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September 2018

Date: 7th September 2018 @ 12:00 am
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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

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

Fíbín Teo Theatre Group Presents: Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore It is a joy to open Clifden Arts Festival with theatre, especially for our youngest audience, promoting the festival’s belief in the power of the arts in education. Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore are at the seaside. Things happen – Hartleby spends a lot of time being bossy and trying to find the perfect spot. Oooglemore does some crazy dancing, shows off a bit, hits the shuttlecock too hard, loses it, spoils the game. Hartleby goes off in a huff. Jeramee makes it all OK. Revelling in delightful innocence and glorious stupidity, Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore is a surprising and surreal encounter…

Date: 12th September 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Reading with John O’Donnell, Tony Curtis and Seán Ó Coistealbha with music by Marie Walsh and friends John O’Donnell’s work has been published and broadcast in Ireland, the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand. Awards include the Irish National Poetry Prize, the Ireland Funds Prize, the Irish Times/Anna Livia Prize, and the Hennessy Poetry Award. He also won the Hennessy Award for Fiction. His most recent work, Sunlight: New and Selected Poems, was published earlier this year; his other publications include Some Other Country (2002), Icarus Sees His Father Fly (2004), and On Water (2014). A senior counsel, he lives and works in Dublin. Festival regular Tony Curtis was…

Date: 12th September 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Time: 7:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

This fresh new trio from the heart of Connemara combines Irish music and an intriguing blend of modern folk influences to produce a rich sound and exciting experience. Featuring a lineup of flute, whistles, harp, bodhrán, guitar and vocals – with some Irish dancing steps thrown in! – HighTime make a youthful and energetic statement. Equal measures of music and tradition, coupled with bold new arrangements, make for a tasty platter of music, song, and dance. Band members Conall and Séamus Flaherty (brothers) and Ciarán Bolger (friend and neighbour) have a unique musical connection through so many years of performing together. HighTime play with a breathtaking energy and passion that…

Date: 13th September 2018 @ 12:00 am
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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: 13th September 2018 @ 10:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 am
Venue Station House Hotel
Address: Galway Road

A forensic student of history, Hugh Duffy reflects on David Olusoga and Casper Erichsen’s haunting history The Kaiser’s Holocaust and its far-reaching consequences. Hugh has been a regular visitor for more than 50 years to his home in Aughrusmore, and has lived there permanently for the past five years. Reading history is his hobby. An accountant by profession, he has a long and varied career that commenced in the early 1950s in Dublin County Council. He moved to the Dublin Health Authority and then to RTÉ, where he worked from its inception until 1970. He has worked in the handbag manufacturing business, in Ryan’s Hotel, Dunkeld Holdings, Swan Tours, the…

Date: 13th September 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Moon Magic, a group of people with different abilities, invites you to go on a dramatic journey filled with song, rhyme and mime along the Wild Atlantic Way. Devised and directed by Roz Coyne. Following Moon Magic’s performance, there will be an unveiling of Críost Linn’s indoor mural. All welcome. Sponsored by Pobal. Admission €5

Date: 13th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Christ Church
Address: Church Hill

Highly regarded for her work in arranging traditional Irish dance tunes and airs for the harp, Kathleen Loughnane will perform a selection of arrangements based on her research into 17th and 18th century music. Her repertoire this lunchtime will focus on newly arranged music from the manuscripts of Patrick O’Neill (1765-1832) from Co Kilkenny. These take in several musical traditions, including those of Ireland, Scotland, England and wider Europe. The manuscripts, which reflect the cultural and social changes of the late 17th and early 18th centuries and the European musical influences that were seeping into the Irish repertoire at the time, were published by the National Library in 2008. In…

Date: 13th September 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Clifden Library
Address: Market Street

Fred Johnston was born in Belfast in 1951. Most recently, his poems have appeared in The Spectator, the New Statesman, and a short story in Stand magazine; some more new work is also due to appear there. A collection of short stories, Dancing In The Asylum, was published by Parthian a couple of years ago, and his most recent collection of poetry is Alligator Days (Revival Press). A new collection, Rogue States, is due from Salmon Poetry this autumn. In 1986, Fred founded Galway’s annual literature festival, Cúirt; in 2002, he was writer-in-residence to the Princess Grace Irish Library at Monaco. Fred has published nine collections of poems, four novels…

Date: 13th September 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Reading by E.M. Reapy and Michael Gorman with songs by Brian O’Rourke E.M. Reapy is from Mayo and has an MA in creative writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. In 2016, her debut novel Red Dirt was published by Head of Zeus. It won Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and the 2017 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Reapy is currently a UNESCO Dublin City of Literature writer-in-residence. Michael Gorman was born in Sligo and educated at Summerhill College and National University College Galway, where he taught for many years. He has edited The Mayo Anthology (Mayo Co. Council) and 21: An Anthology (NUIG). He is a…

Date: 13th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue The Festival Gallery
Address: Market Street

Brian will give a talk on the works included in his exhibition War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings – a selection, including other works This year the Festival Gallery will host a selection from recent, new, and exciting work by internationally acclaimed Irish artist Brian Maguire. Since the very beginning of his career in the 1970s, Brian Maguire has approached painting as an act of solidarity. He operates a truly engaged practice, compelled by the raw realities of humanity’s violence against itself, and the potential for justice. Maguire’s preoccupations draw him to the margins of the art world – alternative space, prisons, women’s shelters, and psychiatric institutions – making…

Date: 13th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue West Connemara Sports & Leisure Centre
Address: Ardbear

John Crumlish, CEO of Galway International Arts Festival, will open the 41st Clifden Arts Festival. Shuttle bus departs Clifden Library at 6:15pm.

