’. Melatu has a strong interest in the rights of asylum seekers and migrant education in Ireland and is currently studying for a PhD in Education at Trinity College, Dublin. This…

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

Micheal Classon, retired school principal, has been visiting Connemara since 1940 and has attended first Clifden in 1977 and every one since. Micheal’s love of the arts and education is inspiring. His many stories and memories of the journey to Clifden over the past 70 years and we are honoured to welcome him back and hear some of his many great memories of Connemara.   Sponsored by Helen and Vincent Foley Please Note: All ticket holders, will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for admittance to all events.

The Sand Park

€15.00
Date: September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

written and performed by Seamus O’Rourke Seamus O’Rourke has become widely known for his simple storytelling – capturing rural Irish life in a way that both amuses and effects in equal measure. His writing takes a rare approach – his acting oozes with an energy and passion that comes from his love the of the land and his art. Recently nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actor in Mark Doherty’s play ‘TRAD’, O’Rourke goes back to his first one-man-show The Sand Park. The Sand Park – James Antony Lowry – cherishes the family hub – the fun and mayhem of his rural existence. He knows what it’s…

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

"A farmer struggles with his mortality following a near fatal heart attack" Harvest was the winner of the 2019 Kerry Film Bursary.  Written & Directed by Tristan Heanue Produced by Ronan Cassidy Joe - Lalor Roddy Margaret - Marie Mullen Aidan - Gary Lydon Martin - Brendan Conroy   Sponsor: Síocháin Foundation   Please Note: All ticket holders, will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for admittance to all events.

Maeve Gilchrist

€10.00
Date: September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

MAEVE GILCHRIST, harpist, singer, composer and producer Described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity”, Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic (lever) harp to new levels of performance and visibility. Maeve has released five albums to date, including her most recent 2020 recording, The Harp Weaver which was hailed by the Irish times in it’s five-star review as “Buoyant, sprightly and utterly beguiling....a snapshot of a musician at the top of her game”. In 2018 Maeve was a featured soloist on the Dreamworks blockbuster movie soundtrack, How to tame your dragon: The hidden world.   Sponsor: Brendan and Deirdre O'Connor…

Date: September 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Seán Ó Coisdealbha has been Chief Executive Officer of Muintearas from 1996. He has spent thirty-two years working with Muintearas, where he started working as Youth Manager in 1985. He has considerable experience in community development, education and the Irish language. He has published two poetry books, Stadhan in 2012 and Dídean in 2002. He has been closely involved in Irish language theatre since 1980, taking many parts in plays with the Taibhdhearc and Aisteoirí an Spidéil. Art Ó Súilleabháin was born in Corr na Móna, Co. Galway and spent some years in Boston USA. He worked in Dublin and Carnacon as a teacher, Castlebar as Director of Mayo Education…

Date: September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

The Far-Flung Trio are Katherine Hunka (violin), Dermot Dunne (accordion) and Malachy Robinson (double-bass): the name reflects their sense of fun and the eclecticism in their programming and performances. They are all leading Irish players and are drawn to this Trio by the sheer joy generated by playing together. This evident rapport is one of the elements that particularly delights audiences. They have been warmly received at festivals and in concert series all over the country, delighting audiences with our mix of virtuosity and playfulness, tradition and innovation. A dizzying array of styles characterises Their concerts. They include music by Bach, Biber, Gershwin, Kreisler, Liszt, Offenbach, Edith Piaf, Piazzolla, Prokofiev,…

Luka Bloom

€20.00
Date: September 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Armed with his acoustic guitar and his unique voice, Singer-songwriter Luka Bloom, will put any audience in his back pocket. The combination of the intriguing guitar sound and the interesting choice of songs has been a guarantee for great concert evenings for more than twenty years. Sponsor: GMT Ireland Please Note: All ticket holders, will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for admittance to all events.

Date: September 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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

Date: September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Bill Whelan will launch the memoirs of Hugh Duffy,  Long time contributor to the festival, “Mister Duffy Mind the Rats. His memoirs recount his career from 1952 - 2018 and is also a social history of the period. Please Note: All ticket holders, will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for admittance to all events.

Date: September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Private:
Address:

From Prehistoric to Early Modern art in Mountains of Connemara and South Mayo. Ashleigh, Tullycross. Murrisk, Boheh and Killadoon. In the company of artist Joe Boske and archaeologist Micheal Gibbons. For details  walkwest@eircom.net

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

Eleanor Shanley and John Feeley’s creative collaboration resulted in the release of the stunning new album Cancion de Amor, which is now on release Eleanor and John first met in London in the 1990s, when Eleanor was touring with De Dannan. “It was a chance encounter at Liverpool Street Station when we were both passing through.” Eleanor reminisces. They did not meet again for nearly twenty-five years, when John was doing a show in Eleanor’s now hometown of Ballinasloe. They almost immediately started chatting about doing some work together. They have since worked on some live shows together , and Cancion de Amor is the result of their recording collaboration.…

Date: September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Online
Address:

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of nine novels including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary and Nora Webster and, most recently, House of Names. His work has been shortlisted for the Booker three times, won the Costa Novel Award and the Impac Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of nonfiction. Colm’s newest book, The Magician, tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. He would find himself on the wrong side of history in the First World War, cheerleading the German army, but have a clear vision of the…

Date: September 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Festival regular Tony Curtis was born in Dublin in 1955, and studied literature at the University of Essex and Trinity College, Dublin. Recent publications include Approximately in the Key of C (2015) and Pony (2013). In 1993, his poem ‘The Dowser and the Child’ won the Poetry Ireland/Friends Provident National Poetry Competition, while These Hills won the Book Stop Poetry Prize. In 2003 he was awarded the Varuna House Exchange Fellowship to Australia. Rachael Hegarty is a Dubliner. She was educated by the Holy Fathers in Finglas, the U Mass Bostonians, the Trinity M.Phillers in Dublin and the Ph.D. Magicians at Queens University, Belfast. Her debut collection, Flight Paths Over…

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