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September 2018

Date: 14th September 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Reading with Aifric Mac Aodha and Louis De Paor and Music by Lynn Saoirse Foreign News (2017) is Aifric Mac Aodha’s first collection with The Gallery Press. She has taught in St Petersburg, New York and Canada and has lectured in old and modern Irish at UCD. She lives in Dublin, where she works for Irish-language publisher An Gúm. Her poetry is both playful and exact. As Clíona Ní Ríordáin put it in The Irish Times: ‘If the subject matter of her poems is serious, the images that are dotted throughout the volume are engaging and contemporary, they include a laconic DJ, Marilyn Monroe and her voluminous skirts and the…

Date: 14th September 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Clifden Arts Festival welcomes back Paul Durcan, one of Ireland’s most distinctive poets. The Dublin-born poets writings are funny subversive narratives and self-mocking poems of underachievement, poems celebrating love and sex of the lives of famous writers and artists, as well as tender verses commemorating the dead. He is respected as a critical commentator on Irish history and society, and won the Whitbread Poetry Award for his collection Daddy, Daddy (1990). Some of his most recent collections include The Art of Life; The Laughter of Mothers; Life is a Dream and Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being. Writing of his 2008 collection The Laughter of…

Date: 14th September 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Time: 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue O’Malley’s Bar
Address: Market Street

Book Launch: See The Wood From The Trees by Marion McGarry and Dermot O’Donovan Tadhg O’Mahony, senior scientific officer at the Environmental Protection Agency, will launch See The Wood From The Trees by Marion McGarry and Dermot O’Donovan (Artisan House, Letterfrack, 2018). Stunningly designed and highly visual, See The Wood From The Trees documents the story of trees felled by storms in Áras an Uachtaráin and subsequently gifted by the President, Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina, to GMIT Letterfrack. Around this simple but inspired gesture, the book tells of the chequered history of trees in Ireland as well as the story of Áras an Uachtaráin and the plantations…

Date: 14th September 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

‘Wild and unpredictable,’ Wallis Bird cannot – and should not – be easily pigeonholed. Capable of the delicate, gossamer-thin ballads that her tiny, five-foot-two frame would suggest, she can also summon up a whirlwind of passion and rage in the blink of an eye. Her performances can transition seamlessly from defiant anthems that can motivate thousands of festival-goers into a rousing sing-a-long, to the most hushed and fragile ballads that can captivate an audience for spellbound silence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PORpgm4y9q0 A two-time Irish Meteor Award winner, mostly recently for Best Female Artist, and a nominee for Ireland’s prestigious Choice Music Prize, Bird has toured with Billy Bragg, The Gossip, Emiliana Torrini, ZAZ,…

Date: 14th September 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Dr. Mindflip with support by The Curley Organ Dr. Mindflip are a delightfully-bizarre bunch that weave their considerable musical chops into a scintillating blur of styles. This is Supertramp on the tear with David Lynch, the manic energy of The Mighty Boosh jamming with the sneering spectre of Frank Zappa – intense, atmospheric, impossibly catchy music. The Doctor himself holds the show together on keys and coaxes jazzy avant-pop from the aristocratic Owly, soulful sax-wielding Sage, gently unnerving Dollhead, and a very cheerful drummer. Last year, Dr Mindflip packed Mullarkey’s Bar with grooves and grins – we’re delighted to have them back to give our 2018 programme a potent shot…

Date: 14th September 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Keogh’s Bar
Address:

Clifden Arts Festival welcomes back John Joe Forde and Mike Fahey for their annual traditional Irish music session, bringing the rich tradition of East Galway music to Connemara in what promises to be yet another powerful night!

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 9:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 9:30 am
Venue Foyle’s Hotel
Address: Main Street

Curiosity Does Not Kill The Cat: Writers’ Workshop with John Liddy Founding editor with Jim Burke of The Stony Thursday Book, John Liddy has published 11 collections of poetry in English – three with Spanish translations – as well as books for children. His own translations include the work of Irish and Spanish poets. He was Limerick City of Culture Poet-in-Residence for July 2014 and co-edited 1916-2016: An Anthology of Reactions. His latest book, Madrid and Other Poems was published earlier this year, and a collection of all his Spanish-related poems is forthcoming. Born in Co. Cork in 1954, John grew up in Limerick and took a degree with the…

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 10:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 am
Venue Claddaghduff Hall
Address: Claddaghduff

Ever wanted to learn to fly like Fidget Feet? Now is your chance! In this workshop for beginners you will learn the basics of aerial cocoon work. You will be introduced to basic climbs, keys and short sequences. 10am to 11am: Adult and Child (Children 4-8 yrs), one adult per child / 14 pair capacity 11am–1pm: 9-12 yrs / 21 person capacity Cost: €5 per child Note: Please note that you will be working in bare feet, make sure you are wearing no jewelry, and please have your hair tied back. No shorts or belly tops, tight leggings or tracksuit bottoms only. To book call Fidget Feet directly on 087…

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Wounds: A Memoir of War and Love – A Talk by Fergal Keane Introduced by Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill Fergal Keane is a journalist with the BBC and an author. He received the 2018 Christopher Ewart-Biggs memorial prize for his memoir Wounds for advancing understanding of Irish history in Britain. Keane worked for many years as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, reporting on issues including the conflict in Northern Ireland, the end of apartheid in South Africa, and the Rwandan genocide. He is the nephew of Irish playwright, novelist and essayist John B. Keane. Sponsored by Dr. Ciarán and Anne MacLoughlin. Admission €15

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue The Showgrounds
Address: Hulk Street

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

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Claddaghduff Hall
Address: Claddaghduff

Ever wanted to learn to fly like Fidget Feet? Now is your chance! In this workshop for beginners you will learn the basics of aerial cocoon work. You will be introduced to basic climbs, keys and short sequences. 10am to 11am: Adult and Child (Children 4-8 yrs), one adult per child / 14 pair capacity 11am–1pm: 9-12 yrs / 21 person capacity Cost: €5 per child Note: Please note that you will be working in bare feet, make sure you are wearing no jewelry, and please have your hair tied back. No shorts or belly tops, tight leggings or tracksuit bottoms only. To book call Fidget Feet directly on 087…

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Beethoven Cello Sonata Op.69 in A Major Chopin Cello Sonata Op.65 Dublin-born Miriam Roycroft studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, winning the Muriel Taylor Cello Competition in London upon graduation. Further studies included a period in Banff, Canada, with Aldo Parisot. Miriam has performed as a soloist with the RTÉ NSO and has played many of the major concerti for cello with orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland. She has been a guest leader of the cello sections of the RTÉ CO, RTÉ NSO, BBC NOW, the BBC SSO, and the Northern Sinfonia. Miriam was Head of Strings at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in…

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Foyle’s Hotel
Address: Main Street

This is a vibrant group – their members have published books of poetry and non-fiction and contributed to Sunday Miscellany.  Their broadcasts on Connemara Community Radio range from scary Halloween stories to heart-moving memoir. Come and enjoy their Arts Festival programme – an hour of stories, poetry and the beautiful music of the harp, played by Lynn Saoirse. Everyone welcome, and admission is free.

