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September 2019

Date: 26th September 2019 @ 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: 26th September 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
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: 26th September 2019 @ 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: 26th September 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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: 26th September 2019 @ 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: 26th September 2019 @ 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: 26th September 2019 @ 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: 26th September 2019 @ 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: 27th September 2019 @ 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: 27th September 2019 @ 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: 27th September 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
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: 27th September 2019 @ 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: 27th September 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
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: 27th September 2019 @ 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: 27th September 2019 @ 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: 27th September 2019 @ 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: 27th September 2019 @ 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: 28th September 2019 @ 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: 28th September 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
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: 28th September 2019 @ 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: 28th September 2019 @ 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: 28th September 2019 @ 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: 28th September 2019 @ 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: 28th September 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
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: 28th September 2019 @ 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: 28th September 2019 @ 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: 29th September 2019 @ 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: 29th September 2019 @ 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: 29th September 2019 @ 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: 29th September 2019 @ 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…

August 2020

Date: 17th August 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Hotel
Address: Galway Road

Clifden Historical Walking Tours with local historian, Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill Explore the history of this 200-year-old town with an expert guide. Hear stories of famine, war, religious conflict, street riots and political rallies in the Capital of Connemara. Kathleen is the author of several books on the history of west County Galway and has a wealth of knowledge about the history and heritage of her native Clifden. Tour duration: approx 90 mins Tel: 087 647 1107 (Tickets not available online) Meeting Point: Station House Hotel Admission: 10, Under 15 Free

September 2020

Date: 17th September 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

The history of a nobody’s first 31 years before he became a tyrant, psychopath and implementer of a ruthless programme of racial extermination in his final 23 years this is the story of Adolf Hitler and the long shadow his short reign has cast over today’s world.

Date: 17th September 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Hotel
Address: Galway Road

Clifden Historical Walking Tours with local historian, Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill Explore the history of this 200-year-old town with an expert guide. Hear stories of famine, war, religious conflict, street riots and political rallies in the Capital of Connemara. Kathleen is the author of several books on the history of west County Galway and has a wealth of knowledge about the history and heritage of her native Clifden. Tour duration: approx 90 mins Tel: 087 647 1107 (Tickets not available online) Meeting Point: Station House Hotel Admission: 10, Under 15 Free

Ultan Conlon

€10
Date: 17th September 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Ultan Conlon is a Galway based Singer-Songwriter, and Recording Artist who has to date recorded four studio albums, scored a feature film and compiled its soundtrack. His latest album ‘There's a Waltz' was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Grammy Award Winner Sean Watkins (Nicklecreek)

Date: 17th September 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Loughrea native Patrick Deeley is a poet, memoirist and children’s writer. The Recipient of the 2019 Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award, the 2014 Dermot Healy International Poetry Prize, and the Eilis Dillon Children’s Book of the Year Award. His critically acclaimed memoir, ‘The Hurley Maker’s Son’, was a bestseller in 2016 and 2017. His seventh collection of poems with Dedalus Press, ‘The End of the World’, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Farmgate National Poetry Award.   Catherine Phil MacCarthy was born and grew up in Crecora, Co. Limerick. A graduate of University College, Cork. She has published five collections of poetry and a novel, most recently, The Invisible Threshold (2012)…

Date: 17th September 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Official Opening of the 43rd Clifden Arts Festival by Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council followed by a concert with an ensemble of local musicians and dancers: Marie Walsh (Accordion & Piano), Liz and Yvonne Kane (Fiddles), Mirella Murray (Piano Accordion), Eileen O’Malley-Mannion (Banjo & Whistle), Seamus Flaherty (Harp, Dancer, Vocals) and Nathan Pilatzke (Dancer). Mauren grew up in Ballylongford, Co Kerry, and is a graduate of NUI Galway and of UCD. Maureen Kennelly was director of Poetry Ireland from 2013 until April 2020. She was previously director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, artistic director of the Mermaid Arts Centre, general manager with Fishamble Theatre Company, and she also worked with…

Date: 18th September 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Most of us grapple with our emotions and with the understanding that our feelings and our reactions are transient. We often get bogged down or overwhelmed and find it hard to simply ‘detach’. In this talk, we will learn how to balance the spiritual teachings of yoga with those of depth psychotherapy as we move towards feeling centred and whole. Learning to recognise when our ‘ego’ is dictating terms and blocking our greater sense of Soul will help us navigate and ride the waves of our emotions while recognising the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Date: 18th September 2020 @ 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.