Date: 13th September 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue Clifden Town Hall
Address: Beach Road

Born and raised in Co. Longford, Declan Nerney grew up in thrall to international greats like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as stars of the Irish showband scene such as Joe Dolan, Big Tom, Philomena Begley and The Capital Showband. As a young boy, he would beg his mother to attend the Marquee in Drumlish festival each summer, where he would stand close to the stage and watch every move made by guitarists like Dan O’Hara and Seamus McMahon. Declan taught himself to play guitar and, aged 16, started playing with local showband the Hi-Los. He went on to play with Gene Stuart and the Homesteaders for…

Date: 13th 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 Síomha Brock with support from 9:30pm Síomha’s beautifully crafted songs and soulful melodies have been captivating audiences and garnering her fans across the globe. With her powerful voice and extraordinary guitar skills, she dances the line between folk, jazz and neo-soul effortlessly, transcending musical boundaries. From a Co Clare family steeped in music, Síomha grew up on a diet of musical greats, with the sounds of jazz, traditional Irish, folk and soul leaving an indelible mark on her musical tastes and influences. She first took up jazz guitar as a teenager on a visit to the south of France, when an Italian gypsy taught her the manouche gypsy…

Date: 14th September 2018 @ 10:00 am
Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 am
Venue Foyle’s Hotel
Address: Main Street

Navigating the Dark Night of the Soul: Talk by Benig Mauger Most of us are afraid of our depressions and ‘dark nights of the soul,’ yet the mystics and poets saw these as times of deep, immense soul growth. Join Benig Mauger, Jungian psychotherapist and author, in a talk that will help you navigate your own dark nights. Visit www.soul-connections.com Admission €5 It is only in the state of complete abandonment and loneliness that we experience the helpful powers of our own nature. – Jung

Date: 14th September 2018 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Cleggan Pier
Address: Cleggan

Inishbofin was first mentioned by the Venerable Bede in the early 8th century, as a refuge for Northumbrian monks. It was raided by the Vikings in 795 AD and long retained strong associations with Anglo-Saxon England. Located on the border between two powerful Gaelic maritime lordships, the O’Malleys and the O’Flahertys, Inishbofin has a turbulent history. It was the last Gaelic stronghold to fall to Cromwell, and subsequently had strong links with 17th-century France and 18th-century America. Dozens of Bronze Age monuments mark its earlier history and will be visited during the trip. Its coastline boasts dramatic sea cliffs and caves and a rich variety of marine life. Meeting at…

Date: 14th September 2018 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Christopher Fitz-Simon: A Life in the Touring Theatre in Conversation with Des Lally Author Christopher Fitz-Simon talks about his life in the touring theatre. Christopher was one of the earliest Irish television drama directors in the 1960s. He became literary manager of the Abbey Theatre, having been artistic director of the Irish Theatre Company and of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. He has lectured in 12 countries on four continents. Among his books are The Boys, a biography of Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLíammóir, Eleven Houses, a memoir of 1940s Ireland, and Buffoonery and Easy Sentiment, a revaluation of popular 19th-century Irish theatre. His most recent publication Rise Above! is a…

Date: 14th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue Alcock & Brown Hotel
Address: Market Square

Two of Ireland’s master musicians join for a special concert for Clifden Arts Festival 2018. Frankie Gavin (Fiddle, Flute) and Brendan O’Regan (Bouzouki, Mandolin) will play a one off concert for this years Festival. Both Frankie and Brendan are very highly regarded in Traditional Music and have been at its forefront for many decades. Frankie won Traditional Musician of the year 2018 at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards. A co-founder of Dé Dannan, Frankie has recorded with Irish musicians such as Andy Irvine and Sharon Shannon, and international acts including Elvis Costello and The Rolling Stones. Composer and producer Brendan O'Regan is a former member of Dé Dannan, accomplished solo artist…

Date: 14th September 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue The Festival Gallery
Address: Market Street

An afternooon of hilarity and madness with Ted Turton. An illustrated memoir with stories drawn from six years working and travelling with Footsbarn Theatre in the 1980s. This extraordinary barnstorming theatre company (first seen in Clifden in 1979) left its native Cornwall in 1981 for a life permanently lived on the road to travel the world with its circus style tent, trucks and buses. Along with the actors, technicians, costume makers, administrators, and wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and hangers-on, came all their children with their own teachers and three Border Collies. The first stop on this world tour was Galway, where Ted joined them. The stories are not so much about…

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