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Lecture by Professor Joe Lee: Ireland in History: Past, Present – and Future New York University professor John Joseph Lee – commonly known as J.J. Lee – is an Irish historian and former senator. He is emeritus Professor of History, Glucksman Professor for Irish Studies, and director of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University. Sponsored by Peter and Paula Vine. Admission €10

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Tom King’s Bar
Address: Market Square

Music session led by Marie Walsh. Admission free

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Alcock & Brown Hotel
Address: Market Square

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the talk by Kenneth Webb at the Alcock and Brown Hotel on Saturday 15th at 3pm has had to be cancelled. Kenneth Webb – Colour and Texture: an Art Demonstration This year, we are again privileged that Kenneth Webb has kindly agreed to demonstrate one of his famous Derrygimla Bog paintings and follow it with a short question and answer session. Kenneth will demonstrate some of the secrets of colour and texture that have made his painting so popular in Ireland and the United Kingdom for many years. Very recently, the first three paintings sold in the 2017 London Exhibition were large bog paintings of Derrygimla,…

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Market Square
Address: Market Square

Defense Forces Military Band 2 Brigade Band 2 Brigade was formed in 1936 and has been based in Athlone since that time. Join them as they play a mix of military, jazz and popular music. Band Conductor: Captain Thomas Kelly Band CS: CS Terry Donovan Free event

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Alcock & Brown Hotel
Address: Market Square

Poetry Reading and Songs with Rita Ann Higgins and Con ‘Fada’ Ó Drisceoil Rita Ann Higgins has published 11 books of poetry, including Tongulish, Ireland Is Changing Mother, and Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems, all from Bloodaxe. In 2010, Salmon published her controversial memoir, Hurting God – Part Essay Part Rhyme. She is also a playwright with a number of plays to her name, including The Plastic Bag, The Empty Frame (about the incarceration of Hanna Greally) and The Colossal Longing of Julie Connors. She has recently written two short films in Irish. The Galway-based writer’s many awards include a Peadar O’Donnell Award and several Arts Council…

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue E.J. King’s Bar
Address: The Town Square

Great traditional music with Paddy Buckley (banjo), David Kinsella (pipes), James Kinsella (accordion), and Michael Buckley (fiddle

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Time: 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue O’Malley’s Bar
Address: Market Street

From the early poem ‘Madrid Through The Eyes of a Stranger,’ first published in the bilingual collection Wine and Hope/Vino y Esperanza (1999), to the epic title poem, ‘Madrid,’ in this present collection, John Liddy returns to his adopted home, no longer a stranger but seasoned in its idiosyncrasies. It is as though he has come full circle. But he moves further afield to take in Galicia, Asturias, Atapuerca and the Ireland he has never stopped writing about. Madrid and Other Poems takes the reader beyond place and country into the heart of modern living with its political and social upheavals. The tribute poem to poets past and present and…

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Camerata Kilkenny with David Power, Uilleann Pipes Claire Duff - baroque violin Marja Gaynor - baroque violin Nathan Sherman - viola Norah O’Leary - baroque cello Malcolm Proud - harpsichord David Power is a master of the uilleann pipes. Influenced by the great pipers of the past, he has won All-Ireland and Oireachtas Piping prizes and makes appearances at many international festivals. He has three critically acclaimed solo recordings ‘My Love is in America’, ‘Cuachín Ghleann Neifin’ and ‘The Eighteen Moloney’. He regularly performs with fiddle player Martin Hayes and his most recent collaboration is a project for stage with Kerry Hardie and Olivia O’Leary, based on the 6th Century Irish Christian…

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Lisa Hannigan’s third album At Swim is out now on Play It Again Sam. Produced by Aaron Dessner, her third – and arguably most bewitching – record follows the double-platinum, Mercury-nominated debut Sea Sew, and 2011’s Passenger, which charted at number one in Ireland, and earned Lisa another Choice Music Prize nomination. https://youtu.be/GRdj8MRj9Js After playing in support of Passenger for nearly two years, Lisa struggled at first to write new material. A new relationship meant that she was dividing her time between Dublin and London; adrift and lost, she threw herself into distraction instead. There was an acting debut as a mermaid in the Oscar-nominated animation Song of the Sea,…

Date: 15th September 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Double-bill: My Fellow Sponges and Nick Timothy with Special Guests My Fellow Sponges are four piece from Galway. They are eccentric, energetic and we can even say mildly influential. Between their members that embrace love for minimalism, words, bossa, jazz, theatricals and synthesizers. And if you think all those things can’t be mashed into one bag, be shaken up and emerge beautiful, you have to listen to Sponges new self titled album. My Fellow Sponges have collaborated with storytellers, comedians, dancers and brass-ensembles. They have played entire shows improvised, under the moniker, Community. Their live concerts are lively, unpredictable and intimate. They comfortably switch from eerie-electronica to hip-shaking-bossa-nova. Admission €8

Date: 16th September 2018 @ 10:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Lecture by Michael Gibbons: Ballynahinch Castle and the O’Flaherty Lords of Connemara in Folklore, History and Archaeology This year marks the 300th anniversary of the death of the Gaelic lord and scholar Ruaidhri Maic Aodha Ó Flaithbheartaigh and is an opportune time to explore the history of human settlement in a place synonymous with the O’Flahertys, Ballynahinch Castle estate – following recent discoveries, we now know that settlement there dates back over 7,000 years. The talk’s key focus will be on the lake island cashel-castle and the cast of extraordinary figures associated with it. It began life as an island cashel or stone crannóg built by the local O’Cadhla lords,…

Date: 16th September 2018 @ 11:30 am
Time: 11:30 am - 11:30 am
Venue Elm Tree Centre
Address: Galway Road

Coffee Morning in Aid of the Mental Health Association

Date: 16th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy Three powerful forces in Irish roots music, Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy combine as The Whileaways to create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies, tradition and beautifully crafted original songs. All three write and sing, drawing on their own experience, and the result is captivating. These three singers could all front their own projects, and indeed have, with six previous albums to their collective credit. Having toured separately, they came to know each other’s singing on home ground while playing sessions in the folk melting pot of Galway city. Dipping their toe in the water as a trio, they were hailed as ‘a knockout of…

Date: 16th September 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Mannion’s Bar
Address: Market Street

The Clifden Arts Festival is delighted to welcome back Betty and the Baby Boomers. The group first performed here in 1993. Over many visits since, the students in the Boomers’ audiences back then have grown up; their children now listen to the group in Clifden’s schools. The Boomers are older, too, but their music is timeless, featuring songs by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and others who shaped the ‘baby boomer’ generation in America. Betty Boomer, Jean McAvoy, Paul Rubeo, Steve Stanne, and Robert Bard create distinctive arrangements for these classics as well as recent songs in that tradition; original compositions, and selections inspired by their experiences in Ireland.…