Date: 18th September 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Hotel
Address: Galway Road

Clifden Historical Walking Tours with local historian, Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill Explore the history of this 200-year-old town with an expert guide. Hear stories of famine, war, religious conflict, street riots and political rallies in the Capital of Connemara. Kathleen is the author of several books on the history of west County Galway and has a wealth of knowledge about the history and heritage of her native Clifden. Tour duration: approx 90 mins Tel: 087 647 1107 (Tickets not available online) Meeting Point: Station House Hotel Admission: 10, Under 15 Free

Laoise Kelly

€10
Date: 18th September 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Laoise Kelly originally from Westport, but now living on Achill Island, Co.Mayo. She is one of Ireland’s leading traditional harpers. Laoise uses a new style of harp playing, combining the techniques of fingerpads in the bass and fingernails in the melody on a thirty-four gut-strung Paddy Cafferky harp.

Dúchas

€10
Date: 18th September 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

A celebration of the literary and musical tradition of North Kerry with Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Danny O Mahoney

Date: 18th September 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Lorna Shaughnessy has published three poetry collections, Torching the Brown River, Witness Trees and Anchored (Salmon Poetry) and a chapbook, Song of the Forgotten Shulamite (Lapwing). Lark Water, her fourth collection, will be launched in 2021. She lectures in Hispanic Studies in NUI Galway and translates Galician, Spanish and Latin American poetry. In 2018 she was awarded an Artist’s Bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland. Moya Cannon is an Irish poet with six published collections, the most recent being Donegal Tarantella (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2019).  In her poems, archaeology and geology figure as gateways to an understanding of our relationship with our endangered earth. Music, mainly traditional Irish music,…

Date: 18th September 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue St. Joseph’s Church
Address: Westport Rd

They have explored their separate paths in their careers. Iarla was performing with such renowned groups as the Afro Celt Sound System and the Gloaming as well as his collaborations with classical ensembles, opera and film performances. Steve was performing in many Irish traditional instrumental ensembles and contributing to more than 250 CDs as a guitarist, bass player and producer.

Date: 19th September 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Talk by Michael Gibbons The various landscapes and seascapes of the area continue to reward the efforts of field archaeologists with a steady stream of exciting discoveries coming to light. Drought conditions provided a rare window of opportunity to explore the strange dried up Turloughs of Coolepark and their surrounding tree-covered rock tables. Normally inaccessible part of the lake strewn Roundstone Bog was explored and a number of bog bound island settlements and stone causeways were revealed. Investigations In the mountains of the Connemara National Park and Joyce Country led to the identification of further examples of Prehistoric Rock Art, a number of new tombs and a range of seasonal…

Date: 19th September 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Peadar Ó Riada is a man who does not let the grass grow under his feet. When the Covid19 pandemic lockdown began, Peadar started writing new tunes and finished up with 19 a few of which he will be playing for the first time at the Clifden Arts Festival. During the lockdown, Mass was broadcast from Cúil Aodha each Sunday on Raidió na Gaeltachta with hymns from Cór Chúil Aodha founded by Seán Ó Riada and directed by Peadar since Seán died in 1971. Peadar has written an amount of new music for the choir. He has now embarked on a most ambitious and demanding project, namely to compose music…

