As the busiest ever programme for Clare Heritage Week is announced, a host of arts events take place over the coming week aimed at the promotion of the county’s heritage.
On Saturday, August 18, at 7pm, a photographic exhibition will be launched at Parliament Street in Ennistymon in conjunction with Built Heritage Collective (Ireland).
Meanwhile on August 20 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, St Cronan’s 10th century church in Tuamgraney will be the venue for the Celtic Traditions Folk Concert, which is being held as part of the Spirit of Lough Derg series of events during Heritage Week. The concert will showcase the best of folk music and dancing from Kate Purcell and an array of local musicians and dancers.
Noted local historian Brian Ó Dálaigh will be at the de Valera Public Library in Ennis where he will discuss the background to the newly published Royal Irish Academy Ennis Atlas on Tuesday August 21 at 7pm.
Frances Madigan will lead a stroll through the streets of Ennistymon to discover the history of the old Market Town on Friday, August 24, from 2pm to 4pm and following the walk the public will have the opportunity to meet the artists at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon. Philip Brennan and Cliona Fox will talk about the inspiration for their current work, which will be the subject of an exhibition launch at 5pm.
On Saturday, August 25, from 5pm-6pm, the Spirit of Lough Derg series continues when East Clare Heritage hosts a special screening of showing of the Oscar-nominated animated film The Secret Book of Kells at St Cronan’s Church in Tuamgraney.
Ballymorris Pottery in Cratloe will be the venue for a pottery demonstrations during which the public will be able to glaze and fire a pottery piece. These take place on Saturday, August 25, from 10am to 5.30pm and on Sunday, August 26, from 12 noon to 5.30pm.
Mooghaun Hillfort in Newmarket-on-Fergus will host a heritage day featuring guided tours of the hill fort as well as traditional craft demonstrations and storytelling on Sunday, August 26, from 12 noon to 5pm.
Sculptor Shane Gilmore will be onsite at the Cliffs of Moher to restore an existing wooden sculpture depicting the world-famous visitor attraction in oak, each day from Monday, August 20 to Friday 24 from 1pm to 3pm.
From August 18 to 26 various venues in the village of Tulla will host an arts trail aimed at showcasing local talent and encouraging the community to get involved in the arts.
Elsewhere, from Monday, August 20, to Friday, August 24, from 9am to 5pm, Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis will host The Famine in Clare exhibition, which will centre upon the workhouses in Clare.
The foyer of the County Museum in Ennis will host an exhibition of paintings by Carmel Madigan on the Wild Flowers of Loop Head to accompany her publication of the same name from Saturday, August 18 to Saturday, August 25. This exhibit is open to the public from 10am to 5pm.