Date: 16th September 2018 @ 2:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Robyn Rowland has 13 books, 10 of poetry. In her new book, Mosaics from the Map (Doire, 2018) history is lived in personal stories through war, change, family and friendship – in Ireland, Turkey, the Balkans and Australia. They touch on Cork, the city from which the poet’s family emigrated to Australia and where an Armenian created Hadji Bey’s Turkish Delight; Sarajevo, flowering now after a brutal war; Alcock and Brown and their pathway from POW camps to fly the first crossing of the Atlantic; Titanic with her very modern story; and Turkey, a country for blossoming friendships and love. Robyn’s poetry appears in national and international journals, in over 40 anthologies, including 8 editions of Best…

Date: 16th September 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

James Harpur will read from his new collection of poems, The White Silhouette, which explores the numinous in a snowy pilgrimage from West Cork to Dorset, the mystery of Russian icons, the Perseids meteor shower, and the medieval Celtic art of the Book of Kells. The title poem is a ‘compelling spiritual memoir’ (TLS) of ‘missed encounters’ in the landscapes of Tipperary, Wiltshire, and Patmos. James is poetry editor of Temenos and a member of Aosdána. His awards include the Michael Hartnett Prize, the Vincent Buckley Award, and the UK National Poetry Competition. He writes poetry in the wilds of West Cork and appears regularly on RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany and…

Date: 16th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Kicking All The Boxes is the story of Naoise, a one-time champion kickboxer. We meet Naoise on her 15th birthday as she returns from winning a European kickboxing title; we next meet her 15 years later, on her 30th birthday, and, as the piece progresses, we are taken along three paths of the person she may become. Reminiscent of a theatrical Sliding Doors, Kicking All The Boxes examines decisions and consequences, and the impact they can have on the journey a life can take. It holds a mirror up to a whole generation of 20- and 30-something-year-old women and asks: what do you do when life no longer parties with…

Date: 16th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Paddy Power’s
Address: Main Street

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

Date: 16th September 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue West Connemara Sports & Leisure Centre
Address: Ardbear

Conductor: Gavin Maloney Soloist: Gavan Ring (Baritone) Programme: Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3 Haydn Symphony No 44 – Trauer Interval From the Danube to the Owenglin – songs from Austria and home with Gavan Ring. Introducing orchestra music to new audiences since 1948, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra has built a strong connection with the public that saw it named the World’s Favourite Orchestra 2015, winning 25% of the vote in an international poll. The RTÉ CO has performed with countless extraordinary artists across all genres: from the classical world, Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras, Gheroghiu, and Lang Lang; film and stage composers including Lalo Schifrin, Michel Legrand, David Arnold, and Marvin Hamlisch;…

Date: 16th September 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Music Network presents Máirtín O'Connor, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Séamie O'Dowd Live in Concert For this very special tour, the swashbuckling musical spirit that has seen Máirtín O’Connor and Séamie O’Dowd dazzle audiences in the past provides an anchor to the shimmering vocals of Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill — with the promise of free-flowing instrumental duos to boot. Maighread Ní Dhomnaill, winner of TG4’s Traditional Singer of the Year award, formed the band Skara Brae before touring the world with Donal Lunny’s Coolfin. She sings and tours most often with her sister Tríona and their recent concert performances with Martin Hayes, Denis Cahill, and David Power have met with widespread critical acclaim.…

Date: 16th September 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Music with Mama Kin Spender with support from 9:30pm Mama Kin Spender is a lightning bolt moment between two long-time friends, co-writers and mischief-makers: ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender. It’s a stripped-back duo of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies, illuminated by a chorus of singers arranged by Virginia Bott (Brighter Later, First Chorus Band of Singers). Mama Kin Spender’s songs rattle, roll and tremble, from block party to heart-rending ballad. With a sound that is as raw as it is joyful, Mama Kin Spender brings the collective, collaborative and chaotic, inviting you to traverse the golden magnetic. Their album, The Golden Magnetic, is out now on…

Date: 17th September 2018 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

A panel discussion with Dr. David Clare, Professor Patrick Lonergan, Dr. Cathy Leeney, Dr. Elaine Sisson, and Dr. Noreen Doody on the legacy of the Gate Theatre and their forthcoming book The Gate Theatre, Dublin – Inspiration and Craft, published by Carysford Press/David Lang. Introduced by Des Lally.            

Date: 17th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Mozart – Flute Quartet (arranged for pan flute, violin, viola, and cello) Schumann – String Quartet op 42 no 1 Pugnani – Venetian Carnival for pan flute and string quartet Dinicu Grigoras – Hora Staccato for pan flute and string quartet Lulian Pusca (pronounced Julian Pooshka) is a young artist of ever-growing talent, known for his astonishing skills in playing the pan flute. His wide repertoire – which includes pieces that would normally be played on violin or flute – as well as his unique technique and manner of performing make Iulian stand out from the crowd. Iulian studied music in his native Moldova before pursuing an international performance career.…

Date: 17th September 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Jim Murphy is director emeritus of the Irish Studies Program at Villanova University, Pennsylvania. In 2017, Jim was gifted with a letter found by his Aunt Joan of Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. In this letter, written around 1938, Jim’s father – who hailed from Co. Leitrim – writes from Brooklyn to ask for Jim’s mother’s hand in marriage. This beautiful letter captures the joys and heartbreaks of emigration and immigration; hopes for a future in a new world are tempered by the sense of loss. It is a story that will have a special resonance for a west of Ireland audience. Séidiú is a vocal ensemble founded in Clifden in 2015.…

Date: 17th September 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Cork writer Danny Denton’s first novel, The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow, conjures up a post-digital Ireland: derelict and flooded by ceaseless rain. A baby is born to The Kid in Yellow and T, the daughter of The Earlie King. When T dies in childbirth, the Kid tricks the King, steals the baby and goes on the run. But now the Earlie Boys are on the warpath… Reminiscent of Peaky Blinders, Quentin Tarantino, Samanta Schweblin, Blade Runner, George Saunders, and Tom Waits, this is something entirely new in Irish fiction. The recipient of a number of bursaries, Danny has written for The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, and RTÉ’s…

Date: 17th September 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Time: 5:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Fleeing from Famine in Connemara: James Hack Tuke and His Assisted Emigration Schemes in the 1880s Between 1882 and 1884, the English Quaker and philanthropist, James Hack Tuke, assisted nearly 5,000 people, mainly families, to emigrate from Connemara: paying for their passage and arranging for their settlement in Canada and the United States. The objectives of the Tuke Fund was to remove the surplus population and create viable holdings for those who remained, and initiate a chain migration. Initially, the Tuke Committee provided the funding in 1882, but realised the magnitude of the task and in 1883 and 1884 secured government financial assistance for the schemes. Despite opposition, Tuke felt…

Date: 17th September 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Time: 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue E.J. King’s Bar
Address: The Town Square