Date: 19th September 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

***Due to unavoidable circumstances, The David McCullagh talk on September 19th has been cancelled. We regret any inconvenience caused to ticket holders. We look forward to welcoming David back for the Festival in 2021.*** 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. Sponsored by: Peter and Paula Vine

Date: 19th September 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 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 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 at 7 pm on Sunday 20th September, repeated September 21st and will be able as a podcast on connemarafm.com

Date: 19th September 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

"Máirtín O'Connor is a squeezebox player in the very top echelon." Irish Music Magazine "Virtuoso - one of Ireland's most gifted young musicians." The Irish Independent on Zoe Conway "Donal Lunny. a man who has been at the coal face of Irish music for the past five decades." Hot Press This new group brings together the dazzling talents of three of the country's finest traditional musicians; button accordion master Máirtín O'Connor, fiddle player Zoë Conway and guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny.  Don't miss this illustrious trio in what promises to be an atmospheric and unforgettable tour, drawing on an eclectic mix of the old and new where traditional tunes…

Date: 20th September 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

One of the most noteworthy people in traditional Irish music and the world of uilleann piping was Leo Rowsome and this event today recalls his lifetime of music, achievement and importance as a piper, pipe maker, teacher, recording artist and radio performer. It is often said that the piping tradition was much enriched by Leo's contribution and work over many years. His home and pipe making workshop was in Dublin's northside in Donnycarney. He was of robust Co. Wexford heritage and on the 20th September 1970 - 50 years ago on this day - he passed away. Today's presentation is by his grandson, Kevin Rowsome and broadcaster Peter Browne, both…

Date: 20th September 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

John Feeley was described as ‘Ireland’s leading classical guitarist’ by The Washington Post, which also judged his CD “The Immigrant’s Song” to be the best classical guitar CD of 2013. He has won several prizes in international competitions and performed with major orchestras throughout the world. In recent years he has specialised in arrangements of J.S. Bach, which have been viewed over seven million times online. He has been awarded a PhD from Maynooth University for a dissertation on contemporary Irish music. His performances of Irish airs receive high praise for their subtlety, brilliance and originality. Sponsored by: Brendan and Deidre O'Connor

Date: 20th September 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Music Generation Galway presents a Samba drumming workshop for kids and families! Join us for this fun uplifting experience in the Town Hall. No experience necessary and no admission. Places and limited and pre-booking is required. Due to demand, we are adding another Samba Drumming workshop on at 5 pm To reserve a spot Call: 091 875447 Or Email: MusicGenerationGalway@gretb.ie Music Generation Galway is funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, and the Department of Education and Skills. Admission: Free (booking required)

Date: 20th September 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Station House Hotel
Address: Galway Road

Tristan, from Derryinver in Renvyle, is a former student of Clifden Community School. In recent years he has written screenplays, produced and directed films, as well as developed his acting career. He plays the lead role in Paddy Slattery’s feature debut Broken Law (2020) which is currently on national release. Synopsis: ‘A couple embark on a journey in the midst of a family crisis’ Academy Award longlist 2021- Short Film IFTA Nominee 2020 - Best Short Film Sponsored by: Tom and Peggy McManus  

Date: 20th September 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue St. Joseph’s Church
Address: Westport Rd

One of Ireland’s most successful musicians and significant musical ambassadors, Finghin Collins was born in Dublin in 1977 and, following initial lessons with his sister Mary, studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O’Conor and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet. His international career was launched by winning first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. He has performed in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe and the United States, as well as in the Far East and Australia.   Programme LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770 – 1827 Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1  …

Date: 21st September 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

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. Due to circumstances beyond our control Séamus is unable to travel for the event, but immeasurable talent, Tony Curtis, has offered to read some poetry in his place. Seán Ó Coistealbha 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…

Date: 21st September 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

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,…

Date: 21st September 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

The immensely talents brother and sister duo, Seamus and Caoimhe Flaherty. Music right from the heart of connemara these two will weave together the traditional sounds of local musical traditions and legacy with their youth and talent into something special for this year's Festival.   Sponsored by: John Fanning  