Tom McHugh, banjo, blues harp, vocals Tom Mitchell, guitar, vocals Robert Redd, piano Tom Anthony, bass Sue Matthews, vocals John Harris, trombone Guys and Doll are supported by the Kent County, Maryland, Arts Council. Additional Appearances Monday 17th September, 1pm – Clúid Tuesday 18th September, 2pm – Elm Tree centre Wednesday 19th September, 2pm – Mannion’s Bar Thursday 20th September, 3pm – Steam Café Thursday 20th September, 9pm – Tom King's Bar  

Date: 17th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

All Strings Bright and Beautiful: The Carolan String Quartet and guitarist Ewan Cowley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dObBhlsnVuc&feature=youtu.be The Carolan String Quartet and guitarist Ewan Cowley have more strings to their bows, more tricks up their rolled-up sleeves and more genres of music under their fingers than you can shake a stick at. The Carolan String Quartet have enjoyed long associations with contemporary Irish traditional music, most notably with composer Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, elements of which will be showcased in this concert. The classical music closely associated with a string quartet is juxtaposed with more experimental forms as well as the original and arranged music of Ewan Cowley, which is best described as contemporary…

Date: 17th September 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Following the release of a new album this year, and hailed as ‘the distinctive voice of Ireland,’ Sean Keane will bring his much-loved music to the the Clifden Arts Festival. Sean will be joined by Fergus Feely on mandocello and Pat Coyne on guitar, and will play songs from his albums down the years, including his latest, Gratitude, released earlier this year. Expect songs from 2016’s New Day Dawning, as well as set-favourites such as ‘Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears,’ ‘From Galway to Gracelands,’ and ‘Fields of Gold.’ Sean comes from a musical family in Caherlistrane, Co. Galway, and has been performing around the world for nearly 40 years.…

Date: 17th September 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Together with famed guitarist Ged Foley, virtuoso fiddle player Anna Falkenau will present a powerful program of Irish and American music. Besides driving tunes and delicate melody playing, Ged will also treat the audience to some gems out of his huge treasure of folk songs. After four years of regular Connemara sessions together, these two outstanding musicians have grown into a tight and intuitive musical unit. Be surprised and entertained. Admission €8

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Lecture: Sarah Purser and her Legacy by Gerard McInerney A leading figure in the early 20th century Irish Arts and Crafts movement, stained-glass artist Sarah Purser created the decorative windows of Loughrea’s St. Brendan’s cathedral. Join Loughrea native Gerard McInerney in a celebration of her legacy and of the windows’ ever-changing ‘captivating brightness.’ Gerard, who runs the long-established family business in the town, studied history as a mature student in NUI Galway. featured image: Sarah Purser as drawn by John Butler Yeats, 1880s Admission €5

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Venue Clifden Library
Address: Market Street

Book Launch: Fourth Floor Flat 44 Cantos by Terry McDonagh Terry McDonagh has published 10 poetry collections, as well as letters, drama, prose and poetry for young people, and his work has been translated into Indonesian and German. His most recent poetry collection is Lady Cassie Peregrina (2016); his poems have been included in Fire and Ice 2 for the Junior cycle, and in the Galway Poetry Trail at NUIG. In 2017 he was director of WestWords in Hamburg, Germany’s first Irish literature festival. Admission €5

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Alcock & Brown Hotel
Address: Market Square

A stalwart of the Irish folk scene since the 1960s, Charlie has enjoyed success as a solo artist, a collaborator, and a songwriter. His most recent album, Tuesdays with Paul, was released in March of this year – others include In Your Old Room, Family Matters, The Man From 20, and Stolen Moments, produced in Nashville by legendary producer Bil Vorndick. Charlie has collaborated with artists such as Maura O’Connell and Eleanor Shanley, who have both recorded many of his songs, including ‘Feet of a Dancer,’ ‘A Bed for the Night’ and ‘If Anything Happened to You.’ Other artists who have recorded Charlie’s songs include De Danann, Mary and Frances…

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Short film by Tristan Heanue: A Break in the Clouds Tristan Heanue is an actor and writer from Connemara known for Today (2015), In This Place (2014) and A Break in the Clouds (2018). He won the award for Best Short Film and Best First Time Director at the 2015 Sky Road Film Festival for his film Today. A Break in the Clouds, his latest short film which was released in April, tells the story of a young couple struggle to adjust to life following the birth of their first child. Starring Tristan Heanue, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Marie Ruane, Linda Bhreathnach. Admission Free Runtime 19 minutes

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue The Festival Gallery
Address: Market Street

A talk by Helen O’Donoghue, Senior Curator, Engagement and Learning, IMMA.  

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 2:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Poetry Reading with Joan McBreen, Geraldine Mitchell and Ryan Vine and Music by Brian Parsons Joan McBreen has published five collections of poetry, the most recent being Map and Atlas (2017). In 2014, she produced a CD The Mountain Ash in Connemara – Poems by Joan McBreen, with composer Glen Austin and the RTÉ Contempo String Quartet, and a broadside The Mountain Ash, with printmaker-artist Margaret Irwin West and printmaker Mary Plunkett. Originally from Sligo, she now divides her time between Tuam and Connemara. Geraldine Mitchell’s most recent collection, Mountains for Breakfast, was published in 2017. Geraldine is Dublin-born but now lives on the Co. Mayo coast, near Louisburgh. She…

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Time: 4:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Nuala O’Connor lives in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Her fifth short story collection Joyride to Jupiter was published by New Island in 2017; her story ‘Gooseen’, about Nora Barnacle, recently won the UK’s Short Fiction Prize and was published in Granta. Nuala’s fourth novel, Becoming Belle, is published in September 2018. Becoming Belle is a witty, inherently feminist novel set in Victorian London, based on the true story of a woman ahead of her time. In 1887, Isabel Bilton is the eldest of three daughters of a middle-class military family, growing up in a small garrison town. By 1891 she is the Countess of Clancarty, dubbed ‘the peasant countess’ by the…

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Time: 5:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Venue Clifden Library
Address: Market Street

Lara Bozabalian is the author of The Cartographer’s Skin and Tourist, a spoken-word poet, and an impassioned teacher. She has featured at literary festivals across Canada, in Singapore, and at TEDx (‘Sharing Passion Through Poetry’). She writes of teaching life and the voices often relegated to corners; after the school shootings in Parkland, Florida, her poem on Rattle’s ‘Poets Respond’ went viral. Out of the Ordinary is Galway-based Moya Roddy’s debut poetry collection. Shortlisted in 2017 for the Hennessy Award, her poems have been published in The Irish Times, Stoney Thursday, Crannog and Boyne Berries. Her short story collection, Other People, was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award, and novel…

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Seamus O’Rourke brings his highly acclaimed one-man play, Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking to Clifden Arts Festival this September. Described as one of the highlights at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, the play is a coming-of-age piece set in Seamus’s home county of Leitrim… a semi-biographical tale of love, lost chances and settling for the wrong woman. A play where a whole community comes alive on stage to give us the facts behind the fact that Padraig Potts never went anywhere… until now, that is… Seamus O’Rourke is a writer, director and actor, and an independent producer with his own company, Big Guerilla Productions. As a writer, his plays include Ride…