Date: 21st September 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

John Feeley and Fran O’Rourke have until recently specialised in traditional songs (in both English and Irish) that feature in the writings of James Joyce. They have given concerts in Shanghai, New York, Philadelphia, Princeton, San Diego and Washington. In 2012 they gave a series of recitals with James Joyce’s guitar, repair of which they sponsored. Their CD “JoyceSong” is a live recording of a concert in Monaco on St Patrick’s Day 2015. Earlier this year they recorded a CD of traditional songs in Irish, “Casadh na nAmhrán / Turning the Song”. John Feeley was described as ‘Ireland’s leading classical guitarist’ by The Washington Post, which also judged his CD…

Date: 21st September 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

 A Celebration of Seamus Heaney with Neil Martin and Eleanor Methven  Musician Neil Martin and actor Eleanor Metvenn respond to the poetry of Seamus Heaney. Clifden arts festival is delighted to host this celebration of the work of Seamus Heaney a long time friend of the Festival who gave his first reading in Clifden Community School Library in 1978 and his last in St Joseph’s Church in 2009 Neil Martin is a composer and musician with an international reputation who enjoys a most varied and rewarding career encompassing opera, dance, theatre, film, television, radio, symphonic concert hall and studio. Originally from Magherafelt, South County Derry, Eleanor Methven is one of…

Date: 22nd September 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Bob Quinn has been variously a writer, filmmaker, photographer, forester and wood sculptor for the past fifty years. Born in Dublin, he began as a producer-director in RTE and has lived in the Gaeltacht of Connemara, Co. Galway since 1970. He is a member of Aosdána, NUIG will award the Irish parliament of artists and this November an honorary doctorate. His 70-odd drama and documentary films include ‘The Atlantean Quartet’; ‘Poitín’; ‘Budawanny’, ‘Cloch’; ‘Graceville’, etc.  His work has largely featured the Irish-speaking community in which he lives. His last film, ‘Bog Graffiti’, a short meditation on climate change, was shown at the Galway Film Fleadh and the Rome Film Festa.…

Date: 22nd September 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Hotel
Address: Galway Road

Clifden Historical Walking Tours with local historian, Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill Explore the history of this 200-year-old town with an expert guide. Hear stories of famine, war, religious conflict, street riots and political rallies in the Capital of Connemara. Kathleen is the author of several books on the history of west County Galway and has a wealth of knowledge about the history and heritage of her native Clifden. Tour duration: approx 90 mins Tel: 087 647 1107 (Tickets not available online) Meeting Point: Station House Hotel Admission: 10, Under 15 Free

Date: 22nd September 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

ConTempo Quartet, Bogdan Sofei and Ingrid Nicola(violins), Andreea Banciu (viola) and Adrian Mantu (cello) was formed in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania and were appointed as Fellows of Royal Academy of Music, London in 1999, The Galway Music Residency’s Quartet in Residence in 2003 and the RTÉ’s Quartet in Residence in 2014. The Quartet has won fourteen international prizes in prestigious competitions across Europe (London, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Rome, Graz, Hamburg) performing over three thousand concerts worldwide in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House, Geidai Tokyo, NCH Dublin and Théatre du Châtelet Paris.  In 2018 the National University of Ireland awarded its members with honorary doctorates…

Date: 22nd September 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue Station House Complex
Address: Galway Road

Directed by Garry Hynes Druid returns to live theatre with an extensive rural tour, in a tribute to the life and works of Galway’s Augusta Lady Gregory. Performed entirely outdoors and fully embracing all restrictions in place due to Covid-19, DruidGregory, a Galway 2020 commission, presents Lady Gregory’s Hyacinth Halvey at Clifden Arts Festival, directed by Garry Hynes and performed by a company of actors and musicians including leading members of the Druid Ensemble. The fount of all knowledge, Mrs Delane, the postmistress of Cloon, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new SUB-SANITARY INSPECTOR, Hyacinth Halvey. Laden down with  recommendations of good and saintly character, can Hyacinth possibly cope…