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, mastery of the fiddle, and ability to draw on the music’s past while shaping its future combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He has drawn inspiration from sources as diverse as the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba master, Jordi Savall, and the jazz genius John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in Feakle, Co. Clare. Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from the Dingle peninsula in Co. Kerry.…

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 9:45 pm
Time: 9:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Venue Ardagh Hotel
Address: Ballyconneely Road

David Lyttle, drums Lucian Grey, guitar Conor Chaplin, bass Drummer David Lyttle is Ireland’s most celebrated jazz musician of today. He is the island’s only MOBO Award nominee and has made appearances in over 20 countries, including recent artist residencies in the US, where he traveled from LA to New York in a Cadillac, performing for cowboys, bikers and UFO tourists; and China, where he was the British Council’s Musician in Residence for five weeks. Growing up in a prominent musical family in Co. Armagh, he’s gone on to collaborate with global icons of jazz, including Joe Lovano and Kurt Rosenwinkel, and his latest album was described by Rolling Stone…

Date: 18th September 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Lowry’s Bar
Address: Market Street

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

Date: 19th September 2018 @ 9:00 am
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Dcumentary by Maurice Fitzpatrick: John Hume in America Introduced by Des Kavanagh John Hume saw that by harnessing the political influence of the Irish-American diaspora in Washington it was possible address the legacy of colonial division in Ireland and to achieve peace. In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America is a compelling feature documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson, with dramatic footage from the conflict in Northern Ireland and stirring accounts by presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as US congressmen and senators. This film shows how one man with courage and charisma, inspired by Martin Luther King, mobilised Irish Americans and America to bring an end…

Date: 19th September 2018 @ 11:30 am
Time: 11:30 am - 11:30 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Lecture by Dr Éimear O’Connor: John Millington Synge: Art and the Rest In the late 1890s, John Millington Synge took his camera to the Aran Islands to photograph the people and their traditional way of life. This is a fully illustrated talk revealing the nature and extent of Synge’s photographs, and their subsequent use by the painter, and by painter Jack B. Yeats. Synge’s love of the Aran Islands, and its influence on Irish artists Harry Clarke and Seán Keating, will also be discussed in the context of both the cultural and the nationalist revolution that took place at the time. Dr Éimear O’Connor HRHA is an art historian, curator,…

Date: 19th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Guitar Recitals – Virtuosos of the Guitar: Dave Flynn and Shane Hennessy Described as a ‘genre-jumping genius’ (tradreview.com), Dave Flynn is an award-winning guitarist, composer, songwriter and arranger who ‘occupies a unique position in the world of music’ (Martin Hayes, The Gloaming). Dave’s expertise in classical guitar, composition and traditional Irish music takes audiences on a unique musical journey. His repertoire mixes stunning arrangements of Irish music and other international styles with improvisations and compositions praised for their ‘power and grittiness’ in The New York Times. He cut his teeth sharing a stage at open-mic events with the likes of Oscar-winner Glen Hansard, folk legend Christy Moore and songsmith Declan…

Date: 19th September 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

A Curlew Theatre Production: The Loves of Lady Gregory This is a fascinating hour-long sketch of Lady Augusta Gregory’s life – private and public – against the background of Ireland’s advance from the Cultural Revival through the Easter Rising, the War of Independence, and the Civil War, to the new Ireland. As well as her plays, translations, and role as a founder of the Abbey Theatre, the play concentrates on intimate relationships: her marriage; affairs; the death of her son in the Great War; her friendship with Yeats. All these are brought to life in an immediate, human self-portrait of a woman often confined to the margins of literary history.…

Date: 19th September 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Time: 4:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Michael Coady was born in Carrick-on-Suir, where he still lives. A long-standing friend of Clifden Arts Festival and Aosdána member, he has won a number of literary prizes and awards for poetry and prose at home and abroad. Michael’s most recent book is Given Light, integrating poetry, prose and photographs. Poet and critic Fred Johnston has recognised his work as ‘quite extraordinary in its depth of humanity, concern, and simple, almost casual elegance...’ Poet Leanne O’Sullivan is from the Beara Peninsula in West Cork and was educated at UCC. She has published four collections with Bloodaxe Books – Waiting for my Clothes (2004), Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009), The…

Date: 19th September 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue West Connemara Sports & Leisure Centre
Address: Ardbear

Aslan, who took their name from the heroic lion in C.S. Lewis’s series of books chronicling the fictional land of Narnia, (Aslan is the Turkish for ‘Lion’), emerged from the working class areas of Finglas and Ballymun in Dublin’s Northside, in the mid 1980s. They released a demo single, ‘This Is’, in the Spring of 1986, which was a huge hit and became the longest ever play-listed single on Ireland’s pop radio station, RTÉ 2fm. In the summer of 1986 they played a series of rapturously received shows in the UK and Melody Maker noted, ‘Lucky the label that signs this band!’. Janice Long at BBC Radio 1 recorded Aslan…

Date: 19th September 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

David Lyttle, drums Lucian Gray, guitar Conor Chaplin, bass Drummer David Lyttle is Ireland’s most celebrated jazz musician of today. He is the island’s only MOBO Award nominee and has made appearances in over 25 countries, including recent artist residencies in the US, where he traveled from LA to New York in a Cadillac, performing for cowboys, bikers and UFO tourists; and China, where he was the British Council’s Musician in Residence for five weeks. Growing up in a prominent musical family in Co. Armagh, he’s gone on to collaborate with global icons of jazz, including Joe Lovano and Kurt Rosenwinkel, and his latest album was described by Rolling Stone…

Date: 19th September 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
Address: Sky Road

We welcome back our old friends from Seattle, True North. True North rides again! Lefty, Tumbleweed, Blind Boy, Dusty, Doc, and Calamity, honoured to be a part of the 41st Clifden Arts Festival, bring you the sound of America’s western saloons, barn dances, front porches, parlours, and cowboy campfires. Free event. Additional Appearances Wednesday 19th September, 6:30pm – E.J.King's Bar Thursday 20th September, 6pm – Clifden Boat Club Thursday 20th September, 9pm – O’Malleys Bar Friday 21st September, 4pm – .J.King's Bar Friday 21st September, 9pm – Tom King's Bar  

Date: 20th September 2018 @ 9:00 am
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Song of Granite revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney. Described by Donald Clarke in The Irish Times as an ‘intoxicating oddity’, Silence director Pat Collins’ ode to the singer was selected as this year’s Irish language submission for the Oscars and his been widely acclaimed as his best work to date. Joe Heaney was born just outside Carna in 1919; the harsh landscape, myths, fables, and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex, intriguing character. From an early age, he was fascinated by the stories and music around him, ‘drinking (them) from the bottle when (he) was in the cradle.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKOIondylAE By…

Date: 20th September 2018 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Patricia Coughlan and Lucy Collins – Echoes Into Silence: Recovering Irish Women Poets Irish women play an important role in the contemporary poetry scene, yet their predecessors – especially women writing before the 1960s – remain little known and largely out of print. Among them are many vibrant and provocative voices, innovative in their own time and relevant still today. Patricia Coughlan and Lucy Collins will explore work by some of these women, and discuss the impact of their loss on our poetry tradition. Patricia Coughlan is Professor Emerita of English at UCC. She writes on Irish and Irish-American poetry and fiction, with a focus on gender and women’s writing.…

Date: 20th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Alcock & Brown Hotel
Address: Market Square

Tommy Sands, County Down’s singer, songwriter and social activist, has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. From the pioneering tours with the highly influential Sands Family, playing Carnegie Hall to Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, he has become one of Ireland’s most powerful songwriters and enchanting performers. He enjoys celebrity status in many parts of the world, tempered by artistic integrity and the sorrow of personal tragedy in his formerly war-torn homeland. Walking the road between two cultures, he dreams of an island at peace with itself. Indeed, his songs speak to all that Ireland is, from its troubled past to its indomitable spirit and a vision of…

Date: 20th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

FORUM presents: Connemara CLG Senior Citizens Event Celebrating older persons' contribution to arts and culture in the community. Lunch will be followed by dance and song with Peter Carey, Liam Aspell and friends. Many thanks to Geraldine Kelly and Martina Gavin.

Date: 20th September 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

The Sound of Ireland The Uilleann Pipes by Peter Browne To mark the international recognition by UNESCO of the cultural value of the uilleann pipes and the centenary of the birth in 1918 of the celebrated Clare piper Willie Clancy, Peter Browne will talk about the instrument, its history and popularity, and feature recordings of some celebrated pipers. Peter Browne has been presenting The Rolling Wave on RTÉ Radio One since 2006, and playing traditional music since the age of six. Born in Dublin, he has received tuition on the uilleann pipes from three of the great players of modern times: Séamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome, and Willie Clancy. He frequently…

Date: 20th September 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

The Clifden Arts Festival Archive at University College Dublin Presented by Ursula Byrne, Head of Development and Strategic Programmes UCD Library Co-founder, Irish Poetry Reading Archive. The paper and digital collections of the Clifden Arts Festival were given into the care of the University College Dublin Library in 2017. This important cultural heritage archive charts the history of the festival and documents the extraordinary range of writers, musicians and artists it has featured over the past 40 years. Working together, we plan to continue to build these collections over time, to preserve them for future generations, and, where possible, make them available for scholars and enthusiasts at home and abroad.…

Date: 20th September 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Foyle’s Hotel
Address: Main Street

Charabancs Millinery and Telegraphy: Unravelling Marconi’s First Letterfrack Station on Diamond Hill Little is known about Marconi’s Letterfrack stations (there were three distinct sites). His first station was in the infirmary, at the infamous Letterfrack Industrial School, one of the few Marconi station buildings still standing in Ireland. He installed an extensive mast system pointing in four directions from the infirmary building. Recent information from an unexpected source has revealed a significant proportion of the station layout.

Date: 20th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Take 16 strings, eight dancing feet and four voices with one aim – to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics burst the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with their hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show. It’s a classical concert, a gypsy folk-romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set, and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! From Beethoven to bluegrass, Bach to Brahm, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever, Offenbbach to Elvis, there is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fail to get the audience laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting and…

Date: 20th September 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Clifden Beach
Address: Clifden Beach

Having spent the winter making illuminated work on Arctic foreshores, LUXe return to Clifden Beach with a celebratory landscape spectacle. In the half light as the tide turns and the moon is risen, the Crystal Ship hoists her sails and casts off for a mystical dream journey on a sea of stars. The twilight door, held open with fire and illumination, into worlds of possibility beyond the blue. Walking is involved, so please bring a torch and dress well for the weather. Note: The Journey of the Crystal Ship into another world is a reference to a story from The Book of the Dun Cow, in which the hero, Connla…

Date: 20th September 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara Ó Briain, Danny O’Brien was handpicked in 2016 to perform as part of the iconic Best of The Edinburgh Fest show across Australia, touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival both then and in 2018. After a sell-out, month-long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year and a tour of south-east Asia, Danny began a national and international run of his hugely successful RaconTour, with over 30 dates in six countries. Danny’s new show, Lock-In, debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month and will be performed in several prisons across Ireland…

Date: 20th September 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Music with Joshua Burnside with support from 9:30pm There is a man in an attic somewhere at four in the morning. He is shaking knives in a biscuit tin, stomping and shouting, pitch bending, coding, looping, plucking banjos and squeezing accordions, layering sound upon sound like a demented chef creating a monstrous cake, a swirling dream of colours and visions, and stories of people trying to carve out their place in the universe. Joshua Burnside was born in Ireland, but cites the music of Colombia, Eastern Europe and North America as the greatest influences on his unique sound. Deftly blending folk textures and melodies with elements of electronica, he has…

Date: 21st September 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Dearest Old Darling – Written by Mary Kenny, Performed by Jeananne Crowley Mary Kenny’s monologue, Dearest Old Darling, draws on the prison letters of Constance Markievicz, a renowned feminist, political activist, and central figure in the Easter Rising. Coming in the centenary year of her election as MP – the first woman in Britain and Ireland – it brings to life the woman as she was. Constance spent five years of her life in prison – first jailed by the British administration, then by the Free State. The letters she wrote to her sister, Eva Gore-Booth, usually began with the endearment, ‘Dearest old darling’. Through them we experience her recollection…

Date: 21st September 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Pianist Veronica McSwiney has been performing around the world for over 50 years. She commenced her studies in Dublin at the age of seven and later studied at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg under Bruno Seidlhofer and with Ilona Kabos in London. She played her first concerto with the RTÉ SO at the tender age of 14, and after her Wigmore Hall debut in London, her reputation spread far beyond her native Ireland. Mozart – Sonata in C Major K330 (Allegro moderato, Andante cantabile, Allegretto) Debussy – La Cathedrale Engloutie; Deux Arabesques; Clair de Lune Chopin – Waltz in E Minor Opus Posthumous; Scherzo No. 2 In B Flat Minor Opus 31…

Date: 21st September 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Writing about food with Margaret Hickey and Cliodhna Prendergast Formerly an editor at Country Living magazine in the UK, Margaret Hickey also had a freelance career writing on food, drink and travel for most of the national British press, including the Financial Times, The Guardian and The Times. She also had a weekly food and cookery slot on Premier Radio in London. After she moved to Ireland, her book Irish Days, a collection of oral histories, was published and her new book, Ireland’s Green Larder was published this year. She has appeared at a number of festivals and given talks at University College London and University College Limerick. She is…

Date: 21st September 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Alcock & Brown Hotel
Address: Market Square

Fine music, songs and entertainment are in store from four distinctive performers at the heart of the Irish music tradition. Slides and polkas, jigs and reels, solos, duets, trios, and songs with entertaining speech introductions will make this an event not to be missed! Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaíóch is from a celebrated musical dynasty in West Kerry, bringing rare songs from her own home area as well as other favourites she has learned over the years. Fiddle-player Gerry Harrington is also from Co. Kerry and has that county’s Sliabh Luachra tradition to draw on, as well as the music style of Co Sligo where he has spent much of his life.…