Date: 22nd September 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue Rossleague Manor Hotel
Address: Rosleague

Peter Vine travelled extensively and worked in over thirty countries encountering some of the world’s most intriguing cultures and places. From deep-sea diving in the South Pacific islands to book publishing and film production in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates, fish farming in Greece and Ireland and conducting research on the Spirorbis worm in waters from New Zealand to the Red Sea, Vine is a sympathetic observer and participant of life in the widely varying and rich milieux in which he has lived and worked. Spirorbis tells stories from Vine’s life rather than the story of his life – stories of adventure, of exploration, of romance, of risk-taking,…

Date: 22nd September 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue St. Joseph’s Church
Address: Westport Rd

Originally from Cork, and now based in Listowel, Mary McGillicuddy has lived and worked in North Kerry for the past forty years. During a long career in education, she made the acquaintance of the extended family of John Moriarty, and eventually of John himself. Fascinated by both his story and his themes, she embarked on a voyage into his books. This enormously enriching personal experience left her with a sense of the importance and the urgency of his message. Recognising that his own books can be daunting, she set about writing a book that might provide the key to open the door into his genius, to ensure that his legacy…

Date: 22nd September 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Time: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue Station House Complex
Address: Galway Road

Directed by Garry Hynes Druid returns to live theatre with an extensive rural tour, in a tribute to the life and works of Galway’s Augusta Lady Gregory. Performed entirely outdoors and fully embracing all restrictions in place due to Covid-19, DruidGregory, a Galway 2020 commission, presents Lady Gregory’s Hyacinth Halvey at Clifden Arts Festival, directed by Garry Hynes and performed by a company of actors and musicians including leading members of the Druid Ensemble. The fount of all knowledge, Mrs Delane, the postmistress of Cloon, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new SUB-SANITARY INSPECTOR, Hyacinth Halvey. Laden down with  recommendations of good and saintly character, can Hyacinth possibly cope…

Sean Keane

€20
Date: 22nd September 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Sean comes from a musical family in Caherlistrane, Co. Galway, and has been performing around the world for nearly 40 years. Born in 1961, he won his first of 13 Fleadh Ceoil medals for solo singing at seven years of age. He joined his first band, Shegui, in London and released an album with them, before touring America with his sister Dolores in a band called Reel Union. After that, he was a founding member of Arcady.   Sean released his first solo album in the early ’90s and is still recording new material. His compilation three-CD set, Never Alone, still proves popular among his followers. Come along to hear…

Date: 25th September 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

CLIFDEN ARTS SOCIETY PRESENTS Ye Vagabonds and Cormac Begley Music Network presents triple RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards winners Ye Vagabonds on tour in a new collaboration with renowned concertina player Cormac Begley. Ye Vagabonds, brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, are fast earning a ticket on the legend bus. With trademark close harmony singing, lean and tasty accompaniment and the rare ability to tell a good story in song, it’s little surprise that they became triple RTÉ Radio 1 Folk awardees last year. In September they take to the road in a new Music Network collaboration with the superb West Kerry concertina player Cormac Begley. No stranger to musical…

October 2020

Date: 11th October 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Due to the current Level 3 COVID-19 Guidelines, This event is postponed until further notice. Music Network presents an exciting new Cello Quartet featuring William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson and Ailbhe McDonagh on tour this October Programme to include beautiful arrangements of popular works by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Gershwin and a new Music Network commission by Conor Linehan. Music Network presents four masterful cellists – William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson and Ailbhe McDonagh on a six-date nationwide tour, including a performance at Station House Theatre, Clifden on 11th October presented by Clifden Arts Society. For tickets and more information see musicnetwork.ie. With its sonorous tone, swan-like elegance and…

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
Address:

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
Address:

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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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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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
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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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