Date: 21st September 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Time: 5:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Venue The Clifden Bookshop
Address: Main Street

A Lifetime Long Ago: Book Launch by Mary Hughes The story of two women from different worlds, each on a journey beyond their comfort zone, this is A Lifetime Long Ago, the first book by Clifden native Mary Hughes. Mary grew up in the town in the 1970s and 1980s, the eldest of four children. After finishing Clifden Community School in June of 1989, she moved to the UK, where she met her husband. In 2001, Mary, Paul and three-year-old Amy moved back to Ireland, settling in Newbridge in Co. Kildare. In 2002, Owen came into the world and made the family complete. Although Mary says she is ‘no storyteller’,…

Date: 21st September 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Album Launch: Sophie & Fiachra Sophie Lavoie and Fiachra O'Regan play a blend of Irish and French-Canadian traditional music. Their previous album Un Canadien Errant (2016) was nominated in Canada for Traditional Album of the Year (Canadian Folk Music Awards and ADISQ). This latest album was recorded with André Marchand, one of the leading figures in Quebec’s trad scene. As well as traditional tunes, the album includes a selection of songs and compositions from Sophie Lavoie. The group is thrilled to launch at Clifden Arts Festival and will present a selection of work from the CD. It’s refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and…

Date: 21st September 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Alcock & Brown Hotel
Address: Market Square

Triskele (pronounced Tris-Kay-lee) is an all-female Celtic band out of Albany, New York. They are known for their stunning harmonies, their use of the Irish language, and for their distinctive wit. Triskele not only revitalizes the Irish language, but weaves history and traditions about growing up in Ireland, lending a deeper appreciation of aural history. Noeleen Druckenmiller – Bodhran Sharon Wheeler – Guitar Jenn Kilinski – Flute, tin whistle Admission €5

Date: 21st September 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Two giants of the Irish trad scene, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, unite for an evening of great music, featuring celebrated fiddle player Paddy Glackin and a mixture of traditional songs and originals composed by Andy. Between them, Andy and Donal have been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Mozaik, LAPD and, recently, Usher’s Island. Their unique style of accompaniment is an ongoing influence in the wider world of Irish music. Donal Lunny has produced albums for Elvis Costello, Paul Brady, Clannad, and The Indigo Girls, and performed on more than a dozen Christy Moore albums. Andy Irvine is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer…

Date: 21st September 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Time: 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue The Central Bar
Address: Main Street

Clifden Arts Festival welcomes back John Joe Forde and Mike Fahey for their annual traditional Irish music session, bringing the rich tradition of East Galway music to Connemara in what promises to be yet another powerful night!

Date: 21st September 2018 @ 10:30 pm
Time: 10:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Yule & McQ’s Big Band with support from 10pm Big band soul, blues and Motown review with full brass section, bringing you classics and originals. Not to be missed! Admission €8

Date: 22nd September 2018 @ 9:00 am
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Documentary by Nuala O'Connor: Keepers of the Flame followed by Diarmaid Ferriter Lecture Keepers of the Flame explores how individuals and families remember, commemorate and forget painful events of the past, bringing to light the diverse experiences of some of the 85,000 Irish men and women who served during the violent revolutionary period from Easter 1916 to the end of the Civil War in 1921. Shedding light on the nation’s post-war psyche, the documentary examines the long-term impact of the reluctance to talk about events, the lack of desire to relive decisions, and the secrecy and silence that causes further isolation. Directed and written by Nuala O’Connor; original concept and…

Date: 22nd September 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Recital with Tenor Patrick Hyland and Dearbhla Collins, piano Patrick Hyland studied with Dr Veronica Dunne at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Patrick was awarded The Dermot Troy Prize for the best overall Irish singer at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in 2016, and was a semi-finalist at the Angelo Loforse Competition in Milan in 2017. Operatic roles include Erik Oxenstjerna, Cristina, Regina Di Svezia (Wexford Festival Opera), Nemorino, L’Elisir d’Amore (Wexford Festival Opera), Tamino, The Magic Flute (Wexford Fesival Opera), El Remendado, Carmen (RTÉ CO), Jupiter, Semele (RIAM), Rinuccio, Gianni Schicchi (RIAM) Camille, The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera and Cork Opera House), and Rodolfo (cover), La Boheme…

Date: 22nd September 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Lough Inagh Lodge
Address: Lough Inagh Lodge

Johnny Mháirtn Learaí Mac Donnchadha is one of the finest sean-nós singers in Ireland. He has won numerous awards and All Ireland Con Uí Riada for his singing and has travelled extensively to USA, France and the UK. Johnny has a very unique singing voice, is a supporter of festivals, locally and globally, and teaches sean-nós singing to all ages, ensuring it continues into the next generations. Johnny is a long-time friend of Clifden Arts Festival and we welcome him to this glorious location to share his talents. Caitriona and Paul Canavan are also mastersof this style of music, and we are fortunate that this special event brings together three…

Date: 22nd September 2018 @ 2:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

One-Way Traffic on Slí na Fírinne: John Moriarty Memorial Lecture with Mark Patrick Hederman Join former Glenstal Abbey abbot Mark Hederman on the alternative path trudged by philosopher John Moriarty, ‘almost obliterated, on his own. He regained for us a forgotten right-of-way almost defunct from lack of use. He tried to show us how to live metaphorically, and an alternative route towards truth.’ Sponsored by Shane O’Grady. John Moriarty: Not The Whole Story by Mary McGillicuddy (Liliput Press, 2018) will be on sale after the lecture. This powerful and personal reflection on John’s work has been widely praised. Admission €10

Date: 22nd September 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Market Square
Address: Market Square

Streetwise Presents: An Afternoon of Fun Jim Solo No one can remember when Jim started performing, least of all Jim, but your parents may have recollections of seeing him when they were growing up! His unique blend of comedy and skills will enthral young and old alike. Juggling blindfold, ladder balancing, fire juggling, and a cup of tea on an eight-foot unicycle result in a street show that cannot be missed. Babcock & Bobbins Based in Belfast, this act tour throughout Ireland. From Coleraine to Cork, and Belfast to Ballina, they pull in the crowds… and now it’s Clifden’s turn ! Come and see the madcap double act unleash their…

Date: 22nd September 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Connemara Sands Hotel
Address: Mannin, Ballyconneely

Lynn Saoirse is an accomplished exponent of the Irish harp and a long-time friend of and performer at Clifden Arts Festival. Lynn has composed An Brainse Airgid/The Silver Branch, a piece for the Irish harp in honour of the late author and philosopher John Moriarty. Lynn’s musical sensitivity is always an inspiration.

Date: 22nd September 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Time: 4:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Reading with Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Music by John Sheahan Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer. Among her awards are the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, a Seamus Heaney Centre fellowship, the Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary, the Michael Hartnett Award, and most recently, the Ostana Prize (Italy). Her fifth book, a bilingual selection of poetry titled Lies, will be published in October. Scríobhann Doireann Ní Ghríofa as Gaeilge agus as Béarla araon. Ar na gradaim a bronnadh uirthi tá Duais Uí Ruanaigh do Litríocht Éireannach, Comhaltacht Seamus Heaney (Ollscoil na Banraíona) agus Duais Liteartha Ostana (An Iodáil). Foilseofar Lies cnuasach dátheangach léi, um Fhómhair. John Sheahan was a…

Date: 22nd September 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Market Square
Address: Market Square

The Mexican-Irish San Patricio Celebration Celebration to honour the memory of John Reilly and the San Patricio Battalion. We will celebrate the shared culture of Ireland and Mexico through music and dance. featured image: Battle of Churubusco, painting by Carl Nebel Free event.

Date: 22nd September 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

The Henry Girls are three sisters from Co. Donegal: Karen – vocals, fiddle, piano, ukelele Lorna – vocals, accordion, piano Joleen – vocals, harp, piano The Henry Girls bring something enchanting to the folk scene; their lyrics are thoughtful, intelligent and often powerful, and the musicianship they possess is truly unique, covering a range of instruments including harp, fiddle, ukulele, accordion and piano.  Most notable are their bewitching three-part harmonies. Their performances create a sense of nostalgia as the harp and voices soothe and the lyrics inspire. This is a group who’ve mastered the balance of being contemporary without falling short in old-folk, rootsy charm. Their harmonies are also influenced by…

Date: 22nd September 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Time: 7:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue Market Square
Address: Market Square

Tonight, the streets of Clifden will flow with light, colour, music and costumes as the procession sails around the town. Ireland’s internationally-acclaimed illuminated processional artists LUXe present this spectacular community parade of light through the town. Every year, LUXe fill their lungs with Atlantic air in order to breathe some of that rare energy into the towns and cities they visit. Working with 200 local participants, this event is a highlight of everyone’s year. Fidget Feet will take to the skies of Clifden, bringing you amazing aerial acts high in the sky. Performances will take place from 2pm-5pm and again that night during the gig, with live special effects. Each…

Date: 22nd September 2018 @ 11:00 pm
Time: 11:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Nigerian Afrobeat & High Life: Afrobeat Orchestra with support from 10:30pm 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…

Date: 23rd September 2018 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Noonan’s Arena
Address: Ardagh

Connemara Therapeutic Riding Project – Connemara Novelty Pony Show Connemara Therapeutic Riding is a community project providing therapeutic riding sessions to children and adults with a range of disabilities. The project uses the indigenous Connemara ponies. Fun jumping and novelty classes including jockey and groom jumping class (one rider and one on foot), mini handler and young handlers’ competition, fancy dress (individual or team, must include at least one pony), pony obstacle course, best mane and tail, and much more. €5 entry fee for classes. All proceeds go to Connemara Therapeutic Riding project. For entry forms and further details please contact Colette; call 083-8418448 or email connemaratr@gmail.com. Please visit connemaratherapeuticriding.com.…

Date: 23rd September 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

Cliodhna Costello hails from North Tipperary, an area rich in traditional music. She was exposed to music at a young age, both at home among her siblings, and with local musicians, the likes of Paddy O’Brien, his daughter Eileen, the Larkins, O’Connors, and Slatterys. She started learning piano and whistle, and quickly progressed to the banjo. She learned much early on from listening to the likes of Jody Moran, John Carty, John Morrow and Brian McGrath, but also has been heavily influenced by the fiddle and accordion music of both Sligo and east Galway. Cliodhna’s rhythmic style is widely admired, and she has won numerous awards for her playing. She…

Date: 23rd September 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

A native of Mannin, James Ruddy began his musical studies with Breda O’ Toole in Claddaghduff before going on to study with Sr Karol O’Connell in Kylemore Abbey. James has completed his grade examinations with The Royal Irish Academy and holds three Gold Medal awards for junior, middle and advanced recital repertoire. This year, James competed in Cork in his first classical piano competitions, taking first place in the Solo Piano under 15 and second place in the Piano Repertoire under 18. James and brother Myles featured in Making The Grade, a documentary about the grade system in Ireland, recently shown nationwide. Sponsored by Roseanne and Peter O'Grady Walsh. Admission…

Date: 23rd September 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Edited and Compiled by Karen and Sinéad Mannion Hidden in a cupboard under the sink for over a quarter of a century lay a collection of essays long forgotten. Enter the world of a precocious teenager growing up in 1980s rural Ireland. These stories are made all the more poignant because their author, in spite of having a life-limiting illness, illuminates his incredible mind. Gearóid P. Mannion passed away at 21 but his legacy lives on in this funny, heartfelt, warm collection of essays written when he was a teenager – his shining light will never go out. All proceeds of this book go to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. There is…

Date: 23rd September 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Clifden Mart
Address: Galway Road

We remember Clifden’s World War One 1918-2018 roll of honour with a dramatic presentation of The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins. Galway Tribal Chamber Choir and Cantairí Chonamara perform, with mezzo-soprano Raphaela Mangan and conductor Mark Keane, in association with Clifden Arts Festival. Featuring World War One film clips from Big Idea Films, the performance takes place in a period air raid shelter constructed at Clifden Mart. Sponsored by John Corless. With thanks to Clifden Mart. No wheelchair access. Admission €15 Please Note there will be an additional later performance at 8pm. Please go here to buy tickets for that event.

Date: 23rd September 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Clifden Mart
Address: Galway Road

We remember Clifden’s World War One 1918-2018 roll of honour with a dramatic presentation of The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins. Galway Tribal Chamber Choir and Cantairí Chonamara perform, with mezzo-soprano Raphaela Mangan and conductor Mark Keane, in association with Clifden Arts Festival. Featuring World War One film clips from Big Idea Films, the performance takes place in a period air raid shelter constructed at Clifden Mart. Sponsored by John Corless. With thanks to Clifden Mart. No wheelchair access. Admission €15

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Date: 8th March 2019 @ 12:00 am
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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Date: 18th September 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

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

Date: 18th September 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

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

Date: 18th September 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Clifden Library
Address: Market Street

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

Date: 18th September 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Clifden Library
Address: Market Street

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

Date: 18th September 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

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

Date: 19th September 2019 @ 10:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 am
Venue Omey Suite, Station House Hotel
Address: Station House Complex

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

Date: 19th September 2019 @ 11:00 am
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Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Hotel
Address: Galway Road

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

Moon Magic

€5
Date: 19th September 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

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

Johnny Duhan

€10
Date: 19th September 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

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

Date: 19th September 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

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

Colum McCann

€15
Date: 19th September 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

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

Date: 19th September 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue West Connemara Sports & Leisure Centre
Address: Ardbear

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

Date: 19th September 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

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

Date: 19th September 2019 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Time: 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Venue Mullarkey’s Bar (in Foyle’s Hotel)
Address: Main Street

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

Date: 20th September 2019 @ 9:00 am
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

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

Date: 20th September 2019 @ 10:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 am
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

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

Date: 20th September 2019 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

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

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